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November
Obits for Thursday November 01, 2007
Garrett Allen Briggs
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Abilene - Garrett Allen Briggs passed away Monday, October 29, 2007. Graveside services will be held Thursday at 10:30
a.m. in Elmwood Memorial Park with Donald Bugg officiating, under the direction of North's Funeral Home, 242 Orange
St.
Garrett was born October 29, 2007, in Abilene to Brian and Carrie Briggs.
He is survived by his parents, Brian and Carrie Briggs; one brother, Alex Briggs, one sister, Marissa Briggs, grandparents;
Morris and Wanda Stevens of Abilene, Jay and Sandy Briggs of Washington, Pennsylvania. One Uncle and two Aunts;
Jason and Kelly Briggs of Washington, Pennsylvania and Donna Moore of Abilene.
Mary Nell Buck
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Abilene - Mary Buck of Abilene, Texas, passed away on October 28, 2007, after a long but courageous battle against
cancer.
Born and raised in Greenville, Alabama, Mary was the daughter of Marion and Beatrice Riley. She married Vincent "VK"
Buck in 1949 and began her "tour" as an Air Force wife with their first assignment in Germany. Thirty years, many
stations around the world, and four children later, she and VK retired from active duty and settled in Abilene, Texas.
Mary was a longtime active member of the United States Tennis Association -- as an avid player, making several
appearances with her Senior's team at the USTA Team Nationals, winning in 1989 -- and as a highly respected umpire
and referee for the local high schools and universities, earning the USTA Texas Umpire of the Year Award in 1994 and
the Abilene Tennis Association's Umpire of the Year for 2004-2005.
Mary was preceded in death by her father and siblings, and one son, Kelly.
She is survived by her mother, Beatrice Riley; her husband, VK; her remaining three children and their spouses; Mike and
Robin, Patrick and Treva, and Kim; eight grandchildren and her pups, Spotty and Mikey. She leaves behind a legacy of
service to her community, of friendship, understanding and guidance to all who knew her. Her family and many friends
will miss Mary's love for life and giving spirit. Mary touched the lives and hearts of many people.
Family Visitation and a Memorial Service will be at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road, Abilene,
Texas on Friday, November 2, 2007. Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. with the service following at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations made in Mary's honor to the American Cancer Society, 209 S.
Danville; Building B, Suite 107, Abilene, Texas 79605; or Hospice of the Big Country; 4601 Hartford Street, Abilene, Texas
79605.
Online condolences may be sent to:
www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com
George Ballard Crain Jr.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Abilene - George Ballard Crain Jr. of Abilene, died Wednesday, October 31, 2007, at the age of 67. Funeral services will
be at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 2, at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road. Burial will follow in the
Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sweetwater, Texas. Visitation will be on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral
home.
Born February 11, 1940, in Comstock, Texas, George was the son of George Ballard Crain, Sr. and Dorothy Lorraine
(Miller) Crain. He graduated from Sweetwater High School in 1958. George worked as the shop foreman for Key Energy
Services for six years, Bechtel Incorporated for seven years, and B.J. Hughes for 10 years. He enjoyed restoring vintage
cars, riding his motorcycle and loved the great outdoors. George was a member of Lakeside Baptist Church in
Breckenridge.
George was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Barbara Ann Crain, in 2001. He is survived by his stepmother,
Margie Crain of Coleman; one son, Chad Crain and wife Tarra, of Abilene; one daughter, Sherry Foster and husband
Aaron, also of Abilene; four brothers, Johnny Crain and wife Sherry, of DeHanis, Texas, Jeff Crain and wife Janet, of
Dilley, Texas, Smokey Crain and wife Kathy, of Hydro, Oklahoma, and Bubba Crain, of Sonora, Texas; four sisters, Lanelle
Douglas and husband Pat, of Fort Worth, Billie Jean and husband Gary, of Amarillo, Georgeanna Cheves and husband
Jimmy, of Pahuska, Oklahoma, and Weida Sue Crain of Coleman; six grandchildren, Briana, Jay, Eli, Eathan, Cheyanne
and Zach.
Scott Dalton, Ken Pittman, Ross Douglas, Chris McMahan, Tye Jackson and Nick Cope will serve as pallbearers.
Obituary and guest registry online at:
www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
Sallie L. Gilmore
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Abilene - Sallie L. Gilmore, 79, died Monday, October 29, 2007, at an Abilene medical center.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, 542 Hickory officiated by the
Reverend Owen Crowder. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5 to 7 p.m. today at the
funeral home.
Born in Weatherford, Texas, on July 2, 1928, Sallie was the daughter of Ollie (King) and Benjamin Franklin Taylor. She
retired after working in food service at a State Hospital.
Mrs. Gilmore was a homemaker and loved her family very much. She liked and helped everybody, and was a member of
the Antioch C M E Church in Abilene. One pastime she enjoyed very much was writing, especially in her diary.
Her parents; her husband, Robert O. Gilmore; and a daughter, Bernie Gilmore Livingston, preceded her in death.
Survivors include two sons, Benny and wife, Shirley, of Dallas, and Michael of Abilene; daughters, Margaret Ann of
Abilene, and Janice of Los Angeles, California; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; extended family, the Blackwells
and Beckhams; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Master Sgt James R. Lewis
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Abilene - Master Sgt. James R. Lewis, US Army (Ret.), born August 23, 1937, passed away on October 30, 2007, with his
family by his side.
Jim served in the United States Army for 23 years, actively serving in Vietnam. Following his retirement from military
service, he served over 20 years at Dyess Air Force Base in charge of records management.
His parents; a sister, Wanda; and a brother, Henry, preceded him in death.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Lily Lewis; sons, Richard (Susie) Lewis and Bobby (Cindy) Lewis; stepsons,
Lonnie (Missy) Bergan and Steve (Jeanie) Bergan; a sister, Nancy Lewis, and brother, Paul Lewis; 13 grandchildren and
two great-granddaughters.
Jim will be remembered for his wit and humorous personality. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Faith, 5701 Hwy 277 South, with Dr.
Clifford S. Stewart officiating. Graveside rites with full military honors will follow in Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories.
The family will receive friends 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Freddie Morrow Long
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Knox City - Mrs. Freddie Morrow Long, 95, of Knox City, passed away October 28, 2007, in the Munday Nursing Home. A
graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 31, 2007, at Johnson Cemetery in Munday, Texas, with Rev.
Tex Cox officiating, under the direction of Mansell-Smith Funeral Home, Knox City.
Mrs. Long was born June 23, 1912, in Knox County, the daughter of Frank and Virginia Mae Hutcheson. She was a
member of the Abundant Life Fellowship Church in Knox City and retired from the Munday National Bank.
She is survived by sister, Mrs. Ameralis Guinn and husband L.C of Knox City, grandchildren; Ric Martin, Holli Charis
Sparks, Kash Morrow, and four great grandchildren.
Mrs. Long was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, Patsy Martin and son Gerald L. Morrow, as well as
three brothers and one sister.
Lowell Edwin McDonald
Community Memorial Funeral Home
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Abilene - Lowell Edwin McDonald, 75, passed away on Monday, October 29, 2007, at a local hospital.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, at Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N.
2nd St., with Rev. Joel Toby and Rev. Kevin McDonald officiating. Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until service time at
the funeral home.
Lowell was born at his grandpaw McDonald's farm near Mansfield, Arkansas to Earl Sr. and Jane McDonald, on May 12,
1932. He attended Mansfield High School and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951. In 1958 he joined the U.S. Navy and
served his country in Vietnam during the early 1970s, where he was wounded and awarded the Purple Heart. He retired
from the Navy in 1975 as a First Class Petty Officer while serving in the Philippines where he met and married Pilar
Pajanustan on March 8, 1972. They moved to Abilene in 1979, where he was employed at Abilene Lumber for several
years before retiring in 1995 from J.C. Penney.
Lowell was an easygoing person who made friends easily and was well-liked in the community. He and his wife are
members of Elmwood Baptist Church. He loved to frequent flea markets, searching for treasures and meeting friends
and swapping tales.
He is survived by his wife, Pilar; two daughters, Jeanette Reed and her husband, Charles, and their children, Glen,
Nathan and Grace, all of Arlington, and Penny McDonald of Washington; three sons, Eddie McDonald and wife, Josie,
and their two children, Robin Wagman and husband, Ron, of Breckenridge, and Chris McDonald of Abilene, and, Johnny
McDonald of San Angelo, and Tracy McDonald and his three children of New Braunfels; two brothers, Lloyd McDonald of
Hackett, AR and Jerry McDonald and wife, Janet, of Abilene; two sisters, Betty King of Abilene and Janey Williams and
husband, J.T. of Greenwood, AR; six great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many caring friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Elmwood Baptist Church Building Fund, 2933 So. 7th St., Abilene, TX 79605.
Ida Mae Minshew
Chapelwood Funeral Home
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Wake Village - Ida Mae Minshew of Wake Village, Texas, formerly of Abilene, died Tuesday October 30, 2007.
Mrs. Minshew was born September 2, 1913, in Taylor County, Texas. She was retired from the Abilene, Texas School
System. She was preceded in death by three children, Evelyn Rodgers, Charlsie Johnson and Travis Wayne Minshew.
She is survived by her children, Voncille and Ron Norris of Euless, Texas, Gwendolyn and Jerry Dean of Wake Village,
Texas, Ed and Jerri Minshew of Georgetown, Texas, and Pam Farguhar of Wake Village, Texas.; 11 grandchildren, 16
great-grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be Monday at 1 p.m. at Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery in Abilene, Texas, with Rev.
Kelsey Coleman and Rev. Lavern Rodgers officiating under the direction of Chapelwood Funeral Home, Texarkana, Texas.
Fred E. Newton
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Hawley - Fred E. Newton, 86, of Hawley, passed away Tuesday, October 30, 2007. Services will be held Friday at
Clearfork Baptist Church in Hawley with Larry Tarver officiating. Burial will follow in Hawley Cemetery, under the
direction of North's Funeral Home. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at North's
Memorial Chapel, 242 Orange St.
Mr. Newton was born January 20, 1921, to E.B. and Ada (Hill) Newton in Hollis Hill, Jones County. He married Irene
Copeland July 20, 1940, in Hawley, Texas. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for Jones County Maintenance for
many years. He was also a butcher at Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store. He was a member of Clearfork Baptist Church. He
loved doing carpentry work.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother and two sisters.
He is survived by his wife, Irene Newton, one son, Jimmy Newton and wife Patsy of Anson, one daughter, Linda Jones
and husband Tom of Truby, Texas. Four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Online condolences may be made at www.northsfuneralhome.com
Ralph Robert Raney
Shaffer Funeral Home
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Bronte - Ralph Robert Raney, 85, of Euless, passed quietly in his sleep Sunday, October 28.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, November 1, 2007, at the First Baptist Church in Blackwell. Burial will
follow in the Blackwell Cemetery. Services are under direction of Shaffer Funeral Home.
A native Texan, he was a WWII Army Veteran who landed D-Day at Normandy on Utah Beach. He served with a
mechanized unit 746th "Tank Destroyers" and received a Purple Heart and Croix de Geurre when his half-track was
blown up by a landmine in Germany. He served in the Texas National Guard following the war and made Master Sgt.
He retired from Phillips Petroleum with 30 plus years service. In the many years he drove gas tankers for Phillips he
never received a ticket or had an accident.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Greenberry and Mary Wimberly Raney and his brother, Roy Raney.
Ralph is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Eva; five children, Ray, Cindy, Rodger, Judy, and Jeff; his grandchildren,
Hope, Amanda, Lisa, Matthew, Sarah, Robert, James, Emily, Corey, and Spencer; his great grandchildren, Haylee and
Hollee; two sisters, Vera and Hulene; a brother, Coy; and many relatives and friends.
Death Notices 11.01.07 Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tommye Murphey Boothe
DALLAS -- Tommye Murphey Boothe, 95, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007, in Dallas. Services are pending with McCoy
Funeral home of Sweetwater.
Nelva Bowers
LUBBOCK -- Nelva Bowers, 73, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2007, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. Services are 10 a.m.
Friday at the Dunn Cemetery in Dunn.
Richard B. Chamness
DALLAS -- Richard B. Chamness, 81, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007, at the Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home.
Private burial will be at the Dallas/Ft. Worth National Cemetery in Dallas at a later date. Arrangements are by Myers &
Smith Funeral Home. Pay respects online at www.myersandsmith.com.
Linda Lou (Blevins) Huddleston
ELMORE CITY, Okla. -- Linda Lou (Blevins) Huddleston, 67, died Oct. 28, 2007 in Pauls Valley, Okla. Services are 2 p.m.
today at the Elmore City First United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Elmore City Cemetery under the direction of
Wooster Funeral Home.
C.M. Jennings
EASTLAND -- C.M. Jennings, 87, of Eastland, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007, in Eastland. Graveside services will be 2
p.m. Friday at the Evergreen Cemetery in Ranger under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Eastland.
Renee Marie Johnson
GORDON -- Renee Marie Johnson, 56, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2007, at her home in Gordon. Services will be 2:30 p.m.
Friday at the First Baptist Church in Gordon, with burial in the New Gordon Cemetery under the direction of Edwards
Funeral Home in Strawn. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. today.
Mary McCoy Spencer
BRONTE -- Mary McCoy Spencer, 93, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007, in a Fisher County hospital. Graveside services will be
2:30 p.m. Friday at Fairview Cemetery. Arrangements are by Shaffer Funeral Home. Visitation will 12:30-2 p.m. Friday at
the funeral home.
Phillip Don Vaughn
Phillip Don Vaughn, 50, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, at an Abilene medical center. Graveside services will be 11 a.m.
today in Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Adelino 'Rocky' Vieira
WEATHERFORD -- Adelino "Rocky" Vieira, 78, formerly of Big Spring, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007, at Plaza Medical
Center in Fort Worth. Services will be 11 a.m. today at Myers & Smith Chapel. Burial with military honors will be in
Trinity Memorial Park. Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Pay respects online at
www.myersandsmith.com.
Leona Wells
CROTON ON HUDSON, N.Y. -- Leona Wells, 92, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Myers &
Smith Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Memorial Park with arrangements by Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Lillian Frances Wright
Lillian Wright, 98, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007. Services are pending with The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449
Buffalo Gap Rd.
Obits for Friday, November 02, 2007
Floyd Arthur Alldredge
Friday, November 02, 2007
Eastland, Texas - Ozark, Alabama - Floyd Arthur Alldredge passed away Sunday, October 27, 2007, at 6:30 a.m. while at
home in Ozark, Alabama, after spending 90 years on this earth. He courageously battled the effects of hip and back
complications as well as cancer. Funeral Services will be held November 2, 2007, at Edward's Funeral Home in Eastland,
Texas at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made either to the American Cancer Society or Covenant Hospice
in Dothan, Alabama.
Floyd A. Alldredge was born on 6 August 1917 in Oglesby, Texas. He obtained the rank of Master Sergeant during his
service of 31 years of military service in the U.S. Army. MSG Alldredge was a Disabled American Veteran and proudly
served in three wars; WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam.
He served selflessly as Bishop and Branch President for many years in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at
both Oklahoma and Texas wards/branches.
Bishop Floyd Alldredge is married to his still surviving wife, Bonnie Jean Alldredge, and is survived by his two sons, Danny
D. Alldredge and wife Carol of Crowley, Texas and LTC (R) Dale T. Alldredge and wife Judy of Ozark, Alabama. He lost his
oldest son, Douglas A. Alldredge, in October 2004, however, his wife Leanna survives in Arizona. Through his three sons,
he was blessed with 16 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. He was the third oldest of nine brothers and sisters;
Darwin, C.D. Red, Arlin, Lenvoy, Bill, Annabele and Lucy. He also had eight half brothers and sisters: R.D., Bob, Daryl,
A.B., Jimmy. Wicky, Cordelia and Altha.
Bishop Alldredge's positive outlook on life, love of people, spiritual understanding and great wisdom positively
influenced an incalculable number of lives. He will be greatly missed by all.
Edwards Funeral Home
Eastland, Texas
254-629-2611
Shirley Belknap
Friday, November 02, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Shirley Belknap, 66, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away
Wednesday, October 31, 2007, at an Abilene medical center.
The funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Faith, 5701 Hwy 277 South, with Rev.
Mike Jones officiating.
The daughter of Beatrice (Garrett) and Frank Chandler, Shirley was born on December 12, 1940, in Wichita Falls, Texas,
where she married Freeman Belknap on November 3, 1955. In 1963, she moved from Roswell, New Mexico, to Abilene,
where she owned Big Country Printing. Shirley was an avid gardener and a Baptist.
Shirley is survived by her husband, Freeman "Bud" Belknap of Abilene; son, David Belknap of Abilene; and daughters,
Brenda Holt and husband, Raymond, of Abilene, Patricia Belknap of Vancouver, Washington, and Cheryl Brooks and
husband, Tony, of Kyle, Texas.
Survivors also include her grandchildren, Buddy Holt, Bryan Holt, Shirley Price, Shabren Burks, Frank Belknap, Melissa
Measeles, Randy Roberts, Tonya Brooks, Teisha Belknap, Carissa Belknap Kyle Belknap and Bailey Belknap; eight greatgrandchildren; and a sister, Pat Phillips and husband, Johnny, of Mt. Vernon, Illinois.
Sandra Sue Clark
Fry-Bartlett Funeral Home
Friday, November 02, 2007
Merkel, Texas - Merkel - Sandra Sue Clark, 64, passed away Tuesday, October 30, 2007, after a three-year battle with
cancer at her residence. Private family graveside services will be in Missouri. Local arrangements were by Fry-Bartlett
Funeral Home in Tuscola.
Sandra was born September 25, 1943, in McAlester, Oklahoma, the daughter of Maurice and Genevieve Collett
Sammons. She worked as a nurses aid in home health and moved to Merkel from Moberly in 2004. She attended Merkel
Church of Christ.
Survivors include her mother, Genevieve "G.G." Sammons of Merkel; one daughter, Susan Greenway and husband
Wesley of Merkel; two sons, Robert M. "Rob" Clark and wife Sandra of Katy and Allen Clark and wife Rhonda of Merkel;
eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her father, Maurice Sammons.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Big Country, 460l Hartford, Abilene, TX 79605.
Evelyn Garrett
Lawrence Funeral Home
Friday, November 02, 2007
Anson, Texas - Evelyn Garrett, 84, died Tuesday, October 31, 2007, at Anson General Hospital. Services will be 2 p.m.
Friday, November 2, 2007, at Lawrence-Adams Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kenneth Deckard officiating. Burial will
be in Neinda Cemetery, directed by Lawrence-Adams Funeral Home.
Born May 2, 1923, in the Horn Community West of Anson, Evelyn was a daughter of the late Verdo W. and Maggie
(Wheeler) Lepard. She attended Horn schools and graduated from Anson High School in 1940. Later in life, she attended
Hardin Simmons University. Evelyn lived in Jones County most of her life and was a member of the Bethsaida Baptist
Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. She spent 30 years of her life working as a bookkeeper for her uncle, Bill
Lepard, at Lepard Oil Company. Evelyn's devotion ran deep for her family.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents and her brother (Dub Lepard).
Survivors include a daughter, Betty Lawlis and her husband, Harvey of Hamlin; a son, Les Garrett and wife, Beverly of
Goldthwaite; four grandsons, Mitch Lawlis of Belton, Jeff Lawlis of Dallas, Josh Garrett of Midland and Brandon Barnett
of Austin; one granddaughter, April White of Lampasas; and one great-granddaughter, Lillian Jean White of Goldthwaite.
Family visitation will be 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 1, 2007, at Lawrence-Adams Funeral Home, 732 Ave I in
Anson.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Anson Meals On Wheels, 1225 Ave J, Anson, TX. 79501.
Dale Lain
Piersall-Benton Funeral Home
Friday, November 02, 2007
Abilene - Dale Lain, 80, passed away Tuesday, October 30, 2007, at an Abilene Hospital. Funeral services will be held at
the Piersall Benton Funeral Directors Chapel, 733 Butternut St., at 1:30 pm Friday November 2, 2007, with Dr. Gil Lain
officiating. Entombment will follow at Elmwood Memorial Park. Visitation will be Thursday 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Dale was born to Jim Lain and Lela Morton Lain, on May 17, 1927. Dale was raised in Jones County and later attended
North Texas State University. He joined the U.S. Navy and served his country in World War II. Dale was a farmer and
rancher in Jones County for 54 years. He was a true cowboy, an avid outdoorsman, and hunter. One of Dale's passions
was playing bridge. He was a member of the American Contract Bridge League, a Life Master and Silver Life Master who
was in the top 15 percent of bridge players in the U.S.
Dale is survived by his wife Judy Lavoie of Abilene; son Dr. Gil Lain and wife Mary of Amarillo, Texas; grandsons Caleb
Lain of Marietta, Ga, Cody Lain and wife Elizabeth of Weatherford; granddaughter Krissie Lain of Fort Worth; stepson
Michael Lavoie and wife Brenda Helms and their children Lauren and Ethan of Oceanside, Ca; stepdaughters Deena
Cromley and husband Chris and their children Dylan and Cooper of Keller, Texas; Danielle Oatman and husband Michael
and their children Sydnee and Jackson of Burleson, Texas; brother James Lain and wife Janis of Hamlin; and sister Ouita
Buie and husband Roy of Fort Worth.
Serving as pallbearers will be Michael Lavoie, Caleb Lain, Cody Lain, Ken Lain, Tim Bob Smith, Jeff Sage and honorary
pallbearers will be Bill Lain, David Lain, Bobby Lain, Gary Lain, Donny Lain, Clint Lain, Travis Lain, James Lain, Murray
Pirtle and Buddy Wise.
The family would like to express a heartfelt thanks to all the doctors, nurses and staff at Hendrick Hospice. Donations
may be made to Hendrick Hospice in lieu of flowers.
Online condolences may be made at www.pbfuneraldirectors.com.
Richard D. Moon
Friday, November 02, 2007
Albany, Texas - Richard D. Moon, 56, passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2007. His services will be 2 p.m. Saturday,
November 3, 2007, at Friendship Baptist Church with Reverend Stovall and Reverend Don Clevenger officiating. Burial
will follow in the Lueders Cemetery under the direction of Godfrey-Neese Funeral Home.
Richard was born May 23, 1951, in Baird, Texas. He married Alice Lorene Carlile in Albany, Texas on May 6, 1994.
Richard worked in the oilfield most of his life and was a driller. He was a Baptist.
Richard is survived by his wife, Alice Moon of Albany; his children, Julie DeAnn Arnold of Odessa, Melissa Lynn Hobbs of
Albany, Cynthia Louise Smith of Albany, Robyn Renee Schafer of Moran, Robert Howard Moon of Moran, Michelle
Lorene Hobbs of Abilene, Moranda Elaine Lee of Albany and Quinton Wayne Lee of Albany; one brother, Mike Moon of
Kermit; one sister, Bonnie Olson of San Angelo; and 12 grandchildren
Sam Reeves
Friday, November 02, 2007
Sweetwater - Sam Reeves was born on January 31, 1933 in Sweetwater, Texas. He graduated from University of North
Texas in 1954 with a business degree. He died on October 30, 2007, in Abilene, Texas, at Hendrick Hospital.
Sam had an unwavering spirit to give. His passion for giving to the community and his gift of leadership were
demonstrated by his serving as both President and Board Director of First National Bank of Sweetwater; Chairman of the
Board for Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital; Texas State Technical College Foundation; West Texas Rehabilitation Center
board member; Community Foundations of Abilene board member and chairman; The Grace Museum board member;
Board member of the Alliance for Women and Children; Chairman of the Board for Sears Methodist Retirement Systems,
Inc.
Sam received a national award as Trustee of the year in 2004 from the American Association of Homes and Services for
the Aging.
His passion for giving continued with the serving and profound relationships he had with family and friends.
Sam is survived by his wife, Susan, of 29 years; his daughter Pam and son-in-law Rick Rhodes of Austin, his sons Chris
Hawkins and wife Cindy of Houston and Marc Hawkins of Austin. Sam is also survived by two grandchildren and one
great grandchild, Craig and Kristi Rhodes of Houston with son Luke and Scott and Rebekah Rhodes of Austin.
Sam is preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Flossie Reeves, and a son, Steve Reeves.
A memorial service for Sam will be held on Friday, November 2, 2007, at 1 p.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church
downtown, under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sears Methodist Retirement Systems, Inc., One Village Drive, Suite 102,
Abilene, Texas 79606 or Windcrest Alzheimer's Care Center, 6050 Hospital Drive, Abilene, Texas 79606, or your favorite
charity.
Obituary and Guest Registry online at:
www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com
Mary McCoy Spencer
Shaffer Funeral Home
Friday, November 02, 2007
Bronte, Texas - Mary McCoy Spencer went to be with the Lord on October 30, 2007. Mary will be welcomed by her
beloved husband, Garland, who preceded her in death on April 1, 2003. "Meme" as she was known to many was loved
by her family and many friends for her sweet spirit and giving nature.
Family visitation will be held from 12:30 until 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday,
November 2, 2007, at Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Jerry Vincent. Pallbearers will be Ricky Spencer, Reggy
Spencer, Danny Carrion, Jerry Carreon, Benny Carreon, Earl D. Lewis and Harold Hutson. Services are under direction of
Shaffer Funeral Home.
Mary was born to Richard and Ida Mae McCoy on May 11, 1914. She married Garland Spencer on December 24, 1933, at
Nolan, Texas. They owned and operated Spencer's Texaco and Feed Store in Bronte until their retirement. A longtime
resident of Bronte, Mary was a devoted member and Sunday School teacher at Central Baptist Church. In August 2000
Mary and Garland moved to Roby to be with their family.
Mary is survived by her children, Richard and Kathy Spencer; grandchildren, Ricky and Tracye Spencer of Gail, Reggy and
Jennifer Spencer of Moran; Benny and Carol Carreon of Meadow, Danny and Laura Carrion of Roby, Jerry and Kelly
Carreon of Santo and Christie Womble of Dallas; great grandchildren, Bailey, Katy and Calvin Spencer of Moran, Tres
Spencer of Gail, Jordon and Isabel Carrion of Roby, and Andrew and Avery Carreon of Santo; several nieces and nephews
including Earl D. Lewis of Nolan.
The family would like to express their appreciation to all Mary?s caretakers for the past several years.
Shaffer Funeral Home
(325)473-3131
Death Notices 11.02.07 Thursday, November 1, 2007
Catherine Jones Baldridge
ROUND ROCK -- Catherine Jones Baldridge, 96, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday
at St. Paul United Methodist Church Griswold Chapel under the direction of Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Highway
277 South. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Bettye E. Burchett
Bettye E. Burchett, 77, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007. Arrangements are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home,
5701 Highway 277 South.
Tommye Murphy Boothe
DALLAS -- Tommye Murphy, 95, died Oct. 31, 2007. Graveside services are 10 a.m. Saturday in the Garden of Memories.
Memorial services will follow at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church with McCoy Funeral Home overseeing.
Connie Lea Hershey
ANSON -- Connie Lea Hershey, 47, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007. Services are pending with Lawrence-Adams Funeral
Home.
Rudolf 'Rudy' Hoffman
BALLINGER -- Rudolf "Rudy" Hoffman, 75, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First
United Methodist Church in Ballinger with burial at Hoffman Cemetery on the family ranch under the direction of Lange
Funeral Home.
Guy Howard
ALBANY -- Guy Howard, 96, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007. Services are pending with Godfrey-Neese Funeral Home.
Barbara Huckins
RULE -- Barbara Huckins, 79, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007. Services are pending with Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home in
Stamford.
Floyd Patton
MUNDAY -- Floyd Patton, 89, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007. Services are pending with McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in
Munday.
Zula E. Rhodes
MIDLAND -- Zula E. Rhodes, 88, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home in Big
Spring.
Ruby Trim
ROTAN -- Ruby Trim, 79, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Christ in
Rotan with burial to follow at Belvieu Cemetery under the direction of Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home.
Arlee Wetsel
EASTLAND -- Arlee Wetsel, 89, died Nov. 1, 2007. Services are pending with the Summers-Bakker Funeral Home.
Obits for Saturday, November 03, 2007
Marvin Thomas Adams
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Marvin Thomas Adams passed into eternity to be with Jesus on Wednesday, October 31, 2007. He was
89 years old. His loving wife, Bonita, along with his two daughters, Janet Johnson and Marva Cagle, were at his side to
celebrate his home going.
Marvin married Bonita Woods in Abilene on May 1, 1943. They were blessed with two daughters, Janet and Marva.
Janet and Alfred Johnson live in Cordova, Tennessee, and Marva and Bud Cagle live in Odessa, Texas.
Marvin was the second son of Thomas and Ida Adams of Aqua Dulce, Texas. He was born May 12, 1918, in Robstown,
Texas. He is survived by one brother, Marion Adams, and four sisters, Berneice Foster, Doris Brandt, Ida Mae Light and
Ruth Blundell, all from the Alice, Texas, area. One brother, Arnold, preceded Marvin in death in 1999.
Marvin is also survived by five grandchildren who adore him, Abigail Weaver and husband Alan, Tami Smith and
husband, Kelly, Matthew Johnson and wife, Andrea, Jaime Diffenderfer and husband, E. J., and Sarah Nettles and
husband, David. Marvin and Bonita also have 11 great-grandchildren.
Marvin met Bonita in Abilene while serving in the Army in the 3150th Signal Service Co. during World War II. After his
discharge in 1945, Marvin began to learn his lifelong trade as a master carpenter. He first worked at Abilene Sash and
Door and then for many years as an independent building contractor. His handy work is seen in many homes, buildings
and churches in and around Abilene.
Marvin loved the Lord and loved working for Him. Marvin served as an elder for the Northwest Church of Christ from
1967 to 1996, but truly worked for the Lord all of his life. Marvin and Bonita have been members of the Northwest
Church of Christ for 65 years. Marvin will be missed for his consistent and steady love and leadership.
The family wishes to thank the many friends and family members for their prayers, love and support, especially the
prayers, songs and visits from the family at the Northwest Church of Christ and the Hospice care at The Oaks Nursing
Home and Hendrick Medical Center.
Services celebrating the life and home going of Marvin will be 10 a.m. Saturday, November 3, at Northwest Church of
Christ at North 12th & Willis, officiated by Alfred Johnson and Pat Andrews. Interment will follow in Elmwood Memorial
Park directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. The family will receive friends 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at the
funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Matthew Johnson, Kelly Smith, Alan Weaver, E.J. Diffenderfer, David Nettles and Jacky Wallace.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jeremy Nettles, Jacob Nettles, Andrew Weaver and Rodney Nettles.
The family wishes that memorial contributions in remembrance of Marvin be sent to the Uganda Mission Work, c/o
Northwest Church of Christ, 1141 North Willis, Abilene, TX 79603, or Hendrick Hospice Care, P.O. Box 1922, Abilene, TX
79604.
Mary Alice "M.A." Brown Ficklen
Nowlin Funeral Home
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Desdemona, Texas - With love in her heart and loved ones by her side, Mary Alice ("M.A.") Brown Ficklen, peacefully
passed away at her home in Desdemona, Texas, on October 31, 2007.
Mary was the daughter of R. A. "Anse" Brown and Polly Williams Brown. She was born on May 24, 1923, in Desdemona.
She was graduated from Desdemona High School and Valedictorian of the Class of 1939. Ficklen was a Distinguished
Alumnus of Texas Woman's University where she earned a degree in journalism in 1943. Mary held a master's degree in
Journalism from Southern Methodist University earned in 1971. In 1972, she received the Matrix award from the
professional chapter of Theta Sigma Phi, national women's journalist fraternity for recognition of her freelance writing.
During her lengthy career in communications, Ficklen was a publicist for Interstate Theaters of Dallas for such films as
"Henry V," "Duel in the Sun," "Back to Bataan," "Mutiny on the Bounty," and "Lawrence of Arabia," public relations
director for the Dallas Athletic club; a freelance journalist published in the Washingtonian, Southern Living Magazine,
Cattleman Magazine, Dallas Magazine, the Dallas Morning News, and the Dallas Time Herald; Lead Public Information
Officer for FEMA Region 8 disasters from 1976-1986; and syndicated columnist from 1986-2000. Mary's weekly column,
"Of a Certain Age" appeared in the Dallas Morning News, Abilene Reporter-News, Stephenville Empire Tribune, and the
Brownwood Bulletin. In the column, she shared her experience of growing old with grace, dignity, humor, and hope for
the future.
Mary Alice was a longtime Texas Yellow-Dog Democrat and dedicated member of the East Dallas Democrats, a fighter
for fairness, and a staunch supporter of womens' rights, studies, and authors. She loved to write, read books, worldtraveling and fine dining, wildflowers and birds, Texas and Desdemona history, summer vacation at South Padre Island,
and ranch visits with beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren. Ficklen enjoyed promoting local Desdemona
causes; she served as Secretary Treasurer of the Desdemona Cemetery Association and helped spearhead the recently
completed Erath County Farm to Market Road 8 highway improvements begun in 1989. At Goodtree Retirement
Community, Mary was appointed Resident Advisor of Cultural Affairs.
Mary Alice Brown and Jack ("Herc") Howells Ficklen, Sr., political cartoonist for the Dallas Morning News, were married
October 21, 1950, and reared their family in Dallas, where she lived until 1984, when she returned to Desdemona. Mary
is predeceased by her parents, her husband "Herc" and his mother Bessie Curran Howells Ficklen; her special companion
of later years, Harold Taylor, formerly of Marshall, Texas; brother-in-law, Lowell H. Johnson, II, of Amarillo, her beloved
best friend Agatha Genoway Nance, formerly of Desdemona, Texas; and beloved first cousins from the Williams, Brown,
and McGrath families.
Mary Alice is survived by three children and their families, including four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren,
Molly Ficklen Godwin and Bill Weaver, of Kyle, Texas; Jack Howells Ficklen Jr. and Whitney Ficklen, of Port Mansfield,
Texas; Robert, Lacy, and Jack Ficklen of Coppell, Texas; and Tara, Cora, and Patrick Ficklen-McBean, of St. Charles,
Illinois; David, Ariana, and Evelyn Virginia Hertenstein of Coppell, Texas.
In addition, Mary is survived by her very special "Little Sister" Marjorie Louise Brown Johnson and niece Carolyn
Contreras and family, of Amarillo, Texas; brother and wife, Robert Calvin and Ima Martin Brown, of Desdemona and
Temple, Texas; nephew, Lowell H. Johnson, III. and family of Corinth, Texas; niece, Fran Senger and family, of Russellville,
Arkansas; nephew, Robert Alton Brown and family of Fort Worth, Texas; many beloved cousins; her dear, dear women
friends, Barbara, Ellen, Evah, Fran, Lucille, Mary Frances, Marion, Meg, Paulia, Doris, Sue, and Susie; her GoodTree
friends and neighbors; and her life-long Desdemona neighbors and friends.
Visitation with the Family will be at Nowlin Funeral Home 340 S. Austin Street, DeLeon Texas, (254) 893-2021 from 6-8
p.m. on Friday evening November 2, 2007.
A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for November 3, 2007, at 2 p.m. at the Desdemona Garden of Memories
Cemetery Chapel on State Highway 16, south of Desdemona. A graveside service will follow. The family will receive
friends and relatives at the Ranch house east of Desdemona at 36974 W. FM 8.
Each member of the Ficklen family would like to express their sincere gratitude to The Gonzales Group Eldercare
Services, under the direction of Ventura Chavarria, of DeLeon, Texas. Our heartfelt thanks always to Mom's caregivers
Ventura, Adelina "Nina" Gonzales, Kristy Gonzales, and Janie Gonzales, Lucy Rangel, and Niki Chavarria; Angela Cozart of
Goodtree; and Donna Ferguson with CCS Hospice, Dublin, Texas, for their patient and loving care of Mary in her home
and their strong support of the Ficklen family. Melinda and Chuck Abbe, of Gorman, Texas; Pam Field McCaslan and
Kevin McCaslan, of Weatherford, Texas, and Joan and Bobby Baker, of Desdemona, Texas; and many more friends,
neighbors, colleagues, and fans of "Of a Certain Age" also have our thanks for your caring concern and support since
1999.
The family would also like to express their many, many thanks to our "Goodtree" family, under the direction and
management of Cheryl M.Warren, Stacey Gilley, and Angela Cozart, with Mary Lewis, Katie Still, Michael Helms, Ricky
and Carol Fidler; the Reverend Buddy Wells and to the many personal attendants who assisted Mary from 1999 to 2007;
and to Lillie McCarty of Stephenville, Texas; Dr. Lester Ong and Tricia at Stephenville Medical and Surgical Clinic; Blake
LaRue and Debbie at Jones Hearing; Dr. Haley, DDS, and staff; Home Care Direct, Stephens Home Health, and Connie
Barham and CCS Hospice are also thanked for their very respectful and compassionate care of Mary through recent
years. Ed Horton and the staff at Tanglewood Pharmacy were invaluable help.
The family suggests that to honor Mary Alice's memory, share a good book with a friend. For those wishing to make a
donation, send memorials to the American Stroke Association of Dallas, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, Texas 75231-4596
(1-888-478-7653) or to the Desdemona Volunteer Fire Department building fund, P. O. Box 86, Desdemona, Texas
76445.
Connie Lea Hershey
Lawrence-Adams Funeral Home
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Anson, Texas - Connie Lea Hershey, 47, died Wednesday, October 31, 2007, in Anson.
Services will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday, November 4, 2007, at First Baptist Church under the direction of Lawrence-Adams
Funeral Home.
Born March 19, 1960, in Salem, Oregon, Connie was the daughter of Hobert Brazell and Annie Louise Brents. She was an
X-ray technician for 25 years and was employed by Anson General Hospital as technician supervisor.
Survivors include: two sons, Damen Hershey and wife, Jennifer of Anson and Joshua Hershey and wife, Beth of
Maryland; one brother, Gary Jarrett of Merkel; three sisters, Rebecca Woodall of Oklahoma, Patty Davis of Brownwood,
and Ada Dacy of Hawley; and seven grandchildren.
Guy R. Howard
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Albany, Texas - Mr. Guy R. Howard, age 96, of Albany, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2007, in the
Albany nursing home.
Guy Howard was born on September 22, 1911, in Callaway County, Kentucky. He married his wife Mildred in Pope,
Illinois. She preceded him in death. He was a farmer for 25 years and was with H-E-B School System as the maintenance
supervisor until his retirement.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2007, at the Albany Cemetery directed
by Godfrey - Neese Funeral Home and officiated by Stephanie Welsh.
Survivors include: a sister, Addine Eleam of Illinois; a daughter, Norma Garren of Albany; three grandchildren, Stephanie
Welsh of Arlington, Stacy Guy Warren of Albany and Stephen Garren of Breckenridge; great grandchildren, Garren
Daniel, Elizabeth Davis, Christopher Garren, Jeremy Guy Garren and Sunny Garren; two great-great grandchildren,
London Daniel and Kaydance Davis; one niece, Charlotte Walker; and one nephew, Vincent Baker.
He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.
Bill Humphrey Sr.
Triska Funeral Home
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Fair Oaks - Bill Humphrey Sr. of Fair Oaks, Texas, formerly of El Campo, passed away on October 30, 2007, at the age of
81. He was born on January 11, 1926, to the late William N. and Freddie Mae Evetts Humphrey.
He was retired from the banking business after 39 years having served as chairman of the board and president at Bay
City Bank and Trust and Commercial State Bank in El Campo. He was a United States Navy veteran of WWII. He was past
president of the Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce and the Little League Association in El Campo. He also was
responsible for founding Little Leagues in New Mexico, Post and El Campo.
He is survived by his wife Helen Engle Humphrey of Fair Oaks, Texas; daughter Diana Humphrey of Fair Oaks; sons Bill
Humphrey, Jr. of Fort Worth and John Humphrey of Fair Oaks; three grandchildren, Shelby Humphrey, Austin Humphrey,
and Bradley Stehno.
Visitation will begin on Saturday, November 3, 2007, at noon with family receiving friends from 4-6 p.m. at Triska
Funeral Home. Funeral services will be on Sunday, November 4, 2007, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in El Campo,
with Rev. Rick DuBroc officiating. Burial will be at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to First
Baptist Church, 206 Depot, El Campo, Tx 77437.
George Alan Orr
Triska Funeral Home
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Fair Oaks - Bill Humphrey Sr. of Fair Oaks, Texas, formerly of El Campo, passed away on October 30, 2007, at the age of
81. He was born on January 11, 1926, to the late William N. and Freddie Mae Evetts Humphrey.
He was retired from the banking business after 39 years having served as chairman of the board and president at Bay
City Bank and Trust and Commercial State Bank in El Campo. He was a United States Navy veteran of WWII. He was past
president of the Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce and the Little League Association in El Campo. He also was
responsible for founding Little Leagues in New Mexico, Post and El Campo.
He is survived by his wife Helen Engle Humphrey of Fair Oaks, Texas; daughter Diana Humphrey of Fair Oaks; sons Bill
Humphrey, Jr. of Fort Worth and John Humphrey of Fair Oaks; three grandchildren, Shelby Humphrey, Austin Humphrey,
and Bradley Stehno.
Visitation will begin on Saturday, November 3, 2007, at noon with family receiving friends from 4-6 p.m. at Triska
Funeral Home. Funeral services will be on Sunday, November 4, 2007, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in El Campo,
with Rev. Rick DuBroc officiating. Burial will be at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to First
Baptist Church, 206 Depot, El Campo, Tx 77437.
Floyd Patton
McCauley-Smith Funeral Home
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Munday, Texas - Floyd Patton, 89, died Thursday, November 1, 2007, at the Munday Nursing Center in Munday, Texas.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, November 3, 2007, at the First Baptist Church in Munday, Texas, with Russell Stanley
officiating, assisted by Pastor James Jackson. Burial will be in the Goree Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith
Funeral Home in Munday, Texas.
Mr. Patton was born November 21, 1917, in Goree, Texas. He was a member of the Weinert Baptist Church and a
veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Floyd was a farmer and was married to LaRue Johnson January 29, 1956 in Hamlin, Texas.
Survivors: wife, LaRue Patton of Munday, Texas; one son, Walter Patton of Magnolia, Texas; one daughter, Penny Puetz
of Carrollton, Texas; seven grandchildren; one Great Grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
He as preceded in death by a son, Perry Floyd Patton, in May 1989.
McCAULEY - SMITH
FUNERAL HOME
MUNDAY, TEXAS
940-422-4242
Mat L. Verhalen
McCauley-Smith Funeral Home
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Knox County - Mat L. Verhalen, a native of Knox County, Passed away Tuesday, Oct. 30, just four days before his 90th
birthday. Mat still lived on the family farm on Wild Horse Creek, between Knox City And Benjamin, where he was born
Nov. 3, 1917. The only son of Mathias A. and Margaret Klein Verhalen, Mat was a 1936 graduate of Sunset High School,
where he was a basketball star and won 2nd place in the mile run at the state track meet his junior year. In addition to
farming, Mat was a contractor, building over 120 homes, mainly in Knox and Haskell counties. Mat's other interests
besides his large family, were: the Dallas Cowboys, golf, games by the score, his Herford cattle, and especially dancing.
He and his wife hosted the Rhineland dances for 17 years. Just one week before Mat went to see his beloved Lillian Rae,
he danced all evening at his granddaughter's wedding. Mat met Lillian Rae Hudson on the school bus in 5th grade. Ten
years later they were married in Rhineland on January 31, 1939. Their legacy includes their five remaining children, 14
grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Lillian Rae Hudson Verhalen, his parents, a son Bon Urban Verhalen, a
daughter Velvet Frances Verhalen Noah, and five sisters: Mary V. Hertel of Munday, Nora V. Hertel of Benjamin, Rosa V.
Brown of Paris, Ark., Lillian Barbara Verhalen Of Knox City, and an infant sister, Pauline Verhalen.
Surviving children are: son, Laval and wife, Janice of Stillwater, Ok., daughter, Melanie Mitchell and husband, Mike of
Newcastle, Texas, daughter, Donna Albus of Abilene, Texas, son, Ronnie of Knox City, and daughter, Kathy Verhalen Of
Arlington, Texas. The family received friends Thursday, November 1, from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., at McCauley-Smith
Funeral Home in Munday. Funeral services were held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rhineland, Texas, on Friday,
November 2 at 1:30 p.m. Burial was held in St. Josephs Catholic Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith
Funeral home in Munday, Texas.
Memorials may be made to West Texas Rehab Center in Abilene, 4601 Hartford, Abilene, Texas 79605.
Following Mats own wishes and after months of anticipation, his celebration will continue as planned on Saturday
evening, November 3, as a special tribute to his life.
McCauley - Smith
Funeral Home
Munday, Texas
940-422-4242
Nov. 3-No Death notices
Obits for Sunday, November 04, 2007
Bettye E. Burchett
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Abilene, Texas -- Bettye E. Burchett, of Abilene, joined her loved ones in Heaven on Wednesday, October 31, 2007. She
was born on November 15, 1929.
Bettye was born and raised in Abilene. She was the daughter of Melvin and Oneta Harrison. Bettye married Merle
Burchett and together they raised three children and provided love and support to four grandchildren and one greatgrandson. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Bettye attended Abilene High School and was a member of Wylie
Baptist Church.
Bettye was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Oneta Harrison; her husband, Merle Burchett; and one sister,
Melba Maschek.
She is survived by one son, Rusty Burchett, of Abilene; two daughters, Ray Lene Bryson, and husband, Dusty, of Abilene,
Gay Ward and husband, Mike, of Abilene; four grandchildren, Cim Abernathy and husband, Jay, of Petersburg, Virginia,
Crissy Ward, of Birmingham, Alabama, Cory Bivens, of Abilene, Chad Ward, of Abilene; one great-grandson, Harrison
Grant Abernathy, of Petersburg, Virginia; one niece, Beth Wawrzyniak, of Kansas City, Missouri; one nephew, John
Maschek, of Grand Prairie, Texas; and several cousins.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. on Monday, November 5, 2007, at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Faith, 5701 Hwy.
277 South, under the direction of Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, officiated by Lee Fuller and Oscar Fanning. Burial will
follow in Elmwood Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at a visitation 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, November
4, 2007 at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Cory Bivens, Chad Ward, John Maschek, Shannon Huggins, Ed Craig, and Alan Maschek.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials are made to Wylie Baptist Church Building Fund, 6097 Buffalo Gap
Road, Abilene, Texas 79606 or Southwest Park Baptist Church, 2901 South 20th, Abilene, Texas 79605.
The family would like to thank the wonderful nurses on the Skilled Nursing floor and the Hospice Unit of Hendrick
Medical Center for their love and gracious care.
Christopher Mark Dickie
McMillian-Satterwhite Funeral Home
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Woodson -- Christopher Mark Dickie, 54, beloved son, cousin and friend, died Oct. 25 in Ft. Worth, Texas. A celebration
of Chris' life is planned for 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10 at First Christian Church in Breckenridge, Texas. Rev. Charles Kuhn
and Rev. Nancy Huslage will officiate.
Chris was born May 16, 1953 in Abilene, Texas. Chris grew up in Woodson and graduated from Woodson High School
and Tarleton State University. Following college, he returned to Woodson to work on the family ranch and care for his
father George until his death.
Chris is survived by his mother Archylou Kinchen Dickie of Dallas; aunt, Lynn Dickie Edwards of Irving; and a number of
cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, George D. Dickie, Jr. December 26, 1992.
For those wishing to memorialize Chris' life, consider the George Dickie Jr. Memorial Scholarship fund for area students
attending Texas A&M University. Donations may be sent to 230 E. Walker St., Breckenridge, Texas 76424.
Ann Meridith Gibbs
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Abilene-- Ann Meridith Gibbs of Waldorf, Md., formerly of Baird and Abilene, Texas, died October 5, 2007. She was born
November 1, 1928 in Eastland, Texas. She moved to Baird as a young child where she was raised and graduated from
Baird High School. She married and moved to Abilene where she worked and raised her family. In the early 1960's she
moved to the Dallas-Ft.Worth area. In 1975 she moved to Austin where she continued to devote her life to her family. In
1986 she moved to Waldorf, Maryland to be closer to her family there.
She deeply loved and was extremely devoted to her family. There is an endless list of things she loved, but some of her
favorites were: family events of any kind, sports, with special interests in the Cowboys, Redskins and Ravens football
games, tennis tournaments and ice skating competitions, any and all things in nature great or small and the great
outdoors, reading, especially poetry and sonnets, pecan pie, bluebirds, sunflowers, the fields of bluebonnets and Indian
paintbrushes in Texas, music, shopping and giving gifts to the people she loved.
She was the daughter of the late Floyd Lacy Meridith and Lela Joy McClendon Meridith. Also preceding her in death
were her beloved sons Billy Tom "Tommy" Jones Gibbs and David Byron (Davey) Jones Gibbs, her brother Tommy K.
Meridith, sister Carlene Williams, brother-in-law Knox Waggoner and her former husband W.B. Gibbs.
She is survived by her sister Wenona Waggoner of Clyde, daughter Deborah Dudley and son-in-law Larry Wathen of
Waldorf, Maryland, grandchildren, Breanna Dudley and Phillip Dudley of Waldorf, Christina Dudley of Baltimore, Melissa
Dudley of King George, Va., Jennifer Wells of Wabash, Indiana, Abrie and T.J. Russell Gibbs of Dallas and Cynthia Gibbs of
Grandbury, Texas. Great-grandchildren are Melissa's children Kayla Marie and John "Nick" William of King George, Va.
and Jenifer's children T.J., Ri-Ann, Trent and Clayton of Indiana, and a long list of nieces and nephews.
The gifts of her unconditional love and devotion to all that knew her will carry her close to their hearts forever. She was
the most compassionate and loving person I have ever known and we will all miss her deeply.
