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John T. Lynch Jr. died Friday, May 20, 2016.


A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 23, 2016, at Crestview Church of Christ in Waco. Burial followed in Snyder. LTC Lynch Jr. (Ret.) was born Oct. 26, 1923, to John T. Lynch Sr. and Tabitha Lynch in Paducah. He graduated from the Snyder school system. He married Angelene Cyrella Fish when they had graduated high school. She preceded him in death in January 2006. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943. His tour of duty from February 1943 through December 1945 took him to Iceland and Europe. After the war, he joined the Texas National Guard, receiving a commission, and retired in 1983 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He then worked for the city of Bellmead, and served as city manager of both Gatesville and Woodway. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He served as an elder in the Bellmead Church of Christ, the Gatesville Church of Christ and Crestview Church of Christ in Waco for approximately 30 years. On Jan. 4, 2013, he married Lennora Kluck. He is survived by his wife, Lennora Lynch; his son, John T. Lynch IV; his daughter, Sandra Lynch Wright; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Crestview Church of Christ.

Bernice Aycock, of Mart, died May 23, 2016. Graveside services were held Thursday, May 26, at the Mart Cemetery. Mrs. Aycock was born Feb. 27, 1923, to Pete and Frieda Strunck in Riesel, where she was reared and educated. On Feb. 15, 1942, she was married to Jimmy Aycock. For many years the Aycocks lived in Mart, where they were longtime members of the First United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband; her daughter, Carla Jean Aycock; and her grandson, Michael Aycock. She is survived by her sons, Dr. Jimmy D. Aycock, of Gatesville, and Jeff Aycock, of Ennis; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church of Mart.