Rockdale,TX Class of 1965
Hurschal James Joseph II - Class of 1967
November 28, 1981
Rockdale Reporter December 3, 1981
Funeral services for Hurschal James Joseph II were held at 3:00 PM Monday at Meadowbrook Baptist Church with burial in I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Rev. N. A. Mills officiated.
Mr Joseph died Saturday morning in Rockdale. He had been a Rockdale resident for most of his life except for four years in the U.S. Navy and a short time in Austin.
He was born Nov 19, 1948 in Austin to Hurschal J. Joseph and Evelyn Saxon Joseph. He was a carpenter.
Survivors include his parents Hurschal Joseph of Lewiston, Idaho and Evelyn Joseph of Rockdale; his grandmother, Lula Mason of Oklahoma; three sisters, Shannon McNeil of Camarillo, California, Barbara Collins of Lewiston, Idaho, and Cynthia Reynolds of Austin; two step?sons, Scott Ramsey of Rockdale and Anthony Morrison of Rockdale.
Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home of Rockdale was in charge of arrangements.
Mickey Brannam Offield - Class of 1967
January 22, 2006
Rockdale Reporter, Thur., 26 Jan 2006
Mickey Brannam Offield, 57, of Rockdale, died Sunday morning, Jan. 22, 2006 in the Richards Memorial Hospital in Rockdale after a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale with Rev. John Warren of St. John’s United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Rockdale.
Mrs. Offield, a resident of Rockdale since she was four years old, was born Sept. 7, 1948 in Temple to E. L. [Ercel Lee] “Mickey” and Mary [Clyde Woodward] Brannam.
She worked as new accounts representative at Citizens National Bank in Rockdale for the past 11 years. She first worked for Southwestern Bell for several years in Austin, then worked 13 years as cafeteria cashier at Rockdale Elementary.
She was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Rockdale. She also was a former chairperson for Rockdale Boy Scouts. She helped organize the Relay For Life event in Rockdale and served as chairperson for Relay For Life survivor dinner.
Survivors include her husband, Carey Wayne Offield of Rockdale; two sons, Michael Offield and wife Wendi of Rockdale and Joey Offield and wife Tammy of Rockdale; parents, E. L. “Mickey” and Mary Brannam of Rockdale; parents-in-law, Boyd and Alberta Offield of Rockdale; twin brother, Michael Brannam and wife Kathleen of Rockdale; four grandchildren, Hailey, Justin, Hayden and Carson Offield; nephew, Barret Brannam and wife Aloa of Austin; niece, Abby Johnson and husband Doug of Huntsville; great nieces, Jordon, Sidney and Elle Brannam.
Pallbearers include Paxton Hendrix, Brady Nelson Jr., Scott Brogger, Steve Young, Jason Worley and Lanny Worley.
Honorary pallbearers are past and present members of Bunko Group, Elizabeth Buchanan, Cathy Henderson, Cathy Skrhak, Mona Borg, Liz Milam, Janet Vaughn, Donna Robinson, Sherilyn Johnson, Sammie Turner, Dee Maines, Karen Eckert, Kathleen Brannam, Connie Schielack, Pat Goeppinger, Judy Riley, Shirley Bailey and Kay Vance.
Memorials may be made to Relay For Life, P. O. Box 1630, Rockdale, TX 76567 or American Cancer Society, 963 N. FM 908, Rockdale, TX 76567.
Obituaries of Friends of the Class of 1965
Harry Thomas 'Tommy' Timmerman - Class of 1967
July 10, 2005
Rockdale Reporter, Thur., 14 July 2005
Services for Harry Thomas “Tommy” Timmerman, 56, of Hearne, formerly of Rockdale, were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2005, in Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale with Rev. John Warren of St. John’s United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Rockdale.
Mr. Timmerman died Sunday, July 10, in Richards Memorial Hospital.
A Hearne resident the past year and a half, he lived most of his life in Rockdale and was born Jan. 16, 1949, in Cameron to Harry H. and Mary Ethel (Simmons) Timmerman.
