George Charles Jones

Memorial services for George Charles Jones, 81, of Brownsboro will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Barton’s Chapel Assembly of God Church with Bro. Terry Thomison officiating.

Mr. Jones passed away January 5, 2018 in Brownsboro, Texas.

George Charles Jones was born March 1, 1936 in Murchison, Texas the son of Charlie A. Jones and Delia Edwards Jones. He joined the United States Army out of high school; was honorably discharged after his service and then began his career with the Texas State Highway Department; retiring as a State Inspector after 30 years. He grew up in the Barton’s Chapel Community, was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church of Brownsboro and loved playing church softball. George served one term as the Brownsboro City Judge and was an avid outdoorsman that loved hunting, fishing and cooking. He called family and friends daily, loved to talk, enjoyed playing games and spending time with family and friends.

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Obituary: James Weldon Passmore

James Weldon Passmore, 70, of Athens, Texas went to be with his heavenly father on January 6, 2018. He was born July 9, 1947 in Beaumont, Texas to J.W. Passmore and Ruby Passmore

In 1966 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and then was transferred to the Marines as a Corpsman. He served in Viet Nam until 1970 when he was honorably discharged. He received two Purple Hearts as result of injuries received during service.

After discharge from the Marines, he moved to Huntsville, Texas. There he studied at Sam Houston State and worked as an X-ray tech. In 1970 he married his wife Linda Spivey. James and Linda had two sons, Stephen and John.

After graduating from Sam Houston with a double major in History and Biology, James held various positions with U.S. Post Office and FMC. In 1986 the family moved to Athens, Texas where James managed the Argon Bristol Meyers Squibb facility. In 1993 He left employment with Argon to start a new medical device company, FutureMatrix Interventional, Inc.  From 1993 to 2015, under Mr. Passmore’s leadership as Chairman and CEO, FutureMatrix grew from nine employees to over 400 and became a significant medical device developer and manufacture. The company manufactures several proprietary medical devices invented by the Company, which have greatly helped physicians in vascular procedures.

During this same time, Mr. Passmore became dedicated to giving back to the community by helping people get jobs that otherwise might be unemployable. This also included feeding the hungry and providing clothes and shelter to others. Training these people and helping them become stable members of the community with a strong emphasis on Christian values at the work place and away. James was a long-time member of Eastern Hills Church of Christ where he worked on various ministries, including Meals of Kindness, Jail Ministry and Willing Hands Ministry. James also loved to teach Sunday school and Bible classes. He also led bible studies at FutureMatrix. In 2011 James and Linda Passmore started Athens Soup Kitchen which provides free meals to the needy of Athens and operates on donations and volunteers from throughout the community.

Mr. Passmore was a loving, dedicated husband, father and grandfather which will be greatly missed. He loved participating in sports with his two sons, including coaching youth baseball, and other events involving his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Linda Passmore, son Stephen Passmore of Athens, daughter in law Emily, son john Passmore and daughter in law Shannon, grandchildren Ashley Beenie (Jonathan), Joseph Ryan Passmore, Ruthie Passmore, Gracie Passmore, Emma Passmore, Christian Passmore and Lanie Passmore; great grandchildren Makinlee Beenie, Gracie Beenie and Raelynn Beenie; nieces and nephews Susan Smith (Andrew) Paul and Michael. Other family members Gary and Alice McConathy, Denise and Mike Vickers, Rhonda Glena, Amber Vickers, Kristal Allen and Rene Glena.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J. W. and Ruby Passmore and sister Bonnie Norsworthy.

Visitation will be Tuesday January 9, 2018 5-7 p.m. at Eastern Hills Church of Christ, Athens, Texas.

Funeral services will be Wednesday January 10, 2018 2 p.m., at Eastern Hills Church of Christ, Athens, Texas. Interment will be at Athens City Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Stephen Passmore, John Passmore, Sam Alford, Allen Boswell, Freddie Paul and Ramon Castaneda

Memorials or donations may be made to: Athens Soup Kitchen P.O. Box 1436 Athens, Texas 75751, Boles Home and Disciples Clinic.

Arrangements by Autry’s Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.

Obituary: Margaret Giles

Funeral services for Margaret Giles 77, Athens have been scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, January 6, 2018 at St. John Lutheran Church, Athens with Pastor Seth Davidson officiating.

Burial will follow at Carroll-Springs Cemetery under the direction of Autry’s Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.

Margaret was born December 30, 1940 in Hamilton, Texas to the late Bruno G. and Alwine Nauret Goerdel. Margaret was a resident of Athens for most all her life and a Charter Member of St. John Lutheran Church. Her church was very important to her and she sang in the choir, was a member of the Ladies Group and taught Sunday School. She was an independent spirit who loved to travel and the destination did not matter. Her love was her family and she was a dedicated caregiver for her daughter and her parents.

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Obituary: Lynda Jean Stanton

Lynda Jean Stanton age 76 of Trinidad, TX passed away peacefully in Trinidad, TX on December 30, 2017.

Lynda was born January 28, 1941 in Athens, TX to Archie Fellrath and Lucile McDonald Fellrath Banks. She proudly served our military as an Army Specialist.

She met the love of her life Leo Dave Stanton and the two were married on January 4, 1963 at Fort Myer, VA. After retiring from the military in 1978, Leo and Linda moved to Trinidad.

She had a special love for her family and the holidays. It was her joy to see everyone home and Christmas paper flying and love and laughter flowing.

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Obituary: Martha Ann Davis

Funeral services for Martha Ann Davis, 77, of Malakoff are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, January 5, 2018 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Athens with Rev. Charles Kimble officiating.

Mrs. Davis passed away in Malakoff on December 31, 2017.

Martha Ann Frost Davis was born June 26, 1940 in Lobelville, Tennessee the daughter of Robert Frost and Lucille Diviny Frost. She was a dedicated educator for over 32 years teaching at The Tennessee Academy in Brownsville, TN and Old Hickory Academy in Jackson, TN for 12 years and then teaching over 20 years until retirement in the Malakoff Independent School District in Malakoff, Texas. MiMi loved her flowers, writing poetry, sewing and cooking and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed by all she touched.

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