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July Obituaries 2007
*Missing obits for 7-15, 7-17 and 7-18*
Obits for Sunday, July 01, 2007
Carolyn Louise Barth
Sunday, July 01, 2007
The family of Carolyn L Barth is saddened to announce her death on June 25, 2007.
She had been living for the last six and a half years in Palmer, Alaska.
Carolyn spent the last two and a half years in an assisted living facility in close proximity to one of her daughters' home.
She died peacefully in her sleep. She was 61 years old.
Carolyn was born in Ballinger, Texas in November 1945 to Benjamin Franklin Clendennen and Nancy Oreta Bradshaw.
Carolyn met her future husband Reo L Hartman, to whom she was married in 1959. They settled in Coleman, Texas
where Carolyn gave birth to her eight children Anna, Paul, Paula, Brenda, William, Nancy, Robert, and Lorena. After the
end of their marriage, Carolyn moved to Abilene, Texas where she resided until moving to Palmer, Alaska to be near
family.
Carolyn was a mother and housewife for many years. She began her career in food service in 1973 and worked primarily
for PaPa Bear's, Hendrick Medical Center, and Hardin Simmons University. When not working, she enjoyed gardening,
bowling, and friends.
Carolyn will be missed by her family and friends, her children, along with their respective spouses, and her grandchildren
Tonia Gilbert, Jonathon, Bethany, and Candace Rogers, Zackery and Angelica Nice, William, Mercedes, Alfredo, JohnPaul, and Jasmine Hernandez, Morningstar (Rachel) and Manual (Alex) Hartman (Metzger).
Carolyn is survived by her sister and brother Lola Davis, and Charles Clendennen and many nieces and nephews. Carolyn
was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Nancy, Martha, and Mary; brothers, Aubrey, Wesley, Edward, Cecil, and
Billy; children, Paul and William Hartman and a grandchild, Adrian Hartman.
A chapel service will be held on Tuesday, July 3, 2007 at 10:30 AM in the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel, 5750 HWY 277
South. Viewing for family and friends is scheduled on Monday, July 2, 2007 from 6 to 8:00 p.m. at Elmwood Funeral
Home.
Faye Ann Butler
Margaret 'Maggie' Claxton
Dolores Nash Derrick
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Dolores Nash Derrick passed away Friday, June 29, 2007 at a local medical center.
She was born on December 5, 1935 to Lola and Winford Nash, Fisher County residents. Dolores was an Abilene resident
most of her life and graduated from Abilene High School in 1954. Then, she attended Hardin-Simmons University and
Tarleton University. Dolores worked for GMAC and many local businesses. She married Don Derrick in September 1959
in Abilene. Dolores and her husband lived on the old Ragan Family Farm for awhile and owned the Country Peddler
Antique store in Roby, Texas.
Her survivors include her husband, Don, of 41 years; her daughter, Michelle Everett and grandson, Aaron Everett, of
Vernon, Texas; her son, Marc Derrick and granddaughter, Alisha Derrick, of Abilene; her brother, Burl Nash and nieces,
Darla Lozenze and Scottye Bourland.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Monday in Elmwood Memorial Park, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542
Hickory.
Jo Ann Hallford
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Jo Ann Hallford
Rowlett
Jo Ann Hallford, of Rowlett, born January 26, 1940 in Abilene Texas, passed away peacefully on June 27, 2007. A loving
mother and a true fighter to whom we owe the world around us, God speed and you are with us always.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Baron and Stephanie Hallford of Rockwall and Jim and Yolanda Canant
of Houston; daughter, Jammie Walker of Rowlett; five grandchildren, Acacia DeLoach of Alabama, Lisa Sagheri of
Conroe, Ricky Schuff of Houston, Jimmy Canant of Houston and Olivia Hallford of Rockwall; five great-grandchildren,
Baron and Rhein Sagheri, Kameron Rickley, and soon to be born twins Savanna and Georgia Deloach; one sister, Lee
Riddle of Abilene.
She was preceded in death by her parents James Elmer Gregory and Lela Bell Steward, and brother-in-law Curtis Riddle.
A memorial service will be held to celebrate her life on the next anniversary of her birth, in Broken Bow, Ok.
Alyne Smithey Lance
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Alyne Smithey Lance, 91, a homemaker and longtime resident of Fort Worth and Everman, passed away on Thursday,
June 28, 2007 in Abilene, Texas.
Funeral: Graveside service 2pm. Tuesday; July 3, 2007 at Laurel Land Memorial Park of Fort Worth with her son-in-law,
Michael Corley officiating. Visitation: There will be family visitation prior to the graveside service from 1:00pm. to
2:00pm. at Laurel Land Funeral Home.
Alyne was born on September 17, 1915 to Phil and Kate Smithey in Maypearl, Texas. She married Tolbert Lance on April
10, 1943 and they made their home in Fort Worth and Everman for the next 63 years. She was a mother, grandmother,
great-grandmother, longtime member of Polytechnic Baptist Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher, and
was a current member of East Meadows Baptist Church in Fort Worth. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63
years, Tolbert Lance on January 11, 2007. For God so loved Alyne and Tolbert that he gave His only begotten Son; and
because they belived in Him, they have not perished, but now have eternal life. They will dwell in the house of our Lord
together forever. Jesus, lover of my soul, let me to Thy bosom fly. While the nearer waters roll, while the tempest still is
high. Hide me, O my Savior, hide, Till the storm of life is past. Safe into the haven guide; O receive my soul at last. In
Christ, there is no good-bye, and one day we will all rejoice at our Heavenly reunion.
Survivors: Daughters, Catherine Lance Corley and husband Michael of Madison, Alabama and Jeanie Lance Heath and
husband Bruce, of Abilene, Texas; granddaughter, Lisa Corley Ward and husband Toby and great-grandchildren, Kory,
Kyle and Laura of Cherry Valley, Arkansas; granddaughter, Shay Corley Williams and husband Myke and greatgranddaughters Hailey and Genna of St. Petersburg, Florida; grandson, John Corley and great-granddaughter Demarie of
Huntsville, Alabama; granddaughter, Amy Heath Krake and husband Jonathan and great-grandson Conner of Abilene,
Texas; sister, Connie Dixon of Denison, Texas; six nephews and nieces and their families who lovingly called her "Aunt
Al".
Terri Jo Teltschik
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Mrs. Terri Jo Teltschik, 43, of Sinton, died Monday, June 25, 2007, at her residence.
She was the youngest of five children born June 15, 1964 to Jerland and Elnor Freeman in Loraine, Texas. Terri Jo grew
up in Roscoe, Texas, attended Roscoe schools, and graduated Roscoe High School in 1982. Terri Jo Freeman married
Edwin Lamar Teltschik June 20, 1987 in Kerrville, Texas. She graduated TST Nursing School in Sweetwater, Texas in 1998.
Mrs. Teltschik was currently employed as a nurse for Sinton ISD in Sinton, Texas. She was a member of New Beginnings
Fellowship Church in Sinton, Texas. She was the mother of four children she adored and a good friend to all that knew
her. Her loving demeanor and love of life made her a joy to be around. Terri Jo was loved by all, will never be forgotten,
and will truly be missed by everyone who knew her.
Survivors include her husband: Edwin Teltschik of Sinton, Texas; 3 sons: Shelby, Wesley and Riley Teltschik of Sinton,
Texas; one daughter: Robyn Teltschik of Sinton, Texas; parents: Jerland and Elnor Freeman of Roscoe, Texas; brothers:
Don (Carol) Freeman of Abilene, Texas; Steve (Jani) Freeman of Brownwood, Texas; sister: Pat (Steve) Hagerman of
Roscoe, Texas; sister-in-law: Linda Freeman of Roscoe, Texas; Half-sister: Jeannetta (Doug) Monday of Shelbyville,
Indiana; numerous nieces, nephews and many, many other relatives and friends.
A brother, Freddy Freeman, precedes her in death.
Funeral services were held Thursday, June 28, 2007, 10:00 AM, Resthaven Funeral Home Chapel in Sinton, Texas with
Pastor Rick Boswell officiating assisted by Pastor J. Mark Taylor. Burial followed in Sinton Cemetery, Sinton, Texas.
Pallbearers were Marty Israel, Jake Freeman, Willie Martin, Mark Smith, Richard Hopkins, Jason Freeman, Colby
Freeman, Rian Freeman, Eddie Brown and Ronnie Barrett. Services under the direction of Resthaven Funeral Home,
Sinton, Texas.
Joe Walker Jr.
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Joe Walker, Jr., age 66, passed away on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at his home.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 2, 2007 at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of
Girdner Funeral Home of Abilene.
Mr. Walker was born on March 14, 1941 in Hope, Arkansas to Woodson Walker, Sr., and Elizabeth White Walker.
They preceded him in death.
He moved to Abilene from Wichita Falls in 2001. Mr. Walker was a Baptist.
He is survived by: sisters, Irella Black of Hope, Arkansas, Presilla Scoot of Texarkana, Arkansas and Ruby Fae Johnson of
Wichita Falls, Texas; numerous other relatives including a nephew, Willie E. Henderson of Abilene, Texas.
Willie Mae Woolsey
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Willie Mae Woolsey, 87, of Abilene, died Friday, June 29, 2007.
Funeral services, with Paul Matta and Donnie Voss officiating, will be at 11:00 am on Monday, July 2, 2007 at The Hamil
Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road. Burial will be at 3:00 pm in Baggett Cemetery in Comanche County, Texas.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 pm on Sunday at the funeral home.
January 3, 1920, Willie Mae was born in Proctor, Texas to Victor Holden and Itallie Mae (Stephens) Holden. She married
Elmer Harold Woolsey on September 23, 1939 in Comanche, Texas. Returning to Abilene from California in 1969, Willie
Mae made Abilene her home until her death Friday. She was employed at The Butcher Block in Abilene. Willie Mae was
a member of Southwest Park Baptist Church.
Preceding Willie Mae in death were her parents, Victor and Itallie Holden; one brother, Balvin Holden; two sisters,
Thelma Fulks and Oleta Voss and one granddaughter, Kimberly Lamb. She is survived by her husband, Elmer Woolsey of
Abilene; her son, Vick Woolsey and his wife Carmella of Cedar Hill, Texas; her daughter, Marsha McCrackin of Grand
Prairie, Texas; one sister, Dorothy Scott and her husband C.C. and their precious daughter, LaVon Scott of Potosi; and a
niece, Sue Munson and her husband Don of Abilene. Nieces, nephews, 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren also
survive Willie Mae.
Marc Woolsey, Travis Woolsey, Aaron McCrackin and Zane Bridges will serve as pallbearers.
Memorial donations may be made in memory of Willie Mae Woolsey to Hospice of the Big Country, 4601 Hartford
Street, Abilene, Texas 79605.
Obituary and guest registry book online at:
www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
Death Notices 07.01.07 Sunday, July 1, 2007
Brenda Bedwell
BIG SPRING - Brenda Bedwell, 51, died Friday, June 29, 2007. Graveside services are 10 a.m. Monday at Trinity Memorial
Park Peace Chapel, directed by Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Lawrence 'Larry' Chiofalo
SWEETWATER - Lawrence ''Larry'' Chiofalo, 86, died Friday, June 29, 2007. Services are pending with McCoy Funeral
Home.
James Harold Cockrell
ALBANY - James Harold Cockrell, 93, died Saturday, June 30, 2007. Services are pending with Godfrey-Neese Funeral
Home.
Perry Horace Cox
BROWNWOOD - Perry Horace Cox, 88, died Friday, June 29, 2007. Services are 4 p.m. Monday at Davis-Morris Funeral
Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park. Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Charles Allen 'C.J.' Davis Jr.
DE LEON - Charles Allen ''C.J.'' Davis Jr., 14, died Thursday, June 28, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. today at St. Joe Baptist
Church with burial in Floyd Cemetery, directed by Nowlin Funeral Home.
Earl Dendy
BRECKENRIDGE - Earl Dendy, 76, died Friday, June 29, 2007. Services are 2:30 p.m. Monday at Melton-Kitchens Funeral
Home Chapel with burial in Hart Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Alma Lee Lemmons
BALLINGER - Alma Lee Lemmons, 95, died Friday, June 29, 2007. Graveside services are 11 a.m. Monday in Evergreen
Cemetery, directed by Lange Funeral Home.
Cordelia 'Cordy' Munoz
BIG SPRING - Cordelia ''Cordy'' Munoz, 64, died Friday, June 29, 2007. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral
Home.
Nancy Louella Pancake
CROSS PLAINS - Nancy Louella Pancake, 73, died Friday, June 29, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist
Church with burial in Pioneer Cemetery, directed by Higginbotham Funeral Home.
Bessie Pearl McFaul Rivero
SWEETWATER - Bessie Pearl McFaul Rivero, 66, died Saturday, June 30, 2007. Services are pending with McCoy Funeral
Home.
Bessie 'Honey' Smith
BROWNWOOD - Bessie ''Honey'' Smith, 78, died Friday, June 29, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Monday at Davis-Morris
Funeral Home. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery near Cross Plains. Visitation is 4 to 5:30 p.m. today at the funeral
home.
Whilimina Sumner
SPUR - Whilimina Sumner, 79, formerly of Jayton, died Saturday, June 30, 2007. Services are pending with Campbell
Funeral Home in Spur.
Obits for Monday, July 02, 2007
Mertise Baccus
Monday, July 02, 2007
Mertise Baccus, 88, left behind Precious Memories of her life on Friday, June 29, 2007, in Abilene.
She was born Hazel Mertise Wright on March 2, 1919 to Laura Mae {Williams} and George Edward Wright in Limestone
County, Texas. Mertise married Kenneth Baccus on October 29, 1939 in Groesbeck, Texas. They moved to Abilene from
Groesbeck in 1948. She was the beloved wife of Kenny for 64 years. Mertise was the family Matriarch, Teacher, Role
Model, and Friend to many. She was the Homemaker, Girl Scout Troop Leader, Home Room Mother, and Mom to all.
Mertise was a Baptist.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Kenny {Ace} Baccus.
Survivors include her children, Joe Baccus and wife, Lora Sue, and family of the Houston area, Kalana Allen and husband,
Robert, and Kim Shytles and husband, Randy, and respective families, all of Abilene; four grandchildren; five greatgrandchildren; and a large extended family of friends and relatives throughout Texas.
Graveside services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday in Elmwood Memorial Park with Reverend John Tunnell officiating,
directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at a visitation 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Elliott-Hamil
Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Memorials may be sent to Abilene State School Volunteer Council, P. O. Box 451, Abilene, Texas 79604 or Hendrick
Hospice Services, P. O. Box 1922, Abilene, Texas 79604.
Faye Hill
Monday, July 02, 2007
Faye Hill, 89, passed away Friday, June 29, 2007, in Abilene.
Services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, 2007, at the First Baptist Church with Lynn Money officiating. Burial will be in
Hamlin Memorial Cemetery, directed by Adams Funeral Home.
Born February 22, 1918, in Bosque County, Faye was a daughter of the late Luther and Nellie (Lester) Haught. She
graduated from Hitson High School and married Delmer Hill December 8, 1935, in the Boyd Chapel Community. He
passed away April 18, 2002. Faye was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church. She lived most of her life
in Hamlin before moving to Abilene in 1998.
Faye was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Marie Hill of Hamlin; two daughters and sons-in-law, June
and Gene Greenway of Midland, and Donnelle and Bennie Sayger of Abilene; one brother, Aurbrey Haught of Idalou; five
grandsons, Destry Greenway, Darren Greenway, Alan Hill, B.J. Sayger (and wife, Tamarie) and Brandt Sayger (and wife,
Margaret); and one great-granddaughter, Alana Sayger.
Visitation will be 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, 2007, at the funeral home.
Lex Shelby
NOWLIN FUNERAL HOME
Monday, July 02, 2007
De Leon, Texas - Lex Shelby, age 83, of De Leon, Texas passed away on Saturday, June 30, 2007 at the Plaza Medical
Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3, 2007 at the De Leon First Baptist Church with Erin Weaver
officiating. Burial will be in the De Leon Cemetery under the direction of Nowlin Funeral Home. The family will receive
friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday evening, July 2, 2007 at the funeral home.
Mr. Shelby was born on August 29, 1923 in Fort Worth, Texas to Cader Lex Shelby, Sr., and Mary Conrad Shelby.
Les had lived in De Leon since 1953, having previously lived in Wichita Falls; He was a Pharmacist in De Leon for 47 years,
beginning in 1953. He graduated from Oklahoma University in 1948 with a BS degree in pharmacy; He also served as
President of the Letterman's Club at Oklahoma University; He was a member of the Texas Pharmaceutical Association
for over 40 years, having served as a member of the Board of Directors for 6 years. He participated in Scouting as a
sponsor and director. He was a former Peach and Melon Festival chairman, a member of De Leon Masonic Lodge No.
445; Past President of the De Leon Lions Club. He served in the Army Air Corps during WW II and was the last living
member of the B24 Crew of 10 with Flight Engineer and Gunner Crew in the 15th Air Force in Italy; He was a member of
the De Leon First Baptist Church where he served as deacon and was the Sunday School Director for 25 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Jim Shelby.
Survivors include: his wife, Melba Shelby of De Leon, Texas; two daughters, Sheri Morgan and husband, Jerry of De Leon
and Jo Anne Tucker of Waco; two sisters, Marilyn Suchanek and Leta Wimpey, both of Atlanta, GA; four grandchildren,
Julie Morgan Christensen and husband, Matt, Karen Morgan Weaver and husband, Erin, Shelby Wayne Tucker and wife,
Amy and Christie Anne Kent and husband, Adam; and four great grandchildren, Elizabeth Weaver, Austin Weaver, Jakob
Christensen and Gracie Weaver.
NOWLIN FUNERAL HOME
DE LEON, TEXAS
254-893-2021
Willie Mae Smith
Fry-Bartlett Funeral Home
Monday, July 02, 2007
Willie Mae Smith, 98, died Friday, June 29, 2007, in an Abilene nursing home.
Services will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July, 3, 2007, in Lawn Baptist Church with the Reverend Price Mathieson officiating.
Burial will be in McBee Cemetery, directed by Fry - Bartlett Funeral Home in Tuscola. Visitation will be 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Monday, July 2, 2007, at the funeral home.
Willie Mae was born May 31, 1909, in Teague to William Moses and Lela Mae Youngblood Little. At the age of ten she
moved to Lawn. She later graduated from Lawn High School and married Lance Smith in 1927 in Lawn. She was a
longtime member of Lawn Baptist Church and served as church pianist for more than 40 years. She was a member of the
Honeybees for 50 years, a lifetime member of PTA in Lawn, and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was
faithful in providing meals at her church and in the community and was known for her hot rolls and chocolate pie. She
was a homemaker and tended her own vegetable garden until she was in her late 80's.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Delmon Smith; a sister, Lola Papasan; a brother, Oscar
Little; and a daughter-in-law, Mary Sue Smith.
Survivors include three sons, Travis Smith of Abilene, Tommy Smith and wife Patricia Mae of Bakersfield, California, and
Dr. Roland Smith and wife Melody of Bryan; one daughter-in-law, Joreta Smith of Lawn, one sister, Agnes Nelson of
Austin; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Lawn Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 268, Lawn, Texas 79530.
Janis Cathryn Turney
Monday, July 02, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Janis Cathryn Turney, 54, of Abilene and formerly of Lubbock, passed away Thursday, June 28, 2007.
Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday at Abilene Funeral Home Chapel of Hope, 3349 N. 12th Street.
Ms. Turney was born July 20, 1952, in San Antonio, Texas. She was a member of the Exodus Metropolitan Community
Church in Abilene for the past six years.
Survivors include a son, D. J. Starks, Jr. of Dalhart; a daughter, Jeanne Froseth of Lorenzo; her mother, Elizabeth Turney
of East Northport, New York; three brothers, Jim Turney of Clyde, Rick Turney of The Virgin Islands and Daniel Turney of
Haxton, Colorado; a sister, Sharon Burke of East Northport, New York; five grandchildren, Damion Froseth, Christian
Froseth, Ashlee Blea, Katelyn Starks and Makenzy Starks; a former husband, Larry Moore of Lorenzo; and a companion,
Dan Bolden of Abilene.
Ms. Turney was preceded in death by her father, Richard P. Turney.
A visitation will be from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Monday at Abilene Funeral Home.
Janis will be remembered and missed by all. Our Love and prayers will forever remain.
Online condolences may be made at www.abilenefuneralhome.com
Death Notices 07.02.07 Monday, July 2, 2007
Virginia 'Nell' Grabs
CISCO - Virginia ''Nell'' Grabs, 75, died Thursday, June 28, 2007. Graveside services are 11 a.m. Thursday in Oakwood
Cemetery, directed by Summers-Chambers Funeral Home.
Ida M. Adair Hokanson
Ida M. Adair Hokanson, 79, died Sunday, July 1, 2007. Services are pending with North's Funeral Home, 242 Orange St.
Edna Mae Jackson
BRECKENRIDGE - Edna Mae Jackson, 80, formerly of Coleman, died Sunday, July 1, 2007. Services are pending with
Stevens Funeral Home in Coleman.
Rickey Ray Little
EASTLAND - Rickey Ray Little, 46, died Thursday, June 28, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at Summers-Bakker Funeral
Home Chapel with burial in Merriman Cemetery.
Cordelia 'Cordy' Munoz
BIG SPRING - Cordelia ''Cordy'' Munoz, 64, died Friday, June 29, 2007. Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Burial will be at Trinity Memorial Park. Vigil services will be at 7 p.m. today
at Myers & Smith Chapel.
Bessie Pearl McFaul Rivero
SWEETWATER - Bessie Pearl McFaul Rivero, 66, died Saturday, June 30, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at McCoy
Chapel of Memories in Sweetwater with burial at Roscoe Cemetery in Roscoe. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at the
funeral home.
Lou Shults
Lou Shults, 65, died Sunday, July 1, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at Community Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Obits for Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Robert H. Baccus
ECKOLS FUNERAL HOME
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Kenedy, Texas - Robert H. Baccus, age 79, of Kenedy, Texas passed away on Saturday, June 30, 2007 at the Otto Kaiser
Memorial Hospital.
Robert was born on December 5, 1927, in Munday, Texas. He married Nora Pahmiyer on April 29, 1995 in Kerrville,
Texas. He was a truck driver, veteran of the United States Army and a member of the First Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by: his father, James Baccus; his mother, Annie Newberry Baccus; sisters, Gracie Richardson
and Janie May Baccus; brother, Albert Joseph Baccus; and his first wife, Clara Mae Lott Baccus.
He is survived by: his wife, Nora Baccus of Kenedy, Texas; son, Jay Baccus and wife Vicki, of Anson, Texas; brothers,
Everett Baccus and wife, Mary, Jim Baccus and wife Pat, Tommy Baccus and wife Glenda and W. F. Baccus and wife
Geneva; and two grandchildren, Austin and Ethan Baccus of Anson, Texas.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3, 2007 at the Eckols Chapel in Kenedy with the Reverend
John Wheat officiating with burial in the Kenedy Cemetery.
ECKOLS FUNERAL HOME
KENEDY, TEXAS
830-583-2533
Walter Wayne Phemister
WILLIAMS FUNERAL DIRECTORS
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Rowlett - Walter Wayne Phemister, loving husband, father and Papaw, was called Home to be with his Father on
Sunday, July 1, 2007 at sunrise.
Born October 14, 1935 in Haskell County, Texas to Marvin and Myrtle Phemister, Wayne spent his childhood farming
with his family. He was educated at Weinert schools and Abilene Christian University where he received his B.S., M.A.,
and post-Master's education.
A lifelong educator himself, Wayne's purpose in life was to shape and guide those whose lives he touched. He served as
a teacher, coach, principal, and Sunday school teacher to thousands and took great joy in seeing their growth. He will
live on through his students and family - young and old - who have been forever touched by his love, patience, and
gentle hand.
Wayne never knew a stranger. He loved to visit with friends, family and others. He always made a strong impression and
will be remembered worldwide. His favorite things, after God, family, and friends, included reading about history,
woodworking, Texas A&M football, and gardening - especially his beloved roses.
He is preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Joseph Mark Phemister.
Wayne is survived and will forever be loved and missed by: his devoted wife, Linda, of Rowlett; one sister, Lola Williams
and husband, F.D., of Bertram; one brother, David Phemister, and wife, Peggy, of Weinert; his children: Rick Phemister
and wife, Emmalee, of Haskell; Randy Phemister and wife, Lori, of Canyon; Melissa Bulls and husband, Clay, of Abilene;
Lee Johnson and wife, Lori, of Houston; Lincoln Johnson of Groton, Connecticut; and Laura Chaumont and husband,
Ronnie, of Friendswood; 18 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren will surely miss their Papaw.
Visitation will be at Williams Funeral Home in Garland on Thursday, July 5 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. The funeral will be at
Saturn Road Church of Christ in Garland on Friday, July 6 at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Restland Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation to Boles Children's Home, 7065 Love, Quinlan, TX 75474; ph (903) 8832204 or to the American Cancer Society for pancreatic cancer research.
Williams Funeral Directors
1600 S. Garland Ave.
Garland, Texas
972-276-5000
Lou Shults
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Abilene - Lou Shults, 65, of Abilene, passed away on Sunday, July 1, 2007, at her residence.
Chapel services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 5th, at Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N. 2nd St., with
Dr. Toby Henson officiating. Burial will be in Potosi Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3rd, at
the funeral home.
Lou was born in Rising Star, TX on August 30, 1941, the daughter of the late Jerl Erwin and Leona (Edmiston) Erwin. She
was a 1959 graduate of Rising Star High School. She married Glenn Shults in Abilene on November 4, 1959 and worked
for Rita Barber, Inc. until her death. She was a member of Belmont Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband Glenn, of Abilene; one daughter, Shirley Shults Galindo and husband, Rick, of Childress;
one sister, Bobbie Glenn and husband, Vern, of Clyde; three grandchildren, Ricky Galindo, Jr. of Lewisville, Jessica Bejar
of Havelock, NC and Monica Galindo of Childress; and one honorary daughter, Julie Davis of Hawley.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Kenneth Charles Erwin; two sisters, Sue Maples and Linda
Sillings.
Whilimina Sumner
CAMPBELL FUNERAL HOME
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Jayton - Whilimina Sumner, 79, of Jayton died Saturday, June 30, 2007 at her residence.
Services will be 10 a.m., Thursday, July 5, 2007 at United Methodist Church in Jayton with Rev. Jake Brooks officiating.
Services are under the direction of Campbell Funeral Home in Spur.
Whilimina was born June 9, 1928 to William and Fanny MCulloch McAdam in Stranraer, England. After school, she
became a lieutenant in the British Forces. She resigned her commission in 1956, when she married Waylon Sumner who
was also in the military. They moved to the United States in 1959, and to Jayton in 1965. Mr. Sumner preceded her in
death in 1981. Whilimina was very active in the community and dedicated her life to the elderly, having served as an
Ombudsman for the Texas Dept. of Aging & Disability Services for many years.
She is survived by four sons, Anthony Sumner of Jayton, Gary Sumner of Glendale, AZ, Davie Sumner of Houston and
Andrew Sumner of Blountstown, FL; three daughters, Penny Elliott of Tombstone, AZ, Debbie Shaw of Dickens and Sallie
Kollman of Odessa; two sisters, Sally Armbrewster of Orlando, FL and Mary Badman of London, England; 17
Grandchildren and Six Great-Grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her parents and two grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to Kent County Senior Citizens Center, P.O. Box 225, Jayton, TX 79528.
CAMPBELL FUNERAL HOME
SPUR, TEXAS
806-271-3333
Death Notices 07.03.07 Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Rebecca Bradshaw
Rebecca Bradshaw, 51, died Monday, July 2, 2007. Arrangements are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542
Hickory.
Ruth Bundick
BRECKENRIDGE - Ruth Bundick, 95, of Abilene, died Thursday, June 28, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. today at Morehart
Mortuary Chapel. Burial will follow in the Necessity Cemetery under the direction of Morehart Mortuary.
Winifred 'Winnie' Cooper
STAMFORD - Winifred ''Winnie'' Cooper, 72, died Sunday, July 1, 2007. Services are 1 p.m. Friday at Sims Chapel African
Methodist Episcopal Church with burial in the Stamford West Cemetery directed by Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home.
George W. Glass
BIG SPRING - George W. Glass, 97, died Monday, July 2, 2007. Graveside services are 2 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Olive
Memorial Park directed by Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Ida Mae Adair Hokanson
Ida Mae Adair Hokanson, 79, died Sunday, July 1, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. Thursday, at North's Memorial Chapel, with
burial to follow at Bethel Cemetery in Jones County under the direction of North's Funeral Home. Visitation is 6-7:30
p.m. Wednesday at North's Memorial Chapel, 242 Orange St.
Edna Mae Jackson
BRECKENRIDGE - Edna Mae Jackson, 80, formerly of Coleman, died Sunday, July 1, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. today at
Stevens Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Coleman City Cemetery, under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.
Margarette Sumerlin Petre
Margarette Sumerlin Petre, 80, died Sunday, July 1, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church
directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Park.
Stella Vee Reynolds
EASTLAND - Stella Reynolds, 85, died Sunday, July 1, 2007. Services are 3 p.m. Thursday at Kokomo Cemetery under the
direction of the Summers-Bakker Funeral Home.
Fermin C. Torres
MILES - Fermin C. Torres, 82, Sunday, July 1, 2007. Visitation is 2 p.m. Thursday at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger, with
a graveside service following at 4 p.m. at the Miles Cemetery in Miles, directed by Lange Funeral Home of Ballinger.
Paul T. Williams
CARBON - Paul T. Williams, 61, died Saturday, June 30, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at the Edwards Funeral
Home Chapel in Eastland. Burial will be in the Romney Cemetery. Visitation is 6-p.m. today at Edwards Funeral Home.
Obits for Wednesday, July 04, 2007
James Harold Cockrell Wednesday, July 04, 2007
James Harold Cockrell, age 94, of Albany, Texas, passed away on Saturday, June 30, 2007.
Services will be Thursday, July 5, at 11:00 a.m. at the Albany First Baptist Church with interment in the Albany Cemetery
under the care and direction of Godfrey - Neese Funeral Home.
Harold was born on March 22, 1913 in Sedwick, the oldest son of J. T. and Hattie Lee Dyess Cockrell. He attended
Boogsburg School and graduated from Albany High in 1930. Harold loved livestock and farming and was the first 4-H
Gold Star recipient form Shackelford County. He attended Draughn's Business College in Abilene and North Texas
Agricultural College in Arlington. He also attended agricultural short courses at Texas A & M where he met Alice Billig
from Sealy, Texas. Harold and Alice married on November 27, 1935 in Sealy.
Harold lived and farmed in Sedwick until he moved his family to Oregon from 1957 until; 1967. There, he worked for the
Oregon State Experiment Station. He returned to Texas and the family farm where he has been known for his pecan
growing for years.
Harold has been a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Albany where he has been a Deacon since 1943.
A 73 - year member of the Albany Masonic Lodge # 482. Harold served in every office and received the honor of the
Golden Trowel award.
Known for his skill of story telling and local history, Harold will be missed by his family and community.
Harold is survived by: his wife of 71 years, Alice; six sons, Wendell and wife, Lina, from Beaverton, Oregon, James and
wife, Vikki from Salem, Oregon, Bill f Salem, Oregon, Bob and wife, Sylvia of Santavinez, Bolivia, Harold (Bud) and wife,
Elaine of Longview, Washington and Wayne and wife, Sandi of Rochester, Washington; a daughter, Myra ande husband,
Ellis Hise of Albany; 11 grandchildren; 17 treat grandchildren; a brother, Robert Cockrell of Abilene; a sister, Elizabeth
Edgington of San Angelo and many nieces and nephews.
Harold was preceded in death by three sisters: Annie Allene, Mary Varue and Louise Rogers; and two brothers, Richard
Cockrell and George Cockrell.
Ida M. Hokanson
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Abilene - Ida M. Hokanson passed away Sunday, July 1, 2007 at a local hospital.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 5, at North's Funeral Home Chapel, 242 Orange Street, followed by a
graveside service at Bethel Lutheran Cemetery in the Ericksdahl Community, Avoca, Tx. Officiating will be Chaplain Paul
Vasquez and Pastor Pete Weist. Visitation will be at North's Funeral Home, Wednesday evening, July 4, from 6 - 7:30 pm.
Pallbearers will be Tommy McMillion, Scott Smith, Patrick Kiefer, Chip Spurrier, Kerry Deen and Jim Bailey.
Ida was born August 15, 1927 in Houston, TX. She married Leon Hokanson July 26, 1973 in Abilene, TX. She was a
homemaker.
Survivors include: her husband Leon; 3 sons, John Kiefer of Lubbock, Tx., Ronnie Smith of Clyde, Tx., Ray Smith of Grand
Prairie, Tx.; and 1 daughter, Jodie Loven of Grand Prairie, Tx.; 10 Grandchildren, 21 Great-Grandchildren, and 1 GreatGreat-Grandson.
Eufracio Everett Martinez
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Eufracio Everett Martinez, 86, passed away Friday, June 29, 2007, while visiting relatives in Mesa, Arizona.
A viewing and visitation will be held from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at Abilene Funeral Home Chapel of Hope.
Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at Overflow Worship Center, 1101 Palm Street, with Pastor David Gomez
officiating. Burial will follow in the Abilene Municipal Cemetery, directed by Abilene Funeral Home.
Mr. Martinez was born July 27, 1920, in Stamford, Texas. He married Juanita Cortez on October 5, 1940.
Survivors include five sons, Silverio Martinez (Mary Ellen) and Eddie Martinez (Tillie), both of Abilene, Johnny Martinez
(Dora) of Grand Prairie, Ruben Martinez and Willie Martinez, both of Fort Worth; five daughters, Christine Perez of
Abilene, Sarah Rivas of Mesa, Arizona, Mickie Perez (Rudy) of Fort Worth, Anita Mayorga (Eloy) of Ballinger and Ida
Mayorga (Joe) of San Angelo; 43 grandchildren; 109 great grandchildren; and 15 great-great grandchildren.
Mr. Martinez was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Cortez Martinez and a daughter, Monica Proctor.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Macario Martinez, Johnny Martinez, Jr., Ruben Martinez, Jr., Jose "J.J." Flores, Jr., Israel
Martinez and William Martinez, Jr.
Online Condolences may be made at www.abilenefuneralhome.com.
Inez McClure Neves
Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Inez McClure Neves, 89, passed away Monday, July 2, 2007 at Fisher County Assisted Living Center.
Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 5, 2007 at Roby Cemetery with a memorial service following at
11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Roby under the direction of Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home. Visitation will be
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Inez, a lifelong resident of Fisher County, was born October 19, 1917 in Fisher County to the late S. J. and Lula Bell
(Keener) McClure. She married H. T. (Mutt) Neves September 30, 1940 at Roby where they farmed and ranched
together. Inez was a member of the First Baptist Church of Roby.
She is preceded in death by her husband, parents and three brothers.
Survivors include two daughters and two sons-in-law; Betty and J. V. Martin of Sweetwater and Francis and Jimmy Dunn
of Weatherford; two granddaughters, Jamie Looney and husband Mike of Abernathy and Jana Bearden and husband Jay
of Decatur; three great-grandchildren, Savanna Bearden, Michael David Looney and Jackson Bearden; four sisters and
one brother.
The family will be receiving friends at the Neves home north of Roby.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to: Camp Courage c/o Hendrick Hospice Care, 1900 Pine St.,
Abilene, TX 79601.
Margarette Sumerlin Petre
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Margarette
Sumerlin Petre
Abilene
Margarette Sumerlin Petre passed from this earth on July 1, 2007, into Heavenly Glory surrounded by her devoted and
loving family at her home.
Services will be held at Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, 3150 Vogel Street, Abilene, Texas, on Thursday, July 5, at 10 a.m.
Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Park directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory Street.
Margarette, affectionately known as "George" by family and friends, was born in Fisher County, Texas, on December 27,
1926 to Dee and Essie Sumerlin. She had one brother, the late Dr. Macon Sumerlin of Sealy, and one sister, Merle Lovett
of Fisher County. Margarette graduated from Roby High School and attended Hardin-Simmons University, where she
met and married HSU graduate Noel Wilson Petre, Sr. at the Sumerlin home in 1945. Noel and George made their home
briefly in Gainesville, Texas, and then in Abilene for more than 60 years. During their marriage they had two children,
Noel (Pete) Petre, Jr., and Jorgette Petre Mashburn.
Survivors include her loving husband, Noel; Pete Petre and wife, Mary, of Kerrville; Jorgette Mashburn and husband,
Larry, of Abilene; three grandchildren, Marc Petre of Cocoa Beach, Florida, Tresleigh Petre of Abilene, and W. Cole
Mashburn of Abilene; and great-granddaughter, Jaisa Petre. She also leaves a very special sister, Merle Lovett of Roby,
and sister-in-law, Bobbie Sumerlin of Sealy, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Margarette requested that rather than flowers, memorial donations be made to Hospice of the Big Country, 4601
Hartford Street, Abilene, Texas 79605; Fisher County Cemetery Association; or a personal charity of choice. Special
appreciation is given to Patsy, Kay, and many others who made her last days pleasant with their unrelenting kindness,
care, and devotion.
One of God's most beautiful
angels is in Paradise today to
patiently await those whom she loved so passionately
here on Earth.
Paul T. Williams
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Paul T. Williams, 61, of Carbon, left this life to be with the Lord on June 30, 2007 at Carbon.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Edwards Funeral Home Chapel in Eastland. Burial will be in the Romney
Cemetery. The family received friends at Edwards Funeral Home on Tuesday from 6 until 8 p.m.
Paul was born September 26, 1945 in Riverside, California. Paul and Bonnie were married in their teenage years and
have been in love ever since, spending their life together working, traveling, and in ministry at several churches. Paul
learned to work at a very early age working all of his life as a roofer and contractor. He based his business in the Eastland
area.
In 1973, Paul had a roofing accident that caused him to lose both kidneys. He spent the next 11 years on dialysis 3 times
a week. Even though this was a very difficult time for Paul, he continued to roof, even in the mornings on the days that
he dialyzed, traveling to Abilene in the afternoon to the dialysis center. Upon reaching the age of consent, his oldest
child, Karen gave him one of her kidneys, which was a great match. This transplant was successful until 2002. At this
time he went back on dialysis.
Paul was a member of the Country Gospel Church in Moran, Texas, serving as a deacon and a trustee. He had a love for
music and ministered in music at his and many other churches through the years.
Paul was loved deeply and will be missed very much by his wife, family, and all his friends. He also possessed a great love
for nature and animals of all kinds. His greatest love was for God and His work to which he was very committed.
Survivors include his wife Bonnie Dell Graham-Williams of Carbon; daughter, Karen Dell and Lee Hail of Gorman; son,
Paul Timothy, Jr. and Teresa Williams of Ocean Springs, Mississippi; grandsons, Timothy Dwayne and spouse Lori, David
Russell, Lance Paul Christian, Michael Dale, Jordan Paul, Jeremy Austin and Connor Lee Hail; granddaughters, Jessica
Lynn and Rachel Elaine; great-grandchildren, Cameron Dwayne and Ethan Douglas; brothers, Joseph Daniel of Eastland,
Walter Jay of Artesia, New Mexico and John Darrell of Carbon; sisters, Mary Lee Jackson of Corpus Christi, Sarah Ann
Horton of Miami, Oklahoma and Virginia Lois French of Cisco; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends!
Paul was preceded in death by his father, Osie Jefferson Williams and his mother, Josie Irene Hamilton-Williams, and a
baby brother, Joel David Williams.
Death Notices 07.04.07 Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Sybil Leonard Armes
DALLAS - Sybil Leonard Armes, 93, died Friday, June 29, 2007. Services were 10 a.m. Tuesday, at Lacy Funeral Home
Chapel in Stephenville.
Rebecca Bradshaw
Rebecca Bradshaw, 51, died Monday, July 2, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. Friday at Baker Heights Church of Christ directed
by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Merkel. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m.
Thursday at the funeral home.
Velia Carrillo
BIG SPRING - Velia Carrillo, 80, died Tuesday, July 3, 2007. Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Myers & Smith Chapel. Vigil
services will be at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
William Wayne Crow Jr.
BAGHDAD - Sgt. William Wayne Crow Jr., 28, died Thursday, June 28, 2007. Funeral arrangements are pending with
Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Highway 277 South.
Lillie Edmonson
GILMER - Lillie Edmonson, 90, formerly of Snyder, died Sunday, July 1, 2007. Graveside services are 10 a.m. Thursday at
Hillside Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Snyder, directed by Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home in Snyder. Visitation is 6-7
p.m. today at the funeral home.
Lionel Garcia Jr.
Lionel Garcia, Jr., 34, died Tuesday, July 3, 2007. Mass of Christian burial is 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Ann's Catholic Church
with burial in the Loraine Cemetery directed by Kiker-Seale Funeral Home of Colorado City.
Stella Vee Reynolds
EASTLAND - Stella Reynolds, 85, died July 1, 2007. Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Simpson Cemetery in the
Kokomo community under the direction of the Summers-Bakker Funeral Home.
Eula Fay Taylor Williams
SNYDER - Eula Fay Taylor Williams, 64, died Monday, July 2, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Friday at The Word Is Life Church
with burial in the Snyder Cemetery under the direction of Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home.
7-5 Longtime civic leader Betty Ray leaves legacy
By Brian Bethel (Contact)
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
One word comes up over and over as friends try to describe Betty Ray.
Hero.
The longtime local civic leader and the third woman to serve on the Abilene City Council died Tuesday, leaving behind a
long, sweet shadow over dozens of civic organizations and causes for the greater good.
From the Abilene Community Theatre to the United Way, her yen to serve others and make a genuine difference is
something that reverberates now and will do so into the far-distant future, those who knew her said.
When she won her Place 2 seat to Abilene's City Council in 1985 - her first attempt at elected office - she was already
well-known in Abilene from serving on a rainbow of boards and committees. That list, said longtime friend Dr. Zane
Travis, encompassed ''everything good for the community.''
''She was universally loved and generous to a fault,'' Travis said. ''If anyone needed anything, Betty was there to supply
it''
That personal ethos, a natural generosity that colored every word and deed, was extended whether it was handing out
yearly Halloween treats for neighborhood children or the concerns of Abilene residents, friends said.
''She was someone you could count on, day or night,'' Travis said.
''She was an example for other women,'' said neighbor, colleague and friend Celia Davis, who now serves on the council.
''During her work on the city council, for example, she held positions that women traditionally didn't have. They loved
her there, but no matter where she was, when she took on a job, she gave everything.''
Former Abilene mayor Gary McCaleb said he and Ray were elected to the city council the same year.
''I don't think she ever thought of her role as being a politician or an elected officer,'' McCaleb said in a phone message
Tuesday. ''I think she just thought of herself as being a servant to a city that she loved and cared for. She loved all the
people who lived in the city.''
McCaleb said he always valued Ray's opinion.
''Her counsel was always good,'' he said. ''No one ever questioned her agenda - it was always just what was best for
Abilene.''
But there was more to Ray than her voluminous public life, friends said.
From legendary parties and Christmas Eve dinners with family and friends to fun-filled vacations, her private life was rich
and full.
Her role as a mother and a wife was also of vital importance to her, friends said. So was her recurring role as a hostess
and gardener, something she dearly loved.
Diane Leggett, who works as a CPA with Ray's husband, Abilene accountant L. Glynn Ray, knew Betty Ray for more than
10 years and recalled her as a loving friend, one always ready with a hug.
''She was never standoffish,'' she said. ''She knew everyone's names, their grandchildren's names, who was married to
who. She was practically a walking family tree for Abilene.''
''She knew everything that was going on, and she knew how to get people plugged in.''
Ray commanded twin swords of intellect and common sense, Leggett said, able to peer through red tape and see what
really needed to be done.
Through it all, she remained ''very much a lady,'' Leggett said, one who adored her children and husband with every bit
as much strength as she applied to her civic life.
As time wore on and her personal health declined, her husband began to take care of her.
''She and Glynn always had such a remarkable relationship,'' Leggett said. ''They were always so supportive of each
other.''
Leggett said that L. Glynn Ray has taken care of his wife with as much love and concern as she showed him and her three
daughters, Sheri Burt, Karen Fields and Judith McNally, throughout the years.
''He always saw it as his privilege,'' she said, to help her in her advanced years. ''His whole life was about her.''
Funeral arrangements for Betty Ray
-7:30 p.m. Thursday, North's Memorial Chapel, 242 Orange St.
uneral: 10 a.m. Friday, First Baptist Church, 1333 N. 3rd St.
Pine St., Abilene, 79601, (325) 670-2204.
Civic involvement
Council: 1985-1993, serving three times as mayor pro-tem (1987, 1990 and 1993).
