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Nov. 11, 1926 – Dec. 16, 2014
Ruth Laverne Gilchrest-Mullins, 88, passed away Tuesday, December 16, 2014. Services will be 10 a.m. today (Saturday), December 20, 2014, at OakCrest Funeral Home with the Rev. Amos Humphries offi ciating. Ruth was born in Gatesville, TX, and graduated from high  school there. She moved to Wacoin her early adult years and worked for the City of Waco as secretary for many years prior to working 15 years in the general accounting department at Brazos Electric in Waco. Ruth retired early when she met and married Curtis Mullins on April 21, 1978, in Waco. Ruth was a homemaker after they married and moved to Round Rock, TX. They returned to Waco when her husband transferred to Hercules as a test engineer. After Curtis retired, they frequently traveled the United States and Europe. One of their favorite places to visit was Branson, Missouri, where they traveled several times. They were married for 17 years until Curtis passed in April 1995. Ruth was a member of Park Lake Drive Baptist Church where she was involved in “Busy Beavers” and a member of the Gleaners Class. Ruth and Curtis were always supporters and fans of their many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Harvey and Lillie Gilchrest; husband, Curtis E. Mullins, and brothers, Kenneth V. Gilchrest and Ross E. “ Pete” Gilchrest. She is survived by her brother, Don P. Gilchrest and wife, Jean; sister-in-law, Joyce Gilchrest; nephews, Brian Gilchrest and wife, Arlene, Byron Gilchrest and wife, Colleen, Ross Gilchrest; nieces, Donna Gilchrest, Denise Bain; and several great-nieces and nephews. The Guest Book is available at www.oakcrestwaco.com.

Katherine “Kathie” Denice Jones Melton went to be with our heavenly Lord, on December 15, 2014. Kathie was born on September 16, 1951, to John William Jones and Lavetta Jones. Kathie married her high school sweetheart, Charles Melton, on December 23, 1967. They had 47 wonderful years together. They were blessed with two loving children, Michial and Karlene. She was a devoted wife, mother and nana. She enjoyed many things in life, including crafts, dancing, gardening and cooking. She will be remembered for her dedication to her family, her sense of humor and her devotion to God. She is survived by her husband, Charles Melton; mother, Lavetta Jones; son, Michial Melton; daughter, Karlene and husband, Bobby Buster; 12 grandchildren, Tyler and wife Casey Melton, Brittany and Mark Harvey, Chase and wife Jordan Melton, Courtney and husband Mitchell Conn, Mathew Buster, Katie Bryan, Brianna and husband Kyle Wilganowski, Gerritt Buster, Preston Melton, Kelby Melton, John Michial Melton, Lance Buster; brother, Tony and wife Recie Jones; sister, Peggy Reid; father-in-law, Norman E. Melton; sister-in-law, Nancy and husband James Gray; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daddy, John William Jones; brother, Royce “Bud” Jones; and mother-in-law, Mary Louise Melton. Contributions may be made to the Jonesboro Volunteer Fire Department or Jonesboro Cemetery Association.

February 12, 1923 – December 14, 2014
Butch Barba, age 91, of Henderson, passed away on Sunday, December 14, 2014. Graveside services were held at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at Restland Cemetery in Gatesville. Butch was born on February 12, 1923, in Merino, CO, to the late Pedro and Florentia Torres Barba. At an early age, Butch joined the United States Army and served during WW II. He served for four years before owning his wrecker service, Clearlake Wrecker Service in Kemah and Seabrook, Texas. After he retired, he moved to Henderson, Texas, and enjoyed gardening and helping his neighbors and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; seven siblings; and a son, Charles Barba. Butch is survived by his son, Gary Barba and wife, Florence; daughter, Beverly Jones and husband, Bo; grandchildren, Shana Jones, Deda Potter, Lisa Lee, Christy Stevens, Kathie Jo Jones and Jacob Ty Jones; six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Angie Benavidez, Margie Coon and Josie Velasquez; and one brother, Pete Barba. He also leaves behind his longtime caregiver and friend, Gloria Punch.