Obituary: Carolyn Bentley

Carolyn BentleyServices for Carolyn Bentley, 76, of Athens are scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21, 2013 at the Church of Christ in Eustace with Kerry Clark officiating. Burial will follow at Athens Cemetery in Athens.

She passed away Wednesday April 17, 2013 in Athens.

Carolyn Blanche Bentley was born Aug. 29, 1936 in Lander, Wyoming the daughter of Dante Pricco and Nina Holsclaw Pricco. She married Don R. Bentley on May 10, 1966 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Carolyn served with her husband in Prison Fellowship Ministry for 20 years and was a member of the Eustace Church of Christ where they were currently serving as ministers for the past nine years. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Don R. Bentley of Athens; son and daughter-in-law Sam and Lisa Kelly; daughter Tina Haraughty; grandson Joshua Taylor; granddaughters Meagan Kelly and Heather Milligan; and one sister, Vicki Jackson.

Pallbearers will be Randy Milligan, Matthew Finch, Joshua Taylor, Brandon Jones, James Harrell, and Al Harrell.

Visitation will be Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home.

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home in Athens.

You may light a candle or write condolences to the family at

Obituary: Juanita Baxter Stilwell

Juanita Baxter Stilwell
Juanita Baxter Stilwell

Memorial services for Juanita Baxter Stilwell, 91, of Athens, are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, April 19, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church in Athens, with Dr. Faulk Landrum officiating.

Family graveside services will precede the memorial service at 10:30 a.m. in Athens Cemetery, under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home, Athens.

Mrs. Stilwell was born in Barry, Texas to the late Dave and Ora Neese Williams Juanita was a resident of Athens since in the mid-40’s. Alongside of her husband, Norman Baxter, they owned several businesses in Athens including the B&B Café. They later entered into a partnership with Obie Wilcox owning and operating the City Market for a number of years. Juanita and her husband Newt owned and operated a ranch in the Bethel Community for many years. She was very active in the First United Methodist Church. Juanita was a wonderful woman, loved by all and had a special way of touching the lives of everyone she met. She loved Athens, Texas and was a one-woman Chamber of Commerce.

Juanita is preceded in death by her husbands, Norman Baxter and N. L. (Newt) Stilwell; brother, Lloyd Williams; sisters, Bessie Moore, Fay Harper, Frankie Craig, Macle Posey; niece, Wanda James; and nephew, Johnny Craig.

Survivors include her stepson, Newel L. Stilwell, Jr., David Stilwell and his wife Belinda and grandchildren Alex and Erica Stilwell all of North Little Rock Arkansas; nephew, Charles Posey, Dallas; nieces, Anita Murray, Purdon, Camille Self, Scottsdale, Arizona; great-nephew, Greg Murray and Matt Murry, Purdon, along with other beloved nieces and nephews, and her grandson by choice, Jordy Costen, UT Austin.

If desired, memorials may be made the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 911, Athens, Texas 75751, or to the Chamber of Commerce, 201 West Corsicana, Athens, Texas 75751

PWC announces Volunteer of the Year

Gayle Robinson (left) was recently honored recently as the Pinnacle Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year. The award was presented by Daryl Daniels, PWC President, at the April Membership Meeting. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Gayle Robinson (left) was recently honored recently as the Pinnacle Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year. The award was presented by Daryl Daniels, PWC President, at the April Membership Meeting. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Pinnacle Women’s Club press release

The Pinnacle Women’s Club recently announced Gayle Robinson as its Volunteer of the Year.

Pinnacle Women’s Club President Daryl Daniels said, “I am very proud to honor
Gayle Robinson as our outstanding Volunteer of the Year. Thank you, Gayle, for all you do.”

Robinson is a charter member of the Pinnacle Women’s Club and has served as President, Vice President, Social Chairman, Sunshine Chairman, twice as Fundraising Chairman, twice as Garage Sale Chairman, twice as Fashion Show Chairman, and Parliamentarian. She has continued to volunteer for the club by delivering meals with the Meals on Wheels program.

Anyone who has played golf with Robinson knows she is an excellent golfer and has a true love for the game. She has been involved working for the association from Secretary to PGA Tournament Chairman. She has also served as President of the Central Texas Women’s Golf Association.

