McLennan County, Texas
November 23, 2004
John Arthur Taylor, 67, of Woodway, passed away suddenly Saturday, Nov. 20, 2004 at his home after a brief illness. A family service will be held later.
John was born Jan. 22, 1937, in San Antonio, to Roy Lee and Lucille (Metzger) Taylor, the second of two sons. John joined the Navy soon after graduation from Paschal High School in Fort Worth. Following four years in the Navy where he was an airborne radar operator with FV13, he began college and graduated from North Texas State University in 1963. He began a short career as a high school teacher and coach, serving in Azle, Richland Hills and Fort Bend schools districts. He loved the interactions with young people.
In 1968, he began a 25 year career with Schering Plough Corporation, working in Houston, San Antonio, Orlando, Corpus Christi and Baton Rouge. He was very successful as a salesman and among many awards was named National Distinguished Salesman in 1974. After retirement in 1993, John returned to teaching as a substitute in Martin County, Fla., and continued in pharmaceutical sales as a contract salesman for several national companies in Florida and finally in Waco.
John married Caroline Evers on Dec. 28, 1963. They became the proud and doting parents of three sons.
John was preceded in death by his parents; son John Jr.; and sister, Margaret Ann Wood.
He is survived by his wife, Caroline; sons, Robert Taylor and wife, Kathy, Carlton and wife, Gwen, and Damon; brother, Lee Taylor and wife, Rosemary; and six grandchildren.
The family wishes to especially thank officers Mark Harter and Matt Van Auken of the Woodway Police Department.
Memorial guestbook at www.oakcrestwaco.com.
GATESVILLE-Sally Mae Davis Melton, 85, of Gatesville, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2004, at a Gatesville nursing home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24, at Gatesville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Liberty Hill Cemetery in Liberty Hill. The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.
Larry Booker of Rockdale passed away Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004, at a Temple hospital. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Rosemound Cemetery under the direction of Pecan Grove Funeral Home, 3124 Robinson Dr., Waco.
Erna Wehmeyer, 91, of McGregor died Monday, Nov. 22, 2004, in McGregor. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Crawford with Pastor Charles Parnell officiating. Interment will follow in St. Paul Memorial Park, under the direction of Cole Funeral Home, 1113 West Fifth Street, McGregor. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Cole Funeral Home.
Mrs. Wehmeyer was born Aug. 31, 1913, in Moody, the daughter of Fritz and Emma (Schuette) Wiechering. On Nov. 16, 1913, she was baptized at St. Paul Lutheran Church near Moody by Pastor Gogolin. In the fall of 1918, she moved with her parents to a farm North of McGregor. In May o f1932, she graduated from McGregor High School. She attended confirmation school and was confirmed April 1, 1928, by Pastor Hans Krause. On Nov. 21, 1935, she married Albert Niemeier at Zion Lutheran Church in McGregor by Pastor Hans Krause. To this union was born three sons. Vernon, Kenneth and Jerry. After their marriage, they moved on a farm about six miles north of McGregor. They farmed this land until Albert's death Oct. 2, 1961. In 1936, she joined Peace Lutheran Church which is known as St. Paul Lutheran Church of Crawford. A faithful member of St. Paul, she served the church and her Lord in many areas. She was a Sunday school teacher for many years, president of the Ladies Aid Society, served on Church Council for Evangelist Committee for three years.
She was also preceded in death by her son, Vernon Niemeier; brothers, Walter Wiechering and Edwin Wiechering; and sisters, Hattie Wiechering, Hallea Wiechering, and Alma Wehmeyer.
Survivors include sons, Kenneth Niemeier and wife Linda, and Jerry Niemeier and wife, Brenda; brother, Harold Wiechering and wife, Viola; grandsons, Greg, Brent and Jason Niemeier; five great-granddaughters, Kaitlyn, Taylor, Allison, Natalie and Cheyenne Niemeier; great-grandson, Colten Dean Niemeier; stepdaughters, Edna Mae and Monta Fae Westerfield and their families; daughter-in-law Betty Niemeier; and sister-in-law, Earline Wiechering.
