Category: Obituaries

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 www.griffin-roughton.com 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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W.R. McSwane

  Graveside services for W. R. McSwane, 78, were held on Saturday, August 6, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Salem Cemetery near Freestone. Bro. Darrel Beggs officiated. Cam McSwane, Martin Black, Scott Holmes, Doug Brown, Robert Eubanks, and Olen Clary served as pallbearers. Mr. McSwane passed away on Thursday, August 4, 2016, at his residence near Freestone. He was born in Teague on February 15, 1938, and graduated from Teague High School with the class of 1956. W.R. married Fredrica on August 5, 1957, and shared almost fifty-nine years of marriage together. After spending a year in college at Navarro, he moved south and went to work in the oil fields. W.R. had many different jobs and careers in numerous professions including working in oil fields, farming, work as a certified engineer, raised hogs and cattle, did concrete and roofing work, and worked as a cowboy, riding horses & working dogs through the Mesquite fields of Caldwell County. He returned to Freestone County for good in 1974. He and Fredrica operated a peach orchard and W.R. was elected Freestone County Commissioner for Pct 2 and served from 1978 until his retirement in January 2003. Mr. McSwane was baptized early in life at the Freestone Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife, Fredrica McSwane, two sons, Marshall McSwane & wife Nancy and Will McSwane & wife Kathy, all...

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Janice E. Stone

  Janice was born June 30, 1955 to Victor Anthony and Mary Hall Santell in Sharon, Pennsylvania. She was raised there with her three sisters, Jean, Judy, and Teri and two brothers Victor and Paul. Janice moved to Galveston Island in 1982 were she made many friends; and worked for Randall’s for many years. She devoted her life to raising, rescuing, and protecting all animals. Moving to Oakwood in 2012, she created a sanctuary for any and all animals who sought refuge. Janice was preceded in death by her parents, Victor and Mary Santell; sister, Teri; and step-father, Jack Wilson. She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Robert Stone; sister, Jean Hendrix; brothers, Victor and Paul Santell; and many friends. Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on August 13th at First Christian Church located at 119 N. Holly Street in Oakwood. Officiating services will be Michael and Judy Thomason of Oakwood, who are very dear friends of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations in Janice’s name to Galveston Island Humane Society or Hospice of East Texas in...

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Bobby Ray Bonner

  Bobby Ray Bonner, 86, of Fairfield, died Friday, August 5, 2016 at his residence. Graveside services were held 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 7, 2016 at Bonner Cemetery with Pastor Mack Roller officiating.  Mr. Bonner was born May 31, 1930 in Streetman, Texas to parents John Lee and Eleanor Belle Bass Bonner. He graduated from Fairfield High School where he was the first male student to be a cheerleader for the Eagles. Mr. Bonner served for almost four years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He had the distinction of being the first single male to adopt a child in the State of California. Mr. Bonner and his wife, Mary Sue, married in 1964; and he returned to Fairfield and Freestone County in 1995 from Waco where he had lived since 1964.   “Pops” Bonner was a colorful man who had a love for life that never quit. Mr. Bonner never met a stranger he did not like; and he was beloved by so many. He was renowned for his extraordinary generosity and hospitality. “Pops” had a keen understanding of people and, in essence, was a lover of all souls. In addition, “Pops” was highly involved in mission work at home and internationally. He was a dear fellow who marched to the beat of his own drum. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Mary...

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