Graveside services will be held just outside of Austin on November 6, 2007, at 1:00 at the Cook-Walden Memorial Hill
Cemetery in Pflugerville, Texas
Sondra Cromley Roy
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Abilene, Texas -- Sondra Cromley Roy passed away Thursday, November 1, 2007 at Hendrick Medical Center with loved
ones at her side. She was 72 years old.
Sandy was born to Margaret Smoller and Phil Brito on February 5, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She married T.
Thomas Cromley in 1953 in Michigan. Tom and Sandy had four children; Linda, Tom, John, and Chris Cromley.
In 1971, Sandy married the love of her life, Charles Edward Roy. The new family relocated to Abilene, Texas from Elkhart,
Indiana with C.G. Conn Music Company. Sandy worked for the Taylor County Courthouse for 20 years at the time of her
retirement. She took pleasure in outings with her grandchildren, gardening, serving the Lord, and making others happy.
Sandy did not know a stranger and was loved by many. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother,
and friend. She was always thinking of others before herself, and brought so much joy to the people in her life. Sandy
lived to glorify the Lord and she was a true testament to his gracious love. She had faith that could move mountains, and
a heart that loved beyond measure. We find comfort in knowing that she is now resting peacefully in the arms of our
Lord Jesus Christ.
Even in death, Sandy gave life through the donation of her organs.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Charles Roy.
Survivors include children; Linda Cromley Sullivan, her two granddaughters, Hayley and Kassidy Sullivan, great-grandson,
Hunt Conger, Tom Cromley and wife Leticia, Johnathan Cromley, and Chris Cromley and wife. Roy?s children include,
Margaret Koestner of South Carolina, Kenneth and Nancy Roy of Michigan, Barbara and Joe Knauf of Michigan, six
grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Taylor-Jones Humane Society, 3811 North 1st Street, Abilene, Texas
79603 or the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation, 1215 Red River, Suite 421, Austin, Texas 78701.
Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449
Buffalo Gap Road.
Online condolences may be sent to:
www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
Rachelle Lee Rueda
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Abilene, Texas -- Rachelle Lee Rueda, 20, passed away Friday, November 2, 2007.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday at The Mission, 3001 N. 3rd Street, with Pastor Chad Mitchell officiating.
Burial will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park, directed by Abilene Funeral Home.
Rachelle Rueda was born June 25, 1987, in Abilene to Ramiro and Rose Rueda.
Survivors include a daughter, Brooklyn Isabella Lugo; her fiancé, Andres Lugo Jr. of Abilene; her mother, Rose Ann Rueda
of Abilene; her father, Ramiro Rueda Sr. of Abilene; a brother, Ramiro Rueda Jr. of Abilene; a sister, Rose Marie Rueda of
Abilene; a nephew, Robert Anthony Manuel Ramirez and a niece, Adrian Celeste Ramirez.
A visitation will be from 2:00 until 5:00 p.m. Sunday at Abilene Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be made at
www.abilenefuneralhome.com
Arlee Wetsel
Summers-Bakker Funeral Home
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Abilene, Texas -- Arlee Wetsel, age 89, passed away on Thursday, November 1, 2007 in Abilene due to complications
from emphysema.
Funeral services are at 11:00 AM on Monday, November 5, 2007 at the Summers - Bakker Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor
Craig Curry of the First Baptist Church in Cisco will officiate the services. Interment with full military honors will follow at
Eastland Cemetery.
Arlee was born in Wingate, Texas, on November 15, 1917. His parents were Hattie Emfinger and Joe Wetsel of Wingate.
He is survived by his two loving children, Tracee Lynn Wetsel of Abilene and Dr. Rick Arlee Wetsel of Pearland, Texas; his
granddaughter, Richelle Ann Wetsel; and daughter-in-law, Kathleen Ann Wetsel of Pearland, Texas; his sister, Ruth
Stovall of San Angelo; and brothers, Troy Wetsel of Eagle Mountain Lake, Junior Wetsel of Ballinger, and Coy Wetsel of
Cordal, Georgia. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, including Charles Wetsel of Cisco.
Arlee was a surviving member of the United States Army's famous Lost Battalion, which survived 42 months of "hell" as
prisoners of the Japanese during World War II. The 2nd Battalion, 131st Field Artillery was only a few days out of Pearl
Harbor before it was bombed on December 7, 1941; the battalion was subsequently captured on the island of Java after
it was overrun by the Japanese army. After their capture, nothing was heard from the Battalion for over three years.
Members of the Battalion remained extremely close friends for the remainder of their lives. Arlee spoke of his fellow
POWs as members of his family. The 2nd Battalion, 131st F.A., 36th Infantry Division is the "Most Decorated Unit" in
Texas.
Summers - Bakker
Funeral Home
Eastland, Texas
254-629-1726
Death Notices 11.04.07
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Eva IdaBell Bankston
BIG SPRING -- Eva IdaBell Bankston, 76, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007. Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov.
5, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel in Big Spring. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial
Park Big Spring.
Earl Junior "Jack" Borders
SWEETWATER -- Earl Junior "Jack" Borders, 88, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2007. Services are 11 a.m. Monday,
Nov. 5, at the McCoy Chapel of Memories with burial in the Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation is 5:30
to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at the funeral home.
Loyd Elkins
GORDON -- Loyd Elkins, a retired gas plant employee, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2007, after a sudden illness.
Funeral Services are pending with Edwards Funeral Home of Strawn.
Calvin Frank Evans
BLANKET -- Calvin Frank Evans, 83, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, in the
Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in the Blanket Cemetery.
Ruthie Mae Hash
ALBANY -- Ruthie Mae Hash, 79, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007. Services are pending with Melton-Kitchens
Funeral Home of Breckenridge.
Woodrow Wilson Kidd
SWEETWATER -- Woodrow Wilson Kidd, 88, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007. Services are pending with McCoy
Funeral Home.
Georgia Norris
ABILENE -- Georgia Norris, 73, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2007. Arrangements are pending with Elliott-Hamil
Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Jewell Northcutt
COLORADO CITY -- Jewell Northcutt, 89, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007. Services are pending with KikerSeale funeral Home.
Bobby F. Swan
EASTLAND -- Bobby Swann, 40, son of Lester and Marilyn Swann, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2007, in El Paso.
Funeral Services will be 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in Nally-Pickle and Welch Funeral Home in Big Spring.
Burial will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, in Simpson Cemetery, directed by Edwards Funeral Home in Eastland.
Graciela Velez
ABILENE -- Graciela Velez, 72, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007. Visitation will be Sunday, Nov. 4, at North's
Funeral Home, 242 Orange St.
Lewis M. Whitmire
SANTA ANNA -- Lewis M. Whitmire, 74, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at
the Santa Anna Cemetery Pavilion directed by Henderson Funeral Home. Visitation is 6 to 7 p.m. Monday,
Nov. 5, at the funeral home.
Obits for Monday, November 05, 2007
Marvin A. Baird Sr.
Monday, November 05, 2007
Temple, Texas - Marvin A. Baird, Sr., 82, of Temple, passed away Friday, November 2, 2007, at a Temple hospital.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, November 5, 2007, at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, 542 Hickory, Abilene, Texas,
with Reverend Larry Baird and Marvin "Jim" Baird, Jr. officiating. Burial will be at Midway Cemetery in Hodges, Texas. The family will
receive friends at a visitation 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, November 4, 2007, at the funeral home.
Marvin was born on May 31, 1925, in Anson, Texas, to Jesse and Birtie (Craft) Baird. He married Fern Ewing on June 27, 1975, in
Houston. Marvin joined the United States Air Force and retired after 22 years of service to his country. He was a member of the
Masonic Lodge 559 and the LDS Church.
Survivors are his wife, Fern Baird of Temple; two sons, Marvin "Jim" Baird, Jr., and wife, Patricia, of Mountain Home, Arkansas, Danny
Baird and wife, Lynn, of Marianna, Arkansas; four daughters, Marilyn Lackey and husband, Jimmy, of Livingston, Texas, Edna Sue
Koch and husband, Karl, of Mountain Home, Arkansas, Connie Humphreys and husband, Charles, of Mountain Home, Arkansas,
Janice Rice and husband, Larry, of Gassville, Arkansas; one sister, Inez Davis of Abilene; 21 grandchildren; and nine greatgrandchildren.
Catherine Jones Baldridge
Monday, November 05, 2007
Round Rock, Texas -- Catherine Jones Baldridge, 96, died November 1, 2007, in Round Rock, Texas.
Catherine was born in Lamesa, Texas, on August 6, 1911, to O. K. and Eleanor Atterbury Jones, and spent most of her life in West
Texas. A graduate of Abilene High School and McMurry University, she began her teaching career in Benjamin, TX, in 1932 and helped
the school receive an additional state accreditation. She later became a classroom teacher in the Abilene Public Schools, retiring in
1974 after 29 years of service. During her career, she obtained a library science degree from Texas Women's University and became a
junior high school librarian. One of Catherine's proudest moments in her teaching career was an opportunity to select all the books for
the opening of the new library at Madison Junior High School.
While at McMurry, Catherine met and later married V. E. Baldridge, a former executive of the Texas Coca-Cola Bottling Company. They
had two children and spent their 40 years of marriage working and serving the Abilene and McMurry communities. They were active
members of St. Paul United Methodist Church, where Catherine was a longtime member of the Dorcas Sunday School Class and
United Methodist Women. She enjoyed the fellowship of friends and memberships in the Abilene Woman's Club, Delta Kappa Gamma,
Sorosis Club, XXI Club, and other special groups.
Following her husband's death in 1975, Catherine began what many referred to as a new career of world traveler. For almost two
decades, she enjoyed numerous trips with friends to see the world she previously had just read about. She was an accomplished
hostess at gatherings of family and friends, a talented creator of needlework art, and a passionate collector of objects d'art. Her quiet
manner and ability to listen with interest endeared her to all she met. In 1993, she moved to the Austin/Round Rock area to be closer to
her daughter and family. Catherine continued to enjoy new adventures and friendships at the Renaissance and Merrill Gardens
retirement homes, and the Park Bend and Hearthstone Health Care Centers. The family extends sincere thanks to the many caretakers
who lovingly supported her.
Catherine was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and sister, Eleanor Jones Hutchison. She is survived by her brother, O. K.
(Buddy) Jones, Jr. of Lubbock; cousin, Helen Sue Riley of Abilene; son, Vic Baldridge and his wife, Linda, of Houston; daughter, Ann
Busby and her husband, Bob, of Round Rock. She has five grandchildren, David Baldridge of Salt Lake City, Utah; Don Baldridge of
Denver, Colorado; Robert Busby and Laura Busby Wiess of Round Rock; and Leigh Busby Chilton of Austin. Catherine was blessed to
know each of her eleven great-grandchildren, who will always remember her as their beloved Memaw.
Family graveside services will be held on Tuesday, November 6, at 10:00 a.m. in Elmwood Memorial Park. A memorial service will
follow in The Griswold Chapel at St. Paul United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m. with the Reverend Greg Kennedy officiating under the
direction of Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Highway 277 South. The family will receive friends on Monday, November 5, from 6 to 8
p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 3396,
Abilene, TX 79604; Friends of the McMurry University Library, McMurry Station, Box 938, Abilene, TX 79697; or the West Texas
Rehabilitation Center, 4601 Hartford, Abilene, TX 79605.
Virginia Dye Clark
Monday, November 05, 2007
Breckenridge, Texas - Virginia Clark, 87, died Sunday, November 4, 2007, at her home in Breckenridge, Texas. Memorial services will
be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, November 6, 2007, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Breckenridge, Texas, with The Reverend Steven
Pope officiating. A family interment in the Breckenridge cemetery will precede the memorial service under the direction of Morehart
Mortuary.
Virginia was born to Robert Edward Dye and Dora Elizabeth Dye on September 6, 1920, in Breckenridge, Texas. She graduated from
Breckenridge High School and Tarleton State College.
On March 14, 1941, she married Lester Clark in Breckenridge, Texas.They had three children: one daughter, Sara Clark Armstrong and
husband, Robert, of Roswell, N.M., who have two sons, Clark of Topeka, KS, and Kyle of Philadelphia, PA; a son, George Edward
Clark of Dallas and wife, Sara, who have two daughters, Elizabeth Walsh of Hilton Head, SC, and Catherine Chiao and husband, Karl,
of Dallas, TX; and a son, David Lester Clark and wife, Lyn, of Breckenridge, TX, who have two children, Courtney Grigsby and
husband, Mike, of New Canaan, CT and Barrett Dye Clark and wife, Dawn, of Breckenridge, TX. Her great-grandchildren are Catherine
Walsh, Avery Chiao, Jake Grigsby, Clark Grigsby, Bates Grigsby, Virginia Claire Clark, Mary Catherine Clark and Anna Francis Clark.
Virginia is also survived by her sister, Marjorie Witt of Bedford, TX, and her two sons, Robert Joplin and David Joplin.
Virginia was a devoted member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. A tireless volunteer, she was also a member of the Woman's Forum,
participated in Meals on Wheels, served as a Pink Lady at the Stephens County Memorial Hospital, and was a past director of the Lady
Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. She also enjoyed providing scholarships for nursing students at Texas State Technical College.
Virginia and her husband, Lester, were recognized in 1984 as the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce, Citizens of the Year.
Her life was filled with the love of her family, music, art and nature, as well as a deep commitment to the community. Because of this,
Virginia and Lester were instrumental in establishing the Breckenridge Library and Fine Arts Foundation in 1983.
Memorials may be made to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 590, Breckenridge, TX 76424; Breckenridge Library and Fine Arts
Foundation, P.O. Box 752, Breckenridge, TX 76424 or to the donor?s favorite charity. Condolences may be sent online at
www.morehartmortuary.net.
Loyd Joe Elkins
Edwards Funeral Home in S
Monday, November 05, 2007
Gordon, Texas - Loyd Joe Elkins, 76, passed away Friday, November 2, 2007, in Stephenville, Texas.
Visitation will be Monday from 6 - 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Services will be Tuesday, November 6, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist
Church in Gordon with burial following in the New Gordon Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Strawn.
Loyd was born May 24, 1931, in Spur, Texas, son of the late William Charlie and Mary (Polly) Elkins. He was married to Janelda
Rudene Finch on June 2, 1956, at the first Baptist Church in Gordon. He was retired from Lone Star Gas, with whom he was employed
for 30 years. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed fishing with his kids and grandkids.
Survivors include his wife, Rudene; children, Loyd Joe Elkins Jr. and wife, Armenda of Springtown, Laura Janelda (Jan) Dumith, and
Larry James (Jim) and wife, Kim of Gordon. Grandchildren, Hannah Adams and husband Tye, Brandon Elkins, Whitney Elkins, Kayla
Elkins and Amber Elkins and numerous nieces and nephews.
Edwards Funeral Home
Strawn, Texas
254-672-5231
Brent High
Monday, November 05, 2007
Nazareth, Texas - Brent High, 32, of Nazareth, Texas, passed away Thursday, November 1, 2007.
Services will be on Tuesday, November 6, 2007, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Nazareth at 1 p.m. Officiating will be Mr. Jim Cox,
Jack Thompson and Rev. Ken Keller. Graveside Services will be Tuesday, November 6, 2007, at 4:30 p.m. in Slaton, Texas, at
Englewood Cemetery. Family visitation will be Monday evening at the funeral home from 6 - 8 p.m. Arrangements are being handled by
Colonial Funeral Home of Dimmitt, Texas.
Brent was born April 15, 1975, in Abilene, Texas. He grew up in Breckenridge, Texas, and graduated high school there. He graduated
from Tarleton State University with a Biology Degree in 2004. He began with Pioneer Dairy Lab in Stephenville, Texas, in 1999 and
then moved to Nazareth in 2005 to run the Pioneer Dairy Lab in Dimmitt as Lab Manager. He married Brandi Tomison on August 5,
2000, in Idalou, Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Brandi High of Nazareth; three sons, Bryson Russell, Jayden Ryan and Caysen Reid High, all of Nazareth;
his parents, Joe and Betty High of Breckenridge, Texas; birth mother, Karla Clarke of Sugarland, Texas; one sister, Kambrah Cockrell
of Sugarland; grandparents, Don and Mary Ann Holman, of Big Springs, Texas; his mother and father-in-law, Rick and P.J. Tomison of
Roosevelt, Texas; and two brothers-in-law, Justin Tomison of Roosevelt, Texas, and Coy and Lauren Tomison of Wichita Falls.
Memorials may be made to: Christian Homes of Abilene, 1202 Estates Drive, Abilene, Texas 79602
Stephens Memorial Hospital Foundation, 200 S. Geneva Street, Breckenridge, Texas 76424.
Brent High Memorial Fund in Care of People?s Bank, PO Box 309, Nazareth, Texas 79063.
You may sign on line the guest book at colonialfuneralhome.org
Colonial Funeral Home
Dimmitt, Texas
806-647-4444
Kenneth Roy Ingram
Monday, November 05, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Kenneth Roy Ingram of Abilene passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 3, 2007, at the age of 46.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Abilene Funeral Home Chapel of Hope, 3349 N. 12th Street with Pastor David Kizer of
Pittsburg, Texas officiating. Burial will follow in the Ross Cemetery in Baird, directed by Abilene Funeral Home.
Mr. Ingram was born January 20, 1961, in Abilene. He was a U.S. Army veteran and had lived in Abilene most of his life.
Survivors include his mother, Cora Morgan and husband, Stanley, of Abilene; two brothers, Terry Ingram of Abilene and Tommy
Ingram, also of Abilene; three sisters, Brenda Nance and husband, Rick of Breckenridge, Deborah Ybarra and husband, Pete of Keller
and Cheryl Fay Kizer and husband, "Wild Bill" of Pittsburg, Texas.
A visitation will be from 5 until 6:30 p.m. Monday at Abilene Funeral Home.
He will be greatly missed.
Online condolences may be made at
www.abilenefuneralhome.com
Annie Ivell "Jackie" Neal
Monday, November 05, 2007
Baird, Texas - "Jackie" Neal, age 81, passed away Friday, November 2, 2007, in the Clyde Nursing Center.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, November 5, 2007, at the Parker Funeral Home Chapel in Baird, Texas, with Jim Hall
officiating. Interment will be in the Ross Cemetery Annex in Baird. A visitation will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday at Parker
Funeral Home.
Annie Ivell "Jackie" Neal was born June 14, 1926, in Nolan County, Texas, to James Walter and Gracie Ivell Henson. She was reared
in Clyde, Texas, graduating from Clyde High School. She married Gerold Neal on November 27, 1943. He preceded her in death in
December of 2001. She had resided in Baird for 53 years, moving there from Clyde. She was first a mother and a homemaker, but also
had worked as a cook in various cafes and in the Baird schools cafeteria. She was a member of the Clyde Church of Christ.
Survivors include one daughter, Jeraldeen Brumbaugh and her husband, Eddy, and two sons, Tommy Wayne Neal and his wife,
Telitha, and Terry Lynn Neal and his wife, Terri, all of Baird, Texas; two brothers, J. W. Henson of Maryneal, Texas, and Howard
Wayne "Turk" Henson of Clyde, Texas; one sister, Marcelle Shannon of Colorado Springs, Colorado; 10 grandchildren, 11 greatgrandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Norene Howlett of Abilene, and one brother, Lloyd Harrell.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of the Big Country, 4601 Hartford, Abilene, Texas 79605.
Bernardo S. Ramirez
Monday, November 05, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Bernardo S. Ramirez passed from this world to be with his Lord and Savior on November 3, 2007. He left peacefully at
home surrounded by family after a long illness. He was 94 years old.
A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Abilene Funeral Home Chapel of Hope. Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St.
Vincent Pallotti Catholic Church with Father Terry Brenon officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be held at 2 p.m. at the Melvin
Community Cemetery in McCulloch County, directed by Abilene Funeral Home.
Mr. Ramirez was born August 20, 1913, in Santa Anna, Mexico, to Nicolas and Luisa Ramirez and grew up in Melvin, Texas. Bernardo
served during WWII and was awarded several medals for his service. Bernardo, along with his family, was very proud of having served
his country. He married Lionor Torres on September 30, 1946. They were married for 46 years until her death in 1992.
Survivors include: three sons, Bernardo Jr. of Abilene, Luis and wife Emma of Taylor and John and wife Julie of Abilene; three
daughters, Rachel Olivarez and husband Joe of Ballinger, Ellie Cantu of Chandler, Arizona and Lupe Deaton and husband Preston of
Grand Prairie; two sisters, Petra Ramirez of Melvin and Inez Laing and husband Ezequiel of Midland; 20 grandchildren; 36 great
grandchildren; and numerous family members and friends.
Mr. Ramirez was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, two sisters, Juanita Ramirez and Susan Laing, and his beloved grandson,
Richard Ramirez.
The family wishes to thank all the staff at Hendrick Hospice Care for all the care and support during this difficult time. Bernardo will be
missed and always remembered by his children, family and friends.
Online condolences may be made at
www.abilenefuneralhome.com
Graciela L. Velez
Monday, November 05, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Graciela L. Velez, 72, died Saturday, November 3, 2007. A visitation was held on Sunday, November 4, at North's
Memorial Chapel, 242 Orange St.
Graciela was born to Jesus and Herminia Lopez on November 4, 1934, in Piedras Negras, Coahuila. She married Leandro Velez on
May 31, 1948.
She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.
Graciela is survived by her husband of 59 years, Leandro Velez; two daughters, Graciela Gonzales and husband Alfonso, and Maria
Elena and Adriana Torres; five sons, Leandro Velez and wife Patricia, Jesus Velez and wife Juanita, Raul Velez and wife Patricia,
Roberto Velez and wife Olivia, and Guillermo Velez and wife Margarita; two brothers, Mario Lopez and Oscar Lopez; half sister Dolores
Ramirez; 17 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Condolences can be made
online at
www.northsfuneralhome.com.
Death Notices 11.05.07 Sunday, November 4, 2007
Mildon Atchley
BROWNWOOD -- Mildon Atchley, 85, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007. Graveside services are 2 p.m. Tuesday in
Greenleaf Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 7 p.m. today at Netherton Funeral Home.
Guy Frank Bell
BIG SPRING -- Guy Frank Bell, 54, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Nalley-Pickle
& Welch Rosewood Chapel with burial in Mount Olive Memorial Park.
David Carter
NOVICE -- David C. Carter, 53, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Stevens
Funeral Home Chapel in Coleman with burial in Leaday Cemetery.
Earl Raymond Collins
STEPHENVILLE -- Earl Raymond Collins, 95, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at
Stephenville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Stephenville.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Bertha Ellen Goolsby
BIG SPRING -- Bertha Ellen Goolsby, 88, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Myers &
Smith Chapel with burial in Trinity Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral
home.
Ruthie Mae 'Nanny' Hash
ALBANY -- Ruthie Mae "Nanny" Hash, 79, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at
Gunsight Baptist Church with burial in Albany Cemetery. Visitation is 6:30 to 7:30 Tuesday at Melton-Kitchens
Funeral Home of Breckenridge.
Lavella Hunter
BROWNWOOD -- Lavella Hunter, 82, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. Graveside services are 4 p.m. today in
Salem Cemetery, directed by Netherton Funeral Home.
Lena Ivy
STAMFORD -- Lena Ivy, 92, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at Kinney-Underwood
Funeral Chapel with burial in Highland Memorial Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Woodrow Wilson Kidd
ROSCOE -- Woodrow Wilson Kidd, 88, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007. Graveside services are 11 a.m. Tuesday
in Roscoe Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at McCoy Funeral Home in Roscoe.
Glen Ivron McIntire
SWEETWATER -- Glen Ivron McIntire, 76, formerly of Roscoe, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2007. Services are 10
a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Roscoe with burial in Roscoe Cemetery, directed by McCoy Funeral
Home of Roscoe.
Jewell Northcutt
COLORADO CITY -- Jewell Northcutt, 89, of Mitchell County, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007. Services are 2
p.m. Tuesday at the 22nd and Austin Church of Christ with burial in Colorado City Cemetery, directed by
Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.
Herbert Paxton
BIG SPRING -- Herbert Paxton, 59, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007. Services are pending at Myers & Smith
Funeral Home.
Bessie Rice
GRANBURY -- Bessie Rice, 92, former Coleman County resident, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007. Graveside
services are 1 p.m. Tuesday in Glen Cove Cemetery, directed by Stevens Funeral Home.
Billie Ruth Walker
BROWNWOOD -- Billie Ruth Walker, 73, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. Graveside services are 11 a.m. Tuesday
in Eastlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at Netherton Funeral Home.
Eula LaVerne West
CORPUS CHRISTI -- Eula LaVerne West, 99, formerly of Abilene, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. Arrangements
are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory, Abilene.
Detrick Lanette Houston Wright
BIG SPRING -- Detrick Lanette Houston Wright, 40, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007. Services are 11 a.m.
today at Myers & Smith Chapel with burial in Mt. Olive Memorial Park Cemetery.
Obits for Tuesday, November 06,2007
Thomas Wayne Bever Sr.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Abilene, TX - Thomas Wayne Bever, Sr., 88, died Sunday, November 4, 2007, at Hendrick Medical Center, with his children by his side.
He was born August 18, 1919, in New Salem, Indiana, to Ozro and Stella Humes Bever. He grew up in Indiana, graduating from New
Salem High School in 1937. He was drafted into the United States Army on March 29, 1941, and came to Texas as a young soldier. In
Abilene, he met and married Wilma Lane Bever on November 27, 1942. She preceded him in death on April 10, 2001. They were
married 58 years. His heart broke the day she died. Thomas served in the 131st Medical Battalion. He watched the D-Day invasion
from his ship and then landed in Omaha Beach two days later. He helped to liberate Allied POWs in Germany. Thomas also fought in
the Battle of the Bulge in December, 1944. He had several encounters with Gen. George Patton and always recalled him as the
greatest General of all. He was honorably discharged on September 1, 1945.
Upon his return to his family in Abilene, he worked for the Crosby Corp. and Thornton's. He owned and operated Abilene Carpet and
Furniture Cleaners and Abilene Pest Control for over 50 years. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #559. He and Wilma loved
traveling. The lights of their lives were their grandchildren. They were boosters of Cooper High School and Thomas was affectionately
known as Gaggy, not only by his grandchildren, but by all their friends, as well. Thomas was a longtime member of South Side Baptist
Church.
His wife, parents, three sisters, and seven brothers preceded Thomas in death. His son, Tommy and wife Gwen, of Belton; his
daughter, Martha Forman and husband Bobby, of Abilene, survive him; along with his brother, Richard Bever, of Brady, and sister-inlaw, Verna Marie Garner, of Abilene. Survivors also include his grandchildren, Carrie Camille Bever McBride and husband Darren, of
Dallas, Tiffany Ann Bever McCelvey of Houston, Chad Robert Forman of Houston, and Scott Thomas Forman of Abilene, along with
great-grandchildren, Madison Lane McBride of Dallas, and Chase McCelvey of Houston.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Elmwood Memorial Park, under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home,
6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Pallbearers will be Chad Forman, Scott Forman, Darren McBride, Gary Garner, Chris Garner, and Johnny Boggs. Mr. Bever's family
would like to extend their deepest thanks to Dr. Robert Striegler and the wonderful nurses who cared for him during his stay at Hendrick
Medical Center. They are definitely perceived as angels by his family.
Memorials may be made in his honor to the Ben Richey Boy's Ranch, 501 Ben Richey Drive, Abilene, Texas 79602. He always
believed in and appreciated their mission.
Online condolences maybe sent to:
www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
Hamil Family Funeral Home
Abilene, Tx
Geneva R. Graham
Fry-Bartlett Funeral Home
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Tuscola, TX - Geneva R. Graham, 83, died Sunday, November 4, 2007, in an Abilene Hospital. Services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday,
November 7, 2007, in Tuscola United Methodist Church with Reverend Michael Berry officiating. Burial will be in Bradshaw Cemetery,
directed by Fry-Bartlett Funeral Home. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Geneva was born April 5, 1924, in Janesville, Wisconsin, the daughter of Clifford and Hilda Knipple Russell. She worked in a defense
plant during World War II and was an x-ray technician in Wisconsin before her marriage to Thomas Allen Graham December 26, 1948,
in Roscoe, Illinois. She lived in Earth and Spade, Texas, before moving to Tuscola in 1955. She was a secretary at Abilene State
School for several years, retiring in 1991.
An avid knitter, she made caps, slippers, mittens, and baby blankets for cancer patients and various charitable organizations. She was
a member of South Taylor County Lions Club and Tuscola Senior Citizens.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband,and three brothers.
Survivors include three daughters, Deborah Bradshaw and husband John of Ovalo, Betty Oberdorf and husband Richard of South
Barrington, Illinois, and Leeann Cagen and husband Marc of New York City; four sons, Thomas Graham and wife Qing of New York
City, William Graham of Austin, Robert Graham and wife Tammie of Tuscola, and Andrew Graham and wife Natalie of Austin; two
sisters, Shirley Clifford and husband John of Ridgefield, Connecticut and Betty Showers of Beloit, Wisconsin; 13 grandchildren; six
great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
Memorials may be made to Tuscola Senior Citizens, P. O. Box 34, Tuscola, Texas 79562
Lena G. Ivey
Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Stamford, TX - Lena G. Ivy, 92, of Stamford passed away Sunday, November 4, 2007, at an Amarillo assisted living center. Funeral
services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, November 6, 2007, at Kinney-Underwood Funeral Chapel with Revs. Jimmy Griffith and
Calvin Gray officiating. Interment will follow in Highland Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home.
Lena was born on June 14, 1915, in Stonewall County, Texas, to the late Martin and Clara King West. She married John "Horace" Ivy
on March 7, 1934, in Stamford. They moved to Stamford from Haskell County in 1938. He passed away March 9, 1978. Lena was a
very loving devoted mother and caregiver to her daughters. Mrs. Ivy managed a daycare in her home for many years. In the late 1960s
she established the Dixie Dog Drive In where Stamford residents still enjoy to dine. Lena was very well known for her baking talents
and made pies for all occasions. She had a special passion to sew, appliqué, and quilt and was a long time member of First Baptist
Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two daughters, Clara Beth Seay and Mary Janice Ivy; and two sisters, Annie
Jones and Lois Coleman.
Surviving Mrs. Ivy are granddaughter, Renee Waddell and husband Bryan of Amarillo; two grandsons, John Seay and wife Susan of
Austin, and David Seay of Austin; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials in honor of Mrs. Ivy may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 24, Stamford, Texas 79553
Mary Magdalen Michalik
McCauley-Smith Funeral Home
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Rhineland, TX - Mary Magdalen Michalik, a lifetime resident of Rhineland, Texas, passed away Sunday evening, November 4, 2007, at
her home surrounded by her loved ones.
Mag was a woman of unshakable faith with a strong will to live, and possessed a true love and passion for life and her family.
She was born on April 29, 1928, and is preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Anna Homer, her sisters Bernadine Lewis and
Sister Immaculata Homer and brothers Louie Joe, Edgar, and Jim.
She is survived by her loving husband and dance partner of 56 years, Alvin. Her absence is deeply felt by her children and their
families: Don and Karen Michalik of Austin; Donna Michalik and Tom Fedele of Dallas; David Michalik of Burkburnett; Douglas and Kym
Michalik and their children Jordan, Joey, Maddie, all of Austin; her sisters Kay Gallagher, Rita Milton, and a host of nieces and
nephews.
Rosary, followed by visitation, will be Tuesday, November 6, 2007, at 7 p.m. at McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in Munday, Texas. A
funeral mass is scheduled at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 7, 2007, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rhineland, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish to do so may send a contribution to the American Cancer Society, 2304 Midwestern Parkway, Suite
206, Wichita Falls, Texas 76308.
The family thanks Pam, Linda, Juanita, Tasha, Connie, and Julie of Hospice of Wichita Falls for their exceptional care and loving
attention during her final days of life.
MCCAULEY-SMITH
FUNERAL HOME
MUNDAY, TX
Dora Mae Stewart
Fry-Bartlett Funeral Home
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Buffalo Gap, Texas - Dora Mae Stewart, 96, died November 4, 2007, in an Abilene hospital. Graveside services will be 11 a.m.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007, in Buffalo Gap Cemetery, with Reverend Buddy Goodgame officiating, directed by Fry-Bartlett Funeral
Home in Tuscola. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Dora Mae was born July 3, 1911, in Clifton to Martin J. and Annie Louise Sternberg Canuteson. She married Leonard Wilson Stewart
December 24, 1929, in Buffalo Gap. She and her husband, "Pee Wee," owned and operated Stewarts Grocery in Buffalo Gap for many
years. She was a Baptist.
Dora Mae had a special love for family, children, home, and their little rock country grocery store. She was honored with a special "Dora
Mae Day" as the woman affectionately known to children in the community as "The Grandma of Buffalo Gap" and was chosen to be the
Pioneer Woman of the Year and rode in the Old Settlers Parade in a horse drawn carriage.
Preceding her in death was her husband of 52 years, Leonard "Pee Wee" Stewart, her parents, and seven brothers.
Survivors include two sons, Perry Martin Stewart and wife Dorothy, of Granbury and Kenneth Ray Stewart and wife Esther of Buffalo
Gap; seven grandchildren, Mickey Stewart and wife Pam of Buffalo Gap, Cindy Lantrip and husband Gene of Buffalo Gap, Kerry
Stewart of San Angelo, Greg Stewart and wife Debbie, of Granbury, Gwen Chick and husband Dan of Weatherford, Glenda McBroom
and husband Chris, of Granbury, and Geneva McGinnis and husband Fred, of Granbury; 13 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great
grandchildren.
LaVerne Duckworth West
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Corpus Christi, TX - LaVerne Duckworth West was born July 22, 1908, in Eliasville, Young County, Texas. She passed from this life on
November 4, 2007, in Corpus Christi, Texas, at age 99.
She graduated from high school in Breckenridge, Texas, in 1926 and from Abilene Christian College in Abilene, Texas in 1930. She
was a member of the W Club and in the first graduating class at the new campus on the ACC hill.
LaVerne was married to G.D. West on April 3, 1932, in San Antonio, Texas. Their home was blessed with one son, Robert West of
Saratoga, California, and one daughter, Evelyn Lowery of Corpus Christi, Texas.
In addition to being a homemaker, LaVerne taught third grade in the Washington state public schools for twenty-three years before
retiring. For thirty-three years, she was actively involved in the Church of Christ in Richland, Washington, where her husband served as
an elder for approximately 30 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, G.D. West; her son-in-law, Bobby Lowery; and her sisters, Leola Wallace McCullum, Irene
Smith, and Jo Bill White.
LaVerne is survived by her son, Robert (Evelyn) West, and daughter, Evelyn Lowery, and three grandchildren, Kerry (Karla) Lowery of
Portland, Oregon, Keith (Becca) Lowery of Seattle, Washington, and Suzanne West of San Jose, California; two great-grandsons,
Joshua (Vanny) Lowery and Ben (Abby) Lowery; four great-granddaughters, Kristi Lowery, Kara Lowery, Mary Lowery, and Anna
Lowery; one sister, Estelle Brantley of Granbury; several nieces and nephews; and many friends and loved ones in Christ.
The family wants to express their appreciation for the love and dedication, shown to her during her last years by Terri Burlison, who has
been her faithful friend, caregiver and advocate for 10 years. Other loving caregivers include Ursula Huddleston, Bobbie Lord, Cecil and
Aleda Hernandez, and Liz Sanchez.
Visitation will be at the Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory, Abilene, Texas, on Tuesday, November 6, 2007 from 6-8 p.m. The
funeral will also be held at the Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, 542 Hickory, on Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at 2
p.m. Interment will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christian Homes of Abilene, 1202 Estates Dr., Abilene, Texas, 79602 or Eastern European
Missions, PO Box 90755, Houston, Texas, 77290.
Death Notices 11.06.07 Monday, November 5, 2007
Senia E. Atkinson
CLYDE -- Senia E. Atkinson, 96, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2007. Services are pending with Bailey Funeral Home.
Thomas Wayne Bever Sr.
Thomas Wayne Bever Sr. died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. today at Elmwood
Memorial Park under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home.
James Michael Edwards
James Michael Edwards died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Broadview Baptist
Church. Burial will follow in Garden of Memories Cemetery under the direction of Hamil Family Funeral
Home.
Jodie Ross Embrey
BROWNWOOD -- Jodie Ross Embrey, 77, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. Services will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday
in the Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation is 7-8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Geneva R. Graham
TUSCOLA -- Geneva Graham died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. Services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday in Tuscola
United Methodist Church with burial in Bradshaw Cemetery directed by Fry-Bartlett Funeral Home.
Ruthie Mae 'Nanny' Hash
ALBANY -- Ruthie Mae "Nanny" Hash, 79, died Nov. 3, 2007. Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the
Gunsight Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Albany Cemetery. Visitation will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. today at
Melton Kitchens Funeral Home in Breckenridge.
Lena G. Ivy
STAMFORD -- Lena G. Ivy, 92, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. Services will be 10 a.m. today at KinneyUnderwood Funeral Chapel under the direction of Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home.
Harvey Mansfield
BIG SPRING -- Harvey Mansfield, 79, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2007. Services are pending at Myers & Smith
Funeral Home.
Margaret Matthews
BIG SPRING -- Margaret Matthews, 74, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2007. Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle
& Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Mary Magdalen Michalik
Rhineland -- Mary Magdalen Michalik died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. Rosary followed by visitation will be 6-7
p.m. today at McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in Munda.
Cora Lee Norment
PINEVILLE, La. -- Cora Lee Norment, 89, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday
at Eastlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Davis-Morris Funeral Home in Brownwood. Visitation is 121 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Georgia Norris
Georgia Norris, 73, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2007. Memorial services are 2 p.m. today at Abilene State School
Chapel directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home.
Herbert Paxton
BIG SPRING -- Herbert Paxton, 59, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007. Services are 6 p.m. today at Myers & Smith
Chapel under the direction of Myers & Smith Funeral Home in Big Spring. Visitation is 5-6 p.m. today at the
funeral home.
Raymond Halbert Pool
EARLY -- Services for Raymond Halbert Pool will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Heartland Funeral Home
Chapel under the direction of Heartland Funeral and Cremation Services. Burial will follow in the Edna Hill
Cemetery in Erath County. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today.
Dorothy Ruth Cogdell Quimby
FORT WORTH -- Dorothy Ruth Cogdell Quimby died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. Services will be 10 a.m.
Wednesday in the Sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church with burial in Elmwood Memorial Park at 4 p.m.
under the direction of Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home.
Glenn Richards
STEPHENVILLE -- Glenn Richards, 89, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2007. Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at
the Oak Dale Methodist Church under the direction of Stephenville Funeral Home. Visitation 6-8 p.m. today at
the funeral home.
Emily Shettlesworth
Emily Shettlesworth, 83, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. Graveside services are 3 p.m. Friday at Rose Hill
Cemetery in Tyler, directed by The Hamil Family Funeral Home.
Dora Mae Stewart
BUFFALO GAP -- Dora Mae Stewart died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007, Graveside services are 11 a.m. Wednesday in
Buffalo Gap Cemetery under the direction of Fry-Bartlett Funeral Home.
Bobby F. Swan
GREENWOOD -- Bobby F. Swan, 40, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2007, in Fort Stockton. Graveside services and
burial will be 3 p.m. today at the Simpson Cemetery in Eastland County, under the direction of Nalley-Pickle &
Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland.
Mercedes Taylor
Mercedes Taylor, infant, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. Graveside services are 10 a.m. Tuesday in Elliott-Hamil
Garden of Memories directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home.
G.A. (Jerry) Throne
FORT WORTH -- G.A. (Jerry) Throne, 74, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007. Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at
Blessing Colonial Chapel in Mansfield under the direction of Lacy Funeral Home.
LaVerne Duckworth West
CORPUS CHRISTI -- LaVerne Duckworth West died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. Services will be at 2 p.m.
Wednesday at the Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today.
Obits for Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Senia E. Atkinson
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Clyde - Senia E. Atkinson, 96 of Clyde, died Monday at a local hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Bailey Funeral Chapel with Jim Hall officiating. Burial will follow in the Clyde Cemetery under
the direction of Bailey Funeral Home.
Mrs. Atkinson was born August 22, 1911, in Warren, New Mexico, to Henry King and Amanda (Stone) Parmenter. She attended school
in New Mexico. She was the widow of Roy Atkinson whom she married on December 30, 1929, in Altus, Oklahoma. She was a
homemaker and a member of the Clyde Church of Christ.
Survivors include one son, Jimmy Dale Atkinson and wife Brenda of Brownwood; one son-in-law, Wesley Ditmore of Abilene and four
grandchildren, Lisa Atkinson and Jimmy Atkinson, Micah Ditmore and Melissa Erickson, and one great-grandchild, Cameron Erickson.
She was preceded in death by her husband and one daughter, Barbra Gail Ditmore.
James Michael Edwards
James Michael Edwards, 22, passed away Sunday, November 4, 2007. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November
7, at Broadview Baptist Church, with Rev. David Cason officiating, assisted by Randy Packwood. Burial will follow in the Garden of
Memories Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday, November 6, at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo
Gap Road.
James Michael Edwards
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Abilene, TX - James Michael Edwards, 22, passed away Sunday, November 4, 2007. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on
Wednesday, November 7, at Broadview Baptist Church, with Rev. David Cason officiating, assisted by Randy Packwood. Burial will
follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday, November 6, at The Hamil Family
Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
James was born September 24, 1985, in San Antonio, Texas, to Michael Wayne Edwards and Carol Diane (Placker) Edwards. James
and his family moved to Abilene from San Antonio when he was in the first grade. He graduated from Cooper High School in 2004.
James was employed by the City of Abilene as an Equipment Operator in the Street Maintenance Department. He enjoyed working and
was an extremely hard worker. James also did some work at the Taylor County Coliseum. His passions were hunting and fishing. He
loved the outdoors and sports. James was a member of Broadview Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Euell Edwards. James is survived by his parents, Mike and Carol Edwards, of
Abilene; his brother and sister, Joshua and Amy Edwards, of Abilene; his maternal grandparents, Bill and JoAnn Placker, of Mason,
Texas; his paternal grandmother, Myrtle Edwards, of Kyle, Texas; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Memorials may be sent in honor of James Edwards to the Ben Richey Boy's Ranch, 501 Ben Richey Drive, Abilene, Texas 79602 or to
Broadview Baptist Church, Youth Ministries, 2500 South 27th, Abilene, Texas 79605.
Obituary and Guest Registry online at:
www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
Hamil Family Funeral Home
Abilene, Texas
Melvin Lee Guthrie
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Brownwood - Melvin Lee Guthrie, 94 of Brownwood, Texas, passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2007. Funeral services, under the
direction of Davis-Morris Funeral Home, will be held Saturday, November 10, 2007, at 2 p.m. at the Davis-Morris Chapel. The family will
receive friends 6 -8 p.m. Friday, November 9, 2007, at the funeral home.
Melvin was born June 5, 1913, in Hasse, Texas, to John and Minnie (McNeill) Guthrie. He graduated from Sidney School and attended
Howard Payne University. He married Ruby Mae Smart October 2, 1932, in Comanche, Texas. He was a Baptist minister and a
member of Coggin Avenue Baptist Church. He was employed at JC Penny and Weakley-Watson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Ruby, son Wayne, three brothers; George Dale, Oliver, and Billy Guthrie; three sisters,
Lucille Morrow, Johnnie Ward, and Missie Vines.
Survivors include: daughter, Nelda Bailey; three sisters, Clydie Drennman and Carnell Potts; three brothers, Lonneal, Lamar, and
Bobbie Guthrie; five grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, Care givers
& Friends at Brownwood Nursing Center.
The family wishes to express their thanks to the Brownwood Nursing Center. Melvin dearly loved the "center" as it was his home and
family. They laughed and joked with him, making him feel loved and happy. The nurses gave him the best TLC that Earthly Angels
could give.
Mark Alan Hay Sr.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Abilene - Mark Alan Hay, 44, passed away Monday, November 5, 2007. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 8,
with Chaplain David Takacs officiating, at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road. The family will receive friends at 1
p.m. prior to the service.
Mark was born January 3, 1963, in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, to Joseph James Hay and Lorraine (Pickwell) Hay. He graduated
from Pocono Mountain High School in 1980. Mark married Holly Bolduc in Cresco, Pennsylvania. For four years he served in the United
States Army Reserves. About one year ago, Mark and his family moved to Abilene from Cresco, Pennsylvania. He was currently
employed by Sheppard Surveying.
Mark loved everything about the outdoors, from camping, fishing, hunting and hiking. He was a former Cub Scout and Boy Scout
Leader. Mark was a Methodist.
Mark was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Hay and one brother, Gerald L. Hay. Mark leaves behind his wife, Holly Hay; one
son, Mark Alan Hay II; two daughters, Michelle and Angela Marie Hay, all of Tye; his mother, Lorraine Hay, of Tannersville,
Pennsylvania; one brother, James Hay, also of Tannersville, Pennsylvania; and his beloved dog, "Willy".
Online condolences may be sent to:
www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
William C. (Bill) Hulse
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Abilene - William C. (Bill) Hulse, 87, died Monday, October 29, at Abilene Regional Medical Center, after a sudden illness. A memorial
service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 10, at Elmwood West UMC. Family visitation will follow in Fellowship Hall.
Bill was born July 15, 1920, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the son of Clarence and Myrtle Hulse. Married Banner Marie Hoole November 26,
1947. After earning a B.S. from Northeastern State in Tallequah, Okla., he became a band director. They moved to Abilene in 1963
when he was hired by Wylie High School, where he remained until his retirement. He was a proud U.S. Army veteran, past President of
the Abilene Astronomical Society, choir director for many years at Elmwood West UMC, and a lifelong Methodist. His love of people
and respect for science and medicine led him to donate his body to medical research.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Brown. Survivors include his wife, Banner; daughter, Linda Morgan of Fredericksburg;
sister, Ruby Jackson of Abilene; and nephew, Ken Brown of Dallas.
The family requests that any gifts be made to the Elmwood West UMC Building Fund.
Billy Jennings
Billy Jennings, 79, died Monday, November 5, 2007, at an Abilene hospital. Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, November 8, 2007, at
Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Jeffrey Fenwick officiating. Graveside services will be 3 p.m. in Pioneer Cemetery in Eastland,
County, directed by Lawrence-Adams Funeral Home. Family visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 7, 2007, at
Lawrence-Adams Funeral Home, 732 Ave. I in Anson.
Billy Jennings
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Anson - Billy Jennings, 79, died Monday, November 5, 2007, at an Abilene hospital. Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, November 8,
2007, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Jeffrey Fenwick officiating. Graveside services will be 3 p.m. in Pioneer Cemetery in
Eastland, County, directed by Lawrence-Adams Funeral Home.
Born August 20, 1928, in Berchan, Billy was a son of the late Bill and Opal (Taylor) Jennings. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the
Korean Conflict. Billy moved to Anson in 1992 where he was a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and was a retired truck
driver.
Billy was preceded in death by a son (Tillman Floyd Allen) and a sister.
Survivors include one son, Jessie Ray Allen of Brownwood; three daughters, Sherry Gann and husband, Larry of Merkel, Charlotte
Ferguson, Brenda Bartlett and husband, Jerry, all of Abilene; one sister, Darlene Tomlinson of Perry, Florida; seven grandchildren and
five great grandchildren.
Family visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 7, 2007, at Lawrence-Adams Funeral Home, 732 Ave. I in Anson.
Walter Price
Donally Colonial Funeral Home
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Dallas - Walter Price 71, died Sunday, November 4, 2007, in Dallas, Texas. He was born October 2, 1936, to the late Walter Sr. and
Pearl Price. He joined the National Guard in 1953, and later was the owner of Walter Price Bail Bond along with Vivian who was the
mother of their children.
Walter was preceded in death by his daughter, Judith and his four brothers Dee, Dale, Robert, and Rodney.
Survivors include his wife Sandra and his children Walter, Shane, Walter III. Price and one daughter Roxanne Lawton; step children
Charley, Joey and Traci Earp. His brothers Jimmy and Homer Price, and three sisters Sonja Guthrie, Glenda Link and Sherree
McGrew. He had numerous grand and great grandchildren. Graveside service will be at Potosi, Texas Cemetery 11 a.m. on November
8, 2007.
Dorothy Ruth Quimby
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Fort Worth, TX - Dorothy Ruth Cogdell Quimby, 75, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2007.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, Dr. Karl Travis, officiating.
Burial: 4 p.m. in Elmwood Memorial Park in Abilene.
Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Thompson's Harveson and Cole Funeral Home.
Memorials: Her memory may be honored with a gift to American Diabetes Association, 4150 International Plaza, Ste. 125, Fort Worth,
Texas 76109; or the Memorial Fund at First Presbyterian Church, 1000 Penn St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102.
Dorothy was born March 23, 1932, in Abilene, daughter of the late Earle Everett and Ruth Cannon Cogdell. A graduate of Abilene High
School, she treasured her close circle of friends from her school years. Dorothy served as a legal secretary in Dallas and Fort Worth,
retiring in 1999. A member of First Presbyterian Church, she will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Raymond Quimby.
Survivors: Her children, Sam Henderson and his wife, Cathy of Lubbock, Pam Smith and her husband, David of Memphis, Tenn., and
Jan Vest and her husband, Gary of Odessa; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Thompson's Harveson and
Cole Funeral Home
and Crematory
702 Eighth Ave
Ft. Worth Texas 76104
817-336-0345
Mercedes Taylor
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Abilene - Mercedes Taylor, infant daughter of Tiffany Ellis and Brendan Taylor died Sunday, November 4, 2007, at an Abilene medical
center. She was born in Abilene on Sunday.
In addition to her parents, Mercedes is survived by grandparents, Dennis and Dawn Taylor, Shonte Ellis and Calvin Harrison; greatgrandparents, Shirley Dale and Beth Ellis; aunts, Kiara Taylor, Andrea Harrison and Kim Harrison; uncles, Calvin Harrison, Jr. and
Chris Ellis; great-uncle: Mike Crumling; and a host of other relatives.
