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Obituaries 07.01.06 July 1, 2006
Billie Ruth Garner Baker
CLYDE — Billie Ruth Garner Baker, 63 of Clyde, died Friday at her home.
Graveside services will be at 3:00 p.m., Sunday at the Clyde Cemetery with Mark Burgess
officiating under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home. Mrs. Baker was born July 21, 1942 in
Abilene, Texas to O.C. and Eunice (Baker) Garner.
She married Bill Wayne Baker September 16, 1957 in San Angelo, Texas. They came to Clyde
in the late 1970's. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include her husband, Bill; five sons, Ozell, Rocky and wife Karen, Billy Wayne and
wife Sherry Thomas and Bobby Baker, all of Clyde; 1 daughter, Diane Ramos and husband
Sammy, also of Clyde; one brother, O.C. Garner Jr. of Clyde; four sisters, Helen Parsons of
Abilene, Ellie Burnett and Kay Garner, both of Clyde and Shirley Rhyms of Lampasas; eight
grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Daniel Shane Baker and two sisters, Thelma
Jean Harvey and Mary Elizabeth Garner.
Visitation will be from 5 — 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home
BAILEY FUNERAL HOME / CLYDE, TEXAS
Charles Richard "Chuck" Clevenger
STAMFORD — Charles Richard "Chuck" Clevenger, 34, of Stamford passed away Wednesday,
June 28, 2006. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 1, 2006, at Avoca Baptist
Church with Rev. Dennis Huffaker officiating. Burial will follow in Spring Creek Cemetery
under the direction of Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home.
Chuck was born on April 19, 1972 in Leesville, Louisiana. He is the son of Tommy and the late
Kathy Clevenger and William E. Baggett. He was a lifetime resident of Jones County. He
married Bertha Morales on Sept 16, 1998. He was a member of the Temple Baptist Church.
He is preceded in death by his mother.
Surviving Mr. Clevenger are wife, Bertha Clevenger of Stamford; fathers, Tommy Clevenger of
Kilgore and William E. Baggett of West Columbia; five sisters, Dotty Baggett of Sulphur,
Louisiana, Melissa and Ricky Smith of West Columbia, Carol and Pete Lopez of Stamford,
Dawn and Shane Neatherlin of Avoca, and Jackie Frazier of West Columbia; two brothers, Bill
Baggett of Nashville, Tennessee, and Tommy Clevenger of Chicago, Illinois; and numerous
nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Visitation will be held from 7:00 — 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 30, 2006 at the funeral home.
Loyal Gwathmey
BROWNWOOD — Loyal Gwathmey, age 94, passed away on Friday, June 30, 2006 at a local
nursing home.
He was born on March 4, 1912 in Brownwood, Texas. He was a lifetime resident of Brownwood
and was a member of the Rocky Creek Baptist Church. He was a farmer and rancher.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty June Gwathmey and two sisters, Loyce Wheeler and
Jimmie Lou Allen.
Survivors include: two daughters, Linda Inez Smith and husband, David of Mesquite, Texas and
Donna Peck and husband, Paul of Brownwood, Texas; a son, Lee Gwathmey, Jr., and Debbie of
Lake Brownwood, Texas; six grandchildren, Rhonda Tillman, Crystal Jeyes, Melissa and
Jennifer Gwathmey, and Andrew and Jordan Peck; and three great grandchildren; and one sister,
Georgia Brewer of San Antonio, Texas.
Graveside services are 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 1, 2006 with Brother Rick Justice officiating, at
the Rocky Creek Cemetery under the direction of Davis — Morris Funeral Home of
Brownwood. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon at the Rocky Creek Baptist
Church.
DAVIS — MORRIS FUNERAL HOME / BROWNWOOD, TEXAS
Patricia Herndon Encke
April 12, 1950 — June 29, 2006
LUBBOCK — Patricia Herndon Encke, 56, of Lubbock, lost a courageous battle with cancer on
Thursday, June 29, 2006, at her home surrounded by family and friends. She was born April 12,
1950, to Florence (Wilkinson) and Charles Herndon in Abilene, Texas. Pat graduated from
Anson High School and the University of North Texas.
Pat married Jim Lindsey Encke on August 5, 1969, in San Angelo, Texas. They had 37
wonderful years together.
Celebration of Life Services will be held at LakeRidge Methodist Church in Lubbock at 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 1, 2006, with John Burk officiating. Graveside services will be held at 4:30 p.m.
at Mount Hope Cemetery in Anson, Texas, conducted by Richard Payne.
Pat taught school for 30 years in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, Carrolton-Farmers Branch ISD, and
Frenship ISD. Pat devoted her life to her students, families, and faculty at Crestview Elementary.
She was a loving wife, dedicated mother, and caring teacher. She was a member of the
LakeRidge Methodist Church and was active in the Frenship School community.
Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Patricia Lindsey; husband, Jim; mother,
Florence Herndon of Abilene, Texas; and brother, Mike Herndon and wife Roberta of Anson,
Texas. Pat is preceded in death by her father, Charles Marion Herndon.
Family has requested that memorials be sent to MD Anderson Cancer Center, Department of
Sarcoma Medical Oncology, Unit 450, 1515 Holcombe Blvd. 51, Houston, Texas 77030-4095, in
honor of Pat.
To send online condolences visit www.franklin-bartley.com
FRANKLIN — BARTLEY FUNERAL HOME / LUBBOCK, TEXAS
Lela Velma Box
Born ~ June 26, 1917
Passed away ~ June 25, 2006
Velma Box, 88, formerly of Abilene, passed away Sunday, in Bountiful, Utah. Graveside
services will be 11 am Monday, July 3rd in Elmwood Memorial Park, officiated by Reverend
Janice Kahl, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Velma was born and raised in Monticello, Kentucky. She spent most of her adult life in Utah and
Texas. She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth Wray Box in 1992, and her brother,
Lawrence "Pete" Brummett.
Survivors include a niece, Sherry Cummins of Scottsdale, Arizona, and two nephews, Randy
Brummett of Bountiful, Utah, and Jeff Brummett of Salem, Utah.
Kenneth W. 'K. W.' Morris
TOLAR --Kenneth W. 'K. W.' Morris, 79, a farmer and rancher, died Friday, June 30, 2006, in
Stephenville K. W. was born March 13, 1927, in Stephenville. He married Olive Adams,
December 18, 1948, in Hamlin, and they had resided several years in Abilene. K. W. was a
WWII Navy Veteran, and a Mason.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM, Sunday, July 2, at Stephenville Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will follow at Rock Church Cemetery in Hood County. Visitation will be Saturday,
July 1 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Rock Church Cemetery Assn. Surviviors: wife, Olive; sister,
Martha Goodman of Midland; several nieces and nephews
Online condolences may be made to [email protected]
STEPHENVILLE FUNERAL HOME / STEPHENVILLE, TEXAS
Death Notices 07.01.06 July 1, 2006
Glendel W. Barbee
SOAP LAKE, WA - Glendel W. Barbee, formerly of Noodle & Merkel, died Tuesday, June 27,
2006. Graveside services with full Marine Military honors were held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, June
30, 2006.
Willie Mae ''Jackie'' Byrd
EARLY TEXAS - Willie Mae ''Jackie'' Byrd, 92, of Stephenville, died Friday, June 30, 2006.
Graveside services are 11 a.m. Monday in Bangs Cemetery under the direction of Heartland
Funeral Home of Early. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home.
Lela Ozell Carpenter
Lela Ozell Carpenter, 68, died Wednesday, June 28, 2006. Memorial services are 1 p.m. Monday
at the Westminster Presbyterian Church. Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Elmwood Funeral
Home.
Ellen Viola Claxton
SNYDER - Ellen Viola Claxton, 84, died Thursday, June 29, 2006. Services are 3 p.m. Saturday
at the Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Lone Wolf Cemetery in Scurry
County, Texas.
Linnie Hindman
Linnie Hindman, 88, died Thursday, June 29, 2006. Services are 2 p.m. Monday at the Elmwood
Funeral Home Chapel, with burial to follow at Elmwood Memorial Park. Visitation is 1 to 3 p.m.
Sunday at the funeral home.
Lucille Holladay
SWEETWATER - Lucille Holladay, 94, died Friday, June 30, 2006. Graveside services are 10
a.m. Monday in Sweetwater Cemetery. Visitation is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at McCoy Funeral
Home, 401 E. Third St., Sweetwater.
Delores M. Rader
Delores M. Rader, 58, died Thursday, June 29, 2006. Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Elmwood
Funeral Home Chapel, with burial to follow in Elmwood Memorial Park. Visitation is 6 to 7 p.m.
Sunday at the funeral home.
Richard Salazar
BIG SPRING - Richard Salazar, 54, died Thursday, June 29, 2006. Services are pending at
Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Don Willis
Don Willis, 72, died Thursday, June 29, 2006. No services are planned. Arrangements are being
conducted by North's Funeral Home, 242 Orange St.
Jessie Lou Yeates
MORGAN MILL - Jessie Lou Yeates, 84, died Thursday, June 29, 2006. Services are 3 p.m.
Sunday at Lacy Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Morgan Mill Cemetery. Visitation is 5 to
7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Obituaries 07.02.06 July 2, 2006
David Andrews
PALESTINE — Services for David Andrews, 62 of Palestine, will be held 1:00 p.m. Monday in
the Bailey & Foster Chapel with Edward Fudge officiating. Burial will be in Palestine City
Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.
Mr. Andrews died Thursday in a Tyler hospital. He was born August 8, 1943 in Burns,
Tennessee to Raymond Leslie Andrews and Ida Patterson Andrews.
Mr. Andrews was a member of the Church of Christ. He was a portrait photographer in Palestine
for over fifteen years; a country preacher for a number of years, museum director and an avid
member of the Palestine R/C Flying Club. Mr. Andrews was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of thirteen years Linda Andrews of Palestine, three daughters: Sarah
Viers and husband William of Payette, Idaho, Jennifer Thomason and fiancé Chris Dean of Little
Rock, Arkansas, and Christina McDaniel and husband Derek of Denton, Texas; three sons: Joel
Andrews and wife Pam of Lufkin, Jason Andrews and partner Christopher Ciresi of Brooklyn,
New York, and Raymond L. Andrews and wife Candace of Palestine; two sisters: Celeste
Blackburn and husband Max of Denton and Emily Kyle and Husband Tim of Spokane,
Washington; brother Pat Andrews and wife Jo of Abilene, Texas and four grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Mark Lewis, Terry Denton, Gary Anthony, John Sparling, Joe Coleman, Bob
Redinger and Bumper Clayton.
Honorary pallbearer will be Anne Coleman.
The family will receive condolence calls Sunday from 6:00 to 8:00 Sunday at Bailey & Foster
Funeral Home.
BAILEY & FOSTER FUNERAL HOME / PALESTINE, TEXAS
Lucille Holladay
SWEETWATER — Lucille Holladay, age 94, of Sweetwater passed away on Friday, June 30,
2006 in Austin, Texas.
Graveside funeral services, with the Reverend James Baker officiating, will be held at 10:00
a.m., on Monday, July 3, 2006 at the Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of McCoy
Funeral Home. There will be a family visitation from 2:00 p.m., to 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, July 2,
2006 at McCoy Funeral Home, 401 E. Third Street, in Sweetwater, Texas.
Lucille was born on January 20, 1912 in Eastland County, Texas. She was married to Clyde
Holladay on July 5, 1936 in Plainview, Texas. She was a longtime resident of Sweetwater,
Texas, and a homemaker. She was a member of the Broadway Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband Clyde Holladay on October 15, 2000.
She is survived by: a daughter, Patricia Littleton of Austin, Texas; a son, Ricky Holladay of
Wylie, Texas; five grandchildren, Kelli and Husband, Tim Merriweather of Austin, Texas, Marc
and wife, Alexandra Waggoner of Austin, Texas, David and wife, Diane Holladay of Dallas,
Texas, Daniel and wife, Amy Holladay of Dallas, Texas, Kristene and husband, Tommy Miller
of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; two sisters, Bobbie Womack of Hurst, Texas, and Peggy Bryson of
Amarillo, Texas; ten great grandchildren and five great, great grandchildren.
McCOY FUNERAL HOME / SWEETWATER, TEXAS
Donald Willis
Donald Willis, 72, of Abilene, passed away Thursday, June 29, 2006. No services are planned.
Arrangements are being conducted by North's Funeral Home, 242 Orange St.
Mr. Willis was a member of Broadview Baptist Church.
He is survived by two sons, Dave Willis of Austin, TX and Tim Willis of Barnegat, NJ; two
daughters, Sue Willis Mueller of Rinogoes, NJ and Norma Willis Kuhn of Chandler, IN; and five
grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Broadview Baptist Church, 2500 S. 27th, Abilene,
or Hospice of the Big Country, 4601 Hartford, Abilene.
Condolences may be made on-line at www.northsfuneralhome.com.
Dr. Frank E. Royal
Services for Dr. Frank Royal age 93 of Palestine will be held at 1:30 P.M. Sunday in the Bailey
& Foster Chapel with Rev. Lynn Stroud officiating, pastor of the Friendship Baptist Church at
Blackfoot. Burial will be in Rock Church Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of
Bailey & Foster, Palestine.
Dr. Royal was born May 8, 1913 in Norwood MO. And received his MRE (1945) and Doctorate
of Religious Education (1948) at the Southwestern Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas.
He passed away Monday, June 26, 2006 at Palestine Healthcare Center.
He was a member of Southside Baptist Church in Palestine and served as its pastor from 1972 –
1978. His career expanded over a period of 60 years, starting at Whetstone Baptist Church in
Mountain Grove, Missouri, served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Willow Springs, Missouri;
Professor of Bible at Hardin- Simmons University in Abilene, Texas; and pastors of Southside
Baptist Church in Abilene, First Baptist Church, Seminole, Texas, Northlake Baptist Church,
Dallas; and retired from Southside Baptist Church in Palestine, January 31, 1978; and in
retirement years had 21 interim pastorates in East Texas area.
Dr. Royal was preceded in death by his wife May Nall Royal in 1996, and their daughter
Constance Winette Young in 1993.
Survivors include daughter Judith May Van Hyning, of Tulsa, Okla., brother Walter Royal of
Houston, Texas and several nephews and nieces.
Viewing will be held on Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until 7:00 P.M. and the family will receive
friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Saturday at Bailey & Foster, Palestine.
BAILEY & FOSTER FUNERAL HOME / PALESTINE, TEXAS
John Hill DeFord
John Hill DeFord, beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, died on June 24,
2006.
He was born in Abilene, Texas on August 24, 1919, and spent most of his youth in New Mexico.
After graduating from Texas Tech University, he worked as an independent petroleum geologist
in Midland and Abilene. He had a second career working with the symphony orchestras in
Abilene, Memphis, Austin, Santa Fe, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. He loved reading, the stage
(having a "career" at Abilene Community Theater) and music. He retired to Tulsa.
He was preceded in death by his parents Mary Amma and Ronald K DeFord, sister Nell
Gillespie and granddaughter Katherine DeFord.
He is survived by sons Ronald DeFord of Austin, Jeff DeFord of Fort Worth, Mac DeFord and
wife Lena of Springtown, Texas and daughter Deborah Dunkum and husband Gary of Houston,
4 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren and special friend David Roach. The family thanks
Darlene Roach and Dr. James Bailey for their care and attention.
Funeral services will be private. The family suggests that you consider taking flowers to a loved
one in his memory.
CREMATION SOCIETY OF OKLAHOMA / TULSA, OKLAHOMA
Lela Ozell Carpenter
Lela Ozell Carpenter died Wednesday, June 28, 2006. A memorial service will be Monday, July
3 at 1:00 PM at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Lela was born to Theo F. and Maggie Scott in Belton, Texas. She was married to Terry R.
Carpenter, Sr. She was a beloved wife, mother, and nurse.
She was preceeded in death by her parents; sons, Donald Keith Carpenter, Scott Jackson, and
James Owen Carpenter, and two grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Terry R. Carpenter, Sr.; son, Terry R. Carpenter, Jr. and wife
Victoria; son, Douglas Jackson; daughter, Janell Rust and husband Truman; numerous
grandchildren and great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lela's memory to the American Heart Association.
Lela Velma Box
Born ~ June 26, 1917
Passed away ~ June 25, 2006
Velma Box, 88, formerly of Abilene, passed away Sunday, in Bountiful, Utah. Graveside
services will be 11 am Monday, July 3rd in Elmwood Memorial Park, officiated by Reverend
Janice Kahl, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Velma was born and raised in Monticello, Kentucky. She spent most of her adult life in Utah and
Texas. She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth Wray Box in 1992, and her brother,
Lawrence "Pete" Brummett.
Survivors include a niece, Sherry Cummins of Scottsdale, Arizona, and two nephews, Randy
Brummett of Bountiful, Utah, and Jeff Brummett of Salem, Utah.
Linnie L. Hindman
Linnie L. Hindman, 88, died June 29, 2006. Services will be Monday, July 3 at 2:00 PM at
Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel, 5750 Hwy 277 South. Burial will follow in Elmwood
Memorial Park. Visitation will be 1-3 PM Sunday at the funeral home.
Linnie was born May 2, 1918 to Will and Wilma Gibbs in McLean, Texas. She was married to
Homer Hindman. She was a very happy person working, very hard as a devoted nurse and
mother. She was a member of the Eastern Star and Highland Church of Christ.
She was preceeded in death by her parents and husband.
She is survived by her children, Charles Brown, Preston Brown, Robby Hallard, Linda Frazier,
Brenda Hindman, Sandra Bennett, Kelly Bunselmeyer; 17 grandchildren,
28 great-grandchildren, and 1 great- great-grandchild; sisters, Bobby James of Utah, Billy Joe
Hawkins of Oklahoma, and Sue Way of Sweetwater.
Thelma Weiss Songster
Thelma Weiss Songster, 85, of Abilene, passed away June 26, 2006 at a local hospital. A
graveside memorial Celebration of Life was held July 1st, 2006 at York, Nebraska, where her
remains were buried next to her husband, William Songster. Local arrangements by Community
Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N. 2nd.
Thelma was born August 28, 1920 at Waco, Nebraska. She lived in Nebraska for 49 years, where
she taught school, grades one through twelve, in a one-room country schoolhouse for two years
before marrying William Songster of Exeter, Nebraska. She was a homemaker until 1969, when
William preceded her in death. At that time, she moved to Abilene, where she worked at Abilene
Christian University for ten years.
She was a member of Southern Hills Church of Christ.
She is survived by two daughters, Susan Hall and husband, Mike, of Abilene, Joan Irvin and
husband, Jerry, of Lilburn, Georgia; two sons, David Songster of Abilene and Dan Songster and
wife, Patty, of Palisades, Colorado; grandchildren include Joy Fincher and husband, Perry of
Abilene, Dawn David and husband, Michael, of The Colony, TX, Traci Klein of Phoenix, AZ,
Kim Songster of California, Kelly Songster of Alaska and Bobby Songster of Denver, CO; greatgrandchildren, Jessalyn Woods, Jessie, Morgan and Wade Klein, and Jett David.
Delores Mae Rader
Delores Rader, 58, passed away June 29, 2006 in a local hospital. Services will be Monday, July
3 at 10:00 AM at Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel, 5750 Highway 277 South officiated by
Reverend Bryan Hicks. Burial will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park. Visitation will be 6 to 7
PM Sunday at the funeral home.
Delores was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin to Edwin and Meta Welke. She graduated from
Memorial High School in Eau Clair in 1965, and married Lamont A. Rader on October 2, 1967.
She enjoyed fishing, camping and outdoor events. She worked at Abilene State School for 18 ½
years and retired in 2002 due to ill health.
Survivors include her beloved husband Lamont; three children, Sally Augustine and husband
Mike, Tom Rader and wife Alleen, Tim Rader and Christy; 9 grandchildren, Damien, Kristina,
David, Tiffani, Keith, Kayla, Cassandra, Chante, and Chelsea; sister, Elaine Britten; and
numerous nieces and nephews.
Death Notices 07.02.06 July 2, 2006
Marguerite Aberegg
COAHOMA - Marguerite Aberegg, 87, died Saturday, July 1, 2006. Services are pending at
Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Iva Barefield
BIG SPRING - Iva Barefield, 93, died Friday, June 30, 2006. Services are pending with NalleyPickle & Welch Funeral Home and Crematory of Big Spring.
David C. Barrera
LORAINE - David C. Barrera, 44, died Thursday, June 29, 2006. Funeral Mass is 11 a.m.
Monday at St. Ann's Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Mitchell County Cemetery. Rosary
will be 7 p.m. today at Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.
Paul Dean Burnum
BROWNWOOD - Paul Dean Burnum, 82, died Saturday, July 1, 2006. Services are pending
with Netherton Funeral Home.
Dominga Guzman 'Cindy' Cantu
STAMFORD - Dominga Guzman ''Cindy'' Cantu, 45, died Saturday, July 1, 2006. Arrangements
are pending with Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home in Stamford.
Vernie Harris
Vernie Harris, 84, died Saturday, July 1, 2006. Graveside services are 10 a.m. Monday in Rose
Hill Cemetery in Merkel under the direction of North's Funeral Home, 242 Orange St., Abilene.
Louis Ardell Hinson
FRUITVALE - Louis Ardell Hinson, 63, formerly of Early, died Saturday, July 1, 2006. Services
are pending with Davis-Morris Funeral Home of Brownwood.
Hilda A. Kastner
DUBLIN - Hilda A. Kastner, 86, died Friday, June 30, 2006. Services are 3:30 p.m. today at
Harrell Funeral Home Memorial Chapel. Graveside services are 2 p.m. Thursday in Dolgeville
Cemetery in Dolgeville, N.Y, under the direction of Harrell Funeral Home of Dublin, Texas.
Marvin Kirkham
BIG SPRING - Marvin Kirkham, 68, formerly of Abilene, died Friday, June 30, 2006. Services
are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Carolina Moreno
COLORADO CITY - Carolina Moreno, 88, died Saturday, July 1, 2006. Funeral Mass is 8:30
a.m. Monday at St. Ann's Catholic Church. Rosary is 4 p.m. today at Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.
Ralph Parkison
BIG SPRING - Ralph Parkison, 100, died Thursday, June 29, 2006. Services are pending with
Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home and Crematory of Big Spring.
Richard Salazar
BIG SPRING - Richard Salazar, 54, died Thursday, June 29, 2006. Services are 11 a.m. Monday
at Myers & Smith Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Mt. Olive Memorial Park. Vigil services
are 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Floyd Smith
BIG SPRING - Floyd Smith, 94, died Saturday, July 1, 2006. Services are pending at Myers &
Smith Funeral Home.
Cleoa Ware
KNOX CITY - Cleoa Ware, 89, died Saturday, July 1, 2006. Services are pending with MansellSmith Funeral Home.
Obituaries 07.03.06 July 3, 2006
John Albert Roemisch, Jr.
SNYDER — John Albert Roemisch, Jr., age 84, of Snyder, Texas passed away on Sunday, July
2, 2006 at the Snyder Oaks Care Center.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at the St. John's Catholic
Church in Hermleigh with Father Roy Badillas, Pastor officiating. Burial will follow in the
Hermleigh Cemetery under the direction of the Bell — Cypert — Seale Funeral Home of Snyder.
There will be a visitation from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home with a Rosary at
7 p.m. in the Chapel.
Mr. Roemisch was born on July 2, 1922 in Hermleigh, Texas. He was the son of the late John
Albert and Mary Kuss Roe- misch. He married Dorotha Allene Heatherington on August 12,
1947 in Strawn, Texas.
Mr. Roemisch was a retired farmer and carpenter. He had lived in Hermleigh until moving to
Snyder in 1974. He was a member of the Sons of Herman and a World War II veteran serving in
Northern France, the Ardennes, and Rhineland.
He is survived by: his wife, Dorotha Roemisch of Snyder, Texas; three sons & daughters-in-law,
Michael & Nancy Roemisch of Odessa, Texas, Randy & Cynthia Roemisch of Abilene, Texas,
and Ronnie & Joanna Roemisch of Loraine, Texas; five sisters, Evelyn Zalman of Snyder,
Texas; Dorothy Krejci of Lubbock, Texas, Annie Nora McCracken of Springfield, Missouri,
Lorene Warneke of Big Spring, Texas and Viola Creswell of Clinton, Oklahoma; three brothers,
Albert Joe Roemisch of Abilene, Texas, Julius Roemisch of Hermleigh, Texas and Jimmy
Roemisch also of Hermleigh, Texas; nine grandchildren and spouses, Heather & Paul Mapes,
Amber Peppentenzza, and John and Courtney Roemisch, all of Odessa, Texas, Matthew and
Jenni Roemisch of Lubbock, Texas, Miranda &Ricky Dahl of San Angelo, Jeremy Roemisch of
Lubbock, Texas, Joshua Roemisch of Abilene, Anna Teresa and Brian Butler of Loraine, Texas
and Andrew Roemisch of San Angelo, Texas; and four great grandchildren.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Roemisch.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society or to
the St. John's Catholic Church.
BELL — CYPERT — SEALE FUNERAL HOME / SNYDER, TEXAS
Marvin Kirkham
BIG SPRING — Marvin Kirkham, 68, of Abilene died Friday, June 30, 2006, at his
granddaughters’ residence in Big Spring.
Funeral Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday at Trinity Baptist Church in Big Spring with
Rev. Randy Cotton, pastor, officiating. Graveside Services will be at 2:30 p.m., Thursday at
Valley Memorial Park in Mission, Texas with Rev. Johnny Tidsdale, officiating. The family will
receive friends from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m., Tuesday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
He was born August 14, 1937, in Canton, Oklahoma to Cecile and Cyrus Kirkham. Marvin
married Frances Tisdale, October 26, 1963, in Canton, Oklahoma. They moved to Abilene in
1980 from Denver Colorado. Francis preceded him in death on June 14, 1991. He was a veteran
of the U. S. Navy. Marvin was in the printing industry in Denver and Abilene. He was vicepresident of Zachry and Associates Printing in Abilene and later worked in admissions at
Hendrick Medical Center for 4 years until his recent illness.
He is survived by 2 sons: Michael David Kirkham of Hondo, and William "Bill" Womack and
his wife Cindy of Amarillo; 1 daughter: Barbara Bond of Vernon; 1 brother: Gene Kirkham and
his wife Micki McGuire-Kirkham of St. Louis, Mo.; 1 sister: Sharon Gray and her husband
Albert of Buhler, Kansas; 9 grandchildren: Teresa Wigington and her husband Perry of Big
Spring; Tim Bond and his wife Erica and Brandon Lee and his wife Molly, all of Wichita Falls,
Destiny Bond,, Barbie Bond, and Christine Womack, all of Vernon, and Shandi Kirkham,
Shauna Kirkham, and Tiana Kirkham, all of Abilene; and 13 great grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his twin brother: Melvin
Kirkham in August 1999.
The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society, % Lucy Bonner, P. O. Box
2121, Big Spring, Texas 79721
Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Pay your respects online at
www.myersandsmith.com
MYERS & SMITH FUNERAL HOME / BIG SPRING, TEXAS
Aubrey D. (Coot) Talley
LUBBOCK — Aubrey D. (Coot) Talley, 89, of Lubbock and formerly of the Shep Community
in South Taylor County died Saturday, July 1, 2006 in Lubbock.
He was born on April 8, 1917 in Shep to William Thomas and Frances Day Talley, the 10th of
11 children. He attended the Shep Community School. He married Ava Allred on December 23,
1939 in Taylor County, she preceded him in death on De- cember 16, 1999. They lived in
Amarillo from 1952 until 1973 when they returned to Taylor County. He was a retired farmer
and plumber. He was an avid fisherman and sang Tenor in the Happy Hearts Gospel Quartet. He
was a member of the Shep Troubadors. He was a Baptist.
He is survived by: 2 children, Lynda Squires of Lubbock and Glynn Talley and wife, Carolyn
Rudy of Barrington, New Hampshire; 1 sister, Eve Jolly of Abilene; 6 grandchildren and 6 great
grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, July 3, 2006 in the Caps Baptist Church
with Rev. Kenneth Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Shep cemetery directed by Winters
Funeral Home.
The body will be at the church on Monday for viewing from noon until service time.
The family requests memorials be made to Vista Care Hospice, 1717 Norfolk, Lubbock, Texas.
WINTERS FUNERAL HOME / WINTERS, TEXAS
Vernie "Boe" Harris
Vernie "Boe" Harris, 84, went to be with the Lord on Satur- day July 1, 2006. Graveside services
will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery in Merkel, Texas on Monday July 3rd at 10:00 A.M. with
Norman McVey officiating, under the direction of North's Funeral Home, 242 Orange St.
Boe Harris was born January 19, 1922 in Anson Texas to W.O. and Nomia Harris. He lived in
Abilene for many years. He drove a truck and worked in the oilfield.
Preceded in death by his wife Odessa Lee Harris, son Joe Vernie Harris, and two daughters
Glenda Darlene Harris James and Becky Lee Harris Harvey.
Survivors include a sister Jean Skeen and husband John of Tye, Texas; one brother Bert Harris
and wife Ruth of Merkel, Texas; three sisters-in-law Beatrice Gray of California, Tina Flowers
of Livingston, Texas, and Frances Maddera of Abilene, Texas; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Condolences may be made online at www.northsfuneralhome.com
Death Notices 07.03.06 July 3, 2006
Mary Marguerite Aberegg
COAHOMA - Mary Marguerite Aberegg, 87, died Saturday, July 1, 2006. Services are 5 p.m.
Wednesday at Myers & Smith Chapel. Burial will be in Coahoma Cemetery. Visitation is 6 until
8 p.m. Tuesday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Loyce Huddleston Berryhill
SAN ANGELO - Loyce Huddleston Berryhill, 94, formerly of Ballinger, died Sunday, July 2,
2006. Services are pending with Lange Funeral Home of Ballinger.
Dominga Guzman 'Cindy' Cantu
STAMFORD - Dominga Guzman ''Cindy'' Cantu, 45, of Stamford, died Saturday, July 1, 2006.
Arrangements are pending with Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home in Stamford.
Herman H. Claborn
RISING STAR - Herman H. Claborn, 84, died Sunday, July 2, 2006. Services are 2 p.m.
Tuesday at Rising Star Church of Christ. Burial will be in Rising Star Cemetery. Visitation is 6
to 8 p.m. today at Higginbotham Funeral Home.
Lila Jean Faircloth
EASTLAND - Lila Jean Faircloth, 80, died Saturday, July 1, 2006. Funeral services are 2 p.m.
Thursday at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel in Eastland.
Louis Ardell Hinson
TERRELL - Louis Ardell Hinson, 63, died Friday, June 30, 2006. Services are 2 p.m.
Wednesday at the Memorial Chapel at Davis-Morris Funeral Home in Brownwood with burial in
Jones Chapel Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Lester Hopkins
COLORADO CITY - Lester Hopkins, 77, died Saturday, July 1, 2006. Services are pending at
Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Elsie Mozelle Hornburg
DUBLIN - Elsie Mozelle Hornburg, 90, died Sunday, July 2, 2006. Services are 2 p.m. today at
Harrell Funeral Home Memorial Chapel. Burial will be in Dublin Liveoak Cemetery.
Naomi Ruth Parsons
SWEETWATER - Naomi Ruth Parsons, 78, died Saturday, July 1, 2006. Services are pending
with McCoy Funeral Home.
Paula Perez
COLORADO CITY - Paula Perez, 76, died Saturday, July 1, 2006. Graveside services are 4 p.m.
today in Mitchell County Cemetery under the direction of Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.
Lydia Rodriguez
Lydia Rodriguez, 66, died Sunday, July 2, 2006. Mass is 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Francis
Catholic Church. A prayer service is 7 p.m. Tuesday at Abilene Funeral Home Chapel of Hope.
Virginia Garrett Rich
EASTLAND - Virginia Garrett Rich died Sunday, July 2, 2006. Services are pending with
Edwards Funeral Home of Eastland.
Floyd H. Smith
BIG SPRING - Floyd H. Smith, 94, died Saturday, July 1, 2006. Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday
at Myers & Smith Chapel. Burial will be in Trinity Memorial Park Cemetery.
Cleola Ware
KNOX CITY - Cleola Ware, 89, died Saturday, July 1, 2006. Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at
Liberty Community Church of God in Christ, under the direction of Mansell-Smith Funeral
Home, Knox City. Burial will follow in Knox City Cemetery.
Obituaries 07.04.06 July 4, 2006
Reba Loudell Norman Miller
Reba Loudell Norman Miller, precious Mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, was lifted
into the loving arms of God on Sunday, July 2, 2006.
Reba was born April 13, 1920 in Rule, Haskell County, Texas. She was the youngest of fifteen
children born to James Frank and Minnie Elender Byrd Norman. Her parents and siblings
predeceased her.
Reba married Howell Lee Miller July 3, 1937 in Haskell, Texas. The Millers resided in
Farmington, NM for many years. Reba had a long and distinguished banking career in addition
to rearing her family. After retirement, Reba and Howell moved to Kerrville to be near their
daughter, Donna and her family. Mr. Miller passed away February 15, 1995, while a resident of
Kerrville.
Reba had a profound love of family history. She was a member of Major James Kerr Chapter
Daughters of the American Revolution, Captain Francis Eppes I Chapter Daughters of the
American Colonists and Southern Dames of America.
Reba was a loving and gentle soul who touched the lives of her family and friends. Her beautiful
presence will be sorely missed. Our faith assures us that she now rests in the loving arms of God.
Reba is survived by her son, James L. and wife, Eva Miller of Beeville, daughter, Donna Gail
and husband, James M. Raymond, grandchildren, James F. Raymond and wife, Margaret of
Kerrville and Michael Lee Raymond of Del Rio, Jay Miller of Las Cruces, NM and Diana and
husband, Michaell Martin of Hagerton, NM, great grandchildren, Penelope and Willow
Raymond of Kerrville, Christopher, Ryan and Tyler Martin of Hagerton, NM.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday, July 5, 2006, 2 p.m. in the Rule Cemetery in Rule,
Texas, officiated by John Greeson.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one's choice.
The family invites to send condolences at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com by selecting the "Send
Condolences" link.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.
GRIMES FUNERAL CHAPEL / KERRVILLE, TEXAS
Naomi Ruth Parsons
SWEETWATER — Naomi Ruth Parsons, 78, died Saturday, July 1, 2006 at Rolling Plains
Memorial Hospital. Funeral services are 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at McCoy Funeral Home Chapel
of Memories, with Rev. Orvel Brantley officiating. Burial will follow in Roby Cemetery,
directed by McCoy Funeral Home. Visitation is 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Naomi was born September 23, 1927 in Roby to John Wilton and Annie Jane Burk. She was a
graduate of Sylvester High School in 1945. Naomi was a member of Lamar St. Baptist Church,
and worked as an assistant for Holiday Retirement Center. Ms. Parsons has lived in Sweetwater
since 1967.
Ms. Parsons was preceded in death by: her parents; and a brother, Ernest Burk.
She is survived by: C.E. Buddy Parsons of Sweetwater; two sons, Gene Parsons & wife Sherry
of Sweetwater, and Ricky Parsons & wife Sylvia of Spring; one daughter, Janie White &
husband Russell of Medford, OR; sister, Joy Whittaker of Broken Arrow, OK; nine
grandchildren, and seven great- grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be: John Parsons, Jared Parsons, Andrew Teel, Matthew Teel, and Eric Parsons.
McCOY FUNERAL HOME / SWEETWATER, TEXAS
TSgt. Larry R. Looney, USAF (Ret.)
June 12, 1945-July 3, 2006
P.C.S. (Permanent Change Of Duty Station) for TSgt. Larry R. Looney, USAF (Ret.) is Heaven
bound to glory! He passed away on Monday, July 3, 2006, at his home in Abilene.
Born on June 12, 1945, Larry was the first born child to Rudolph and Elizabeth Looney in
Cleveland, Ohio. Larry has always gone first, before his family on many deployments, always
giving his whole self for his country’s freedom, friends and families. He lived a diver- sified,
well rounded, happy life!
After retiring in 1982 from the U. S. Air Force following a 20-year career, Larry was a truck
driver in the crude oil patch for Big Tex two years and Pride Refinery for 13 yrs. (Snoopy).
An active member of TX Motorcycle Roadriders Assoc. and a TX Motorcycle Rights Political
Activist, Dist. 24 for Abilene, at the age of 50, Larry received salvation through the love of
CMA, Christian Motorcyclists Association, and was baptized and became a member of
FountainGate Fellowship Abilene.
A servant at heart, he gave of himself to work in Isaiah 58 Food Ministries for three years before
returning to truck driving. Traveling with his wife, Virginia, Larry was a driver for Burks Diesel
and Trucking. Serving and helping others was his love and gusto in this life!
His father, Rudolph Looney of Ohio, preceded him in death on July 20, 2005.
Larry is survived by his wife, Virginia Looney of Abilene; two daughters, Karen Noland and
husband, Jimmy, of Anson, TX, and Jannie Vickers & husband, Darvin, of Liberty Hill, TX; and
a son, Larry Looney, Jr. and wife, Laura, of Abilene. Survivors also include mother, Elizabeth
Looney, now residing in Abilene; three brothers, Don Looney and wife, Marie, of Ohio, Robert
(Bob) Looney and wife, Vickie, of Tennessee, and Darin Looney and wife, Kelli, of Ohio; and a
sister, Linda Brothers of Ohio.
Grandchildren, Marine Pfc. Jeffrey Walker of California, Haley and Colton Bradshaw of
Crowley, TX, Jessica Breaux and Nicho- las Looney of Abilene, Miranda Vickers of Liberty
Hill, TX, and Jered Noland of Abilene, Kodi Noland and wife, Rachel, of Mis- souri, Jessica
Mitchell and husband, Todd, of Missouri; one great-granddaughter, Jadyn Mitchell; and
numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive him.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at El- liott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542
Hickory. The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at FountainGate Fellowship, 909 N. Willis, with Pastor Scott Beard officiating. Burial will be in Elm- wood Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the donor’s fa- vorite missions program.
Pauline R. Morris
Pauline Morris, 83, passed away July 3, 2006. Chapel service will be Wednesday, July 5 at 2:00
p.m. at North's Memorial Chapel. Graveside services will be Thursday, July 6, 2006 at 2:00 p.m.
at Wellington Memorial Cemetery in Wellington, Texas. Arrangements under the direction of
North's Funeral Home, 242 Orange St.
Ms. Morris was born in Elm Valley Community, Texas to Ace and Maggie Rainey. She
graduated from Samnorwood High School in Texas. She married Paul Morris, June 1, 1940 in
Wellington, Texas. She was a teacher's aide for many years with the McCaulley School system
in Texas. She was a member of the McCaulley Baptist Church and loved to cook and travel. She
was a devoted mother and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and daughter Paulette McKinney.
She is survived by one daughter, Linda Johnson and husband Carl of Pampa, Texas; one son,
Robert Morris and his wife Judy of Hamby, Texas; nine grandchildren, Cherie Berry of Florida,
Todd McKinney of Houston, Jill Hill of Houston, Pam Minyard of Amarillo, Tina Beck of
Pampa, Annette Sherman of Brownwood, Paul Morris of Clyde, Sarah Morris of Hamby, Jesse
Morris of Hamby; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great- grandchild.
Condolences may be made on-line at www.northsfuneral home.com
Lydia Rodriguez
Lydia Rodriguez, 66, passed away on Sunday, July 2, 2006. Mrs. Rodriguez was born August 9,
1939, in Haskell, Texas to Tomasa (Medina) and Demensio Arredondo. Lydia married Thomas
Rodriguez, Sr, on March 20, 1957, in Rochester, Texas, In their 49 years of marriage, they
shared an unconditional love that was admired by family, relatives and friends. She was a loving,
dedicated wife and mother.
Those who remain to cherish her memory include her husband, Thomas Rodriguez, Sr,; two
sons, Thomas Rodriguez , Jr. of Dallas and Daniel Rodriguez of Abilene; four daughters, Lucia
Villanueva of Lubbock, Diana Villanueva and Linda Flores, both of Fort Worth and Sandra
Fields of Dallas; 16 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; two brothers, Felipe Arredondo of
Haskell and Richard Arredondo of Abilene.
Mrs. Rodriguez was preceded in death by a son, Ricardo Rodriguez and her parents.
A wake service will be 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at Abilene Funeral Home Chapel of Hope. Mass will
be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at St. Francis Catholic Church with Father Thomas Manimala
officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Thomas Rodriguez, Jr., Daniel Rodriguez, Efren Villanueva, Octaviano
Villanueva, Mark Flores and Derrick Fields.
Online register book may be signed at abilenefuneralhome.com.
David V. Hood
David V. Hood, 52, of Caldwell, Texas, formerly of Abilene, died Monday, June 26, 2006. A
graveside service was held on Thursday, June 29, 2006 at Chriesman Cemetery.
David was born in Abilene, Texas on April 26, 1954, to Darrell and Helen Hood. He lived most
of his life in Abilene, moving to Caldwell nine years ago.
He is survived by: his parents, of Caldwell; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Donna and Malcolm
Ricks of Abilene, Carla and David McNeely of Caldwell; a brother, Jimmy Hood of Austin; and
several nieces and nephews.
Condolences may be sent to: P.O. Box 681, Caldwell, TX 77836.
Sallie Pearl Woody
Sallie Pearl Woody, 88 passed away Sunday, July 2, 2006 in Wichita Falls, Texas. Funeral
services will be held Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at 2 p.m. at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of
Memories, 542 Hickory in Abilene with Ed Coates officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood
Memorial Park. Mrs. Woody will be in state at Morrison Funeral Home in Graham, Texas, until
Tuesday at 10 a.m. Family visitation in Abilene will be Wednes- day morning from 10 a.m. until
12 noon at the funeral home.
Sallie was born April 25, 1918 in Nimrod, Eastland County, Texas to W.H. and Martha Brooks.
She married E. L. Woody on January 7, 1939 in Cisco, Texas. He preceded her in death on
October 13, 1986. She was also preceded in death by her par- ents; her brothers, Noland and
Odell Brooks, and sisters, Mary Ella Shirley and Amy Petersen.
She was a member of Eastside Church of Christ in Graham, Texas. Mrs. Woody was also a
member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Chapter Teha Lanna of Stephenville,
Tex- as. She was a retired cosmetologist and sales representative, and an amateur artist.
Survivors include: daughters, Myrle Willis and husband, Jim of Graham, Texas, Geneva Johnson
and husband, Randy of Gran- ite Shoals, Texas, and Barbara Johnson and husband, Tommy of
Brady, Texas; sister, Ruth Stroud of Beaumont, Texas; eight grandchildren, Alisa Oswalt of
Abernathy, Texas, Sonia Oxford and husband, Jimmy of Decatur, Texas, Shelley Clark of Burkburnett, Texas, Lori Anderson and husband, Dennis of George- town, Texas, Vicki Barnett and
husband, Kent of Graham, Tex- as, Ginger Chaffin and husband, David of Coppell, Eric Johnson
and fiancée, Jamie of Burnett, Texas, and Erin Johnson of Ste- phenville, Texas; 17 greatgrandchildren. Also surviving are sis- ters-in-law Dorothy Woody of Clyde, Nelda Wilcoxen and
Minnie Woody of Abilene, and several nieces and nephews.
Herman H. Claborn
Herman H. Claborn, 84, of Rising Star, Texas died Sunday, July 2, 2006 at Shannon Hospital in
San Angelo, Texas.
Herman was born on April 11, 1922 in Okra, Texas to James Willis and Lula Adams-Claborn.
He married Jimmie McCulley on March 21, 1948 in Carbon, Texas. He served in the Army with
96th Inf. during World War II. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Rising Star. He lived
in the community for 58 years.
Herman is survived by his wife, Jimmie Claborn of Rising Star, Texas; son, Nikki Claborn of
Early, Texas; sister, Laverne Carroll of Tolar, Texas; Grandson, Brandon Carroll of Abilene,
Texas; Granddaughter, Bridget Martin of Zephyr, Texas; 6 great grandchildren, Rayleigh Martin;
Cole Carroll; Carlee Carroll; Levi Maynard; Wade Hamer; Faith Hamer. He is preceded in death
by his parents, daughter, Peggy Ann Claborn; 4 brothers; 2 sister.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, 2006 at Church of Christ with Terry
Jackson officiating. Burial will be in the Rising Star Cemetery in Rising Star, Texas with
Higginbotham Funeral Home of Rising Star in Charge.
HIGGINBOTHAM FUNERAL HOME / RISING STAR, TEXAS
Death Notices 07.04.06 July 4, 2006
Loyce Huddleston Berryhill
BALLINGER - Loyce Huddleston Berryhill died Sunday, July 2, 2006. Graveside services are
11 a.m. Friday in Evergreen Cemetery, directed by Lange Funeral Home. Visitation is 7 to 8:30
p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Paul Dean Burnum
BROWNWOOD - Paul Dean Burnum, 82, died Saturday, July 1, 2006. Graveside services are 2
p.m. Friday in Eastlawn Memorial Park, directed by Netherton Funeral Home.
Juan Jose Cantu
DE LEON - Juan Jose Cantu, 59, died Sunday, July 2, 2006. Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at
Nowlin Funeral Home Chapel, with burial following in De Leon Cemetery.
Kenneth Paul Courtright
SAN ANTONIO - Kenneth Paul Courtright died Saturday, July 1, 2006. No services are planned.
Arrangements are by Funeralcaring Funeral Home.
MSgt. Wilfred Antony Dogan (Ret.)
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - MSgt. Wilfred Antony Dogan (Ret.), 52, died Saturday, July 1, 2006.
Services are pending with J.W. Woodward Funeral Chapel.
Nellie Ruth Borders Heath
Nellie Ruth Borders Heath, 90, died Sunday, July 2, 2006. Arrangements are pending with
Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Lester R. Hopkins
COLORADO CITY - Lester R. Hopkins, 76, died Saturday, July 1, 2006. Services are 10 a.m.
Thursday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home Chapel.
Pero Abundio Jimenez III
KNOX CITY - Pero Abundio Jimenez III, 42, of San Antonio, formerly of Knox City, died
Sunday, July 2, 2006. Rosary services are 7 p.m. today at Mansell-Smith Funeral Home. Funeral
Mass is 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Santa Rosa Catholic Church, with burial following in Knox City
Cemetery.
Dale Wayne Jones Sr.
BROWNWOOD - Dale Wayne Jones Sr., 66, died Monday, July 3, 2006. Services are pending
with Netherton Funeral Home.
Shirley Jo Leatherwood
SNYDER - Shirley Jo Leatherwood, 59, died Friday, June 30, 2006. Services are 2 p.m.
Wednesday at Calvary Baptist Church, with burial following in Snyder Cemetery. Visitation is
10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home.
Virginia Garrett Rich
EASTLAND - Virginia Garrett Rich died Sunday, July 2, 2006. Graveside services are 10 a.m.
Wednesday in Romney Cemetery, directed by Edwards Funeral Home.
