Our Obituaries

Juanita Barbara Michna

May 30, 1935 - November 10, 2017

Juanita Barbara Michna of Rosanky, Texas died at the age of 82 on November 10, 2017 at Lost Pines Nursing Home in Bastrop, Texas. She was born on May 30, 1935 in Rosanky, Texas to Andrew and Elizabeth (Wiest) Segel. Juanita was baptized into the Catholic faith on June 2, 1935. Juanita married Victor Michna on January 14, 1961. They were blessed with three children. Juanita married Floyd Gee on...
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Opal Inge Cassel

January 25, 1930 - October 12, 2017

Opal Inge Cassel passed from this life quietly as she slept on the morning of October 12th, 2017. She enjoyed running her ceramic shop, traveling, her church and anything she did with her family.Pre-deceased by her husband Lee Cassel, she is survived by 4 children: daughter Joyce (and Lex Frieden), son David Cassel (and Nancy), son Daniel Cassel (and Linda), daughter Melissa (and Sean Jensen); 5...
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Littie May Bledsoe

September 15, 1924 - October 8, 2017

"And whoever lives and believes in Me will never die" John 11:26Mother Littie M. Bledsoe was born to Bessie (Darvin) and Isaac Rogers on September 15, 1924. She entered into eternal life on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at St. David's Hospital in Austin, Texas.Littie grew up and attended school in Upton along with her three brothers and two sisters. She was a member of COGIC in Waukegan, IL...
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Ray Ray Plummer

October 5, 1933 - September 28, 2017

Ray Plummer passed from this life September 28, 2017 at the age of 83. He was born October 5, 1933 in Muldoon, Texas to Josephine (Byler) and John R. Plummer.Ray is survived by his niece, Jessie Foeggelle, her husband Joe Foegelle and their daughter, Johna Hutchison; Johna's children, Dawn and Alec Janysek; great-nephew Steve Bettcher and Steve's children, Bryce, Sawyer and Abigail Bettcher. Ray...
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Billie Jean Fite

May 29, 1926 - September 25, 2017

Billie Fite of Smithville passed away Monday, September 25th, 2017 at her home surrounded by her adoring family.Billie was born in Omaha Nebraska on May 29th, 1926 to Paul R. White and Loydale Grimes White. She spent her youngest years in Oklahoma with her parents, grandparents and first cousins, Carolyn and Elaine Colombe, who were the closest things she had to siblings. Her natural creativity...
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Norma Jean Doty

December 7, 1931 - September 15, 2017

DOTY, NORMA JEANNorma Jean Doty, age 85, of Smithville passed from this life on September 15, 2017. She was born December 7, 1931 in Katy, Texas to Bennie and Viva (Adcock) Stanberry.Norma Jean was an accomplished singer and was the organist at First Baptist Church in Smithville for many years.She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband James Andrew Doty; 2 sons, James Keith Doty and...
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Benjamin Thomas Fleck

September 18, 1925 - August 17, 2017

Benjamin T. "Ben" Fleck, Sr., 91, passed away Thursday, August 17, 2017 at his home near West Point, TX. Ben was born September 18, 1925 to Agnes (Helton) and Henry Fleck in Smithville.Ben was a Supervisor over bridge building during his 20+ year career at Brown and Root in Houston and was instrumental in the construction of many large transit structures of the city and its surrounding area. ...
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Levert F. LaRue

August 18, 1918 - August 15, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Marrs-Jones Funeral Home, Smithville, TX.
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Tillie Eisenhauer

July 10, 1926 - August 11, 2017

Tillie Justine Davis Eisenhauer(91), born to George and Ellen Davis on July 10, 1926, entered into eternal rest August 11, 2017.She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Erhard Eisenhauer; parents; brothers, Louis, Loys, George, Lawrence , Tommie; sisters, Francis Karlson, Bessie Simmons; and step-grandson, Rodger Watson.Tillie is survived by her children, George Eisenhauer (Gene),...
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Charles Aldie Parker

July 14, 1987 - July 31, 2017

Charles Aldie Parker was born on July 14, 1987 and left us on July 31, 2017. He was born in Austin, Texas at Seton Medical Center to William and Florence Parker. They brought him home to Alum Creek, where he was raised, spending his youth playing on the creek with friends and family. They loved to hunt and fish on the family land. He graduated from Smithville High School in 2006. He worked for...
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Elbert Bradshaw

September 14, 1940 - July 6, 2017

Elbert Bradshaw, Jr., known as Eb or Ebbie, was born toEva Myrtle (Crawford) and Elbert Bradshaw, Sr. on September 14, 1940 in Smithville, Texas. He married Frances Lavern Donner on August 16, 1968. This marriage was blessed with two sons, Elbert Bradshaw III (Trey) and John Warren Bradshaw.Ebbie is survived by Trey, John and his spouse Ruby,grandchildren, Amy, Ashley and JW Bradshaw; sisters,...
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Lillia Irene Meyer

June 1, 1927 - July 4, 2017

Lillia Irene Null Meyer - June 1, 1927 - July 4, 2017She described herself as a 'country girl from McDade.' Irene was born on June 1, 1927 in Coupland, Texas, the first child of Edgar Christian Herzer and Emma Kastner Herzer. In her early years, she enjoyed the simple country life, and as a teenager worked at Camp Swift, Texas. A job change introduced Irene to her future husband George O. Null,...
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Floy Harton

