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A service celebrating the life of Kenneth Cox Jr. was held at 10:00 a.m. Monday September 29, 2014, at the East Side Baptist Church, Rusk, with the Rev. Mike Bradford, the Rev. Dusty Lee and the Rev. James Palmer offi ciating. Services were under the direction of Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville. Kenneth was born March 2, 1958, in Mexia to Kenneth G. and Mary Ann Cox. He passed away on Thursday, September 25, 2014, in Tyler. Kenneth was a member of East Side Baptist Church, Rusk. He was a retired Major with the Texas Dept. of Corrections with over thirty years of dedicated service. Kenneth was preceded in death by his son, Brandon Michael Cox; father, Kenneth Cox Sr; brothers, Jerry Dean Cox and Brian Keith Cox; and a sister, Deann Holland. Kenneth’s family includes his wife, Toni, Rusk; mother, Mary Ann Reeves and husband Jerry, Teague; children, Erica Graeter and husband Ian, Tyler, Aaron Cox, Paris, Lindsay Jacobs and husband Christopher, Rusk and Jarrett Hood, Rusk; sister, Laressa Hall, Florida. His grandchildren are Jude Jacobs, Liam Jacobs, Elora Jacobs and Aiden Graeter. Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Burks, Steve Peters, Richard Massingale, Kevin Lankford and Bobby Burns as well as offi cers and staff of Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

May 29, 1926 – September 25, 2014
Ed Schoenewolf, age 88, of Groves, Texas, passed away Thursday, September 25, 2014. Funeral services were at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 27, 2014, at Scott’s Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Gatesville City Cemetery. Ed was born on May 29, 1926, in Gatesville, Texas, to the late August Schoenewolf and Annie Bell Thomas Schoenewolf. Ed grew up in the Arnett Community of Coryell County. In 1954, Ed and his family moved to Groves, Texas. He worked for the City of Groves for 34 years. After retiring, Ed enjoyed fi shing and gardening. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice Floyd Schoenewolf; his parents; and fi ve sisters. Ed was a longstanding member of the Friendship Baptist Church in Groves, Texas. He loved his family and friends very much. Ed is survived by his three daughters, Diane Young and husband, Michael of Jonesboro, Tina Olbrich and Judy Thompson, both of Groves; fi ve grandchildren, Jason Young, Melissa Stansbury and husband, Mike, Ricky Thompson and wife, Randi, Jaclyn Olbrich, and Dillon Olbrich; and four great-grandchildren, Alex, Cameron, and Layla Stansbury and Rylan Thompson. Memorials may be made to Rocking Chair Ranch, 510 CR 317, Jonesboro, TX 765238.

December 13, 1934 – September 24, 2014
Joe Truett Lightsey, age 79, of Jonesboro, passed away from this life on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, to be with his Heavenly Father. Funeral services were at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 27, 2014, at Jonesboro Baptist Church. Burial followed at Jonesboro Cemetery. Joe was born on December 13, 1934, in Pidcoke, Texas, to Truett and Susie Lightsey. His family moved to Jonesboro when he was seven, and he graduated from Jonesboro High School in 1952. Joe graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree, and also took other courses at Tarleton State University. Joe served in the National Guard. He worked for General Tire and later for Cardinal Chemical Company. He married Flo Miller on November 22, 1966, and they moved back to Jonesboro where Joe taught school and was principal of the Jonesboro School. He loved to teach his students and enjoyed all the extra-curricular activities at school where he made many friends. Joe was also a rancher and loved to work with his cattle. During the last fi ve years of his life at the Welcome Program of the Coryell County Healthcare System, he got to go out to his place to see the cattle and crops almost every week. Joe loved people and made a host of friends at work, in the National Guard, at church, in the community, in the Welcome Program, and everywhere he went. His friends and family were the joy of his life. Joe was a member of Jonesboro Baptist Church for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jeff; and wife, Flo. Surviving him are his sons, Mark, Ronnie Miller and wife, Connie; daughter, Connie Woodson and husband, Gary; three grandchildren, Julie Hinote and husband, Mike and their children, Lucas and Ella, Tim Miller and wife, Ashley, and Josh Miller; three sisters, Melva Lightsey, Paula Foote and husband, Sonny, and Sue Lightsey; two nephews, Than Foote and wife, Traci, and their children, Hallie and Wade and Joe Foote and wife, Crystal and their children, Bracy, Pate, and Truett. The family would like to say a special thanks to his faithful friends, to his nephew Joe for taking such good care of the cattle and ranch, and to all the people at the Welcome Program who showed such love and care for him the last fi ve years. The family requests that memorials be made to the Jonesboro Cemetery, 2415 CR 194, Jonesboro, TX 76538; Jonesboro Baptist Church, 11420 N. State Hwy. 36, Jonesboro, TX 76538; or to the charity of your choice.