Theatre; Central Appraisal District of Taylor County; Community Foundation of Abilene; city Parks and Recreation Board;
Day Care of Abilene; GLO Day Care; The Grace Museum; Hardin-Simmons University Foundation; Hendrick Medical
Center; Hendrick Medical Development Corporation; Junior League of Abilene; Mend-A-Child; National Center for
Children's Illustrated Literature; Noah Project; Paramount Theatre; Petroleum Club of Abilene; Taylor County Expo
Center; Taylor County Municipal Water District; United Way of Abilene.
ration; Hendrick Medical Center Auxiliary; Mesa Spring
Retirement Village; Abilene Philharmonic Guild; the Volunteer Clearing House.
board of examiners of psychologists in 1998.
Obits for Thursday, July 05, 2007
Tonya C'ne Goodman Adams
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Tonya C'ne Goodman Adams, 46, passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2007, at Hendrick Medical Center. Services will be
held at 10:00 a.m. Friday at Broadview Baptist Church, 2500 South 7th Street, with Reverend David Cason officiating.
Burial will follow in the Hamby Cemetery, directed by Abilene Funeral Home.
Mrs. Adams was born October 13, 1960, in Abilene, Texas to Neil and Rita Goodman. Tonya graduated from Baird High
School in 1978. She married David Adams on June 24, 1982, in Abilene. She was a bookkeeper and a homemaker all her
adult life.
Tonya lived to see others smile. She loved her family and children more than life and was willing to do anything for
them. Tonya was truly one of a kind and she asked for nothing more than one day at a time.
Survivors include her husband, David Adams; a son, Brent Adams; a daughter, Brittani Adams; and her parents, Neil and
Rita Goodman.
A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Abilene Funeral Home, 3349 n. 12th Street.
Rebecca Jan Bradshaw
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Rebecca Jan Bradshaw, 51, died Monday, July 2, 2007, at a local medical center.
Services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2007, at Baker Heights Church of Christ in Abilene with Charles North officiating. Interment
will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Merkel, Texas, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. The family will receive friends
at a visitation 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Zach Frazier, Steve Chick, Elton Stewart, Ronald Frazier, Mike Frazier, and Nathan Coggin.
Rebecca was born August 17, 1955 to Betty {Willis} and Alton Clyde Newton in Abilene, Texas. She married Timothy Bradshaw on May
9, 1991 in Abilene. Rebecca was a member of Baker Heights Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her father, Alton Clyde Newton; father-in-law, Ozias Frazier, mother-in-laws, Juanita Bradshaw and
Ruby Frazier; brother, Galen Newton; and niece, Gaylynn Newton.
Survivors include her husband of 16 years, Tim Bradshaw, of Abilene; son and daughter-in-law, Zach and Celeste Frazier; daughter
and son-in-law, Melinda and Elton Stewart; stepdaughter, Kimberly Bradshaw; stepson, Jacob Bradshaw; mother, Betty Newton; sisterin-law, Wanda Newton; sister, Doris Coggin; sister and brother-in-law, Sherron and Steve Chick; sister-in-law, Jackie Miller; sister-inlaw, Pamela Tamez; seven grandchildren, Jacob, Tyler, Stevie and Israel Frazier, Christopher, Leigh Anne and Chelsea Stewart; and
numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and loved ones.
Memorials may be sent to Meals on Wheels Plus, Inc., P. O. Box 903, Abilene, Texas 79604 or Hendrick Hospice Care, P. O. Box
1922, Abilene, Texas 79604.
Clarence Odell Chapman
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Clarence Odell Chapman, 83, died Monday, July 2, 2007, at an Abilene medical center.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Faith, 5701 Hwy 277 South, with Rev. Paul R. Matta
officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Park. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 4th, at the funeral home.
Born in Haskell, Texas on May 9, 1924, Clarence was the son of Carrie Bell (Cornelius) and Oscar "O. B." Chapman. He was reared in
Haskell and attended Paint Creek Rural High School near Lake Stamford. There he met and fell in love with Dorothy Hise, whom he
married on August 14, 1942.
Clarence began work at Mrs. Baird's on January 31, 1949, the year the Abilene plant opened. During the 32 years he was a salesman
for Mrs. Baird's, he saw many changes in the baking industry, including the variety of products offered and packaging. Clarence was
later transferred from the Sales Department to the Processing Department where his new job was for about 32 hours a week and
consisted of delivering to Mrs. Baird's Thrift Stores in Abilene and the Abilene State School. He retired in 1989 after a 40-year career
with Mrs. Baird's.
The Chapman's special interests were playing 42 and 84, and wheat farming. In 1977, they built a house on their 230 acre farm at
Hodges, where they farmed. They were members of Southwest Park Baptist Church.
His parents and one brother, Curtis Chapman, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Dorothy Chapman, and their son, Roger Chapman and his wife, Karen, all of Abilene; a sister,
Lena Tidwell of Haskell; two grandchildren, Sarah Elaine Chapman of Dallas, and Darion Blakely and wife, Eva, of Abilene; and a greatgranddaughter, Gabriella Briana.
Pallbearers will be Brian McMillin, Randall Castleberry, West Robinson, Darion Blakely, and Rick Blakely.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association North Central Texas Chapter, 302 N. Willis, Abilene, TX 79603.
Morris Clack
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Morris Clack, 85, loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007, at North Hills Hospital,
Forth Worth, Texas.
A graveside service will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. in Elmwood Memorial Park Cemetery, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home. Visitation
will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Highway 277 South.
Morris was born September 20, 1921 to Elbert and Bessie Clack in Brown, Oklahoma. He graduated from Merkel High School in 1938
and attended Draughn's Business College in Abilene. Morris worked for N.A.P.A. Auto Parts Company and Consolidated Parts
Warehouse in Abilene. Morris married Louise Dickey in June of 1945. They had just celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. Morris
was a member of the Keller Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Clack, of Ft. Worth; three daughters, Lynda Hamilton and husband, Mark, of Dallas, Texas, Judy
Stitts and husband, Jerry, of San Antonio, Texas, and Karen Hall and husband, Bill of Ft. Worth, Texas; seven grandchildren; and
eleven great grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to Christ's Haven for Children (christhaven.org.), P.O. Box 467, Keller, Texas 76244.
Jessie Pauline "Polly" Robbins
Lawrence-Adams Funeral Home
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Jessie Pauline "Polly" Robbins, 93, died Wednesday, July 4, 2007, at a local hospital. Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday,
July 6, 2007, at Mount Hope Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Pittman officiating, directed by Lawrence-Adams Funeral Home.
Born October 27, 1913, in Callahan County, Polly was a daughter of the late J. C. and Betty Elizabeth (White) Russell. She married D.
A. "Joe" Robbins, January 3, 1938, in Sweetwater. Joe preceded her in death May 29, 2007. Polly was a homemaker and a faithful
member of the Northside Baptist Church.
Two sisters and two brothers preceded her in death.
Survivors include one daughter, Dorothy Hollingsworth and husband, David of Corpus Christi; two sons, Teddy Robbins and wife, Cathy
of Big Spring and Ricky Robbins and wife, Carrie of Anson; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Family visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2007, at Lawrence-Adams Funeral Home in Anson.
Death Notices 07.05.07 Thursday, July 5, 2007
Mildred A. Adams
Mildred A. Adams, 92, died Wednesday, July 4, 2007. Arrangements pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral
Home, 542 Hickory.
T.L. (Andy) Anderson
BANGS - T.L. (Andy) Anderson, 80, died Tuesday July 3, 2007. Service 1 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church
in Bangs. Interment will be at the Oakview Cemetery in Mullin. Visitation will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Arrangements by Stacy-Wilkins Funeral Home in Goldthwaite.
Lawrence ''Larry'' Chiofalo
SWEETWATER - Lawrence ''Larry'' Chiofalo, 86, died Friday, June 29, 2007. Military graveside service 3 p.m.
Friday. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater.
Leonard Coleman
Ackerly - Leonard Coleman, 92, died Tuesday, July 3, 2007. Service at 10 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist
Church in Ackerly, with the Rev. Delmer Thompson, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity
Memorial Park in Big Spring. Visitation from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Arrangements
by Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Winifred ''Winnie'' Cooper
STAMFORD - Winifred ''Winnie'' Cooper, 72, died Sunday, July 1, 2007. Service 1 p.m. Friday at Sims Chapel
African Methodist Episcopal Church with the Rev. Darren Willis officiating. Interment will follow in the
Stamford West Cemetery under the direction of Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home.
Newman Donnell Gannaway
Newman Donnell Gannaway, 68, died Wednesday, July 4, 2007. Arrangements pending with Elmwood Funeral
Home, 5750 Highway 277 South.
Lionel Garcia Jr.
Lionel Garcia Jr., 34, died Tuesday, July 3, 2007. Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at
St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father George Varakukala officiating. Burial will be at Loraine Cemetery
under the direction of Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.
James L. ''Jim'' Harper
LAKE STAMFORD - James L. ''Jim'' Harper, 70, died Wednesday, July 4, 2007. Arrangements pending with
Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home in Stamford.
Jean Kerwin
Jean Kerwin, 88, died Wednesday, July 4, 2007. Arrangements pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542
Hickory.
Jessie Mack Myles
Big Spring - Jessie Mack Myles, 77, died Wednesday, July 4, 2007. Services pending with Nalley-Pickle &
Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Donna K. Sasser
Donna K. Sasser, 55, died Wednesday, July 4, 2007. Arrangements pending with Elmwood Funeral Home,
5750 Highway 277 South.
Mary Madeline Wilde Speer
Rhineland - Madeline Speer, 79, died Wednesday, July 4, 2007. Services pending with McCauley-Smith
Funeral Home in Munday.
Marion ''Vess'' Stagner
RANGER - Marion ''Vess'' Stagner, 89, died July 4, 2007. Service 11 a.m. Saturday in the Summers-Bakker
Funeral Home Chapel in Eastland.
Kathy M. Taylor
Kathy M. Taylor, 68, of Abilene, died Tuesday, July 3, 2007. Memorial service 3 p.m. Friday at Lytle South
Baptist Church, under the direction of Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N. 2nd St.
Obits for Friday, July 06, 2007
Blanche Glover Augustus
Friday, July 06, 2007
Blanche Glover-Augustus, 64, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2007, at an Abilene medical center.
Funeral services will be 11 A.M. Saturday at Galilee Baptist Church officiated by the Reverend Robert Brooks. Interment will be in
Cedar Hill Cemetery directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Blanche was born in Cameron, Texas, on August 10, 1942. She relocated to Abilene in 1960. During her life's journey, Blanche had
nine children, Cliffton Franklin, Roslyn Farris, Pamela Glover, Vonda Glover, Bliss Glover, Deirdre Augustus, Andrea' Evans, Monica
and and husband, Jeffory Harrison, all whom she leaves behind. She leaves her husband of 40 years, George Augustus of Abilene;
sisters, Ruby Robinson of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Mary and Linda Franklin of Dallas, and Marilyn Franklin of Abilene; brothers, Lindsey
and Jerry Franklin, of Abilene; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lonnie Sr. and Vivianne (Wesley) Franklin, and brothers, J. C. Franklin and Lonnie Franklin,
Jr.
Blanche was everyone's mother, always taking care of the neighborhood.
Marjorie Ann Childress
Friday, July 06, 2007
Marjorie Ann Childress died July 4, 2007 at 10:45 p.m. at a local medical center.
Visitation will be Friday, July 6, from 6 - 8 p.m. at her home, 1817 Meadowbrook. A memorial service will be Saturday, July 7, at 2 p.m.
at First Christian Church, 1420 N. 3rd, Abilene, with Dr. Tom Lyda officiating.
Marjorie was born in Wellington, Kansas on December 11, 1927 to Agnes Gwendolyn McComb Armstrong and Henry Morgan
Armstrong. She graduated from Stanford High School in Flora, Illinois in 1944. She married Randolph Whitson Childress December 15,
1945 in Flora, Illinois. They moved to Abilene in 1949.
Marjorie worked for Dian Owen at Owen Healthcare for 17 years. She was active in Beta Sigma Phi Sorority for 52 years, holding every
office including City Council President. She was an avid gardener with a special interest in unique irises, and was also active in her
stamping and card making club. She enjoyed going to the movies on Monday nights with her friends, as well as attending her
grandchildren's baseball games, volleyball games and choir and orchestra concerts. Most of all she loved her work at First Christian
Church where she served as Deacon, President of the Perry-Searchers Class and Chairman of the Bereavement Committee, and
helped produce the "Evangel", the church newsletter. There she worked side by side with her beloved sister, Beverly.
Since Randy's death in 2003, their son, Scott, had become her personal handyman, spending many, many evenings with her and
always working on various projects.
Marjorie was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Randy; one sister, Colleen Prew; two brothers, Vance and Mark Armstrong; and
an infant daughter.
She is survived by two sons, Kurt Childress and Scott Childress; a daughter, Gwen Sitton and husband, Gary; a daughter-in-law, Becky
Childress; and her sister, Beverly Farnsworth, all of Abilene. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Lacy and Jim Booker of
Hampton, Virginia: Cody and Angela Childress, Dusty Childress, Kellie Sitton, Abbey Sitton and Lindsey Sitton, all of Abilene; and
Sharon and Reagan Fagan of Sonora, Texas. She has six great-grandchildren: Cannyn Childress and Caleb Childress of Abilene,
Blaine Booker of Hampton, Virginia, and Kathryn, Jenna and Conner Fagan of Sonora and many nieces and nephews.
Marjorie loved life and loved God. She was loving, smiling, strong, very independent and almost always the life of the party. She was
truly adored by her grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, 1420 N. 3rd St. Abilene, TX 79601, or Hendrick Hospice Care, P.O. Box 1922,
Abilene, TX 79604.
Ava Nell (Ballew) Crawford
Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home
Friday, July 06, 2007
Ava Nell Crawford (Ballew)
Rotan
Ava Nell Crawford (Ballew), 75, died Wednesday July 4, 2007 at Windcrest Alzhiemers Care Center in Abilene. Graveside services will
be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 7, 2007 at Belvieu Cemetery with Bro. Corkey Wells officiating under the direction of Weathersbee-Ray
Funeral Home.
Born June 20, 1931 in Fisher County, Ava Nell was a daughter of the late Ivan and Lois (Bigham) Deel. Ava Nell grew up in Rotan and
graduated from high school at the age of fifteen. She married Woody Crawford on November 9, 1947 at Hamlin. Ava Nell and Woody
lived abroad in Germany and would later come back to live in Lubbock, Abilene and Rotan. She worked as a bookkeeper, owned and
operated Woody?s Kountry Kitchen with her husband and retired as secretary for Rotan High School. After the death of her husband,
Woody, Ava Nell married Hardy Ballew. She loved to cook and was an excellent seamstress and pianist. She was a member of the
First Nazarene Church in Lubbock. Ava Nell is preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, two sisters (Melva Youngblood and
Mamie Gene Strickland).
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Danae Crawford of Mesquite; two daughters and a son-in-law, Sharon
D'Amalfi of Plano and Sheila and Randy Murphree of Rotan; one brother, Weldon Deel of Weatherford; six grandchildren, Brandi Webb,
Dustin D'Amalfi, Brittany Crawford, Bradey Murphree, Cody Murphree and Jerrod Crawford; and seven great-grandchildren.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Windcrest Alzhiemer's Care Center in Abilene for all their love, respect and
support they have shown to Ava Nell over the past years.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either Sears Hospice of Abilene or Windcrest Alzhiemer's Care Center.
Newman Donnell Gannaway
Friday, July 06, 2007
Newman Donnell Gannaway
Ballinger
Newman Donnell Gannaway, passed away July 4th at the age of 68. He was born July 31, 1938 to Madie Virginia Dupre and Lester
Newman Gannaway in Ballinger, Texas. His family moved to Abilene when Donnell was four years old. Donnell graduated from St.
Joseph Academy in 1957 where he was on the football team, voted best all around, Athletic Sweetheart, and in Who's Who.
Donnell's life was filled with great memories of motorcycle riding, fishing, hunting, water skiing, restoring classic cars, being a family
man and husband. He retired from Merchant Motor Lines after 35 years. During these 35 years, Donnell acquired 2,432,992 miles of
safe driving.
Newman Donnell Gannaway is survived by the love of his life, Betty Jane Gannaway, wife of 49 years; their two sons, David Donnell
and Dennis Donnell Gannaway; six grandchildren, Chrissy Randell, David Newman Donell, Skyler Rain, Brannon Donnell, Kyle
Newman, Jordan Dennis all of Abilene; two great grandchildren, Tristan and Paris Randell of Abilene; two daughters-in-law, Tanya
Gannaway and A.K. Gannaway and one grand son-in-law, Brandon Randell. He also leaves behind a sister-in-law, Linda Kay Hancock
and her husband Tom of Lake Chelan, Washington.
Viewing and visitation will be Friday, July 6th from 5 to 7 PM at Elmwood Funeral Home.
The celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, July 7th at the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel, 5750 HWY 277 South at 2:00 PM
and will be officiated by Reverend Jimmy Seals of Bible Baptist in Clyde. Burial will follow in the Potosi Cemetery.
Pallbearers for the service will be Wayne Roberts, Tom Hancock, Berry Cotner, Duane Mitchell, Bill Gollihar and Jackie Wilson.
Honorary pallbearers include David Newman Donnell, Brannon Donnell, Kyle Newman and Jordan Dennis.
James L. "Jim" Harper
Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home
Friday, July 06, 2007
James L. "Jim" Harper, 70, of Lake Stamford, passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2007 at an Abilene hospital. Funeral services will be
held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 7, 2007 at Trinity Baptist Church with Dr. Robert Wingrove and Chico Underwood officiating. Interment
with military honors will follow in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery under the direction of Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home.
Jim was born May 4, 1937 in Carson, North Dakota to George Chester and Dorothy Christensen Harper. He married Ramona Zempel
June 12, 1956 at Carswell Air Force Base Chapel in Fort Worth, Texas. He was a retired veteran of the United States Air Force and a
Master Mason. Jim loved his family and God's beautiful outdoors. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, and had a passion for playing music with
family and friends. He was well known in his neighborhood for the annual Harper Hootnanny.
He was preceded in death by his father; and brother, Dale Harper.
Surviving Mr. Harper are mother, Dorothy Harper Moser of Bismarck, North Dakota; two daughters, Lori Bilski of Abilene, and Anita
Johnson and husband David of Springfield, Tennessee; son, Marty Harper of Mandan, North Dakota; eight grandchildren, James,
Amanda, Angela, Marty, Jr., and Talia Harper, Melissa, and Marinda Bilisk, and Jessami Jacobson; five great-grandchildren; sister,
Laurel Moser of North Dakota; three brothers; Gene Harper of North Dakota, Lee Harper of Florida and Sydney Harper of North Dakota;
numerous nieces and nephews; and the Underwood family.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Friday, July 6, 2007 at the funeral home.
"Dad we will miss you until we meet again."
Robert Wayne "Bob" Hill Sr.
Friday, July 06, 2007
Robert Wayne "Bob" Hill, Sr., age 72, of Cross Plains, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, July 3, 2007. Funeral services will be
held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 6, 2007 at the First Baptist Church in Cross Plains with Ronnie White officiating assisted by Charles
Chesshir; burial will follow in the Cottonwood Cemetery in Callahan County, Texas.
He was born on March 26, 1935 to Granvel Sherman and Nophlet Louise (White) Hill in Rising Star, Texas. He graduated from Abilene
High and attended Hardin Simmons. He served in the National Guard and was a Mason. He married Sharyn Tucker on September 26,
1981 in Rising Star. Bob served as the City Judge of Rising Star for 3 years and of Cross Plains for 18 years and was Justice of the
Peace for Precinct # 4 and # 6 at the time of his demise. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cross Plains. Bob loved Cross
Plains and serving this community. He made so many wonderful friend that supported him in every endeavor.
Survivors include his wife, Sharyn Hill of Cross Plains; sons, Robert Hill, Jr. of Ashland City, TN; Landon Hill of Cross Plains; and Deron
Duffey of Arlington; sister, Kay Barber and husband David of Garland; 3 grandchildren, Robert III, Lora Criner and Gabriel Hill; 1 niece,
a nephew and 1 great niece and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Frances Mae Rowland
Friday, July 06, 2007
Frances Mae Rowland, 96, passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2007, in San Antonio. Services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 7, 2007,
at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Terry O'Rear officiating. Burial will be in Hamlin Memorial Cemetery, directed by Adams
Funeral Home.
Born February 13, 1911, in Denton, Frances was the daughter of the late Justin and Lucy (Ewan) Williams. She graduated from Hamlin
High School and married Andrew B. Rowland September 10, 1928, in Hamlin. He preceded her in death April 4, 1979. Frances was a
member of the First United Methodist Church in Hamlin, where she served as organist for forty years.
She was preceded in death by two sons (Donald Rowland, 1984 and John Rowland, 1997), one daughter, (Sarah Frances Rowland,
1937) and one brother (John Edgar Williams, 1933).
Survivors include two sons, Andrew B. Rowland, Jr. (and, wife Norma) of Lombard, IL and Justin Rowland of San Antonio; two
daughters-in-law, Mary Lou McCoy of Sweetwater and Gwen Rowland of Hamlin; grandchildren, Melanie Rowland, Velanne Howle,
Melett Harrison, Kyle Rowland, Andrew Rowland, III, Justin Rowland, II, Britt Rowland, and John Rowland; eleven great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 7, 2007, at Adams Funeral Home.
Donna Kay Sasser
Friday, July 06, 2007
Donna Kay Sasser, 55, died Wednesday, July 4, 2007 at a local hospital. A memorial service, officiated by Dr. David Ray, will be held
at 1:00 PM on Saturday, July 7, at the River of Life Church, 539 Hwy 83-84. Inurnment will follow at Elmwood Memorial Park directed
by Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Hwy. 277 South. Motorcyclists are welcome in processional.
Mrs. Sasser was born on March 13, 1952 to J.W. and Marie (Smith) Hunt in Friona, TX. She married Dan Sasser on April 4, 1981 in
Lubbock, TX. She was employed by Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene for 10 years. She started out in the Hendrick Regional Lab,
moved to the Medical Records as a Business Service Representative, then to the Health Information Services Department. Donna was
a member of the "Ladies of Harley", West Texas Chapter of H.O.G., W.H.I.M.S. (Woman's Hope Inspires More Survivors) and she
attended the River of Life Church.
Survivors include her husband, Dan Sasser of Abilene; son, Jayson and wife Gay Lester of Midland; daughter, Amanda Sasser of
Abilene; brother, Randy Hunt, and many other loving family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and her
grandmother Mae Davis.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Abilene Hematology/Oncology Group, c/o WHIMS, 2000 Pine, Abilene, TX 79601, attention
Kendra Cassey.
Marion Sylvester Stagner
Friday, July 06, 2007
Marion Sylvester Stagner, known by friends and family as 'Vess', age 89, of Ranger, passed away on July 4, 2007. Funeral services will
be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 7, 2007 in the Summers-Bakker Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be officiated by Joe
Bernier, Chaplain, Girling Hospice. Interment will follow at Colony Cemetery under the direction of the Summers-Bakker Funeral Home
in Eastland.
Vess was born to Jim and Elizabeth (Baker) Stagner on October 7, 1917 in Stephenville. He grew up in Ranger and attended Ranger
Schools. Marion married Miss Betty Jane Geyer in 1946 in Ranger. The couple enjoyed over 45 years of matrimony until Betty's death
in May of 1992.
He was a carpenter and concrete worker by trade. Vess enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with his extended family.
Mr. Stagner was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Betty; his brothers Carlton Day Stagner, Arnold Stagner, and Denver
Stagner; and his sisters Evelyn Streater and Lorene Smith. Vess is survived by his sister Joyce Huckaby of Breckenridge and his sisterin-law, Nellie Stagner of Ranger; and many nieces and nephews and friends.
Kathleen M. Taylor
Community Memorial Funeral Home
Friday, July 06, 2007
Kathleen M. Taylor, 68, of Abilene, died Tuesday, July 3, 2007, at her residence. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday,
July 6th at Lytle South Baptist Church with Rev. Rodney Watson officiating, under the direction of Community Memorial Funeral Home,
1443 N. 2nd St.
Kathleen was born in Portland, Oregon on September 15, 1938. She was a faithful member of the Jackson Baptist Church of Portland,
OR and had unwavering faith in the Lord. She always knew "God was in control". She was a homemaker and an active member of
B.S.F. Kathleen was a military wife, having lived in multiple countries and states across the United States before settling in Abilene. She
found her greatest joy in life in her grandchildren, who lovingly called her "Nanna".
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Theresa Janca; her father, William Rush of Vienna, Austria and her mother, Hartha
Hopkins of Abilene.
Survivors include two sons, Scott Taylor and wife, Carolyn, of Greenville, SC, and David Taylor and wife, Janna, of Arlington, TX; a
daughter, Heidi Rains of Abilene; one brother, William Rush of Vienna, Austria; a sister, Barbara Jerome of Park City, UT; former
husband, Terrance N. Taylor of Orlando, FL; her aunt Martha Escola of Coos Bay, OR; an uncle, Hans Jorgensen of Portland, OR;
grandchildren, Nichole and Adam Janca, Jospeh and Joshua Taylor, Zachry and Nathan Taylor, and Brooke, Bryce and Brandon
Rains.
Frankie Madden Wilson
Friday, July 06, 2007
Frankie Madden Wilson, 73, passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2007, in Abilene. Services will 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 7, 2007, at the
First Baptist Church with Rev. Donny Harbers and Russell Lucas officiating. Burial will be in Hamlin Memorial Cemetery, directed by
Adams Funeral Home.
Born August 20, 1933, in Fisher County, Frankie was a daughter of Byrdie E. (Crowley) Madden and the late Hollis Madden. She
graduated from Hamlin High School and attended college at Abilene Christian University. Frankie was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi
and numerous bridge clubs. She was the former owner of the Hamlin Flower Shop, Holiday Flower Shop in Aspermont and the Anson
Flower Shop. She moved to Abilene in September 2001 and was a member of the First Baptist Church.
Survivors include one son, Mitchell H. Wilson (and wife, Donna) of Stamford; one daughter, Lesley Myers (and husband, Robert) of
Abilene; her mother, Byrdie Madden; five grandchildren, Justin Wheat, Tucker Wheat, Samantha Wilson, Andrew Myers and Bailey
Wilson; and one great grandchild, Collin J. Bell Wheat.
Visitation will be 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 6, 2007, at Adams Funeral Home.
The body will be at the First Baptist Church from 9:30 a.m. until service time Saturday, July 7, 2007.
7-6 William Wayne Crow Jr.: Fallen soldier to be
buried here
Army sergeant's wife was Abilene High graduate
By Brian Bethel (Contact)
Wednesday, July 4, 2007 U.S. Army Sgt. William Wayne Crow Jr., 28, died June 28 when the vehicle he was
traveling in struck an improvised explosive device in Baghdad. Crow had requested to be buried in Abilene,
where his wife, Michelle Crow, grew up and graduated from Abilene High School.
Michelle Crow admits she was often afraid for her husband, U.S. Army Sgt. William Wayne Crow Jr., during
the long months he was away from his family serving in Iraq.
When he died Thursday in eastern Baghdad after his Humvee rolled over an improvised bomb, those fears were
realized.
Despite the pain of loss, Michelle Crow, 28, of Fort Riley, Kan., remained fiercely proud of her husband during
a telephone conversation Tuesday. She called William Crow a loving father, a true friend and a dedicated
soldier.
William Crow had requested to be buried in Abilene, where his wife grew up and graduated from Abilene High
School - and where she still has relatives. He decided to be buried here after he was injured from shrapnel in a
car bomb explosion in 2005.
William Crow's wake will be Monday, with a funeral Tuesday.
''He (William) wanted to be where he knew the kids would be able to come and visit,'' she said. ''Abilene is also
where I have stated I want to be buried.''
He had served for six years, briefly getting out of the service for about three weeks, but enlisting again when
one of the couple's daughters, then 4 months old, was diagnosed with epilepsy, she said.
''He knew he could get so many more benefits through the military,'' Michelle Crow said. ''And I guess once a
soldier, always a soldier.''
He was out for so little time that the Army didn't record any break in service, she said.
''I was scared,'' she admitted of her husband's re-enlistment. ''I knew he would have to go back to Iraq, but I was
going to support him no matter what he chose to do.''
At the time of his death, he was serving his third deployment in Iraq, having also previously served in Korea.
He leaves behind his wife and their four children, including two sons Michelle Crow had from a previous
marriage.
A squad leader, William Crow, an infantryman, also cared deeply for his fellow-soldiers. Despite the possibility
that he would have to take a life, he never became cold-hearted, she said.
''He would have done anything for anybody,'' his wife said. ''He cared about all of his soldiers, sometimes more
than he did about himself.''
That compassion extended to all he did, whether it was desperately trying to help save a small boy hit by a
vehicle during his first trip to Iraq, to lavishing love when he could on his wife and children during visits home.
During those visits, the family liked to watch movies together, play Xbox video games and go swimming. From
his children, William Crow learned the innermost mysteries of Pokemon and Power Rangers.
Her husband was concerned that the long months away were taking away from his family life, Michelle Crow
said.
''You adapted to it,'' she said. ''He knew I was always really scared. But he would always tell me that he was
OK. That he was coming home.''
Former Texas Chief Justice John Hill dies
Associated Press
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
DALLAS — John Hill, a native of Breckenridge and the only person in state history to serve as secretary of
state, attorney general and chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court, died Monday. He was 83.
He died of a heart condition around 9:45 a.m. at a Houston hospital, said a spokeswoman for his law firm.
“He fits the mold of legendary lawyers in Texas,” said former Texas Supreme Court Justice Craig T. Enoch.
In 1978, Hill ran for governor and defeated incumbent Gov. Dolph Briscoe for the Democratic nomination. But
Hill became the first Democrat in 100 years to lose the gubernatorial election, falling to Dallas millionaire Bill
Clements, a Republican.
The loss was not the end of Hill’s career in public service. After several years as a behind-the-scenes player in
state politics, Hill was elected to a four-year term as chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court in 1984.
He resigned before his term ended to begin an unsuccessful crusade to reduce political pressure on the judicial
branch by ending the system in which voters elect judges in Texas. Hill continued to push for reforms even after
he no longer held public office.
“His retirement from public service was no retirement at all, because he continued to advocate for a method of
judicial selection that would assure trust and confidence in our judiciary,” Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson
said.
The setbacks never seemed to discourage Hill, Enoch said.
“I never saw something that would eat at him anyway,” he said. “It illustrates a depth to this person far beyond
whether he won or lost a particular election.”
Hill was born Oct. 9, 1923, in Breckenridge. He later said he “could have outdone Abe Lincoln in terms of the
smallness of the house in which I was born.”
He spent a year at Kilgore Junior College, where he won a national debate championship, and then went on to
the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated from law school and met his wife, Elizabeth “Bitsy”
Graham.
After serving in the Navy during World War II, Hill became a lawyer. He built his reputation by winning large
awards for the families of passengers who died in plane crashes in Texas.
He was secretary of state from 1966-68, after helping Gov. John Connally get elected. In 1972, he won an
election for attorney general by 100,000 votes.
After the failed gubernatorial run and his stint on the state Supreme Court, Hill returned to private practice.
Gov. George W. Bush appointed Hill to the three-member Texas Lottery Commission in 1997.
Since 2005, Hill has been a partner in the Houston office of the law firm Winstead PC.
Gov. Rick Perry ordered flags flown at half-staff through Saturday.
“John Hill represented all that is good about politics and public service,” former U.S. Secretary of State James
A. Baker III said. “I have been privileged to have been involved in political efforts both with John Hill and
against him, and believe me, it was better to be with him.”
Texas’ two senators also released statements acknowledging Hill’s impact on state politics and the judicial
system.
“He was dynamic, witty, compassionate and always a gentleman,” said Sen. John Cornyn, a former state
attorney general and Texas Supreme Court justice. “He generated respect and admiration among his fellow
Texans that transcended partisan politics.”
He is survived by his wife; three children, Melinda Elizabeth Hill Perrin, John Graham Hill and Judge Martha
Hill Jamison; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Houston.
Obits for Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Irene Gruben Clark
WEATHERSBEE - RAY FUNERAL HOME
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Rotan - Irene Gruben Clark, 91, died Sunday, July 8, 2007 at Fisher County Hospital.
Services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at Weathersbee - Ray Chapel with burial in Roby Cemetery under the direction of
Weathersbee - Ray Funeral Home. Visitation will be 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Born December 4, 1915 in Royston, Irene was a daughter of the late William M. and Cora (Cooley) Gruben. She married Claud Clark
July 27, 1931 in Clovis, New Mexico. They moved to several places in Texas and while living in El Dorado, Irene worked as a nurse's
aide. They retired in Rotan in 1976. Claud died in 1981 and she later married R. D. Shows. Irene loved to sew and cook, but took great
pride in her housework. She was a member of Eastern Star, Woman's Club, Book Study Club and Women's Missionary Society. She
was also an Election Judge, General Chairperson, Circle Chairperson and President of her Sunday school class.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, seven brothers and six sisters.
Survivors include: a son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Mae Clark of Rotan; a daughter, Maxine Haines of Rotan; a brother, Ernest
Gruben of Kermit; six grandchildren, Frankie SoRelle of Lubbock, Regina McCowin of Grandbury, Connie Bray of Columbus, Monty
Clark of Odessa, Kelvin Clark of Dallas and David Clark of Houston; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Judy O'Bar DeShazo
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Abilene - Judy O'Bar DeShazo, of Abilene, died Sunday, July 8, 2007 at the age of 58.
Funeral services, with Rev. Jimmy Griffith officiating, will be at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, July 11 at The Hamil Family Funeral Home,
6449 Buffalo Gap Road. Burial will follow in the McBee Cemetery in South Taylor County. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to
7:00 pm on Tuesday, July 10, in the chapel at the funeral home.
Judy was born the daughter of Wilburn Ray O'Bar and Louise Myrl (Windham) O'Bar in Abilene, Texas on March 8, 1949. She lived in
Lawn and in Abilene most of her life. Judy loved dancing and fishing. She was a devoted mother and grandmother who loved her
children and grandchildren with all of her heart. Judy previously owned Texas College of Cosmetology in Abilene where she taught
Cosmetology. Most recently she was employed by Chartwell Home Health Care. Judy was a Baptist.
Judy's parents preceded her in death. She is survived by her son, Dennis Webb of Abilene; her daughter-in-law, Judy Webb also of
Abilene; her friend and companion, Leon NeSmith of Abilene; a sister, Ann Rose of Lawn; one niece, Debbie Ake of Tuscola; two
grandchildren, Jacob and Breanna Webb, and many friends.
Memorials may be made in honor of Judy to the Hendrick Cancer Center, 2000 Pine Street, Abilene, Texas 79601 or the donor's
favorite charity.
Obituary and Guest Registryonline at: www.HamilFamilyFuneral-Home.com
Mary Frances Glenn
SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Bronte - Mary Frances Glenn went to be with the Lord on July 7, 2007.
Mary Frances was born March 30, 1921, in Maryneal Texas, to Macom and Celena Madelyn Boatright Russell. She graduated from
Blackwell High School and attended McMurry College in Abilene. She married Clark Glenn of Bronte, Texas, Oct. 29, 1939, in Abilene.
She was a wonderful homemaker and served as secretary for the superintendent at Bronte High School from 1955 until she retired in
1983. She taught ladies Sunday school class at the First Baptist Church Bronte for 45 years until Dec. 2005. Mary Frances was an avid
gardener of flowers and vegetables.
Her civic involvement in-cluded the Fort Chadbourne Restoration Board, Bronte Business Development Corporation, Bronte Nursing
Home Auxiliary, the Sorosis Study Club, the Red Hat Society and various other community projects.
Mary Frances was a loving wife of 67 years, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Jewel Coggin Russell.
Survivors include her husband, Clark Glenn of Abilene; daughter Carolyn and husband David Kuykendall of Abilene; sons Dr. Victor
Glenn and wife Dr. Liza Ting of DeSoto and David Glenn and wife Denise of Perth, Australia; seven grand-children, Kristi Longley and
husband Chad of Seminole, Karmen Harkey and husband Paul of Grapevine, Danielle Young and husband Cliff of Houston, Stephanie
Ottesen and husband Micah of Pearland, Brittany Senseman and husband Aaron of Katy, Dr. Charlotte Glenn of Chicago, and Ian
Glenn of Austin; and great-grandchildren Dexter, Derek, and Dwight Longley, Rachel, Suzanna and Benjamin Young, and Edi Jo and
Samantha Ottesen.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, July 9, 2007, at Shaffer Funeral Home in Bronte, Texas. A memorial service will be at 2
p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2007, at the First Baptist Church in Bronte.
Special note of appreciation goes to Hendrick Hospice and Hendrick Retirement Center health care givers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Bronte building fund or Hendrick Hospice of Abilene.
SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME
BRONTE, TEXAS
325-473-3131
Margarita Ellen Gloyd
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Abilene - Margarita Ellen Gloyd was born on November 25, 1931 in Santa Rosa, New Mexico to Vincente Armijo and Ester Ramona
Marie Giddings Armijo (Baca). Margarita died at Hendrick Medical Center on Saturday, July 7, 2007 at 2:28 p.m. surrounded by family
members.
George and Margarita Gloyd were married on March 23, 1956 in Las Cruses, New Mexico. She and the family followed George to six
different duty stations during his Air Force career. The family settled in Abilene in 1974.
Margarita worked for Bell Telephone in El Paso in the 1950's. She also worked for Hendrick Hospital as a switchboard operator for ten
years during the 1970's and 1980's. She was a collector of eclectic memorabilia.
Margarita was a regular member of Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, having been a member for over twenty years.
She was preceded in death by both of her parents and her husband of forty-four years, George William Gloyd.
Margarita is survived by her children, Ronald Wayne Gloyd and wife, Geverna, Ramona Marie Gloyd Alberts and husband, Donald, and
Russell Gene Gloyd, all of Abilene; ten grandchildren; one great-grandchild and one great-grandchild on the way. Survivors also include
one brother, Claude Francis Giddings of Thousand Oaks, California and one half-brother, Joe Armijo of Santa Rosa, New Mexico.
A rosary and viewing will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory in Abilene, Texas.
Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 11th, at Saint Francis of Assissi Catholic Church, 826 Cottonwood Street in
Abilene with Father Thomas Manimala officiating. Interment will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park.
Velma Anderson Johnson
FRY-BARTLETT FUNERAL HOME
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Lawn - Velma Anderson Johnson, 95, died Sunday, July 08, 2007, in an Abilene care center.
Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday July 11, 2007, at Tuscola United Methodist Church, with the Reverend Michael Berry and
Chaplain Chris Allen officiating. Burial will be in McBee Cemetery, directed by Fry-Bartlett Funeral Home of Tuscola. Visitation will be
Tuesday, July 10, 2007, from 6:00 -8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
The oldest of eleven children, Velma was born January 19, 1912, to Charlie Wayne and Virgie Virginia Parnell on the Griffin Ranch at
Goldsboro. The family lived eight years in Oklahoma before returning to Lawn, where she graduated from high school in 1929.
Following her marriage to Malcolm Marshall Anderson October 13, 1934, she followed her husband as he worked as a highway
engineer for the Texas Highway Department, living in Ballinger, Paint Rock, San Angelo, Eden, Sterling City, Robert Lee, Big Lake, and
Texon. During World War II, the family lived in Brownwood, Sherman, Estel-line, and Fort Worth, returning to San Angelo after VJ Day.
In 1953, the family moved to Abilene, where Velma was president of the Texas A & M Mothers Club. Later she lived in Midland and Fort
Worth and re-turned to Abilene in 1980, and Lawn in 1982. Malcolm Anderson died in 1986, after 52 years of marriage, and she
married Kenneth Johnson May 19, 1992. Mr. Johnson died in 2004.
She was a member of the Honey Bees in Lawn, Lawn Senior Citizens, and Tuscola United Methodist Church.
In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers, Sidney, Everett, Ralph, Herman, M. C., and Bobby
Ray Horton, and one sister Morene Welch.
Survivors include: one daughter, Sandra Nash and husband, Ivan of Abilene; one son, Gary Anderson of Olympia, Washing-ton; two
brothers, Charlie Horton of Abilene and Bill Horton of Carlsbad, New Mexico; one sister, Merlene Lafoon of Lawn; five grandchildren,
Tracy Nash of Bainbridge Island, Washington, Denise Coulter of Atlanta, Georgia, Arlissa Hunter of Tumwater, Washington, Danny
McCaffrey of Irving, and Rachel Browne of Salem, Oregon; five great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Sears Methodist Center, 3302 S. Willis, Abilene, Texas 79605 or Windcrest Alzheimer's Care Center, 6050
Hospital Drive, Abilene, Texas 79606.
Johnny King
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Johnny King, loving father and husband, age 76, of Westbrook, Texas, passed away peacefully on July 8, 2007 at Hendrick Hospital in
Abilene, Texas after losing his battle with cancer.
Visitation will be held at Kiker-Seale Funeral Home in Colorado City, Texas on Wednesday, July 11, 2007, 6 - 8 p.m.
Graveside service will be held in the Westbrook Cemetery at 10 a.m. in Westbrook, Texas on July 12, 2007.
Johnny was born at home in Robinson, Texas on May 14, 1931 to Betty Tovar King and Martin King. At age 19, he enlisted in the
Marine Corps and participated in action in South and Central Korea May - September 1951 and June - September 1952. He attained
the rank of Staff Sergeant and was a Field Radio Operator and was a reservist in the US Marine Corps until 1956. He was proud to be
a Marine.
Agatha Mae Rich and Johnny married on March 9, 1957 in Lovington, New Mexico. Johnny believed in hard work and took pride in a
job well done. He was a ceramic tile contractor for over 40 years while working across the Southern United States. He served the
community as a member of the Clyde Masonic Lodge 1056 and he was a Shriner. He was honored as a veteran and awarded his high
school diploma by the Westbrook class of 2003 during graduation ceremonies.
He is survived by Agatha, his wife of 50 years; three children Cindy Adams and husband, Ed-die of Clyde, Tamara Harless of Ft. Worth,
and Brandon King of Westbrook; seven grandchildren, Jered and wife, Donna Adams and Aaron Adams of Clyde; Sam Harless and
Audrey Harless of Arlington; Cody King and Am-ber King of Abilene; and Johnny King of Baird; brother, Richard King and wife, Pat of
Farmers Branch; sister, Minnie Peavey of Waco, and sister Connie Paralini and husband, James of Athens; numerous in-laws, cousins,
nieces, nephews and friends from across the country.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and other health care providers at Hendrick Hospital on the 7th floor and Mitchell
County Hospital District for their loving care, guidance, and friendship to Johnny and his family during his illness. A sincere thanks to all
who sent cards, made phone calls, and placed Johnny and his family on prayer lists.
Donations in his name can be made to a Hospice program in your area.
Sondra "Sam" Marshall
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
College Station - Sondra "Sam" Marshall, 63, of College Station passed away on Monday, July 2, 2007 at her home.
Funeral services were held on Friday at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church with burial in the College Station Cemetery.
Sondra was born in Waller, Texas to Holly Allen and Frances Marie Morrow. She was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic
Church and Pebble Creek Lady's Golf Association.
Survivors include: her loving husband of 37 years, Reagan M. Marshall, II; sons, Brent Allen Marshall and wife, Heather, and Reagan
M. Marshall, III and wife, Mary; daughters, Elizabeth Marshall Hill and husband, Joshua, and Stacey L. Marshall; Mother, Frances Marie
Morrow; brother, Wayne Morrow; sisters, Joyce and husband, Tommy Poor and Darla and husband, George Blackmon; grandchildren,
Rea-gan M. Marshall, IV and Katheryne Elizabeth "Katie Bell" Hill. Numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Ovarian Cancer Research, P. O. Box 4486,
Houston, Texas 77210-4486 or to Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 W. 26th St., Bryan, Texas 77803.
Obits for Saturday, July 07, 2007
Mildred Adams
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Mildred Adams, 92, of Abilene, Texas, was called home to be with her Father on July 4th, 2007. Mildred was born June 22nd, 1915 in
Ballinger, Texas to James Grover and Amanda Pearl McAden. She had two brothers and three sisters.
She attended Abilene High School and Hardin-Simmons University. Mildred worked for Minter's and Grissom's Department Stores for
several years in "Ladies Ready to Wear" - she loved clothes and people, so this was a perfect combination for her.
Mildred is lovingly remembered by one son, Gary Coppinger and his wife Brownie of Corpus Christi; daughter Paula Clark and son-inlaw-to-be, John Lopez of Abilene; one grandson, Robin Coppinger of Corpus Christi; one granddaughter, Renee Lehman of San
Marcos and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by husbands Stanley Gary Coppinger and William P. Adams; two brothers, Claude and Ralph McAden;
sisters, Maureen Maulden, Delma Raymond and Doris Buch.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Big Country, 4601 Hartford, Abilene, Texas 79605.