February 2, 1926 - June 28, 2017

Floy E. Harton, 91 of Rosanky, Texas was absent from the body and face to face with the Lord at her home on June 28, 2017. She was born on February 2, 1926 in Houston County, Texas. Mrs. Harton was a member of Colorado River Cowboy Church, and was a devout Christian woman.Mrs. Harton is survived by her sons Claude Harrison Jr. and his wife Kay of Humble, Johnny Harrison and his wife Melanie of...
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Janie M. Moss

December 20, 1927 - June 25, 2017

Janie Marie Moss, age 89 of Smithville, Texas passed from this life on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at her home with her daughters by her side. She was born December 20, 1927 to Melvin and Gazell Hataway in Nacogdoches, Texas. Janie married BH Moss on August 1, 1952.She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.Janie is survived by: 2 daughters, Elaine Paget and Kellie Moss; 2 grandchildren,...
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Bess Ann Roberts

May 5, 1937 - June 14, 2017

Bess Ann Glenn Roberts passed away unexpectedly at her home June 14, 2017. She was born May 5, 1937 in Smithville, TX to Fred and Willie Glenn.She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Fred "Sonny" Glenn, Billy Dan Glenn; sisters, Ruth Wallace and Wanda Krueger. She is survived by her son, Glenn Roberts and wife Lisa; daughter, Sheri Roberts Pollock and husband Charley; three...
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Jo Ann Juliano

April 12, 1928 - June 14, 2017

Jo Ann (Davison) Juliano was born on April 12, 1928 the last child born to William Hesson Davison and Nelga Ann Brau and her two older brothers; William Ramey Davison and Jimmy Graham Davison. Jo Ann grew up during the Great Depression when at times her father would have to hunt rabbits to put food on the table. She was an artist at a very young age when she and her brother Jim would draw funny...
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Robert E. Scott

November 2, 1931 - June 5, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Marrs-Jones Funeral Home, Smithville, TX.
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Peggy Joyce Kellar Row

April 20, 1931 - May 11, 2017

Peggy Joyce Kellar Row was born on April 20, 1931 in Smithville, Texas to Homer Kellar and Lottie Leola Roberts. Peggy lived her entire life in Smithville. Raised as a country girl during the Great Depression, her doting parents did everything they could for her. Her mother made sure Peggy was always well-dressed even if her dresses were made from flour sacks. They spent their few pennies for...
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Joseph A. Courtemanche

November 4, 1943 - April 30, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Marrs-Jones Funeral Home, Smithville, TX.
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Papa Jim Itschner

November 28, 1928 - March 24, 2017

It is with great sadness that the family of James E. Itschner announces his passing on Friday, March 24, 2017 after a long and happy life. Born in 1928 in Sayre, OK to Rudy and Opal Itschner, Jim worked alongside his father in the ranching business until adulthood when he began his long career as a butcher (Puckett's), supermarket manager (Puckett's and Foodway), division manager (Gibson's), and...
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Arthur Wilhelm

July 6, 1934 - March 19, 2017

Arthur Edward "Billy" Wilhelm passed from this life on Sunday, March 19, 2017, after having visited with all of his children and many of his grandchildren.Born on July 6, 1934, to Emma Seidel and Louis P. Wilhelm, Billy grew up farming alongside his father. He left school early to take a job in the oilfields to help support his family and returned home shortly before his father's death. He...
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Adeline Geneva Daughtrey

December 15, 1926 - March 17, 2017

Adeline Geneva Biddy Daughtrey "Granny" was born on December 15, 1926. She was married to Cecil Carroll Daughtrey on May 23, 1942. She resided in Smithville, Texas; when she was called home to be with our Lord and Savior on March 17, 2017. She is survived by her children: Janet and Ernest Gray; Smithville, Texas Adeline and Alton Ramsey; Smithville, TexasBrenda and Danny Schroeder;...
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Esther Ida Hoskins

September 30, 1924 - March 7, 2017

Esther Ida Hoskins, 92, of Smithville passed March 7, 2017. She was born September 30, 1924 to Leonore (Wessels) and Gus J. Tramp in Plum, Texas.Esther was a loving wife and mother who also waitressed, love cooking, quilting and gardening. Esther is preceded by first husband, Ferril "Buddy" Marion Thomas, and second husband, Virgil Hoskins; her parents; and sisters Bernice Behrend and Carolyn...
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Ben F. Haner

February 25, 1944 - January 24, 2017

Benjamin F. Haner, of Smithville, beloved husband, brother, uncle and friend, passed away on January 24, 2017, nine days after emergency surgery.Ben was born at the Haner Family Home in Galena, KS, on Feb. 25, 1944. His parents were Ralph Harlow Haner and Blanche (Moody) Haner. He graduated from Riverton High School, Class of 1962. After graduating he attended Pittsburg State University. Ben...
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Joyce Clara Stephens

August 6, 1914 - January 20, 2017

Joyce Clara Marburger Stephens died Friday, January 20, 2017, in Bastrop, Texas at the age of 102. Interment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Smithville, Texas.Mrs. Stephens, the daughter of Max and Clara Mensing Marburger, was born at the family home in Cistern, Texas, on August 6, 1914. She married Franklin Fox Stephens on May 1, 1937, in Smithville, Texas. She is preceded in death by her...
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Jean Marie Miller

