COLORDO CITY - Elsie Biggers, 77, passed away at the Mitchell County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Colorado City on Thursday, September 22, 2016. She was born on February 14, 1939 in Baird, Texas to Erwin and Daisy Smith Jones.
Elsie was a woman who truly embellished living the country life, spending the majority of her life since 1961 in the Colorado City area. On July 22, 1985, she married Fred Biggers who preceded her in death on September 17, 1993. A country girl at heart, Elsie owned many farm animals and dogs throughout her life and loved every last one of them. In her younger years, she would travel to go spend the summers with her grandma and her Uncle Tom. Later in life she could be seen relaxing and watching westerns.
Elsie is survived by her dear friends, Patty Graham, Susan Shoals, and Opal Tackle.
A graveside service for Elsie was held at 11 a.m. Friday, September 23rd in the Colorado City Cemetery with Pastor Paul Smith officiating. Arrangements were entrusted to the Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.
COLORADO CITY - Isabel “Belle” Parham, 88, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, September 22, 2016, with her family by her side. She was born on June 13, 1928, in Houma, Louisiana to Thomas and Mary Hebert Hatch.
Belle was a family-first woman. She always made sure to put her family first in any situation. She was a loving wife and mother, always making sure to take care of her husband and supporting anything that he would do. For years she kept the books for his business, Gene’s Radio and T.V. Service. In her spare time, she would travel to visit her family that lived out of town and to spend time with her grandchildren. She also taught Sunday school for Oak Street Baptist in her earlier years and could be seen walking around the school to get her exercise.
Belle is survived by her husband Gene and three sons, Wayne Parham and wife Linda of Mineral Wells, Sammy Parham of Colorado City, and Larry Parham and wife Darla of Grove Oklahoma, as well as nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters, Molly Cantrelle and husband Tom, Shirley Poirrier, Katie Miller, and Charles Hatch; sister-in-law, Claire Hatch; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Mary Hatch; her son, Peter “Pete” Parham; two sisters, Dorothy Barnett and her husband Bert, and Lou Kelpsch and her husband Pat; five brothers, Ira “Shack” Hatch and his wife Margaret, Alton Hatch and his wife Gladys, Percy “Pet” Hatch, Lynn Hatch, and Hugh Hatch and his wife Mae; as well as brothers-in-law, Don Poirrier and Chuck Miller.
A memorial service for Belle was held on Saturday, September 24th at 2 p.m. at the New Life Bible Ministry with Rev. James Williams officiating. Arrangements were entrusted to Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.
Sarah Elizabeth Gohery
COLORADO CITY - Sarah Elizabeth Carter Smith Gohery, age 91, passed away Saturday, September 24, 2016, at the Mitchell County Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Born on September 22, 1925, she was the youngest daughter of Benjamin Nolan Carter, long-time Mitchell County attorney, and Mary Eva Osborn.
A talented singer and pianist from a young age, Sarah was regularly a featured soloist at local social events. As a student at Colorado High School, she played the cornet in the marching band, participated in the Choral Club, was a member of The Howl staff, and was senior class secretary.
Sarah met her future husband, Cecil Smith, when she was 11 years old. During WWII, Cecil served as a Mounted Marine, patrolling the Hawaiian coast. He returned home after that tour, and they married on April 17, 1944. He soon headed to Camp LeJeune, NC, for training before he was sent with the Marines to the Pacific. After the war, Cecil began working for Ford Motor Company, and Sarah served as the Society Editor for the Colorado Record and later the Odessa American. In addition, she was a private piano teacher, all while raising three girls. In 1965, after the family moved to California, Sarah extended her musical talents as a cocktail pianist at several Los Angeles area clubs.
Sarah was an avid genealogist before there were personal computers. She had many successes and passed that passion for family history research to her daughters. She was a proud member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Colonists, Colonial Dames of America XVII Century, a Forefather Member of the Swedish Colonial Society, Daughters of Indian Wars, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
After Cecil passed away, Sarah returned to her hometown in 1991. After being away from her hometown for almost 30 years, she became active in the community, performing with the Sweetwater Municipal Band and for several years, providing entertainment at local nursing homes, the Wallace Senior Center, as well as with a combo at the Annual Mitchell County Reunion.
She is survived by her husband of 20 years, John F. Gohery III of Colorado City; daughters, Cindy Smith of Valencia, CA, Sue Smith Parsons of Waterford, CA and Cheryl Smith McMillan of Burbank, CA; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Sarah was preceded in death by her first husband, Cecil B. Smith; her parents; her sisters, Inez Hock, Louise Bollinger; and brothers, B.N. Carter, Jr., and Charles Carter.
A celebration of Sarah’s life will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2016, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kiker-Seale Funeral Home, 338 Locust Street, Colorado City, TX. Burial will be private. There will be an additional memorial in Burbank, CA at a later date.
DALLAS - Jesse Vallejo passed away on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at his home in Dallas. He was 62 years old. A memorial service will be held on October 1st at Saint Elizabeth Catholic Church, 4015 S. Hampton Rd., Dallas. The Rosary will take place at 4:00 p.m. and Mass at 5:00. A dinner will be served at the church hall at 6:30. The Vallejo family would be honored for everyone that is able to attend. A memorial service in Loraine, will be held on Sunday, October 9th from 2 to 5 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church located at 104 S. Hinson Rd, Loraine.
Jesse was born in Del Rio on September 7th, 1954 and was one of nine children born to Jesus and Rita Vallejo. After graduating from Loraine High School in 1973 as the Salutatorian of his class, he attended Texas A&M University where he graduated in 1977 with a degree in Accounting. He began his career working for ARCO as an accountant in the Dallas office. After years of corporate life, Jesse decided to make a lifestyle change that better suited his personality. For the past 32 years, he managed Rafa’s Café in the historic Lovers Lane section of Dallas.
He will be remembered for being an extremely caring and loving friend to the countless people he came in contact with every day. Everyone who knew Jesse loved him.
He is survived by three brothers, Rudy, Mike and Oscar Vallejo. He is also survived by five sisters, Esther Rivera, Manuela Garcia, Rosemary Aguilar, Lupe Brumley and Martina Day, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Benjamin “Tex” Logan
SPADE - A memorial service for Benjamin Franklin Logan, Jr., PhD will be held at the Spade Cemetery on October 1, 2016 at 1 p.m. Logan was famous as a bluegrass fiddler under the stage name of “Tex Logan”. The memorial service will be a worshipful service with special bluegrass and Gospel songs by the Logan family and friends. Tex is best known for his immortal song, “Christmas Time’s A Comin’”. The Reverend Rick Mang of the Crowley First United Methodist Church will officiate, along with Tex’s brothers, Russ and Sam Logan.
A detailed obituary was published in the New York Times on May 5, 2015.