Obituaries

Fri
22
Apr

Lillie Zajicek

Lillie Zajicek, 98, of Copperas Cove and formerly of Buckholts, died Thursday, April 21, in a Copperas Cove assisted living facility.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron with Rev. Gary Kleypas officiating.
Burial will follow in the Hope Lutheran Memorial Park in Buckholts. 
Visitation will be Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mrs. Zajieck was born Feb. 8, 1918 in Ben Arnold to Emil and Olga Roesler. She married Joe Zajicek on Sept. 19, 1936 and he preceded her in death in 2007. 
She and her husband owned and operated several businesses in the Buckholts area for many years. She had also worked for Montgomery Wards for many years.
She was also preceded in death by her brother Walter Roesler and daughter-in-law, Bennie Marie.

Wed
20
Apr

Alejo Martinez

Alejo Martinez, 54, of Cameron, died Saturday, April 16, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Milam County.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Iglesia Cristiana, Rey de Reyes in Rockdale with Dr. Alfonso Velazquez officiating.
Burial will follow in the St. Monica’s Catholic Cemetery in Cameron. A prayer service will be held Wednesday, beginning at 7 p.m. at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron.
Mr. Martinez was born July 18, 1961 in Mexico to Geronimo and Carmen (Hernandez) Martinez. He had worked as a truck driver. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Evelyn Martinez.
He is survived by daughter Rocio Martinez of Anderson; mother Carmen Hernandez Martinez of Mexico; brothers Miguel Martinez, Nico Martinez and Fabian Martinez, all of Mexico; sisters Carmen Martinez, Lena Martinez, Alejandra Martinez, Rosa Martinez, Rosario Martinez, and Ruby Martinez, all of Mexico; and one grandson.

Mon
18
Apr

Maria de La Luz Garza

Maria de La Luz Garza, 58, of Cameron died Monday, April 18, in a Temple hospital.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home with Rev. Mateo Lopez, Jr. officiating. Burial followed in the Hernandez Cemetery. A prayer service will be held 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Garza, a homemaker, was born Oct. 18, 1957, in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico to Eusebio and Andrea (Munoz) Velez.
She was preceded in death by her daughter Crystal Garza in 2003.
She is survived by sons Jesse Garza, Aaron Garza and Edward Garza, all of Cameron; daughters Zulema Medelion of Temple, Rocio Van Wettering, Andrea Lara, Manzana Rangel, all of Cameron, and Elizabeth Garza of Temple; brothers Eusebio Velez of Laredo, Julio Velez of Laredo, David Velez of Laredo and Ramiro Velez of Laredo; sisters Enedina Bolivar of Cameron and Alicia Miller of El Paso; and 14 grandchildren.

Thu
14
Apr

Buddy R. Dulin

Former Cameron ISD superintendent Buddy R. Dulin, 84, of Abilene, died Tuesday, April 12, in Abilene.
Funeral services are scheduled at 10 a.m. Friday, April 15, at the Oldham Lane Church of Christ in Abilene. Burial will follow in the Elmwood Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Dulin was a native of Colorado City, born Jan.15, 1932. He married Elizabeth Henning on Dec. 29, 1970 in El Paso.
In addition to his 24 years as superintendent with the Cameron ISD, he was superintendent for Albany ISD for 21 years. He was a great influence to many school children over the years. He was a member of the Oldham Lane Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his parents, several brothers and sisters and other family members.
Buddy is survived by his wife Elizabeth Dulin of Abilene, one sister; Doris Dulin of Colorado City and several nieces & nephews.
The Hamil Family Funeral Home of Abilene was in charge of the arrangements.