June 13, 1941 - January 15, 2017

Jean Marie Miller, 75, passed away January 15, 2017. She was born in Florida to Tatie Marie and John Elmer Jackson. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Granville "Mell" Miller; an infant son and one brother, Billy Jackson. Jean is survived by two daughters, Paula Jean Miller, Ann Marie Gonzales and her husband Anthony; four sons, Danny Vermell Miller and his wife Sherry,...
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Glen Whitley

February 4, 1924 - January 13, 2017

Glen Whitley, 92, of Smithville, passed away January 13, 2017. He was born to Leona Page Schaeffer and Emmett Whitley on February 4, 1924.He married Helen Whitley October 30, 1971 at the St Paul Lutheran Church of Serbin. Glen worked for the Ford Motor Company and retired after 41 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Helen; brothers, Dorrell and J.D. Whitley; daughter, Becky and...
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Jimmie Don Fendley

September 14, 1939 - January 8, 2017

Jimmie Don FendleySeptember 14, 1939 - January 8, 2017Parents: Jessie Lee and Emma Mae Beran FendleyJim graduated from Smithville High School in 1958 and enlisted in the US Navy, serving as a Hospital Corpsman. His ship, the USS Thetis Bay, deployed the first 3,000 Marines off the coast of Laos at the start of the Vietnam conflict. He was honorably discharged in 1962 and married Mary Lou Cox. ...
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Alma Theresia Kilian

May 1, 1929 - January 4, 2017

Alma Theresia Kilian, 87, of Smithville, went home to Heaven, Wednesday, January 4, 2017. Alma was born in Fayette County on May 1, 1929 to Martha (Fick) and Karl Biehle.Alma was a homemaker who loved caring for her 5 boys and 4 girls. She was very multi-talented woman! She sewed the girl's clothes, painted and embellished T-shirts, canned, and was an excellent cook and baker. Her garden was...
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Doris E. Glenn

August 8, 1933 - December 31, 2016

Doris E. Glenn passed away December 31, 2016 at the age of 83. She was born in Smithville, Texas to Hilda and Ernest Tanecka on August 8th in 1933. She was a member of St Pauls Catholic Church, the Alter Society, the VFW ladies Auxiliary and the Sons of Herman. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred C. Glenn and her parents. Doris is survived by her children, Debra Kelley and her...
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Billie Jean Hickman

April 5, 1929 - December 24, 2016

Billie Jean Hickman, age 87, of Smithville was called to her Heavenly Home on Saturday, December 24, 2016.A Celebration of Billie Jean's Life will take place privately at a later date.
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Anna Alma Peschke

December 1, 1928 - December 17, 2016

Anna Alma Peschke of Smithville, Texas passed away Saturday, December 17, 2016 at the age of 88 years. She was surrounded by her four loving children as she transitioned peacefully into everlasting life. Anna was born on December 1, 1928 to Arthur and Alma Knobloch Kieschnick in Manheim, Texas.On June 15, 1947 Anna married Clarence Peschke in Manheim, Texas . Together they had four children...
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Betty Sue Robinette

November 13, 1931 - November 30, 2016

Betty Sue RobinetteI was born November 13, 1931, (Friday the 13th), to Nell (Sims) and George Walker Tadlock, and raised by my daddy and step-mother, Ona Lee Tadlock, who was a mother to me.I was raised in or near Waco, went to Nurses Training in Providence Hospital in Waco, and worked for Austin and Bastrop physicians until 1990.I was baptized into Christ as a teenager on July 6, 1948 at West...
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Helen M. Whitley

October 1, 1931 - November 27, 2016

Helen Whitley, 85, of Smithville passed away November 27, 2016. She was born to Esther (Driessner) and Emil Steglich on October 1, 1931. She married Glen Whitley on October 30, 1971 at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Serbin.Helen worked at the Texas Education Agency for twenty years and Bluebonnet Electric seven years.She is preceded in death by her parents; sisters Lorraine Zoch and LaVerne Folks;...
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Blanche L. Browning

August 19, 1930 - November 18, 2016

Blanche L. Browning entered the arms of the Lord November 18, 2016 at the age of 86. She was born in 1930 in Brownwood, Texas to Ruby and Frank B. Wilson.She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Leonard Ray Browning and daughter, Sandra Kay Browning. Blanche is survived by her son, Bill Browning and his wife Judy; sister-in-law, Nancy Ann Sutphen; five grandchildren, Deborah Griese,...
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Dorothy E. York

January 24, 1925 - November 7, 2016

Dorothy E. (Adams, Hoskins) YorkDorothy went to be with the Lord on November 7, 2016. She was born January 24, 1925 in Smithville, Texas to Ben and Ludie Adams. Dorothy was a very loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother as well as a very loyal friend. She was a devoted Christian and a member of Great Hills Baptist Church in Austin. Dorothy started her work career by working in a...
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Bridie Lee Fleck

April 21, 1929 - November 7, 2016

Bridie Lee Fleck was born April 21, 1929 in Brunson, SC to Marian (Groom) and Shellie Crosby. She passed into eternal life November 7, 2016. She is survived by: husband, Benjamin Thomas Fleck, Sr.; son, Benjamin Thomas Fleck, Jr. and wife Carolyn; daughter Carol Pavlicek and husband Larry; brother, Leon Crosby; half-sister Velda Bennett and sister-in-law Brenda Donehue.Also loving Bridie are 10...
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Alma K. Bonorden

