Frank Dwayne Jekel

Frank Dwayne Jekel, 77, of Cameron died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, at his home.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron with Gary Westbrook officiating. Burial will follow in the Corinth Cemetery near Buckholts. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mr. Jekel, owner and operator of D&L Service Company in Cameron, was born March 5, 1939, in Milam County to Frank and Mollie (Novotny) Jekel. He received his Bachelor’s and a Master’s of Education Degree in Agricultural Education from Texas A&M University. He married Lucille Michalka. He was Past President and board member of the Texas Rural Water Association, Past Vice-President and board member of the Post Oak Savannah Ground Water Conservation District, past board member of the Central Texas Water Supply Corporation. He had served on the Corinth Cemetery Association board and with the Milam County Junior Livestock Association. 


Juan Martinez Nevarez

Juan Martinez Nevarez, 91, of Cameron died Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, in a Cameron hospital. 

Visitation will be Saturday, Jan. 7, from 5-8 p.m. at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home. His body will be sent to Mexico for services and burial.

Mr. Martinez Nevarez, a retired farmer, was born Oct. 21, 1925, in Mexico to Isidro Martinez and Maria Del Refugio Nevarez. 

He is survived by: sons, Ramon Martinez of Durango, Cesario Martinez of Illinois, Jesus Martinez of Illinois and Isidro Martinez of Durango; daughters, Maria Carmen Rios of Cameron, Rita Martinez of Juarez, Mercedes Martinez of Illinois, Josefina Martinez of Durango and Sledad Bolivar of Illinois; 27 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

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


Frank Arnold Tomascik

Frank Arnold Tomascik died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, at the age of 95.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Corinth Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mr. Tomascik was born in the Corinth Community of Milam County to John Henry and Tresa Repa Tomascik, one of nine children. He attended the Corinth School in Buckholts and Yoe High School in Cameron. At the age of 18 he joined the U.S. Army where he served for almost six years beginning at Fort Bliss in the Calvary Department. Later he was transferred to Camp White in Oregon where the 91st infantry was organized. He served 31 months over-seas starting in Algeria, then on to Egypt where he served under General Patton. Later he served in the southern part of Italy as a Forward Observer in the Leaning Tower of Pesa, then finishing up his service in Yugoslavia until the end of the war.


Ezequiel “George” Delao

Funeral Services for Mr. Ezequiel “George” Delao, 72, were held Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, at 11 a.m., in the Kathryn W. Green Chapel of Green-Patterson Funeral Home in Cameron, with Rev. Judy Gotcher of Granger officiating. Interment will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Rosebud. Mr. Delao passed away Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, in a Temple hospital.

Mr. Delao was born April 10, 1944, to John and Juanita Hernandez Delao in Barclay. Having worked in the cattle industry for many years, he retired in 1994, after 37 years of employment with Hilliard and Kathryn Thomas, as their general ranch foreman.  After his retirement he was employed by David Barkemeyer until his death.  He also owned Delao Contract Labor Service.


Verna M. Barbee

Mrs. Verna M. Barbee, 79, of Cameron, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, at a Cameron nursing home. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at 11 a.m., at Faith Chapel Church, Rochester.

She was born March 23, 1937, in Rochester, to Carl and Lois Martin Davidson. They preceded her in death.  She was a member of the Methodist Church.

She is survived by one son, Jerry Tumlinson and wife Tammy of Cameron; one brother, Joe Davidson of Portales, N.M.; and one sister, Mary Hollingsworth of Rochester.  Also surviving are six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are under the direction of Green-Patterson Funeral Home in Cameron. Condolences for the family may be left at


Willie Maye Rea

Services for Willie Maye Rea, 86, of Temple were held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 29, at Immanuel Baptist Church with Rev. Ron Milne officiating.

Burial was at North Elm Cemetery in Yarrellton.

Mrs. Rea died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, at Baylor Scott and White Hospital.

She was born to William G. and Mattie (Blansett) Lock in Rogers on Aug. 20, 1930.

She retired from Scott and White Hospital after 27 years of service.  She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.  She devoted her time to volunteering for Operation Christmas Child, Wednesday Night Supper, Feed the Sheep Ministry, member of the Grievance Committee, Welcome Center Committee, Heritage Committee, and the Salvation Army.  She was a true woman of faith.


Judith "Judy" Ann Roper

Judith “Judy” Ann Roper, 74, of Gause, passed away Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016.  

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale with Rev. Jimmy Sanders officiating and burial following at the Gause Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 at the funeral home.


Verna B. Fuller Price

Verna B. Fuller Price, age 90, made a grand entrance into Heaven on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2016, into the arms of her Lord and Savior, and her waiting husband, Wright. 

She was born to Sim Fuller and Dora B (Frazier) Fuller on Jan. 30, 1926, in Cameron, Texas.  She grew up in North Elm, attending school there through 8th grade, then graduating from Yoe High in Cameron. 

Verna married the love of her life, Wright Mose Price, Jr., on March 28, 1945.  They were married 67 years, until his death in 2013.  Verna was first and foremost a devout Christian, and showed the love and compassion of God to everyone she met. She instilled that love into her five children, eight grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren. Her husband, Wright, was a Baptist minister, and Verna supported that ministry as a quiet helpmate.  Together, they touched so many lives, and the legacy lives on.


Joseph Daniel Kostroun

Joseph Daniel Kostroun "J.D.", 82, of Milam County, Texas, succumbed to cancer on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, at his home in Lincoln, Texas.

Burial will be in the Old Marak Cemetery in Marak, Texas, at a later date.

J.D. was born in Cameron, Texas, on Feb. 26, 1934, to Joe Anton and Lillian Marie "Matl" Kostroun. J.D. lived most of his life on the family farm in Marak, Texas, doing what he loved most - farming/ranching. He worked at Alcoa in the pot room. His entire life, until the day he died, he was active on the farm and taking care of his cows. He served his country in the Army National Guard from 1952-1961.

J.D. is preceded in death by his father in 2007; mother in 1978, and one brother, Lawrence Kostroun in 2009.


Mary Ann Lara

Mary Ann Lara, 59, of Cameron died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in a Temple hospital. 

Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 11, at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron. Burial was in the Hernandez Cemetery. A wake service was held Dec. 10 at the funeral home.

Mary Ann, a classroom paraprofessional for Cameron ISD, was born May 18, 1957, in Cameron to Ramon and Lupe (Balboa) Jaramillo. She married Paul Lara and he preceded her in death in 1998. 

She is survived by: her daughters, Mary Rivera of Cameron and Princilla Lara of Cameron; sons, Paul Lara of Temple and Raymond Lara of Cameron; her mother, Lupe Jaramillo of Cameron; brothers, Raymond Jaramillo III of Cameron and Ray Jaramillo of Cameron; sister          , Hope Ramirez of Cameron; and six grandchildren.

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


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