Leola Robinson
SWEETWATER - Leola Robinson, 69, died Monday, July 3, 2006. Graveside services are 10
a.m. Thursday in Sweetwater Cemetery, directed by Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Cayden Rodriguez
BROWNWOOD - Cayden Rodriguez, infant son of Hailey Castaneda and Bryan Rodriguez, died
Sunday, July 2, 2006. Graveside services were 4 p.m. Monday in Greenleaf Cemetery, directed
by Netherton Funeral Home.
Raul A. Rodriguez Sr.
WINTERS - Raul A. Rodriguez Sr., 54, died Sunday, July 2, 2006. Rosary services are 7 p.m.
Wednesday at Winters Funeral Home. Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Thursday at Mt. Carmel Catholic
Church, with burial following in Lakeview Cemetery.
John Roth
BROWNWOOD - John Roth, 34, died Sunday, July 2, 2006. Services are pending with
Heartland Funeral and Cremation Services, Early.
Dolores Salazar
BIG SPRING - Dolores Salazar, 76, died Sunday, July 2, 2006. Services are pending at Myers &
Smith Funeral Home.
Emery W. Thompson
BIG SPRING - Emery W. Thompson, 85, died Sunday, July 2, 2006. No services are planned.
Arrangements are by Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory.
Margaret Kathleen Thompson
Margaret Kathleen Thompson, 99, died Monday, July 3, 2006. Arrangements are pending with
Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Obituaries 07.05.06 July 5, 2006
Dominga "Cindy" Cantu
STAMFORD — Dominga "Cindy" Cantu, 45, of Stamford passed away Saturday, July 1, 2006.
Funeral Mass will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at St. Ann's Catholic Church
with Rev. George Roney officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of KinneyUnderwood Funeral Home.
Cindy was born on September 21, 1960 in Abilene to Arona Guerrero Gusman and the late
Julian B. Gusman. She married Longino "Jr." Cantu on March 8, 1980 in Stamford. She was a
member of St. Ann's Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Surviving Mrs. Cantu are husband, Jr. Cantu of Stamford; one daughter and son-in-law, Jessica
and Justin Stokes of Abilene; one son and daughter-in-law, Jason Cantu and Stephanie Clayton
of Abilene; mother, Arona Gusman of Haskell; seven sisters, Alice Senac of San Antonio, Mary
Elena Martinez and husband Lalo of Dallas, Gloria Guerrero and husband Victor of Abilene,
Susan Carreno and husband Victor of Abilene, Bertha Rangel and husband Louis of Stamford,
MaryLou Bacon of Houston, and Geneva Valasco and husband Roland of Colorado; four
brothers, Victor Gutierrez of El Paso, Richard Zapata and wife Marlee of Abilene, Julian
Gusman, Jr. and Linda of Stamford, and Jody Lopez and wife Lisa of Abilene; one
granddaughter, Jazlynn Cantu; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Morris D. Mann, M.D.
COLEMAN — Morris D. Mann, M.D., 85, of Coleman, died Tuesday, July 4, 2006 at Coleman
County Medical Center. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 6, 2006 at the First
United Methodist Church with Rev. Jeff Miller officiating. Burial will follow in the Coleman
City Cemetery, under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.
Dr. Mann was born December 9, 1920 in Fort Worth, the son of Owen Duke Mann and Lucy
Morris Mann. He graduated from Brady High School in 1937, the University of Texas at Austin
in 1941 and Southwestern Medical Foundation Medical School in December, 1944.
He married Sue Moseley on June 2, 1943 in Brady. During World War II, he served a nine
month internship at Parkland Hospital in Dallas and served in the United States Air Force,
serving in the Medical Corps from 1945 to 1947. After being discharged from the United States
Air Force, Dr. Mann served a one year rotating residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Fort Worth.
In 1948, Dr. Mann and Sue moved to Coleman, and started his own medical practice, that he
continued for 44 years.
Dr. Mann was honored as being named Coleman’s "Citizen of the Year" in 1956, was awarded
the highest leader award, the Silver Beaver, from the Boy Scouts, served as president of the
school board, was past president and the last charter member of the Rotary Club, received the
Bluecat Top Cat award for his work as team physician for 28 years, served on the library board
and was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, where he was instrumental in
the broadcasting of the morning worship service over the local cable network for many years.
When Dr. Mann closed his office in 1992, then Coleman Mayor Woody Maddox proclaimed
Sunday, October 11 as "Dr. Mann Appreciation Day." During this celebration, several people
made presentations to Dr. Mann and Sue. These in- cluded two antique lights that are now
erected in front of the hospital in their honor.
Survivors include his wife, Sue Mann of Coleman; five sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Sue
Mann of Austin, Charles and Gloria Mann of Lampasas, Tom and Candy Mann of Coleman, Bill
and Pat Mann of Coleman and Jim and Carol Mann of Arlington; one brother and sister-in-law,
Bill and Dorothy Mann of Brady; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and several nieces
and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Zachary.
Family visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at the funeral
home.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.
Death Notices 07.05.06 July 5, 2006
Claud Connor Barrington
CROSBY - Claud Connor Barrington, 78, formerly of Brownwood, died Saturday, July 1, 2006.
Graveside services are 11 a.m., Saturday, at Greenleaf Cemetery in Brownwood under the
direction of Henderson Funeral Home of Coleman. Visitation will be at First Baptist Church of
Crosby from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Charles R. Coddington
Charles R. Coddington, 70, died Tuesday, July 4, 2006. Services are pending with Abilene
Funeral Home.
Frances Sibley Dean
Frances Sibley Dean, 88, died Tuesday, July 4, 2006. Memorial services are 10 a.m., Saturday at
First Baptist Church Chapel, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. Visitation is
from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday at the funeral home.
Florina Green
PECAN WELLS COMMUNITY - Florina Green, 89, died Monday, July 3, 2006. Services are
11 a.m., Thursday at the Stacy-Wilkins Funeral Home Chapel in Goldthwaite with burial in the
Pecan Wells Community in Hamilton County. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at the
funeral home.
Nellie Ruth Borders Heath
Nellie Ruth Borders Heath, 90, died Sunday, July 2, 2006. Services are 1:30 p.m., Friday at
Southwest Park Baptist Church in Abilene. Burial will be in Old Runnels Cemetery in Ballinger
directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Elsie Rowena Jacobs
Haskell - Elsie Rowena Jacobs, 63, died Tuesday, July 4, 2006. Services are 10:30 a.m.,
Thursday, at Trinity Baptist Church. Burial will be in Willow Cemetery, under the direction of
Holden - McCauley Funeral Home of Haskell.
Ann Mary Merchant
CARLSBAD, Calif. - Ann Mary Merchant, 88, died Saturday, July 1, 2006. Services are pending
with Lacy Funeral Home of Stephenville, Texas.
Valda Janiece Pettijohn
EDNA HILL COMMUNITY - Valda Janiece Pettijohn, 77, died Monday, July 3, 2006. Services
are 2 p.m., Friday in the Harrell Funeral Home Memorial Chapel with burial to follow in Barbee
Cemetery. Visitation is from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home.
Mary Katherine Pursch
BROWNWOOD - Mary Katherine Pursch, 86, died Tuesday, July 4, 2006. Services are pending
with Davis-Morris Funeral Home
Billie Jean Reed
Billie Jean Reed, 80, died Tuesday, July 4, 2006. Services are 10 a.m., Friday at Abilene Funeral
Home Chapel of Hope. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home.
John Brian Roth
BROWNWOOD - John Brian Roth, 34, died Sunday, July 2, 2006. Services are 2 p.m.,
Thursday at Victory Life Church in Brownwood, Texas under the direction of Heartland Funeral
and Cremation Services of Early.
Dolores Medellin Salazar
BIG SPRING - Dolores Medellin Salazar, 76, died Sunday, July 2, 2006. Services are 10 a.m.,
Thursday at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel. Interment will follow at Trinity
Memorial Park.
Bobbie Sullivan
OGDEN, Utah - Bobbie Sullivan, 75, died Sunday, July 2, 2006. Graveside services are 2 p.m.,
Saturday at Trinity Memorial Park, Big Spring, Texas, under the direction of Nalley-Pickle &
Welch Funeral Home & Crematory, Big Spring, Texas.
Iva Lee Sutton
Iva Lee Sutton, 86, died Tuesday, July 4, 2006. Services are 10 a.m., Friday at the Elliott-Hamil
Chapel of Memories, 542 Hickory. Burial will be in Buffalo Gap Cemetery. Visitation is from 6
to 8 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home.
Troy Taylor
Ranger - Troy Taylor, 90, died Sunday in Eastland. Services are 10 a.m., Thursday in the
Edwards Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Ranger.
Kathleen ''Granny'' Thompson
Kathleen ''Granny'' Thompson, 99, died Monday, July 3, 2006. A memorial service will be 2 p.m.
Friday at First Baptist Church Chapel with Reverend Palmer McCown officiating, directed by
Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Jessie Wiest
EASTLAND - Jessie Wiest, 79, died Tuesday, July 4, 2006. Services are 10 a.m., Thursday at
the First Baptist Church of Eastland. Visitation is from 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesday at SummersBakker Funeral Home.
Obituaries 07.06.06 July 6, 2006
Frances Sibley Dean
Frances Bama Sibley Dean was born in Brownwood, Texas, to Cooper Adams Sibley and
Frances Augusta Burns Sibley on November 25, 1918, while her father was in Germany with the
Army of Occupation after World War I.
When her father returned from the war, he moved his little family to the El Paso area, where he
was a cotton farmer. At the age of 15 she met her future husband, Talmage Whitman " Jack"
Dean, on the steps of the First Baptist Church, El Paso, which they both attended.
In the fall of 1937, she and Jack entered Hardin-Simmons University as freshmen and married
February 18, 1938. They graduated with honors from HSU in May 1940. Frances was elected
University Queen and received her crown from Jack, who was Student Council President.
After earning his Master of Music degree from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New
York, Jack returned to HSU in 1941 to teach organ and music theory, interrupted only by his
Navy service in World War II.
In 1956 the family, now including three daughters and a son, moved to Fort Worth, where Jack
joined the faculty at the Church Music Department of Southwestern Baptist Theological
Seminary and completed his PhD from the University of South- ern California. Frances was an
elementary teacher in Fort Worth until 1967, when Jack became the Dean of the School of Music
at HSU and they returned to Abilene.
Teacher, musician, and writer, Frances was active at Hardin- Simmons and in the Abilene
community. She was a member of the Harmony Club, HSU Round Table, the HSU Ex-Cowgirls
As- sociation, the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra and First Baptist Church.
From 1967 to 1983, she played the violin and viola in the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra. For
several years she also played in a string quartet with friends.
In 1975, thirty-five years after she received her BA degree from HSU, Frances earned the Master
of Arts degree in English from her alma mater. Frances and Jack opened Dean Galleries at
Frenchmen's Creek from 1975 to 1978. They represented the work of many area artists.
Frances authored a book of poetry in 1993, Bible Women Speak, illustrated by Esme Glenn. She
also wrote other poems and stories and the lyrics for numerous hymns.
In 1986 her hymn "Liberty, That Sweet Word Sounding" was the first place winner in a national
hymn-writing contest spon- sored by the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs in celebration of the separation of church and state.
She and Jack together published several collections of hymns. Frances was the lyricist, and Jack
the composer.
Frances's kind and loving nature quietly transformed the lives of those around her, and she was
deeply loved in return. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Frances was preceded in death by her dear friend, husband, and partner Jack (Talmage Whitman
Dean) on October 26, 1999. Survivors include one son, Tommy Dean, of Austin; three daughters
and sons-in-law: Linda and Arthur Goolsbee of Abi- lene, Dinah and Curby Ligon of PIano,
Katrina and Dr. Robert Fink of Abilene; four grandsons: Dr. Austan and Robin Goolsbee of
Chicago, Brian and Jessica Ligon of Austin, Jonathan Fink of Pensacola, Florida, Drs. Robert
and Tiffany Fink of Abilene; and five great-grandchildren: Aden, Addison, and Emmett
Goolsbee; Andrew and Dylan Fink.
Her family would like to thank the staff of Sears Methodist Nursing Center and Hospice of the
Big Country for their loving care and concern.
A memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 8, 2006, at First Baptist Church
Chapel, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory, with Dr. Robert Fink officiating.
A visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Dean Music Scholarship Fund at Hardin-Simmons University,
Office of Development, PO Box 16100, Abilene, TX 79698.
Jessie Wiest
EASTLAND — Jessie Wiest, 79, passed away with her family by her side on Tuesday, July 4,
2006. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 6, 2006 at the First Baptist
Church of Eastland. Interment will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Hope Cemetery in Henrietta with Dr.
Shawn Brewer officiating, Services held under the direction of the Summers — Bakker Funeral
Home.
Jessie Genevieve Ryan was born February 15, 1927 in Bellevue, Texas to Charles and Clernmie
(Colvin) Ryan. She graduated from Bellevue High School. On January 9, 1946 she married
Albert Wiest in Henrietta, Texas. Jessie was a homemaker and helped Albert run the family
farm. Later in life, she was employed by Crisp Motor Company of Henrietta until her retirement.
She was a committed Christian and a member of First Baptist Church of Eastland.
Jessie was preceded in death by her husband, her parents., her sisters, Georgie Wetsel, Vera
Spears, Imogene McCrary, Beatrice Riddle, and Ila Lazelle Ryan, and her brothers., James Ryan,
Frank Ryan, and Arvid Ryan.
Jessie is survived by: a daughter and son-in-law, Alice and Mike Perry of Eastland; a son and
daughter-in-law, David and Linda Wiest of Wichita Falls; grandchildren, Brian Perry and
Shelley Rinehart of Eastland, Justin Wiest and wife, Kim of Farmville, NC, and Michelle
Trammell and husband, Joseph of Iowa Park; Jessie has great grandchildren, Jahue, Laci, and
Brayden; step great grandchildren Shannon, Crystal, and Harley; Jessie is also survived by a
sister-in-law, Ester Wiest of Henrietta; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
SUMMERS — BAKKER FUNERAL HOME / EASTLAND, TEXAS
Iva Lee Sutton
Iva Lee Sutton, 86, died Tuesday, July 4, 2006, at an Abilene nursing center. Services will be
10:00 a.m. Friday at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, 542 Hickory, offi- ciated
by Billy Dewayne Sutton and Lloyd Ray Sutton. Burial will be in Buffalo Gap Cemetery. The
family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
The daughter of the late Tom and Minnie Brinkley, she was born on April 7, 1920, in Chickasha,
Oklahoma. She married Ollie Lloyd Sut- ton on May 4, 1938, in Abilene. Mrs. Sutton was
employed by the Holiday Inn for several years, as well as being involved with a family business
for 33 years.
Iva Lee, a very loving and caring person, was loved by every- body.
Her husband, a daughter, Glenda B. Sutton-Lawhead, a granddaughter, Dottie Williams and two
great-grandchildren preceded her in death.
Survivors include three daughters, Nell Dillingham and Loret- ta Kay Branch, both of Abilene,
and Betty Winter and husband, Dee, of Idabel, OK; three sons, Ollie Lee Sutton and wife, Billie,
Royce O. Sutton and wife, Shirley, and Ray Sutton and wife, Jayne, all of Abilene; 27
grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived
by a sister, Audrey Green of Corinth, Texas, and a brother, Herman Brinkley and wife, Jean, of
Gainesville.
Pallbearers will be Raymond Sutton, Shawn Sutton, Todd Fields, Kevin Eaxison, James Sutton,
Robert Dwayne McGough, and Gary Sutton.
Memorials may be made to Hendrick Hospice Care, P.O. Box 1922, Abilene, TX 79604.
The family will be at 2225 Overland Dr.
Kathleen "Granny" Thompson
Kathleen "Granny" Thompson, 99, died Monday, July 3, 2006, at her residence in Abilene. A
memorial ser- vice will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church Chapel with Rev. Palmer
McCown officiating, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
The daughter of Ida Amanda Wilson and W. E. Kingery, Kathleen was born on July 31, 1906, in
Bullock County, Georgia, and graduated from Statesboro, Georgia High School. She married
James Mikel Thompson on August 1, 1925, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and moved from
Statesboro, Georgia to Abi- lene in 1963.
She was a homemaker and worked as a seamstress at Hen- drick Hospital in Abilene until her
retirement.
Kathleen was a member of First Baptist Church in Abilene, and a former member of First Baptist
Church in Statesboro, Georgia. A faithful member of her church, she was a Sunday School
teacher for over 50 years, including a number of years at First Baptist Church, Abilene.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J. M. "Jim" Thompson in 1948; a son, James Edward
Thompson in 1936; and her parents.
Survivors include daughters, Frances T. Hodges and Hazel Thompson both of Abilene; two
granddaughters, Kathleen Hodges Close of Abilene, and Susan Hodges Malson of Hous- ton;
and two great-grandsons, Brian Close and Kyle Close.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 85, Abilene, TX 79604, or a charity
of the donor’s choice.
Nellie Ruth Borders Heath
Nellie Ruth Borders Heath, 90, died Sunday, July 2, 2006, at an Abilene medical center.
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday at Southwest Park Baptist Church in Abilene with
Reverend Mike Woodard officiating. Burial will be in Old Runnels Cemetery in Balling- er
directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Mrs. Heath was born on January 31, 1916, at Maverick, Texas in Runnels County, Texas. She
attended school in Runnels County, graduating from Ballinger High School in 1935. She married
Willie Franklin Heath on No- vember 28, 1936, and graduated an L.V.N. from Plainview Hospital and Clinic Nursing School in 1956. She lived in Runnels County, Lamesa, and Plainview
before moving to Abilene in 1957.
She was baptized in the Llano River near Mason, Texas in 1941, and since 1959 had been a
member of Southwest Park Baptist Church in Abilene. She was active in Sunday School,
Training Union, and other church activities, having a strong faith in Psalms 23:1.
Mrs. Heath had been a member of the L.V.N. Association #15 and the West Texas Genealogy
Society.
Having started sewing at age 6, she continued being a seamstress and doing alterations for many
people as well as for J C Penney Co. and Dyess Air Force Base. She also worked at Timex, and
later at Doctor’s Exchange for nine years, before re- turning to nursing in 1965. Mrs. Heath
worked for Cox Memori- al Hospital for nine years and Happy Haven Nursing Home for three
years, as well as continuing to work part time for Doctors Exchange, an answering service for
doctors, which she bought in 1982, and sold in 1990 when she retired.
Survivors include a daughter, Dorothy Sue Roberson of Den- ver, Colorado, and a son, Jimmie
Dale Heath of Rowlett, Texas; a granddaughter, Tina Lawson of Irving; two grandsons, Brandon Heath of Mesquite and Mike Roberson of Denver, Colorado; one great-granddaughter; four
great-grandsons; and one great- great-granddaugher. She is also survived by a sister, Sylvia
Borders; two brothers, Tom and Frank Borders; four nieces and nephews; numerous cousins;
several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Franklin Heath; parents; sisters, Thelma Leah
Borders and Helen Pearce; a brother, Henry Abner Borders; and a grandson, Charles Roberson.
John "Buddy" Korman
John "Buddy" Korman, 79, passed away July 5, 2006 in a local hospital. Graveside services will
be 11:00 a.m., Friday at Elmwood Memorial Park, followed by a Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m.,
at the First Christian Church, with Drs. Tom Lyda and Chris Dieble officiating. The family will
receive friends 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo
Gap Rd.
Buddy was born December 28, 1926 to Gilbert and Vera Winkleman Korman. He was a lifelong
Abilene resident where he joined Texas Life Insurance Company on January 9, 1949, as the
youngest and first single man hired by the Company. During his association with Texas Life he
was a member of Texas Life's President's Round Table for twelve years; All Star Conference for
seventeen years; member of the Texas Life's Hall of Fame and until the time of his death-his 56
years represent the longest tenure of any Texas Life Agent.
He started the John (Buddy) Korman Insurance Agency in 1952 as a one man operation with a
desk, chair, phone and typewriter and began writing property and casualty insurance. At the age
of 72, he bought HRH of Abilene, and never lost the love of the challenge of selling insurance.
In addition, he had varied interests in the oil and gas industry and real estate.
A U.S. Navy veteran, he was married to Dorothy "Dotty" Botkin. A member of the First
Christian Church, he had served as a Deacon. His family was the most important thing to him.
He was a well traveled man and one of his greatest joys in life was being with his family, while
traveling to new and exciting places.
Buddy is survived by his wife, Dotty Botkin Korman. One daughter, Shawn and husband, Jim
Batjer of Plano. Two granddaughters, Brooke and Blaire Batjer. One brother, Gilbert and wife,
Dottie of Abilene, two sisters, Kathryn Dunn of Dallas, and Dorothy Haley of Abilene and
several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be B.J. Estes, M.D., John Berry, D.L. Groves, Harry Reaugh, Jack Frizzell,
Glynn Ray, Lavon Young, and Gene Finley.
Memorials may be sent to First Christian Church Building Fund, 1420 N. 3rd, Abilene, Tx
79601, or Hendricks Hospice Care, P.O. Box 1922, Abilene, Tx 79604. Online condolences may
be sent to: hamilfamilyfuneralhome.com
Billie Jean Reed
Billie Jean Reed, 80, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, July 4, 2006. Services
will be 10:00 a.m. Friday at Abilene Funeral Home Chapel of Hope, 3349 N. 12th Street with
Reverend David Cason officiating. Burial will follow in the Cedar Hill Cemetery, directed by
Abilene Funeral Home.
Mrs. Reed was born to Lane and Hazel McCollum, March 28, 1926, in Phoenix, Arizona,
moving to Loraine, Texas shortly thereafter. She met and married the love of her life, Billy
Leroy Reed in Breckenridge, Texas in 1950. Mrs. Reed was an employee of Hardin-Simmons
University as a PBX Operator until her retirement after twenty years of service. She was a loving
mother and homemaker.
Survivors include a son, Noel Reed and wife Linda of Abilene; a brother, Weldon McCollum
and wife Joan of Midland; a granddaughter, Shyla Flickinger and husband George of Tulsa,
Oklahoma; and a grandson, Gaberial Reed and wife Mary of Allen, Texas.
Mrs. Reed was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Leroy Reed; a son, Roger Reed; her
parents, Lane and Hazel McCollum; and a grandson, Nicholas Adam Reed.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Northern Oaks and the Hendricks Hospice doctors and
nurses for the wonderful care she received. A special thank you to Corrine Hansen and Granny
Tattum of Abilene for their loving friendship throughout the years.
Memorials may be made to Hendrick Hospice Care, 1682 Hickory, Abilene, Texas 79601.
Online condolences may be submitted at abilenefuneralhome.com.
Mr. Clarence Freeman, Jr.
COLORADO CITY — Mr. Clarence Freeman, Jr., of Colorado City, died Monday evening, July
3, 2006 in Colorado City. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday in the Calvary
Baptist Church. Arrangements are by Kiker — Seale Funeral Home.
Mr. Freeman was born on August 25, 1958 in Abilene, Texas to Clarence Sr., and Wanda Porter
Freeman and had been a resident of Colorado City for the past 13 years. He married Norine
Griffin in 1981 in Abilene. He was a corrections officer at the Ware Unit of the TDCJ and was a
member of the First Baptist Church in Justin, TX.
He is survived by: his wife, Norine Freeman of Colorado City; his 2 children, Justin Freeman
and Stephanie Freeman, both of Colorado City; his father, Clarence Freeman; Sr., of Jayton; 3
sisters, Linda Walker and Debra Petterson, both of Aspermont and Wanda Gorner of Hamlin; a
sister-in-law, Rena Mitchell of Abilene.
He is preceded in death by a son, Matthew Freeman, his mother, Wanda Freeman and a sister,
Brenda Freeman.
The family will receive friends from 7 — 8:30 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Mitchell County Junior
Livestock Association.
KIKER — SEALE FUNERAL HOME / COLORADO CITY, TEXAS
Death Notices 07.06.06 July 6, 2006
Floyd D. Baker
BROWNWOOD — Floyd D. Baker, 93, died Wednesday, July 5, 2006. Services are 10:30 a.m.,
Friday in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel in Early, Texas with Burial to follow in the Santa
Anna Cemetery. Visitation is from 5 to 6 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home.
Paul Dean Burnum
BROWNWOOD — Paul Dean Burnum, 82, died Saturday, July 1, 2006. Graveside services are
2 p.m., Friday at Eastlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Interment will follow under the direction of
Netherton Funeral Home. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home.
Gladys Larson Crawley
RANGER — Gladys Larson Crawley, 85, died Wednesday July 5, 2006. Services are 11 a.m.,
Saturday in the First United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery under the
direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Ranger. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the
funeral home.
Anna Lou Ferguson
RICHARDSON — Anna Lou Ferguson, 97, formerly of Merkel, died Tuesday, July 4, 2006.
Services are 11 a.m., Saturday at Merkel First United Methodist Church under the direction of
Starbuck Funeral Home of Merkel.
Dale Wayne Jones, Sr.
BROWNWOOD — Dale Wayne Jones, Sr., 66, died Monday, July 3, 2006. Services are 11 a.m.,
Friday at the Netherton Funeral Home chapel. He will be cremated. Visitation is from 6 to 8
p.m., Thursday at the funeral home.
Peggy Koenig
CROSS PLAINS — Peggy Koenig, 91, died Wednesday, July 5, 2006. Services are pending
with Higginbotham Funeral Home.
Pat Loyd
BAIRD — Pat Loyd, 72, died Tuesday, July 4, 2006. Services are 2 p.m., Saturday in Parker
Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Ross Cemetery.
James Dewey ''Jake'' May
EARLY — James Dewey ''Jake'' May, 92, formerly of Mullin died Tuesday, July 4, 2006.
Services are pending with Heartland Funeral & Cremation Service of Early, Texas.
Ann Mary Gross Merchant
CARLSBAD, CA — Ann Mary Gross Merchant, 88, died Saturday, July 1, 2006. Services are
10 a.m., Saturday at St. Brendan's Catholic Church. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in
Comanche, under the direction of Lacy Funeral Home of Stephenville. Visitation is from 5 p.m.
to 7 p.m., Friday at Lacy Funeral Home.
Mary Queen Pursch
BROWNWOOD — Mary Queen Pursch, 86, died Tuesday, July 4, 2006. Services are 11 a.m.,
Friday at the Austin Avenue Church of Christ with interment to follow in the Eastlawn Memorial
Park Cemetery under the direction of Davis-Morris Funeral Home. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m.,
Thursday at the funeral home.
Obituaries 07.07.06 July 7, 2006
Anna Lou Ferguson
MERKEL — Anna Lou Ferguson, 97, died Tuesday, July 4, 2006 at The Gardens of Richardson.
Services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Merkel First United Methodist Church with Reverend
Curtis Bentley officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, directed by Starbuck Funeral
Home of Merkel.
Anna Lou was born September 20, 1908, in Merkel to Charles K. and Leta May Calvert Russell,
a pioneer West Texas family. Anna Lou graduated from Merkel High School and Draughan’s
Business College. She worked for Hughes Chevrolet Co. in Merkel and as secretary to the
County Auditor until her marriage to Raymond Ferguson in 1935. Shortly after her marriage she
opened her famous Badger’s Den across from Merkel High School where her wonderful
hamburgers and chili dogs still have a great reputation.
Anna Lou was active in her beloved First United Methodist Church of Merkel. She was a
member of the Fortnightly Study Club, the Merkel Garden Club and the Taylor County Iris
Society. She loved people; she loved to quilt, cook and play "42".
Anna Lou came to Richardson to live with her only sister, Mary Jo Knox Lanford in 1999. She
went to The Gardens of Richardson to live after her health failed in 2004.
Survivors include her sister, Mary Jo Lanford of Richardson; two nieces, Kathy Carter and Jim
of Richardson, Lynda Reiser and Ron of Pryor, OK; two great nephews, Russell Carter of
Richardson, Jay Carter and Kate of Boston, MA; two great nieces, Erin and Emily Reiser of
Pryor, OK; one step-grandson, Ron Walker and Wanda of Tuscola and a step granddaughter,
Karen Adams and Tom of Big Spring.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 48 years Raymond; a step son, Ben
Ferguson and a step daughter, Jane Walker.
She had a host of cherished friends that she made in 91 years of living in Merkel. Her loved ones
will miss her.
STARBUCK FUNERAL HOME / MERKEL, TEXAS
Bobbie Caudle
Bobbie R. Lawrence Caudle, 83, a longtime resident of Abilene, died July 6, 2006, in Fort
Worth, Texas, where she had lived since 2003.
Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 — 7:30 P.M. at North's Memorial Chapel. Services will be
Saturday at 2:00 P.M. at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, Abilene, with Dr. Jeff Reid officiating.
Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Cemetery under the direction of North's Funeral Home,
242 Orange St.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Craig Caudle, Doug Caudle, Rich Benat, Marshall Boyd, Brad
Burrows, and great-grandson Corbin Caudle. Honorary pallbearers will be Chad Young, Ray
Ridley, and Col. Louis E. Walker, M.D.
Mrs. Caudle was born December 18, 1922, to Samuel Alvin and Nora Belle Gray Lawrence in
Lorenzo, Texas. She married Egbert E. (Edge) Caudle, September 20, 1942 in Spur, Texas. She
lived in Spur until 1951 when the family moved to Abilene. In 2003, she moved to Fort Worth,
Texas, to be near her family.
Mrs. Caudle was a charter member of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church where she was a church
secretary and Sunday school teacher. She retired as a loan processor from Abilene Savings to
take care of her grandchildren. She and her husband were co-owners of "Mr. Gatti's Pizza" until
their retirement in 1995. Her greatest joy and accomplishment was her family in whom she took
great pride.
Mrs. Caudle was preceded in death by her husband; grandson David Caudle; her parents; a
brother, Arnold Lawrence; sisters Bonnie Walker, Mona Flora, and Annie Lee Beall.
She is survived by her children; son Sam Caudle and wife Ruth Ann of Dallas, daughter Carol
Ann Young and husband Patrick of Fort Worth, and son Dan Caudle and wife Donna of
Weatherford; her grandchildren Craig Caudle (Cindi) of Lubbock, Christen Benat (Rich) of
Richardson, Kimberly Boyd (Marshall) of Fort Worth, Doug Caudle (Missi) of Plano, Amy
Burrows (Brad) of Dallas; great-grandchildren Alli and Corbin Caudle of Lubbock, Claudia and
Charlie Boyd of Fort Worth and Catie Caudle of Plano. She is also survived by brothers-in-law
Joe and Earl Caudle and sister-in-law Vivian Haterius and several nieces and nephews.
The family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.
Condolences may be made on-line at www.northsfuneralhome.com
Danny Jay Rogers
Danny Jay Rogers, 58, passed away July 5, 2006, at a local hospital. Funeral services are 10:00
a.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Dr. Kelvin Kelley, Dr. Leo F. Scott, Rev. Andrew
Penns, and Rev. Kenneth Decker officiating. Burial will follow in the City Cemetery. Visitation
is 5:00 to 7:00 Friday at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Danny was born November 30, 1947, to Ellis Harold and Tessie Henry Rogers in Abilene,
Texas. Danny married Karen Washington on January 1, 1993, in Dallas, Texas. He was a
member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, a Woodson High School alumnus, and a lifelong resident of
Abilene.
Survivors include his wife, Karen Rogers of Abilene, Sterling and Shelby of the home; Terrence
and wife LaTonya of Houston; one brother, Billy Ray Rogers; one sister, Carolyn and husband,
Judge Thomas Jones of Dallas; one niece, Regina; one nephew, Brandon Rogers, one greatnephew, Logan Taylor, and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Online
condolences may be sent to: hamilfamilyfuneralhome.com
Flora "Peggy" Koenig
CROSS PLAINS — Flora "Peggy" Koenig, age 92, passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at the
Canterbury Villa of Cisco Nursing Home. Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 8,
2006 at the Higginbotham Chapel with Bob Pipes officiating; burial will follow in the Cross
Plains Cemetery.
She was born May 5, 1914 in Callahan County, Texas to James Matterson and Amy Elvira
(Odell) McMillan. She graduated from Cross Plains High School. She married Oscar Koenig
February 23, 1932 in Coleman, TX. They were blessed with two children, James O. and Ann.
Peggy was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ of Cross Plains.
She was also an avid quilter, enjoyed crochet and learned cake decorating when she was in her
sixty's. Peggy enjoyed going to the Senior Citizens Center and playing games with her friends
until her health left her unable to get around very well. She will be greatly missed by many.
She is survived by her two children, James Oscar Koenig and wife Lucille of Cross Plains;
Georgia Ann Jennings of La Porte; two sisters, Jewel Martin of Abilene; Opal Blakely of
Tucson, Arizona; 6 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 4 brothers, 3 sisters, a son-in-law and 4
grandchildren.
Visitation — The family will receive friends and relatives on Friday, July 7, 2006 from 6:00 to
7:00 p.m. for a time of visitation.
HIGGINBOTHAM FUNERAL HOME / CROSS PLAINS, TEXAS
Fr. Ray Stanley Wilhelm, OMI
MIDLAND — Fr. Ray Stanley Wilhelm, OMI, 74, has gone home to chant God's praises — July
5, 2006.
The son of Raymond M. Wilhelm and Alma (Dreier) Wilhelm, Ray Wilhelm was born on
February 3, 1932, in San Antonio. After graduating from St. Mary's Parochial School, he went to
St. Anthony's Junior Seminary in San Antonio. He entered the St. Peter's Novitiate at Mission,
Texas, in 1951, where he took his first vows on May 31, 1952.
His philosophy and theology courses were pursued at DeMazenod Scholasticate (now Oblate
School of Theology) in San Antonio. It was there that he took perpetual vows on May 31, 1955.
Upon the completion of his theology studies, he was ordained a priest by Archbishop Robert E.
Lucey at St. Mary's Church, San Antonio, June 1, 1958.
Fr. Ray's first obedience was in 1959 as a professor at DeMazenod Scholasticate. In the spring of
1960, he went to Catholic University, in Washington, D.C., for higher education, and in
November of 1960, he went to the Studium Superius Generale, in Rome, and obtained a degree
in canon law at Gregorian University in June of 1962. He was transferred to DeMazenod
Scholasticate — Oblate College of the Southwest in San Antonio as bursar and professor in
September 1962. Other assignments included: Assistant Pastor to Immaculate Heart of Mary
Parish in Harlingen; Pastor to St. Ignatius Parish in Ranchito; Pastor to Sacred Heart in McAllen,
Tex.; Associate Pastor of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Brownsville, and Pastor to St.
John the Baptist in San Juan.
In January of 1986 he served as the Associate Director of college level seminary formation
program at St. Edwards University, Austin. In 1988 he was assigned as Parochial Vicar to St.
Louis of France Cathedral in New Orleans, then in 1990 to St. Patrick's Parish in Houston. In
1991, he was Associate Director of San Juan Shrine in San Juan. He then served a six-year term
as Pastor at St. Ann's in Colorado City. In June of 2000 he was assigned and remained until his
death Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and Shrine in Midland. Fr. Ray
was also an Official of the Matrimonial Tribunal of the dioceses of Brownsville, San Antonio,
and San Angelo. He was Defender of the Bond of Marriage for the Texas Appellate Court in San
Antonio and had also been a local Oblate Superior in several Texas Districts.
"Fr. Ray was a committed and faithful servant of the Church, especially as Missionary Oblate to
Mary Immaculate," said Fr. Ed DeLeon, pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe. "He always gave 110
percent if not more. He was a true confessor, and people always felt God's mercy especially in
the confessional. He was an excellent preacher and a good friend."
Fr. Ray is preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Alma Wilhelm, J.P. Wilhelm, Edwin
Wilhelm, E.V. Tumlinson, his uncles, and Maggie Schlein, his aunt.
He is survived by his sister Mary Oswald and brother-in-law, Louis Oswald of Houston, TX. his
three nephews, Brent A. Oswald, of Houston, Kelly V. and Stacey Oswald of Houston, Louis A.
and Crystal Oswald of Littleton, CO., and his dearest friend the Rev. Frank Montalbano, OMI of
San Antonio.
"Fr. Ray was so special, so knowledgeable, so educated," said Toni Bustillos, a parishioner at
Our Lady of Guadalupe and a friend of Fr. Ray. "You could ask him anything and he would tell
you, and if he didn't know, he would find out. He was so gentle and always such a loving and
kind person.
A Rosary, to be led by Fr. Ed DeLeon, Pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and Shrine, will
be held Friday, July 7, 2006 at 7:00 p.m., at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and Shrine
in Midland.
A Mass of Resurrection will be held Saturday, July 8, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of
Guadalupe Catholic Church and Shrine in Midland with The Most Rev. Michael D. Pfeifer,
OMI, Bishop of San Angelo, the principal celebrant and Fr. Ed DeLeon homilist.
Fr. Ray's body will be taken to San Antonio for additional services. A Rosary will be held at the
Oblate School of Theology's Immaculate Conception Chapel on Sunday, July 9, 2006, at 7:00
p.m.
His Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Monday, July 10, 2006, at 10:00 a.m. at The
Oblate School of Theology's Immaculate Conception Chapel followed by burial at the Oblate
Community Cemetery on the same grounds in San Antonio.
In lieu of flowers, make donations to Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, Midland.
Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home, 801 Andrews Hwy., Midland,
Texas 79701, (432) 683-5555. To place on-line condolences visit www.mem.com.
Frances Sibley Dean
Frances Bama Sibley Dean was born in Brownwood, Texas, to Cooper Adams Sibley and
Frances Augusta Burns Sibley on November 25, 1918, while her father was in Germany with the
Army of Occupation after World War I.
When her father returned from the war, he moved his little family to the El Paso area, where he
was a cotton farmer. At the age of 15 she met her future husband, Talmage Whitman " Jack"
Dean, on the steps of the First Baptist Church, El Paso, which they both attended.
In the fall of 1937, she and Jack entered Hardin-Simmons University as freshmen and married
February 18, 1938. They graduated with honors from HSU in May 1940. Frances was elected
University Queen and received her crown from Jack, who was Student Council President.
After earning his Master of Music degree from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New
York, Jack returned to HSU in 1941 to teach organ and music theory, interrupted only by his
Navy service in World War II.
In 1956 the family, now including three daughters and a son, moved to Fort Worth, where Jack
joined the faculty at the Church Music Department of Southwestern Baptist Theological
Seminary and completed his PhD from the University of South- ern California. Frances was an
elementary teacher in Fort Worth until 1967, when Jack became the Dean of the School of Music
at HSU and they returned to Abilene.
Teacher, musician, and writer, Frances was active at Hardin- Simmons and in the Abilene
community. She was a member of the Harmony Club, HSU Round Table, the HSU Ex-Cowgirls
As- sociation, the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra and First Baptist Church.
From 1967 to 1983, she played the violin and viola in the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra. For
several years she also played in a string quartet with friends.
In 1975, thirty-five years after she received her BA degree from HSU, Frances earned the Master
of Arts degree in English from her alma mater. Frances and Jack opened Dean Galleries at
Frenchmen's Creek from 1975 to 1978. They represented the work of many area artists.
Frances authored a book of poetry in 1993, Bible Women Speak, illustrated by Esme Glenn. She
also wrote other poems and stories and the lyrics for numerous hymns.
In 1986 her hymn "Liberty, That Sweet Word Sounding" was the first place winner in a national
hymn-writing contest spon- sored by the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs in celebration of the separation of church and state.
She and Jack together published several collections of hymns. Frances was the lyricist, and Jack
the composer.
Frances's kind and loving nature quietly transformed the lives of those around her, and she was
deeply loved in return. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Frances was preceded in death by her dear friend, husband, and partner Jack (Talmage Whitman
Dean) on October 26, 1999. Survivors include one son, Tommy Dean, of Austin; three daughters
and sons-in-law: Linda and Arthur Goolsbee of Abi- lene, Dinah and Curby Ligon of PIano,
Katrina and Dr. Robert Fink of Abilene; four grandsons: Dr. Austan and Robin Goolsbee of
Chicago, Brian and Jessica Ligon of Austin, Jonathan Fink of Pensacola, Florida, Drs. Robert
and Tiffany Fink of Abilene; and five great-grandchildren: Aden, Addison, and Emmett
Goolsbee; Andrew and Dylan Fink.
Her family would like to thank the staff of Sears Methodist Nursing Center and Hospice of the
Big Country for their loving care and concern.
A memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 8, 2006, at First Baptist Church
Chapel, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory, with Dr. Robert Fink officiating.
A visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Dean Music Scholarship Fund at Hardin-Simmons University,
Office of Development, PO Box 16100, Abilene, TX 79698.
Gladys Larson Crawley
RANGER — Gladys Larson Crawley, 85, of Ranger passed away on Wednesday July 5th, 2006
at Ranger Care Center. Services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, July 8, 2006 at the First United
Methodist Church. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Funeral
Home in Ranger, Texas.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.
Mrs. Crawley was born on May 14, 1921 in Waco, Texas to Albin and Hildegarde Lindloff
Larson. She grew up in Ranger and graduated salutatorian from Ranger High School and
attended Ranger Junior College. She married Price Crawley on November 19, 1939 in Odessa
and they lived in Ranger until Price joined the military and moved to Baltimore. After the service
they moved back to Ranger and later to Midland where they owned and operated Price Crawley
Rexall Drug from 1953 to 1989. When he retired they moved back to Ranger. Gladys was a
member of the First United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women's Association.
Gladys was always very active in the community helping with Meals on Wheels and the Ranger
Historical Society. The last years of Price's life she spent taking care of him until his death on
December 24, 1996.
Mrs. Crawley is preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a son Sterling Price Crawley
Jr. in 1998, and step-mother, Elva Cruse Larson.
She is survived by her daughter Sharon Garner and her hus- band Lynn of Ranger, and a brother
Fred Larson and his wife Barbara of Waco. Two grandsons Neal Overstreet of San Antonio and
Price Overstreet of the Houston area. Several nieces nephews and cousins.
The family request memorials be made to Meals on Wheels, the Ranger Masonic Lodge or
Senior Citizens.
EDWARDS FUNERAL HOME / RANGER, TEXAS
Iva Lee Sutton
Iva Lee Sutton, 86, died Tuesday, July 4, 2006, at an Abilene nursing center. Services will be
10:00 a.m. Friday at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, 542 Hickory, offi- ciated
by Rev. Bill Sutton and Lloyd Ray Sutton. Burial will be in Buffalo Gap Cemetery.
The daughter of the late Tom and Minnie Brinkley, she was born on April 7, 1920, in Chickasha,
Oklahoma. She married Ollie Lloyd Sutton on May 4, 1938, in Abilene. Mrs. Sutton was
employed by the Holiday Inn for several years, as well as being involved with a family business
for 33 years.
Iva Lee, a very loving and caring person, was loved by every- body.
Her husband, a daughter, Glenda B. Montgomery-Lawhead, a granddaughter, Dottie Williams
and two great-grandchildren preceded her in death.
Survivors include three daughters, Nell Dillingham and Loretta Kay Branch, both of Abilene,
and Betty Winters and husband, Dee, of Idabel, OK; three sons, Ollie Lee Sutton and wife,
Billie, Royce O. Sutton and wife, Shirley, and Ray Sutton and wife, Jayne, all of Abilene; 27
grandchildren; 46 great- grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. She is also
survived by a sister, Audrey Green of Corinth, Texas, and a brother, Herman Brinkley and wife,
Jean, of Gainesville.
Pallbearers will be Raymond Sutton, Shawn Sutton, Todd Fields, Kevin Earixson, James Sutton,
Robert Dwayne McGough, and Gary Sutton.
Memorials may be made to Hendrick Hospice Care, P.O. Box 1922, Abilene, TX 79604.
The family will be at 2225 Oakland Drive.
John "Buddy" Korman
John "Buddy" Korman, 79, passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2006 in a local hospital. Graveside
services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday at Elmwood Memorial Park, followed by a Memorial Service
at 2:00 p.m., at the First Christian Church, with Drs. Tom Lyda and Chris Diebel officiating. The
family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday at The Hamil Family Funeral
Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Rd.
Buddy was born December 28, 1926 to Gilbert and Vera Winkleman Korman. He was a lifelong
Abilene resident. After graduating from McMurry University he joined Texas Life Insurance
Company on January 9, 1949, as the youngest and first single man hired by the Company.
During his association with Texas Life he was a member of Texas Life's President's Round Table
for twelve years; All Star Conference for seventeen years; member of the Texas Life's Hall of
Fame and until the time of his death — his 56 years represent the longest tenure of any Texas
Life Agent.
He started the John Korman Insurance Agency in 1952 as a one man operation with a desk,
chair, phone and typewriter and began writing property and casualty insurance. At the age of 72,
he bought HRH of Abilene, and never lost the love of the challenge of selling insurance. In
addition, he had varied interests in the oil and gas industry and real estate.
Buddy was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy. On August 24, 1954, he married Dotty Botkin. A
member of the First Christian Church, he had served as a Deacon. His family was the most
important thing to him. He was a well traveled man and one of his greatest joys in life was being
with his family, while traveling to new and exciting places.
Buddy is survived by his wife, Dotty Botkin Korman. One daughter, Shawn and husband, Jim
Batjer of Plano. Two granddaughters, Brooke and Blaire Batjer. One brother, Gilbert and wife,
Dottie of Abilene, two sisters, Kathryn Dunn of Dallas, and Dorothy Haley of Abilene and
several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be B. J. Estes, M.D., John Berry, D. L. Groves, Harry Reaugh, Jack Frizzell,
Glynn Ray, John Thompson, Bill Haynes, Lavon Young and Gene Finley.
Memorials may be sent to the First Christian Church Building Fund, 1420 N. 3rd, Abilene, Tx
79601, or Hendricks Hospice Care, P.O. Box 1922, Abilene, Tx 79604.
Online condolences may be sent to: hamilfamilyfuneralhome.com
Susie Lee Hart
STAMFORD, TEXAS — Susie Lee Hart, 98, of Stamford, passed away on Thursday, July 6,
2006 at a local nursing facility.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday at the Temple Baptist Church with Rev. Jessie
Morton officiating. Burial will follow in the Hooker Cemetery in Stonewall County under the
direction of Tankersley Funeral Home of Stamford.
Susie was born on April 15, 1908 to Jack and Mary Webb in Haskell County. She married B. L.
(Jack) Hart in Brownwood, Texas on December 11, 1928. She was a homemaker and a member
of the Temple Baptist Church.
She is survived by: 1 son, Jack Hart and wife, Cheryl of Hawley; and 1 daughter, Mary Kathryn
Eckels of Stamford; 2 grandsons, Jay Hart of View, and Kelly Hart and wife, Debra of Hawley;
and 4 great grand children.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, her husband of over 58 years; 1 son, Don Hart; and 1
brother, George Webb.
The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home on Friday from 5 until 6 p.m.
The family asks that memorials be made to the Hospice of the Big Country, 4601 Hartford,
Abilene, Texas 79605.
Kathleen "Granny" Thompson
Kathleen "Granny" Thompson, 99, died Monday, July 3, 2006, at her residence in Abilene. A
memorial ser- vice will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church Chapel with Rev. Palmer
McCown officiating, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
The daughter of Ida Amanda Wilson and W. E. Kingery, Kathleen was born on July 31, 1906, in
Bullock County, Georgia, and graduated from Statesboro, Georgia High School. She married
James Mikel Thompson on August 1, 1925, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and moved from
Statesboro, Georgia to Abi- lene in 1963.
