Emory, Texas 75440 – Tuesday, June 30, 2015 – Volume XVI, Issue No. 9

Matasha Renee Goebel

1968 – 2015

Services for Matasha Renee Goebel, 46, of Golden were held on June 26 at Sand Springs Baptist Church in Mineola. Bro. Nick Kerry and Bro. Jim Parker officiated.

Interment followed in Pilgrim Rest No. 2 Cemetery in Golden. Pallbearers were Bobby Wilkinson, Jon Allen, Jed Allen, Jake Allen, Joseph Hewitt and JJ Allen.

Ms. Goebel died on June 22, 2015, in a Tyler hospital. She was born on August 19, 1968, in Tyler to Joseph Tilmon and Judy Ann Hughes Goebel.

She lived most of her life in Golden and attended Sand Springs Baptist Church with her parents. Ms. Goebel liked music, Band-Aids, beads and batteries.

She is survived by her mother of Golden; sisters, Heather Allen and husband Jon of Golden and Jo-Anna Wilkinson and husband Bobby of Emory; grandmother, Chesteen Hughes of Golden; nieces and nephews, Candace, Charlie, Jed, Jake, Joseph, Anna-Lee, JJ, Jessica, John, Michael, Jenn, Shelbie, Jack, Abby, Lexi, Alli, James, Judge, Bella and July; great-niece, Harleigh; numerous aunts and uncles; her Tuesday Game Night family; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Ms. Goebel was preceded in death by her grandfather, Chilton Hughes; grandparents, Henry T. and Thelma Lee Goebel; and her father on January 9, 2015.

Memorials may be made to The Gideons International, Wood County Camp, P.O. Box 813, Mineola, TX 75773. Services were under the direction of Wilson-Bartley Funeral Home in Alba.


Mary Olivia Mercer

1916 – 2015

Services for Mary Olivia Mercer, 98, of Miller Grove were held on June 28 at Miller Grove Methodist Church with Rev. Harold Strickland officiating.

Interment followed at Lynch Cemetery with John Whitehead, Michael Whitehead, Phillip Whitehead, Ray Mays, Joe Mosher and David Hatcher serving as pallbearers. An honorary pallbearer was Cletius Brown.

Mrs. Mercer died on June 24, 2015, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. She was born on October 25, 1916, in the Lynch community in Rains County, the daughter of J. N. and Lena Pearl Stuart Stockton. She married Leon Mercer in 1934 in Lone Oak.

She worked for Hager Slacks before going to Dallas and working for Texas Instruments. She then owned and operated a general store and marina on Lake Tawakoni.

Mrs. Mercer is survived by her daughter, Gail Hatcher of Miller Grove; son, Gerald Mercer of Grand Saline; grandchildren, Lynette Holsey, Brenda Brown, Ray Mays, Sherry Gregory, Donna Whitehead, Terry Mays and David Hatcher; great-grandchildren, Nicole Stewart, Allison Mosher, Tanner Mays, Danielle Mays, Aubry Eastman, Trevor Mays, Justin Mabe, Jordan Mabe, Jensen Mabe, Michael Whitehead, Phillip Whitehead, Damian Mays, Devin Mays and Dawson Mays; great-great grandchildren, Benjamin, Van, Trayden, Jaxon, Taylor Joelle, Taylor, Caleb and Hunter.

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Mike Hatcher; and great-grandson, Matthew Hatcher.

Memorials may be made to Miller Grove Methodist Church, P.O. Box 437, Cumby, TX 75433, where she was a member.

Arrangements were under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.