Mr. Timmerman was a 1967 graduate of Rockdale High School and a 1969 graduate of James Connally Technical Institute of Texas A&M.
He was a unit supervisor with Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations, retiring after 31 years.
He received the Dalton E. Hamilton Certified Welding Inspector District of the Year Award on Sept. 1, 2000, and the Dalton E. Hamilton Certified Welding Inspector National of the Year Award on May 7, 2001.
Mr. Timmerman was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Rockdale and was a National Guard veteran.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John Henry Timmerman; and his stepfather, L.W. “Buster” Gore.
Survivors are two sons, Thomas Wade Timmerman and wife Edith of Gause and James Ward Timmerman of Rockdale;
three grandchildren, Kelsey Danielle Timmerman, Garrett Wade Timmerman and Jakeb Tanner Timmerman; a sister, Joy Graham and husband Billy of Thorndale; a sister-in-law, Jean Timmerman of Arlington; and a special friend, Patsy Mannis
Pallbearers were Leroy Willard, Scott Randall, Steve Randall, Stanley Hairston, Jerry Ripp and Felix Flores.
Honorary pallbearers were Jamie Wall, Rod Boswell, Albert Timmerman Jr. and Benjamin Hauptman.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Wayne Black - Class of 1967
September 12, 2000
Rockdale Reporter, Thur., 21 Sept 2000
Funeral services for Edward Wayne Black, 51, were held at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, at the Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale with burial following in I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Rev. Larry Holden officiated. He died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, at Scott & White Hospital in Temple.
Mr. Black was born Oct. 29, 1948, to Finis E. and Lou Ann (Grimes) Black in Flynn, Texas. At an early age he moved to Rockdale and lived in Rockdale most of his life. He attended First Baptist Church, Rockdale, was a graduate of Rockdale High School and enjoyed baseball, hunting and riding horses. He was a Texas Department of Corrections guard.
He was preceded in death by twin daughters Stacy and Tracy and a brother James Roy Black.
Surviving are his parents, Finis E. and Lou Ann Black of Rockdale; two daughters, Tonya Henry and husband Scott of Montocello, Utah and Wendy Kaye Jackson and husband Chester of Frisco, Texas; two sisters, Barbara Black of Auburn, Georgia and Judy McLerran and husband Kenneth of Fairfield; four grandchildren, Kalynn Jackson, Cody Jackson, Arieal Henry and Curtis Henry.
Pall bearers were Mahlon Grimes, Tommie Grimes, Gerald Jordan, Allen Black, David Boyd, Earl Seelke.
Visitation was held Thursday, Sept. 14 at 4 p.m. at Phillips & Luckey Chapel.
Jimmy O. Sefcik - Class of 1967
May 25, 1976
Rockdale Reporter June 4, 1976
Funeral services for Jimmy O. Sefcik, 27, were held at 10:00 AM Friday at the South Jefferson Baptist Church, Mount Pleasant, with burial in the Mount Pleasant Masonic Cemetery. Rev Lloyd Cashion officiated.
Mr Sefcik drowned May 25 when a barge he was working on overturned in a water?filled pit at the Texas Utilities Generating Company Fuel Utilities Dept., near Winfield.
Titus County Justice of the Peace Leon Rhea, who was called to the scene, said that Sefcik was wearing a rainsuit with the suit taped to the boots. The suit and boots apparently filled with water causing the victim to sink, Rhea said. Sefcik was an electrician for Texas Utilities.
Sefcik was born in Rockdale Jan 12, 1949 to Mr and Mrs Otto Sefcik.
Survivors include his parents, Mr and Mrs Otto Sefcik of Rockdale; his wife, Mrs Cindy Sefcik, of Mount Pleasant; two sons, Michael Sefcik and David Sefcik of Mount Pleasant and a sister, Mrs Eugene Morgan of Fairfield.
Sefcik was a member of the South Jefferson Baptist Church.