She was a homemaker and worked as a seamstress at Hen- drick Hospital in Abilene until her
retirement.
Kathleen was a member of First Baptist Church in Abilene, and a former member of First Baptist
Church in Statesboro, Georgia. A faithful member of her church, she was a Sunday School
teacher for over 50 years, including a number of years at First Baptist Church, Abilene.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J. M. "Jim" Thompson in 1948; a son, James Edward
Thompson in 1936; and her parents.
Survivors include daughters, Frances T. Hodges and Hazel Thompson both of Abilene; two
granddaughters, Kathleen Hodges Close of Abilene, and Susan Hodges Malson of Hous- ton;
and two great-grandsons, Brian Close and Kyle Close.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 85, Abilene, TX 79604, or a charity
of the donor’s choice.
Kenneth Paul Courtright
SAN ANTONIO — Kenneth Paul Courtright, age 72 died at his home in San Antonio, Texas on
July 1, 2006.
He was born December 1, 1933 in Brownwood Texas to parents Neal and Cleone (Woods)
Courtright. His father worked in road / dam construction for McBride Co. He graduated in 1951
from Denver City High School. He then attended Abilene Christian University and graduated in
1955 with a degree in accounting. Ken proudly served his country as a Navy officer and seaplane
pilot from 1955 to 1958. Throughout his life he treasured the friends he made while at ACU and
in the Navy. While stationed at San Diego naval base he met and married Lola Eades in 1958.
Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, Ken and Lola moved back to Texas, in 1965
he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. His 30 year career in law
and Trust banking was spent in San Angelo, Abilene and San Antonio.
Kenneth and Lola enjoyed 48 years together.
His survivors include wife Lola, of the home. Daughter, Leslie Andrews, husband Dick,
grandsons Scott of Abilene and Army CPL Matthew Andrews of Ft. Lewis, WA . Son,
Christopher Paul, wife Claudia (Gibbs) Courtright, grandchildren, Kimberley, Phillip Paul and
Stephanie of San Antonio.
His courage and faith guided him through his battle with cancer during the last two years of his
life. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2006 at 2:00 p.m., at the Sunset
Ridge Church of Christ, 95 Brees Boulevard, San Antonio, Texas 78209.
Otis Lee Williams
GRAHAM — Otis Lee Williams, 56, died Tuesday, July 4, 2006 in Graham. Funeral services
are scheduled Saturday, July 8, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. in the Morrison Funeral Home Chapel with
Reverend Rickie Moore of Abilene, Texas officiating. Burial will follow in Pioneer Cemetery
under the direction of Morrison Funeral Home.
Mr. Williams was born February 6, 1950 in Abilene, Texas to the late Otis Robertson and Lillian
Flodine (Woolf) Williams. He married Wanda Jean Cox, March 7, 1969 in Graham. Mr.
Williams moved to Graham in 1967. Otis was employed by Wells Olifield Services as a tool
pusher.
Survivors include; wife, Wanda Williams of Graham; daughter, Kimberly Phillips of Graham;
sons, Justin Williams and wife Laura of Graham and Larry Williams of Graham; sisters, Mary
Fortune, Nita Massey, Sharon Slaughter, and Jackie Soto all of Abilene; brothers, James
Williams of Graham and Jimmy Williams of Fort Worth; seven grandchildren and one great
grandchild.
MORRISON FUNERAL HOME / GRAHAM, TEXAS
Pat Loyd
BAIRD — Pat Loyd, age 72, of Baird, Texas, died Tuesday, July 4th, 2006 in Abilene Regional
Medical Center.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 8th, 2006 in Parker Funeral Home
Chapel. The Rev. Dr. Richard H. Wood will officiate with burial to follow in the Ross Cemetery.
Pat was born on July 27, 1933 in Breckenridge, Texas to William Melton and Christeen
Demaster Melton. She moved to Odessa, Texas in 1960 and lived there until moving to Baird in
1996. She received her Bachelor of Science in Art degree from the University of Texas Permian
Basin in Odessa. She was the owner of the Cowboy Country Gallery and Frame Shop in Baird,
Texas. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. She married Johnny (Bud) Loyd in
Clovis, N. M. on September 27, 1949.
She is survived by one daughter, Jana Dickey and husband, Jim of McKinney, Texas; one son,
Andy Loyd of Odessa, Texas; three brothers, Charlie Melton of McKinney, Texas, David Melton
of Lubbock, Texas and Bob Melton of Lubbock, Texas; one sister, Ann Clark of Rising Star,
Texas; four grandchildren, Kelley and Matt Loyd of Odessa, Texas, Clinton Calmes of Lubbock,
Texas and Laura Calmes also of Lubbock, Texas; two step grandchildren, Jimbo Dickey of
Phoenix, Arizona, and Amanda McElwee of Frisco, Texas, and three step great grandchildren, as
well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and one sister.
Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m., to 8:00 p.m., Friday at the funeral home.
PARKER FUNERAL HOME / BAIRD, TEXAS
Death Notices 07.07.06 July 7, 2006
Walter Lee Armstrong
SWEETWATER - Walter Lee Armstrong, 74, died Tuesday, July 4, 2006. Graveside services
are 10 a.m. Saturday in Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent
Funeral Home.
Mary Bryson
BROWNWOOD - Mary Bryson, 55, died Wednesday, July 5, 2006. Services are pending with
Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
Willie Crawford
EASTLAND - Willie Crawford of Eastland died Thursday, July 6, 2006. Services are pending
with Edwards Funeral Home.
Karen Perkins Daniel
ABILENE - Karen Perkins Daniel, 44, died Wednesday, July 5, 2006. Services are pending with
Girdner Funeral Home.
Perry L. Gannon
Perry L. Gannon, 74, died Saturday, July 1, 2006. Graveside services are 10 a.m. Monday in
Abilene City Cemetery, under the direction of Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N.
2nd St.
Carter Graves
COLEMAN - Carter Graves, 83, of Coleman died Thursday, July 6, 2006. Funeral services are
pending with Stevens Funeral Home.
John Prentice Hord Jr.
WINTERS - John Prentice Hord Jr., 68, died Thursday, July 6, 2006. Services are 2 p.m. Sunday
at Winters Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.
Alfonso Torres Sanchez
COLEMAN - Alfonso Torres Sanchez, 64, died Wednesday, July 5, 2006. Services are 10 a.m.
Saturday at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Coleman City Cemetery. Prayer
service is 7 p.m. today at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel.
William 'Odell' Sharp
STEPHENVILLE - William ''Odell'' Sharp, 82, died Wednesday, July 5, 2006. Graveside
services are 11 a.m. Saturday in West End Cemetery under the direction of Stephenville Funeral
Home.
Obituaries 07.08.06 July 8, 2006
Necrology of
Danny Jay Rogers
And lo I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write ..." The text describes those who die in the Lord
are blessed. This text reflects and reveals the life of our beloved.
Danny Jay Rogers was born November 30, 1947, to Ellis Harold and Tessie Henry Rogers in
Abilene, Tx. He was the oldest son and middle child of three children. He grew up in the Mt.
Zion Baptist Church and accepted Christ at an early age. It was there that he learned how to
respect his siblings and older adults. He was caring, sensitive, dutiful, compassionate, a hard
worker, a lover of his family, and sometimes even a bit devilish. These characteristics were
essential in developing the man that he became.
Time is as fragile as a blade of grass; the life he lived is seed for the family and our faith. Danny
married Karen Washington on January 1, 1993, in Dallas, Tx. This marriage was built upon love,
commitment, and faithfulness. These years were a divine gift and will always be treasured.
Danny was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, a Woodson High School alumni, and
lifelong resident of Abilene. He was preceded in death by his parents and his survivors include
his wife, Karen Rogers of Abilene, children, Sterling and Shelby of the home; Terrence and wife,
LaTonya of Houston; one brother, Billy Ray Rogers; and one sister, Carolyn and husband, Judge
Thomas G. Jones of Dallas; one niece, Regina; one nephew, Brandon; one great nephew, Logan
and two grandchildren; many cousins and friends.
Funeral services are 10:00, Saturday, July 8, 2006, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, burial following at
the City Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to: hamilfamilyfuneralhome.com
Kenneth Paul Courtright
SAN ANTONIO — Kenneth Paul Courtright, age 72 died at his home in San Antonio, Texas on
July 1, 2006.
He was born December 1, 1933 in Brownwood Texas to parents Neal and Cleone (Woods)
Courtright. His father worked in road / dam construction for McBride Co. He graduated in 1951
from Denver City High School. He then attended Abilene Christian University and graduated in
1955 with a degree in accounting. Ken proudly served his country as a Navy officer and seaplane
pilot from 1955 to 1958. Throughout his life he treasured the friends he made while at ACU and
in the Navy. While stationed at San Diego naval base he met and married Lola Eades in 1958.
Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, Ken and Lola moved back to Texas, in 1965
he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. His 30 year career in law
and Trust banking was spent in San Angelo, Abilene and San Antonio.
Kenneth and Lola enjoyed 48 years together.
His survivors include wife Lola, of the home. Daughter, Leslie Andrews, husband Dick,
grandsons Scott of Abilene and Army CPL Matthew Andrews of Ft. Lewis, WA . Son,
Christopher Paul, wife Claudia (Gibbs) Courtright, grandchildren, Kimberley, Phillip Paul and
Stephanie of San Antonio.
His courage and faith guided him through his battle with cancer during the last two years of his
life. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2006 at 2:00 p.m., at the Sunset
Ridge Church of Christ, 95 Brees Boulevard, San Antonio, Texas 78209.
Lloyd Swindle
Edgar Lloyd Swindle, former Abilene resident, died July 4, 2006 at the age of 84.
Lloyd was a long time teacher and administrator for AISD.
His memorial service is at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the Granbury Church of Christ in Granbury.
He is survived by: his wife of 60 years, Maxine; 3 children, Mack Ed of Fort Worth, David of
Dallas, and Cathey Colglazier of Fort Worth; 6 grandchildren; and 2 sisters, Evelyn Michaels of
Plano, and Winifred Blanton of Houston.
Death Notices 07.08.06 July 8, 2006
Rex Biggerstaff
NORTH LAKE BROWNWOOD — Rex Biggerstaff, 69, died Wednesday, July 5, 2006. His
body will be cremated under the direction of Heartland Funeral & Cremation Services of Early
and a memorial services will be held later at the VFW Hall at North Lake Brownwood.
Vernon Brannon
BANGS — Vernon Brannon, 90, died Thursday, July 6, 2006. Services are 11 a.m., Monday at
the Davis-Morris Funeral Home Memorial Chapel. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery at
Lipan, Texas. Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home.
Charles Robert Coddington
Charles Robert Coddington, 70, died Tuesday, July 4, 2006. Services are 10 a.m., Monday at
Abilene Funeral Home Chapel of Hope. Visitation is from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday at the funeral
home.
Wanda Cooper
HODGES — Wanda Cooper, 76, died Friday, July 7, 2006. Services are pending with Starbuck
Funeral Home of Merkel.
Marla A. DeAnda
BROWNWOOD — Marla A. DeAnda, 90, died Friday, July 7, 2006. Services are 10:30 a.m.,
Monday at the Netherton Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation is from 6 to 9 p.m., Sunday at the
funeral home.
Perry L. Gannon
Perry L. Gannon, 74, died Saturday, July 1, 2006. Graveside services are 10 a.m., Monday at
Abilene City Cemetery, under the direction of Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N.
2nd St.
Carter Graves
COLEMAN — Carter Graves, 83, died Thursday, July 6, 2006. Services are 10 a.m., Monday at
Mt. Calvary Church of God in Christ. Burial will follow in the Coleman City Cemetery directed
by Stevens Funeral Home. Visitation is from 6 to 7 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home.
A. L. Grice
GORMAN — A. L. Grice, 88, of Weatherford, died Friday, July 7, 2006. Services are 2 p.m.,
Sunday at the Higginbotham Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Gorman Cemetery.
Terry Ottis Holt
DE LEON — Terry Ottis Holt, 54, died Friday, July 7, 2006. Services are 3 p.m., Saturday at
Nowlin Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Comanche
County.
James Duey May
EARLY — James Duey May, 92, formerly of Mullin died Tuesday, July 4, 2006. Services are
10:30 a.m., Saturday in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Oakview
Cemetery in Mullin.
Nemo Laredo Mindieta, Jr.
BROWNWOOD — Nemo Laredo Mindieta, Jr., 47, died Thursday, July 6, 2006.
Mass is 2 p.m., Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Interment will follow in the Greenleaf
Cemetery under the direction of Heartland Funeral & Cremation Services of Early. Rosary is 7
p.m., Sunday at the funeral home chapel.
Verna Lee Rice
LIVINGSTON — Verna Lee Rice, 87, formerly of Brownwood, died Friday, July 7, 2006.
Graveside services are 10 a.m., Tuesday in Rice Cemetery, Brown County under the direction of
Davis-Morris Funeral Home of Brownwood.
Oleta Thate
COLEMAN — Oleta Thate, 94, died Friday, July 7, 2006. Funeral services are pending with
Stevens Funeral Home.
Charles W. ''C. W.'' Webb
Charles W. ''C. W.'' Webb, 79, died Thursday, July 6, 2006. Services are 1 p.m., Monday at
Wylie Baptist Church directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. Burial will be in
Cedar Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Obituaries 07.09.06 July 9, 2006
Charles L. Palm
TUCSON, ARIZONA — Charles L. Palm, 70 of Tucson died Friday, July 7, 2006.
Survived by: son, Charles P. (Marie Gooch) Palm of Tucson; daughter, Deborah (David)
Studebaker of Austin, TX.; Four grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.
He retired from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years and provided another 10 years in service to the
US Government.
He became an artist in his retirement and derived a great deal of enjoyment from his oil
paintings.
Services will be Friday at 3:00 p.m. Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery, N. Oracle and W. Miracle
Mile Rd.
Family requests remembrances be to Casa de la Luz Hospice, 6812 N. Oracle Rd., Tucson,
Arizona 85704.
EVERGREEN MORTUARY & CEMETERY / TUCSON, ARIZONA
Charles Robert Coddington
Charles Robert Coddington, 70, passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2006, at a local hospital. Services
will be 10:00 a.m., Monday at Abilene Funeral Home Chapel of Hope, 3349 N. 12th Street, with
Paul Matta officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Elmwood Memorial Park,
directed by Abilene Funeral Home.
Mr. Coddington was born December 17, 1935, in East St. Louis, Illinois. He was a veteran of the
US Air Force and the US Army, serving over twenty years. After his retirement from the
military, he was an employee of U. S. Brass for twenty-five years.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon Coddington of Abilene; four sons, Dennis Dean (Iris)
Coddington of Schertz, Texas, Ronnie (Mandy) Ash of Fort Worth, Lewis (Amy) Ash and Paul
Ash of Abilene; five daughters, Barbara Ellen (Les) Ganacias of Guam and Sandra Kay (John
Hastings) Morris of Fort Worth, Tamitha (Charles) Doughty of San Diego, California, Diana
Lynn Simpson and Kimberly Lynn Coddington of Abilene; a sister, Mary Durnell of Bellville,
Illinois; 16 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.
A visitation will be from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at abilenefuneralhome.com
Charles W. "C. W." Webb
Charles W. "C. W." Webb, 79, died Thursday, July 6, 2006, at an Abilene medical center.
Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Wylie Baptist Church with the Rever- ends Louis Johnson and
Lee Fuller offi- ciating, directed by Elliott-Hamil Fu- neral Home, 542 Hickory. Burial will
follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at a visita- tion 6 to 8 p.m.
Sunday at the funeral home.
Charles {C. W.} was born to Cora Mae {Langford} and James A. Webb on August 22, 1926 in
Weatherford, Texas. He gradu- ated from Weatherford High School and Texas Business College
in Weatherford. C. W. attended one year at Southwestern Bap- tist Theological Seminary in Ft.
Worth, Texas. He served his country in the U. S. Air Force and the U. S. Army for 30 years,
receiving numerous medals. After retiring from the military, C.W. moved to Abilene in January,
1992 and became self-em- ployed as a tax consultant and an accountant. He was a mem- ber of
North Park Baptist Church for 29 years, serving as a dea- con. C. W. became an active member
of Wylie Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bobbie Marthalyn Webb on March 11, 1996; a son,
Carey Webb; three brothers, Boyd Ivan Webb, Jimmy Ray Webb, and Paul Webb; and a sis- ter,
Pauline Young.
Survivors include his wife, Thelma Jo Webb, of Abilene; a son, Terry Webb, and wife, Lynette,
of Arlington, Texas; three stepsons, Dwayne Fraser of Stephenville, Texas Troy Fraser and Steve
Fraser, both of Horseshoe Bay, Texas; a sister, Thena Kennedy, of Weatherford; two grandsons,
Charles and Joseph Webb; seven step-grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Wylie Baptist Church Building Fund, 6097 Buffalo Gap Road,
Wylie, Texas 79606.
John Joseph O'Connor
GRAPEVINE — John Joseph O'Connor, 69, a retired Aircraft Mechanic, died Saturday, July 8,
2006, at his residence.
Funeral: 11 am Tuesday, Chapel of the J.E. Foust Funeral Home, 523 Main St., Grapevine.
Burial: Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery. Visitation: 6 p.m. — 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral
home.
Memorials: Disabled American Veterans.
The family would like to express their thanks to Trinity Hos- pice and the Dallas Veteran
Hospital.
Survivors: Wife, Mary O'Connor; children, Jeff O'Connor and wife Karen, Connie Harris and
husband Jim, Joe O'Connor; grandchildren, Melynda Payan, Justin O'Connor, Amanda Harris,
Jamie Hafner and Lindsay Harris; great grandchildren, Taya Pay- an and Christopher Hafner;
brothers, Steve O'Connor, Brian O'Connor and Kerry O'Connor.
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James Burton Coffman
James Burton Coffman passed away on Friday, June 30, 2006 to be with his Lord and Savior,
Jesus Christ.
He was born May 24, 1905, in Taylor County, Texas, "so far out in the country it took two days
to go to town and back."
Coffman was baptized during the Abilene Christian College lectureship in 1923. He graduated
from Abilene High School and enrolled in ACC, graduating in 1927 with a BA degree in history
and music. He worked as a principal in a rural school, then taught history and English in Abilene
High School.
In 1930 he was offered a position as Associate Minister and Song Leader in Wichita Falls,
Texas, the beginning of his career as minister.
His honors and accomplishments include being named the Outstanding Alumnus of ACC in
1972 and receiving honorary doctorate degrees from ACC, Pepperdine University and Magic
Valley Christian College, Albion, Idaho. After serving congregations in Lawton, Oklahoma and
Sherman, Texas, he moved to Houston. While in Houston, he was instrumental in raising the
funds to build the Central Church of Christ, 4100 Montrose Boulevard, where he served as
minister from 1938 to 1951. He served at the Sixteenth Street Church, Washington, D.C., and
then spent a year as Vice President of Harding College, Searcy, Arkansas where he was offered
tenure. But, his real joy in life was preaching the gospel, so he accepted the position of minister
at the Manhattan Church of Christ, New York City and while there raised $2,000,000 to build a
church at 48 East Eightieth Street and Madison Avenue.
While in Washington, he was offered the opportunity of serving as guest chaplain for the U.S.
Armed Forces in Japan and Korea and served 90 days, holding Gospel meetings throughout both
countries. He has held meetings throughout the U.S. and baptized more than 3,000 souls. As
someone said: "Although he was unusually short in stature, his powerful, booming voice and his
wonderful memory of scripture and intensity of presentation, made him a model for all who love
God and live intentionally to serve Him."
Retiring in 1971, he returned to Houston. Perhaps his most wonderful accomplishment is the
writing of a 37-volume commentary of the entire Bible, verse by verse, which was finished in
1992. This commentary is published by ACU Press in Abilene and is being sold all over the
world.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 plus years, Thelma (Sissy) Bradford, his parents,
three brothers, and a sister.
He is survived by his second wife, June Bristow Coffman, three daughters, i.e. Cynthia Shry,
Mary Glenn Kochendefer and husband, Wayne, and Nancy Willis and husband, Corky, eight
grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, sister, Ila Belle Windham, brother, Horace Coffman and
many nieces and nephews. Although he had no children of his own, he treated his acquired
family as if they were his own, and they loved him likewise.
Visitation was held from 2:00 P.M. — 6:00 P.M. Sunday, July 2, 2006 at Forest Park Lawndale
Funeral Home. On Monday, July 3, 2006, at West University Church of Christ, 3407 Bissonnet,
Houston, a reception was held at 11:30 A.M. with Funeral Service following at 12:30 P.M.
Graveside services were held 2:00 P.M. at Forest Park Lawndale.
In lieu of flowers, you may make memorials to West University Church of Christ, ACU, or your
favorite charity.
Oleta Wilson Thate
COLEMAN — Oleta Wilson Thate, 94, of Coleman, died Friday, July 7, 2006 at Abilene
Regional Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Sunday, July 9, 2006 at Stevens
Funeral Home Chapel with Joe Hailey officiating, assisted by Joe Pope. Burial will be in the
Burkett Cemetery, under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.
Mrs. Thate was born July 1, 1912, in Silver Valley, the daughter of B. M. Wilson and Hettie
Elizabeth Jones Wilson. She attended school at New Central and graduated from Coleman High
School in 1930. On May 21, 1931, she married Richard Clyde Thate. They farmed and ranched
in the Burkett area, raising Registered Rambouillet Sheep and Angus Cattle, were members of
the Farm Bureau Breeder Feeder Association and the National Rambouillet Sheep Breeder’s
Association. Mrs. Thate was active in the Live Oak Home Demonstration Club, serving as
president until they disbanded in 1942, when several members went to work in defense plants
during World War II. She was also a member of the Cross Plains Garden Club, until the death of
her husband on February 25, 1984, when she moved to Coleman. She has been a member of the
Coleman County Medical Center Auxiliary since 1986 and a member of the Church of Christ
since the age of 14.
Survivors include two nieces, Virginia Bethke and husband Monroe and Joyce Anderson and
husband Mac, all of Coleman; two nephews, Ben Scott and wife, Debbie of Coleman, David
Scott and wife, Amy of Christoval; one sister-in-law, Marjorie Wilson of Coleman and several
great nieces and great nephews.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, G.W. Wilson and Ben Wilson and one sister, Billie
Louise Scott.
Memorials may be made to the Elm Street Church of Christ, Hospice of the Big Country or the
donor’s favorite charity.
The family would like to thank her caregivers: Rosa De Los Santos, Pat Allen, Bobbie Kirby,
Barbara Brown and Hospice of the Big Country.
Wanda Cooper
HODGES — Wanda Cooper, 76, died Friday, July 7, 2006 in a local hospital. Services will be
10:00 a.m. Tuesday at Hodges Baptist Church with Reverend Keith Clifton officiating. Burial
will be in Midway Cemetery, directed by Starbuck Funeral Home of Merkel.
Wanda was born December 17, 1929, in Kamay to Knolie Lee and Lula Gertrude Bertrand
Fenner. She married James Cooper on June 1, 1946 in Breckenridge. He preceded her in death
July 31, 1990. Wanda was a Methodist and a homemaker. She loved arts and crafts, sewing and
her family.
Survivors include a daughter, Beverly Dokey and husband Lynn of Carlsbad, two sons, Michael
Cooper and wife Sondra of Sheffield, Gene Evans and wife Judy of Monahans; two brothers
Knolie Fenner Jr. of Abilene, Marcus Fenner and wife Jean of Abilene; eleven grandchildren,
Melissa, Denise, Kris, Clint, Jus- tin, Randi, James, Rob, Michelle, Leanna and Shane; and eight
great grandchildren.
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Nellie Mildred May
Nellie Mildred May, 81, passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2006, at her Abilene home. Her
graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 10 at Elmwood Memorial Park,
Garden of Ten Commandments. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday at Elmwood
Funeral Home, 5750 Highway 277 South.
Mrs. May was born on June 27, 1925 in Ira the daughter of George B. Wright and Rachael S.
Neal Wright. She had been a resident of Abilene since 1954 and was the widow of J.W. May.
She enjoyed family, reading, sewing and having lunch with friends everyday at the Rose Park
Senior Center.
Survivors include her daughter, Aneda Rogers of Abilene; four grandchildren, Shelly Chapman
(Philip) of Hawley, Marty Kaufman (Debbie) of California, Jason May (Becky) of Lubbock,
Jamie Wagner (David) of Austin; 5 great grandchildren, Corey, Courtney, Ryder, Austin and
Turner; daughter-in-law, Brenda May of Hawley; two sisters, Dorothy Sprague (Kent) of
Hermleigh, Flora Seagrave of Fort Worth; one brother, George Wright (Mary) of Abilene.
She was preceded in death by her son, Jeral May, in 1995. and 1 sister.
In lieu of flowers the family request memorial donations to Hendrick Hospice Care, PO Box
1922, Abilene, TX 79604.
Joseph Cagle Snow
CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE — Joseph Cagle Snow, 80, passed away peacefully in the
early hours of July 3, 2006, in Concord, N.H., following a brief illness.
He was born in Abilene, Texas, on April 12, 1926, to Dr. William R. and Mae Cagle Snow. After
graduating as Valedictorian from Abilene (TX) High School in 1942, he attended both Harvard
College and Harvard Medical School, from which he earned his M.D. in 1948. On September
3rd of that year, he married Barbara Marie Hardy, of Lexington, MA. He did his surgical training
with the 5th Surgical Service of Harvard, at Boston (MA) City Hospital and Lahey Clinic in
Boston. He served two years active duty in the US Army Medical Corps, being stationed at
Eniwetok Atoll in the South Pacific, where he witnessed one of the first hydrogen bomb tests
from the air. In 1959, he returned to Abilene and opened a private surgical practice, which he
continued until 1978. That year, he, along with wif
Wayne F. Brock
Thursday, August 31, 2006
CISCO -- Wayne F. Brock of Abilene and formerly of Cisco went to be
with the Lord, Tuesday, August 29, 2006 at an Abilene hospital.
He was born to J.F. and Loney Hilburn Brock, March 24, 1923. He
graduated from Eastland High School in 1943. Wayne married his high
school sweetheart on June 9, 1943 and they celebrated their 63rd
wedding anniversary this past year. Soon after his marriage, he joined the
US Air Force. He was an engine specialist of B-26 and B-29's. Wayne
received his B.S. Degree in 1951. From 1951 to 1965 he coached and
taught school. He was a Master Mason and was a Past Master of Cisco
Lodge No. 556 and Carbon Lodge for 2 terms. He was a Knights
Templar and obtained the rank of High Priest and Past Master. He was a
member of East Cisco Baptist Church.
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He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Loney Brock; brother, Jimmy Brock and
grandson, Jason Neal Gray.
He is survived by, wife, Marie Brock of Abilene; daughters, Carolyn and husband Mike Allen of
Salado, Pam and husband Michael Miller of Abilene, Cindy and husband Steve Madison of
Crane; 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Thursday August 31, 2006 in Kimbrough Funeral Home
Chapel in Cisco; burial will be in Eastland Cemetery, directed by Kimbrough Funeral Home. The
family will be at the funeral home from 12:30 until service time.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
e Barbara and daughter Patricia, moved to Barnstable on Cape Cod, MA. He established a
surgical practice at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis and partnered with son Joseph, also a surgeon,
for five years. Following retirement in 1987, he energetically served on the Barnstable Board of
Health for a number of years.
Joe was a man of extraordinary depth and character. He touched many lives, both professionally
as a skilled surgeon and caring physician, as well as personally as a stalwart and devoted friend.
He was a man of science who had a deep and abiding Christian faith. He served on the vestry of
the Church of the Heavenly Rest (Episcopal) in Abilene, TX, and later served as Warden of St.
David's Church (Episcopal) in South Yarmouth, MA. Over his life, he enjoyed good music,
especially Willie Nelson; photography; sailing Barnstable Harbor; flying as a private pilot;
participating in the Boy Scouts of America, attending the 14th World Jamboree in Norway with
son Jim; traveling to points near and far; rooting for Boston's Red Sox and Bruins; digging clams
and visiting with his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by Barbara, his wife of 54 years; his brother William R. Snow and
their sister Nona Mae Fain.
Surviving are sister Mary Beth Geiger, and husband Paul, of Farmers Branch, TX; cousin
Virginia R. Connally, M.D., of Abilene, TX; his and Barbara's children: Wynelle R. Snow, M.D.,
of Ketchikan, Alaska; Joseph R. Snow, M.D., and wife Margaret, of Concord, N.H.; Richard A.
Snow, Esq., and wife Angela, of Greensboro, N.C.; James T. Snow, Ph.D., and wife Melody, of
McKinney, TX; and Patricia Jane and John Robinson of Centerville, MA. Many much loved
grandchildren also survive his passing as well as numerous devoted nieces and nephews.
Plans are for a memorial service celebrating his life to be held in the early fall on Cape Cod,
when his ashes will be interred next to Barbara's on the grounds of St. David's Church.
Death Notices 07.09.06 July 9, 2006
Marie A. DeAnda
BROWNWOOD - Marie A. DeAnda, 90, died Friday, July 7, 2006. Services are 10:30 a.m.
Monday at Netherton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Greenleaf Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Wesley Elliott
COLORADO CITY - Wesley Elliott, 88, died Saturday, July 8, 2006. Services are 2 p.m.
Monday at Kiker-Seale Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Westbrook Cemetery.
Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and at the family home, 745 E.10th St.
Perry L. Gannon
Perry L. Gannon, 74, died Saturday, July 1, 2006. Graveside services are 10 a.m. Monday in
Abilene City Cemetery, under the direction of Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N.
2nd St.
Tony Ray Phipps
BIG SPRING - Tony Ray Phipps, 38, died Saturday, July 8, 2006. Services are pending with
Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Jewel Rankin
Jewel Rankin, 85, died Saturday, July 8, 2006. Arrangements are pending with Elliott-Hamil
Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Gilbert Stavinoha
BANGS - Gilbert Stavinoha, 69, died Friday, July 7, 2006. Heartland Funeral and Cremation
Service handled arrangement. A memorial will be held at a later date.
Mary E. Underwood
LAKE LEON - Mary E. Underwood, 85, died Saturday, July 8, 2006. Services are pending with
Higginbotham Funeral Home of Gorman.
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Effie Rinehart
BRECKENRIDGE — Effie Rinehart, age 84 of Breckenridge, died Saturday, July 8, 2006 at
Hendrick Medical Center. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 11th, at the
Jeannette Street church of Christ with Wayne Blackerby officiating. Burial will follow in the
Breckenridge Cemetery under the direction of Morehart Mortuary.
Effie Beatrice Anderson Rinehart was born on December 18, 1921 in Oak Grove, Texas to
parents Alvin Andrew Anderson and Nancy Lutishia Cates Anderson. She grew up and attended
schools in Tahoka and Brownfield. Effie moved to Breckenridge in 1949 from Morton, Texas
and married George W. Rinehart on December 24, 1958 in Breckenridge. She opened the Music
Mart in 1960 and later she owned and operated Buckaroo Florist from 1979 to 1987. Effie was
preceded in death by her parents, husband and one brother, Milton Anderson.
Effie is survived by one son, Wilbur Hight and wife, Doris of Breckenridge; one daughter,
Barbara and husband, Alex Campbell of Chester, South Carolina; one brother, R.L. Anderson of
Caddo; one sister, Inez Baldwin of Brownfield; seven grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren;
and five great-great grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Jeannette Street church of Christ and may be left at Morehart
Mortuary. Condolences may be sent online at www.morehartmortuary.net.
Mary Edna Underwood
LAKE LEON — Mary Edna Underwood, 85, of Lake Leon passed away on Saturday July 8,
2006 in an Eastland Hospital. Graveside Services will be 1 p.m., Monday July 10, 2006 at
Murray Cemetery.
Mrs. Underwood was born on November 5, 1920 in Jones County, Texas to Herman and Bertha
Hampton. She was a graduate of High School in that area. She married Hulon "Pete" Underwood
over 50 years ago at the Eastland County Courthouse. They lived in this community for some 33
plus years. Mrs. Underwood at one time had worked for a Timex Factory in assembly. She was a
membr of the Church of Christ.
Mrs. Underwood is survived by her husband Hulon "Pete" Underwood of Eastland and numerous
nieces, nephews, cousins and other expended family.
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Jewel (Covington) Rankin
Jewel (Covington) Rankin, 85, died Saturday, July 8, 2006, at her residence.
Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 11, 2006, in Cedar Hill Cemetery, directed
by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Jewel was born to Hattie {Perritt} and Luther Covington on April 15, 1921 in Brookhaven,
Mississippi. She married Owen Rankin in 1942 and moved to Abilene from Silsbee, Texas in
1953. Jewel worked for Sears and Roebuck Company in retail sales. She was a member of Bible
Center Church of Abilene.
Jewel was preceded in death by her husband.
Survivors include three sons, Karon Pender of Arlington, Tex- as, Jim Rankin and wife, Cathy,
of Allen, Texas, and Robert Rankin and wife, Cindy, of Burleson, Texas; ten grandchildren; and
five great-grandchildren.
W. B. "Dub" Eldridge
GRAHAM — W. B. "Dub" Eldridge, 91, died Saturday, July 8, 2006 in a Fort Worth hospital.
Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. in the Morrison
Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Phil Gowen pastor of South Bend Baptist Church
officiating. A Masonic graveside rites will follow at True Cemetery in Young County.
Arrangements are under the direction of Morrison Funeral Home of Grahm.
Dub was born April 26, 1915 in Anson, Texas to the late Joe S. and Eula Mae (Duncan)
Eldridge. He married Cora Nell Ray, December 19, 1937 in Graham, Texas. Dub made his career
working oil fields all over the United States and oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. In the 40’s
he worked in the oil booms of Snyder, Sprayberry, Farmington, New Mexico, and Mt. Gilead,
Ohio. Dub owned and operated a Gas Compressor and Oil Field Equipment Company in Graham
until his retirement in 1999. Dub was a 50 year member of Young County Masonic Lodge #485,
32 degree Scottish Rite Mason, York Rite Mason, and Shriner.
Survivors include; wife, Cora Eldridge of Fort Worth; sons, Benny Eldridge and wife Norma of
Graham, Harold Eldridge and wife Brenda of Melissa; daughters, Jane Sharp and husband Jerry
of Saginaw and Judy Mason of Weatherford; nine grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren,
and three great great grandchildren; brother, Derrell Eldridge of Kalkaska, Michigan; sisters,
Wanda Minton of Plano and Josephine Kast of San Antonio.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Aureta Carnes, Dorothy Melton, a brother Glen
Eldridge and a grandson Tate Walker.
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Haldean "Dink" Cave
ROTAN — Haldean "Dink" Cave, 77, died Sunday July 9, 2006 at a Lubbock Hospital. Services
will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at the First Baptist Church in Rotan. Burial will be in
Belvieu Cemetery directed by Weathersbee — Ray Funeral Home.
Born March 20, 1929 in Clairemont, Dink was a son to the late Mark and Ruby (Dennis) Cave.
He was a life long resident of Kent County. Dink married Norma (Dry) on January 20, 1951 in
Rotan and they were together 55 years. Dink was a rancher and always enjoyed working his
horses and cattle. He was a member of the First Baptist Church.
Dink is preceded in death by his parents, one brother (Ted Stanley Cave), one sister (Mary Beth
Aaron) and two grandsons (Aaron and Randall Cave).
Survivors include his wife Norma Cave of Kent County; one daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and
Glen Murphree of Sweetwater; four sons and daughters-in-law, Kent and Teresa Cave of Rotan,
Reid and Chaucy Cave of Rotan, Bryan and Vanessa Cave of Snyder and Jeff and Amber Cave
of Ballinger; one brother, Mark Cave, Jr. of Rotan; twelve grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren.
Visitation will be Monday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Weathersbee — Ray Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to the American Heart
Association.
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Leon Ashworth
SNYDER - Leon Ashworth, 66, died Saturday, July 8, 2006. Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at
Calvary Baptist Church. Burial will be in Hillside Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to
7 p.m. today at Wright Colonial Funeral Home.
Joy Ann (Moore) Duke
Haskell - Joy Ann (Moore) Duke, 62, died Saturday, July 8, 2006. Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday
at Haskell Four Square Church. Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in Guymon Cemetery in
Guymon, Okla. Holden McCauley Funeral Home of Haskell handled arrangements.
Bettye Lee Hooker
Knox City - Bettye Lee Hooker, 67, of Munday, died Saturday, July 8, 2006. Services are
pending with Mansell- Smith Funeral Home in Knox City.
Tony Ray Phipps
BIG SPRING - Tony Ray Phipps, 38, died Saturday, July 8, 2006. Graveside services are 10 a.m.
Tuesday at the Peace Chapel in Trinity Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of NalleyPickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Frankie Don Sherman
Frankie Don Sherman, 51, died Friday, July 7, 2006. Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at ElliottHamil Chapel of Memories, 542 Hickory. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Elliott-Hamil
Funeral Home.
Curt Wall
BROWNWOOD - Curt Wall, 55, died Sunday, July 9, 2006. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at
Central United Methodist Church Burial will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation is 7 to 8 p.m. today at Netherton Funeral Home.
Tommy Joe Williams
Stamford - Tommy Joe Williams, 61, formerly of Abilene, died Sunday, July 9, 2006. Funeral
services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Kinney-Underwood Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in
Spring Creek Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
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Frankie Don Sherman
Frankie Don Sherman, 51, of Abi- lene died Friday, July 7, 2006, at a medical center in Dallas,
Texas.
A native of Abilene, Texas, he was born on December 22, 1954, the son of Josie (Stephens) and
Bobby Don Sherman. He was a lifelong resident of Abilene, and worked for Union Drill- ing
Inc. as a tool pusher. He was a member of the Banditos Bikers Club.
Frankie was preceded in death by his wife, Christy Wilder Sherman in 2005, and his father.
Survivors include three daughters, Delilah Ann Sherman and husband, John Owen, of Fort
Worth, and Reagan Jean Sherman and Myranda Dawn Sherman both of Abilene, and six
grandchil- dren, Sierra Scarbrough, Tiera Sherman, John Long, Roy Andrade, Chase Neves and
Bryce Neves. His is also survived by his mother, Josie Stephens of Merkel; sisters, Mildred
Viola Sherman and Judy Biola Sherman both of Merkel; and brothers, James Ray Sherman of
Abilene, Johnny Sherman, Billy Sherman, and Lem Sherman all of Merkel, and Joe Sherman of
Olney; and his girlfriend, Kathy Lively of Abilene.
Loved by many, Frankie will be greatly missed.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, 2006, at Elliott-Hamil Chapel of
Memories, 542 Hickory. Burial will be in Tuscola Cemetery. The family will receive friends
from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be John Owen, Albert Wilkes, Hoss Bowen, James Ray Sherman, John Tweede,
Jacob Neves and Glen Hindman.
Jimmy McElrath
Jimmy McElrath, 72, of Abilene, passed away Monday, July 10, 2006. No services are planned.
Arrangements are being conducted by North's Funeral Home, 242 Orange St.
Mr. McElrath was born December 25, 1933 to Floyd and Lucille McElrath. He was raised in
Abilene and was employed at Pride Refinery for 25 years. He was also a truck driver and an Air
Force Veteran. He loved to go fishing, play his guitar and sing for his family, friends, and truck
driving buddies.
He is survived by two daughters, Martha Estes and husband Jay of Hamby, Dianne Payne and
husband Rick of Cisco, Texas; one son, Don McElrath and wife Pam of Baird, Texas; thirteen
grandchildren, Jenny and Darren Harding, Justin Estes, Nikki Riffe, Rowdy Riffe, Courtney and
Wayne Gradiska, Mandi and Jack Pruet, Destini McElrath, Weston McGhee, Wendy McGhee,
and Marisa McElrath; one great grandchild, Hayden Harding; and one brother, Ed McElrath.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Martha McElrath; a brother, Bob
McElrath; and a great-grandson, Harrison Harding.
Condolences may be made on-line at www.northsfuneralhome.com
Mary Verlyn "Bubba" Trantham
FORT WORTH — Mary Verlyn "Bubba" Trantham, 86, went to be with God Sunday, July 9,
2006 at home, surrounded by her family.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Birdville Baptist Church. Burial: 4 p.m. Wednesday at Elmwood
Cemetery in Abilene. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home.
Bubba was born April 2, 1920, in the small community of Caps. She married her beloved
husband, Grady Weldon Trantham September 15, 1939. She was a devoted wife, mother and
grandmother. She was very active in her church. She will always be remembered for her caring
spirit and great love for her family and nature. She left a legacy of faith in God, living her life as
a great example of compassion and love. We will miss her dearly.
Bubba was preceded in death by her brother, Lloyd Blanks.
Survivors: Husband, Grady Weldon Trantham; daughter, Suzy McMillan and husband, Norman
of Keller; grandson, Jeff McMillan of Haltom City; sister, Tookie Steger of Abilene; niece, Kris
Kimbrell and husband, Kit also of Abilene; nephews, Mark Munden and wife, Nancy of
Southlake, Bill Munden and wife, Paulette of View and many special friends.
Mount Olivet Funeral Home, 2301 N. Sylvania Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76111, 817-831-0511.
Death Notices 07.11.06 July 11, 2006
Loyd Mark Allen
RULE - Loyd Mark Allen, 49, of Houston, formerly of Rule, died Saturday, July 8, 2006.
Services are pending with Mansell-Smith Funeral Home, Knox City.
Audra Lea Chasteen
BROWNWOOD - Audra Lea Chasteen, 35, died Monday, July 10, 2006. Services are pending
with Heartland Funeral and Cremation Services.
Willie Crawford
EASTLAND - Willie Crawford, 79, died Thursday, July 06, 2006. Services are 11 a.m. Thursday
at the Edwards Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Eastland City Cemetery.
Randy Joe Faulks
FORT WORTH - Randy Joe Faulks, 53, died Monday, July 10, 2006. Graveside services are 2
p.m. Wednesday at Elmwood Cemetery in Abilene. Visitation is from noon to 2 p.m. today at
Lucas Funeral Home in Hurst.
Carole Lannel Foster
COLLEGE STATION - Carole Lannel Foster, 41, formerly of Sweetwater, died Thursday, July
6, 2006. Graveside services are 10 a.m. Thursday in the Sweetwater Cemetery under the
direction of McCoy Funeral Home Inc.
Grace Happy
Grace Happy, 4-month-old daughter of Gregory Budengri and Esperance Faida, died Sunday,
July 9, 2006. Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel, 5750 Hwy
277 S., with burial following in Elmwood Memorial Park Cemetery.
Gordon Marquette
Gordon Marquette, died Saturday, July 8, 2006. Memorial services are 5 p.m. Thursday at the
Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N. 2nd St.
Howitt Gaston Martin
STEPHENVILLE - Howitt Gaston Martin, 80, died Sunday, July 9, 2006. Graveside Services are
10 a.m. Wednesday at Allard Cemetery in Erath County. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. today at
Lacy Funeral Home.
Francis Mirl Cox McWhirter
COLEMAN - Francis Mirl Cox McWhirter, 57, died Saturday, July 8, 2006. Services are 10
a.m., Wednesday at the Rockwood Cemetery. Burial follows under the direction of Walker
Funeral Home of Coleman.
Fayt Touchstone
ODESSA - Fayt Touchstone, infant son of Kyle and Nancy (Larkin) Touchstone, died Friday,
July 7, 2006. Graveside services were 2 p.m. Monday at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Services entrusted to Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
Caroline Jane Walters
Caroline Jane Walters, 63, died Sunday, July 9, 2006. Graveside services are 10 a.m. Friday at
Byrd Cemetery under the direction of Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N. 2nd.
Visitation is Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Mattie Bell-Williams
FORT WORTH - Mattie Bell-Williams, 60, died Wednesday, July 5, 2006. Services are 11 a.m.
Thursday at the Rolling Hills Church of God in Christ in Fort Worth. Burial will be in the
Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Tommy Joe Williams
Stamford - Tommy Joe Williams, 61, formerly of Abilene died Sunday, July 09, 2006. Services
are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Kinney-Underwood Funeral Chapel. Burial follows in Spring Creek
Cemetery. Visitation is from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Obituaries 07.12.06 July 12, 2006
Billy Holmes
ANSON — Billy Holmes, 70, died Monday, July 10, 2006, at an Abilene hospital. Services will
be 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 13, 2006, at First Baptist Church with Rev. Gayle Baucum
officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, directed by Lawrence — Adams Funeral
Home.
Born June 24, 1936 in Stamford, Bill was a son of Lucille (Buntin) Holmes and the late Larry
Holmes. He graduated from Anson High School in 1954 and married Norma Jean Blankenship.
She preceded him in death in 1964. Bill later married Barbara Sasser, October 2, 1965. Bill
served as former trustee of the Anson Independent School District, the Anson General Hospital,
and the Farmer's Co-Op Gin. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Young
Farmer's Association. Bill was named Outstanding Area Farmer in 1986.
He was preceded in death by a sister (June Ballosh).
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Holmes of Anson; mother, Lucille Holmes of Anson; one
daughter, Kay Jones (and husband, Mike) of Anson; one son, Tracy Holmes of Dallas; three
grandchildren, Kent Jones, Keith Jones (and wife, Robyn), and Mallory Holmes; and two great
grandchildren, Grant and Reagan Jones.
Pallbearers will be B. C. Spraberry, K. A. Goza, Don Starr, Tom Nix, James Wade, Dudley
White, Raymond Lozano, Sam McLaren, and Carl Thompson.
Family visitation will be from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, 2006, at Lawrence —
Adams Funeral Home.
Carolyn Jane Walters
Carolyn Jane Walters, 63, of Abilene, passed away on Sunday, July 9, 2006, at her home with
family by her side
Graveside services will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 14th at Windham Cemetery in Byrds, TX,
with Rev. Mike Jones officiating, under the direction of Community Memorial Funeral Home,
1443 N. 2nd, Abilene, TX.
Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Carolyn was born in Stith, TX on May 27, 1943, to Walter C. and Dorothy Pauline (Patton)
Keys. She was married to Elmer Wayne Walters in Abilene, TX on May 9, 1959.
She is survived by her husband, Elmer Wayne Walters of Abilene; children, Jimmy and Pennie
Walters, Paula and Cary Meredith of Mineral Wells, TX, Tammie and Miles Hester, Loretta and
Dale Lang of Abilene, Larry and Cathy Walters of Houston; mother, Pauline Keys; brothers,
Charles and John Keys; nineteen grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father, Walter C. Keys.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Big Country Hospice, 4601 Hartford, Abilene, TX
79605.
Edith Frances (Stafford) Durrington
BUFFALO, MISSOURI — Edith Stafford Durrington passed from this life on July 9, 2006 at
Colonial Springs Health Care Center in Buffalo, Missouri, at the age of 98. Funeral services will
be held at the Buffalo Church of Christ Friday morning, July 14, at 10:30 a.m.