Graveside services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Hwy
277 South.
Frances A. Thornton
Heritage Funeral Home
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Abilene - Frances A. (Edwards) Thornton passed away Nov. 6, 2007, at the age of 65. She was born on May 16, 1942, in Pecos,
Texas, to the late Roy Graden Edwards and Lois (McBee) Edwards.
Frances was a longtime resident of Abilene, a loving wife and mother, she was a past secretary of the Key City Coin Club in Abilene,
and had worked with her husband, H. Randall Thornton in his real estate offices. Other survivors include one son Randall "Randy"
Thornton; one sister, Lorena Murer of Jackson, TN; three brothers, Leroy Edwards of Amarillo, Darrell Wayne Edwards and Johnny
Mack Edwards both of Abilene.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:30 P.M. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007, at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Victoria, with Mr. Roy
McLaurin officiating. Interment will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorials in Frances' memory may be directed to Hospice of
South Texas. Heritage Funeral Home of Memory Gardens 361 578-3611
Death Notices 11.07.07 Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Glynn Ray Adcock
GUSTINE -- Glynn Ray Adcock, 22, died Monday Nov. 5, 2007, in Brown County. Services will be 2 p.m.
today at Board Church Cemetery in Comanche County.
Wesley Preston Brown
Wesley Preston Brown, 51, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2007. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at PiersallBenton Funeral Home Chapel, directed by Piersall-Benton Funeral Directors.
Jimmy R. Devenport
HASKELL -- Jimmie R. Devenport, 74, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007, in Abilene. Services are pending with
Holden-McCauley Funeral Home in Haskell.
Genevda Lou Findley Dobbins
COLEMAN -- Genevda Lou Findley Dobbins, 48, died Nov. 5, 2007, in Coleman. Services are 4 p.m. today at
Walker Funeral Home Chapel.
Chase Hall
BROWNWOOD -- Chase Hall, 24, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007, at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.
Services are pending with Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
Jerry Hitch
BRECKENRIDGE -- Jerry Hitch, 75, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007. Services are pending with Melton-Kitchens
Funeral Home.
Odis William Gibson Jr.
Odis William Gibson Jr., 44, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2007, at his residence in Abilene. Graveside services will be
2 p.m. Thursday in Cedar Hill Cemetery directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Johnnie Jefferson
Johnnie Jefferson, 70, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007, at her residence in Abilene. Arrangements are pending with
Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
James M. Pogue
James M. Pogue, 82, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007. Arrangements are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral
Homes.
Marcela Sauceda Rodriguez
BALLINGER -- Marcela Sauceda Rodriguez, age 80, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007, at a nursing facility in
Ballinger. Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Ballinger with burial in the Latin
American Cemetery, under the direction of Lange Funeral Home of Ballinger.
Ryan Sharp
BROWNWOOD -- Ryan Sharp, 22, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007, at his residence. Services are pending with
Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
Elmer Louis Simmons
EASTLAND -- Elmer Louis Simmons, 73, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007. Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at
the Eastland Cemetery under the direction of Summers-Bakker Funeral Home.
L.S. Tipton
MERKEL -- L.S. Tipton, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007, in a local hospital. Services are pending with Starbuck
Funeral Home.
Sue Nell 'Momma Sue' Weatherby
STEPHENVILLE -- Sue Nell "Momma Sue" Weatherby, 96, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007. Services are pending
at Lacy Funeral Home.
Fred Williams
Fred Williams, 70, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2007. Arrangements are pending with Abilene Funeral Home.
Burl Gene Wright
LAKE LEON -- Burl Gene Wright, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007. Services are pending with Higginbotham
Funeral Home in Gorman.
Obits for Thursday November 08, 2007
Anita Acosta
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Anita Acosta, 86, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 6, 2007, with her family at her side. A prayer service
will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Abilene Funeral Home Chapel of Hope, 3349 N. 12th Street. Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St.
Francis Catholic Church with Father Thomas Manimala officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park, directed by Abilene
Funeral Home.
Mrs. Acosta was born March 10, 1921, in Odell, Texas. She married Nicholas Acosta in October 21, 1936. She lived most of her life in
Abilene, moving here in 1955. She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church.
Survivors include her 14 children, Pete V. Acosta and wife, Mary, Margarito Acosta and wife, Dolores, Mary A. Stokes and husband,
Pat, Nick Acosta Jr. and wife, Mayara, of Brenham, Texas, Linda Garza of Austin, Texas, Frances Torres and husband, Ramiro, of
Brenham, Texas, Carmen Flores and husband, Robert, Jesse Acosta and wife, Rosie, Irene Murillo and husband, Benny of Brenham,
Texas, Anita Rois and companion, Raul Rodriguez of Fort Worth, Texas, Joe Acosta and wife, Olga, Margarita Canales and her
companion, Guillermo Lopez of Hereford, Texas, Margaret Gomez and husband, Santos, and Christopher Acosta; 49 grandchildren; 91
great-grandchildren; 26 great-great grandchildren; and her special friend, Minnie Stokes.
Mrs. Acosta was preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas Acosta, a daughter Margarita Acosta and two grandsons.
Pallbearers will be Edward Martinez, Tony Acosta, Pat Stokes III, Frankie Martinez, Rocky Flores, Jesse Acosta Jr., Guadalupe Moreno
and Gilbert Acosta.
The family wishes to express a special thanks to the physicians, the ICU nurses, Ms. Becky and Ms. Nancy for all their help and
comfort.
Online condolences may be made at
www.abilenefuneralhome.com
Wesley Preston Brown
Piersall-Benton Funeral Home
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Wesley Preston Brown (Bit), 51, passed away Monday November 5, 2007, at an Abilene hospital. A Memorial service
will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 8, 2007, at the Piersall-Benton Funeral Directors Chapel, 733 Butternut St. with Pastor
Lupe Palacio officiating.
Preston was born to Alfred Preston Brown and Jorene Rister Brown in Abilene October 3, 1956. Preston's parents passed away when
he was very young. He spent some of his youth growing up with his grandparents Louis and Eula Mae Rister. Preston also was raised
by his mothers good friend Dorothy and Zack Greer, whom he considered as second parents. He shared his life with the Greer children;
Lynn, Bobbie, Valerie, Dempsey, Cindy, Maggie and Eric and considered them as his brothers and sisters. He developed many close
friendships in the community and spent much of his time working with his good friend Gary Corpian at the car lot. Preston loved cars
and racing. One of his favorite pastimes was watching football and baseball on TV.
Preston is survived by his son Bryant Brown of Denton; brother Daryl Brown of Houston; a brother Charlie Brown of San Angelo; sister
Lelea Joy Shedd of Warner-Robbins, Georgia; along with many cousins and other family members.
Online condolences may be sent to www.pbfuneraldirectors.com
Earlene Pruet Clark
Vaughn's Funeral Home
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Boerne - Earlene Pruet Clark, an original beloved educator for 35 years in Texas schools and for family, friends and caregivers for
many more years, passed away peacefully at Riverview Nursing Home (her home for the last 7 years) at the age of 91. Born in Putnam,
Texas, on December 9, 1915, she was the third of six children, and the daughter of John Ellison and Rubye Dell Gunn Pruet. Mrs. Clark
taught three years in the mid 1940s at New Braunfels High School where she taught science and PE classes. Her first teaching job paid
$76 per month. In the early 1950s, she taught three years at Flatonia ISD grades 4 -12, teaching PE classes, coached girls' sports and
sponsored the pep squad. In Rule, TX, in grades 7 -12 for the school year 1953-1954, she taught history, girls sports and pep squad.
She taught in her hometown of Putnam several different times, one year adding six-man football to her list of duties. She finally moved
to her permanent home in Boerne as a coach, sponsor and history teacher at the high school in the late 1950?s and early 1960s. Mrs.
Clark spent 10 years driving to Jeff Davis Middle School to teach math in the SAISD. Proceeded in death by her husband, parents, two
brothers and two sisters, Mrs. Clark is survived by her sister Roberta Nell Isenhower and her husband John D, and many nieces and
nephews. Her daughter Doris Schwarz and her husband, Glenn. Grandsons: Stephen Schwarz and his wife Kim. Richard D. Schwarz
and his wife Esmeralda. Great grandchildren: Aliya C. Schwarz, Davis A. Schwarz, Margaret M. Schwarz, Corey G. Schwarz, Roger G.
Schwarz, Aidan J. Schwarz, Nadia G. Schwarz, Sasha L. McNeal, Candice N. McNeal, and Cody T. McNeal. Great great
granddaughter Mia Nicohle Martinez. Visitation will be on Thursday, Nov. 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be on Friday,
Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. at Vaughan's Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Sisterdale Cemetery. To leave a message or tribute for the family,
please visit www.vaughanfuneralhome.com and select the obituaries icon. Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Vaughan?s Funeral
Home of Boerne
John Thomas Gibson
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Abilene, Texas - John Thomas Gibson, age 85, died on November 6, 2007. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Friday, at Oakwood
Cemetery in Fort Worth, under the direction of North's Funeral Home. Family will receive friends Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m. at North's
Funeral Home, 242 Orange St.
John was born August 25, 1922, in Crowley, Texas, to Walter A. and Mary B. Gibson. He was a graduate of Texas A&M and did some
graduate work at Southern Methodist University. John served during WW II with the US Army Air Corps, serving in Yugoslavia and Italy.
In 1944, he married Frances Elzara Miller and they were together until her death in 1985. In 1997, John married Dorothy Nell Lambert
Watson. He was a member of the Hamby Church of Christ. John was an Aerospace Engineer for LTV and General Dynamics. He was
owner and manager of Vestal Printing Shop in Fort Worth, Texas.
John was preceded in death by his parents, wife Frances, one brother, Bill, and one sister Sally, and one step-brother, Stanley
Highsmith.
John is survived by his wife Dorothy Nell Lambert Watson, two daughters, Dorcas Fischer and Amy Gibson Thomas, six grandchildren,
Nick and Kate Thomas, Sarah, Bethany, Caroline and Will Fischer.
Online condolences may be made at www.northsfuneralhome.com
Odis William "Bubba" Gibson
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Abilene - Odis William "Bubba" Gibson, Jr., 44, died Monday, November 5, 2007, at his residence in Abilene.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today in Cedar Hill Cemetery with Rev. Randy Packwood officiating, under the direction of ElliottHamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
The son of Alene (Stewart) and Odis Gibson, Sr., Bubba was born on January 1, 1963, in Abilene, Texas, and attended Abilene High
School. He was employed at Crown Cork & Seal until it was closed. He was a collector of movies.
Bubba was everyone's friend, always making them laugh. He loved his daughters and grandchildren. He will be missed very much by
his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Odis Gibson; brothers, Archie Gibson and David Gibson; and sisters, Wanda Burleson, Ruby
Courtney and Linda Gibson.
Survivors include his four daughters, Samantha Gibson, Kristy Hild, Susan Gibson and Lisa Gibson all of Abilene. He is also survived
by his mother, Alene Gibson of Abilene; brothers, William Gibson and Dale Gibson both of Abilene; sisters, Nancy Slighter of Florida,
Joyce Zimbelman and Melissa Kovacs both of Arizona, and Edna Newberry of Brownwood; and grandchildren, Krystal Hild and Tyler
Erwin.
Nickolas Bernard Harpel
Kirk Funeral Home
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Rapid City, South Dakota - Nickolas Bernard Harpel, 63, of Rapid City, SD, passed away on Tues., Nov. 6, 2007, at Methodist Hospital
in Rochester, MN.
Nickolas was born Sept. 27, 1944 in San Antonio, Texas, to Ollie and Melba (Herrera) Harpel. Upon graduating from high school, he
entered the Air Force on May 31, 1962, serving during Vietnam and retiring from Dyess AFB, Texas on Aug. 31, 1984, after 22 years of
service. He then did aircraft maintenance for Boeing for the next 20 years, retiring in Jan. 2005, and then making his home in Rapid City
ever since.
On Aug. 23, 1980, he married Sharon Denges in Rapid City. Nick's wife, children and family were most important in his life, along with
his belief in God. He enjoyed fishing with Sharon very much.
He was a member of St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in Rapid City and a lifetime member of TREA (The Retired Enlisted Association)
of Rapid City.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Harpel of Rapid City, SD; five children, Nickolas Harpel of Rapid City, SD, Marlana Harpel of Euless,
TX, William (Becky) Harpel of Copperas Cove, TX, Katrina (Mike) Pulley and Stacy (Shannon) Harpel, both of Goldsboro, NC; two
brothers, Ollie F. (Elaine) Harpel, Jr. of Hockley, TX, William P. (Linda) Harpel of Abilene, TX; five sisters, Mary JoAnn Rape of Conroe,
TX, Ollie May Matthews of Magnolia, TX, Melba Jean Cepeda, Dianna Lee Harpel, and Judy Carol (Ray) Hernandez, all of San
Antonio, TX; eight grandchildren, and numerous special nieces and nephews.
Nick was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Kenneth and Anthony Harpel, an infant brother and an infant sister.
A Rosary service will be 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in Rapid City. Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Fri.,
Nov. 9, 2007, at the church with Fr. David Matzko officiating.
A memorial has been established to the Mayo Clinic of Rochester, MN. Friends may sign Nickolas's guestbook online at
www.kirkfuneralhome.com. Kirk Funeral Home of Rapid City is in charge of the arrangements.
Jerry Milton Hitch
Melton Funeral Home
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Breckenridge - Jerry Milton Hitch, age 75, of Breckenridge, died Tuesday, November 6, 2007, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene,
Texas. Graveside funeral services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the Breckenridge Cemetery with Rev. Cecil Harper and Rev. Brian
Lambert of First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be under the direction of Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home.
Jerry Hitch was born December 17, 1931, to Tom and Ella Mae Fletcher Hitch in Throckmorton, Texas. Jerry attended school in
Throckmorton and was a member of the Methodist Church. He was a veteran of the Korean War and retired in 1992 after 24 years of
service with Kotch Gathering Systems.
Jerry is survived by his wive, Lavada, of Breckenridge; two daughters, Connie Martin and her husband, Gerald, of Germantown,
Tennessee, and Bonnie McClymond and her husband, Curt, of Breckenridge; five grandchildren, Katie and Beau Martin and Nic, Luke,
and Zach McClymond; four sisters, Mary Nell Rodgers of Olney, Dianna Manuel of Wichita Falls, Bessie Hitch of Wichita Falls, Gina
Brown and husband Marshall of Graham, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents as well as his wife LaVerne Brunker Hitch, five brothers and three sisters.
Pallbearers will be Nic McClymond, Luke McClymond, Zach McClymond, Curt McClymond, Beau Martin and Gerald Martin.
Honorary pallbearers will be Darrell Brubaker, Terry Love, Ray McCollum, Scott Harris, Tom Echols, Russell Herring, Ronnie
Calsoncin, Butch Knight and Bill Smalley, Jr.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Stephens Memorial Hospital Foundation and may be left at Melton-Kitchens
Funeral Home.
Family visitation will be Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007, 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Funeral Home.
Johnnie Jefferson
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Abilene - Johnnie Jefferson, 70, died Tuesday, November 6, 2007, at her residence in Abilene.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, 542 Hickory, with the Reverend Mack Moye
officiating. Interment will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m.
today at the funeral home.
Johnnie was born in Kennedy, Texas, on July 7, 1937, daughter of Emma Bell (Canada) and John Hall Yates. She worked in healthcare
as a homecare helper. "She was not a person to just sit around. She wanted to always be doing something even when it was not
possible. Before retiring, she worked in the homes of many special friends." She was a fighter and lived her life to the fullest.
"There's no other Mom like you, of that we are sure. We are blessed to have had you in our lives. We will surely miss you, but we know
that we will see each other again in Heaven."
Her parents; her husband, Leonard Jefferson; and a niece, Tia Jefferson Roberts preceded her in death.
Survivors include daughters, Toni Jefferson Hardaway and Sandra Jefferson Bracy and husband, Alvin; three grandsons, Rashad
Barnes, Rafael Matthew and Rakeatron Peoples; and a granddaughter, Sandra Jefferson. Johnnie is also survived by sisters, Audrey
Graisano and Muriel Yates Jefferson; nephews, Michael Jefferson, Kevin Jefferson, and Willie Daughtery; and nieces, Andrea
Jefferson, Talia Jefferson and Jo Ann Daughtery.
The family wishes to give a special "Thank You" to Hendrick Hospice Care.
Emily L. Shettlesworth
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Abilene - Emily L. Shettlesworth, of Abilene, passed away Sunday, November 4, 2007, at the age of 83. A graveside service will be held
at 3 p.m. on Friday, November 9, at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Tyler, Texas. Rev. Ken Huggins of Huntsville will officiate. Services are
under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Born June 6, 1924, in Kite, Georgia, Emily was the daughter of Virgil M. Smith and Georgia (Chipley) Smith. She graduated from
Clearwater High School in Clearwater, Florida. February 13, 1945, Emily married John F. Shettlesworth in Bartow, Florida. She owned
and operated Merle Norman for 20 years.
Emily's parents preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, John Shettlesworth, of Abilene; her son and
daughter-in-law, Ron and Mary Ellen Shettlesworth, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; her daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Stanley
Moore, of Loraine, Texas; two brothers and their wives, Ellie and Lydia Smith, of Houston, and Barney and Joann Smith, of Bowling
Green, Ohio; five grandchildren, Brooke Weldon and husband Daryl of San Angelo, Michael Moore and wife Paige, of Spring, Kyle
Moore and wife Bea, of North Richland Hills, Ryan Shettlesworth and wife Amanda, of Bloomington, Indiana, Alan Shettlesworth and
wife Lindsay, of Albuquerque; five great-grandchildren, Jeremy Cooper, Brittney and Chelsea Weldon, and Haley and Lauren Moore.
Memorials may be made in honor of Emily to the Elkins Lake Baptist Church Building Fund, 206 Highway 19, Huntsville, Texas 77340.
Online condolences may be sent to:
www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
L.S. Tipton
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Abilene, Texas - L.S. Tipton, 86, formerly of Merkel, died Tuesday, November 6, 2007 in a local hospital.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, November 9, 2007, at Merkel First United Methodist Church with Reverend Horace Abbott officiating.
Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, directed by Starbuck Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral
home.
L.S. was born August 17, 1921, in Merkel to Lee Samuel and Stella Pearl Watts Tipton. He married Wanda Douglas on June 8, 1946, in
Sweetwater. L.S. was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He was a farmer and rancher and an avid sports fan (especially
a Duke Blue Devil fan). L.S. was known as "Pop" to his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Tipton of Abilene; two daughters, Ann Mansfield and husband Jack of Aransas Pass, Kay Tipton of
Abilene; a son, Gwyn Tipton and wife Marsha of Abilene; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Wayne Tipton; and a sister, Wanda Jean McElmurray.
Memorials may be made to Hendrick Hospice Care, P. O. Box 1922, Abilene, TX 79604 or to First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box
426, Merkel, TX 79536.
Death Notices 11.08.07 Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Jimmie Ray Devenport
HASKELL -- Jimmie Ray Devenport, 74, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at First
Baptist Church in Paint Creek. Burial will follow at Howard Cemetery under the direction of Holden-McCauley
Funeral Home of Haskell.
Robert 'Chase' Hall
BROWNWOOD -- Robert "Chase" Hall, 24, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2007. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at
Comyn Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
Helen Hess
RANGER -- Helen Hess, 85, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. today at Resthaven Funeral
Home in Lubbock under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Ranger.
Diana Jonas
Diana Jonas, 49, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2007. Memorial services will be 4 p.m. Friday at Elliott-Hamil Funeral
Home Chapel of Faith, 5701 Highwy 277 South.
Bobby Lewis
SANTA ANNA -- Bobby Lewis, 42, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007. Services are pending with Henderson
Funeral Home.
Eric Raphael McMahon
Eric Raphael McMahon, 48, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007. Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the
Church of Pentecost in San Angelo under the direction of Elmwood Funeral Home.
Eliseo C. Martinez
HAMLIN -- Eliseo C. Martinez, 88, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007. Services are pending with Adams Funeral
Home.
Margaret Matthews
BIG SPRING -- Margaret Matthews, 74, died on Monday, Nov. 5, 2007. Graveside services will be 11 a.m.
Friday at the Trinity Memorial Park Peace Chapel under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home.
Cora Lee Norment
PINEVILLE, La. -- Cora Lee Norment, 89, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday
at Eastlawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be 12-1 p.m. Friday at Davis-Morris Funeral Home in Brownwood.
Leona Papasan
BALLINGER -- Leona Papasan, 97, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the
First Baptist Church of Lawn. Burial will follow in the Dewey Cemetery under the direction of Lange Funeral
Home.
Sondra Roy
Sondra Roy died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007. Graveside services are 10 a.m. Friday at the Garden of Memories
Cemetery, 5701 Highway 277 South, under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo
Gap Road.
Eulalia Sanchez
SWEETWATER -- Eulalia Sanchez, 75, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007. Services are pending with McCoy
Funeral Home.
Ryan Sharp
BROWNWOOD -- Ryan Sharp, 22, died Monday, Nov. 6, 2007. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Friday at
Jordan Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. today at Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
Felix S. Ware
Felix S. Ware, 77, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007. Services are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542
Hickory.
Sue Nell 'Momma Sue' Weatherby
STEPHENVILLE -- Sue Nell "Momma Sue" Weatherby, 96, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007. Services will be 10
a.m. Friday at Lacy Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Visitation will be
68 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Oleta Wells
ROSCOE -- Oleta Wells, 87, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday at
Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Robert Wayne 'Bob' Wheeler
BALLINGER -- Robert Wayne "Bob" Wheeler, 55, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007. Rosary will be at 7 p.m.
Friday at St. Mary Catholic Church. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Church with burial
in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Rowena under the direction of Lange Funeral Home.
Obits for Friday November 09, 2007
J.D. Parker
McCoy Funeral Home
Friday, November 09, 2007
Peacock, Texas - J.D. Parker, 88, passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2007, in Abilene, Texas. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. at
Peacock Baptist Church, Peacock, Texas, with Reverend Gary Lawrence officiating. Burial will follow at the Double Mountain Cemetery
under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
J.D. was born on October 20, 1919, to R.D. "Boss" and Sallie Parker in Peacock, Texas. He lived most of his life in the Peacock
community where he was primarily engaged in farming and ranching. He served as Stonewall County Commissioner for twenty years
before retiring in 1992. J.D. served as a member of the Board of Directors of Cap Rock Telephone Cooperative for 37 years before
retiring in March 2005. He served as a School Board Trustee for the Peacock ISD and Aspermont ISD for a number of years. J.D. also
served as a member of th Board of Directors of the Stonewall County Memorial Hospital. He was a member of Peacock Baptist Church,
Peacock, Texas, where he served as a deacon since 1955.
J.D. married Lena Vaughan on June 3, 1938. She preceded him in death on October 17, 1995. He married Arlis Ross on August 24,
2002.
He was also preceded in death by his parents and by brothers, John H. Parker and Milton B. Parker.
He is survived by his wife, Arlis Ross Parker of Abilene; sons, Don Parker and wife Geraldine of Abilene, Kenneth Parker and wife,
Kathye, of Abilene, Jimmy Parker and wife, Mary Lou, of Abilene; a daughter, Sue McNutt and husband Ronny of Justin; a brother,
Dale Parker of Stephenville; a sister, Leona Parker Kidd of Jayton; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Syl Godfrey, Bill Meador. Billy Kirk Meador, Craig Clark, Jimmy Whitefield and Lyndell Dickerson.
James M. Pogue
Friday, November 09, 2007
Abilene, Texas - James McGill Pogue, 82, former Fire Chief of the Abilene Fire Department, went home to be with his Lord on Tuesday,
November 6, 2007, after a sudden illness.
Pogue was born July 4, 1925, to Alfred and Grace McGill Pogue in Sulphur Springs, TX. After graduating from high school, he enlisted
in the U.S. Army and served in the European Theatre in World War II, earning a Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for his service in the
Battle of the Bulge.
After returning home, he served the Abilene Fire Department and City of Abilene for 31 years, becoming the department's first training
officer and eventually Chief of the department in 1978 until his retirement in 1983.
He received a vocational teaching certificate as instructor from Texas A&M University and was an instructor at TAMU's Fireman's
Training School from 1964-1994. In 1975, he was the recipient of the first "Instructor of the Year" Award at Texas A&M.
Following retirement, he enjoyed life with his grandchildren and the Pioneer Drive Baptist Church Blue softball team.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Joretta Boozer Pogue of the home; one son, Jimmy and wife, Laura, of Abilene; one daughter,
Sarah Beebe and husband, Tom, of Midland; four grandchildren: Jamie and Kathryn Pogue and Tommy and David Beebe. Other family
members surviving Chief Pogue include his sister, Lou Jane Umphress of Dallas, and two brothers, Mack Pogue and wife, Jean, of
Dallas and Jack Pogue, also of Dallas, along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and by the
uncle and aunt who reared him, Mack and Eldon Medley.
Services will be Friday, November 9 , at 2 p.m. at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church. Officiating will be Dr. Jeff Reid, Bro. Jack Ridlehoover,
and Rev. Alvin Wood. Interment will be in Elmwood Memorial Park under the direction of Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Family visitation will be Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Cason, Gary Milliorn, Glenn Cook, and Joe Snow, all of Abilene, Jerry Williams of Leander, TX, and Jackie
Jacquess of Tahoka, TX. Honorary pallbearers will be all present and retired firefighters.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to "Arise and Build" at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, 701 So. Pioneer, Abilene, TX 79605,
or the donor's charity of choice.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the emergency staff at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo for their kindness
and consideration.
Marguerite Tuggle
Friday, November 09, 2007
Mingus - Marguerite Tuggle, 80, of Mingus passed away on Wednesday at her home. Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday in the First United
Methodist Church in Gordon with Dr. Starr Bowen officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Marion Cemetery in Strawn under the direction of
Edwards Funeral Home Strawn, Texas.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Marguerite was born on February 10, 1927, in Thurber, Texas, to Grover L. and Ruby (Bullard) Henley. She grew up in Thurber and
Mingus and attended school there. She married Clois Tuggle on July 7, 1945, in Palo Pinto, Texas, and he preceded her in death in
1975. She worked for the Bar B Truck Plaza and for the Mingus Post Office and retired as postmaster in 1998. Marguerite was very
active in the Mingus Women's Club, a member of the First United Methodist Church in Gordon, and a member of the Eastern Star
Chapter in Graford. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a son Todd Tuggle in 1989.
Marguerite is survived by three sons; Terry Tuggle and wife Vicki of Mineral Wells, Tim Tuggle and wife Linda of Mingus, and Tony
Tuggle and wife Ladonna of Mineral Wells, a daughter in law Madonna Tuggle of Mineral Wells, 11 grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren.
Herman D. Wood
Adams Funeral Home
Friday, November 09, 2007
Hamlin - Herman D. Wood, 78, passed away Thursday, November 8, 2007, in Aspermont. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, November
10, 2007, at the First Baptist Church in Aspermont with Rev. Truitt Cochrell officiating. Burial will be in Neinda Cemetery, directed by
Adams Funeral Home.
Born July 3, 1929, in Stamford, Herman was a son of the late Johnny and Lucille (Hubbard) Wood. He married LaVern Morris April 4,
1952, in San Angelo. Herman worked as a maintenance man for General Crude until his retirement in 1976. Herman was a member of
the First Baptist Church in Hamlin.
One son (Danny Herman Wood) and one brother (James F. Wood) preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, LaVern Wood of Aspermont; one son and daughter-in-law, Lanny and Lesa Wood of Denver City; one
daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Jerry Hahn of Aspermont; and five grandchildren, Landra Wood, Logan Wood, Jody Wood, Lauren
Hahn and Joshua Hahn.
Visitation will be Friday 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Adams Funeral Home in Hamlin. The body will be at the First Baptist Church in Aspermont at
11 a.m. Saturday until time of service.
Death Notices 11.09.07 Thursday, November 8, 2007
Kathryn L. Anderson
Kathryn L. Anderson, 95, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007, at Windcrest Alzheimer's Care Center in Abilene.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. today in Cedar Hill Cemetery directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542
Hickory.
Mildred Boen
ROTAN -- Mildred Boen, 77, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007, at her residence. Services are pending with
Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home in Rotan.
Joyce Ann Collins Casey
BRECKENRIDGE -- Joyce Ann Collins Casey, 59, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007. Memorial services will be 2
p.m. Saturday at Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home.
Rodger B. Haglund
Dr. Rodger B. Haglund, 75, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007. Services are pending with The Hamil Family Funeral
Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Melinda Carol Homer
HONEY GROVE -- Melinda Carol Homer, 54, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007, at Paris Regional Medical Center.
Services are 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Honey Grove.
Richard Levels
Richard Levels, 57, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007, at his residence in Abilene. Arrangements are pending with
Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Bobby Lewis
SANTA ANNA -- Bobby Lewis, 42, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007, at a Coleman County medical facility.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Santa Anna Cemetery Pavilion. Burial will be at the Santa Anna
Cemetery directed by Henderson Funeral Home of Santa Anna. Family visitation will be 6-7 p.m. today at the
funeral home.
Louis Edwin Long
GOLDTHWAITE -- Louis Edwin Long, 91, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007, at a Gatesville hospital. Services are
1:30 p.m. Saturday at Stacy-Wilkins Funeral Home. Burial will be in North Brown Cemetery in Mills County.
Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at Stacy-Wilkins Chapel.
Harvey Mansfield
BIG SPRING -- Harvey Mansfield, 79, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2007, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center.
Services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Myers & Smith Chapel with burial in Trinity Memorial Park with
arrangements by Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Pay respects online at www.myersandsmith.com.
Eliseo Martinez
HAMLIN -- Eliseo Martinez, 88, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007, in Abilene. Graveside services are 2 p.m.
today in Hamlin Memorial Cemetery, directed by Adams Fuenral Home.
Dollie O. Miller
ANSON -- Dollie O. Miller, 85, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007. Services will be 10 a.m. Sunday at North's
Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Moran Cemetery in Moran, under the direction of North's Funeral
Home, 242 Orange St.
Gladys Faye Smith Perdue
BRECKENRIDGE -- Gladys Faye Smith Perdue, 87, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. today
at Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home.
Barbara 'Ma' Rollwitz
BALLINGER -- Barbara "Ma" Rollwitz, 62, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007, at home. Graveside services are 2
p.m. Sunday at Old Runnels Cemetery. Visitation will be 7-8 p.m. Saturday at Lange Funeral Home.
Sondra Roy
Sondra Roy, graveside services 10 a.m. today at the Garden of Memories Cemetery under the direction of the
Hamil Family Funeral Home.
Eulalia Sanchez
SWEETWATER -- Eulalia Sanchez, 75, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007, in Sweetwater. Services are 10 a.m.
Saturday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Burial will be in Sweetwater Cemetery under the
direction of McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater.
Rob 'Buzz' Sawyer
Rob "Buzz" Sawyer, 85, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007. Graveside services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Fairview
Cemetery under the direction of North's Funeral Home. Family will receive friends from 6-7:30 p.m. today at
North's Memorial Chapel, 242 Orange St.
Susie Fowler Scrivner
HASKELL -- Susie Fowler Scrivner, 96, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007. Graveside services are 1 p.m. Saturday
at Willow Cemetery under the direction of Holden-McCauley Funeral Home, Haskell.
Donald B. Seymour
Donald B. Seymour, 70, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007, at a local hospital. Services are pending at Elmwood
Funeral Home, 5750 Highway 277 South.
Gene Stephens
BROWNWOOD -- Gene Stephens, 75, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007, in an Abilene Hospital. Services are
pending with Starbuck Funeral Home of Merkel.
Logan Fowler Townsend
Logan Fowler Townsend, 2, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007, at a Houston hospital. Arrangements are pending
with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Alexander Valencia
BIG SPRING -- Alexander Valencia, 49, died Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2007, in Midland. Services are pending at
Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Jerry Woods
LORAINE -- Jerry Woods, 67, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007, in an Abilene hospital. Services are 1 p.m.
Saturday at Crockett & Smiley Church of Christ in Loraine with James Adams and Warren Taylor officiating.
Burial will follow in the Loraine Cemetery under the direction of Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.
Burl Gene Wright
GORMAN -- Burl Gene Wright of Lake Leon died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007. Services are 1 p.m. today at the
Higginbotham Funeral Home Chapel in Gorman with burial in Gorman Cemetery.
Obits for Saturday, November 10, 2007
June Anzo
Rex Beck
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Valera - Rex Beck was born September 2, 1925, in Valera, Texas. Born to the late George J. and Maude Mitchell Beck, both of whom
were from pioneer Coleman County families. Rex lived most of his life in Coleman County, after retirement as a cattle buyer he lived in
the house in which he was born, being the original Dr. H.H. Mitchell home in Valera, built in 1905.
Rex attended Talpa Schools, graduating in 1943. Always interested in sports, he played high school basketball and quarterbacked the
football team. Rex became a tie-down calf roper and won his first roping at the age of thirteen. He was charter member of the Rodeo
Cowboy Association (RCA), the forerunner of what is now the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association. He became a professional calf
roper at the age of eighteen.
Rex met and later married Patsy Ruth Pruitt on March 25, 1949, in Coleman, Texas. Their 58 years of commitment to each other
through thick and thin shows the quiet love they felt for one another.
Rex was consistently in the top fifteen-year end standings of the R.C.A. throughout the late 1940s and 1950s. He placed or won most of
the larger rodeos making Madison Square Garden Rodeo in New York City five times. He was most well known for his consistency in
not missing a calf rather than his speed. He roped in many "matched calf ropings" with other notable ropers of his time, such as Toots
Mansfield, Ray Wharton, Buddy Groff, and Jim Bob Altizer. Rex qualified for the first National Finals Rodeo held in Dallas, Texas, in
1959. At the prestigious Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo in Cheyenne, Wyo. Rex held the record for having the fastest time for 23
years. Rex contributed most of his success in the arena to riding two great horses. The first being Raider, a plain gelding owned by his
brother, Hal Beck. The other great horse of his life was a sorrel gilding known only as Granddad. When Rex retired from tie-down
roping, he sold Granddad to Toots Mansfield who won two World Championships riding him. Rex then became an avid golfer making
five Hole-in-Ones. Three at the Merkel Country Club and two at the Coleman Country Club. He competed and won in many gold
tournaments around the Big Country during the next forty years of his life, when he could no longer play nine holes of golf, he continued
to go practice putting for several more years or play just a hole or two daily.
Rex Beck was the epitome of the true cowboy, a man of very few words, he was always a gentleman. He will be remembered as a man
who still believed a man's word and his handshake was better than any written and signed contract. Rex was a strong competitor and
humble winner in the arena or in the golf course. He leaves his family with the knowledge of the type of person we should strive to
become.
He is survived by his wife, Pat Beck; daughter Jan Beck-Woodall and husband, Danny, of Merkel; granddaughter Tara Lee Woodall of
Merkel; sister-in-laws Dorrice Beck of San Angelo and Wanda Sue Hughes of Merkel; brother-in-law C. L. Meeks of Parumph, NV; and
six nieces and nephews. Rex was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Rex Beck, and brother, Hal Beck.
Those wishing to send memorials can make them to Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame Box 104 Walnut Springs, Texas, West Texas
Rehabilitation Center, Abilene, Texas, or to the Coleman Country Club of Coleman, Texas, or a charity of their choice. Family visitation
will be November 10, 2007, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Walker Funeral Home with services Sunday, November 11, 2007, 3 p.m. at the Valera
Cemetery Pavilion with Mr. Lee Perkins and Carter Edmondson officiating. Internment will follow under the direction of Walker Funeral
Home of Coleman. Luncheon will be at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 11, 2007, at "Big O's" in Valera, Texas, for family, friends, and
especially the Valera Baptist Lady's Group.
Pete McAdams
Johnson Funeral Home
Saturday, November 10, 2007
San Angelo - Pete McAdams, 72, of San Angelo went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 7, 2007, in Robert Lee. Funeral
service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, November 10, 2007, at Southgate Church of Christ with Paul Shero officiating. Interment will follow at
Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens. Pete was born June 20, 1935, in Bosque County, Texas, to Henry Owen and Agnes Grimland
McAdams. He was a barber for many years, the owner and operator of Pete's Auto Sales dealership and also a rancher. Pete married
Mary Jane Leonard on December 27, 1954, and they were blessed with 52 beautiful years together. He was a loving husband, father
and grandfather who dearly loved his family and he also loved ranching. Pete was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by
his loving family, wife, Mary Jane McAdams, of San Angelo; his daughters, Sharon and Dutch Hoggatt, of Searcy, AR., Pam and Bob
Smith, of Abilene, Texas, and Valerie and Louis Derrick, of San Antonio, Texas; six Granddaughters Cherisse Gregory, Angela
Hoggatt, Haley Hoggatt, Deidra Smith, Kassie Smith and Shaela Smith; two Grandsons: Braeden Derrick and Tyler Smith; and his
brothers and sisters: H.O. McAdams, J. Roy McAdams, Frances McElmurry and Lucille White; and numerous nieces and nephews and
other family members and friends. Pallbearers for the service will be Paul Leonard, John Leonard, Shawn Leonard, Jim Leonard Shell
McAdams and Steve Rogers. Honorary Pallbearers for the service will be Alan Ellet and Don Hindsley. Memorials may be made to the
San Angelo Christian Academy at Southgate Church of Christ.
Sybil Jo McLean
Dollie O. Miller
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Anson - Dollie O. Miller, 85, of Anson, died Thursday, November 8, 2007. Services will be at 10 a.m. Sunday at North's Memorial
Chapel. Burial will follow at Moran Cemetery in Moran, Texas, under the direction of North's Funeral Home, 242 Orange St.
Dollie was born February 23, 1922, in Anson, to Jim and Lora Earnest. In 1968, she married Roscoe Miller. They lived in Moran for 15
years. She was a member of the Easter Star and a lifetime member of the VFW and American Legion.
Dollie was preceded in death by her parents, husband, five sisters, and one brother.
She is survived by one son, Fred Mayfield, one daughter, Ruby Wilkins, eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and five greatgreat-grandchildren.
Online condolences may be made at www.northsfuneralhome.com.
Leona Blankenship Papasan
Lange Funeral Home
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Ballinger - Leona Blankenship "Grandma" Papasan, age 97, of Ballinger passed away Wednesday, November 6, 2007, at Runnels
County Rehab and Nursing Center.
She was born February 15, 1910, in Taylor County, Texas. She married longtime neighbor, George Coldon Papasan, in 1927. Leona
was born to John Thomas and Willie Adeline (Gladden) Blankenship.
Grandma worked in Lawn, Texas, for many years at Kate's Café until it closed. She then went to work for Taylor's Café across the
street. Many people drove long distances to eat Grandma's pies!
She was preceded in death by her husband, George, in 1986; by a son, Jimmy Dale Papasan; by her parents; by two brothers, Aaron
Blankenship and J. C. Blankenship; and a sister, Edith Blankenship.
Leona is survived by four children, Ruby Nell Richards of Fort Chadbourne/Bronte; Bobie Lee Papasan of Granbury; Patsy Rae Fort of
Ballinger; and David Wates Papasan of Tuscola. She is survived by 13 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Grandma was loved by all, and we will miss her!
Funeral service for Leona Papasan will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 10, 2007, at the First Baptist Church in Lawn with Rev. Price
Mathieson officiating. Burial will follow at the Dewey Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Brian Richards, Garland Richards,
Randall Papasan, Dennis Papasan, Cody Fort, and Knekia Papasan.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Fort Chadbourne Foundation, 651 Fort Chadbourne Road, Bronte, Texas 76933.
Services are under the direction of Lange Funeral Home of Ballinger.
Rob "Buzz" Sawyer
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Abilene - Rob "Buzz" Sawyer, 85, of Abilene, died Thursday, November 8, 2007. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday,
November 10, at Fairview Cemetery, under the direction of North's Funeral Home. The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 7:30
p.m. at North's Memorial Chapel, 242 Orange St.
Rob was born in Brownwood, August 17, 1922, to William Clayton and Ina May Griffin Sawyer. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard
during WWII. After serving in WW II, he attended Howard Payne College in Brownwood. He worked for Woolworth's Stores before
joining the U.S. Postal Service, and retired as a carrier in Abilene. Mr. Sawyer was a cook, avid hunter and fisherman, camper and
collector of antique glass.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife of 51 years, Elouise, second wife of 7 years, Cullie Carter and two brothers.
He is survived by two daughters, Cheryl Greenwood and husband Larry of Abilene and Vicki King of Lake O' the Pines, one brother,
L.C. Sawyer of Grovesner, five grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Abilene Convalescence Center for their care and concern during his last years.
Condolences may be made at www.northsfuneralhome.com
Don Seymour
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Abilene - Don Seymour, 70, passed away on Thursday, November 8, 2007, at a local hospital.
Visitation for family and friends will be 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, November 11, 2007, at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Hwy 277 South.
Funeral service will be 2:30 p.m. Monday, November 12, 2007, at Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bryan Hicks officiating;
interment will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park with military honors.
Don was born in Brooksfield, PA, on August 7, 1937, to Bradley and Emma Pearl Seymour. He served in the United States Army for 15
years. He married Jeanne Allen on April 17, 1983, in Abilene. Don retired in 1999 from Hendrick Medical Center where he had worked
for 17 years.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Seymour of Abilene; daughter, Anita Marie and husband, Paul Clark; four brothers and their wives,
Ronnie and Charlene Seymour, Francis and Faye Seymour, Carl and Jean Seymour and Alan and Paulita Seymour; and several
nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister Belva Jean Seymour.
Family request in lieu of flowers memorials be made to charity of choice.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the obituary link at
www.elmwoodfuneral.com
Death Notices 11.10.07 Friday, November 9, 2007
Emmett Banks Jr.
COLORADO CITY -- Emmett Banks Jr., 76, died Thursday, November 8, 2007, in Stephenville. Funeral
services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church in Colorado City. Visitation will be from 6
p.m. until 8 p.m. today at Kiker-Seale Funeral Home. Burial will be in Colorado City Cemetery.
Rex Beck
COLEMAN -- Services for Rex Beck, 82, will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Valera Cemetery Pavilion. Burial will
follow under the direction of Walker Funeral Home of Coleman.
Tommie Billingsley
BIG SPRING -- Tommie Billingsley, 79, died Thursday, November 8, 2007. Funeral services will be 10 a.m.
Monday at Myers & Smith Chapel. Burial will be in Trinity Memorial Park. Arrangements are by Myers &
Smith Funeral Home.
Logan Bradley Don Townsend Fowler
HOUSTON -- Logan Bradley Don Townsend Fowler, 2-1/2, died Thursday, November 8, 2007. Services will
be 2 p.m. Monday at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, 542 Hickory. Burial will be in ElliottHamil Garden of Memories. Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Hector Franco Sr.
DALLAS -- Hector Franco Sr., 41, died Thursday, November 8, 2007. Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at First
Baptist Church in Hamlin. Rosary will be 6 p.m. today at Adams Funeral Home.
Sam C. Gowin
ABILENE -- Sam C. Gowin, 87, died Friday, November 9, 2007. Arrangements are pending with Elliott-Hamil
Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Dr. Rodger Barnard Haglund
ABILENE -- Rodger Barnard Haglund, M.D., died Thursday, November 8, 2007. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m.
Monday at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m.
Monday at Wylie Baptist Church.
Alice Head
SWEETWATER -- Alice Head, 63, died Friday, November 9, 2007. Services are pending with McCoy Funeral
Home.
Marco Matthew Hinojos
FORT STOCKTON -- Marco Matthew Hinojos, 27, died Tuesday, November 6, 2007, in Oklahoma City.
Services will be at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church at 10 a.m. today with burial in Snyder Cemetery.
Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Wilma Ruth James
RANGER -- Wilma Ruth James, 80, died Friday November 9, 2007. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at
Edwards Funeral Home Chapel in Ranger. Private family viewing will be Sunday afternoon.
Imogene Luker
COMANCHE -- Imogene Luker, 94, died Thursday. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at First United
Methodist Church in Comanche. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday in Norwood Cemetery in
Runnels County.
Sybil Jo McLean
ABILENE -- Sybil Jo McLean, 85, died Friday, November 9, 2007. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Monday
at Elmwood Memorial Park. Arrangements are by The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Dollie O. Miller
ANSON -- Dollie O. Miller, 85, died Thursday, November 8, 2007. Services will be at 10 a.m. Sunday at
North's Memorial Chapel in Abilene. Burial will follow in Moran Cemetery in Moran.
Naoma Leona Rosson
CENTER CITY -- Naoma Leona Rosson, 94, died Thursday, November 8, 2007, in Odessa. Services are 10
a.m. today at Center City Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Center City Cemetery.
Rob "Buzz" Sawyer
ABILENE -- Rob "Buzz" Sawyer, 85, died Thursday, November 8, 2007. Graveside services will be held at 11
a.m. today in Fairview Cemetery, under the direction of North's Funeral Home.
Don Seymour
ABILENE -- Don Seymour, 70, died Thursday, November 8, 2007. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at
Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Highway 277 South. Funeral service will be 2:30 p.m. Monday at Elmwood
Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park.
Mattie Ruth Lemons Underwood
STAMFORD -- Mattie Ruth Underwood, 92, of Stamford died Friday, November 9, 2007. Funeral services will
be 2 p.m. Sunday at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Clear Fork Cemetery in Lueders.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. today.
Alex Valencia
BIG SPRING -- Alex Valencia, 49, died Thursday, November 8, 2007, in Midland. Funeral Mass will be 1 p.m.
today at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Memorial Park. Vigil services will be at 7
p.m. Friday at Myers & Smith Chapel.
Felix Samuel Ware Sr.
ABILENE -- Felix Samuel Ware Sr., 77, died Tuesday, November 6, 2007. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at
Mount Moriah Baptist Church. Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Park. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday
at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Donnie Waldon
GOLDTHWAITE -- Donnie Waldon, 90, died Thursday, November 7, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. today in
Goldthwaite Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Stacy-Wilkins Funeral Home.
Kenneth Woolsey
HICO -- Kenneth Woolsey, 54, died Thursday, November 8, 2007. Services will be 2 p.m. today in Oakwood
Cemetery, Comanche.
Obits for Sunday, November 11, 2007
Dortha Watkins
Sunday, November 11, 2007 Coleman,
Texas -- Dortha Watkins, 87, of Coleman, Texas passed away on Friday,
November 9, 2007 at Coleman County Medical Center in Coleman, Texas.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 12, 2007 at the Higginbotham Funeral Home
Chapel with Dr. Jeff Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Rising Star Cemetery in Rising Star, Texas with
Higginbotham Funeral Home of Rising Star in Charge.
Dortha was born on March 18, 1920 in Rising Star, Texas to Virgil Carl and Eula Belle Mayfield - Alford. She
married Julius Edward Watkins on June 22, 1946 in Rising Star, Texas.
She is survived by her husband, Edward Watkins of Coleman; daughter, Julia Kathryn Weise of Coleman;
sister, Johnnie Yancy of Tyler; two grandchildren; one great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother.
HIGGINBOTHAM
FUNERAL HOME
RISING STAR, TEXAS 254-643-4321
Frances Rogers Campbell
McCauley - Robison Funeral Home
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Rule, Texas -- Frances Rogers Campbell, 94, of Rule, died Friday, November 9, 2007 in Abilene.
A Funeral Service will be 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at the First Baptist Church, Rule, with Rev. Russell Stanley
officiating. Burial will follow in Rule Cemetery under the direction of McCauley - Robison Chapel, Rule.
Frances was born June 25, 1913 in Rule, the daughter of the late Dr. M. W. Rogers and Vera Johnson Rogers. On October 13, 1930
she married Frank Campbell in Rule, he preceded her in death in 1981. She was a life time resident of Rule, a former member of the
Philadelphia Club, Former PTA member, former Board member of Haskell City Hospital, and a member of the First Baptist Church of
Rule, where she has been a pianist and a longtime Sunday School teacher.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Frank Campbell, brother Dr. Marshall Rogers, and sister Esther Crawford.
She is survived by: daughters, Mary Jane Wyatt of Garland, Martha Beld of Costa Mesa, CA.; two grandsons, two granddaughters and
four great grandsons.
Logan Townsend Fowler
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Abilene, Texas -- Logan Townsend Fowler, age 2-1/2, of Abilene, died Thursday, November 8, 2007, at a Houston hospital.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, November 12, 2007, at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, 542 Hickory. Burial will be in
the Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, November 11th, at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Adam Rutherford, Steven Townsend, Gary Rutherford, Brett Townsend, Cary McMinn, Darren Brown, John Davis,
and Robby Townsend.
Logan was born April 18, 2005 in Abilene, Texas. He fought a courageous battle during his short life. Born with a rare intestinal disease,
Logan received a liver and small bowel transplant August 18, 2007. He never lost his strong will to live. Logan was a very special little
boy, always happy and smiling. He touched so many lives. Logan will be loved and missed forever.
Logan is survived by his care giving grandparents, Donald and Lynn Townsend of Abilene; his parents, Mandy and Stephen Fowler; his
sister, Kairi Fowler; paternal grandmother, Laura Bryant and paternal grandfather, John Carroll, all of Baird, Texas; great-grandfather,
Wayne Townsend of Abilene; great-grandmothers, Shirley Drain of Abilene and Victoria Bryant of Clyde, Texas; an uncle, Steven
Townsend of Abilene; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins; special friends, Joyce Eckles and Theea Underwood, both of Abilene; greataunts and great-uncles, Karin and James Goundie of Clyde, Texas, Jim Townsend, Mike and Cheryl Townsend, all of Abilene, Linda
McMinn and Ken Ford of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Janie and Celdnie, both of Abilene, Virginia Baker of Winters, Texas, Sherry Lane
of Baird, Lee and Bobbie Martin of Clyde; Terrie and Chris Sanders of Abilene, and Julie and Alan Albright of Merkel, Texas.
His family would like to give special thanks to all who took care of Logan, ECI, Outreach Home Health, Hendrick Meeks Children's
Hospital, and Doctors and Staff at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.