Arrangements are being made by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
David Crockett Hayes
Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Mr. David Crockett Hayes, age 81, of Snyder, Texas passed away on Wednesday, July 4, 2007, at Covenant Medical Center in
Lubbock, Texas after a brief illness.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, 2007 at the Bell - Cypert - Seale Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend
Claude McKiddy, Reverend James Merrill and Reverend Vernon Groce officiating. Burial will follow in the Hillside Memorial Gardens
Cemetery under the care and direction of Bell - Cypert - Seale Funeral Home, 3101 College Avenue, Snyder, Texas.
Mr. Hayes was born on March 2, 1926 in Merkel, Texas. He married Stella Bailey on May 27, 2001 in Snyder, Texas. He had been
employed by Lonestar Gas in Construction. He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Snyder and was a member and
past Master of Scurry Masonic Lodge # 706. He was also a member of the Ira and Hermleigh Masonic Lodges. He was also Past
President of the Shriner's Lodge in Snyder. He was a member of the Suez Shriner's Lodge in San Angelo; a member of the Big Spring
Comandry ande a volunteer for the Snyder ARC. He was also Past Patron of the Eastern Star # 450 in Snyder.
He was preceded in death by: his first wife, Olveyne Blanche Thompson; four sisters and one brother.
He is survived by: his wife, Stella Hayes of Snyder, Texas; three sons and daughters-in-law, Van Lee and Kristy Hayes of Abilene,
Texas, Vernon and Sandra Groce of Snyder, Texas and Gene and Shirley Groce also of Snyder, Texas; four grandchildren; six great
grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
J.T. "Jack" Menefee
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Jack Taylor
Menefee
Abilene
J. T. "Jack" Menefee saw almost a century of change before he went home to meet the Lord on July 6, 2007.
Graveside services will be at the Potosi Cemetery on Sunday, July 8, 2007 at 2:00 P.M. under the direction of The Hamil Family
Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Dora Eggleston Menefee Dorsey.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Berneice; his daughter, Kay Billings and her husband, Randy of Abilene; a son, Mark
Menefee and his wife Kelley of Cedar Park, Texas; four grandchildren, Matt Menefee, Tiffany Jacobs and her husband, Jonathan
Jacobs, Dean Liesman all of Cedar Park, Texas, and Christine Meservy and her husband, James Meservy, and one great grandchild,
Madison Meservy of Killeen, Texas. Jack was survived by a special sister in law and loving care giver, Dorothy Mitchell and several
nieces and nephews.
Jack's gruff exterior hid a heart of gold. He was a good man who was always there for his wife, children, grandchildren and friends. He
was the rock everyone in the family counted on. Jack lived through the great depression which instilled in him a strength of character
and integrity that always saw him and the family through any difficulties. He held himself to high standards and was of the old time code
where a man's word was his bond. Jack was a living history book recounting stories of his youth. Telling of times we can only imagine;
plowing a field with a mule all day for a dollar and a meal during the depression, running the first and only red light in San Antonio
because he had never seen one before, working with the WPA on the Galveston seawall, and seeing the installation of electric lights
and indoor plumbing. Jack spent 38 years working for Southwestern Bell to provide his family a good living and along with his wife,
Berneice, put both kids through college. Words can't sum up the effect he had on his family and others. Above all he will be missed by
his family and all who knew and loved him.
The family asked that in lieu of flowers you may send memorial donations to Hospice of the Big Country, 4601 Hartford Street, Abilene,
Texas or Elmdale Baptist Church, Route 2, Abilene, Texas 79602.
Online condolences may be sent to: www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
Mervin Samuel Roberts
Chapel of Hope Funeral Home
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Mervin Samuel Roberts passed away on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 in Albuquerque after suffering from heart problems.
Mervin was born in Hawley, Texas on September 20, 1935 to Samuel David Roberts and Lottie Ethel Hardison Roberts. Mervin
graduated from Trent High School and later joined the United States Army and served our country as a sharp shooter and an
infantryman. He served for 4 years and was honorably discharged in 1962.
On June 24, 1955, Mervin married his sweetheart Marion Webb. While raising their four children, Mervin volunteered for 15 years with
the summer boys baseball program, CAABC, in Carlsbad, New Mexico. He gladly served as President of the league for many years.
Mervin worked for Ponca Wholesale from 1960 - 1984 in Carlsbad and Hobbs. He later opened his own wholesale business, Roberts
Wholesale, in Hobbs until he retired in 1996. Mervin could be found as a spectator at his grandkids' activities.
Mervin Roberts was preceded in death by his older brother Raymond Roberts, two sisters Aileen Sellers and Joyce Dobbs both of
Abilene, and his grandson Kevin Roberts of North Richland Hills, Texas.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marion Raye Roberts; four children, Merve Roberts, 46, of Hurst, Texas, Perry Roberts, 45, of
Northland Richland Hills, Texas, Gary Roberts, 45, of Hurst, Texas, and Donnie Roberts, 40, of Hobbs, New Mexico; two brothers,
Kenneth Roberts of Clyde, Texas and Jerry Roberts of Abilene, Texas; Mervin was loved and adored by his 16 grandkids: Brad,
Sammy, Kara, Kadie, Weylin, Kevin, Farrin, Falon, Lauren, Tiffany Kruse, Megan, Chris, DJ, Brittany, Courtnie and Kelsie Roberts.
Funeral Services for Mervin Roberts were held on Thursday, June 27th, at 10:00 a.m. at Jefferson Street Church of Christ in Hobbs,
New Mexico. Burial services followed in Abilene, Texas at the Elmwood Memorial Park.
Mary Madeline (Wilde) Speer
McCauley-Smith Funeral Home
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Madeline Speer, 79, died Wednesday, July 4, 2007 in a Haskell Hospital in Haskell, Texas.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. today at the Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Rhineland, Texas with Father Jeremy Myers
officiating. Burial will be in Saint Joseph's Catholic Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in Munday, Texas.
Rosary was held Friday, July 6, 2007 at the funeral home at 7:00 p.m.
Madeline was born March 16, 1928 in Rhineland, Texas. She lived in the community since 1980 and worked as a clerk for RAS
Trucking since 1986. She was a member of Saint Joseph's Catholic Church. She and Louis Griffin Speer were married July 6, 1973 in
Dallas, Texas. Mr. Speer died November 21, 1997.
Survivors: One Brother: John Ed Wilde of Lubbock, Texas; several nieces and nephews.
Anthony Scott Thomas
Stevens Funeral Home
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Anthony Scott Thomas, 33, entered into the arms of the Lord Jesus Christ on July 5, 2007 in Lovington, New Mexico after a courageous
battle with cancer. He was born on August 26, 1973 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Scott attended schools in Lovington, New Mexico and in Abilene. He graduated from Cooper High School in 1992. As a young
teenager, Scott was baptized by his grandfather J. D. Thomas. He was a member of the Emmaus community. Scott worked in the
oilfield. In his free time Scott loved spending time with his family.
Scott is survived by his wife, Shawna Thomas and daughter Tana Jo, of Lovington; his son, Ryan Thomas of Arlington; his father and
stepmother, John and Cindy Thomas of Abilene; his step father, Kenny Clayton of Lovington; his brother, Todd Thomas and wife,
LeGina of Lovington; his sister, Shelley Chorn and husband Chris; his brother, Matt Connally; his brother, Mark Connally and wife,
Lindi; his brother, Billy Spurrier of Lovington; his step brothers, Keith and Lance Clayton of Lovington; and his grandparents, Byron and
Gearldean of Lovington. Other survivors include multiple uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by: his mother, Cathy Clayton of Lovington; his grandparents,
J. D. and Katherine Thomas, and his grandparents, Dwaine and Ernestine Stephens of Hamlin.
Funeral services will be held at Stevens Funeral Home in Lovington on July 8, 2007 at 4:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be sent to Ben Richey Boys Ranch at P.O. Box 6839, Abilene, Tx 79608 or the Cystic Fibrosis
Foundation at 6931 Arlington Road, Bethesda, Maryland 20814.
Lucille Armstrong Williams
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Lucille Armstrong Williams, 79 and formerly of Merkel, died Thursday, July 5, 2007 in a Weatherford nursing center. Graveside services
will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Rose Hill Cemetery in Merkel with Dr. Foy Mills Jr. officiating, directed by Starbuck Funeral Home of Merkel.
Lucille was born August 24, 1927 in Custer, SD to Charles W. and Lillian Thomas Baragar. She married George Troy Armstrong on
May 7, 1953 in Fort Pierre, SD. He preceded her in death March 29, 1984. She married W. D. "Shorty" Williams April 1991 in Eastland.
Lucille was a member of Merkel First Baptist Church and attended Milsap Church of Christ. She was a babysitter in Merkel and Abilene.
Shorty and Lucille were park attendants at Lake Benbrook. She was also a nurse's aide at Santa Fe Health and Rehab in Weatherford
for a while.
Survivors include her husband, W. D. "Shorty" Williams of Weatherford; a step-son, Rusty Williams and wife Susan of Grand Prairie; 2
step-daughters, Lorene Nix and husband Jack of Porterville, CA, Neva Kinman of Sun City, CA; local step-grandchildren, Bart
Armstrong of Hamby, Wade Armstrong and wife Maria, Danny Armstrong and wife Janice both of Abilene, Chris Williams of Grand
Prairie; several Armstrong step-grandchildren in CA; and many step-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by step-sons, Rex and Herbert Armstrong; and her husband, Troy Armstrong.
Death Notices 07.07.07 Saturday, July 7, 2007
Ruby Allison
ARLINGTON - Ruby Allison, 89, died Thursday, July 5, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. today at the Church of
Christ in Woodson, with burial in the Woodson Cemetery directed by Merriman-Archer Funeral Home of
Throckmorton.
Addalaysa 'Addie' Sara Nicole Canada-Jordan
CISCO - Addalaysa ''Addie'' Sara Nicole Canada-Jordan, 18, died Wednesday, July 4, 2007. Services are 2 p.m.
Sunday in the Summers-Chambers Funeral Home Chapel.
Alice Hendrix Geeslin
GOLDTHWAITE - Alice Hendrix Geeslin, 85, died Saturday, June 30, 2007. Memorial services are 4 p.m.
today at the Stacy-Wilkins Funeral Home Chapel.
Weldon Leek
HASKELL - Weldon Leek, 81, died Friday, July 6, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Monday at Weinert Foursquare
Church, under the direction of Holden McCauley Funeral Home. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral
home.
Rosa M. Lott
BALLINGER - Rosa M. Lott, 94, died Wednesday, July 4, 2007. Graveside services are 3 p.m. Monday at the
Old Runnels Cemetery directed by Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger.
Obits for Sunday, July 08, 2007
Emma Nell Bartlett
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Emma Nell Bartlett died peacefully on Monday, July 2, 2007, truly knowing and believing that God is Love.
Private family services were held Saturday, July 7 at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, with Dorsie Wallace, Christian Science
Practitioner officiating. Burial followed in the Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories.
Emmy was born in Cleburne, Texas, and attended the College of Industrial Arts in Denton and Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.
Emma Nell was Band Sweetheart at TCU. She worked at Magnolia Oil Company and Braniff Airlines in Fort Worth. She was also a
homemaker and loving wife, mother and grandmother. She married E. Lynn Bartlett in 1944. He preceded her in death.
They moved to Abilene in 1998 and were members of the Christian Science Church. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Bob
and Susan Bartlett; and five grandchildren, Rebecca Bartlett, Sarah and husband Mark Kiger, Kathryn Bartlett, Tommy Bartlett and
Christopher Bartlett.
The family wishes to thank Hendrick Hospice Care, Sears Methodist Nursing Home, Robert Hamil and Kent Anderson with the Hamil
Family Funeral Home, and all neighbors and friends for their kindness and care.
Pallbearers were Tommy Bartlett, Christopher Bartlett, Mark Kiger, Matt McCallister, Lew Carter, and Bob Bartlett.
Memorials may be made to the Christian Science Church, 1201 S. Pioneer Drive, Abilene, Texas, 79605; Hendrick Hospice Care, 1900
Pine Street, Abilene, Texas, 79603; or Church of the Heavenly Rest, Episcopal Choir Fund, 602 Meander Street, Abilene, Texas 79602.
Emmy was a genteel Southern lady who was loved by all who knew her and will be remembered for her sweet smile and positive
attitude.
Online condolences may be made to: www.TheHamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
John B. Clark
Johnson - Moore Funeral Home
Sunday, July 08, 2007
John B. Clark, 86, of Pottsboro, Texas, passed away at his home on Thursday, July 5, 2007.
John was born February 13, 1921 to Leslie and Bessie Clark in Louisville, Mississippi. Leslie and Bessie came by train with five children
in 1925 and settled outside Abilene in the Clyde community. John grew up in and around the Abilene area. During the Depression when
he was about 16 years old he joined the CCC's and worked in Lamesa, Texas. He joined the Marines in Hobbs, New Mexico in 1941
right before Pearl Harbor. John truly was always a Marine and was a very proud Marine. During WW II he served with the elite unite of
Carlson's Raiders in the South Pacific. He left the Marines in 1947 and returned to Abilene and went to work for Southwestern Bell and
retired from there in 1983. After retirement he lived in South Fork, Colorado for five years and moved to the Texoma area in 1988.
John was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Lakeside Post # 7873 in Pottsboro, lifetime member of the Marine Corps League, and a
member of the American Legion Post # 231 in Pottsboro.
John was always cheerful and optimistic and enjoyed his life to the fullest even after many bouts of illness and losing much of his
eyesight. He will be sorely missed by his family and many many friends.
John was preceded in death by: his wife Peggy M. Key on October 1, 1999.
He is survived by: a daughter, LuJuana Livingston and husband, J. C., of Pottsboro; two grandsons, John Criss and wife, Cail of
Carrollton and Michael Livingston and wife, April of Howe; a sister, Betty Blythe of Bowie, Texas; and a brother, Bill Clark of Bowie,
Texas; three great grandchildren who will miss their PaPaw; and nieces and nephews who loved their Uncle John.
Services for John will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel at Johnson - Moore Funeral Home, 631 W. Woodard, Denison, Texas
75020 and conducted by Chaplain Ken Paulsen.
Family visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are: John Criss, Michael Livingston, Greg Mitchell, Gary Mitchell, Bill Massenburg, and Ralph Carpenter.
Honorary pallbearers are: Jim O'Bryan, Olan Kee, and John Hagler.
The Marine Corps League will provide the Honor Guard at Preston Bend Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Volunteer Fire Department, F. M. 120, Pottsboro, Texas 75076 or to the Marine Corps
League Toys for Tots.
Sgt. William Wayne Crow
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Sgt. William Wayne Crow, 28, was killed in Baghdad, on Thursday, June 28, 2007 when his vehicle was struck by an improvised
explosive device while serving on his 3rd tour in Iraq. His funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, July 10th at the Elmwood
Funeral Home Chapel, 5750 HWY 277 South. Burial with full military honors will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park. Visitation will be
from 6 to 8 PM on Monday at the funeral home.
Sgt. Crow was born on February 11, 1979 in Florida. He enlisted in the United States Army on April 26, 2001 and was then assigned to
the Infantry Training Brigade in Fort Benning, Georgia. He completed his training as an infantryman and was assigned to 2nd Battalion,
9th Infantry Regiment in Camp Casey, Korea on June 29, 2001. On August 22, 2002, he was then assigned to Alpha Company
"Avalance", 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment in Fort Riley, and later deployed with them to Iraq. After his return, he was later
assigned to Alpha Company "Outlaws," 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, and served in 2nd Platoon as a Fire-Team Leader. He
deployed with his unit on February 6, 2007 to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sgt. Crow's awards include: the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal, the
Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Good Conduct Medal, second award, the National Defense Medal, the Iraqi
Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense
Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, second award, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Presidential
Unit Citation and the Valorous Unit Award.
Sgt. Crow is survived by his wife, Katherine Michelle Crow; his four children, Christopher, David, Katherine and Kayla; his mother,
Kathryn Mondini; his sister, Candace Crow; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Kathy & David Hicks; sister-in-law, Tracy Wahbeh; and
brother-in-law, David Figueiredo.
Paul Weldon Leek
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Paul Weldon Leek went to be with the Lord on July 6, 2007. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Monday July 9, 2007 at Weinert
Foursquare Church under the direction of Holden McCauley Funeral Home, Haskell. A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.,
Sunday at the funeral home.
Weldon was born on August 23, 1925 to John Sidney and Flora Mae Huckabee Leek. He served in the United States Navy during WW
II. He married Juanell Roberts on December 8, 1951. Weldon retired from the Odessa Fire Department after 25 years as a Captain. He
moved to Haskell and went to work for Haskell County Precient 3. He retired after ten years. He then went to work at J and R Radiator
Shop.
Weldon was preceded in death by: his parents; his wife, Juanell on December 20, 1996, three sisters, Lorene, Virginia and Ilene; and
one brother, Donald Wayne.
He is survived by: one son and daughter-in-law, John Paul and Edith Leek of Tye; one brother, John Leek of Haskell; one sister, June
Sellers of Lubbock; two grandsons, Justin Leek and Sam Leek both of Haskell; one great grandson; several nieces, nephews and a
special friend, Doris.
Memorials may be to the Weinert Foursquare Church Weinert, Texas 76388 or a charity of your choice.
Glenda Joan Pierce
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Glenda Joan Pierce, age 70 of Rowlett, Texas, passed away July 5, 2007.
She was born August 28, 1936, in Dallas, Texas, to Glen and Atha Bell (Brooks) Pierce.
Glenda worked for Proctor and Gamble Manufacturing Company in Dallas for 38 years. She was an avid follower of the Texas Rangers
and Dallas Cowboys. She was a member of Casa View Baptist Church.
She is survived by her father, Glen C. Pierce of Rowlett, Texas; her sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Otis Jones of Abilene; her
uncle, Earl Brooks of Garland, Texas; numerous cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Atha Pierce, in April 2004.
The family offers special thanks to Glenda?s cousin Ruby Vicenti and her Uncle Earl who made it possible for her to continue living at
home. Sincere thanks also to Dr. Michael Savin and the staff at Medical City Hospital who were kind and caring during her long illness.
Services will be held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2007, at Rest Haven Funeral Home - Rowlett Chapel. Interment will be in Grove Hill
Memorial Park in Dallas. Visitation is 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday at Rest Haven.
Death Notices 07.08.07 Sunday, July 8, 2007
Claudale Barnard
KNOX CITY - Claudale Barnard, 82, died Friday, July 6, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at O'Brien Baptist
Church. Burial will follow in O'Brien Cemetery under the direction of Mansell-Smith Funeral Home.
Lottie M. Boyd
BROWNWOOD - Lottie M. Boyd, 94, died Thursday, July 5, 2007. Graveside services are 2 p.m. Sunday in
Eastlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, directed by Heartland Funeral Home of Early.
Betty Jean Cockrell
Betty Jean Cockrell, 78, died Saturday, July 7, 2007. Graveside services are 2 p.m. Tuesday in Colorado City
Cemetery under the direction of Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road, Abilene.
Margarita E. Gloyd
Margarita E. Gloyd, 75, died Saturday, July 7, 2007. Arrangements are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral
Home, 542 Hickory.
Doris Good
BIG SPRING - Doris Good, 81, died Saturday, July 7, 2007. Graveside services were 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July
7, 2007, in Trinity Memorial Park in Big Spring under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home &
Crematory of Big Spring.
Elias 'Buff' Ivey Jr.
LAKE BROWNWOOD - Elias ''Buff'' Ivey Jr., 80, died Friday, July 6, 2007. Graveside services are 10 a.m.
Tuesday in Denver City Memorial Park, directed by Ratliff Funeral Home. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at
Heartland Funeral Home in Early. Heartland Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.
Regna Johnson
STEPHENVILLE - Regna Johnson, 85, died Friday, July 6, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Highland
Baptist Church in Dublin with burial in Gardens of Memory Cemetery, directed by Stephenville Funeral Home.
Jean Kerwin
Jean Kerwin, 88, died Wednesday, July 4, 2007. Memorial services are 1 p.m. Monday at Elliott-Hamil Funeral
Home Chapel of Memories, 542 Hickory, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home.
Mary Joan Koonce
WOODSON - Mary Joan Koonce, 80, died Saturday, July 7, 2007. Graveside services are 2 p.m. today in
Woodson Cemetery, directed by Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home in Breckenridge.
Mozelle Elizabeth Nowlin
DE LEON - Mozelle Elizabeth Nowlin, 79, died Saturday, July 7, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Monday at St. Joe
Baptist Church with burial in De Leon Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at Nowlin Funeral Home.
George Marvin Speed
SWEETWATER - George Marvin Speed, 75, died Saturday, July 7, 2007. Services are pending with McCoy
Funeral Home.
Petra Villarreal
SNYDER - Petra Villarreal, 91, died Thursday, July 5, 2007. Services are 1 p.m. Sunday at Wright Colonial
Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Snyder Cemetery.
Robert Anthony Wheeler
Robert Anthony Wheeler, 61, died Friday, July 6, 2007. Graveside services are 10 a.m. Tuesday in Funston
Cemetery in Jones County, under the direction of Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 No. 2nd St.
Obits for Monday, July 09, 2007
Claudale A. Barnard
MANSELL-SMITH FUNERAL HOME
Monday, July 09, 2007
Knox City - Claudale A. Barnard, 82, of Knox City went to be with his Lord Friday, July 6, 2007.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday July 10, 2007 at O'Brien Baptist Church with Reverend Bob Cameron, Reverend
Jim Ried and Brother Bill Trice officiating and special music by Donnie Roberts. Burial will follow in O'Brien Cemetery under the
direction of Mansell-Smith Funeral Home.
Claudale was born May 17, 1925 in Rural Haskell County to Claud Alvan and Myrtie Ethel Lambert Barnard. He graduated high school
in 1943 and entered the United States Army. During his time in the Army he was a member of Unit Company C of the 330th Infantry
83rd Division. He was in the Invasion of Normandy and Northern France and Rhineland. While there he earned many medals and
ribbons which include: Meritorius Unit Award, World War II Victory Medal EAME, Campaign Medal with three Bronze Stars, Good
Conduct Medal, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge and a Bronze Star. Claudale was discharged from the military on February 5,
1946.
He married Jean Sellers on February 1, 1947 in Rule. Claudale was a farmer. He was a member of the O'Brien Baptist Church where
he served as deacon, American Legion Post 229 in Knox City, Disabled Vets of America and a life member of the VFW # 144. Claudale
was also a former member of the O'Brien School Board and the O'Brien Gin Board of Directors.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Claudale is survived by: his wife, Jean of Knox City; his daughters, Claudia and husband, Eddie Bryant of Weinert and Diane and
husband, Donnie Roberts of O'Brien; grandchildren, Jennifer Hicks and husband, Keith of Hawley, Jon Bryant and wife, Lindsay of
Lubbock, Trish Johnson and husband, Tim of Haskell and Angela Roberts of Plano; Great grand children, Cecylee and Hadlee Hicks,
Hayden and Raygan Bryant and Tyler and Tayleigh Johnson.
The family wishes to offer special thanks to Dr. Victor Hirsch, his staff and the Nursing Staff at Hendrick Medical Center.
Memorials may be sent to the O'Brien Baptist Church P.O. Box 88 O'Brien, Texas 79539.
Betty Jean Cockrell
Monday, July 09, 2007
Abilene - Betty Jean Cockrell died on Saturday, July 7, 2007 at Hendrick Healthcare Center after an extended illness.
A family Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 10 at the Colorado City Cemetery under the direction of The Hamil
Family Funeral Home.
Betty Jean was born on December 16, 1928 in Megargel, Texas to Herschel and Mary Emma Cockrell. She was a graduate of
Colorado City High School, Hardin Simmons School of Nursing, and Harris Hospital's School of Anesthesia in Fort Worth. She worked
most of her nursing career as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) at All Saints' Hospital and John Peter Smith Hospital in
Fort Worth, Texas.
Betty Jean is preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her sisters, Virginia Cockrell and Dawn Shipley of Abilene, and several nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank the staff on the sixth floor, extended care wing, at Hendrick Healthcare Center for their care and attention to
Betty Jean.
Memorials may be made to Hendrick Hospice or a donor's favorite charity.
Online condolences may be made to: www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
Ira Hugh Harrington
Monday, July 09, 2007
Fort Worth - Ira Hugh Harrington, 73, a resident of Fort Worth for 49 years, died Saturday, July 7, 2007.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Christ Chapel Bible Church. Dr. Jim Boyd will officiate.
Burial: Dallas - Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Austin Carr, David Carr, Bruce Carr, Jason Bean, John Bean and Bobby McClure.
Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Thompson's Harveson and Cole Funeral Home.
Memorials: His memory may be honored with a gift to the Children's Ministry at Christ Chapel, 3740 Birchman Ave., Fort Worth 76107.
Harrington was born Jan. 23, 1934, in Throckmorton, to the late Paul Salas and Mary Lena Smith Harrington. A graduate of
Throckmorton High School, he earned an undergraduate degree in math from Texas A&M and a master's degree in math from TCU.
Harrington was employed by General Dynamics and Electronic Data Systems of Dallas before he became the director of
communications for Bell Helicopter, retiring in 1993.
He was also an instructor pilot. A member of Christ Chapel Bible Church, he was active in the Texas A&M University Association of
Former Students, the Texas Aggie Band Association and Century Club.
He was also a member of Information Systems Management Council, International American Helicopter Society, Fort Griffin Masonic
Lodge 489, Family Motor Coach Association and South Central American Coach Association.
In addition to his parents, Harrington was preceded in death by his sister, Kathleen Criswell.
Survivors: His wife of 51 years, Barbara; children, Cheryl Bean and her husband, John, Perri Carr and her husband, Bruce;
grandchildren, Jason and Jennifer Bean, Heather and Whitney Prince, David and Austin Carr; brother, Larry Paul Harrington and his
wife, Peggy; sister, Barbara Nell Howard and her husband, C. W. Howard; nieces; and nephews.
Thompson's Harveson and Cole Funeral Home and Crematory
702 Eighth Ave.
Fort Worth, Texas
817-336-0345
William Jake Westfall
Monday, July 09, 2007
Fort Worth - William Jake Westfall, 68, passed away Saturday, July 7, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Tuesday at All Saints' Episcopal Church. Following the service, the family will receive friends at River Crest Country
Club. Interment will be at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery at a later date. The family may be reached at the residence of his son
and daughter-in-law, Greg and Mollee Westfall.
Mr. Westfall was born July 31, 1938, in Fort Worth to Clyde Cullen and Frances Jewell Westfall. He was raised in Stamford and moved
to Fort Worth as a teenager where he graduated from Arlington Heights High School, then attended Abilene Christian College and the
University of Texas at Arlington. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he went to work in the family trucking business, Western Tex-Pack
Express, and was very active in various professional organizations: President, Texas Motor Express Association; Director and Past
President of the American Package Express Carriers Association; Director, Film Air and Package Carriers Conference of The American
Trucking Association, and Director of the Texas Motor Transportation Association. He was a member of the Board of Directors of
Ridglea Bank, All Saints' Episcopal Church and River Crest Country Club.
Survivors: He leaves a wife, Marla Bracken Westfall; sons, Michael Dale Westfall and daughter-in-law Denise, Gregory Burke Westfall
and daughter-in-law Mollee, and Garrett Allen Westfall and daughter-in-law Cynthia; grandchildren, Gregory Bennett Westfall and
Katharine Elizabeth Westfall, all of Fort Worth; one sister, Frances Joy Adams and brother-in-law, Thomas Adams of Fort Worth; and
one nephew, Thomas Adams and wife, Tabitha.
Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Rd.,
Fort Worth, Texas
817-336-0584
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Sergeant Robert Anthony Wheeler
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME
Monday, July 09, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Robert Anthony Wheeler, the last of seven siblings, died Friday, July 6, 2007 in Nolanville, Texas.
Robert was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1946. He grew up in Fort Worth and Abilene, Texas. After being drafted, he served in Vietnam,
attaining the rank of Sergeant. He was a member of B Troop 3rd Sq. 17th Air Cavalry. He was given an honorable discharge and he
returned to Abilene.
Robert married Theresa Louise Lang in 1969 in Abilene. They had two children and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Garlin Nathaniel Wheeler in 1963; his mother, Cora Bee White Wheeler in 1996; by his five
brothers, David Lloyd Wheeler, Sr. in 1982; Jerry Garland Wheeler in 1988; Edward Lee Wheeler in 2000; Alton Nathaniel Wheeler in
2003; Ben 'Leon' Wheeler in 2004; and his sister, Joyce Marie Hanselman in 2000.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa Louise Lang Wheeler of Abilene; his son, Michael Anthony Wheeler of Abilene; his son, Billy Jack
Wheeler of Nolanville, Texas; a daughter-in-law, Kimberley Jane Wyant Wheeler of Nolanville; a grandson, Conner Jack Wheeler of
Nolanville; a granddaughter, Ayla Jayne Wheeler of Nolanville; and another granddaughter, Ashton Bailey Dugger of Lubbock, Texas.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10th at Funston Cemetery in Jones County with Larry Gill officiating, under
the direction of Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N. 2nd St.
Death Notices 07.09.07 Monday, July 9, 2007
Roy Don Chandler
ODESSA - Roy Don Chandler, 79, died Friday, July 6, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Gunsight Baptist
Church. Burial will follow in Harpersville Cemetery, under the direction of Morehart Mortuary.
Irene Gruben Clark
ROTAN - Irene Gruben Clark, 91, died Sunday, July 8, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at WeathersbeeRay Chapel with burial in Roby Cemetery. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Weathersbee-Ray Funeral
Home.
Lorenzo Chriesman Jr.
Lorenzo Chriesman Jr., 84, of Abilene died Sunday, July 8, 2007. Graveside services are 11 a.m. Wednesday in
Oakwood Cemetery in Cisco. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Kimbrough Funeral Home in Cisco.
Mary Frances Glenn
BRONTE - Mary Frances Glenn, 86, died Saturday, July 7, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist
Church. Visitation is 6 to 7 p.m. today at Shaffer Funeral Home.
Margarita E. Gloyd
Margarita E. Gloyd, 75, died Saturday, July 7, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Francis of Assisi
Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park. Visitation and rosary are 7 p.m. Tuesday at
Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
John Jackson
John Jackson, 63, died Sunday, July 8, 2007. Services are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542
Hickory St.
Velma Anderson Johnson
LAWN - Velma Anderson Johnson, 95, died Sunday, July 8, 2007. Services are pending with Fry-Bartlett
Funeral Home in Tuscola.
Johnny King
WESTBROOK - Johnny King, 76, died Sunday, July 8, 2007. Graveside services are 10 a.m. Thursday in
Westbrook Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Kiker-Seale Funeral Home of Colorado City.
Beatrice Arizona 'Ladybug' May
SWEETWATER - Beatrice Arizona ''Ladybug'' May, 84, died Saturday, July 7, 2007. Graveside services are 2
p.m. Tuesday in Sweetwater Cemetery. Visitation is 7 to 8 p.m. today at Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Charles Edward Page
SWEETWATER - Charles Edward Page, 53, died Sunday, July 8, 2007. Services are pending with McCoy
Funeral Home.
Maudie Smith
COMANCHE - Maudie Smith, 95, died Sunday, July 8, 2007. Services are 3 p.m. Tuesday at Comanche
Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Rock Church Cemetery in Blanket.
George Marvin Speed
SWEETWATER - George Marvin Speed, 75, died Saturday, July 7, 2007. Graveside services are 2 p.m.
Wednesday in Sweetwater Cemetery, under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
7-10 Former Texas Chief Justice John Hill dies
Associated Press
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
DALLAS — John Hill, a native of Breckenridge and the only person in state history to serve as secretary of
state, attorney general and chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court, died Monday. He was 83.
He died of a heart condition around 9:45 a.m. at a Houston hospital, said a spokeswoman for his law firm.
“He fits the mold of legendary lawyers in Texas,” said former Texas Supreme Court Justice Craig T. Enoch.
In 1978, Hill ran for governor and defeated incumbent Gov. Dolph Briscoe for the Democratic nomination. But
Hill became the first Democrat in 100 years to lose the gubernatorial election, falling to Dallas millionaire Bill
Clements, a Republican.
The loss was not the end of Hill’s career in public service. After several years as a behind-the-scenes player in
state politics, Hill was elected to a four-year term as chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court in 1984.
He resigned before his term ended to begin an unsuccessful crusade to reduce political pressure on the judicial
branch by ending the system in which voters elect judges in Texas. Hill continued to push for reforms even after
he no longer held public office.
“His retirement from public service was no retirement at all, because he continued to advocate for a method of
judicial selection that would assure trust and confidence in our judiciary,” Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson
said.
The setbacks never seemed to discourage Hill, Enoch said.
“I never saw something that would eat at him anyway,” he said. “It illustrates a depth to this person far beyond
whether he won or lost a particular election.”
Hill was born Oct. 9, 1923, in Breckenridge. He later said he “could have outdone Abe Lincoln in terms of the
smallness of the house in which I was born.”
He spent a year at Kilgore Junior College, where he won a national debate championship, and then went on to
the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated from law school and met his wife, Elizabeth “Bitsy”
Graham.
After serving in the Navy during World War II, Hill became a lawyer. He built his reputation by winning large
awards for the families of passengers who died in plane crashes in Texas.
He was secretary of state from 1966-68, after helping Gov. John Connally get elected. In 1972, he won an
election for attorney general by 100,000 votes.
After the failed gubernatorial run and his stint on the state Supreme Court, Hill returned to private practice.
Gov. George W. Bush appointed Hill to the three-member Texas Lottery Commission in 1997.
Since 2005, Hill has been a partner in the Houston office of the law firm Winstead PC.
Gov. Rick Perry ordered flags flown at half-staff through Saturday.
“John Hill represented all that is good about politics and public service,” former U.S. Secretary of State James
A. Baker III said. “I have been privileged to have been involved in political efforts both with John Hill and
against him, and believe me, it was better to be with him.”
Texas’ two senators also released statements acknowledging Hill’s impact on state politics and the judicial
system.
“He was dynamic, witty, compassionate and always a gentleman,” said Sen. John Cornyn, a former state
attorney general and Texas Supreme Court justice. “He generated respect and admiration among his fellow
Texans that transcended partisan politics.”
He is survived by his wife; three children, Melinda Elizabeth Hill Perrin, John Graham Hill and Judge Martha
Hill Jamison; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Houston.
William Wayne Crow Jr.: Fallen soldier to be buried
here
Army sergeant's wife was Abilene High graduate
By Brian Bethel (Contact)
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Sgt. William Crow Funeral Service
U.S. Army Sgt. William Wayne Crow Jr., 28, died June 28 when the vehicle he was traveling in struck an
improvised explosive device in Baghdad. Crow had requested to be buried in Abilene, where his wife, Michelle
Crow, grew up and graduated from Abilene High School.
Michelle Crow admits she was often afraid for her husband, U.S. Army Sgt. William
Wayne Crow Jr., during the long months he was away from his family serving in Iraq.
When he died Thursday in eastern Baghdad after his Humvee rolled over an improvised bomb, those fears were
realized.
Despite the pain of loss, Michelle Crow, 28, of Fort Riley, Kan., remained fiercely proud of her husband during
a telephone conversation Tuesday. She called William Crow a loving father, a true friend and a dedicated
soldier.
William Crow had requested to be buried in Abilene, where his wife grew up and graduated from Abilene High
School - and where she still has relatives. He decided to be buried here after he was injured from shrapnel in a
car bomb explosion in 2005.
William Crow's wake will be Monday, with a funeral Tuesday.
''He (William) wanted to be where he knew the kids would be able to come and visit,'' she said. ''Abilene is also
where I have stated I want to be buried.''
He had served for six years, briefly getting out of the service for about three weeks, but enlisting again when
one of the couple's daughters, then 4 months old, was diagnosed with epilepsy, she said.
''He knew he could get so many more benefits through the military,'' Michelle Crow said. ''And I guess once a
soldier, always a soldier.''
He was out for so little time that the Army didn't record any break in service, she said.
''I was scared,'' she admitted of her husband's re-enlistment. ''I knew he would have to go back to Iraq, but I was
going to support him no matter what he chose to do.''
At the time of his death, he was serving his third deployment in Iraq, having also previously served in Korea.
He leaves behind his wife and their four children, including two sons Michelle Crow had from a previous
marriage.
A squad leader, William Crow, an infantryman, also cared deeply for his fellow-soldiers. Despite the possibility
that he would have to take a life, he never became cold-hearted, she said.
''He would have done anything for anybody,'' his wife said. ''He cared about all of his soldiers, sometimes more
than he did about himself.''
That compassion extended to all he did, whether it was desperately trying to help save a small boy hit by a
vehicle during his first trip to Iraq, to lavishing love when he could on his wife and children during visits home.
During those visits, the family liked to watch movies together, play Xbox video games and go swimming. From
his children, William Crow learned the innermost mysteries of Pokemon and Power Rangers.
Her husband was concerned that the long months away were taking away from his family life, Michelle Crow
said.
''You adapted to it,'' she said. ''He knew I was always really scared. But he would always tell me that he was
OK. That he was coming home.''
Comments
Posted by mommakelly_64 on July 4, 2007 at 11:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)
God bless you and your family. Your sacrifice for us is overwhelming. Abilene welcomes you and yours home.
Posted by primovickster on July 4, 2007 at 2:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Michelle,I have been a friend of your parents,grandparents,aunts and uncles for a very long time.Which
means,that you and Will and your children are part of my family also.All of you are in my heart and
prayers.Don't be afraid to share your pain and grief with the people who love you.That is what they are there
for.Let their love support you.
Love you all.Vickey
Posted by joden1991 on July 4, 2007 at 2:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Michelle, my son in law is Justin Bisciaio. He was in the Army with your husband. We have heard stories of
what a great husband, father and friend your husband was. We mourn your loss with you. Our daughter, Sarah,
Justin's wife is in Iraq now. God bless you and your family. You are in my prayers.
Jan Oden
Albany,
Posted by dwatson on July 5, 2007 at 7:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Michelle, We have never met, Wayne is my little cousin. I have always been so proud of him. I will always
treasure the memories of him and his little sister growing up and playing in sun in their diapers. How precious
they where. My husband is always asking me for updates on both of them. I am so sorry for your loss. But on
the other hand I am so blessed knowing that Wayne is with our FATHER LORD JESUS CHRIST in heaven.
Please keep your faith and teach your children what a wonderful father and solider they have. I just want to
thank you for always supporting him in many ways. He loved you and his family and especially the USA. Sorry
I can't be there for the memorials, but my brothers are attending and I hope you get to meet them both. I hope to
meet you some day and meet your beautiful children. GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY and you will stay in my
prayers. Love, Denise
Obits for Tuesday, July 10, 2007
.Irene
Gruben Clark
WEATHERSBEE - RAY FUNERAL HOME
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Rotan - Irene Gruben Clark, 91, died Sunday, July 8, 2007 at Fisher County Hospital.
Services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at Weathersbee - Ray Chapel with burial in Roby Cemetery under the direction of
Weathersbee - Ray Funeral Home. Visitation will be 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Born December 4, 1915 in Royston, Irene was a daughter of the late William M. and Cora (Cooley) Gruben. She married Claud Clark
July 27, 1931 in Clovis, New Mexico. They moved to several places in Texas and while living in El Dorado, Irene worked as a nurse's
aide. They retired in Rotan in 1976. Claud died in 1981 and she later married R. D. Shows. Irene loved to sew and cook, but took great
pride in her housework. She was a member of Eastern Star, Woman's Club, Book Study Club and Women's Missionary Society. She
was also an Election Judge, General Chairperson, Circle Chairperson and President of her Sunday school class.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, seven brothers and six sisters.
Survivors include: a son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Mae Clark of Rotan; a daughter, Maxine Haines of Rotan; a brother, Ernest
Gruben of Kermit; six grandchildren, Frankie SoRelle of Lubbock, Regina McCowin of Grandbury, Connie Bray of Columbus, Monty
Clark of Odessa, Kelvin Clark of Dallas and David Clark of Houston; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Judy O'Bar DeShazo
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Abilene - Judy O'Bar DeShazo, of Abilene, died Sunday, July 8, 2007 at the age of 58.
Funeral services, with Rev. Jimmy Griffith officiating, will be at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, July 11 at The Hamil Family Funeral Home,
6449 Buffalo Gap Road. Burial will follow in the McBee Cemetery in South Taylor County. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to
7:00 pm on Tuesday, July 10, in the chapel at the funeral home.
Judy was born the daughter of Wilburn Ray O'Bar and Louise Myrl (Windham) O'Bar in Abilene, Texas on March 8, 1949. She lived in
Lawn and in Abilene most of her life. Judy loved dancing and fishing. She was a devoted mother and grandmother who loved her
children and grandchildren with all of her heart. Judy previously owned Texas College of Cosmetology in Abilene where she taught
Cosmetology. Most recently she was employed by Chartwell Home Health Care. Judy was a Baptist.
Judy's parents preceded her in death. She is survived by her son, Dennis Webb of Abilene; her daughter-in-law, Judy Webb also of
Abilene; her friend and companion, Leon NeSmith of Abilene; a sister, Ann Rose of Lawn; one niece, Debbie Ake of Tuscola; two
grandchildren, Jacob and Breanna Webb, and many friends.
Memorials may be made in honor of Judy to the Hendrick Cancer Center, 2000 Pine Street, Abilene, Texas 79601 or the donor's
favorite charity.
Obituary and Guest Registryonline at: www.HamilFamilyFuneral-Home.com
Mary Frances Glenn
SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Bronte - Mary Frances Glenn went to be with the Lord on July 7, 2007.
Mary Frances was born March 30, 1921, in Maryneal Texas, to Macom and Celena Madelyn Boatright Russell. She graduated from
Blackwell High School and attended McMurry College in Abilene. She married Clark Glenn of Bronte, Texas, Oct. 29, 1939, in Abilene.
She was a wonderful homemaker and served as secretary for the superintendent at Bronte High School from 1955 until she retired in
1983. She taught ladies Sunday school class at the First Baptist Church Bronte for 45 years until Dec. 2005. Mary Frances was an avid
gardener of flowers and vegetables.
Her civic involvement in-cluded the Fort Chadbourne Restoration Board, Bronte Business Development Corporation, Bronte Nursing
Home Auxiliary, the Sorosis Study Club, the Red Hat Society and various other community projects.
Mary Frances was a loving wife of 67 years, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Jewel Coggin Russell.
Survivors include her husband, Clark Glenn of Abilene; daughter Carolyn and husband David Kuykendall of Abilene; sons Dr. Victor
Glenn and wife Dr. Liza Ting of DeSoto and David Glenn and wife Denise of Perth, Australia; seven grand-children, Kristi Longley and
husband Chad of Seminole, Karmen Harkey and husband Paul of Grapevine, Danielle Young and husband Cliff of Houston, Stephanie
Ottesen and husband Micah of Pearland, Brittany Senseman and husband Aaron of Katy, Dr. Charlotte Glenn of Chicago, and Ian
Glenn of Austin; and great-grandchildren Dexter, Derek, and Dwight Longley, Rachel, Suzanna and Benjamin Young, and Edi Jo and
Samantha Ottesen.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, July 9, 2007, at Shaffer Funeral Home in Bronte, Texas. A memorial service will be at 2
p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2007, at the First Baptist Church in Bronte.
Special note of appreciation goes to Hendrick Hospice and Hendrick Retirement Center health care givers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Bronte building fund or Hendrick Hospice of Abilene.
SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME
BRONTE, TEXAS
325-473-3131
Margarita Ellen Gloyd
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Abilene - Margarita Ellen Gloyd was born on November 25, 1931 in Santa Rosa, New Mexico to Vincente Armijo and Ester Ramona
Marie Giddings Armijo (Baca). Margarita died at Hendrick Medical Center on Saturday, July 7, 2007 at 2:28 p.m. surrounded by family
members.
George and Margarita Gloyd were married on March 23, 1956 in Las Cruses, New Mexico. She and the family followed George to six
different duty stations during his Air Force career. The family settled in Abilene in 1974.
Margarita worked for Bell Telephone in El Paso in the 1950's. She also worked for Hendrick Hospital as a switchboard operator for ten
years during the 1970's and 1980's. She was a collector of eclectic memorabilia.
Margarita was a regular member of Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, having been a member for over twenty years.
She was preceded in death by both of her parents and her husband of forty-four years, George William Gloyd.
Margarita is survived by her children, Ronald Wayne Gloyd and wife, Geverna, Ramona Marie Gloyd Alberts and husband, Donald, and
Russell Gene Gloyd, all of Abilene; ten grandchildren; one great-grandchild and one great-grandchild on the way. Survivors also include
one brother, Claude Francis Giddings of Thousand Oaks, California and one half-brother, Joe Armijo of Santa Rosa, New Mexico.
A rosary and viewing will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory in Abilene, Texas.
Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 11th, at Saint Francis of Assissi Catholic Church, 826 Cottonwood Street in
Abilene with Father Thomas Manimala officiating. Interment will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park.
