Obituary: Jack Guthrie, Sr., 1924 — 2015

Jack Guthrie, age 91, of Italy, passed away Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab in Italy. He was born October 4, 1924 in Avalon to Alvin W. and Elfie (Green) Guthrie. Jack was a loving father, grandfather and great/great grandfather. He was the pastor of the First Assembly of God Church in Italy for over 30 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Guthrie, December 21, 2009.

Obituary: William Randle Compton, 1954 — 2015


Randy fought a long brave battle with Head & Neck cancer and was called home to rest on Friday October 2, 2015. His family would like to express how very blessed and honored Randy and his family were by all of the love, support, and prayers they have received the last few years from their wonderful family, friends, church family, and coworkers.

Obituary: Iva Ruth Gillespie, 1924 — 2015

Image: Iva Ruth Gillespie, 1924 — 2015

Iva Ruth Gillespie, age 91, of Waxahachie, passed away Friday, September 4, 2015 at Pleasant Manor Nursing Home in Waxahachie, Texas. She was born May 23, 1924 to Walter Jordan and Janie (Davis) Jordan in Files Valley, Texas. She worked as Assistant Chief Operator for the telephone company for over 30 years. She was a 60 year member of the Rebekah Lodge # 381 in Waxahachie.

Obituary: Margaret Mary Fraser Hill Smotherman, 1921-2015


Margaret Mary Smotherman, age 93, passed away on August 21, 2015 in Houston, Texas, at Seven Acres Nursing Home. She was born on November 20, 1921 in Upper Lambourn, Berkshire, England, to Simon and Mary Elizabeth Fraser. During World War II she met and married Staff Sergeant Ben Edwin Hill, Jr., United States Army Air Force on July 8, 1943.

Obituary: Dennis Whiteaker, Sr., 1942 — 2015

Image: Dennis Whiteaker, Sr., 1942 — 2015

Dennis Edward Whiteaker Sr., age 72, of Italy passed away Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at Charleton Methodist Hospital in Dallas. He was born on September 1, 1942 in Midland, Texas to Claude L. and Ruby Maye (Williams) Whiteaker. Dennis married Carolyn on December 15, 1960 in Midland, Texas, He worked in the oil fields for 45 years. Dennis loved bowling, reading and sports, his favorite teams were the Cowboys, Longhorns and Texas Rangers. He loved being with his family most of all.

Obituary: Maria Antonieta Sam, 1967 — 2015

Image: Maria A. Sam, 1967 — 2015

Maria Antonieta Sam, age 47, of Italy, passed away Sunday, August 2, 2015 at Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas. She was born December 12, 1967 in Del Rio, Texas to Juan Pablo Perez and Sara Perez.

Obituary: Hazel O. Bumpus, 1917 — 2015

Hazel Odene Bumpus, age 98 of Italy, passed away peacefully Tuesday, June 9, at the Red Oak Health and Rehab Center. She was the daughter of the late Bill H. and Irene (Hogan) Windham.

Obituary: Vicky Northrup, 1964 — 2015

Vicky Northrup, age 50, of Forreston, passed away Monday afternoon, June 1, 2015 at Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas. She was born November 9, 1964 in Texas City, Texas to Jesse and Elizabeth (Stewart) Darling. Vicky had been a nurse for 15 years, working as an LVN at Baywind in League City and also Trinity Mission in Italy, Texas. She married Paul Northrup on July 11, 2011 in Waxahachie.

Obituary: Melchor Martinez, 1961 — 2015

Image: Melchor Martinez, 1961 — 2015

Melchor Martinez, age 54, passed away March 28, 2015 in Italy, Texas. He was born to Jose Angel and Dora (Garcia) Martinez. After an aggressive battle with cancer he was called home, with his family by his side. Mel was a beloved son, brother, uncle and friend. He was a parishioner at Epiphany Mission Catholic Church, a passionate Catechists teacher and a former bank analyst for Bank of America for 19 years. Mel was a role model and an inspiration to many.

Obituary: Judy Turk, 1946 — 2015

Judy Turk, age 68, passed away Tuesday, January 27, 2015 in Ennis. She was born October 11, 1946 in Waxahachie to W.A. and Maggie Lou (Warren) Hyles. Judy graduated from Italy High School in 1966. She worked at Town Hall Estates Nursing Home in Hillsboro for over 20 years, where she was the activity director. Her work was her calling and she loved to help take care of people. She was like a mother to everyone she took care of.

Obituary: Paula Harris, 1929 — 2015


Paula Harris, age 85, of Italy, passed away Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at Trinity Mission Health & Rehab. She was born April 21, 1929 in Iredell, Texas to William L. and Abby (Russell) Morgan. Paula graduated from Italy High School in 1947 and worked for the post office for 25 years. She was a member of the Central Baptist Church and served as an Elder at the Park Presbyterian Church in Italy where she enjoyed serving the church. She loved to sew and cook, specializing in fried chicken and chocolate pie. Paula was a loving mother and grandmother.

Obituary: Nina Jo Groark, 1935 — 2015

Image: Nina Jo Groark, 1935 — 2015

Nina Jo Groark (nee Hoover), 79, of Sacramento, California died at home on January 18, 2015 of cancer. Nina was born on November 26, 1935 in Italy, Texas and graduated from Italy High School in 1954.