Memorials may be sent to Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital for Research, 6411 Fannin Street, Houston, Texas 77030 or
Children's Organ Transplant Association, 2501 Cota Drive, Bloomington, Indiana 47401.
Hector Franco Sr.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Hamlin, Texas -- Hector Franco, Sr.,41, passed away Thursday, November 8, 2007, in Dallas.
Funeral Mass will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 12, 2007, at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will be in Hamlin Memorial
Cemetery, directed by Adams Funeral Home.
Born September 1, 1966, in Piedras Negras, Mexico, Hector was a son of Jose Mario and Guadalupe (Castillo) Franco, Sr. He
graduated from Hamlin High School in 1985 and married Emma Rivera April 22, 2001, in Anson. Hector worked as a correctional officer
for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife, Emma Franco of Hamlin; two sons, Gary Benavides of Jayton, and Hector Franco, Jr. of Hamlin; one
daughter, Ericka Mackenzie Franco of Hamlin; two brothers, Victor Franco, and Jose Mario Franco, Jr., both of Hamlin; three sisters,
Leticia Flores of Hamlin, Santa Franco of Hamlin, and Rebeca Burnett of Abilene; and one grandson, Preston Benavides.
Rosary will be 6:00 p.m. Sunday, November 11, 2007, at Adams Funeral Home.
ADAMS FUNERAL HOME
HAMLIN, TEXAS
325-576-2602
Sam C. Gowin
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Clyde, Texas -- Sam C. Gowin, 87, died Friday, November 9, 2007, at an Abilene medical center.
A service is not scheduled at this time.
He was born on January 27, 1920 to Myrtie Mae {Price} and Samuel C. Gowin in Alba, Texas. He served his country as a Corporal in
the United States Army from 1939-1945 during WWII in Guadalcanal, North Solomon's, Central Pacific, and Luzon. Sam received many
decorations and citations, Guadalcanal Bronze Star, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Stars, Philippine Liberation Medal
with 1 Bronze Star, American Defense Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the WW II Victory Medal.
Sam was a longtime resident of Clyde. He was retired from self-employment as a pumper. Sam enjoyed fishing and hunting.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers; and two sisters.
Survivors include two sons, Bob Gowin and wife, Sherry, of Abilene, Bill Gowin and wife, Barb, of Snyder, Texas; two daughters, Dee
Murad and husband, Bill, of Tom Ball, Texas and Mary Clark and husband, Jimmy, of Anson, Texas; eight grandchildren; seven greatgrandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Memorials may be sent to 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum Foundation, 1289 North 2nd Street, Abilene, Texas 79601.
Sidney Wallace Johnson
Dudley Funeral Home
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Addington, Oklahoma -- Sidney Wallace Johnson, longtime area rancher, died Friday, November 9, in Duncan, Oklahoma, following a
25 - year battle with cancer.
Service for Mr. Johnson, 70, is set for 2 p.m. Sunday in the Addington Baptist Church with the Rev. Miller Robinson, retired Baptist
minister, officiating. Burial will follow in the Waurika Cemetery under the direction of Dudley Funeral Home.
Born July 5, 1937 in Snyder, Mr. Johnson was a lifelong rancher and lived in Kent County until 2002 when he moved to Oklahoma.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ida Sue and Weldon Johnson.
Survivors include: his wife, Sherry Price Johnson of Addington; a daughter and son-in-law, Vicky and L. W. Speed of Plano; a son and
daughter-in-law, Clay and Amy Johnson of Midland; a stepdaughter, Becky Bradley of Randlett, Oklahoma; and four grandchildren,
Sarah and Shelby Johnson and Chris and Zack Bradley.
The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society.
DUDLEY FUNERAL HOME
WAURIKA, OKLAHOMA
580-228-3535
Sybil Jo McLean
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Abilene -- Sybil Jo McLean, of Abilene, passed away Friday, November 9, 2007, on her birthday, at the age of 85.
Graveside services will be at 10:00 am Monday, November 12 in Elmwood Memorial Park, 5750 Highway 277 South. Bill Eason will
officiate. Friends may pay their respects on Sunday at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Sybil was born November 9, 1922, in Jones County to Roy Winter and Bertie Mae (Tabor) Winter. She graduated from Anson High
School. Sybil married Garth Dale McLean in Baird, Texas on May 26, 1948. She worked in the United States Treasury Department in
Washington, D.C. Sybil also worked as a clerical worker for several years for the Texas Employment Commission. She was an avid
golfer and loved playing bridge and tennis with her friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Selma Tyree and Thelma Cooper.
Sybil is survived by her husband of 59 years, Garth McLean, of Abilene; one brother, Roy Winter, Jr. and his wife Ruth, of Harlingen;
one sister, Geraldine Jackson, of Abilene; and several nieces and nephews.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made in honor of Sybil to the donor's favorite charity.
Online condolences may be sent to:
www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com
Jo McPherson
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Merkel, Texas -- Jo McPherson, 88, died Saturday, November 10, 2007 at her home.
Services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 11th at Merkel Church of Christ with Larry Gill officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill
Cemetery, directed by Starbuck Funeral Home.
Mary Josephine was born December 6, 1918 in Electra to Edward Everett and Mary Catherine Barnes Bowery. She married Calvin
McPherson on March 30, 1939 in Electra. He preceded her in death February 1, 1990. Jo was a member of the Merkel Church of Christ
and a faithful servant of the Lord. She was a homemaker, seamstress, quilter and also a beautician for 20 years. Jo was a loving wife,
mother and a devoted grandmother and great grandmother.
Survivors include her daughter, La Juana Toombs and husband Billy Bob of Merkel; a daughter-in-law, Karen McPherson of Lubbock; 3
sisters, Dorothy "Chick" Kenshalo of Wichita Falls, Mary Lee Marsh and husband Johnny of Electra, Joyce Bankhead of Burkburnett; a
brother, James Bowery of Mesquite; 5 grandchildren, Krista Pursley, Brandon Toombs, Mindi McPherson, Lanny McPherson, Brandt
McPherson; 7 great grandchildren, Kami, Kaydi and Kloe Pursley, Gracie and Wyatt Toombs, Jaydan and Cole McPherson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Danny James McPherson; her husband; 3 sisters; and 4 brothers.
Memorials may be made to Westview Boys Home, P. O. Box 553, Hollis, OK 73550 or to Lubbock Children's Home, 4404 Idalou Rd.,
Lubbock, TX 79403.
Gene Stephens
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Brownwood, Texas -- Gene Stephens, 75, formerly of Merkel, died Thursday, November 8, 2007 in a local hospital.
Services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday at Merkel First Baptist Church with Reverends Jimmy Griffith and Art Switzer officiating. Burial will
be in Rose Hill Cemetery, directed by Starbuck Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Gene was born December 29, 1931 in Watt, McLennan County, the oldest son of Samuel Burl and Viola Nadine Lesley Stephens. He
married Nadine Casey on September 10, 1977 in Merkel. Gene served our country in the Army during World War II, then worked 48
years as a truck driver and carpenter. His passion in life was his music, playing his fiddle and giving lessons.
Survivors include his wife, Nadine Stephens of Brownwood; a daughter, Lisa Johnson and husband David of Eastland; a son, Warren
'Bubba' Stephens and wife Leah of Hawley; a granddaughter, Tracee Blankinship and husband Paul of Norman, OK; 2 great
granddaughters, Angel and Dylan Blankinship of Norman, OK; a step-son, Larry Snell of Las Vegas, NV; a step-granddaughter, Alicia
Logan; and a step-great grandson, Christopher Logan both of Merced, CA.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mildred Ann Stephens; and a brother, Robert Burl Stephens.
Felix Samuel Ware Sr.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Abilene, Texas -- Felix Samuel Ware, Sr., passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2007, at Hendrick Medical Center.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, November 12, 2007, at Mount Moriah Baptist Church, 518 North 8th, under the direction of
Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, with Reverend Leon E. Whaley, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Park directed by ElliottHamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, November 11th, at the funeral home.
Felix was born September 25, 1930 in Needville, Texas to Jesse and Odessa Ware. He graduated in 1949 from Hillard High School in
Bay City, Texas. Felix served in the U.S. Army. He married Bernice Stinson-White on August 1, 1975.
Felix was preceded in death by his father, Jesse Ware; sister, Melva Jean Ware; and step-son, Artis Stinson.
Survivors include his mother, Odessa Thibodeaux of Bay City, Texas; his wife, Bernice Ware; his sons, Johnny Ware of Los Angeles,
California and Felix Ware, Jr. {Michelle}; step-children, Humphrey Brock, Sherman {Marilyn} Roberts, K.D. Roberts, Byron Roberts,
Willie Roberts, Tony Roberts, Debra {John} Williams; Gwen Roberts, Sonya Roberts, Regina Demery, Kim {Fred} Hicks, and Linda
Taylor; three sisters, Barbara {Roosevelt} Hudgins, Sylvania Ware, and Odessa {McKinley} Smith; five brothers, Jesse Ware, Spellman
Ware, Eddie Ware, Precious {Edna} Thibodeaux, and Lonnie Thibodeaux; thirty-one grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and a
host of nieces and nephews.
Death Notices 11.11.07 Saturday, November 10, 2007
Mildred Boen
ROBY -- Mildred Boen, 77, of Dublin, died Thursday, November 8, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Monday at
Weathersbee-Ray Chapel in Rotan with burial in Roby Cemetery under the direction of Weathersbee-Ray
Funeral Home.
Dr. Shane Brue
BIG SPRING -- Dr. Shane Brue, 40, died Saturday, November 10, 2007. Services are pending with NalleyPickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Audrey Bundy
THROCKMORTON -- Audrey Bundy, 94, died Saturday, November 10, 2007. Services are pending with
Merriman-Archer Funeral Home.
Lillian A. Fogle
SWEETWATER -- Lillian A. Fogle, 89, died Saturday, November 10, 2007. Visitation is today until 9 p.m. at
McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater. Visitation will be Monday until service time Tuesday at Family Funeral
Services in Kermit. Graveside services are 9 a.m. Tuesday in Kermit Cemetery in Kermit.
Mary L. Gindratt
ABILENE -- Mary L. Gindratt, 76, died Saturday, November 10, 2007. Arrangements are pending with Abilene
Funeral Home.
Scott Grammer
BROWNWOOD -- Scott Grammer, 44, died Saturday, November 10, 2007. Services are pending with DavisMorris Funeral Home.
Alice Head
SWEETWATER -- Alice Head, 63, died Friday, November 9, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lamar
Street Baptist Church with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. at McCoy Funeral
Home Chapel of Memories.
Hazel Koonce
DESDEMONA -- Hazel Koonce, 79, died Friday, November 9, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Monday at St. Joe
Baptist Church with burial in Desdemona Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 9 p.m. today at
Nowlin Funeral Home in De Leon.
Viola Rushing
COMANCHE -- Viola Rushing, 81, died Friday, November 9, 2007. Services are 1:30 p.m. Monday at Gustine
Church of Christ in Gustine with burial in Hazeldell Cemetery in Comanche County, directed by the Comanche
Funeral Home.
James Ernest 'Shorty' Sims
BROWNWOOD -- James Ernest "Shorty" Sims, 74, died Saturday, November 10, 2007. Graveside services are
2:30 p.m. today in Wolf Valley Cemetery in Brown County.
Margaret Corene Springer
DUBLIN -- Margaret Corene Springer, 91, died Friday, November 9, 2007. Services are 1 p.m. Monday at
Harrell Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Pecan Cemetery.
Obits for Monday, November 12, 2007
Rev. Dr. Shane Alden Brue
Monday, November 12, 2007
Big Spring, Texas - Rev. Dr. Shane Alden Brue went to be with the Lord on November 10, 2007, at his home in Big Spring, Texas after
a courageous battle with cancer. He was 40 years old. A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church in Big Spring on
Tuesday, November 13, at 2 p.m. with a reception following. Graveside services will be in Amarillo, Texas at Llano East Cemetery on
Wednesday, November 14, at 2 p.m.
Shane was born on September 14, 1967, in La Puente, California. His family lived in Idaho before moving to Vega, Texas where Shane
graduated from Vega High School in 1986. In high school he was active in sports, band, scouting and church activities.
Shane graduated from McMurry University in 1990 with a degree in psychology. While at McMurry, Shane was active in HEI social club,
chanters, campus ministry and was named outstanding male graduate. He served at Clyde United Methodist Church as a youth
minister for 3 years.
Shane was called to be a pastor. He graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky in 1993 with a Master of
Divinity degree. He married Jill Smith on December 18, 1993 in Amarillo, Texas. They began their ministry in Plainview, Texas in 1994,
serving Trinity United Methodist Church. Shane was called to serve Haskell United Methodist Church in 1997 as well as Rule United
Methodist Church. In 2002, Shane was accepted to a doctoral fellowship program at Asbury Theological Seminary. Shane was one of
twenty pastors selected for a year of intense study and preparation for church leadership and biblical preaching. This experience was a
highlight for Shane as he endeavored to be the best pastor he could be for the Lord. After their year in Wilmore, Kentucky, Shane and
Jill moved to Abilene, Texas in 2003 to serve St. James United Methodist Church. He received his doctorate of ministry degree from
Asbury in 2005. Shane then moved to serve Big Spring First United Methodist Church in 2006.
Shane had a contagious enthusiasm. He enjoyed running and ran in marathons and other racing events. He loved scouting and was an
Eagle Scout. He served as a leader in the Boy Scouts. He loved working with children and youth and helped lead Christian camping
programs for years. As a pastor, Shane loved his calling and enjoyed preaching and leading the church, especially leading others to
Christ. Shane was a devoted father and active in his children's lives, setting up campouts in the backyard, playing games together, and
teaching his children new skills. He was a loving husband and a good friend to many.
Shane was preceded in death by his sister, Debby Tveidt.
He is survived by his wife Jill, children Benjamin, Jacob, Ryan, Micah and Megan of the home; mother Maxine Brue of Tulsa,
Oklahoma; twin brother Shawn and his wife, Krystal and their three children of Cache, Oklahoma; sister Mary Helppie and her husband,
Mike of Boise, Idaho; brother Jimmy Larsh of Boise, Idaho; father-in-law and mother-in-law Jim and LuAnn Smith of Amarillo, Texas;
brother-in-law and sister-in-law Scott and Laura Smith and their three children of Amarillo, Texas; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Juli
and Kevin Peak of Forest, Virginia. He is also survived by his loving church families that blessed his life, and by numerous friends and
extended family.
The family suggests memorials to First United Methodist Church, 400 Scurry, Big Spring, Texas 79720.
Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com
NALLEY-PICKLE & WELCH
FUNERAL HOME AND
CREMATORY
BIG SPRING, TEXAS
432-267-6331
Dr. Rodger Barnard Haglund
Monday, November 12, 2007
Abilene, Texas -- Rodger Barnard Haglund, M.D., of Abilene, died Thursday, November 8, 2007, at the age of 75.
Funeral services, with Rev. Lee Fuller officiating, will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2007, at Wylie Baptist Church. The
family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Rodger was born November 5, 1932, in Ludingtonville, New York to Henry and Rebecca (Crist) Haglund. In Shenandoah,
Pennsylvania, Rodger married Mildred Dower on April 11, 1959. Rodger graduated from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania and then
attended Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1962, Rodger joined the United States Army, where he served until 1972.
While in the Army, Rodger attended the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, where he became and practiced as a Pathologist. Also
during that time, Rodger served his internship in Fort Knox, Kentucky and his medical residency at Walter Reed Army Hospital in
Washington, D.C.
Rodger and his family lived in Dubois, Pennsylvania from 1972 until moving to Hobbs, New Mexico in 1982. In 1984, Rodger moved
from Hobbs to Abilene, Texas where he and his wife have lived until present day. Rodger owned and operated the Haglund Clinic,
where he practiced Dermatology and Immunology, specializing in allergies. He was a member of the Abilene Rotary Club and Wylie
Baptist Church.
Preceding Rodger in death were his parents and one grandson, Bradley Shaneyfelt. He is survived by his wife, Mildred Haglund, of
Abilene; one son, Rodger B. Haglund, II and wife Becky of San Diego, California; four daughters, Robyn Zorn and husband Ron, of
Syracuse, New York, Diane Shaneyfelt and husband Dave, of Asheville, North Carolina, Penny Haglund, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
Judy Moore and husband Malcolm, of Charlottesville, North Carolina; one sister, Joanne Crouse of Greensburg, Pennsylvania; eight
grandchildren, Jason Carrier, Sarah Carrier Crutchfield, Ryan Moore, Daniel Shaneyfelt, Brienne Shaneyfelt, Zach Nutter, Aaron Zorn
and Tyler Zorn. He is also survived by one niece and four nephews.
Memorials may be made in honor of Dr. Rodger Haglund to Wylie Baptist Church Building Fund, 6097 Buffalo Gap Road, Abilene,
Texas, 79606.
Online condolences may be sent to:
www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
Henry E. Sharp
Monday, November 12, 2007
Fort Worth, Texas - Henry E. Sharp, 93, passed away Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007.
Funeral: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Greenwood Chapel. Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at
Greenwood Funeral Home.
Memorials: May be made to a charity of choice.
Henry worked as a farmer in Coleman County for approximately 15 years. He then moved to Fort Worth in 1949, where he worked for
Convair as a riveter. He then went on to work a number of years for C. W. Lyle Exxon Service Station, where he had many friends.
Henry enjoyed walking at Ridgmar Mall with his many friends.
He was a member of Birchman Baptist Church.
Survivors: Wife, Lillian Sharp; sons, Henry B. Sharp and wife, Pat, Fred L. Sharp and wife, Karon; grandsons, Michael, Robert, Niklaus
and Christopher Sharp; brother, Leonard Sharp; sister, Christine Whitley; and numerous nieces and nephews.
View and sign guestbook at
www.star-telegram.com/obituaries
GREENWOOD FUNERAL HOME
3100 WHITE SETTLEMENT RD.
FORT WORTH, TEXAS
817-336-0584
Death Notices 11.12.07 Sunday, November 11, 2007
Mildred Joyce Flanagan Addy
DE LEON -- Mildred Joyce Flanagan Addy, 84, died Saturday, November 10, 2007. Graveside services are 3
p.m. Tuesday in Memorial Garden Cemetery in Mooringsport, La., directed by Nowlin Funeral Home of De
Leon.
Randell Lee Anderson
WESTBROOK -- Randell Lee Anderson, 52, died Saturday, November 10, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday
at Westbrook Baptist Church with burial to follow in Dorn Cemetery, directed by Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.
Elsie Cunningham
BIG SPRING -- Elsie Cunningham, 89, died Friday, November 9, 2007. Funeral services are 2 p.m. today at
Myers & Smith Chapel with burial in Trinity Memorial Park Cemetery.
Catherine Fraser
BROWNWOOD -- Catherine Fraser, 63, died Sunday, November 11, 2007. Services are pending with
Heartland Funeral Home of Early.
Mary L. Gindratt
ABILENE -- Mary L. Gindratt, 76, died Saturday, November 10, 2007. Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at
Bethel AME Methodist Church. Visitation is 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Abilene Funeral Home.
Sarah Guthrie
BIG SPRING -- Sarah Guthrie, 94, died Sunday, November 11, 2007. Services are pending at Myers & Smith
Funeral Home.
Lonnie Jackson
COLEMAN -- Lonnie Jackson, 76, died Sunday, November 11, 2007. Services are pending with Stevens
Funeral Home.
Richard Levels
ABILENE -- Richard Levels, 57, died Thursday, November 8, 2007. Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at ElliottHamil Chapel of Memories, 542 Hickory. Burial will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m.
Wednesday at the funeral home.
Lula Christine McMillion
OCALA, Fla. -- Lula Christine McMillion, 91, formerly of Hobbs, N.M., and Sweetwater, died Saturday,
November 10, 2007. Services are pending with McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater.
Fred Purcell
BROWNWOOD -- Fred Purcell, 89, died Saturday, November 10, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at
Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Smith Cemetery.
Todd Shanks
ABILENE -- Todd Shanks, 35, died Friday, November 9, 2007. No services are planned at this time.
Arrangements are by Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N. 2nd St.
Margaret Corene Springer
DUBLIN -- Margaret Corene Springer, 91, died Friday, November 9, 2007. Services are 1 p.m. today at Harrell
Memorial Chapel with burial in Pecan Cemetery.
Lois Inez Vernon
ABILENE -- Lois Inez Vernon, 93, died Sunday, November 11, 2007. Services are pending with Fry-Bartlett
Funeral Home in Tuscola.
Mikie Waren
FORT WORTH -- Mikie Waren died Sunday, November 11, 2007. Services are pending with Heartland Funeral
Home of Early.
Dr. Donald F. Wheat
ABILENE -- Dr. Donald F. Wheat, 53, died Saturday, November 10, 2007. Mass is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holy
Family Catholic Church, 5410 Buffalo Gap Road, with burial in Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories Cemetery,
5701 Highway 277 South. A wake and viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Garland Wireman
COLEMAN -- Garland Wireman, 86, died Saturday, November 10, 2007. Services are pending with Stevens
Funeral Home.
Obits for Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Audrey Bundy
Merriman-Archer Funeral Home
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Throckmorton, Texas - Audrey Bundy, age 94, of Throckmorton, Texas, passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2007, at her
residence in Throckmorton.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2007, at the Church of Christ with the Reverend Greg Melton,
officiating and the Reverend Duane Johnson, assisting. Burial will follow in the Throckmorton Cemetery under the direction of the
Merriman - Archer Funeral Home of Throckmorton, Texas.
Audrey was born to Jesse James (Jim) and Mabel Dillard Davenport. She married John H. Bundy on July 10, 1933. He preceded her in
death on September 21, 1993. She moved to Throckmorton from Megargel in 1961.
Aubrey worked in the Throckmorton school cafeteria for 10 years. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Audrey was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.
Survivors include: six daughters, Beverly Brown of Wichita Falls, Texas, Bonnie Wilson and husband, Rufus of Throckmorton, Texas,
Margaret Escue and husband, Kenneth of Wichita Falls, Texas, Elaine Harrington and husband, Billy of Wichita Falls, Texas and Gaye
Barrington and husband, Jerry of Throckmorton, Texas; six sons, Don Bundy and wife, Joy of Throckmorton, Texas, James Bundy of
Throckmorton, Texas, John Bundy and wife, Vanita of Jacksboro, Texas, Dale Bundy and wife, Sharon of Throckmorton, Texas, Bobby
Bundy and wife, Kim of Throckmorton, Texas and Bill Bundy and wife, Dee of Berne, Switzerland; three sisters, Lula Maulden of Gleed,
Washington, Joyce Barbee of Yakima, Washington and Avil Brooksher of Richland, Washington; 30 grandchildren; 52 great
grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
The family requests that Memorials be made to Graham Regional Hospice, 523 Elm Street, Graham, Texas 76450.
The family will receive friends and visitors from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
MERRIMAN - ARCHER
FUNERAL HOME
THROCKMORTON, TEXAS
940-849-4021
Horace P. "Hoss" Carter
Horizon Funeral Home
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Dalhart, Texas - Horace P. "Hoss" Carter, age 78, died Saturday, November 10, 2007, in Amarillo, Texas.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2007, at Central United Methodist Church. Burial will be held on the Ranch
at the HC Cemetery. Procession will leave the Church at 1:30 p.m.
Survivors include: his wife, Mary of Dalhart, TX; Sons, Ike and his wife, Beth Carter of Ft. Worth, TX, and Ross and his wife, Shelley
Carter of Clayton, NM; Daughter, Kay and her husband, Curt White of Dalhart, TX; grandchildren, Cy and Genevieve Carter, Matt and
Kathryn Carter, Ben and Liz Carter, Chase, Britt and Rozann Carter, Lance and Rebecca Wann, Whitney and Allison White; and greatgrandchild, Horace Chappell Carter, Jerry Moore, pastor, Plainview United Methodist church, Plainview, TX.
Horace Preston Carter was born August 14, 1929 in Paducah, Texas to Henry Theodore Carter and Ruby Bradford Carter. Raised in
Thurber, Texas he married Mary Ann Landers of Strawn, TX, on November 19, 1950. Mr. Carter served in the US Army and in February
of 1953 they moved to Dalhart where he was foreman of the HC Cattle Company and later he became owner. Hoss was a past XIT
Director and a member of the Central United Methodist Church in Dalhart. He was a rancher who loved the land, his way of life and
always felt his greatest legacy was his family, especially his grandchildren. He gave God thanks for all.
Memorials may be made to: Hoss Carter Scholarship Fund c/o Opportunity Plan - P.O. Box 1035, Canyon, Texas 79015. Or a Favorite
Charity.
Horizon Funeral Home, Inc.
701 Elm Ave.
Dalhart, Texas 79022
806-244-5500
Mary L. Gindratt
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Mary L. Gindratt of Abilene, Texas, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 10, 2007, at the age of 76 years.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2007, at Bethel AME Church with Pastor Adna Bean officiating. Burial will
follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery, directed by Abilene Funeral Home.
Mrs. Gindratt was born March 17, 1931, in Abilene to Doc and Rosa Barnes. After graduating from Woodson High School, she received
her license as a cosmetologist from Fort Worth Beauty School. After a long courtship, she married the love of her life, Henry Maurice
Gindratt on July 4, 1952, in Abilene. She lived in California, France, and England, following her husband through military service. She
was employed by the Abilene Independent School District for many years at Mann Middle School as an attendance clerk until her
retirement in 1991. She was a member of the Bethel AME Church where she served in various organizations. She was President of the
Lay Organization and Secretary of the women?s Missionary Society. In previous years she served as a Stewardess, choir member and
member of the official board.
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 55 years, Henry Gindratt of Abilene; a son, H. Maurice Gindratt, II and wife Carol
of Abilene; a sister, Marcelle Smith of Columbus, Georgia; two Godsons, Kendall Hays and Jamelle Hays of Houston; three
grandchildren, Amber N. Gindratt, Jazmyn K. Gindratt and Brittney N. Norman, all of Abilene; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins
and many close friends.
Mrs. Gindratt was preceded in death by her parents, Doc and Rosa Barnes; brothers, Walter, George, W. F. Barnes; and sisters, Artiree
Brown, Corrine Barnes and Katherine Porter.
A visitation will be held from 6 until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Abilene Funeral Home, 3349 N. 12th Street.
Online condolences may be made at
www.abilenefuneralhome.com
Scott Allen Grammer
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Brownwood, Texas - Scott Allen Grammer, age 44, of Brownwood, Texas, passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2007, at his
residence.
He was born on February 9, 1963, in Houston, Texas. He was a plumber and a Christian and lived most of his life in Brownwood. He
was a 1981 graduate of Brownwood High School.
Survivors include: his mother, Rosemary Harlow of Brownwood; father, Kenneth L. Grammer and wife, Kameron of New Braunfels;
brother, Ken W. Grammer of New Braunfels; he is also survived by other Aunts, Uncles and cousins.
DAVIS - MORRIS
FUNERAL HOME
BROWNWOOD, TEXAS
325-646-5555
James R. Mason
Moore and Son's Funeral Home
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Arlington - James R. Mason, 87, died at his home on Saturday, November 10, 2007. Services will be 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Moore
Memorial Chapel. Internment will follow in Parkdale Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday.
James is survived by his wife of 43 years, Maisie; daughter, Patricia Bell of Arlington; stepsons, Jerry and Jack McKee of Arlington;
stepdaughter, Sandi Ivory of Colorado; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Velma McCully of San Angelo, and Della
Herring and her husband, Frank, of Abilene; brother, Clarence Mason and his wife, Sandra, of Lubbock; sisters-in-law, Maybell Mason
and Laurenette Mason; and several nieces and nephews.
Lois Inez Vernon
Fry-Bartlett Funeral Home
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Lois Inez Vernon, 93, died Sunday, November 11, 2007, in Clyde Nursing Center after a lengthy illness.
Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2007, in Tuscola United Methodist Church with Reverend Michael Berry officiating.
Burial will be in Rogers Cemetery, directed by Fry - Bartlett Funeral Home in Tuscola. Visitation will be 6-7:30 p.m. today at the funeral
home.
Mrs. Vernon was born February 22, 1914, in Dora in Nolan County, the daughter of Thomas and Minnie Lamphier Whiteaker. She grew
up in the Rogers community in Taylor County, and married William Guy Vernon May 3, 1931, in Rogers. She moved to Abilene in 1965
from Rogers.
Lois was a former P.T.A. president at South Taylor High School, now Jim Ned High School, and was active in home demonstration
work. In addition to being a homemaker, she was a foster mother, a care provider for the disabled, and worked at Marbridge House, a
home for girls in Abilene, for several years. She was a member of Tuscola United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; an infant son; three sisters, Myrtle Ballew, Norene Vernon, and Margurette
Hastings; and three brothers, Alpin Whiteaker, Clarence Whiteaker, and Lewis Whiteaker.
Survivors include two sons, Bill Vernon and wife Nancy of Irving and Jerry Vernon and wife Peggy of Abilene; a brother, H. B.
Whiteaker of Carlsbad, New Mexico; three grandchildren, Randy Vernon, Lesa Walker and husband Ray, and Cathy Vernon; three
great-grandchildren, Josh Vernon, Casey Walker, and Logan Walker; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
The family wishes to express special thanks to Clyde Nursing Center and Hospice of the Big Country.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Big Country, 4601 Hartford, Abilene, Texas 79605.
Lois Inez Vernon, 93, died Sunday, November 11, 2007, in Clyde Nursing Center after a lengthy illness. Services are 2 p.m.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007, in Tuscola United Methodist Church with Reverend Michael Berry officiating. Burial will be in Rogers
Cemetery, directed by Fry-Bartlett Funeral Home in Tuscola. Visitation will be 6-7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Dr. Donald F. Wheat
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Abilene, Texas - With a gentle smile and a wave of his hand he has stepped into an unknown land. Remember him still as the same I
say, for he is not dead he is just away.
Dr. Donald F. Wheat, 53, passed away at a local hospital on November 10, 2007, surrounded by his family and loved ones.
He was born on September 24, 1954, in Pasadena, Texas, to the late James and Mary Wheat. Donald was a 1972 graduate of Galena
Park High School. He went on to receive his Associate of Science degree at San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, as well as a
Bachelor of Science degree at The College Of The Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas and his Doctorate degree at The California College
Of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco, California.
He completed his residency in Houston, Texas. He had a practice in Spring and Conroe, Texas, from 1982-1986. During that time, he
was an instructor of Podiatric Medicine at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, Texas. In 1986, he moved to Abilene, Texas, and opened
Abilene Foot Associates with his brother, Dr. Danny Wheat.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Darlene, and son, James Eugene, of the home; his mother, Mary Wheat of Galena Park; brother,
Dr. Danny Wheat, sister-in-law, Betsi, niece Jenny, and nephew, Philip, of Abilene; sister, Jamye, brother-in-law, Mike Edwards, niece,
Julie, and nephew, Douglas, of Dripping Springs; cousin, Jerry Wheat of Tucson, Arizona; and cousin, Billy Charles Wheat of St. Louis,
Missouri.
Husband, father, son, brother and friend; in life we loved you dearly, in death we love you still, in our hearts you hold a place that no
one could ever fill.
The wake and viewing will be on Tuesday, November 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Hwy 277 South (325
698-2200). The funeral mass officiated by the Reverend Father Ruben Covos will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November, 14, at
Holy Family Catholic Church, 5410 Buffalo Gap Road (325 692-1820). The graveside and interment will follow in Elliott-Hamil Garden of
Memories.
Memorial contributions may be made to the James Eugene Wheat Education Fund c/o First Financial Bank, 400 Pine St., Abilene, TX
79601.
Dr. Donald F. Wheat, 53, passed away at a local hospital on November 10, 2007, surrounded by his family and loved ones. The wake
and viewing will be on Tuesday, November 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home. The funeral mass officiated by the
Reverend Father Ruben Covos will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November, 14, at Holy Family Catholic Church. The graveside and
interment will follow in Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories.
Pearl C. Wilson
Johnson's Funeral Home
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
San Angelo, Texas - Pearl C. Wilson, 93, of San Angelo passed from this life November 11, 2007, in San Angelo.
There will be a family visitation from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, November 12, 2007, at Johnson's Funeral Home. The Funeral Service
will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, November 13, 2007, at Johnson's Funeral Home Chapel. The Graveside Service will be 1 p.m., Wednesday,
November 14, 2007, at Roach Cemetery outside Clovis, New Mexico. Pearl was born February 23, 1914 in Fields, N.M. She married
Carl Wilson December 29, 1934 in Abilene, Texas. Carl and Pearl were blessed with three wonderful sons who were the love of her life.
She raised her sons in Hamlin, Texas where she operated Pearl's Café for a number of years. She is survived by her sons, Verbon Carl
Wilson and wife Betty, of Abilene, TX, Lavere Cleveland Wilson and wife Judith, of Orick, CA, and Virgil Leroy Wilson and wife Glenda,
of San Angelo; one sister, Goldie Jester, of Ft. Sumner, N.M., seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren and two great-great
grandchildren.
Pearl told many stories about growing up on the family farm in New Mexico with one brother and two sisters whom she loved very
much. She was a hard worker and her faith was very strong. The last 20 years of her life were spent in San Angelo at Rio Concho
Manor. She was a faithful member of the Business Men's Bible Class and a tireless volunteer for Mission work. She hand made at least
10,000 crocheted crosses that were given to her loved ones and friends and distributed to many countries including the Ukraine during
mission trips. She was a loyal supporter of the Girl Scouts, The Women?s Shelter and The House of Faith. Pearl was a kind, loving
mother, friend and sister. She will be dearly missed by all.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the employees of Hospice of San Angelo for their care and compassion and a
special thank you to Becky Makowsky and Brad Howe for their kindness and devotion to Pearl during the past months, and thanks to
the staff at Legend Oaks. In lieu of flowers we request that memorial donations be made to the organizations listed above or to a
favorite charity.
JOHNSON'S FUNERAL HOME
435 W. BEAUREGARD
SAN ANGELO, TX 76903
(325) 655-3113
Death Notices 11.13.07 Monday, November 12, 2007
Brent Lee Barnes
ANSON -- Brent Lee Barnes, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2007. Services are pending with Lawrence-Adams
Funeral Home.
Dempsey Darden
COLORADO CITY -- Dempsey Darden, 87, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday in
the Lone Wolf Cemetery in Scurry County directed by Kiker-Seale Funeral Home. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today
at the funeral home.
Marvin Clarence Dorsett
GORMAN -- Marvin Clarence Dorsett, 95, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007. Graveside services are 2 p.m. today in
Oaklawn Cemetery directed by Higginbotham Funeral Home of Gorman.
Jack Edwards
COLORADO CITY -- Jack Edwards, 80, of Brady and formerly of Colorado City, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007.
Services are 10 a.m. Thursday in the Kiker-Seale Chapel with burial in the Colorado City Cemetery.
Maria Escamillo
EARLY -- Maria Escamillo died Monday, Nov. 12, 2007. Services are pending with Heartland Funeral Home &
Cremation Services of Early.
Sarah Guthrie
BIG SPRING -- Sarah Guthrie, 95, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007. Graveside services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at
Trinity Memorial Park followed by memorial services at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. Visitation is
5-6 p.m. today at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Sandra Hitts
CLYDE -- Sandra Hitts, 56, died Monday at a local hospital. Arrangements are pending with Bailey Funeral
Home.
Lonnie E. Jackson
COLEMAN -- Lonnie E. Jackson, 76, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Thursday in Stevens
Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Coleman City Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the
funeral home.
Edrie (McKissick) Kirk
WATAUGA -- Edrie (McKissick) Kirk, 92, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007. Graveside services are 2 p.m. today at
the Oakwood Cemetery in Comanche, directed by Comanche Funeral Home.
Dalphine 'Granny Chick' Medford
STEPHENVILLE -- Dalphine "Granny Chick" Medford, 90, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2007. Services are 1 p.m.
Thursday at Lacy Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Visitation will be 46 p.m.
Wednesday at the funeral home.
Michael Lynn Myrick
Michael Lynn Myrick, 36, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007. Graveside services are 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawley
Cemetery under the direction of Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N. 2nd St. Visitation is 6-8 p.m.
Wednesday at the funeral home.
Mary C. Stone
Mary C. Stone, 89, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2007. Arrangements are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home,
542 Hickory.
J.P. White
BROWNWOOD -- J.P. White, 101, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007. Graveside services are 10 a.m. today at the
Eastlawn Memorial Park Cemetery directed by Netherton Funeral Home.
Obits for Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Laverne Hood Laverne Hood
Bell-Cypert-Seale Chapel
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Houston, Texas - Funeral Service for Laverne Hood, 85, former longtime Snyder will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, November 15, 2007, at
the Bell-Cypert-Seale Chapel, with Rev. Buddy Payne, pastor of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be at
Hillside Memorial Gardens, under the direction of Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home.
She died at 5:25 a.m., on Monday, November 12, 2007, at Vitas Care Center in Houston, Texas.
She was born on October 6, 1922, in Pioneer, TX. Married to J. A. Hood, Jr. in 1943 in Breckenridge. He died May 13, 1987. She had
lived in Snyder since 1964. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Snyder Garden Club, Snyder Bridge Club,
Altruian Daughters. She was a retired homemaker and rancher.
She is survived by: one son and daughter-in-Law, Jim Buck and Margie Hood of Kingwood, Texas; 1 grandson and his wife, Terry and
Julia Hood of Kingwood, Texas; granddaughter, Tamie Nicole Speer of Kingwood, Texas; two sisters, Pat Allen of Sidney, Texas and
Johnye Conner of Bangs, Texas; two brothers, C. R. "Skeeter" Fleming of Snyder, Texas and
Sam Fleming of Cross Plains, Texas.
Bell - Cypert - Seale
Funeral Home
Snyder, Texas
325-573-5454
Richard Lee "Dickie C" Levels
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Richard Lee "Dickie C" Levels, 57, died Thursday, November 8, 2007, in Abilene at his residence. He was born
January 25, 1950 to Lottie (Jackson) Levels and Martin "Slim" Dorsey in Abilene, Texas. Richard was a graduate and start athlete of
Abilene High School where he played football and ran track. He graduated in 1969.
During high school, Richard started his career with the City of Abilene as a summer lifeguard at Stevenson Pool. fter graduation he
began working fulltime at the City Water Department. He retired in 1996 after 27 years of service to the citizens of Abilene. Dickie C
was a beloved brother and friend.
He is survived by two daughters, Sha-meen Curl of Burke, VA, and Tammie Fareed and husband Akil of Ellenwood, GA; sisters, Ann
Fitzgerald Dorsey of Abilene, Doretha Schaffer of Abilene, Linda Ward and husband Thomas of Strong, AR, and Myrtle McGee of
Abilene; two brothers, J.C. Levels of Tucson, AZ and Leonard Taylor of Abilene; 5 grandchildren, Ajari Alston, Omar Alston, Kevin
Humphrey, Janan Fareed, and Adari Fareed; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Johnnie Mae Brown.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, November 15, at Elliott-Hamil Chapel of Memories, 542 Hickory, with the Reverend Aaron
Mackey officiating. Interment will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at
a visitation 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Michael Lynn Myrick
Community Memorial Funeral Home
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Michael Lynn Myrick, 36, of Abilene, died Sunday, November 11, 2007, at his residence. Graveside services will be at
2 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, at Hawley Cemetery with Pastor Joseph Jones officiating, under the direction of Community
Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N. 2nd St. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Michael was born in Odessa, Texas, on November 24, 1970, the son of Pete Orville and Barbara (Hallmark) Myrick. He was a high
school graduate and worked in retail as a sales clerk for Ashley Furniture. He was a Baptist and had moved to Abilene 10 years ago.
He is survived by his parents, Pete and Barbara Myrick of Abilene; one brother, David Wayne Myrick of Dallas; his grandmother, Louise
Hallmark of Anson; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Dall Hallmark and his paternal grandparents, Orville Newton and Lena Belle
Myrick.
Flona Robinson
Lange Funeral Home
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Winters, Texas - Flona Robinson, age 81, of Winters passed away Monday, November 12, 2007, at Runnels County Rehab and
Nursing Center in Ballinger.
She was born July 10, 1926, to James Merida Laxton and Mary (Kate) Tyree Laxton at their home near Ballinger, Texas. She was a
Baptist. She married Morris Robinson November 20, 1949, at the home of her parents. She was a devoted wife, loving daughter and
sister, and beloved aunt to her nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Leonard M. Laxton and Troy S. (Dude) Laxton, and by two sisters, Thresa T. Cook Patton
and Clemmie Lee (Trix) Smith.
She is survived by: her husband, Morris of Winters, and several nephews and nieces, Charles Smith and wife, Pam, of Ft. Worth;
Richard Smith and wife, Lorane, of Crowley; Roby Smith of Abilene; Gwen Moses and husband, Coy, of San Angelo; and Glenda
Willingham and husband, Jerry, of Ballinger.
Flona and her husband traveled frequently and enjoyed Europe and most of the United States. She enjoyed painting and shared her
paintings with her nieces and nephews and each of her adored great-nieces and nephews. She enjoyed spending time with her many
friends having tea, playing cards, and painting. She was a member of the Winters Hospital Auxiliary. She was an excellent golfer and
was several times Winters City Champion. She was an accomplished genealogist and did extensive research into her family's history.
Funeral services for Mrs. Robinson will be held at First Baptist Church in Winters at 3 p.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2007, with Bro.
Bobby Broyles and Jordan Hubbard officiating. There will be a time of visitation with the family at 2 p.m. at the church prior to the
service. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Winters. Pallbearers will be Jerry V. Willingham, Mark Willingham, Todd Willingham,
Charles Smith, Richard Smith, and Coy Moses. Honorary pallbearers are Bob Tyree, Fred Tyree, Richard Hamilton, and Quincy
Traylor.
The family suggest memorials be made to Alzheimer's Association, 438 East Houston Harte, San Angelo, TX 76903 or a favorite
charity.
Lange Funeral Home
Ballinger, Texas
325-365-3531
Death Notices 11.14.07 Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Dorothy 'Dottie' Darnell
BROWNWOOD -- Dorothy "Dottie" Darnell, 90, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007. no services are planned;
arrangements by Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
Brijido DeLeon Sr.
Brijido DeLeon Sr., 91, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Friday at Abilene Funeral Home
Chapel of Hope. Visitation is 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Abilene Funeral Home.
Jack Edwards
COLORADO CITY -- Jack Edwards, 80, of Brady and formerly of Colorado City, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007.
Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at the Kiker-Seale Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Colorado City
Cemetery. Visitation is 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Delma W. Graham
BIG SPRING -- Delma W. Graham, 92, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007. Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle
& Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
El Nora Grevelle
El Nora Grevelle, 86, formerly of Sweetwater, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007. Graveside services are 2 p.m.
Friday at the Oakwood Cemetery at Waco, directed by McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater. Visitation will be
at McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater until 9 p.m. today and Thursday.
Orvel Griffith
COLORADO CITY -- Orvel Griffith, 76, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007. Services are 3 p.m. Thursday at the
Calvary Baptist Church with burial in the Colorado City Cemetery directed by Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.
Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Vanelle Joy (Turbow) Harmon
ROTAN -- Vanelle Joy (Turbow) Harmon, 70, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2007. Graveside services are 2 p.m.
Friday at Belvieu Cemetery under the direction of Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home. Visitation is 6-8 p.m.
Thursday at the funeral home.
Sandra Eileen Hitts
CLYDE -- Sandra Eileen Hitts, 56, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2007. Memorial services are 11 a.m. Saturday at the
Bailey Funeral Home Chapel.
Amado Jasso
STAMFORD -- Amado Jasso, 76, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007. Arrangements are pending with KinneyUnderwood Funeral Home.
Lorene Kellum
SNYDER -- Lorene Kellum, 81, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. Thursday with burial in
Hillside Memorial Gardens Cemetery directed by Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home. Visitation is 7-8 p.m. today
at the funeral home.
Maria F. Marin
BIG SPRING -- Maria F. Marin, 90, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007. Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Sacred
Heart Catholic Church with burial in Mt. Olive Memorial Park. Vigil services are 7 p.m. today at the NalleyPickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel.
Adonay M. Martinez
Adonay M. Martinez, 83, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007. Services are pending at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750
Highway 277 South.
Imogene McCoy
STEPHENVILLE -- Imogene McCoy, 82, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Friday at
Stephenville Funeral Home with burial in West End Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral
home.
Lula Christine McMillion
OCALA, Fla. -- Lula Christine McMillion, 91, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007. Graveside services are 11 a.m.
Thursday at the Howard Cemetery in Paint Creek directed by McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater.
Ethan Alexander Meek
BIG SPRING -- Ethan Alexander Meek, infant son of Veronica Rodriquez and Justin Meek, died Sunday, Nov.
11, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. today at St. Thomas Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Mt. Olive Memorial
Park under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory, Big Spring.
Darlene Norris
EASTLAND -- Darlene Norris, 43, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at Simpson
Cemetery under the direction of the Summers-Bakker Funeral Home in Eastland.
A. Kent Potts
A. Kent Potts, 45, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church
with burial in the Potosi Cemetery directed by The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Rd.
Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Juanita Ramsuer
GORMAN -- Juanita Ramsuer, 87, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007. Services are pending with Higginbotham
Funeral Home in Gorman.
Ruby Jewell Ripley
SAN ANGELO -- Ruby Jewell Ripley, 86, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007. Graveside services are 3 p.m. today at
the Oakwood Cemetery in Comanche directed by Comanche Funeral Home.
Mary Corinne Daniel Stone
Mary Corinne Daniel Stone, 89, Monday, Nov. 12, 2007. Memorial services are 10 a.m. Frida
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'Rosemary's Baby' author Ira Levin, 78, dies
Associated Press
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
NEW YORK -- Best-selling writer Ira Levin, whose genre-hopping novels such as the horror classic
"Rosemary's Baby" and the Nazi thriller "The Boys From Brazil" provided meaty movie roles for Mia Farrow
and Laurence Olivier, has died of a heart attack, his agent said Tuesday. He was 78.
Levin, who also wrote for television and Broadway during his long career, died in his Manhattan apartment on
Monday, agent Phyllis Westberg said.
Long before authors such as Stephen King had their books routinely turned into movies, Levin watched his
novels move inexorably to the big screen. Besides "Rosemary's Baby" with Farrow and "The Boys From Brazil"
with Olivier, Levin's novels "The Stepford Wives," "Sliver" and "A Kiss Before Dying" all received the
Hollywood treatment.
His long-running 1978 play "Deathtrap" was also made into a Sidney Lumet-directed film, starring Michael
Caine and Christopher Reeve.
Levin's page-turning books were once compared by Newsweek writer Peter S. Frescott to a bag of popcorn:
"Utterly without nutritive value and probably fattening, yet there's no way to stop once you've started."
Born in the Bronx, Levin's father was hopeful his son would follow him into the family toy business. But by age
15, Levin determined that he wanted a career in writing; in his senior year at New York University, Levin won
the $200 second place prize in an NBC-sponsored screenplay-writing competition and launched his career.
He worked as a TV writer before finishing his first novel, "A Kiss Before Dying," a murder mystery that was an
instant success and twice made into a movie. His debut won the Edgar Allan Poe Award as the best first novel
of 1953, and it was twice turned into a movie -- in 1956, and again in 1991.
It wasn't until 14 years after his first book that Levin completed his second novel, "Rosemary's Baby," the
creepy tale of a New York couple in the clutch of Satanists who want the young wife to bear Satan's child.
"The Stepford Wives" was Levin's satirical tale of a suburban town where the spouses were converted into
subservient robots, while "The Boys From Brazil" detailed a South American underground where the infamous
Nazi doctor Joseph Mengele tried to clone Adolf Hitler.
The idea for the latter book came from a newspaper article on cloning, which suggested Hitler and Mozart as
examples of the disparate possibilities for the new technology.
In 1991, Levin wrote a thriller set in a Manhattan high-rise apartment building, "Sliver," which became a movie
starring Sharon Stone.
Besides "Deathtrap," Levin also wrote the Broadway adaptation of "No Time for Sergeants." The 1955 show,
which launched the career of actor Andy Griffith, ran for more than 700 performances. He wrote several other
less successful plays, including "Drat! That Cat!" which closed after a week in 1966.
Funeral arrangements were incomplete. Levin is survived by three sons and three grandsons, Westberg said..
Obits for Thursday, November 15, 2007
Brit Lee Barnes Brit Lee Barnes
Lawrence - Adams Funeral Home
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Anson, Texas - Brit Lee Barnes, 47, died Monday, November 12, 2007, in Jones County.
Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, November 16, 2007, at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Robert Kelley officiating, under the
direction of Lawrence - Adams Funeral Home.
Born February 14, 1960, in Willcox, Arizona, Brit was a son of Searove Lee Barnes and Jean (Cotten) and Robert Laird. He graduated
from Willcox High School and Western New Mexico University. Brit married Sally Robberson, June 9, 1984, in Amarillo. Brit taught high
school mathematics and coached football for over 20 years in Texas schools. He was a member of the Texas High School Football
Coaches Association and the Texas Association of Sports Officials. Brit was also a lifetime member of the First United Methodist
Church in Willcox, AZ.
Survivors include: his wife, Sally Barnes of Anson; one daughter, Holli Barnes of Anson; two sons, Jacob Barnes of Anson and Jeremy
Remley of Redding, CA; his parents, Searove Lee Barnes of Lake Havasu, AZ, Jean and Robert Laird of Willcox, AZ; one brother, Troy
Barnes of Lake Havasu, AZ; and a sister, Beth Lesley of Phoenix, AZ.
The family requests that memorials be given to the Ben Richey Boys Ranch, P. O. Box 6839, Abilene, TX 79608 and Cal Farley's Boys
Ranch, P. O. Box 1890, Amarillo, TX 79174-0001.