For those desiring, the family has suggested St. Paul Memorial Park, P.O. Box 323, Crawford, Texas 76638 or the charity of the donor's own choosing, for memorial contributions.
Vera Faye Chase, 77, of Elm Mott passed away Sunday morning, Nov. 21, 2004, at her residence. Graveside Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Waco Memorial Park with Him Drysdale officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Waco Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Chase was born Aug. 27, 1927, in El Campo, Texas to the late James and Pearl Gresham Good. She married Dewey Lawrence Chase Sr. on June 28, 1946 and he preceded her in death on Oct. 22, 1995.
Survivors include her children, Dewey Lawrence Chase, Jr. of New Braunfels and Linda Kathryn Chase of Elm Mott; grandson, Eric Brandon Chase; and great-grandchildren, Addison and Parker Chase.
Mrs. Julia Wofford Norris, 88, died Friday, Nov. 19, 2004 in Wichita Falls. Services will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 23 at First United Methodist Church, Cobbs at Lake Air Dr., Waco, with the Rev. Stephen Ramsdell officiating. Burial will follow at Waco Memorial Park North.
Mrs. Norris was born on May 6, 1916, in McGill, Nev., the daughter of Absolom P. and Phoebe Rebecca Cook Wofford. She attended East Texas State Teachers College in Commerce and graduated in 1938. She married Lonnie L. Norris on April 3, 1942 in San Antonio. She taught elementary school in Argo and Arlington, Altus and Elk City, Okla. and retired from Waco schools, having taught first grade at Hillcrest Elementary School from 1966-77.
Mrs. Norris, a talented member of the Waco Porcelain Arts Guild, was well known among Waco's china painting circles. She was a member of the Waco-McLennan County Retired Teachers Association, Waco Knife and Fork Club, Merak Temple Number 104 Daughters of the Nile and Waco Assembly Number 199 Social Order of the Beauceant in which she had served as president in 1992.
She enjoyed sewing quilts for children as a member of Hillcrest's Auxiliary. She was also a member of First United Methodist Church and was active in Esther Circle of United Methodist Women and Skyliner's Sunday school class. She also attended the Downtown Bible Class at Scottish Rite Temple.
Mrs. Norris was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Lonnie; her parents; brothers, Frank P. Wofford and William T. Wofford; and sister Lucille Davis.
Survivors include daughters, Lisa Ruth Whittington of Shreveport, La., Sue Ann Campbell and husband, Herb of Albuquerque, N.M., and Francis Kay Koonce of Waco; son, Lonnie Lee Norris and wife Donna of Burkburnett, Texas; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and brother, Keith Wofford, of Cookville, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Methodist Children's Home, 1111 Herring Ave. Waco, TX 76708; the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 242, Waco, TX 76703; the Heart of Texas Chapter of the American Red Cross, 4224 Cobbs Drive, Waco, TX 76710-3096 or to the Hospice of Wichita Falls, Inc., P.O. Box 4804, Wichita Falls, TX 76308-0804.
The family wishes to extend it thanks for Julia's care to the staff of Merrill Gardens of Wichita Falls, Hospice of Wichita Falls and North Texas Home Health Care.
The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our "Memorial Guestbook" at www.wilkirsonhatchbailey.com.
Margaret Elizabeth Ritchey, 84, formerly of Waco, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2004, at a Cameron nursing home. Graveside funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24, at Rosemound Cemetery with Minister Gene VanNoord officiating. The family will receive visitors from 5 to 7 p.m. Turesday, Nov. 23 at Connally/Compton Funeral Directors.
Margaret was born Aug. 22, 1920, in Lorena to C. W. and Bessie May Halpain Blackwell. She married Samuel Monroe Ritchey, who preceded her in death in 1974. Mrs. Ritchey was a homemaker and a member of Cameron Church of Christ.
Also preceding her in death were her parents.
She is survived by a sister, Lois Kile of Abilene; nephews, James Beasley and wife, Diane of Cameron and Collin Kile of Abilene; nieces Kay Blasche and husband, Bob of Waco and Donna Von [Van] Benschoten and husband, Craig of Huntington; and numerous great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.