September 2, 1910 - October 30, 2016

Alma K. Bonorden (Mamaw) went to be with the Lord October 30,2016. Alma was born September 2,1910 to Chris Keller and Agnes Muzny. She is preceded in death by her husband Alton W. Bonorden and her son Robert L. Bonorden. She is survived by her son George Bonorden of GA. Grandchildren, Cheryl Bonorden of Austin, Cory Kadlecek and husband Jody of Smithville, Linda Sue Green and husband Rick of...
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Paul James Parker

July 24, 1927 - September 9, 2016

Paul James Parker, 89, retired corporate executive and long-time Bastrop County rancher, passed from this life on September 9, 2016 in Austin, TX. He was born in Buda, TX to Lance and Gertrude (Costley) Parker on July 24, 1927. Paul was employed by Southwestern Bell (AT&T) for 38 years and held management positions in Austin, Little Rock, Houston, Fort Worth and Dallas. He retired in 1983...
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Mildred Marie Parker

September 17, 1924 - August 17, 2016

Mildred "Millie" Marie (Cathey) Parker, 91, departed this life to be with her heavenly father on August 17, 2016. Millie was born in Bell County, TX on September 16, 1924, the daughter of Leonard and Ethyl (Edwards) Cathey. She spent her childhood on the family farm, and after graduating high school, began her adult life employed as a switchboard operator at Fort Hood, TX during WWII. There she...
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Marie E. Ritchie

September 1, 1927 - August 13, 2016

Marie Elizabeth Ritchie was called home to the Lord on August 13, 2016 just shy of her 89th birthday. Marie was born in Bootle, England on September 1, 1927. Marie was about 12 years old during the Battle of Britain in World War II. She and her siblings were sent to Manchester to live with relatives to escape the dangers of the bombings.Marie married the love of her life, Bennie Lee Ritchie,...
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Joe H. Cline

April 28, 1940 - June 2, 2016

Joe H. Cline passed from this life June 2, 2016 at the age of 76.Born in Huntsville, Texas, Joe spent his early childhood at Lost Prairie in Mexia, Texas. In 1946, he moved to LaMarque, where he completed elementary thru high school. Immediately after high school, Joe attended Lamar Technical College in Beaumont, where he realized his passion for telecommunications. In 1961, Joe joined the...
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Bobbie Lynn Jones

January 14, 1931 - May 11, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Marrs-Jones Funeral Home, Smithville, TX.
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Mary Edith Scott

November 10, 1930 - May 10, 2016

Obituary for Mary Edith ScottNovember 10, 1930 - May 10, 2016Mary Edith, age 85, passed away on May 10, 2016. She was a resident of Smithville, Texas at the time of her passing. Mary Edith was born to Kathryn Agnes Paschal McNeir and Charles Martin Nelson on November 10, 1930. She married Floyd Wayne Scott on September 24, 1950. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary before his death...
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Abel Cardenas

January 25, 1936 - May 6, 2016

Abel Cardenas of Smithville entered the arms of the Lord May 6, 2016 at the age of 80. He was born in Flatonia, Texas to Juana and Manuel Cardenas. He is preceded in death by his wife of 30 years, Janie Sandoval Cardenas. Abel is survived by his children, Linda Cardenas, Daniel Cardenas (Martha), Bennie Cardenas, David Cardenas (Monica), Roy Anthony Cardenas; grandchildren, Lindsey, Leah,...
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Annie Reid

December 18, 1916 - May 1, 2016

Annie Reid(1916 - 2016)Annie Reid passed away May 1, 2016 at the age of 99. She was born December 18th, 1916 in String Prairie, Texas to Karl Frank (Charlie J.) Ott (d. 1967) and Annie Nettie Waneck Ott (d. 1936). Texas was still young in 1916 when she was born. String Prairie was a new and growing rural community. It was initially founded in 1886 by a few families coming to Texas from an area...
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Ruth Ann Holder

December 11, 1938 - April 6, 2016

Ruth Ann Holder, 77, relocated to Heaven April 6, 2016. She was born to Minnie (Rosanky) & August Meduna, December 11, 1938 in Rosanky, Texas. Ruth is survived by her son Billy Fritz, Jr. and daughter Gail Draper; 5 grandchildren & 4 great grandchildren. Ruth earned her Smithville High School graduate certificate, fell in love and married the man of her three children.Ruth was married...
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Mary Lee Brueggman

July 30, 1934 - March 16, 2016

Mary Lee (Jarosek) Brueggman passed peacefully at her home in the company of her family on March 16, 2016. She was born July 30, 1934 in Moulton, Texas to Lee L. and Marie (Petrek) Jarosek. In 1952 Mary Lee married Billy Ray Brueggman and they shared almost 64 years together.Mary Lee loved life and its many facets. Her first love was her family and especially her grandchildren and great...
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Gladys B. Susen

March 6, 1922 - February 20, 2016

Gladys B. Susen passed from this life February 20, 2016 at the age of 93. She was born in 1922 in Flatonia, Texas to Ethel and August Brunner.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Smithville, Texas VFW Post 1309, Ladies Auxiliary in memory of Gladys Susen. Visitation will be 6:00pm to 8:00pm Friday, February 26, 2016 at Marrs-Jones Funeral Home in Smithville, Texas. Funeral Services...
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Rhonda Brueggman Plance