Lillian Frances Bruyere Wright
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Abilene - Lillian Wright was born to Horace Albert Bruyere and Myrtle Watkins Daniel Bruyere in Waco, Texas, August 3, 1909, and
passed away in Abilene, Texas, October 31, 2007.
Lillian graduated from high school in Waco and attended Baylor University where she was named a Baylor Beauty. She married William
Parker Wright on November 30, 1929, and they celebrated 56 years of marriage before his death in 1985.
A devoted member of First Baptist Church for over 70 years, Lillian taught a Sunday School class for 5-year-old children for many
years, enjoyed singing in the Majestic Sounds Choir and was active in the Woman's Missionary Union of the church and her own
Sunday School class. She was active in the formation of GLO, the church's day care ministry, and served on its board. She was a
member of the Abilene Woman's Club, the West Texas Photographic Society and the Abilene Garden Club. For many years she
volunteered her services as a "Pink Lady" for the Hendrick Medical Center Auxiliary. She was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, Area
Coordinator for the West Texas Girl Scout Council, a Cub Scout leader and assisted her husband, "Dub" Wright, in supporting many
local civic activities, including those with Dyess Air Force Base, Camp Barkeley, Hardin-Simmons University and the Abilene Chamber
of Commerce.
Lillian was an artist and photographer, traveling with her family to many locations around the world. She loved nature and taught her
children respect for God's world, spending many hours in search of birds' nests, rocks and fossils. She permitted her children to have a
wide variety of pets including snakes, skunks, chickens, hamsters, guinea pigs, and, of course, always a dog. She was a committed
teacher, ensuring that her children and grandchildren were exposed to positive experiences in art and music which she loved. Also, she
was a wonderful homemaker with a wide circle of friends.
In addition to her husband and her parents, Lillian was preceded in death by her sisters, Mabel Winton, Evelyn Bruyere, Dorothy Crews
and Florence Pope. Also preceding her were her only brother, Horace Bruyere, Jr., and her grandson, David Parker Wright. She is
survived by her son, William P. (Bill) Wright and wife, Alice, of Abilene, two daughters, Gayle Gray and husband, Robert, of Abilene and
Linda Abel and husband, Grover, of Houston. Additional survivors are grandchildren, Alison Wright Peeler, Mitchell Wright, Christopher
Abel, Jeffrey Abel, Suzanne Cook Taylor, Trey Cook, Stephen Cook and 15 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by stepgrandchildren Mark Gray and Elizabeth Gray Doughty and their three children.
Her family wishes to express appreciation for the care and support Lillian received during her later years from Sears Methodist Center,
Hendrick Hospice Care and especially her most faithful and competent caregiver and friend, Lydia Guerrero.
The family will receive friends at 1415 Tanglewood on Friday, November 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. A memorial service will be held at First
Baptist Church, Saturday, November 17, at 11 a.m., following the private family graveside service. Services are under the direction of
The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts may be made to GLO Daycare at First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 85, Abilene, TX
79604, or the Lillian and W.P. Wright Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation of Abilene, P.O. Box 1001, Abilene, TX 79604.
The scholarship benefits Dyess AFB personnel attending Hardin-Simmons University.
Obituary and Guest Registry Online at:
www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com
Brijido DeLeon Sr.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Abilene - Brijido DeLeon, Sr., 91, passed away on Monday, November 12, 2007, in Lubbock. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at
Abilene Funeral Home Chapel of Hope with Elder Javier Almonte officiating. Burial will follow in Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories
Cemetery, directed by Abilene Funeral Home.
Mr. DeLeon was born October 10, 1916, in Guerrero, Mexico, to Juan and Bernarda DeLeon. He had been a resident of Abilene the
past 47 years.
Survivors include his wife, Juanita DeLeon of Abilene; four sons, John DeLeon and wife, Marcela and Adolfo DeLeon and wife, Alicia of
Abilene, Brijido DeLeon Jr. and wife, Elida and Joe DeLeon and wife, Cyndie of Fort Worth; three daughters, Beatrice D. Leal and
husband, Luis of Midland, Janie D. Trevino and husband, Fernando of Lubbock, and Betty D. Estes of Abilene; a sister, Isabel Munguia
of Corpus Christi; 19 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Robert DeLeon, Adolfo DeLeon Jr., Leon DeLeon, Joel DeLeon, Jory DeLeon, and Jordan DeLeon.
A visitation will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Abilene Funeral Home, 3349 N. 12th Street.
Online condolences may be made at
www.abilenefuneralhome.com
Carolyn Ann O'Kelley Donaldson
Friday, November 16, 2007
Abilene - Carolyn Ann O'Kelley Donaldson, of Abilene, died Tuesday, November 13, 2007, at the age of 62. Funeral services, with
Rowland Gregory officiating, will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, November 16, at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Carolyn was born December 21, 1944, in Abilene, Texas to Carroll O'Kelley Sr. and Marian (Harvey) O'Kelley. She graduated from
Abilene High School and Texas Tech University. Carolyn married Larry Donaldson on June 6, 1981, in Abilene. She was a partner in
her family's business, O'Kelley Office Supply, and a lifelong resident of Abilene. Carolyn was a member of the Abilene Zoological
Society and a lifetime member of the Abilene Kennel Club. She was a Baptist.
Carolyn is survived by her parents, Carroll and Marian O'Kelley, of Abilene; her husband, Larry Donaldson, also of Abilene; one
daughter, Tracey Donaldson, of Jacksonville, Florida; one brother, Carroll O'Kelley Jr. and his wife Susan, of Dudley; one sister, Marilyn
Chittum and her husband Roger, of Abilene; one nephew, Kelly Chittum and his wife Machael, of Abilene, and their children, Jenna,
Austin and Aaron Chittum; one sister-in-law, Donna Mills and her husband Rocky of Houston, and their daughter, Leila Vacek; one
brother-in-law, Steven Donaldson, Rt. Col., and his wife Jane, of Virginia, and their children, Sharon, Shelia and Michael Donaldson,
and Larry's aunt, Maybelle Kern.
Memorials may be made in honor of Carolyn to Taylor-Jones Humane Society, 3811 North 1st Street, Abilene, Texas 79603; Rescue
The Animals, 4620 North 1st Street, Abilene, Texas 79603; or the Abilene Zoological Society.
Obituary and Guest Registry Online at:
www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
Carolyn Ann Donaldson, of Abilene, died Tuesday, November 13, 2007, at the age of 62. Funeral services, with Rowland Gregory
officiating, will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, November 16, at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Cherry Allen "C.A." Dry
Howe Mortuary
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Winters - Cherry Allen "C.A" Dry, formerly of Winters, Texas, died at Longmont United Hospital in Longmont, CO, on November 8,
2007. He was 86. He had moved to Firestone, CO in September.
Cherry was born April 17, 1921, in Winters to John Ray and Dora Elizabeth (Williamson) Dry. He graduated from Winters High School
in 1941 and Southwest School of printing in Dallas. C.A. was married to Dorris Evelyn Attaway, of Winters, who preceded him in death
in 1974. He married Linda Lee Sewell Henderson on October 15, 1976, in Kingsland, Texas.
Mr. Dry was an entrepreneur who, with his father J.R. and brother John founded several manufacturing companies in Winters and
Abilene, Texas. Their last endeavor, Dry Manufacturing, Inc., is now Selkirk/Airmate, and remains the largest employer in the area. He
was also a rancher who owned ranches in Coleman and Runnels Counties in Texas and Grand Junction, CO. He was a member of the
First Baptist Church in Winters, The Lions Club, Kingsland Country Club, Winters Country Club, and Winters Rodeo Association. He
worked with Boy Scouts of America and the T-Ball programs. He served as director of the Novice Independent School District and as
president of the U.S. Navy 73rd Seabee Association. On January 29, 2000, C.A. was awarded "Man of the Centry" by the Winters Area
Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Dry was preceded in death by his parents and first wife; three sons: David, James, and Jeff Dry; three brothers: John, Hal, and
Charles Dry; and one sister, Arlie Hickman.
He is survived by his wife Linda of Firestone, CO; two sons: Joel Dry and wife Martha of Phoenix, AZ and Jason Dry of Denver, CO;
three daughters: Beverly Dry of Austin, Betty Rogers of Henderson, and Cheri Dirksen and husband Jay of Firestone, CO; nine
grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Arrangements have been performed by Howe Mortuary in Longmont, CO. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday,
November 17, 2007, at the First Baptist Church in Winters, Texas, with Pastor Barry Taylor officiating. The family will have a private
burial.
El Nora Grevelle
McCoy Funeral Home
Friday, November 16, 2007
Abilene - El Nora Grevelle of Abilene, formerly of Sweetwater, Texas, passed away on November 13, 2007, at Mesa Springs
Healthcare Center at the age of 86.
Graveside services, with Rev. Ward Hayes officiating, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, November 16, 2007, at Oakwood Cemetery in
Waco, Texas, under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater. Viewing will be held from Wednesday until Thursday night at
9 p.m. at McCoy's Funeral Home, Sweetwater, Texas.
El Nora was born December 29, 1920, in Waco, Texas, to late James Edgar and Daisy Willis Dyer. She was a graduate of Waco High
School and Baylor University. She married Frank C. Grevelle in Waco on December 14, 1941.
El Nora held teaching positions in Waco, Killeen and Ballinger. Except for some substitute teaching, she retired from the teaching
profession when she and Frank moved to Sweetwater in October 1968.
El Nora loved the Baylor Bears. The Grevelle's loyalty to the Baylor Bears is almost legendary. One of Baylor's most famous coaches,
Grant Teaff, sometimes stayed with the Grevelles while he was recruiting football players. In 1990 Grant Teaff personally presented the
Grevelles with Baylor's Outstanding Fan Award.
Involvement in civic and community affairs resulted in many honors and awards. Frank and El Nora were associated with the Chamber
of Commerce Redcoats since its earliest days. In 1990, El Nora was named Outstanding Citizen of Sweetwater by the Chamber of
Commerce. In 1998, she was named Outstanding Woman of the Community by the Sweetwater Branch of the American Association of
University Women. She served as President of the Friends of the Museum, Sorosis Study Club, Bluebonnet Extension Club, and the
Book Review Club. In February 1969 she started the local chapter of the American Heart Association.
El Nora was a member of Trinity Baptist Church, Sweetwater, Texas.
Frank preceded her in death on January 10, 2004.
She is survived by a brother-in-law, Louis Grevelle, and wife, Mary, of Lubbock, Texas, and several nieces and nephews. She is also
survived by a best friend, Mrs. Virginia Taylor of Waco, Texas.
A very special thanks to the nurses, volunteers, and caregivers of Hendrick Hospice Care and the staff at Mesa Springs Healthcare
Center for their compassionate care.
Willie Mae Hester
Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Tucson - Willie Mae Hester, 95, of Tucson, passed way November 8, 2007. Mae was born in Texas and since has resided in the Miami,
Ariz., area, Abilene, Texas, and lately Tucson.
She is survived by three sons, Eugene Hester of Miami, Ariz.; Robert Hester of Tucson and Ronald Hester of Fort Worth, Texas. She
was predeceased by a son, William D. Hester. She also leaves a sister Anna Crenshaw of Lubbock, Texas, 11 grandchildren and
several great grandchildren.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment was in EVERGREEN CEMETERY. Arrangements by
EVERGREEN MORTUARY & CEMETERY, Tucson, AZ.
Sandra Eileen Hitts
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Clyde - Sandra Eileen Hitts, 56 of Clyde, died Monday at a local hospital.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Bailey Chapel in Clyde with Rev. Dwaine Clower officiating.
Sandra was born January 12, 1951, in Cambridge, England, to Edward and Cecelia (Williams ) Badcock. She attended school in
Cambridge, England. She moved from England in December 1984 to the Abilene/Tye area. She worked as a cook at several schools
and also at Sears Methodist Retirement Center in Abilene. In 1992, Sandra moved to Clyde. She was a Baptist. Sandra was a loving
mother, grandmother, sister and friend. We will truly miss her.
She is lovingly survived by three daughters, Christine McKibben and husband Larry of Clyde, Cecelia Hitts, also of Clyde and Carrie
Ann Holiday of Cambridge, England; two brothers, Ivan Badcock and Roger Badcock; five sisters, Carol Dunn, Linda Dodd, Mandy
Williams, Josie Howard and Gail Burns and three grandchildren, Sadie Holiday, Cayley McKibben and Seth McKibben.
Amado Jasso
Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Stamford - Amado Jasso, 76, of Stamford passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2007. Rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m., Thursday,
November 15, 2007, at Kinney-Underwood Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, November 16, 2007, at Saint
Ann Catholic Church with Father George Roney officiating. Interment will follow in Highland Memorial Cemetery under the direction of
Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home.
Amado was born on May 5, 1931, in San Patricia County, Texas, to the late Pedro and Carlota San Miguel Jasso. He married Bertha
Zamarripa on March 9, 1952, in Brownsville. They moved to Lake Stamford in August of 1963 and to Stamford in 1973. He was a
devoted family man. Amado farmed for 36 years retiring in 1998, working the longest with Jerry Manske for 26 years. He enjoyed
dancing, and loved the outdoors taking a special interest in fishing and hunting.
He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Sandy Jasso; sister, Dora Guerrero; and brother, Augustine Jasso.
Surviving Mr. Jasso are his wife, Bertha Jasso of Stamford; four daughters, Diana Delgado of Abilene, Leticia Mehiar, Ira Dunn, and
Sherri Jasso all of Irving; two sons, Albert Jasso of Clyde, and Amado Jr. Jasso of Irving; 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; four
sisters, Adela Perez of San Angelo, Juanita Gaona of Roby, Lydia Vasquez of Stamford, and Maria Barrera of Robstown; and brother,
Joe Jasso of Georgetown.
Adonay M. Martinez
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Abilene - Adonay M. Martinez, 83, passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2007, at a local nursing facility.
Visitation for family and friends will be Thursday, November 15, 2007, at 6:30 p.m., followed by a Praise and Worship service which will
begin at 7 p.m. at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Hwy 277 South, Abilene, Texas. Funeral Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, November 16,
2007 at Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Richard Darden officiating; burial will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park, Garden of
Ten Commandments.
Adonay was born on October 5, 1924, in Acuna, Mexico, to Nicholas and Francisca Munoz Martinez. Adonay's father, Nicholas, fought
with Pancho Villa, a Mexican Revolutionary general. When Adonay was a young man he was a cowboy who rode fences. He married
Victoria Gonzales February 8, 1958 in Floydada, Texas. He was a self-educated man who loved to sing, walk, travel, and he loved his
family. Adonay was a migrant worker for many years; he worked for the Union Iron Workers for over 20 years, retiring in the 80s; he
then worked as a janitor for the Abilene Independent School District. Adonay and Victoria were very active for many years in the Baptist
church where they help found several new churches in the Abilene area; he served as a Sunday school teacher, director of education
and president of the deacons.
He is survived by his wife, Victoria Martinez of Abilene; two sons, Richard and wife, Carmela Davila of Brownsville and Lorenzo Davila
of Midland; two daughters, Anjelica Martinez Yanec of Reynosa, Mexico and Rachel Robinson of Buffalo Gap; two brothers, Jesus
Martinez Munoz and Ernesto Martinez; a sister Naomi Reyes; 14 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren and three arriving soon; and
many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Rosa Gonzalez and a daughter-in-law, Elva Rendon Davila.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the obituary link at www.elmwoodfuneral.com
Adonay M. Martinez, 83, passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2007, at a local nursing facility. Visitation for family and friends will be
Thursday, November 15, 2007, at 6:30 p.m., followed by a Praise and Worship service which will begin at 7 p.m. at Elmwood Funeral
Home. Funeral Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, November 16, 2007 at Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel; burial will follow in Elmwood
Memorial Park, Garden of Ten Commandments.
Darlene Norris
Summers-Baker Funeral Home
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Eastland - Darlene Norris, 43, passed away on November 12, 2007, in Abilene after a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services
are at 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2007, at Simpson Cemetery. Pastor Chad Gosnell of the Country Cowboy Church will
officiate the services. Arrangements are held under the direction of the Summers-Bakker Funeral Home.
Adrian Darlene Gonce was born in Hobbs, New Mexico, on June 1, 1964, to Adren Gonce and Verta (Roberts) Gonce. She attended
and graduated from Eastland High School. On August 11, 1990, she married Greg Norris in a garden ceremony at the Norris home on
Mulberry Street in Eastland. The couple was blessed with over 17 years of matrimony.
Darlene was a Wal-Mart Associate working in the Bakery Department. For over 17 years, Darlene has owned and helped run the Lake
Leon Firework Stand on Hwy 2214. She and Greg attended and taught bible study at the Country Cowboy Church in Eastland.
She is survived by her parents Adren and Verta Gonce of Eastland; husband Greg Norris, of Eastland; her son and daughter-in-law
Chris and Heather McCormick of Eastland; her sons, Greg McCormick and Ryan McCormick of Eastland; her daughter, Ashlee Norris
of Eastland; her brother, Clayton Gonce of Florida; her sister, Donna Gonce of Eastland; and several nieces, nephews and cousins in
the surrounding areas.
Pall Bearers serving are her sons, Chris, Greg, and Ryan McCormick, her nephew, Kevin Gonce, and family friends, Billy Tedford and
David Hudson.
Memorial donations in Mrs. Norris' name may be made to the United Way Cancer Services of Abilene or the Country Cowboy Church,
PO Box 665, Eastland, Texas, 76448.
Summers - Bakker
Funeral Home
Eastland, Texas
254-629-1726
Alan "Kent" Potts
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Abilene - Alan "Kent" Potts went home to be with his Maker on Tuesday, November 13, 2007, at a local hospital. He was 45 years old.
Funeral services will be today at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Abilene, 202 Butternut. Graveside services will follow at
the Potosi Cemetery, under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road, Abilene, Texas.
Kent was born on January 3, 1962, in Lubbock, Texas, to his wonderful parents, Emory and Mary Potts. He graduated from Monterrey
High School in 1980 where he was a shining athlete winning numerous awards in football and baseball. After many years of working in
the food business with Furr's Corporation and Marriott services, Kent pursued his love of nature and began his landscaping and
irrigation business, BC Lawn and Landscaping. He had been in business for over 10 years.
Kent had a magnetic personality and love for life. If you met him, you liked him. He had a knack for making people feel special and
loved his family and children with all of his heart. Kent often told people, "I can do two things and that's making things grow and
cooking." He did both very well. If he wasn't outside making things beautiful, he was inside cooking something delicious. He cooked
every opportunity he could and especially loved cooking for family gatherings. Kent was an amazing Christian man; a loving son; a fun
brother; an incredible husband and dedicated dad. The absence in our hearts is great but our joy for him being with his Lord is greater.
Kent is survived by his wife and son, Jennifer and Brycen Potts of Clyde; a son Blane Potts and daughter Shelby Potts of Lubbock; his
parents Emory and Mary Potts of Lubbock; brother Keith and wife LeJae Potts of Lubbock and brother Craig and wife Paula Potts of
Lubbock. Kent was a fun and Loving uncle to six nieces and four nephews. He also had numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends
who will miss him tremendously.
Memorials may be made to the Potosi Cemetery Association, 109 Bynum Lane, Abilene, Texas 79602 or Love and Care Ministry, 233
Fannin, Abilene, Texas 79602.
Obituary and Guest Registry Online at:
www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
Alan 'Kent' Potts went home to be with his Maker on Tuesday, November 13, 2007, at a local hospital. He was 45 years old. Funeral
services will be today at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Abilene, 202 Butternut. Graveside services will follow at the
Potosi Cemetery, under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road, Abilene, Texas.
Lila Pearl Hollis Scott
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Joplin, Missouri - Lila Pearl Hollis Scott, age 85, of Joplin, passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2007, in her home surrounded by her
family and friends.
Lila Scott was born on December 18, 1921 in Salado, Texas, to the late Ruff Stewart Hollis and Johnnie Pearl Preston.
She graduated from Carbon High School, Carbon, Texas, in 1938. On May 20, 1939, she was united in marriage to Gene Edward
Scott. They celebrated their 50th and 60th wedding anniversaries with their family and friends.
Lila attended Kings Daughter Nursing School in Temple, Texas and worked at the Willow Bell Nursing Home in Bartlett, Texas, where
she retired as Director of Nurses.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Edward Scott; two brothers, Carl Hollis and Roy Hollis; and two sisters, Louise
Disheroon and Gertrude Banks.
Survivors include two daughters, Billie Pryor and husband, Glenn, Claremore, Oklahoma, Kathy Fellers and husband, Bill, Joplin;
grandchildren, Karen Smith and husband, Jim, Claremore, Oklahoma, Kelly McCullough and husband, Michael, Arlington, Texas,
Randy Pryor and wife, Cathie, Chanute, Kansas, Cyndy Phillips and husband, Michael, Joplin, Scott Fellers and wife, Terri, Tampa,
Florida; great grandchildren, Dusty Russell of San Diego, California, Drew Smith, Claremore, Oklahoma, Zach Pryor and Nicky Pryor,
Chanute, Kansas, Kyle McCullough and Luke McCullough of Arlington, Texas, Michael Phillips, Jr. and Merrick Phillips, both of Joplin;
Grant Fellers and Daniel Fellers, both of Tampa, Florida; and one great great grandson, Andy Russell, Claremore, Oklahoma.
Lila has been taken for cremation with memorial services planned for a later date in Texas.
Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.
Mary Corinne Daniel Stone
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Abilene - Mary Corinne Daniel Stone was born on October 25, 1918, to Robert Walter and Clara Olive Barber Daniel in Cisco, Texas,
and died Monday, November 12, 2007 in Abilene, Texas.
Mary graduated from Abilene High School. She married the Rev. Dr. Richard Cyril Stone, whom she met at St. Paul United Methodist
Church, while they were still students at McMurry College, now McMurry University. While he pursued his education, she settled in to
rear a family in a series of parsonages and added to her education as the opportunity came, studying at Texas Western University (now
University of Texas at El Paso) and Southern Methodist University.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her four brothers, Paul, Rankin, Charles C. and Judge J. Neil Daniel. Also preceding her
were two sisters, Fern, who died in infancy, and Laura Daniel Brashear.
Besides her husband, she is survived by their seven children: Martha Jeanne and husband, Graham Bridges, Elizabeth Ann and
husband, Girvin Harkins, Mary Frances and husband, Walter Bains, Richard Cyril Stone Jr. and wife, Carol, Robert Edward and wife,
Cynthia, Sarah Margaret (Sally) and husband, Phillip Sneed, Russell David and wife, Sheryl. There are 10 grandchildren, 14 greatgrandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and a loved sister-in-law, Frances Hill (Weeze) Daniel.
A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Friday at St. Paul United Methodist Church with Rev. Greg Kennedy officiating, directed by
Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Please send memorials to the Cyril and Mary Stone Endowed Scholarship at McMurry University, McMurry Station, Abilene, TX 79697,
Landsun Homes "Helping Hands", 2002 Westridge, Carlsbad, NM 88220 or St. Paul United Methodist Church, 525 Beech, Abilene, TX
79601.
Online condolences may be made at www.elliott-hamil.com.
Mary Corinne Daniel Stone died Monday, November 12, 2007 in Abilene, Texas. A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Friday at St.
Paul United Methodist Church with Rev. Greg Kennedy officiating, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Bobby Gail Vineyard
COMANCHE -- Bobby Gail Vineyard, 73, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007. Graveside services are 10 a.m.
Thursday at the Taylor's Chapel Cemetery in Comanche County directed by Comanche Funeral Home.
Death Notices 11.15.07 Wednesday, November 14, 2007
John McInnis Campbell
HOUSTON -- John McInnis Campbell, 71, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007, in a Pasadena Hospital. Graveside
services will be 10 a.m. Friday in the Weedon-Macedonia Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of
Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
Mary Charles Dixon
Mary Charles Dixon, 61, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007, at her residence in Abilene. Arrangements are pending
with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Avanelle Joy (Turnbow) Harmon
ROTAN -- Avanelle Joy (Turnbow) Harmon, 70, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2007, at an Abilene hospital. Services
will be 2 p.m. Friday in Rotan at Belvieu Cemetery under the direction of Weatherbee-Ray Funeral Home.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. today.
Willie Mae Hester
MIAMI, Ariz. -- Willie Mae Hester, 95, died Nov. 8, 2007. Private services will be held at the convenience of
the family. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, with arrangements by Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery, Tuscon,
Ariz.
Sandra Eileen Hitts
CLYDE -- Sandra Eileen Hitts, 56, died Nov. 12, 2007, at a local hospital. Memorial service will be 11 a.m.
Saturday at the Bailey Funeral Home Chapel in Clyde.
Adonay M. Martinez
Adonay M. Martinez, 83, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007, at a local nursing facility. Services will be 11 a.m.
Friday at Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park, Garden of Ten
Commandments. Visitation is 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Sally Medlock
ROSCOE -- Sally Medlock, 94, died Nov. 14, 2007, in San Angelo. Services are pending with McCoy Funeral
Home of Sweetwater.
Don H. Neff
CROSS PLAINS -- Don H. Neff, 70, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007, in Abilene. Services are 2 p.m. Friday at
the Cross Plains Cemetery.
James Arnold Owens Jr.
OPLIN -- James Arnold Owens Jr., 84, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday in Oplin
Baptist Church. Burial will be in Oplin Cemetery, directed by Fry-Bartlett Funeral Home in Tuscola. Visitation
will be 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Bernice Buck Parker
PLANO -- Bernice Buck Parker, 93, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007. Services are pending with Stevens Funeral
Home.
Carolita Jones Quillin
Carolita Jones Quillin, 79, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007. Services are pending with The Hamil Family
Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Juanita Ramseur
GORMAN -- Juanita Ramseur, 87, died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2007, at a Stephenville nursing home. Services will
be 2 p.m. Friday at the Higginbotham Funeral Home Chapel in Gorman. Burial will be in the East End
Cemetery in Lingleville. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today.
Charles 'Papaw' Ratliff
BROWNWOOD -- Charles "Papaw" Ratliff, 83, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007, at his home. Services will be 2
p.m. Saturday at Netherton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery under the direction
of Netherton Funeral Home. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Lillian Frances Bruyere Wright
Lillian Frances Bruyere Wright, 98, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m.
Saturday at First Baptist Church, following the private family graveside service under the direction of The
Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road. The family will receive friends at 1415 Tanglewood
from 4-6 p.m. Friday.Obits for Friday
November 16, 2007
Ora Mae Bruner
Friday, November 16, 2007
Abilene - Ora Mae Bruner, 95, died Thursday, November 15, 2007, at Windcrest Alzheimer's Care Center in Abilene.
The graveside service will be 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Neinda Cemetery in Jones County with Rev. Derrell Patterson officiating, directed
by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A funeral procession
to the cemetery will leave the funeral home at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Daughter of Martha Eugenia (Powell) and W. P. Autrey, she was born on March 12, 1912, in Coryell County, Texas, where she
attended school before moving in 1926 to Abilene and attending Abilene High School. Ora Mae married Horace Bruner in Abilene on
June 16, 1946. She was a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church in Abilene.
Ora Mae was preceded in death by her husband, Horace, on April 19, 1990; her parents; two brothers, Tommy Autrey and Roy Autrey;
and a sister, Bertha Williams.
Survivors include a niece, Patricia Atkins and husband, Al, of Christoval, Texas; nephew, William B. Autrey and wife, Barbara, of
Granite Shoals, Texas; sister-in-law, Edith Keister of Oklahoma City; special friend, Ruth Cutting of Abilene; four great-nieces and
nephews; and eight great-great-nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 1318 South 2nd St., Abilene, TX 79602, or Sears Methodist Systems.
Richard Oliver Claspill
Friday, November 16, 2007
Abilene - Richard Oliver Claspill, of Abilene, died Thursday, November 15, 2007, at the age of 64. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on
Saturday, November 17, at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Richard was born October 16, 1943, in Modesto, California, to Oliver Rudolf and Velma Naomi Claspill. He graduated from Hilmar High
School in California. He served in the United States Air Force from October 1963 to February 4, 1984. Retiring after 21 years of service,
Richard retired from the United States Postal Service after 20 years. He married Kimberly Varnadore on July 26, 2004.
Richard has been an Abilene resident since 1970. His pride and joy was his lime green 1957 Chevrolet and he greatly enjoyed fishing.
His father preceded him death. Richard is survived by his mother, Naomi Claspill of Yuba City, California; his wife, Kimberly Claspill of
Abilene; three sons, Michael Claspill of Abilene, Richard Claspill of Willis, Texas, and Randy Claspill of Abilene; four stepsons, Edward
Jr., Alejandro, Moses, and Salvador DeLeon, all of Abilene; one stepdaughter, Amanda DeLeon, also of Abilene; one brother, Dennis
Claspill of Long Beach, California; two sisters, Darlene Abella, of Yuba City, California and Cheryl Hall of Meridian, California; 14
grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made in honor of Richard Claspill to the Food Bank of West Central Texas, 5505 North 1st Street, Abilene, Texas
79603 or to the West Texas Rehab Center, 4601 Hartford, Abilene, Texas 79605.
Online condolences may be sent to:
www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
Carolyn Ann O'Kelley Donaldson
Friday, November 16, 2007
Abilene - Carolyn Ann O'Kelley Donaldson, of Abilene, died Tuesday, November 13, 2007, at the age of 62. Funeral services, with
Rowland Gregory officiating, will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, November 16, at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Carolyn was born December 21, 1944, in Abilene, Texas to Carroll O'Kelley Sr. and Marian (Harvey) O'Kelley. She graduated from
Abilene High School and Texas Tech University. Carolyn married Larry Donaldson on June 6, 1981, in Abilene. She was a partner in
her family's business, O'Kelley Office Supply, and a lifelong resident of Abilene. Carolyn was a member of the Abilene Zoological
Society and a lifetime member of the Abilene Kennel Club. She was a Baptist.
Carolyn is survived by her parents, Carroll and Marian O'Kelley, of Abilene; her husband, Larry Donaldson, also of Abilene; one
daughter, Tracey Donaldson, of Jacksonville, Florida; one brother, Carroll O'Kelley Jr. and his wife Susan, of Dudley; one sister, Marilyn
Chittum and her husband Roger, of Abilene; one nephew, Kelly Chittum and his wife Machael, of Abilene, and their children, Jenna,
Austin and Aaron Chittum; one sister-in-law, Donna Mills and her husband Rocky of Houston, and their daughter, Leila Vacek; one
brother-in-law, Steven Donaldson, Rt. Col., and his wife Jane, of Virginia, and their children, Sharon, Shelia and Michael Donaldson,
and Larry's aunt, Maybelle Kern.
Memorials may be made in honor of Carolyn to Taylor-Jones Humane Society, 3811 North 1st Street, Abilene, Texas 79603; Rescue
The Animals, 4620 North 1st Street, Abilene, Texas 79603; or the Abilene Zoological Society.
Obituary and Guest Registry Online at:
www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
Frances Adell Russell Elliott
Friday, November 16, 2007
Breckenridge - Francis Elliott, age 88 of Breckenridge, died Wednesday, November 14, 2007 surrounded by family. Funeral services
will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 17, at First United Methodist Church in Breckenridge, Texas. Burial will follow in the
Breckenridge Cemetery under the direction of Morehart Mortuary. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, November 16, at Morehart
Mortuary.
Frances Adell Russell Elliott was born to T.J. Russell and Eselloy Collins Russell on September 17, 1919, in Breckenridge, Texas. She
graduated from Breckenridge High School. She married Ross Liles Elliott Sr. on April 17, 1941, in Breckenridge at the home of her
parents. Frances was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She served in leadership roles at First United Methodist Church of
Breckenridge, the Woman's Society of Christian Service, Woman's Club, Woman's Forum, and the Breckenridge Garden Club. Through
the Garden Club, Mayor Virgil Moore signed a proclamation declaring it Frances Elliott Day in the City of Breckenridge on September 8,
2000. She was a driving force in the beautification of Breckenridge Park, often planting and working the gardens herself. Frances
continued her love of wildflowers and nature by capturing God's creation in photographs. She became an avid photographer at the
young age of 70 with many photos in publication as well as designing her own line of note cards focusing on scenes found at the family
ranch north of Breckenridge. One of her photographs was published in Wildflower, the official publication of The Lady Bird Johnson
National Wildflower Research Center. She also worked tirelessly to bring Texas Highways to Breckenridge and wanted other Texans to
share in her passion. In continuing this effort, Ross and Frances sponsored the painting of a wildflower mural across from the Park and
also helped to revive the second floor of the Swenson Memorial Museum which now features the law office of her late husband. The
past seven years, Frances resided at Broadway Plaza Retirement Community in Fort Worth, Texas. She made many lasting friendships
with the staff and others that lived in her community. Her dream was to help mankind appreciate and identify God's wonders in his
creations. There is no doubt her journey continues at God's Side.
Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Ross Liles Elliott, her brother, T.J. Russell Jr., her daughter Mona Elliott and her
grandson, David Ray Vice. She is survived by four children: Janice Vice and husband, Ray of Lewisville, Texas who have a daughter
Ashley Martin and husband, Wes of Dallas, Texas; Linda Ledbetter and husband, Harry of Fort Worth, Texas, who have two daughters,
Kimela Ledbetter of Fort Worth, Texas, and Deborah Ledbetter and Randall Carman of Mansfield, Texas; Mary Whitman and husband,
Bill of Fort Worth, Texas, who have two daughters, Jennifer Whitman of Brooklyn, NY and Melissa Whitman of Fort Worth, Texas; and
Ross Liles Elliott Jr. and wife Maurelda of Weatherford, Texas, who have a son, Ross Lucas Elliott and a daughter, Charlotte Elliott,
both of Weatherford, Texas. Also, nine nieces and eight nephews.
Pallbearers will be Bob Ross Elliott, Mark Hanna, Steve Hanna, David Russell, Jack Russell, Tim Russell, Trey Humphreys, and
Randall Carman.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 419 West Walker Street, Breckenridge, Texas 76424; Swenson Memorial
Museum, 116 West Walker Street, Breckenridge, Texas 76424; and Breckenridge Park, 503 East Hullum, Breckenridge, TX 76424.
Memorials may also be left at Morehart Mortuary. Condolences may be sent online at www.morehartmortuary.net
El Nora Grevelle
McCoy Funeral Home
Friday, November 16, 2007
Abilene - El Nora Grevelle of Abilene, formerly of Sweetwater, Texas, passed away on November 13, 2007, at Mesa Springs
Healthcare Center at the age of 86.
Graveside services, with Rev. Ward Hayes officiating, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, November 16, 2007, at Oakwood Cemetery in
Waco, Texas, under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater. Viewing will be held from Wednesday until Thursday night at
9 p.m. at McCoy's Funeral Home, Sweetwater, Texas.
El Nora was born December 29, 1920, in Waco, Texas, to late James Edgar and Daisy Willis Dyer. She was a graduate of Waco High
School and Baylor University. She married Frank C. Grevelle in Waco on December 14, 1941.
El Nora held teaching positions in Waco, Killeen and Ballinger. Except for some substitute teaching, she retired from the teaching
profession when she and Frank moved to Sweetwater in October 1968.
El Nora loved the Baylor Bears. The Grevelle's loyalty to the Baylor Bears is almost legendary. One of Baylor's most famous coaches,
Grant Teaff, sometimes stayed with the Grevelles while he was recruiting football players. In 1990 Grant Teaff personally presented the
Grevelles with Baylor's Outstanding Fan Award.
Involvement in civic and community affairs resulted in many honors and awards. Frank and El Nora were associated with the Chamber
of Commerce Redcoats since its earliest days. In 1990, El Nora was named Outstanding Citizen of Sweetwater by the Chamber of
Commerce. In 1998, she was named Outstanding Woman of the Community by the Sweetwater Branch of the American Association of
University Women. She served as President of the Friends of the Museum, Sorosis Study Club, Bluebonnet Extension Club, and the
Book Review Club. In February 1969 she started the local chapter of the American Heart Association.
El Nora was a member of Trinity Baptist Church, Sweetwater, Texas.
Frank preceded her in death on January 10, 2004.
She is survived by a brother-in-law, Louis Grevelle, and wife, Mary, of Lubbock, Texas, and several nieces and nephews. She is also
survived by a best friend, Mrs. Virginia Taylor of Waco, Texas.
A very special thanks to the nurses, volunteers, and caregivers of Hendrick Hospice Care and the staff at Mesa Springs Healthcare
Center for their compassionate care.
Sally Immo Eakin Medlock
McCoy Funeral Home
Friday, November 16, 2007
San Angelo - Sally Immo Eakin Medlock, 94, of San Angelo and formerly of Roscoe, Texas, passed away Wednesday, November 14,
2007. Sally was born June 5, 1913, in McCaulley, Texas. At an early age, Sally moved to Sweetwater, Texas, and graduated in 1930.
She continued her education and recieved a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History from Simmons University in Abilene, where
she was also a member of the Cowgirls. After graduation, Sally moved to Roscoe where she taught elementary school. December 15,
1940, she married Landrum L. Medlock, Jr. They made their home in Roscoe, where they were co-owners of the Medlock Furniture
Store. Sally and Landrum were blessed with 44 beautiful years together.
Sally will be missed as a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother to all of her family. She loved family get togethers, especially at
Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Her generosity was unending, and will never be forgotten. Following her family, volunteer work
and church work were the utmost importance in her life. Sally served as Treasurer and member of the Administrative Board of the First
United Methodist Church of Roscoe. Sally was named Outstanding Citizen of Roscoe in 1980, among many other prestigious awards.
She served as a past director of the Roscoe State Bank and was a volunteer at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital.
She is survived by her son Landrum Medlock, III, and wife Benita of Amarillo; daughter Susan Kerbow and husband Jim of San Angelo;
grandchildren Jenny Hensler of Lubbock; Amanda Klyukovski of Kirksville, MO, Andrew Medlock of Little Rock, AR, Kelly Hudson of
Austin, and Kristen Kerbow of San Angelo; and three great-grandchildren, Madeline, Athena, and Amelia.
Sally is preceded in death by her husband, Landrum L. Medlock, Jr., on February 10, 1984, and her brother, Clifton Francis Eakin.
Visitation for family and friends will be from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Saturday, November 17, 2007, at McCoy Funeral Home in Roscoe. A
graveside service at the Roscoe Cemetery will follow at 2 p.m. with Landrum Medlock III and Rev. Gregory Ayers officiating.
Arrangements are made with McCoy Funeral Home of Roscoe. Pallbearers to serve include Jack Kerby, Jim Kerbow, Billy Joe Jay,
Andrew Medlock, Scotty Hensler, and Andy Hudson.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests the donations to the First United Methodist Church of Roscoe at P.O. Box 489, Roscoe, Texas,
79545.
The family extends its heartfelt thanks to the nurses and staff at Meadow Creek Nursing Center, and the nursing staff at Community
Hospital.
James Arnold Owens Jr.
Fry-Bartlett Funeral Home
Friday, November 16, 2007
Oplin, Texas - James Arnold Owens Jr., 84, died Tuesday, November 13, 2007, at an Abilene hospital. Services will be 2 p.m.
Saturday, November 17, 2007, in Oplin Baptist Church with Reverends James Teel and Daniel Stovall officiating. Burial will be in Oplin
Cemetery, directed by Fry-Bartlett Funeral Home in Tuscola. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, November 16, 2007, at the funeral home.
James was born to Jewell Faye Hampton Owens and James Arnold Owens Sr. September 21, 1923, in Nugent (Taylor County), Texas.
A veteran of WWII, he served in the Seabees of the U. S. Navy building roads on Okinawa. He married Vera Archer July 1, 1946, in
Abilene. The couple moved to Boron, California in 1946, where he worked for U. S. Borax and Chemical Company, retiring after 27
years as a supervisor. He also owned and operated Boron TV Sales and Service in Boron. He moved to the Oplin area in 1973, and
worked as superintendent of the Lawn Water System, retiring after 26 years, and owned and operated Oplin Jot-Um-Down Store since
1983. He was a Demoley Dad and Master Mason in the Masonic Lodge in Boron, California for 40 plus years and a member of Oplin
Baptist Church.
Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, Bobby Jean Owens; and one grandson, Randie Morris.
Survivors include his wife, Vera Owens of Oplin; three daughters, Alice Marie Denunzio and husband David of Oplin, Judy Ann
Woodard and husband Tarlton "Butch" of Oplin, and Arletta Kay O'Shields and husband James of Coleman; six grandchildren, Cheryl
Smoot, Tiffeny Fulgham, Levi Woodard, Regina Woodard, Amanda O'Shields, and Jarret O'Shields; six great-grandchildren, Kamryn
Calderon, Gilbert Calderon, Jr., Alisyn Smoot, Morgan Fulgham, Emery Fulgham, and Brockston Woodard; seven brothers, Burl Owens
and wife Erma Lee of Abilene, Floyd Ray Owens and wife Biff of Temple, Harold Dean Owens and wife Mary of Redding, California,
Don Owens and wife Kacky of Fruitvale, Texas, Mack Owens of Abilene, Jerry Owens of Lebanon, Tennessee, and Frank Owens and
wife Glenda of Clyde; two sisters, Lavoy Williams of Oplin and Jodie Owens of Henrietta; numerous nieces, nephews, and other
relatives.
Memorials may be made to Oplin Baptist Church Building Fund, 17892 CR 225, Clyde, Texas 79510 or Oplin Volunteer Fire
Department, % Shirley Landers, 10396 FM 604, Ovalo, Texas 79541.
Estelle Kathleen Browning Rix
Rix Funeral Home
Friday, November 16, 2007
Lubbock, Texas - A local watercolor artist and beloved instructor passed away Nov. 14 at UMC in Lubbock.
Estelle Kathleen was born in Fisher County, Texas, on June 17, 1930, to Russell B. and Clara (Stinnett) Browning. She graduated from
Sweetwater High School and lived in Abilene and Dallas before retiring to Lubbock. Kathleen married Averyt Rix in 1975. She was a
longtime member of the West Texas Watercolor Society, winning numerous awards with her paintings. Kathleen was a member of
South Plains Church of Christ and, for years, was actively involved with her late husband in missionary work in South America. He
passed away in 2002.
Her husband and parents preceded her in death. Kathleen is survived by a brother, Douglas Browning; two sons, Thom and Mark
Edwards; a daughter, Susan Ussery; two stepsons, David and James Rix; four grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and numerous
nieces and nephews. She will be lovingly missed by family, friends, and loyal students. She had a special place in her heart for the
Jaime and Benita Cardenas family.
A visitation will take place today from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at Rix Funeral Directors, 1901 Broadway. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov.
17, in South Plains Church of Christ. Interment will follow in Longworth Cemetery at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation to South Plains Church of Christ South American Mission, 6802 Elkhart, Lubbock 79424.
To send online condolences, please visit www.rixfd.com.
Death Notices 11.16.07 Thursday, November 15, 2007
Robert Searcy
BRECKENRIDGE -- Robert Searcy, 73, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007. Graveside services and military rites
will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Breckenridge Cemetery, under the direction of Morehart Mortuary.
Arvin H. Thornton
Arvin H. Thornton, 59, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007. Arrangements are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral
Home, 542 Hickory.
Hazel Trice
STAMFORD -- Hazel Trice, 100, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007. Arrangements are with Kinney-Underwood
Funeral Home in Stamford.
Charles Michael Way
CLYDE -- Charles Michael Way died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007, at a local care center. Private memorial
services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home.
Obits for Saturday November 17, 2007
Sterling Gene Lewis
Mansell - Smith Funeral Home
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Knox City, Texas - Sterling Gene Lewis, 76, of Knox City, went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 16, 2007, in an Abilene
Hospital.
A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, November 18, 2007, at the First Baptist Church, Knox City, with Rev. Paul Chambers
and Rev. Don Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in the Knox City Cemetery under the direction of Mansell - Smith Funeral Home,
Knox City. A visitation will be 6-7 p.m. Saturday, November 17, at the funeral home.
Sterling was born on January 4, 1931, in Jack County, the son of the late Clinton Lewis and Janie Burden Lewis. In 1952 he opened
Lewis Paint & Body Shop and was the owner and operator. He was a member of the Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, Masonic
Orient Lodge 905, Scottish Rite Bodies of Lubbock, Khiva Temple in Amarillo, and First Baptist Church, Knox City.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Bobby Lynn Lewis, and brother Wade Lewis.
Sterling is survived by: his wife, Josie Lewis, of the home; children, Patricia Beth Deering and husband, Larry of Abilene, Danny Gary
Lewis and wife, Amber of Knox City, Troy Gene Lewis and wife, Sheri of Lubbock, Todd Alan Lewis and wife, Missy of Knox City,
Sterling Shane Lewis and wife, Aimee of Yukon, OK, Clinton Wayne Lewis and wife, Tonya of Knox City, step-children, Melinda
Johnson and husband, George of Haskell, Nonie and Greg Maston of Seymour, 26 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, brother, J. F.
Lewis of Sinton, sister, Bonnie Johnson and husband, Jack of Grandbury, several extended family members and a host of friends.
Carolita Jones Quillin
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Carolita Quillin, of Abilene, passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2007, at the age of 79.
Visitation will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Sunday in the chapel at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road. Graveside
services will be at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, November 19, 2007, in the Crowell Cemetery in Crowell, Texas.
Carolita was born on January 31, 1928, in Thalia, Texas, to Joe Carroll and Ava Ella Jones. She graduated from Thalia High School
and attended Hendricks Nursing School in Abilene. Carolita married Truman Bryan Quillin Jr. on February 16, 1947, in Thalia, Texas.
They were longtime residents of Vernon where Truman was the editor and publisher of the Vernon Daily Record.
Carolita returned to Abilene in 1983 and attended American Commercial College and taught there for a short period. She was a
devoted mother and grandmother. Carolita found fulfillment as a Sunday School teacher at Wylie Baptist Church and loved her "little
ladies."
She was predeceased by her husband, Truman Bryan Quillin, Sr. and her son, Truman Bryan Quillin Jr.
Surviving her are her daughters; Paula Ford and husband Bill of Abilene, Nancy Long and husband Derek, of Austin; one brother,
Martin Jones; one sister, Faye Lynch; and grandchildren, Kristen Ford, Shawn, Kelly, and Hudson Quillin.
Memorials may be made in honor of Carolita to Hospice of the Big Country, 4601 Hartford, Abilene, Texas 79605 or to the American
Cancer Society, 209 South Danville, Building B, Suite 107, Abilene, Texas 79605.
Obituary and Guest Registry online at:
www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
Hazel Trice
Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Stamford, Texas - Hazel Trice, 100, of Seminole, formerly of Stamford passed away Thursday, November 15, 2007.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 17, 2007 at Kinney-Underwood Funeral Chapel with Wes Horn officiating.
Interment will follow in Highland Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home.
Hazel was born on July 17, 1907, in Comanche County, Texas, to the late Walter W. and Sarah Elizabeth Barnes Trice. She moved
with her family from Comanche County to Stonewall County in 1926 in a covered wagon. They moved to Jones County in 1945. Hazel
worked for many years as a beautician and was well known for her impressive sewing and cooking abilities. She was very active in the
Stamford Lioness Club serving as past president and received the Lioness of the Year Award two different times. She was a longtime
member of the Orient Street Church of Christ.
She is preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Verna House and Gertie Irene Bailey; two brothers, Erskine Trice and Bea Trice;
and niece, Kara Janell Dugger.
Surviving Ms. Trice are two sisters, Annie Dugger of Seminole, and Alene Schmidt and husband Milton of Austin; nephew, Gary Dugger
and wife Carman of Seminole; great-niece, Morgan Dugger of Seminole; two great-nephews, Chad Dugger of Shallowater, and Blake
Dugger of Midland; great-great-niece, Ann Elizabeth Dugger; great-great-nephew, Ryan Dugger of Shallowater.
Lillian Frances Bruyere Wright
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Abilene - Lillian Wright was born to Horace Albert Bruyere and Myrtle Watkins Daniel Bruyere in Waco, Texas, August 3, 1909, and
passed away in Abilene, Texas, October 31, 2007.
Lillian graduated from high school in Waco and attended Baylor University where she was named a Baylor Beauty. She married William
Parker Wright on November 30, 1929, and they celebrated 56 years of marriage before his death in 1985.
A devoted member of First Baptist Church for over 70 years, Lillian taught a Sunday School class for 5-year-old children for many
years, enjoyed singing in the Majestic Sounds Choir and was active in the Woman's Missionary Union of the church and her own
Sunday School class. She was active in the formation of GLO, the church's day care ministry, and served on its board. She was a
member of the Abilene Woman's Club, the West Texas Photographic Society and the Abilene Garden Club. For many years she
volunteered her services as a "Pink Lady" for the Hendrick Medical Center Auxiliary. She was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, Area
Coordinator for the West Texas Girl Scout Council, a Cub Scout leader and assisted her husband, "Dub" Wright, in supporting many
local civic activities, including those with Dyess Air Force Base, Camp Barkeley, Hardin-Simmons University and the Abilene Chamber
of Commerce.
Lillian was an artist and photographer, traveling with her family to many locations around the world. She loved nature and taught her
children respect for God's world, spending many hours in search of birds' nests, rocks and fossils. She permitted her children to have a
wide variety of pets including snakes, skunks, chickens, hamsters, guinea pigs, and, of course, always a dog. She was a committed
teacher, ensuring that her children and grandchildren were exposed to positive experiences in art and music which she loved. Also, she
was a wonderful homemaker with a wide circle of friends.
In addition to her husband and her parents, Lillian was preceded in death by her sisters, Mabel Winton, Evelyn Bruyere, Dorothy Crews
and Florence Pope. Also preceding her were her only brother, Horace Bruyere, Jr., and her grandson, David Parker Wright. She is
survived by her son, William P. (Bill) Wright and wife, Alice, of Abilene, two daughters, Gayle Gray and husband, Robert, of Abilene and
Linda Abel and husband, Grover, of Houston. Additional survivors are grandchildren, Alison Wright Peeler, Mitchell Wright, Christopher
Abel, Jeffrey Abel, Suzanne Cook Taylor, Trey Cook, Stephen Cook and 15 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by stepgrandchildren Mark Gray and Elizabeth Gray Doughty and their three children.
