Obituaries

Fri
15
Jan

Orlyn M Adams

Orlyn M Adams

Orlyn M Adams, 92,  of Cameron, passed away Jan. 13 in a Cameron hospital after an illness.
Funeral Services for Mr. Adams will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 19,  at 2 p.m. in the Kathryn W. Green Chapel of Green-Patterson Funeral Home in Cameron with the Rev. Jeff Davis officiating.
A graveside service will follow on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m. in the Llano City Cemetery, Llano.
Mr. Adams was born Jan. 6, 1924 in Fredricksburg to Robert Lee and Mamie Wiley Adams.
After graduating high school in San Antonio he became a carpenter in the construction business.
He was an Episcopalian.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Twila (Tye) Adams of Cameron, and one brother R. L. Adams Jr., of Llano. He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother, George and a sister, Audrey.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 19, from 1-2 p.m. prior to the service.

Tue
12
Jan

Terry Joe Balch

Terry Joe Balch, 66, of Burlington, died Sunday, Jan. 10, at his home.
Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home with Rev. David Cox officiating. Burial will follow in the Walkers Creek Cemetery.
Family visitation will be Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mr. Balch was born March 22, 1949 in Elgin to Oliver Eugene and Frances Charlene (Chisholm) Balch. He had worked in demolition. He was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict and a member of the VFW in Caldwell. He was a member of the Davilla Baptist Church.
He is survived by daughters Johanna Doskocil of Burlington and Rebekka Arnold of Buckholts; sons Jason Rhodes of Canyon Lake and James Rhodes of Austin; his mother Charlene Marsh of Temple; brother Chuck Balch of Cameron; sister Charlotte Rogers of Rockdale; and seven grandchildren
Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home of Cameron is in charge of arrangements.

Mon
11
Jan

Angie Becker

Angie Becker was born June 19, 1947 to Martin and Lorine (Biar) Schneider.
On Jan. 8, 2016 the Lord called Angie home to rest.
Angie’s life in the church started at a very early age. It started with her baptism at St. Paul Lutheran in Thorndale. She then attended St. Paul School and became a “Lion.” Her love for the church and school continued into her adult life, where she joyfully served. She worked on many committees and held many positions. She was head of the finance board, played the organ, active with LWML, was choir director, served on the bereavement committee and so much more. She was always willing and with a smile on her face.
Angie also loved sports. You could find her watching or supporting some of her favorite teams: St. Paul Lions, Thorndale Bulldogs/Lady Dogs, or the Texas Aggies. She especially liked football. She looked forward to every football season where she would take her place in the press box as a spotter for the Bulldogs.

Mon
11
Jan

J. L. Hill

J. L. Hill, 81, of Temple and formerly of Ben Arnold, died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 at his home.
Graveside funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the Bryan City Cemetery in Bryan.
Family visitation will be Monday, Jan. 11, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron.
Mr. Hill was born Aug. 16, 1934 in Whitesboro, Texas to Elton Lester and Lucile (Parker) Hill.
He was a graduate of Texas A & M University Class of 1957. He worked as a dairy manager for many years and then later in life he worked for and retired from Milam County Precinct 2.
He married Janice Meads in August of 1957 and he served in the U. S. Army reserves.
He was preceded in death by a son, Douglas Brian Hill and a brother Jerry Neal Hill.

Mon
11
Jan

Betty Powell Laird

Betty Powell Laird

Betty Powell Laird, 91, went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Jan. 8, 2016.
Known as “Nana” to her five grandchildren and her 11 adorable great grandchildren, Betty was born on Jan. 22, 1924 in the Ad Hall community near Cameron. She was a 1941 graduate of Yoe High School.
She was married for 61 years to Neely R. Laird, who preceded her in death in 2003.
Betty was a loving mother and homemaker as well as a faithful member of the North Harris County Church of Christ. Her kind and gentle spirit will certainly be missed by family, friends and neighbors.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, marc N. laird and Ann Bates Laird of Houston; her son-in-law Oliver Lee Roberts of Conroe; and one brother, Bobby Hugh Powell of Buckholts.