Skip Morrison - Class of 1967
December 30, 1999
Rockdale Reporter Jan 6, 2000
Graveside services for Elvin "Skip" Morrison Jr., 51, of Austin, were held Jan. 2, in the Sandy Creek Cemetery near Rockdale.
Mr Morrison died Thursday, Dec. 30, in Seton Hospital in Austin. Mr Morrison was an Austin resident most of his life.
He was born Nov. 23, 1948 in Cameron, to Elvin C. Morrison Sr. and Evelyn (Davis) Morrison. He worked as a case
worker for Travis State School for six years. Prior to that he was an interior designer. Mr Morrison's hobbies included art, gardening, music, and travel.
Survivors include his wife, Roberta Morrison of Austin; a son, Justin Morrison of Austin; his mother, Evelyn Barnett of Rockdale; a sister, Carolyn Schneider of Rockdale; a dear and loving friend, Michael Williamson of Austin; a niece, Jeenifer Dodd of Milano; and a nephew, Jeff Ostendorf of Taylor.
Andrew Monora Jackson - Class of 1967
Rockdale Reporter, June 28, 2007
Andrew Monora Jackson, 57, of Burnet for the past 4 years and formerly of Manor died Tuesday morning, June 26, 2007 in the Bertram Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, June 29, 2007 at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale with Rev. Jackie English of Christ Redeemer Fellowship in Granite Shoals officiating. Burial will follow in the Salty Cemetery near Rockdale.
Mr Jackson, a United States Navy veteran during Vietnam was born August 28, 1949 in Cameron to Monora Francis and I.B. (Bownds) Jackson. He married Betty Koenig on July 6, 1974 in Rockdale.
He worked for the past two years at Home Depot in Marble Falls within the tool rental department. He previously worked with Houston Instruments in Austin for 20 years.
Mr Jackson was preceded in death by his father, Monora E. Jackson July 27, 1995.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Jackson of Burnet, three daughters, Elizabeth Ann Holley of Austin, Robin Marie Davila of Burnet and Rebecca Lynn Hale of Rockdale; mother, I. B. Jackson of Rockdale' two brothers, Richard Dean Jackson of Ada, Oklahoma and John Thomas Jackson of Rockdale; two sisters, Barbara Sue Needham of Cameron and Rosemary Gerthe of Ruidoso, New Mexico' sever grandchildren.
Pallbearers include Matthew Hale, Cary Holley, Stephen Holley, Mike Hale, Ricky Hale and Richard Jackson.
RHS Class of 1967
Earl Gordon 'Robbie' Roberson III - Class of 1967
October 19, 1982
Rockdale Reporter October 28, 1982
Nacogdoches - Funeral services for Earl G. Roberson III, 33, were held at 10:00 AM Friday at Nacogdoches First Baptist Church with burial in Sunset Cemetery. Dr Allen Reed of Nacogdoches First Baptist Church officiated.
Mr Roberson died in his home in Nacogdoches Tuesday, October 19. He was a former resident of Rockdale and was the son of Mr and Mrs Earl Roberson Jr of Rockdale. He was a pharmacist and was employed in Nacogdoches with Eckard Drugs.
Mr Roberson and Jane Johnston were married May 20, 1972 in Rockdale.
Survivors include his wife, Jane Roberson of Nacogdoches; two sons, Earl and Eric Roberson of Nacogdoches; one daughter, Julie Roberson of Nacogdoches; his parents, Mr and Mrs Earl Roberson Jr of Rockdale; one brother, Lloyd Roberson of Dubai, Saudi Arabia; one sister, Connie Smith of Conroe.
Mr Roberson was a deacon of Nacogdoches First Baptist Church where he was also a Sunday School teacher and a choir member.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Nacogdoches First Baptist Church.
Laird Funeral Homes of Nacogdoches was in charge of arrangments.
Lois Faye Bowman (Gentry) - Class of 1967
Feb 25, 2002
Bryan College Station Eagle
Sept. 23, 1947 — Feb. 25, 2002
Services for Lois Fay Trant, 54, of Bryan are set for 2 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan. The Rev. David Murphy of Calvary Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be in the Bryan City Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to the time of services Thursday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Trant died Monday at her home.