Velma Anderson Johnson
FRY-BARTLETT FUNERAL HOME
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Lawn - Velma Anderson Johnson, 95, died Sunday, July 08, 2007, in an Abilene care center.
Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday July 11, 2007, at Tuscola United Methodist Church, with the Reverend Michael Berry and
Chaplain Chris Allen officiating. Burial will be in McBee Cemetery, directed by Fry-Bartlett Funeral Home of Tuscola. Visitation will be
Tuesday, July 10, 2007, from 6:00 -8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
The oldest of eleven children, Velma was born January 19, 1912, to Charlie Wayne and Virgie Virginia Parnell on the Griffin Ranch at
Goldsboro. The family lived eight years in Oklahoma before returning to Lawn, where she graduated from high school in 1929.
Following her marriage to Malcolm Marshall Anderson October 13, 1934, she followed her husband as he worked as a highway
engineer for the Texas Highway Department, living in Ballinger, Paint Rock, San Angelo, Eden, Sterling City, Robert Lee, Big Lake, and
Texon. During World War II, the family lived in Brownwood, Sherman, Estel-line, and Fort Worth, returning to San Angelo after VJ Day.
In 1953, the family moved to Abilene, where Velma was president of the Texas A & M Mothers Club. Later she lived in Midland and Fort
Worth and re-turned to Abilene in 1980, and Lawn in 1982. Malcolm Anderson died in 1986, after 52 years of marriage, and she
married Kenneth Johnson May 19, 1992. Mr. Johnson died in 2004.
She was a member of the Honey Bees in Lawn, Lawn Senior Citizens, and Tuscola United Methodist Church.
In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers, Sidney, Everett, Ralph, Herman, M. C., and Bobby
Ray Horton, and one sister Morene Welch.
Survivors include: one daughter, Sandra Nash and husband, Ivan of Abilene; one son, Gary Anderson of Olympia, Washing-ton; two
brothers, Charlie Horton of Abilene and Bill Horton of Carlsbad, New Mexico; one sister, Merlene Lafoon of Lawn; five grandchildren,
Tracy Nash of Bainbridge Island, Washington, Denise Coulter of Atlanta, Georgia, Arlissa Hunter of Tumwater, Washington, Danny
McCaffrey of Irving, and Rachel Browne of Salem, Oregon; five great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Sears Methodist Center, 3302 S. Willis, Abilene, Texas 79605 or Windcrest Alzheimer's Care Center, 6050
Hospital Drive, Abilene, Texas 79606.
Johnny King
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Johnny King, loving father and husband, age 76, of Westbrook, Texas, passed away peacefully on July 8, 2007 at Hendrick Hospital in
Abilene, Texas after losing his battle with cancer.
Visitation will be held at Kiker-Seale Funeral Home in Colorado City, Texas on Wednesday, July 11, 2007, 6 - 8 p.m.
Graveside service will be held in the Westbrook Cemetery at 10 a.m. in Westbrook, Texas on July 12, 2007.
Johnny was born at home in Robinson, Texas on May 14, 1931 to Betty Tovar King and Martin King. At age 19, he enlisted in the
Marine Corps and participated in action in South and Central Korea May - September 1951 and June - September 1952. He attained
the rank of Staff Sergeant and was a Field Radio Operator and was a reservist in the US Marine Corps until 1956. He was proud to be
a Marine.
Agatha Mae Rich and Johnny married on March 9, 1957 in Lovington, New Mexico. Johnny believed in hard work and took pride in a
job well done. He was a ceramic tile contractor for over 40 years while working across the Southern United States. He served the
community as a member of the Clyde Masonic Lodge 1056 and he was a Shriner. He was honored as a veteran and awarded his high
school diploma by the Westbrook class of 2003 during graduation ceremonies.
He is survived by Agatha, his wife of 50 years; three children Cindy Adams and husband, Ed-die of Clyde, Tamara Harless of Ft. Worth,
and Brandon King of Westbrook; seven grandchildren, Jered and wife, Donna Adams and Aaron Adams of Clyde; Sam Harless and
Audrey Harless of Arlington; Cody King and Am-ber King of Abilene; and Johnny King of Baird; brother, Richard King and wife, Pat of
Farmers Branch; sister, Minnie Peavey of Waco, and sister Connie Paralini and husband, James of Athens; numerous in-laws, cousins,
nieces, nephews and friends from across the country.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and other health care providers at Hendrick Hospital on the 7th floor and Mitchell
County Hospital District for their loving care, guidance, and friendship to Johnny and his family during his illness. A sincere thanks to all
who sent cards, made phone calls, and placed Johnny and his family on prayer lists.
Donations in his name can be made to a Hospice program in your area.
Sondra "Sam" Marshall
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
College Station - Sondra "Sam" Marshall, 63, of College Station passed away on Monday, July 2, 2007 at her home.
Funeral services were held on Friday at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church with burial in the College Station Cemetery.
Sondra was born in Waller, Texas to Holly Allen and Frances Marie Morrow. She was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic
Church and Pebble Creek Lady's Golf Association.
Survivors include: her loving husband of 37 years, Reagan M. Marshall, II; sons, Brent Allen Marshall and wife, Heather, and Reagan
M. Marshall, III and wife, Mary; daughters, Elizabeth Marshall Hill and husband, Joshua, and Stacey L. Marshall; Mother, Frances Marie
Morrow; brother, Wayne Morrow; sisters, Joyce and husband, Tommy Poor and Darla and husband, George Blackmon; grandchildren,
Rea-gan M. Marshall, IV and Katheryne Elizabeth "Katie Bell" Hill. Numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Ovarian Cancer Research, P. O. Box 4486,
Houston, Texas 77210-4486 or to Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 W. 26th St., Bryan, Texas 77803.
Death Notices 07.10.07
Emma 'MiMi' Elizabeth Bishop
BROWNWOOD - Emma ''MiMi'' Elizabeth Bishop, 30, died Saturday, July 7, 2007. Services are 2 p.m.
Wednesday at the Netherton Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Greenleaf Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m.
today at the funeral home.
Joy Lynn Hesson Blaine
BRECKENRIDGE - Joy Lynn Hesson Blaine, 52, died Sunday July 8, 2007. Graveside services are 6:30 p.m.
today at the Breckenridge Memorial Chapel in the Breckenridge Cemetery, directed by Melton-Kitchens
Funeral Home.
Charles F. Gardner
HILLSBORO - Charles F. Gardner, 88, died Monday, July 9, 2007 in San Antonio. Services are 2 p.m.
Wednesday at the Winters Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of the
Winters Funeral Home.
John Jackson
John Jackson, 63, died Sunday, July 8, 2007. Memorial celebration will be 6 p.m. Thursday at Rose Park
Activity Building on South 7th Street. Arrangements are by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
John Paul Jackson
John Paul Jackson, 60, died Sunday, July 8, 2007. Memorial services will be held at a later date in Emporia,
Kan. Local arrangements are under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Irene Jones
SNYDER - Irene Jones, 85, died Sunday, July 8, 2007. Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at Bell-Cypert-Seale
Funeral Home with burial in Hillside Memorial Gardens. Visitation is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the
funeral home.
Rose Mae Lawson
BIG SPRING - Rose Mae Lawson, 84, of Big Spring died Friday, July 6, 2007, at Parkview Nursing and Rehab
Center. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Neil Reed Manlief
SNYDER - Neil Reed Manlief, 68, died Sunday, July 8, 2007. Military graveside services are 2 p.m.
Wednesday at Hillside Memorial Gardens Cemetery directed by Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral home.
John Wallace Strayhorn
ROTAN - John Wallace Strayhorn, 81, died Saturday, July 7, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First
United Methodist Church in Burkburnett with burial in Burkburnett Cemetery directed by Owen's and Brumley
Funeral Home in Burkburnett. Information courtesy of Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home in Rotan.
Fred Fransis Zehrer III
Fred Fransis Zehrer III, 60, died Saturday, July 7, 2007. Services are pending with Girdner Funeral Home.
Obits for Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Leon L. Dobbs
MARSHALL FUNERAL HOME
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Ingleside, Texas - Leon L. Dobbs, 69, passed away July 9, 2007, at a local hospital. He was born March 7, 1938 in Gorman, Texas to
Acie and Avice Dobbs. A resident of Ingleside, Texas for the past 2 years, he was a life long resident of the Albany area.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Becky and his wife Vada Grizzle Dobbs and his wife, Betty Dobbs.
He is survived by his two sons, Michael (Mona) Dobbs of Lamar, Texas and Daryl Dobbs of Ingleside; his two daughters, Cheryl Eaton
and Tammy (Danny) Hubbard, all of Florida; his brother, "Quail" Dobbs of Coahoma, Texas and 18 grandchildren and numerous great
grandchildren.
Graveside services will be conducted Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 11:00 A.M. at Albany Cemetery, Albany, Texas with Rev Len Smith
officiating.
CHARLIE MARSHALL FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATORY
ARANSAS PASS, TEXAS
1-800-428-2922
[email protected]
Richard Dwaine Gaeta
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Eastland, Texas - Richard Dwaine Gaeta was born August 13, 1956 in Eastland. He passed away July 9, 2007 at the Texas A&M
Medical Center in Lubbock.
Funeral services will be held at a later date, directed by Edwards Funeral Home of Eastland.
Richard was preceded in death by his mother, Susie Gaeta; a brother, Kenneth Gaeta; a sister, Carolyn Gaeta; 4 uncles, Victor Gaeta,
Bernie Gaeta, Gil Gaeta and Martin Ortiz. He was also preceded in death by a cousin, Linda Wise.
Survivors include his father, Al Gaeta, Sr. and companion Dorothy Adams of Eastland; 2 brothers, Al Gaeta Jr. and wife, Tonya of
Vernon, and Nick and Margie Gaeta of Waxahachie; 4 aunts, Erlinda Oritz of Millsap, Louisa Salas of Coleman, Josephine Ramirez and
husband Daniel of Abilene and Mollie Gaeta of Eastland; an uncle, Ruben Gaeta and wife, Ramona of Eastland; and by numerous
cousins, nieces and nephews.
Edwards Funeral Home
Eastland, Texas
254-629-2611
JoAnn (Hilliard) Gilbert Griffin
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Abilene, Texas - JoAnn (Hilliard) Gilbert Griffin, 66, died Saturday, July 7, 2007 at a local hospital.
A private family memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 11.
JoAnn was born on December 18, 1940 to John David and Rose Marie (Ellis) Hilliard in Trent, TX. She married Claude Gilbert April
1955 in Stockton, CA. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include: her three sons, David Gilbert and companion Linda Venzor of Merkel, Randy and wife Laurie of Abilene, and Ernie
Gilbert; three daughters and their spouses, Margaret and Billy Walker of Abilene, Anna and Stephen Hughes of Abilene, and Wendy
and Billy Hayes of Sweeney, TX; three sisters, Ethel LaRue, Barbara Sue Wilson and Letha Jo Mansfield; 19 grandchildren and 16
great grandchildren.
Ruth Harp
McCOY FUNERAL HOME
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Sweetwater, Texas - Ruth Harp died Tuesday morning, July 10, 2007 at home in her cherished old ranch home where she was born.
Private burial was on her beloved ranch alongside her adored Collies and Great Pyrenees.
Anita Herren Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Haskell, Texas - Mrs. Anita Herren, died July 9, 2007 at 93 years of age. Services will be at the Haskell Church of Christ 10:00 AM
Thursday with interment at Willow Cemetery, under the direction of Holden McCauley Funeral Home.
She was born on March 2, 1914 in Haskell County to Jesse Lee Collier and Naomi Lee Hallmark Collier who owned and operated
Collier's Grocery on the east side of the square for many years. She had one sister, Mary Frances Collier Comolli who died in 1957.
Anita graduated from Haskell High School in 1932 and the same year she married Robert W. Herren. They were engaged in farming,
the gin business, Haskell County Warehouse and majority stock holders of the Haskell National Bank. They were married 53 years
before Bob's death in 1990.
They had three daughters: Bobbie Ann Herren Corzine, Betty Jo Herren Howard and Jan Herren Gannaway. Anita was blessed with a
talent for art. Her dream was to be a fashion designer and many of her early drawings were depicting designer clothing. The depression
ruled out this career. She was an accomplished artist in oil, acrylic and in the last years, china painting. She taught classes in these
areas and gave demonstrations throughout the state. She was always supportive of her children -- volunteering as a leader in the
Brownies, Girl Scouts, Blue Birds and Camp Fire Girls. She was one of the local founders of N.I.B.S (Nurses in Bobby Sox) which was
a forerunner of the Candy Stripers. She was a constant "room mother" for all three girls. She was a charter member and past president
of the Mesquite District Progressive Study Club of the Federated Women's Club. This past April she received the Lifetime Award from
the State Federated Women's Club in a ceremony in Abilene. She served as district PTA president in the 1950's. She was appointed
Democratic Committee Woman by Governor Preston Smith. She and Bob were members of the Texas Independent Bankers'
Association. She had memberships in Porcelain and China painting organizationsfrom the local to the national level. She was a lifelong
member of the Haskell Church of Christ and when the church celebrated it's One Hundreth birthday several years ago she was the
oldest member to have been baptized at that location. She taught Bible classes and VBS and attended Ladies Bible Classes. Her hand
drawn and painted flannelgraph illustrations of Bible stories taught several generations of children.
She was preceded in death by: her sister, her parents, her daughter, Betty in 1986; a granddaughter, Danna, in 1988; her husband,
Bob, in 1990, a son-in-law, Dan in 1990, a daughter, Bobbie Ann in 2001 and a son-in-law, Edward in 2007.
Mrs. Herren is survived by: one daughter, Jan and husband, John Gannaway of Lubbock, Texas; six grandchildren, Amy Corzine of
London England, Ed Corzine, Jr. and wife, Peggy of Ft. Worth, Robert Howard and wife, Jerita of Abilene; Kim Howard of Ft. Worth,
Julie Gannaway of Ft. Worth and Jim Gannaway and wife, Maryam of Lubbock; five great grandchildren: 10 nephews and one dear
niece, Carolyn Comolli Dycus of Abilene.
Memorials may be made to Haskell Church of Christ, 510 North Ave E. Haskell, Texas 79521; Friends of Haskell County Library, 412
North 1st Street, Haskell, Texas 79521; or to the givers choice.
Visitation will be Wednesday July 11 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mrs. Anita Herren, died July 9, 2007 at 93 years of age. Services will be at the Haskell Church of Christ 10:00 AM Thursday with
interment at Willow Cemetery, under the direction of Holden McCauley Funeral Home.
John Jackson
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Abilene, Texas - On July 8, 2007, John was received into the arms of Christ after a lengthy illness.
Born in Selma, California on December 24, 1943, John was the son of Anna Mae (Hall) and Leonard Jackson. A family oriented man,
he lived most of his life in Abilene where he worked in home remodeling as a self-employed painter. John loved motorcycles.
John was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Patsy Smith; and brothers, Charles Jackson, Tillman James Jackson, and Bill
Jackson.
Survivors include his wife, Ethel Lackey Jackson of Abilene; a son, John Jackson of Abilene; a daughter, Sherry Stewart and husband,
Steve, of Wills Point, Texas; four grandchildren, Steven Stewart and Tiffany Stewart of Wills Point, and John L. Jackson and Stephanie
Jackson; two step-grandchildren, Jessica McDonald and Stephanie Stewart; and four step-great-grandchildren, Myka Stewart and Eli,
Macie and Luke McDonald.
John is also survived by three sisters, Gladys Head of Oklahoma City, OK, Virginia Nowell and husband, Wayne, of Joshua, Texas and
Nell Rea of Palm Springs, California; numerous nieces and nephews; and the family of Tom and Ethel Lackey, who looked upon him as
a brother.
Family and friends are invited to a memorial celebrating the life of John on July 12th at Rose Park Activity Building on South 7th Street
beginning at 6 p.m.
Local arrangements are being made by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Travis Edward Morford
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Austin, Texas - Travis Edward Morford, brown-eyed son of Pete and Danni and brother of Eric and Caleb, died on July 8, 2007.
He came into the world late and left far too early. He was a fighter with his lopsided grin from the moment he was born.
At age 25, Travis lost his long fight with the disease of addiction, a fight he could not win. God proved stronger and called him home. He
is our hero, protector, and friend, and will forever be in our hearts.
He loved working out, taking his dogs to the park and snuggling on the couch watching X-Files with Megan. The memories we shared
with him will comfort us in all the years ahead.
In addition to his parents and brothers, he is survived by fiancГ© Megan Ballard, grandmothers Pat Fourton and Maggie Morford, aunts
and uncles Ed and Michele Fourton, Happy and Diane Fourton, Russell and Michielle Sullivan, Mike Morford, David and Becky Morford,
Suzanne Morford, many wonderful cousins, his faithful dogs Tyson and Kai, and countless loving friends.
He was preceded in death by grandfathers Edward Fourton and Robert Morford, Sr., uncle Robert Morford, Jr., and cousin Leah
Sullivan.
The visitation will be held at Weed - Corley - Fish Funeral Home, 3125 North Lamar on Thursday, July 12th from 6 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at Westlake Bible Church, 9238 Bee Caves Road on Friday, July 13th at 1 p.m.
Donations in the name of Travis Edward Morford may be sent to Austin Recovery at 8402 Cross Park Dr., Austin, TX 78754.
Obituary and guestbook online at wcfish.com
Arrangements by:
Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home
3125 N. Lamar
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 452-8811
Velma Marie Muller
LANGE FUNERAL HOME
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Ballinger, Texas - Velma Marie Muller, age 82, went home to be with her Lord on July 8, 2007. She was born December 18,1924 in
Winters, Texas to Verbie and Mittie Hale Rice. Velma grew up in Winters, and after high school worked at Bruce Field in Ballinger
where she met airman, Lee Roy Muller. They were married September 6, 1943 at 3:00 p.m. and they returned to work by 6:00 p.m. that
evening. They were stationed at Bruce Field until being called into active duty. After serving in the United States Army Air Corp, they
returned to Ballinger in 1946 to make their home and open their business. They owned and operated Muller Automotive Parts for 42
years and retired in 1988.
Velma, who was best known as "Honey" was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and
faithful friend. She was a charter member of the Seventh Street Baptist Church where she taught children for over 40 years, served on
various committees, was a member of WMU, and faithfully served the Lord. She was a leader of 4-H and Girl Scouts for many years
and was also a member of the Commemorative Air Force Colonel's Ladies. She enjoyed needlework, reading, sewing, cooking, and
working puzzles, but above all, she loved using her talents to minister to others. She was a blessing.
Velma was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Alvin and Troy; two brothers-in-law, Miles Caudle and Bill Lewin; father-inlaw and mother-in-law, Edwin and Willie Mae Muller; and a niece, Donna Jennings.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Lee Roy; a daughter, Carolyn Chaney, and her husband Charles of Eastland; a
granddaughter, Connie Sanderson of Ballinger; and a great-grandson, Easton Sanderson of Ballinger; two sisters, Mildred Caudle of
Houston and Naomi Terrell and husband Billy of Abilene; a brother, Roy Rice and wife Noleta of Winters; two sisters-in-law Mary Ruth
Rice of Pantego and Mary Ella Rice of San Antonio; a brother-in-law Eddie Muller of Denton and a sister-in-law Jerri Lewin, also of
Denton, a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Visitation will be Tuesday 6:00pm at Lange Funeral Home. Services will be Wednesday, July 11, 2007 10:00am at the Seventh Street
Baptist Church in Ballinger with pastor David Williams officiating.
Burial will be in the Rowena Protestant Cemetery under the direction of Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Ballinger P.O. Box 350 Ballinger, Texas or your favorite charity.
"She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her." Proverbs 3:15
Lange Funeral Home
Ballinger, Texas
325-365-3531
Death Notices 07.11.07 Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Cheryl 'Sherry Williams' Best
Cheryl ''Sherry Williams'' Best, 59, died Thursday, July 5, 2007, in Abilene. Memorial graveside services are 11
a.m. Thursday at Elmwood Memorial Park, 5750 Highway 277 South, directed by Elmwood Funeral Home.
Hazel 'Jeannette' Frazier
ARDMORE, Okla. - Hazel ''Jeannette'' Frazier, 77, died Wednesday, July 4, 2007, in Joplin, Mo. Memorial
graveside services are 2 p.m. Friday at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Ardmore under the direction of
Craddock Funeral Home.
Thomas M. Hays Jr.
SANTA ANNA - Thomas M. Hays Jr., 83, died Tuesday, July 10, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Friday at the First
United Methodist Church of Comanche with burial in Santa Anna Cemetery directed by Henderson Funeral
Home of Santa Anna.
Charlotte Sue Hoggard
BIG SPRING - Charlotte Sue Hoggard, 69, died Monday, July 9, 2007. Graveside services are 2 p.m. Thursday
in Benbrook Cemetery in Benbrook, directed by Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big
Spring.
Brett Tyson King
Brett Tyson King, 44, died Friday, July 6, 2007. Arrangements are pending with Piersall-Benton Funeral
Directors 733 Butternut St., Abilene.
Rose Mae Lawson
BIG SPRING - Rose Mae Lawson, 84, died Friday, July 6, 2007. Her body was donated to the Texas Tech
University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in Lubbock. Arrangements were by Myers & Smith
Funeral Home.
Charles Edward Page
SWEETWATER - Charles Edward Page, 53, died Sunday, July 8, 2007, in Sweetwater. No services are planned
at this time.
Ylario Y. 'Lalo' Perez Sr.
SWEETWATER - Ylario Y. ''Lalo'' Perez Sr., 88, died Tuesday, July 10, 2007. Funeral services are pending
with McCoy Funeral Home. Rosary services are set for 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Paul Conrad Perry Sr.
BANGS - Paul Conrad Perry Sr., 74, died Tuesday, July 10, 2007. Services are 11 a.m. Friday at the Netherton
Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Clear Creek Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral
home.
Willmath Posey
ROTAN - Willmath Posey, 92, died Tuesday, July 10, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at Rotan Church of
Christ with burial in Belvieu Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. tody at Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home.
Jhonnie Nevada Post
SWEETWATER - Jhonnie Nevada Post, 95, died Tuesday, July 10, 2007. Services are pending with McCoy
Funeral Home.
Ricardo 'Ricky' Torres
BIG SPRING - Ricardo ''Ricky'' Torres, 48, died Monday, July 9, 2007. Services are pending with NalleyPickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Wayne Edwin Walker
BIG SPRING - Wayne Edwin Walker, 73, of Big Spring died Monday, July 9, 2007. Services are pending with
Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
7-12 Top Stories
Former first lady Johnson championed
beautification
Kelley Shannon / Associated Press
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Associated Press photo by Frank Wolfe
This photo released by the LBJ Library shows former first lady Lady Bird Johnson sitting in a field of wild
flowers in the Texas Hill Country on May 10, 1990. Lady Bird Johnson, the former first lady who championed
conservation and worked tenaciously for the political career of her husband, former President Lyndon B.
Johnson, died Wednesday.
Reporter-News file photo
Lady Bird Johnson speaks with a young admirer at the Fort Griffin Fandangle in 1970.
AUSTIN — Lady Bird Johnson, the former first lady who championed conservation and worked tenaciously for
the political career of her husband, Lyndon B. Johnson, died Wednesday, a family spokeswoman said. She was
94.
Johnson, who suffered a stroke in 2002 that affected her ability to speak, returned home late last month after a
week at Seton Medical Center, where she’d been admitted for a low-grade fever.
She died at her Austin home of natural causes and she was surrounded by family and friends, said
spokeswoman Elizabeth Christian.
Even after the stroke, Johnson still managed to make occasional public appearances and get outdoors to enjoy
her beloved wildflowers. But she was unable to speak more than a few short phrases, and more recently did not
speak at all, Anne Wheeler, spokeswoman for the LBJ Library and Museum, said in 2006. She communicated
her thoughts and needs by writing, Wheeler said.
Lyndon Johnson died in 1973, four years after the Johnsons left the White House.
The longest-living first lady in history was Bess Truman, who was 97 when she died in 1982.
President Bush and first lady Laura Bush remembered Mrs. Johnson as a “warm and gracious woman.”
“President Johnson once called her a woman of “ideals, principles, intelligence, and refinement. She remained
so throughout their life together, and in the many years given to her afterward,” President Bush said.
Other former first ladies remembered Johnson on Wednesday as deeply devoted to her family and the
environment.
“Her beautification programs benefited the entire nation. She translated her love for the land and the
environment into a lifetime of achievement,” Betty Ford said.
Nancy Reagan said that when Lyndon Johnson was called upon to take the oath of office in the face of tragedy
after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, “he did so with his courageous wife beside him.” She said Lady Bird
Johnson served the nation with honor and dignity.
“I believe above all else that Lady Bird will always be remembered as a loyal and devoted wife, a loving and
caring mother and a proud and nurturing grandmother,” Reagan said.
The daughter of a Texas rancher, she spent 34 years in Washington, as the wife of a congressional secretary,
U.S. representative, senator, vice president and president. The couple had two daughters, Lynda Bird, born in
1944, and Luci Baines, born in 1947. The couple returned to Texas after the presidency, and Lady Bird Johnson
lived for more than 30 years in and near Austin.
“I think we all love seeing those we love loved well, and Austin has loved my mother very well. This
community has been so caring,” Luci Baines Johnson said in an interview with The Associated Press in
December 2001.
“People often ask me about walking in her shadow, following in the footsteps of somebody like Lady Bird
Johnson,” she said. “My mother made her own unique imprint on this land.”
Former President George H.W. Bush once recalled that when he was a freshman Republican congressman from
Texas in the 1960s, Lady Bird Johnson and the president welcomed him to Washington with kindness, despite
their political differences.
He said she exemplified “the grace and the elegance and the decency and sincerity that you would hope for in
the White House.”
“Like all Americans, but especially those of us who call Texas home, we loved Lady Bird,” Bush said
Wednesday.
As first lady, she was perhaps best known as the determined environmentalist who wanted roadside billboards
and junkyards replaced with trees and wildflowers. She raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to beautify
Washington. The $320 million Highway Beautification Bill, passed in 1965, was known as “The Lady Bird
Bill,” and she made speeches and lobbied Congress to win its passage.
“Had it not been for her, I think that the whole subject of the environment might not have been introduced to the
public stage in just the way it was and just the time it was. So she figures mightily, I think, in the history of the
country if for no other reason than that alone,” Harry Middleton, retired director of the LBJ Library and
Museum, once said.
Lady Bird Johnson once turned down a class valedictorian’s medal because of her fear of public speaking, but
she joined in every one of her husband’s campaigns. She was soft-spoken but rarely lost her composure, despite
heckling and grueling campaign schedules. She once appeared for 47 speeches in four days.
“How Lady Bird can do all the things she does without ever stubbing her toe, I’ll just never know, because I
sure stub mine sometimes,” her husband once said.
Lady Bird Johnson said her husband “bullied, shoved, pushed and loved me into being more outgoing, more of
an achiever. I gave him comfort, tenderness and some judgment — at least I think I did.”
She had a cool head for business, turning a modest sum of money into a multimillion-dollar radio corporation in
Austin that flourished under family ownership for more than a half-century. With a $17,500 inheritance from
her mother, she purchased a small, faltering radio station in 1942 in Austin. The family business later expanded
into television and banking.
“She was very hands on. She literally mopped the floor, and she sold radio time,” daughter Luci said of her
mother’s early days in business.
When Johnson challenged Sen. John F. Kennedy unsuccessfully in 1960 for the Democratic presidential
nomination, his wife was his chief supporter, although she confessed privately she would rather be home in
Texas.
His nomination as vice president on Kennedy’s ticket drew her deep into a national campaign. She stumped
through 11 Southern states, mostly alone, making speeches at whistle stops in her soft drawl. In his 1965
memoir, “Kennedy,” JFK special counsel Theodore Sorensen recalled her “remarkable campaign talents” in the
1960 campaign.
She was with her husband in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, when Kennedy was assassinated, and was at his side as
he took the presidential oath of office aboard Air Force One.
In her book “A White House Diary,” she recalled seeing Jacqueline Kennedy with her husband’s blood still on
her dress and leg. “Somehow that was one of the most poignant sights — that immaculate woman, exquisitely
dressed, and caked in blood,” she wrote.
Suddenly, the unpretentious woman from Texas found herself first lady of the United States, splitting time
between the White House and the Johnson family’s 13-room stone and frame house on the LBJ Ranch, near
Johnson City west of Austin.
Her White House years also were filled with the turbulence of the Vietnam War era.
The first lady often would speak her fears and hopes into a tape recorder, and some of the transcripts were
included in the 2001 book “Reaching for Glory, Lyndon Johnson’s Secret White House Tapes, 1964-1965,”
edited by historian Michael Beschloss.
“How much can they tear us down?” she wondered in 1965 as criticism of the Vietnam War worsened. “And
what effect might it have on the way we appear in history?”
She quoted her husband as saying: “I can’t get out. And I can’t finish it with what I have got. And I don’t know
what the hell to do.”
Lady Bird Johnson served as honorary chairwoman of the national Head Start program and held a series of
luncheons spotlighting women of assorted careers and professions.
Both daughters married while their father was president. Luci married Patrick Nugent, in 1966 at the Shrine of
the Immaculate Conception in Washington. That marriage ended in divorce and she wed Canadian banker Ian
Turpin in 1984. Daughter Lynda Bird married Charles Robb, later governor and U.S. senator from Virginia, in a
White House wedding in 1967.
After she and her husband left Washington, Lady Bird Johnson worked on “A White House Diary,” published
in 1970. She also served a six-year term starting in 1971 as a University of Texas regent.
She and her daughters remained active in her wildflower advocacy and with the LBJ Library in Austin after the
former president’s death in 1973. Into her 90s, Lady Bird Johnson made occasional public appearances at the
library and at civic and political events, always getting a rousing reception.
President Gerald Ford appointed her to the advisory council to the American Revolution Bicentennial
Administration, and President Jimmy Carter named her to the President’s Commission on White House
Fellowships. Her long list of honors and medals include the country’s highest civilian award, the Medal of
Freedom, bestowed in 1977 by Ford.
She was born Claudia Alta Taylor on Dec. 22, 1912, in the small East Texas town of Karnack. Her father was
Thomas Jefferson Taylor, a wealthy rancher and merchant. Her mother was the former Minnie Lee Patillo of
Alabama, who loved books and music.
Lady Bird Johnson received her nickname in infancy from a caretaker nurse who said she was as “pretty as a
lady bird.” It was the name by which the world would come to know her. She disliked it, but said later, “I made
my peace with it.”
When Lady Bird was 5, her mother died, and her aunt, Effie Patillo, came to care for her and two older brothers.
She graduated from Marshall High School at age 15 and prepared for college at St. Mary’s Episcopal School for
Girls in Dallas. At the University of Texas in Austin she studied journalism and took enough education courses
to qualify as a public school teacher. She received a bachelor of arts degree in 1933 and a bachelor of
journalism in 1934.
A few weeks later, through a friend in Austin, she met Lyndon Johnson, then secretary to U.S. Rep. Richard
Kleberg, a Democrat from Texas. The day after their first date, Lyndon Johnson proposed. They were married
within two months, on Nov. 17, 1934, in San Antonio.
Lyndon Johnson caught the eye of Congressman Sam Rayburn of Texas, who later became the U.S. House
speaker. Rayburn persuaded President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935 to appoint Johnson director of the
National Youth Administration for Texas.
When Rep. James Buchanan, D-Texas, died two years later, Johnson ran for the House seat. His wife borrowed
$10,000 from her father to finance the campaign, and Johnson won easily.
Johnson lost a 1941 special election for the U.S. Senate, but narrowly won the seat in 1948, after he was
declared the victor by just 87 votes in a Democratic primary runoff against former Gov. Coke Stevenson.
In December 1972, the Johnsons gave the LBJ Ranch house and surrounding property to the United States as a
National Historic Site, retaining a life estate for themselves. The property is to transfer to the federal park
service after her death.
The family’s privately held broadcasting company — later overseen by Luci Baines Johnson — was sold in
March 2003 to Emmis Communications of Indianapolis. Lady Bird Johnson had been a director of the radio
company in her later years and even attended most board meetings before her 2002 stroke.
On her 70th birthday, in 1982, she and Helen Hayes founded the National Wildflower Research Center near
Austin, later renamed the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The research and education center is dedicated
to the preservation and use of wildflowers and native plants.
“I’m optimistic that the world of native plants will not only survive, but will thrive for environmental and
economic reasons, and for reasons of the heart. Beauty in nature nourishes us and brings joy to the human
spirit,” Lady Bird Johnson wrote.
In addition to her two daughters, survivors include seven grandchildren, a step-grandchild, and several greatgrandchildren.
Johnson will lie in repose at the LBJ Library and Museum from 1:15 p.m. Friday until 11 a.m. Saturday. A
private funeral service will be held Saturday afternoon and a ceremonial cortege will carry Mrs. Johnson to
Stonewall for burial in the Johnson family cemetery.
Former first lady Lady Bird Johnson has died
Associated Press
Originally published 04:49 p.m., July 11, 2007
Updated 04:50 p.m., July 11, 2007
AUSTIN — Lady Bird Johnson, the former first lady who championed conservation and worked tenaciously for
the political career of her husband, former President Lyndon B. Johnson, died Wednesday, a family
spokeswoman said. She was 94.
Lady Bird Johnson returned home late last month after a week at Seton Medical Center, where she'd been
admitted for a low-grade fever. Her husband died in 1973.
She died at her Austin home of natural causes about 4:18 p.m. CDT. Elizabeth Christian, the spokeswoman,
said she was surrounded by family and friends.
She was hospitalized with a stroke in 2002 that left her with difficulty speaking. But even after that she
continued to make public appearances and in May attended an event at the LBJ Library and Museum featuring
historian Robert Dallek.
In March, she listened from Texas through a conference call when President Bush signed legislation naming the
Education Department headquarters building in Washington, D.C., after her late husband.
Obits for Thursday, July 12, 2007
Carl Anthony "Scooter" Acosta
Cook-Walden/Davis Funeral Home
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Carl Anthony "Scooter" Acosta, born February 27, 1960, died suddenly at his home on July 9, 2007, from Acute Coronary Syndrome.
Scooter made lasting friendships and loved his job as a Prosthetic Technician at Scott Sabolich Prosthetic and Research in Oklahoma
City, Oklahoma. He knew life's struggles and pain but this helped strengthen his faith and his walk with God.
He is survived by one son, Anthony Joseph Haechten; mother, Beatrice Norris Valenti and her husband Peter Valenti; father, Claude
Acosta; two sisters, Denise Sweeney and Michelle Gustafson; and three nephews and two nieces.
He will be remembered lovingly by his family and friends and missed forever.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, July 13, 2007 in the chapel of the Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home in
Georgetown, Texas. Interment will follow at I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Georgetown.
Pallbearers will be Brad Brevard, Donny Johnson, Eric Gustafson, Jason Evans, Brian Smith and Don Yancy.
William D. Campbell
Seaside Funeral Home
Thursday, July 12, 2007
William D. Campbell, age 83, of Corpus Christi, died June 12, 2007. He was the eldest son of Price and Camille Campbell. He
graduated from Abilene High School in 1940 and attended Texas A and M before entering the Army as an aviation cadet. During W orld
War II he was a P47 and P51 fighter pilot in the Pacific Theater where he flew 110 missions. After the war he resumed his studies in
electrical engineering at A and M, and upon graduation was employed by Central Power and Light in Corpus Christi. He was a life
member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a member of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Elaine; a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Gary Mendel; and a brother and sister-in-law, Don
and Helen Campbell.
A memorial service was held at First United Methodist Church in Corpus Christi on June 15, 2007.
Odessa C. Dobbins
Winters Fuenral Home
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Odessa C. Dobbins, 91, of Winters passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2007 in an Abilene hospital. She was born on November 26, 1915,
in Gorman, Texas. Her family moved to Runnels County in 1922. She attended Winters High School where she met M.L. and graduated
in 1933. She married M.L. Dobbins on December 16, 1933. She was a homemaker, helping M.L. and raising their 4 children. Odessa
worked in the many organizations of the Methodist Church from the old missionary society to the United Methodist Women of the
present since 1934. She served as district recording secretary for 4 years, as Central Texas Conference secretary of youth for 3 years
and as district president for 4 years. She had the privilege of attending the assembly of the Methodist Women held in Portland, Oregon,
while serving as president from 1964-1968. She taught the Friendly Ladies Sunday School class part time for over 30 years.
She is survived by her 4 children Jerry and Melba Dobbins of Irving, David and Marc Dobbins of Junction, Wayne and Carolyn Dobbins
of Lake Brownwood, and Marthelia and Allen Sikes of Abilene, as well as her sister-in-law, Omega Snow of Yukon, Oklahoma, brotherin-law, Charles Nectoux of Groves, Texas, 9 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild and several nieces and
nephews. Her parents J.V. and Susan Carwile and all of her siblings preceded her in death.
The family will receive friends at Winters Funeral Home Thursday, July 12, at 6:00 P.M. Services will be held on Friday, July 13, at 3:00
P.M. in the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Joe Chamness and Rev. Chris Allen officiating. Burial will be held at Northview
Cemetery under the direction of the Winters Funeral Home.
Clara Mae Livingston
Nowlin Funeral Home
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Clara Mae Livingston, 87, died on Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at the Western Hills Nursing Center, in Comanche, Texas. Services are
10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2007. with Kent McKeever assisted by Brian Smith at the De Leon First United Methodist Church.
Clara was born on October 14, 1919, in Comanche, Texas to the late William Walker Mathis and Clara McKemie Mathis. She married
Bill Livingston on January 21, 1940 in Cisco, Texas.
She was a homemaker and a member of the De Leon First United Methodist Church, and also a member of the De Leon Hospital
Auxiliary.
Survivors are 3 daughters; Priscilla Ann Smith and husband Ronald of College Station, Linda Lee Kelly and husband Patrick of Denver,
CO, and Susan Kay McKeever and husband Russell of Abilene; one brother, Chester Mathis of Parsons, Kansas; 9 grandchildren and
14 great- grandchildren.
She was preceded by her husband, Bill Livingston on Sept. 15, 2006; her parents, William W. and Clara Mathis; four brothers, Bark
Mathis, Estell Mathis, Jewel Mathis and Seth Mathis; two sisters Gertrude Murphy and Lizzie Mathis.
Pallbearers are Jacob Kelly, Tony Kelly, Keith Kelly, Shay Scruggs, Marc Zimmermann, Justin Corsbie, Stephen Livingston and Darrell
Livingston.
Family visitation is Friday evening, July 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Nowlin Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to De Leon First United Methodist Church, 616 S. Houston, De Leon, Texas 76444 or charity of choice.
Jullie "Willmath" Seaton Posey
Weathersbee Funeral Home
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Jullie "Willmath" Seaton Posey, 92, died Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at Fisher County Hospital. Services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July
12, 2007 at the Church of Christ in Rotan with Wes Eastman and Jason Alton officiating. Burial will be in Belvieu Cemetery under the
direction of Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home.
Willmath Seaton was born August 29, 1914 in Anson, Texas, into a hard working farm family. Her parents were Charlie Alexander
Seaton and Lucinda Klepper Seaton. She had to work hard but also enjoyed playing with her three sisters and two brothers. Being
athletically inclined, she enjoyed playing basketball and was considered the county's expert on the art of playing jacks.
Willmath's first introduction to a young man named Dave Posey was at her society debut during a party given by her family shortly after
moving to the Wright Community. At the door she spied Dave and his friend Clarence Counts, two shifty-eyed characters wearing weird
overcoats; surely they must be the local bootleggers, she thought.
In spite of first impressions, she soon became interested in Dave's attentions and they saw each other often. On April 21, 1933, Dave
and Willmath were married in Rotan and settled into their new home in the Wright Community. Their first child, Richard, was born
before moving to Oregon. After sometime they came back to Texas and had their second son, Terry, later known as Ted. Their
daughter Lanny was born and Bobbie four years later.
Willmath was very active in the community serving as President of the PTA in the 1950s, scout leader for both boys and girls, and
homeroom mother for all children. She enjoyed playing golf past her 90th birthday, belonged to the same canasta club for fifty years,
traveled Europe, China, and Australia. She sent all 14 grandchildren to Hawaii upon their graduation from high school.
Willmath was employed until her retirement at the First National Bank in Rotan. She had a great love of nature, fishing, camping,
horseback riding and farming. Willmath was a member of the Church of Christ in Rotan.
Dave and Willmath lived in their home in Rotan for 59 1/2 years before moving to the Heritage House where she lived for two years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dave, of 73 years; parents; one son, Richard Posey in 1982; one son-in-law, Kent
Westbrook; a grandson-in-law, Mike Osborn; and a great-grandson, Dylan Brewer; three sisters, Nora Ashton, Cleo Spain and Berthie
Ann Counts and two brothers, John and C. A. Seaton, Jr..
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Ted and Gloria Posey; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lanny and Dan Maeyers and
Bobbie and Charles L. Miller; one daughter-in-law, Carol Posey; fourteen grandchildren, Patricia Osborn, Robert Posey, Julie Bibb, Jill
Dennis, Jan Muery, Terry McWilliams, Cindy Putnam, David Posey, Jeff Posey, Kate Westbrook, Dixie Allen, S. J. Westbrook, Tom
Miller, and Merry Kay Brewer; 39 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to: Belvieu Cemetery Fund c/o First National Bank, Drawer D, Rotan, TX
79546; West Texas Rehabilitation, 4601 Hartford St., Abilene, TX 79605; or a charity of your choice.
Death Notices 07.12.07 Thursday, July 12, 2007
Lester Byron Van Cleave
Lubbock - Lester Byron Van Cleave, 92, died Tuesday, July 10, 2007. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the
Kimbrough Funeral Home Chapel in Cisco. Burial will be in the Cisco Oakwood Cemetery.
Gus Deubler
BRECKENRIDGE - Gus Deubler, 81, died Tuesday, July 11, 2007. Services are pending with Melton-Kitchens
Funeral Home.
Amy Finnell Keplinger
Stephenville - Amy Finnell Keplinger, died Tuesday, July 10, 2007. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday
at Lacy Funeral Home Chapel.
Mari Lancaster
STEPHENVILLE - Mari Lancaster, 46, died Wednesday, July 11, 2007. Services are pending at Lacy Funeral
Home.
Bettye Lu Cole Lawler
Bettye Lu Cole Lawler, 80, died Wednesday, July 11, 2007. Services are pending with The Hamil Family
Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Jesse Leal
Austin - Jesse Leal, 56, died Wednesday, July 11, 2007. Arrangements are pending with Abilene Funeral Home.
George Wayne Montgomery
GRANBURY - George Wayne Montgomery, 59, died Tuesday July 10, 2007. Services are 11 a.m. today at the
rockwood Cemetery under the direction of Walker Funeral Home of Coleman.
Roy Payne
BROWNWOOD - Roy Payne, 67, died Wednesday, July 11, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. Friday at the Greenleaf
Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at the Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
Ylario Y. 'Lalo' Perez Sr.
SWEETWATER - Ylario Y. ''Lalo'' Perez Sr., 88, died Tuesday, July 10, 2007. Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at
the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with burial in the Garden of Memories. Arrangements are under
the direction of McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater.
Jhonnie Nevada Post
SWEETWATER - Jhonnie Nevada Post, 95, died Tuesday, July 10, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. today at the
McCoy Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in the Roscoe Cemetery.
Dorothy Sullivan
BRECKENRIDGE - Dorothy Sullivan, 70, died Wednesday, July 11, 2007. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at
the First Christian Church, directed by Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home. Visitation is 7-8:30 p.m. today.
Mary Theresa Winn Teague
Mary Theresa Winn Teague, 67, died Tuesday, July 10, 2007. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Elliott-Hamil
Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, 542 Hickory. Burial will be in Ross Cemetery in Baird. Visitation will be
5-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Robert Lee Thate
COLEMAN - Robert Lee Thate, 77, died Tuesday, July 10, 2007. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. today at
Burkett Cemetery Pavilion under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.
Bertha Iva Williams
Basin, Wyo. - Bertha Iva Williams, 90, died Monday, July 9, 2007. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday
at the Wyoming Retirement Center Chapel. Inurnment will take place at a later date in Wellington, Texas.
Olie Burl Williams
Cisco - The Rev. Olie Burl Williams, 94, died July 11, 2007. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Old
Gospel Church. Burial will follow at the Nimrod Cemetery under the direction of Kimbrough Funeral Home.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday in the Kimbrough Chapel.
Obits for Friday, July 13, 2007
Harvey Bryan
Friday, July 13, 2007
Harvey Bryan, 84, died Thursday, July 12, 2007 at a local nursing center. Services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Starbuck Funeral
Home Chapel with Reverends Ricky Moore and Rex Mauldin officiating. Burial will be in White Church Cemetery, directed by Starbuck
Funeral Home.
Harvey was born April 10, 1923 in Mulberry Canyon to Ashley and Minnie Hornsby Bryan. He married Vern Moore on August 31, 1948
in Merkel. Harvey was a Baptist. He farmed and ranched on the same land his Dad had farmed. He worked as a butcher for Gooch
Packing Company for 32 years and retired in 1981.