Wed
06
Jan

Esther Holland Kueker

Esther Holland Kueker

Esther Holland Kueker, 75, of Buckholts died Tuesday, Jan. 5, at her home.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Hope Lutheran Church in Buckholts with Rev. Gary Kleypas officiating. Burial will follow in the Hope Lutheran Memorial Park. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 until 7 p.m. at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home.
Esther was born Aug. 7, 1940 in Houston to Jack and Maggie (Sims) Holland. She was baptized early in life and confirmed in the Lutheran Church of which she was a lifetime member. She was an associate member of the Buckholts Brethren Church since 1999.
Esther was a faithful and devoted member of the church and served it in many ways as a teacher, and held a number of offices. She was a member of the Lions Club and served numerous times as president and secretary. She was a member of the V.F.W. and was involved with Wounded Warriors.

Tue
05
Jan

Joyce Lynette Jochec

Joyce Lynette Jochec

Joyce Lynette Jochec, 60 of Marak, died Friday, January 1, 2016 in Bryan, surrounded by family. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at SS. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Marak with Fr. Dimitrij Colankin officiating.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Lynette was born in Rockdale to Richard Keith and Evelyn Joyce (Schirpik) Botts, and moved to Cameron in 1968.
With a long and dedicated career in law enforcement, she was well respected. Starting as a dispatcher with the Cameron Police Department, later “Nettie” was a Sergeant at the Milam County Sheriff’s Office. The last few years, “Mrs. Jo” was with the Brazos County Sheriff’s Department.
She married Frankie Joe Jochec in 1985 and was a member of SS. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church and the KJZT. She had a great love and loyalty for her family, close friends and animals, going out of her way to help.

Tue
05
Jan

Johnny Douglas Morgan

Johnny Douglas Morgan, 84, of Cameron died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015 in a Cameron nursing facility.
Services were Thursday, Dec. 24, at Oak Hill Pavilion with Rev. Bob Glenn officiating.
Mr. Morgan, a retired truck driver, was born Oct. 16, 1931 in Cameron to Wilbert Lee and Ora Lee (Blake) Morgan.
He was a U. S. Army veteran. Mr. Morgan worked for 15 years for the city of Cameron and then for Milam County in Buckholts.
He is survived by his son  Johnny Morgan and wife Irene of Schwertner; daughters Sherry Lynn Scott of Waco, Jo Ann Purshe of Belton and Debbie Williams of Temple; sisters Shirley Crow of Cameron and Patsy Newsome of Witchita Falls; 13 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home of Cameron is in charge of arrangements.

 

Tue
05
Jan

Deborah “Debbie” Lynn (Pontuff) Morales

Deborah “Debbie” Lynn (Pontuff) Morales

Debbie Morales passed away Jan. 3 at Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at Mescalero Baptist Church. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 S. Georgia, .
Debbie was born Jan. 28, 1952 in Rockdale to Clarence and Mary Pontruff. She married Richard Lee Morales Sr. October 2, 1971.
She had a varied career in medical billing and childcare, even starting a couple of successful businesses.
She was a very loving and religious woman, a doting mother and grandmother and a best friend to anyone in need.
Debbie was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Richard Morales; her parents, Clarence Pontruff and Mary Cryer Pontruff; and her brother, George Pontruff.

Wed
30
Dec

Lena Mae Blake

Lena Mae Blake, 86, of Cameron died Tuesday, Dec. 29, in a Cameron nursing center.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, at the Oak Hill Cemetery Pavilion with Rev. Tim Cheatham officiating.
Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 1, from 5 until 7 p.m. at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home.
Mrs. Blake was born May 3, 1929 in Rogers to Dick and Myrtle Lee (Hill) Riddle.
She married Charlie Blake and he preceded her in death in 1997. She was also preceded in death by a brother and two sisters.
She had worked at Culpepper Furniture Store for many years and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Cameron. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home of Cameron is in charge of arrangements.

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