She was born in Rockdale and lived most of her life in Bryan.
Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Lana and Mark Palasota and Lynette Jackson, all of Bryan; a brother, Edward Bowman of Austin; and five grandchildren.
Hello, my Dad was Michael Rek. He passed away in 1982. He graduated in 1967. Do you know how I can get a copy of
his yearbook or pictures from his senior year? I would appreciate any information you could get me.
Melissa Rek Edwards
Michael Joe Rek - Class of 1967
April 12, 1982
Rockdale Reporter April 15, 1982
Funeral services for Michael Joe Rek, 33, were held at 10:00 AM Tuesday at Dalton and Sons Funeral Home, Lewisville, with Rev Kenneth Fisher presiding.
Burial was at 2:00 PM Wednesday with graveside services at I.O.O.F. Cemetery with Rev Herbert Lammert officiating.
Mr Rek died Monday in a Dallas hospital after an illness of several months. He had been a Lewisville resident for the past five years.
He was born February 23, 1949 in Bryan to Mr and Mrs Jerry Rek. He was Manager of Allstate Insurance Company of Lewisville.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs Jimmie Rek; three daughters, Melissa, Melinda, and Amanda Rek, all of Lewisville; one brother, Gene Rek of Rockdale; his parents, Mr and Mrs Jerry Rek of Rockdale.
Pall bearers were Carey Wayne Offield, Dan Fischer, Joe Wayne Cleveland, Ronnie Wiley, Dennis Hirt, and Mike Herring.
Mr Rek was a member of Lamb of God Lutheran Church of Lewisville and was President of the Lewisville Soccor Association.
Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home of Rockdale was in charge of arrangements for the graveside service.
Thank you for looking for those for me. Daddy passed when he was 33 years old. He was very active and much loved in our community. There were several newspaper articles when he passed. He was the president of our local soccer ssociation, a commissioner and he coached my team from the time we were 6 until we were 14. Daddy also played softball, soccer and football until he got sick. He thought he had injured his back, but he wasn't getting better and then he started to lose weight. It was then that we found out he had colon cancer. He fought very hard until the end. I was 14, Mindy was 13 and Amanda was 3. It was devastating to lose Daddy and Grandpa passed away 4 years later. I have articles and obituaries that I can send to you. We had to have 2 funerals, one in Lewisville and one in Rockdale. There were so many people who loved Daddy. I recently heard about Mickey Offield passing from Breast cancer. She and Carey were my parent's best friends. Mom says that Amanda (my youngest sister) has Daddy's yearbooks in Colorado. My Mom left them with her when she moved to Alabama to be with us. I am curious if there has been a lot of cancer in the people who went to RHS with you and Daddy. The doctors were so surprised that Daddy had Colon Cancer so young. My Mom would love to hear from Daddy's "old" friends :) Please let me know if anyone has any thing from Daddy's youth to share. I am making a memory book for my children. They never got to meet their Grandfather. He would have been an incredible Grandpa, he was an amazing Daddy. I hope to hear from you soon. Take care,
Melissa Rek Edwards
35 Lake Forest Blvd
Huntsville, AL 35824
Gary White - Class of 1967
Felix Flores - Class of 1967
February 6, 2009
Rockdale Reporter, February 11, 2008
Services for Felix Flores, 60, of Taylor were held Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. George Joseph of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elgin and Deacon Gus Coelho of St. Joseph Catholic Church officiating. Burial was in IOOF Cemetery in Rockdale.
Mr. Flores died Friday, Feb. 6, at his home near Taylor.
A longtime Rockdale resident, he had lived the past several years in Taylor and the Taylor area.
He was born Dec. 2, 1948, in Rockdale to Abraham Joe Flores and Reina (Garcia) Flores. He married Lora Ann Marshall on May 14, 1994, in Taylor.
Mr. Flores worked at Alcoa for 32 years and retired as a general mechanic. He then worked for Sears as an HVAC technician.
He was a 1967 graduate of Rockdale High School and attended TSTI in Waco.