Edith was born September 19, 1907 in Buffalo, the daughter of Joe Thomas and Nellie (Keith)
Stafford. She married Jim Durrington on October 27, 1927.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, on January 15, 1973; an infant daughter; her
parents; two sisters, Edna Durrington and Edith Dixon; two brothers, Paul and Kenneth Stafford;
and a granddaughter, Vicki Dell.
She is survived by a son, Victor, and his wife Colleen of Abilene; three grandsons, Val
Durrington and his wife Kendra of Abilene, Vance Durrington and his wife Jeanne of Starkville,
Mississippi, and Vearl Durrington and his wife Lisa of Ft. Worth; a grandson-in-law, Chris Dell
of Springfield, Missouri; ten great grandchildren, Carissa, Harrison, Mallory, Connor, Michal
Kate, Addie, Isaac, Benjamin, Christina, and Natalie; two sisters, Pansy Miller and Bethel
Connelly and a brother, Cecil Clint Stafford.
Edith and her husband and young son moved from Buffalo to California in 1936 during the
depression and remained there until 1949. She spent most of her remaining years in the Buffalo
area except for two years in Abilene. She was a member of the Tarzana Church of Christ while
living in California, and was a charter member of the Church of Christ in Buffalo, helping with
its establishment.
Services are under the direction of the Montgomery — Viets Funeral Home in Buffalo.
Memorials may be made to Fair Haven Children's Home, 3132 N. Fairhaven Loop, Strafford,
Missouri, 65757, or the Durrington Education Scholarship, Abilene Christian University, ACU
Box 29132, Abilene, TX 79699.
Recie Sauls
HAMLIN — Recie Sauls, 80, died Monday, July 10, 2006, in Hamlin. Services will be 10:00
a.m. Thursday, July 13, 2006, at the Central Baptist Church with Revs. James Clawson and
Randy Larpenteur officiating. Burial will be in Hamlin Memorial Cemetery, directed by Adams
Funeral Home.
Born May 3, 1926, in Stonewall County, Recie was the daughter of the late C.B. and Maud Lee
(McWright) Stone. She married Jessie Bill Sauls January 19, 1947, in Stamford. He preceded her
in death April 6, 2005. Recie worked as a hairdresser before her retirement and was a member of
the Central Baptist Church.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Patsy and Jessie Ledesma of Hamlin; two
grandchildren, Charissa Villanueva (and husband, Billy) of Roscoe, and Lance George (and wife
Brandi) of Lubbock; and seven great-grandchildren.
ADAMS FUNERAL HOME / HAMLIN, TEXAS
Gordon Marquette
Gordon Marquette, 70, of Abilene, passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2006 at a local hospital.
Memorial services will be held at Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N. 2nd St. on
Thursday, July 13th at 5:00 p.m., with Rev. Mike Jones officiating.
Mr. Marquette was born in Elgin, IL on February 27, 1936. He came to Abilene from Crockett,
TX four and a half years ago. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and was a truck driver for
Auto Truck Transport. He was a veteran, having served in the Air Force.
He is survived by a son, Charles Marquette, and his wife, Marilyn, of Abilene; two
granddaughters, Kayla and Delana Marquette, both of Abilene; a grandson, Chad Marquette of
Abilene; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Rita Marquette, a brother and a sister.
There will also be a memorial service at 6:00 p.m. in Crockett, TX at the Elks Lodge on
Saturday, July 15, 2006.
Jimmy McElrath
Jimmy McElrath, 72, of Abilene, passed away Monday, July 10, 2006. No services are planned.
Arrangements are being conducted by North's Funeral Home, 242 Orange St.
Mr. McElrath was born December 25, 1933 to Floyd and Lucille McElrath. He was raised in
Abilene and was employed at Pride Refinery for 25 years. He was also a truck driver and an Air
Force Veteran. He loved to go fishing, play his guitar and sing for his family, friends, and truck
driving buddies.
Jim is survived by his wife, Brenda, two daughters, Martha Estes and husband Jay of Hamby
Texas, Dianne Payne and husband Rick of Cisco, Texas; one son, Don McElrath and wife Pam
of Baird, Texas; mother in law, Pearl Ivy of Stamford, Texas; brother in law, Kenneth and Betty
Ivy of Aubrey, Texas; two nieces, Teresa and Gary Baker of Aubrey, Texas and Angela and
Daryl Hellman of Aubrey, Texas; one great niece and five great nephews; thirteen grandchildren,
Jenny and Darren Harding, Justin Estes, Nikki Riffe, Rowdy Riffe, Courtney and Wayne
Gradiska, Mandi and Jack Pruet, Destini McElrath, Weston McGhee, Wendy McGhee, and
Marisa McElrath; one great grandchild, Hayden Harding; and one brother, Ed McElrath.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Martha McElrath; a brother, Bob
McElrath; and a great-grandson, Harrison Harding.
Please direct contributions to Ben Richey Boys Ranch, St. Jude's or any charity of your choice in
memory of Jim.
There will be a celebration of Jim's life at a later date.
Condolences may be made on-line at www.northsfuneralhome.com
Rama Delores Gililland
Rama Delores Gililland, 86, of Abilene, passed away on July 10, 2006 at a local hospital.
Memorial services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, 2006 at Southern Hills Church
of Christ Chapel with her grandson, David Gililland officiating, music arranged by Michael
Gililland, also her grandson. A reception will follow the service. Service arrangements by
Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N. 2nd St.
Mrs. Gililland was born in Blum, TX, on February 4, 1920 to the late Eric and Jewel
(Vermillion) Heath. She lived in Abilene most of her life and was a member of Southern Hills
Church of Christ. She was the Matriarch of the Gililland family and the domino champion. She
loved to fish, taking care of her family and being supportive of her grandkids activities. Rama
was an excellent cook and no one ever went hungry because there was always more than enough.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Gililland of Abilene; a son, Phil Gililland and wife, Sue,
of Abilene; seven grandchildren, Tammy Marcelain and husband, Rob, of Abilene, Robert
Gililland, III and wife, Cari of Apache Junction, AZ, Michael Gililland and wife, Karen, of
Abilene, Becky Kingsbury and husband, Dallas, of Chandler, AZ, David Gililland and wife,
Karise, of Ft. Worth, Tiffany Gililland of Mesa, AZ and Will Gililland of Tempe, AZ; 15 greatgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Bobby Gililland, two sisters, Frances Woods
and Grace Mullins.
Memorials may be made to Southern Hills Church of Christ, 3666 Buffalo Gap Rd., Abilene, TX
79605.
Death Notices 07.12.06 July 12, 2006
SFC Clifton Virgil Andrews
SFC Clifton Virgil Andrews, 85, USA Army Ret., of Abilene and formerly of Cisco died
Tuesday, July 11, 2006. Graveside Services with full Military Honors will be 10 a.m., Thursday
in the Oakwood Cemetery in Cisco under the direction of Kimbrough Funeral Home. Visitation
will be from 6 - 8 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.
Audra Lea Chasteen
EARLY x96 Audra Lea Chasteen, 35, died Monday, July 10, 2006. Services are 10 a.m.,
Thursday at the Victory Life Church. Interment will follow at Rock Church Cemetery. Visitation
is from 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesday at the Heartland Funeral Home.
Robert A. ''Bob'' Davis Jr.
RANGER x96 Robert A. ''Bob'' Davis Jr., 80, died Tuesday, July 11, 2006. Services are pending
with Edwards Funeral Home in Ranger.
Cecil Fox
COLORADO CITY x96 Cecil Fox, 83, died Monday, July 10, 2006. Services are 1 p.m.,
Thursday in the First Assembly of God Church. Burial will follow in the Colorado City
Cemetery under the direction of Kiker-Seale Funeral Home. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m.,
Wednesday at the funeral home.
Bettye L. Hooker
KNOX CITY x96 Bettye L. Hooker, 68, of Munday, formerly of Knox City, died Saturday, July
8, 2006. Graveside services are 11:30 a.m., Friday in the Knox City Cemetery under the direction
of the Mansell-Smith Funeral Home.
Louise Maxine Hungerford
COMANCHE x96 Louise Maxine Hungerford, 82, died Tuesday, July 11, 2006. Services are 2
p.m., Thursday in the First Baptist Church in Gustine. Interment will follow in the Energy
Cemetery at Energy, Texas. Visitation is from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday at Hall & Sons Funeral
Home.
Jimmie Lee Kubena
SNYDER x96 Jimmie Lee Kubena, 68, died Monday, July 10, 2006. Graveside services are 10
a.m., Thursday at the Hillside Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation is from 7 to 8 p.m.,
Wednesday at the Wright Colonial Funeral Home.
Ellihue Magers
BIG SPRING - Ellihue Magers, 83, died Friday, July 7, 2006. Services are pending at Myers &
Smith Funeral Home.
Ray McKinnon
SAN ANGELO - Ray McKinnon, 86, died Monday, July 10, 2006. Services are pending at
Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Vernard ''Smokey'' Rigdon
BIG SPRING - Vernard ''Smokey'' Rigdon, 73, died Monday, July 10, 2006. Services are
pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Marcell Sledge
SIDNEY x96 Marcell Sledge, 81, died Tuesday, July 11, 2006. Services are 10:30 a.m.,
Thursday at the Taylor's Chapel Church with burial to follow in the Taylor's Chapel Cemetery in
Comanche County under the direction of the Comanche Funeral Home.
Windell Alford Thomasson
WEATHERFORD x96 Windell Alford Thomasson, 90, died Tuesday, July 11, 2006. Services
will be 1 p.m., Thursday at Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Chapel. Burial will be at 3:45 p.m.,
Thursday, at Clear Fork Cemetery, Lueders, TX. Visitation is from 6 x96 8 p.m., Wednesday at
the funeral home.
Madge Marie Thompson
CLYDE x96Madge Marie Thompson, 93, died Tuesday, July 11, 2006. Services are pending
with Bailey Funeral Home.
Obituaries 07.13.06 July 13, 2006
Eunice Rudman Woods
Eunice Rudman Woods, 88, loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother
went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 11, 2006 in Denton. Her graveside service will
be held at 2 PM on Friday at Elmwood Memorial Park under the direction of Elmwood Funeral
Home, 5750 HWY 277 South. Visitation will be from 1:00 PM until service time on Friday.
Eunice was born on May 25, 1918 in Drumright, Oklahoma the daughter of Norman Rudman
and Sadie Truby Rudman. She graduated from Abilene Christian University with a master's
degree. She was a foremost expert on dyslexia, writing a paper on the subject for Sul Ross State
University where she held a very prestigious position. She also taught speech at the VA Hospital
and hearing and language at the Colorado City schools. She was a member of the Lutheran
church of Big Spring. Eunice had a loving and friendly way about her and was loved by all who
knew her.
Survivors include a daughter, Brenda Bell; three sons, Norman Bell and wife Carol, Dr. Tom
Bell and wife, Patty, and Cowden "Ross" Bell; eight grandchildren, eight great grandchildren,
two great-great-grandchildren, and a sister, Sonoma Sibley and husband Dr. Dub Sibley and
several nieces and nephews.
Flossie B. (Walker) Coan
FORT WORTH — Flossie B. (Walker) Coan, a longtime resident of De Leon, passed away
Sunday, July 9, 2006 at her current place of residence in Fort Worth. She was 85 years of age.
She was the daughter of George and Nancy Walker of De Leon. She married Lloyd Coan in
1938, who preceded her in death in 1994.
Memorial Graveside Service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, July 15, 2006, at Gardens of
Memory Cemetery in Stephenville, under direction of Stephenville Funeral Home.
Flossie is survived by her children: Don Coan of Stephenville, David Coan of Eastland, Bennie
Coan Hill of Benbrook and Joan Garland Stolz of North Richland Hills, eight grandchildren
Kenny Hill of Dallas, Cathi Coan Lewis of Frisco, Kent Garland of Strawn, Jana Garland
Guzman of Garland, Jodi Coan Groshans of Plano, Steve Coan of Colleyville, Leslie Coan of
Fort Worth, and Ben David Coan of Allen; 15 great-grandchildren; one brother, Charles and his
wife, Lou Walker of Eastland, along with many friends and loved ones.
She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers, Elvin, Bill, S. W., and R. D. Walker.
She was a businesswoman, owning and operating her own beauty shop in De Leon for many
years. She had a sharp wit and nimble mind, working crossword puzzles, playing bingo and
dominoes until recent weeks. She was a joy to her children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, and affectionately known as "Floppy".
Online condolences may be made at www. funeralhmtx.com
STEPHENVILLE FUNERAL HOME / STEPHENVILLE, TEXAS
Irene Wagman
ALBANY — Irene Wagman, 94, died Tuesday, July 11, 2006 in Bluebonnet Nursing Home,
Albany. Services are 10 a.m. Friday, July 14, 2006 at Friendship Baptist Church with Rev. Bruce
Stovall officiating. Burial will follow in Albany Cemetery, directed by Godfrey-Neese Funeral
Home.
Irene was born August 28, 1911 in Chicago, IL. She married Harold H. Wagman on August 3,
1935 in Chicago; he preceded her in death in 1999. She was a homemaker and a bookkeeper for
Harris's Department Store in California. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by: two brothers, Willard Munch and Johnny Munch.
Irene is survived by: one son, Richard H. Wagman and wife Mollie of Albany; three
grandchildren, Kathryn Jordan and husband Cody of Stephenville, Ron Wagman and wife Robin
of Breckenridge, and Mindy Underwood and husband Doug of Albany; seven greatgrandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Geraldine Munch of Joliet, IL.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Big Country Hospice or the Abilene Animal
Shelter and left at Godfrey-Neese Funeral Home.
GODFREY-NEESE FUNERAL HOME / ALBANY, TEXAS
Robert A. Davis Jr.
RANGER — Robert A. Davis Jr., 80, of Ranger passed away on Tuesday July 11, 2006 at a
Lewisville Nursing Home. Services will be 1 PM Friday July 14, 2006 in Mesquite & Rusk St.
Church of Christ with Ken Evans and Stan Harvey officiating. Burial will be in the Merriman
Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Ranger, Texas. The family will
receive friends from 6-8 PM on Thursday.
Mr. Davis was born on March 5, 1926 in Burlington, Vermont to Robert A. Sr. and Ethel (Carl)
Davis. He was a graduate of Springfield High School in Springfield Vermont. Mr. Davis
attended Vermont Technical School. Robert married Opal Sparkman on February 27, 1950 in
Roswell, New Mexico and she preceded him in death on October 15, 1996. He was a member of
Masonic Lodge AF & AM #738 in Ranger, a co-member of Masonic Lodge AF & AM # 546 in
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Order of the Eastern Star and Scottish Rite in Oklahoma, as well as
A.A.R.P. He worked as a pressman, printing newspapers for 24 years and also as a truck driver
for 12 years. Robert enjoyed his gun collection and reloading guns. He was a member of the
Mesquite & Rusk St. Church of Christ. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and
two brothers.
Mr. Davis is survived by: his sons, Walter Davis of Newcastle, Oklahoma and Robert E. Davis
of Cisco; a daughter, Shirley D. Knepp of The Colony; six grandchildren and eight greatgrandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
EDWARDS FUNERAL HOME / RANGER, TEXAS
Jeff N. Wilson 1974 — 2006 Jeff N. Wilson was born in Abilene on March 4, 1974.
Jeff lived every moment to the fullest, these were his words:
"You only get one shot at this life. Don't waste it. It could be gone any day. Travel. Blow some
money. Go see some music, make some music, kiss someone on the mouth (preferably someone
who won't sue you). Read a book. Write a book. Whatever. Just don't take life for granted. No
one lies on their death bed wishing they had spent more time at the office."
He graduated from Cleburne High in 1992, received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from
Baylor University in 1997 and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas
Law School in May of 2000. Jeff married the love of his life, Mandy in 2001 and soon added to
their family Max and Lucy their two dachshunds. Jeff began his legal career as a prosecutor for
the Travis County Attorney. He enjoyed his work most recently as a criminal defense attorney
with the Law Office of Joseph A. Turner, PC.
Jeff had more energy and enthusiasm than most could imagine. He was a devoted and loyal
husband, brother, son and friend. Jeff loved being outdoors, especially fishing on the Pedernales,
working in the garden and on home projects, and tending the pond he was so proud of. Jeff, an
avid music fan, and Mandy spent their time together listening to music, going to concerts,
swimming at Barton Springs, traveling, watching movies, and spending time with their friends
and family.
Jeff went peacefully on July 10, 2006. He is survived by wife Mandy, parents Don and Jajuan
Wilson of Buda, sister Diana and husband Ryan of California, and grandmothers Sue Wilson and
Fay Rister.
A celebration of Jeff's life will be held at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden at 6 pm Friday, July 14,
2006 preceded by a private graveside ceremony.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Amanda Wilson c/o Jeff Wilson Memorial
Account, 1504 West Avenue, Austin, TX 78701.
Obituary and guestbook online at www.wcfish.com
Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home / 3125 N. Lamar, Austin, TX 78705 / (512) 452-8811
Death Notices 07.13.06 and 07.14.06 July 14, 2006
Robert 'Bob' Bennie
CISCO - Robert ''Bob'' Bennie, 70, died Wednesday, July 12, 2006. Graveside services are 10
a.m. Saturday in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at Kimbrough Funeral
Home.
Charlie W. Cass
COMANCHE - Charlie W. Cass, 81, died Thursday, July 13, 2006. Services are pending with
Heartland Funeral and Cremation Services, Early.
Alva G. Ferguson
CORSICANA - Alva G. Ferguson, 84, died Wednesday, July 12, 2006. Services are 10 a.m.
Saturday at Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Brownwood with burial following in
Eastlawn Memorial Park. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Larry Joe Garrett
EASTLAND - Larry Joe Garrett, 47, of Ranger, formerly of Eastland, died Wednesday, July 12,
2006. Services are 3 p.m. Saturday at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel.
Joyce Greer
BROWNWOOD - Joyce Greer, 93, died Thursday, July 13, 2006. Services are 2 p.m. Monday at
Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel, with burial following in Eastlawn Memorial Park.
Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Adell Hill
Adell Hill, 82, died Tuesday, July 11, 2006. Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Galilee Baptist
Church, with burial following in Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m.
Sunday at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Annie Belle Honeycutt
EASTLAND - Annie Belle Honeycutt, 83, died Wednesday, July 12, 2006. Graveside services
are 10 a.m. Saturday in Merriman Cemetery, directed by Summers-Bakker Funeral Home.
Ellihue 'Possom' Magers
BIG SPRING - Ellihue ''Possom'' Magers, 83, died Friday, July 7, 2006. Services are 2 p.m.
today at Myers & Smith Funeral Home Chapel, with burial following in Trinity Memorial Park.
Ray McKinnon
ELBOW - Ray McKinnon, 86, died Monday, July 10, 2006. Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at
Myers & Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Big Spring, with burial following in Trinity Memorial
Park, Big Spring. Visitation is 8 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Geneva McKnight
SNYDER - Geneva McKnight, 74, died Tuesday, July 11, 2006 Services are 10 a.m. Monday at
Wright Colonial Funeral Home Chapel, with burial following in Hillside Memorial Gardens.
Visitation is 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Donald Rae McMakin
LAKE BROWNWOOD - Donald Rae McMakin, 66, died Thursday, July 13, 2006. Graveside
services are 2 p.m. Saturday in Eastlawn Memorial Park, directed by Heartland Funeral &
Cremation Services, Early.
Oma B. Mosley
DENTON - Oma B. Mosley, 84, formerly of Cisco, died Tuesday, July 12, 2006. Services are 1
p.m. Saturday at New Life Tabernacle, Cisco, with burial following in Oakwood Cemetery,
directed by Kimbrough Funeral Home, Cisco.
John David Roys Sr.
CLYDE - John David Roys Sr., 81, died Tuesday, July 11, 2006. Services are pending with
Bailey Funeral Home.
W.A. 'Steve' Stevens
COLEMAN - W.A. ''Steve'' Stevens, 82, died Wednesday, July 12, 2006. Services are 2 p.m.
today at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel, with burial following in Coleman City Cemetery.
Marshall Wendal Tomlinson
Marshall Wendal Tomlinson, 52, died Wednesday, July 12, 2006. Services are pending with
Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory St.
W.S. 'Sam' Tomlinson
SANTA ANNA - W.S. ''Sam'' Tomlinson, 65, died Thursday, July 13, 2006. Services are
pending with Netherton Funeral Home, Brownwood.
Madge Marie Thompson
CLYDE -Madge Marie Thompson, 93, died Tuesday, July 11, 2006. Services are 2 p.m. today at
Bailey Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside services are 1 p.m. Saturday in Rock Cemetery, Duke,
Okla.
Cecil Lewis Woods
EARLY - Cecil Lewis Woods, 87, died Wednesday, July 12, 2006. Memorial service is 7 p.m.
Saturday at Heartland Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation is 6 to 7 p.m. before the service.
Eunice Rudman Woods
Eunice Rudman Woods died Tuesday, July 11, 2006. Graveside services are 2 p.m. today in
Elmwood Memorial Park directed by Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Highwat 277 South.
Visitation is 10 a.m. until service time today.
Obituaries 07.14.06 July 14, 2006
Ann R. Browder
GORDON — Ann R. Browder, 96, life long resident of Gordon passed away on Wednesday July
12, 2006 at a Stephenville nursing home. Services will be 10 AM Saturday July 15, 2006 at
Gordon First United Methodist Church. Rev. Gene Ratcliff and Rev. J. W. Miller will officiate.
Burial will be in New Gordon Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in
Strawn, Texas. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 7 to 8:30 PM
and the family request memorials be made to your favorite charity.
Mrs. Browder was born on April 21, 1910 in Thurber, Texas to Joseph and Mary (Vlah) Tiblets.
She was a graduate of Mingus High School. She married Edward Gallaway Browder on May 11,
1935 in Ranger, Texas and Ed preceded her in death on December 19, 1991. Mrs. Browder was a
member of the Order of The Eastern Star Chapter # 788 of Gordon for over 60 years. She was a
member of the First United Methodist Church in Gordon. Ann enjoyed taking care of her cattle.
Mrs. Browder is survived by: a sister-in-law, Willie Tiblets of Mingus; six nephews, Joe and
Michael Bertino, James, Billy, Charles, Larry Tiblets, and Eugene Browder; three nieces, Mary
Carpenter, Hazel Stringer, and Sue Wynn; numerous grandnieces and nephews and many
friends.
EDWARDS FUNERAL HOME / STRAWN, TEXAS
Annie Myrtle Wetsel
EASTLAND — Annie Myrtle Wetsel, 91, passed away in Abilene on July 11, 2006. Funeral
services will be held at 4pm on Saturday, July 15, 2006 in the Summers-Bakker Funeral Home
Chapel. Interment will follow at Eastland Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Wright officiating. Open
visitation will be held at the funeral home Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM.
Annie was born March 7, 1915 in Stamford, Texas to Mr. and Mrs. William Haff. She worked
for many years in the soil conservation office in Eastland doing clerical work until her
retirement. She later married Arlee Wetsel in June of 1975. She was a member of the Daugherty
Street Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents, all her siblings, and both her sons, Buddy Aaron and
Edwin Aaron. She is survived by her husband of over 31 years, Arlee Wetsel of Abilene and
numerous friends and relatives. Special thanks to her daughter-in-law, Melba Aaron of Eastland,
for her support.
SUMMERS — BAKKER FUNERAL HOME / EASTLAND, TEXAS
Charles A. Pikes
Charles A. Pikes, 59, passed from this life Sunday, July 9, 2006 in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Funeral services will be Sunday July 16, 2006 at 6:30 pm at Redemptive Life Fellowship 2101
North Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida 33407 where his brother-in-law Bishop
Harold Ray and sister Pastor Brenda Ray are pastors. Interment will be Monday, July 17, 2006 at
10:00 am in the Royal Palm Cemetery, West Palm Beach, FL.
Charles Anthony Pikes was born October 1, 1946 as the third of five siblings born to the union of
Raymond and Willie Pikes of Abilene, Texas. He graduated from Carter G. Woodson High
School and later completed his B.A. in music from the University of Texas, Ft Worth. For many
years he was minister of music for Mt. Pisgah Baptist for many years. He traveled the world as a
gospel artist, composer and producer.
He is survived by his mother, Willie Curtis of Abilene, Texas; six sisters, Fern Miles and Brenda
(Harold) Ray of West Palm beach, Florida; Dorothy (Willie) Clough of Marshall, Texas; Cynthia
(Dan) Christian, Jackie Pikes Perkins and Frances Pikes, all of Dallas, Texas, one brother,
Raymond Pikes III of Dallas, Texas and a host of nieces, nephews, family and
friends.
Flowers may be sent to Royal Palm Funeral Home, 5601 Greenwood Avenue, West Palm Beach,
Florida. The "Charles Pikes Memorial Scholarship Fund" has been established for the
Redemptive Life Academy to benefit students enrolled in the Fine Arts program. Please make
checks payable to the "Charles Pikes Memorial Scholarship Fund".
Nevaeh Analysa Carrillo Daniels
Nevaeh Analysa Carrillo Daniels, 4 month old daughter of Blanca Carrillo and Brack Daniels,
died Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at a local hospital. A rosary will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, July
15 in the Elliott-Hamil Chapel of Faith, 5701 Hwy 277 South, followed by graveside services at
10 a.m. in the Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542
Hickory.
Nevaeh was born February 17, 2006 in Abilene. Besides her parents, Blanca and Brack, she is
survived by grandmother, Rosemary Carmona, grandfather, Richard Daniels, great-grandparents,
David Carrillo, Rosa Martinez, and Daughtery Daniels, several aunts, uncles, great-aunts and
uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her uncle, Sone Lopez.
Brandon Caleb Martinez
Brandon Martinez, infant son of Edward and Samantha (Hummel) Martinez, passed away on
July 13, 2006. Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 15 at Elmwood
Memorial Park under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Barbara Jean Fleming Smith
Barbara Jean Smith, 76, of Abilene, went to her Home with the Lord on July 12, 2006. Visitation
will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo
Gap Road. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Saturday at the University Church of Christ,
with Wally Bullington and Derrick Bam officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood Memorial
Park.
Barbara was born on November 3, 1929 in Roswell, New Mexico to Arthur M. Fleming and
Ellon Hare Fleming. She graduated from Roswell High School. Barbara married the "love of her
life", Don Smith, on August 28, 1948 in Sedona, Arizona. Don preceded her in death in May of
2002.
Her bookkeeping career began at Western Chevrolet with H.S. Higginbotham. After she had
children, she kept used car dealers' books at her home. She was Office Manager for Manly
Pontiac and Jobe Pontiac. In 1970, she became Office Manager for Arrow Ford, again working
for the Higginbothams. After several years, she became the Comptroller for Arrow Ford. Barbara
retired in 2005 after 49 years in the car business.
She lovingly took care of her family, always putting her needs last. Barbara was well known for
her homemade ice cream. She made hundreds of gallons of ice cream for her husbands' teams
when he coached at Abilene Christian University.
Mother was a wonderful Christian example to all those around her. She was a member of the
University Church of Christ.
Her surviving family includes: children-Donna Smith Saffel and husband Steve of Abilene,
Terry Smith and wife Tess of Euless, Chuck Smith and wife Myra of East Bend, NC, Becky
Forrest and husband Phil, Dorthie Saunders, Seaton and wife Carolyn, and Vinson and Karla
Higginbotham. Grandchildren: Jim and Brandee Smith Dill, Shannon Smith, Scott and Kelly
Smith Fairman, Kayli Smith, Steven Saffel, Jami Smith, Evy Michelle Saffel, Mitzi Smith,
Derrick Saunders and Julie Herrick, and Todd Forest. Great-grandchildren: Avery Dill, Tate Dill,
Abigail Fairman, Paxton Dill, Morgan Fairman, and Madison Smith. She is also survived by her
brother-in-law Chuck and wife Anne Smith of San Angelo and many cousins, nieces, and
nephews.
Her family "in heart" includes: Ted and Gloria Sitton, Kevin, Shanna, Blake Connor, Daniel,
Mary Grace and Nikki Sherman, Kenneth and Joyce Saffel and family, Vance and Donna Saffel
and family, and Lucille, Caleb, and Colby Ernst.
She was predeceased by: Father, Arthur M. Fleming; Dad and Mother, Alfred and Ellon
Gadberry; brother, Arthur M. Fleming, Jr.; great-grandson, Cooper Dill; nephew, Lee Fleming.
Pallbearers will be: Seaton Higginbotham, Vinson Higginbotham, Kevin Sherman, Marvin
Schrivner, Dale McDonald, Jerry Jones, Don Cobb, Wayne Walton, and Pat Holder.
Honorary pallbearers are: Ted Sitton, K.Y. Owens, Jerry Mullins, Jerry Wilson, Jim Reese, Chris
Thomeson, and all former Cooper and ACU football and track athletes.
There will be a second family section, at the funeral, for Arrow Ford Employees, ACU athletes
and coaches, and the 1950 ACU football team.
We would like to thank the doctors who cared for her, the staff at Hendrick Hospice, the nurses
and staff on Anderson 5 and the nurses and staff of PCU, and the staff of the Dialysis Unit at
Hendricks for the loving care they showed to our Mother.
An expression of love to Seaton and Carolyn Higginbotham and Vinson and Karla
Higginbotham for the special way they have given their love and taken care of our Mother. She
truly considered you her family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Don Smith Memorial Fund, ACU Box 27916,
Abilene, Texas 79699.
Online condolences may be sent to: www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com
Ella Mae Bryant
Ella Mae Bryant, age 91, of Burnet, Texas passed away on July 12, 2006. She was born on
January 3, 1915 in Stamford, Texas the daughter of Reuben and Georgia Ward. Ella enjoyed
sewing for her grandchildren.
She is survived by her two sons and their wives Amos A. and Betty Bryant of Austin, Texas and
Louis L. and Bobbie Bryant of Burnet, Texas; 9 grandchildren and numerous great and greatgreat-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Amos D. Bryant on March 22,
1995 and one son Morris M. Bryant in 1999.
Visitation will be Saturday, July 15, 2006, at 11:00 , at the Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home.
Burial will be Sunday , July 16, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Gap Cemetery in Buffalo Gap,
Texas near Abilene.
Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet, Texas in charge of arrangements 512-756-2222.
CLEMENTS — WILCOX FUNERAL HOME / BURNET, TEXAS
Thessie Mae Sipe Patterson
HAMLIN — Thessie Mae Sipe Patterson, 91, died Wednesday, July 12, 2006, in Hamlin.
Services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 14, 2006, at Adams Funeral Home Chapel with Revs.
Buddy Sipe and James Clawson officiating. Burial will be in Longworth Cemetery, directed by
Adams Funeral Home.
Born July 22, 1914, in Fisher County, Thessie was a daughter of the late Burl Martin and Sally
Ann (Ray) Sipe. She attended school in Longworth and married James Wiley "Pete" Patterson
October 17, 1964, in Hamlin. He preceded her in death in 1995. Thessie was a homemaker and a
Baptist.
One brother and two sisters preceded her in death.
Survivors include one nephew, Buddy Sipe (and wife, Carolyn)of Waco; four nieces, Aileen Teel
of Texaco, NM, Dixie Collum of Brownfield, Joy Newman (and husband, Frank) of Sweetwater,
and Floy Skelton (and husband, Bill) of Abilene; one step-daughter, Belinza Ledesma of
Abilene; and several great nieces and nephews.
ADAMS FUNERAL HOME / HAMLIN, TEXAS
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Obituaries 07.15.06 July 15, 2006
Glenn E. Skipper
Glenn E. Skipper, 85, died Thursday, July 13, 2006 in an Abilene hospital. A graveside service,
with Reverend David Cason officiating, is set for 3:00 p.m., Saturday, July 15, 2006 in Elmwood
Memorial Park under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Glenn was born June 24, 1921 in Callahan County to Thomas M. and Ella Vestal Skipper,
pioneer Taylor County residents. He was a farmer in the Elmdale community most of his life and
served in the Navy during WW II. Glenn married Ettie Hodges on June 3, 1947 in San Angelo,
Texas. He was a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his wife Ettie, on November 16, 1979; an infant son, Tommy Glenn
Skipper; his parents; two brothers, Joseph Allen and Erby A. Skipper; three sisters, Edna Moore
Jonas, Gladys Walker and Iva Jewell Marshall.
Survivors include: a sister, Mamie Ruth "Skip" Horn of Houston; three brothers, Leonard and
Elvis Skipper of Abilene and Bill Skipper of Carlsbad, NM; several nieces and nephews, greatnieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Meals on Wheels Plus, 717
North 10th Street, Abilene, Texas 79601.
Jessie R. Harrison
SAN MARCOS — Jessie R. Harrison, 92, of San Marcos, TX, died on Friday, July 14, 2006,
after a brief illness.
Jess was born in rural Taylor County on January 19, 1914. She married Lewis Harrison in 1939,
and they lived in Abilene until they retired and moved to San Marcos in 1979.
Jess was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis in 1990 and her grandson, Scott Harrison in
1997.
Jess is survived by three sons, Jack Harrison of Kyle, Jim Harrison of San Marcos, and Jon
Harrison of Abilene; two daughters, Jo Jackson of San Angelo, and Jill Bell of Hamlin; eight
grandchildren, Eddie Jackson of Carrollton, Jeffrey Jackson of Tucson, AZ, Seth Harrison of
Corinth, Emily Harrison of Houston, Sarah Harrison of Stephenville, Maggie Curington of
Abilene, David Bell of Sebring, FL, and Luke Harrison of Georgetown; and one sister, Dorothy
Allen of New Mexico.
Visitation will be held at Pennington Funeral Home from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M., Sunday, July
16, 2006. Graveside Services will be conducted at 10:00 A.M., Monday, July 17, 2006, at
Memory Lawn Memorial Park in Martindale, with the Rev. Alvis Cooley officiating.
Pennington Funeral Home / 323 North Comanche Street / San Marcos, TX / (512) 353-4311
Karen Lynn Perkins Daniel
Karen Lynn Perkins Daniel, 44, passed away on Wednesday, July 5th, 2006 in a local hospital. A
memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 16th, 2006 in the chapel of The First
Baptist Church with Chaplain Don Cauble officiating under the direction of Girdner Funeral
Home.
Karen, the daughter of Fred and Ruth Perkins was born on July 17th, 1961 in Sacramento
California. She graduated from Ballinger High School in 1979 and from Brownwood
Commercial College. She was employed for several years as a legal secretary in Brownwood and
had not worked for some time due to illness.
Karen loved her son dearly and was a loving caring person to all. She always put others' feelings
before her own.
She is survived by her parents, Fred and Ruth Perkins of Abilene; son, Brayden Daniel of
Abilene; Braydens father, Blane Daniel of Brownwood; brother, Tom Perkins and wife Mary
San Angelo; and several neices and nephews.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be directed to the Karen Daniel Fund at The
American State Bank account # 5792401 to help with her medical expences.
Girdner Funeral Home / 141 Elm / Abilene, Texas
Death Notices 07.15.06 July 15, 2006
Loyd Mark Allen
Rule - Loyd Mark Allen, 49, of Houston, formerly of Rule, died Saturday, July 8, 2006.
Memorial services are 10 a.m. today at the Rochester Fire Station Hall.
Carl L. Bagley
BROWNWOOD - Carl L. Bagley, 85, died Friday, July 14, 2006. Services are 2:30 p.m. Sunday
at Heartland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Greenleaf Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8
p.m. today at the funeral home.
Dollie Fidler Bills
STEPHENVILLE - Dollie Fidler Bills, 77, died Thursday, July 13, 2006. Services are 2 p.m.
today at Stephenville Funeral Home. Burial will be in West End Cemetery.
Sara Ellen Carthen
COMANCHE - Sara Ellen Carthen, 83, died Friday, July 14, 2006. Services are 6:30 p.m.
Monday at Comanche Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Gardens of Memory Cemetery.
Charlie W. Cass
COMANCHE - Charlie W. Cass, 81, died Thursday, July 13, 2006. Services are 2 p.m. today at
Heartland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.
Martha Ruth Collie
Martha Ruth Collie, 71, died Wednesday, July 12, 2006. Services are pending with Elliott-Hamil
Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Julious 'Jake' Baskem Daniel
SWEETWATER - Julious ''Jake'' Baskem Daniel, 92, died Tuesday, July 11, 2006. Graveside
services are 10 a.m. Tuesday in Palava Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home of
Sweetwater.
Alva Ferguson
CORSICANA - Alva Ferguson, 85, formerly of Brownwood, died Wednesday, July 12, 2006.
Services are 10 a.m. today at Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Eastlawn
Memorial Park Cemetery.
Joyce Greer
BROWNWOOD - Joyce Greer, 93, died Friday, July 14, 2006. Services are 2 p.m. Monday at
Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Eastlawn Memorial Park. Visitation is 4 to 6
p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Geraldine Mae (Woodars) Horton
EASTLAND - Geraldine Mae (Woodars) Horton died Monday, June 26, 2006. Memorial
services are 2 p.m. Sunday in Eastland Cemetery under the direction of Summers-Bakker
Funeral Home.
Margaret Ann Nichols
BIG SPRING - Margaret Ann Nichols, 72, of Midland and formerly of Big Spring, died
Wednesday, July 12, 2006. A private family graveside service will be held in Trinity Memorial
Park under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Angela Kay Phariss
BOWIE - Angela Kay Phariss, 29, died Thursday, July 13, 2006. Graveside services are 3 p.m.
Sunday in Briar Creek Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at White Family Funeral Home.
C.L. 'Put' Putman
C.L. ''Put'' Putman, 82, died Thursday, July 13, 2006. Services are 11 a.m. Monday at ElliottHamil Chapel of Faith, 5701 Highway 277 South. Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Park.
Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Lois Celestia Renfro
Lois Celestia Renfro, 94, formerly of Ballinger, died Friday, July 14, 2006. Graveside services
are 10:30 a.m. Monday in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens Cemetery in San Angelo. Visitation is
6 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger.
Robert F. Roeth
DUBLIN - Robert F. Roeth, 86, died Wednesday, July 12, 2006. Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. today at
Stephenville Funeral Home. Burial will be in Michigan at a later date.
Reuben Rouse
Reuben Rouse, 85, died Friday, July 14, 2006. Services are pending with Elmwood Funeral
Home.
Clifton Scott Stringfellow
Clifton Scott Stringfellow, 84, died Thursday, July 13, 2006. Services are 10 a.m. Monday at
Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
W.S. 'Sam' Tomlinson
SANTA ANNA - W.S. ''Sam'' Tomlinson, 65, died Thursday, July 13, 2006. Services are 2 p.m.
today at Netherton Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Salem Cemetery.
Clara Jane Yarborough
MILLS, Wyo. - Clara Jane Yarborough, 53, formerly of Aspermont, died Sunday, July 9, 2006.
Memorial services will be held in the summer of 2007 in Texas. Newcomer Family Funeral
Home is in charge of arrangements.
Obituaries 07.16.06 July 16, 2006
Adell Hill
Adell Hill, 82, died Tuesday, July 11, 2006, at an Abilene medical center.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 17, 2006, at Galilee Baptist Church with Elder
Samuel Tabor and Reverend Curtis King officiating. Burial will be in Elliott-Hamil Garden of
Memories Cemetery, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. The family will
receive friends at a visitation 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Adell was born February 7, 1924 to Lillie Belle (Stephenson) and Moses Hill in Spur, Texas. She
was employed as a housekeeper, working for Dr. and Mrs. L. J. Webster, Mayor Fogler, Don and
Barbara McAlister and their mother, George C. Spann and family, Lena B. Taylor, and Jack
Henry Fulwiler for over 30 years each, and JoAnn and Louie Bob Davis for 10 years.
Adell was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Joe Bell and Eli Hamilton; two
brothers, Thomas Flake and Roy Chester Hill; and two sisters, Estelle Hill and Clara Chapman.
Survivors include two sons, Roy Hill and wife, Eddie Faye, of Abilene and Gary Hill of
Colorado City, Texas; a daughter, Laveta King and husband, Curtis, of Abilene; six
grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
C. L. "Put" Putman
C. L. "Put" Putman, 82, died Thursday, July 13, 2006, at an Abilene medical center.
The son of Emma Dora (Snyder) and Chester Henry Putman, he was born on November 16,
1923, in Syracuse, New York, and attended high school in South Onondaga, NY, and college at
New York State in Plattsburg, NY.
Put retired from the United States Air Force after a 24-year career in the military, ten years of
which he was at Dyess AFB. He moved to Abilene in November, 1967 from Plattsburg AFB in
New York. He also was employed by West Texas Medical Center and Humana Hospitals for 17
years working in security.
He was a member of the Methodist Church, V.F.W. Post 2012 in Abilene, and Humana Seniors.
He will meet in Heaven his parents, two brothers, Chet and Jim, and a son-in-law, Jeff Giles,
whom he was extremely proud of as a USAF pilot.
Survivors include two daughters, Lorraine "Ms. Pete" Giles and her fiancé, Jody Kelley, and
Wendy Densman and husband, Clifford, all of Dudley; granddaughters, Brittany Densman and
Chelsey Densman; and former wife, Peg Putman. He is also survived by two brothers, Rex
Putman of Robert Lee and Skip Putman of Sodus Center, NY, two sisters, Betty J. Jordan and Sis
Norris both of Marcellus, NY, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was proud to serve his country in the Marines and Air Force. He was a veteran of the Pacific
Theater during World War II, Korean Conflict, and Vietnam War, but our fondest and most
precious memories will be of him just being our Daddy. No matter what, we could always count
on Daddy. Family, friends and a great restaurant were his joys of life.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Faith, 5701
Hwy 277 South, with Chaplain Chris Allen officiating. Graveside rites with full military honors
will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. today at
the funeral home.
Special love and thanks are expressed to Sears Methodist Assisted Living "girls" and our angels
at Hendrick Hospice who blessed our journey.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 209 So. Danville, Suite B-107, Abilene,
TX 79605, or Hendrick Hospice Care, P.O. Box 1922, Abilene, TX 79604.
E. M. "Manford" Hardegree
COLORADO CITY — Mr. E. M. "Manford" Hardegree, age 82, of Colorado City, died
Saturday morning in a local hospital. Graveside services will be at 10 AM Monday in the Dorn
Cemetery with Royce Clay officiating, Arrangements are being handled by Kiker — Seale
Funeral Home.
Mr. Hardegree was born December 30, 1923 in Winters, Texas to Kyle and Austa Knight
Hardegree and had been a Mitchell County resident since 1931. He married Marjorie Plaster on
August 5, 1943 in Colorado City. She preceded him in death on September 23, 2002. He was in
the farming and ranching business for many years and was a US Army infantry veteran of WW
II serving in the European Theater. He was also a member of the 22nd & Austin Sts. Church of
Christ.
He is survived by a son, George (and wife, Tammy) Hardegree of Colorado City; 3
grandchildren: Kalynn; Kynzie and Kyler, all of Colorado City; a sister, Reba Chesney of Grand
Prairie; a brother, Weldon (and wife, Verta) Hardegree of Colorado City and several nieces and
nephews.
He is also preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Dudley Chesney.
The family will receive friends 4-5:30 PM Sunday at the funeral home.
KIKER — SEALE FUNERAL HOME / COLORADO CITY, TEXAS
John D Hall
GLEN ROSE — John D Hall, 60, a realtor, teamed up with the Lord Thursday, July 13, 2006,
and is free to ride the range.
Funeral: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in Greenwood Chapel. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park.
Reception following service at Rivercrest Country Club. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at
Greenwood Funeral Home.
John D. Hall was born March 6, 1946, to Jack and Marjorie Hall. He attended Paschal High and
graduated from Texas Tech University, where he was in the Rodeo Club, with a degree in
Agricultural Business. He was a member of University Christian Church, the Petroleum Club,
and Glen Garden Country Club. He loved the Western way of life. He was a longtime employee
of M L Leddy's Boot and Saddlery in Fort Worth and San Angelo. He had oil and gas, cattle, and
real estate interests throughout West Texas. He was an avid golfer. He behaved in the old time
way, and lived by a high moral code. His many friends will miss him.
He was preceded in death by parents; uncle and aunt, Flem and Lucille Hall.
Survivors: Family friends, Tommy Houston and wife, Marilyn and their daughters, Emily and
Amy, Susan Irvin, Steve Williams and wife, Bunny and their daughters, Jennifer and Karen.
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Reuben Rouse
Reuben Rouse, longtime resident and homebuilder of Abilene went home to be with his Lord and
Savior and his beloved wife Millie on Friday, July 14, 2006.
Reuben was born November 29, 1920 in Owensboro, KY to William and Cova Rouse. He grew
up on a tobacco farm with 17 brothers and sisters. Daddy loved to tell embellished stories of his
"Old Kentucky Home," in which seemingly all of them happened at the age of 16. He joined the
Army during World War II and was stationed at Camp Barkley in Abilene, where he met the
love of his life Millie Lawson. They married on August 16, 1946 and celebrated 50 years
together in 1996. During the war, he was a medic and guarded prisoners of war.
"Albert," or "Catfish" as he was often called by family and friends, was quite the character. He
loved to tell stories of the war and you would think from the stories he told that he single
handedly won the war ... all from Camp Barkley.
Daddy stayed in Texas following the war to begin his career as a homebuilder. His first jobs
were with Helen McMurray and Raymond Thomason, Sr. He later became an independent
contractor and over the next 47 years he built thousands of homes in the city of Abilene. He was
especially proud of building the President's Home at Hardin-Simmons University, Bacacita
Farms, and First Baptist Church of Merkel, TX. Until the day of his passing, Daddy could drive
friends through Abilene and point out every home he ever built. His most enjoyable time was
when his son Mike became his partner and the business took on the name of Rouse and Son. His
favorite saying was "This is a Rouse built house!" A Rouse built house was of the highest
standards and quality in craftsmanship throughout.
Daddy was a Past-President of the Abilene Homebuilders Association and was named Home
Builder of the Year in 1974. He later received the Raymond Thomason, Sr. Award. Reuben and
Millie were charter members of Belmont Baptist Church where he was ordained as a deacon. In
later years, they joined Pioneer Drive Baptist Church where they served faithfully. While
members of Pioneer Drive, Daddy and Mother gave the original land to build Beltway Park
Baptist Church, where they again served as charter members of a new church. They later joined
Wylie Baptist Church where he was a member and deacon until the present. In 1997, Mother and
Daddy were named Laypersons of the Year by the Abilene Baptist Association for all their years
of service in the Baptist community.
Reuben was a loving and caring Daddy, Granddaddy and Great-Granddaddy. The greatest joys
of his life were his great — grandbabies, Cutter and Chassiti. He lived for the days when they
would come to see him.
Reuben is survived by his daughter, Lynn and her husband, Wayne Oglesby of Abilene; his son,
Mike Rouse and wife, Kim of San Diego, CA; grandchildren, Rusty Oglesby and wife Treci,
Dusty Oglesby, Ryan Rouse and wife Shay, and Lacy Rouse; great — grandchildren, Cutter and
Chassiti Oglesby. Two sisters also survive him, Grace King of Abilene and Mary Brown of
Owensboro, KY.
