Emory, Texas 75440 – Tuesday, September 20, 2016 – Volume XVII, Issue No. 21

James Wesley “Wes” Burch

1938 – 2016

A memorial service for James Wesley “Wes” Burch, 78, of New Bern, North Carolina, formerly of Emory, will be arranged at a later date.

Mr. Burch was born on February 7, 1938, in Fort Worth to Cecil and Frances Burch. He died on September 17, 2016, at Homeplace of New Bern long-term care facility. He married Bonnie John on October 16, 1988.

He began his working career at the age of 12 while delivering groceries on a bicycle. That progressed to becoming first a sack boy and later a meat cutter at Safeway Stores where he was ultimately promoted to deli merchandiser for all Safeways in the Dallas division.

He then owned and operated Forest Hill Hardware in Fort Worth with his first wife. His last career, and most cherished, was owner/operator of Coppell Hardware Store where he was the epitome of “your helpful hardware man.”

Mr. Burch retired in 1995 and moved to the Alba area. In 2005, he moved to Emory where he was employed at Hooten’s Hardware twice and worked tirelessly on his home and five-acre tract in the Hickory Ridge subdivision.

He volunteered at the Rains County Public Library where he assisted with book sales and other projects. Lake Country Neighbors’ members appreciated his help with parade floats, etc., and he sang in the choir at Lake Fork Baptist Church where he was a member.

He will be remembered for a strong work ethic, an entrepreneurial spirit, an immense zest for life and an engaging smile.

Survivors include wife, Bonnie Burch of New Bern, North Carolina, a former reporter/columnist for the Rains County Leader; brother, Leroy Burch and wife Karen of Athens; daughters, Barbara Gerloff and husband Tony of San Antonio and Susan Bourque and husband Mark of Whitehouse, Tennessee; son, James Burch Jr. and Kristen of Coppell; step-daughters, Laura Reynolds and husband Steve of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Jana Tyson and husband Steve of New Bern; step-son, Jeff John and wife Robin of Venus; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Pollock-Best Funeral Home of New Bern.


Carolyn Marie Waldrop

1941 – 2016

A funeral service for Carolyn Marie Waldrop, 75, of Emory was held on September 16 at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Mike Frazier officiated. Burial was in Dunbar Cemetery.

Mrs. Waldrop was born August 24, 1941, in Brookhaven, Mississippi. She died on September 12, 2016.

She married Richard Young Waldrop on July 19, 1980. She was a Baptist and attended The Country Baptist Church. She loved to go to church, and sing the old hymns.

Survivors include her husband of Emory; daughters, Amber Marie Waldrop of Emory, Cynthia Weaver and husband Randy of Grove Springs, Missouri, Melissa Jackson and husban Louis of Nachez, Mississippi, Linda McAvoy of Orlando, Florida, and Karen Bovey of Deland, Florida; sons, Donald Eugene Hall and wife Tara of Edgewood, and Bobby Ray Waldrop and wife Amanda of Nachez, Mississippi; sisters, Kay Mixon of Brookhaven, Mississippi, Janet Mixon of Summitt, Mississippi, and Frances Phelps of Emory; brothers, Earl Mixon of San Jose, California, Garland Mixon of McComb, Mississippi, and Bobby Joe Mixon of Jackson, Mississippi; grandchildren, Summer Clifton, Sunnie Clifton, Terry “Lee” Corley and wife Tiffany, and Brandy Thompson and husband Jason; numerous other grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Waldrop was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Judy Moss.