Obituary: Louis “Lou” Eugene Martina, 1928 – 2013

Louis “Lou” Eugene Martina, age 84, of Italy passed away Monday, February 25, 2013 in the company of family and friends. He was born June 10, 1928 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Dorothy C. and Louis C. Martina. He served in the U. S. Navy from 1949 to 1952. Lou worked for the City of Italy for 10 years and also helped keep the city beautiful by picking up trash.

Memorial visitation set for Pickard family

The Italy community is invited to come and spend time with the family of the late Greg Pickard during a visitation at the Italy Boze Community Center on Saturday, March 2 at 2:00pm. Greg, son of Bob and Carla Pickard of Italy, recently lost his life in the line of duty with the Bryan Fire Department.

Obituary: Gregory Wade Pickard, 1959 – 2013

Image: Gregory Wade Pickard, 1959 – 2013

Visitation for Greg will be held at Hillier Funeral Home in Bryan on Thursday, February 21st from 5-8 p.m. Funeral services will take place at Central Baptist Church, 1991 FM 158, College Station on Friday, February 22nd at 10 a.m.

Obituary: Aurora Jane Dykes, 1917 — 2012


Born November 3, 1917, Aurora Jane (Thompson) Dykes was born in Italy, Texas to Lennie Ola (Ward) and Urby Joe Thompson. She passed away on December 28, 2012 in Italy, Texas at the age of 95.

Obituary: Truman Commons, 1935 — 2012

Truman Commons, 77, of Italy passed away at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas on Thursday, July 12, 2012. He was born on February 16, 1935 in Lueders, Texas to Vernon and Iva Commons. On August 17, 1963, he married Nelda Doyle. He retired from Texas Utilities as a computer programmer. He was a member of Central Baptist Church in Italy. 

Obituary: Clara C. Roberts, 1918 – 2012

Image: Clara C. Roberts, 1918 – 2012

Clara C. Roberts, age 93, of Italy, passed away Thursday, May 10, 2012 at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab. She was born September 11, 1918 in Lewisville, to P. F. and Fannie (Andrews) Smotherman.

Obituary: Janet Jo Hoyl Burch, 1935 – 2012


Janet Jo Hoyl Burch, 76, of Italy passed away at her home surrounded by her family on April 19, 2012. Janet was born in Decatur, Texas on July 15, 1935 to Archie and Doris Hoyl. She graduated from Decatur High School. She married Robert Burch on August 20, 1955. 

Obituary: Billye Sue Ridlehuber, 1933 – 2012

Billye Sue Ridlehuber, age 78, of Italy, passed away Thursday, April 5, 2012 at Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie.  She was born September 22, 1933 in Italy to Ollan and Flo (Hyles) Harris. Billye Sue graduated from Italy High School.  

Obituary: Leon Byron Dollens, Jr., 1924 – 2012


Leon Byron Dollens, Jr. of Hewitt, passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2012.  Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Chapel with the Rev. Stephen Ramsdell officiating. Visitation will be 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Friday, March 30, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Garden Room.

Obituary: Georgia Faye Graves Phillips Babb, 1932 – 2012

Image: Georgia Faye Graves Phillips Babb, 1932 – 2012

Georgia Graves Phillips Babb, age 80, of Whitney passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab in Italy. She was born February 22, 1932 in Italy to Lester and Cynthia (Cockerham) Graves. She graduated from Italy High School in 1949.

Obituary: Annie Lou Hamby Plumhoff, 1925 – 2012


Annie Plumhoff passed from this life at her home on March 05, 2012 at the age of 86. There will be a graveside service at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, March 07, 2012 at Waxahachie City Cemetery. Annie was born at Hammock just south of Italy on July 15, 1925 to her parents Otis and Ora Graves Hamby.

Obituary: Marynell K. Perryman

Marynell K. Perryman, age 76, of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee passed away Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at Crockett Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. A native of Heflin, Alabama, she was a retired daycare provider and of the Church of Christ Faith.

Obituary: Brenda Dianne Jaynes, 1971 – 2012

Image: Brenda Dianne Jaynes, 1971 – 2012
(image circa Oct. 2011)

Brenda Dianne Jaynes, age 40, of Italy, passed away Saturday, February 18, 2012 at her home from a long battle with cancer. She was born March 30, 1971 to Paul David and Barbara (Henley) Skaggs in Antlers, Oklahoma. She married Carl Jaynes on December 29, 1996 in San Leon, Texas. Dianne was a homemaker. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister, and will be greatly missed. 