The funeral will be held Monday July 17th at 2:00 p.m. at Wylie Baptist Church with son-in-law
Wayne Oglesby officiating, assisted by Lee Fuller, Jack Ridlehoover and Clyde Kieschnick.
Visitation will be Sunday from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Elmwood Funeral Home on Highway 277.
Clifton Scott Stringfellow
Our loving and devoted father, grandfather and great grandfather died on Thursday, July 13th,
2006 at the age of 84.
Clifton Scott Stringfellow was born November 17, 1921 in Ashland, Alabama to James Scott and
Martha Brown Stringfellow. He moved to Texas at age 4 settling in the Rowden Community. He
attended schools in Baird, Sweetwater, and Ranger. He also attended Ranger Jr. College and
served in the Marine Corp during World War lI.
He married Glenda Boren in 1956 and on August 18th they would have celebrated their 50th
golden wedding anniversary. Clifton worked for many years as a representative of several
brokerage companies. From 1966 to 1973 they owned and operated their own grocery store and
in 1984 they founded Grumpe's Specialties in Baird, Texas which they operated until their
retirement in 1997.
He was instrumental in the Baird community, serving on the Chamber of Commerce and getting
Baird named "Antiques Capital of West Texas." In 1993 he received the Howard Farmer
Citizenship Award.
He is survived by his wife, Glenda; two daughters Judy (Mrs. Bill Lawrence) of Dallas and
Vickie Brown (Bill Earth) of Abilene and five grandchildren, Julie (Mrs. Gil Montes), Jason
Edwards, and wife Angie, Scott Edwards of Abilene, Hunter Lawrence, Austin Lawrence, and
wife Dana of Dallas, and a sister, Maxine (Mrs. Mace Coleman) of Canton, Texas. He was
devoted to his five great grandchildren all of Abilene Georgia, Gracie and Isaac Montes, Ashlee
Aguirre and Hayden Edwards. But his most precious and loved companion was his little dog Ms.
Tootie.
He was a member, trustee and treasurer of Abilene Baptist Church and volunteered at Meals On
Wheels for many years.
Visitation will be Sunday, July 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. and funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. on
Monday, July 17 at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Hwy 277 South, Abilene, Texas.
Donations can be made to Meals on Wheels or Abilene Baptist Church Building Fund.
Geraldine Malone
Geraldine Malone, 73, of Abilene, passed away on Friday, July 14, 2006. The family will receive
friends during a visitation from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 2006 at The Hamil Family
Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road. Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm on Monday at The
Hamil Family Funeral Home Chapel, with Leroy Mason officiating. Burial will follow in
Elmwood Memorial Park.
Geraldine was born on May 16, 1933 in Breckenridge, Texas to Floyd Lee Boyd, Sr. and Jennie
Opal (Flippo) Boyd. She sold Real Estate for John Beall and Jimmy Partin Real Estate
Companies in Abilene. She also worked at the American Red Cross and as a Title Clerk for Fred
Hughes Buick before retiring eight years ago. Mrs. Malone was a member of Elmwood West
United Methodist Church.
Geraldine was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister and grandmother. Her joy in life was
spending time with her family. She loved cooking for her family and playing with her greatgrandchildren. She also loved sports and was a dedicated fan of her son, granddaughters, and
great-grandchildren. She never missed a game.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Emmett Boyd. Geraldine is survived
by her husband, Omer Dee Malone of Abilene; her son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Jane
Malone of Abilene; one brother, Floyd Boyd of Coleman; four sisters, Ruby Corey, Mary Wise
and her husband Buddy, Vondell Gillespie and her husband Clyde, and Betty Morris, all of
Abilene; three granddaughters, Jennifer McDaniel and her husband Russell of Abilene, Jill
Pearson and her husband Wes of Midland, and Jaime Malone of Ft. Worth; three greatgrandchildren, Jaxon and Jaden McDaniel of Abilene, and Blakely Pearson of Midland, and
several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made in honor of Geraldine to the American Red Cross, Big Country
Regional Chapter, 1610 North 2nd St., Abilene, TX 79601 or the donor's favorite charity.
Online condolences may be made to: www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
Death Notices 07.16.06 July 16, 2006
(Sara) Ellen Carthen
COMANCHE - (Sara) Ellen Carthen, 83, died Friday, July 14, 2006. Services are 6:30 p.m.
Monday at Comanche Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Gardens of Memory Cemetery in
Comanche County.
Martha Ruth Collie
Martha Ruth Collie, 71, died Wednesday, July 12, 2006. Graveside services are 2 p.m. Monday
in Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories Cemetery, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542
Hickory.
Helen Sherian 'Sherry' Harper
BEDFORD - Helen Sherian ''Sherry'' Harper died Saturday, July 15, 2006. Graveside services
are 2 p.m. Monday in West End Cemetery. Visitation is 7 to 9 p.m. today at Lacy Funeral Home.
J.W. Holt
STANTON - J.W. Holt, 71, died Friday, July 14, 2006. Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle
& Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Bill H. Kelley
DUBLIN - Bill H. Kelley, 74, died Wednesday, July 12, 2006. Graveside services are 10 a.m.
Tuesday in Cow Creek Cemetery in Erath County. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at
Stephenville Funeral Home.
Rita Faye Martin
Rita Faye Martin, 64, died Saturday, July 15, 2006. Chapel services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at
Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Highway 277 South. Burial will follow in Elliott-Hamil
Garden of Memories. Visitation is 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Community Memorial Funeral Home,
1443 N. 2nd St.
James Bryan Powell
STAMFORD - James Bryan Powell, 30, died Saturday, July 15, 2006. Services are pending with
Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home in Stamford.
Marshall Wendal Tomlinson
Marshall Wendal Tomlinson, 52, died Wednesday, July 12, 2006. Graveside services are 9 a.m.
Tuesday in Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701
Highway 277 South.
Destiny Williams
Destiny Williams, infant, died Friday, July 14, 2006. Arrangements are pending with ElliottHamil Funeral Homes.
James C. Wolf
COLEMAN - James C. Wolf, 81, died Thursday, July 13, 2006. Services are 10 a.m. Monday in
Coleman City Cemetery Pavilion. Burial will follow, under the direction of Walker Funeral
Home.
Obituaries 07.17.06 July 17, 2006
John D Hall
GLEN ROSE — John D Hall, 60, a realtor, teamed up with the Lord Thursday, July 13, 2006,
and is free to ride the range.
Funeral: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in Greenwood Chapel. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park.
Reception following service at Rivercrest Country Club. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at
Greenwood Funeral Home.
John D. Hall was born March 6, 1946, to Jack and Marjorie Hall. He attended Paschal High and
graduated from Texas Tech University, where he was in the Rodeo Club, with a degree in
Agricultural Business. He was a member of University Christian Church, the Petroleum Club,
and Glen Garden Country Club. He loved the Western way of life. He was a longtime employee
of M L Leddy's Boot and Saddlery in Fort Worth and San Angelo. He had oil and gas, cattle, and
real estate interests throughout West Texas. He was an avid golfer. He behaved in the old time
way, and lived by a high moral code. His many friends will miss him.
He was preceded in death by parents; uncle and aunt, Flem and Lucille Hall.
Survivors: Family friends, Tommy Houston and wife, Marilyn and their daughters, Emily and
Amy, Susan Irvin, Steve Williams and wife, Bunny and their daughters, Jennifer and Karen.
Greenwood Funeral Home, 3100 White Settlement Rd., Fort Worth, Texas 76107, 817-336-0584
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Michael Lee Johnson
PINE BLUFF — Michael Lee Johnson, born October 2, 1975 in Alabaster, Alabama, died July
14, 2006.
Michael was preceded in death by his father, Tommy Hughes, October 1999, from New Mexico.
Michael married his bride, Karen Johnson in Abilene, Texas, November 6, 2000. They have two
children, Jacob, age 10 and Katelynd, age 4. Michael and Karen were high school sweethearts.
Other survivors are his mother, Dolores Richards and step father, Mike Richards of Abilene,
Texas; brothers, T. J. Hughes of Idaho and David Hughes of Indiana; sister, Shannon Johnson of
Abilene; grandfather, John Compstock of California, now of Texas. Also loved by parents-inlaw, Michael Ryman and Janice Ryman of Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
Michael loved school and was to attend college this fall seeking a degree in criminal justice.
While attending Abilene High School he was in ROTC flight B, receiving the Gold Valor
Award. He was in the Civil Air Patrol for United States Airforce Auxiliary and played First
Chair Cello in the orchestra winning an award for solo ensemble and University Interscholastic
League.
Michael was unselfish, always willing and ready to give help when called upon. He would pull
people out of dangerous situations during ice storms and would offer sad looking people
(walking) a ride and would buy food and feed the hungry. Always generous with his life.
Michael was content at being a family man.
A husband always planning exciting get away weekends with his bride.
A father who played ball, chase, water fights, combing long hair, reading to his family.
Cooking was a joy he shared with family and all who would Join him.
He was an easy person to love. He was happy. He was a poetic fighter gifted with word... here is
one fight he won:
Oceans of time have passed it seems, Since I first laid eyes on the bride of my dreams.
Seventeen years have gone by since that day, I'm at a loss for words; What could I say.
I pray that we'll never be apart for you are the Angel who has stolen my heart.
Since that day I've had but one goal, to Love you from the deepest parts of my soul.
I love you, Michael
Michael had taken a great interest in seeking God. He streamed live brother Donny Reagan,
Happy Valley Church of Jesus Christ at Happy Valley, Tennessee.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday at Essex Funeral Home, DeWitt, Arkansas with
burial at Bayou Meto Cemetery. Visitation is 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday at the funeral home.
ESSEX FUNERAL HOME, DeWITT, ARKANSAS, 870-946-3104
Rita Faye Martin
Rita Faye Martin, 64, of Abilene, passed away Saturday, July 15, 2006, at a local hospital.
Chapel services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home,
5701 Hwy 277 So., with Rev. Don Cauble officiating, under the direction of Community
Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories. A visitation
will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday at Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N. 2nd St.
Rita was born in Artesia, New Mexico on August 20, 1941, to Johnnie and Velma Mae
(Lanham) Daniels. The family moved to Abilene in 1952; she was a Baptist and a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Roger Martin of Abilene; two sons, George Dallas Dye and wife,
Doddie and Joe Riley Dye and wife, Margaret, all of Abilene; her mother, Velma Wilson also of
Abilene; sisters, Peggy Cranfield and husband, Don, of Longworth, TX and Helen Hatley of
Kingsland, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father,
Johnnie Daniels and two brothers, Jimmy and Jack Daniels.
"Momma Rita" was loved by all and will be missed dearly.
Barbara June Wallace
ABILENE — Barbara June Wallace, age 71, died Sunday, July 16, 2006 in a local hospital with
her children by her side.
Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 18, 2006 in the Elmwood
Memorial Park Cemetery with Dean Stewart officiating under the direction of Girdner Funeral
Home of Abilene. Family visitation is 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., today at the funeral home.
Mrs. Wallace was born on April 14, 1935 in Marlow Oklaho- ma to Fred and Evia Horner Hupp.
Her family moved to Abilene in 1969. She owned and operated South 14th Auto Supply, was a
past director of the Abilene Food Bank and was a caregiver for many years. She was a member
of the Highland Church of Christ.
Barbara is survived by: her daughters, Glenda Houston and husband Garry, Pamela Goodrich
and husband Tom and chil- dren, and Jessaman, Ben and Jennifer; her son, Steve Wallace and
wife Mendy and children Ty and Katy; Cousin, Johnny Bailey and wife Dena; and Glenda,
Pamela and Steve's father, Glen Wallace, all of Abilene.
"We will miss you sorely but we know you are at peace now in paradise with God. You will be
forever in our memories. All Our Love, Your Children & Grandchildren.
GIRDNER FUNERAL HOME, 141 ELM, ABILENE, TEXAS
Jeff Chancey
ABILENE — Jeff Chancey, 96, died Saturday, July 15, 2006 at his daughter’s home in Hawley.
Services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at Woodlawn Church of Christ with Sessions Hammond and
Geoffrey Ritchter officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Park, directed by Starbuck
Funeral Home of Merkel. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday night at the funeral
home.
Jeff was born July 3, 1910 in Jones County to Hamilton Randolph and Elizabeth Cash
Whitescarver Chancey. He married Neva Ely on January 20, 1933 in Abilene. Jeff grew up in the
Compere Community, attended school there and later served on the school board. He graduated
from Merkel High School. Jeff was a member of the Woodlawn Church of Christ. He was a
farmer and worked road construction for 25 years. He was sanitation supervisor for the City of
Wichita Falls from 1961-1975. Jeff was a member of the Travel Club and loved to travel with his
camper.
Survivors include his wife, Neva Chancey of Abilene; 2 daughters, Betty Hammond and husband
Sessions of Hawley, Kay Chancey of Los Angeles, CA; a brother, H. R. Chancey of Abilene; 2
sisters, Oma Reece of Seagoville, Jewel Jennings and husband J. W. of Abilene; 8 grandchildren
and 6 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Jeff Ely Chancey and 4 brothers, Albert, Paul, Ed
and Clyde.
Memorials may be made to Hendrick Hospice Care, P. O. Box 1922, Abilene, TX 79604 or to
Woodlawn Church of Christ, 3185 N. 10th, Abilene, TX 79603.
STARBUCK FUNERAL HOME / MERKEL, TEXAS
James Bryan Powell
STAMFORD -James Bryan Powell, 30, of Granbury, formerly of Stamford, died Saturday, July
15, 2006 in Somervell County.
Funeral services are 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at St. John's United Methodist Church
with Rev. John Erwin officiating. Burial will follow in Spring Creek Cemetery under the
direction of Kinney — Underwood Funeral Home.
Bryan was born August 26, 1975 in Haskell, the son of James Michael and Rhonda Kay Harris
Powell. He graduated from Stamford High School in 1993, and received an Associates Degree in
Electronics Technology from DeVry Institute of Dallas in 1996. He was a member of St. John's
United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, H.J. Powell.
Surviving Bryan are his parents, Mike and Rhonda Powell of Stamford; a sister, Layla Powell of
Granbury; paternal grandmother, Billie Powell of Stamford; maternal grandparents, Jim and Ona
Mae Harris of Colorado City; an uncle, Sam and Fodie Powell of Abilene; numerous aunts,
uncles, cousins; and a very special friend, Kim Willingham of Abilene.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials are made to St. John's United Methodist Church
Building Fund, P.O. Box 1155, Stamford, Texas 79553.
The family will receive visitors from 6-7 p.m. Monday, July 17, 2006 at the funeral home.
Death Notices 07.17.06 July 17, 2006
Dorothy Jane Bragdon
Dorothy Jane Bragdon, 80, died Saturday, July 15, 2006. Chapel services are 4 p.m. Wednesday
at Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N. 2nd St. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the
funeral home.
Roland Doyle 'Buck' Brown
CROSS PLAINS - Roland Doyle ''Buck'' Brown, 76, died Saturday, July 15, 2006. Services are
10 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church. Visitation is 5 to 6 p.m. today at Higginbotham Funeral
Home.
Patricia Ruth 'Pat' Cleveland
Patricia Ruth ''Pat'' Cleveland, 78, died Saturday, July 15, 2006. Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday
at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church. Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Park. Visitation is 6 to 7
p.m. Tuesday at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory St.
Joe Paul Fowler
BRECKENRIDGE - Joe Paul Fowler, 66, died Sunday, July 16, 2006. Services are 10 a.m.
Tuesday at Morehart Mortuary Chapel. Burial will follow in Necessity Cemetery.
J.W. Holt
STANTON - J.W. Holt, 71, died Friday, July 14, 2006. Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at
Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel in Big Spring. Burial will follow in Evergreen
Cemetery in Stanton. Visitation is 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Clairece 'Peg' Giddens Moak
Clairece ''Peg'' Giddens Moak, 94, died Sunday, July 16, 2006. Arrangements are pending with
Elliott-Hamil Funeral Homes.
J.R. Newsom
WINTERS - J. R. Newsom, 71, died Sunday, July 16, 2006. Services are pending with Winters
Funeral Home.
Robert Louis 'Bob' Norton
KNOX CITY - Robert Louis ''Bob'' Norton, 71, died Saturday, July 15, 2006. Services are 10
a.m. Tuesday at O'Brien Baptist Church. Graveside services are 3 p.m. Tuesday in Cross Plains
Cemetery. Visitation is 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Mansell-Smith Funeral Home of Knox City.
Cordelia Oden
SWEETWATER - Cordelia Oden, 76, died Saturday, July 15, 2006. Graveside services are 4
p.m. today in Blackwell Cemetery under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
James Lionel Perry
ROBERT LEE - James Lionel Perry, 80, of Fort Worth, died Thursday, July 13, 2006. Graveside
services are 10 a.m. Tuesday in Robert Lee Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at
Shaffer Funeral Home.
Charlotte 'Rose' Rusk
CISCO - Charlotte 'Rose' Rusk, 44, died Sunday, July 16, 2006. Services are pending with
Summers-Chambers Funeral Home.
Ruby Mae Shelton
SWEETWATER - Ruby Mae Shelton, 93, of Montgomery, Texas, died Saturday, July 15, 2006.
Services are pending with McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater.
Mildred Faye Warren
COAHOMA - Mildred Faye Warren, 91, died Saturday, July 15, 2006. Services are 10 a.m.
Tuesday at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel. Burial will follow in Trinity Memorial
Park.
Obituaries 07.18.06 July 18, 2006
Edith Malone Wheatley
HASKELL — Edith Malone Wheatley, of Haskell, Texas, passed from this life on July 16, 2006
at the age of 83 in Lubbock. Edith was born on December 5, 1922 to Eugene and Daisy (Clark)
Malone in Wylie, Texas. After completing high school she met Robert Glen Wheatley and they
were married Sept. 1940. Edith was a civilian at Pearl Harbor and secretary to the commanding
officer. Edith and Robert made their home in Haskell and owned the C & B Store for many
years. She was very active in PTA, the Haskell Library, Eastern Star, President of Haskell Book
Club and an active member of the Haskell First Baptist Church.
Edith is preceded in death by her parents; husband and one daughter, Meredith Wheatley.
Those left to cherish her memory are one daughter, Robin Shephard and husband, Jack of
Lubbock; one sister, Margie Byars of Garland; two grandchildren, Jim Dulaney of Euless and
Erin Neilan of Lubbock, one neice, Annette Creamean and one nephew, Steven Byars.
Graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 19, 2006 at the Willow Cemetery
in Haskell, Texas. Arrangements are under the personal care of White Funeral Home. To register
or send condolences online, please visit www.whitefuneralhome.com WHITE FUNERAL
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Patricia "Pat" Ruth Cleveland
Patricia "Pat" Ruth Cleveland, 78, died on Saturday, July 15, 2006 in College Station, Texas.
The daughter of Iola and Alfred Green, she was born on May 4, 1928, in Eastland, Texas and
graduated from Eastland High School. She married Martin O. "Buck" Cleveland of Cisco on
May 10, 1947 in Belton, TX, and they lived most of their mar- ried lives in Abilene.
She was employed by Halliburtion and was working for I.A. Parmer when she retired in 1990.
Pat was an excellent home- maker and enjoyed oil painting, sewing and playing golf.
Pat was a member of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church in Abi- lene. A faithful member of her
church, she worked part-time in the church office and helped with meal preparation for special
occasions.
She was preceded in death by her brother, William Green of Eastland, and her parents.
Survivors include her husband, Martin Cleveland; her daugh- ter, Cathy McWhorter; two
grandchildren, Weston and Sara McWhorter and Laura and Mike Greenwald; a greatgranddaugh- ter, Riley Greenwald; and a host of wonderful family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 19th, at Pioneer Drive Baptist
Church with Rev. Stan All- corn and Rev. Jack Ridlehoover officiating. Interment will be in
Elmwood Memorial Park directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. The family will
receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, 701 So. Pioneer Drive, Abilene, TX
79605.
Vernia Mae Anders
STAMFORD, TEXAS — Vernia Mae Anders, 83, of Stamford, passed away on Sunday, July
16, 2006. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday at the Tankersley Funeral Home
Chapel with Rev. James Brigham officiating. Graveside services will be at the Henson Cemetery
in Red Springs at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday. Family will be receiving friends at the funeral home on
Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Vernia Mae was born May 20, 1923 in Loving, Oklahoma to Joseph William and Jewel Victoria
Cheek. She was raised in and around the Seymour area and moved to Stamford in 1962. She
married Roy Howard Henson on October 18, 1940 in Ballinger. He passed away in 1957. She
married Bobby Fay Anders on December 3, 1965 in Fredericksburg, Texas. He passed away in
1998.
She is survived by 3 sons, Franklin Carl Henson of Stamford, Ray Don Henson and wife,
Melissa of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Edward Burl Henson and wife, Beth of Albany,
Texas; 1 daughter, Billie Mae Roche of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; 1 step son, Donny Anders; 1
brother, Gerald Cheek and wife, Wanda of Haskell; and 2 sisters, Billie Jo Vaughan and Juanita
Greene, both of Stamford.
J. R. Newsom
WINTERS — J.R. Newsom, 71, of Winters, died Sunday morning, July 16, 2006 at his
residence.
He was born April 6, 1935 in Chillicothe, Texas and grew up around Paducah and Lovington,
New Mexico. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He settled in Stamford,
Texas and was a Automobile Salesman. He moved to Winters in 1985. He married Pat Smith
Koch on May 7, 2000 in Robert Lee, Texas. While in Winters he owned a used car lot and
brokered deer hunting leases. He was a Methodist and an avid sportsman.
Survivors are his wife: Pat Koch Newsom of Winters; 2 sons, John Paul Newsom and wife,
Renee of Katy, TX and Ronnie Newsom of Albuquerque, N.M.; 1 daughter, Paula Brown of
Plano; 3 step daughters, Tammy McCrory and husband, Mike of Allen, Elaine Andress and
husband, Lee of Abilene, and Heidi Huntsman of Winters; 6 grandchildren, Jesse and Rachel
Newsom, Robert and Brandi McCrory, Shayla Hagger, and Kaitlin Brown; and several great
grandchildren.
Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday in the Winters Funeral Home with Rev. Joe Chamness
officiating. Graveside services will be at 5:00 p.m., in Resthaven Cemetery in Loving- ton, New
Mexico under the direction of the Winters Funeral Home.
WINTERS FUNERAL HOME / WINTERS, TEXAS
John Michael McKeehan
NUEVO LAREDO, MEXICO — Services for John Michael McKeehan, 58, formerly of
Abilene, Texas were conducted in Nuevo Laredo on June 5, 2006 with internment in Nuevo
Laredo, Mexico.
He was born on July 26, 1947 in Gainesville, Texas. Mike was a 1966 graduate of Abilene High
School where he was a member of the Naval Reserves. He entered the U. S. Navy upon
graduation as a Sea Bee. He entered the Regular Navy and served two tours on the ground in
Viet Nam. Mike served on the USS Oriskany in the Tonkin Gulf. He was then assigned to the
USS Forrestal as a F14 Tomcat radar technician and was stationed in the Mediterranean in
support of the 800 Marine Expedition in Beirut, Lebanon. Mike served his country for 24 years
before retiring as a Chief Petty Officer.
He Graduated from Nursing School in Meridian Mississippi as a Registered Nurse and has
worked the last eight years in Regency Hospital in Laredo, Texas. Mr. McKeehan died in San
Jose Hospital in Mexico due to injuries received in an automobile accident in Nuevo Laredo on
June 3, 2006.
He is survived by his loving wife, Maria, of Nuevo Laredo; two daughters, Alondra McKeehan
of Nuevo Laredo, and Rebecca McKeehan of Hattiesburg, Mississippi; two sons, Robert
McKeehan of Abilene, Texas and Sean McKeehan of Hattiesburg, Mississippi; his mother, Betty
Goodman of Kilgore, Texas; his father, John McKeehan of Horatio, Arkansas; a sis- ter, Marcia
Whitmer of Kilgore, Texas; two brothers, Chris McKeehan of Ponchatoula, Louisiana and Mark
McKeehan of Abilene, Texas; six neices and two nephews.
He was loved and will be missed.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, 2801 Antilley Road, Abilene,
Texas 79606.
Death Notices 07.18.06 July 18, 2006
Mozelle Antilley
Mozelle Antilley, 78, died Sunday, July 16, 2006. Services are 10 a.m. Saturday in First Baptist
Church of Abilene, directed by The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Bruce Baugh
AUSTIN - Bruce Baugh, 59, died Monday, July 17, 2006. Services are pending with
Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home of Rotan.
Ruby Owens Keown
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Ruby Owens Keown, formerly of Gordon, died Monday, July 17, 2006.
Services are pending with Edwards Funeral Home in Strawn.
Robert Dale Pies
DE LEON - Robert Dale Pies, 75, died Sunday, July 16, 2006. Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday
at De Leon First United Methodist Church with graveside services at 2 p.m. Friday in Oakwood
Cemetery, Ackley, Iowa. Nowlin Funeral Home of De Leon handled arrangements.
John David Roys Sr.
CLYDE - John David Roys Sr., 81, died Wednesday, July 12, 2006. Memorial services will be
held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Bailey Funeral Home Chapel.
Charlotte 'Rose' Rusk
CISCO - Charlotte ''Rose'' Rusk, 44, died Sunday, July 16, 2006. Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday
in Oakwood Cemetery under the direction of Summers-Chambers Funeral Home.
Zelma Sharp
DESDEMONA - Zelma Sharp, 80, died Monday, July 17, 2006. Services are pending with
Higginbotham Funeral Home in Gorman.
Ruby Mae Shelton
SWEETWATER - Ruby Mae Shelton, 93, died Saturday, July 15, 2006. Graveside services are
10:30 a.m. Thursday in Slater's Chapel Cemetery in Nolan. Visitation is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday at McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater.
Pedro Maltos Trevino Sr.
ASPERMONT - Pedro Maltos Trevino Sr., 57, died Sunday, July 16, 2006. Funeral services are
2 p.m. Wednesday at Central Baptist Church with burial in Aspermont Cemetery under the
direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Bonita J. Wells
BRECKENRIDGE - Bonita J. Wells, 94, died Monday, July 17, 2006. Graveside services are 10
a.m. Wednesday in Breckenridge Cemetery. Visitation is 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at MeltonKitchens Funeral Home.
Obituaries 07.19.06 July 19, 2006
Eric Lee Rodriguez, Jr.
Eric Lee Rodriguez, Jr., infant son of Eric Lee Rodriguez, Sr., and Michelle Mancha, passed
away Monday, July 17, 2006, at a local hospital. A graveside service will be 10:30 a.m.,
Thursday in Babyland at Cedar Hill Cemetery with Father Thomas Manimala officiating. A
visitation will be Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Abilene Funeral Home, 3349 N. 12th
Street.
Survivors include his parents of Abilene; a sister, Arabella Rae of Abilene; grandparents, Joey
Rodriguez of Merkel, Margaret Mancha of Abilene, Randy Mancha of Abilene and Cruz
Rodriguez of Abilene; great grandmothers, Maria Ellena Rodriguez of Abilene and Inez
Gongoria of Sweetwater; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Online condolences may be made at abilenefuneralhome.com.
Eula Aline Sugg
Eula Aline Sugg, 95, of Abilene, passed away on Monday, July 17, 2006 at a local hospital.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 20th, at the Trinity Church of
the Nazarene, with Rev. David Chandler and Rev. Scott Johnston officiating, under the direction
of Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N. 2nd St. A graveside service will follow at 2:00
p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery in Cisco, TX.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19th, at the funeral home.
Eula was born in Cisco, TX, on November 30, 1910, to the late William Edgar and Nannie L.
(Hamlett) Harris. She moved to Abilene from Cisco in 1950. She was a member of the Trinity
Church of the Nazarene and a homemaker.
Survivors include three sons, Glenn Sugg and wife, Tonie, of Ft. Worth, Don Sugg and wife,
Paula, of Grand Prarie, and Clifton Sugg of Abilene; four daughters, Shirley Stearns, Linda Price
and husband, David, JoAnn Hoover and husband, Ron, and Margie Bruce and husband, Rod, all
of Abilene; 22 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, V.F.; a son, J. C. Sugg; two sisters; two
brothers; and a son-in-law, Charlie F. Stearns
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 3302 State St.,
Abilene, TX 79603.
Wanda Holcombe Johnson
ANSON — Wanda Holcombe Johnson, 79, died Tuesday, July 18, 2006, at an Anson hospital.
Graveside services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 20, 2006, at Mount Hope Cemetery with
Sam Johnson officiating, directed by Lawrence-Adams Funeral Home.
Born April 1, 1927 in Haskell County, Wanda was a daughter of the late L. D. and Maye (Furrh)
Holcombe. She graduated from Mattson High School and married Harold Johnson July 23, 1960.
He preceded her in death in 1992. Wanda worked for the Abilene State School for 24 years and
was a Baptist.
Five brothers and one sister preceded her in death.
Survivors include one son, Mike Johnson of Anson; one sister, Elva Mae Thigpen of Aspermont;
and one brother, John Lee Holcombe of Olney.
Mable Ruth-An Karr Welch
ADRIAN, MO — Mable Ruth-An Karr Welch, born on September 13, 1909, died in her 96th
year on Sunday, June 16, 2006 at the Adrian Manor, Adrian Missouri of congestive heart failure.
Her Great-Grandfather, Joseph Howard, helped to settle the western part of Johnson County in
1837.
Mable, later called Grandmother by 7 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, was born at her
parents’ home in Hadsell, south of Pleasant Hill, Missouri in Cass County. She was the daughter
of Grace Howard and Ralph Karr but was raised by a maternal uncle and aunt — Robert Lee and
Maude Mae Howard of Warrensburg, Missouri — from age 10 when her parents both died at the
same time of the flu pandemic in January, 1920. Mable and a younger sister, Myrtle, also had the
flu but survived. Myrtle died in 1956.
Mable attended the old Foster School in Warrensburg and graduated from the Eighth Grade at
the Central Missouri State Teacher’s College Training School after which her Uncle Lee became
President of the Kingsville Bank and moved his family. Mable graduated as Valedictorian of
Kingsville High School in 1927, where she met the young Principal, Vernon Welch — he was 19
and she was 15. After graduation she entered St. Agnes Academy, a Catholic girl’s school in
Kansas City, Missouri and graduated, later working as a secretary and bookkeeper for Sears and
Roebuck. Vernon and Mable married in 1929, the first couple to do so at the YWCA in Kansas
City and moved to Strasburg where Vernon became Supt. of the Strasburg School; thereafter, he
was affectionately known as "Prof". For the young couple, it would start a lifetime spent molding
young lives in Missouri public schools.
The Welch’s moved to Blairstown, Missouri, in 1930 where two daughters, Shirley Mae
(Caldwell) and Ada Ruth (Cotter) were born. In 1944, the family moved to Adrian, Missouri in
Bates County, and Prof Welch headed the schools in Adrian for 27 years. About 1950, Mable
joined V. W., as she called him, in working at Adrian High School, first as a secretary in the
Ag/Shop Building and a few years later as High School Secretary to the Superintendent, school
nurse, and at whatever bookkeeping job or other work needed doing. When she retired at age 62,
she loved to laugh and say, "they hired three girls to replace me". Prof Welch died in 1984 after a
long illness during which Mable was constantly by his bedside. The Welch’s were members of
the Adrian Christian Church.
Mable Welch never lost her love of sports especially football, basketball, and baseball and took
special pride in having the Adrian Blackhawk Football Field named for Vernon W. (Prof) Welch.
Mrs. Welch and her two daughters established and contributed to a special scholarship in Prof’s
name upon his death given to the High School Valedictorian each year at graduation time. At the
time, there were no other private scholarships given and now others have been established.
Mrs. Welch loved to quilt, to fish with Prof, and to visit her daughters in Texas where both girls
lived since finishing Adrian High School and the University of Missouri. Mable was a wonderful cook and her cookies, candy, and cherry pies were a lways a big hit with her family. As a
special blessing, her bright mind stayed intact until the end.
She leaves two daughters Shirley Caldwell and Ada Ruth Cotter, her sons-in-law — Clifton
Caldwell and Jim Cotter; and seven grandchildren — Lisa and Wade Caldwell, Jana and John
Caldwell, and Teena and Ray Caldwell of Texas, and Marilyn Caldwell of New Mexico, and
Anne-Marie and Tom Caldwell of North Dakota; Julie and Jack Carlile, and Darla and Mike
Cotter also of Texas. Ten of her great-grandchildren live in Texas and three in North Dakota —
Lauren Kate, Grace, Frances, Lacy, Terah, Logan, Justis, Christin, Catherine, Courtney,
Caroline, Michael, Sarah, Chad and Chris. Her brother-in-law — Clyde Welch and his wife,
Betty of North Kansas City also survive and many nieces and nephews on the Welch side.
The family requests that remembrances for Mable Welch be in the form of contributions to the
Crescent Hill Cemetery Association, Adrian, Missouri 64720 or the Vernon W. (Prof) Welch
scholarship at the Adrian High School, Adrian Missouri 64720.
Burial was held at the Crescent Hill Cemetery with services led by her Grandson, Pastor Tom
Caldwell of the Hettinger Baptist Church in Hettinger, North Dakota at the Atkinson Funeral
Home in Adrian, Missouri at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18th, 2006.
Death Notices 07.19.06 July 19, 2006
Stewart L. Anderson
BIG SPRING - Stewart L. Anderson, 74, died Monday, July 17, 2006. Services are pending with
Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Bruce Baugh
ROTAN x96 Bruce Baugh, 59, died Monday July 17, 2006. Graveside services will be 10 a.m.,
Friday at Belvieu Cemetery under the direction of Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home. Visitation
will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home.
Daniel Webster Beck
SNYDER x96 Daniel Webster Beck, 77, formerly of Seminole & Denver, died Tuesday, July 18,
2006. Services are 2 p.m., Thursday, at the Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will
be in Hillside Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation is from 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at the
funeral home.
Dorothy Jane Bragdon
Dorothy Jane Bragdon, 80, died Saturday, July 15, 2006. Chapel services are 4 p.m., Wednesday
at Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N. 2nd St. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 to 8
p.m. at the funeral home.
Elfa S. Cantrell
BROWNWOOD - Elfa S. Cantrell, 92, formerly of Big Spring, died Monday, July 17, 2006.
Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Stanley Rex Dickey
EARLY x96 Stanley Rex Dickey, 53, died Tuesday, July 18, 2006. Services are pending with
Heartland Funeral Home & Cremation services.
Roger Nault
ANSON x96 Roger Nault, 50, died Monday, July 17, 2006. Services are pending with LawrenceAdams Funeral Home.
Windy Preston
SWEETWATER x96 Windy Preston, 49, died Monday, July 17, 2006. Memorial services are 2
p.m., Thursday at the McCoy Chapel of Memories.
Zelma Sharp
GORMAN x96 Zelma Sharp, 80, died Monday, July 17, 2006. Services are 2 p.m., Wednesday
at the Higginbotham Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Victor Cemetery.
Robert J. Tiffany
Robert J. Tiffany, 86, died Monday, July 17, 2006. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday,
July 29 at the First Central Presbyterian Church under the direction of Elmwood Funeral Home,
5750 HWY 277 South.
Russell ''Rusty'' Welch
JAYTON - Russell ''Rusty'' Welch, 80, died Sunday, July 16, 2006. Services are 10 a.m.,
Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Jayton. Burial will be in Jayton Cemetery under the
direction of Campbell Funeral Home in Spur.
T. A. Whitesides, Sr.
WESTBROOK x96 T. A. Whitesides, Sr., 65, died Monday, July 17, 2006. Services are 2 p.m.,
Thursday in the Westbrook First Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Westbrook Cemetery
under the direction of Kiker-Seale Funeral Home. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at
the funeral home.
Nazarie Reylanne Marie Williams
SWEETWATER x96 Nazarie Reylanne Marie Williams, infant daughter of Ashley Regalado
and Jerome Williams, died Monday, July 17, 2006. Graveside services are 10 a.m., Wednesday
at the Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Josh Williamson
ABILENE - Josh Williamson, 21, died Sunday, July 16, 2006. Services are 10:30 a.m., Thursday
at Life Church in Big Spring with burial at Mt. Olive Memorial Park. Arrangements are by
Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Obituaries 07.20.06 July 20, 2006
Bruce Perrin Baugh
ROTAN – Bruce Perrin Baugh, 59, died Monday July 17, 2006 in Austin, Texas. Graveside
services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 21, 2006 at Belvieu Cemetery with Rev. Jim Reinbolt
officiating under the direction of Weathersbee — Ray Funeral Home.
Bruce was born November 23, 1946 to Sam and the late Edmonia (Smith) Baugh in Sweetwater.
He graduated from Rotan High School and attended college at Texas A&M and North Texas
State University. Bruce married Judy Deam November 19, 1976 at Austin where he worked
thirty years as a programmer and systems analyst for the state of Texas. He loved sports,
adventure games, golf and visiting different stadiums. Bruce was a member of the First United
Methodist Church. He is preceded in death by his mother (Edmonia Smith Baugh) and a nephew
(Cody White).
Bruce is survived by: his father, Sam Baugh of Rotan; wife, Judy Baugh of Austin; two sons,
Aaron S. Baugh and Nicholas D. Baugh, both of Austin; three brothers, Todd Baugh of Billings,
Montana, David Baugh of Rotan and Stephen Baugh of Midland; and one sister, Frances White
of Lubbock.
Visitation will be 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.
Mozelle Antilley
Mozelle Antilley, 78, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother left to be with
her Lord on Sunday, July 16, 2006.
Mozelle was born in Abilene, Texas on September 26, 1927 to John and Effie Bagby. She
graduated from Abilene High School in 1946. Upon graduation, she married her high school
sweetheart and life-long love, Joe. Mozelle devoted her life to creating a loving home for her
husband and two daughters. In later life, nothing brought her more joy than spending time with
her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Mozelle enjoyed traveling with her family and friends in her early years. In her later years, she
had many wonderful trips with Joe and her camping buddies — Good Sam Travel Group and the
Newmar Traveling Group. She enjoyed reading and had many outlets for her creativity, such as
sewing and painting. She also enjoyed being active in her churches, Elmdale Baptist and First
Baptist Church of Abilene.
Mozelle was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Vivian Kreps of San Antonio,
Texas. Mozelle is survived by her husband, Joe Antilley of Abilene; her daughter, Pamela
Antilley of Abilene; her daughter and son-in-law, Ginger and Don Shahan of Abilene; and her
nephew, Kenneth Kreps of Seattle, Washington. She is also survived by three grandchildren:
Brandon Shahan and his wife, Jennifer of Abilene; Kelli Hill and her husband, Eric of Nashville,
Tennessee; and Ryan Shahan and his wife, Ashley of Abilene; and three great grandchildren,
Ryley and Kaytlyn of Abilene and Noah of Nashville.
The funeral, directed by The Hamil Family Funeral Home, will be held Saturday, July 22, 2006
at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Abilene with Reverend Palmer McCown and
Reverend David Leyerle officiating. Burial will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery on
Highway 277 South.
Memorials may be made in honor of Mozelle to the Hospice of the Big Country, 4601 Hartford
Street, Abilene, TX 79605 or any charity of the donor's choice.
Ronny Kading
COLEMAN — Ronny Kading, 62, of Coleman died Wednesday, July 19, 2006 at his residence.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 22, 2006 at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel,
with Sam Earp officiating, assisted by Dr. Jeffrey Miller. Burial will be in the Coleman City
Cemetery, under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.
Ronny was born March 8, 1944 in Pasadena, Texas, the son of Velma Jean Ray Kading and the
late D. C. (Dick) Kading. He grew up in Coleman, attended school in Coleman and graduated
from Talpa-Centennial High School in 1962. Ronny served in the National Guard for eight years.
For over 25 years, he was a self-employed dairy farmer and was active in ranching his entire life.
He also owned and operated a commercial parakeet operation. He married Lana Earp
Korzenewski on March 9, 1996 in Coleman. After marrying Lana, Ronny was always willing to
help at the funeral home in any way possible. In 2003, he and Lana purchased the Petal Patch
Flower Shop. Ronny was an avid motorcycle rider and spent many enjoyable hours riding with
his motorcycle buddies. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Lana Kading of Coleman; son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Jenny
Kading of Coleman; his mother, Velma Jean Kading of Coleman; sister and brother-in-law,
Nikki and Ed Reynolds of Bastrop; two step-children, Tricia Hayes, and husband Brad, of San
Angelo, Mark Korzenewski of Irving; two grandchildren, Kaeli Kading and Zachary Doyle, both
of Coleman; aunt and uncle, Louise and Jim McCain of Nacogdoches; two cousins, Jane Morris
of Helena, Alaska, Julie Garrison of Nacogdoches; three nieces and one nephew, Brandi New of
Bastrop, Kocoa Higgins of Austin, Ashanti Reynolds of Bastrop and Jeffrey Higgins of Bastrop.
He was preceded in death by his father, D. C. Kading, and his grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. J. E.
Ray and Mr. & Mrs. Frank Kading.
Family visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, July 21, 2006 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be sent to Hospice of the Big Country, 4601 Hartford, Abilene, Texas 79605.
Robert J. "Bob" Tiffany
Robert J. "Bob" Tiffany, 86, died Monday, July 17, 2006 in Abilene. His memorial service with
Dr. Cliff Stewart and the Reverend Janice Six officiating will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday,
JULY 29, 2006 at the First Central Presbyterian Church under the direction of Elmwood Funeral
Home, 5750 HWY 277 South. The family will receive friends in the church foyer immediately
following the service.
Mr. Tiffany was a native of Redwood Falls, Minnesota and attended the University of
Minnesota. He entered the Army-Air Corp in 1941 where he served as an Infantry Officer and
later as a B-24 Bomber pilot in the Pacific theater of WWII. During his tour of duty at Camp
Barkley near Abilene, he met the love of his life, Clarine Marsh and they were married on
January 1, 1943. Both had majored in music and for 38 years sang at countless weddings,
funerals, civic and social events.
Following discharge from the service in 1946, Bob began his career with The Equitable where he
served his clients and his company for 55 years, a number of those years spent in New York as
Vice President of the company. In 1964 he was named Equitable's Outstanding Agent.
Mr. Tiffany was active in countless civic affairs, serving 15 years as a Trustee of Hendrick Home
for Children, as President of Abilene Founder Lions Club, Founding President of the Taylor
County Heart Association, Board Chairman of the Abilene United Way, Co-Chairman of
Abilene's 75th Anniversary, Abilene's Mayor Pro-Tem, a member of the Abilene City Council
and while in New York as Vice President of the New York City USO. In 1964, he was named
Abilene's Outstanding Citizen and was honored by the Salvation Army with the William Booth
Award. Active in his church, he served as an Elder of the Presbyterian Church in both Abilene
and Old Greenwich, Connecticut.
Survivors include two sons, Robert J. Tiffany Jr. and wife Jeannette of Garland, William S.
Tiffany and wife Carlene of Las Colinas; one daughter, Julie T. Walter of Grand Prairie; six
grandchildren, Rob, Ashley, Gary, Bill Jr., David and Jenny; ten great-grandchildren, Nicholas,
Michael, Caroline, Annie, Molly, Ava, Madeline, Laurie, Mark and Elisa; two brothers, Bill
Tiffany and John Tiffany of Redwood Falls, Minnesota.
Mr. Tiffany joins Clarine, his precious wife of 63 years, who preceded him in death this
February.
If desired, memorials may be sent to First Central Presbyterian Church, Hardin-Simmons
University, the Presbyterian Medical Care Mission, Hendrick Home for Children, the Salvation
Army or a charity of choice.
Roger Nault
ANSON — Roger Nault, 50, died Monday, July 17, 2006, at a Lubbock hospital. A celebration
of his life will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 21, 2006, at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Bill
Dickson officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, directed by Lawrence — Adams Funeral
Home.
Born October 30, 1955 in Grandfield, Oklahoma, Roger was a son of Jack Nault and Gladys
(Fielding) Nault. He married Vickie Burns August 30, 1990 in Anson. Roger worked for G & L
Tool Company as a operator.
Survivors include his love of his life, Vickie Nault of Anson; his parents, Jack Nault and Gladys
Nault; children, Kenny and Penny Nault of Denton, Angie and Joseph Mata of Abilene, Luke
Nault of Abilene, and Joshua Coffee of Californis; and three grandchildren.
Josh Williamson
Josh Williamson, 21, of Abilene died Sunday, July 16, 2006, in Abilene. Funeral Services will be
at 10:30 AM Thursday at Life Church in Big Spring with Rev. Craig Felty, pastor of Cornerstone
Church, officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olive Memorial Park.
He was born February 18, 1985, in Plattsburgh, New York to Olga and Willie Williamson. Josh
was a mechanic at Max’s Automotive. He loved working on cars. Josh also loved helping other
people, even strangers, and had planned on being a police officer in order to help his community.
Josh was a life time resident of Abilene.
He is survived by his parents: Kenneth Lee "Willie" Williamson of Abilene and Olga
Williamson of San Antonio; 1 brother: Jason Lennon Williamson of Dallas; 1 sister: Kendra
Nicole Williamson of Dallas; grandparents: Armando and Josepha Salgado of Big Spring;
grandmother: Peggy H. Williamson of Temple; several aunts and uncles: Armando Salgado, Jr.
and his wife Susan, Margie Sumner and her husband Bobby, and Becky Salgado, all of Big
Spring, David A. Williamson of Temple, and Linda Taylor of Troy; cousins: Robert Sumner and
his wife Jovena Sumner and their daughter Joslyn Sumner, Mandy Salgado, Adrianna Alcantar
and her daughter Hailey Salgado, Samantha Alcantar and her son Brandon Rodriguez, Daniela
Alcantar, Shelby Salgado, Zoie Salgado, Zack Salgado, Joey Taylor, Michael Taylor, Mathew
Williamson, and Beth Williamson.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather: Jason Lennon Williamson and 1 cousin: Brandon
Sumner.
Pallbearers will be Carter Martin, Robert Sumner, Armando Salgado, Jr., David Williamson, A.
J. Ontiveros, Eddie Browder, and Cody Slatton.
Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Pay your respects online at
www.myersandsmith.com
MYERS & SMITH FUNERAL HOME / BIG SPRING, TEXAS
Wanda Faye Cottle
EASTLAND — Wanda Faye Cottle, 75, of Eastland passed away Wednesday July 19, 2006 in a
Stephenville nursing home. Services will be at 11 A.M. Saturday at the Edwards Funeral Home
Chapel. Burial will be in Eastland City Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home
in Eastland, Texas.
Mrs. Cottle was born on March 25, 1931 in Ozark, Arkansas to Joe Roy and Vera (Plymle)
Woolsey. She moved to Stamford as a child and attended school in Paint Creek. She married
Harold Cottle on April 3, 1947 in Stamford, Texas. Harold went into the Army and they moved
to Dallas, and then back to Stamford where she worked at the sewing factory. In 1968 they
moved to Eastland, and Wanda worked for Hollywood Vassarette and for Russell Newman until
she retired in 1994. She was a member of the Lake Leon Baptist Church. Wanda enjoyed
traveling across America with her husband, kids and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a granddaughter, Brandy Danelle Cottle, and a
sister, Violet Woolsey.