Mr. Flores was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rockdale.
He enjoyed baseball, traveling, skiing, camping, boating, cooking, and welding and building barbecue pitts and trailers.
Mr. Flores was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother and sister, Raymond and Deloris Flores.
Survivors are his wife, Lora Ann Flores of Taylor; two sons, Felix Flores Jr. and wife Norma of College Station, Jon Flores
and wife Crissy of Rockdale; a stepson, James Lester Jr. and wife Sheri of Bacliff; a daughter,
Lizza Michelle Flores of Rockdale; two stepdaughters, Rebecca Hoffman of Clear Lake, Marie Stephens and husband Troy of Pandale; seven brothers, Freddie Flores and wife Louisa of Temple, Fernando Flores and wife Aretha of Rockdale, Abraham Joe Flores Jr. of Temple, Guadalupe Flores and wife Helen of Temple, Robert Flores and wife Lisa of Minerva,
Richard David Flores of Round Rock, Frank Flores of Rockdale; and four sisters, Belia Garcia and husband Tony, and Mary
Sandoval Real, all of Pflugerville, Diane Shorrey and husband Roger of Austin, Sandra Barton and husband Greg of Robinson; also, 11 grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Simon Flores, Vincent Flores, Chris Flores, Joey Flores, Andrew Sandoval, Valentine Farcia, Stephen Flores, Pete Sandoval and Michael Shorrey.
Delores Lawrence Divin - Class of 1967
DIVIN, Delores Lawrence, Cypress, Noon, Klein F.H., Houston. Local Visitation Sunday, 2 to 5 pm at First Christian Church, Rockdale.
Delores Ann Lawrence Beightol Divin
Delores Ann Lawrence Beightol Divin, 61, of Cypress, passed away on September 23, 2010. Visitation 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, September 26, at First Christian Church, 231 Burleson St., Rockdale, TX 76567, and 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, September 27, at Klein Funeral Home, CyFair Northwest. Funeral services 12 noon Tuesday, September 28, at the funeral home. Interment to follow in Saint Martin de Porres Catholic Cemetery, Waller.
Published in Houston Chronicle on September 26, 2010
CYPRESS — Services for Delores Ann Lawrence Beightol Divin, 61, were held Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, at Klein Funeral Home. Interment followed in Saint Martin de Porres Catholic Cemetery in Waller. Mrs. Divin died Thursday, Sept. 23, in Cypress.
She was born on Oct. 28, 1948, in Cameron to Garlon Ad Lawrence Sr. and Ann Kunz Lawrence.
Mrs. Divin was a member of the Rockdale High School Class of 1967, where she graduated valedictorian. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Southwest Texas State University in 1971.
On Aug. 28, 1971, she married Willis (Bill) Beightol Jr. As a military wife for 23 years, Mrs. Divin lived in several places throughout the U.S. where she made several lasting friendships.
On their shared birthday in 2000, she married Albert Divin.
Mrs. Divin was preceded in death by her father; two brothers, Garlon Lawrence Jr. and Bobby Lawrence; and by her first husband, Willis Beightol Jr.
Survivors are her husband, Albert Divin; two daughters, Julie Weldon and son-in-law Shane of Porter, Amy Beightol of Huntsville; two stepsons, Kerry Divin and stepdaughter-in-law Michelle of Katy, Shannon Divin and stepdaughter-in-law Brandy of Cypress; five grandchildren, Hailey and Kyler Weldon, Justin and Dylan Divin, and Cameron Divin; her mother, Ann Lawrence; a brother, Allan Lawrence; a sister and brother-in-law, Peggy and John Fischer; a brother and sister-in-law, Royce and Rosemary Lawrence; brothers-inlaw and sisters-in-law, Herbert and Evie Divin, Earl and Arlene Divin, and Loretta Divin; and a brother-in-law, Ward Beightol; also, numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society.
