Category: Obituaries

Doug Oliver

            Funeral services for Doug Oliver, 52, were held on Friday, August 19, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel at Salem Cemetery near Freestone. Dale Taylor officiated. Interment followed services at Salem Cemetery. Visitation was held prior to the services on Friday at 9:00 a.m. There was no visitation at the funeral home. Mr. Oliver passed away on Sunday, August 14, 2016, at his residence in Laneville, TX. He was born in Mexia on September 9, 1963, and grew up in Wortham, where he graduated from Wortham High School in the class of 1982. Doug worked as a cowboy all of his life. All he ever wanted to do was be a cowboys and rodeo. He worked as a bullfighter for many rodeos in his lifetime. He also enjoyed working with leather. Doug was known as a jokester and prankster and his talent in storytelling. He is survived by his wife, Kim Oliver of Laneville; four children, Amy Willard & husband D. J. of Streetman, Lane Oliver of Arlington, Jacob Oliver of Lorena, and Kailin Oliver of Laneville; two grandchildren, Makenzi Willard and Brandtly Willard; his father, Gilbert Oliver & wife Nancy of Teague; one sister, Reba Cantrell & husband David of Corsicana; numerous other relatives and friends including special friends, Dale, Lana, Cody, and Brad Taylor. Doug was preceded in death by...

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Bobby Joe Mullen

              Bobby Joe Mullen, 78, of Panama City Beach, Florida, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2016 after a brief illness.  Bobby was born January 5, 1938 to Martin and Vera Etna Huckaby Mullen in Fairfield.  He graduated with the Fairfield High School class of 1956, and just attended the class’ 60th reunion in May of this year. Bobby was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from Baxter Hospital Supply after 28 years service.  He moved to Panama City Beach from Tucker, GA in 2001.  Bobby loved animals and music and was a member of the Sunnyside Baptist Church where he played piano. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Pat Mullen of Panama City Beach; his son Phillip L. Mullen of Panama City Beach; a sister, Oma Beatrice Smith of Palestine, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Bobby was preceded in death by his parents; one sister; Polly Robertson, two brothers; William Mullen and Johnny Mack Mullen. Funeral services were held 1:00 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016 at Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Michael Glenn officiating.  Interment followed at Evergreen Memorial...

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John Finley

            Graveside services for John Finley, 70, were held Friday, August 12, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Driver Cemetery near Teague with Dr. Steven Diaz officiating. Visitation was prior to the services at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at which time the funeral procession left the funeral home and traveled to the cemetery. Mr. Finley passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at his residence in Cotton Gin. He was born in Teague on April 18, 1946, to Margaret and Vernon Finley. Mr. Finley served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and returned to Freestone County after his service where he lived for all of his life. He spent a thirty-six year career working for the Railroad in Teague before retiring as an engineer in 2006; and he enjoyed his retirement very much. Mr. Finley loved fishing, hunting, camping, rodeos, working on his land in Cotton Gin, and spending time with his family and friends. He was a Baptist by faith. Mr. Finley is survived by his best friend and companion for over eleven years, Kim Ethridge of Cotton Gin; daughters, Lynda Finley of Wichita Falls and Mercedese (Sadie) Lee of Cotton Gin; step-children, Jessie Lozano & wife Keri and Jennifer Lozano all of La Porte; granddaughters, Heather Pope of Teague and Maelyn Lozano, Miranda Lozano,...

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Jo Helen Strickland

              Jo Helen Strickland, 69 of Fairfield, passed away Monday, August 11, 2016 in Dallas. She was born September 11, 1946 to John and Mable Grogan. She was a wonderful cook; enjoyed gardening in her yard and was very crafty with arts and craft and sewing. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Alvie Paul Strickland Sr., daughter Tammy Jo Strickland and sister Betty Johnson. She is survived by her children, Gina Renee Theisen, Alvie Paul Strickland Jr., Diana Lynne Hansen. Sister Dorothy Green and brother John Grogan. Grandchildren, Rachel Theisen, Kelly Theisen and wife Jessica; Dustin Hearn, Heather Hearn, Eric Hansen. Heath Strickland and wife Mylie, Dakota Strickland. Great grandchildren, Jimmy Strickland, Anastasia Strickland, Wolfgang Theisen, Luke and Michelle Hearn, Evan Neal. Memorial service will be held at a later date. Online guest book available Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home,...

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Rebecca York

          Rebecca York, 46, of Fairfield, died Thursday, August 11, 2016 in Tyler. Services were held 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 15, 2016 at Capps Memorial Chapel with Bro. Don Vail officiating.  Internment followed at Stewards Mill Cemetery. Pallbearers were James Bradshaw, Austin Bowling, Brian Stacy, Kris Stacy, J. P. Baker and Elbert Manor. Rebecca was born October 13, 1969 in Grapevine to parents Bill and Loretta Freestone Baker. She had been a Fairfield resident since 2001 moving here from Southlake. Rebecca married Justin York in November 2004. She was employed with the Fairfield Independent School District and was a member of Caney Baptist Church.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Loretta Baker in 2007 and a brother, Jody Baker in 2013. Left to cherish her memory is her husband Justin; two children, James and Harley York; parents, Bill and Linda Baker of Streetman; three brothers, John Presley Baker and wife Michelle of Rhome, TX; Randy Day and wife Brandi of Ft. Worth; Darryl Willard and wife Michele of Galveston; four sisters, Robin Bowling and husband Jack of Colleyville, TX; Pam Poteet of Midlothian; Cheryl Young and husband Reagan of Fairfield; Cristi Swinson and husband Kyle of Fairfield; numerous nieces and nephews. To view an online obituary, send a personalized sympathy card, or leave the family a personal tribute, please visit...

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