Category: Obituaries

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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Bonnie Davis

  Bonnie Davis, 71, of Montgomery, formerly of Fairfield, passed away August 1, 2016 at her residence. She was born September 11, 1944 to JR and Doris Baldridge Donaldson. Bonnie was a member of The First United Methodist church in Fairfield; and a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles and enjoyed the company of her dog Honey. Bonnie is preceded in death by her husband, Ted Davis; mother, Doris; father, JR; step mother, Dorothy Donaldson; step father, Bill Owen; and step brother, Gene Owen.  She leaves behind her children: Doug Davis and wife Tricia of Frost, Debbie Carroll and husband Jeff of Montgomery; grandchildren: Cole Jackson, Jaci Jackson, Taylor Davis, Tanner Davis, and Tatum Davis; siblings: Ricky Donaldson and wife Vicky of Waco, Danny Donaldson of Palestine, Jerry Byrd of Arlington, and Mary Howard of Purvis, MS; step brother, Gene Owens; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Visitation was held Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services were at 10 am Thursday, August 4, 2016 at the First United Methodist church. Burial followed at Fairfield Cemetery. Pallbearers were Cole Jackson, Tanner Davis, Preston Trevino, Jakob Trevino, Garrett Goolsby, and Graham Goolsby.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association PO Box 841125, Dallas, TX, 75284-1125. An online guest book is available at Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral...

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Etta Mae Oakes

                  Funeral services for Etta Mae “Mee Mee” Oakes, 87, were held on Monday, August 1, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Teague. Bro. Orval Barger and Bro. Johnny Veretto officiated. Interment followed the service at Oakes Cemetery. Visitation was held Sunday with the family present from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Etta passed away on Thursday, July 28, 2016, at the Teague Nursing Home. She was born in Teague on May 1, 1929 where she lived her entire life. Etta graduated from Teague High School with the class of 1946; and then married Ray Oakes on December 14, 1953 in her parents’ home in Freestone. She worked at the Mexia State School as a supervisor until she retired in 1991. Her professional career may have been at Mexia State School, but her true passion in life was her family. She dedicated her life to her family, especially her only daughter Marsha, who was the light of her life. Etta was one of the most selfless people you would ever meet; she always put others before herself.  In addition to the state school, Etta spent a large portion of her time baking for the community; and was known for her famous red velvet cakes. She loved to play dominoes, cook, watch the Texas Rangers,...

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