McLennan County, Texas
April 2004

THE MART MESSENGER
APRIL  1, 2004
THURSDAY
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 WILLIAM COLLINS PHILLIPS
William Collins "Doc" Phillips, 82, of Mart died Thursday, March 25, 2004 at his home.  Services were Saturday, March 27, at Littlepage Funeral Home with the Rev. Travis Summerlin and the Rev. Brian Pendleton officiating.  Burial followed at the  Mart Cemetery.
Mr. Phillips was born February 6, 1922, in Limestone County to Frank and Cora Phillips.  He was reared and educated near Prairie Hill where he graduated from Prairie Hill High School in 1942.  During World War II, he served from 1942 to 1945 with the Army at the Field Hospital Battalion in the European Theater.  On October 3, 19981, he and his wife Bobbye were married in Mart.
Mr. Philips was preceded in death by his parents, Mr.and Mrs. Frank Phillips; and his sisters, Hazel Galehouse and Helen Looney. His survivors include his wife, Bobbye Phillips of Mart, his devoted niece, Sandy Sariego of Irving; his step-daughter, Kim Parker and her husband Tom of Mexia; his step-grandchildren, Chris, Kevin, and Matt; his sister, Lyla McNamara of Westmont,New Jersey; his nephew and nieces, James Looney and his wife Sue of Euless; Pamela Bowen and Linda Bulman, both of California; James McNamara, Kevin McNamara, Michael McNamara,  David McNamara, and Rosemary Powlowski, all of New Jersey; and his beloved dogs, Happy, Bo and Mister.
Pallbearers were Rufus Renfro, Robert Bruce Griffin, Donald Matthys, Maurice McFarland, Charles Kasner, and J.B. Read.  The family wishes especially to thank Providence Hospice for their loving care. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Mart or to Providence Hospice.


 ALVIN FINLEY
Alvin Lee Finley, 91, of Riesel, passed away Sunday, March 28, at Quality Care Nursing Home in Waco.  Graveside services were held Tuesday at Riesel Cemetery with Rev. Kelly Burkhart officiating.  Alvin was born in McLennan County on September 22, 1912 to Emma and Malachi Finley.  In 1936, he married Mae Smith in Waco.  They celebrated over 67 years together.  Alvin was a member of First Baptist Church of Riesel and a Mason for over 50 years.  For several years he lived in Dallas where he was manager of Plastices Manufacturing Co.  He also did construction work in Panama and Hawaii.  His survivors include his wife, Mae Finley of Riesel; his sisters, Faye Shirley of California and Edna Pick of Waco; his sister-in-law Lorene Miller of Bellmead; and many nieces and nephews.  Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Riesel.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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