Mrs. Cottle is survived by her husband of 59 years, Harold Cottle of Eastland, Tx; two sons,
Harold Cottle Jr. of Lufkin, Tx., and Larry Cottle of Eastland, Tx; one brother, Billy Joe
Woolsey of Kingsville, Tx; five sisters, , Josephine Lusk of Arlington, TX, Virginia Prince of
Abilene, TX, Dorothy Jean Curtis of Breckenridge, TX, Mary Evelyn Johnson of Norman, OK,
and Dianah Gayle Jefferson of San Marcos, TX; three granddaughters; one grandson; 2 greatgranddaughters; 1 great-grandson; and a host of nieces and nephews.
EDWARDS FUNERAL HOME / EASTLAND, TEXAS
Death Notices 07.20.06 July 20, 2006
Stewart L. 'Andy' Anderson
BIG SPRING - Stewart L. ''Andy'' Anderson, 74, died Monday, July 17, 2006. Services are 11
a.m., Friday at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel. Interment will follow at Trinity
Memorial Park.
Elizabeth Browning
BRECKENRIDGE - Elizabeth Browning, 86, died Wednesday, July 19, 2006. Funeral
arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Morehart Mortuary.
Elfa S. Cantrell
EARLY - Elfa S. Cantrell, 92, formerly of Big Spring, died Monday, July 17, 2006. Graveside
services are 10 a.m., Friday at Trinity Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of NalleyPickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Visitation is from 6:30 p.m. to 8
p.m., Thursday at the funeral home.
Stanley Rex Dickey
EARLY x96 Stanley Rex Dickey, 53, died Tuesday, July 18, 2006. Services are 11 a.m., Friday
in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation will follow the services.
David Hart
BIG SPRING - David Hart, 100, died Tuesday, July 18, 2006. Services are 2 p.m., Friday at
Myers & Smith Chapel. Burial will be at Mt. Olive Memorial Park.
Denise Hoyle
SNYDER x96 Denise Hoyle, 46, died Wednesday, July 19, 2006. Graveside services are 4 p.m.,
Friday at the Hillside Memorial Gardens Cemetery under the direction of the Bell-Cypert-Seale
Funeral Home.
Ronald Lewis
SNYDER x96 Ronald Lewis, 54, died Tuesday, July 18, 2006. Graveside services are 10 a.m.,
Saturday at the Snyder Cemetery under the direction of Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home.
Visitation is from 6 to 7 p.m., Friday at the funeral home.
Gerald Loyd (Jerry) Merrick
DECATUR - Gerald Loyd (Jerry) Merrick, 64, died on Monday, July 17, 2006. Services are 2
p.m., Friday at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel in Big Spring. Interment will
follow at Trinity Memorial Park Cemetery.
Minnie Cora Reid Reynolds
Minnie Cora Reid Reynolds, 86, died Wednesday, July 19, 2006. Arrangements are pending with
Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Fern Fincher Stone
STEPHENVILLE - Fern Fincher Stone, 90, died Tuesday, July 18, 2006. Services are 10 a.m.,
Saturday, at Lacy Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at Huckabay Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 21, 2006 at Lacy Funeral Home.
Raymond Troutman
AMARILLO x96 Raymond Troutman, 82, formerly of Vernon, Texas, died Tuesday, July 18,
2006. Services are 10 a.m., Saturday in the Chapel of Sullivan Funeral Home. Visitation is from
7 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.
Eddie L. Webb, Sr.
BANGS x96 Eddie L. Webb, Sr., 82, died Wednesday, July 19, 2006. Services are pending with
Heartland Funeral & Cremation Services of Early.
Obits for Friday July 21, 2006
Rebecca "Becky" Beck
Hubbard - Kelly Funeral Home
Friday, July 21, 2006
ODESSA -- Rebecca "Becky" Beck, 74, of Odessa went to be with the Lord Wednesday, July
19, 2006. Becky was born July 18, 1932 in Knox City, TX to R. E. & Clem Hackfield.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Don Beck and brother, Rudy Hackfield.
Becky was employed as a medical assistant for Dr. Don Naylor since 1966. She was an active
member of Greenfield Acres Baptist Church and a volunteer with Home Hospice.
She is survived by her sons, Richard Barnard and wife Twila of Dallas, Joe Barnard & wife
Barbara of Knox City, and daughter, Cheryl Farr & husband Michael of Odessa,
sister-in-law: Francis Hackfield of Houston, (8) grandchildren, (4) great-grandchildren and (4)
nephews.
There will be a visitation 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, July 21, 2006 at Hubbard - Kelly Funeral
Home.
Funeral services will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday, July 22, 2006 at Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home
Chapel with Revs. Jimmy Braswell and Mike Bartlett officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset
Memorial Gardens.
The family would like to express a special thanks to Home Hospice and her many special friends
for their care and support.
Memorials may be made to Home Hospice of Odessa, 516 N. Texas, Odessa, TX 79761.
Elizabeth Williams Browning
Friday, July 21, 2006
BRECKENRIDGE -- Elizabeth Browning, age 86 of Breckenridge, died Wednesday, July 19,
2006 at Graham Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, July 23rd, at
2 p.m. at First Baptist Church with Rev. Edgar Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the
Breckenridge Cemetery under the direction of Morehart Mortuary. Visitation will be on
Saturday, July 22nd, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Morehart Mortuary.
Frances Elizabeth Williams Browning was born on June 4, 1920 in Van Zandt County, Texas to
parents Jesse Chambers Williams and Annie Lambert Williams. She graduated from Wills Point
High School in 1937 and married Jesse Nash “J.N.― Browning on June 19, 1939, in
Gladewater, Texas. They moved to Breckenridge from Gladewater in September of 1939. Mrs.
Browning had been a member of First Baptist Church of Breckenridge where she both attended
and served as a teacher of the Martha Sunday School Class. She was also a member and past
president of the WMU of First Baptist Church. Mrs. Browning was also a member of the Anna
Frank Artist Club and the Women’s Club; as well as, a charter member of the Breckenridge
Woman’s Forum. She served as the first treasurer of the Breckenridge Boys’ Choir
Corporation and was very active in the American Cancer Society.
In 1950 she and her husband became wholesale distributors of petroleum products for Mobil Oil;
and, later they founded J.N. Browning Oil Corporation in 1980. Following Mr. Browning’s
death in 1983 Elizabeth became president of J.N. Browning Oil Corporation, a role she fulfilled
until her own death.
Mrs. Browning was preceded in death by her husband, parents and two sisters, Cecil Fair and
Leona Venable.
Mrs. Browning is survived by one son, Jimmy Browning of Breckenridge; two daughters, Mary
Frances and husband, Sloan Thompson of Breckenridge and Lynda Bradberry of Breckenridge;
three sisters-in-law, Lula Browning of Breckenridge, Johnnie Gage of Big Sandy, and Bernice
Gatlin of Longview; six grandchildren, Kathleen Thompson Baxley of Breckenridge, Buck Sloan
Thompson of Breckenridge, Curry Williams Browning of Roanoke, Clifton Chambers Browning
of Trophy Club, Paige Bradberry Brown of Lubbock and Meggan Shel Bradberry of Austin; and
nine great grandchildren. Also, two nephews, Larry Venable of Lindale and Joe Bob Venable of
Wills Point; one great neice, Gaye Venable Brookshire of Tyler; and one great nephew, Neal
Venable of Lindale.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and may be left at Morehart Mortuary.
Condolences may be sent online at www.morehartmortuary.net.
George E. Charland
Friday, July 21, 2006
Our husband, father, grandfather, brother, and wonderful friend George E. Charland went to be
with His Lord on July 20, 2006.
He was born February 9, 1925 to George and Grace Charland in Minneapolis, MN. George
entered the United States Marine Corp at age sixteen. He was at Pearl Harbor, Ewa Marine Base
on guard duty the day Pearl Harbor was attacked. He was in New Zealand, Roi-Namur, Saipan,
Tinian, Guadalcanal, and finally Iwo Jima. George received three purple hearts for injuries
received during battle. George lived his life as a dedicated Marine, "Duty, Honor, Country" He
was a Marine! After four years of being overseas he was medically discharged in 1945. He then
put himself through grade school, high school, college, and the police academy. He served as
Chief of Police in Folsom, CA. for many years. Seeking more adventure he completed the fire
academy and served as the first Fire Chief of El Dorado Hills, CA. He served several years in
that capacity. George also served as Fire Chief at Dugway Proving Grounds, Salt Lake City for
many years.
In 1988 George met and married the love of his life, his wife, Judy. They lived many years in
Mesa, AZ and moved to Abilene six years ago. George was a member of VFW Post 6873, and
Disabled American Veterans. George's passions were his love of family, love of the U.S. Marine
Corp, and his dedication to making sure everyone remembers the sacrifices of all service
personnel. He organized and participated in numerous civic activities in our community. George
was especially dedicated to educating school children about the American flag, freedom, and our
country. He wanted all Americans to remember Freedom is not free, but paid for in blood. Never
forget!
George is survived by his wife, Judy, sons, Kerry Hill and wife, Maxine, of Weatherford, Chad
Hill and wife, Carla, of Brownwood, daughters Renee Hammer and husband, Steve, of
Sacramento, CA, and Debbie Izzard and husband, Rod of Orangeville, CA, sisters Bettie
Korfiatis of Plymouth, MN, Mary Waltiney of Mesa, AZ, Sally Sjolin of Santa Rosa, CA,
Dorothy Jenson of Santa Rosa, CA, Emilie Coffman of Orangeville, CA. Grandchildren Austin,
Garret, Kaiden, Kinzey, Ryan, Riley, Samantha, and Anthony.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2006 at Hamil Family Funeral Home 6449 Buffalo
Gap Rd. from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Broadview Baptist Church
with David Cason officiating at 4 p.m.
Memorials may be sent to Hospice of the Big Country, 4601 Hartford, Abilene, TX 79605.
J. W. "Pat" Huggins
Friday, July 21, 2006
J. W. "Pat" Huggins, 65, died Wednesday, July 19, 2006 at a local hospital. A memorial service,
with Reverend Tim Temple officiating, will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 22, 2006 at Abilene
Bible Church under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Pat was born May 25, 1941 in Denton, Texas. After graduation from high school, he married
Glenna Harris on February 11, 1961 in Odessa, Texas. The couple moved to Abilene in 1967
where Pat became store manager for the Harold Crawford Tire Company. He continued working
for the store as it grew to Bridgestone / Firestone and then to GCR Tire Center. Pat was a leading
tire salesman in the Abilene area for many years as he won many awards and trips for being the
outstanding salesman in area sales contests. He loved to play golf at Shady Oaks. A member of
Abilene Bible Church, Pat was a loving husband, father, and friend.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Annie and Sam Owens.
Survivors include: his wife, Glenna Huggins of Abilene; a daughter, Becky Boyd and husband
Bruce of San Antonio, TX; three sisters, Bobbie Lou McBride of Brownwood, TX, Fern Little
and husband B. R. of Denton, TX, and Ann Mathison also of Denton; a nephew, Gary Huggins
of Maryland; a niece, Kerry Britt of Florida, and special friends, Chico Cerna, Primo Perez, and
Doc Johnson.
Thanks for touching so many lives.
Ruby Jean Owens Keown
Friday, July 21, 2006
Ruby Jean Owens Keown, age 85, passed away on Monday, July 17, 2006 in Wilmore,
Kentucky.
She was born February 2, 1921 in the town of Strawn, in Palo Pinto County, Texas, to the late
Lucian Cellars Owens and Mattie Blackburn Terry Owens. She graduated from Gordon High
School in 1938. After attending John Tarleton College in Stephenville, Texas, she graduated
from the Texas Women's University in 1942. She married Ernest Ray Keown in Fort Worth,
Texas on September 27th, 1943, and then returned to her teaching job in Lamesa, Texas while
her husband was serving in WWII.
She returned to the work force in 1966, and she worked in food service at the University of
Arkansas from 1966 until 1986. She ended her career as the manager of the Holcombe Hall
Dining Service and the University of Arkansas Test Kitchen. She had a particular interest in
ethnic foods, and she passed on her talent for and interest in the culinary arts to both her children
and grandchildren.
Ruby Jean is survived by two daughters, Elaine Keown and Jacqueline Scott; four grandchildren,
Sarah Garfinkel, Rebecca Garfinkel, Diane Kellum, and David Scott; two sisters, Mary Marjorie
Campbell and Alice Sue Alexander; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband and one brother, James
Edward Owens.
Funeral services for Ruby Jean Owens Keown will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 24th at
the First United Methodist Church in Gordon, Texas; arrangements by Edwards Funeral Home,
Strawn, Texas. Relatives and friends are welcome at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of
services.
Roger Nault
Friday, July 21, 2006
ANSON - Roger Nault, 50, died Monday, July 17, 2006, at a Lubbock hospital. A celebration of
his life will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 21, 2006, at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Bill
Dickson officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, directed by Lawrence - Adams Funeral
Home.
Born October 30, 1955, in Grandfield, Oklahoma, Roger was a son of Jack Nault and Gladys
(Fielding) Nault. He married Vickie Norfleet September 15, 1990, in Anson. Roger worked for G
& L Tool Company as an operator.
He was preceded in death by one sister Jacqui Blahak.
Survivors include the love of his life, Vickie Nault of Anson; his parents, Jack Nault and Gladys
Nault; children, Kenny and Penny Nault of Denton, Angie and Joseph Mata of Abilene, Luke
Nault of Abilene, and Joshua Coffee of California; mother-in-law, Wanda Burns of Anson; two
brothers, David Nault and Ronnie Nault; three grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and
many loving friends.
Minnie Cora Reid Reynolds
Friday, July 21, 2006
Minnie Cora Reid Reynolds, 86, passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2006.
The daughter of Alice Elizabeth (Robertson) and Dave S. Ray, Cora was born on November 11,
1919, in Houston County, Texas, and attended school in Stamford. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elbert A. Reynolds, and her first husband, Dub Reid,
as well as her parents, a brother, Chester Ray, and sisters, Farahbelle Sconce, Eva Robertson,
Jettie Pricket and Martha Morton.
Cora is survived by her son, Robert B. Reid and wife, Rosa, of Abilene; granddaughter, Minnie
Reid; stepsons, Mr. & Mrs. Ronnie Reynolds and family of Houston, TX and Mr. & Mrs. Kim
Reynolds and family of Sacramento, CA, along with a host of family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, 542 Hickory,
at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 22. Interment will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park. Visitation
will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Woody Reid, Mac Reid, Ronnie Sconce, Gary Wemberly, John Kennedy and
Randy Clouse. Honorary pallbearers will be Bryan Sconce, Stacy Sconce, Adam Reid, Scott
Wardwell, Jack Crawford, Jay Dover and Lynn Reid.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to American Cancer Society, 209 South Danville, B107, Abilene, TX 79605, or Multiple Sclerosis Society, North Central Texas Chapter, 4086
Sandshell Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76137.
Joyce L. Vaughan
Friday, July 21, 2006
Joyce Vaughan, 89, of Abilene passed away Thursday, July 20, 2006. The family will receive
friends during a visitation from 5:30 to 7:00 pm on Friday at The Hamil Family Funeral Home,
6449 Buffalo Gap Road. Graveside services will be at 10:00 am on Saturday at Elmwood
Memorial Park. Rev. Chris Diebel will officiate.
Joyce was born on February 6, 1917 to J.H. and Virginia (Poston) Porter in Farmersville, Texas.
She attended school in Abilene. On December 26, 1932, a few weeks shy of her sixteenth
birthday, she married Byron Vaughan, Sr. Although they lived sometime in Dallas and later in
Blackwell and Granbury, they spent most of their married life in Abilene. She and Byron owned
and operated several eating establishments in Abilene, including Thornton's at 4th and Oak. She
had a quick wit and a great sense of humor. Those that knew her loved her. Joyce and Byron
shared 54 years of marriage. He preceded her in death on December 28, 1985. Joyce was a
Baptist.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, five siblings, and a grandson, Robert Vaughan.
Joyce is survived by two sons, Byron Vaughn Jr. and his wife Janis of Abilene, Don Vaughn and
his wife Vicki of San Antonio; one daughter, Linda Gilliland and her husband Larry of Abilene;
one sister, Jerry Ann Brookshire of Dallas; eight grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, and
five great-great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the staff at West Texas Hospital, Dr. Victor Hudman, Big
Country Hospice and Sears Methodist Center for the loving care she received.
Memorials may be made to the Baby Bennett Lyda Fund, in care of First Christian Church, 1420
North 3rd, Abilene, Texas 79601.
Online condolences may be sent to: www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
Jesse DeWitt Whitman
Friday, July 21, 2006
SAN ANGELO -- Jesse DeWitt Whitman, 74, was born to Gertrude Frances and William
Whitman on March 23, 1932 in Abilene, Texas. He passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2006.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 22nd, at 3 p.m., in the chapel of Robert
Massie Funeral Home.
Jess graduated from the University of Texas with a business degree in traffic and transportation
and enjoyed working for many years in the field of freight transportation. He retired in San
Angelo because he loved the city's history, citizenry, and all the civic activities that made it a
fine community to call home. Because he wanted to be a part of the grassroots efforts to protect
and preserve our heritage, he was very active in the Republican Party at the county, state, and
national levels. He served as a Tom Green County precinct chairman and precinct judge and was
a delegate to precinct, county, and state conventions. He was very pleased to be able to attend the
Republican Party State Convention held in San Antonio in June.
Jess was preceded in death by his father, and mother, and by his sister, Mary Frances Travis.
He is survived by his children Kay Keen and husband, Stan, of Mertzon; Mark Whitman and
wife, Debbie, of Aspermont; Pam Hyde and husband, Joe, of Irving; and Ray Whitman and wife,
Melanie, of Houston. Jess has four granddaughters, three grandsons, and one great grandson.
The family wishes to express special thanks to Dr. Rahman, and his staff, Melanie and Kristin, to
Dollie Culver of the Vista Care Hospice team and to Sherry Hansen.
In lieu of flowers, Jess requested memorials be made to Meals for the Elderly and the Adult
Literacy Council of the Concho Valley.
Jess's obituary and memorial guest book may be viewed online at www.RobertMassie.com.
Death Notices 07.21.06 July 21, 2006
Donald Ray 'Daddy Don' Caffey
STAMFORD - Donald Ray ''Daddy Don'' Caffey, 71, died Wednesday, July 19, 2006. Services
are 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John's United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Pleasant Valley
Cemetery east of Stamford. Visitation is 6 to 7 p.m. today at Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home.
Edward Faircloth
Edward Faircloth, 79, died Thursday, July 20, 2006. Services are 2 p.m. Sunday in The Hamil
Family Funeral Home Chapel, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road. Burial will follow in McBee Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Clairece 'Peg' Moak
Clairece ''Peg'' Moak, 94, died Sunday, July 16, 2006. Graveside services are 10 a.m. Monday in
Cedar Hill Cemetery directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. Visitation will be 3
to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Roger Dale Needham
RANGER - Roger Dale Needham, 57, died Thursday, July 20, 2006. Graveside services are 2
p.m. Sunday in Evergreen Cemetery in Ranger under the direction of Parker Funeral Home of
Baird.
Elfie Ratliff
ROTAN - Elfie Ratliff, 62, died Thursday July 20, 2006. Memorial services will be 1 p.m.
Saturday at Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home Chapel.
Faye Rush
COMANCHE - Faye Rush, 95, died Wednesday, July 19, 2006. Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at
Comanche Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Gardens of Memory Cemetery.
Curtis Jack York
BROWNWOOD - Curtis Jack York, 74, died Wednesday, July 19, 2006. Services are 2 p.m.
Sunday at Netherton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park
Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Obits for Saturday July 22, 2006
Jackie E. Balliew
Godfrey - Neese Funeral Home
Saturday, July 22, 2006
ALBANY -- Mr. Jackie E. Balliew, age 77, of Albany, Texas passed away on Thursday, July 20,
2006 in an Abilene hospital.
Graveside Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Sunday, July 23, 2006 in the Albany
Cemetery with The Reverend Colby Smith officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to
Godfrey - Neese Funeral Home, Inc.
Jackie was born on October 7, 1928 in Boogsburg, Texas to Henry (Jack) and Edna Norman
Balliew. He married Edith B. Webster on December 9, 1949 in Albany, Texas. Edith preceded
him in death. He served in the U. S. Navy during World War II. Jackie was an oilfield
electrician.
He is survived by: one son, Ross and his wife, Donna Balliew of Albany; one daughter, Vickie
and her husband, David Meeker of Burnet, Texas; one sister, Olivia McCullough of Sundown,
Texas; one brother, Wayne Balliew of Albany; one sister-in-law, Dee Balliew of Albany; six
grandchildren, Stephen and wife, Linda Truesdell of Austin, Texas, Michelle and husband, John
Stewart of Rockwall, Tammy and husband, Kelly Connally of Albany, Megan and husband,
Eddie Owens of Austin, Sam Balliew of Albany and Brandi and husband Chris Edgar of Albany.
Twelve great grandchildren, Kinsey, Will and Rylee Stewart of Rockwall, Hunter, Madelyn and
Landree Connally of Albany, Brandon and Tiana Owens of Austin, Carli and Callan Edgar of
Albany, Ayden Balliew of Albany and Jackie Truesdell of Austin; two nieces and six nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Edith and parents Henry and Edna Balliew.
Pallbearers are: Jeff Balliew, Tim Balliew, Roy Henry Balliew, Spencer Balliew, Carl Lucas and
John Snyder.
The family wished to offer their gratitude to his girls on 2 West and the 5th floor at Abilene
Regional Medical Center, and Kelli and Destiny at Hendrick Medical Center ICU.
In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society and can be left with
Godfrey - Neese Funeral Home.
C. Q. Billings
Community Memorial Funeral Home
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Carroll Quinton Billings, 83, of Abilene, passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2006 at his
residence.
Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 24, 2006, at St. James United Methodist Church
with Rev. John Sanders officiating. Burial will follow in Coleman Cemetery, under the direction
of Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N. 2nd St. Visitation will be Sunday, from 3 to 6
p.m. at the funeral home.
C.Q. was born on September 4, 1922, in Coleman County, TX to the late Carroll A. and Lucy
(Hall) Billings. He graduated from Coleman High School and attended John Tarleton State
College. He moved to Abilene from Coleman in 1952 and was a member of St. James United
Methodist Church and a member of the Big Country Emmaus Community. He served in the U.S.
Army from 1942 to 1946; and retired from the Abilene Police Department after 25 years of
service.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Lanell Billings in 1987; his second wife,
Lucille Billings in 1996; and a sister, Margaret Withers.
Survivors include a son, Jon Billings and wife, Pam, of San Antonio; Lucille's daughters, Joyce
Jones and husband, Jansen, of Albany and Marilyn Howk and husband, Fred, of Grand Prairie; a
brother, Clovis Billings and wife, Claris, of Coleman; grandchildren, Brian and Lanisa Billings,
Greg and Jay Jones, Kami and Brandon Howk; several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to St. James United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 3100 Barrow
St., Abilene, TX 79605.
Wilson Lynn Breeden
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Wilson Lynn Breeden, 54, went to be with his Lord on Friday, July 21, 2006 at Abilene Regional
Hospital after a battle with cancer.
Wilson was born August 2, 1951, in Ft. Worth to Dr. L. Glynn and Ila Hayworth Breeden. He
grew up in Barranquilla, Colombia where his parents were Baptist missionaries. He graduated
from Colegio Karl C. Parrish in 1969. He graduated from Dallas Baptist College and the
University of Texas at San Antonio and attended Our Lady of the Lake University. He was a
teacher and librarian for 32 years.
Wilson married Karan Lambert in 1973. They have one daughter, Julie.
He is survived by his wife, Karan, of Abilene; daughter, Julie, of San Antonio; his mother, Ila, of
Amarillo; 4 brothers: Harold, Terry, and Robert, all of Amarillo, and David, of Missouri City; 2
nephews and 4 nieces; and his mother-in-law, Fleda Lambert, of Abilene.
He was preceded in death by his father, Glynn, and his father-in-law, Kenneth Lambert.
The family will receive friends at the Lambert home on Saturday, July 22nd from 3 to 5pm. A
memorial service will be held in San Antonio.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to the Dr. Glynn Breeden Endowed
Memorial Scholarship for Missionary Kids at Hardin-Simmons University. (2200 Hickory,
Abilene, TX 79698.
Lucille Ellis
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Lucille Ellis, 82, longtime Abilene resident, died Thursday,
July 20, 2006.
Her funeral service with Bryan Hicks officiating will be held
at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 22 at the Elmwood Funeral
Home Chapel, 5750 HWY 277 South. Burial will follow in
Elmwood Memorial Park, Garden of Ten Commandments.
Viewing and visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until service time.
Survivors include one son, Douglas Gaines of Odessa; one
daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Richard Webb of Willow
Park; her sister, Mable Salisbury of Abilene and several
grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Her son, William Gaines preceded her in death in July of
2005.
Edward C. Faircloth
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Edward C. Faircloth, 79, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2006. A visitation will be from 6:00 to
8:00 pm on Saturday, July 22 at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Funeral services, with Bobby Broyles and Dayton House officiating, will be on Sunday, July 23
at 2:00 pm in The Hamil Family Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the McBee
Cemetery.
Edward was born March 30, 1927 in Hamilton, Texas to William Allan and Ione Pennington
Faircloth. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and married his wife "Mary" on
October 28, 1950 in Phoenix, Arizona. Ed drove for Merchants Fast Motor Lines for over 32
years before retiring in 1989. He drove over a million miles accident free during his career with
Merchants.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Hugh and Allen Faircloth.
Survivors include: his wife Ruth Juanell "Mary" Faircloth of Abilene; two sons, Bill Faircloth of
Brownwood and Edward Faircloth of Virginia; two daughters, Sandra and husband Bill Riley of
Ovilla, TX and Dee Anderson of Waco, TX; a brother, Howard Faircloth of Carlsbad, NM; a
sister, Edna Woodward of Phoenix, AZ; six grandchildren, Benny Twiner and wife Kim, Darrin
Adams and wife Amy, Sheryl Marchant, Michelle Anderson, Brandon Faircloth and Forrest
Faircloth; seven great grandchildren, Geoffrey Marchant, Chase Twiner, Zach Twiner, Mariah
Twiner, Lesley Twiner, Garrett Adams and Gage Adams; numerous nieces and nephews as well
as other relatives and friends including very dear and close friends, Vera and O.D. Sumners.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of The Big Country, 4601 Hartford, Abilene, TX 79605 or
to the donor's favorite charity.
Online condolences may be made to: www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
Verda Johnson
Bell - Cypert - Seale Funeral Home
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Graveside services for Verda Johnson of Waldorf, Maryland, formerly of Hermleigh, will be
held in the Pyron Cemetery at 10:00 a.m., Monday. Arrangements are under the direction of Bell
- Cypert - Seale Funeral Home. Mrs. Johnson died July 20, 2006.
Verda was born June 18, 1912 in Hermleigh to Roy and Estelle Coston. She graduated from
Hermleigh High School and was a member of Hermleigh Methodist Church.
She married Olin Johnson February 5, 1944. He died September 6, 1989. She was a homemaker
and worked with the Auxiliary at Cogdell Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Johnson was a long time resident of Scurry County and moved to Maryland in 1995.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sisters, Ola Lee Sturdivant of
Hermleigh and Ollie Ely of Abilene, a brother Ferrell Coston of Haskell.
She is survived by: one daughter and son-in-law, Sherryl and Girard Hoffpauir III, of Upper
Marlboro, Maryland, and by three grandchildren, Krista Hoffpauir of Prince Fredrick, Maryland,
Nichole Hoffpauir of Arlington, Virginia, and grandson and his wife Girard Hoffpauir IV and
Vivien of Burke, Virginia. She is also survived by a sister, Louise Connally of Abilene, Texas, a
sister-in-law, Jane Coston of Haskell, one niece Sandra Etheredge, and by 6 nephews, Frank Ely,
Don and Steve Connally, Tom and Wendell Coston, and Danny Sturdivant.
Clairece 'Peg' Moak
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Clairece "Peg" Moak, 94, died Sunday, July 16, 2006, at an Abilene nursing center.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Monday, July 24, in Cedar Hill Cemetery with Rev. Greg
Kennedy officiating, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. The family will
receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
The daughter of Claire (Bryan) and John Giddens, she was born on September 4, 1911, in
Lakeland, Florida, where she graduated from high school. Peg continued her music studies at
Southern College in Lakeland. She married E. C. Moak in Florida in 1931, and was a
homemaker. The couple moved from Houston to Abilene in 1941.
She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and the Dorcas Sunday School Class at
the church. Mrs. Moak was a charter member of the Pensadoras Study Club, and a member of
several bridge clubs.
She was preceded in death by her husband, E. C. Moak, on June 16, 1977; a son, E. C.
“Sonny― Moak, Jr. in 1942; two sisters, Eileen Learner and Marjorie Macomber; and a
brother, Whitfield Giddens.
Survivors include a brother, John Giddens of Fullerton, California, and 13 nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Boys and Girls Club of Abilene, PO Box 2013. Abilene, TX 79604.
Joyce L. Vaughan
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Joyce Vaughan, 89, of Abilene passed away Thursday, July 20, 2006. The family will receive
friends during a visitation from 5:30 to 7:00 pm on Friday at The Hamil Family Funeral Home,
6449 Buffalo Gap Road. Graveside services will be at 10:00 am on Saturday at Elmwood
Memorial Park. Rev. Chris Diebel will officiate.
Joyce was born on February 6, 1917 to J.H. and Virginia (Poston) Porter in Farmersville, Texas.
She attended school in Abilene. On December 26, 1932, a few weeks shy of her sixteenth
birthday, she married Byron Vaughan, Sr. Although they lived sometime in Dallas and later in
Blackwell and Granbury, they spent most of their married life in Abilene. She and Byron owned
and operated several eating establishments in Abilene, including Thornton's at 4th and Oak. She
had a quick wit and a great sense of humor. Those that knew her loved her. Joyce and Byron
shared 54 years of marriage. He preceded her in death on December 28, 1985. Joyce was a
Baptist.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, five siblings, and a grandson, Robert Vaughan.
Joyce is survived by two sons, Byron Vaughan Jr. and his wife Janis of Abilene, Don Vaughan
and his wife Vicki of San Antonio; one daughter, Linda Gilliland and her husband Larry of
Abilene; one sister, Jerry Ann Brookshire of Dallas; eight grandchildren, sixteen great
grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the staff at West Texas Hospital, Dr. Victor Hudman, Big
Country Hospice and Sears Methodist Center for the loving care she received.
Memorials may be made to the Baby Bennett Lyda Fund, in care of First Christian Church, 1420
North 3rd, Abilene, Texas 79601.
Online condolences may be sent to: www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
Death Notices 07.22.06 July 22, 2006
Pete Ruelas Camacho
SWEETWATER - Pete Ruelas Camacho, 79, died Thursday, July 20, 2006. Services are 3 p.m.
today at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Sweetwater Cemetery
under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Delia Cevallos
BIG SPRING - Delia Cevallos, 74, died Friday, July 21, 2006. Services are pending at Myers &
Smith Funeral Home.
Lee Roy Clark
SWEETWATER - Lee Roy Clark, 85, died Friday, July 21, 2006. Services are pending with
McCoy Funeral Home.
Allie Cockrell
BIG SPRING - Allie Cockrell, 95, died Friday, July 21, 2006. Graveside services are 10 a.m.
Monday at Trinity Memorial Park Peace Chapel. Visitation is 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday at NalleyPickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory.
Leta M. Davis
LAKE BROWNWOOD - Leta M. Davis, 78, died Thursday, July 20, 2006. Services are 10 a.m.
Tuesday at Lake Brownwood Church of Christ. Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. in Elmwood
Memorial Gardens in Abilene under the direction of Hartland Funeral and Cremation Services of
Early.
Pauline 'Polly' Henry
Pauline ''Polly'' Henry, 91, died Friday, July 21, 2006, in Abilene. Arrangements are pending
with The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Ismael Juarez
BIG SPRING - Ismael Juarez, 66, died Friday, July 21, 2006. Services are pending at Myers &
Smith Funeral Home.
Margie S. Savage
LOCKNEY - Margie S. Savage, 66, died Thursday, July 20, 2006. Services are 2 p.m. Monday
at First Baptist Church in Lockney. Burial will be in Lockney Cemetery under the direction of
Moore-Rose-White Funeral Home.
Lowanna Satterfield
EARLY - Lowanna Satterfield, 68, died Thursday, July 20, 2006. Services are 10 a.m. Monday
at Stacy-Wilkins Funeral Home Chapel in Goldthwaite with burial to follow in Oakview
Cemetery in Mullin. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Inez Lillian Turlington
BIG SPRING - Inez Lillian Turlington, 92, died Thursday, July 20, 2006. Services are 2 p.m.
today at Myers & Smith Chapel with burial in Trinity Memorial Park.
Obits for Sunday July 23, 2006
Carroll Quinton Billings
Community Memorial Funeral Home
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Carroll Quinton Billings, 83, of Abilene, passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2006 at his
residence.
Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 24, 2006, at St. James United Methodist Church
with Rev. John Sanders officiating. Burial will follow in Coleman Cemetery, under the direction
of Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N. 2nd St. Visitation will be Sunday, from 3 to 6
p.m. at the funeral home.
C.Q. was born on September 4, 1922, in Coleman County, TX to the late Carroll A. and Lucy
(Hall) Billings. He graduated from Coleman High School and attended John Tarleton State
College. He moved to Abilene from Coleman in 1952 and was a member of St. James United
Methodist Church and a member of the Big Country Emmaus Community. He served in the U.S.
Army from 1942 to 1946; and retired from the Abilene Police Department after 25 years of
service.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Lanell Billings in 1987; his second wife,
Lucille Billings in 1996; and a sister, Margaret Withers.
Survivors include a son, Jon Billings and wife, Pam, of San Antonio; Lucille's daughters, Joyce
Jones and husband, Jansen, of Albany and Marilyn Howk and husband, Fred, of Grand Prairie; a
brother, Clovis Billings and wife, Claris, of Coleman; grandchildren, Brian and Lanisa Billings,
Greg and Jay Jones, Kami and Brandon Howk; several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to St. James United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 3100 Barrow
St., Abilene, TX 79605.
Lee Roy Clark
McCoy Funeral Home
Sunday, July 23, 2006
SWEETWATER -- Lee Roy Clark, age 85, of Sweetwater, passed away on Friday, July 21, 2006
in Sweetwater. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 23, 2006 at the McCoy
Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with the Reverend Bruce Parsons officiating. Burial will
follow in the Colorado City Cemetery under the direction of the McCoy Funeral Home of
Sweetwater.
Lee was born on March 20, 1921 in Garden City, Texas. He married Corinne Merriman on
November 2, 1961 in Colorado City, Texas. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.
S. Army. He was a graduate of Garden City High School. He worked for Chemical Express over
25 years before retiring at the age of 62. He lived in Sweetwater, Roscoe, Maryneal, and
Colorado City over 50 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Corinne on December 29, 2003, a daughter, Beverly
Clark, and a brother, Arvie C. Clark.
Those left behind to cherish his memory are: two daughters, Robbie Raymer and husband, Craig,
and Joann Hickson and husband, Danny, both of Sweetwater; two sons, Terry Clark and wife,
Diane, of Champion, and Roger Clark of Sweetwater; step daughter, Betty Mize and husband,
Roy Dean of Sweetwater; step son, Paul Huff and wife, Billie of Tenaha, Texas; two sisters,
Dixie Bond of Sweetwater, and Veda B. Withkowski of Coahoma; mother of his children, Emma
Dean Kochs of Sweetwater, 16 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.
Pauline "Polly" Henry
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Pauline "Polly" Henry, 91, of Abilene, passed away Friday, July 21, 2006. Funeral services will
be at 10:00 am on Monday, July 24, at Faith Baptist Church, 2300 South 20th, with Rev. Steven
Parker, Rev. Stan Allcorn and Dr. Elbert G. Peak officiating. Arrangements are under the
direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Polly was born on February 21, 1915 in Conway, Arkansas to Charlie and Minnie Alexandra
(Pope) Keathley. She has called Abilene Home since 1948 and worked at the Saddle and Sirloin
Restaurant as a waitress for 35 years. Polly was an avid fan of the Cooper Cougars, the Texas
Rangers and the Texas Aggies.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ben Henry in 1961, one brother and
three sisters. Polly is survived by her daughter, Mary Hodges and her husband Steve of Abilene,
daughter Barbara Clatt of Universal City, Texas, son Billy Prothro and his wife Sissy of
Rosebud, Arkansas, 16 grandchildren, including Colby, Cinnamon and Casey Hodges of Abilene
and 24 great-grandchildren.
Polly has now gone to be with her husband and her precious Savior.
Memorials may be made in honor of Pauline Henry to Meals On Wheels,717 North 10th Street,
Abilene, TX 79601 or Faith Baptist Church, 2300 South 20th Street, Abilene, TX 79605.
Online condolences may be sent to: www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com
Thurman "Frog" Hudson
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Thurman "Frog" Hudson, age 69, passed away on Saturday, July 22, 2006 in an Abilene hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday morning, July 25, 2006 in the Hawley
Cemetery under the direction of Girdner Funeral Home of Abilene. Family visitation will be held
from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday at the funeral Home.
Mr. Hudson was born on September 10, 1936 in Abilene. He was a Concrete Contractor and a
Baptist.
He is survived by: his wife, Linda Hudson of Abilene; daughters, Christie D'Ann Edwards and
husband Phillip of Hawley, Rhonda Beth Jackson and husband, Michael of Ingleside, Texas,
Ginger Gay Caywood and husband, Mark of San Leon, Texas and Tina Louise Whitley of
Abilene; sons, Steven Cody and wife, Laura of Anson, Kevin Mitchell Hudson and wife, Tina of
Potosi; brothers, Kenneth Hudson and Calvin James Hudson of Abilene; sister, Mary Helen
Hudson of Clyde; 18 grandchildren; and 23 great grandchildren.
Clairece 'Peg' Moak
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Clairece “Peg― Moak, 94, died Sunday, July 16, 2006, at an Abilene nursing center.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Monday, July 24, in Cedar Hill Cemetery with Rev. Greg
Kennedy officiating, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. The family will
receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
The daughter of Claire (Bryan) and John Giddens, she was born on September 4, 1911, in
Lakeland, Florida, where she graduated from high school. Peg continued her music studies at
Southern College in Lakeland. She married E. C. Moak in Florida in 1931, and was a
homemaker. The couple moved from Houston to Abilene in 1941.
She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and the Dorcas Sunday School Class at
the church. Mrs. Moak was a charter member of the Pensadoras Study Club, and a member of
several bridge clubs.
She was preceded in death by her husband, E. C. Moak, on June 16, 1977; a son, E. C.
“Sonny― Moak, Jr. in 1942; two sisters, Eileen Learner and Marjorie Macomber; and a
brother, Whitfield Giddens.
Survivors include a brother, John Giddens of Fullerton, California, and 13 nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Boys and Girls Club of Abilene, PO Box 2013. Abilene, TX 79604.
Melba M. O'Donald
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Melba M. O’Donald, 86, died Saturday, July 22, 2006, at a local nursing center.
Services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday at Elliott-Hamil Chapel of Memories with Reverend Mike
Chancellor officiating. Interment will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park, directed by ElliottHamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. Blake O’Donald, Jay Mack O’Donald, Wesley
Mason, Anthony Murphy, Brandon O’Donald, and Michael Bowers will serve as pallbearers.
Honorary pallbearers will be Skyler O’Donald, Justin O’Donald, Colton Bowers and
Bailey Bowers. The family will receive friends at a visitation 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral
home.
Melba was born August 17, 1919 to Bernice Edna {Chance} and Audy Calvin Snodgrass in
Roby, Texas. She was raised in Longworth, moving to the Abilene/Hamby area in 1951 where
she remained a lifelong resident. Melba married Delbert Lee O’Donald on October 15, 1938
in Roby, Texas. She worked side-by-side with her husband, Delbert, farming. Melba was an
active church member and choir member of Crescent Heights Baptist Church. She also
volunteered as a pink lady at Hendrick Medical Center.
Melba was preceded in death by her father and her mother {October, 1996}; her husband; two
brothers; and one sister.
Survivors include three sons, Bobby O’Donald and wife, Charlotte, of Hamby, Texas, Bill
O’Donald and wife, Joyce, of Dublin, Texas, and Doyle O’Donald and wife, Denell, of
Meridian, Texas; a daughter, Cleta Kropp and husband, Billy, of Abilene, Texas; three brothers;
four sisters; eleven grandchildren; and seventeen great-grandchildren.
Death Notices 07.23.06 July 23, 2006
Ross J. Callihan
BIG SPRING - Ross J. Callihan, 86, of Big Spring, died Friday, July 21, 2006. Services are
pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Delia Torres Cevallos
BIG SPRING - Delia Torres Cevallos, 74, died Friday, July 21, 2006. Funeral Mass will be at 2
p.m. Monday at St. Thomas Catholic Church. Burial will be in Trinity Memorial Park. Vigil
services are 7 p.m. today at Myers & Smith Chapel.
Martha Coronado
GOLDTHWAITE - Martha Coronado, 40, died Thursday, July 20, 2006. Services are 5 p.m.
Tuesday at Stacy-Wilkins Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Goldthwaite Memorial
Cemetery. Visitation is 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Leta M. Davis
LAKE BROWNWOOD - Leta M. Davis, 78, died Thursday, July 20, 2006. Services are 10 a.m.
Tuesday at Lake Brownwood United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. in
Elmwood Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Abilene.
Alvin David Gilbert
BIG SPRING - Alvin David Gilbert, 61, died Wednesday, July 19, 2006. Memorial services are
2 p.m. Monday at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel.
Dorris Hollingsworth
SWEETWATER - Dorris Hollingsworth, 81, of Anson, died Thursday, July 20, 2006. Services
are 10 a.m. Monday at Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home Chapel in Sweetwater. Burial will
be in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation is 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Ismael Juarez Sr.
BIG SPRING - Ismael Juarez Sr., 66, died Friday, July 21, 2006. Funeral services are 2 p.m.
Tuesday at Lighthouse Restoration Center, 604 E. 13thh St., Big Spring. Burial will be in Mt.
Olive Memorial Park. Prayer service will be at 7 p.m. Monday at Myers & Smith Chapel.
Isaac Floyd Keeney
COLEMAN - Isaac Floyd Keeney, 62, died Saturday, July 22, 2006. Funeral services are
pending with Stevens Funeral Home.
Roger W. Park
BIG SPRING - Roger W. Park, 62, died Saturday, July 22, 2006. Services are pending with
Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Robert J. Slaymaker
BROWNWOOD - Robert J. Slaymaker, 71, died Saturday, July 22, 2006. Services are pending
with Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
Robert Glendon Stone
Robert Glendon Stone, 91, died Saturday, July 22, 2006. Services are 1 p.m. Tuesday at
University Church of Christ. Interment will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park. Visitation is 6 to
8 p.m. Monday at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory St.
Eddie L. Webb Sr.
BANGS - Eddie L. Webb Sr., 82, died Wednesday, July 19, 2006. Services are 1 p.m. Monday at
Heartland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Bangs Cemetery.
Obits for Monday July 24, 2006
Bonita Green
CATE - SPENCER AND TRENT FUNERAL HOME
Monday, July 24, 2006
SWEETWATER -- Bonita Green, age 86, of Sweetwater, Texas passed away on Saturday, July
22, 2006, at a Sweetwater Health Care Center.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2006, at the Cate - Spencer & Trent
Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Malcolm Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the
Garden of Memories Cemetery under the direction of Cate - Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Mrs. Green was born on January 11, 1920, in Winters, Texas. She married T. E. (Bill) Green on
October 10, 1952 in Sweetwater, Texas. Bonita was married to Bill Green for 34 years until his
death in 1986. She was a teacher and a Southwestern Bell Telephone operator along with being a
housewife. During their marriage they lived in many cities within the states of Oregon, New
Mexico, Arizona and Texas.
Bonita moved to Sweetwater in 1986 and then became a resident of the Sweetwater Health Care
Center in 1996. While living there she developed many friendships with the residents as well as
staff members.
Bonita is survived by: one daughter and son-in-law, Deb and Steve Jones of Hurst, Texas; one
son and daughter-in-law, Bonner and Pam Green of Pampa, Texas and one daughter-in-law,
Becky Green of Lubbock, Texas; one loving sister, Oma Lee Bell of Sweetwater, Texas and four
grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by: her husband, T. E. (Bill) Green and one son, Boyd Green.
CATE - SPENCER AND TRENT FUNERAL HOME SWEETWATER, TEXAS
Pauline 'Polly' Henry
Monday, July 24, 2006
Pauline "Polly" Henry, 91, of Abilene, passed away Friday, July 21, 2006. Funeral services will
be at 10:00 am on Monday, July 24, at Faith Baptist Church, 2300 South 20th, with Rev. Steven
Parker, Rev. Stan Allcorn and Dr. Elbert G. Peak officiating. Arrangements are under the
direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Polly was born on February 21, 1915 in Conway, Arkansas to Charlie and Minnie Alexandra
(Polk) Keathley. She has called Abilene Home since 1948 and worked at the Saddle and Sirloin
Restaurant as a waitress for 35 years. Polly was an avid fan of the Cooper Cougars, the Texas
Rangers and the Texas Aggies.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ben Henry in 1961, two daughters,
Virginia Ramsey and Dorothy Overstreet, one brother and three sisters.
Polly is survived by her daughter, Mary Hodges and her husband Steve of Abilene, daughter
Barbara Clatt of Universal City, Texas, son Billy Prothro and his wife Sissy of Rosebud,
Arkansas, 16 grandchildren, including Colby, Cinnamon and Ca- sey Hodges of Abilene and 24
great-grandchildren.
Polly has now gone to be with her husband and her precious Savior.
Memorials may be made in honor of Pauline Henry to Meals On Wheels,717 North 10th Street,
Abilene, TX 79601 or Faith Baptist Church, 2300 South 20th Street, Abilene, TX 79605.
Online condolences may be sent to: www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com
Myrll Gladys Crockett Simmons
LANGE FUNERAL HOME
Monday, July 24, 2006
BALLINGER -- Myrll Gladys Crockett Simmons, 92, of Ballinger passed away Sunday morning
July 23, 2006 in a local nursing home.
Family visitation will be held from 7:00 to 8:00 PM Monday at Lange Funeral Home. Funeral
services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday July 25, 2006 at the First United Methodist Church
in Ballinger with Rev. Joe Chamness officiating. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.
Myrll was born on September 22, 1913 in Mullin, Texas to Tom and Elva (Fletcher) Crockett.
The family moved to Runnels County in 1928. She married Claude Simmons on November 28,
1933 in Paint Rock, TX. They raised their family in the Bethel community where she was a
member of the Bethel Methodist Church. When the church merged with the First United
Methodist Church in Ballinger, she moved her membership to there. She was a homemaker and
quilted many quilts, and was a long time member of the Home Demonstration Club.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Claude, a son, Claude Armond, a sister,
Nina Gunyon, 5 brothers, Earl, Ralph, Tom, Fletcher and Walter. A grandson, Richard Simmons
also preceded her.