Obituary: Elizabeth Griffis Reynolds, 1926 – 2012

Image: Elizabeth Griffis Reynolds, 1926 – 2012

Born in Durant Oklahoma in 1926 to Vergie Lee Moore and Hubert Randolph “Teddy” Riddle, Elizabeth moved with her family to the Italy area in 1930, where she attended Hamrock and Italy schools, graduating from Italy High in 1944. 

Obituary: Randall L. Mauldin, 1947 – 2012

Randall L. Mauldin, age 64, of Daingerfield passed away from this life January 11, 2012 at his home. Lee’s dedicated and loyal caregiver, Brenda Karnac, was at his bedside. He was born November 03, 1947 in Dallas, Texas to Julius Barton and Sammie Lee (McCarley) Mauldin. Lee, his parents, and brother previously lived in Waco, Charlotte, North Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee and attended Protestant Episcopal Churches in those cities. He served in the U S Air Force from the mid 1960’s until a serious automobile accident in late June 1969 ceased that career. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Obituary: Elva McConnell, 1925 – 2012


Elva McConnell, age 86, of Italy, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2012 at Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie.  She was born July 25, 1925 in Lewisville, Texas to Newton Payne and Zula Mae (Nowlin) Gentry. She had been married to Zack McConnell for 66 years before his death in 2009.

Obituary: Dennis Neal Roth, 1961 -2011

Dennis Neal Roth, age 50, of Canyon Lake, TX passed away Thursday, December 22, 2011 at his home. He was born November 26, 1961 in Jacksonville, Illinois to Rolland and Vera Roth.

Obituary: Thomas Bryan Harvey, 1933 – 2011

Image: The late Thomas Bryan Harvey (1933-2011)

Thomas Bryan Harvey, age 78, of Whitney, passed away Thursday, October 20, 2011 at his residence. He was born February 14, 1933 in Italy, Texas, son of the late John Bryan and Lois Cora Hearn Harvey. Thomas grew up and attended schools in Italy and graduated from Italy High School in 1950.

Obituary: Dennis Edward Whiteaker, Jr., 1963 – 2011

Dennis Edward “Denny” Whiteaker, Jr., age 47, of The Colony, passed away Monday, October 24, 2011 at his home.  He was born November 21, 1963 in Midland, Texas to Carolyn (Price) and Dennis Edward Whiteaker, Sr. He had worked in the air conditioning industry for 25 years.  Denny married Rachel Suckling on October 2, 1982.  He was a member of the Lakeway Baptist Church in The Colony.  He enjoyed bowling and was an avid sports fan, who more than anything loved the Longhorns.

Obituary: Billy Gene Burton, Sr., 1930 – 2011


Billy Gene Burton, Sr., age 81, of Italy, passed away early Friday morning, October 14, 2011 in Italy. He was born March 14, 1930 in Whitney to Marion Leslie and Roxie (Gregory) Burton. He had been a longtime resident of Irving. Billy was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.  He was very proud of his grandchildren and great grandchildren and loved having the family all together. Billy enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing.

Obituary: Mary Edith Tapp, 1917 – 2011

A Graveside service for Mary Edith Tapp, 94 will be held on Friday, September 30 at 11:00 AM at Hillcrest Cemetery in Waxahachie under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home in Tyler with Rev. Anna Rose McAlpin officiating. 

Obituary: Mary Dawn Matthews Cope, 1925 – 2011

Image: Mary Dawn Matthews Cope, 1925 – 2011

Mary Dawn Matthews Cope, age 86, of Richardson, Texas passed away Sunday, September 25, 2011 at Methodist Richardson Medical Center.  She was born May 17, 1925 in Italy, Texas to O.M. and Arvie (Eason) Matthews.  

Obituary: Willie Rebecca Inman, 1936 — 2011

Willie Rebecca Inman, age 75 a resident of Italy, passed away on September 16, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. Willie was born May 12, 1936 in Italy, Texas to Walter R. and Viola (Embry) Shrader.  Willie was a member of the Central Baptist Church in Italy for many years. She was an avid reader and loved to play dominos and bingo.