Survivors include his wife, Vern Bryan of Merkel; 2 sons, Glenn Bryan and wife Donna of Odessa, Rocky Bryan and wife Teresa of
Trent; 2 daughters, Becky McColl and husband Eric of Arlington, Sue Brazelton and husband Bobby of Trent; 8 grandchildren, Richard,
Rusty, Chris, Patrick and Tanner Bryan, Toby Golson, Teri Killum, Stacy Floyd; and 10 great grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Trent United Methodist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 65, Trent, TX 79561.
Jesse Leal
Friday, July 13, 2007
Jesse Leal, 56, of Austin, passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2007, in Austin. A prayer service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friday at
Abilene Funeral Home Chapel of Hope, 3349 N. 12th Street. Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis Catholic Church
with Father Thomas Manimala officiating. Burial will follow in the Abilene Municipal Cemetery, directed by Abilene Funeral Home.
Mr. Leal was born November 23, 1950, in Merkel, Texas. He attended the Texas School for the deaf and graduated from there. He lived
in Austin most of his life and worked for the Goodwill Industry.
Survivors include his mother, Grace Ram of Abilene; his father, John Leal of Abilene; four brothers, Joe Leal of Mesquite, Frank and
Carlos Leal, both of Abilene and Greg Leal of Azle; a sister, Barbara Leal of Tulsa, Oklahome; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Online condolences may be made at www.abilenefuneralhome.com.
Ylario Y. "Lalo" Perez Sr.
McCoy Funeral Home
Friday, July 13, 2007
Ylario Y. "Lalo" Perez Sr., 88, died Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at the Sweetwater, Healthcare in Sweetwater, Texas. Services are 11:00
a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2007 at the Immaculate Heart Of Mary Catholic Church with Father Michael Rodriguez officiating. Rosary
services will be held Friday, July 13, 2007 at 7 p.m. at the McCoy Chapel of Memories.
Ylario was born on May 31, 1919 in Eskota, Texas. He married Mercedes Garcia in 1937, in Brownfield, Texas. He was a member of
Immaculate Heart Of Mary Catholic Church. He lived in Sweetwater since 1950. He helped build Lake Sweetwater and worked for Lone
Star Industries many years and retired in 1984 from Lone Star. He was a member of the GI Forum and enjoyed writing music. He was a
Veteran of WWII serving in the US Army.
Preceded in death by wife,, Mercedes, on Sept. 22, 2003.
Survivors included 3 daughters; Barbara Villanueva and husband Pablo of Sweetwater, Lupe Perez Castillo and husband Tino of
Abilene, Texas, Jesusita Susie Perez Trevino and husband Jesse of Austin; 2 sons; Frankie Perez and wife Mary of Sweetwater, Ylario
Perez, Jr. "Ted" of Fort Stockton, Texas, 2 sisters; Chona Hernandez of Abilene, Cheno Segovia of Sweetwater, 18 grandchildren, 17
great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers are the grandsons.
Samuel Wallace Spann
Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home
Friday, July 13, 2007
Samuel Wallace Spann was born in Wichita Falls, Texas on July 16, 1945 to John and Dorothy Boone Spann. Sam passed away at his
home in Kaufman on July 11, 2007.
Sam grew up in Munday, Texas and moved to West Helena, Arkansas in 1999. He moved to Kaufman, Texas in 2002. Sam was a
member of the Munday First Methodist Church. His parents, brother, John Lee Spann and a sister, Zell Sarsfield, preceded him in
death.
Sam is survived by his brother and sister-in-law: Joe and Naomi Spann of Wichita, Kansas, sister-in-law: Nancy Spann Schieffler of
Kaufman formerly of West Helena, Arkansas, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Funeral Services will be Saturday, July 14, 2007 at 3:00 p.m at the First Baptist Church of Kaufman with graveside services Tuesday,
July 17, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. at Willow Cemetery in Haskell, Texas. Memorials may be made to Bridgeway Health Services, P.O. Box 932,
Kemp, TX 75143. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman.www.parkerashworthfuneralhome.com
Gwedolyn Swayzer
Baker Funeral Home
Friday, July 13, 2007
Gwendolyn Swayzer, 66, a retired teacher's assistant, died Saturday, July 7, 2007, at a local care center. Funeral services are 11:00
a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2007 at Immanuel Baptist Church, 4212 Ramey Ave. Burial will be at the Cedar Hill Memorial Park. Visistation 1
to 8 p.m. Friday at historic Baker Funeral Home.
Gwendolyn was born Dec. 12, 1940 in Haskell.
Survivors are son, Odell Lewis Swayzer (Shila); daughters, Pamela and Patricia Swayzer; sister, Alice Cooper;grandchildren,
Sherlanda Swayzer, Rashud Swayzer, LaTonda Webb, DeMarcus English, Ola Ogunyale and Taji Swayzer; and 14 great
grandchildren.A rrangements under the Baker's Funeral Home.
Mary Theresa Winn Teague
Friday, July 13, 2007
Mary Theresa Winn Teague, 67, died Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at an Abilene medical center.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, 542 Hickory, with Rev. Otis Wiley officiating. Burial
will be in Ross Cemetery in Baird. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mary was born in Dallas County, Texas on February 21, 1940, the daughter of Lula Isbell (Scanlon) and Theodore Roosevelt Winn. In
1941, she moved from Dallas to Abilene where she worked for Timex Corporation for 8 years.
She was a fantastic mom and one heck of a grandma, Big Mama.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Teague; her parents; and one brother, Michael Winn.
Survivors include sons, James Daniel Price and Ted Lee Price both of Abilene; daughter, Vickey Mae Price of Evans City,
Pennsylvania; brother, Phillip D. Leonard Winn of Oklahoma; sister, Mary Theodora Hughes of Arizona; 11 grandchildren; 20 greatgrandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be James Price, Ted Price, Glen Price, Raymond Darneo, Lucky McGough, bob Hicks and Trent Darneo
Reverend Olie Burl Williams
Kimbrough Funeral Home
Friday, July 13, 2007
Reverend Olie Burl Williams, 94, of Cisco passed away July 11, 2007 at the Sears Methodist Center in Abilene. Funeral Services will be
Saturday at The Old Gospel Church in Cisco at 2:00 PM officiated by Reverend Dennis McClure assisted by Mike McClure and Floyd Webb.
Burial will follow at the Nimrod Cemetery under the direction of Kimbrough Funeral Home. Visitation will be Friday 6~8 PM in the Kimbrough
Chapel.
Bro. Williams was born August 21, 1912 to James Whitaker and Minnie Elizabeth (Robinson) Williams in Baird. He was a machanic for Boss
Glove Mfg. Co. He married Mildred Viola Blair on August 15, 1935, in Killeen, Texas. She preceded him in death on December 8, 1994.
Surviving Bro. Williams are two daughters, Betty Alene Sugg of Ft. Worth and Bonnie Helen Miller and husband, Bill, of Abilene, 5
grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, 1 step grandchild, 2 step great grandchildren, 1 step great-great grandchild, nieces, nephews and
special friends.
He was preceded by brothers Olen, Wiley and Garland and a sister, Rosa Everett.
Pallbearers are Jason Williams, Jonathan Williams, Jordan Williams, Rusty Sugg, Cleve Tutt, Gregg Kollbaum, and Colin Fowler. Honorary
pallbearers are Ronald Sugg and Terry Miller.
Memorials may be made to Hendrick Hospice, Sears Methodist Center, or The Old Gospel Church.
Death Notices 07.13.07 Friday, July 13, 2007
Ralph Caffey
STATON - The Rev. Ralph Caffey, 84, died Thursday, July 12, 2007. Services are pending at Myers & Smith
Funeral Home.
Terry M. Carter
BIG SPRING - Terry M. Carter, 80, died Thursday, July 12, 2007. Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle &
Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Billie Combest
BRECKENRIDGE - Billie Combest, 78, died Thursday, July 12, 2007. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday in the
Morehart Mortuary Chapel.
Venita Wylleene Davis
CISCO - Venita Wylleene Davis, 72, died July 11, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at Corinth Baptist Church
under the direction of Kimbrough Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Cisco Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation is
6-8 p.m. Saturday in the Kimbrough Chapel.
Gus Duebler
BRECKENRIDGE - Gus Duebler, 81, died Tuesday, July 10, 2007. Services are Saturday at Melton-Kitchens
Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Gunsight Cemetery directed by Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home.
Katherine Monetta Newsom
WINTERS - Katherine Monetta Newsom, 86, died Tuesday, July 10, 2007. Services are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday
at the Northview Cemetery under the direction of the Winters Funeral Home.
Marvin Swayne Rister
CLYDE - Marvin Dwayne Rister, 60, died Thursday, July 12, 2007. Services are 11a.m. Saturday at Cedar Hill
Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at the Girdner Funeral Home.
Mari Lancaster-Schneider
STEPHENVILLE - Mari Lancaster-Schneider, 46, died Wednesday, July 11, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Sunday
at Lacy Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at Upper Greens Creek Cemetery in Erath County. Visitation is
6:30-8 p.m. Saturday at Lacy Funeral Home.
Frederick W. "Carter" Smith
ALBANY - Frederick W. ''Carter'' Smith, 87, died Wednesday, July 4, 2007. Graveside memorial services are 4
p.m. Saturday at the Albany Cemetery. Arrangements under direction of Godfrey-Neese Funeral Homes.
Obits for Saturday, July 14, 2007
H. Ralph Caffey
Saturday, July 14, 2007
H. Ralph Caffey, age 84, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on July 12, 2007.
Ralph was born to Haskell Roberts and Daisy Ruth Caffey on April 3, 1923 on the family farm in the Truby community of Jones County,
Texas. He graduated from Anson High School in 1940 and began his studies at Hardin-Simmons University.
Interrupting his education, he enlisted in the Marine Air Corp in 1943. He served his country as a radio gunner on a B-25 providing air
support for ground troops in the Pacific Theatre during campaigns, including the Battle of Mindanao, to free the Philippine Islands from
Japanese occupation. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and was a four time recipient of the Air Medal. He was proud
and honored to have served his country as a United States Marine.
While on leave from active duty, Ralph married Ladie Fred Crain on December 7, 1943. The wedding took place at the Crain's home in
Trent, Texas. At the conclusion of the war, he returned to Hardin-Simmons to resume his studies, graduating with a BBA in May, 1950.
He was ordained into full-time ministry in 1951 at Trent Baptist church. As a pastor, Ralph's service to his Lord and Savior spanned
forty-five years. He pastored fifteen Southern Baptist churches in Texas, California, North Dakota and Minnesota.
During his lifetime service, Ralph graduated from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, California in 1962 with a
Masters of Divinity. He helped build churches in Prunedale and South San Francisco, California. In October 2001 he was honored by
South San Francisco Baptist Church for his commitment of service and sacrifice, when the church renamed the original church building
"The Caffey Building". He had a heart for those who did not know his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and traveled during the 80s and
90s with the International Crusades, preaching in India (twice), Peru, Argentina, and Brazil.
Ralph and Ladie Fred moved to Big Spring, Texas, in 1991 where he retired from full-time pastorate in 1995. They moved to Midland in
June, 2003. He was a member of College Baptist Church in Big Spring.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents Haskell and Daisy Caffey.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ladie Fred, daughters Deborah Heath and her husband Kenny of Rawlings, Maryland, Dianne
Haun of Irving, Texas, and Linda Russell and her husband Micheal of Midland; grandchildren Mary Heath and Clayton Heath of
Rawlings, Maryland, Johnny Haun and wife Laura of Temple, Texas, Angie Kinnett and husband Mike of Edgewood, Texas, Trevor
Roten of Midland, Texas, Stephanie Melton and husband Derrick of Midland, Tim Russell and wife April of Everett, Washington; greatgrandchildren Hannah and Hunter Haun, Krista and Logan Kinnett, Morgan Roten, Corbin, Hayden and Sterling Melton, Amanda,
Ashleigh, and Alec Roten, Kayla White, and Ethan Russell; sister Noma Ruth Winton and husband Carlton of Roundrock, Texas and
brother Woodie Caffey and wife Darlene of Stanton, Texas.
The family would like to thank the nurses, personal care aides, social services department, and especially Dr. Gregory Bartha of
Hospice Midland for their compassionate care over the past three and one half years.
The family will receive friends at Myers & Smith Funeral Home, 301 E. 24th St, Big Spring, Texas. Funeral Services will be at 10:00 AM
Monday at College Baptist Church, 1105 Birdwell Lane, Big Spring, Texas with Rev. Kenny Heath and Rev. Ken McMeans officiating.
Internment will follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery, Big Spring. The family will receive friends from 4:00 until 5:30 PM Sunday at Myers &
Smith Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Clayton Heath, Derrick Melton, Sterling Melton, Corbin Melton, Johnny Haun, Hunter Haun, Trevor Roten, Mike
Kinnett, and Logan Kinnett.
The family suggests memorials to Western Baptist Association, 1101 National Highway, LaVale, Maryland 21502; College Baptist
Church, 1105 Birdwell Lane; Big Spring, Texas, 79720 or Hospice of Midland, 911 W. Texas, Midland, Texas, 79701.
Arrangements are by Myers and Smith Funeral Home. Pay your respects online at www.myersandsmith.com.
Venita Wylleene Davis
Kimbrough Funeral Home
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Venita Wylleene Davis, 72, passed from this earth on July 11, 2007 at Hendricks Hospice in Abilene, TX.
Visitation will be from 6-8 PM Saturday evening at Kimbrough Funeral Home in Cisco. Funeral services will be held Sunday, July 15,
2007 at 2:00 PM at Corinth Baptist Church in Cisco with burial to follow in Oakwood Cemetery with Reverend Bennie Hagan officiating.
Wylleene was born September 17, 1934 in Cisco, Texas to Eldon Bint and Marie Clark Bint. She was a member of Corinth Baptist
Church. She attended Cisco schools until graduation and then Cisco Junior College. During her years in high school and college,
Wylleene played basketball and was a cheerleader. She was named Queen Lobo, Campus Favorite and Who's Who in 1952. In 2000,
Wylleene retired from People's State Bank in Rising Star due to health issues.
On July 3, 1953 Wylleene married the love of her life, Gerald Davis. They were blessed with 54 wonderful years together and 4
children.
Survivors include: her husband; 3 daughters, Deborah Davis of Ft. Worth, Kaye Hays and husband, Jimmy of Abilene, Julie Flores and
husband, Danny of Victoria. She is also survived by a sister, Evelyn Mabry and husband, David of Houston, 2 brothers, Lynn Bint and
wife, Kitty of Merkel and Leon Bint and wife, Jan of Arlington; a brother-in-law, June Davis and wife, Sharon of Cisco; a sister-in-law,
Venita Smith of Yellow Mound; her 10 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren on the way.
She was preceded in death by: her son, Rusty, her mother, her mother-in-law and father-in-law, a sister-in-law and a brother-in-law.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Hendricks Hospice, American Cancer or American Heart Association. The family would like
to express their appreciation to Hendricks CHF Clinic, ARMC, the Hendricks Hospice staff; Dr. Thorpe and Dr. Yeh for the loving care
during her illness.
Wylleene was a wonderful and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her entire family meant the world to her. She
will be greatly missed.
Robert H. (Bob) Deegan
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Robert H. (Bob) Deegan passed away on July 11, 2007, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on July 6, 1925, in New
York City. He served for 2 1/2 years in the U.S. Navy during World War II and became a very proud graduate of The University of Notre
Dame in 1948. He celebrated his Irish heritage throughout his life. After working in New York in the fruit and produce industry, he
moved to Abilene in 1951 to join the insurance industry. He continued working at CBS Insurance until his death.
Bob's greatest joy was his family. Spending time together coaching them in baseball and football, taking trips to the beach, and cooking
his "famous burgers" were some of his happiest times. He was most proud of the successes of his children and grandchildren.
Bob was proud to call Abilene home and was involved in many civic activities. He was President of the Abilene Jaycees from 19551956 and was a member from 1952-1960. He continued until his death as Chairman of the Jaycee's Foundation Bench Advertising
Program that benefits Safety City. He had been a member of the Abilene Rotary Club since 1959 and a board member for Ben Richey
Boys Ranch since 1988. He served on the Board of Directors for United Way, Abilene Boy's Club, March of Dimes, West Texas
Rehabilitation Center, Abilene Community Theater and Abilene Chamber of Commerce.
Bob was honored with many awards in his life. He was named Outstanding Young Man of the Year in 1955 and Outstanding Citizen of
the Year in 1983. He was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow Award given by the Rotary Club in 1981. Bob served for 14 years as
Chairman of the Public Housing Authority, receiving a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Abilene in 1985. He was honored by
the Authority when they named Robert Deegan Place for him in 1987. Bob was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and was
named Irishman of the Year in 1991.
One of Bob's proudest associations was with Dyess Air Force Base. For 23 years he was Chairman of the Dyess Air Force Base
Annual Barbeque, deemed "The World's Largest Barbeque". He was named Honorary Chief Master Sergeant in 1993, and Honorary
Commander, 96th FMS, Dyess Air Force Base from 1983-1991. He was also awarded the Distinguished Citizen Certificate by Military
Airlift Command, U.S. Air Force in 1984. He was given the Air Command Outstanding Community Leader Award in 1987. While he was
a member of the Chamber of Commerce, he served on the Executive Committee of Military Affairs.
Bob is survived by his wife, Beth Deegan; his brother, John F. Deegan of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; his children, Susan Parker and her
husband, Terry, Bobby Deegan and his wife, Cindy, Nancy Deegan-Morton, Jean Deegan, Cindy Segler and husband, Lloyd, and
Michael Donahue. "Big Bob's" grandchildren are Jennifer Deegan and Zach Richards, Robert H. Deegan, III, John Michael Deegan,
Gracie Deegan, Kimberly Deegan-Morton, Alex Segler, Matthew Segler, Michelle Donahue, Sean Donahue, Grant Donahue, and many
nieces, most notably Susan Wheeler, nephews, and wonderful friends, all of whom made his Irish eyes smile.
Funeral services will be held at First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ, 1420 N. 3rd St. on Saturday, July 14, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. with
Dr. Tom Lyda officiating. Interment will be in Elmwood Memorial Park directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Pallbearers will be Bill Snowden, Chris Diebel, Morris Baker, Fred Lee Hughes, Bill Senter, John Saringer, and Jack Luther. Honorary
pallbearers will be Bob's good friends from the Morning Coffee Club.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Robert H. Deegan Memorial Fund - The University of Notre Dame, 1100 Grace Hall, Notre
Dame, Indiana 46556-5612, or to Hospice of the Big Country, 4601 Hartford, Abilene, TX 79605.
As Bob himself would say, "Go Irish!"
Bettye Lu Cole Lawler
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Bettye Lu Cole Lawler, age 80, died in Abilene, Texas Wednesday, July 11, 2007. Bettye was born in Temple, Texas February 12, 1927
to Doyle and Lucille Cole. She graduated from Temple High School and attended business school in Temple. The family moved to
Abilene in 1945. In Abilene, Bettye was a secretary at Banner Creamery. She married Gerald G. Lawler September 14, 1946. Gerald
and his brother Norman built and opened Southwest Park Shopping Center in 1952. Following their deaths, Bettye managed the family
business for 17 years. She retired in 1994.
Bettye was a Life member of the Abilene Woman's Club, a member of the 58 Study Club and a member of 2M Investment Club. She
was an active member of First Christian Church for 62 years. She held many offices at the church. She felt most honored to be the first
woman to serve as an elder. She held the position for 24 years until poor health forced her to resign in 2005. At the time of her death,
Bettye was Elder Emeritus. Bettye also was the first woman to serve two other positions-official board member and then moderator to
the official board.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Doyle and Lucille Cole, her husband, Gerald Lawler, one brother George Cole II,
and one sister, Antoinette Cole Dikeman. She is survived by her two sons and their wives, Dr. Gerry and Sharon Lawler of Abilene, and
Dr. Lanny and Joy Lawler of Columbus, Indiana, three grandsons Sean, Ian and Patrick Lawler, along with many nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be at 2:00 pm Saturday, July 14, 2007, at First Christian Church with burial following in Elmwood Memorial
Park. Visitation with the family will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Friday, July 13 at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First Christian Church Library Fund, 1420 North 3rd Street, Abilene, Texas 79601; The
Abilene Woman's Club, 3425 South 14th Street, Abilene, Texas 79605; The Gerald and Bettye Lawler Endowed Fund, c/o The
Community Foundation of Abilene, 500 Chestnut, Abilene, Texas 79602; or to Hendrick Hospice Care, 1900 Pine Street, Abilene,
Texas 79601.
Guest book and obituary online at: www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
Marvin Dwayne Rister
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Marvin Dwayne Rister, age 60, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 12, 2007.
He was born on June 25, 1947 in Lubbock, Texas. His father is Marvin Rister and mother is Dorothy Hatley Rister. He was a member of
Harvester Church. He served in the Navy in 1965. He then went into the floor covering business.
He loved the Lord Jesus and loved to read his Bible. He loved his family and enjoyed fishing and hunting.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Mary Ann; father, Marvin Paul Rister and wife Julie of Weatherford; sister, Paulette Robinson of
Arlington; brother, Lonnie Rister and wife, Mickey of Cresson; sister, Brenda Rister of Granbury; brother, Jerry Rister and wife, Clarajo of
Cresson. Also a brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Ray Davis of Alabama; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2007 at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Abilene.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of The Big Country.
Death Notices 07.14.07 Saturday, July 14, 2007
Patricia 'Pat' Black
CLYDE - Patricia ''Pat'' Black, 59, died Friday, July 13, 2007. Memorial services are 2 p.m. Sunday at the
Clyde Church of Christ, under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home.
Evelyn M. Breedlove
BROWNWOOD - Evelyn M. Breedlove died Thursday, July 12, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. Monday at the First
Christian Church with burial in the Eastlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, including Eastern Star Services,
directed by Netherton Funeral Home. Visitation is 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the First Christian Church.
C.E. Carr
STEPHENVILLE - C.E. Carr, 83, died Friday, July 13, 2007. Graveside services are 2 p.m. Sunday at the West
End Cemetery directed by Stephenville Funeral Home. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Terry Melvin Carter
BIG SPRING - Terry Melvin Carter, 80, died Thursday, July 12, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. Monday at the
Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel. Burial will follow in Trinity Memorial Park. Visitation is 3-4 p.m.
Sunday at the funeral home.
Dorothy Rene Chapman
Dorothy Rene Chapman, 82, died Friday, July 13, 2007. Arrangements are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral
Home, 5701 Highway 277 South.
Bill C. 'Bud' Coleman
BIG SPRING - Bill C. ''Bud'' Coleman, 77, died Thursday, July 12, 2007. Services are pending with NalleyPickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Jo Anna Creek
SWEETWATER - Jo Anna Creek, 52, died Thursday, July 12, 2007. Services are pending with McCoy Funeral
Home.
Omer Decker
BIG SPRING - Omer Decker, 82, died Friday, July 13, 2007. Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch
Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Frances Fuchs
EASTLAND - Frances Fuchs, 90, died Thursday, July 12, 2007. Services are pending with the SummersBakker Funeral Home.
Bill Holder
BROWNWOOD - Bill Holder, 84, died Friday, July 13, 2007. Services are pending with Davis-Morris Funeral
Home.
Hilmer Kruckemeyer
BROWNWOOD - Hilmer Kruckemeyer, 83, died Friday, July 13, 2007. Services are 11 a.m. Monday at the
Grace Lutheran Church with burial in the Cox Cemetery in McCulloch County directed by Davis-Morris
Funeral Home. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Judine V. Swann
COMANCHE - Judine V. Swann, 91, died Thursday, July 12, 2007. Graveside services are 2 p.m. Sunday at the
Evergreen Cemetery directed by Comanche Funeral Home.
Mildred Marie Tatum
SWEETWATER - Mildred Marie Tatum, 79, died Friday, July 13, 2007. Services are pending with McCoy
Funeral Home.
Manuel Gonzales Vela Jr.
COLORADO CITY - Manuel Gonzales Vela Jr., 46, died Friday, July 13, 2007. Graveside services are 10 a.m.
today at Mitchell County Cemetery directed by Kiker-Seale Funeral Home in Colorado City.
Leatrice Whitehead
BIG SPRING - Leatrice Whitehead, 79, died Friday, July 13, 2007. Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle &
Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
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Wanda Sue Briggs
HASKELL - Wanda Sue Briggs, 75, died Saturday, July 14, 2007. Services are pending with Holden-McCauley
Funeral Home, Haskell.
Samuel R. Casey
BRECKENRIDGE - Samuel R. Casey, 64, died Saturday, July 14, 2007. Services are pending with MeltonKitchens Funeral Home.
Esther Cathcart
BIG SPRING - Esther Cathcart, 95, died Saturday, July 14, 2007. Graveside services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at the
Peace Chapel in Trinity Memorial Park, directed by Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big
Spring.
Bill C. 'Bud' Coleman
BIG SPRING - Bill C. ''Bud'' Coleman, 77, died Thursday, July 12, 2007. Memorial services are 6 p.m. Monday
at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel.
Mary Etta Colwell
HAMILTON - Mary Etta Colwell, 81, died Saturday, July 14, 2007. Graveside services are 2 p.m. Monday in
Shannon Rose Hill Cemetery in Fort Worth, directed by Comanche Funeral Home, Comanche.
Jo Anna Creek
SWEETWATER - Jo Anna Creek, 52, died Thursday, July 12, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Monday at McCoy
Chapel of Memories with burial in Sweetwater Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Omer 'O.W.' Decker
BIG SPRING - Omer ''O.W.'' Decker, 82, died Friday, July 13, 2007. Graveside services are 2 p.m. Monday at
the Peace Chapel in Trinity Memorial Park. Visitation is 4 to 5 p.m. today at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral
Home & Crematory.
Frances Fuchs
CISCO - Frances Fuchs, 90, died Thursday, July 12, 2007. Memorial services are 11a.m. Monday at SummersBakker Funeral Home Chapel in Eastland.
William Jackson 'Bill' Holder Jr.
BROWNWOOD - William Jackson ''Bill'' Holder Jr., 84, died Friday, July 13, 2007. Services are 2 p.m.
Monday at Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Whon Cemetery, Whon community, Coleman
County. Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m.today at the funeral home
Hilmer W. Kruckemeyer
MERCURY - Hilmer W. Kruckemeyer, 83, died Friday, July 13, 2007. Services are 11 a.m. Monday at Grace
Lutheran Church with burial in Cox Cemetery in McCulloch County directed by Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Jessie Mae McBride
ABILENE - Jessie Mae McBride, 66, died Saturday, July 14, 2007. Services are pending with Starbuck Funeral
Home of Merkel.
Robert Oetting
Robert Oetting, 64, died Saturday, July 14, 2007. Services are pending with The Hamil Family Funeral Home,
6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Jimmie Pierce Jr.
KNOX CITY - Jimmie Pierce Jr., 51, of Olney, died Thursday, July 12, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at
the Benjamin Memorial Community Building, 205 S. Stewart, with burial in Benjamin Cemetery. Visitation is
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Mansell-Smith Funeral Home, Knox City.
Mildred Marie Tatum
SWEETWATER - Mildred Marie Tatum, 79, died Friday, July 13, 2007. Services are 11 a.m. Monday at
McCoy Chapel of Memories with burial in Sweetwater Cemetery.
Obits for Monday, July 16, 2007
Frances Marcille Jones
Monday, July 16, 2007
Haskell - Frances Marcille Jones, 90, passed away, Saturday, July 14, 2007, in the Haskell Memorial Hospital.
A Graveside Service will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at Willow Cemetery with Reverend Truett Kuenstler officiating, under
the direction of Holden - McCauley Funeral Home, Haskell.
Marcille was born March 11, 1917, to J. A. and Ola Bevers Frazier. She married Leslie Jones in 1939 in Haskell. She was a
homemaker and life long Haskell resident. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters.
Survivors include: a daughter, Jeanette Stevenson and husband, Melvyn of Haskell; two sons ,Jerry Jones and wife, Linda of Levelland,
and Bobby Jones of Haskell; two grandchildren, Keith Stevenson of Lubbock, and Kyle Jones and wife, Tara of Midland; and a brother,
Woodrow Frazier of Haskell.
Emma "Muffett" McKeever
Monday, July 16, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Emma "Muffett" McKeever passed away Sunday, July 15, 2007, at the age of 73.
Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2007, in Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Garden of Memories Cemetery, 5701
Highway 277 South.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Lanham, Eddie Dillard, Chris Price, Heath Dillard, Rick Lacombe, and Richard Giddings.
Emma was born December 28, 1933, the only child to Eric and Lucille Crow in Hamlin, Texas. She was raised and graduated in
Lueders, Texas, where she married her high school sweetheart, W.H. "Dub" McKeever. They later moved to the Abilene area to raise
their four children, Carl, David, Delinda "Lenny", and Michelle. Emma retired from Abilene State School after 20 years in the food
service department and was then a homemaker with her life partner, Kenneth Perry, who preceded her in death. Emma had resided in
a local nursing center due to health problems prior to her death.
Survivors include her sons, Carl McKeever, and David McKeever and wife, Sarah, all of Abilene; her daughters, Delinda "Lenny" Price
and partner, Jerry, of Abilene, and Michelle Dillard and husband, Eddie, of Clyde, Texas. She is also survived by her grandchildren;
great-grandchildren; and family friends who are all thankful she is now at peace.
Memorials may be sent to the Taylor-Jones Humane Society, 3811 North 1st Street, Abilene, Texas 79603.
Samantha Anna Mae Robertson
SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Robert Lee - What an honor, what a privilege it was to have Samantha Blair Robertson for a mother. As soft as angel wings, as
beautiful as the prettiest butterfly, yet she was strong in faith and character. She left a legacy of highest quality that we shall forever be
trying to attain, but know we never will.
Today earth lost an angel but Heaven gained one. Samantha Robertson was loved and admired by everyone who knew her. Some
described her as a true "lady," others felt blessed just to have known her and others believed her to be what she really was - an angel.
She won everybody's heart that she met with a sweet smile and a hug. Her love for her God and her family and her friends showed on
her beautiful face and her soft blue green grey eyes told of the beauty that was within her. Our lives will never be the same without her.
Samantha Anna Mae Blair Robertson was born December 9, 1914 in Nolan County close to Blackwell to Samantha and Will Blair. She
married J. B. Robertson on October 5, 1934 in Green Mountain in Coke County.
She passed away on Saturday evening July 14, 2007 in her home in Robert Lee at the age of 92 years, 7 months, and 5 days.
Visitation will be held all day Friday with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral service will be held at
3:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at the Robert Lee Baptist Church, officiated by Brother James Robertson and Brother Ray Aldridge
assisted by Jason Martin. Burial will follow in the Robert Lee Cemetery. Services are under direction of Shaffer Funeral Home.
Samantha is preceded in death by one son, Gerald Ray Robertson, her parents, six brothers, and four sisters.
She is survived by four sons and their wives, James and Nell Robertson of Brownfield, Harold and Mary Robertson of Grand Prairie,
Douglas and Peggy Robertson of Robert Lee, and Doyle and Sandy Robertson of Abilene; one daughter and husband, Leta and Ray
Aldridge of Robert Lee; one sister, Verna Bell Robertson of Odessa; one brother and wife, Curtis and Faye Blair of Robert Lee; three
brothers-in-law, Jesse and Betty Robertson of San Angelo, Donnie and Ruth Robertson of Robert Lee, Raymond Bloodworth of Silver;
eight sisters-in-law, Bonita and Kenneth Hester of San Angelo, Elaine Bennett of Arlington, Billie and Winford Talley of Cleburne, Irma
Blair of Robert Lee, Helen Blair of Sterling City, Lorene Blair of Robert Lee, Mary Robertson of Midland and LeRue Robertson of
Lindsay; twelve grandchildren, twenty-five great grandchildren; and 1 great great grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews; and many
loved friends.
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Frances Marcille Jones
Monday, July 16, 2007
Haskell - Frances Marcille Jones, 90, passed away, Saturday, July 14, 2007, in the Haskell Memorial Hospital.
A Graveside Service will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at Willow Cemetery with Reverend Truett Kuenstler officiating, under
the direction of Holden - McCauley Funeral Home, Haskell.
Marcille was born March 11, 1917, to J. A. and Ola Bevers Frazier. She married Leslie Jones in 1939 in Haskell. She was a
homemaker and life long Haskell resident. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters.
Survivors include: a daughter, Jeanette Stevenson and husband, Melvyn of Haskell; two sons ,Jerry Jones and wife, Linda of Levelland,
and Bobby Jones of Haskell; two grandchildren, Keith Stevenson of Lubbock, and Kyle Jones and wife, Tara of Midland; and a brother,
Woodrow Frazier of Haskell.
Death Notices 07.18.07 Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Bryan Heflin
STRAWN - Bryan Heflin, 69, died Sunday, July 15, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. today at the First Baptist
Church with burial in Mt. Marion Cemetery directed by Edwards Funeral Home in Strawn.
Steve McHorse
BROWNWOOD - Steve McHorse, 79, died Tuesday, July 17, 2007. Services are pending with Davis-Morris
Funeral Home.
Dorothy M. Russell
HAMLIN - Dorothy M. Russell, 74, died Tuesday, July 17, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Friday at the First
Assembly of God Church with burial in the Hamlin Memorial Cemetery directed by Adams Funeral Home.
Lela Frances Tipton
ANSON - Lela Frances Tipton, 90, died July 14, 2007, in Hobbs, N.M. Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at
Lawrence-Adams Funeral Home. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Merkel, directed by Lawrence-Adams
Funeral Home of Anson.
Obits for Thursday July 19, 2007
Steve McHorse
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Brownwood - Steve McHorse, 79, of Brownwood, passed away Tuesday July 17, 2007, in Abilene, Texas. A lifetime resident of
Brownwood he was born on May 26, 1928 to James and Sue McHorse.
He graduated from Brownwood High School in 1947 and then served in the United States Navy for four years. He married Barbara
Stuteville on June 24, 1951, in Brownwood; he was a member of Central United Methodist church and retired Conductor for the Santa
Fe Railroad. He was a longtime member of Brownwood Country Club where he was a very avid golfer.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara McHorse, of Abilene; a son and daughter-in-law Randy and Kathy McHorse of Blue Mound, Kans.; a
daughter and son-in-law Karey Gail and Dan Morelock of San Angelo; five grandchildren Amy Lunsford, Stefania Phipps, Lindsey
Boswell, Shane McHorse and Kyle McHorse; nine great grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends. He is preceded in
death by his parents, two brothers Jimmy and Macy McHorse, and two sisters Ann Rouse and Dickie Vucasovick.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 20, 2007, at the Central United Methodist Church with Dr. Gary Torian and Bro.
Dale Schultz officiating, interment will be in Eastlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Thursday
evening at Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
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FUNERAL HOME
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Imogene Neill
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Imogene Neill went to be with her Heavenly Father on Monday, July 16, 2007.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, July 19, 2007, at Dorn Cemetery at Lake Colorado City, Texas, with Dr. Tom
Lyda officiating, under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Imogene was born on January 4, 1926, in Roff, Okla., to Steve and Jessie Jones. Her family moved to Big Spring, Texas, when she
was a young girl.
On December 25, 1943, Imogene married Frank Louis Neill in Big Spring, Texas. Frank and Imogene had two children, Frank Jr. and
Gloria.
Imogene was a homemaker and later worked at Hemphill-Wells as the manager of the post office and gift wrap department. Often she
would create unique items to go on packages to make them extra special. Imogene always had a smile on her face and brightened the
day of anyone she encountered. Imogene retired from Dunlap's in 1979.
Imogene enjoyed spending time at her lake cabin in Colorado City, playing bingo and most importantly sharing her love for family and
friends.
Imogene was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Frank Neill Sr. and her precious son, Frank Neill Jr. Also preceding her in
death were her parents, Steve Jones, Jessie Knous and J.D. Knous; brother, Glen Jones; sisters Juanita Flowers and Mary Pybus.
Survivors include her daughter, Gloria Kimbrough and husband, Terry, of Abilene; four grandchildren, Lisa Reed and husband Chad, of
Lubbock, Jeff Neill and wife, Staci, of New Braunfels, Erica Frazier and husband, Blaine, of Abilene and Heather Taher and husband
Sam, of Austin; eight great-grandchildren, Katlin and Will Reed, Hunter, Cole and Alli Neill, Reagan Frazier and Zach and Ashleigh
Taher. She is also survived by brothers, Jimmy Knous of Houston, Grover Jones of Sherman and James Jones of Wynnewood,
Oklahoma; sisters, Yvonne Steagald and Betty Whitehead of Seattle, Washington, Virginia Lee and Ruby Byrum of Wynnewood,
Oklahoma.
The family would like to thank Hendrick Hospice Care and the loving staff at Coronado Nursing Center for the excellent care that
Imogene received. Memorials may be made to American Lung Association or Abilene Goodwill Industries, 1730 North First, Abilene,
Texas 79603. Imogene touched the lives of so many and will be greatly missed.
Obituary and guest book online at:
www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
Ralph C. Reynolds Jr.
Rosser Funeral Home
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Ranger - The graveside service for Ralph C. Reynolds, Jr., 79, of Ranger, Texas, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21, 2007,
at the Evergreen Cemetery in Ranger. Mr. Reynolds passed away on Monday, July 9, 2007 in Abilene, Texas.
Reynolds was born in Ranger on May 30, 1928, the son of Ruth (Johnson) and Ralph Carlyle Reynolds, Sr. Mr. Reynolds was a
member of the 49th Armored Division of the Texas National Guard and was of the Baptist faith. He was retired as a mechanical
engineer.
Mr. Reynolds is survived by his daughters, Cindi Thomas and husband, Mike, of Cleburne and Angel Rigsby and husband, Darren, of
Odessa; the mother of his children, Bonnie Reynolds of Odessa; grandchildren, Anna Ruth Thomas of Cleburne, Caleb Rigsby and
Courtney Rigsby, both of Odessa; brother-in- law, Ray Grounds and wife, Mary, of Abilene.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials may be made to the Johnson County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1991, Cleburne, Texas 76033.
Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at
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Dorothy Marie Russell
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Hamlin - Dorothy Marie Russell, 74, passed away Tuesday, July 17, 2007, in Hamlin. Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 20, 2007, at
the First Assembly of God Church with Rev. Ted Miller officiating. Burial will be in Hamlin Memorial Cemetery, directed by Adams
Funeral Home.
Born May 18, 1933, in Hamlin, "Dottie" was a daughter of the late John and Ellie (Messick) Essary. She attended school in Hamlin and
graduated from Abilene High School. Dorothy married Scia Buck Russell November 27, 1982, in Muskogee, Oklahoma. They moved
from Eufaula, Okla., in 2004 to Hamlin. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Hamlin and was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Scia "Buck" Russell of Hamlin; seven sons, Billy Moore, Johnny Russell, Tony Russell, Bart Russell,
Travis Moore, all of Dallas, Rodney Lovegrove of Tulsa, OK, and Ron Lovegrove of Hamlin; four daughters, Debbie Bayer of Junction,
Sherry Moore of Nacogdoches, Darla Moore of Dallas, and Jane Russell of Will Point; three brothers, Charles Essary of Abilene, John
Essary of Lubbock, and Phillip Essary of Wichita Falls; three sisters, Frances McMillian of Las Vegas, NV, Marjorie Roberts of
Kingsland, and Wynona Reid; nine grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
Visitation will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19, 2007, at Adams Funeral Home.
Bonnie (B.J.) Williamson
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Bonnie (B.J.) Williamson, 80, of Abilene, died Monday, July 16, 2007, at a local hospital. Services will be at 10 a.m. on
Thursday, July 19, 2007, at Westgate Church of Christ with Aubrey Rodgers, Rodney Ashlock and Bud Turnage officiating. Burial will
follow at Elmwood Memorial Park under the direction of Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N. 2nd St. Visitation will be from 6 to
8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, at the funeral home.
B.J. was born in Morton Valley, TX on January 29, 1927, the son of the late Bonnie Law and Nola (Barksdale) Williamson. He moved to
Abilene in 1950 and worked for Springer Drilling Company and retired as drilling superintendent for GCO Drilling in 1989. He served in
the Army as a Sergeant for two years during WW II. He was a member of Vine Street Church of Christ from 1958 until 1993; and from
1993 to 2007, he was a member of Westgate Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Patsy (West) Williamson of Abilene; a son, Ron Williamson and wife, Geneva, of Abilene; one daughter,
Donna Scott and husband, Jerry, of Abilene; four brothers, Joe Williamson, Malcolm Williamson and wife, Naida, all of Eastland, S.L.
Williamson of Albany and C.W. Williamson of Eastland; six sisters, Clara Patterson and Willie Mae Hudman, both of Albany, Virgie
Baker of Abilene, Lillie Patton and Sybil Hamrick and husband, Bob, all of Eastland, and Shirley Notgrass and husband, Roy, of
Alvarado; six grandchildren, Tony Wink, Toby Williamson, Jurel Scott and wife, April, Krystal Scott and Michael Williamson and wife,
Magen, Bobby Long and wife, Ashley; and five great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Varner and Coleman Williamson; and a grandson, Robert "Bobby" Law
Williamson.
Death Notices 07.19.07 Thursday, July 19, 2007
Thomas Franklin Horton
BIG SPRING - Thomas Franklin Horton, 92, died Tuesday, July 17, 2007. Services are pending with NalleyPickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Richard Dwaine Gaeta
EASTLAND - Richard Dwaine Gaeta, 50, died Monday, July 9, 2007. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at
the Daugherty St. Church of Christ. Burial will follow in the Eastland City Cemetery.
William Edward Kimbell
EARLY - Services for William Edward Kimbell, 74, will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the New Life Assembly
Church in Brownwood. Burial will follow in Cleveland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at
the funeral home. Heartland Funeral Home of Early is in charge of arrangements.
Mavis 'Jim' Logan
Mavis ''Jim'' Logan, 94, died Wednesday, July 18, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at the Bell-Cypert Seale
Chapel in Snyder. Burial will be in the Snyder Cemetery.
Robert Henry Phillips
Robert Henry Phillips, 77, died Tuesday, July 17, 2007. Arrangements are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral
Home, 542 Hickory.
Jesse R. Rentfrow Jr.
BIG SPRING - Jesse R. Rentfrow Jr., 56, died Sunday, July 15, 2007. Services are at 4 p.m. today at Myers &
Smith Chapel. He will be in state from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. today. The family will receive friends from 5 to 6
p.m. today at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Manuel E. Villa Sr.
BIG SPRING - Manuel E. Villa Sr., 62, died Tuesday, July 17, 2007. Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle
& Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
I.L. Walker
BANGS - The Rev. I.L. Walker, 89, died Tuesday, July 17, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Heartland
Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 6 to 8
p.m. Friday at Heartland Funeral Home.
Obits for Friday July 20, 2007
Mona Eakin
Friday, July 20, 2007
Ranger - Mona Eakin, 90, of Ranger died Monday July 16, 2007 at the Eastland Hospital. Services will be Friday July 20 at 1:00 P.M. at
the First Baptist Church in Ranger with Rev. Brad Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in Colony Cemetery. Visitation will be all Thursday
evening at the funeral home. Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home of Ranger.
Mona was born June 10, 1917 in Trent, TX. She was the sixth child of Oscar Lee and Florence Yandell Robinson. After finishing high
school she worked for a dentist in Ranger for several years. On February 13, 1946 she married J.D. Eakin who preceded her in death
on November 9, 1995. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ranger, where she served as secretary of the Ruth Sunday
School Class for many years. She loved gardening and reading. Their firstborn son, Robbie Don Eakin, died in 1949.
She is also preceded in death by her brothers, Orvin Robinson, Charles Lunsford Robinson, Leonard Robinson and Selmer Dean
Robinson; sisters, Avis R. Williams, Mamye R. Akins.
She is survived by one son, Doyle Eakin and his wife Lupe of Del Rio, TX, one daughter, Ann Daman of San Antonio, one brother,
Elmer Robinson and his wife Helen of Land O Lakes, Fl, one sister, Winnie R. Burleson of Hawley, TX, two sisters-in-law, Fay
Robinson of Brashear, TX and Hazel King and her husband J.W. of Oklahoma City, Ok, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
She enjoyed her three grandchildren, Andrea Daman, Melissa Guzman and husband Mark, and Morganna Bible and husband Craig
and also three great-grandchildren, Ashly Diaz, Zoe and Anthony Doyle Guzman.
Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association or a charity of choice.
John (Happy) Fourton
Friday, July 20, 2007
Abilene, Texas - John (Happy) Fourton, our beloved husband, father, son, brother and friend began his eternal life on July 13, 2007,
after suffering a heart attack while at sea.
He was born in Kerrville, Texas on October 2, 1949, to Edward and Patricia Fourton. John and his family moved to Abilene shortly
thereafter. He attended Hardin-Simmons University and the University of Texas in Arlington. A successful rancher, stockbroker, and
realtor, John loved spending time with his family and friends and was always happiest when they came together for their annual Dove
Hunt each September.