Her family wishes to express appreciation for the care and support Lillian received during her later years from Sears Methodist Center,
Hendrick Hospice Care and especially her most faithful and competent caregiver and friend, Lydia Guerrero.
The family will receive friends at 1415 Tanglewood on Friday, November 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. A memorial service will be held at First
Baptist Church, Saturday, November 17, at 11 a.m., following the private family graveside service. Services are under the direction of
The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts may be made to GLO Daycare at First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 85, Abilene, TX
79604, or the Lillian and W.P. Wright Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation of Abilene, P.O. Box 1001, Abilene, TX 79604.
The scholarship benefits Dyess AFB personnel attending Hardin-Simmons University.
Obituary and Guest Registry Online at:
www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com
Death Notices 11.17.07 Friday, November 16, 2007
Mary Elizabeth (Shirley) Burnett
Mary Elizabeth (Shirley) Burnett, 68, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007, at an Abilene medical center.
Arrangements are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Velma A. Faulkenberry Johnson
Velma A. Faulkenberry Johnson, 96, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007. Services are 11 a.m. Monday at Crescent
Heights Baptist Church in Abilene. Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Park directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral
Home, 542 Hickory. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Victoria Rene Nelson
STEPHENVILLE -- Victoria Rene Nelson, 53, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007. Burial will be in Houston with
a private graveside service. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. today at Lacy Funeral Home in Stephenville.
Helen L. Sikes
EASTLAND -- Helen L. Sikes, 89, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. Monday at the Edwards
Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Eastland City Cemetery. Visitation is noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the
funeral home.
Bennie Mae Pelts Tervooren
BROWNWOOD -- Bennie Mae Pelts Tervooren, 79, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2007. Services are 2:30 p.m. Sunday
in the Rocky Creek Baptist Church with burial in the Rocky Creek Cemetery directed by Davis-Morris Funeral
Home of Brownwood. Visitation is 6-7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Arvin H. Thornton
Arvin H. Thornton, 59, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007. Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are by Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 No. 2nd St.
Walter Dean Toler
CISCO -- Walter Dean Toler, 77, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist
Church with burial in Oakwood Cemetery under the direction of Kimbrough Funeral Home.
Bobby Duane Wisdom
DESDEMONA -- Bobby Duane Wisdom, 80, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007. Services are 10:30 a.m. today at
the Nowlin Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Desdemona Garden of Memories Cemetery.
Obits for Sunday November 18, 2007
Ernestine Scott Brannom
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Abilene, Texas -- Ernestine Scott Brannom of Abilene, passed away Thursday, November 15, 2007 at the age of 74.
Funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m. Monday, November 19 at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road. Burial will
follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery, 5701 Highway 277 South. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday
at the funeral home.
Ernestine was born June 13, 1933 in Abilene, Texas to Thomas Grogan Scott and Oleta (Waller) Scott. She graduated from Abilene
High School in 1951and has been a lifelong resident of Abilene. She married Dr. Dale B. Brannom, who preceded her in death
November 26, 2003. Ernestine worked as an office manager for Dr. Marco Eugnio, Dr. Orlan Aikin, and Radiology Associates. She also
worked as an operating room technician at Hendrick Medical Center.
Ernestine was an active member of the Taylor-Jones-Haskell County Medical Society Ladies Auxiliary. She was also an active
supporter of the Ben Ritchey Boys Ranch. Earnestine was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church.
Preceding Ernestine in death were her parents, one brother, Thomas Earl "Tommy" Scott, and her husband. She is survived by one
daughter, Jan Smith, of Abilene; one son, David Brannom, of Florida; one sister-in-law, Carole Scott, of Richardson; two
granddaughters, Ann Marie Reeves and her husband Nick, of Lubbock, and Allison Brannom Richardson and her husband Jarret, of
College Station; two great-granddaughters, Julianne and Zoey Reeves; one niece, Julie Cox and her husband Chris, of Raleigh, North
Carolina, and Julie's children, Simon and Emilia Cox. Ernestine is also survived by her caregiver, Patty Bowen.
Nick Reeves, Jarret Richardson, David Smith, Kolby Richardson, Sam Box, and Larry Coe will serve as pallbearers.
Memorials may be made in honor of Ernestine to Hendrick Hospice Care, 1682 Hickory Street, Abilene, Texas 79601; the Ben Richey
Boys Ranch, 501 Ben Richey Drive, Abilene, Texas 79602; or to the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Foundation, 5005 LBJ Freeway,
Ste. 250, Dallas, Texas, 75244.
Obituary and Guest Registry Online at:
www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
George B. Crain
Sunday, November 18, 2007
My family and I wish to thank everyone who visited, sat with us, comforted us at the hospital; and to all who called and lifted us up in
prayer during my husband George's illness. We give a special and genuine "Thank You" to each of you who attended the funeral in
loving support of us, and the beautiful flower arrangements and plants that were sent. Your kindness and friendship will not be
forgotten.
Sincerely,
Mrs. George B. Crain
Billy Neil Davis
Carnes Funeral Home
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Brookeland, Texas -- Billy Neil Davis was born January 4, 1930, to Neil and Opal Davis in the small community of Salt Creek near
Brownwood, Texas. He died November 5, 2007, in M. D. Anderson Hospital, Houston, Texas.
His wife Janet Thomas Davis, three children, Kimberly Huebner of New Bern, North Carolina, Alison Winn of lrving, Texas, and Paul
Davis of Carrollton, Texas, survive him. His six grandchildren are Melissa and John Kennerly, Brandon Solomon, Matthew, Sara and
Parker Winn.
He graduated from Early High School in 1947 and married Janet in 1949. He attended Howard Payne University, has music degrees
from Hardin - Simmons University and studied opera at Baylor University. He toured Japan as a soloist with the Hardin - Simmons
Cowboy Band and toured Europe on two seperate occaisions with the Nimitz High School Choir. He has been director of choirs in
Abilene, Pampa, and Irving Public Schools, was Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities at Angelo State University, and
served as Coordinator of Vocal Music Programs for Kingsville I.S.D.
He retired from teaching in 1988, but never retired from music. When Janet retired in 1996, they moved to Rayburn Country.
Memorial Services were held November 9, 2007, at the Lake Rayburn United Methodist Church.
Mary Charles Dixon
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Abilene, Texas -- Mary Charles Dixon, 61, died Tuesday, November 13, 2007, at her residence in Abilene.
Interment of her remains will follow a graveside service at 2 p.m. Monday in Elmwood Memorial Park with Reverend Jim Wallace
officiating, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Mary was born November 12, 1946 to Mary {Colburn} and Charles E. Dick in Abilene, Texas. She was a lifetime resident of Abilene.
Mary was a Presbyterian and a member of the Eastern Star, having served in the past as Worthy Matron. She worked at Hendrick
Medical Center for ten years as an administrative assistant and bookkeeper.
Mary was preceded by her parents, Mary and Charles Dick.
Survivors include a brother, Colburn W. Dick of Abilene and a nephew, Jason C. Dick of Austin, Texas.
Memorials may be sent to the West Texas Rehabilitation, 4601 Hartford, Abilene, Texas 79605 or Meek Blood Center, 1150 North 18th
Street, Abilene, Texas 79601.
Gladys Eugenia Ivy
McCoy Funeral Home - Aspermont
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Aspermont, Texas -- Gladys Eugenia Ivy, 95, of Hobbs, New Mexico, formerly of Aspermont went to be with her Lord Friday evening,
November 16, 2007, in Hobbs New Mexico.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 18, 2007 at First Baptist Church in Aspermont, officiated by Rev. Truitt
Cockrell with burial to follow in the Aspermont Cemetery under the care and direction of McCoy Funeral Home of Aspermont.
Mrs. Ivy was born in Stonewall County to William A - Williams and Elizabeth Sandlin. She married James Walter Ivy Decernber 6, 1930
in Tahoka, Texas, and he preceded her in death on January 2, 1995.
Gladys lived in Stonewall County for over 50 years.
Mrs. Ivy was an active member of First Baptist Church where she served on the benevolence committee and the food committee for
many years. Mrs. Ivy also worked for Jack's Food Market and worked at The Aspermont School System and drove a School Bus for
Aspermont ISD.
In addition to her husband she was also preceded in death by four sisters and seven brothers.
Survivors include: two sons, B. A. Ivy of Hobbs, New Mexico and James Walter Ivy, Jr. of Fort Stockton, Texas; one brother, Tuck C.
Williams of Stanton, Texas; seven grandchildren: Trey Ivy Lori ivy, Toye Crenshaw, Shana McKinney, Dee Dee Collins, Trevor Ivy, and
Karen KIassen; twelve great grandchildren, Daniel McKinney, Nathan McKinney, Erin McKinney, Donald McKinney, Ricky Collins ,
Chris Collins, Ray Chel Tolin, La Ray Tolin, Desi Rae Tolin, Ashely Klassen, Erika Klassen, and Jessica Klassen; and one great great
grandchild.
Alma M. Merchant
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Haskell, Texas -- Alma M. Merchant, 97, of Haskell, passed away on Saturday, November 17, 2007, at Haskell Memorial Hospital.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 19, 2007 at Cornerstone Fellowship Baptist Church, Haskell, with
Brother J. C. Amburn and Dr. MorrisJohnson officiating. Burial will follow at Willow Cemetery under the direction of Holden McCauley
Funeral Home, Haskell. Visitation will be held Sunday, November 18, 3 - 5 p.m. at the funeral home.
Alma was born in Haskell County on May 31, 1910, the daughter of the late Paul Zahn and Amelia Foster Zahn. She married Ray
Merchant on October 12, 1925 in Haskell County, he preceded her in death in 1985. Alma was a life time resident of Haskell and a
member of the Assembly of God Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, nine brothers, one sister, one son Luther Dale Merchant and neice, Amelia Zahn,
whom she raised since childhood.
Alma is survived by: sons,
J. R. Merchant and wife, Inez of Haskell, Cleo Merchant and wife, Jean of Comfort; nephew, Jerry Zahn of Lubbock, whom she raised
since childhood; six grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 23 great-great grandchildren.
Carolita Jones Quillin
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Abilene, Texas -- Carolita Quillin, of Abilene, passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at the age of 79.
Visitation will be from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday in the chapel at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, November 19, 2007 in the Crowell Cemetery in Crowell, Texas.
Carolita was born on January 31, 1928 in Thalia, Texas, to Joe Carroll and Ava Ella Jones. She graduated from Thalia High School and
attended Hendricks Nursing School in Abilene. Carolita married Truman Bryan Quillin, Sr. on February 16, 1947 in Thalia, Texas. They
were longtime residents of Vernon where Truman was the editor and publisher of the Vernon Daily Record.
Carolita returned to Abilene in 1983 and attended American Commercial College and taught there for a short period. She was a
devoted mother and grandmother. Carolita found fulfillment as a Sunday School teacher at Wylie Baptist Church and loved her "little
ladies".
She was predeceased by her husband, Truman Bryan Quillin, Sr. and her son, Truman Bryan Quillin, Jr.
Surviving her are her daughters; Paula Ford and husband Bill of Abilene, Nancy Long and husband Derek, of Austin; one brother,
Martin Jones; one sister, Faye Lynch; and grandchildren, Kristen Ford, Shawn, Kelly, and Hudson Quillin.
Memorials may be made in honor of Carolita to Hospice of the Big Country, 4601 Hartford, Abilene, Texas 79605 or to the American
Cancer Society, 209 South Danville, Building B, Suite 107, Abilene, Texas 79605.
Obituary and Guest Registry online at:
www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
Walter Dean Toler
Kimbrough Funeral Home
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Cisco, Texas -- Walter Dean Toler 77 of Cisco went to live with Jesus on Friday November 16, 2007. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m.
Sunday November 18, 2007 at the First Baptist Church officiated by Reverend Bruce Stovall, assisted by Reverend Craig Curry. Burial
will be in Oakwood Cemetery under the direction of Kimbrough Funeral Home.
Dean was born in Marion City, Illinois on November 20, 1929 to Henry and Bernice (Baker) Toler and was born again at the age of 16.
He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Wanda Nell Willett on March 3, 1962 in Odessa, Texas. He owned
and operated Toler's Automotive in Cisco and was a member of First Baptist Church.
Survivors include: his wife, Wanda of Cisco; daughter, Beverly Patterson and husband, Dale of Emory, Texas; son, Monty Toler and
wife, Kim; and grandsons, Justin Toler, Stephen Toler and Bradley Toler all of Cisco; sisters, Shirley Brown of Port Arthur, Texas, Nelda
Wyatt of Salem, Illinois; and brother, Herbert Toler of Kinmundy, Illinois.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, (Mission Projects), PO Box 127, Cisco, Texas 76437.
Kimbrough Funeral Home
Cisco, Texas
254-442-1211
Obits for Monday November 19, 2007
Velma A. Faulkenberry Johnson
Monday, November 19, 2007
Abilene, Texas -- Velma A. Faulkenberry Johnson, 96, of Abilene, died Thursday, November 15, 2007, in Mexia, Texas.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Crescent Heights Baptist Church, Abilene, Texas, with Pastor Mike Chancellor officiating.
Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Park, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. Visitation was from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday
at the funeral home.
Velma was born April 8, 1911 to Mabel Elizabeth {Odom} and Ira Earnest Faulkenberry in Cleburne, Texas. She moved to Abilene in
1955. Velma married Edwin Stanley Johnson. She was a member of Crescent Heights Baptist Church. Velma taught Sunday School for
30 plus years. She was a member of the Social Group, travelling to England, Alaska, and throughout the continent of the United States.
Velma had been employed by the Abilene State School as an attendant.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ira and Mabel Faulkenberry; her husband, Edwin Stanley Johnson {July, 1994}; three
sisters, Rena Brook, Agnes Hutson and Geneva Jo Teel; two brothers, Roland Faulkenberry and Luches Faulkenberry.
Survivors include three sons, Dale Johnson of Shelbyville, Kentucky, Truett Johnson of Waco, Texas, and Ralph Johnson of Mansfield,
Texas; two brothers, Chester Faulkenberry and Lee Faulkenberry, both of Weatherford, Texas; four sisters, Hallie Stovall of Tyler,
Texas, Bessie Burnett of Muenster, Texas, Wanda Threatt of Rhome, Texas, and Jennie Lyn Church of Weatherford, Texas.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Westbrook, Chess Faulkenberry, Billy Threatt, Truett Johnson, Ralph Johnson, and Dale Johnson.
Alton Lewis Lancaster
Fry-Bartlett Funeral Home
Monday, November 19, 2007
Lawn, Texas -- Alton Lewis Lancaster, 73, died Sunday, November 18, 2007, at his residence.
Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 20, 2007, at Counts Cemetery near Content, with Roy Meyer officiating,
directed by Fry - Bartlett Funeral Home in Tuscola.
Alton was born July 22, 1934, to Ray and Ruby Morman Lancaster in Norton. He married Hazel Josephine Gilmore February 1967, in
San Angelo. He worked in road construction in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana for many years, moving to Lawn in 1982. After moving
to Lawn he worked as a general contractor and was a former member of Lawn Volunteer Fire Department and the South Taylor
Emergency Medical Service (STEMS).
Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife in 1999; a granddaughter, Shayla Coxe; a sister, Joyce; and two brothers, George
and Forrest.
Survivors include: two daughters, Reanell Lancaster and Melissa Coxe and husband, Rodney, all of Lawn; four brothers, Billy, John, T.
L. and Roy; three sisters, Viola Dowdy, Jean Tullis and Doris Smith; a special friend, partner and companion for the last seven years,
Joyce Lanter; five grandchildren, Zachary Lewis Lancaster, Jayton Travis Lancaster, Joseph Curtis Lancaster, Angel Dawn Coxe, and
Medora Cheyenne Vick; five great-grandchildren, Ruth Lucile Lancaster, Zachary Lewis Lancaster II, Madison Faith Lancaster, Jayden
Cole Lancaster and Emily Best; and numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Jim Ned Swink
McCoy Funeral Home-Aspermont
Monday, November 19, 2007
Friona, Texas -- Jim Ned Swink, age 44, of Friona, formerly of Aspermont passed away Friday, November 16, 2007 in Houston, Texas.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at First Baptist Church in Asperruont officiated by Dr. Bob
Marcho with burial to follow in the Aspermont Cemetery under the care and direction of McCoy Funeral Home of Aspermont.
Ned was born in Hamlin, Texas, he was a graduate of Asperrnont High School. Ned married Alison Lookingbill on August 14, 1993 in
Las Vegas, Nevada. Ned worked as a cowboy and he loved life and his children.
Ned is survived by: his wife Alison Swink of Friona; daughter, Shayle Swink of Friona; son, Slade Swink of Friona; father, Ivy Swink and
wife, Kaye of Aspermont; sister, Kayla Straubb and husband, Marty of Stanton; mother and father-in-law, Fred and Sandy Lookingbill of
Surnmerfield; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Ned was preceded in death by his mother, Linda Swink.
Richard Louis Wills
Lawrence-Adams Funeral Home
Monday, November 19, 2007
Lueders, Texas -- Richard Louis Wills, 63, died Sunday, November 18, 2007, at an Abilene hospital. Services will be 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007, at Bethel Baptist Church with Dr. Arlie Hoover and Harold Barnes officiating. Burial will be in Bethel
Cemetery, directed by Lawrence - Adams Funeral Home.
Born May 4, 1944 in Stamford, Richard was a son of the late Harvey (Biggon) and Lorene (Spitzer) Wills. He graduated from Lueders
High School and married Marie Ada Crawford June 9, 1962 in Halfway. He retired from the City of Abilene after 23 years. Richard was
a farmer and member of the Nugent Church of Christ.
Richard was preceded by a brother (Milton Wills).
Survivors include: his wife, Marie Ada Wills of Lueders; one son, Richard Wills, Jr. and wife, Beverly of Iowa Park; two daughters, Letitia
Smith and husband, Allen of Kamay, and Pamela Strout and fiancé, Chris of Humble; nine grandchildren, Carl, Candice, Sara,
Christine, Sandi, Amy, Juli, Patrick, and David; and one great-grandson, Brayden.
Family visitation will be 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday, November 19, 2007, at Lawrence - Adams Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Death Notices 11.19.07 Sunday, November 18, 2007
Nelson Bruton
THROCKMORTON -- Nelson Bruton, 95, died Sunday, November 18, 2007. Services are pending with
Merriman-Archer Funeral Home.
Faye Crossland
ABILENE -- Faye Crossland, 85, died Sunday, November 18, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Broadview
Baptist Church with burial in Elmwood Memorial Park. Visitation is 6 to 7 p.m. today at The Hamil Family
Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Jack Richard Denman
SNYDER -- Jack Richard Denman, 78, died Saturday, November 17, 2007. Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at
Colonial Hill Baptist Church in Snyder with burial at 3 p.m. in the Robert Lee Cemetery.
Ethel Cox Earles
HASKELL -- Ethel Cox Earles, 89, died Sunday, November 18, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at the
Church of Christ with burial in Howard Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Holden-McCauley
Funeral Home.
Robert Hall
ABILENE -- Robert Hall, 76, died Sunday, November 18, 2007. Services are pending with The Hamil Family
Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Jackie Leon Jackson
THROCKMORTON -- Jackie Leon Jackson, 65, died Saturday, November 17, 2007. Graveside services were 3
p.m. Sunday in Throckmorton Cemetery, directed by Merriman-Archer Funeral Home.
Nettie Jane Moreno
ABILENE -- Nettie Jane Moreno, 79, died Sunday, November 18, 2007. Services are pending with ElliottHamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
David Crockett 'D.C.' Strother
SWEETWATER -- David Crockett "D.C." Strother, 83, died Saturday, November 17, 2007. Graveside services
are 2 p.m. Tuesday in Roscoe Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater.
Bryan James Underwood
COMANCHE -- Bryan James Underwood, 48, died Sunday, November 18, 2007. Services are pending with
Heartland Funeral Home of Comanche.
Vinita Rhodes Williams
ABILENE -- Vinita Rhodes Williams, 73, died Saturday, November 17, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday
at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church with burial in Elmwood Memorial Park. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at
The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Obits for Tuesday November 20, 2007
Troy P. Brown
Smith Funeral Home
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Rochester -- Troy P. Brown, 83, of Rochester, died Monday, November 19, 2007 at a Wichita Falls Hospital. A Graveside Service will
be held 2:00 pm Wednesday, November 21, 2007, at Rochester Cemetery, under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Rochester.
Troy was born in O'Brien July 6, 1924, the son of the late Harley Brown and Virginia Patton Brown. He married Dora Durham
September 25, 1954 and was the Haskell County Constable and also worked for the Rochester and Knox City School Districts. He
volunteered for the Rochester Fire Department and served in the United States Army in World War II, where he was a recipient of the
Purple Heart. Troy was a member of the Church of Christ, Rochester.
He is survived by his wife, Dora Brown, of the home, son, Scott Brown and wife Jo of Rochester, sisters; Earlene Hankins of Andrews,
Claudine Jones of Three Rivers, grandchildren; Kody, Brandy, Haley, Cassidy, Paden, Toni, great grandchildren; Tyler,Gage, Cade,
Harley and Paisley.Troy was preceded in death by his parents, son; Kent Brown, two sisters and two brothers.
Ethel Cox Earles
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Robert Lee -- Ethel Cox Earles, 89, died Sunday, November 18, 2007 at Robert Lee Care Center. A Funeral Service will be held
Wednesday, November 21, 2007 at 10:00 am at Haskell Church of Christ with Frank Daniels, son-in-law, officiating. Burial will follow in
Howard Cemetery in the Paint Creek Community in Haskell County near her former residence of over 60 years, directed by Holden
McCauley Funeral Home, Haskell. Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 pm, Tuesday, November 20 at the funeral home.
Mrs. Earles was born in Baylor County to Israel Alfred Cox and Martha Jane Allen Cox on January 6, 1918. She married William Joseph
"Jodie" Earles June 6, 1937 in Seymour, TX. They raised cotton and cattle in the Paint Creek community until his dea thin 1987. Ethel
was a homemaker and Jodie's helpmate for over 50 years, often following after him while he was moving the tractor from field to field.
She was active in the Haskell Church of Christ and kept Singing School students and instructors forman years. Many young children
remember her as a reader in the Grandmother's Lap program at Paint Creek School where her children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren attended school. After the death of Jodie, Ethel made a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Adelaide, Australia to visit her youngest
daughter, Marjorie Daniels and family. In 2001, Ethel left her home of 65 years and moved into Haskell, where she resided until
February 2007. She then resided in Abilene with her son Joe Bob and Patsy Erales until failing health caused her to move to the Robert
Lee Care Center. She is well remembered by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren for always seeing to it that they left her home
well-fed with a home-cooked meal.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jodie, and sisters Pearl, Cassie, Orpha, Dena, and by brothers Alfred, Monroe and
Francis. She is survived by son a Joe Bob Earles and wife Patsy of Abilene, two daughters Jane Powers and husband David of Haskell,
Marjorie Daniels and husband Frank of Robert Lee. She is also survived by 5 granddaughters Lori Earles of Abilene, Anni Lichty and
husband Jim of Williamsburg, Iowa, Julie Graham and husband Bryan of Milano, Rhonda Hanson and husband Lance of Haskell,
Jessica Lightfoot and husband Ronnie of Greeley, Colorado, by one grandson Jodie Daniels and wife Scarlett of Rogers, Arkansas, two
step granddaughters; Carol Lively and husband Mitchell of Quanah and Stephanie Powers of Wichita Falls, 15 great-grandchildren and
5 step great-grandchildren.
Memorial may be made to the West Texas Rehabilitation Center, 4601 Hartford, Abilene, TX 79605 or Hospice of San Angelo, PO Box
471, San Angelo, TX 76902.
A. L. Fredeck
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Abilene -- A.L. Fredeck, of Abilene, died Sunday, November 18, 2007 at the age of 69. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm today,
Tuesday, November 20, at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road. Funeral services, with Rev. David Cason
officiating, will be at 10:00 am on Wednesday in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park.
A.L. was born June 2, 1938 in Abilene, Texas to Adolph Jefferson Fredeck and Bernadine L. LeCompte. He graduated from Abilene
High School in 1956 and attended McMurry University. He was a machinist for Abilene Machine Shop for 26 years. A.L. married
Barbara Buckman July 31, 1993 in Abilene. He attended Broadview Baptist Church.
A.L. was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Cloie Fredeck, in 1985. He is survived by three daughters, Belinda Rhodes
and her husband Cody of Clyde, Dianna Campbell and her husband Cletus, of Abilene, and Elaine Coffman and her husband Rusty,
also of Abilene; one stepson, Jason McVay and his wife Cindy, of Lonoke, Arkansas; one stepdaughter, Tonya McVay of Grand Prairie;
six grandchildren, Dylan and Delaney Rhodes, Lauren and Emily Campbell, Payton and Rylie Coffman.
Online condolences may be sent to:
www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
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Martha Jeanne Hamilton
Wiley Funeral Home
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Granbury -- Martha Jeanne Hamilton, 92, passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2007, in Granbury. Graveside services were held
Friday, November 9, 2007, at the Elmwood Memorial Gardens in Abilene, Texas.
Mrs. Hamilton was born March 12, 1915, in Abilene, to Earnest Eugene Reynolds and Sallye Elizabeth Hemphill Reynolds. She married
Oliver James Hamilton on Easter Sunday in 1943 and he preceded her in death in October of 1971. Mrs. Hamilton lived in Granbury for
the past 3 ½ years and had previously lived in Weatherford. She retired from the Beckham Insurance Agency in Abilene in 1980.
Survivors: Daughters, Judy Schreiber and husband, Chris, of Granbury, Cynthia Gallant of Costa Rica, Laura Ricks and husband, Rick,
of Lufkin; seven grandchildren including, Holly Roberts and Christi Schreiber, both of Fort Worth, Jason Ricks of Omaha, Nebraska,
Lauren Ricks of Los Angeles, California; three great grandchildren; brother, Earnest E. Reynolds, Jr., of Abilene; and several nieces
and nephews.
Wiley Funeral Home
Granbury, Texas
817-573-3000
Nettie Jane Moreno
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Abilene -- Nettie Jane Moreno, 79, went to be with our Lord on Sunday, November 18, 2007, at her residence.
A rosary will be held on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, 542 Hickory. Funeral services will be
held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. Vincent Pallotti Catholic Church, 2525 Westview, Abilene, with the Reverend Father, Terry Brenon
officiating. Interment will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park.
Nettie was born to Mike and Juanita Saldana on May 12, 1928, at Alba, Texas, and grew up in East Texas. She later moved to Tye,
where she met her husband of 60 years, Marcelino Moreno of Merkel. They were married in Merkel on August 1, 1947. They later
moved to Abilene, where they resided until the present. Until her retirement, Nettie worked for many years for the Abilene ISD as a bilingual teacher's aide. She was very proud of all of the boys and girls she taught. She was a member of St Vincent Pallotti Catholic
Church.
Nettie was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Aurelio and Albino Saldana.
She is survived by her husband, Marcelino; four sons, Marcelina, Jr. and wife, Linda, Jimmy of Abilene, Isaac of Tye, and Jose of
Abilene; one daughter, Cathie Moreno of Abilene; one brother, Robert Saldana and wife, Hilda, of Tye; one sister, Irene Cantu and
husband, David, of Tye; five grandchildren, Christa Loyer and husband, Michael, of San Antonio, Michael (Miguel) Rios of Arizona,
Jimmy (Bubba) Moreno, Jr. of Abilene, Joe (Little Joe) Moreno, Jr. of Austin, Martha Moreno of San Antonio; one great-grandchild,
Diego Moreno of Abilene, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers will be David Shields, Abe Martinez, Joe Reyes, George Shannon, Alex Moreno, and Jimmy (Bubba) Moreno,
Jr.
This special lady will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends.
Special thanks is expressed to Hendrick Hospice Care for all of their wonderful care and loving support.
Memorials may be made to Hendrick Hospice Care, P.O. 1922, Abilene, TX 79604.
Richard Sanchez
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Abilene -- Richard Sanchez, 50, died Monday, November 19, 2007, at an Abilene medical center.
Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church officiated by the Reverend Robert Bush. Burial will
follow in Elmwood Memorial Park directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Hwy 277 South. A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday
at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Araujo, Tony Gonzales, Joe Torres, Alex Vidaurri, Chris Chrismer, Ricky Santibanez, Erin Davis and Alan
Buckner. Honorary pallbearers will be Willie Bagley, Tony Araujo, Leroy Oliver and Tony Kirby.
Born in Abilene, Texas on May 10, 1957, Richard was a lifelong resident of Abilene and graduate of Abilene High School. He worked at
C & W Leasing for 10 years, and later owned and operated Gypsy Transport Trucking Co.
He married Susan Molina on October 10, 1974, in Baird. Richard was a very loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a member
of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
His mother, Juana Garcia, and grandmother, Brigida Sanchez, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Sanchez of Abilene; son, Richard Christopher Sanchez of Abilene; daughters, Amy Sanchez and
husband, Ryan, of Abilene, and Julianna Victoria Molina Sanchez of Abilene; brothers, Carolos Sanchez of Baird, and Santos Sanchez
of Arlington; sisters, Jerry Meza of Abilene, Ramona Garcia of Eula, and Anna Canales of Arlington; and a grandchild, Maranda
Rodriguez.
The family expresses special thanks to Dr. David Longley and the Hendrick In-Patient Hospice Staff for their loving care.
Memorials may be made to Hendrick Hospice Care, P.O. Box 1922, Abilene, TX 79604.
Gisela Webb
Cotner Funeral Home
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Reynoldsburg, Ohio -- Gisela Webb, age 62, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, formerly of Ludwigshafen, Germany, passed away on Sunday,
November 18, 2007 at the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Zion, Illinois.
Gisela is survived by her loving husband and best friend Alvin Webb, and her two daughters Carmen (David) Aguirre, of Abilene, Texas
and Melissa Webb of Reynoldsburg. Gisela was especially proud of her two grandchildren Justin and Conlan of Abilene, Texas.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Friday, November 23, at the Cotner Funeral Home, Reynoldsburg, Ohio. A complete
obituary may be viewed and messages sent to her family at www.cotnerfuneralhome.com
Death Notices 11.20.07 Monday, November 19, 2007
Troy P. Brown
ROCHESTER -- Troy P. Brown, 83, of Rochester, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2007, at a Wichita Falls hospital.
Graveside services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Rochester Cemetery under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.
Nelson A. Bruton
THROCKMORTON -- Nelson A. Bruton, 95, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. today at the
Church of Christ with burial in Throckmorton Cemetery.
Martha Faye Crossland
Martha Faye Crossland, 85, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007. Services will be 2 p.m. today at Broadview Baptist
Church with burial in Elmwood Memorial Park, 5750 Highway 277 South. Arrangements are under the
direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Emma Nell (Sing) Downey
COLEMAN -- Emma Nell (Sing) Downey, 90, of Coleman died Monday, Nov. 19, 2007, at Coleman County
Medical Center. Family visitation will be 6-7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Ethel Cox Earles
ROBERT LEE -- Ethel Cox Earles, 89, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007, at Robert Lee Care Center. Visitation will
be 6-8 p.m. today at Holden-McCauley Funeral Home in Haskell.
Rogelio Carillo Esquivel Sr.
LORAINE -- Rogelio Carrillo Esquivel Sr., 65, of Loraine died, this week at his home. The family will receive
friends from 7-9 p.m. today at the Kiker-Seale Funeral Home in Colorado City.
A.L. Fredeck
A.L. Fredeck, 69, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. today at The Hamil Family Funeral
Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
John Ross Hale Sr.
ROTAN -- John Ross Hale Sr., 82, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2007, in Brownwood. Services will be 10 a.m.
Friday at Weathersbee-Ray Chapel under the direction of Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home.
Robert Lee Hall
76, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007. Memorial service will be 4 p.m. today at Ridgemont Baptist Church, 4857
Buffalo Gap Road, under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Martha Jeanne Hamilton
Martha Jeanne Hamilton, 92, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007, in Granbury. Graveside services were Friday at
Elmwood Memorial Gardens in Abilene.
Bonnie Mae Hines
GATESVILLE -- Bonnie Mae Hines, 94, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007, in Gatesville. Visitation will be 11 a.m.
today at Stacy-Wilkins Funeral Home in Goldthwaite.
Rickie Charles Hogue
SWEETWATER -- Rickie Charles Hogue, 55, died Nov. 19, 2007. Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at
McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater.
Syble Lanham
Syble Lanham, 79, of Abilene, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007. Services are pending with North's Funeral Home,
242 Orange St.
Mike Loudamy
Mike Loudamy, 47, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2007, at Brownwood Regional Medical Center. Visitation will be 78:30 p.m. today at Stacy-Wilkins Funeral Home in Goldthwaite.
Frances Naneene McKinney
BIG SPRING -- Frances Naneene McKinney, 79, of Big Spring, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007. The family will
receive friends from 6:30-7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of NalleyPickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Virginia A. Moore
BIG SPRING -- Virginia A. Moore, 78, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2007, at Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation.
Graveside services were Monday at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Anson. Arrangements were by Myers & Smith
Funeral Home.
Nettie Jane Moreno
Nettie Jane Moreno, 79, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007, at her residence. Rosary will be 7 p.m. today at ElliottHamil Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, 542 Hickory.
Eva Lee Teaff Roberts
Eva Lee Teaff Roberts, 89, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007, at a local medical center. Services are 10 a.m.
Wednesday at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Faith, 5701 Highway 277 South. Burial will follow in
Rose Hill Cemetery in Merkel.
Richard Sanchez
Richard Sanchez, 50, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2007, at an Abilene medical center. Services will be 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial in Elmwood Memorial Park directed by Elliott-Hamil
Funeral Home, 5701 Highway 277 South. Rosary will be at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Bryan James Underwood
COMANCHE -- Bryan James Underwood, 48, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. today at the
Heartland Funeral Home Chapel in Comanche. Burial will follow in the Pecan Wells Cemetery in Hamilton
County.
Zeta Estellene 'Jane' Varner
Zeta Estellene "Jane" Varner, 92, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2007, at her residence in Abilene. Services will be 2
p.m. Wednesday at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, 542 Hickory, with burial in Elmwood
Memorial Park. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Vinita Rhodes Williams
Vinita Rhodes Williams, 73, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today
at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Obits for Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Ricky J. Frazier
Evert-Luko Funeral Home
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Hartland, Wisconsin -- Ricky J. Frazier, age 53, passed away Friday, November 16, 2007.
A Texas native, Ricky was born in Tyler, Texas and lived in Cisco, Texas until 12 years ago when he was forced to become a "cheese
head."
He is survived by his permanent fiancée Shelly Ingalls, his children Donnie Frazier of Abilene, TX, Joleena "Jo Jo" Frazier of Abilene,
TX and Brianna "Bri Bri" (Harley) Ethridge of Richland Springs, TX. He was the loving Papaw to Autumn Dawn, Braxton, Jaylen and
Reagan.
Local Services were held on Monday, November 19, 2007. Burial Services will be held on Wednesday, November 21, 2007 at 2:00 pm
at Oakwood Cemetery in Cisco, TX under the direction of Summer-Chambers Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials to the family
appreciated.
A.L. Fredeck
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Abilene -- A.L. Fredeck, of Abilene, died Sunday, November 18, 2007 at the age of 69. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm today,
Tuesday, November 20, at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road. Funeral services, with Rev. David Cason
officiating, will be at 10:00 am on Wednesday in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park.
A.L. was born June 2, 1938 in Abilene, Texas to Adolph Jefferson Fredeck and Bernadine L. LeCompte. He graduated from Abilene
High School in 1956 and attended McMurry University. He was a machinist for Abilene Machine Shop for 26 years. A.L. married
Barbara Buckman July 31, 1993 in Abilene. He attended Broadview Baptist Church.
A.L. was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Cloie Fredeck, in 1985. He is survived by three daughters, Belinda Rhodes
and her husband Cody of Clyde, Dianna Campbell and her husband Cletus, of Abilene, and Elaine Coffman and her husband Rusty,
also of Abilene; one stepson, Jason McVay and his wife Cindy, of Lonoke, Arkansas; one stepdaughter, Tonya McVay of Grand Prairie;
six grandchildren, Dylan and Delaney Rhodes, Lauren and Emily Campbell, Payton and Rylie Coffman.
Online condolences may be sent to:
www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
Juanita Lanham
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Abilene -- Juanita Lanham, 79, died Sunday, November 18, 2007, at a local hospital. Funeral services will be at 1 pm Wednesday at the
New Beginnings United Pentecostal Church with Johnathan Neely and Vernon Neely officiating. Burial will be in the Coleman Cemetery
under the direction of North's Funeral Home, 242 Orange St.
Mrs. Lanham was the daughter of Joel and Gladys Offutt. She was raised in Shamrock, Texas. She was a L.V.N, in Brownfield for
several years and married Raymond Bayer in 1949 in Lubbock, Texas. The family farmed in the Union Community for 47 years until
Raymond's death in 1996. Mrs. Lanham married Elliott Lanham in 2000 in Abilene, Texas. They moved to Abilene in 2003 from
Coleman, Texas.
She was a member of the New Beginnings United Pentecostal Church. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother
who will be missed by all of her family.
Survivors include her husband, Elliott Lanham of Abilene; two daughters and sons-in-laws, Anita and Don Williams, Debra and Kelly
French, both of Bryan, Texas; two step-daughters and their husbands, Barbara and Larry Stewart of Amarillo, Texas, Gail and Tom
Morgan of Lubbock, Texas; two step-sons and their wives, Jimmy and Dawn Lanham of Gatesville, Texas, John and Vickie Lanham of
Lamesa, Texas; three grandchildren, Michelle and husband Malcolm McSpadon, Stephanie French and Trevor French; three greatgrandchildren, Braxton McSpadon, Gentri McSpadon, and Avery McSpadon; 18 step grand and great-grandchildren and one sister
Nadene Brown of Brownfield, Texas
Online condolences may be made at www.northsfuneralhome.com.
Lucinda Vondelle Setser
Lemons Funeral Home
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Mesquite -- Lucinda Vondelle "Vonnie" Setser, 74, of Mesquite Passed away Saturday, November 17, 2007 in the Bradford House in
Mesquite, Texas. Family visitation will be 6:00pm until 8:00pm Friday, November 23, 2007 at Lemons Funeral Home in Plainview,
Texas. Funeral service will be 1:00pm Saturday, November 24, 2007 at College Heights Baptist Church in Plainview with Rev. Larry
Venable officiating. Burial will be 4:00pm Saturday November 24, 2007 in Levelland City Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to
Lemons Funeral Home.
Vonnie was born July 26, 1933 to Curtis Alfonso Butler and Anabel Bailey Butler in Weatherford, Texas. She married Rev. Jake Dan
Setser July 13, 1952. Vonnie served as a dedicated pastor's wife, taught Sunday school and was very active in WMU. She graduated
from Wayland Baptist University May 14, 1983. After graduating she worked for MHMR and Adult Protective Services of the South
Plains before she was transferred with the State of Texas to Austin. Vonnie was also a volunteer through Chaplain Services for Baylor
Medical Center in Dallas.
Mrs. Setser was preceded in death by her parents Curtis and Anabel Butler, loving husband Rev. Jake Setser and brother Curtis A.
Butler Jr.
Vonnie is survived by her daughter Cindy Zerbe and husband Ed of Combes, Texas and children Dawn, Crystal and Amber; son
Michael Setser and wife Renee of Heartland, Texas and children Shellie Setser Carson and husband Kelley and Shane Setser; son
John Setser and wife Tina of Sunnyvale, Texas and children Cari, Jacob and Kaylee; son Mark Setser and wife Lisa of Merkel, Texas
and children Aaron, Candace and David; two great grandchildren Devin and Cami; three sisters Ruth Renegar of Plainview, Jean
Chewning of Lubbock and Pauline Rusk of Jacksonville, Florida.
The family suggests that any memorials that are given in Mrs. Setser's memory can be given to Vista Care Hospice of Dallas, Texas.
Eva Lee Teaff Roberts
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Abilene -- Eva Lee Teaff Roberts, 89, passed away Sunday, November 18, 2007 in Abilene, Texas at a local medical center.
Eva Lee was born to Will and Catherine Teaff in Tye, Texas on March 21, 1918. She grew up in Post, Texas, graduating from Post High
School. She and the love of her life, W. Eldon Roberts, were married on December 23, 1938.
Besides Abilene and Post, she had lived in Midland, Lockney, Lubbock and Houston. Eva Lee was a Mary Kay Consultant. She worked
at Sears in Abilene and was a secretary in Houston. She retired in Houston in 1983, and moved back to Abilene, where she was a
member of Southwest Park Baptist Church.
She was awarded a plaque from President Bush in 2004 for her volunteer work with Rose Park Seniors.
She was preceded in death by two daughters, Kay Roberts Sykora in 1989, and Sue Roberts Clay in 1991; her parents; four sisters and
three brothers.
Eva Lee is survived by her husband of almost 69 years, W. Eldon Roberts of the home; daughters, Gaye Morris Griffith and husband,
James, of Abilene, and Fern Coldewey and husband, Ray, of San Antonio; seven grandchildren, Dale Morris, Robby Morris and David
Morris of Abilene; Dianne Ryan of Grand Prairie; Cynthia Steele of Las Vegas, and Michael Clay and Susan Collett of Fairbanks,
Alaska; and ten great-grandchildren. Survivors also include a sister, Sybil Cagle of Waco, a brother, Auda Vee Teaff of Lubbock, and
numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 21, at 10 a.m. at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Faith, 5701 Hwy 277 South,
officiated by Rev. Mike Woodard. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Merkel, Texas.
Pallbearers will be great-grandchildren, Josh Strey, Casey Morris, Travis Morris, Marshall Morris, Trent Morris and Charlee Ann Morris.
Memorials may be made to the West Texas Rehabilitation Center, 4601 Hartford, Abilene, TX 79605, or the donor's favorite charity.
Zeta Estellene Varner
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Abilene -- Zeta Estellene "Jane" Box Varner passed from this life on November 19, 2007 at her home where she lived for over 50 years.
Jane was born in Jacksboro, Texas on February 26, 1915 to William Eustace Box and Winnie Estelle Faires. She was a graduate of
Bryson High School and later attended Abilene Christian University.
Jane married William H. "Bill" Varner on July 2, 1937. Abilene became their home where they worked together in the oil and real estate
business for over fifty years. They were faithful members of the College Church of Christ, which met at Sewell Chapel on the ACU
campus and is now known as the University Church of Christ.
Jane was known for her talents as a porcelain artist, seamstress, cook and devoted servant of Christ. She was a teacher and member
of the Big Country Porcelain Art Club and Women of ACU.
She was predeceased by her husband, William H. "Bill" Varner; daughter, Sandra Varner Rosser; and two brothers, Don Box and
Herschel Box. Her survivors include Sandra's children, JanaBeth Allen Bane and husband, Edward, who reside with their children,
Madelyn and Hanson, in Houston, TX, and son, Jeff Allen and wife, Rhonda, of San Antonio; daughter, Glenda Touchstone, who
resides in Plano, TX, and her children, Tiffany Touchstone and Justin Touchstone also of Plano, and daughter, Dwalah Nelson and her
husband, A.E. "Butch" Nelson, of Baird and their children, Lauren Nelson Williams and husband, Steven Williams, and son, Tate
Williams, who reside in Dallas, TX and son, Matthew Nelson of Deming New Mexico.
Services celebrating Jane's 92 years of life will be held at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Memories at 542 Hickory Street on
Wednesday, November 21, at 2:00 p.m. with interment in Elmwood Memorial Park. Services will be conducted by Dr. Eddie Sharp,
minister of the University Church of Christ. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Jeff Allen, Justin Touchstone and Matthew Nelson; nephews,
Ray Don Box, John Box, Gary Varner and David Varner; and Cullen Cullers. Leao McDaniel will be an honorary pallbearer.
Vinita Williams
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Abilene -- Vinita Williams, of Abilene, passed away Saturday, November 17, 2007 at the age of 73. The family will receive friends today,
Tuesday November 20, from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road. Funeral services will be at
2:00 pm on Wednesday at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church. Rev. Stan Allcorn and Dr. Jeff Reid will officiate. Burial will follow in Elmwood
Memorial Park.
Vinita was born February 16, 1934 in Abilene, Texas to Orel Adrain Rhodes and Annie Beatrice (Story) Rhodes. She grew up in Abilene
and graduated from Abilene High School in 1952. After graduating from high school, Vinita attended Hardin-Simmons University, where
she graduated with a BBA degree in 1956.
August 5, 1955, Vinita married Kerry Wayne Williams in Abilene. She worked at the Abilene Regional Airport for 19 years as a
secretary. Vinita has been a very active member of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church since 1965. She was the Children's Sunday School
Director for 30 years, sang in the Church Choir for 25 years, and sang in the Early Bird Choir since it began. She also taught
kindergarten for 15 years at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church.
Vinita was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Kerry W. Williams, of Abilene; one son, Richard Williams
and his wife Sandy, of Abilene; two daughters, Karen Johnson, also of Abilene, and Sherry Nixon and her husband Tracy, of Hobbs,
New Mexico; two brothers, Arvid Rhodes and his wife Heather, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Carroll Rhodes of Tahoka, Texas. Vinita is
also survived by six grandchildren; Shane Johnson, of Corpus Christi, Texas, Nicole Eaves and her husband Jason, of Lubbock, Texas,
Justin and Lea Ann Nixon, of Hobbs, New Mexico, and Jason and Ashley Williams, of Abilene; along with three nieces and three
nephews.
Bob Johnson, Hal McCullough, John Holton, Edwin Broesche, Bruce Morris, Wes Ratliff, Don Harless, and Bill Goldman will serve as
pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of Church Builders, Nehemiah, and Prime Timers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in honor of Vinita Williams to the Big Country Baptist Assembly, P.O. Box 248, Leuders,
Texas 79533.
Obituary and Guest Registry online at:
www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com
Death Notices 11.21.07 Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Jimmie 'Hoppy' Daniels
BIG SPRING -- Jimmie "Hoppy" Daniels, 68, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2007, at Mountain View Lodge. Services
will be 2 p.m. today at Myers & Smith Chapel with burial at Trinity Memorial Park under the direction of
Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Emma Nell 'Sing' Downey
COLEMAN -- Mrs. Emma Nell "Sing" Downey, 90, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2007. Services will be 2 p.m.
today at the Walker Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Gouldbusk Cemetery under the direction of
Walker Funeral Home in Coleman.
Hazel Driver
CLIFTON -- Hazel Driver, 95, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007, at her residence. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday
at the Lacy Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at West End Cemetery in Stephenville. Visitation will be 9:3011 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Juanita Lanham
Juanita Lanham, 79, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007. Services are 1 p.m. today at the New Beginnings United
Pentecostal Church. Burial will be in the Coleman Cemetery under the direction of North's Funeral Home, 242
Orange St.
William G. 'Big Grandad' McClellan
William G. "Big Granddad" McClellan, 88, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007. Graveside services will be 1:30 p.m.
Friday at the I.O.O.F Cemetery in Denton. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. today at Piersall Benton Funeral
Directors, 733 Butternut St.
Gregory Medearis
Greg Medearis, 45, formerly of Abilene, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2007; in Ft. Valley, Ga. Services were Monday
in Georgia.
Ardell Monroe
VALERA -- Ardell Monroe, 84, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2007, at the Coleman County Medical Center.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. today at the Valera Cemetery. Burial will follow under the direction of
Henderson Funeral Home.
Tillie Marie Rosewell
Tillie Marie Rosewell, 83, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007. Arrangements are pending with Abilene Funeral
Home.
Henry C. Tristan
Henry C. Tristan, 51, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007, at his residence. Graveside services will be 10 a.m.
Saturday at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N. 2nd St.
Visitation will be 6-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Lester Younguist
Lester Youngquist, 40, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007. Arrangements are pending with Piersall Benton Funeral
Directors, 733 Butternut St.
Elmer Harold Woolsey
Elmer Harold Woolsey, 89, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2007. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Comanche
Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Baggett Cemetery in Comanche County. The family will receive
friends from 3-5 p.m. Friday at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Obits for Thursday, November 22, 2007
Steve Adams
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Lueders -- Steve Adams of Lueders passed away November 14, 2007. He is survived by his wife, Denise; sons, Sam Adams, Scott
Adams; daughter, Stacie Adams; nine grandchildren; sisters, Patricia Huddleston and Sue Parker.
Graveside service: November 20, 2007 at Springtown Cemetery.
Mozelle Maureen Corley Fletcher
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Rochester - Mozelle Maureen Corley Fletcher, 84, of Bridgeport, formerly of Haskell, died November 21, 2007. A graveside service will
be held 2 p.m. Friday, November 23, 2007, at Rochester Cemetery with Steve Willis officiating, under the direction of Smith
FuneralHome, Rochester. Visitation will be Friday 10-11:30 a.m. at the funeral Home.
Mozelle (Shockey) was born in Haskell County on October 14, 1923, to Theodore (Thead) and Blanche Corley. She was raised in
northwest Haskell County and attended school in Rochester and O'Brien, where she graduated as the Valedictorian of the graduating
class of 1941. After graduation she worked at the Knox County Hospital and Reed's Grocery Store until she married J.W Hayes in
1951. J.W died of cancer shortly after their marriage. She married Jimmy Doyle Bland in 1958 and gave birth to her only son, J. Edward
(Eddie) in 1959.
After the death of her father in 1961, Mozelle and Eddie moved to Rochester to live with her mother. She worked at the ASCS office in
Haskell from 1954 to 1974, when she retired. She later worked for Penman Propane, Rochester ISD and the Knox County Hospital.
She married Joe Fletcher in 1978. They lived in Rochester, attended the Church of Christ, and enjoyed their years together traveling
and spending time with family.
