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.

Birth Announcement: Emily Paige Casebier

Image: Emily Paige Casebier was born July 22, 2013,

Lauren “Edge” and Michael Casebier of Hallsville are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Paige Casebier. Emily was born July 22, 2013 at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview. She weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.

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.

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.

Birth Announcement: Neziah Caleb Fulfer

Image: Neziah Caleb Fulfer was born August 10, 2012

Italy native, Sarah DeMoss Fulfer and husband, Drew, have delivered a brand new baby boy, Neziah Caleb. He was born August 10 at 2:00 am. He weighed 7lbs 10ozs and is 20 1/2 inches long. The happy family lives in San Angelo.

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.

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