March 1, 1954 - February 16, 2016

Rhonda Rae (Brueggman) Plance passed from this life February 16, 2016 at the age of 61. She was born at Langley Air Force Base,Virginia in1954 to Mary Lee and Billy Brueggman. Rhonda is survived by her parents, Mary Lee and Billy Brueggman; her husband of 44 years, Kenny Plance; her children, Tanya Plance, Kenny Plance III (Cherish Gilbert); grandchildren, Eve Gunn, Matthew Gunn, Giana...
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Elsie Zimmerhanzel

December 27, 1911 - February 2, 2016

ELSIE KRUPPA ZIMMERHANZELDEC 27, 1911--FEB 2, 2016 Elsie Kruppa Zimmerhanzel passed away peacefully on February 2, 2016. She was born 104 years ago at Ford's Prairie in south-west Fayette County to Frank John Kruppa and Annie Adamcik. She was the sixth of their eight children. She lived her whole life within 10 miles of her birthplace. She was united in marriage with Edward Frank Zimmerhanzel...
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Ruth Marie Barnett

April 30, 1946 - January 31, 2016

Ruth Marie Barnett, age 69, of Smithville passed from this life on January 31, 2016. She was born April 30, 1946 in Smithville.Visitation is 6:00 to 8:00pm Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at Marrs-Jones Funeral Home in Smithville.A Celebration of Life will be 2:00pm Thursday, February 4, 2016 also at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Smithville, Texas.
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Billie Pilar Vallem

November 21, 1962 - December 24, 2015


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Felix P. Rejcek

May 19, 1931 - December 22, 2015


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Evelyn Jane Psencik

March 10, 1922 - December 5, 2015

Evelyn Jane Psencik, age 93, of Flatonia passed away in California on December 5, 2015. Visitation will be 5:00pm to 8:00pm Friday, December 18, 2015, at Marrs-Jones Funeral Home in Smithville with a Rosary being recited at 7:00pm.A Mass will be celebrated at St. Paul Catholic Church in Smithville at 10:30am on Saturday, December 19, 2015 with burial following in Oak Hill Cemetery, Smithville.
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Evelyn Roberts

March 27, 1922 - November 20, 2015

Evelyn Roberts, age 93, passed peacefully in her sleep at home on November 20, 2015.She is preceded in death by her husband Frank Roberts. Evelyn is survived by her daughter, Linda Cline and her husband Joe; grandson, Monty Cline and his wife, Aimee; granddaughter, Tracey Cline-McElroy and her husband Kevin; cousin, Sidney Merle Battles; great-grandchildren, Jordan Cline, Madison Key, Haylee Key...
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George K. Heinz

February 1, 1925 - November 2, 2015

George K. Heinz passed from this life November 2, 2015 at the age of 90. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa to Grace and William Heinz.He is preceded in death by his parents and son William Gary Heinz. George is survived by his wife, Bernice Heinz, two daughters, Sue Sperling and Debra Heinz, sister Elizabeth Neuman, sister-in-law, Ann Hofferek and her husband Ervin, and numerous extended family....
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Barbara Scott

September 11, 1936 - October 30, 2015

Barbara N. Scott, from Abernathy, Texas and most recently Smithville, Texas was born September 11, 1936 and went to be with our Lord, October 30, 2015. Barbara is survived by her husband of 60 years, Robert E. Scott; son Robert Scott and his wife, Shelly; and son Bart Scott; 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; brother Dorman Allen and his wife Nancy. She was preceded by her parents...
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Milbern Seidel

January 9, 1929 - October 18, 2015

Milbern Seidel, age 86, of String Prairie, Texas was called from this life on October 18, 2015. Milbern was born January 9, 1929 to William and Hattie (Rabel) Seidel in String Prairie, Texas. Milbern was married to Janice Schlicht on October 8, 1955 and theirs was the first wedding reception held at Watterson Hall.Milbern served in the US Army during the Korean War. He worked as a supervisor...
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Thelma Virginia Gilmore

August 8, 1920 - October 12, 2015

Mrs. Virginia Gilmore, age 95, of Smithville was called from this life on Monday, October 12, 2015 in Luling, Texas. She was born August 8, 1920 to Elias Denton Moore and Minnie Lee (Guyton) Moore in Brownfield, Texas.Mrs. Gilmore was a long-time member of First United Methodist Church in Smithville. She is survived by: sons, Bobby Gilmore and Mickey Gilmore; a daughter, Beverly Cooper; 8...
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Martha Lynn Miller

May 24, 1963 - September 26, 2015

Martha Lynn Miller passed from this life September 26, 2015. She was born in Hico, Texas to Hazel and Marshall Montgomery. She is preceded in death by her parents and two brothers. Martha Lynn is survived by two children, Tim Miller and his wife Kacie, Amanda Miller, her sisters, Dessie VanHouten, Bessie Maynard, Dorothy Wilson, Sally Dean, Kathy Mongomery, Betty Montgomery, two brothers,...
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Stephen Clardy