Survivors include: three sons, John David Simmons and wife, Doris of Seymour, Don Raymond
Simmons of Ballinger and Tom A. Simmons and wife, Sherry of Wall; a sister, Ina Warren and
husband, William of Paint Rock; a brother, Frank Crockett and wife, Dorothy of Horseshoe Bay;
14 grandchildren 22 great grandchildren and 3 great- great grandchildren.
The family requests that memorials be made to Ballinger Cemetery Association, Runnels County
Meals on Wheels, First United Methodist Church of Ballinger, or a favorite charity.
LANGE FUNERAL HOME BALLINGER, TEXAS
Robert G. (Bob) Stone
Monday, July 24, 2006
Robert G. {Bob} Stone, 91, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, July 22, 2006, at Hendrick
Medical Center.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25th, 2006, at the University Church of
Christ with Dr. Eddie Sharp and Dr. Dale McDonald officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood
Memorial Park with military honors being presented, di- rected by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home,
542 Hickory. The family will receive friends at a visitation from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday at the
fu- neral home.
Bob was born on December 10th, 1914, in Celina, Texas to John B. and Helen Marsh Stone. He
graduated from Lubbock High School and Abilene Christian University. Bob married Agnes
Clarke on June 7th, 1940 in Abilene, Texas. Bob and Agnes recently celebrated 66 years of
marriage together.
Bob served in WWII in the 90th Calvary Reconnaissance Squadron in the 10th Armored
Division of General Patton’s Third Army. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star
for Meritorious Service, the Bronze Star for Heroic Achieve- ment, and a Good Conduct Medal.
Bob served our country with great courage and pride.
Bob spent most of his career in the retail tire business as a Manager with the Goodyear Tire
Company. He was the first President of the ACU Wildcat Club, a charter member of the Abilene
Football Officials Association with 40 years of service, former President of the Elmwood West
Lions Club, First Presi- dent of the Abilene Bass Club, and former Vice President of the Resident
Council at University Place. Bob was a member of the University Church of Christ.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Roy Stone.
Survivors include his wife, Agnes Stone, of Abilene; his daughter, Melinda Gordon and her
husband, Kerry, of Engle- wood, Colorado; a grandson, Jeff Gordon; his sister-in-law, Doris
Clarke, of Abilene; nieces, Marilyn Bramley of Georgetown, Tex- as and Barbara Clarke Hocker
of Carbondale, Colorado; neph- ews, Dr. Dale McDonald, Tommy Clarke, both of San Angelo,
and Randy Clarke of Abilene.
Memorials may be sent to the Christian Service Center, 901 Mesquite, Texas, Abilene, Texas
79601 or the ACU Athletic Fund, ACU P. O. Box 27916, Abilene, Texas 79699.
Online condolences may be sent to elliott-hamil.com.
Phyllis Wright
Monday, July 24, 2006
EASTLAND -- Phyllis Wright, 82, of Eastland passed away on Saturday, July 22, 2006, at her
home. Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2006 at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel with
Rev. Dwaine Clower, Rev. Keith Clower, and Rev. Jody Forbus officiating. Burial will be in
Simpson Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Eastland, Texas.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Mrs. Wright was born on July 15, 1924 in Ranger, Texas, to John C. and Hattie (Gregory)
Donaldson. She grew up in Carbon and was a graduate of Carbon High School. Mrs. Wright
worked as a seamstress for Hollywood Vassarette and for 30 years at Comanche County Electric
as a clerk. She was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church. Mrs. Wright was preceded in death
by three husbands, Dwight Bryant, H. D. Sessum, and Vernon Wright.
Mrs. Wright is survived by: a sister, Wanda Bryant of Carbon; three brothers, Jake Donaldson of
Eastland, Glenn Donaldson of Artesia, New Mexico and Danny Donaldson of Houston.
Numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews and great- great nieces and nephews whom
she considered her children.
Memorials may be made to Girling Hospice of Eastland.
EDWARDS FUNERAL HOME EASTLAND, TEXAS
Death Notices 07.24.06 July 24, 2006
Joyce Barnes
BROWNWOOD - Joyce Barnes, 64, died Saturday, July 22, 2006. Services are pending with
Netherton Funeral Home.
Patsy Landers Berry
COLEMAN - Patsy Landers Berry, 77, died Sunday, July 23, 2006. Services are 11 a.m.
Wednesday at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Coleman City Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Dee Bowen
COLORADO CITY - Dee Bowen, 64, of Littlefield, formerly of Colorado City, died Saturday,
July 22, 2006. Services are 10 a.m. today at Kiker-Seale Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will
follow in Colorado City Cemetery.
Maria Rios Casas
Maria Rios Casas, 48, died Sunday, July 23, 2006. Arrangements are pending with Elliott-Hamil
Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
K.C. Dixon
STRAWN - K.C. Dixon, 84, died Sunday, July 23, 2006. Services are pending with Edwards
Funeral Home.
Polly Ann Jacobs
STEPHENVILLE - Polly Ann Jacobs, 65, died Sunday, July 23, 2006. Graveside services are 10
a.m. Wednesday in Exray Cemetery in Erath County. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at
Stephenville Funeral Home.
Isaac Floyd Keeney
COLEMAN - Isaac Floyd Keeney, 62, died Saturday, July 22, 2006. Graveside services are 4
p.m. today at Coleman City Cemetery Pavilion under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.
Roger Wayne Park
BIG SPRING - Roger Wayne Park, 62, died Saturday, July 22, 2006. Services are 4 p.m.
Wednesday at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel. A private family burial will follow in
Trinity Memorial Park. Visitation is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Robert J. Slaymaker
BROWNWOOD - Robert J. Slaymaker, 71, died Saturday, July 22, 2006. Graveside services are
11 a.m. Tuesday in Greenleaf Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at Davis-Morris Funeral
Home.
Teresa Trevino
Teresa Trevino, 83, died Sunday, July 23, 2006. Mass will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Francis
Catholic Church. A wake service will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at Abilene Funeral Home Chapel of
Hope.
Juan Vega Sr.
MILLS COUNTY - Juan Vega Sr., 52, died Sunday, July 23, 2006. Services are pending with
Netherton Funeral Home of Brownwood.
Obits for Tuesday July 25, 2006
Kenneth Coleman 'KC' Dixon, age 84, of Strawn died Sunday, July 23, 2006 in
Stephenville. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m., Tuesday in St. John's Catholic
Church in Strawn. Rosary will be said on Monday at 7 p.m. at Edwards Funeral
Home of Strawn. Burial will be in Mount Marion Cemetery.
Kenneth Coleman "K.C." Dixon
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
STRAWN -- Kenneth Coleman "KC" Dixon, age 84, of Strawn died Sunday, July 23, 2006 in
Stephenville. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m., Tuesday in St. John's Catholic Church in Strawn.
Rosary will be said on Monday at 7 p.m. at Edwards Funeral Home of Strawn. Burial will be in
Mount Marion Cemetery.
Born November 7, 1921 near Athens, Texas to Biege Livingston and Jimmie [Carter] Dixon. He
entered the US Army in 1942 and served in the European Theatre in France and Germany with
the 70th Division Trailblazers, 2nd Battalion company F, 275th Regiment. He was honorably
discharged in 1946 as Staff Sergeant.
He married LaVada Morris on September 28 1946 in Strawn and they made their home in
Strawn. He Retired in 1982 after 37 years with the Texas and Pacific Railroad as a Foreman,
machine operator and welder. KC was a member of the St. John's Catholic Church, Knights of
Columbus, St. Johns men's club, and the Palo Pinto County Bass Masters fishing club. He is
survived by: Wife, Vada Dixon of Strawn; Sons and Daughters-in law, Gary and Philicia Dixon
of Strawn and Jimmy and Jane Dixon of Strawn; Grandsons, Michael and Ethan Dixon of
Strawn; Granddaughters, Nadja and Aubrey Dixon of Stephenville and Lindy Dixon of Austin.
KC was preceded in death by: a daughter, Nancy K. Dixon, parents, Beige and Jimmie Dixon
and Brothers Luther and Chester Dixon.
Memorials may be made to St. Johns Catholic Church in Strawn.
EDWARDS FUNERAL HOME / STRAWN, TEXAS
Carmen Rios-Casas
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Carmen Rios-Casas, 48, died Sunday, July 23, 2006, at an Abilene medical center. Graveside
services will be 10 a.m. today in Cedar Hill Cemetery directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home,
542 Hickory.
The daughter of Dolores Garcia Rios and the late Encarnacion Rios, she was born on January 30,
1958, in Kingsville, Texas, and had been a resi- dent of Abilene most of her life. Carmen worked
for Taylor County Health Department as a nurse.
She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church.
Survivors include her husband, Sacarias Casas, a son, Jesus Casas, four daughters, Delores M.
Rios, Sandra Casas, Brenda Casas and Maria Casas, and a granddaughter, Elisa Jimenez, all of
Abilene. She is also survived by her mother, Dolores G. Rios of Abilene; brothers, David Rios of
New Mexico, Sonny Rios of San Antonio, and Mundo Rios of Arkansas; and sisters, Rosie
Mathewson and Lisa Garcia both of Abilene.
Teresa Trevino
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Teresa Trevino, 83, passed away Sunday, July 23, 2006, at a local hospital. A wake service will
be 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at Abilene Funeral Home Chapel of Hope. Mass will be at 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday at St. Francis Catholic Church with Father Thomas Manimala officiating. Burial will
follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery, directed by Abilene Funeral Home.
Mrs. Trevino was born July 6, 1923, in Menard, Texas to Javiel and Julia Reyes. She had been a
resident of Abilene most of her life. She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church.
Mrs. Trevino was preceded in death by her husband, Gavino Trevino, Sr., her brothers, sisters
and a great grandson.
Survivors include three sons, Gavino Trevino, Jr., and wife Nita of Arlington and their children,
Johnny, Robert, Chris, Tracey, Clinton and twins, Corey and Carey, Patricio Trevino and wife
Odilia of Abilene and their children, Michelle, Melissa, Melinda, Gavino, Sophie, Adriana and
Laura and Richard Trevino, Sr., and wife Yolanda of Mansfield, Texas and their children,
Richard, Jr., and Stephanie; five daughters, Maria Silva and her children, Terry, Dolores and
Eddie, Julia Trevino and her child, Javiel, Sulema Meyers and her children, Jennifer and Dale,
Jr., and Rosie Trevino and child, Angela, all of Abilene and Sylvia Medina and husband Jessie of
Mansfield and their children, Patricia, Jesse, Micheal, Vincent and Monica; 28 great
grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren.
Online condolences may be made at abilenefuneralhome.com
Death Notices 07.25.06 July 25, 2006
Joyce Marie Barnes
BROWNWOOD — Joyce Marie Barnes, 64, died Saturday, July 22, 2006. Services are 11 a.m.
Thursday at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Greenleaf Cemetery. Visitation is
6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Netherton Funeral Home.
Ross J. Callihan
BIG SPRING — Ross J. Callihan, 86, died Friday, July 21, 2006. Services are 10 a.m.
Wednesday at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel. Burial will follow at Trinity
Memorial Park.
Beverly Jo Champion
Beverly Jo Champion, 64, of Abilene (Elm Valley Community) died Monday, July 24, 2006. A
visitation will be Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo
Gap Road. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, location undecided. Burial will follow
at Garden of Memories Cemetery.
Emma Jean Cornutt
LORAINE — Emma Jean Cornutt, 75, formerly of Loraine, died Monday, July 24, 2006.
Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Loraine
Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Kiker-Seale Funeral Home of Colorado City.
John Leonard Ehrler
John Leonard Ehrler, 97, died Sunday, July 23, 2006. Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at ElliottHamil Funeral Home Chapel of Faith, 5701 Hwy 277 South. Burial will be in Elmwood
Memorial Park. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday prior to the
service.
Jannis Jo Gallagher
JAYTON — Jannis Jo Gallagher, 77, died Sunday, July 23, 2006. Graveside services are 10:30
a.m. Wednesday at the Jayton Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Weathersbee-Ray
Funeral Home of Rotan.
Estelle Smith Green
BRECKENRIDGE — Estelle Smith Green, 80, died Sunday, July 23, 2006. Services are 11 a.m.
Wednesday at the Melton-Kitchens Funeral Chapel with burial to follow in Necessity Cemetery.
Willie J. ''Bill'' McCartney
CLYDE — Willie J. ''Bill'' McCartney died Sunday, July 23, 2006. Services are 11 a.m.
Thursday at the Bailey Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Tye Cemetery. Visitation
will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home
Reilly Nail, Jr
ALBANY — Reilly Nail, Jr., 79, died Sunday, July 23, 2006. Services are pending with
Godfrey-Neese Funeral Home.
Roger W. Park
BIG SPRING — Roger W. Park, 62, died Saturday, July 22, 2006. Services are 4 p.m.
Wednesday at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel. Interment will follow at Trinity
Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
R. Glenn Riley
GARDEN CITY — R. Glenn Riley, 89, died Monday, July 24, 2006. Graveside services are 2
p.m. Wednesday at Garden City Cemetery under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral
Home & Crematory, Big Spring.
Lura Elsie Ross
DUBLIN — Lura Elsie Ross, 92, died Saturday, July 22, 2006. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at
the Green's Creek Baptist Church, with burial to follow in the Upper Green's Creek Cemetery
under the direction of Harrell Funeral Home.
Novella 'Sug' Stearns
TRICKHAM — Novella 'Sug' Stearns, 88, died Saturday, July 22, 2006. Services are 11 a.m.
Wednesday at the Trickham Union Church. Burial will follow at the Trickham Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Henderson Funeral Home of Santa Anna.
Conroe Huston Upton
SAN ANGELO — Conroe Huston Upton, 78, died Saturday, July 22, 2006. Graveside services
are 10 a.m. Thursday at the Cottonwood Cemetery under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral
Home in Cross Plains. Information courtesy of Johnson Funeral Home of San Angelo.
Juan Manuel Vega, Sr.
MILLS COUNTY — Juan Manuel Vega Sr., 52, died Sunday, July 23, 2006. Services are 10
a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Brownwood. Private burial will be at a later
date in Mexico. Rosary is 6 p.m. Tuesday at Netherton Funeral Home.
Obits for Wednesday July 26, 2006
Patsy Landers Berry
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Patsy Landers Berry, 77, of Coleman died Sunday, July 23, 2006 at Coleman County Medical
Center. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 26, 2006 at Stevens Funeral Home
Chapel with Joe Hailey officiating. Burial will follow in the Coleman City Cemetery, under the
direction of Stevens Funeral Home.
She was born Patsy Charlene Landers on March 21, 1929 in Littlefield, the daughter of Charles
Urban Landers and Lucille Sykes Landers. She grew up in Oklahoma and Texas, graduating
from Novice High School in 1946. She married Ross Ballard "John" Berry on April 2, 1947 in
Brown County. He preceded her in death on February 3, 2005. She worked as a secretary for
many years. She moved to Abilene in 1968 from Coleman, moving back to Coleman in 2004.
She was a member of the Elm Street Church of Christ.
Survivors include her children, Johnny Carroll Berry of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Elizabeth
Ann "Libby" Fuller of Tuscola, Charles Anthony "Tony" Berry of El Paso, Patricia Elaine "Patti"
Scott of San Angelo; three sisters, Sybil Berry of Coleman, Pauline Stanley of Coleman, Nan
Miller of Royce City; one brother, Charles Jack Landers of Auburn, Indiana; nine grandchildren,
nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Pallbearers will be grandsons and grandsons-in-law: Travis Rhoads, Billy Scott, Chase Berry,
Jonathan Berry, Clint Burkey and Blake Vincent.
Beverly Jo Champion
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Beverly Jo Champion, 64, of Abilene (Elm Valley Community) passed away Monday, July 24,
2006. Funeral services will be at 3:00 pm on Wednesday at Southern Hills Church of Christ, with
Pete Knight and Peter McInnis officiating. Burial will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery,
Highway 277 South. Arrangements are under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home,
6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Jo was born on November 9, 1941 in Pueblo, Colorado to O.B. and Irene (Cantrell) Barrett. She
attended school in Abilene and married Claud Champion on October 16, 1959 at the University
Church of Christ Chapel in Abilene. Jo was co-owner with her husband, Claud, of Barrett
Collision Center. She lived in Abilene most of her life and attended the Buffalo Gap Church of
Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Ken Barrett.
She is survived by her husband, Claud Champion; one son, Rocky Champion and his wife
Brenda; one daughter, Hayley Underwood and her husband Roy, all of Abilene; one sister Elaine
Black and her husband, Mike of Alice, Texas; one uncle Jimmie Cantrell and his wife Mary
Lynn; five grandchildren, Amy Murphy, Tyler and Ryan Champion, and Tanner and Toby
Underwood. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Memorials may be made in honor of Jo to the Ben Richey Boys Ranch, 501 Ben Richey Drive,
Abilene, Texas 79602.
Online condolences may be made to: www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
Emma Jean Cornutt
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
LORAINE -- Emma Jean Cornutt, age 75, of Abilene and formerly of Mitchell County, died
Monday, July 24, 2006, at Hendrick Hospice of Abilene.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 26, 2006 at the First Baptist Church
of Loraine under the direction of Kiker - Seale Funeral Home. Her grandson and pastor of First
Baptist Church of Moran, Corey Cornutt, will officiate. Burial will follow in the Loraine
Cemetery.
Emma Jean was born on January 14, 1931, in Taylor County to James Frank and Emma Jane
(Hendon) Blair. Her family worked as migrant farm workers most of her childhood and they
eventually settled in Merkel. She married Lee Roy Cornutt on August 23, 1949 in Colorado City.
She was a housewife, raised two boys and helped out on the farm in the Landers Community.
She also loved to cook. Her family loved her famous chocolate pies and chicken - fried steak.
She also enjoyed gardening, spending time with family and crocheting. She was a member of the
First Baptist Church in Loraine.
Survivors include: one son, Donnie Cornutt and wife, Jarmila, of Champion; two
granddaughters, Kimberly Gray and husband, Tim, of Champion and Joanna Self and husband,
Matt, of Champion; four grandsons, Ray Cornutt and wife, Tonya, of Sweetwater, Heath Cornutt
of Sweetwater, Jason Cornutt and wife, Amy, of Sweetwater and Corey Cornutt and wife,
Cheryl, of Moran; eight great grandchildren; three step great grandchildren and numerous nieces
and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Lee Roy Curnutt on February 14, 2006; and one son,
Dennis Cornutt on March 11, 2005.
Pallbearers are: Matt Self, Tim Gray, Mark Cornutt, Jim Dale, Gary Cordle, Randy Merket and
Kim Hall.
John Leonard Ehrler
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
John Leonard Ehrler, 97, died Sunday, July 23, 2006, in Weatherford, Texas.
The son of Minnie Lee (Jones) and John Ehrler, he was born on October 4, 1908, in Coleman,
Texas, where he attended school. John married Naoma Steward on December 24, 1949, in
Dallas, Texas, and in 1950, moved from Dallas to Abilene. He retired after 25 years with
Mayflower Moving and Storage for which he was a warehouseman.
John was a member of Oak Street Baptist Church in Abilene, and served in the National Guard.
He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, one brother and two sisters.
Survivors include two sons, John Leonard Ehrler Jr. and wife Ginger of New Braunfels, Texas
and Kenneth Lee Steward and wife Billy Jean of Dallas Texas, and two daughters, Barbara
Philley and husband Miles Curtise of Abilene, Texas and Linda Barry and husband Hugh of
Powderhorn, Colorado: nine grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Faith, 5701 Hwy
277 South, with Rev. Sam Arp officiating. Interment will be in Elmwood Memorial Park.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 1 to 2 p.m. today prior to the service.
Pallbearers will be Steve Philley, Miles Philley, Mike Steward, Chris Barry, Mark Barry, and
Chad Barry.
L. B. 'Tubby' Jones
Holden - McCauley Funeral Home
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
HASKELL -- L. B. 'Tubby' Jones, 90, of Haskell, died Tuesday, July 25, 2006, at Rice Springs
Care Home in Haskell. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 26, 2006,
at Howard Cemetery with Reverend Greg Gasaway officiating. Arrangements are being handled
by Holden - McCauley Funeral Home in Haskell.
Mr. Jones was born on March 18, 1916 in Duncanville to Otis Jones and Early Cobb Jones. He
farmed in the Paint Creek area most of his life. He married Omah Fay Watson. She preceded him
in death in 1976.
He is survived by: his four daughters, Roberta Gayle Hawkins of Ft. Worth, Belva Jean Fleming
of Bronte, Frances Annalene Heathcoat of Kansas and Nancy Kay Jones of San Angelo; one son,
Jerry Don Jones of Amarillo; and his brother, W. H. Jones of Dallas; eight grandchildren; and
four great-grandchildren.
D. B. Kinnard
Parker Funeral Home
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
ABILENE -- D. B. Kinnard, age 91, of Abilene, Texas died Tuesday, July 25, 2006 in an
Abilene hospital.
A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 25, 2006 at Ross Cemetery
Annex directed by Parker Funeral Home of Baird. Rev. Ricky Rister will officiate.
Dorman was born February 13, 1914 in Blanco County, Texas to Benjamin Birl Kinnard and
Lottie Lawrence Kinnard. He had lived in Abilene for 20 years and Albany, Texas for 40 years.
He was retired from the Texas State Highway Department where he worked in road
maintenance. He was a member of the South Park Baptist Church and the Rose Park Senior
Citizens. He was an avid domino player. He married Lavada Ilene Witt in Abilene, Texas on
April 25, 1997.
He is survived by: Wife Ilene Kinnard of Abilene, Texas; 3 daughters, Lendie Smith of
Sweetwater, Texas, Ann Henderson of Byers, Colorado and Step daughter, Bobbie Pierson of
Sweetwater, Texas; 1 son, Mickey Birl Kinnard of Albany, Texas; 2 Brothers, Clay Kinnard of
Eastland, Texas and Delbert Kinnard of Eastland, Texas; 2 step sons, Don Witt of Mobile,
Alabama and Bill Witt of League City,Texas; 4 step daughters, Wanda Bradford of Oklahoma
City, Oklahoma, Nancy Vaughn of Del Rio, Texas, Jeannie Newman of Abilene, Texas and
Susan Dwinal of Abilene, Texas; as well as numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and 1
great grandchild; and numerous step grandchildren, great grandchildren.
Lucretia E. Lockett
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
JUNCTION, TEXAS -- Lucretia E. Lockett, 78, of Big Spring and Junction, Texas, found rest in
the arms of her beloved Savior on Monday, July 24, 2006.
Mrs. Lockett was born in Coleman County on December 2, 1927. She attended Grosvenor and
Coleman schools and graduated from Big Spring High School in 1945. She was a retired CNA
health care giver, a career that she started at the ripe young age of 62. Mrs. Lockett also worked
for the Abilene Reporter News as a teletyper, Crockett County Sheriffs Department as a Deputy
Tax Assessor, and for Denman's Insurance as a tax preparer. She was a member of the First
Baptist Church in Junction where she faithfully and patiently served in the four - year old
department for 41 years. Mrs. Lockett was also a member of the Joy Class where she was valued
for her vast and ready knowledge of the Holy Scriptures. She was also a member of the Ozona
Chapter of the Eastern Star. She was lovingly known by her family as the "queen" of recycling.
She also enjoyed crocheting and reading. She will be remembered by all who knew her as a
humble servant who trusted in the faithfulness of her loving God.
Mrs. Lockett was the daughter of the late Robert Lee England and the late Mattie Lucretia Bailey
England. She was the widow of John Arvel Lockett whom she married on June 23, 1949, and
remained so for 41 years. She was the mother of the late Laura Lee Lockett and the late Wanda
Jean Lockett. She was preceded in death by 5 brothers: Ralph, Aaron, Malcolm, Calvin, and
Alford; and 3 sisters: Sudie, Blanche, and Dorothy.
Mrs. Lockett is survived by her daughter, LeJean Anderson, and her husband, Sammy, of Big
Spring: her granddaughter, Allison Tomlinson, and her husband, Bobby, of Junction; her
granddaughter, Christy Murr, of Austin; her grandson, Jason Anderson, of Midland; and her
granddaughter, Stacey Best, and her husband, Jeremiah, of Coahoma. " G' Ma Lockett" is also
lovingly survived by 6 great grandchildren: Dannie, Justin, and Aimee Boone of Junction;
Kaleigh Murr of Austin; and Aubrey and Kenna Best of Coahoma. She is also survived by many
loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Services will be held on Thursday, July 27, 2006, at the First Baptist Church of Junction, Texas
at 11:00 a.m., under the direction of the Gentry - Fife Funeral Home. Famly visitation will be
from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, July 26, at Gentry - Fife Funeral Home.
The family requests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.
Willie J. "Bill" McCartney
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
CLYDE -- Willie J. "Bill" McCartney, 78, of Clyde died Sunday, July 23, 2006 at a local
hospital.
Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday at the Bailey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ricky
Rister officiating and burial to follow in the Tye Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Funeral
Home of Clyde.
Mr. McCartney was born May 9, 1928 in Tye to Jay and Pearl (Burns) McCartney. He grew up
and attended school in Merkel. He joined the U.S. Army in 1943. He married Shirley Gardner on
October 18, 1968 in Mexico. They moved to Clyde from Abilene in 1990. He was a member of
the Trinity Baptist Church in Abilene.
Survivors include: his wife, Shirley of Clyde; four sons, Randall Clark and wife, Kim of Clyde,
Brent Clark of Houston, Mike Clark and wife, Shawnalee of Clyde and Billy McCartney of
Clyde; five daughters, Sally Hudson and husband, Mike of Ranger, Mary Lou Kinsey and
husband, Orville of Sterling City, Margaret Shores and husband, Gary of Abilene, Anna Luna of
Stephenville, and Pam Medlock and husband, Mike of Clyde; and numerous grandchildren and
great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Mike McCartney.
Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Donations may be made to Hendrick Hospice Care, P.O. Box 1922, Abilene, Texas, 79604.
William Reilly Nail, Jr.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
ALBANY, TEXAS -- William Reilly Nail, Jr., died on Sunday, July 23, 2006
in an Abilene hospital. Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on
Thursday, July 27, 2006 at the Albany Cemetery with Father Steve Birdwell
Officiating. Arrangements entrusted to Godfrey - Neese Funeral Home.
Reilly Nail was born on July 3, 1927, and was the son of William R. "Bill" and Wyldon Burgess
Nail. He attended elementary school in Albany, Texas, and graduated from the high school
division of New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, New Mexico, in 1945. He then served in the
United Stated Navy from July 1945 through August of 1946. In September, 1946, he entered
Princeton University and graduated in 1950. [At Princeton, he roomed with George Harkins, T.
Guthrie Speers, and Harry Seggaman and lived in '79 Hall. He was a member of the Quadrangle
Club and was active in Theatre Intime, tennis, and other activities.]
He spent the first thirty years of his adult life in New York City where he worked as a television
producer for CBS - TV, Young and Rubicam, Filmex and other television producing companies.
His projects included Gunsmoke, The Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, and
numerous other television productions. In 1966, Nail was awarded The New York City Art
Directors Award for the documentary Magic of the Masters.
In 1977, along with his cousin, Bill Bomar and others, he founded The Old Jail Art Center in his
hometown of Albany, Texas. Today The Old Jail Art Center is now recognized both nationally
and internationally and has long been accredited by the American Association of Museums. Nail
retired from active participation in the day to day activities of the art museum in 1996 but
remained on its board as a trustee advisor. In 2002, he was named Trustee of the Year by the
Texas Association of Museums. He was also responsible for instituting the Emerging Texas
Artist exhibition series at the Old Jail which promoted young Texas artists.
Nail began collecting art when still a sophomore at Princeton University and continued
collecting the rest of his life. In 1980, he gave a large portion of his collection to The Old Jail Art
Center. The remainder of his art collection was given to the art center in 2005. In an interview,
Nail described his collecting as "eclectic." He told the interviewer, "I buy only what personally
appeals to me. I think it is a mistake to buy a work of art for investment or name value. And, as
long as you like it, it doesn't matter if the rest of the world has never heard of the artist".
In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees of The Old Jail Art Center, Nail has also served
as a Trustee of The Cook Children's Medical Center, Fort Worth, Texas, as an Alumni Advisor,
The Princeton Art Museum, The Albany Chest, and The Board of the Aztec Theater. He also
directed several plays for the Albany Mainstreet Playhouse which were performed in that theater.
Reilly Nail is the author of Picasso, The Making of a Public, a monograph on the use of publicity
and public relations in making a reputation in the Arts. In 1995, he wrote Per Stirpes, The John
M. Nail Family in Texas, 1839 - 1995, a history of his family after they arrived in Texas.
He is survived by: a sister, Matilda Nail Peeler, and two nieces, Skylar Petty Merrifield, Lezlie
Petty Davis and their children, all of Fort Worth, Texas, and one nephew, Judson nail Petty of
Austin, Texas. Other survivors include: Diana Noland Nail and children of Albany, Texas,
Ronald James Nail of Abilene, Texas, Emily Coates Sundt of Houston, Texas, Cynthia Pl
Coates, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Merrick Davis Coates of Lamy, New Mexico.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, Texas, Cook
Children's Medical Center, Fort Worth, or to the Charity of Choice.
Conroe Huston Upton
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
SAN ANGELO -- Conroe Huston Upton, age 78, of San Angelo, passed peacefully into God's
waiting arms on Saturday, July 22, 2006. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on
Thursday, July 27, 2006 at Cottonwood Cemetery under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral
Home in Cross Plains, Texas. His nephew, Reverend Herbert Hester, of Tullahoma, Tennessee
will officiate.
Huston was born on March 24, 1928, in Eastland County, Texas to Floyd and Mada Upton.
Huston grew up in Rising Star, Texas. He met and married the love of his life, Nellie Oneal
Upton. To this union was born one daughter, Connie Sue Upton, and two sons, Floyd Ray Upton
and Thomas Dale Upton. Huston spent most of his life working in the oil fields across Texas,
New Mexico and Kansas for Tom Brown Drilling Company.
Huston was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Nellie; his brothers, Rufus Dale Upton
and Glenn Upton.
Huston is survived by: his daughter, Connie Upton of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; his son, Ray and
wife, Tena Upton of San Angelo, Texas; his son, Dale and wife, Debbie Upton of San Angelo,
Texas; his brother, C. B. and wife, Audrey Upton of Dallas, Texas; his sister, Eileen Upton
Hester of Tullahoma, Tennessee; his grandchildren, Sean Knapp, Kristi Upton Tate, Zach Upton,
Mandy Upton and Justin Upton; his two great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Meals for the Elderly, 310 E.
Houston Harte, San Angelo, Texas 76903 or to Immanuel Baptist Church Building Fund, 90 East
14th Street, San Angelo, Texas 76903.
Death Notices 07.26.06 July 26, 2006
Daniel F. Albus
Munday - Daniel Albus, 75, of Lubbock, Texas died Monday, July 24, 2006. Services are 11
a.m., Thursday at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Rhineland, Texas. Burial will be in the Saint
Joseph's Catholic Cemetery under the direction of McCauley - Smith Funeral Home in Munday,
Texas. Rosary will be 6 p.m., Wednesday at McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in Munday, Texas.
Emory Avirett
BROWNWOOD x96 Emory Avirett, 74, died Tuesday, July 25, 2006. Services are pending with
Netherton Funeral Home.
Betsy Armstrong
SNYDER x96 Betsy Armstrong, 58, died Monday, July 24, 2006. Services are 11 a.m., Thursday
at the Colonial Hill Baptist Church with burial in Oakwood Cemetery in Waco at 1:30 p.m.,
Friday under the direction of Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home of Snyder. Visitation is 6:30 to 8
p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.
Joyce Allegra Bower
GARLAND x96 Joyce Allegra Bower, 65, died Monday, July 24, 2006. Services are 10 a.m.,
Saturday at the Church of the Good Shepherd. Interment will follow at Indian Creek Cemetery
under the direction of Netherton Funeral Home of Brownwood.
Julianna Gamez
COMANCHE x96 Julianna Gamez, 67, died Monday, July 24, 2006. Services are 10 a.m.,
Thursday, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial to follow in the Gardens of Memory
Cemetery under the direction of the Comanche Funeral Home.
Estella Martinez
GRAND SALINE - Estella Martinez, 82, formerly of Big Spring, died Monday, July 24, 2006.
Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Dale McFadin
CISCO x96 Dale McFadin, 57, died Monday, July 24, 2006. Services are 10 a.m., Thursday in
the Summers x96 Chambers Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.
Blake D. Morris
PLAINVIEW - Blake D. Morris, 41, of Plainview, Texas, died Monday, July 24, 2006.
Arrangements are pending with Abilene Funeral Home.
Douglas F. Owen
SWEETWATER x96 Douglas F. Owen, 76, died Tuesday, July 25, 2006. Services are 2 p.m.,
Thursday at the 4th & Elm Street Church of Christ. Burial will be in the Smith Family Cemetery
in Waxahachie under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater. Visitation is 8 to 9
p.m., Wednesday at the McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater.
L. F. Wilson
L. F. Wilson, 91, died Tuesday, July 25, 2006. Services are pending with Girdner Funeral Home
of Abilene.
Obits for 7-27-06
Robert J. "Bob" Tiffany
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Robert J. "Bob" Tiffany, 86, died Monday, July 17, 2006 in Abilene. His memorial service with
Dr. Cliff Stewart and the Reverend Janice Six officiating will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday,
July 29, 2006 at the First Central Presbyterian Church under the direction of Elmwood Funeral
Home, 5750 HWY 277 South. The family will receive friends in the church foyer immediately
following the service.
Mr. Tiffany was a native of Redwood Falls, Minnesota and attended the University of
Minnesota. He entered the Army-Air Corp in 1941 where he served as an Infantry Officer and
later as a B-24 Bomber pilot in the Pacific theater of WWII. During his tour of duty at Camp
Barkley near Abilene, he met the love of his life, Clarine Marsh and they were married on
January 1, 1943. Both had majored in music and for 38 years sang at countless weddings,
funerals, civic and social events.
Following discharge from the service in 1946, Bob began his career with The Equitable where he
served his clients and his company for 55 years, a number of those years spent in New York as
Vice President of the company. In 1964 he was named Equitable's Outstanding Agent.
Mr. Tiffany was active in countless civic affairs, serving 15 years as a Trustee of Hendrick Home
for Children, as President of Abilene Founder Lions Club, Founding President of the Taylor
County Heart Association, Board Chairman of the Abilene United Way, Co-Chairman of
Abilene's 75th Anniversary, Abilene's Mayor Pro-Tem, a member of the Abilene City Council
and while in New York as Vice President of the New York City USO. In 1964, he was named
Abilene's Outstanding Citizen and was honored by the Salvation Army with the William Booth
Award. Active in his church, he served as an Elder of the Presbyterian Church in both Abilene
and Old Greenwich, Connecticut.
Survivors include two sons, Robert J. Tiffany Jr. and wife Jeannette of Garland, William S.
Tiffany and wife Carlene of Las Colinas; one daughter, Julie T. Walter of Grand Prairie; six
grandchildren, Rob, Ashley, Gary, Bill Jr., David and Jenny; ten great-grandchildren, Nicholas,
Michael, Caroline, Annie, Molly, Ava, Madeline, Laurie, Mark and Elisa; two brothers, Bill
Tiffany and John Tiffany of Redwood Falls, Minnesota.
Mr. Tiffany joins Clarine, his precious wife of 63 years, who preceded him in death this
February.
If desired, memorials may be sent to First Central Presbyterian Church, Hardin-Simmons
University, the Presbyterian Medical Care Mission, Hendrick Home for Children, the Salvation
Army or a charity of choice.
Thoughts and memories may be shared with the family at www.mem.com.
L. F. Wilson
Leslie Floyd Wilson, 91, died Tuesday,
July 25, 2006 in Abilene, Texas. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m.
on Friday, July 28, 2006 at Buffalo Gap Cemetery followed by a noon
luncheon in the Family Room at University Church of Christ (UCC). Meet at
9:00 a.m. at UCC (corner of Washington Blvd. and E.N. 16th) to caravan to the cemetery.
Mr. Wilson was born July 20, 1915 in Thurber, Texas to L. F. and Hattie (Woodall) Wilson. He
married Oleta Campbell on November 17, 1936 in Lubbock, Texas.
L. F. served in the U.S. Navy Seabees in Rhode Island, England and Ireland during WWII. Mr.
Wilson's lifelong career as a welder included work at Boston shipyards, Sojourner Drilling, Paul
Carroll, Welch Welding, Pride Refinery, Salta Pipe and Industrial Engine. His welding/working
buddies knew him as "Dobber." He lived in Abilene since 1960 and was a member at Fifth and
Grape Church of Christ.
Mr. Wilson was preceded in death by an infant son and two sisters, Juanita Harston and Bobbie
Lowrance.
Survivors include his spouse Oleta, son J. F. Wilson and wife Lorraine, "son" Charlie Ricketts of
San Antonio, TX, brother Howet Wilson of Brownwood, three sisters: Arcie Pointer of
Lancaster, CA, Helen Campbell of Levelland, TX and Adelle Smith and husband, Harvin, of
Lubbock, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
Special gratitude is extended to the staff of Northern Oaks Living and Rehabilitation Center.
Memorials may be made in honor of L. F. Wilson to Abilene Christian Schools, Administration
Building, 2550 N. Judge Ely Blvd., Abilene, TX 79601 or the Christian Service Center, 901
Mesquite, Abilene, TX 79601.
Memorials
Thursday July 27, 2006
When I was 4 years old, I found a bunch of postage-paid postcards that had been strewn around
my neighborhood - probably fell out of a truck. Uncle Les had just come to visit us, and he took
half of the cards and I kept the others. We sent each other a post card every day as long as the
cards held out - even if we didn't write anything on the card except the address. He got the
biggest kick out of that, and so did I. He was always a joy to be around, and I will miss him. Dee
Deanna Wauhob - Midland, TX
Thursday July 27, 2006
Uncle Les one of the kind, he all way made you laugh at everything he did. I can remeber we I
was finally getting out of high school and he ask me to go to a all girl college and I told him only
if I could be a welder like him. He was a God send man and will never be forgotten . We will all
miss him , but when you down think of him and you will laugh.
Zelda Keim - denver ,co
Death Notices 07.27.06 July 27, 2006
Iola Crawford
BALLINGER - Iola Crawford, 93, died Wednesday, July 26, 2006. Services are 10 a.m. Friday
at Lange Funeral Home Chapel, with burial following in Old Runnels Cemetery.
Tanner Mason Hunter
SNYDER - Tanner Mason Hunter, 19, died Tuesday, July 25, 2006. Services are 2 p.m. today at
East Side Church of Christ, with burial following in Hillside Memorial Gardens, directed by
Wright Colonial Funeral Home.
Jimmie McCloud
CLYDE - Jimmie McCloud, 53, died Thursday, July 20, 2006. Arrangements are pending with
Bailey Funeral Home.
Billy Jack O'Keeffe, Jr.
Billy Jack O'Keeffe, Jr., 46, died Wednesday, July 26, 2006. Services are pending with ElliottHamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Samuel ''Sammy'' Ray
BROWNWOOD - Samuel ''Sammy'' Ray, 5, died Monday, July 24, 2006. Services are 2 p.m.
Friday at Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel, with burial following in Eastlawn Memorial Park.
Evelyn Alberta Taylor
CLYDE - Evelyn Alberta Taylor, 81, died Wednesday, July 26, 2006. Services are pending with
Bailey Funeral Home.
Blueford Ezelle Thompson
BRADY - Blueford Ezelle Thompson, 72, died Tuesday, July 25, 2006. Services are 10 a.m.
Friday at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel, with burial at 12:30 in Ebony Cemetery.
Samuel Larry ''Sam'' West
Samuel Larry ''Sam'' West, 69, died Tuesday, July 25, 2006. Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at The
Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road, with burial following in Hamby
Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Obits for Friday July 28, 2006
Daniel Francis Albus
Friday, July 28, 2006
MUNDAY -- Daniel Francis Albus, 75, of Lubbock, Texas died Monday, July 24, 2006 in the
Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, Texas.
Services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 27, 2006 at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in
Rhineland, Texas with Father Leo Schloemer officiating. Burial will be in the Saint Joseph's
Catholic Cemetery in Rhineland, Texas under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in
Munday, Texas.
Mr. Albus was born March 11, 1931 in Knox County, Texas. He moved from Benjamin to
Munday, then to Lubbock in 1968. He was in the U.S. Marines 1951-1954 during the Korean
War. He was a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Lubbock. He worked in the cotton
gin business for many years in many different places including Sudan, Somalia, Guatemala and
Iran for 3 years. He married Rose Hertel January 8, 1964 in Seymour, Texas.
Survivors: wife: Rose Ellen Albus of Lubbock, Texas; Two daughters: Karen Nemeth of San
Angelo, Texas & Laurie Fisher of Matthews, N.C.; One Son: Brett Glenn of Lubbock, Texas;
One Brother: Harold Albus of Wichita Falls, Texas & Three Grandchildren.
Pallbearers: Scott Hertel; Craig Hertel; Tim Hertel; Larry Hertel; Douglas Albus & Roland
Albus.
Honorary pallbearers: Russell Williams; Reece Lance; Jimmy Albus; Albert Schumacher; Leo
Koenig; Gerard Kuehler & David Albus.
Gloria Kay Dugan
Friday, July 28, 2006
Gloria Kay Dugan, 58, of Clyde, passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2006 after a battle with
cancer. Graveside services will be Saturday, July 29th, 10:00 AM at the Clyde Cemetery under
the direction of the Parker Funeral Home of Baird with James Hallmark officiating. Visitation
will be Friday evening from 6:00-8:00 at the Parker Funeral Home.
Gloria was born on October 25, 1947 in the Tye community to Paul and Mattie Burns. She
attended and graduated from Clyde High School and Glen and Lottie's School of Cosmetology in
Abilene. She was the owner/operator of Gloria's Beauty Salon in Clyde for a number of years
before moving and residing in Houston. She returned to her home in Clyde and has been prison
guard for the past eight years at the Middleton Prison Unit in Hamby.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Robert Anthony "Bobby" Dugan, and two
sisters, Virginia Burns and June VanCleave.
She is survived by one son, Curtis Sean Dugan of Clyde; her sister Barbara "Bobbie" Snowden
and husband Bill of Abilene; her brother Paul Burns Jr. of Clyde and Terry; six grandchildren;
Amber, Anthony, and Alisha Dugan of Clyde, Bella Jackson and Britnay Rice of Abilene, and
Traci Gillespie of Sherman, two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews; her puppy,
Emma Lou and many friends.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie McCoy, Dennis Utley, Gary VanCleave, Eddie McCartney, Larry
Cornoyer, and Robert Miller. W. A. McKeever, Mark Brown, & Bruce Baker will be honorary
pallbearers.
The family would like to thank Texas Oncology, Hendrick Hospice Care, and a special thank
you to Dr. Anton Melnyk and his staff. In addition, our love and thanks to all of our good friends
who have provided so much support.
Memorials may be made to the Noah Project, the American Cancer Society or a favorite charity.
Christine Dugan
Friday, July 28, 2006
BAIRD -- Christine Dugan, age 86 of Baird, passed away Wednesday,
July 26, 2006 in an Abilene hospital. A graveside service will be held at
1:00 p.m. Saturday in Ross Cemetery Annex, directed by Parker Funeral
Home. Jim Hall will officiate.
Christine was born January 27, 1920 in Dudley, TX to Albert Rister and
Irvie Armstrong Rister. She had lived in Baird since 1984, moving here
from Ruidoso, NM. She was a retired business owner, and a member of
Church of Christ.
Survived by: longtime companion, Zeno Anjady; one daughter, Brenda
Anjady James of Baird; nieces, nephews, and many more children she
raised.
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Friday, July 28, 2006
Ricardo Flores, 58, passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2006, at a local hospital. A prayer service
will be 7:00 p.m. Friday at Abilene Funeral Home Chapel of Hope, 3349 N. 12th Street. Funeral
service will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday at Abilene Funeral Home Chapel of Hope with burial
following in the Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories Cemetery, directed by Abilene Funeral
Home.
Mr. Flores was born November 20, 1947, in Corpus Christi, Texas to Jesus and Agustina Flores.
He moved to Abilene at an early age and lived here most of his life.
Survivors include two brothers, Jesse Flores and wife Juanita and Juan Flores, all of Abilene;
four sisters, Juanita Valenzuela and husband Manuel of Abilene; Estella Lopez of Chicago;
Beatrice Santana of Abilene and Ernestina Cardanas of Chicago; and numerous nieces and
nephews.
Mr. Flores was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita F. Flores; his parents and three brothers,
Felix Santana, Gregorio Santana and George Santana, Sr.
Online condolences may be made at www.abilenefuneralhome.com.
Virginia Isabel Harris Ramsey
Friday, July 28, 2006
HAMMOND, LA -- Virginia Ramsey, 85, died Wednesday, July 26, 2006, at Heritage Manor
Nursing Home after a 3-year struggle with cancer.
She was born Virginia Isabel Harris on July 2, 1921, in a log cabin in Wheel (Bedford County),
Tennessee, daughter of Frances Lisenby Harris and Richard Ezra Harris Sr. To family and
childhood friends she was known as "Tut" (after Egyptian King Tutankhamen). After attending
Franklin County High School, Winchester, Tennessee, Virginia completed her senior year at
Pine Grove High School in Saint Helena Parish, Louisiana. During World War II she worked as
a secretary for A. R. Holton of Life & Casualty Insurance Company in Nashville, Tennessee. In
1945 she married Tech/Sgt. Richard Dean Ramsey, then of Amite, Louisiana. After living in
Arkansas and Kentucky, the couple settled in Louisiana in 1947, residing successively in New
Orleans, Ponchatoula, Covington, and Hammond. Primarily a homemaker, she also served as
secretary for the Church of Christ Student Center at Southeastern Louisiana University and as
assistant manager for the Bible Shop until her husband's death in 1997.
She was a member of the Oak Grove Church of Christ, Independence, Louisiana; the American
Association of Retired Persons; the American Automobile Association; the Harding University
Alumni Association; and the Central Church of Christ Girls Home Alumnae Club, Nashville,
Tennessee. She was a longtime supporter of the Herald of Truth (Abilene, Texas) and Words of
Life (Louisville, Kentucky) worldwide ministries.
Preceded in death by her parents and her husband; two brothers, Richard Ezra Harris Jr. of
Midland (near Bell Buckle), Tennessee, and William O. Harris of Estill Springs, Tennessee; and
one sister, Rosemary Harris Riley of Harmony (near Winchester), Tennessee.
Survived by a brother, John T. Harris of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; a sister, Bettye Lytle Harris,
of Winchester, Tennessee; a son, Dr. David Ramsey, of Hammond, Louisiana, formerly a student
and instructor at Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas; a grandson, Private Carl David
Ramsey, United States Army; a granddaughter, Anna Linnea Ramsey of Hammond, Louisiana;
and a great-granddaughter, Natali Linnea Ramsey.
