Obituary: Timoteo Riojas, 1916 – 2009

Image: Timoteo G. Riojas — Timoteo G. Riojas, 93 of Italy, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at Trinity Mission in Italy. He was born to the late Celestino and Justa Garza Riojas on January 22, 1916 in Rio Grande City, Texas.

Timoteo G. Riojas, 93 of Italy, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at Trinity Mission in Italy. He was born to the late Celestino and Justa Garza Riojas on January 22, 1916 in Rio Grande City, Texas.

Obituary: Fairace Aubrey Thompson, 1922 – 2009

Fairace Aubrey Thompson, age 87, of Italy, passed away Thursday, May 7, 2009 at Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie. He was born April 17, 1922 in Brushie Prairie, Texas to Robert B. and Carrie (Lindsay) Thompson.

Obituary: Betty Cole, 1930 – 2009

Betty M. Cole, age 78, of Italy, passed away early Tuesday morning, April 21, 2009 at Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie. She was born July 31, 1930 in Mertens to Isom and Addie Lou (Coggins) Cagle. Betty was a member of the Italy Church of Christ.

Obituary: Ronald Lane Cohagan, 1957 – 2009

Ronald Lane Cohagan, age 52, of Irving passed away on Sunday, April 5, 2009 at Baylor Health Center in Irving, Texas. He was born on January 3, 1957 in Waxahachie, to Donald L. and Marie (Herrin) Cohagan. Ronnie was raised in Italy, Texas where he attended High School. After graduation he attended Navarro Junior College, and the University of North Texas. He married Julie Chalfant December 14, 1984 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Obituary: John Ernest Phillips, 1939 – 2009

Image: John Phillips  — 1939 – 2009

John Ernest Phillips was born on a farm near Italy, Texas on April 10, 1939, died on March 20, 2009 in Dallas, Texas. John moved to Levelland, Texas as a boy, with his parents and older brother.

Obituary: Alton Day, 1937 – 2009

Image: Alton Day, 1937 – 2009 — Funeral services are scheduled for 10AM Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Chapel in Italy.

Alton Day, age 72, of Italy passed away Saturday, March 14, 2009 at his home. He was born January 21, 1937 in Brashear, Texas to O.B. and Modine (Clayton) Day. Alton married Jo Newell on June 1, 1957 in Grand Prairie. Alton was also a member of the Church of Christ in Italy.

Obituary: Marie Joan Threet, 1916 – 2009

Marie Joan Threet, who has gone home to be with her Lord and Savior, March 12, 2009. She was born to Chalmers Jerome Varner and Cynthia Drucilla Trigg Varner on February 4, 1916 at Lone Cedar. She married Ernest Price Threet (Jack) on December 20, 1941.

Obituary: Frances Jane Grayson, 1925 – 2009

Frances Jane Grayson, 83, of Hillsboro died Thursday, March 5 at her residence. She was born June 28, 1925 in Italy, daughter of Burley E. and Nellie Griffis Wiles, where she grew up and graduated from high school in 1942.

Obituary: Donnie Rose Conner, 1926 – 2009

Donnie Rose Connor, age 82 of Italy, passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at Trinity Mission Health & Rehab of Italy, Texas. She was born on September 18, 1926 in Derrs Chapel, Texas to Floyd and Odell Brown Holley.

Obituary: Boyd Ray Hyles

Image: Boyd Ray Hyles — Boyd Ray Hyles was born on October 11, 1930 in Italy Texas to Jim and Leona Hyles. He passed away on December 24, 2008 in Midlothian Texas.

Boyd Ray Hyles was born on October 11, 1930 in Italy Texas to Jim and Leona Hyles. He passed away on December 24, 2008 in Midlothian Texas. He had six brothers and one sister. On January 12, 1952 he married Shirley Ann Airheart in Italy and lived there until 1968 when they moved to Midlothian.

FUMC Pastor, Beverly Hamilton, Passes Away

Image: Rev. Beverly Hamilton — Rev. Beverly Hamilton, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, was also the President of the Italy Ministerial Alliance.

On Friday morning, Rev. Beverly Hamilton, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Italy and mother of Italy High School senior, Mike Vlk and friend to many, went home to be with our Lord at the age of 46.

Obituary: Bobby M. Hugghins, 1947-2008

Image: Bobby M. Hugghins — Born to Jessie and Bobbie Jean Hugghins of Italy, Texas on September 25, 1947
Departed on November 17, 2008 and resided in Italy, Texas.

Bobby Mack Hugghins, life-long resident of Italy, Texas, died on November 17, 2008. Services will be held at the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Italy on Thursday, November 20, at 10AM with Reverend Jim Brown officiating. Interment will follow at Waxahachie City Cemetery.

Michelle Kathleen Medlin-Hodges, 1974-2008

Image: Michelle Kathleen Medlin-Hodges — December 26, 1974-October 13, 2008.

Michelle was devoted to her faith, family and friends. She loved being outdoors. Give her a fishing pole and she was as happy as she could be. She always had a smile to share with anyone who needed one. Michelle loved to be surrounded by family and friends.

Obituary: Lowell Hamilton (L.H.) Baker

Image: Lowell Hamilton (L.H.) Baker

Lowell Hamilton (L.H.) Baker, 82, of Waxahachie, Texas passed away on September 25, 2008. He was the only child born to the late James Edward and Maggie Lucille Baker of Italy, Texas.

Editor’s note 27 September 2008, 9:30 a.m. Corrections and the addition of where to donate in lieu of flowers.

Obituary: Mary Josephine Meskimen, 1965-2008

Image: Mary Josephine Meskimen, 1965-2008

Mary was a 1984 Graduate of Italy. While in school, Mary pursued a nursing career with VICA through the Waxahachie School. In 1990, Mary moved to Minnesota and took several years to finished her life long goal to become a RN. However, before she took her exit exam, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She took her exam, passing the bar, but after surgery, was labeled disabled. Mary tried for several years to regain enough energy and skill to work in the nursing field but was unable. After a nine year battle with multiple cancerous tumors, Mary lost her battle.