John traveled extensively with his wife Diane as their lives carried them from Palm Beach, FL to Albany, GA, Colorado Springs, CO,
and finally back home to Abilene in 2003. John volunteered his time working with prison ministries and was a mentor and friend to those
who needed it the most. His generosity and willingness to lend a helping hand touched many people in each of these cities and in their
travels along the way.
While he had many solemn accomplishments, John was always known for his sense of humor. He will be greatly missed, but his legacy
will live on through the memories and stories of those who knew him well.
John was preceded in death by his father, Edward L. Fourton, his niece, Leah Sullivan and his nephew, Travis Morford.
In addition to his wife, Diane, John is survived by his mother, Pat Fourton of Abilene, his children, Justin Fourton and wife, Diane of
Dallas, his daughter, Tiffany Cooper and grandson, Hunter of Dallas, brother Ed Fourton and wife Miechell of Abilene and sisters, Danni
Morford and husband, Pete of Austin and Michielle Sullivan and husband Russell of Abilene, as well as many adoring nephews and
nieces.
A memorial service will be at the Abilene Bible Church, 3125 Oldham Lane at 1:00 p.m. The family will host a visitation after the service
at the family home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Abilene Bible Church for the John Fourton Scholarship Fund.
Online condolences may be made at www.northsfuneralhome.com.
Monte Mitchell
Thelma Hendley
CATE-SPENCER FUNERAL HOME
Friday, July 20, 2007
Sweetwater - Thelma Hendley, 77, of Sweetwater died Thursday, July 19, 2007 at Hendrick Medical Center. Graveside Services will be
held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2007 at Sweetwater Cemetery with Rev. Keith Clifton officiating. Under the direction of CateSpencer and Trent Funeral Home. Burial will follow at the Sweetwater Cemetery.
Thelma was born on April 15, 1930 in Sweetwater, Texas. She married Jack Hendley on January 6, 1950 in Sweetwater, Texas.
She was a member of Lamar Street Baptist Church. She worked as a secretary for Nolan County Health Department for many years
before retiring.
Survivors are son Terry Hendley and wife Jeree of Sweetwater, Texas; 1 brother Joe Spradlin of Eustace, Texas; and 1 sister Juanita
Young of Bedford, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her husband Jack Hendley on April 17, 2007 and her parents Elbert and Elizabeth Spradlin.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 209 South Danville, Building B, Suite 107, Abilene, Texas
79605 or Lamar Street Baptist Church, 513 Lamar Street, Sweetwater, Texas 79556.
Cate-Spencer and Trent Funeral Home
P.O. Box 27
Sweetwater, Texas 79556
Death Notices 07.20.07 Friday, July 20, 2007
Emma Loisa Arizmendi
SNYDER - Emma Loisa Arizmendi, 74, died Wednesday, July 18, 2007. Services will be 2 p.m Saturday at the
Wright Colonial Funeral Home. Visitation will be 6-8p.m. today at the Wright Colonial Funeral Home. Burial
will follow in the Snyder Cemetery.
Arnoldo 'Gordo' Chapa
Arnoldo ''Gordo'' Chapa, 65, died Wednesday, July 18, 2007. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the
Heartland Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Greenleaf Cemetery. A rosary will be at 7 p.m. today at the
funeral home.
Neva Lee Claburn
ANSON - Neva Lee Claburn, 92, died Thursday, July 19, 2007, at a Stamford nursing home. Services are
pending with Lawrence-Adams Funeral Home.
Thomas Franklin Horton
Big Spring - Thomas Franklin Horton, 92, died Tuesday, July 17, 2007. Graveside services are 9 a.m. today at
the Peace Chapel at Trinity Memorial Park, Big Spring. Arrangements are under the direction of Naley-Pickle
& Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Clinton Roe Isbell
STAMFORD - Clinton Roe Isbell, 18, died Thursday, July 19, 2007. Arrangements are pending with KinneyUnderwood Funeral Home.
Monte Mitchell
Albany - Monte Mitchell, 69, died Wednesday, July 18, 2007, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene. Services
are pending and will be announced later by Morehart Mortuary.
Robert Henry Phillips
Robert Henry Phillips, 77, died Tuesday, July 17, 2007. Services will be 2 p.m. today at Abilene State School
Chapel directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. Burial will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Ruth Pior
Big Spring - Ruth Pior, 90, died Thursday, July 19, 2007. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral
Home.
Eddie Merle Proctor
STAMFORD - Eddie Merle Proctor, 84, died Thursday, July 19, 2007. Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Orient
St. Church of Christ in Stamford. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Elliot-Hamil Garden of Memories
Cemetery in Abilene under the direction of Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home in Stamford. Visitation is from 6
to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
James Darren Stevens
SWEETWATER - James Darren Stevens, 42, died Thursday, July 19, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at the
First Baptist Church in Sweetwater. Burial will follow in the Cottonwood Cemetery in Fisher County under the
direction of McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater.
J.M. Sterling
SNYDER - J.M. Sterling, 87, died Thursday, July 19, 2007. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the First United
Methodist Church in Snyder with burial in Ira Cemetery under the direction of Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral
Home.
Max L. Thomas
Carbon - Max L. Thomas, 75, died Wednesday, July 18, 2007. Graveside services are 11 a.m. Saturday at
Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Carbon. Visitation is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. Arrangements
are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Manuel E. Villa
Manuel E. Villa, 62, died Tuesday, July 17, 2007. Services are 11 a.m. today at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church. Burial will follow in Mt. Olive Memorial Park, Big Spring. Arrangements are under the direction of
Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory, Big Spring.
Florence 'Flo' Wood
De Leon - Florence ''Flo'' Wood, died Thursday, July 19, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at the Nowlin
Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Garden of Memory in Comanche County. Visitation is from 6 to 8
p.m. Saturday at Nowlin Funeral Home.
Manfred Zenkner
Albany - Manfred Zenkner, 72, died Thursday, July 19, 2007, at his residence in Albany. Services are pending
and will be announced later by Morehart Mortuary.
Obits for Saturday July 21, 2007
Madeline Boone Cummins
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Hawley, Texas - Madeline Boone Cummins, 86, died Thursday, July 19, 2007 at Anson General Hospital.
Graveside services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 23, 2007, at the Hawley Cemetery, directed by Lawrence - Adams Funeral Home.
Born October 4, 1921 in Laurel, Indiana, Madeline was a daughter of the late Benjamin and Edna (Bell) Boone. She married Herman
Cummins September 7, 1940 in Laurel, Indiana. Madeline worked as a salesclerk and moved to the Hawley area in 2006.
She was preceded in death by one sister.
Survivors include one daughter, Bonita McKinney and husband, Anthony of Abilene; one sister, Frances Heiner of Connersville,
Indiana; two grandchildren, Karen Frohn and Brian McKinney; and four great grandchildren, Jessica, Madeline, Candice, and Aaron.
Adams Funeral Home
Anson, Texas
325-823-3251
Eddie Merle Proctor
KINNEY-UNDERWOOD FUNERAL HOME
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Stamford, Texas - Eddie Merle Proctor, age 84 of Stamford, died Thursday, July 19, 2007 at Stamford Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 22, 2007 at Orient St. Church of Christ in Stamford with Wes Horn officiating. Graveside
service will be at 10 a.m., Monday, July 23, 2007 in Abilene at Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories, 5701 Highway 277 South. Services
are under the direction of Kinney - Underwood Funeral Home in Stamford.
Eddie Merle was born on March 10, 1923 in Winters, Texas to the late Eddie A. and Allie Mae Smith Voelker. She married her
childhood sweetheart, Gerald Lynn Proctor, on August 28, 1941 at her parents' home. Eddie Merle and Gerald moved to Stamford
when Gerald became the high school agriculture teacher. She was a member of the Orient St. Church of Christ, where she adored
teaching Sunday School to toddlers and did so for forty years. She was a former member of the Stamford Garden Club and a faithful
volunteer at Teakwood and the hospital, cheering residents and patients alike. Eddie Merle was the Texas Cowboy Reunion Hostess in
1980, a memory she highly cherished, setting a standard for other women to follow. She also served as the hostess of the TCR Guest
Cabin each year, visited by locals and dignitaries alike. When Gerald and others opened Bronco Seed Company, Eddie Merle assisted
in waiting on farmers and counting cottonseed for germination. She always wore gloves to protect her trademark perfectly manicured
nails.
Eddie Merle never met a stranger - referring to everyone as "Darling" while all referred to her simply as "Mom". Gerald was the
exception, affectionately calling his Southern Belle, "Butch". Mom was an exquisite and classy dresser, in the league of Liz Taylor and
Jackie Kennedy. She dressed every day as if attending a dinner party with her signature earrings and necklaces always perfectly
coordinated with her attire reflecting her personal favorite color - sparkle!
Eddie Merle was a lady in every sense of the word, one of elegance and grace. God's beauty and glory was always portrayed on her
face. Her sweet heart shone through her actions and deeds, she was a prayer warrior champion for anyone in need. Our Mom was a
painter, an artist of nature - passing this talent to grandchildren and inspiring many to pursue her passion of the canvass. She adored
flowers, which seemed to bloom as if to smile to gain her favor. She spent countless hours keeping her yard an absolute paradise,
enjoyed by many and used as a backdrop for family, school and wedding portraits. At any time, she would welcome a guest and serve
an immaculate tea party of her "special" hot chocolate or coffee with tiny cheesecakes to boot. Her legacy is one of breathtaking beauty
and kindness - a true treasure of memories for all that knew her. This incredibly gifted lady made everyone feel as if they were her
"special" friend - but we are sure each of us was her favorite.
Eddie Merle is survived by her husband, Gerald Proctor of Stamford; daughter, Donna VanDuyn and husband, John, of Galveston, TX;
son, Vance Proctor and wife, Vicky of Stamford, TX; granddaughter, Michelle Brechbuhl and husband, Ulrich, of Atlanta, GA;
granddaughter, Renee Appleton and husband, Ryder, of Waxahachie, TX; granddaughter, Tiffany Parkhill and husband, Billy, of
Huntsville, TX; grandson, Neal Proctor of Stamford, TX; grandson, Michael Proctor of San Francisco, CA; granddaughter, Tori Cochran
& husband, Chase, of Cleburne, TX; and eleven great-grandchildren.
Eddie Merle, Momma, Mom - we love you and will miss you dearly. When the sky is blue, we know your shining eyes are smiling down
on us from above.
Calel Baker Wheeler
SCANIO-HARPER FUNERAL HOME
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Temple, Texas - Services for Calel Baker Wheeler, 89, of Temple will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, at the Western Hills Church of
Christ with Scott Meyer and David Kneip officiating. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Mrs. Wheeler died on Thursday, July 19, 2007 in a Temple Nursing Home.
She was born in Temple on November 5, 1917 to Guy Homer Baker and Mary Winnie Bond Baker. She was a 1934 graduate of
Temple High School, Temple Junior College, and Abilene Christian College in 1938. She was a member of the Western Hills Church of
Christ and was a homemaker.
She married Charles A Wheeler, Jr. on November 5, 1938 and was married to him for 56 years.
Survivors include: her children, Carol Anne Wheeler Posey of Rotan, Texas; Charles A. Wheeler, III, Cathy Wheeler Kneip, and
Douglas Wheeler, all of Temple; a sister, Doris Helen McQueen of Fort Worth; 13 grandchildren, including Robert Posey of Rotan, Julie
Bibb and Jill Dennis of Abilene, Patricia Osborn of Spring and Jan Muery of Kingsville; and 21 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles A. Wheeler, Jr., in 1995; her parents of Temple; one brother, Glenn Homer Baker
of Temple; 4 sisters, Sophenia Hastings, Lonea Baker and Mary Janice Gull, all of Temple, Aureba Martin of Abilene; one son-in-law,
Richard Posey of Rotan, and one grandson-in-law, Mike Osborn of Spring, Texas.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 3429 Executive Center Dr., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731.
Scanio - Harper Funeral Home
3110 Airport Road
Temple, Texas
254-899-8888
Manfred Zenkner
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Albany, Texas - Manfred Zenkner, age 71 of Albany, died Thursday, July 19, 2007 at his residence.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, July 23rd, at Matthews Memorial Presbyterian Church with Rev. Trey Little
officiating. Services have been entrusted to Morehart Mortuary.
Manfred Walter Zenkner was born on October 26, 1935 in Shackelford County, Texas to parents, Walter John Zenkner and Ida Alisha
Leischber. He grew up in Albany and graduated from Albany High School. Manfred served active duty in the United States Army from
1958 to 1960, as well as, the United States Army Reserves from 1960 to 1962. He married Martha Elizabeth Bowsher on December 4,
1960 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Albany. The Zenkners moved to Hurst in 1968 and later returned to Albany in 1982. Manfred was a
member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Charles Zenkner, and one sister, Beartrice
Hohertz.
Manfred is survived by his wife, Martha Zenkner of Albany; one son, Manfred Kyle Zenkner of Watauga; two daughters, Felicia Calvin
of Saginaw and Deneen and husband, Eddie Edington, of Albany; one brother, Kenneth Zenkner and wife, LaQuita, of Grand Saline;
one sister, Lynette and husband, Roland Beal, of Big Spring; three grandchildren, Marshall Calvin of Saginaw, Ethan Edington of
Albany, and Kyleigh Zenkner of Watauga.
Memorials may be made to the Shackelford County Library or The Feed Store and may be left at Morehart Mortuary.
Condolences may be sent online at www.morehartmortuary.net.
Death Notices 07.21.07 Saturday, July 21, 2007
Freddie Blount
ODESSA - Freddie Blount, 87, died Friday, July 20, 2007. Services are pending with Henderson Funeral Home
of Coleman.
Neva Lee Claburn
ANSON - Neva Lee Claburn, 92, died Thursday, July 19, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First
Baptist Church. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, directed by Lawrence-Adams Funeral Home.
Eugene Lee Finley
BAIRD - Eugene Lee Finley, 84, died Friday, July 20, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at Parker Funeral
Home Chapel with burial in the Ross Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Darrell Eugene Flippo
Darrell Eugene Flippo, 71, died Friday, July 20, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Pioneer Drive Baptist
Church directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Bluff
Cemetery in Midway in Red River County. Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Alvin Flynn
ROCKWOOD - Alvin (Pete) Flynn, 80, died Thursday, July 19, 2007. Graveside services will be in Garden
City, Kan., under the direction of Garnard Funeral Home. Local arrangements were made by Stevens Funeral
Home.
Mollie Grisham
ROTAN - Mollie Grisham, 42, died Friday July 20, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Weathersbee-Ray
Chapel in Rotan with burial in Cottonwood Cemetery. Visitation is from 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the
funeral home.
Milton T. Haterius
STAMFORD - Milton T. Haterius, 89, died Thursday, July 19, 2007. Services are pending with Tankersley
Funeral Home in Stamford.
Clinton Roe Isbell
STAMFORD - Clinton Roe Isbell, 18, died Thursday, July 19, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Trinity
Baptist Church with burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Anson directed by Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home.
Visitation is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Mary Sue Leach
GLEN ROSE - Mary Sue Leach, 64, formerly of Gorman, died Friday, July 20, 2007. Services are 2 p.m.
Sunday in the Higginbotham Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Gorman Cemetery.
John Mattix
BROWNWOOD - John Mattix, 92, died Friday, July 20, 2007. Services are pending with Netherton Funeral
Home.
Jessie Mae McBride
Jessie Mae McBride, 66, died Saturday, July 14, 2007. Memorial services are 2 p.m. today at Starbuck Funeral
Home in Merkel.
Marie Means
Marie Means, 87, died Friday, July 20, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home
Chapel of Faith, 5701 Highway 277 South with burial in Elmwood Memorial Park Mausoleum. Visitation is 4
to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Lois Caldwell Peck
Lois Caldwell Peck, 77, died Thursday, July 19, 2007. Celebration of life is 11 a.m. Monday at the First Central
Presbyterian Church. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Sunday at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap
Road.
Ruth Pior
BIG SPRING - Ruth Pior, 90, died Thursday, July 19, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. today at Myers & Smith
Chapel. Graveside services are 2 p.m. Monday at Murray Cemetery in Binger, Okla., directed by Myers &
Smith Funeral Home of Big Spring.
Carmen Rangel
COMANCHE - Carmen Rangel, 91, died Thursday, July 19, 2007. Graveside services are 10 a.m. today at the
Evergreen Cemetery directed by Comanche Funeral Home.
Obits for Sunday July 22, 2007
Eugene Lee Finley
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Baird, Texas - Eugene "Gene" Lee Finley, age 84, passed away Friday, July 20, 2007, at his ranch home near Baird, Texas.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, 2007, at the Parker Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Maxie Evans
officiating, assisted by R. David Williams and Jim Hatchett, Jr.,k with interment to follow in Ross Cemetery. Services are under the
direction of Parker Funeral Home of Baird.
Gene was born on September 19, 1922, to Bernice Ross and Norman Finley. He spent his entire life living on and working the family
ranch east of Baird, Texas. He attended school in Baird and was a standout in football and tennis. After graduation he attended Texas
Tech University for a brief time before enlisting in the Army Air Corp. In this service he achieved the rank of First Lieutenant as a
bombardier. Gene married Earlene Bibb on April 10, 1943. They retired to the ranch after his tour of duty overseas.
He is survived by: his wife, Earlene; two daughters, Genea Menke of Abilene, Texas, and Vicky Vickers of Rising Star, Texas; two
grandsons, Conda Odom of Cross Plains, Texas, and Cody Odom of Eastland, Texas; four great grandchildren, Cierra, Roby, Price,
and Trent; his brother, Ross Finley and wife, Marry of Farmington, New Mexico; and two nieces, Debbie Manning of Denver Colorado
and Denise Thompson of Farmington, New Mexico; his half sister, Kathy Butler of Phoenix, Arizona; two aunts, Gladys Steger and
Mary Lou Ross, both of Abilene, Texas; and a cousin, Robert Wade Steger and wife, Betsy of Livingston, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The family would like to extend special thanks to caregivers Mary Beth Slaughter, Diego and Lucha Acosta, and Hospice of The Big
Country.
Memorials may be made to the donors favorite Charity.
Darrell Eugene Flippo
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Darrell Eugene Flippo, 71, went home to be with his Heavenly Father and was reunited with loved ones on Friday, July
20, 2007, in Abilene, Texas.
Known to most in the Abilene area simply as "Flippo", he was born February 11, 1936 in Detroit, Texas, Red River County to H.S. and
Lucille Flippo. He grew up in the Detroit area and spent his high school years in Kress, Texas where he graduated from Kress High
School in 1954. There, he excelled in football and basketball and was elected senior class favorite.
Darrell moved to Abilene in 1954 to attend Hardin-Simmons University. This was also the same year he began working for Mack Eplen
in his restaurant at North 3rd and Hickory as a sandwich maker. That began his lifelong career in the food service industry for which he
is most well known. Tracing its roots back to 1936, Mack Eplen's restaurants served countless Abilenians through cafeterias, fullservice restaurants, and delicious catering of which Flippo was an important part. He was known around town for his cooking, catering
techniques, and friendly accommodating service. Upon Eplen's retirement, Flippo joined in partnership to form the Briarstone Group
which continues to operate in Abilene. In 1978, Flippo was an integral part of establishing the Briarstone Manor which has serviced the
community for almost thirty years as a meeting place for civic clubs and other organizations.
Flippo valued being of service to others, and his work ethic was insurmountable. His employees were deeply loved and cared for by
him, and were considered to be a second family by him, his children, and his grandchildren. He was an avid supporter of the restaurant
industry and received numerous awards throughout his career. One of the most notable awards Flippo received was Outstanding
Restaurateur of the year in 1979, 1980, and 1990. Additionally, in 1977 he was elected President of the Abilene Chapter of the Texas
Restaurant Association. One of the greatest compliments Flippo and his business partner, Mr. Owens, received was when they were
honored by their customers at a surprise party at Spanish Oaks in 1997 for their dedication in serving the community for over thirty
years. Moreover, the Abilene Reporter News once stated that "Flippo is to food in Abilene what Kodak is to cameras".
On June 30, 1956 he married Norma Ann Holiman whom he met while working for Mack Eplen restaurants at the Starlight CafГ©. Flippo
was a devoted family man, and dedicated himself to attending and providing food for annual Flippo family reunions in Bonham, Texas.
These family reunions were a very valuable component to his summers, and he greatly enjoyed fellowship with all who attended.
Known to his children as "Daddy" and his grandchildren at "Pa Pa", he was delighted to be a part of any family gathering.
Flippo was preceded in death by his parents, H.S. and Lucille Flippo; his wife, Norma Ann Holiman Flippo; three sisters, Laberta Foster,
Inez Doudney, and Electra Milam; one brother, Jack Flippo; and one great-grandson, William Alexander Kincaid.
He is survived by daughter, Pam Reeder and husband, Ricky, of Abilene; son, Michael Flippo and wife, Michelle, of Fayetteville,
Arkansas; daughter, Lisa Barrs and husband, Jonny, of Abilene; seven grandchildren, Britni Kinkade, Kasi Reeder, Ryann Flippo,
Reagan Flippo, Chris Barrs and wife, Kayla, Stephen Darrell Barrs, and Matthew Barrs; two sisters, Jean Maple of Detroit, Texas and
Dorothy Ritchey and husband, Pete, of Detroit, Texas; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and many loyal employees.
The funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 23, 2007, at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, 701 South Pioneer Drive, with Pastor
Stan Allcorn officiating. Burial will be in the Bluff Cemetery in Detroit, Texas at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 24th, directed by Elliott-Hamil
Funeral Home, 542 Hickory, Abilene. The family will receive friends Sunday, July 22nd, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Elliott-Hamil
Funeral Home, 542 Hickory Street. Pallbearers will be long-time employees and friends Michael Elliott, Henry Dillard, James Sparks,
Kerry Howard, Fermin Gonzalez, Bennie Jimenez, Sean Sneed, and Bill Swanzy. Honorary pallbearers will be Arnold Wayne Doudney
and Johnny Foster.
Flippo once said, "That's the thing about the food service business. It's not all preparing roast beef, potatoes, and salad. There are so
many different aspects of it; there are so many things you can do to be of service to people that it makes it real interesting." This
statement reflects his philosophy in that he touched many lives through his daily work, and placed a great deal of value on serving the
community of Abilene. Many organizations have benefited from his service throughout the years, and dear to his heart always were the
West Texas Rehab and ACU Dinner Theater. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to either of these organizations or any local
organization of your choice.
Milton Tulien Haterius
TANKERSLEY FUNERAL HOME
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Ericksdahl Community - Milton Tulien Haterius, a lifelong resident of the Ericksdahl Community and Stamford, passed away Thursday,
July 19th, 2007 in Lubbock. He was 89.
Services will be held Tuesday, July 24th at 2:00 p.m. at Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ericksdahl Community, Avoca, Texas.
The family will receive visitors Monday evening from 6:00 -- 8:00 p.m. at Tankersley Funeral Home in Stamford.
Milton was born June 5, 1918 in Fort Worth, Texas to Addie' Evelina Tulien Haterius and Dr. Hugo Benjamin Haterius. His family moved
to the Ericksdahl Community when he was 18 months old. He attended the Swenson School, Wahoo Academy in Wahoo, Nebraska,
Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas and Texas Lutheran College (now University) in Seguin, Texas.
During World War II, Milton served in the United States Army from 1942 through 1945 where he was stationed in the Aleutians. After
leaving military service, he returned to Ericksdahl to farm and ranch with his family. He was a member of Bethel Evangelical Lutheran
Church for 87 years. He served as a Sunday School teacher and board member.
He married Vivian Eleanor Caudle Steiger on July 14, 1956, and was a dedicated husband and father. Milton was a man of devotion to
his family, and was a model of Christian life to all who knew him.
Milton was preceded in death by his parents, Dr, and Mrs. Hugo B. Haterius; a brother, Hugo Birger Haterius; and a sister, Addie
Imogene Swenson.
The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to the doctors, nurses and Oralia Lopez who have provided outstanding care to Milton
through the years. Also, a special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff of the Surgical ICU at UMC, and VistaCare Hospice in
Lubbock for their kindness and compassion to our family during his final days.
Those left to celebrate his life include Vivian, his wife of 51 years; his children Francis George (Pancho) Steiger of Englewood,
Colorado; Suzanne Haterius -Fusaro and husband Louis of Hurst; Allison Quisenberry and husband Todd of Lubbock; his
granddaughter, Addle Marie Fusaro of Hurst; a sister, Mrs. Charles E. (Eunice) Brownfield of Stamford; and a host of family and friends.
Memorials to honor Milton may be made to Bethel Lutheran Church, Organ Fund, or to the West Texas Rehab Center, 4601 Hartford
St., Abilene, TX 79605.
Marie Means
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Marie Means went to be with her Lord in the early morning hours of July 20, 2007. She was 87 years old.
Marie was born on April 5, 1920 in Olney, Texas to Daniel Boone Hamilton and Willie Mae {Webb} Hamilton. She grew up in several
small towns in North Texas, including Bowie and Throckmorton, where she met and married Melvin Means. They were married 33
years. Marie has lived in Abilene since 1955 until her recent brief residence at Gibson Care Center in Aspermont, Texas.
Marie was a long-time member of Corinth Baptist Church in Abilene. She worked many years in retail sales. Marie owned three dress
shops in the 70's called "Marie's Fashions". She also worked in local bridal shops and health food stores, among other jobs. After
retiring, Marie spent several wonderful years working in the Foster Grandparent Program. Her favorite 'job' was taking care of her
family. She had two children, Lynda Nelson {married to Tommy Nelson} and James Means {married to Nancy Lewis Means}; four
grandchildren, Tommye Lynn Marshall, Tammy Nelson, Tanner Means {married to Amanda Means}, and Ty Means; four greatgrandchildren, Tony Marshall, Tiffany Hackworth {married to Kent Hackworth}, Grace Means, and Allie Means; and two great-greatgrandchildren, Devin Marshall and Jesse Hackworth. All of these and her two sisters, Wilma Mitchell and Peggy Loughry, survive Marie,
as well as numerous nieces and nephews who were very special to her. Her parents and six siblings, Doris Lawson, Thelma
Ballerstedt, Darold Hamilton, Vernon Hamilton, Ray Hamilton, and Lois Moore, preceded her in death.
The family would like to thank the fantastic staff "family" at Gibson Care Center and especially Melissa Smart, LVN for all of the loving
care and companionship provided over the past three months. They would also like to thank the wonderful staff at Stonewall Memorial
Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 23, 2007, at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Faith, 5701 Hwy 277
South in Abilene, with Reverend Rick Hargrove officiating. Entombment will be in Elmwood Memorial Park Mausoleum, directed by
Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home. Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the West Texas Rehab, 4601 Hartford Street, Abilene, Texas 79605.
Myra Guyer Mitchell
DEBERRY FUNERAL DIRECTORS
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Denton, Texas - Myra Guyer Mitchell, 82, of Denton died Friday, July 20, 2007 at Presbyterian Hospital of Denton.
She was born April 9, 1925 in Italy, Texas to William Raymond Guyer and Alma Ruth Self Guyer. She married Chuck Mitchell, he
preceded her in death in 1979.
She attended Italy Public Schools, Hillsboro Jr. College, Texas Woman?s University of Denton, and Texas Tech University. She was a
life long dietitian serving hospitals and nursing homes in West and Central Texas. She attended Aldersgate Methodist Church,
Adventures Sunday School class in Abilene. She was also a member of the American Business Woman's Association, Thursday Book
Club, and The Phoenix Club.
Visitation will be Sunday at 2:00 P.M. at DeBerry Funeral Directors.
Funeral service will be Sunday, July 22nd at 3:00 P.M. in the chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors with Dr. Wayne Blankenship
officiating. Burial will be Monday, July 23rd at Italy Cemetery in Italy, Texas.
She is survived by daughters, Michelle Livesay and husband Gary of Denton, Teresa Mitchell of Waco; Sons Phil Mitchell and wife
Sharon of Georgetown; Grandchildren, Aaron Mata, Matthew and Brooke Hayes of Fort Worth, Brian and Tiffaney Holmes of Austin,
Lindsey Livesay of Denton, Kelsi Livesay of Denton, Russell Mitchell of Georgetown; Great Grandchildren, Emily Holmes of Austin, and
Rylee Hayes of Fort Worth; Nieces, Sharon Guyer McGill and Husband Ken of Denton, Rebecca Guyer Admire and Husband Neil of
Denton; Nephew Rusty Guyer and wife Madeline of San Antonio; Sister in Law Pat Guyer of Denton.
She was preceded in death by her brother, John H. Guyer, and Sister in law Frances Mitchell, and Floydada.
DeBerry Funeral Directors
2025 W. University Dr.
Denton, Texas
940-383-4200
Betty Thompson
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Stephenville, Texas - Betty Thompson, 83, of Stephenville, TX, a homemaker, died Friday, July 20, 2007, at a local nursing home.
Services will be 2:00 P.M., Monday, July 23, 2007, at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Bill Grisham officiating assisted by
Tab Thompson. Burial will be at Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 p.m., Sunday, July 22, 2007, at Lacy
Funeral Home. Online condolences can be made at www.lacyfuneral.com.
She was born on March 14, 1924, to her late parents Doyle and Alma (Reeves) Watson in Desdemona, Texas. She married Brad
Thompson on January 23, 1943, in Dublin, Texas. When Brad was overseas during WWII, she worked at the radio station KFJZ in Fort
Worth, Texas. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She was the past local and district president for United
Methodist Women which she had been a member of ever since she joined the First United Methodist Church in Stephenville, Texas.
She was a charter member of the Auxiliary Unit 240 of the American Legion here in Stephenville.
Survivors include her husband, Brad Thompson of Stephenville, TX; sons and daughters-in-law, Tim and Rita Thompson of Whiteface,
TX, and Tab and Debbie Thompson of Stephenville, TX; 6 grandchildren, Tara Herring and husband, Kenneth, of Tyler, TX, Blake
Thompson and wife, Paige, Reagan Thompson, Kayla Thompson, Patrick Thompson, and Daniel Thompson all of Stephenville, TX; 4
great grandchildren, Bailey Herring, Kirk McClard, Hayden Herring all of Tyler, TX, and Ava Thompson of Stephenville, TX; sister-inlaw, Betty Jean Watson of Fort Worth, TX; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by a
brother, Harold Watson.
Memorials may be made to Auxiliary Unit 240 of American Legion, PO Box 184, Stephenville, TX 76401, or the charity of your choice.
Lacy Funeral Home
Stephenville, Texas
254-968-2102
Death Notices 07.22.07 Sunday, July 22, 2007
Freddie Blount
ODESSA - Freddie Blount, 87, died Friday, July 20, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Monday at Henderson Funeral
Home Chapel in Coleman with burial in Coleman City Cemetery. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Virginia S. Cockrell
Virginia Cockrell, 83, died Friday, July 20, 2007. Graveside services are 2 p.m. Tuesday in Colorado City
Cemetery. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Vincent Arthur Flores
DE LEON - Vincent Arthur Flores, 18, died Friday, July 20, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Monday at the First
Baptist Church in De Leon with burial in Garden of Memory Cemetery in Comanche County, directed by
Nowlin Funeral Home in De Leon.
Clinton Roe Isbell
STAMFORD - Clinton Roe Isbell, 18, died Thursday, July 19, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Trinity
Baptist Church with burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Anson. Visitation is 2 to 4 p.m. today at KinneyUnderwood Funeral Home.
Mary Sue Leach
GLEN ROSE - Mary Sue Leach, 64, died Friday, July 20, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. today at Higginbotham
Funeral Home Chapel in Gorman with burial in Gorman Cemetery.
John Clyde 'Mac' Mattix
THRIFTY - John Clyde ''Mac'' Mattix, 91, died Friday, July 20, 2007. Graveside services are 10 a.m. Monday
in Bangs Cemetery. Visitation is 2 to 4 p.m. today at Netherton Funeral Home of Brownwood.
William David 'Bill' Wakefield
STEPHENVILLE - William David ''Bill'' Wakefield, 50, died Friday, July 20, 2007. Graveside services are 2
p.m. today in West End Cemetery, directed by Lacy Funeral Home.
Thomas 'Tommy' Walker
COLEMAN - Thomas ''Tommy'' Walker, 44, died Friday, July 20, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Monday at Walker
Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation is 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Jesse Robert 'Red' Wolfington
GORMAN - Jesse Robert ''Red'' Wolfington, 76, died Saturday, July 21, 2007. Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday
at Higginbotham Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Longbranch Cemetery. Visitation is 7 to 9 p.m. today at
the funeral home.
Obits for Monday July 23, 2007
Ettoy Bryant
KIMBROUGH FUNERAL HOME
Monday, July 23, 2007
Ettoy Bryant 80, of Cisco passed away Saturday July 21, 2007 in Hendrick Medical Center.
Graveside services, officiated by Jim Fitzgerald were at 2:00 p.m. Sunday July 22, 2007 in Murray Cemetery east Carbon under the
direction of Kimbrough Funeral Home.
Ettoy was born in Crosbyton, Texas on October 16, 1926 to Joseph Lee and Rosa Lee (Clark) Scitern. She graduated from Gorman
High School and Isabell Powell Beauty School in Lubbock, Texas. On April 20, 1946, she married Eddie Travis Bryant in the Church of
Christ parsonage in Eastland, Texas. She owned and operated a beauty shop in her home; she also, worked as a Gatehouse Attendant
at Lake Proctor. In January 1995, she retired from the City of Cisco where she had worked as a Tax Collector. She was a member of
the Daugherty Street Church of Christ in Eastland.
She is survived by her husband Eddie of Cisco; daughters, Jeanne Rains and husband Bobby of Cisco and Patricia Tone and husband
Steve of Eastland; grandsons, Robert Rains and wife Kay, Tim Rains and wife Karen and Bradlee Rains and wife Crystal, Jason Tone
and wife Brandy of Burleson, all of Cisco; a granddaughter, Stephanie Tone of Eastland; and 8 great grandchildren.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Virginia S. Cockrell
Monday, July 23, 2007
Virginia S. Cockrell died on Friday, July 20, 2007 at Hendrick Healthcare Center after an extended illness.
Family graveside services, with Phil Ware officiating, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 24, at Colorado City Cemetery under the
direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home.
Virginia was born November 7, 1923, in the Westover Community in Baylor County to Herschell E. and Mary Emma Cockrell. She
graduated from Colorado City High School and spent her working career as teller for banks in Colorado City, Olney, Vernon, and
Abilene. She retired from the First National Bank of Abilene in 1988. Virginia was a member of Southern Hills Church of Christ.
Virginia is preceded in death by her parents and sister, Betty Jean.
She is survived by: her son, Robert W. "Butch" Cockrell and wife, Jo Monte; her granddaughters, Cara Davis and husband, Garrett of
Houston, Cathy Pettus and husband, Keith of Chicago; great grandchildren, Garrett, Jr. and Maggie Davis of Houston; a sister, Dawn
Shipley of Abilene; and several nieces and nephews.
The family visitation will be Monday, July 23, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
The family wishes to thank the staffs at Mesa Springs Healthcare Center and Hendrick Healthcare Center for their care and attention to
Virginia.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 149 North Willis Street; Suite 10 Abilene, Texas 79603 or the donor's
favorite charity.
Online condolences may be made to: www.TheHamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
Florene Maloney
McCoy Funeral Home
Monday, July 23, 2007
Florene Maloney, age 77, of Sweetwater, Texas, passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2007 in Abilene, Texas.
Funeral services with Joe Bagby officiating will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at the McCoy Funeral Home Chapel of
Memories with burial to follow in the Roscoe Cemetery directed by McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater.
The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday evening, July 23, 2007, at McCoy Funeral Home, 401 East Third Street,
Sweetwater, Texas.
She was born on July 25, 1929 in Portales, New Mexico. She married Walter Maloney on July 5, 1950 in Roscoe, Texas.
She was a member of the Church of Christ. She was a lifelong resident of Sweetwater and Roscoe, Texas. She attended ACU and
graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor's degree in Home Economics. She taught school in Sweetwater at Phillip Nolan,
Eastridge and South East Elementaries before retiring in 1968. She was an artist, and loved to read. She was a homemaker and loved
raising her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Claud and Vickie Bostick.
Survivors include: her husband, Walter Maloney of Sweetwater, Texas; daughter, Vicki Nazworth and husband, Darrell of Sweetwater,
Texas; two sons, Mike Maloney and wife, Cindy of Ozark, Missouri, and David Maloney and wife, Jamie of Branson, Missouri; a brother,
Claude "June" Hendricks of Lubbock, Texas; four grandchildren, Kelsie Maloney and Josh Maloney of Ozark, Missouri and Scott
Nazworth and wife, Natalie of Lubbock, Texas, and Bruce Nazworth and wife, Nikki of Sweetwater, Texas; and two great grandchildren,
Kayla and Chase Nazworth of Lubbock, Texas.
Joe Paul May
Monday, July 23, 2007
Joe Paul May, age 64, of Mingus passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2007 in an Abilene hospital.
Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Strawn, with Rev. Michael Orsini and Rev. Jim Troutman officiating. Burial
will be in Mt. Marion Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Strawn, Texas.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Joe was born in Eastland, Texas to B. A. "Bud" and Ellen Lee (Long) May. He graduated from Carbon High School and attended 2
years at Cisco Junior College. Joe became a barber and worked in Barber Shops all over. He married
Linda Bullard on November 24, 1974 in Gordon, Texas. He worked as a barber for 47 years, as well as the Strawn Bank as a loan
officer, raised hay and cattle. Joe was a member of the Masonic Lodge AF and AM in Strawn and
Gordon, a 32nd Degree Mason, and a member of the Moshilla Temple, and Scottish Rite as a Shriner. He was a member of the Trinity
Baptist Church in Strawn. Joe enjoyed watching John Wayne movies, going to the Winstar and playing black jack, and his morning
routine of coffee at the Bar-B Truck stop and Pac a Sac with his many friends.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents B. A. "Bud" and Ellen May, a brother Royce Gene May and a sister Wanda Lee.
Joe is survived by: his wife, Linda L. May of Mingus; daughter, Amy Jo May of
Gordon; son, Ricky Andreatta of Mingus; a brother, Jerry May and wife, Kay of Stephenville; an uncle, Paul "Teet" May and wife, Helen
of Eastland; and extended other family members.
Lois Caldwell Peck
Monday, July 23, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Lois Caldwell Peck, 77, passed away Thursday, July 19, 2007 in Abilene.
A celebration of her life will be Monday, July 23 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Central Presbyterian Church with Reverend Janice Six
officiating. The family will be receiving friends, Sunday 5:00-7:00 pm at the Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Lois was born on March 9, 1930 to Hattie and Spencer Hudson Caldwell in Stamford, Texas. She graduated from Stamford High
School and the University of North Texas.
She taught in Ft. Worth, Texas and Bonham Elementary School in Abilene. She loved her students and made a lasting impact on many
children.
She loved her family, her church and her community. She served as President of Crockett Elementary PTA and President of Jefferson
Junior High PTA. Lois was a very giving person, having served as a volunteer at the Presbyterian Food Pantry.
Among her civic involvement, she was a long time member of the Abilene Philharmonic Guild, serving that organization in many
capacities. She also was a member of Los Afficionadas, The Grace Museum, The Center for Contemporary Arts, Pensadores Club,
Abilene Woman's Club, Cancer Services Network Auxiliary and Slipper Club.
Lois once said that her hobby was loving people, and in return she was loved and respected by all who knew her. Her sense of humor,
perky smile and cheerful personality will live forever in the hearts of her many friends.
The family is grateful to Dr. Mark Reedy, Ginger Fabrizio, P.A., and Dr. Reedy's staff for their compassionate and devoted care and the
family would like to thank the nursing staff of Hendrick Hospice Care.
Survivors are her husband of 42 years, Frank E. Peck; daughters, Julie Peck Bryan of San Antonio, Texas; Pennie Peck and husband,
Mark Jamieson of Atlanta, Georgia; Martha Peck Cunningham and husband, Dr. Jim Cunningham of Ft. Worth, Texas; son, Paul Peck
of San Francisco, California; grandchildren, Whitney, Charlie and Sam Cunningham; niece, Virginia Fuller and husband, Robert Fuller;
nephew, Frank Elkin; and two great nieces. She was predeceased by her mother and father and her sister, Rowena Caldwell Elkin and
a Brother-In-Law, Dr Price Bush Elkin.
Memorials may be made to the Community Foundation of Abilene for the Lois Caldwell Peck Fund, a designated fund for Cancer
Services Network, Box 1001, Abilene, Texas 79604.
Online condolences may be sent to www.TheHamilFamilyFuneralHome.com
Kenneth Wayne Wheeler
Monday, July 23, 2007
Kenneth Wayne
Wheeler
San Angelo, Texas
Kenneth Wayne Wheeler, 73, of San Angelo, passed away Sunday, July 22, 2007 in an area nursing home.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday July 24, 2007 at 1 p.m. at the 1st Baptist Church in Rule, Texas with Pastor Russell Stanley,
officiating. Burial will follow at Rule City cemetery. Arrangements are by Robert Massie Funeral Home.
Kenneth was born in Haskell, Texas, to Jacob Wheeler and Florence Sego on December 5, 1933. He worked as an apartment
manager.
Kenneth is preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Brenda Lynn McCright, and a brother Eugene Wheeler.
Survivors include: his daughter, Leila Beth Dennis and husband, Joel of San Angelo, TX. a brother, J. F. Wheeler and wife, Betty of
Lubbock, TX; two sisters, Earlene Horton of Richardson, and Myra Hill and, husband Ronald of Roswell, New Mexico; and two
grandsons, Douglas Clement of Abilene and Randy Heard of San Angelo.
Death Notices 07.23.07 Sunday, July 22, 2007
Debra Kay Amsler
Debra Kay Amsler, 46, died Sunday, July 22, 2007. Arrangements are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral
Home, 542 Hickory St.
Catherine Bruce
ROTAN - Catherine Bruce, 79, died Sunday July 22, 2007. Services are pending with Weathersbee-Ray Funeral
Home.
Howard Fowler Cason
STEPHENVILLE - Howard Fowler Cason, 84, formerly of Brownwood died July 21, 2007. Services are 11
a.m. Tuesday in the Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Jones Chapel Cemetery. Visitation is
6 to 8 p.m. today at Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
Inez J. Cogburn
EASTLAND - Inez J. Cogburn, 94, of Dublin died July 22, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday in First Baptist
Church in Eastland with burial in Eastland City Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today in Edwards Funeral
Home in Eastland.
David Hines
SNYDER - David Hines, 72, died Saturday, July 21, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. Monday at the Bell-CypertSeale Funeral Home with burial in Hillside Memorial Gardens Cemetery
Uva M. Hellums Jones
CROSS PLAINS - Uva M. Hellums Jones, 85, died Friday, July 20, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at the
Higginbotham Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Cottonwood Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at
the funeral Home.
Mamie Opal Lawless
STAMFORD - Mamie Opal Lawless, 93, of Haltom City and formerly of Stamford died Friday, July 20, 2007.
Graveside services are 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Highland Memorial Cemetery. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m.
Tuesday at the funeral home.
Freddy Lee Meredith
BRECKENRIDGE - Freddy Lee Meredith, 71, died Sunday, July 22, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at the
Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Visitation is 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Cynthia Forrest Palmer
MANSFIELD - Cynthia Forrest Palmer, 40, died Saturday, July 21, 2007. Services are pending with MerrimanArcher Funeral Home of Throckmorton.
Vernice Palmer
MERKEL - Vernice Palmer, 94, died Sunday, July 22, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Merkel Church
of Christ directed by Starbuck Funeral Home.
Billie Sue Stephens
SNYDER - Billie Sue Stephens, 61, died Saturday, July 21, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. at the East Side Church of
Christ with burial in the Fluvanna Cemetery directed by Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home. Visitation is 6 to 7
p.m. today at the funeral home.
Doug Townsend
AVOCA - Doug Townsend, 62, of Garland, died Sunday, July 22, 2007. Arrangements are pending with
Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home in Stamford.
Obits for Tuesday July 24, 2007
Neva Lee Claburn
Lawrence-Adams Funeral Home
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Neva Lee Claburn, 92, died Thursday, July 19, 2007, at the Community Care Center in Stamford.
Services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, 2007, at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Ron Brown officiating. Burial will be in Mount
Hope Cemetery, directed by Lawrence - Adams Funeral Home.
Born September 16, 1914, in Goree, Neva was a daughter of the late James Lambeth and Nora Mae (Smith) Cloud. She married Mack
Taft Claburn of Munday on August 20, 1934. The family moved to the Anson area as farmers in 1941, where they lived continuously
until the death of Mr. Claburn in 1985, and until Neva entered the Community Care Center in January, 2007, following a stay in
Hendrick Hospital after a serious injury followed by surgery.
