Obituaries

Randy Curtis Sechrist
1947-2022


Randy Sechrist, 74, of Laguna Park, passed away March 9, 2022. A “Celebration of Life” will be held Saturday, July 2, 2022, at 1 p.m. at his Lake House.


Randy was born in Elkhart, Indiana to Robert and Lucille Sechrist. They moved to Texas when he was a young boy where he graduated from Clifton High School. Randy was a resident of both Colorado and Texas. He was a fire sprinkler fitter for 40+ years, owning his own company for 20 years. He served in the Army National Guard and Army Reserves in Texas and Colorado. He was also part of the Colorado Mountain Rescue Team. Though Randy was a fire sprinkler fitter, he really was a jack of all trades.


Randy is proceeded in death by: his father, Robert; mother, Lucille; sister, Jerry-Ann; and brother, Terry.


He is survived by: his three children, Jennifer (Sean) Josephson, Robert (Sarah) Sechrist, Amee (Patrick) Tynan; his seven grandchildren, Emma, Owen, Jenna, Chloe, Blake, Abigail and Wren; his sister, Dixie (Bill) Haddox; ex-wife, Cathy Sechrist; and several nieces and nephews.


Randy was an amazing dad and pah-pah who loved fishing, hunting and tinkering. He was a loving, caring, simple man; funny and had a great sense of humor. He was a hard worker and would do anything for anyone. Randy will be greatly missed.


Mary Christine Armstrong
1935-2022


Mary Christine Armstrong, age 87, of Whitney passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at her residence in Whitney. A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 13, 2022, at Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors Chapel in Whitney with Pastor Philip Wottrich officiating. Burial followed at Hillcrest Garden of Memory in Hillsboro.


Mary was born January 8, 1935, in Waltham, Massachusetts to John and Agnes (Ross) MacLellan. She was united in marriage to Edward A. Armstrong on May 19, 1957, in Waltham, Massachusetts. Mary was proud to be a resident of Whitney over the years and never missed her appointment with Carmen, her hairdresser on Friday morning. She was an avid reader and enjoyed going to thrift stores. Mary loved being with her family and loved them all unconditionally. She also loved to talk to anyone that would listen and make new friends.


She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; and two sisters-in-law.


Mary is survived by: her husband, Ed Armstrong of Whitney; children, Linda Mills of Whitney and Barbara Barry and husband Donald of Smithfield, Rhode Island; sister, Catherine MacLellan of Waltham, Massachusetts; three grandchildren, Donnie Barry, Timothy Mills and David Mills and wife Heather; four great-grandchildren, Maykayla Mills, Tristan Mills, Venna Barry and Evelyn Barry.


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


Philip C. Terranella
1943-2022


Philip C. Terranella, age 78 of Whitney, passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at his residence. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors Chapel in Whitney with Dr. Gerald Dudley officiating. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 9 to 11 a.m.


Philip was born October 8, 1943, in Dallas, Texas to Philip and Lucille (Griffith) Terranella. He was united in marriage to Sara Elizabeth McCutcheon on April 9, 2020, in Whitney, Texas.


Philip enjoyed fly fishing and riding motorcycles. He served his country in the United States Army during Vietnam. Philip also was a member of the Whitney VFW Post #8571.
He is preceded in death by his parents.


Philip is survived by: his wife, Sara Beth Terranella; children, Philip R. Terranella and wife Helen and Shannon Miller; grandchildren, Megan LeeAnn Thull, Philip Hunter Terranella, and Gavin Miller; great-grandchildren, Jackson Terranella, Teresa L. Thull, Daniel L. Thull, and Jason L. Thull; and several cousins.


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


Harry Fletcher Sims, Jr.
1929-2022


Harry Fletcher Sims, Jr., 93, of Whitney passed away Monday, June 6, 2022, at Town Hall Estates in Whitney. A graveside service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 11, 2022, at Bethlehem Cemetery in Whitney with Reverend John Powell officiating.