Visitation at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home, Hammond, Louisiana, Friday, July 28, from
6:00 to 10:00 PM, continued at Oak Grove Church of Christ on Louisiana Highway 40 three
miles east of Independence, Louisiana, Saturday, July 29, from 9:00 AM segueing to the funeral
there at 10:00 AM. Graveside dismissal at Greenlawn Cemetery, Hammond, Louisiana, at 11:15
AM, and farewell luncheon at the Westchurch Church of Christ, Hammond, Louisiana, at noon.
Arrangements by Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home, 2000 North Morrison Boulevard,
Hammond, Louisiana, Telephone (985) 345.5801.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are appropriately directed to Colorado Christian Services (adoption
agency), 1100 West Littleton Boulevard Suite 105, Littleton, Colorado 80120-2275; or to the
Ambrose Knox Ramsey Memorial Scholarship Fund, Office of Student Financial Aid Services,
915 East Center Street, Harding University Box 12282, Searcy, AR 72149-2282; or to a charity
of the donor's choosing.
Condolences welcome via e-mail at [email protected] , with subject line RAMSEY.
Willard Skiles
Friday, July 28, 2006
KNOX CITY -- Willard Skiles, 72, of Knox City went to be with his Lord and Savior Thursday,
July 27, 2006.
Services will be at 3:00 PM Saturday July 29, 2006 at First Baptist Church in Knox City. Burial
will follow at the Knox City Cemetery, under the direction of Mansell-Smith Funeral Home of
Knox City.
Willard was born September 18, 1933 In Cado, Oklahoma to Ulric and Zelma Skiles. He married
Bettye Miller June 4, 1953 in Haskell. Willard served in the US Army. He and his identical twin
brother owned Skiles Brothers Service Station for 40 years. He was a member of the First Baptist
Church.
He is survived by his wife Bettye, children: Ceissia Skiles Zeissel, Pam Skiles Ward and
husband Tommy, and Bruce Skiles all of Abilene, grandchildren; Kandi Zeissel Miranda and
husband Jr., Amanda and Cole Ward, and one great-grand child. Siblings include Lester Roy
(deceased), Weldon, Harold, Joyce, Peggy, Larry, Linda, and Jimmy and their families.
The family will receive friends at 1201 SE 2nd Street in Knox City.
Robert J. 'Bob' Tiffany
Friday, July 28, 2006
Robert J. "Bob" Tiffany, 86, died Monday, July 17, 2006 in Abilene.
His memorial service with Dr. Cliff Stewart and the Reverend Janice
Six officiating will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, July 29, 2006 at
the First Central Presbyterian Church under the direction of Elmwood
Funeral Home, 5750 HWY 277 South. The family will receive friends
in the church foyer immediately following the service.
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Mr. Tiffany was a native of Redwood Falls, Minnesota and attended
the University of Minnesota. He entered the Army-Air Corp in 1941
where he served as an Infantry Officer and later as a B-24 Bomber
pilot in the Pacific theater of WWII. During his tour of duty at Camp
Barkley near Abilene, he met the love of his life, Clarine Marsh and
they were married on January 1, 1943. Both had majored in music and for 38 years sang at
countless weddings, funerals, civic and social events.
Following discharge from the service in 1946, Bob began his career with The Equitable where he
served his clients and his company for 55 years, a number of those years spent in New York as
Vice President of the company. In 1964 he was named Equitable's Outstanding Agent.
Mr. Tiffany was active in countless civic affairs, serving 15 years as a Trustee of Hendrick Home
for Children, as President of Abilene Founder Lions Club, Founding President of the Taylor
County Heart Association, Board Chairman of the Abilene United Way, Co-Chairman of
Abilene's 75th Anniversary, Abilene's Mayor Pro-Tem, a member of the Abilene City Council
and while in New York as Vice President of the New York City USO. In 1964, he was named
Abilene's Outstanding Citizen and was honored by the Salvation Army with the William Booth
Award. Active in his church, he served as an Elder of the Presbyterian Church in both Abilene
and Old Greenwich, Connecticut.
Survivors include two sons, Robert J. Tiffany Jr. and wife Jeannette of Garland, William S.
Tiffany and wife Carlene of Las Colinas; one daughter, Julie T. Walter of Grand Prairie; six
grandchildren, Rob, Ashley, Gary, Bill Jr., David and Jenny; ten great-grandchildren, Nicholas,
Michael, Caroline, Annie, Molly, Ava, Madeline, Laurie, Mark and Elisa; two brothers, Bill
Tiffany and John Tiffany of Redwood Falls, Minnesota.
Mr. Tiffany joins Clarine, his precious wife of 63 years, who preceded him in death this
February.
If desired, memorials may be sent to First Central Presbyterian Church, Hardin-Simmons
University, the Presbyterian Medical Care Mission, Hendrick Home for Children, the Salvation
Army or a charity of choice.
Thoughts and memories may be shared with the family at www.mem.com.
Samuel Larry 'Sam' West
Friday, July 28, 2006
Samuel Larry "Sam" West, 69, passed away on Tuesday, July 25,
2006. The family will receive friends during a visitation on Friday
from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449
Buffalo Gap Road. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Saturday at
the funeral home chapel with Rev. Doris Miller and Rev. Janice Kahl
officiating. Burial will follow at the Hamby Cemetery.
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Sam was born on October 16, 1936 in Hamby, Texas to Herman Oren
and Elsie (Wilhite) West. He graduated from Abilene High School and
from Sam Houston State Teachers College with a Bachelor of Science
Degree in Agriculture in May of 1958. After graduation, Sam married
Martha Kren Chapman in Hamby, Texas on May 30, 1958. He was a
native of Hamby and a member of the Hamby United Methodist Church. In 1967, the Abilene
Jaycees honored him as an outstanding young farmer. Besides being a Stock Farmer, Sam was
also on the Board of Directors for Taylor Telephone Cooperative for 28 years, County
Committeeman for Shackelford County FSA for 39 years, and a member of Shackelford County
Soil and Water District for 18 years. In past years, Sammy was a trustee on the Hamby ISD
School Board for 17 years, held one term on the Jones/Shackelford FHA Board and one term on
the Hamby Water Board. He volunteered many hours fighting fires for the Hamby Volunteer
Fire Department.
In 1988 Sammy was diagnosed with Large Cell Lymphoma. He was a cancer survivor for 15
years until the disease recurred in 2003. He fought a courageous battle and is now at rest.
He was preceded in death by parents, his in-laws Dude and Imogene Chapman, one daughter,
Kelly Marie West, one grandson Larry Wayne West, and one sister Byrdie Lee Sojourner.
Sammy is survived by his wife, Martha Chapman West; three sons, Sam "Button" West and his
wife Felicia, Stan West and his wife Lori, and Cody West and his wife Tina, all of Hamby; one
daughter, Kren Willis and her husband Brian of Abilene; two sisters Ruth Head of Dallas and
Margaret Mitchell of Abilene; eight grandchildren, Samantha, Carl, Dusty, Jasmine, Eric,
Lindsey, Evan and Oren; and one great-grandchild, Colton Samuel.
Carl and Dusty West, Eric and Evan Willis, Jesse Dominguez and Russell Chapman will serve as
pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Oren, Jasmine and Lindsey West, Colton and Samantha
Dominguez, the Directors and Employees of Taylor Telephone Co-op, Shackelford County FSA
and the Shackelford County NRCS Districts.
The family would like to thank Dr. Hirsch, his office staff, his nurses: Linda, Maria and Shawn,
his chemo nurses: Heather, Cindy, Carol, Larna, Cathy, Rose and Martine, and all of Hendrick's
nurses who gave Sammy such loving care.
Memorials may be made in honor of Sammy to the Cancer Service Network, 107 Highland,
Abilene, Texas 79605.
Online condolences may be sent to: www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
Death Notices 07.28.06 July 28, 2006
Eva Jo Anderson
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Eva Jo Anderson, 73, died Sunday, July 23, 2006. Graveside services are 2
p.m. Sunday in Sweetwater Cemetery, directed by McCoy Funeral Home, Sweetwater.
John Chapman
MIDLAND - John Chapman, 80, died Wednesday, July 26, 2006. Services are 11 a.m. Saturday
at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel, with burial following in Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation is 7
to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Iola Crawford
BALLINGER - Iola Crawford, 93, died Wednesday, July 26, 2006. Services are 2 p.m. today at
Lange Funeral Home Chapel, with burial following in Old Runnels Cemetery.
John Collins
STEPHENVILLE - John Collins, 58, died Wednesday, July 26, 2006. Graveside services are 10
a.m. Saturday inWest End Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at Lacy Funeral Home.
Gloria Kay Dugan
CLYDE - Gloria Kay Dugan, 58, died Wednesday, July 26, 2006. Graveside services are 10 a.m.
Saturday in Clyde Cemetery, directed by Parker Funeral Home.
Odean Jamar
STAMFORD - Odean Jamar, 96, of Huntsville, Ark., formerly of Stamford, died Wednesday,
July 26, 2006. Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at Kinney-Underwood Funeral Chapel, with burial to
follow in Bethel Funston Cemetery.
Betty Leal
Betty Leal, 61, died Thursday, July 27, 2006. Arrangements are pending with Abilene Funeral
Home.
Jo Littleton
COLEMAN - Jo Littleton, 87, died Thursday, July 27, 2006. Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at
Walker Funeral Home Chapel with burial following in Coleman City Cemetery Pavilion.
Estella Munoz Martinez
GRAND SALINE - Estella Munoz Martinez, 82, formerly of Big Spring, died Monday, July 24,
2006. Services are 10 a.m. today at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Big Spring, with burial
following in Mt. Olive Memorial Park.
Blake Derrick Morris
PLAINVIEW - Blake Derrick Morris, 41, died Monday, July 24, 2006. Memorial service is 2
p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church Chapel, directed by Abilene Funeral Home.
Billy Jack O'Keeffe Jr.
Billy Jack O'Keeffe Jr., 46, died Wednesday, July 26, 2006. Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at
Abilene State School Chapel, with burial following in Abilene State School Cemetery. Visitation
is 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Evelyn Alberta Petty Taylor
CLYDE - Evelyn Alberta Petty Taylor, 81, died Wednesday, July 26, 2006. Services are 10 a.m.
Monday at First Baptist Church Chapel. Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Bailey Funeral Home.
Lee Roy 'Boots' Walker
KNOX CITY - Lee Roy ''Boots'' Walker, 82, died Thursday, July 27, 2006. Services are pending
with Seymour Memorial Funeral Home, Seymour.
Obituaries 07.29.06 July 29, 2006
Betty Jo Leal
Betty Jo Leal, 61, passed away Thursday, July 27, 2006, at her residence. Services will be 1:00
p.m. Saturday at Abilene Funeral Home Chapel of Hope, 3349 N. 12th Street. A visitation will
be from 11:00 a.m. until service time on Saturday. Burial will be in the Buffalo Gap Cemetery,
directed by Abilene Funeral Home.
Mrs. Leal was born January 26, 1945, in Abilene to Jim and Bessie Collins. She lived in Abilene
all her life. She worked at the Abilene State School for seven years.
Survivors include two sons, Jim Rodriguez and wife Sarah and Fred Rodriguez and wife Teresa,
all of Abilene; two daughters, Patricia McKenzie of Missouri and Samantha De La Paz and
husband Daniel of Abilene; six grandchildren; and a very dear friend Della Hickey.
Online condolences may be made at abilenefuneralhome.com.
Evelyn Alberta (Petty) Taylor
CLYDE — Evelyn Alberta (Petty) Taylor, 81 of Abilene, died Wednesday, July 26, 2006 at a
local hospital.
Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday at the First Baptist Church Chapel of Clyde with Rev.
Robert Lyon officiating. Burial will follow in the Clyde Cemetery under the direction of Bailey
Funeral Home.
Mrs. Taylor was born November 16, 1924 in Weinert, Texas to Ammon and Maggie Azilee
(Medley) Petty. She graduated from Clyde High School in 1942 as valedictorian. She was the
widow of Ralph G. Taylor whom she married on February 8, 1946 in Clyde. They moved to
Abilene from Clyde in 1943. Mrs. Taylor was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist
Church in Clyde since May of 1937.
Survivors include one son, Michael Taylor of Clyde; one brother, Paul Petty, of Orlando, FL;
one sister, Dorothy Alexander of Pasadena, TX and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be Sunday 4 — 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Odean Jamar
LUEDERS — Odean Jamar, 96, of Huntsville, Arkansas, formerly of Lueders, died Wednesday,
July 26, 2006 in an Arkansas nursing home.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 30, 2006 at Kinney-Underwood Funeral
Chapel with Leonard Dodgen officiating. Burial will follow in Bethel Funston Cemetery under
the direction of Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home.
Odean was born on June 27, 1910 in Santa Anna, the daughter of the late Charlie and Dela
Williams Thompson. She married H.R. Jamar in Lueders. Together they farmed in the Lueders
community for many years. They moved from Lueders in 1970 to Lake Fort Phantom. He died in
1973. She lived with various family members for many years until residing in a nursing in
Huntsville, Arkansas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one infant son; one daughter, Mary Worley;
one grandson, Scott Jamar; two sister; and two brothers.
Surviving Mrs. Jamar are two daughters, Dorsie Wallace and husband Bill of Abilene, and Atha
Eller and husband Franklin of Huntsville, Arkansas; two sons, Wayne Jamar and wife Jennifer of
Granbury, and William Jamar and wife Lottie of Hawley; 14 grandchildren; 30 greatgrandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive visitors from 6 — 7 p.m. Saturday, July 29, 2006 at the funeral home.
Shirley McCully
MERKEL — Shirley McCully, 72, died Friday, July 28, 2006 in a local nursing center. Services
will be 3:00 p.m. Sunday at Starbuck Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Ronnie Freeman
officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
tonight at the funeral home.
Shirley was born March 6, 1934 in Lubbock to Elmer M. and Zadie Culwell Calhoun. She
married Nolan Williams November 1953 in Clovis, NM. He preceded her in death January 1968.
She married Guy McCully November 1968 in Odessa. He preceded her in death June 1994.
Shirley graduated from Lubbock High School in 1952 and attended Texas Tech and Odessa
College. She moved to Merkel in 1985 and was a member of Trent First Baptist Church. Shirley
worked as a bookkeeper for the Merkel Country Club and for R & K Equipment for 20 years.
She was a homemaker. Her hobbies included china painting, gardening golfing and sewing.
Survivors include 3 daughters, Shannon Larae Bishop and husband D. A. of Merkel, Karla Kay
Steffey and husband Mike of Lubbock, Kimberly Diane Hunt and husband Lee of Weatherford;
10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Big Country, 4601 Hartford, Abilene, TX 79605 or to
Trent First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 84, Trent, TX 79561.
John Gordon Stackhouse, M.D.
John Gordon Stackhouse, M.D., C.M., F.R.C.S.C, F.A.C.S., F.I.C.S, surgeon, athlete,
churchman, and beloved husband, father, and grandfather, died on July 26, 2006. He was 71.
Born in Ottawa, Ontario, in 1935, John Stackhouse grew up outside Peterborough, Ontario, in
the town of Norwood. A fine student, he entered Queen’s University School of Medicine in 1954
and graduated third in his class in 1960. From there he went on to postgraduate positions in
America, Canada, and Britain, returning to Canada to undertake family practice and surgery in
North Bay, Ontario, where he lived from 1965 until 1978. During this time he achieved
Fellowships in both the Canadian and the American Colleges of Surgeons.
In 1978, he moved to Abilene, Texas, where he pursued a full-time practice in general surgery
until his retirement in 1999. In both North Bay and Abilene he was widely regarded not only for
his technical excellence but for the constant compassion he demonstrated to those who trusted
him with their health. On their behalf, he demanded the best from himself and those around him.
Upon retirement, he moved to Georgetown, just north of Austin, Texas, where he consulted on
medical legal cases, pursued his love of gardening, volunteered with Meals on Wheels, and
enjoyed caring for his several grandchildren in the area.
John Stackhouse might well have been known instead as a professional hockey player. A
tenacious and talented athlete, he played numerous sports, but starred in hockey. For two years
he played goaltender for the Peterborough Petes, and then for two more for the Queen's
University Golden Gaels. Almost two decades later, he was the Most Valuable Player at the first
— ever world old — timer hockey championship in Amsterdam. His family remembers his love
of water sports in lakes in Ontario and Texas. And his unexpected death came from a heart attack
as he was resting between games playing racquetball.
He was a lifelong and enthusiastic Christian. At the time of his death, he was in charge of giving
the brief Scripture lesson at the monthly men's meetings he chaired at his church. A graduate of
Emmaus Bible School, he taught youth and adult Bible classes all his life. And he served many
years as an elder of Bethel Gospel Chapel in North Bay.
John Stackhouse is survived by his wife of forty-nine years, Dr. A. Yvonne Stackhouse (nee
Annan), and their four children: John Jr., of Vancouver, Canada; Cindra Stackhouse Taetzsch, of
Wheaton, Illinois; and Jayne Gaddy and Brent Stackhouse, both of Cedar Park, Texas. He is also
survived by ten grandchildren who badly miss their fun — loving and fun — bringing grandpa.
Visitation was held at The Worship Place, 811 Sun City Blvd., Georgetown, Texas, on July 28,
2006 at 6:00 p.m. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. on July 29th, also at The Worship Place.
Memorial donations are encouraged to Wheaton College, either online at
www.wheaton.edu/giving or by calling 1-800-525-9906.
Billy Jack O’Keeffe, Jr.
Billy Jack O’Keeffe, Jr., 46, died Wednesday, July 26, 2006, in a local hospital.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Abilene State School Chapel with Chaplain Don Cauble
officiating. Burial will follow in Abilene State School Cemetery, directed by Elliott-Hamil
Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. Visitation will be Sunday 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
He was born in El Paso, Texas, on May 14, 1960. Billy Jack was a resident of Abilene State
School.
A brother, Sean Patrick O’Keeffe, and his grandparents preceded him in death.
Survivors include his father, Billy Jack O’Keeffe, Sr. and wife, Linda, of Clyde; his mother,
Myrtle O’Keeffe of Abilene; brothers, Joseph Aaron O’Keeffe of Abilene, and David Eugene
O’Keeffe of St. Petersburg, Florida; a sister, Lois Johnson of Clyde; two aunts and numerous
nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the staff at Abilene State School for their
outstanding support and care.
Ricardo Flores
Ricardo Flores, 58, passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2006, at a local hospital. Mass will be
10:30 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Catholic Church with burial following in the Elliott-Hamil
Garden of Memories Cemetery, directed by Abilene Funeral Home.
Mr. Flores was born November 20, 1947, in Corpus Christi, Texas to Jesus and Agustina Flores.
He moved to Abilene at an early age and lived here most of his life.
Survivors include two brothers, Jesse Flores and wife Juanita and Juan Flores, all of Abilene;
four sisters, Juanita Valenzuela and husband Manuel of Abilene; Estella Lopez of Chicago;
Beatrice Santana of Abilene and Ernestina Cardanas of Chicago; and numerous nieces and
nephews.
Mr. Flores was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita F. Flores; his parents and three brothers,
Felix Santana, Gregorio Santana and George Santana, Sr.
Online condolences may be made at abilenefuneralhome.com
Josephine "Jo" Littleton
COLEMAN — Jo Littleton, age 87, of Coleman passed away July 27, 2006 at the Coleman
Health Care Center.
Daughter of the late Virgil and Francis Altizer Gordon, she was born October 6, 1918 in
Longworth, TX. On August 6, 1960 she married Grady Littleton in Coleman. He preceded her in
death on March 22, 1980. Jo was a member of the Elm Street Church of Christ and she served on
the Coleman Hospital Auxiliary.
She is survived by: one sister, Johney Dell and her husband, Leonard Williams, of Abilene;
niece, Georgene and her husband, Randall Saverance, of San Angelo; nephews, Gordon and his
wife, Debra McCullough of San Marcos, and Ray Max and his wife, Jo Ann Williams, of
Garland. Also surviving are great and great-great-nieces and nephews; Denise, Victor, and Owen
Grant of Colleyville; Kimberly, Kevin, Kailee & Kelsey Gunn of Cedar Hill, TX; Kevin,
Shanna, Hayley, Coleton & Weston Saverance, and Emilee and Michael Brinlee all of San
Angelo.
Funeral Services will be Saturday July 29, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. at the Walker Funeral Chapel with
Joe Hailey, pastor of the Elm Street Church of Christ, officiating. Committal services will follow
at the Coleman City Cemetery Pavilion under the direction of Walker Funeral Home of
Coleman.
The family requests memorials are made to the Coleman Senior Center or the Elm Street Church
of Christ of Coleman.
Death Notices 07.29.06 July 29, 2006
Sue Carroll
COPPERAS COVE x96 Sue Carroll, 84, died Wednesday, July 26, 2006. Services are 2 p.m.,
Sunday at the Grace United Methodist Church in Copperas Cove with burial in the Goldthwaite
Memorial Cemetery under the direction of the Stacy-Wilkins Funeral Home. Visitation is from 6
to 8 p.m., Saturday at Crawford x96 Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove.
Jean Frasier Farrow
DE LEON x96 Jean Frasier Farrow, 77, died Thursday, July 27, 2006. Graveside services are 2
p.m., Monday at the De Leon Cemetery under the direction of the Nowlin Funeral Home.
Leon Daniel Lindsey Hicks
ABILENE - Leon Daniel Lindsey Hicks, 43, died Thursday, July 27, 2006. Arrangements are
pending with Abilene Funeral Home.
Mildred G. Horton
GOLDTHWAITE x96 Mildred G. Horton, 91, died Thursday, July 27, 2006. Services are 2 p.m.,
Sunday at Stacy-Wilkins Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Mills
County, TX. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday at the funeral home.
Mary Kincheloe
FORT WORTH x96 Mary Kincheloe, 81, died Tuesday, July 25, 2006. Graveside services are 4
p.m., Saturday at the Hurst Ranch Cemetery at Star, Texas under the direction of Stacy-Wilkins
Funeral Home of Goldthwaite.
Precious Lynn Lewis
BROWNWOOD x96 Precious Lynn Lewis, infant daughter of Ashley Lewis, died Thursday,
July 27, 2006. Services are pending with Netherton Funeral Home.
Linda ''Sue'' Meador
Linda ''Sue'' Meador, 61, died Friday, July 28, 2006. Services are pending with Elmwood Funeral
Home.
Harl W. Pinkard
SWEETWATER x96 Harl W. Pinkard, 96, died Thursday, July 27, 2006. Services are 2 p.m.,
Monday at the Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Sweetwater
Cemetery.
Taronna Sewatlt
BROWNWOOD x96 Taronna Sewatlt died Friday, July 28, 2006. Services are pending with
Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
Mary Elizabeth Tate
DE LEON x96 Mary Elizabeth Tate, 85, died Thursday, July 27, 2006. Services are 11 a.m.,
Saturday at the Nowlin Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in De Leon Cemetery.
Mark ''Bubba'' Thorp
LINDEN, TX x96 Mark ''Bubba'' Thorp, 19, formerly of Merkel, died Tuesday, July 26, 2006.
Services are 2 p.m., Sunday at Reeder x96 Davis x96 Schindler Chapel. Graveside services will
be 2 p.m., Monday at Stith Cemetery in Merkel.
Mary Lynne White
PUTNAM - Mary Lynne White, 67, died Friday, July 28, 2006. Services are pending with
Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N. 2nd St, Abilene.
Obits for Sunday July 30, 2006
Ronnie Adams
HASKELL — Ronnie Adams, 58, of Haskell, died Saturday, July 29, 2006, at
Haskell Memorial Hospital.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 31, 2006 at the
First United Methodist Church in Haskell with the Reverend Daniel Echols
officiating. Burial will follow in Willow Cemetery, under the direction of
Holden — McCauley Funeral Home of Haskell.
Ronnie was born January 28, 1948 in Knox County, to R.L. (Bub) and Delma Bernice (Chat)
Sargent Adams. He graduated from Weinert High School in 1966 and went one semester of
college at McMurry University. He returned home to do what he loved, farming. He married
Sherry Newton on October 27, 1966 in Mexico. Ronnie had farmed around the Haskell area for
35 years. He always greeted everyone with a smile and was known to many to have a kind and
gentle spirit and soul. He attended the First United Methodist Church.
Those left to remember him are: his wife, Sherry Adams and son, David Adams and wife, Tina
all of Haskell; his granddaughters that he adored, Ashley and Kylie Adams of Haskell. His
nieces, Cozi Wilson and Jerri Freeman; nephews, Gary Decker, Roy Graham,Keith Graham,
Cody Ivy, Cory Ivy, Josh Tidwell, Brad Tidwell, Scott McNea and Shane McNea. And a host of
friends.
He will be missed by all who knew him.
Ronnie is preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Rhonda Adams in 1984 and a sister, Anna
Decker. The family asks that memorials be made to their favorite charity.
Betty Christmas, age 79 of Brownwood, Texas died Friday, July 28, 2006 at a local nursing
home.
Betty Christmas
BROWNWOOD — Betty Christmas, age 79 of Brownwood, Texas died Friday, July 28, 2006 at
a local nursing home.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 31, 2006 at Heartland Funeral Home
Chapel with Reverend Art Switzer officiating. Interment will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, July 30, 2006 at Heartland
Funeral Home.
Betty Jean Anders was born November 19, 1926 in Hedley, Texas the daughter of the late Sam
Henry and Nellie Mae Myers Anders. She married W. C. Christmas on April 9, 1948 in
Brownwood, Texas. She was a very talented seamstress, sewing all of her husbands shirts and
she loved to cook for her family. She was the supervisor at Brownwood Regional Medical Center
in Central Supply before retiring. She was a member of Lake Brownwood First Baptist Church
and had lived in Brownwood most of her life.
Survivors include: husband, W. C. Christmas of Brownwood; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and
Lora Christmas of Brownwood; son, Jeff Christmas of Brownwood; daughter and son-in-law,
Arlinda and Raymond Williams of Clyde; sisters, Creta Sallee of Brownwood and Barbara
Standlee and husband, Curtis of Brownwood; 9 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.
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Joyce (Godwin) Moore
RISON, AR — Joyce Moore, 79, of Rison, Arkansas died very suddenly in a Little Rock hospital
as a result of surgical procedures on July 27.
Mrs. Moore was the widow of I. E. Moore and was a business, civic and educational leader in
Southeast Arkansas, for many years. She was born in Warren, Arkansas and was the second
daughter of V. V. and Phenton Godwin and graduated from Duke University.
Survivors include a son, Ira Moore and his wife Janet and two granddaughters of Little Rock, a
sister Ginny Johnson and her husband Pete O. Johnson of Abilene, a brother V. V. Godwin, Jr.
and his wife Martha of Tulsa, a brother-in-law F. M. Hankins of Warren. Others grieving her loss
include nine nieces and nephews and some fifteen great-nieces and nephews.
Services will be held in the United Methodist Church in Rison on Monday, July 31st where
Joyce was a longtime member.
Juston "Joe" Morrow
ROTAN — Juston M. (Joe) Morrow, 64, died in an Abilene hospital Saturday,
July 29, 2006 after a lengthy illness. Enduring many physical struggles during
the past few years, Joe fought with great fortitude that always exemplified his
life. Services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 31, 2006, at the First
United Methodist Church of Rotan with Perry Hunsaker officiating. Burial to
follow in Belvieu Cemetery in Rotan, under the direction of Weathersbee —
Ray Funeral Home of Rotan.
Joe was born in Fort Worth, Texas on August 8, 1941 to Jessie Aaron Morrow and Juston M.
Morrow, Sr. He attended public schools in Rotan, Texas and colleges at San Angelo,
Kerrville, Ranger and Huntsville. He was very active in sports from Little League through
college. Just prior to graduation, he was drafted into the U. S. Army and served one tour in
Vietnam.
After his military service, Joe returned to Rotan to farm the family lands, which he did until his
health declined. He was the fifth generation of his family to farm the Fisher County acreage
homesteaded by his great-great grandfather, Nathan Aaron, in the Hobbs community during the
late 1800s. Joe was a member of the VFW (Abilene chapter) and the First United Methodist
Church of Rotan he also served on the Rotan school board.
His parents, Juston and Jessie Morrow, preceded Joe in death.
He is survived by one sister, Saundra Morrow Dominey and husband, Joe, of Midland; one
niece, Deborah and husband Rick Esterline, and their three daughters, Jessie, Katie, and Leesa of
Boulder, CO; two nephews, Mark and wife Ruth Dominey, and their daughter Ailine of Tokyo,
Japan; and Brian and wife Becky Dominey, and their sons, Juston and Nathan of Franklin, TN.
The family requested memorials are made to a charity of your choice.
Visitation will be from 2 — 4 p.m. on Sunday at Weathersbee — Ray Funeral Home.
Billy Jack O’Keeffe, Jr.
Billy Jack O’Keeffe, Jr., 46, died Wednesday, July 26, 2006, in a local hospital.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Abilene State School Chapel with Chaplain Don Cauble
officiating. Burial will follow in Abilene State School Cemetery, directed by Elliott-Hamil
Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. Visitation will be Sunday 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
He was born in El Paso, Texas, on May 14, 1960. Billy Jack was a resident of Abilene State
School.
A brother, Sean Patrick O’Keeffe, and his grandparents preceded him in death.
Survivors include his father, Billy Jack O’Keeffe, Sr. and wife, Linda, of Clyde; his mother,
Myrtle O’Keeffe of Abilene; brothers, Joseph Aaron O’Keeffe of Abilene, and David Eugene
O’Keeffe of St. Petersburg, Florida; a sister, Lois Johnson of Clyde; two aunts and numerous
nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the staff at Abilene State School for their
outstanding support and care.
Harl W. Pinkard
SWEETWATER — Harl W. Pinkard, 96, died Thursday, July 27, 2006 at Rolling Plains
Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 31, 2006 at CateSpencer & Trent Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Harvey Tingle and Rev. Joe Dee Ray
officiating. Burial will follow in Sweetwater Cemetery, under the direction of Cate-Spencer &
Trent Funeral Home.
Mr. Pinkard was born February 25, 1910 in Comanche. On August 31, 1941, he married Tula
Mae Paddock in Fort Worth. He came to Sweetwater in 1929 and stayed until 1973. In 1973, he
moved to Durant, Oklahoma, where he and his wife made their home until returning to
Sweetwater in 2003.
Survivors include: his wife, Tula Mae Pinkard of Sweetwater; one daughter, Beth Stewart of
Redondo Beach, CA; one grandson, Daniel Stewart of Laguna Beach, CA; one greatgranddaughter, Kate Stewart of San Francisco, CA;
CATE-SPENCER & TRENT FUNERAL HOME / SWEETWATER, TEXAS
Evelyn Alberta (Petty) Taylor
CLYDE — Evelyn Alberta (Petty) Taylor, 81, of Abilene, died Wednesday,
July 26, 2006, at a local hospital.
Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church Chapel of
Clyde with Rev. Robert Lyon officiating. Burial will follow in the Clyde
Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home.
Mrs. Taylor was born November 16, 1924, in Weinert, Texas, to Ammon and Maggie Azilee
(Medley) Petty. She graduated from Clyde High School in 1942 as valedictorian. She moved to
Abilene from Clyde in 1943. She was the widow of Ralph G. Taylor whom she married on
February 8, 1946, in Clyde. Mrs. Taylor was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist
Church of Clyde since May of 1937.
Survivors include one son, Michael Taylor of Clyde; one brother, Paul Petty of Orlando, FL; one
sister, Dorothy Alexander of Pasadena, TX; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers: Curtis Edwin Petty and
James Petty.
Visitation will be Sunday 4 — 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
BAILEY FUNERAL HOME / CLYDE, TEXAS
Gordon Turner
RANGER — Gordon Turner, age 89, of Ranger, formerly of Dallas died Saturday, July 29, 2006
in Eastland.
Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 31, 2006 in the First Baptist Church in
Ranger. Burial will be in Bullock Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of
Ranger.
Born November 20, 1916 in Ellis County to Lee and Lilley (Hill) Turner. He was raised in Hill
and Ellis Counties. He married Marie Boone in Dallas on July 11, 1947. He worked as Shop
Manager of Cullum & Boren apparel factory for 30 years in Dallas. In 1973 they moved to
Ranger and opened the "Ranger Athletics Manufacturing." which they sold in 1978 and
continued to manage for another 10 years. He enjoyed farming and raising cattle and watching
TV. He was a Baptist.
Survivors include: his wife of 59 years, Marie of Ranger;
brothers-in-Law and wives; Troyce and Effie Mae Boone of Ranger, Wilbur "Pete" & Sarah
Boone of Hobbs New Mexico.
Several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Lee and Lilley Turner, two Brothers and seven Sisters.
EDWARDS FUNERAL HOME / RANGER, TEXAS
Death Notices 07.30.06 July 30, 2006
Charles Billy Bob Branch
GRAND PRAIRIE - Charles Billy Bob Branch, 78, died Friday, July 28, 2006. Services are 3:30
p.m. Tuesday at Moore Funeral Home Chapel, 1219 N. Davis Drive. Burial will be in Moore
Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Charles L. Burnett
SWEETWATER - Charles L. Burnett, 63, died Saturday, July, 29, 2006. Services are pending
with McCoy Funeral Home.
Era V. Collins
COLEMAN - Era V. Collins, 101, died Friday, July 28, 2006. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at
Stevens Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Coleman City Cemetery. Visitation is from
7 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Betty L. Dentler
TYE - Betty L. Dentler, 64, died Friday, July 28, 2006. Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at Tye
Baptist Church. Burial will be in Tye Cemetery directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542
Hickory, Abilene. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Robert P. Henderson
STEPHENVILLE - Robert P. Henderson, 90, died Friday, July 28, 2006. Services are 10 a.m.
Monday at Stephenville Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside services will follow in Lingleville East
End Cemetery in Lingleville. Visitation is from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Linda ''Sue'' Meador
Linda ''Sue'' Meador, 61, died Friday, July 28, 2006. Graveside services are 2 p.m. Tuesday in
Elmwood Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Elmwood Funeral
Home.
Joyce Fallin Roetter
HOUSTON - Joyce Fallin Roetter, 82, formerly of Fort Worth, died Friday, July 28, 2006.
Graveside services are 10:30 a.m. Monday in Duffau Cemetery in the Duffau community, under
the direction of Stephenville Funeral Home.
Marilyn Kimbley Schulz
Marilyn Kimbley Schulz, 79, died Saturday, July 29, 2006. Arrangements are pending with The
Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Clayton Swinney
BIG SPRING - Clayton Swinney, 91, died Saturday, July 29, 2006. Services are pending with
Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Perry L. White
BIG SPRING - Perry L. White, 68, died Friday, July 28, 2006. Services are pending with NalleyPickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Bobby Woods
HOUSTON - Bobby Woods, formerly of Ranger, died Saturday, July 29, 2006. Funeral services
are pending with Edwards Funeral Home of Ranger.
Obits for Monday July 31, 2006
Charles Billy Bob Branch
Monday, July 31, 2006
GRAND PRAIRIE -- Charles Billy Bob Branch, age 78, passed away on
Friday, July 28, 2006 at a local Arling- ton hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday at the Moore Funeral Home
Chapel, 1219 N. Davis Drive, Arlington, Texas. Burial will be in the Moore Memorial Gardens
Cemetery. Visitation is 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday at the funeral home.
Charles was born on May 9, 1928 in San Antonio, Texas. He was a Navy Veteran. He was
preceded in death by his wife, Mozelle Wilkinson Branch, and a son, Darrell Wayne Branch.
Survivors include: wife, Gilda Jean Branch; sons, Terrell Charles Branch and wife, Deborah,
Kendall Glenn Branch and wife, Kathryn; daughters, Elena Marie Cervantes, Phyllis Castro and
husband, Daniel, Gilda Hernandez and husband, Antonio, Rachel Ann Mendez and husband,
Nicolas, Jessica Rodriguez and husband, Ruben Guajardo, and Sylvia Rodriguez; grandchildren,
Christopher Charles Branch, Jennifer Lane Branch, Sean Chandler Fleck, and Michael Evan
Fleck; great grandchildren, Brittany Branch and Ashley Banks; numerous nieces, nephews,
cousins and other family members.
MOORE FUNERAL HOME ARLINGTON, TEXAS
SWEETWATER -- Charles Lee Burnett, beloved husband, father, &
grandfather, died Saturday, July 29, 2006 at the age of 63.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at the First Baptist
Church in Sweetwater at 11:00 a.m. A family visitation will be held on Monday, July 3 l, 2006
from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at McCoy Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Garden of
Memories Cemetery with Dr. Harvey Tingle, Dr. Frank Wright, and Rev. Charles Reece
officiating.
Born in Sweetwater, Texas on September 17, 1942 to Lera & M. L. Burnett, he was a graduate of
Sweetwater Newman High School in 1961. He attended Texas Western College - UTEP in El
Paso, Texas and Hardin - Simmons University. He then returned to Sweetwater and joined the
family business of M. L. Burnett Construction. The company later became Charles L. Burnett
Construction Company which he owned and operated.
His family remembers his love for his farm and cattle operation and his construction business.
Charles was an avid golfer and fisherman and enjoyed traveling.
Charles is survived by his soul mate of 44 years, Gloria Burnett, a son Brent Burnett and his wife
Melanie, a daughter Lori Shirley all of Sweetwater: his sister, Helen Adams & husband Barney
of Weatherford, Texas; and 3 grandchildren, Stetson Shirley, Suede Shirley, and Latimer Burnett
all of Sweetwater.
He was preceded in death by his parents, M. L. "Slim" in 1993 and Lera Burnett in 2001.
The family requests memorials be made to the American Heart Association or one's favorite
Charity. Pallbearers will be Bruce Kidd, Allen Carmichael, Larry Meeks, Bill Hunter, Monte
Williams, and Art Maberry. Honorary pallbearers will be Jere Lawrence, Lloyd Harris, Elgin
Coy Berry, Jack Lawrence, Eddie Asbill, and Jack Lee.
McCOY FUNERAL HOME, INC. SWEETWATER, TEXAS
Betty L. Dentler
Monday, July 31, 2006
Betty L. Dentler, 64, a resident of Tye and a very important Mom and Granny to many, died
Friday, July 28, 2006. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Tye Baptist Church
officiated by Rev. Jimmy Hatcher. Burial will follow in Tye Cemetery directed by Elliott-Hamil
Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral
home.
Born in Taylor, Texas, on August 9, 1941, Betty was the daughter of Ada Mae (Brown) and
Sidney Duncan Laurence, and moved from Borger, Texas to the Abilene area 39 years ago. She
was employed by Ringo Drilling as pay- roll secretary, and was a member of Tye Baptist
Church. Her parents and a grandson, Colton Dentler, preceded her in death.
Survivors include sons, Dale Dentler and Russell Dentler, both of Tye; daughters, Vicky Lilly of
Bakersfield, California, and Lesa Stutts of Abilene; a brother, Eugene Laurence of Austin; a
sister, Sydna Mae Buzon of Anniston, Alabama; nine grandchil- dren and nine greatgrandchildren. Known as “Granny― by many who knew and loved her, Betty will be
greatly missed by all.
Ronald Francis Huyck
Monday, July 31, 2006
Ronald Francis Huyck, 48, died Saturday, July 29, 2006. A memorial service will be held at 2:00
p.m. on Tuesday, August 1 at Faith Baptist Church, 2300 South 20th Street. Rev. Steven Parker
and Rev. Larry Hooper will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of The Hamil Family
Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Ron was born on March 12, 1958 in Colorado Springs, Colorado to Rev. James A. Huyck Sr. and
Joyce Ann (Jackson) Huyck. He grew up in Colorado Springs and has lived in Abilene for the
past 26 years. Ron married Terri McEwen 25 years ago. He was a member of a local motorcycle
club, "Rebel Riders". Ron drove a truck for 25 years. He loved deer hunting and tried to be the
best at everything he did. Ron was a member of Faith Baptist Church.
Ron was preceded in death by his son, James Dean Huyck.
He is survived by both of his parents, his wife, Terri Huyck of Abilene, two daughters, Sarah Jo
and Carrie Anne, both of Abilene, four brothers, George A. Huyck of Arlington, Scott A. Huyck
of Cedar Hill, Danny T. Huyck of Mansfield and James Allen Huyck, Jr. of Abilene. He also
leaves behind one granddaughter, Annabella Huyck.
Online condolences may be sent to: www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com
Linda 'Sue' Meador
Monday, July 31, 2006
Linda 'Sue' Meador, 61, of Abilene, Passed away Friday, July 28, 2006, in a local hospital.
Graveside services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, at Elmwood Memorial Park. Visitation
will be 5 - 7 p.m., Monday, at Elmwood Funeral Home.
Sue was born in Abilene on October 26, 1944, to Emmett and Lafern Wilson. She was a life long
resident of Abilene. She attended Abilene High School. She married Butch Meador in 1961. She
enjoyed working for AISD Food Service for 30 years, where she was voted Employee of The
Year numerous times. Sue co-managed the concession stands at Shot Well Stadium for high
school football games, for many years. She was the manager of Cooper High School Cafeteria
from 1985 - 2003. She retired from food service in 2004. Sue loved to travel, including all 48
continental states, visiting several states and cities many times over. She "stalked" The Statler
Brothers and met the members of the group several times. Sue was a member of the Fortune
Tellers, and a fan of Jimmy Fortune. Sue never met a stranger, but family and friends were of the
highest importance.
Sue was preceded in death by: her parents, husband, and infant son, Carey Meador Jr.
Survivors include: her three daughters, Robin Meador, of Abilene, Pam Moore, and husband
Kenny, of Clyde, and Lisa Freeman, and husband Mike, of Melissa; two brothers, Weldon
Pritchett, of Abilene and Johnny Wilson, of Ft Worth; two sisters, Shirley Coleman, of Plano and
Twila Jo Peter, of Fort Collins, CO; eight grandchildren, Cory Freeman, Matt Freeman, Kelsey
Freeman, Jamie Moore, Ricky Moore, Lacey Myers, and husband Brian, Stacy Phariss, and
husband Justin, and Valerie Cooley, and husband Dean; seven great-grandchildren, Taz Jones,
Brianna Myers, Colton Myers, Hope Cooley, Amanda Cooley, Jessica Phariss, and Adam
Phariss; special friends, Nell Hopper and Ruthie Montgomery; numerous nieces and nephews;
and an abundance of friends here and all over the United States.
Velma Mae Morrison
Monday, July 31, 2006
CLYDE -- Velma Mae Morrison, 82, of Clyde, died Sunday at a local hospital.
Services will be 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Clyde with Dr. Toby
Henson officiating. Burial will follow in the Clyde Cemetery under the direction of Bailey
Funeral Home.
Mrs. Morrison was born August 28, 1923, in Callahan County to Silas Alexander and Elizabeth
(Judd) Barton. She grew up in Clyde and graduated from Clyde High School in 1942. She
married Ted B. Morrison in Abilene on July 29, 1945. He preceded her in death August 7, 1983.
She had retired from the Abilene State School and was a member of the First Baptist Church of
Clyde.
She is survived by: two sons, Larry Morrison & wife, Fay of Sanger, and Ted Morrison & wife,
Nancy of Abilene; one daughter, Marcie Lipham & husband, Fred of San Angelo; one daughterin-law, Marie Biggs of Princeton; three brothers, Ralph Barton & wife, Frances, Bill Barton &
wife Alice, and Royce Barton & wife, Betty all of El Paso; one sister-in-law, Leta Barton of El
Paso; a special friend, Kenneth Anfenson of Clyde; 13 grandchildren, and 15 great
grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by: a son, Michael Biggs; three brothers, Robert Barton, Raymond
Barton, and Perry Barton; and a sister, Annie Lou (Tucker) Mashburn.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.
BAILEY FUNERAL HOME CLYDE, TEXAS
Wanda Ruth Cook Stocks
Monday, July 31, 2006
HASKELL -- Graveside services for Wanda Ruth Cook Stocks, 72, a lifelong resident of Haskell
will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at the Willow Cemetery with Gene Long
officiating. Services are under the direction of Holden - McCauley Funeral Home of Haskell.
Mrs. Stock died Saturday, July 29, 2006 in Haskell.
Born March 14, 1934 in Carlton, she was the daughter of R. C. "Charlie" Cook and Ruby
Howerton. She graduated as valedictorian of Haskell High School in 1951. She married Audie
M. Stocks in Stamford on June 23, 1956. She was a housewife and a member of East Side
Baptist Church.
Survivors include: her husband of 50 years, Audie M. Stocks of Haskell; one daughter, Lisa
Shaw and husband, Randy of Haskell; two sons, Danny Stocks and wife, Tamara of Haskell and
Phillip Stocks and wife, Joyce of Robinson: two brothers, Ray Cook and wife, Aiko of Abilene
and Harrell Cook and wife, Mary Jane of Hale, Michigan; two sisters, Juanita Anderson and
husband, Danny, and Amy Sorrells and husband Derrell, all of Rule; eight grandchildren,
Stephanie Boatman and husband, David of Vernon, Joshua Stocks and wife Ashley, serving in
Iraq, Jason Shaw of Abilene, A. J. Shaw of Haskell, Justin Stocks and Brandon Butts, both of
Robinson, Aaron Loftin of Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Lane Loftin of Munday; and three great
grandchildren, Natyleigh Boatman and Brooklynn Boatman both of Vernon and Kyle Stocks of
El Paso.
Memorials may be made to the donor's favorite charity or to the Haskell Fire Department., 301
N. First St. Haskell, Texas 79521.
Death Notices 07.31.06 July 31, 2006
Kitty Andrews
BIG SPRING - Kitty Andrews, 81, died Sunday, July 30, 2006. Services are pending with
Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Wendell C. Barber II
FORSAN - Wendell C. Barber II, 39, died Friday, July 28, 2006. Memorial services are 11 a.m.
Wednesday at Forsan Baptist Church, directed by Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home &
Crematory of Big Spring.
Gerald Braddock
EARLY - Gerald Braddock, 63, died Sunday, July 30, 2006. Services are pending with Heartland
Funeral and Cremation Services.
Era V Collins
COLEMAN - Era V Collins, 101, died Friday, July 28, 2006. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at
Stevens Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Coleman City Cemetery. Visitation is 7 to 8
p.m. today at Stevens Funeral Home.
Velma Davidson
Velma Davidson, 80, of Abilene, died Sunday, July 30, 2006. Services are pending with
Elmwood Funeral Home.
Kenneth Davis
ALBANY - Kenneth Davis, 82, died Sunday, July 30, 2006. Morehart Mortuary is handling
arrangements.
Glenn Dower
BIG SPRING - Glenn Dower, 83, died Sunday, July 30, 2006. Services are pending with NalleyPickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Christy Garcia
BROWNWOOD - Christy Garcia, 30, died Sunday, July 30, 2006. Services are pending with
Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
John M. Hightower
John M. Hightower, 82, died Sunday, July 30, 2006. Services are pending with North's
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