Obituaries

Norman Lyle Ehlers
1957-2021

Norman Lyle Ehlers, 64, of Whitney, passed away September 14, 2021, in Cleburne from COVID complications. He was born June 9, 1957, and his loving parents were Lyle and June Ehlers.


Norm was a big teddy bear who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He loved his sports cars, woodworking and being outdoors. He was always willing to help anyone in need, but never turned down a chance for a good debate. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.


Norman was preceded in death by: grandparents, Harold and Ethel Roche; parents, Lyle and June Ehlers; an uncle, Burt Ash; aunts, Doris Ash and Lily Roche; and his longtime companion Matty Little.


He is survived by: his fiancée, Audra Ables and her children Koen and Aaron of Whitney; an uncle, Wes Roche of Backus, Minnesota; many cousins; and Candace Adams, daughter at heart.


Bruce Martin will officiate a memorial service Saturday, September 25, 2021, at the Whitney Church of Christ at 10 a.m.


Kenneth Ray Peel
1952-2021

Kenneth Ray Peel passed away Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at the age of 69 in his hometown of Hillsboro. In recent years, his battle with serious medical issues showed his courage in facing life challenges with a smile. Despite the pain and discomfort, Kenneth came out a hero and stayed strong until the end.


He was born to parents J.O. Peel and Nancy Jane Peel on May 22, 1952, in Clifton.


Kenneth was a brilliant musician who played his way into the hearts of so many people. He had a passion for entertaining, and very rarely did you see him without an instrument in his hand. He loved playing the guitar, steel guitar and singing, as well as making people laugh. He found joy in the simple things in life like being around friends and family and good food. Kenneth was also a God-fearing man who loved his family and loved Christ.


The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Alamo Hospice and The Wesley House in Hillsboro for their loving care and support during his final days.


Two daughters and three sons survive Kenneth: Carolyn Faulkinberry and husband Danny, Kendra Markwardt and husband Eric, Michael Votaw and wife Ivy, Randy Votaw, and “more like a son,” Kevin Adams.


Kenneth is also survived by his beloved grandchildren: Dustin Poteet, Wyatt Faulkinberry, Weston Faulkinberry, Trey Votaw, Ryan Markwardt, Rylee Markwardt, Harley Votaw, Keeton Votaw, Baylen Votaw, and Kaleb Votaw; his three sisters, Carol Torrance, Kathy Lyons, Becky Montes; and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.


Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, J.O. Peel and Nancy Jane Peel, his beloved wife, Glenda Densman Peel, and brother Jo Allen Peel.


Condolences may be made online at http://www.marshallandmar shallfd.com.


Luis Angel Chavez, Jr.
1988-2021

Luis Angel Chavez, Jr. of Whitney passed away Sunday, September 12, 2021. Luis was born October 3, 1988, in Dallas to Luis Angel Chavez, Sr. and Phillis Markwardt.


He grew up in Hill County and attended school in Bynum. After graduating in 2007, Luis worked several years in pipe lining. Working out and spending time with family and friends were things he enjoyed, and he loved spending time with his daughter and being the life of the party.


Luis was preceded in death by his sister, Sandy Cox, and grandfather, Stanley Jones.
He is survived by: his fiancée, Tamara Mendoza; daughter, Isabel Lu Chavez; mother, Phillis Markwardt and husband, Alan; father, Luis Chavez Sr. and wife, Angelica; brothers, Robert Jones and wife, Keri, Rudy Chavez and wife, Veronica, and Scott Markwardt and wife, Randi; sisters, Tiffany Kelley and husband, Cody, Cielo Chavez and Linda Chavez.


A graveside service took place Thursday, September 16, 2021, at 10 a.m., at Vaughan Cemetery with a visitation held on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Marshall and Marshall Funeral Home in Hillsboro, Texas.


Arrangements are under the direction of Marshall and Marshall Funeral Home, Hillsboro, Texas.