Harry was born on January 2, 1929, in Whitney, to Harry Sims Sr. and Ivalee (Voss) Sims. He married Bettye Joyce Robbins on February 24, 1952, in Whitney. They had one child, Paul Sims, on August 28, 1956.


Harry attended Tarleton College in Stephenville and then transferred to Texas A&M. He then devoted his business life to “Farmers Hardware” and continued to grow it threefold to become Sims Ace Home Center Inc.


Harry loved serving the community. He served as mayor from 1985 to 1991, served as a board member of Whitney Hospital Authority, he served in the National Guard, and used his learned experience to provide emergency health care via the local ambulance to serve the community and local hospital for many years. Harry was also a member and deacon of the First Baptist Church in Whitney.


Harry was preceded in death by: his parents; his brother, Joe Sims; and his wife, Bettye.


Harry is survived by: his son, Paul Sims and his wife, Donna, of Whitney; four grandchildren, Allyson Cliett and her husband Rory of Whitney, Kristen Miller and her husband Chris of Whitney, Kari Sims of Whitney and Josh Sims and wife Cara of South Carolina.


Harry had eight great-grandchildren: Carson Miller, Ethan Sessums, Kennedy Cliett, Mary Katherine Sims, Ivy Sims, Hill Sims, Liza Sims and Helen Sims.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.


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


Virginia Eubank
1939-2022


Virginia Eubank, 82, of Whitney passed away on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Waco Providence Hospice. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 10, 2022, at Whitney Memorial Park in Whitney with Mr. Chris Borland officiating. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 9, 2022, at Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors in Whitney.


Virginia Carol Eubank was born August 21, 1939, in Whitney, to Garland and Blanche Arnold. She was raised in Whitney and graduated from Whitney High School. Carol held various jobs around Whitney, one of which was working for Southwestern Bell Telephone company as a switchboard operator. She enjoyed traveling to Branson, Missouri. She was a homemaker and bookkeeper for the family farm.


On September 22, 1969, she married Billy Ray Eubank in Muskogee, Oklahoma.


Preceding her in death were: her husband of 50 years, Billy Ray Eubank; her parents; one brother, Aaron Franks, and his wife, Peggy.


Virginia is survived by: her son, Randy Eubank and wife, Julie; two grandsons, Elijah Eubank and Jonah Eubank; one sister, Joyce Davis and husband Edwin of Marshall; one sister-in-law, Betty June Rader and husband Richard of Wellsville, Kansas; and numerous nieces and nephews as well as other relatives and friends.


Memorials may be made to: Fosters Home for Children, 1779 North Graham St., Stephenville, TX 76401. Condolences may be made online at http://www.marshalland marshallfd.com.


Fred Finstad
1930-2022


Fred Finstad, age 91, went to be with the Lord Thursday, June 1, 2022. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at the Abiding Life Church in Whitney with Pastor Curtis McGehee officiating. Burial will follow at Rock Church Cemetery in Cranfills Gap.


Fred was born July 5, 1930, in Cranfills Gap to Jason and Emma Finstad. He worked as a machinist most of his life. Fred moved to Fort Worth and lived there for 37 years and later moved to Whitney in 1976. He was a member of the Abiding Life Church. Fred was united in marriage to Thelma, the love of his life, on October 28, 1949.


Survivors left behind to cherish his memories are: his wife, Thelma; son, Michael Finstad; grandson, Chad Finstad; brother, Wilson Finstad; great-grandson, Austin Finstad; and several nieces, nephews and friends.


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


Sue “Scottie” “Mama Sue” Patterson
1950-2022


Sue “Scottie” “Mama Sue” Patterson passed into the hands of her Lord and Savior Thursday, May 26, 2022.


Scottie was born to Grady and Sibyl Scott March 21, 1950, in Lampasas. She was raised on a farming ranch in Adamsville, Texas. She graduated from Lampasas High School in 1967. Gene and Scottie were married April 21, 1990, and were happily married for 32 years. Scottie worked for TXU/Oncor for 36 years and retired in 2008, when she and Gene became full timers to their beloved lake view at Lake Whitney.