Neva worked very hard for many years both on the farm and for a time as a bookkeeper at the Anson Farmers Coop Gin. She was
formerly a member of Bethel Baptist Church at Funston, and more recently of the First Baptist Church in Anson. When she was
younger she both taught Sunday school and was a sponsor of a group of young RA's. She was also skillful at quilt making, needle
point, and crochet, making many beautiful items enjoyed by her family.
She was preceded in death by her three younger sisters, Winnie Marie Howry, Elizabeth Watson, and Eleanor King, all of Goree, and
one younger brother, Thomas Cloud.
Neva is survived by her only son, William Eugene Claburn and his wife, June-Tweed, and one grandson, Jeffrey Lambeth Claburn, all
of whom reside in New Jersey.
Family visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2007, at Lawrence - Adams Funeral Home in Anson.
Mamie Opal Lawless
Tankersley Funeral Home
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Mamie Opal Lawless, 93, of Haltom City and formerly of Stamford passed away on Friday at a Haltom City care facility.
Graveside funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Highland Memorial Cemetery in Stamford with Rev. James Brigham
officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Tankersley Funeral Home in Stamford.
Mamie was born September 29, 1913 in Comanche, Texas to Willie Bob and Cora Edwards Foster. She attended school in Comanche
and moved to the Stamford area in 1944 and lived there until moving to Haltom City 6 years ago. Mamie was a homemaker and a
Baptist.
She is survived by 1 daughter Sharon Boyd of Haltom City, Texas, 1 son, Ray Moore and wife Diana of Anson, Texas, 1 sister Pauline
West and husband Guy of Burleson, Texas, 3 grandchildren, Donna Friend and husband Jimmy of Haslett, Texas, Tina Bennett of
Haltom City, Texas, Tracy Bell and husband Robert of Stamford, 5 great grand children, Chad Friend of Bedford, Texas, Kami
Copeland and husband Charles of North Richland Hills, Texas, Kyle Pafford of Bedford, Texas and Chris and Jacob Bell of Stamford, 1
great great grandchild, Riley Copeland of North Richland Hills, Texas, 3 nephews, Wilton Stewart of Cleburne, Willie Foster of
Stamford, and Paul Foster of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and 1 great nephew, John Paul Stewart of Cleburne.
Our sweet mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother is finally in heaven tending to her garden, yard,
flowers and the beautiful red birds she loved so much. Anyone who knew her knew how much she loved her red birds.
Vernice Palmer
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Vernice Palmer, 94, died Sunday, July 22, 2007 at a local nursing center.
Services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Merkel Church of Christ with Larry Gill and Joe Neill officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill
Cemetery, directed by Starbuck Funeral Home.
Vernice was born July 29, 1912 in Gatesville to Marshal M. and Minnie G. Melton Owen. She married Earl Edward Palmer June 28,
1930 in Sweetwater. He preceded her in death December 26, 2003. Vernice was a member of the Church of Christ. She attended
school at Blair. She was a homemaker and a member of the Noodle Home Demonstration Club. Her hobbies included gardening,
sewing and embroidery.
Survivors include 2 sons, Edward Palmer and wife Faye of Lake Livingston, Charles Palmer and wife Nancy of Clyde; 4 grandchildren,
Danny, Michael and Freddy Palmer, Brenda Winn; 8 great grandchildren; and 6 great great grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Merkel Cemetery Association, 201 Edwards, Merkel, TX 79536.
Doug Townsend
Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Doug Townsend, 62, of Garland was born March 21, 1945 in Stamford. He died peacefully Sunday, July 22, 2007, surrounded by his
family after a courageous battle with cancer. He will be dearly missed. Doug celebrated life, enjoyed the outdoors, and cherished his
family and friends. He was everyone's favorite dance partner. He loved everyone and had an exceptionally giving heart, generously
sharing his talents and skills. Doug traveled the world with his wife, Kathy, and their family. He encouraged others to have fun in life
each and every day. Doug was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam. He graduated from Hawley High School, and earned a
bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at Avoca Baptist Church with Rev. John Erwin officiating.
Interment will follow in the Spring Creek Cemetery under the direction of Kinney - Underwood Funeral Home in Stamford.
Doug is preceded in death by his brother, Gary Townsend.
Mr. Townsend is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years, Kathy Townsend of Garland; daughter, Tammy Faucher and husband Tom
of Allen; son, Colby Townsend of Garland; his parents, Bill and Louise (Sconce) Townsend of Avoca; two brothers, Les Townsend and
wife Linda of Conroe, and Tyrone Townsend and wife Jeannie of Sweetwater; brother-in-law, Butch Gregory and wife Kathy of O'Fallon,
Missouri; grandchildren, Weston Townsend, Cole Townsend, and Emily Faucher; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at the funeral home.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 28, 2007 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 950 Trails
Parkway, Garland, Texas 75043.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 8900 Carpenter Frwy., Dallas, Texas 75247.
Death Notices 07.24.07 Monday, July 23, 2007
Debra Kay Amsler
Debra Kay Amsler, 46, died Sunday, July 22, 2007. Memorial services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Abilene State
School Chapel directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
I.D. (Bus) Bramlett
STEPHENVILLE -- I.D. (Bus) Bramlett, 89, died Sunday, July 22, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at
Stephenville Funeral Home Chapel with burial at East Memorial Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at the
funeral home.
Katherine Bruce
ROTAN -- Katherine Bruce, 79, died Sunday, July 22, 2007. Graveside services are 10 a.m. today at Belvieu
Cemetery in Rotan directed by Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home.
Jewell Gillam
HASKELL -- Jewell Gillam, 95, died Sunday, July 22, 2007. Services are pending with Holden-McCauley
Funeral Home.
Linda Hawkins
GORMAN -- Linda Hawkins, 59, died Monday, July 23, 2007. Services are pending with Higginbotham
Funeral Home.
Ollie Holland
SAN ANGELO -- Ollie Holland, 101, died Sunday, July 22, 2007. Graveside services are 2 p.m. today at the
Oakview Cemetery in Mullin, directed by StacyWilkins Funeral Home of Goldthwaite.
Audra L Holsapple
HASKELL -- Audra L Holsapple, 87, died Monday, July 23, 2007. Services are pending with HoldenMcCauley Funeral Home, Haskell.
Bobby Joe Jernigan
CISCO -- Bobby Joe Jernigan, 76, died Monday, July 23, 2007. Services are pending with Kimbrough Funeral
Home.
LeeRoy Langley
BROWNWOOD -- LeeRoy Langley, 58, died Monday, July 23, 2007. Graveside services with military honors
are 10 a.m. today at Eastlawn Memorial Park directed by DavisMorris Funeral Home.
Jose Lues Salazar
Jose Lues Salazar, 45, died Monday, July 23, 2007. Services are pending with Girdner Funeral Home of
Abilene.
James Webb
James Webb, 87, died Monday, July 23, 2007. Services are pending with Girdner Funeral Home of Abilene.
Dennis Michael Welsh
BIG SPRING -- Dennis Michael Welsh, 56, died Friday, July 20, 2007. Memorial services are 3 p.m.
Wednesday at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel.
Obits for Wednesday July 25, 2007
Mary Juanita (Thorn) Cumbie
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Mary Juanita (Thorn) Cumbie, 82, passed away, Monday, July 23, 2007, in Abilene. Services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 26, 2007,
at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Allan Cartrite and Rev. Donny Harbers officiating. Burial will be in Hamlin Memorial Cemetery,
directed by Adams Funeral Home.
Born March 15, 1925, in Dudley, Juanita was a daughter of the late Carey and Allie (Metcalf) Thorn. Juanita graduated from Swenson
High School in 1942. She lived at various times of her life in Dudley, Swenson, Lubbock, Abilene, Roby, and Hamlin. She married
Barnie Cumbie Jr. April 28, 1946, in Jayton and they have been dedicated to one another for 61 years. During World War II, she worked
at the army-air base in Lubbock. Juanita moved to Hamlin in 1951, and worked for many years at Rockwell Brothers Lumber Yard. She
previously was a member of the First Baptist Church in Roby and is a member of the First Baptist Church in Hamlin. She was an avid
reader and collector. Juanita was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She especially took great pride in her son
and three grandsons. Juanita will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Florine Gardner.
Survivors include her husband, Barnie Cumbie of Hamlin; one son and daughter-in-law, Bernard Allen and Janet Cumbie of Bay City;
three grandsons, Dr. Todd Allen Cumbie, Kyle David Cumbie and wife, Heidi, all of Dallas, and Lt. Frank Derek Cumbie of Bay City; and
numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, 2007, at Adams Funeral Home in Hamlin.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 8, Hamlin, Texas 79520.
Monte C. Ferrell
Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Home
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Services for Mr. Monte C. Ferrell, age 72, of Ft. Worth are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 27, 2007 in the Caudle-Rutledge
Funeral Home Chapel in Lindale, Texas. Interment will follow in the Dover Cemetery. Mr. Ferrell died Sunday, July 22, 2007 in Ft.
Worth. He was born September 12, 1934 in Kilgore, Texas to Thermon Gus and Blanche Stevenson Ferrell and lived in Clyde, Texas
during his childhood and was formerly of Wichita Falls, Texas and many ports of call before moving to Ft. Worth 35 years ago. Mr.
Ferrell retired from the US Navy serving in both Korean and Vietnam Conflicts. He also owned and operated a Construction Business
and Tavern.
Survived by: Sons: David Ferrell and Gale Hunsucker; Jeff Ferrell, Alec Ferrell, Tim and Rhonda Ferrell, all of Ft. Worth; Daughters:
Julie and Bob Freeman of Bedford; Annie and Cliff Sammons of Ft. Worth; Monica and Tim Miller of Walnut Springs, Tx; 9
Grandchildren, 2 Great Grandchildren, Brothers: Doug & Pat Ferrell of Kennewick, WA; Frank Spann of Silver City, NM; Sister: Sandy
and Buzz Whiting of Springerville, AZ; Many loving Sister-In-Laws, Nieces and Nephews, Cousins, and friends, and care givers that
have meant so much!
Our heartfelt Thanks go out to all of you, especially Patty Blackwood
Pallbearers: Bob Freeman, Cliff Sammons, Frank Wright, Rob Ferrell, Drew Ferrell, &Mark Gray.
Family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday evening at the Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Home in Lindale, Tx.
Audra L. Holsapple
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Audra L. Holsapple, 87, passed away Monday, July 23, 2007, at Haskell Healthcare Center in Haskell. A Funeral Service will be held
2:00pm, Thursday, July 26, 2007 at the Church of Christ, Haskell. Burial will follow in Willow Cemetery under the direction of HoldenMcCauley Funeral Home, Haskell. A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 7:00pm, Wednesday evening at the funeral home.
Mrs. Holsapple was born June 19, 1920 in Haskell, Texas, the daughter of the late Fred Herbert Ray and Mary Olive Field Ray. She
married Dick Holsapple, who preceded her in death. Mrs. Holsapple worked as an RN her enitre working career until she retired and
moved to Haskell. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers Fred Herbert Ray, Jr., Max Olen Ray, and sister Evelyn Stella Marr.
She is survived by brothers Billy Jack Ray and wife Juanell of Haskell, LeArval Ray and wife Anna of Stephenville, Donald Joe Ray and
wife Adah of Gardendale, sister Annabell Funk and husband Bill W. Funk of Santa Rosa, California, several nieces, nephews and a
host of friends.
Sandra Darlene Rowe
Community Memorial Funeral Home
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Sandra Darlene Rowe, 58, of Abilene, died Monday, July 23, 2007, at her residence. A memorial/visitation service will be held on
Friday, July 27th, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N. 2nd St.
Sandra was born in Lewiston, Maine on June 6, 1949, the daughter of Everett and Dorothea (Payne) Ayer. She was a nurse in the E.R.
at St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston for ten years before moving to Abilene seventeen years ago.
She is survived by two daughters, Rhonda Sheehan and her husband, Thomas, of Auburn, NH and Nicole Taylor of Las Vegas, NV;
one brother, Alan Ayer of Norway, ME; and one sister, Marcia Kilgore and her husband, James, of Norway, ME.
I lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sandra's name to Rescue the Animals, Inc., 4620 N. 1st St., Abilene, TX 79603.
Jose Luis Salazar
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Jose Luis Salazar, 45, of Abilene, passed away Monday, July 23, 2007. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Abilene Funeral
Home Chapel of Hope, 3349 N. 12th Street with Pastor David Gomez officiating. Burial will follow in the Abilene Municipal Cemetery,
directed by Abilene Funeral Home. Viewing will be from 10:00 a.m. Thursday until service time.
Mr. Salazar was born January 11, 1962, in Hamlin, Texas to Augustine Salazar and Maria Petra Salazar.
Survivors include his wife, Jeannie Lynn Salazar; their son, Santino Salazar; their daughter, Sarah Salazar; his daughters, Maria Petra
Rodriquez, Rosemary Rodriquez, Maria Esmeralda Loya, and Mary Jo Salazar; and his son, Jose Luis Salazar, Jr.; eight sisters, Tillie
Martinez, Maria Hernandez, Celia Sotelo, Olivia Marrero, Janie Ochoa, Guadalupe Salazar, Matilde Fuentez, and Francis Moormal; and
four brothers, Ausustine Salazar, Jr., Pedro Salazar, Juan Salazar, and Miguel Salazar.
Mr. Salazar was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Manuel Salazar.
Pallbearers will be Jose Luis Salazar, Jr., Santino Salazar, Gilbert Rodriquez, Ryan Rodriquez, C.J. Loya, and Tony Gutierrez.
Mikaylee Hanna Szatkowski
Ted Dickey Funeral Home
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Mikaylee Hanna Szatkowski departed from her loving family on July 22, 2007.
Mikaylee is survived by her parents Mark and Misty Szatkowski; sister, Madeleine Marie; grandparents, George and Barbara
Szatkowski, and Troy and Patsy Scoggins.
Funeral Mass to be held Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Jude Catholic Church in Allen, TX; and graveside services to
be held Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 10:00 A.M. at Rule Cemetery, Rule, TX.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the AMA Food Pantry, (972) 727-1177.
Bonnie L. Taylor
Waldo Funeral Home
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Graveside funeral services for Bonnie L. Taylor were held at 1 p.m Monday, July 9th in the Chapel on the Hill at Cedarlawn Memorial
Park. Chaplain David Taylor officiated with services under the direction of Waldo Funeral Home. Bonnie went to be with her Lord and
Savior on Friday, July 6, 2007 at Wilson N. Jones Memorial Hospital at the age of 81.
Bonnie was born on July 25, 1925 in Ranger, Texas to the late Claude and Emma (Cunningham) Bearden. She married Carl W. Taylor
on July 23, 1945 in Cisco, Texas. She was a devoted homemaker and was of the Baptist Faith.
Mr. Taylor is survived by her loving family, including, son, Travis L. Taylor and his wife Cheryl of Sherman; granddaughter; Carla M.
Taylor of Sherman; grandson, Carl Jason Pippen of Gulf Port, Mississippi; great-grandson, Stetson R. Pippen of Crossett, Arkansas;
brother; W.H. Bearden of Aledo, Texas; sister; Frankie Nell Parr of Baird, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was
preceded in death by her loving husband, Carl W. Taylor; sister, Altha Mae Bearden and Clairdell Gremillion; and brother, Jack
Bearden.
Death Notices 07.25.07 Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Euell E. Allison
CARBON -- Euell E. Allison, 87, formerly of Carbon, died Tuesday, July 24, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. Friday
at First Baptist Church in Carbon. Burial will be in Bear Springs Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at
Edwards Funeral Home in Eastland.
Antonio Barrera
LORIANE -- Antonio Barrera, 88, died Tuesday, July 24, 2007. Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph
Catholic Church in Loraine. Burial will be in Loraine Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today with Rosary at 7
p.m. at Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.
Karen Elizabeth Boggs
SWEETWATER -- Karen Elizabeth Boggs, 42, died Tuesday, July 24, 2007. Services are pending with McCoy
Funeral Home of Sweetwater.
Bobbie R. Brown
GOLDTHWAITE -- Bobbie R. Brown, 72, died Tuesday, July 24, 2007. Graveside services are 4 p.m.
Thursday in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Mills County. Visitation is 7 to 9 p.m. today at Stacy-Wilkins Funeral Home.
Rodney Lyndell Coan
DE LEON -- Rodney Lyndell Coan, 60, died Monday, July 23, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. today at Fair Haven
Baptist Church. Burial will be in De Leon Cemetery.
Alton J. Dobbins
BROWNWOOD -- Alton J. Dobbins, 80, died Monday, July 23, 2007. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Thursday at
Heartland Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in Zephyr Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at the
funeral home.
Jo Erwin
COLORADO CITY -- Jo Erwin, 74, died Tuesday, July 24, 2007. Services are 3 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of
Kiker-Seale Funeral Home. Burial will be in Colorado City Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today.
Jewell Gillam
HASKELL -- Jewell Gillam, 95, died Sunday, July 22, 2007. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Thursday at First
United Methodist Church in Haskell. Burial will follow in Willow Cemetery under the direction of HoldenMcCauleyFuneral Home, Haskell. A memorial service will be held at St. John's Methodist Church in Lubbock
at 2 p.m. Friday.
Andrew W. Andy' Griffin
RISING STAR -- Andrew Andy W. Griffin, 86, died Monday, July 23, 2007. Services are 4 p.m. today in
Rising Star Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Higginbotham Funeral Home, 803 N. Main, Rising
Star.
Woodrow Wilson Kirk
BURLESON -- Woodrow Wilson Kirk, 93, died Tuesday, July 24, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at First
Baptist Church, De Leon. Burial will be in De Leon Cemetery.
Johnny Jimenez Sr.
Johnny Jimenez, Sr., 59, died Tuesday, July 24, 2007, in Iowa Park. Arrangements are pending with Abilene
Funeral Home.
Bobby Joe Jernigan
CISCO -- Bobby Joe Jernigan, 76, died Monday, July 23, 2007. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Thursday in
Kimbrough Funeral Home Chapel in Cisco. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 7:30 p.m.
today at Kimbrough Funeral Home.
Cynthia Forrest Palmer
WEATHERFORD -- Cynthia Forrest Palmer, 40, died Saturday, July 21, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Friday at
First Christian Church in Woodson. Burial will be in Woodson Cemetery. Arrangements are by MerrimanArcher Funeral Home.
Willie B. Powe
TALPA -- Willie B. Powe died Monday, July 23, 2007. Visitation is from noon to service time at 2 p.m. today.
Burial will follow in Talpa Cemetery under the direction of Walker Funeral Home of Coleman.
Zelma B. Price
RULE -- Zelma B. Price, 90, died Monday, July 23, 2007. Graveside services are 1 p.m. Friday in Rule
Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Robison Funeral Home, Rule.
Sleata (Hill) Smith
MIDLAND -- Sleata (Hill) Smith, 74, died Monday, July 23, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at Adams
Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Afton Cemetery.
Frances E. Stanley
Frances E. Stanley, 87, died Tuesday, July 24, 2007. Funeral services are 1 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church
chapel. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Virgil Lester Streety
LUBBOCK -- Virgil Lester Streety, 87, formley of Snyder, died Monday, July 23, 2007. Services are 10:30
a.m. Friday at Bell Cypert Seale Chapel with burial in Hillside Memorial Gardens in Snyder.
Ozella Royan Willson
Ozella Royan Willson, 91, died Tuesday, July 24, 2007. Services are pending with North's Funeral Home, 242
Orange St.
Obits for Thursday July 26, 2007
Bethany Gabrielle Cloud-Reynolds
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Gabrielle Cloud-Reynolds, infant, was stillborn Friday, July 20, 2007. Graveside services, with Rev. Rodney Watson officiating, will be
on Friday, July 27, 2007 at 10:00 am in the Garden of Memories Cemetery, under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home,
6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Bethany is survived by her mother, Joy S. Cloud, her father Jason Reynolds, two brothers, Tristan Cloud and Jared Reynolds, one
sister, Jolee Reynolds, her maternal grandparents, Holly and Wally Walston, and Neal and Rena Cloud, her paternal grandparents,
Ruby Reynolds and Don Reynolds, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Online condolences may be sent to: www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
Jewell Laney Gilliam
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Jewell Laney Gilliam, teacher and counselor in the Lubbock Public Schools for 26 years, retired in 1977 and lived to age 95. She taught
sixth grade, junior high science, and high school chemistry; and she was a junior high guidance counselor. She is survived by her
brother J. Arthur Laney, daughter Carolayn Hughes, and sons David and Bill Gilliam, as well as twelve grandchildren, fourteen great
grand children, and one great-great grand child. Jewell Gilliam was preceded in death by herhusband C. Hughes Gilliam, M.D., by her
sisters Gertrude, Carolyn, and Ruth, her brother John, her granddaughter, Amy, and her parents the Rev. J. A. Laney and Gertrude
Sherman Laney.
Jewell Gilliam was an enthusiastic member and past president of the Lubbock chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, the
professional honor society for women educators. She had also been a member of the Texas Association for Counseling and
Development,the Texas Retired Teachers Association, the Texas Tech University Century Club, and the Readers Club. She was a long
term member of the First Methodist Church, and more recently a member of St. John's Methodist Church of Lubbock.
Her funeral will be held at the United Methodist Church in Haskell Texas, at 10 AM, Thursday, July 26, followed by burial at Willow
Cemetery. A memorial service will be held for her in Lubbock at St. John's Methodist Church, at 2 PM Friday, July 27,2007.
Johnny B. Jiminez Sr.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Johnny Jiminez, 59, passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2007, in Iowa Park, Texas. A service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, at Abilene
Funeral Home Chapel of Hope, 3349 N. 12th Street with Pastor Pete Jimenez officiating. A visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday.
Mr. Jiminez was born March 20, 1948, in Hondo, Texas to Marcos Garza Jimenez and Mary Barrientes Jimenez.
Survivors include three sons, Johnny Jimenez, Jr. of Anson, Johnny Jimenez of Abilene and Michael DeLaCruz of Abilene; four
daughters, Dolores Jimenez, Mary Rose Macias and Margaret Jimenez, all of Anson and Casandra Jimenez of Loraine; two brothers,
Ruben Jimenez and Joe Jimenez, both of Abilene; a sister, Maria Zamora of Abilene; and 11 grandchildren.
Zelma B. Price
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Zelma B. Price, 90, of Rule, died Monday, July 23, 2007 in Sears Methodist Center, Abilene. A Graveside Service will be held 1:00pm,
Friday, July 27, 2007 at the Rule Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Robison Funeral Home, Rule.
Zelma was born on April 6, 1917 to Thomas B. and Floy McMeans of Rule, TX. She graduated from Rule High School and attended
Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. During World War II she served in the Women's Accepted for Volunteer
EmergencyServices (Waves Navy).
For several years Zelma owned and operated Zelma's Studio in Haskell. She was an active member of the First Prebysterian Church in
Haskell. In May of 1955 Zelma was married to Mouryce R. Price, a farmer in Haskell and Knox County, Texas. Zelma was preceded in
death by her husband, also by her parents and a brother, Thomas B. McMeans Jr. of Rule. She is survived by a sister, Zena Donahoo
of Abilene, Texas and by three nieces and nephews.
The family suggest that memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Haskell or to a charity of choice.
Paul Fulton Sims
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Paul Fulton Sims, age 63, of Abilene, passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2007, at his residence after a battle with cancer. Funeral services
will be at 2:30 pm Thursday, July 26, 2007 at Zion Lutheran Church with Rev. Clyde Kieshnick officiating, assisted by Rev. E. F.
Schoenborn of San Antonio. Burial will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park. Services are under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral
Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Paul was born on August 17, 1943 to parents Doyle Sims and Frances Kinnibrugh Sims. At a very early age his mother remarried and
Wesley Witt became his Dad. His late grandparents, Ernest and Helen Kinnibrugh, of Vera, always provided a favorite place to go to
the ranch as he was growing up. He was baptized as a young man in the Methodist faith. He attended schools in San Antonio and
graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1961.
He attended San Antonio College for a short time before his family moved to Lubbock where he met Darleene Dunning who was
attending Texas Tech University. In the summer of 1964, he worked for Jim Herb Drilling of Abilene. He married Darleene Dunning on
August 29, 1964 at Zion Lutheran Church in Abilene. While working for Cactus Drilling, they lived in Odessa, Lovington, NM, Lubbock
and Levelland. During this time Darleene graduated from Texas Tech and in 1967, Paul was "encouraged" by his father-in-law, Pete
Dunning to return to college to complete his degree. They moved to Abilene and he worked for Gideon/Threlkeld Heating & Air
Conditioning while attending classes at McMurry College and later Abilene Christian College. He also mowed yards, shod horses and
remodeled houses "on the side".
A daughter, Shelley Darleene was born December 5, 1969. He graduated from ACC in 1971 and had started work on a Masters
Program in Psychology.
From 1975 to 1985, Paul owned Chaparral Motors. In 1985, the family moved to Albany where he leased the Merrick Davis and Buck
Nail Ranches. He loved his family and friends, his cattle, his horses, and ranch life. Conservation upkeep and improvements of the
ranches were always of utmost importance. The hunters, who shared his knowledge of wildlife and the ranch, became good friends.
Abilene again became home in 1997. At the time of his death, Paul was employed by Bible Hardware, one of his favorite places for
many years. Paul was blessed with a genuine friendship of about 40 years with Jim Walraven. Jim lovingly nick-named him "Genius"
and many stories can be told and many more remembered.
Paul was preceded in death by his mother and daddy and in-laws, Pete and Alma Dunning. He is survived by his wife of 43 years,
Darleene, daughter, Shelley and son-in-law, John Hamilton, of Mansfield; his brothers, Bruce Sims, of San Antonio, and Leighton Witt
of Abilene; grandchildren, Blake Reid Boles, Evan Paul Hamilton and Macy Diane Hamilton, all of Mansfield, nieces Pam Witt of
Washington State and Tammy Witt of Abilene.
Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, 2801 Antilley Road, Abilene, Texas; Hendrick Hospice Care, 1682 Hickory Street,
Abilene, Texas 79601 or to the American Cancer Society, 209 South Danville, Building B, Suite 107, Abilene, Texas 79605.
Obituary and Guest Registry online: www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.net.com.
Marjorie Hendrick Urban
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Marjorie Hendrick Urban, of Abilene, passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at the age of 73. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on
Thursday, July 26, 2007 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, with Dr. Bob Monk, Rev. Bill Libby and Rev. Laird Cross officiating. Burial
will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery. Services are under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap
Road.
August 1, 1933, Marjorie was born the daughter of James Guy Hendrick and Ruby Lucille (McCleskey) Hendrick in Olden, Texas. She
graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. June 1, 1957, Marjorie married Walter Urban at St. Paul United
Methodist Church in Abilene, Texas. Walter served in the United States Air Force for 21 years, and during that time, Marjorie took great
interest in his career in the Air Force. She taught school in Druex, France.
The family returned to Abilene in 1974. Marjorie taught school at Fair Park Elementary and College Heights Elementary School. She
also volunteered in the library and in the music department at Bonham Elementary.
McMurry University was important to Marjorie because of Walter's affiliation with the school for 16 years. She loved her family and was
especially close to her grandchildren. Marjorie was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two infant daughters, Anne Lucille and Lisa Ann, and two sisters, Joyce Howell and Dorthea
Hendrick. Marjorie is survived by her husband, Walter Urban of Abilene; one son, Kurt Urban and his wife Debbie, of Abilene; one
daughter, Mary Bladel and her husband Lou, of Washington, D.C.; one brother, James Hendrick and his family, of Harker Heights,
Texas; one brother-in-law, Clifford Howell and his family; five grandchildren, Amber Urban, Kara Davila, Kerry Davila, Sam Bladel and
Joe Bladel; one great-grandchild, Casen Walker; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made in honor of Marjorie Urban to: St. Paul United Methodist Church Music Fund, 525 Beech, Abilene, Texas
79601; the Arthritis Foundation, 4300 MacArthur, Suite 245, Dallas, Texas 75209-6524; or to the American Diabetes Association, PO
Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
Obituary and Guest Registry online: www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
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Obits for Friday July 27, 2007
Billy Wayne Alexander
Friday, July 27, 2007
Billy Wayne Alexander, 70, formerly of Weinert, passed away July 25, 2007 in Bangs, Tx. A Graveside service will be held at the Plains
Cemetery, in Plains, TX, Friday, July 27, 2007 at 2:00 pm with Rob Harrison officiating. Billy Wayne was born January 28, 1937 in
Weinert, Tx to Leonard and Pearlie Alexander. He married Juanita Reams on June 9, 1957, she preceded him in death.
Billy Wayne attended Weinert High school and then moved to the High Plains area to be a cotton ginner. He later moved to Plains, TX
and was an electrician for Joe Kay Electric Company. He loved spending time with his kids and grandkids.
Survivors include two sons, Billy Wayne Alexander, Jr. of Rosesharon, Tx, James Lee Alexander of ElReno, OK, daughter, Jackie
Alexander of Guyman, OK, granddaughter, Kriston Alexander of Guyman, OK, grandson, Kody Alexander of Guyman, OK, brother,
Jimmy Alexander of Old Glory, TX and sister, Erlinda Mayfield of Weinert, TX.He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Juanita,
brother, Mavis Alexander and granddaughter, Kalie Alexander. He will be missed by all who knew him. The family request memorials
be made to Weinert Cemetery or Plains Cemetery.
Euell E. Allison
Friday, July 27, 2007
Euell E. Allison, 87, formerly of Carbon, passed away Tuesday morning, July 24, 2007 in Fort Worth. Services will be held at 10 A.M.
Friday at the First Baptist Church in Carbon. Burial will be in the Bear Springs Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home
in Eastland.
He was born Euell Edwin Allison to Edwin and Precillia (Barton) Allison on May 30, 1920 at Bear Springs, in Eastland County. He was a
1938 Carbon High School graduate and attended College in Ranger, Weatherford College, Grand Canyon Baptist College and Tarleton
University. Ten days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor he enlisted in the US Army serving in the Army Air Corps in the New Guinea
Campaign, and in America as a sheet metal worker in aircraft construction and repair. He received an Honorable Discharge on
November 3, 1945 as Tech Sergeant. He married Jenoise Lovell on August 30, 1942 in Baird. He worked for several aircraft
manufacturers in Phoenix and California after the war, ending up in Arlington, Texas. In 1959 he returned to Carbon where he raised
his children and joined the family farming and ranching business from which he retired in 1993. He also worked for a time as a
salesman for West Texas Produce and Hamner Funeral Home. Being a Christian and devoted to God, he helped start several Baptist
Churches in Arizona and Texas as well as seeing that his family was cared for spiritually. He currently was a member of the First
Baptist Church in Carbon and he encouraged his son, Alvie, in his ministry as well as his daughter, Ann, in her teaching career. He
enjoyed reveling in his family's activities including his grandchildren's ball games, ministries and music.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jenoise Allison of Eastland; son and daughter-in-law, Alvie and Linda Allison of Arlington;
daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Shane Lowrie of Cleburne; grandchildren, Adrienne Ingram, Stacia Miller, David Allison, Nathan
Lowrie and Kimera Lowrie; great-grandchildren, Micaela Ingram, Alyssa Ingram and Katelyn Miller.
Memorials may be made to the Carbon Community Center, P.O. Box 585, Carbon Texas 76435.
Bruce E. "Gene" Barber
Friday, July 27, 2007
Bruce E. "Gene" Barber, 79, died Thursday, July 26, 2007, at an Abilene medical center.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Faith, 5701 Hwy 277 South, officiated by Rev. Irby
Barber. Interment will be in Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Born in Edgewood, Texas on October 17, 1927, Gene was the son of Vera Ada (Thompson) and Beryl Clifford Barber. He served in the
U. S. Army Air Corps from February, 1946, to July, 1947. Mr. Barber was a retired Baptist minister, having served at several churches
in East Texas. He was a member of Valley View Baptist Church in Mesquite, Texas. In 1994 he moved from Tyler to Abilene, Texas.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Kirby Barber; a granddaughter, Christi Albritton; and a brother-in-law, Odell
Bryant.
Survivors include three daughters, Sheila Grooms and husband, Dickie, of Tyler, Sharon Walker and husband, Steve, of Channelview,
Texas, and Theresa Albritton and husband, Dr. Chris Albritton, of Abilene; grandchildren, Anthony Grooms, Stephanie Williams and
husband, Michael, Shannon Glaser and husband, John, Sharee' Walker, John David Walker and wife, Shelley, and Dawn Albritton; and
four great-granddaughters. Gene is also survived by a brother, Rev. Irby Barber of Edgewood, Texas; his twin sister, Imogene Bryant of
Terrell; and a sister-in-law, Wanda Barber of Garland.
Kenneth Adair Hanley
Fry-Bartlett Funeral Home
Friday, July 27, 2007
Kenneth Adair Hanley, 80, died Thursday, July 26, 2007, at his residence. Services will be Saturday, July 28, 2007, at 2:00 p.m., at Elm
Creek Baptist Church with the Reverend Ernie McClain officiating. Burial will be in Buffalo Gap Cemetery, directed by Fry-Bartlett
Funeral Home.
Kenneth was born December 6, 1929 in Winters to Clinton Adair Hanley and Mary Minerva Walden Hanley. He married Wanda Hicks
March 1, 1958, in Abilene. An electrician, he worked for several electrical contractors in Abilene including Royal Electric and Long
Electric. He was a member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for almost 50 years and retired in 1989. He lived in Potosi
a number of years, before moving to Tuscola in 2002. He was a member of Elm Creek Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandchild, and three great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife Wanda of Tuscola; two sons, Kerry Hanley and wife Beth of Abilene and Darrell Hanley and wife Martha of
Lawn; one daughter, Debra Carter of Buffalo Gap; one sister, Myrna Pruitt of Abilene; an uncle, Othel Walden of Beaumont; ten
grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Randall Ivy
Friday, July 27, 2007
Randall Ivy, age 73, passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2007, in the Coleman Medical Center, Coleman, Texas. Services will be held at
2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 28th, at the Parker Funeral Home Chapel in Baird, Texas, with David Stevens officiating. Interment will follow
in the Ross Cemetery Annex in Baird. Services are under the direction of Parker Funeral Home.
Randall was born April 4, 1934, in Cottonwood, Texas, to Cleo and Lucibel Mitchell Ivy. He had lived all his life in Baird, Texas, and was
retired from the Texas Departmentof Highways and Public transportation. He had served in the U.S.Army, and was a member of the
First Baptist Church of Baird, as well as the Shady Oaks Golf Association. He married Glenda Yeager on June 12, 1953, in Baird,
Texas. She preceded him in death on January 16, 2000.
Randall is survived by his mother, Lucibel Manion of Baird, Texas; his son Rodney Randall Ivy, and his wife Debbie, of Coleman,
Texas; two brothers, Felix Manion and Cleo Ivy, and one sister, Anita Tatum, all of Baird, Texas; two granddaughters, Lindsay Ivy of
College Station, Texas, and Allicyn Ivy of Fort Worth, Texas; one uncle, John "Ted" Ivy of Lake Havasu, Nevada, and a number of
nieces and nephews.
The family will be available for visitation at Randall's home in Baird beginning Friday.
Clara Gallagher Jones
Friday, July 27, 2007
Clara Gallagher Jones was born in Water Valley, Texas, March 29, 1911 to J. E. and Fannie Bell (Altum) Gallagher. Clara grew up in
Jayton, Texas, She graduated from Jayton High School in 1928 at which time she enrolled at Hardin-Simmons College where she
received her teacher's certificate in 1930.
She married Fred W. Jones in 1932. Fred and Clara had two children, Fred R. Jones and Jayne Ann Jones.
Clara was active in P.T.A. receiving a National Lifetime Certificate in 1935.
Fred and Clara moved to Abilene in 1948. Fred worked with the Texas Highway Department.
Clara taught adult Sunday School at Calvary Baptist Church for many years where she was a member for 55 years.
Clara was much loved by her son, Fred and his wife, Shirley, of Leander, Texas, her daughter, Jane and husband, Dennis, of Johnson
City, Texas, three grandsons, three granddaughters, nine great-grandchildren, and fourteen great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev Wayne Oglesby officiating. Interment will be in Elmwood
Memorial Park directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral
home.
Denver Newsom
Friday, July 27, 2007
Denver Newsom, 84, of Abilene, died Wednesday, July 25, 2007, at a hospital in Big Spring.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday in Cedar Hill Cemetery officiated by Rev. Mike Jones, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home,
542 Hickory.
The son of Beulah (Morris) and Charlie Thomas Newson, he was born in Dimmitt, Texas on September 14, 1922. He began his military
career with the U. S. Army and soon after joined the U. S. Air Force, serving his country for 23 years. He served in World War II and the
Korean Conflict as well as in Germany, France and Pakistan. He was discharged disabled in 1965.
He married Addie Mae in Oklahoma on February 12, 1973. Denver was a loving and devoted husband to Addie for 36 years. He was a
resident of Abilene for 30 years before moving to Odessa in 1999.He was a Baptist and a member of the D.A.V. Post 36 in Abilene.
He was preceded in death his wife, a brother, Raymond Newsom; two stepdaughters, Martha Sullivan and Deloris Bell; and one
granddaughter, Vickie Thomason.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Lester of Anderson, South Carolina and Dr. Gilda Howard Outz of Greenville, South Carolina; a
stepson, Jackie Skiles and wife, Debbie of Clyde; a stepdaughter, Wanda Notgrass of Odessa; seven grandsons; four granddaughters;
twenty great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 209 South Danville B-107, Abilene, TX 79605.
Louise Parmenter
Friday, July 27, 2007
Louise Parmenter passed away Thursday, July 26, 2007 at the age of 85.
Funeral services will be held at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Faith, 5701 Hwy 277 South, at 10 a.m. Saturday with Dr. Jeff Reid
officiating. Interment will be in the Brad Cemetery in Brad, Texas. The family will receive friends for visitation between 6 and 8 p.m.
today at the funeral home.
The daughter of the late Nancy Heath Stedman and Julius Stedman, she was born in Brad, Texas. Louise was a homemaker and
enjoyed playing golf.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Cougar, and two brothers, Cecil Stedman and Everett Stedman.
Louise is survived by two sisters, Mary Lou Crenshaw and Vera Jo Ballou, and one sister-in-law, Setsue Stedman, along with a number
of nieces and nephews.
Frances English Stanley
Friday, July 27, 2007
Frances English Stanley, of Abilene, passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at the age of 87. Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm on
Friday, July 27, 2007, in the chapel at First Baptist Church. Dr. Phil Christopher and Rev. Russell Stanley will officiate. Burial will follow
in Elmwood Memorial Park. Services are under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
March 10, 1920, Frances was born the daughter of Percy Forest English and Sadie (Boozer) English in Sweetwater, Texas. She
graduated from Sweetwater High School and attended TSCW, which is now TWU (Texas Women's University), for two years. She
graduated from McMurry University with a Bachelor of Education degree. She taught 5th grade at Bonham Elementary for 25 years.
June 13, 1940, Frances married H.C. Stanley in Sweetwater. He preceded her in death in 1994.
Abilene has been Frances home since 1947. She was past president of the Abilene Chapter of the American Retired Teachers
Association and a member of the National Association of Retired Teachers Association. Frances was an active member of First Baptist
Church and her Sunday school class.
Frances was a loving, kind, and compassionate lady. She was a caring and adoring mother and grandmother who loved her family
dearly.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, H.C. Stanley, and two brothers, Armand English and Leo English. She
was also preceded in death by her granddaughter, Stephanie Dawn Stanley, on July 10, 2005. Frances is survived by one son, Richard
D. Stanley, M.D. and his wife Linda, of Abilene; three brothers, J.P. English and his wife Margie, of Lake Jackson, Texas, Waiford
English and his wife Jeanette, also of Lake Jackson, Texas, and Robert F. English and his wife Millie, of Marion, Texas; one sister,
Martha Jean Jones and her husband James, of Houston, Texas; two grandsons, Richie Stanley and his wife Gabby, of Abilene, and
Russell Stanley and his wife Lauren, of Rule, Texas; and two great-grandchildren, Alexis Stanley and Katie Stanley. She is also
survived by her loving, faithful canine companion, George Strait.
Dr. Charles Anderson, Dr. Mark Maberry, Dr. James R. Marshall, Dr. Robert Odgee, Dr. Randall Stockstill, Dieter Hutchinson, and
Michael Hanneman will serve as pallbearers.
Memorials may be made in honor of Frances Stanley to First Baptist Church, 1333 North 3rd Street, Abilene, Texas 79601; Hospice of
the Big Country, 4601 Hartford, Abilene, Texas 79605; or to Rescue the Animals, 4650 North 1st Street, Abilene, Texas 79603.
Obituary and Guest Registry online:
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Frances L. Sullivan
Friday, July 27, 2007
Funeral Services for Frances L. Sullivan, 85, of Bangs, Texas will be at 2P.M., Saturday July 28, 2007, in the Bangs First United
Methodist Church with Rev. Bobby Weathers and Rev Wayne Lewis officiating. Interment will follow in the Bangs Cemetery in Bangs,
Texas. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Friday July 27, 2007, at the Davis-Morris Funeral Home in Brownwood,
Texas.
She passed away Thursday, July 26, 2007, in the Brownwood Regional Medical Center in Brownwood, Texas.
Mrs. Sullivan was born October 10, 1921 in Blanket, Texas to Thomas Estley Levisay and Sallie McCulley Levisay.
Frances Louise Levisay graduated from Blanket High School in Blanket, Texas in 1938 as Valedictorian of her class. After attending
Howard Payne University for three years, she transferred to North Texas University in Denton where she graduated in 1942 with a
Bachelor of Science Degree in Homemaking. She taught Homemaking one year in Rochelle and then moved to Bangs, teaching
Homemaking for four years. She received her Masters of Education Degree from Howard Payne University in 1966.
She married the late Ben F. Sullivan, Jr. on December 28, 1946 in Blanket, Texas. Ben and Frances had three sons: Thomas James
Sullivan, born in 1947, Ben Charles Sullivan, born in 1950 and Harold Lyndon Sullivan, born in 1953. Ben and Frances lived in Bangs
their entire married life.
Frances did not teach school for a few years when her sons were young because she made being a mother and housewife her first
priority and she was absolutely wonderful in those roles. Later in 1962, when all the boys were in school, she went back to the school
room, teaching in the elementary school. She taught the sixth grade, the third grade and for the last twelve years of teaching, she
taught the fourth grade. She taught a total of 25 years, with 24 of those years being in the Bangs School System.
Frances held a Texas Real Estate License under her husband's Real Estate Agency. Frances and Ben were also involved in livestock
farming.
Frances was a member of the Omega Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary teacher society. She was a member of the Texas
Small Schools Association, and for several years she was a local building representative for Texas State Teachers Association and the
National Education Association. She was also a member of Retired Teachers Association.
In 1976, she was honored by being named as an outstanding elementary teacher and was listed as a member of Outstanding Leaders
in Elementary and Secondary Education. She was member of Bangs PTC organization. She was a member of Bangs Chapter 467 Order of the Eastern Star where she and Ben served as Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron in 1953-1954. She was an active member of
the Bangs First United Methodist Church where she served on many committees and boards during the years. She was also a member
of the United Methodist Women.
Throughout her life of various careers and interests, she was most proud of her husband and boys and later her grandchildren and
great-grandchildren. Survivors include children: Thomas James Sullivan and wife Barbara of Waco, TX; Ben Charles Sullivan and wife
Debbie of Keller, TX and Harold Lyndon Sullivan of Rainbow, TX; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren: Benjamin Dwight
Sullivan and wife Teresa and their sons, Hunter Jeffrey and Robert Benjamin Sullivan of Bruceville, TX; James Thomas Sullivan of
Plano, TX; Karen Marie Coakley and husband Major Darius Coakley and their children Ryan Theodore and Haley Marie Coakley of San
Deigo, CA; Dustin Charles Sullivan of Dallas, TX; Shawna Lynn Ross and her husband Joe Ross of Owasso, OK and Kendra Renee
Sullivan of Denton, TX. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Thomas Estley Levisay and Sallie McCulley Levisay and her husband, Ben F. Sullivan, Jr.
She was also preceded in death by her two sisters, Evelyn Levisay and Margaret Levisay and her two brothers, Thomas Levisay and
Byron "Pete" Levisay.
Dona Viola Bridges Tipton
Tankersley Fuenral Home
Friday, July 27, 2007
Dona Viola Bridges Tipton, 93, of Bixby, Oklahoma and formerly of Stamford passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2007 in Bixby,
Oklahoma. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jessie Morton officiating.
Burial will follow in the Highland Memorial Cemetery.
Dona Viola B ridges was born December 17, 1913 in Clara, TX. to Joseph William Bridges and Mary Savannah Pace Bridges. She
married William Alonzo (Bill) Tipton April 25, 1931 in Old Glory, Texas and celebrated more than seventy years of marriage before Bills
death in 2001.
Viola attended Old Glory school, was an accomplished seamstress and homemaker, working several years at the Western shirt factory
in Stamford. She was as member of the First Baptist Church and the Trinity Baptist Church in her later years.
