Obituary: Maxine Starkes

Memorial services for Maxine Starkes will be Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 at noon at the Faith Community Baptist Church with Bro. Dale Norris officiating.

Maxine, 86, went home to be with her Lord on Jan. 14, 2013 in Malakoff. She was born to W.E. Scott and Myrtle Decker Scott on Oct. 11, 1926 in Vernon, Texas. She was one of eight children.

Maxine was a talented pianist. She loved using that talent to serve her Lord as the pianist for Faith Community Baptist Church where she was a blessed member.

She is survived by her daughter, Judy Burnett of Corsicana, and son Richard and wife Teresa Murray of Allen, Texas. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Angela Howard, John A. Burnett, Hannah Burnett, Brandon Murray, Nicki Spears, and Amy Raidt. Her legacy continues with seven great-grandchildren, Alexis Spears, Cody Spears, Alexandra Davis, Alexander Davis, Rian Howard, Miranda Burnett, and Payton Burnett.

Maxine is preceded in death by her husband, Buster Leon Starkes; parents W.E. and Myrtle Scott; four brothers, three sisters; and son-in-law John C. Burnett.

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Fund started to help Jamiya (Givens) Williams family

First Baptist Church of Malakoff has established a fund in the name of Jamiya (Givens) Williams to help the family pay for funeral expenses.

Jamiya, a sophomore at Malakoff High School, and her infant daughter Alahna were killed in a car crash Sunday near Crandall.

Checks can be sent to the church, made payable to the church, and designated for Jamiya.

First Baptist Church of Malakoff,¬†220 W. Mitcham St.,¬†Malakoff, TX 75148 …¬†903-489-0228. 

OBITUARY: Lewis D. Vieregge

Malakoff lost a lifetime resident and friend on Jan. 11, 2013 as Lewis D. Vieregge went home to be with the Lord. Lewis was born on Sept. 14, 1927 in Malakoff to Louie L. and Lena Bell Shumate Vieregge.

Lewis graduated from Malakoff High School in 1945. A few years later he married Miss Loretta Stout. They have been married for 64 years and 7 months.

He served in the U.S. Navy and Navy reserves.

Those who knew Lewis knew he was a valued employee of Acme Brick, which for many years was known as Texas Clay Industries. He began working at Texas Clay in 1949. He worked various positions such as grinding, cutter, foreman, and plant superintendent.

He was very active in the community. He was a past member of the Lions and Rotary Clubs of Malakoff. He served on the Malakoff City Council and Malakoff ISD School Board. He represented Texas Clay in the Malakoff Chamber of Commerce and was a deacon at First Baptist Church, Malakoff.

Lewis is survived by his beloved wife, Loretta Vieregge, of Malakoff; daughter Kathy Vieregge; daughter Carolyn and husband Jerry Land; son Ricky and wife Debbie Vieregge. He is also survived by grandchildren, Justin Vieregge, Josh Vieregge, Jarrod and wife Courtney Land, Jennifer and Bobby Little, and great-grandchildren Clayton Land and Knox Vieregge.

Mr. Vieregge is preceded in death by his parents Louie and Lena Vieregge and son David Vieregge.

Visitation for Mr. Vieregge will be Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 at the First Baptist Church, Malakoff from 2-3 p.m. Funeral service will follow starting at 3 p.m. with Bro. Casey Perry officiating. Interment will be in the Malakoff Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Randy Perry, Ben Woolverton, Bill Faulk, Michael Hunsaker, Jacob Bradberry, Jerry Stone, and Luke Odenthal. Honorary Pallbearers will be Charles Stout, Jerry Stout, Billy Stout, Doyle Shumate, Billy Carroll, Bill Green, Leamon Rogers, Arvin Johnson, Walter L. Jackson, Don Wilbanks, and Ed Arthus.

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