Sue “Scottie” Patterson is survived by: her husband, Gene Patterson; and her sons, Brad Patterson, Thomas Duesman and wife Vickie Duesman; her grandson, Kenneth Duesman; her sister, Wanda Hartman and husband John Hartman; also her brother-in-law, Ray Chandler; and many loved nieces and nephews.


She is preceded in death by: her beloved daughter, Jennifer Patterson; her parents, Grady and Sibyl Scott; sisters, Clara Ruth Chandler and Paula White; and her brother-in-law, Carl White.


A celebration of Scottie’s life and legacy was held Saturday, June 4, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Meridian. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Providence Whitney Hospice. A special thank you to all of the nurses and staff at Providence Hospice.


First Baptist Church, 207 N. Hill Street, Meridian, Texas 76665 Community Healthcare of Texas/Providence Hospice, 6700 Sanger Avenue, Waco, Texas 76710


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


Susie Irma Baker
December 31, 1960 – May 26, 2022


On May 26, 2022, the world became less bright as our beloved Susie went home to be with her Lord and her family that went before her. What a reunion they must be having. She passed away peacefully, after a hard-fought battle with cancer in her daughter’s home, surrounded by her loving daughters.


Susie Irma Baker was born December 31, 1960, in Dallas, Texas, the eighth of nine children born to the late Clarence Milton Baker and Susie Emma Sheffield Baker.


She will be remembered as a somewhat strong willed and free spirited woman; her family was her biggest passion.


In her free time, before her health began to decline, she loved to go fishing, camping out at the lake and hunt arrowheads. She was a wonderful cook and all about “Good Food”. Every time I see or hear “Fried Green Tomatoes” I’ll think of her.


She is preceded in death by: her father and mother; her siblings, Barbara Green, Patsy Hoff, Catherine Wakefield, Milton Baker, Glenn Baker and Brenda Bugg; an infant grandson, Justin Lee Baker; and her fiancé, Johnny Pricer.


She leaves behind to cherish her memory: her daughters, Angie, Michelle and Lisa; her two sisters, Mary and Tammy; many grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She will be greatly missed by so many.


Per her wishes, she will be cremated and her family will hold a memorial celebration of her life at a later date.


Marlena Sue McGehee
1959-2022


Marlena Sue McGehee, 62, of Whitney passed away Monday, May 23, 2022, at her residence in Whitney. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2022, at Abiding Life Assembly of God in Whitney with Rev. David Owens and Rev. Marwan Beem officiating. Burial followed at Bethlehem Cemetery in Whitney.


Marlena was born November 23, 1959, in Dallas to Bob and Edie Doss. She is the oldest of four children. She married Curtis McGehee July 23, 1976, in Abilene. They moved to Whitney in February 1981 and began pastoring Abiding Life Church. They had two children, Jason Lee in November 1981, and Amanda Machele in September 1985. Marlena had five grandchildren: Rylee, Levi, Leah Joy Boiles and Alyssa and John McGehee; and five grandchildren in heaven with her.

She had many roles, including pastor’s wife, mother, bookkeeper, organizing weddings/baby showers, leading choir, playing piano at church, counselor, peacemaker and friend to all. Her smile and laugh were contagious. She loved fiercely her husband, family and church.


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

Marlena Sue McGehee
1959-2022


Marlena Sue McGehee, 62, of Whitney passed away Monday, May 23, 2022, at her residence in Whitney. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2022, at Abiding Life Assembly of God in Whitney with Rev. David Owens and Rev. Marwan Beem officiating. Burial followed at Bethlehem Cemetery in Whitney.


Marlena was born November 23, 1959, in Dallas to Bob and Edie Doss. She is the oldest of four children. She married Curtis McGehee July 23, 1976, in Abilene. They moved to Whitney in February 1981 and began pastoring Abiding Life Church. They had two children, Jason Lee in November 1981, and Amanda Machele in September 1985. Marlena had five grandchildren: Rylee, Levi, Leah Joy Boiles and Alyssa and John McGehee; and five grandchildren in heaven with her.


