Emory, Texas 75440 – Tuesday, June 11, 2019 – Volume XX, Issue No. 6

Willard Eugene Ransom

1948 – 2019

Graveside services for Willard Eugene Ransom, 70, of Alba, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, at Colony Cemetery near Alba. Chaplain C.J. Duffey will officiate.

Pallbearers will be Gary Sizemore, Jon Wedeking, Chris Harris, and Ben Wedeking.

Mr. Ransom died on June 9, 2019, in Alba. He was born on July 5, 1948, in Van Zandt County to Buddy and Johnnie Gladys Spillers Ransom. He married Judy Lynn Gordon on July 13, 1968, in Grand Saline, and they recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. He lived most of his life in Rains County. He served in the U.S. Army. He retired from the City of Dallas after 28 years as a Sanitation Supervisor.

Mr. Ransom is survived by his wife of Alba; daughter, Roxie Lewers and husband Billy Horton of Alba; sisters, Ann Devore of Quinlan and Patsy Josline of Grand Saline; grandsons, Timothy Lewers and Billy Horton Jr., both of Alba; granddaughters, Cammie Harris of Point, Sierra Ruth of Nebraska, and Jennifer Crabb of Emory; five great-grandchildren; nephews, James Hawkins of Edgewood and James Means of Woodville; and niece, Maria Adams of Quinlan.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A visitation will be held at the Wilson-Bartley Funeral Home Chapel, Alba, from 1:00-1:45 p.m. prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014, c/o Donation Processing.


Mary Marie Sisk

1946 – 2019

Funeral services for Mary Marie Sisk are pending with Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home in Emory.

Ms. Sisk died at her home in Emory on Sunday, June 9, 2019. She was born on May 10, 1946, in Brownwood, to Lloyd and Gladys Beatrice Busby Holster.

Her hobbies included reading, watching birds, squirrels and deer out her window. She dearly loved her children and grandchildren.

Ms. Sisk is survived by daughters, Tina Bell of Emory, Jenny Connally and husband Ricky of Decatur; son, Travis Sisk and wife Tobi of Greenville; sister, Sheila Hudson of Hawkins; grandchildren, Christy Smith, Adam Vaughn, Natasha Wrinkle, Jacob Connally and Averi Mitchell; great-grandchildren, Hailey Smith, Cody Smith, and Raleigh Wade; and numerous other loving family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Grady Roberts; great-granddaughter, Madalynn Baughn; three brothers; and one sister.


Wilma Jean Studdard

1932 – 2019

Funeral services for Wilma Jean Studdard, 87, were held on June 3 in Lunn’s Colonial Chapel. Rev. Chuck Schobert officiated.

Burial followed in IOOF Cemetery in Seymour.

Mrs. Studdard died on May 31, 2019, in Wichita Falls. She was born on April 25, 1932, to Emmitt and Mittie McKay Robbins in Rains County. She married Elmer George Studdard on March 19, 1950, in Wichita Falls.

She was a beautician. She owned and operated Wilma’s Beauty Shop in Wichita Falls for many years before retiring in 1990. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister.

Mrs. Studdard is survived by children, Diane Morgan, Dennis Studdard and Mark Studdard; brothers, Jim, Bob, Jerry and Mike Robbins; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband on December 4, 2000; son, Mike Studdard; and sisters, Betty McGriff, Pat Drebitka and Mildred Neal.

Arrangements were under the direction of Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lunnscolonial.com.


Joe Allen Waldrop

1926 – 2019

A funeral service for Joe Allen Waldrop, 92, of Emory, will be held on Thursday, June 13, at Emory Baptist Church. Bro. Scott Lowery will conduct the service with David Johnson, eldest grandson, giving the eulogy.

Burial will follow in Lone Star Cemetery in Point. Those serving as pallbearers will be Joe Waldrop II, Darryl Johnson, Jason Fenter, Jimi Hayward, Sherman Porter, Henry Porter, Joshua Carr and Colton Sandlin. Honorary pallbearers will be Don McLeroy, Buddy Dunn, Bill Gaston, Wesley Porter and Danny DuCharme.

Mr. Waldrop died at his home on June 8, 2019. He was born in Rains County on December 16, 1926, to Joseph Bailey and Sarah Luretta Robinson Waldrop. He married Katherine Bryant in Greenville on November 15, 1945. He served his country during the end months of WWII in the U.S. Navy. After discharge from the Navy and after the war, he rejoined and served during the Korean Conflict.

He was an employee of E-Systems for 30 years as an electrician in the aviation level. He was a member of Emory Baptist Church. Joe loved to fish, work in the yard, read, and work jigsaw puzzles.

Mr. Waldrop is survived by son, Joe Allen Waldrop II and wife Dixie of Boling; daughters, Virginia McLeroy and husband Don of Emory, Donna Dunn and husband Buddy of Yantis, Beverly Gaston and husband Bill of Point, Rhonda Porter and husband Wesley of Brenham and Elizabeth DuCharme and husband Danny of Milliken, Colo; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and numerous other loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife in 2017; sister; brother; and several half brothers and sisters.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home in Emory.