Category: Obituaries

Robert Magsila Bautista

Robert Magsila Bautista was born on December 3, 1947 in Paranaque City Philippines. He was the youngest of 6 siblings, 3 girls and boys. Before he migrated to the United States, Robert was an English teacher in Paranaque Municipal High School in the Philippines. He arrived in the states in the year 1977 and pursued his nursing career as licensed vocational nurse. Robert worked at the Fairfield Memorial Hospital then worked at the Teague Hospital for more than 10 years. He went back to the Philippines the year of 1982 to marry his wife Priscila. He also worked at the Teague Nursing Home, Fairfield Manor Nursing Home and McGee Nursing Home. Unfortunately, Teague Hospital closed and so he applied for a job at Mexia State School as a nurse and when he got tired of nursing he applied for QMRP (Qualified Mental Retardation Program) for more than 10 years and retired in 2010 to travel. He and his wife had an opportunity to travel to Milan, Italy and Rome, the most memorable trip they had. Due to his diabetes in 2013 he was diagnosed with further complications. Fortunately, he still had the energy so Robert and Priscila had the opportunity to travel back to the Philippines in 2014 and 2015. He was the president of the graduating class “Batch 75”. He was able to coordinate all members who were...

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Johnnie Bell Bingham Hoce

Johnnie Bell Bingham Hoce, passed away Sunday, June 11, 2017 in Fairfield. She was born February 15, 1930 in Louisiana to John Burt and Lillie Mae Lee. Johnnie took great pride in her family. She loved having a crowd of her children and grandchildren in her home. She loved cooking for them and was an amazing cook. She also loved getting all of her girls in the kitchen with her and trying to get them to keep up with her. She enjoyed having babies around to love and play with. Johnnie was a very hard worker and often had two or three jobs at a time in order to provide for her children. In later years, she worked as a care giver until well in her 70’s. She is preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Chester Coleman, Opal Serratt, R. C. Coleman, Dorthy Weeks, James Henry Lee; children, Elsie Jean Dunn, Douglas Coleman, Mary Ruth Hamilton-Bingham; grandchildren, Cherie Lea Dunn, Eric Stephen Hamilton. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, children, John Rex Martin, Rene’ Dee Erwin, Melinda Kay Sandefer, Emmett Benjamin Bingham, Annette Marie Bingham. Grandchildren, Michael Douglas Dunn, Bennie Jo Irwin, Deedra Kay Clinton, Clinton Dale McWhirter, John Wendel McWhirter, Jeanna Rene Cloud, Suzanne Janette Carroll, William Daniel Sandefer, Brandon Keith Sandefer, Frances Ann Bingham, Michael Brandon Alexander Humphrey, Paige Leeann Bingham Wharton, Forest Ian Bingham...

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Rev. Henry Lee Horton

Rev. Henry Lee Horton, 73, of Fairfield, passed away on Saturday, June 17, 2017 in Waco. A celebration of life and praise service honoring Rev. Horton was held Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Calvary Baptist Church with Dr. Jason Aultman, pastor of Antioch Baptist Church of Conway, Arkansas officiating. Interment followed at Antioch Cemetery near Fairfield. Pallbearers were Larry Raye, Steve Black, Bill Green, Jerry Don Sanders, Sydney Ivy, Barry Capps, Carol (C.W.) Stubbs and Robert McAdams. Honorary bearers were Johnny Layton, Abo Schwarzer, Barney Crouch, Raymond Ivy and all past staff member of churches pastored by Henry and all his nephews. Rev. Horton was born January 22, 1944 in Kirvin to parents W. C. (Dub) and Lula Shanks Horton. On June 7, 1963 Henry married his high school sweetheart, Vannette Shields and they celebrated 54 years of marriage together. Rev. Horton graduated in May 1964 from Jacksonville Baptist College in Jacksonville, TX and Baylor University in August 1965.  He also attended Southwestern Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX. Rev. Horton pastored Lost Prairie Baptist Church in Groesbeck then served as a missionary to France from 1966 to 1970. He pastored Calvary Baptist Church in Mesquite for 10 years and Round Prairie Baptist Church in Fairfield for 7 and ½ years. He pastored Antioch Baptist Church of Conway, Arkansas for 20 years retiring in 2008 for health reasons and...

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Faye Marie Donovan

Faye Marie Donovan, 91, of Fairfield, passed away Sunday, June 11, 2017 at Freestone Medical Center in Fairfield, Texas.  Graveside services were held 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 16, 2017 at Lake Chapel Cemetery with Rev. Pancras Savarimuthu officiating. Mrs. Donovan was born June 28, 1925 in Red River County, Texas to parents Lucy Elizabeth and James Ewell Bailey.  After attending school in Clarksville, Texas, she married Daniel Patrick Donovan on July 30, 1948.  Mr. Donovan was the son of Alice and Daniel Donovan, also of Clarksville, Texas. Faye and Pat moved their family to Fairfield in 1951, where they raised seven children in the Catholic faith.  She was a member of St. Bernard Roman Catholic Church of Fairfield. Mrs. Donovan will be remembered as a devoted daughter, wife and loving mother and grandmother.  Living through the Great Depression, she learned early in life the values of family, determination and hard work.  These values are the legacy that she and her husband leave to their children and grandchildren. Mrs. Donovan was employed at Whiteside Manufacturing and is remembered by many for her work in food service at Fairfield High School.  However, her true life’s work was that of a homemaker and mother.  Her family will always remember her labors of love-gardening, canning, and cooking wonderful meals. They remember the hours she spent cooking, sewing and tirelessly tending the needs of...

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Sarah Morton

The Angelic Hosts came for Sarah Morton on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at her residence in Fairfield, Texas among loving family and devoted friends. Funeral Services were held Saturday, May 27, 2017 in the First United Methodist Church, of Fairfield, Rev. Conrell Lockett, officiating and Elder Anthony Taylor, Sr., Eulogist. Interment followed in the Shiloh Cemetery, 1410 FM 489 East, Oakwood, TX. Sarah Louise Morton was the eighth child of Frank and Alice Morton and was born in Fairfield, Texas. She grew up in Wilson Chapel Community and attended Butler Schools from 1968 until integration in 1971 where she then graduated Fairfield High School in 1981. Sarah was baptized in The Saint Hill Church Of God In Christ by Elder Anthony Taylor, Sr. in 2009. She attended MCC where she received The Registered Nurse Degree and later attended The University Of Texas at  Arliington where she received The Bachelor Of Science Degree In Nursing in 2004. Sarah married Billy Joe Jones, Jr.; and no children were born to this union. She was employed by HL&P, Jewett, Texas and was Surgical Head Nurse for Fairfield Memorial Hospital which changed to East Texas Medical Center and now Freestone Medical Center. Among the organizations that she held membership was The Tinity Star Arts Council. Her hobbies included fishing, cooking, and traveling. Sarah went on Mission Trips to Africa three times and once...

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