Obituary: Wallace “Sonny” Crooks, 1933—2015

Wallace “Sonny” Crooks, 81, of Rosebud, died Monday, January 12, 2015 in a Temple Hospital. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday in First Baptist Church in Rosebud. Burial will follow in Bluebonnet Cemetery near Rosebud.

Obituary: Clara Woodall Owens, 1938 — 2015

Clara Woodall Owens, age 76, passed away Saturday, January 3, 2015 at the Trinity Mission in Italy, Texas. She was born February 28, 1938, to James S. Woodall and Audie Irene Hadley Woodall in Italy, Texas, where she was a lifelong resident.

Obituary: Shirley J. Ratliff


Shirley J. Ratliff, of Italy, passed away Saturday morning, September 6, 2014 at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab in Italy. She was born in Dallas County, Texas to Leo and Lillie Burns Cates. Shirley spent the majority of her life as a seamstress until 1992 when her daughter, Pamela was diagnosed with brain cancer.

Obituary: Robert M. Gunn, Sr., 1931 — 2014

Image: Robert M. Gunn, Sr., 1931 — 2014

Robert M. Gunn, Sr., age 83, of Milford, passed away Monday, June 16, 2014 in Waco. He was born May 20, 1931 in Waco, Texas to Rufus Columbus and Sallie Ann (Crawford) Gunn. Robert married Gloria Jenkins on October 15, 1951. He served his Country in the U. S. Air Force. Robert was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who will be greatly missed.

Obituary: Tim Archer

There will be a service for Tim Archer at the D/FW Veterans Cemetery located just off I-20 at 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway in the southern part of Dallas County.

In Memory of Tim Archer

Many of us knew and liked Tim Archer, who passed away on March 2. He was a student of history, an avid reader, and a Vietnam veteran who served his country bravely and well.

Obituary: Annice Marie Elliot, 1932 – 2014

Annice Marie Elliott, 81, a longtime resident of Fort Worth, joined her beloved husband, Bill J. Eillott, in heaven on Saturday, March 1, 2014. A private graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 3 in Granbury Cemetery.

Obituary: Beverly Ann Carter, 1936 – 2013

Image: Beverly Ann Carter, 1936 – 2013

Beverly Ann Carter, age 77, of Italy, passed away late Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at Trinity Mission. She was born May 14, 1936 in Avalon to Laura (Newman) and Tim Williams. Beverly was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Italy for many years. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother who will be greatly missed.

Obituary: Zella Margaret Miller Poe, 1928 – 2013

Zella Margaret Miller Poe, age 85, of Italy passed away Sunday, November 3, 2013 at her home. She was born October 28, 1928 in San Antonio to Edwin H. and Cora E. (English) White. She was a member of the Park Presbyterian Church in Italy. Zella retired from the Army and Air Force Exchange Service after more than 20 years of employment.

Obituary: Cleo Vernon Clingan, 1953-2013

Cleo Vernon Clingan, age 60, of Italy, Texas went home to be with his Lord on Tuesday October 29, 2013. He was born on July 26, 1953 in Independence, Kansas to Cleo L. Clingan and the late Bobbie Kimbro Clingan.

Obituary: Jill Deann Kordsmeier, 1965 – 2013

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, July the 3rd, God brought home one of His most cherished and beloved creations, Jill Kesterson Kordsmeier. Jill was born on September 24, 1965, in Borger, Texas, to Joe and Kay Kesterson. Raised in Borger, Jill exceeded at just about everything imaginable, excluding athletic endeavors.

Obituary: Carrie Deanna Hilliard, 1966 – 2013

Image: Carrie Deanna Hilliard, 1966 – 2013

Carrie Deanna Hilliard, age 46, of Italy passed away June 22, 2013 in Ennis. She was born October 2, 1966 in Dallas to Jessie Douglas and Donna Jo (McConnell) Chambers. Carrie was a graduate of Hubbard High School, Navarro College and the University of Texas at Arlington. She and Mark Hilliard were married July 19, 1993 at Central Baptist Church in Italy.

Obituary: Jacklyn Mae Adams, 1937 – 2013

Jacklyn Mae Adams, age 75, of Italy, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Trinity Mission Health & Rehab. She was born September 11, 1937 in Italy to Jack and Aline (Hudson) Paisley. Jacklyn had been the secretary at Central Baptist Church for many years.

Obituary: Marguaret “Jo” Ivy, 1940 – 2013

Marguaret Josephine Poe Ivy, age 72, of Italy, passed away Friday morning, May 3, 2013 at Baylor Medical Center, Waxahachie. She was born June 29, 1940 in Italy, Texas to Clyde and Pauline (Meadows) Poe. She was a devout Christian and was very active in church up until the past few years. Jo known by all was a loving mom, wife and friend who never met a stranger.

Obituary: Kurt Heilbronner, 1937 — 2013

Kurt Heilbronner, age 75, of Italy, passed away Wednesday evening, March 13, 2013 at his home. He was born November 3, 1937 in Glendale, California to Karl and Lillian (Curtis) Heilbronner. Kurt served in the U. S. Navy for 20 years as a flight mechanic. He retired from Pratt-Whitney after 20 years of service. After his retirement he went to work with his friend, Rick, restoring old WWI and WWII air crafts. Kurt married Ruth Rock on April 27, 2007 in Plano, TX.