Robinson is now serving her third year as the Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation Co-President which produces the Annual Air Show and Golf Tournament. During this three years, the foundation has raised over $75,000 for veteran’s charities.

Author to visit TVCC Athens campus

bookcover[1]By Jennifer Hannigan/TVCC Public Information

The Read Through the Valley Book Club is winding down the school year by hosting the author of the book the group has been studying since August.

Each year, the book club – made of Trinity Valley Community College students and employees – studies a featured novel. This school year, the selection was Jim Dent’s “Twelve Mighty Orphans.”

On April 24, Dent will be visiting the college’s Athens campus. He will be speaking in the college’s auditorium from 1-3 p.m. His speech will be open to the public and there is no charge for admission.

“We are hoping he will talk in part about his writing of the book, although he may speak in part about other things as well,” said TVCC Fine Arts Director Kelly Driskell. “He has gotten to meet some of the people he wrote about over the years, and we hope to be able to hear those parts of his story.”

According to the book’s website, “Twelve Mighty Orphans” tells the Depression-era true story of an intrepid team of orphans from the Masonic Home in Fort Worth.

The orphan football team beat all odds by succeeding at the game as well as in life. Those players, in spite of being outweighed by at least thirty pounds per man, quickly earned a reputation as a winning team. They began with nothing — not even a ball — yet in a few years were playing for the state championship at the highest level of Texas football.

Released in September 2007, the book has been through 20 printings overall (16 printings in hardback) with more than 250,000 books sold.

Dent will start his day at TVCC with a closed luncheon in the college’s cafeteria. There, he will be meeting those speakers who have given presentations surrounding the book’s theme during the school year. Over the past few months, a variety of TVCC faculty members have presented on subjects such as the psychology of sports, physics and football, the history of football gear and other topics related to the book.

“We want him to be able to see all the study we have done and to let our past presenters get to know him a little,” said Driskell.
Then Dent will be going to the college’s auditorium, where he will be speaking to the public. Copies of the book will be available to purchase at the event.

“It should be very interesting hearing his story of how he researched the book and has met some of the people about whom he wrote,” said Driskell. “Even if you are not familiar with the book it will be fun to hear him talk about it and about that time period.”
Following Dent’s visit, the college will host an art show and reception from 3-4:30 p.m. on the first floor of the administration building.

“We will have artwork that is focused on different elements of the book. It could be football, it could be the Great Depression, or it could be something else related to that time,” said Driskell. “There will probably be works focused on different themes as well.”
This is the third year for the book club, but the first time the college has hosted the author of the featured selection.

“The committee had some good luck. He happens to be a Texan, so it is easier to get people to come when it is not so far to travel,” said Driskell. “Also, the book is set in Fort Worth, so it has a local feel. And he had the availability when we could have him come, so it all worked out well.”

Kim Williams charged with murder in Kaufman County shootings

Eric Williams
Eric Williams
Kim Williams
Kim Williams

(UPDATE 1:51 P.M. Correction about arrest affidavit.)

In a press conference that last a little more than one minute this afternoon, Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Lt. Justin Lewis verified that Kim Williams, 46, was arrested today and charged in connection with the murders of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife Cynthia, and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse.

Lewis did not answer any questions and said no more details would be released today to give officials a chance to brief the victims’ families. Another press conference will be held tomorrow at 1:30 p.m., Lewis said.

Kim Williams is the wife of former Justice of the Peace Eric Williams, who was arrested over the weekend for terroristic threat in connection with the murders.

Kim Williams is being held in Kaufman County jail with bond set at $10 million.

An arrest affidavit released at the time of today’s press conference identifies Kim Williams as the suspected shooter in all three murders.

According to the arrest affidavit released at the time of the press conference, “Kim Williams described in detail her role along with that of her husband, Eric Williams, whom she reported to have shot to death Mark Hasse on January 31, 2013 and Michael and Cynthia McClelland on March 30, 2013. During the interview, the defendant gave details of both offenses which had not made public.”

As of this writing, the charges against Eric Williams have not been changed.