February 9, 1956 - September 15, 2015

Stephen Clardy was born to Leola and Garland Clardy on February 9, 1956 in Greenville, SC. He passed away in Austin, TX. on September 15, 2015.He married Dorothy Carranza at Rosanky Baptist Church on November 3, 1991. They raised two children, Mary and Joshua.Stephen is survived by his wife, Dorothy, daughter Mary Wilkerson (John) and son, Joshua Garza. He also leaves behind three grandchildren...
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Theresa Wandell Wendland

July 14, 1922 - September 14, 2015

Theresa Wandell Wendland, a long-time resident of Rockdale, died Monday, September 14, 2015 at Rambling Oaks Courtyard in Highland Village, Texas. The youngest of eight children, Wandell was born in Red Rock to Myrtle Bowen and John Sims in 1922. Weighing only two pounds at birth, she developed a strong will for survival and a feisty spirit which carried her through almost a century of...
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Kenneth M. Bullock

January 12, 1934 - July 27, 2015

Kenneth M. Bullock Passed away on Monday, July 27, 2015 Funeral services will be on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 2:00PM at the Mars-Jones Funeral home, locatedat 104 Olive St. in Smithville, TX 78957. In lieu of flowers, donations to a veteran's cause or a favor for a member of our armed services or their families would be appreciated.
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Richard A. Bennatt

May 12, 1941 - July 22, 2015

Richard Allen Bennatt was called home by Our Heavenly Father on July 22, 2015. Richard was born on May 12, 1941 to William Martin Bennatt and Mary Lois Bennatt-Walker in Houston. He is preceded in death by his parents, siblings, and sons, Richard Jr. and Gaylon Glenn. Richard is survived by his loving wife, Kathleen Grace Bennatt; sons Phillip Martin Allen Shane Bennatt and Michael Steele...
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John Garcia Salas

November 24, 1951 - July 14, 2015

John Garcia Salas, 63 of Pasadena, passed on Tuesday, July 14, 2015. He was born November 24, 1951 in El Campo, TX to Barbara (Garcia) and Lucas Salas, Sr.He was raised in Smithville, TX but moved to Pasadena, TX where he raised his children and built his life. He was a loving Son, Father, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle and Friend who always had them laughing.John is preceded in death by his parents. ...
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Barbara Ringer Phillips

June 27, 1935 - July 14, 2015

Barbara Ringer Phillips, 80, of Rosanky passed at her home on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, surrounded by her loving family.Barbara was born in Rosanky, Texas to Ida A. (Biehle) and Herman J. Ringer on June 27, 1935.Barbara is preceded in death by her husband Albert who passed in 2009, and her brothers, Otis and R. L. "Jack" Ringer.She is survived by her daughters, Sue Goetzman and Tammy Goertz and her...
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Edward Y. Kaiser

June 19, 1927 - June 12, 2015

Edward York Kaiser, 87, of La Grange, TX passed away Friday June 12, 2015. He was born June 19, 1927 in Winchester, Texas to Fred and Verna (Hubbard) Kaiser. Edward was baptized into the Christian faith on June 27,1927, at St. Michael's Lutheran Churn in Winchester. He confessed his faith at his confirmation on April 6, 1941. His confirmation verse was Phil 1:2. Edward served in the army during...
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Phyllis A. DeLoach

January 24, 1936 - June 11, 2015

Phyllis A. DeLoach passed from this life June 11, 2015 at the age of 79. She was born in Richmond, Virginia to Mary and Forrest Cousins. Phyllis is preceded in death by her mother and father, husband, John Haynie DeLoach, son, William Lee DeLoach and two brothers. Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Jean M DeLoach of Austin, Texas Rena Ann DeLoach of Bastrop, Texas Susan DeLoach...
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Linda B. Doiron

March 9, 1954 - June 8, 2015

Linda Bunte Doiron went to be with the Lord on June 8, 2015 at the age of 61. She was born March 9, 1954 in Smithville, Texas to Granville and Helen Bunte,.Linda graduated from Smithville High School with the Class of 1972, where she very proudly played the flute as a member of the Marching 100 band and participated in various other clubs and school organizations.While living in College Station...
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Bernice F. Williamson

August 28, 1917 - May 21, 2015

Bernice Fite Williamson, age 97 of Smithville, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015 afterbattling breast cancer the last few years. Bernice was born in Smithville, TX on August 28, 1917to Olin Cleveland Fite Sr. and Myrtle Slack Fite.She is preceded in death by her husband, Richard Best Williamson, son Richard KennethWilliamson, five siblings, Jewel Ebner, Ruby Parsons, Marguerite Sassman, Louise...
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Jack Finis Gordon

April 21, 1921 - May 8, 2015

Jack Finis Gordon, 94, of Cistern, Texas passed away at home on May 8, 2015. Jack was born on April 1, 1921 at Coolidge, Texas. He was the youngest son of Ed and Irene Gordon. Jack grew up farming cotton with his family in Lubbock, Texas. He attended The Texas Technological College in Lubbock and received a degree in Chemical Engineering. Jack was a Captain in the Army Air Corps from 1944 -...
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Dolores G. Day

April 9, 1941 - April 19, 2015

Dolores "Dee" Gail Day of Smithville entered into eternal rest on Sunday, April 19th, 2015 after a brave battle with cancer.Born April 9th, 1941 and raised in Austin, Texas as Dolores Gail Godwin, she was the fifth of six children for Florence and Oscar Godwin. She graduated Travis High School before marrying and moving to Baytown, Texas where she raised three sons while working in...
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Edgar Shank