Rockdale Reporter, September 30, 2010
Byron F. 'Biff" Cook III - Class of 1967
LONGVIEW — Byron Floyd Cook III was born April 9, 1949, and departed this life on June 21, 2011. The eldest of four children, he was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, to Byron F. Cook Jr. and his wife, Mary Cunningham Cook. Biff spent his childhood in Rockdale, Texas, graduating as salutatorian of his high school class. He then attended Austin College in Sherman, Texas, where he met his wife of 40 years, Suzanne Loaring-Clark Cook.
In the third grade, Biff was burned over 25 percent of his body when his bathrobe caught fire by a space heater. He missed the following semester of school as he recovered from the subsequent surgeries, and was cared for by the local town physician. That event instilled in him a desire to be a doctor, and care for others. From that path he never wavered. Upon graduation from Austin College, he attended the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, choosing to specialize in general surgery. He completed his surgery residency at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, then completed a fellowship in peripheral vascular surgery.
In 1982, Biff and Suzanne settled in Longview, Texas, with their four children. Medicine was more than a profession for him; it was a calling. He devoted his life to caring for others, finding his special passion on a mission trip to Mexico in 1985. He went as often as he could, introducing many friends and colleagues to the community of Niltepec and its special needs.
Biff passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family. His death ended a long and difficult battle with cancer. He fought bravely, submitting to four trial treatments, in the hope of not just extending his own life, but in helping others.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Byron and Mary Cook.
He is survived by his loving wife, Suzanne; and four children, Courtney Spearman and husband, Jim, Chad and his wife, April, and grandsons William Coleman and Byron Benjamin, Jessica and her partner, Noell, and Seth and his wife, Erin. Also surviving are his brothers, Tim Cook and wife, Sheila, of Liberty, Morris Cook and wife, Julie, of Howe; and sister, Rebecca Cook Kirkpatrick and her husband, Bruce, of Norman, Oklahoma; and several nieces and nephews.
Our family wishes to acknowledge with great gratitude the loving care provided by the staff of Beacon Hospice, especially Dr. Margaret Schottstaedt and nurse, Ilene Rice.
A celebration of his life and memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2011, at First Presbyterian Church, Longview. Interment will be at a later date in Colorado.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Byron F. Cook Medical Mission Fund, c/o Texas Bank and Trust, P.O. Box 3188, Longview, TX 75606; or to Beacon Hospice, 5016 Gilmer Rd., Longview, TX 75604
A memorial guestbook may be signed at www.raderfh.comhttp://www.legacy.com/obituaries/news-journal/obituary.aspx?n=byron-floyd-cook&pid=152171855
Patsy Stephens Seals - Class of 1967
MYSTIC — Patsy Seals, 62, of Mystic, IA died Aug. 3, 2011, at Mercy Medical Center in Centerville, IA.
Patsy was born on April 27, 1949, to Boyd and Ruby (Wise) Stephens in Rockdale, Texas. She received her education from Rockdale High School in 1967. She married Pearl Seals on April 6, 1968, in Rockdale. After marriage they moved to Iowa where Patsy began a lifetime of helping others. She started employment with SIEDA, helping to organize a free-standing senior meal site in Mystic. She took the title of director in 1973 and remained in that position until her retirement this year. She also served on numerous service boards.
Patsy enjoyed spending time on her family farm in Texas and time spent with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren. Whether it was Christmas with her immediate family or Thanksgiving feasts with citizens throughout the community, being able to help was enjoyment to her. She was a member and past president of the Wapello County United Way, Wapello County Human Resource Center, Helping Hands, Governing Board for the Ottumwa Senior Citizens Center, Member of the State and National RSVP Directors Association, administrated the DHS Volunteer Program for a nine-county area, Mystic City Council, Mystic Highland Cemetery Association and received the Susan G. Komen award in Ottumwa.
