Obituaries

Tue
24
Oct

Pearl James

Pearl James, 87, of Cameron, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, in San Antonio.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Marek, Burns, Laywell Funeral Home of Cameron with the Rev. Gary Maroney officiating. Visitation will be on Friday, Oct. 27, from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Corinth cemetery near Buckholts.

Pearl is survived by four children, Bobby James of Pearland, Claudia Goode of Benton, Ark., Kenneth James of San Antonio, and Karen McCluskey of Bulverde; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandsons.

Pearl married Joe C. James on Feb. 1, 1947. They were married for 61 years before his death in 2008.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, W. H. & Mollie Gilbert; two sisters, Mary Persky and Dorothy Mitcham; and two brothers, I.T. Gilbert and William E. Gilbert.

Mon
23
Oct

Vicki Annette Miller

Mrs. Vicki Annette Miller, 61, of Cameron, died Saturday, Oct. 21, in a Temple hospital after a long illness.

Funeral services for Mrs. Miller will be held Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 10 a.m. at the Grace Church in Cameron with Rev. Glynn Cummings officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Miller was born June 15, 1956, in Waco, to Harold and Leona (Vaughn) Jones. She graduated from Waco University High School in 1974. She married Randy Miller on September 15, 1988. Mrs. Miller co-owned two businesses in Cameron over the years, Petticoats and Overalls and Forever Friends.  She also was a former employee of Main Printing in Cameron. She was a member of the Grace Church.

Mon
23
Oct

Ynell Spells

Ynell Spells, 77, of Cameron, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, in a Temple hospital.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Chapel. Burial followed in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation was held at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home.

Ms. Spells was born May 4, 1940, in Lee County to Leonard David and Winnie Mae (Mack) Marion. She graduated from Aycock High School. She had worked in food service for many years. She was a member of Jerusalem Baptist Church. 

Tue
17
Oct

Ruby Alice Achtruth

Ruby Alice Achtruth, 97, was called to be with her Heavenly Father on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. 

Ruby was born to Paul and Esther Kiesling on Dec. 23, 1919, at their home in Thorndale. She was baptized on Feb. 1, 1920, and confirmed on March 25, 1934, by Rev. F.H. Stelzer of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Thorndale. She graduated from St. Paul Lutheran School on June 14, 1934. Pastor Leo Simon married Ruby and William (Bill) Achtruth on March 4, 1950, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Detmold where they became lifelong members. They made their home in Thorndale where they together operated a meat processing and Bar-B-Que business for 30 years.

Ruby was a gifted seamstress, which enabled her to showcase her talent by making baby garments, school clothes, evening gowns and more for her family.  In addition, she enjoyed embroidery, crocheting and quilt making. As each child and grandchild married she presented them with a quilt made especially for them. 

Tue
10
Oct

Tommie Lee Brooks Jr.

Tommie Lee Brooks Jr., 67, of Cameron died Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in a Temple hospital. 

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, at True Love Baptist Church with Rev. M. T. Bennett officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home.

Mr. Brooks was born Nov. 2, 1949, in Milam County to Murrel (Daniels) Brooks and Tommie Lee Brooks Sr. He graduated from Rockdale High School and then worked for Royal Seating in Cameron for over 21 years.

He was preceded in death by his sister Lillian Brooks. 

Mon
09
Oct

Billy Ross Thompson

Billy Ross Thompson, 81, of Cameron, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, at his home.  Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron with Rev. Jim Troxel officiating.  Burial will follow in the Marlow Cemetery. Visitation will be at 2 p.m. until service time on Tuesday.

Mr. Thompson was born Oct. 4, 1936, in Cameron to Joseph and Cordelia (Andrews) Thompson.  He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of the Korean conflict and the Vietnam War.  He retired from Alcoa. Mr. Thompson and his wife Josephine were married on July 25, 1983.  He was a member of the Battetown Baptist Church in Cameron.

Fri
06
Oct

Steven Lara

Steven Lara, 70, of Cameron, died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in a Temple hospital.  Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Hernandez Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mr. Lara, a retired truck driver, was born June 21, 1947, in Roswell, N.M., to John and Ruth (Urquidis) Lara. A son Robert, preceded him in death. 

He is survived by: his wife, Selza Lara of Cameron; sons, Roy Lara of Cameron, Ray Lara of Temple, and Christopher Crum of Cameron; daughters, Irene Lara of Temple; brothers, Gilbert Lara of Temple, Faustin Lara of Temple, Lasaro Lara of Houston, and Albert Lara of Cameron; 11 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home of Cameron is in charge of arrangements.

Fri
06
Oct

Lawrence H. “Jack” Obermiller

Lawrence H. "Jack" Obermiller passed away at his home in Pleasanton on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the age of 83. 

Jack was born Aug. 2, 1934, in Buckholts, to Lawrence H. Obermiller Sr. and Annie Lou McAnaulty Obermiller.  He was raised on the family farm where he picked cotton alongside his parents and younger brother.  Jack lost his father at a young age, and after he graduated, he went to work on a road construction crew to help support his mother and brother.  He later helped in building the Alcoa plant in Rockdale. 

Tue
03
Oct

Johnny Ray Hoff

Johnny Ray Hoff, 58, of Temple, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at his home.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Salem Lutheran Church near Rosebud. Rev. Terry Atkins officiating. Burial will follow in Salem Lutheran Cemetery.

Johnny was born Nov. 25, 1958, in Rosebud to Willie Ray and Joyce Glaser Hoff. He graduated from the Texas School for the Blind. He lived most of his life in Austin and worked for the Travis Association for the Blind for 29 years. After his retirement, he moved to Temple. He loved listening to and singing Czech music. He loved people.  He was a lifelong member of Salem Lutheran Church.

He was preceded in death by his father and nephew, Brian Reinders.

He is survived by his mother, Joyce Hoff of Burlington; his brother, Ricky Hoff of Rosebud; his sister and brother-in-law, Janice and Donnie Reinders  of Ben Arnold; one niece, Savannah Hoff; and three nephews, Randy Reinders, Rhett Hoff, and Jacob Hoff.

Tue
03
Oct

Eldon "Shorty" Niemtschk

Eldon “Shorty” Niemtschk, 82, formerly of Taylor, passed away on Sept. 25, 2017, in Chandler, Ariz.

Shorty was born in Thorndale to Meta and Otto Niemtschk on March 27, 1935. He grew up in Thorndale. Shorty married Julia Marie Schoenrock on Jan. 26, 1958.

He grew up on the family farm, played football for Thorndale High School, and after the serving as a member of the United States Army, in Korea from 1955-1957, he became a Teamster driving for 40 years in Texas, New Mexico, and Michigan.

Shorty is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Betty Lehmann; and brothers, Justin Niemtschk and Erwin Niemtschk.

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