She had many roles, including pastor’s wife, mother, bookkeeper, organizing weddings/baby showers, leading choir, playing piano at church, counselor, peacemaker and friend to all. Her smile and laugh were contagious. She loved fiercely her husband, family and church.


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

Janet LaRue Franklin
1952-2022


Janet LaRue Franklin, 70, of Whitney, passed away Friday, May 13, 2022. She was born in Snyder, Texas on January 24, 1952, to Jewell and LaRue (Ford) Franklin.


Janet graduated from Seminole High School and attended Wayland Baptist University and Texas Tech University. She grew up on a farm in west Texas, raised her children in Temple and Odessa, and retired to Lake Whitney three years ago. No matter where she lived, she brought warmth and kindness with her. Janet spent the majority of her career as a medical transcriptionist which she greatly enjoyed, and she was always admired for her incredible diligence.


Janet loved spending time with family and old friends, reading, watching movies, listening to Elvis Presley, traveling, trying new things, sitting on her porch swing with her dog Sophie, and sharing laughs with people on social media. Janet exuded support and compassion for her family through the many desires and difficulties of their lives.


Janet is survived by her three children, Meagan Wristen, Jerrod Wristen, and Mikka (Ross) Gelber; her brother, Jay; sister-in-law, Gina; her grandsons, Noah and Jonah; and her granddaughters, Eden, Meya, Kennedy, LaVera, Paige and Everly. As well as her loyal dog, Sophie.


Janet was preceded in death by her parents.


A memorial service for Ms. Franklin will be held at White Bluff Chapel on Monday, May 23, 2022, at 10 a.m.


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


Cassandra Naomi Willis
1984-2022


Cassandra Naomi Willis of Clifton, 38, passed quietly at home after battling cancer on May 17, 2022. Service was held on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors in Whitney, Texas with Pastor Stuart Huey of Lorena officiating.


Cassandra was born March 19, 1984, in Clifton to Thomas Roger and Barbara Lou (Record) Willis. She grew up in the Laguna Park and Clifton area, graduating from Clifton High School with honors and later attending a few colleges for philosophy and German language. Cassandra had her first and only child, Holden Willis Ramirez, on January 14, 2022, and married Juan Antonio Ramirez on May 8, 2022. She worked for many years at Hanes Outlet in Hillsboro, later working for Zales in Round Rock. Cassandra was always dedicated to mastering what lay before her. She was in band and played sports in high school. She enjoyed knitting and sewing, working in the yard, and she was very crafty. She also could enjoy just sitting back with family or friends and watching a good movie or TV series. Cassandra is Christian. Her faith and trust is in our Lord Jesus. She is with Him now.


Cassandra was preceded in death by: grandparents, Charles and Thelma Record and John J Willis; aunts, Margaret, Virginia and Velda; and uncle, James Willis.

Cassandra is survived by: husband, Juan Antonio Ramirez; son, Holden Willis Ramirez of Abbott; parents, Thomas and Barbara Willis of Clifton; sister, Hope Carlin and husband Wayne of Lacassine, Louisiana; grandmother, Norma Jean Willis of Houston; nieces, Julie and Penny Carlin of Louisiana; aunts, Betty Pearce of Whitney, and Beatrice Record of Laguna Park; uncles, John M. Willis of Houston and Charles L. Record of Whitney; along with many cousins and friends.


In lieu of flowers, please donate to faithhousehouston.org in her name. Condolences may be made online at mar shallandmarshallfd.com.


Jimmy Watson
1950-2022


Graveside funeral services for James Owen Watson were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Hall Cemetery with Harold Finney officiating. Mr. Watson, 71, passed away Wednesday, May 18, in Whitney.


Jimmy was born September 6, 1950, in Sherman to the late Owen and Mammie (Hedrick) Watson. He worked as a welder and enjoyed spending time on the lake.


Mr. Watson is survived by: his son, Shane Watson and wife Ashley; four grandchildren, Kaylee Phillips, Hanna Abel, Ian Watson and Kole Watson; one sister, Shirley Vickers; and nieces and nephews.


A memorial service will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at The End Zone in Whitney Thursday, May 26. The register book can be signed online at waldofuneralhome.com.