Patsy is survived by her husband Pearl of Mystic; two daughters, Leonna Fogle (Steve) of Centerville, Loretta Seals (Josh McMahon) of Mystic; four grandchildren, Mallory Hatfield Fogle, Holden McVeigh, Mackenzie Fogle and Logan Fogle; a sister, Peggy Ray (Doug) of Ennis, Texas; brother, LeRoy Stephens (Susie Simpson) of Rockdale, Texas; and a brother-in-law, Jimmy Mathews of Eddy, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Debbie Mathews.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Thomas Funeral Home, Centerville; the Rev. Gerald Campbell officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in Haines Cemetery.
Visitation will be all day today with the family present from 6-8 p.m. this evening at Thomas Funeral Home.
Memorials may be given to the family which may be left at or mailed to Thomas Funeral Home, 23548 Hwy. 5, P.O. Box 125, Centerville, Iowa 52544. Condolences and video may be shared at www.thomasfh.com.
WEST COLUMBIA - Gerald Wayne Lands died Sept. 5, 2014. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, in First Baptist Church West Columbia. Mr. Lands was born Jan. 23, 1949, in Houston to Laura Ada Lanford Lands and Jack Ferguson Lands.
After the death of his mother, he was raised by his maternal grandparents, Jessie and Tom Lanford.
Mr. Lands attended school in Rockdale, graduating in 1967. He attended Texas State Technical Institute, then began working for Dow Chemical.
He married Frannie Hurst in 1970. They moved to Lake Jackson where they have made their home for the last 44 years.
Mr. Lands was a believer in Christ and lived his days through grace.
He retired from Dow and was presently working for Marathon.
Mr. Lands was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Survivors are his wife, Frannie Lands; daughter Nicole Lands Meador, son-in-law Lee Meador and grandson Colby Meador; two sisters, Nancy Clark and husband Ken, Joyce Roberts; a brother, Jack Lands; and two sisters in-law, Laura Boston, Bonnie Symank and husband Denny; also, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorials may be made to the Kenyan Children's Education Fund, c/o First Baptist Church, PO Box 326, West Columbia, TX 77486.
Gerald Lands - Class of 1967
LONGVIEW — Graveside services for Nancy Parker, 66, were held Friday, Nov. 16, 2014 in the Mausoleum Chapel of Rosewood Park.
Nancy went to be with the Lord suddenly in the morning of November 13, 2015 in Longview TX.
Nancy was born in Overton TX to loving parents Leo and Mary Dolson. She was a loving mother, grandmother, aunt, and sister. Nancy was preceded in death by both of her parents, Leo and Mary Dolson.
Those left to cherish the memory of Nancy include her daughters Belinda Sheldon and Shannon Parker; grandchildren Miranda, Daniel, Alex, Laken, Jordan, Jayla, and John; 2 great-grandchildren; her only brother Leo T. Dolson Jr. and his wife Karen; and 2 nephews, Matthew and Nathan.
Rockdale Reporter - January 22, 2015
Nancy Dolson Parker - Class of 1967
Ricky Wenger - Class of 1967
Rodrick “Rick” Christopher Wenger, 66, of Rockdale, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015. A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home.
Rick was born November 29, 1948 in Niagara Falls, NY to Frank & Maxine (Alexander) Wenger. He graduated from Rockdale High School in May of 1967. He served honorably in the United States Marine Corps as well as the Texas Army National Guard. Rick was retired from ALCOA where he worked as a mechanic. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and the Wounded Warriors. Rick enjoyed shooting, drag racing and anything to do with WWII history.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Maxine Wenger.
Rick is survived by his best friend and caregiver, Betsie Lopez of Rockdale; Sons, Brett Wenger of Arkansas, Christopher Wenger of Temple and Andrew Wenger of Rockdale; Daughters, Charity Pruitt, Gavin Wenger and Jaden Wenger all of Rockdale; Four grandchildren; Sisters, Patricia Doss and husband James “Chucka” Doss of Rockdale, and Diana Reese and husband Billy of Milano; nieces, Kimberly Crump and husband Mike of Rockdale, Gina Doss of Rockdale, and Kelly Lane and husband Eddie of Milano; Betsie’s family, Rose Ortega and family; and Marine brother and dear friend, John Horton.