Obituary: Donna Gay Stanglin, 1947 — 2011

Donna Gay Stanglin, age 64, of Denison, passed away Sunday, September 18, 2011 at her home.  She was born February 13, 1947 in Waxahachie to Dale and Orrline (Green) Martin. Donna was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Obituary: Mary Alice Boyd, 1921 – 2011

Mary Alice Boyd, age 90, of Italy, Texas passed away, Saturday, September 17, 2011. Mary was born in Italy, Texas on August 30, 1921 to I.G. and Ruthie (Jones) Harris. She was a lifelong member of Park Presbyterian Church in Italy, where she also served as the church secretary.

Obituary: Annie Mae Gonerway, 1928 – 2011


Annie Mae Gonerway of Italy passed. A Wake service on Friday August 12, 2011 from 7pm to 8pm in Community Funeral Home Edgar Thomas Chapel.  Funeral service Saturday August 13, 2011 11am at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church Italy. Service under the direction of Community Funeral Home and Florist.

Obituary: Lee Roy Finley, Jr., 1932 – 2011

Lee Roy Finley, Jr., age 78, passed away in Italy on Thursday, June 23, 2011. He was born in Italy on July 25, 1932 to Ruby Nell (Countryman) and Lee Roy Finley, Sr. Lee Roy married Marcia Pearl Windham on March 23, 1957 in Italy. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 647, Shriners, had served as the volunteer Fire Chief in Italy, owned and operated Italy Texaco for 15 years, and was a life time member of the Central Baptist Church. 

Obituary: Marberine Wolaver, 1931 – 2011

Marberine Kirby Wolaver of Italy was born February 3, 1931 in Avalon to William “Bill” and Clemmie Etta Southard Kirby and died on May 23, 2011.  She attended Avalon schools, graduating as Valedictorian of her class in 1947.

Obituary: Emily Orrline Martin, 1922 – 2011

Image: The late Emily Orrline Martin

Emily Orrline “Sweetheart” Martin, age 88, of Italy passed away Sunday, May 8, 2011 at her home. She was born September 7, 1922 in Italy, Texas to George and Hatti (Varner) Green. Orrline married Aubrey Dale Martin on October 6, 1945. She had been a member of the Central Baptist Church for 72 years.

Obituary: Glenda Faye Barber, 1941 – 2011

Image: The late Glenda Faye Barber

Glenda Faye Barber, age 69, of Milford, passed away Thursday, May 5, 2011 at Arlington Memorial Hospital. She was born September 14, 1941 in Colorado to John and Flossie Elizabeth (Wilson) Morgan.

Obituary: Sims Braxton Lang, 1944 – 2011

Image: The late Sims Braxton Lang

Sims Braxton Lang, age 67, of DeSoto, passed away Thursday, May 5, 2011 at Charlton Methodist Hospital. He was born February 6, 1944 in Boone, Iowa to Charles Braxton and Marilyn (Hastings) Lang.

Obituary: Bettye L. Thompson 1927 – 2011

Image: Bettye L. Thompson, 1927-2011

Bettye L. Thompson, age 83, of Italy, passed away Monday, May 2, 2011 at Baylor Medical Center of Waxahachie. She was born July 10, 1927 in Frost, Texas to Lewis Franklin and Ocie Eline (Moore) Neel. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Italy and the Eastern Star. Bettye was a loving wife, sister and aunt.

Obituary: Ernestine Phillips, 1916 – 2011

Image: Ernestine Phillips,1916-2011

Ernestine Phillips, age 94, of Plano, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2011. She was born May 7, 1916 in Mertens to Ernest and Beulah (Perry) Dickson. Ernestine was a member of the Central Baptist Church in Italy, where she taught Sunday school for 50 years.

Obituary: James Murry “Pee Wee” Carter, 1936 – 2011

Image: James “Pee Wee” Carter, 1936-2011

James Murry “Pee Wee” Carter, age 74, of Italy, passed away early Monday, February 21, 2011 at his home. He was born March 6, 1936 in Waxahachie to Aline (Murray) and John Willis Carter, Sr. Pee Wee was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Italy for many years, the Italy Masonic Lodge, the AQHA and the NCHA. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who will be greatly missed.

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Obituary: Michael D. Wainscott, 1947 – 2010

Michael D. Wainscott, 63 of Denton, passed away Thursday, December 23, 2010. He was born April 7, 1947 in Olney, Texas to William G. and Vanita J. Tedrow Wainscott. He married Sharon Hendricks on February 10, 1968.