Charles Ronald “Ron” Montgomery
1942-2022


Charles Ronald “Ron” Montgomery was born July 20, 1942, in Whitney to Charles Odell “Red” and Opehila Juanita Hunt Montgomery and passed up to heaven on April 11, 2022, in Lafayette, Louisiana peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones.


Ron loved and worshiped the Lord. He was grateful for the multitude of gifts, including family, friends, and acquaintances that His Heavenly Father blessed him with during his journey on earth.


Ron graduated from North Texas State University, Denton, and Garland High School, Garland, (Class of 1960). His career was in sales and marketing. Selling grills for ProChef in the Central United States and healthy pet foods for Dick van Patten’s Natural Balance in his adored five-state territory brought him great joy.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Red and Juanita Montgomery, and his sister, Conita “Aunt P” Montgomery Lester and husband Wayne Lester.


Ron is survived by: his loving wife, soulmate and fellow adventurer, Vicky Varnell Montgomery of Lafayette, Louisiana; beloved children, Ronesa “Rondi” -Dumper- (Ron’s pet name for her), Arbter and husband Marty of Longview, Charles “Chuck” Thomas -Ouncie- Montgomery and wife Amy of Murphy, and daughter Amanda Kathleen Montgomery Green -Punkin- and husband Kelly of Lafayette, Louisiana.


He also leaves behind: three grandchildren, Danielle, Zane and Ashley; nieces and nephew, Stephen Jones and wife Jane of Granbury, Juliann Jones Mitchell and husband Kevin of Athens, and Carolyn Jones Overton and husband Randy of Waxahachie; great nieces and nephews; a special brother, Jesus “Jesse” Ramon and wife Nell of Garland; a special nephew, Jesse Wayne Ramon and Lauren of Garland; a forever friend, Robert “Uncle Bob” McClanahan of Lafayette, Louisiana; and a host of loved ones, including bonus family and friends that made his life complete.


The family wishes to thank Hospice of Acadiana in Lafayette, Louisiana for the compassionate care given to Ron and our family.


Ron….”the joy in his face is like no other.” Esteban Narajano – Atenas, Costa Rica


A Celebration of Ron’s Joie de Vivre “Cheerful Enjoyment of Life” will be held on August 6, 2022, at 2 p.m. at Whitney Fellowship, 101 North Brazos, Whitney. A gathering of family and friends will follow immediately after across the street at The End Zone, 101 E. Jefferson Avenue.


Pastor Dell Glenn will officiate.


Thank you everyone that helped me walk Ron home. – Vicky


Thomas Warnell Rose
1962-2022


Thomas Warnell Rose, age 59, of Whitney passed away Thursday, May 12, 2022, at his residence. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 16, at the Open Range Cowboy Church in Whitney with Pastor Gerald Dudley officiating. Burial followed at Heath Cemetery in Whitney.


Thomas Warnell Rose was born July 2, 1962, in Whitney to Warnell and Frankie (Murphy) Rose. He was the owner of Quality Welding for over 30 years. Tommy was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed running in countless races. He loved being with family and if not working he was always in the shop building unique items.


Tommy is preceded in death by: his father, Warnell Rose; his mother, Frankie Rose; father-in-law, John Brooks; brothers-in-law, Donnie Parker and Todd Ryan; and nephew, Justin Money.


Tommy is survived by: his wife of 29 years, Kim; sister, Debbie Money and husband Doug, Pam Parker and Jennifer Ryan; sister-in-law, Debbie Collins and husband Daniel; stepdaughter, Mika Runyan and husband Chris; grandchildren, Madison, Cailee and Hunter Runyan; nieces and nephews, Ashley Becknauld and husband Sean, Reanna Van Dyke and husband Charles, Kaylee Parker; and James Elliott and wife Shelby, Brook Elliott and April Collins; great nieces and nephews, Clara, Ella and Cole Becknauld, and Paisley and Charlotte Van Dyke.


As a good friend stated, Tommy did not judge you on material stuff, it was a loyalty and character thing, your victories were his victories.


Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.


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