October 22, 1921 - April 5, 2015


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Dora F. Wehmeyer

April 18, 1916 - February 26, 2015

Dora Wehmeyer passed from this life February 26, 2015 at the age of 98. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ernest, six brothers, six sisters, and grandson-in-law John Conrad. Dora is survived by her daughter, Doris Roehling and son-in-law, David Roehling, granddaughters, Debbie Schroeder and her husband Troy, Dana Case and her husband Gary, Doretta Batts and her special friend Matt Fisher,...
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Charlie Bess Ivey

August 27, 1933 - February 26, 2015

Charlie Bess Morgan IveyMrs. Charlie Bess Morgan Ivey passed peacefully in Smithville, Texas departing this earth for her heavenly home on February 26, 2015 at the age of 81 ½. Charlie Bess was born on August 27, 1933, in Bastrop, Texas to Charlie Edward and Mary Emma Morris Morgan, and was their only child as opposed to her husband who was the youngest of 20 children. She graduated from...
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Patricia A. Breeden

July 28, 1934 - February 25, 2015

Patricia Ann, age 80 of Smithville, passed away February 25, 2015 after a 12 year battle with Alzheimer's. Pat was born in Sherman, Texas on July 28 1934.She is survived by her husband of 62 years, William Breeden; daughters, Debbie, Kathy and Cindy; 6 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, sisters, Billie Wilson, Elizabeth Stricklin and brother Jim Haynie. Pat was a Godly woman who had many...
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Benno Vyvjala

September 18, 1924 - February 16, 2015

Benno Vyvjala passed into the arms of Lord February 16, 2015 at the age of 90.He was born September 18, 1924 to Rosalie (Chrastecky) and Ed Vyvjala in Smithville, Texas. He graduated from Smithville High with class of 1942 and worked for the M.K.T. Railroad until 1943. Benno proudly served with the Air Force in World War II as a bombardier-navigator. He married his childhood sweetheart Myrtis...
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Ale Veenstra

September 18, 1922 - February 10, 2015

Ale Theunis "Sonny" Veenstra, 92, was born September 18, 1922 in Houston, Texas to Cleo (Lacy) and Theunis Veenstra. Sonny passed away Tuesday, February 10, 2015 in Kingsland, Texas. He was the second oldest of five children, all of whom preceded him to Heaven.Sonny grew up on a dairy farm and later established his own dairy operations in Seabrook and Smithville, Texas. He met and married...
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William H. McGlaun

September 9, 1948 - January 17, 2015

William Harvey (Bill) McGlaun, born September 9, 1948 in Conroe, Texas died January 17, 2015 at St. David's Hospital in Austin, Texas after a long illness at his home in Winchester. He is preceded in death by parents William H. and Christine (Welch) McGlaun. He is survived by two loving sons, Billy and Monty McGlaun, three grandchildren, Mason, Kaleb and Kenzie Shay, all of Smithville, Texas. ...
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Betsy Jo Duty

June 30, 1929 - January 10, 2015


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Evelyn Marie Olson

January 12, 1924 - January 8, 2015

Evelyn Marie Olson passed away peacefully early morning, January 8, 2015 at Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas. Evelyn lacked 4 days to her 91st birthday on January 12, 2015. She was born to Jackie J. (Hill) and Sam Ausmus in Brookston, Lamar County, Texas.Evelyn spent her early years at Honey Grove High School in Paris, Texas, eventually graduating to 45 years of service at Southwestern...
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Estelle Nink

April 8, 1918 - January 7, 2015

Estelle Nink, age 96, passed away in San Antonio, TX on January 7, 2015. She was born in Pin Oak, TX to Selma and August Paulick on April 8, 1918.Estelle is survived by her daughter, Cheryl O'Such of San Antonio; two grandsons, Don O'Such and his wife Carol of San Antonio and Marc O'Such of Burlingame, CA; three great-grandsons, Patrick, John and Michael O'Such, brother-in-law, Carl Nink...
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Lera A. Javor

October 29, 1921 - December 29, 2014

Lera A Javor passed from this life December 29, 2014 at the age of 93. She was born in Smithville, Texas to Alma (Krueger) and Gus Witt. Being born and raised in Smithville, Lera was very proud of the community. She was a graduate of Smithville High School's class of 1939. She was active in the Garden Club, the Smithville Heritage Society and the Smithville Library. Though not a member, she...
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John Henry Bradley

September 7, 1935 - December 9, 2014

John Henry Bradley of Smithville, Texas, passed away December 9, 2014 at age 79. He was born in Birmingham, England, September 7, 1935 to Lena [Brown] and John Bradley. John moved to the United States in 1979, where he established his own jewelry business. In addition to handcrafting unique jewelry designs, he also loved to paint and draw.John is survived by his loving wife of 58 years...
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Lorraine Mae Stuessy

November 8, 1929 - November 14, 2014

.Lorraine Mae Stolle Stuessy, age 85, passed away November 14, 20014 in Flatonia, Texas. She had lived in CISTERN for a long time until bad health she moved in with her son and daughter-in law, Olien and Wendy Stuessy of Cedar Creek.Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, November19,2014 at 10:00 AM in the Marrs-Jones Funeral Home in Smithville, Texas. Interment will follow at the Cistern City...
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Esther Jimenez

