Ruth Jewell Choate Scogin, “Mammaw,” beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother, passed from earthly life into the arms of angels on June 15, 2008.  No more sorrow, no more tears, only eternal happiness.  Ruth was born on Dec. 23, 1926, in Olether, Texas to John and Maggie Choate.  She was the youngest child in a family consisting of 12 children and spent the majority of her childhood in the country around Palmer, Texas.  As a young adult, she moved to Waxahachie, Texas, and met the love of her life, Troyce Scogin.  Ruth and Troyce married on Oct. 5, 1946, in Waxahachie, and spent over 60 years together devoted to each other and their family.  They had a daughter, Vickie Sue, in 1948, and a son, Travis Glynn, in 1950.  Ruth worked as a seamstress for 33 years in the Roy Lee Factory, Jan’s Dress, and Bandman.  She made the most beautiful creations from fabric and thread and was not only an expert seamstress but also very accomplished in crochet making afghans, doilies, and many other items.  Ruth was a lifelong member of Ferris Avenue Baptist Church and also belonged to the Eastern Star, Chapter 599, in Waxahachie, where she held several stations throughout the years.

Ruth was devoted to her husband, her family and friends.  She was a wonderful cook, making the best homemade biscuits and chicken and dumplings in the world and her pies, cakes and cobblers were in a class all their own.  She loved to laugh and “cut up” and lift the spirits of others.  In recent years, she battled several formidable illnesses but kept her sense of determination and will.  Although the illnesses finally took their toll, we find comfort in knowing her suffering is over and she is in Heaven and at peace. We will all be reunited again with her in the future and while we wait for that moment, will continue our purpose on this earth knowing that is what she would want.

Ruth was predeceased by her mother and father; brothers Henry, Jack, Oscar, Grover, and Leeman; sisters Claudie, Ellabelle, Sarah, Virginia, and Marie, as well as many lifelong friends.

Ruth is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Troyce; daughter and son-in-law, Vickie Sue and Loyd Kirby; son and daughter-in-law, Travis Glynn and Judy Scogin; granddaughter Lisa Randall and husband Ronnie and great-grandsons, Joey, Daniel, and Lynn Randall and wife Kristi and daughter Kalli; granddaughter D’arcy Scheffel and great-grandsons Austin and Ben; granddaughter Tamira Allison Scogin and grandson Matthew Ryan Scogin and wife Lindsay and daughter Madelynn Elyse; sister Emma Irwin; sister-in-law Mary Schrum; and other family members including many nieces and nephews (Betty and Danny Woodruff and other members of the Choate and Scogin families) as well as special canine companion and best friend, “Sweetie.”

The family wants to give special thanks to all of Ruth’s (and Troyce's) friends including but not limited to Billy and Eula Graham, Gregg Burdette, and members of the Waxahachie Masonic Lodge whose love, devotion, encouragement and companionship kept up her spirits through innumerable acts of kindness and compassion.  You drove her to treatments, provided delicious homemade meals, did yard work, house painting and many other acts for which we will be eternally grateful.  Special thanks go out to Family Care of Texas and Odyssey Hospice for loving care and compassion.

Services were set for Wednesday, June 18, 2008 in the chapel of the Boze Mitchell McKibbin Funeral Home in Waxahachie with Pastor Cory Hines officiating.  Interment was to follow at the Hillcrest Burial Park in Waxahachie.  

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Samuel Kyle Yother

Samuel Kyle Yother, stationed at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, died June 4, 2008. He was 21 years old. Kyle was born in Waxahachie, Texas on Jan. 1, 1987 to Jayson Earl Sr. and Sammie Kay (Kelley) Yother. At the time of his death he was serving in the United States Army and had just returned from a 15 month tour in Iraq.

During that time, he was honored by numerous awards including: Army Commendation Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, Overseas Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Combat Action Badge and he received Combat spurs.

Since May 2008 he was assigned to the 15th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Sammie and Brannon Adkisson; one brother, Jayson Earl Yother, Jr.; one sister, Kelley Anne Yother all of Corinth, Texas; maternal grandmother, Patricia Jo McCulloch of Waxahachie; paternal grandmother, Jo Rogers of Ennis; special aunt, Nessa (Vanessa Bridges) of Waxahachie and other numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, including Mark and Jocelyne Eaton and Janson Yother all of Ennis, Larry and Paula Russell of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, L.B. and Victoria Russell of Oklahoma, Erica (Russell) Sims, Rodney and Norma Montgomery, Storey and Sterling Bridges and Forrest (Pablo) Sims all of Waxahachie.

Kyle was preceded in death by his father, Jayson Yother Sr.; his paternal grandfather, J.T. Yother, Sr.; and his maternal grandfather, Sam Houston Kelley.

Funeral services were held June 11, 2008 in the chapel of the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home. Interment was at the Waxahachie City Cemetery.

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George Preston Schwartz

George Preston Schwartz, 63, passed away June 13, 2008 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.