Category: Obituaries

Dalton “Butch” Gene Markwardt

Dalton “Butch” Gene Markwardt, 74, of Fairfield, TX, passed away December 10, 2017 at his home after a brief battle with cancer. He was born November 19, 1943 between Bynum and Malone, TX on what was called the Muesse place, to parents Edward and Norma (Schulze) Markwardt. He was the 5th of 6 children. Dalton graduated in 1962 from Bynum High School and later attended Junior College in Athens. Dalton married Sandra Ann Dyer on April 11, 1965. He was drafted into the army in 1966 and served 2 years, being stationed briefly in Georgia and then in Germany. Dalton and Sandra welcomed their first daughter Pamela Ann on April 11, 1968 on their 3rd wedding anniversary. On July 15, 1970 their 2nd daughter Teresa Gail was born. During these years Dalton worked at 1st National Bank in Corsicana and as a carpet layer while living in Malakoff. While living in Malakoff, they welcomed their son Scott Allen on January 10, 1980. Around 1981, Dalton started working at Big Brown in Fairfield and worked as a fuel mechanic. The Markwardt family moved to Fairfield in 1981 where they built their family home and welcomed their 4th child, Kyle Wayne on March 08, 1983. Dalton continued to work for Big Brown for 24 years, retiring in 2006. In his spare time, he loved throwing horseshoes, playing dominoes, gardening and singing karaoke....

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William Roy Demus, Sr.

The Angelic Hosts came for Will Roy Demus, Sr. on Sunday, November 26, 2017 in the Teague Nursing Home among loving family and devoted friends. Viewing was held Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 from 10:00 AM — 11:00 AM And Funeral Services began at 11:00 AM in the Moore’s Angelic Funeral Chapel with Rev. Wayne Williams and Min. Jimmy Abram officiating. Interment was in the Waco, Crematory, Waco, Texas. Will Roy Demus, Sr. was born to George Demus and Celia Hair Brooks on November 16, 1941 in Freestone County, Texas.  He was raised by his grandparents, Louis and Bossie Burton, and grew up in Freestone County. Will Roy graduated from Booker T. Washington High School, Teague, with the Class of 1961. After graduation, he moved to Ft. Worth, Texas and on March 21, 1964, Will Roy and Billie Jean Stephens were married. To this union a son was born. After his move to Los Angeles, California, Will Roy became a long-haul truck driver for Coors Beer Co. He worked part-time for his uncles: Chester and Frederick Demus. He moved back to Teague and   became employed with Bodine Salvage Co. where he remained until his health failed. Will Roy transitioned from this side on the morning of November 26, 2017 in the Teague Nursing Home among loving family and devoted friends. Preceding Will Roy in death were: his parents and grandparents....

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Billie Corene Melvin

Billie Corene Melvin, 49, of Wortham, passed away Saturday, November 25, 2017 at her residence. Funeral services were held 12:00 p.m. Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Capps Memorial Chapel with Bro. Stephen Davenport officiating. Interment followed at Lake Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ralph Pfleeger, James Pfleeger, Derek Scott, Mike Adams, Dillan Burgess and Ronnie Drake, Jr.  Honorary pallbearer was Michael Crockett. Billie was born March 24, 1968 in Richton, Mississippi to parents Grover and Elizabeth Miller Melvin. She had been a Fairfield resident since 1975 and was a 1986 graduate of Fairfield High School.  She was a graduate of the cosmetology program at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens. Billie worked as a hair stylist out of her home and New Image Salon in Fairfield.  She was also at one time a dispatcher for the Fairfield Police Department. Billie loved the outdoors and fishing. She was preceded in death by her mother, Elizabeth on April 4, 2015. Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Amanda Burgess and husband Dillan of Ft. Hood, TX; her father, Grover Melvin, Sr. of Fairfield; two brothers, Eric Melvin of Fairfield; Grover Melvin, Jr. of Tennessee; one sister, Margaret Melvin of Mexia; a grandmother, Bobbie Hinton of Mississippi; her fiancé, Tomas Echartea of Wortham and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. To view an online obituary, send a personalized sympathy card, or leave the...

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Kelly Louise Cochran

Heaven’s Gates opened on Monday, November 27, 2017 and received a special lady. Kelly Louise Cochran, 55, of Fairfield lost her battle with cancer but is once again whole.  No more pain or tears and she is leaning on the “Everlasting Arms.”  No services are announced at this time. Kelley was born January 1, 1962 in Marshall, TX to parents Alfred and Merle Pack Cochran.  Kelley enjoyed crafting, teaching Sunday School, music, birds, flowers, baking and laughing.  She will be missed, and was loved by many. Left to cherish her memory is one son, Aaron Robinson and wife Brandy of Mexia and three grandchildren; two sisters, Rachel Cochran and Debra Mendoza; four brothers, Glen, Ken, Dennis and Norman; many dear cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and many friends. To view an online obituary, send a personalized sympathy card, or leave the family a personal tribute, please visit our website at...

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William Ray (Bill) Day

Funeral services for William Ray (Bill) Day, 86, were held on Monday, December 4, 2017, at 3:00p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague. Bro. Perry Kilgore officiated. Interment followed the services at Dew Cemetery. Mr. Day passed away on Saturday, December 2, 2017, in the presence of his loving family, at the Prestonwood Nursing & Rehab Center in Plano. He was born in the Turlington community of Freestone County on August 14, 1931, to William Roy and Juanita Kilgore Day.  He graduated from Teague High School with the class of 1949, and served in the U. S. Army. He married Betty on October 23, 1950, and shared almost sixty three years together before her death in 2013. He is survived by three daughters, Vicky Bracamonte & husband Walter of Dallas, Sheila Guthrie & husband Marty of Tyler, and Sherri Day of Pensacola, Florida; four grandchildren (who he loved to beat in cards and board games!), Curtis George, Robert Olivarez & wife Regan, Josh Blakemore, and Randee Beth Blakemore; three great-grandchildren, Landon Olivarez, Kendall Olivarez, and Braden Scott; two brothers, Roy Lamar Day of Dew, and Charles V. Day & wife Catherine of Teague; numerous other relatives and friends. Mr. Day was preceded in death by his wife, Betty J. Day. Please visit our website at www.bowersfuneralhome.net to sign the memorial guestbook or to leave a message for the...

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