Elizabeth Faye Griffith
1948-2021

Elizabeth Faye Griffith, 73, of Whitney went to be with the Lord on September 9, 2021, surrounded by her loving family.


She was born to Jessica Stone and George Richardson in Middleberry, Vermont. Elizabeth grew up on a dairy farm and her heart never left that wonderful place. She was a woman of many talents with a heart of gold and had enough love to cover the world a million times over. Elizabeth spent many years working in the bakery and deli at Brookshire’s in Whitney. Through her work, she had become well known and a loved face of our community. Her love for her Wildcat football team never failed.


Elizabeth is preceded in death by her parents, George Richardson and Jessica Stone Richardson; her sister, Patricia Richardson, and son, William Bougor.


She is survived by: her husband, Benjamin Thomas Griffith Jr.; children, George Bougor and wife, Erika, Reginald Bougor, Bonnie Anderson, Chip Griffith and wife, Melinda, Shannon Ridner and husband, Brian, Benae, Tj Griffith and wife, Amanda, Benjamin Thomas Griffith IV; brothers, Wally Richardson, Wayne Richardson, and Bob Smith; grandchildren, Gerrett Bougor and wife, Holly, Nathan Norris and wife, Cari, Erik and Sarah, Erik, Danica, Joey, Konnor, Onna, Quinlan, Brantley, Rayvyn Faye, Abigale, Benjamin Thomas Griffith V; and great-grandchildren, Penelope and Kamila along with many friends, family and adopted loved ones.


Condolences may be made online at http://www.marshallandmar shallfd.com.


Haleigh Frances Heath
2003-2021

Haleigh Frances Heath, age 18, of Chatfield passed away on September 5, 2021 in Wyoming while attending college.


She was born on April 9, 2003, in Hillsboro to Charles and Krystalyn Faith (Tingle) Heath. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 18, 2021, at Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors in Whitney with Mr. Billy Tingle officiating. A visitation was held from 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday, September 16, 2021, at Marshall and Marshall in Whitney.


Haleigh graduated from Kerens High School, where she was involved in the band program and FFA. She was a diesel mechanic student at WyoTech in Wyoming.


She is preceded in death by her sister, Emily Rose Heath; and grandfather, John Preston Heath.


Haleigh is survived by: her parents, Charles Preston Heath and wife, Krystalyn Faith Heath; brother, Charlie Heath; grandparents, Connie Heath, Mary Moon and spouse, Rick Tingle and spouse; uncles, John Heath and spouse, Clay Heath, Billy Tingle and spouse; along with many great aunts, great uncles, cousins, family and friends.


Condolences may be made online at http://www.marshallandmar shallfd.com.


William “Bill” Hunt
1941-2021

William “Bill” Hunt, age 80, of Whitney passed away Monday, September 6, 2021, peacefully at home. There will be a private graveside service for family at DFW National Cemetery.


He was born on January 1, 1941, to William D. Hunt and Juanita Lucille Hunt (Reynolds) in Wichita Falls, Texas. Bill went into the Marine Corps in 1960, and spent six years serving his country. After his time in the military, he moved to Irving, Texas, where he met the love of his life, Nettie, and the two were wed in October of 1972.


He spent the majority of his career in retail sales for Gibson’s. After his wife, Nettie, passed in 2009, Billy moved to Whitney where he lived with his son Jason and his family. “Pop” as he was so lovingly called, spent his time fishing and enjoyed watching his granddaughters with their show goats. He was a proud Marine who loved to tell his stories of his time in the service where he served his country as a military police officer.


Bill is preceded in death by his parents, William and Juanita; wife, Nettie; son, Sonny; and sister, Linda.


Bill is survived by: his son, Jason and wife, Monica, of Whitney; brother, Ken Hunt and wife, Christine, of Tyler; brother-in-law, Johnny Robertson of Flower Mound; granddaughters, or his two little angels as he called them, Amberly and Allie; nephews, Micheal Hunt, Brian Hunt and family, and Wesley Robertson and family.


Condolences may be made online at http://www.marshalland marshallfd.com.