Mozelle was caring, giving, and loving woman who touched the lives of family and friends. While she has gone to be with the Lord
Jesus Christ, she will remain in our hearts forever.
She is survived by son Eddie Bland and his wife Teri of Bridgeport, sister Patsy Webb of San Angelo, brother J. Foster Corley and wife
Faye of Mineola and 18 neices and nephews.
Mozelle was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Marie Shirley and Zeola Jan Corley, and brother E.L Corley.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Rochester Cemetery Association at P.O Box 245 Rochester, Texas
79544.
John Ross Hale Sr.
Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Rotan - John Ross Hale, Sr., 82, died Monday, November 19, 2007, in Brownwood. Services will be 10 a.m. Friday November 23,
2007, at Weathersbee-Ray Chapel under the direction of Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home with burial in Belvieu Cemetery.
John Ross was born October 16, 1925, to Houston Meade and Darthulia Green Hale at Rotan. He was a veteran of World War II,
having served aboard the USS Samaritan. John Ross graduated Howard Payne University and was a coach for a number of small
schools in Texas and Colorado. He retired at Blanket, Texas. John Ross was a member of Austin Avenue Church of Christ in
Brownwood.
He is survived by his wife, Margie B. Hale; two sons, John Ross Hale, Jr. of Comanche and Blake A. Hale of Bridgewater, VA; four
grandchildren, Brian, Lynnsey, Gretchen and Jeremy Hale.
William G. "Big Granddad" McClellan
Piersall-Benton Funeral Directors
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Abilene, Texas - William G. 'Big Granddad' McClellan, 88, passed away Tuesday, November 20, 2007, at Coronado Nursing Center in
Abilene. Graveside Services and interment will be at the I.O.O.F Cemetery in Denton at 1:30 p.m. on Friday officiated by Rev. Lisa
Marshall. Arrangements are under the direction of Piersall-Benton Funeral Directors, 733 Butternut St.
William was born on July 12, 1919, to John Thomas McClellan and Mattie Belle (Gober) McClellan in Sanger, TX. He spent his
childhood and attended school in Sanger and later graduated from North Texas State with a Masters degree in biology. He married
Ruby L Smith in Oklahoma in 1942, and later that year was inducted into the U.S. Army and served in Europe 1944-45. William worked
as a fishery biologist for the state of Texas, and later served as a Veterans Affairs officer in Palo Pinto County. He was a long-time
member of the First United Methodist Church of Denton and he also belonged to the Knights of Pythius. One of his favorite hobbies was
wood working. William moved to Abilene in 1989 to be close to family.
William is preceded in death by his wife Ruby L McClellan. He is survived by his son Mike McClellan and wife Sharron of Abilene;
daughters Mary McClellan of Oklahoma; and Margaret Ernest and husband Robert Ernest of Red Bank, TX; six grandchildren and 10
great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Visitation Ministry at First United Methodist Church 202 Butternut St. Abilene, Tx
79602. Online condolences may be made at www.pbfuneraldirectors.com
Gregory D. Medearis
CJ Edwards Funeral Home
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Ft. Valley - Gregory D. Medearis, 45, Ft. Valley, GA, formerly of Midland, TX, died on Friday, November 16, 2007, due to health
complications. His funeral will be held Monday, November 26, 2007, at 2 p.m. at CJ Edwards Funeral Home Chapel in Ft. Valley, GA.
He is survived by his wife, Reba, his children Damien Medearis and Malaysha Medearis both of Winston-Salem, NC, and Abrianna
Medearis of the home. His mother, Doris Wiley of Abilene, TX; father Giles Medearis of Midland, TX; brothers Rodney Medearis
(Phyllis), Cedric "Scotty" Medearis, and a sister, LaDonna Medearis, all of Irving, TX.
He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Howard and Lenoria Medearis, and his maternal grandparents Green and Alma
Wiley.
Mary Beth Morgan
Nowlin Funeral Home
Thursday, November 22, 2007
De Leon - Mary Beth Morgan, 60, of De Leon, passed away Monday, November 19, 2007, in Houston with her husband, James, and
sons, Robby and Clint, at her side. She fought a courageous battle the last 10 years with lymphoma and various other ailments. Her
indomitable spirit never let it get her down and she was an inspiration to her friends and the many who knew her.
Beth was born June 27, 1947, in Oklahoma City to Harry and Ella Bledsoe. She and James married on November 17,1979, in
Washington, D.C. She was a graduate of Oklahoma State University. She worked for speaker Carl Albert and later for Majority Leader
Jim Wright while she lived in Washington, D.C. She was a speech therapist and worked for the De Leon school system. She also
worked as Administrative Assistant at the De Leon hospital. She was named Woman of the Year by the De Leon Chamber of
Commerce for her many civic activities.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in De Leon and taught children's sunday school classes and headed up
Vacation Bible School for many years. She loved the Breath of Life praise service there and was always in attendance when health did
not prevent it.
Her proudest accomplishment was being the mother of Robby and Clint. She was always involved in their school activities. She loved
being part of their lives and being a friend to their friends.
She is survived by her husband, James, of Le Baron, her two sons, Robby of Austin and Clint of Dallas, and by her brother, Ron
Bledsoe of Lexington, Oklahoma. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, in-laws, and a host of friends. She was
preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in De Leon under the direction of Nowlin Funeral Home. Family
visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church.
Beth was a long time supporter of the American Cancer Society and the Cancer Walk. Memorial contributions to that organization or the
church or charity of your choice will be appreciated by her survivors.
Vivian Lee Crenshaw Simpson
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Ranger, Texas - Vivian Lee Crenshaw Simpson, 89, passed away at her home in Fort Worth after a short battle with leukemia. Viewing
will be Saturday and Sunday at the funeral home. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday November 25, 2007, in the
Evergreen Cemetery in Ranger under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.
She was born on August 12, 1918, in Carrollton, Texas. She married Wayne Ebbie Simpson in 1949 in San Antonio, Texas. She was a
longtime resident of Ranger and worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company for 20 years before retiring. She loved her family
and home and took great joy in caring for them. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ranger and a Past Worthy Matron of
the Order of the Eastern Star.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Wayne.
She is survived by her son LTC. Larry L. Simpson and wife, Pam, and her grandchildren Robert and Meggan of Ft. Worth, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Ranger.
Edwards Funeral Home
Ranger, Texas
254-647-1133
Elmer Harold Woosley
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Elmer Harold Woolsey, of Abilene, died Monday, November 19, 2007, at the age of 89. Funeral services, with Rev.
Mike Woodard officiating, assisted by Donnie Voss, will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 24, in the Comanche Funeral Home
Chapel. Burial will follow in Baggett Cemetery in Comanche County. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at The Hamil
Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Elmer was born July 19, 1918, in Comanche County, Texas, to Ted Woolsey and Evelyn (Thompson) Woolsey. He graduated from
Merkel High School. Elmer served in the United States Navy during World War II and Korea.
On September 23, 1939, Elmer married Willie Mae Holden in Comanche. She preceded him in death June 29, 2007. Abilene has been
Elmer's home since 1969. He owned and operated the River Oaks Texaco Service Station. After selling the service station in 1983,
Elmer worked for several years as a courier for First National Bank in Abilene. He was a member of Southwest Park Baptist Church.
Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Willie Mae, his brother, Carl Woolsey, and his sister, Oleta Bailey. He is survived
by one son, Vick Woolsey and his wife Carmela, of Cedar Hill, Texas; one daughter, Marsha McCrackin, of Grand Prairie, Texas; six
grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Marc Woolsey, Travis Woolsey, Aaron McCrackin, and Zane Bridges will serve as pallbearers.
Memorials may be made in honor of Elmer Woolsey to Hendrick Hospice Care, 1682 Hickory, Abilene, Texas 79601.
Online condolences may be sent to:
www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com
Death Notices 11.22.07 Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Jewel Anderson
SANTA ANNA -- Jewel Anderson, 97, died Tuesday, November 20, 2007. Arrangements are pending with
Henderson Funeral Home.
Fay Moates Buchanan
BIG SPRING -- Fay Moates Buchanan, 91, died Tuesday, November 20, 2007. Funeral services will be at 11
a.m. Friday at Myers & Smith Chapel with burial in Mt. Olive Memorial Park.
Mary Elizabeth (Shirley) Burnett
Mary Elizabeth (Shirley) Burnett, 68, died Wednesday, November 14, 2007. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday
at Faith Deliverance Community Church, 5501 Highway 277 South. Burial will follow in Elmwood Memorial
Park. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Obie Gene Kelley
ROTAN -- Obie Gene Kelley, 82, died Wednesday, November 21, 2007. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the
Church of Christ with burial in Belvieu Cemetery. Visitation will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at Weathersbee-Ray
Funeral Home.
Christopher Michael Mabes
BUFFALO GAP -- Christopher Michael Mabes, 22, died Tuesday, November 20, 2007. Services are pending
with Fry-Bartlett Funeral Home in Tuscola.
John B. McMillan
BIG SPRING -- John B. McMillan, 85, died Tuesday, November 20, 2007. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m.
Saturday at Myers & Smith Chapel with burial in Trinity Memorial Park.
Tillie Marie Rosewell
ABILENE -- Tillie Marie Rosewell, 83, died Tuesday, November 20, 2007. Services will be held at 1 p.m.
Monday at Minda Street Church of Christ. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Woodland Cemetery
in Corsicana. Visitation will be from 2 until 4 p.m. Sunday at Abilene Funeral Home.
Ernestine Herring Schroeder
BIG SPRING -- Ernestine Herring Schroeder, 91, died Wednesday, November 21, 2007. Services are pending
with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory.
Edna Lavina Yancy
STEPHENVILLE -- Edna Lavina Yancy, 93, died Tuesday, November 20, 2007. Services will be 11 a.m.
Friday at the Church of Christ in Morgan Mill. Burial will be in Morgan Mill Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8
p.m. today at Lacy Funeral Home.
Obits for Friday, November 23, 2007
Mary Elizabeth (Shirley) Burnett
Friday, November 23, 2007
Abilene - Mary Elizabeth (Shirley) Burnett, 68, died Wednesday, November 14, 2007, at an Abilene medical center.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, November 24, at Faith Deliverance Community Church, 5501 Highway 277 South, with
Reverend Kenneth Burnett and Elder Jerry Jordan officiating. Interment will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park, directed by Elliott-Hamil
Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, November 23, at the funeral home.
Mary was born January 17, 1939, to Anna Mae (Edmond) and Otha Thomas in Deport, Texas. She married W. L. Burnett. Mary was a
homemaker.
Her parents and two daughters preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband, Winston Lee Burnett of Abilene; five sons, Kenneth Lee Burnett of Austin, Larry Wayne Burnett of Fort
Worth, Victor Burnett of Hamlin, and Fredrick Glynn Burnett and Clifton Jemal Burnett, both of Abilene; six daughters, Shelia Mae
Brazzell of Frisco, Belinda Ann Shavers of The Colony, Texas, Sharon Ann Innman of Frisco, Benita Reed of Abilene, Iris Denise
Campbell of AFB, South Carolina, and Katrina Mallard (Goddaughter) of Abilene; four brothers, Billy Jean Thomas, James William
Thomas, Danny Kay Edmond, and Patrick Edmond; two sisters, Alice Fay Thomas Golbert of Abilene, Texas and Breannette Thomas
Brooks of Lancaster, Texas; 29 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Dwayne L. Brazzell, Jr., Shannon L. Brazzell, Danielle Brazzell, Sicrao Burnett, Donnie Younger, Jr., Jason Innman,
and Athoney Campbell.
James Miles Correu
Mountain Memorial Service
Friday, November 23, 2007
Divide, Co. -- James Miles Correu, 57, died November 2, 2007, in Divide, Colorado.
A Divide resident for four years. Correu was a data analyst for the U.S. Army, in which he also served for 30 years.
Correu was born December 12, 1949, to James Marshall and Freddie Lee (Martin) Correu in Corpus Christi, Texas. He married
Sharron (Crawford) Correu on June 29, 1969.
Correu is survived by his father, wife, sons, James Crawford and Amanda Correu of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Micheal Thomas
Correu of Divide, Colorado, brothers, Marshall Lee Correu of Texas and Marvin Dale Correu Of North Carolina, sisters Beth Upshaw,
Cynthia Schkade and Julie Anna Correu, all of Abilene, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
Memorial contributions can be made in the name of James Correu to the Colorado Division of Wildlife, 4255 Sinton Road, Colorado
Springs, Co 80901 or to Disabled American Veterans, National Service Office, 155 Van Gordon St., Denver, CO 80225, Attn.: Dorothy
Pridmore.
Obie Gene Kelley Sr.
Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home
Friday, November 23, 2007
Rotan - Obie Gene Kelley, 82, died Wednesday, November 21, 2007, at Fisher County Hospital. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday,
November 23, 2007, at the Church of Christ under the direction of Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home with burial in Belvieu Cemetery.
Visitation will be 6:30-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Obie Gene was born July 12, 1925, in Rotan to Nathan O. and Gladys Lucille (Horton) Kelley. He served in the Army as a T-5 Corporal
during WWII. Obie Gene married Patsy (Pat) Browning September 14, 1948, in Rotan and they were married 59 wonderful years. He
worked for National Gypsum as a laminate foreman for forty-two years until his retirement. Obie Gene enjoyed hunting arrowheads,
fishing, hunting and riding around to visit with his many friends. He was very active in Fisher County and was always helping when
needed. Obie Gene was a member of Rotan Church of Christ and served as a deacon from 1979-2007, The Rotan Masonic Lodge, a
32 Degree Mason, served the Rotan Volunteer Fire Department from 1948-2007, past President of Midwest Fireman's Association and
Honorary member of Throckmorton Volunteer Fire Department, Lifetime member of V.F.W., past President Historical Society, Santa's
Helper for Fisher County for 30 years Distinguished Service Award From Rotan Chamber of Commerce. He was preceded in death by
his parents.
Obie Gene is survived by his wife, Pat Kelley; two sons and daughters-in-law, Obie Gene Jr. and Freda Kelley of Amarillo and Nathan
and Tammie Kelley of Rotan; a sister and brother-in-law, Doris and Billy Tidwell of Rotan; five grandchildren and their spouses, Guy
and Laura Kelley, Lindy and Jubal Williamson, Dru Murray, Beth Murray and Cari and Chris Garcie; five great-grandchildren; a special
nephew and family Squatty, Ella Raye, and Whitney Helms; and special friends Viscente Ortiz and Lupe and Olga Onfre.
Pallbearers: Larry Callan, Linda Callan, Glen Copeland, Monte Morrow, Loyd Dean Messick, Reva Jo Harbin, William Cleveland Jr.
Honorary Pallbearers: Rotan Fire Department, Roby Fire Department, and Throckmorton Fire Department.
Christopher Michael Mabes
Fry-Bartlett Funeral Home
Friday, November 23, 2007
Buffalo Gap - Christopher Michael Mabes, 22, died Tuesday, November 20, 2007, in an Abilene hospital. Services will be 3 p.m.
Saturday, November 24, 2007, in the First Church of the Nazarene in Abilene, with Reverend O. W. Wilson officiating. Burial will be in
Buffalo Gap Cemetery, directed by Fry-Bartlett Funeral Home in Tuscola. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Christopher was born in Abilene, April 30, 1985, to Clyde and Lisa Hudek Mabes. He was a graduate of Jim Ned High School and a
lifelong resident of Buffalo Gap. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and cars. He was a member of Elm Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Maria Mabes of Buffalo Gap; three daughters, Chevelle Mabes, Mercedes Mabes and Marisela Mabes, all of
Buffalo Gap; and one son, Jacob Mabes, of Buffalo Gap; his parents, Clyde and Lisa Mabes of Buffalo Gap; two brothers, Andrew
Mabes and Ethan Mabes; one sister, Gabrielle Mabes; grandparents, Jim and Dixie Mabes and Ronald and Margery Hudek, all of
Buffalo Gap; three aunts, Sissy Gusler and husband Gary, Kimberly Hogan and husband Ken, and Susan Kute and husband Tim; three
uncles, Kenneth Mabes and wife Donna, Troy Hudek, and Brad Hudek and wife Nancy; and several cousins.
A special fund has been established at Security State Bank, Buffalo Gap, to benefit the family.
Death Notices 11.23.07 Thursday, November 22, 2007
Carla Anakreh
BROWNWOOD -- Carla Anakreh, 63, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007. Services are pending with Heartland
Funeral Home of Early.
Jewel Anderson
SANTA ANNA -- Jewel Anderson, 97, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at
the Northside Church of Christ under the direction of Henderson Funeral Home of Santa Anna. The family will
receive friends today from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Wanda Barksdale
Wanda Barksdale, 85, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007. Services are pending with North's Funeral Home, 242
Orange St.
Opal Bell
BROWNWOOD -- Opal Bell, 76, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007. Services are pending with Davis-Morris
Funeral Home.
Marjorie Brewer
BROWNWOOD -- Marjorie Brewer, 88, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007. Services are pending with DavisMorris Funeral Home.
Mary Elizabeth (Shirley) Burnett
Mary Elizabeth (Shirley) Burnett 68, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Saturday,
Nov. 24, 2007, at the Faith Deliverance Community Church, 5501 Highway 277 South under the direction of
Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home. Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Zada Fowler Clark
BROWNWOOD -- Zada Fowler Clark, 99, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007. Services are pending with DavisMorris Funeral Home.
Robert Allen Davis
BANGS -- Robert Allen Davis, 76, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007. Services are pending with Davis-Morris
Funeral Home.
Hazel Hester Deaton
Hazel Hester Deaton, 92, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007. Services are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home,
5701 Highway 277 South.
Andrea K. (A.K.) Gann
Andrea K. (A.K.) Gann, 61, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007. Services are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral
Home, 542 Hickory.
Landen Luis Herrera
LORAINE -- Landen Luis Herrera, stillborn infant, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007. Services are pending with
McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater.
Christopher Michael Mabes
BUFFALO GAP -- Christopher Michael Mabes, 22, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007. Services are 3 p.m. Saturday,
Nov. 24, 2007, in the First Church of the Nazarene in Abilene under the direction of Fry-Bartlett Funeral Home
of Tuscola.
Ruby Jean Miller
BROWNWOOD -- Ruby Jean Miller, 82, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007. Services are pending with Heartland
Funeral Home of Early.
Johnny Eugene Wilkinson, Jr.
Johnny Eugene Wilkinson, Jr., 22, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007. Services are pending with Girdner Funeral
Home.
Obits for Saturday, November 24, 2007
James Miles Correu
Mountain Memorial Service - Divide
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Divide, Co. -- James Miles Correu, 57, died November 2, 2007, in Divide, Colorado.
A Divide resident for four years. Correu was a data analyst for the U.S. Army, in which he also served for 30 years.
Correu was born December 12, 1949, to James Marshall and Freddie Lee (Martin) Correu in Corpus Christi, Texas. He married
Sharron (Crawford) Correu on June 29, 1969.
Correu is survived by his father, wife, sons, James Crawford and Amanda Correu of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Micheal Thomas
Correu of Divide, Colorado, brothers, Marshall Lee Correu of Texas and Marvin Dale Correu Of North Carolina, sisters Beth Upshaw,
Cynthia Schkade and Julie Anna Correu, all of Abilene, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
Memorial contributions can be made in the name of James Correu to the Colorado Division of Wildlife, 4255 Sinton Road, Colorado
Springs, Co 80901 or to Disabled American Veterans, National Service Office, 155 Van Gordon St., Denver, CO 80225, Attn.: Dorothy
Pridmore.
John H. Holmes
Spencer Funeral Home
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Fort Worth -- John H. Holmes departed this life Wednesday, November 21, 2007. Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, November 29,
2007, at Forest Hill United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Memorial Park. The wake will be 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday at the funeral home.
Mr. Holmes is survived by daughter Cassandra Wise and brother Booker Holmes.
George Newton Leitner
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Abilene -- George Newton Leitner died November 22, 2007, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas. George was born November
3, 1926, in Arcadia, Florida. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York in June, 1948. He was a
fighter pilot in the Korean War, flying 100 missions. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star and the Purple
Heart. He moved to Abilene from Dallas in 1958, to open Abilene's first NYSE brokerage firm, Schneider, Bernet and Hickman. He
retired from Merrill Lynch in July, 2000. He married Peggy Winfrey in June, 1948, and had four children. He married Tommye Ann
Moore in October, 1988. He is preceded in death by one daughter, Marian Leitner Schmidt. He is survived by his wife, Tommye Ann;
one son, George William Leitner and wife, Pam of Santa Fe, New Mexico; their children, Nick and Julia; a daughter, Garrie Leitner of
East Greenwich, Rhode Island; a daughter, Susan Blume and husband, Arthur of East Greenwich, Rhode Island; their children, Joshua
and Zachary; a step-daughter, Mara Barham and husband Brett of Odessa, Texas; their children, Nick, Cooper and Molly; a step-son,
Doug Moore and wife, Stormy of Sunnyvale, Texas.
A graveside service will be held on Monday, November 26, 2007, at 1:00 p.m. at Elmwood Memorial Park with a memorial service
following at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be sent to First Central Presbyterian Church, 400 Orange Street, Abilene, Texas 79601, St. Paul United Methodist
Church, 525 Beech Street, Abilene, Texas 79601, or donor's favorite charity.
Online condolences may be sent to
www.hamilfamilyfuneralhome.com
Gavino Ortiz
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Haskell -- Gavino Ortiz, 71, of Haskell, passed away November 23, 2007. A Funeral Service will be held 2:00 pm Monday, November
26, 2007, at St. George Catholic Church, Haskell, with Father Michael Melcher officiating. Burial will follow at the Rule Cemetery, under
the direction of Holden McCauley Funeral Home, Haskell. A Rosery will be held 6:00 pm Sunday, November 25 at St. George Catholic
Church, Haskell.
Gavino was born in Manor, TX. August 2, 1936, the son of Jesus and Petra Ortiz. He lived in Haskell for 64 years and spent much of
his time farming in Haskell County.
He is survived by his wife Tomasa Ortiz, of the home, sons; Gavino Jr. and wife Irene of Rowlett, Robert and wife Linda of Haskell,
Jesse and wife Sylvia of Ft. Worth, Victor and wife Janie of Haskell, Nick and wife Diane of Stephenville, Johnny and wife Julia of
Grand Prairie, Joe and wife Michelle of Phoenix, AZ., daughters, Sylvia Sanchez and husband Arthuro of Dublin, GA., Ophelia Sanchez
and husband Joel of Ft. Worth, Becky Rangel and husband Mario of Lubbock, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, 16 grandchildren and 6 greatgrandchildren.
Gavino was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.
Death Notices 11.24.07 Friday, November 23, 2007
H.L. 'Leon' Baldwin
ANSON -- H.L. "Leon" Baldwin, 81, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007. Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at First
Baptist Church directed by Lawrence-Adams Funeral Home.
A'mya Danyell Barbosa
A'maya Danyell Barbosa, infant daughter of Juan and Felicia Barbosa, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007.
Services are 2 p.m. Monday at Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 No. 2nd St. Visitation will be 3-5
p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Wanda Marthel Barksdale
Wanda Marthel Barksdale, 85, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007, at an Abilene hospital. Memorial services will
be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, with reception to follow.
Arrangements are by by North's Funeral Home, 242 Orange St. At her request, the body was donated to science.
Opal Bell
BROWNWOOD -- Opal Bell, 76, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007, at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the May Cemetery.
Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Marjorie Kristeen Brewer
BROWNWOOD -- Marjorie Kristeen Brewer, 87, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007, at her residence. Services will
be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel. Private burial will follow.
Zada Fowler Clark
BROWNWOOD -- Zada Fowler Clark, 99, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007, at Brownwood Regional Medical
Center. Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel.
Dewaine L. Davis
STAMFORD -- Dewaine L. Davis, 67, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2007, at the Community Care Center in Stamford.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Tankersley Funeral Chapel with burial in Clear Fork Cemetery in
Lueders. Visitation will be 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Robert 'Bob' Allen Davis
BROWNWOOD -- Robert "Bob" Allen Davis, 76, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007. Services will be 2 p.m.
Sunday at First Baptist Church of Bangs. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. today at Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
Hazel Hester Deaton
Hazel Hester Deaton, 92, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007, at a local medical center. Services will be 2 p.m.
Monday at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Faith, 5701 Highway 277 South. Burial will be in Elmwood
Memorial Park. Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
James Goggans
James Goggans, 69, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2007, in Abilene at his residence. Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at
Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Faith, 5701 Highway 277 South. Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial
Park. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Mary N. Hardeman
BIG SPRING -- Mary N. Hardeman, 68, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007, in a Midland hospital. Services will be
2 p.m. today at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with burial in Mt. Olive Memorial Park. The
family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Oland Donald Hill
EARLY -- Oland Donald Hill, 65, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2007. Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at the
Heartland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at 3:30 p.m. in Westbrook Cemetery in Mitchell County.
Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Heartland Funeral Home in Early.
Maria A. Hinojosa
BIG SPRING -- Maria A. Hinojosa, 68, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007, at her residence. Funeral Mass will be
at 11 a.m. today at St. Thomas Catholic Church with burial in Mt. Olive Memorial Park. Arrangements are by
Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Horace Holt
TRENT -- Horace Holt, 86, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2007, at his residence. Services are pending with Starbuck
Funeral Home of Merkel.
Ruby Jean Miller
BROWNWOOD -- Ruby Jean Miller, 82, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007. Services will be 2 p.m. today at the
Heartland Funeral Home in Early. Burial will be at Eastlawn Memorial Park.
Ernestine Herring Schroeder
BIG SPRING -- Ernestine Herring Schroeder, 91, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007, at her residence. Services
will be 10 a.m. Monday at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at
the Aspermont Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home &
Crematory, Big Spring.
Blanchie Mae Smith
Blanchie Mae Smith, 41, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007, at her residence in Abilene. Arrangements are pending
with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Rufus J. Stanley Jr.
BROWNWOOD -- Dr. Rufus J. Stanley Jr., 72, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2007, at Brownwood Regional Medical
Center. Services are pending with Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
Erma Tomlinson
COLEMAN -- Erma Tomlinson, 89, formerly of Coleman, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007, in a Pampa nursing
home. Arrangements are pending with Stevens Funeral Home.
Carla Marie Weems-Foreman
BROWNWOOD -- Carla Marie Weems-Foreman, 63, formerly of Comanche, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007, at
the Brownwood Nursing and Rehab Center. Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Heartland Funeral Home
Chapel in Early, with burial in the Bangs Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. today at the Funeral Home.
Arrangements are under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home of Early.
Obits for Sunday, November 25, 2007
H. L. "Leon" Baldwin
Lawrence-Adams Funeral Home
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Anson, Texas -- H. L. "Leon" Baldwin, 81, died Wednesday, November 21, 2007, at his home.
Services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 27, 2007, at the First Baptist Church with Revs. Ron Brown and Keith Clifton officiating.
Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, under the direction of Lawrence - Adams Funeral Home.
Born May 30, 1926, in Donelly, Leon was a son of the late David and Oma (Thompson) Baldwin. He was a U. S. Army veteran of World
War II and married Frances Kay Thompson October 3, 1981 in Jones County. Leon retired from Leonard Water Service where he
worked for many years.
Leon was preceded in death by a daughter (Lorretta Kay Townley), one brother, and four sisters.
Survivors include: his wife, Frances Baldwin of Anson; one daughter, Michelle Soliz of Anson; two sons, Myles Townley of Arizona and
Sloan Baldwin of Anson; one brother, Dan Baldwin of Anson; two sisters, Erma Sanders of Anson and Eunice Smith of Hawley; seven
grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
Family visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, November 25, 2007, at Lawrence - Adams Funeral Home.
James Miles Correu
Mountain Memorial Service Divide
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Divide, Co. -- James Miles Correu, 57, died November 2, 2007, in Divide, Colorado.
A Divide resident for four years. Correu was a data analyst for the U.S. Army, in which he also served for 30 years.
Correu was born December 12, 1949, to James Marshall and Freddie Lee (Martin) Correu in Corpus Christi, Texas. He married
Sharron (Crawford) Correu on June 29, 1969.
Correu is survived by his father, wife, sons, James Crawford and Amanda Correu of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Micheal Thomas
Correu of Divide, Colorado, brothers, Marshall Lee Correu of Texas and Marvin Dale Correu Of North Carolina, sisters Beth Upshaw,
Cynthia Schkade and Julie Anna Correu, all of Abilene, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
Memorial contributions can be made in the name of James Correu to the Colorado Division of Wildlife, 4255 Sinton Road, Colorado
Springs, Co 80901 or to Disabled American Veterans, National Service Office, 155 Van Gordon St., Denver, CO 80225, Attn.: Dorothy
Pridmore.
Hazel Hester Deaton
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Abilene, Texas -- Hazel Hester Deaton, 92, died Thursday, November 22, 2007, at a local medical center.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Faith, 5701 Hwy 277 South, with Reverend Rob Blum
officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Park, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at a visitation
3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Hazel was born February 8, 1915 to Etta Mae {Whitley} and Edward B. Flournoy in Rochester {Haskell County}, Texas. She moved
from Rochester to Abilene, Texas in 1946. Hazel married Ollie Deaton on January 19, 1977 in Seguin, Texas. She owned and operated
"South 18th Beauty Shop" for 50 years. Hazel retired the Summer of 2007 from working as a beautician/hairdresser. She was a
member of Southwest Drive United Methodist Church {formerly Fairmont United Methodist Church}, United Methodist Women, Rose
Park Senior Citizens, the Good Sam Club, and Big Country Cat Fanciers Association.
Hazel was preceded in death by her parents, Etta Mae and Edward Flournoy; her husband, Ollie Deaton {12-25-06}; and her sister,
Rose Hicks.
Survivors include three daughters, Karan Clark and husband, Kurt, of Abilene, Marvina Little and husband, W. C., of Lamesa, Texas,
and Rose Elliott Brown and husband, Kenneth, of Fort Worth, Texas; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and four greatgreat-grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to Southwest Drive United Methodist Church, 3025 Southwest Drive, Abilene, Texas 79605 or the American
Juvenile Diabetes Association, 8008 Slide Road, Suite 12A, Lubbock, Texas 79424.
Jane W. Eidson
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Eastland, Texas -- Jane W. Eidson, age 84, of Abilene formerly of Eastland died Friday, November 23, 2007 in Abilene.
Visitation will be Sunday 6 to 8 p.m. at Edwards Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, November 26, 2007 in First
Christian Church with Jim Wright officiating. Burial will follow in Eastland City Cemetery.
Born December 31, 1922 in Brownwood to Frank and Cora [Roundtree} Hardin. She attended Brownwood High School and Texas
Women's University in Denton. She married James Eidson on June 26, 1942 in Brownwood, he preceded her in death in 1993. They
lived in Brownwood and Breckenridge for a short time before moving to Eastland in 1950. She worked for the B and W Clinic as office
manager from 1960 to 1980 and was active in the First Christian Church. She enjoyed playing Bridge, reading and was an excellent
cook. She was compassionate and considerate and would spend time checking on the welfare of others.
She is survived by: daughters; Lynda and Harold Burford of Conroe Texas, and Jean Ann Lee of Brownwood; son and daughter-in-law,
James and Rebecca Eidson of Abilene Texas; sister, Jean Hardin of Abilene; grandchildren and spouses, Lauren and Mike Pasket of
Montgomery Tx, Julie and Stephen Carrell of Bedias Tx., Scott and Monika Lee of Dallas, Sam and Ali Eidson of Abilene Tx; four great
grandchildren, Katie and Tyler Case, Alea and Jackson Carrell, long lost cousin, Mona Bromley of Lubbock and excellent and loving
caregivers, Sandy Flores and Jenifer McMinn.
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Rhonda Gale Gober
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Abilene, Texas -- Rhonda Gale Gober, 42, died Friday, November 23, 2007, at her residence.
A memorial service will be 1:00 p.m. Monday, November 26, 2007, at Southwest Park Baptist Church with Reverend Mike Woodard
officiating, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Highway 277 South.
Rhonda was born August 23, 1965 to Grace {Nelson} and David Gober in Odessa, Texas. She moved from Odessa to Abilene, Texas
in 1980. Rhonda was a Cooper High School graduate, a member of Southwest Park Baptist Church, and a homemaker.
Survivors include her son, Matthew Gale of Abilene; her daughter, Apryl Wyatt of Abilene; and two sisters, Jana Zimmerman of Cape
Elizabeth, Maine and Dana Gober of Seabrook, Texas.
Memorials may be sent to Ben Richey Boys Ranch, P. O. Box 6839, Abilene, Texas 79608.
Tillie Marie Rosewell
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Abilene, Texas -- Tillie Marie Rosewell, 83, of Abilene passed away Tuesday, November 20, 2007.
Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday at Minda Church of Christ with Tony Roach officiating. A graveside service will be held at
1:00 p.m. Tuesday at Woodland Cemetery in Corsicana, Texas, directed by Abilene Funeral Home.
Mrs. Rosewell was born August 30, 1924 in Corsicana, Texas to Altheron and Mary Louise White. She attended G.W. Jackson High
School in Corsicana and graduated from Abilene High School. She was a certified nurses aide and had been employed by Dr. W.R.
Sibley, David & Bonnie Ratliff and Cliff Roberts of Anson. She was an active member in the Minda Church of Christ where she taught
junior and youth classes.
Survivors include: two children, Jesse C. White and Ethel Pearl Bell; two step-sons, Walter McBride and Eugene McBride; her mother,
Mary Louise Thornton; 13 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; 7 great-great grandchildren; and 19 step-grandchildren.
A visitation will be held from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. Sunday at Abilene Funeral Home, 3349 N. 12th Street.
Online condolences may be made at
www.abilenefuneralhome.com
June Hope Walker
Aria Cremation Services
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Plano, Texa -- A loving mother, devoted grandmother and cherished friend, June Hope Walker was born May 18, 1939 in Cisco, Texas
and passed away on November 21, 2007 in Plano, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Audrey and Helen Ezzell and is survived by her children, Lee Rode Walker and wife
Rhonda, Tracy Lynn Bell and husband Richard, Christopher Allan Walker; grandchildren, Victoria Elizabeth Bell, William Rode W alker,
Austen Lee Walker and Kendale Ray Walker; special friends, Ethel Neilson and Jim Williams and cousins Jan and Ken Zebro. June is
also survived by many others who knew and loved her.
She graduated from Abilene High School in 1957 and was a retired professional interior decorator and loyal member of the Red Hat
Society of Lancaster, Texas.
A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, November 26, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at Rawlins Farm, 855 South Dallas Avenue, Lancaster,
Texas.
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Johnny Eugene Wilkinson Jr.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Abilene, Texa -- Johnny Eugene Wilkinson Jr. 22 died Wednesday, November 21, 2007 in a local hospital.
Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday November 26, 2007 in the Hamby Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Hiller officiating under
the direction of Girdner Funeral Home.
Johnny was born August 8, 1985 in Denison, Texas. He graduated from Cooper High School and worked in the oil field. He married
Crystal Gonzilas in Merkel March 4, 2005.
Survivors include: wife, Crystal Wilkinson; daughters, Leighlianna, Jasmine and Natalie; mother, Donna Wilkinson and step father Pete
Abels; father, Johnny Wilkinson Sr.; sister, Charlie Wilkinson; brothers, Harley Wilkinson, Michael Abels, Bradley Abels and wife Amy,
Jesse Abels and wife Kristi; Nanny Nancy Burchfield; Papa Marvin and Denise Hershey; grand parents, Bobby and Pat Abels; many
aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday at Girdner Funeral Home, 141 Elm Street, Abilene.
Death Notices 11.25.07 Saturday, November 24, 2007
Opal Bell
BROWNWOOD -- Opal Bell, 76, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007. Services are 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26, 2007
in the Davis Morris Funeral Home Chapel with interment in the May Cemetery. Visitation is 9 to 11 a.m.
Monday morning at the funeral home.
Linda Edwards
JAYTON -- Linda Edwards, 60, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007. Services are pending with McCoy Funeral Home
of Aspermont.
Jacinta B. Macias
ABILENE -- Jacinta B. Macias, 85, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007, at her residence. Funeral services will be
10:00 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007 at Abilene State School Chapel. Interment will follow in Abilene State
School Cemetery, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Darin Reeves
CLYDE -- Darin Reeves, 20, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2007. Services are 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27th, 2007 at the
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Burial will follow in the Albany Cemetery under the direction of
Morehart Mortuary.
Pam Schronk
STEPHENVILLE -- Pam Schronk, 44, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007. Services are pending with Lacy Funeral
Home.
Blanchie Mae Smith
ABILENE -- Blanchie Mae Smith, 41, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007. Graveside services are 2 p.m. Monday,
Nov. 26, 2007 in City Cemetery, Abilene, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Rufus Floyd Stanley, Jr., M. D.
BROWNWOOD -- Rufus Floyd Stanley, Jr., M. D., 72, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2007. Services are 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007 at the First Christian Church of Brownwood. Burial will be in Greenleaf Cemetery.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, 2007 at Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
Dorothy Louise Taylor
ABILENE -- Dorothy Louise Taylor, 86, died Monday, November 19, 2007. Graveside services were held on
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007 in Elmwood Memorial Park under the direction of Girdner Funeral Home.
Sophie A. White
BIG SPRING -- Sophie A. White, 87, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27,
2007 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with interment at Trinity Memorial Park under the
direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Visitation is 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Monday at the funeral home.
Carl T. "Sonny" Wright
ABILENE -- Carl T. "Sonny" Wright, 89, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2007. Services are pending at Elmwood
Funeral Home, 5750 Hwy. 277 South.
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Wanda Marthel Barksdale
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Wanda Marthel Barksdale, 85, of Abilene died Wednesday, November 21, 2007, at a local hospital.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 28, 2007, at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest with Rev.
Scott Mayer and Mary Glover officiating, with reception to follow the memorial service. Arrangements handled by North's Funeral Home,
242 Orange St. At her request, the body was donated to science.
Wanda was born September 12, 1922, in Yale, Illinois, to Everett and Pearl Jared Snearly. She grew up on the family farm and later
entered nursing school. She graduated from Michal Reese School of Nursing of Chicago in April 1944. She was a registered nurse for
50 years and served during World War II in the Navy Nurse Corp. In the 1980s she participated in a People to People tour of Nurses
visiting China.
She was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest and was instrumental in the formation of the local Daughters of the
King chapter there. She was an avid bird-watcher for many years, enjoyed traveling and bridge, as well as volunteering at The Thrift
House and as a docent at the Old Jail Art Center in Albany.
Survivors include her daughter, Pam Farmer of Albany, Texas, sons Jay Barksdale and George Biris of New York, New York,
grandsons Bill Farmer, Jr. and wife, Amy of Burleson, and Joe Farmer of Albany, and great-grandsons Joshua and Jacob Farmer, as
well as several nieces and a nephew.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, and three brothers.
Memorials may be made to the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, the Old Jail Art Center or the donor's favorite charity
Online condolences may be made at
www.northsfuneralhome.com.
James L. Goggans
Monday, November 26, 2007
Abilene, Texas -- James L. Goggans, 69, passed away on Friday, November 23, 2007, at his home.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Faith, 5701 Highway 277 South, with Reverend
David Cason officiating. Interment will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home. The family will receive
friends at a visitation 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
James was born July 29, 1938 in Wills Point, Texas. He moved to Abilene in 1955, and married Shirley Mangum March 12, 1956.
James started working in the oil field at the age of 16, owned and operated Goggans and Sons Drilling for over 20 years, and retired in
May 2001. It was his lifelong dream and legacy. James loved fishing and was an avid hunter.
He was preceded in death by both his parents, Maggie {Holden} and Lawrence Goggans, and one brother.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Goggans; two sons, James W. Goggans of Richmond, Texas and Randy Goggans and wife, Carol, of
Abilene; two daughters, Cathy Goggans and Lori Flores and husband, Philip, all of Abilene; two brothers, Ben Goggans and wife, Mary,
and Robert Earl Goggans and wife, Brandy, all of Wills Point, Texas; three grandchildren, Kellie Flores and husband, Gabriel, of Killeen,
Texas, Bobbie Perez and husband, Abel, of Abilene, and Justin Flatt of Abilene; one great-granddaughter, Abrianna Flores of Killeen;
and three nephews.
"You will always be in our hearts, "Papa". There has never been a stronger man, nor a better fisherman. We love you."
Memorials may be sent to Broadview Baptist Church, 2500 South 27th, Abilene, Texas 79605.
Horace A. Holt
Monday, November 26, 2007
Trent, Texas - Horace A. Holt, 86, died Friday, November 23, 2007, at his home.
Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Starbuck Funeral Home Chapel in Merkel with Reverend Rex Mauldin officiating. Burial will be in the
Trent Cemetery.
Horace was born December 6, 1920, in Kennard, Houston County, TX, to Albert Alton and Willie Adell Morgan Holt. He married Grace
Ellison on September 6, 1952, in Bellview, NM. She preceded him in death August 9, 2006. Horace graduated from Kennard High
School in 1940 and was a U. S. Army Air Corp veteran during World War II. He was a member of the Trent United Methodist Church for
over 50 years. He moved to West Texas and entered the custom farming business with his father and brother. In 1957, he worked for
Grimes Gasoline Plant until it sold to Sid Richardson. He worked there 28 years and retired in 1985. He loved gardening, hunting and
took care of his wife during her failing health. Horace was also a life member of the National Rifle Association.
Survivors include: his son, James Holt and wife, Paula of Trent; a brother, Mark Holt and wife, Ruth of Holland, TX; 3 sisters, Catherine
Bishop of Trent, Dorothae Bishop of Merkel, Jewell Henager of Robertson; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Trent United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 65, Trent, TX 79561.
George Newton Leitner
Monday, November 26, 2007
Abilene -- George Newton Leitner died November 22, 2007, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas. George was born November
3, 1926, in Arcadia, Florida. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York in June, 1948. He was a
fighter pilot in the Korean War, flying 100 missions. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star and the Purple
Heart. He moved to Abilene from Dallas in 1958, to open Abilene's first NYSE brokerage firm, Schneider, Bernet and Hickman. He
retired from Merrill Lynch in July, 2000. He married Peggy Winfrey in June, 1948, and had four children. He married Tommye Ann
Moore in October, 1988. He is preceded in death by one daughter, Marian Leitner Schmidt. He is survived by his wife, Tommye Ann;
one son, George William Leitner and wife, Pam of Santa Fe, New Mexico; their children, Nick and Julia; a daughter, Garrie Leitner of
East Greenwich, Rhode Island; a daughter, Susan Blume and husband, Arthur of East Greenwich, Rhode Island; their children, Joshua
and Zachary; a step-daughter, Mara Barham and husband Brett of Odessa, Texas; their children, Nick, Cooper and Molly; a step-son,
Doug Moore and wife, Stormy of Sunnyvale, Texas.
A graveside service will be held on Monday, November 26, 2007, at 1:00 p.m. at Elmwood Memorial Park with a memorial service
following at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be sent to First Central Presbyterian Church, 400 Orange Street, Abilene, Texas 79601, St. Paul United Methodist
Church, 525 Beech Street, Abilene, Texas 79601, or donor's favorite charity.
Online condolences may be sent to
www.hamilfamilyfuneralhome.com
Bernice Dippel White
Monday, November 26, 2007
Old Glory, Texas - Bernice Dippel White, 90, of Old Glory, passed away Sunday, November 25, 2007.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, November 27, 2007, at Kinney - Underwood Funeral Chapel with Rev. Curtis Baker
officiating and Tucker McDonald to assist. Interment will follow in Old Glory Cemetery under the direction of Kinney - Underwood
Funeral Home in Stamford.
Bernice was born on December 7, 1916, on the Stonewall and Haskell County Line to the late Harry and Tillie Klump Dippel. She was a
lifetime resident of Old Glory and was active in the Old Glory Water Board and Old Glory Community Musicals. Bernice worked as a
secretary for the Stonewall County Superintendent's Office and then later for the Old Glory school system. She held the offices of
secretary and treasurer for the Old Glory community center where she assisted with the bookkeeping until the time of her death.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Surviving Ms. White are daughter, Dr. Judith Wilkins and husband, Rev. Dr. Lewis Wilkins of Lubbock; two sisters, Shirley Sasin of
Buffalo Gap, and Betty Hayhurst of Dudley; granddaughter, Katrina McDonald Jansky and husband, Ryan of Pflugerville; grandson,
Tucker McDonald of Washington D.C.; and longtime friend, Anita Dozier of Old Glory.
Memorials in honor of Ms. White may be made to Old Glory Flag Fund, 391 C.R. 137, Old Glory, Texas 79540.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday, November 26, 2007 at the funeral home.
Carl T. "Sonny" Wright
Monday, November 26, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Carl T. "Sonny" Wright, 89, passed away Friday, November 23, 2007, at a local hospital.
Visitation for family and friends will be Monday, November 26, 2007, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Hwy 277
South, Abilene, TX. Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 27, 2007, at Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel with Elder
Troy Barrington officiating; burial will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park, Garden of Good Shepherd.
Carl was born on August 6, 1918, in Dallas, TX, to Oscar and Carrie Saustad Wright. He married Marjorie Aldridge on February 14,
1948, in Dallas, TX. They were married 59 years. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He worked in the oil
industry for many years; for 30 years he worked for Harbison-Fischer as a pump salesman, he retired in 1986. He attended the
Primitive Baptist Church in Lawn, TX for 50 years.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Wright of Abilene; daughter and son-in-law, Carla and Kent Finley of Coleman; granddaughter,
Kelley Finley of Dallas; grandson, Chance Finley and wife, Kristi of Abilene; great-granddaughter, Payton Finley of Abilene; brother-inlaw, Amos and wife, Dorothy Aldridge of Lawn; sister-in-law, Pat Aldridge of Winters; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother.
On behalf of the Sonny Wright family a special thank you to Dr. Carl Trusler, M.D. for the many years of compassionate care and
friendship.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Sears Methodist Hospice, 3233 S. Willis, Abilene, TX 79605 or to Lawn Primitive Baptist
Church, Lawn, TX.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the obituary link at www.elmwoodfuneral.com
Death Notices 11.26.07 Sunday, November 25, 2007
A'mya Danyell Barbosa
ABILENE -- A'mya Danyell Barbosa, infant daughter of Juan and Felicia Barbosa of Abilene, died Wednesday,
November 21, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. today at Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 No. 2nd St., with
burial in Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories.
Laura J. Chastain
CROSS PLAINS -- Laura J. Chastain died Sunday, November 25, 2007. Services are pending with
Higginbotham Funeral Home of Cross Plains.
Linda Loyce Edwards
JAYTON -- Linda Loyce Edwards, 60, died Saturday, November 24, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at First
Baptist Church in Jayton with burial in Jayton Cemetery, directed by McCoy Funeral Home of Aspermont.
Jacinta B. Macias
ABILENE -- Jacinta B. Macias, 85, died Tuesday, November 20, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. today at the
Abilene State School Chapel with burial in Abilene State School Cemetery, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral
Home, 542 Hickory.
Lota E. McDaniel
HAMLIN -- Lota E. McDaniel, 97, died Sunday, November 25, 2007. Services are pending with Adams
Funeral Home in Hamlin.
Amy Peacock
SWEETWATER -- Amy Peacock, 36, died Sunday, November 25, 2007. Services are pending with McCoy
Funeral Home.
Jessie L. Penney
ABILENE -- Jessie L. Penney 73, died Sunday, November 25, 2007. Services are pending with North's Funeral
Home, 242 Orange St.
Jon Keith Perkins
DUBLIN -- Jon Keith Perkins, 36, died Friday, November 23, 2007. Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Nowlin
Funeral Home Chapel in De Leon. Place of burial has not been decided.
Pam Schronk
STEPHENVILLE -- Pam Schronk, 44, died Saturday, November 24, 2007. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m.
Tuesday at Lacy Funeral Home. No services are planned.
Robert Earl Townsend, Jr.
ABILENE -- Robert Earl Townsend, Jr., 41, died Saturday, November 24, 2007. Services are pending with
Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N. 2nd St.
Wayne Edmond Wagner
CISCO -- Wayne Edmond Wagner, 72, died Saturday, November 24, 2007. Graveside services are 1 p.m. today
in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation is 11 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. today at Kimbrough Funeral Home in Cisco.
James 'Leroy' West
BENJAMIN -- James "Leroy" West, 70, died Saturday, November 24, 2007. Services are 3 p.m. Wednesday at
the Benjamin Memorial Building. Burial will follow in Benjamin Cemetery, under the direction of MansellSmith Funeral Home, Knox City.
Velma M. Wilson
ABILENE -- Velma M. Wilson, 98, died Saturday, November 24, 2007. Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at
Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N. 2nd St., with burial in Rule Cemetery. Visitation is 1 to 6 p.m.
Tuesday at the funeral home.
Obits for Tuesday November 27, 2007
Wanda Marthel Barksdale
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Wanda Marthel Barksdale, 85, of Abilene died Wednesday, November 21, 2007, at a local hospital.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 28, 2007, at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest with Rev.
Scott Mayer and Mary Glover officiating, with reception to follow the memorial service. Arrangements handled by North's Funeral Home,
242 Orange St. At her request, the body was donated to science.
Wanda was born September 12, 1922, in Yale, Illinois, to Everett and Pearl Jared Snearly. She grew up on the family farm and later
entered nursing school. She graduated from Michal Reese School of Nursing of Chicago in April 1944. She was a registered nurse for
50 years and served during World War II in the Navy Nurse Corp. In the 1980s she participated in a People to People tour of Nurses
visiting China.
She was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest and was instrumental in the formation of the local Daughters of the
King chapter there. She was an avid bird-watcher for many years, enjoyed traveling and bridge, as well as volunteering at The Thrift
House and as a docent at the Old Jail Art Center in Albany.
Survivors include her daughter, Pam Farmer of Albany, Texas, sons Jay Barksdale and George Biris of New York, New York,
grandsons Bill Farmer, Jr. and wife, Amy of Burleson, and Joe Farmer of Albany, and great-grandsons Joshua and Jacob Farmer, as
well as several nieces and a nephew.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, and three brothers.