Wed
13
Apr

Floy Phipps Lowe

Floy Phipps Lowe

Floy Phipps Lowe was born April 6,1920, and passed away Saturday, March 26, 2016, just 11 days before her 96th birthday, at her home in East Palatka, FL surrounded by her family.
She was the third of ten children; four survived to adulthood, born to Tennie Lee Aycock Phipps and Floyd Lafayette Phipps near Jones Prairie, Texas.  Following graduation from Yoe High School in 1937 she was the first in her family to go to college, and earned a bachelor’s degree in education at the University of Texas in Austin. She began teaching in Jones Prairie in a one-room school that was the elementary, middle and high school for the surrounding area. In 1973, OETA of Washington, D.C selected her as an Outstanding Elementary Teacher of America.
She married Glenn Curtis Lowe of Cameron in a 1944 ceremony at Little River Baptist Church and lived in California, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Ohio before permanently retiring to East Palatka, FL; an area where their three sons lived.

Wed
13
Apr

Benjamin F. Zajicek

Benjamin F. Zajicek

A member of the Greatest Generation, our Daddy was a hero who made the world safe for democracy. He served in the 2nd Infantry Division, (Old Indian Head), and took part in the Battle of the Bulge and the liberation of Czechoslovakia. He was awarded the American Theatre Campaign Ribbon, EAME Campaign Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal and Victory Ribbon. He was also awarded the Gold Cross of Merit of the Ministry of Defense of the Czech Republic in the Highest Defense of the Czech Republic.

Thu
07
Apr

Jason Glenn Schwarz

Jason Glenn Schwarz

Jason Glenn Schwarz current resident of Garland, formerly of Thorndale, passed away April 4, 2016.
He was born Nov. 30, 1981 in Taylor. He was raised in Thorndale and graduated from Thorndale High School in 2000. From there he went on to obtain his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and his MBA from Sam Houston State University.
Jason was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed participating and watching all types of sports. While attending Thorndale ISD he participated in football, basketball, track and tennis. He enjoyed all those sports. He found great success while playing tennis, making it to the state tennis tournament his junior and senior years of high school.
As a Texas A&M graduate he had a passion for A&M sports, especially football. He enjoyed going to home football games in the fall as well as making road trips with his family to cheer on his team.

Wed
06
Apr

Mildred Matocha

Services for Mildred Matocha will be 10 a.m. Saturday, April 9, at St. Monica’s Catholic Church.
Burial will follow in the St. Monica’s Catholic Cemetery. Rosary will be held 7 p.m. Friday, April 8, at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home.
Mildred Adeline Michalka Matocha was born April 11, 1923 to Ralph Michalka and Ida Schreiber Michalka in Cameron. She graduated from Yoe High School, attended business college in Austin and was employed in the office of the county tax assessor-collector.
She later went to Washington D.C. on civil service work for 18 months before returning home to work at the ration board. She then went to work for the Railroad Commission for 20 years
She married Paul Matocha June 10, 1945 at St. Monica’s Catholic Church.

Wed
30
Mar

Joycelyn “Joy” Stock Litzman

Joycelyn “Joy” Stock Litzman

Joycelyn “Joy” Stock Litzman, 84, passed away Saturday, March 26.
She is preceded in death by her parents, John Jr. and Annie Lorenz Stock; and infant brother, David Stock.
Joy is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, James “Jim” Litzman; son, Ricky James Litzman and wife, Judy; daughters, Karon Ann Beukema, Diane Margaret Williamson, Jan Francis Krpec, Lori Marie Wolter and husband, Gale; brothers, Bill Stock and wife, Lucille, Harold Stock and wife, Margie; 11 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter; and a host of other family and friends.
Joy and Jim were high school sweethearts who met at a dance. She and Jim were inseparable from that moment on.

Wed
30
Mar

Gladys Elizabeth White

Gladys Elizabeth White, 100 of Cameron, passed away Wednesday, March 23, in Killeen.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 2, in Cameron with Rev. Stephanie Handy officiating. A location for the funeral service is to be determined. There will be a viewing one-hour prior to service time on Saturday. Burial will be in the Minerva Cemetery.
 Gladys was born April 14, 1915 in Minerva to Rev. Robert Calton and LuCindy (Brown) Calton. She was a life long Cameron resident and married Charlie White on June 12, 1937 in Minerva. 
Gladys was a homemaker and loved making quilts and clothes for her grandchildren. She enjoyed planting flowers and gardening. Gladys was a member of Bethel AME Church as well as a member of The Order of the Eastern Star.

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