February 18, 1928 - November 6, 2014

Esther Jimenez, 86 and lifetime resident of Smithville, Texas passed away and went home to be with her Lord on November 6, 2014. Esther was born on February 18, 1928 in Smithville, Texas. She was raised by her grandmother and worked tireless hours on a farm north of Smithville. Her education began at Smithville Elementary school and continued until she graduated from high school in 1947. She...
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Linford M. Bullock

July 2, 1923 - October 10, 2014

Linford Milton Bullock, 91, was born to Olive (Downs) and Alfred Bullock at Manter, Kansas on July 2, 1923. He went to his heavenly home on October 10, 2014 in Smithville, TX.He attended grade and high school at Manter, graduating in 1941. He achieved 2 college degrees, in 1950, a Bachelor of Arts with a math and science major and in 1953 a Master's Degree in Education from Fort Hays College at...
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Eloise Jewel Hancock

November 13, 1924 - September 3, 2014

Eloise Jewel Hancock passed from this life September 3, 2014 at the age of 89. She was born in Rosanky, Texas to Rena Belle and William DeLoach. Eloise is survived by her son, Larry Hancock and his wife Prissy of Waller, Texas; daughter, Cheryl O'Bannion of Baytown, Texas; grandchildren, Landree Hancock, Shawnna Juarez, Shaun O'Bannion, 3 great-grandchildren, Connor O'Bannion, Corbin O'Bannion,...
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Mildred Veenstra

July 12, 1925 - August 31, 2014

Mildred Veenstra passed from this life August 31, 2014 at the age of 89. She was born in Glen Flora, Texas in 1925 to Anette and Ed Reitz. Mildred is survived by her husband of 69 years, Sonny Veenstra of Smithville, son, Van Veenstra of Kinglsand , grandsons, Eric Veenstra of Cypress, Adam Veenstra and his wife Diann and their son, Evan all of Spring.A celebration of Mildred's life will be at 3...
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Ricardo F. Ramos

September 20, 1923 - August 29, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Marrs-Jones Funeral Home, Smithville, TX.
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Linda Joye Sullivan

March 10, 1943 - August 16, 2014

Linda Joye Sullivan, 71, of Jonescreek, Texas passed away Saturday, August 16, 2014 at MD Anderson Hospital after a long courageous battle with cancer. Linda was born in Smithville, Texas on March 10, 1943 to Charles and Joye Baggett. She was a resident of Jonescreek from 1963 - 2014. Linda is preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Blake "Burr" Sullivan. She is survived by...
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John J. Newton

December 13, 1930 - July 11, 2014

Audrey John Newton, Jr., 83, of Smithville, Texas, passed away on Friday, July 11, 2014, at Christopher House in Austin after an extended illness.John was born on December 13, 1930 in Peason, Louisiana to A.J. and Linda (Ashley) Newton. He grew up in Mississippi, Louisiana and Oregon with a close extended family including his sister Annye Newton and his cousins James, Larry and Camille Ashley...
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Charles Edward Goodwin

May 2, 1922 - July 8, 2014

Charles Edward GoodwinMay 2, 1922 - July 8, 2014 Charles Edward Goodwin, 92, of Smithville, Texas passed away on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 in Smithville after a short illness. Services for Mr. Goodwin will be held on Saturday July, 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM in the chapel of Marrs-Jones Funeral Home in Smithville with Tommy Goodwin officiating. Burial will follow with military and masonic honors at Oak...
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George M. Heintze

January 27, 1922 - June 11, 2014

George M Heintze passed away June 11, 2013 at the age of 92. He was laid to rest next to his mother at Oak Hill Cemetery in Smithville, Texas. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Resolutions Hospice in honor of George.Arrangements under the direction of Marrs-Jones Funeral Home, Smithville, TX.
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Elizabeth Goertz

July 24, 1926 - June 5, 2014

Elizabeth Goertz passed from this life June 5, 2014 at the age of 87. She was born in Gurley, Alabama to Bertha and Lewis Perry. Elizabeth is survived by her only child, Carolyn Walker and her husband David; grandson, David Walker, Jr.; granddaughter, Dawn Vranjesevic and her husband Dennis; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. Graveside Services will be 3:00pm Monday at St. Mary'...
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Jody L. Shank

March 26, 1947 - May 3, 2014

Jody L Shank passed from this life May 3,2014 at the age of 67. He was born in Toledo, Ohio to Mildred and Edgar Shank.Jody served his country with Honor in the United States Army for over 30years and retired as a Master SGT. He will be dearly missed. Jody is survived by his wife Sheryle, 3 children, 10 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild on the way.Visitation will be...
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Adolph L. Svoboda

November 13, 1924 - March 12, 2014

Adolph Ludwig Svoboda, 89, of Smithville, died Wednesday, March 12, 2014. He was born to Frank and Mary Barina Svoboda, November 13, 1924, in Bastrop County near Barton's Creek. Adolph and his siblings worked on the family farm. As fate would have it, he attended a SPJST meeting at the Kovar Hall and he met Elsie Pauline Sulak. They were married in 1944 and enjoyed 65 years of marriage. In...
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Brian Gill

December 18, 1958 - February 12, 2014


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William Johnson

May 25, 1949 - May 15, 2013

William "Wild Bill' Johnson passed away May 15, 2013 at the age of 63. he is survived by his wife, Sandra Johnson and son, Josh Johnson of Smithville, Texas.
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