Memorials may be made to the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, the Old Jail Art Center or the donor's favorite charity
Online condolences may be made at
www.northsfuneralhome.com.
Laura Jean Chastain
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Cross Plains - Laura Jean Chastain, 46, of Cross Plains, passed away Sunday, November 25, 2007, from injuries sustained in an auto
accident. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28, 2007, at Higginbotham Chapel with John Swift
officiating; burial will follow in the Cross Plains Cemetery in Cross Plains, Texas.
She was born October 25, 1961, in Burley, Idaho, to Doyle Eugene & Billie (Livingston) Chastain. She lived most of her life in
Woodcrest, CA. She married Carl Grubb in August 1980 and they had two children, Amanda and Clinton. She worked for over 20 years
in the Home Health profession, and for Colonial Oaks; Ranger Care Center; Rising Star Nursing Center. Everyone will remember "Lori"
as she was known by her friends and family, for her warmth, kindness and generosity. She will be greatly missed.
Laura is survived by her mother and stepfather, Billie and Robert Stubblefield of Cross Plains; father, Doyle Eugene Chastain of AZ;
son, Clinton Grubbs of May, Texas; daughter, Amanda Grubbs of AZ; grandson, Trenton of AZ; brothers, Darrel Chastain and wife
Cheryl of Cross Plains; Donald Chastain and wife Marilou of Coleman; Richard Chastain of AZ; as well as numerous nieces and
nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother Chuck.
HIGGINBOTHAM
FUNERAL HOME
CROSS PLAINS, TEXAS
254-725-6153
Aulton Lee "Al" Pruitt
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Abilene - Aulton Lee "Al" Pruitt, 87, died Sunday, November 25, 2007, at an Abilene medical center.
Born in Ranger, Texas, in 1920, he was the son of Cora Ella (Reynolds) and Elias Bonell Pruitt. He started to school at Butman, a two
room schoolhouse, and attended school in Caps and at Abilene High School before graduating from Hawley High School. Al married
Margie Valree West of Trent, Texas in 1941. He was a lifelong resident of Abilene.
He worked for the Railway Express Agency for 33 years and also was the express agent at Colorado City, Texas for 5 years.
He was a member of the Church of Christ, Masonic Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veteran.
He served in the U. S. Army as an Infantry staff sergeant during World War II, having taken part in the invasion on the Island of Guam
and also in the invasion on the Island of Leyte in the Philippines, where he was wounded. He received a Purple Heart and a Bronze
Star.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Captain F. M. Pruitt of the Abilene Police Department for 32 years, T. G. Pruitt, who
worked for the Abilene Reporter-News for 45 years, and Marvin Pruitt, owner of Pruitt Supply in Amarillo.
Al is survived by his wife of 66 years, Margie Valree Pruitt of Abilene; one daughter, Pamla Pruitt; one granddaughter, Courtney Lee
Pruitt Farr; and two great-grandchildren, Jayden and J'Lee Sloan.
He was "born to be a happy man". Al had an excellent sense of humor and loved to be with his family and friends.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Rose Hill Cemetery in Merkel with Pastor Ronnie Newton officiating, directed
by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. Visitation will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Sean Pruitt, Gabriel Pruitt, Jeffrey Pruitt, Glen Pruitt, Jack Landers and Pat Landers.
Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veteran (DAV) in Abilene, 2555 Grape St., Abilene, TX 79601.
James Leroy West
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Benjamin - James Leroy West, 70, of Benjamin, died Saturday November 24, 2007. A funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday,
November 28, at the Benjamin Memorial Building. Burial will follow at the Benjamin Cemetery, under the direction of Mansell-Smith
Funeral Home, Knox City. Visitation will be Tuesday 6-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Leroy was born in Knox City on March 24, 1937, to Thomas R. and Edith Conner West. Leroy was raised and lived most of his life in
Benjamin. He married Gloria Clower on April 10, 1970, in Vernon, TX. He served his country in the National Guard at Fort Bragg, North
Carolina. Leroy was a member of the Benjamin Lion's Club and the Benjamin Volunteer Fire Department, as well as a lifelong, active
member of the Benjamin Baptist Church. He was a board member of the Benjamin Cemetery Association, the BenjaminCity Council,
and the North Texas Water Board. Mr. West worked for the Texas Highway Department for 25 years. His acts of service were
innumerable, from sharing garden vegetables to helping widows and neighbors of his community.
Leroy was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Adrian and Wayne, and son, Earl "Bud" Clower.
He is survived by his wife Gloria of 37 years, two daughters, Cathy Tomlinson of Justin, TX, and Betty Parker of Aspermont, TX., son,
Robert Clower of Electra, TX., daughter-in-law, Debbie Clower of Benjamin, 10 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and a host of
friends and loved ones.
Velma "Fuddy" Hawes Wilson
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Abilene - Velma "Fuddy" Hawes Wilson, 100, died Monday, November 26, 2007, at a local nursing center. Mrs. Wilson was preceded in
death by her husband, M. F. "Bud" Wilson, an Abilene banker. They married February 2, 1929.
She graduated from National Business College and worked many years as a secretary in local insurance companies. She was active in
church work, where she was a member of the Alter Guild and St. Margaret's Guild and a volunteer for 35 years at the Church's "Thrift
House." She was also a member of the Abilene Country Club, actively participating in the Women's Golf Association and playing golf for
many years. She was an avid bridge player and a member of several local bridge and duplicate clubs.
Survivors are her daughter, Dr. Constance Schick (widow of Bradford DeNoce), Millville, Pennsylvania, and granddaughter, Jana Kaye
Hamrick (Mrs. David Babb), Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. Five sisters and two brothers predeceased her.
Services will be at the convenience of the family at a later date.
Memorials may be given to the Church of Heavenly Rest or your favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at
www.northsfuneralhome.com.
Velma M. Wilson
Community Memorial Funeral Home
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Abilene - Velma M. Wilson, 98, of Abilene, passed away Saturday, November 24, 2007, at a local hospital. Chapel services will be at 11
a.m. on Wednesday, November 28, at Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N. 2nd St. Burial will follow in Rule Cemetery.
Visitation will be Tuesday, November 27, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Born Velma Mae Lanham in Rule, Texas, on September 18, 1909. She married Johnie W. Daniels and raised a family. He preceded
her in death. She was later employed at Citizens Bank of Abilene. She then married Marlin Page Wilson who was a grain broker in
Rule. Together they spent their time helping those less fortunate. After Mr. Wilson passed away, Velma kept up that work when she
moved to Abilene. She was never too busy, or the hour too late to take a person to a doctors appointment, or shopping or whatever the
need. She became a charter member of the Cactus Lioness Club and was chairperson and "Sunshine Lady".
Besides Mr. Wilson, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Opal Inez Daniels; two sons, Jack W. and James T. Daniels; and
daughter, Rita Fay Martin.
She is survived by two daughters, Helene Hatley of Kingsland, TX and Peggy Cranfill and her husband, Don, of Sweetwater; 19
grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Death Notices 11.27.07 Monday, November 26, 2007
Laura Jean Chastain
CROSS PLAINS -- Laura Jean Chastain, 46, of Cross Plains, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007. Services will be 2
p.m. Wednesday at Higginbotham Chapel with burial in the Cross Plains Cemetery.
C. Wilburn Cox
BROWNWOOD -- C. Wilburn Cox died Monday, Nov. 26, 2007, at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Heartland Funeral Home in Brownwood.
Desmond Ray Denson
BROWNWOOD -- Desmond Ray Denson, 81, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2007, in Brownwood. Visitation will be
6-8 p.m. today at Davis-Morris Funeral Home in Brownwood.
Armando Anthony Franco
BIG SPRING -- Armando Anthony Franco, 22, of Big Spring, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2007, at his residence.
Vigil services will be 7 p.m. today at Myers & Smith Funeral Home in Big Spring.
Andrea Kay Gann
Andrea Kay Gann, 61, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007, at an Abilene medical center. Memorial services will be 2
p.m. Friday at Calvary Baptist Church. Arrangements are by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Cathrine Horton
LUBBOCK -- Cathrine Horton, 70, of Big Spring, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, in a Lubbock hospital. Services
are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Richard Hubbard
COLEMAN -- Richard Hubbard, 58, of Coleman, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, at Coleman County Medical
Center. By request, there will be no services. Arrangements are by Stevens Funeral Home.
Amy Peacock
SWEETWATER -- Amy Peacock, 36, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, in Abilene. Graveside funeral services will
be 3 p.m. Thursday in the Sweetwater Cemetery, under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Jessie 'Sister' Penney
Jessie " Sister" Penney, 73, of Granbury and formerly of Abilene, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007. Visitation will
be 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at North's Memorial Chapel, 242 Orange St.
Sarah E. Johnson Pilcher
CLYDE -- Sarah Ethel Johnson Pilcher, 87, of Abilene, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2007, at a local care center.
Services are pending with Bailey Funeral Home of Clyde.
Orena Postma
Orena Postma, 83, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, at an Abilene medical center. Arrangements are pending with
Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Becky Simpson
GORMAN -- Becky Simpson, formerly of Gorman, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2007, in a Lubbock hospital.
Services are pending with Higginbotham Funeral Home in Gorman.
Kent King Stephenson
CLYDE -- Kent King Stephenson, 49, of Eula, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, at his residence. Services will be 2
p.m. Thursday at the Eula Baptist Church with burial in the Eula Cemetery. Visitation is 10 a.m.2 p.m.
Thursday at the church.
Robert Earl Townsend
Robert Earl Towsend Jr., 41, of Abilene, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007, in Galveston. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m.
Friday at Community Memorial Funeral Home in Abilene.
Henry Allmon Turner
CORPUS CHRISTI -- Henry Allmon Turner, 88, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2007, in Corpus Christi. Services will
be 2 p.m. today at Harrell Memorial Chapel in Dublin, with burial following in the Clairette Cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled by Harrell Funearl Home in Dublin.
James 'Leroy' West
BENJAMIN -- James "Leroy" West, 70, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007. Visitation will be 6-7 p.m. today at the
Mansell-Smith Funeral Home, Knox City.
Velma 'Fuddy' Hawes Wilson
Velma "Fuddy" Hawes Wilson, 100, of Abilene, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2007. Arrangements are pending with
North's Funeral Home, 242 Orange St.
Obits for Wednesday November 28, 2007
W.J. "Joe" Cauble
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Ranger, Texas - William Joseph "Joe" Cauble, 78, of Ranger, died Monday November 26, 2007, in Temple.
Visitation will be from 4 until 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Edwards Funeral Home in Eastland. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2
p.m. in the Edwards Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in the Merriman Cemetery.
Mr. Cauble was born on April 4, 1929, in Clyde to Joe and Edith (Konzak) Cauble. He graduated in 1947 from Ballinger High School.
He raised his family in Pecos, Texas, where he was active in the Volunteer Fire Department, President of the Jaycee's and worked for
Southern Union and Lone Star Gas Companies. He made an unsuccessful bid for the State Representative Office in 1960. He moved
to Fort Worth in 1966 and worked for Allied and Dunlop Tire Company, where he won many top salesman honors. He married Eula
Arrington on December 4, 1971, in Eastland. He opened C Wholesale Tire Company in Eastland in 1973 which he continuously
operated in Eastland, Olden and Ranger until August 2007, when an accident injured him. He was a member of the Leon River Cowboy
Church and enjoyed horses, ranching, camping, dancing, golf, vegetable gardening, hunting and trout fishing. He had boundless energy
and enjoyed working and closing business deals.
He is survived by his wife, Eula Arrington Cauble of Ranger; children, Gwendy Kelton of Gainesville, Debra Plumlee of Saratoga,
Keeven Cauble of Odessa; step-children, Jackie Arrington and wife Shelby of Cisco and Lana Arrington of Austin; a brother, Jim Cauble
of Marble Falls; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
EDWARDS FUNERAL HOME
EASTLAND, TEXAS
254-629-2611
William N. Coe Jr.
Byrum Funeral Home
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Clyde, Texas - Born 2/15/24 in Etowah County, Alabama. Passed away 11/26/07 in Clyde, Texas.
Resident of Texas for majority of his life. He served in WW II as a medic/ambulance driver. He received the following recognitions:
European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal AR 600-68.
Preceded in death by parents William N. and Vera Knox Coe; son Michael Coe; three sisters.
Survived by daughter Brenda Mashburn and husband, Lloyd of Clyde; son, Larry Coe and wife, Paula of Abilene; mother of his children
and grandmother of his grandchildren, Vera Coe; brother, Earl Coe and wife, Barbara of Minden, LA; grandchildren, Paloma Coe of
Purdon, Rhonda Mashburn of Fort Worth, Madonna Mashburn of Long Beach, CA, Kevin Coe and wife, Becky of Mansfield, Julie Coe
of Red Oak, Brett Coe and wife, Julie of Wichita Falls, Laura Coe of Abilene, Melissa Allen and husband, Clint of Sweetwater; 10 great
grandchildren.
Graveside services at 3 p.m. Thursday in Edgewood Cemetery in Lancaster with Rev. Larry Pool officiating.
BYRUM FUNERAL HOME
LANCASTER, TEXAS
972-227-2121
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Andrea Kay Gann
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Andrea Kay Gann, 61, died Thursday, November 22, 2007, at an Abilene medical center. A memorial service will be
held Friday, November 30, at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 1165 Minter Lane, with Pastor John Tunnell officiating. Arrangements
are being made by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Andrea was born on May 28, 1946, to Opal Regina (Rosebrough) Ely and Nova Lewis Sebastian in Drumright, Oklahoma. She married
Richard V. Gann on May 13, 1970, in Abilene, Texas.
Andrea is survived by her husband, Richard Gann of Abilene; two daughters, Christy Key of Plano and Kathy Gann of Orange, and one
son, David Gann of Abilene; her mother, Opal Ely of Abilene; one sister, Sandra Mullins of Alvin; and four grandchildren, Austin Key, R.
J. Key, Kristen Gann and Jessie Lopez, Jr.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Andrea was a devoted Christian, loving daughter, wife, mother and friend. She will be deeply missed.
W.C. Gardner
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Ranger, Texas - W.C. Gardner, 82, of Ranger passed away on Tuesday at his home.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Mt. Marion Cemetery in Strawn with Rev. Jim Troutman officiating. Burial will follow
under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Ranger, Texas.
W. C. was born on February 28, 1925, in Leuders, Texas, to Clayton and Viola Mae (Hughes) Gardner. He graduated from Cisco High
School. W. C. is a World War II Navy veteran. He married Betty Moon on January 8, 1951, in Stephenville, Texas. Mr. Gardner worked
as a pumper for Exxon for 37 years, moving all over the state of Texas. When he retired he did the things he loved most, the outdoors,
feeding the birds, deer, squirrels and enjoying the wild flowers. Mr. Gardner was a member of the First Baptist Church in Strawn, Texas.
Mr. Gardner is survived by his wife Betty Gardner of Ranger, son Rodney Gardner and wife Kaylan of Menard, Texas, and adopted son
Ronney Gardner. One grandson Zac Gardner of Menard, TX., three cousins Ray Hughes of Gorman, Jerry Hughes of Stamford and Bill
Hughes of Kentucky.
Edwards Funeral Home
Ranger, Texas
254-647-1133
Herbert Callan Kennedy
Weathersbee - Ray Funeral Home
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Rotan, Texas - Herbert Callan Kennedy, 89, died Tuesday, November 27, 2007, in Snyder.
Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, November 29, at the First Baptist Church of Rotan with Bro. Corkey Wells officiating. Burial will be in
Belvieu Cemetery under the direction of Weathersbee - Ray Funeral Home.
Born July 16, 1918, at the Kennedy Ranch in Stonewall County, Herbert was a son of the late James Elmer and Lora Embert (Flowers)
Kennedy. Herbert's parents settled the area where his family's ranch was established in 1903. He was a lifelong resident of Rotan and
served his country in the Army from 1942-1945. Herbert married Frances Liddell (Garrett) in Anson on November 7, 1948. He was a
farmer/rancher and loved working with livestock and horses. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Rotan. He is preceded in
death by his parents, wife Liddell on February 24, 2005, one son (Herbert Callan Kennedy, Jr.), one daughter (Frances JoAnn
Kennedy), two brothers (Warren Elmer and Norvelle Emery, Sr.), two sisters (Ila Mae Green and Kathryn Blanche Holman), three
brothers-in-law (Roger Q. Garrett, Jr., Sam Green and Kenneth Holman) and one nephew (James Cranston Garrett, Jr.).
Survivors include one daughter Karolyn Kay Kennedy of Snyder; one Brother and Sister-in-law, James Cranston, Sr. and Doris Garrett;
two
Sisters-in-law, LaVerne Kennedy and Ruth Garrett; Nieces and Nephews; Great Nieces and Nephews and one Great-great niece and
nephew.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Rotan or Belvieu Cemetery Association c/o The First National Bank of Rotan.
Jessie "Sister" Penney
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Jessie Penney was born September 16, 1934, at the age of 73, she passed away peacefully Sunday, November 25,
2007, surrounded by loving family members.
Services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at North's Memorial Chapel, with burial to follow at Elmwood Memorial Park, under the direction of
North's Funeral Home. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at North's Memorial Chapel, 242 Orange St.
Jessie was born to Jessie and Luzelle Martin, in San Antonio, Texas. On July 10, 1952, she married our beloved father Earl Edward
Penney, and moved to Abilene. She attended the Cowboy Church. She worked as a caring nurse's aid at Shady Oaks for over 22
years. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was very dedicated to
her family.
She was preceeded in death by her parents, Jessie and Luzell Martin, her beloved husband, Earl Edward Penney, three sons, Earl
Dean, Jessie Preston and Bobby Joe Penney, one grandson, Robert Edward Penney, one sister, Ethel Martin, and one stepsister,
Darlene Martin.
She is survived and will be missed by three daughters, Mary and Don Richt, of Granbury, Tammie, of Granbury and Larry Wright of
Abilene, and Ethel Penney, of Granbury, four sons, Jimmie and Judy Penney of Hawley, Billy and Kelly Penney of Seadrift, Texas, John
and Christie Penney of Abilene, Troy and Pearl Penney of Hawley, 25 beautiful grandchildren, 15 wonderful great-grandchildren, three
sisters, Margie Meador of Abilene, Donna and Butch Richards of San Angelo, Mary and, Julie Ann Martin of San Angelo, three
brothers, Bill Martin and Louise of Eula, R. B. and Larry Martin of San Angelo.
To name all the people who loved our mother, the list would never end, but let us just say when she left this world, we lost a loving
mother, sister, aunt, and grandma, and our very best friend.
Our family chain has been broken, our lives are not the same, until we meet in heaven and our chain will link again.
Online condolences may be made at
www.northsfuneralhome.com.
Billy Ray Poe
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Brownwood, Texas - Billy Ray Poe, 69, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away Sunday morning, November 25, 2007,
at his home with his family by his side at Lake Brownwood after a courageous battle with cancer.
Private family graveside services were held on Tuesday, November 27, 2007, at the Potosi Cemetery with Reverend Bobby Machen
officiating. Burial followed at the Potosi Cemetery. Services were under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo
Gap Road.
Bill was born November 2, 1938, in Caps, Texas, to LaDell and Georgia Mae Poe and was baptized in the Caps Methodist Church on
March 28, 1948. While he was still a small child, Bill and his family moved to Cedar Gap, Texas, where he attended Wylie Elementary
School and Wylie High School.
Bill served in the United States Army from 1961 to 1963 and was honorably discharged into the United States Army Reserves where he
served from 1963 to 1967. In September, 1965, Bill entered the Texas Department of Public Safety Officer Training School in Austin
and upon graduation in May 1966, was stationed in Houston, Texas.
On May 24, 1966, Bill married the former Margie Briggs of Abilene in Austin, Texas. Bill and his family remained in Houston for three
years - moving to Odessa in 1969, where he lived and worked as a Department of Public Safety Driver License Trooper and Motor
Vehicle Inspection Trooper until his retirement as a commissioned peace officer in 1992. At that time he assumed the position of Motor
Vehicle Inspection Supervisor for the Midland area of the Department of Public Safety where he remained until his final retirement in
May, 1996. After retirement, Bill maintained his association with the DPS thru his commission as an Honorary Special Texas Ranger
and as a member of the Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association and the Texas State Troopers Association.
Following retirement, Bill and Margie relocated to Lake Brownwood.
One of Bill's proudest accomplishments was obtaining his Extra Class Amateur Radio Operator Licenses. His call letters were WZ5E,
and he was a member of the West Texas Amateur Radio Club. Through this hobby, he spent many happy hours and communicated
with and became friends with other "hams" around the entire world. He also enjoyed gardening, fishing, and "just watching the things on
and around the lake."
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, LaDell and Georgia Poe; one sister and brother-in-law, Mae Dell and C.H. Collins; and one
brother, Bruce Poe.
Bill is survived by his wife, Margie of Lake Brownwood; one son and daughter-in-law, Alan Ray and Darlene Poe of Houston, Texas;
one daughter and son-in-law, Kerri Denise and Jim Perkins of Katy, Texas; and one very special little grandson, Jordan Cole Perkins of
Katy, Texas.
The entire family wishes to express their deep and sincere appreciation to Lainey Hall, R.N. with VistaCare Hospice who was such a
comfort and made this extremely difficult time bearable and to Kerri Martinez of Heart of Texas Internal Medicine Associates who has
always been there for us since the beginning of Bill's illness.
The family requests that memorial donations be directed to VistaCare Hospice Foundation, 402 North Bryant Boulevard, San Angelo,
Texas 76903.
Online Condolences may be sent to:
www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com
Orena H. Postma
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Orena H. Postma, loving wife and mother and retired registered nurse, passed away in Abilene, Texas, this past
weekend.
She was born near Bowie, Texas, to the late Robert Leolan Hancock and Ruby Lee Dorough Hancock. She grew up in Electra and
Archer City, Texas, attended North Texas State Teachers College in 1941-42 and graduated from Baylor Nursing School in Dallas in
1945. She was united in marriage to the late Dr. Lowell A. Postma in Albuquerque, NM in 1950. She worked as a registered nurse in
Albuquerque, and Amarillo, Texas. She loved traveling with her husband in their travel trailer, reading books, cooking and taking care of
her extended family.
Rena is survived by her three sons, Byron, Robert, and Richard Postma; her two daughters, Janet Bugg and Ann Postma; and her twin
sister, Dena Eagan. She is also survived by five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, and nieces, nephews, other relatives and
friends. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Winnie Fay Morris of Archer City, Texas.
A private memorial service will be held in celebration of her life. In lieu of flowers, memorial funds in her name may be donated to your
favorite charity.
Rebecca (Becky) Dossey Simpson
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Brownfield, Texas - Rebecca (Becky) Dossey Simpson, age 53, of Brownfield, Texas, died Monday, November 26, 2007, in Lubbock.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, November 29, 2007, at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Barry Schahn officiating. Burial will
be at Oaklawn Cemetery in Gorman.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Born April 26, 1954, in Odessa, she married Jackie Don Simpson October 17, 1981, in Gorman. She was a housewife and a member of
First Baptist Church in Gorman.
She is survived by husband, Jackie Don Simpson of Brownfield, three sons: Chance Simpson of Austin, Casey Simpson of Brownfteld,
and Coat' Simpson of Lubbock. Daughter, Rachel Wilson of De Leon, Brother, David Lynn Dossey of Breckenridge, Sister, Tracy June
Spivey of Gorman, and Parents, Darrell and June Dossey of Gorman, and three Grandchildren.
Preceded in death by, Brother, Gary Wayne Dossey.
In lieu of flowers make donations to First Baptist Church Gorman Building Fund or First Baptist Church Desdemona Building Fund.
HIGGINBOTHAM
FUNERAL HOME
GORMAN, TEXAS
Kent King Stephenson
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Clyde, Texas - Kent King Stephenson, 49, of Eula, died Sunday at his residence.
Services are at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Eula Baptist Church in Eula with Jim Carraway and Larry Adams officiating. Burial will follow in
the Eula Cemetery.
Kent was born January 6, 1958, in Abilene, Texas, to Walter (Putt) and Oleta (King) Stephenson. He was a graduate of Eula High
School. Kent was an oilfield worker for Smith Pipe and Supply. He was previously employed at Bandera Drilling. He was a lifelong
resident of Eula and a member of the Eula Baptist Church.
Survivors include three sons, Brandon Stephenson and wife Christina of Abilene, Kenny Stephenson and wife Robbyn of Eula and Bo
Preston Stephenson Walker of Abilene; his mother, Oleta Stephenson of Abilene; one brother, Kyle Stephenson and wife Lorna of
Lubbock; one granddaughter, Callie Lynn Stephenson; one grandson, Micah Stephenson and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m-2 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Arvin H. Thornton
Community Memorial Funeral Home
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Arvin H. Thornton, 59, died Thursday, November 15, 2007, at his residence.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, 2 p.m., December 2, 2007, at the residence of Peggy Smith, 565 C.R. 152 in Hamby.
Arrangements by Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N. 2nd St.
Born in Baird, Texas on July 9, 1948, Arvin was the son of Juanita (Holloway) and Leroy Thornton. He was a carpenter by trade and
was involved with the Farmer's Market. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener.
His parents; twin brother, Marvin; and sister, Golda Dennis, preceded him in death.
Arvin is survived by his wife, Myrtle Thornton O'Keeffe of Abilene; a sister, Anne Harrison of Abilene; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be sent to Hospice of the Big Country, 4601 Hartford, Abilene, TX 79605; or American Cancer Society, 209 So.
Danville, B-107, Abilene, TX 79605.
Minnie Lee Ward Todd
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Minnie Lee Ward Todd, aged 94, died at Abilene Nursing Center on November 26, 2007.
She was born to Forrest and Bea Ward on October 31, 1913, in Osage, Texas. Minnie married Ellis Todd on March 29, 1929. After Ellis
became a Methodist Minister, she served with him in Methodist churches in the Northwest Texas Conference.
Minnie was preceded in death by her husband, two infant sons; Vernon Maurice, Earl Ulen, her parents and four brothers.
She is survived by: a son, Hughlyn Todd and wife, Marsha from Stanton, Texas, a daughter, Wanda Lee Hamblin and husband, David
from Abilene; four dearly loved grandchildren, Bill Hamblin and wife, Sharla from Littlefield, Texas; Patty Rogers and husband, Richard
from Abilene, Julie Snellgrove and husband, Brian from Stanton and Jill Dillashaw and husband, Scott from Melissa. Her twelve greatgrandchildren were the joy of her life. She also leaves four loved sisters-in-law.
Services for Minnie will be held at Resthaven Memorial Park in Lubbock on November 29, 2007, at 1 pm.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church TV fund, P. O. Box 3396, Abilene, TX 79604
or a charity or church of your choice.
Resthaven Funeral Home
5740 W. 19th Street
Lubbock, Texas 79407
Phone 806-791-6200
Bettie Lyree Young
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Rowlett, Texas - Services for Bettie Lyree Young, 76, of Rowlett, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, November 29, 2007, in the
Calvary Baptist Church, 700 Woodard Ave., Cleburne, Texas. Reverend Charles Payne and Brother Eddy Carrell will officiate. Burial
will be in Derden Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Ivory Lee Dearing, Dave Peterson, Ben Dearing, John Dearing, Art Dearing, Bobby Manor and Cody Miller.
Bettie Lyree Young passed away Sunday, November 25, 2007, in Rowlett, Texas. She was born October 26, 1931, in Blum, Texas, to
Robert Lee and Maude Esta Ince Johns. She married J.W. Young on November 5, 1955, in Dallas, Texas.
Mrs. Young was a child care provider and a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Bettie Young is survived by her son, Trennon Young and wife Becky of Stephenville, Texas; daughter, Lyree Gilbert and husband Mike
of Rowlett; twin sister, Wanda Lee Manor of Forney, Texas; brother, Kenneth Johns; grandchildren, Zachary Young, Jordon Young;
Charis Gilbert; Christian Gilbert; Calan Gilbert and Cathilyn Gilbert; and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death
by her husband, J.W. Young on July 15, 2007.
Visitation will be at the funeral home Wednesday from 5-8 p.m.
You may send condolences, view obituary and see photo at www.cpcleburne.com
Crosier-Pearson Cleburne
Funeral Home
512 N. Ridgeway Dr.
Cleburne, Texas 76033
817-648-0522
Death Notices 11.28.07 Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Norma M. Dillard
ASPERMONT -- Norma M. Dillard, 84, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007. Services are pending with McCoy
Funeral Home of Aspermont
Mamie Brown Jewell
GRANBURY -- Mamie Brown Jewell, 94, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007. Graveside services are 2 p.m. Friday
at Wayland Cemetery in Wayland, directed by Wiley Funeral Home of Granbury.
Joel 'Buck' Elliott Jr.
Joel "Buck" Elliott Jr., 57, formerly of London, Texas, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007. Graveside services will be
2 p.m. today at Comfort Cemetery.
Raymond Flores
COLORADO CITY -- Raymond Flores, 65, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2007. Mass is 10 a.m. today at St. Ann's
Catholic Church with burial in Mitchell County Cemetery.
Cathrine Elaine Horto
BIG SPRING -- Cathrine Elaine Horton, 70, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. today at the Berea
Baptist Church with burial inTrinity Memorial Park directed by Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home &
Crematory of Big Spring.
Stacye Ann Leverich
MERKEL -- Stacye Ann Leverich, 70, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007, at a local care facility. Services are
pending with Starbuck Funeral Home.
Phillip Manuel Lopez
Phillip Manuel Lopez, 21, of Big Spring died Monday, Nov. 26, 2007, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock.
Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Thelma Pauline Matlock
LORAINE -- Thelma Pauline Matlock, 83, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. today at the KikerSeale Funeral Home Chapel in Colorado City with burial in the Colorado City Cemetery.
Lota E. McDaniel
HAMLIN -- Lota E. McDaniel, 97, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007. Services are 1 p.m. today at the First Assembly
of God Church. Burial will be in Hamlin Memorial Cemetery, directed by Adams Funeral Home.
Sarah Ethel Johnson Pilcher
CLYDE -- Sarah Ethel Johnson Pilcher, 87, of Abilene, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2007. Services are 2 p.m.
Friday at the Bailey Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Clyde Cemetery. Visitation is 11 a.m.2 p.m. Friday
at the funeral home.
W.O. Ratliff
MUNDAY -- W.O. Ratliff, 88, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007, in the Munday Nursing Center in Munday.
Services are pending with McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in Munday.
Joe Luis Rivas
SWEETWATER Joe Luis Rivas, 34, died Monday, November 26, 2007. Mass is 2 p.m. Wednesday, November
28, 2007 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with burial in the Palava Cemetery directed by
McCoy Funeral Home.
Pauline Smith
Pauline Smith, 92, of Lubbock and formerly of Big Spring, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2007, at Heritage Oaks in
Lubbock. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Memorial Park. Arrangements are by Myers &
Smith Funeral Home.
Robert 'Berto' Earl Townsend Jr.
Robert "Berto" Earl Townsend Jr., 41, of Abilene, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007, in Galveston. Services will be
at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Galilee Baptist Church with burial at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of
Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N. 2nd St. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Obits for Thursday November 29, 2007
W.A. "Toodle" Middleton
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Brownwood - W. A. "Toodle" Middleton, age 83, of Brownwood passed away November 27, 2007, at a local nursing home. A lifetime
resident of Brown County, he was born January 30, 1924, to Joe and Maybelle Middleton in the Indian Creek community. He married
Betty Nelson in the Indian Creek Parsonage on May 1, 1943. Toodle, a man that wore many hats, started his career as a Policeman for
Brownwood, and then became a fireman, a deputy Sheriff, the Chief of Police from 1956 - 1960, then the Parks and Recreation
Director, and wound up his career as the sales manager for Jimmy Campbell Motor Company. He was a member of Central United
Methodist Church, and a member of the Lions Club, and in the early 1950s he organized Little League Baseball in Brownwood. He is
survived by his wife of 64 years Betty of Brownwood; two sons, Ronnie Middleton and wife Maggie of Eldorado, and Dale Middleton and
wife Troi of San Angelo; a daughter Frankie Sandlin and husband Woody of Sheridan, Wyoming; six granddaughters Ronda Newberry
and husband Tim of Tuscola, Marci Tutt and husband Kevin of Tuscola, Tori McCrea and husband Eric of Salida, Colorado, Shianne
Collier and husband Chad of San Angelo, Holly Riley and husband Greg of Billings Montana, and Michelle Sandlin of Sheridan,
Wyoming; two grandsons, Shy Lowe Middleton and wife Farrah of San Angelo, Lonnie Middleton of San Angelo; nine greatgrandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; two sister-in-laws Anita Middleton and Bobbie Allen; and a number of Nieces and
nephews other relatives and friends. Toodle was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Raymond Middleton. Funeral
services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday November 30, 2007, in the Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel with Richard Hetzel and Dr. Gary
Torian officiating, interment will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday evening at
the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be made to Central United Methodist church of a charity of your choice
Regna W. Crow Bresette
DeBerry Funeral Home
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Sanger, Texas - Regna W. Crow Bresette passed away November 27, 2007, in Sanger. She was born January 2, 1916, to John Felton
Crow and Myrtle Lee Bibb Crow in Winters, Texas. For over 40 years, she was in management of several apartment complexes in
Abilene before retirement where she was a member at the Church of Heavenly Rest. She relocated to Fort Worth where she became
involved in enjoying activities focusing around the lives of her children and their families in conjunction with enjoying her other favored
pastimes of reading and playing bridge.
Private family services will be held. Burial will be at Moore Memorial Garden, Arlington, Texas.
She is survived by her daughters, Linda Piatt and husband, Timothy, of Sanger and Toni Ross and husband, Rod, of Saginaw;
grandsons, Nathan, Daniel, Jacob and Jonathan Piatt of Denton. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Shannon Ross, and
a brother, Odell Crow.
DeBerry Funeral Directors
2025 W. University Dr.
Denton, Texas 76201
940-383-4200
Norma M. Dillard
McCoy Funeral Home
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Aspermont - Norma M. Dillard, 84, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday morning at a Kent County Nursing Home. Funeral Services will
be held 2 p.m. Graveside Thursday, November 29, in the Buffalo Gap Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home of
Aspermont.
Mrs. Dillard was born in Southland, Texas, after high school Mrs. Dillard worked for the United States Navy in Oakland California during
WWII. She returned to Texas and married Rex Dillard. Rex worked for Marathon Oil in Aspermont and upon retiring they moved to
Abilene. Mrs. Dillard was a wonderful painter, and she also loved to fish.
Survivors include one son, Dan Dowhower and wife Melinda of Carlsbad, N.M.; two grandsons, Joe and Cody Dowhower of Carlsbad.
She was preceded in death by her Husband Rex one Son David Dillard Daughter Norma Ann Dillard sisters Nell Dowhower & Margaret
Reed.
In lieu of flowers family request memorials to Ben Richey Boys Ranch 501 Ben Richey Drive P.O. Box 6839 Abilene Texas 79608
Stacye Ann Leverich
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Merkel - Stacye Ann Leverich, 70, died Tuesday, November 27, 2007, in a local nursing center. Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Merkel
First Baptist Church with Reverend Jimmy Griffith officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, directed by Starbuck Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday night at the funeral home.
Stacye was born August 23, 1937, in Merkel to Jake and Stacye Huddleston Martin. She married Donald Richard Leverich Jr. on April
1, 1953, in Mexico. He preceded her in death August 6, 1980. Stacye was a Baptist. She attended Merkel High School and was a
twirler and drum major. She worked with Hendrick House Calls as an in-home caregiver. Stacye loved music, cooking and taking care
of her family. She collected saltshakers and clowns.
Survivors include two sons, Richard Stephen Leverich and wife Teresa, James Bryon Leverich; her parents, Jake and Stacye Martin all
of Merkel; a sister, Debby Brown of Abilene; a brother, Tim Martin and wife Sue of Tuscola; two grandchildren, Richard Stephen
Leverich Jr. of Irving, Angelia K. Ames and husband James of Cross Plains; five great-grandchildren, Terrah, Patrick, Tristen, Jayten
and Lindsey; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard and a daughter, Ramona Angelia.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Big Country, 4601 Hartford, Abilene, TX 79605.
Rebecca (Becky) Dossey Simpson
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Brownfield, Texas - Rebecca (Becky) Dossey Simpson, age 53, of Brownfield, Texas, died Monday, November 26, 2007, in Lubbock.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, November 29, 2007, at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Barry Schahn officiating. Burial will
be at Oaklawn Cemetery in Gorman.
Born April 26, 1954, in Odessa, she married Jackie Don Simpson October 17, 1981, in Gorman. She was a housewife and a member of
First Baptist Church in Gorman.
She is survived by husband, Jackie Don Simpson of Brownfield; three sons: Chance Simpson of Austin, Casey Simpson of Brownfield,
and Cody Simpson of Lubbock; daughter, Rachel Wilson of De Leon; brother, David Lynn Dossey of Breckenridge; sister, Tracy June
Spivey of Gorman; and parents, Darrell and June Dossey of Gorman, and three Grandchildren.
Preceded in death by, Brother, Gary Wayne Dossey.
In lieu of flowers make donations to First Baptist Church Gorman Building Fund or First Baptist Church Brownfield Building Fund.
HIGGINBOTHAM
FUNERAL HOME
GORMAN, TEXAS
254-734-2272
Roberto "Berto" Earl Townsend Jr.
Community Memorial Funeral Home
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Abilene - Robert "Berto" Earl Townsend, Jr., 41, of Abilene, died in Galveston, Texas, on Saturday, November 24, 2007. Funeral
services will be held at 1 p.m. at the Galilee Baptist Church on Saturday, December 1, with Rev. Bobby King officiating. Burial will follow
at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N. 2nd St. Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8
p.m. at the funeral home.
Robert was born on August 6, 1966, to Robert Earl Sr. and Erma Townsend. He married Janet Myers on December 12, 1997.
Together, they had seven children, Lamika Berry of Las Vegas, Jamell Jamison of Macon, Georgia, Taneisha Jackson, Robert Earl
Townsend, III, and Christopher Lewis, Jasmine Lewis, Dimitrik Lewis, all of Abilene.
He is survived by four sisters, Wanda McDougald of South Carolina, Brenda Kellum, Jacqueline Townsend, both of Abilene and
Dejuana Hamilton of Mansfield, Texas; three brothers, Terry Townsend of Austin, Raheim Townsend of Lancaster and Tracy Carrion of
Atlanta, GA; three grandchildren; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Erma; his great grandmother, Hattie Collins and his grandmother, Ruby Young.
Death Notices 11.29.07 Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Leona Belle Haskew
OPLIN -- Leona Belle Haskew, 85, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007. Arrangements are pending with The Hamil
Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Lucille King Herring
ANGELTON -- Lucille King Herring, 88, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007. Arrangements are pending with
Henderson Funeral Home of Coleman.
Jim Jones
DALLAS -- Jim Jones, 66, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007. Arrangements are pending with Henderson Funeral
Home of Santa Anna.
Phillip Manuel Lopez
BIG SPRING -- Phillip Manuel Lopez, 21, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2007. Vigil services will be at 7 p.m. today
at Myers & Smith Chapel. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial in
Mt. Olive Memorial Park.
Ethan Eli Martinez
COLORADO CITY -- Ethan Eli Martinez, 2, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007. Funeral Mass will be 3:30 p.m.
Friday at St. Ann's Catholic Church. Burial will be in the Mitchell County Cemetery. Rosary will be 7 p.m.
today at Kiker-Seale Funeral Home Chapel.
Ethel Radle
SANTA ANNA -- Ethel Radle, 93, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007. Private services will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.
B.B. 'Sam' Townson
CROSS PLAINS -- B.B. "Sam" Townson, 80, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007. Services will be 10 a.m.
Saturday at First Baptist Church with burial in Sabanno Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 Friday at
Higginbotham Funeral Home.
Bernarda Valencia
BIG SPRING -- Bernarda Valencia , 75, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007. Arrangements are pending at Myers
& Smith Funeral Home.
Lola Georgene Sigsbee Vinita
LUEDERS -- Lola Georgene Sigsbee Vinita, 87, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007. Arrangements are pending with
Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Obits for Friday, November 30, 2007
Leona Belle Haskew
Friday, November 30, 2007
Oplin - Leona Belle Haskew, of Oplin, died Wednesday, November 28, 2007, at the age of 85. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on
Saturday, December 1, 2007, with Rev. James Teel and Rev. Rodney Watson officiating, at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449
Buffalo Gap Road. Burial will follow in the Potosi Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday in the chapel at
the funeral home.
Leona was born June 22, 1922, in Abilene, Texas, to Lunsford and Lela (Clements) Brannan. She graduated from Abilene High School
in 1940, and remained a loyal eagle fan all of her life. February 15, 1941, Leona married Norman Haskew in Abilene. In 1966, Leona
moved from Abilene to Oplin. She worked as a Quality Control Inspector for Texas Instruments until her retirement.
Leona was a member of the AARP, the Oasis Coachmen Caravan Club, the Central Texas Appaloosa Horse Club, and the Texas and
National Appaloosa Horse Club. She was also a member of the Cooper Band Booster Club, the IAPES, AQHA, the Callahan Baptist
Association, and the Oplin Baptist Church. Leona was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Norman Haskew on March 1, 2007. Leona is survived by two daughters,
Holly Anna Walston and husband Wally of Abilene, Vickie Sue "Susie" Tyson and husband Red, of Oplin; six grandchildren, Tommie N.
Tyson, Todd N. Tyson, Joy S. Cloud, Michael N. Cloud, Taylor Walston and wife Lorraine, and Travis R. Walston; five greatgrandchildren, Timmy Tyson, Destanie Poindexter, Tristan Cloud, Brett Walston, and Cait'Lyn Walston.
Memorials may be made in Leona's honor to Hendrick Hospice Care, 1682 Hickory, Abilene, Texas 79601 or to the Oplin Baptist
Church Building Fund.
Online condolences may be sent to:
www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com
The Hamil Family
Funeral Home
6449 Buffalo Gap Road
Abilene, Texas 79606
Mamie Brown Jewell
Wiley Funeral Home
Friday, November 30, 2007
Granbyry - Mamie Brown Jewell, 94, passed away Tuesday, November 27, 2007, in Granbury. Graveside Service: 2 p.m. Friday at
Wayland Cemetery, Wayland, Texas. Mamie was born May 28, 1913, to David A. and Exa Willie Bentley Stewart in Grit, Texas. She
Married Willie Loy Brown on Jan. 2, 1931, in Glen Rose, Texas. After his death, she married Vernon Jewell May 28, 1993, in Eastland,
Texas. She was a member of the Christadelphian Church and served as an LVN at Hendricks Medical Center in Abilene, retiring in
1975. She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, two brothers and two Sisters. Survivors: Sons; Rodney Brown of
Athens, Texas, Buddy Brown of Larue, Texas; daughters: Joyce Long of Abilene, Texas, and Peggy DuVall of Granbury; 15
grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren.
Wiley Funeral Home
Granbury, 817-573-3000
Sarah Ethel Johnson Pilcher
Friday, November 30, 2007
Abilene - Sarah Ethel Johnson Pilcher, 87, of Abilene and formerly of Clyde, died Monday at a local care center.
Services are at 2 p.m. Friday at the Bailey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Weldon Gann officiating. Burial will follow in the Clyde
Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home.
Mrs. Pilcher was born March 14, 1920, in Clyde, Texas, to Edgar L. and Ora Alpha (Jones) Johnson. She attended school in both Baird
and Clyde. She moved to Abilene from Clyde in 1941. She was the widow of James M. Pilcher, whom she married on July 4, 1953.
Mrs. Pilcher worked as records clerk at Thornton's Department Store, and later was employed by Timex/Texas Instruments. She was a
member of the 14th and Oak Church of Christ.
She is survived by one sister, Avonne Johnson of Abilene.
Mrs. Pilcher was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two sisters, Shirley May Jones and Essie Lee Johnson, and one
brother, J.R. Johnson
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
William O. "Buddy" Ratliff
McCauley-Smith Funeral Home
Friday, November 30, 2007
Munday, Texas - William O. "Buddy" Ratliff, 88, died Tuesday, November 27, 2007, in the Munday Nursing Home.
Funeral services will be Friday, November 30, 2007, at 1:30 p.m. in the Munday First United Methodist Church with Pastor Gary
Hubbard and Reverend Barbara J. Ibarra officiating. A private burial will precede the service at Johnson Memorial Cemetery, under the
direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in Munday, Texas.
Mr. Ratliff was born January 15, 1919, near Goree, Texas, to parents, Raymond Lindsay and Ressie Ella Bell Ratliff. He served 5 years
in North Africa and Italy during World War II as a Captain with the United States Air Corp. Following his release from the service, he
entered the farming and ranching business near Munday with his father and later his son as partners.
He married Barbara Almanrode June 24, 1952. He was a lifetime member of Munday First United Methodist Church.
Mr. Ratliff was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, and a brother.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara of the home; son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Karen Ratliff of Haskell; daughter, Becky Ratliff of
Munday; step-granddaughter, Lynzie Harlan of Lubbock; step-grandson, Jeremy Harlan of Goree; brother, Charles Ratliff of Kerrville;
sister, Jean Allen of Denton; and several nieces and nephews.
MCCAULEY-SMITH
FUNERAL HOME
MUNDAY, TX
B.B. "Sam" Townson
Friday, November 30, 2007
Cross Plains - B.B. "Sam" Townson, age 80, of Cross Plains, passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2007, in Early. Funeral services
will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2007, at First Baptist Church with Ronnie B. White officiating; burial will follow in the
Sabanno Cemetery in Eastland County, Texas.
He was born June 17, 1927, in Leroy, Texas, to Gervaise and Gladys (Casey) Townson. He married Jenny Taylor on March 1, 1947, in
Waco, Texas; she preceded him in death on August 25, 2001. He married Louise Lott on December 19, 2002 in Ruidoso, N.M. He
served in the United States Army and was a member of First Baptist Church. "Sam," as he was known, enjoyed playing dominoes with
the husbands of the quilting ladies, and visiting with friends. He retired from American Airlines as a ramp supervisor.
He is survived by his wife, Louise Townson of Cross Plains; daughter, Barbara Dill and husband Ricky of Mansfield; and son, Ronny
Townson of Arlington; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Higginbotham Funeral Home
309 N.E. 4th
Cross Plains, Tx 76443
Juanell Wright Ware
Friday, November 30, 2007
Austin - Memorial services for Juanell Wright Ware, 71, were held Friday at First Baptist Church of Austin, Texas, 901 Trinity Street.
Members of the family conducted the service. Burial was at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.
Mrs. Wright died at Buckner Villas in Austin on Tuesday after a seven-year struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Born Feb. 6, 1936, in
Elbert, Texas, Juanell was the daughter of Elmer Lee and Virginia (Thompson) Johnson.
She was an elementary schoolteacher by trade. At the height of her career, Juanell was chairperson of the Title I program at Pleasant
View Elementary in Golden, Colo. She taught basic reading and math skills to disadvantaged children and was a consultant on the
subject.
On June 1, 1956, Juanell married Kenneth Wayne Wright in Abilene, Texas. Dr. Wright, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Golden,
Colo., for 13 years, preceded her in death on Sept. 4, 1983.
Juanell married the Rev. Browning Ware, long-time pastor of First Baptist Church of Austin, in 1986. He preceded her in death on Oct.
29, 2002. Juanell also was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her two sons, Stuart Wright of Arvada, Colo., and Jeff Wright of Kerrville, Texas; a sister, Doniece Neely and her
husband Bob of Throckmorton, Texas; three grandchildren, Cameron, Brooks and Blake Wright; and two nephews, Rob and Mark
Neely.
Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas 78705 (512) 452-8811. Obituary and
guestbook online at wcfish.com
WEED-CORLEY-FISH
FUNERAL HOME
3125 N. LAMAR BLVD
AUSTIN, TEXAS 78705
Death Notices 11.30.07 Thursday, November 29, 2007
Marcus Brooks
ABILENE -- Marcus Brooks, 19, died Thursday, November 29, 2007. Services are pending with Elliott-Hamil
Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Jimmy Ray Criswell
MILES -- Jimmy Ray Criswell, 57, died Wednesday, November 28, 2007. A private service will be held at a
later date under the direction of Lange Funeral Home of Ballinger.
Mildred Haggard
STANTON -- Mildred Haggard, 79, died Wednesday, November 28, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at
Belvue Church of Christ Stanton under the direction of Gilbreath Funeral Home.
Leona Belle Haskew
OPLIN -- Leona Belle Haskew, 85, died Wednesday, November 28, 2007. Funeral services are 11 a.m.
Saturday at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Willie Douglas Hopson
COLEMAN -- Willie Douglas Hopson, 77, died Tuesday, November 27, 2007. Visitation is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
today and Saturday at Walker Funeral Home.
Paul E. Jean
BALLINGER -- Paul E. Jean, 63, died Wednesday, November 28, 2007. A memorial service will be held at 2
p.m. Saturday at Lange Funeral Home Chapel.
Jack Townley
HAMLIN -- Jack Townley died Thursday, November 29, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist
Church, directed by Adams Funeral Home.
B.B. 'Sam' Townson
CROSS PLAINS -- B.B. "Sam" Townson, 80, died Wednesday, November 28, 2007. Services will be 10 a.m.
Saturday at First Baptist Church under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Home of Cross Plains.
Charles Andrew Verett
ABILENE -- Charles Andrew Verett died Thursday, November 29, 2007. Arrangements are pending with The
Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Juanell Wright Ware
AUSTIN -- Juanell Wright Ware, 71, died Tuesday, November 27, 2007. Memorial services were Friday at
First Baptist Church of Austin, under the direction of Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home.
James Woodall
COAHOMA -- James Woodall, 72, died Thursday, November 29, 2007. Services are pending with Myers &
Smith Funeral Home of Big Spring.

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