Memorial donations may be made to The Wounded Warriors Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate.aspx or mail to PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas, 66675 or to the American Cancer Society at https://donate.cancer.org or mail to American Cancer Society, Attn: Gaye Bland, 963 N. FM 908, Rockdale, Texas 76567.
Michael Boyd Davenport
Class of 1967
Born: July 16, 1949 - Died: October 14, 2015
On the morning of Wednesday, October 14, 2015, Michael Boyd Davenport, “Mike”, passed away after a 2 year battle with mesothelioma, a rare lung cancer. Although his battle was difficult and trying, he was able to pass peacefully in his dream home on the farm with his wife, Connie Sue Davenport (Caffey), by his side. Mike celebrated his 66th birthday in July.
Mike was born on July 16, 1949 in Milano, TX, first born son to Boyd and Bonnie Davenport. Mike retired from Alcoa after serving 34 years in various positions that led him to his next career with Pyrotek, Inc. Working on the farm with his best friend, Connie, was his true love and passion once he fully retired. Mike and Connie were married for 31 years. Mike spent many long but satisfying hours molding the land into a loving place to be used and passed down from generation to generation. He loved all things nature, singing, classic cars and guns, and his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Boyd and Bonnie, and his father-in-law, Hugh Caffey Jr. Mike is survived by his wife, Connie of Thorndale; four sons, Michael & wife, Brandi of Frisco; Johnny B. of Las Vegas; Paul & wife, Kathy of San Diego; Ryan & wife, Allison of Thorndale; a daughter, Chelsey Madsen & husband, Ryan of New Braunfels; brother Steve Davenport & wife Kelly; brother-in-law Dale Caffey & wife Shelley; mother-in-law Peggy Caffey; three nephews, Scott & Steven Davenport, Jared Caffey; one niece Erica Caffey; and eleven grandchildren, Gage, Presley, Justin, Kennedy, Tyler, Jacob, Shane, Brice, Kaitlyn, Brock, and Ella.
A memorial service will be 10:00 am Saturday October 17, 2015 at the Davenport Farm.
Billy Hobbs - Class of 1967
Billy Ray Hobbs, age 68 of Rockdale, passed away Tuesday afternoon, August 30, 2016, in the Richards Memorial Hospital. He was born in Kilgore, Texas on July 4, 1948 to William Henry and Dovie Jean (Ferrell) Hobbs. He graduated with Rockdale High School class of 1967. On July 5, 1989, he and Sharron Caffey were married in Cameron. Billy Ray had worked at Classic Cable in Rockdale 15 ˝ years, Alcoa Rockdale Operations for 11 ˝ years and then for Thorndale Boll Weevil Eradication. He loved his grandchildren, loved fishing and motor cross racing, winning three State Titles. He owned and operated three dirt bike tracts and helped design 15 other tracks in Texas, Louisiana and other states.
He was preceded in death by his father, William “Bull” Hobbs; mother, Dovie Jean Buckman; a sister, Cathy Packnett; a brother, Rickey Packnett and his parents-in-law, Dean and Billie Jean Caffey.
Surviving are his wife of 27 years, Sharron Hobbs of Rockdale; Son, Tommy Hobbs of Rockdale; Daughter, Deana Eanes of Rockdale; their mother, Carolyn Lovelady and her mother, Shauna Hobbs and her mother, Martha Tucker of Temple; Step children, Carl Blake and Robert Blake of Milano; Brothers, Virgil D. Hobbs and Scott Buckman of Sherman; Grandchildren, Briana and Marissa Mireles, Ryleigh and Raegan Eanes, Kaitlan and Averie Hobbs all of Rockdale, Marcus Castillo and Jaxon Pierce of Temple; Step grandchildren, Weston Rose of Huntsville, Tyler and Cashlyne Blake and Tristan and Brianna Massey all of Milano; Great-grandchildren, Brooklynn Garcia and Jaxson Niemann of Rockdale; Aunt, Estelle Proske of Lexington and a true friend, Mark Talley of Rockdale.
According to his wishes, Billy Ray was cremated and no services are planned at this time.
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