She is survived by 3 daughters, Patsy J. Klabough and husband Ed of Bridgeport, TX, Polly Sue Wilson and husband James C. of
Denison, TX, and Shelly Paulus and husband Leland of Haskell, Oklahoma, 5 grandchildren, Dona A. Cleveland, Patty L. Morton, Mark
K. Buser and Kallyn and Gage Paulus, 8 great grandchildren, Ronnie Haynie, Tammie Acker, Anthony Bohot, Matthew, Alicia, and Allie
Morton, Cassandra and Kala Buser and 5 great great grandchildren, Blake Haynie, Kristin and Kayla Acker, Christin Bohot and Tyler W.
Stevenson.
The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home on Friday from 4:00 until 5:30 p.m.
Ozella R. Wilson
Friday, July 27, 2007
Ozella R. Wilson (Meme), an Abilene resident for 50 years, died on July 24, 2007. She was 91. Funeral arrangements were entrusted
to North's Funeral Home. The funeral will be held Saturday, 2:00 p.m., at King Solomon Baptist Church (Reverend McClendon, Pastor)
with Elder Tony Wilson providing the eulogy. Interment will follow at Elmwood Memorial Park under the direction of North's Funeral
Home. Visitation will be held Friday, July 27, from 6-7:30 p.m. also at North's Funeral Home, 242 Orange St.
Wilson was born in Chriesman, Texas on November 13, 1915. She was a faithful member of St Paul I.M.E. Church (Elder Victoria
Coffield, Pastor). She was a longtime homemaker.
Ms. Wilson was preceded in death by her husband, Nelson; son, Norman;
grandsons Curtis and Michael Wilson, and James Lowry.
She is survived by her children, Nelson Wilson and his wife Essie; Shirley Wilson Nowlin and her husband James; Marion Wilson
Burgess and her husband Gene; daughter-in-law, Rosa Wilson (all of Abilene); thirteen grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 12 greatgreat grandchildren; and one sister, Hattie Bell Ross, of Abilene, and one brother, T.J. Chriesman, of Midland, TX, and a host of nieces
and nephews.
Memorial donations may be sent to Greater Saint Paul Community Church, ATTN: Stewardess/Deaconess Board, 1710 Pasadena
Drive, Abilene, Texas, 79601.
Death Notices 07.27.07 Thursday, July 26, 2007
Karen Elizabeth Boggs
SWEETWATER -- Karen Elizabeth Boggs, 42, died Tuesday, July 24, 2007. Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at
the McCoy Chapel of Memories. Arrangements are by McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater.
John T. (Jack) Curtis
ROGERS, Ark. -- John T. (Jack) Curtis, 87, died Wednesday, July 25, 2007. Services are 1 p.m. Saturday at
Benton county Memorial Park Cemetery in Rogers, Ark. Arrangements are under the direction of Callison
Lough Funeral Home in Rogers, Ark.
Hurley James Estes
Hurley James Estes, 73, died Wednesday, July 25, 2007. Services will be noon Monday at Church of Jesus
Christ Latter Day Saints directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Highway 277 South. Visitation will be
10 a.m. until service time Monday at the church. Burial will be in Van Zandt Cemetery in Mountain Grove, Mo.
Frankie Dean "Bubby" Godfrey
Frankie Dean "Bubby" Godfrey, 62, died Wednesday, July 25, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at the
Oakwood Cemetery in Comanche.
Joyce Hawkins
HASKELL -- Joyce Hawkins, 85, died Thursday, July 26, 2007. Services are pending with Holden-McCauley
Funeral Home in Haskell.
Linda Hawkins
GORMAN -- Linda Hawkins, 59, died Monday, July 23, 2007. Graveside services are 1 p.m. today at Murray
Cemetery near Carbon.
Christine Hughitt
GOLDTHWAITE -- Christine Hughitt, 78, died Wednesday, July 25, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at the
Stacy-Wilkins Chapel in Goldthwaite. Burial will be at the Williams Ranch Cemetery in Mills County.
Visitation is 6-7 p.m Saturday at the Stacy-Wilkins Funeral Home.
Santiago Martinez Jr.
COLORADO CITY -- Santiago Martinez Jr., 79, died Wednesday, July 25, 2007. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m
with Rosary at 7 p.m. today at Kiker-Seale Funeral Home. Funeral Mass is 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Ann's Catholic
Church in Colorado City. Burial will be in Colorado City Cemetery.
Jerry Pierce
BRECKENRIDGE -- Jerry Pierce, 63, died Wednesday, July 25, 2007. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m.
Sunday at Morehart Mortuary Chapel. Burial will follow in the Breckenridge Cemetery under the direction of
Morehart Mortuary. Visitation will be 6-7 p.m. Saturday.
Florence Sheldon
GOLDTHWAITE -- Florence Sheldon, 88, died Wednesday, July 25, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at the
Stacy-Wilkins Chapel in Goldthwaite. Burial will be at the Hurst Ranch Cemetery in Star. Visitation is 7-9 p.m.
today at the Stacy-Wilkins Funeral Home.
Obits for Saturday July 28, 2007
Alva Joyce Hawkins
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Alva Joyce Hawkins, 85, of Haskell, passed away July 26, 2007 at Haskell Memorial Hospital.
A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, July 28, 2007 at Trinity Baptist Church with Brother Larry White officiating. Burial
will follow in Willow Cemetery under the direction of Holden-McCauley Funeral Home.
Joyce was born March 28, 1922 to Otto and Mamie Vaughn in Nacona, TX. She married John William Hawkins in Weinert on March 17,
1939. He preceded her in death in December 1995. Joyce was a homemaker and above all a mother, grandmother and great
grandmother to a family who cherished her.
Joyce was also a member of Trinity Baptist Church.
She is survived by: sons, James Dalton Hawkins and wife, Shirley of Wichita Falls, Gary Lee Hawkins and wife, Vickie of Haskell,
Glendon Ray Hawkins of Haskell, Johnny Von Hawkins and wife, Cathy of Weir, Bobby Don Hawkins and wife, Darlene of
Lewisville,Sammy Shawn Hawkins and wife, Peggy of Aspermont; and daughters: Darlene Sue Conn of Haskell, Margaret Ella Tatum
of Haskell, Floradean Cockrell and husband, Phillip of Abilene; brother, Glenn Dolan Vaughn and wife, Karon of Panhandle; son-in-law,
Garry Hufhinesof Dimmitt, sister-in-law, Tiny Vaughn of Anson; 26 grandchildren, 51 great grandchildren and 2 great-great
grandchildren.
Joyce was preceded in death by: her parents; husband John William Hawkin;, sons Clayton Hawkins, Curtis Hawkins, and Joe
Hawkins; daughter, Yuvonne Hufhines; brothers Clifton Vaughn and DeWayne Vaughn; grandson Robert Hawkins.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Baptist Church or Haskell Memorial Hospital Auxillary.
Jackie Lynn McDonald
Lorne and Sons Funeral Home
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Jackie Lynn McDonald, age 70, of Jupiter, Florida passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2007.
Born in Merkel, Texas, Jackie worked the land with his surviving mother, Eula Dude Sumpter Hantsche and now deceased step-father
Fritz Hantsche.
He served honorable in the United States Army and a 32nd degree Scottish Free Mason, AMARA Shriner with the blue lodge of Palm
Beach County and Valley of El Paso in Texas. Jackie was a proud Texas and had a heart of gold.
He is also survived by his daughter, Stacy Land Fontes and his four beloved grandchildren: Danielle, Keith, Nicole and Chelsea Fontes;
cousins, Jan and Bobby Lemons of Colorado City, Texas and Mrs. Willis of Grand Prairie, Texas.
He will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved him, until we meet again.
A memorial services will be held on Thursday, August 2, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church of Sweetwater, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Memorial Fund.
Death Notices 07.28.07 Friday, July 27, 2007
Harold G. Brown
Harold G. Brown, 60, died Thursday, July 26, 2007. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday in Elliott-Hamil
Garden of Memories, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Highway 277 South.
Raymond Fredrick Brown
Raymond Fredrick Brown, 90, died Friday, July 27, 2007. Arrangements are pending with Elliott-Hamil
Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Raymond Fredrick Brown
BAIRD -- John E. "Jack" Browning, 82, died Friday, July 27, 2007. Graveside services are 2 p.m. Monday in
Ross Cemetery, directed by Parker Funeral Home.
Evelyn H. Dickson
Evelyn H. Dickson, 73, died Tuesday, July 24, 2007. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today in Greenleaf
Cemetery under the direction of Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
Zena Donahoo
Zena Donahoo, 84, died Friday, July 27, 2007. Arrangements are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home,
542 Hickory.
Christine Hughitt
GOLDTHWAITE -- Christine Hughitt, 78, died Wednesday, July 25, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at the
Stacy-Wilkins Chapel in Goldthwaite with burial in Williams Ranch Cemetery in Mills County. Visitation is 5
to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Van Lee Luttrell
WILMER -- Van Lee Luttrell, 87, formerly of Cisco, died Wednesday, July 25, 2007. Services are 3 p.m. today
at Grove Hill Funeral Home in Dallas.
Effie Gertrude McNeely
KERRVILLE -- Effie Gertrude McNeely, 79, formerly of Crews, died Thursday, July 26, 2007. Services are 3
p.m. Sunday at Winters Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be in Crews Cemetery. Visitation is 6 p.m. today at
the funeral home.
Elizabeth G. 'Betty' Moyer
Elizabeth G. "Betty" Geddes Moyer, 81, died Friday, July 27, 2007. Arrangements are being made by ElliottHamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. Services will be held at a later date.
Jill Robbins
Jill Robbins died Friday, July 27, 2007. Graveside services are 11 a.m. Monday in the Staley Cemetery in
Brownwood. Visitation is 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Virginia Ruth Smith
CANYON LAKE -- Virginia Ruth Smith, 80, died Thursday, July 26, 2007. Graveside services are 2 p.m. today
in the Union Cemetery, Comanche County, directed by Comanche Funeral Home.
Michael Burch Watson III
ABILENE -- Michael Burch Watson III, 56, formerly of Stamford, died Thursday, July 26, 2007. Arrangements
are pending with Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home in Stamford.
Howard Clyde 'Sandy' Wesson Jr.
BROWNWOOD -- Howard Clyde "Sandy" Wesson Jr., 59, died Friday, July 27, 2007. Services are 10 a.m.
Monday at the Central United Methodist Church with burial at 3 p.m. in the Midlothian Cemetery, Midlothian,
directed by Netherton Funeral Home of Brownwood.
Bonnie White
Bonnie White, 74, died Friday, July 27, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church
with burial in the Buffalo Gap Cemetery. Visitation is 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at The Hamil Family Funeral Home,
6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Obits for Sunday July 29, 2007
John E. Browning
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Baird, Texas - John E. "Jack" Browning, age 82, passed away Friday, July 27, 2007, at Canterbury Villa Nursing Home in Baird, Texas.
Graveside services will be held Monday, July 30, at Ross Cemetery in Baird, Texas, with Rev. Sandra Keith officiating. Services are
under the direction of Parker Funeral Home in Baird, Texas.
Jack was born on January 26, 1925, in Baird, Texas, to Frank and Nitea Mimms Browning. He attended Baird schools before joining the
U. S. Navy where he served both in World War II and in the Korean Conflict. He lived in Houston for ten years before returning to Baird
where he lived the rest of his life. He was a diesel mechanic and also farmed. Jack married Dorothy Weber in February 1974 in
Houston, Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Browning of Baird, Texas; one stepson, Jerry Browning of Fort Worth, Texas; one stepdaughter,
Debbie Booth of Edmond, Oklahoma; two nephews and three nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Earl, Elbert and James, and his sister, Bessie Mae Borden
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Hurley James Estes
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Cross Plains, Texas - Hurley James Estes, 73, died Wednesday, July 25, 2007, at an Abilene medical center.
Services will be at noon Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Hwy 277
South. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until service time Monday at the church. Burial will be at noon in Vanzant Cemetery in Vanzant,
Missouri. Viewing will be 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, 315 North Main, Mountain Grove, Missouri preceding the
burial.
Hurley James Estes was born September 17, 1933, in Vanzant, Missouri, to Fannie and Everette Estes. He passed away from injuries
sustained in a farming accident in Abilene, Texas. Hurley grew up in the Ozark mountains surrounding Mountain Grove. After
graduating from Mountain Grove High School, he joined the Army. Following his military service, Hurley joined his brother Doc working
for Hood Construction Company. They installed natural gas pipe from Idaho to California. While working in Idaho, he married Nyla
Hegstrom with whom he had two daughters. They later divorced. Hurley moved to southern California where he met and married
Geraldine Zakarian. She passed away in 2004. Hurley retired in 1998 from ARB Welding and Construction. He enjoyed being able to
spend time with his daughters and grandchildren. Hurley lived the last five years of his life in Cross Plains, Texas, where he joined the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Hubert and sister, Lorene Coffman.
Hurley is survived by his daughters, Annie {Darin} Christensen, of Magna, Utah, Carla {Kent} Payne, of Yorktown, Virginia, their
younger sister, Tina {Alan} Summers, of Aberdeen, Idaho, his grandchildren, Cameron, Joshua, Hailey, Colter, Jacob, Dakota,
Christian, Cara, Elizabeth, Conner, and Sydney; his brother, Doc {Ella} Estes of California; sisters, Alline Nielson of Missouri and Lillian
Rico of Arkansas; and special friend D. T. {Mary} Crockett of Abilene.
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MRS. Elizabeth G. Moyer
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Elizabeth G. (Betty) Geddes Moyer, 81, died Friday, July 27, 2007, at Windcrest Alzheimer's Care Center in Abilene.
Her body will be cremated. Services will be held at a later date in Amsterdam, New York.
Betty was born August 10, 1925, to Edith {Topping} and Joseph Andrew Geddes in Amsterdam, New York, where she lived most of her
life. She was employed by the General Electric Company in Schenectady, New York, for approximately 30 years. Betty moved to Palm
Harbor where she lived for nine years. She moved to Abilene in May, 2001. Betty was a Presbyterian.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Edith Geddes; her sister, Norma E. Fisher {Geddes}; and her husband, George
Moyer.
Survivors include her brother-in-law, Charles R. Fisher; nieces, Claudia Oliphant and Maureen Prim, both of Abilene; and Alicia Detar of
Benson, Arizona; several great-nieces and great-nephews, and cousins.
The family wishes to thank the staff and personnel at Windcrest for the fine care they gave Betty over the years and hospice for their
loving support
Leatrice Joy Reeves
Mansell-Smith Funeral Home
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Knox City, Texas - Leatrice Joy Reeves, 81, of Rochester, died Friday, July 27, 2007, at Rochester Residential Care in Rochester.
A Funeral Service will be held 10 a.m., Monday, July 30, 2007, at the First Baptist Church, Knox City, with Rev. Gayle Baucum
officiating. Burial will follow in the Knox City Cemetery under the direction of Mansell - Smith Funeral Home, Knox City.
A visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday evening at the funeral home.
Leatrice was born August 25, 1925, in Rochester, the daughter of the late Henry Jake Qualls and Bertha Mae Hudsbeth Qualls. On
November 27, 1942, she married Charles "Chock" Reeves, Sr., in Crowell, Texas. He preceded her in death on November 23, 2000.
Mrs. Reeves worked for the Pink Ladies Association and for Knox County Hospital for several years. She was a member of the Retired
Teachers Association and the First Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three sisters and two brothers.
She is survived by: sons, Charles Reeves, Jr. and wife, Linda of Ft. Worth, Bobby Reeves and wife, Cathy of Lubbock, daughter, Kay
Fannin and husband, Gary of Chico, brother, Durwood Qualls and wife, Joyce of Lake Stamford, sister-in-law, Clarie Qualls of Corpus
Christi; 5 grandchildren Charlotte Reeves, Jacob Reeves, Casey Proffitt, Bobby Kristopher Reeves, Courtney Reeves, step
granddaughter, Angela Stewart, four great grandchildren, three step great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and a host of
friends.
Jill Robbins
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Mrs. Jill Robbins, a resident of Abilene for many years, died on Friday, July 27, 2007.
She was born in Bowie, Texas on October 9, 1906 to Zara and Mary Ann (Staley) Chisholm, growing up in a large family. As an adult
she worked for the Bell Telephone Company, moving to Abilene in 1960 to be near her sisters after the death of her husband, Claude
Robbins. She was employed by the Abilene State School until her retirement in 1970. At the time of her death she was a resident of
Sears Methodist Center.
Jill was a warm, loving, caring person filled with fun and laughter. She loved her family greatly, loved her friends, enjoyed her home,
reading, maintained a prodigious correspondence over the years with family members and friends. She was a gifted writer, keeping
journals for over 50 years. Jill was the family historian, keeping up with each and everyone. She was a faithful Christian, a member of
the North Park Church of Christ. Living and sharing her faith daily, she was a beautiful inspiration and Christian example for all.
Although she never had children of her own, she had dozens of "family" children to love through the years and was adored by all of her
nieces, nephews and cousins. Jill leaves a legacy of love to her family, friends and all who were privileged to know "Aunt Jill."
She is survived by her four nieces: Carolyn Freeman and husband, Glen, of Abilene; Jack Elizabeth Chisholm of Abilene; Bette Frost of
Mt. Vernon, Illinois; Jacque Holland and husband, Scotty, of Houston, Texas, and numerous great and great-great nieces and
nephews.
Mrs. Robbins will be laid to rest beside her parents, grandparents and many other relatives in the historical Staley Cemetery, a
beautiful, old cemetery that was deeded to Brown County in 1904 by her grandfather, George W. Staley.
There will be a visitation from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 29, 2007, at the Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory in Abilene.
Graveside services will be held in the Staley Cemetery, Brownwood, Texas, at 11 a.m. Monday, July 30, with Wayne Goforth officiating.
Pallbearers will be Scotty Holland, David Holland, Terry Holland, Jack Chisholm, George Chisholm, Glen Freeman and Glen Freeman,
Jr.
We wish to give heartfelt thanks to the wonderful "family" caregivers of Sears Methodist Center, who cared for her with such love.
Jerldene (Jerry) Stone
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Jerldene (Jerry) Stone, 76, passed away July 28, 2007, at Abilene Regional Medical Center after a sudden illness.
Jerry is survived by her sisters, Alma Bolin, Iva Wester, and Wanda Enis, all of Abilene, and Juven Cain of Little Elm, Texas; and
brothers, Billy Stone of Odessa, Virgil Stone of Boerne, and R. V. Stone of Wichita Falls.
Graveside services will be Monday, July 30, 2007, at 2 p.m. in Henrietta, Texas. Arrangements are under the direction of Elliott-Hamil
Funeral Home of Abilene and Davis Funeral Home of Henrietta.
James Webb
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Abilene, Texas - James Webb was born February 15, 1920, in Haskell, Texas to the union of John and Arizona Webb. He received his
formal education in Haskell. He was one of three sons born to this union.
James professed Christ as his personal savior at an early age. He was drafted into the US Army and honorably discharged during
World War II. He spent many years living in Far Bar, CA before relocating here to Abilene in the early '90s. He was ordained a Deacon
at his church in Far Bar, Calif.
Deacon Webb held a membership at several churches in Abilene, but was currently a member at New Fellowship Baptist Church, under
the leadership of his son Rev. Dr. James W. Webbs.
Deacon Webb departed this life for life eternal on Monday July 23, 2007, at Hendrick Hospice following an extended illness.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Willie and Rathell.
He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted son, Rev. Dr. James W. Webbs and his wife, Rhonda Kay of Abilene, Texas; Six
grandchildren, Debra Sue Jones, Ronnie Lewis and Cynthia Johnson, all of Dallas, Texas, James W. Webbs, Jr., and Sharon Elaine
"Nicki" Ray, both of Odessa, Texas and Jasmine Racquel
Webbs of Abilene, Texas; Eleven great-grandchildren; a niece, Alice Cooper of Fort Worth, TX; and many other nephews, nieces,
cousins, other relatives, church family and friends.
There will be a visitation for family and friends Sunday evening at the New Fellowship Baptist Church from 6 to 8 p.m.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, July 30, 2007, at the New Fellowship Baptist Church under the direction of Girdner Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Dallas National Cemetery.
Chester Elmer Woody
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Chester Elmer (Chuck) Woody, age 93, of Abilene, formerly of Cottonwood, went home to be with the Lord on Friday,
July 27, 2007.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, 2007, at Higginbotham Chapel in Cross Plains with Bob Pipes officiating. Burial
will follow in the Cross Plains Cemetery in Cross Plains, Texas.
Masonic Graveside Rites will be conducted by Abilene Masonic Lodge #559 as a courtesy of Cross Plains Lodge #627.
He was born to James Anthony Woody and Molly Ann (McBride) Woody in Taylor County, Texas. He married Dottie B. Young in
Coleman in October 1935 and she died in March 1985. He then married Elva May Dick in August 1986, and she died in July 2001. He
was a member of the Church of Christ, Woodman of World, and Masonic Lodge #627. He was a father, farmer, Mason, and musician.
He built airplanes, a happy home, and a productive farm. Among many other things he always looked for many ways to help the
community. He was a wonderful 42 player. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include one son, Allen, of Abilene, Texas; one granddaughter, Victoria Woody, of Abilene, Texas.
HIGGINBOTHAM
FUNERAL HOME
CROSS PLAINS, TEXAS
254-725-6153
Death Notices 07.29.07 Saturday, July 28, 2007
Terry Lynn Arnold
SNYDER -- Terry Lynn Arnold, 53, died Thursday, July 26, 2007. Graveside services are 11 a.m. Monday in
Cottonwood Flats Cemetery, Scurry County, directed by Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home.
Jean Burnett
STAMFORD -- Jean Burnett died Friday, July 27, 2007. Services are pending with Tankersley Funeral Home.
Richard M. Carleton
DALLAS -- Richard M. Carleton, 60, died Friday, July 27, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. Monday at First Baptist
Church in Blanket with burial in Proctor Cemetery. Visitation is 3 to 5 p.m. today at Heartland Funeral Home of
Comanche.
Zena Donahoo
Zena Donahoo, 84, died Friday, July 27, 2007. Graveside services are 10 a.m. Wednesday in Elliott-Hamil
Garden of Memories Cemetery, 5701 Highway 277 South. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Elliott-Hamil
Chapel of Faith.
Veleri Madeline Dunn
SNYDER -- Veleri Madeline Dunn, 88, died Friday, July 27, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. today at Calvary Baptist
Church with burial in Hillside Memorial Gardens Cemetery, directed by Wright Colonial Funeral Home.
Francisco (Frank M.) Guerrero
SWEETWATER -- Francisco (Frank M.) Guerrero, 69, formerly of Arlington, died Thursday, July 26, 2007.
Holy Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Rosary is 7
p.m. today at Cate-Spencer and Trent Funeral Home chapel.
Theresa 'Terry' Hannagan Hall
Theresa "Terry" Hannagan Hall, 81, died Saturday, July 28, 2007. Services are pending with The Hamil Family
Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Helen Hickman
ASPERMONT -- Helen Hickman, 71, died Friday, July 27, 2007. Services are pending with McCoy Funeral
Home of Aspermont.
James B. Little
ABILENE -- James B. Little, 89, died Friday, July 27, 2007. Services are 1 p.m. Monday at Calvary Baptist
Church in Abilene. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Winters at 3 p.m. under the direction of Winters
Funeral Home.
Victor Eugene Shores Jr.
PALESTINE -- Victor Eugene Shores Jr., 60, died Saturday, July 28, 2007. Graveside services are 11 a.m.
Monday in De Leon Cemetery directed by Nowlin Funeral Home of De Leon.
Michael Burch Watson III
ABILENE -- Michael Burch Watson III, 56, formerly of Stamford, died Thursday, July 26, 2007. Services are
10 a.m. Monday at Central Presbyterian Church in Stamford. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial
Cemetery. Visitation is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home in Stamford.
Emzie Woodard
BIG SPRING -- Emzie Woodard, 86, died Friday, July 27, 2007. Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle &
Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Obits for Monday July 30, 2007
Raymond Brown
Monday, July 30, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Raymond Brown, age 90, went to be with the Lord on Friday, July 27, 2007, after a battle with cancer. He will be
placed to rest in Shelton, Connecticut.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, July 31, 2007, at 11 a.m. at Riverview Funeral Home, 390 River Road, Shelton, Connecticut.
Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery. The family will receive friends at a visitation 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday before the memorial
service.
Raymond Brown was born in Kentishtown, England, on October 14, 1916. He served with the British Army during World War II and
participated in the D Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy with the Allied Forces. After being wounded three days after the
invasion began, he was sent home to England. Raymond married Margaret Wood in June of 1943 in Belfast, Ireland and remained a
faithful caring husband until the time of her passing in February, 2002.
Raymond left England in 1956 and after briefly living in Canada, he moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1958. He lived in Connecticut
for 45 years. In November, 2003, he moved to Abilene, Texas to live with a son. Raymond had a passion for soccer and gardening. He
dreamed of his beloved English international team winning a World Cup or European Cup. Raymond played soccer at an amateur level
in his younger days.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Brown and his sister, Gladys.
Survivors include one daughter, Kathy Barnum of Trumbull, Connecticut; three sons, and their wives, David and Cathy Brown of
Charleston, South Carolina, Pete and Alba Brown of Abilene, Texas, and Tony and Mary Brown of Derby, Connecticut. Raymond has
twelve grandchildren.
The Family extends thanks to Hospice of the Big Country for their loving care of Raymond during his last days.
Wanda Jean Burnett
Monday, July 30, 2007
Stamford, Texas - Wanda Jean Burnett, 74, of Stamford, passed away on Friday, July 27, 2007, in Richardson, Texas.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Stamford with Rev. Calvin Gray officiating. Burial will follow in
the Fairview Cemetery in Tuxedo under the direction of Tankersley Funeral Home of Stamford.
Wanda Jean was born November 21, 1932, in Tuxedo to Ira and Ollie Mae Agnew Treadwell. She was a lifetime resident of the area.
She taught grade school for over 42 years. She was a homemaker, a member of the 1st Baptist Church, the Stamford Music Club and
the Pierian Club.
She is survived by two sons: Walt Burnett of Abilene, John Burnett and wife Laura of Allen, Texas; one brother John T. and Lezle
Treadwell of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and three grandchildren, Kelley Burnett, Gerald Burnett and Erin Burnett.
Zena Donahoo
Monday, July 30, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Zena Donahoo, age 84, of Abilene, Texas died on Friday, July 27, 2007.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 1, 2007, in Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories Cemetery, 5701 Highway
277 South, Abilene, Texas. The family will receive friends at a visitation at Elliott-Hamil Chapel of Faith, Tuesday, July 31, 2007,
between 6 and 8 p.m.
Zena was born August 3, 1922, at Rule, Texas, to Floy and Thomas B. McMeans. Zena had been a resident of Abilene, Texas since
1956. She enjoyed her life as a homemaker, her friendships with neighbors, and her fellowship with those she met while working at
Minters. Zena was passionate about gardening and making a home for her husband and children. She loved her children,
grandchildren, and great-grandchildren dearly. Zena enjoyed watching all girls' sports, especially girls' softball, a sport she played as a
young person. Zena was a member of Woodlawn Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Nelson F. Donahoo; one brother, T. B. McMeans; and one sister, Zelma
McMeans Price.
Zena is survived by one son, Nelson F. Donahoo, Jr. and his wife, Linda, of Plano, Texas; two daughters, Donnie Da Butler and Angela
Avery and her husband, James, all of Abilene, Texas; three grandchildren, Greg Butler and his wife, Betsy, of Ft. Riley, Kansas; Philip
Donahoo and his wife, Gwen, of Lake Land, Florida; Azure Avery of Denver, Colorado; and four great-grandchildren, James Butler,
Hannah Butler, Tanner Donahoo, and Hayden Donahoo.
Memorials may be made in memory of Zena Donahoo to Hendrick Hospice Care, P. O. Box 1922, Abilene, Texas 79604.
The family would like to thank the staff of SMRG and Hendrick Hospice for their care of Mrs. Donahoo.
Ruby Margaret Ekdahl
Tankersley Funeral Home
Monday, July 30, 2007
Rockdale - Ruby Margaret Ekdahl, 89, of Rockdale passed away on Sunday July 29, 2007, at the Community Care Center in Stamford.
The family will be receiving friends at the Tankersley Funeral Home on Monday from 6 until 7 p.m. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m.
Tuesday July 31, 2007, at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Ericksdahl with Rev. Pete Weist officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethel
Lutheran Church Cemetery.
Ruby was born May 27, 1918, in the Rockdale community in Shackelford County to Joseph and Josephine McLennan Bean. She
attended Rockdale and Berryhill Schools and graduated from Stamford High School in 1936. She married Lawrence Ekdahl on January
1, 1946, at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Ericksdahl. She was a homemaker, a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church, and the
Berryhill Quilting Club.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Lawrence Ekdahl of Rockdale; one daughter, Mary Guenthner and husband Larry of
Warner Robins, Ga.; two sons, Royce Ekdahl and wife LaVerne of Lubbock and Wayne Ekdahl and wife Sylvia of Stamford; seven
grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and one sister-in-law, Billie Bean of Stamford.
Theresa "Terry" Hall
Monday, July 30, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Terry Hall passed away at her home on July 28, 2007, surrounded by her loving family.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31, 2007, at the Church of the Heavenly Rest, Episcopal. The Reverend J. Scott
Mayer and The Reverend Mary Glover will officiate. Burial will follow in the Buffalo Gap Cemetery. Services are under the direction of
The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Born on February 22, 1926, in Penfield, Illinois, she was a graduate of St. Mary's University in Notre Dame, Indiana, with a degree in
Liberal Arts. Terry moved to Abilene in 1951 from New York.
A member of the Church of the Heavenly Rest, Episcopal, Terry was a woman of great faith. Terry was a dynamic Abilenian. She was
an active member of the Junior League and one of the first volunteers of the West Texas Rehabilitation Center. As a member of the
Cotillion Club, she chaired many debutant balls. She supported the Grace Museum and was proud to be a founding member of the
Center for Contemporary Arts, serving on its board of directors, and in later years becoming an accomplished artist herself. Always
impeccable, Terry was selected as one of Abilene's Best Dressed Women. Terry also served on the board of Hendrick's Hospital. She
was a real estate broker and co-owned the real estate company "Those Two Ladies" with Frances Gordon. Terry and husband Elbert
(E.E.) had a great love of travel. She especially loved to visit Paris, and was distinguished by breaking her arm on the Great Wall of
China on one of their many adventures.
She shared, with all who knew her, a tremendous love that is evidenced by the devoted family and friends she leaves behind. She is
now reunited with her beloved husband, Elbert E. Hall, and her many brothers and sisters. She is survived by her loving family: her
sisters, Peg Kennedy, of Abilene and Florence Whalen, of Penfield, Illinois; her brother, Gordon Hannagan, of Penfield, Illinois; her
children, Susan Parker and husband Terry, of Austin, Bobby Deegan and wife Cindy, of Abilene, and Nancy Deegan-Morton, also of
Abilene; Jean Deegan, of Austin, Carol Hall and husband Leonard Majzlin, of New York, Ann Hall, also of New York, and Jane Hall, of
Washington, D.C. Her grandchildren are: Kimberly Deegan-Morton, of Abilene, Jennifer Deegan and husband Zach Richards, of Austin,
Robert H. Deegan, III, of San Francisco, California, John Michael Deegan, of College Station, Texas, Gracie Deegan, of Abilene, Emily
Hall, of Washington D.C., Susan Blinkoff and husband Jordan Corngold, of Los Angeles, California, and Daniel Blinkoff, also of Los
Angeles; and Gigi's great-grandson, Wally Corngold, of Los Angeles. Terry is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and countless
dedicated friends.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Tittle, John Shelton, Fred Lee Hughes, Frank Pugh, Tom Choate, Jim Alexander, Zane Travis, and Bill
Minter.
The family of Terry Hall would like to thank Terry Nelson, Ritzy Hodges, Michelle McArthur, Macayla Carrol, and Carrie Henson for their
compassion and kindness through the last year and a half.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Center for Contemporary Arts, 220 Cypress Street, Abilene, Texas, 79601, or to the
Church of the Heavenly Rest, Episcopal, 602 Meander Street, Abilene, Texas, 79602.
Obituary and Guestbook online at:
www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
James B. Little
Winters Funeral Home
Monday, July 30, 2007
Abilene, Texas - James B. Little, 89, of Abilene died Friday night, July 27, 2007, in Hendrick Medical Center.
He was born December 17, 1917, in Hallettsville, Texas, and came to Winters as a child and grew up in Winters. He attended college at
Texas A&M and served in the U.S. Air Force retiring after 22 years in 1971 and was in the reserves for nine years. He married Melba
Thomas on July 7, 1942, in Winters. They moved to Abilene where he worked in the water department for the city. Retiring in 1981,
they lived in Weatherford for a while and returned to Abilene. He was a member of Calvary Baptist church in Abilene.
Survivors are: his wife, Melba Little of Abilene; one daughter, Melissa Little Windham of Abilene; two grandsons, Joseph and John
Michael; one granddaughter, Jayme and husband, Clif Pittman of Weatherford;
1 great grandson, Xzavier; one great granddaughter, Autumn;
Special cousin, Lucille Gowin of Abilene; Special Friends, Keith and Suzanne Meredith;
Many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to Thank, Dr. David Randell and his nurses Lisa, Juanita and Christy for their wonderful care and compassion.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Calvary Baptist Church in Abilene with Rev. John Tunnel officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview
Cemetery in Winters at 3 p.m. under the direction of the Winters Funeral Home.
Kathryn "Kay" Sanders
Monday, July 30, 2007
Clyde, Texas - Kay Sanders passed away in Clyde, Texas, on Sunday, June 29, 2007.
Services will be held on Tuesday, July 31, 2007, at 10 a.m. in North's Memorial Chapel with Bill Luttrell officiating. The family will
receive friends prior to the service on Tuesday, from 9 to 10 a.m.
She was born October 13, 1925, in Bomarton, Texas, to Guy and Pearl Shipley. She married D.C. Sanders in 1941. She began her
nursing career in Seymour, Texas, and later lived in Odessa, Big Spring, Stamford, Huntsville and Alvin, Texas. She was a devoted
nurse for 42 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers and three sisters.
She is survived by her sister, Lorene Counts and brother, Winford Shipley. One niece, Sandra Hamm and husband Kevin; great-niece,
Tracie Anderson and husband Doug; great-nephew, Todd Johnson and wife Sandra and many other nieces, nephews and cousins.
Online condolences may be made at www.northsfuneralhome.com.
Michael Burch Watson III
Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home
Monday, July 30, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Michael Burch "Mike" Watson, III, 56, of Abilene, formerly of Stamford, passed away Thursday, July 26, 2007, at an
Abilene hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, July 30, 2007, at Central Presbyterian Church in Stamford with Rev. Larry Black
officiating. Interment will follow in Highland Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home in Stamford.
Mike was born on February 19, 1951, in Dallas. He grew up in Stamford graduating from Stamford High School. Mike attended
University of Texas where he studied business. He then transferred to Texas Tech University and received his Bachelor's Degree in
Business Administration. Mike later attended St. Mary's Law School in San Antonio obtaining his Law Degree. He served as assistant
District Attorney for Taylor County for several years and then opened a private practice in Abilene. Mike also served on the board for
the Meals on Wheels program in Abilene. Mike loved the outdoors having a special passion for hunting and golfing.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Doris Jobe Watson Kirkland; father, Hubert L. Watson; and step-father, James Kirkland.
Surviving Mr. Watson are son, Michael B. "Chipper" Watson, IV; sister, Melissa "Missy" Watson Lomax and husband Gayle of Santa
Fe, New Mexico; nephew, Colin Jones of Monahans; niece, Cozy Jones and great-niece Ayva Marie Montoya of Shawnee, Oklahoma;
and special friend, Tina Lawler of Abilene.
Memorials may be made in honor of Mr. Watson to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312.
Bonnie Lou White
Monday, July 30, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Bonnie Lou Ellinger White joined with her Lord in His Humble Abode on Friday July 27, 2007, at the age of 74. Her
battle with cancer lasted over 13 years, and she was finally victorious and joined the Lord with a smile, while surrounded by her loving
family.
Bonnie Lou Ellinger was born to John Henry and Dana Ruth Ellinger of Buffalo Gap, Texas, on October 3, 1932. Her grandparents were
the first to build a home and settle in Taylor County. She grew up in a cattle and sheep ranching family and endured country life
throughout her childhood. She attended Wylie School from first grade through her graduation. After graduating Drone's Business
School, Bonnie was employed by Paymaster and West Texas Wholesale.
Bonnie met Roy Earl White at the soda fountain in Barnes and Williams Drug Store and so began a life with a man she would love and
cherish for over 53 years. They eloped on April 10, 1954, to Villa AcuГ±a, Mexico and were wed at the famous "Ma Crosby's," where
they also spent their honeymoon. She wore a beautiful powder blue dress of linen with navy accessories on that cherished day. Bonnie
continued to work for a few years before focusing on her children whom she truly loved. She was a charter member of Pioneer Drive
Baptist Church with Roy and stayed actively involved with the church during her 54 year membership. Teaching Sunday School and
witnessing the Lord to all were only a few of her achievements.
Bonnie was a 4-H leader that taught sewing. A member of PTO for 24 years, Bonnie was also Wylie Booster Club Treasurer during her
16 year membership. These were only a few ways she actively supported her children's education. She Volunteered at Hendrick
Hospital Auxiliary for 20 years, achieving a 2,000-hour pin. She also volunteered for Meals on Wheels for 12 years. She was a member
of Prairie Star Quilt Club for 30 years, a member of the Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of American Revolution, The WMU,
and also an active member of the Woman's Club. An avid bridge player, Bonnie was a member of numerous clubs where everyone
enjoyed playing with her. Bonnie's hobbies included needle point, designing and making quilts, and an extreme pursuit of Genealogy.
She loved fishing in lakes and tanks (preferring a cane pole to conventional rod and reel), but her greatest passion of all was loving and
caring for Roy, her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She supported them in all sporting events, hardly ever missing a
game.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John Henry and Dana Ruth Ellinger, two brothers, Dr. Ted Ellinger and Mickey Ellinger.
Bonnie is survived by her husband, Roy Earl White; sisters, Lamoine "Peggy" Sides, Melba Ellinger, both of Abilene, and Johnnie
Williams and husband, Marion of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Ms. Wilma Ellinger of Buffalo Gap; her children, Dana Teel and
husband, Jerry, of Jackson, Tennessee, Kellye Crawford and husband, Charlie, of Abilene, Mark White of Buffalo Gap, and Seth White
and wife, Stephanie, also of Abilene. She is also survived by grandchildren, Taylor Teel, Lane Teel, Elliot Teel, Celia Teel, Robyn
Kennedy and husband, Michael, Nick Crawford, Sally Crawford, Caroline Crawford, Catherine Crawford, Stevi Owen, Miranda White,
Hudson White and Layla Beth White; and great-grandchildren, Zoe Kennedy, Charlie Kennedy, and Dallas Teel.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 30, 2007, at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, with Rev. Stan Allcorn and Dr. Jeff Reid
officiating. She will be laid to rest with her family in the Buffalo Gap Cemetery following the funeral service. Services are under the
direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Bill Spurgin, Randy Roy, Glen Smyth, Grady Dorsett, Randy Glenn and Ralph Hoover will serve as pallbearers.
Memorials may be made in honor of Bonnie White to the Ben Richey Boy's Ranch, 501 Ben Richey Drive, Abilene, Texas 79602 or to
the Cancer Center Network, 2000 Pine Street, Abilene, Texas, 79601.
Obituary and Guest Book online at:
www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com
Death Notices 07.30.07 Sunday, July 29, 2007
Michael Alessio
Michael Alessio, 32, died Sunday, July 29, 2007. Arrangements are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home,
542 Hickory.
Albert "Bert" Carrillo
BIG SPRING -- Albert "Bert" Carrillo, 25, died Saturday, July 28, 2007. Services are pending at Myers &
Smith Funeral Home.
W. A. "Bill" Griffin
W. A. "Bill" Griffin, 75, died Sunday, July 29, 2007. Services are pending with The Hamil Family Funeral
Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Lalage Halliburton
BIG SPRING -- Lalage Halliburton, 91, died Sunday, July 29, 2007. Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Myers &
Smith Chapel. Graveside services follow at 4 p.m. in Marathon Cemetery in Marathon, directed by Myers &
Smith Funeral Home.
William R. Hendrix
BROWNWOOD -- William R. Hendrix, 67, died Sunday, July 29, 2007. Services are pending with DavisMorris Funeral Home.
Bernice Hood
BROWNWOOD -- Bernice Hood, 86, died Saturday, July 28, 2007. Services are pending with Davis-Morris
Funeral Home.
Ruth Guthrie
BRECKENRIDGE -- Ruth Guthrie, 93, died Saturday, July 28, 2007. Services will be announced later by
Morehart Mortuary.
Claudia Marsh
STAMFORD -- Claudia Marsh, 78, died Saturday, July 28, 2007. Services are pending at Tankersley Funeral
Home in Stamford.
Virginia Nutt
BRECKENRIDGE -- Virginia Nutt, 84, died Thursday, July 26, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. today at MeltonKitchens Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial follows at 3 p.m. in Stroud's Creek Cemetery in Hood
County.
Taylor Eugene 'Gene' Shankle
STEPHENVILLE -- Taylor Eugene "Gene" Shankle, 74, died Saturday, July 28, 2007. Services are 2 p.m.
today at Comanche Funeral Home Chapel.
Obits for Tuesday July 31, 2007
Michael Santino Alessio
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Abilene, Texas - Michael Alessio, 32, died July 28, 2007.
Born in RI, June 5, 1975, to Dorothy Jane Cruso.
Michael grew up in RI, moving to Abilene, Texas, in 1998, where he met his wife, Misty, and four step-children, Chris, Kyrsten, Kenneth
and Hailey. They got married on September 8, 2006, in Abilene, Texas.
Michael owned and operated "Mike's Custom Floors."
Michael was preceded in death by his step-father, Carl Cruso, and son Michael S. Alessio Jr.
Michael is survived by: wife, Misty of Abilene; 4 step-children; mother, Jane Cruso of RI; 4 brothers; In-laws, of Abilene; several
nephews and nieces.
Viewing only at the Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory Street in Abilene, Texas from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 1, 2007.
No further services are planned.
Anita Ruth Faison
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
San Angelo, Texas - Anita Ruth Faison, 44, of San Angelo passed away Sunday, July 29, 2007, at her residence.
Family visitation will be held at 1-5 p.m., Tuesday, July 31, 2007, at the Robert Massie Funeral Home.
Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, August 1, 2007, at Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens with Judge Eddie Howard
officiating.
Arrangements are by Robert Massie Funeral Home.
Anita was born September 17, 1962, at Westover AFB, Massachusetts. She is the daughter of Margie Ruth Faison and the late Chief
Master Sergeant John A. Faison, Sr. Anita attended Central High School and went on to attend school at Waco, Texas, where she
received her Associates Degree in Commercial Art and Advertising. Anita worked many years as a care provider. She was a very kind,
caring, loving woman, always thinking of others.
Anita was preceded in death by her father in 1990 and her sister Christina Kirkham in 1995.
She is survived by her mother Margie Ruth Faison of San Angelo; brothers John A. Faison II and wife, Linda; their children Dawn
Sutton, Kenneth Corder, John a. Faison III all of Abilene, Texas; David C. Faison and wife, Ramona; their children Danielle Faison and
Jason Faison all of San Angelo; Aunt Margaret Owens of Brewton, Alabama; Uncle Alan Faison of Lexington, South Carolina; greatnieces and great-nephews; Lela Ruth Faison, Kayla Sutton, Bailey and Branson Corder.
Anita will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Anita's obituary and memorial guest book may be viewed online at: www.RobertMassie.com
Robert Massie Funeral Home
San Angelo, Texas
325-655-8121
W.A. "Bill" Griffin
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Abilene, Texas - W. A. "Bill" Griffin, age 75, passed away Sunday, July 29, 2007, at a local hospital.
A memorial service, with Father Fred Nawarskas officiating, will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 1, 2007, at Holy Family Catholic
Church. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Bill was born December 22, 1931, to Iearn and Bud Griffin in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was educated in the Oklahoma City School
System and attended Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California. December 17, 1960, Bill married Sandy Van Almkerk.
In 1947, Bill joined the United States Navy and served in the Korean War. Following his military service, Bill returned to Oklahoma City
and worked for the Oklahoma Natural Gas Company. In 1957, he went to southern California to attend college. Soon thereafter, he
joined the William Wallace Company in Belmont, California and lived in northern and southern California. In 1970, Bill was transferred
to Winters, Texas where he became Comptroller for the William Wallace Company's Dry Manufacturing division. He remained with
Dry's until he retired as company President in 1987. He and his wife, Sandy, moved to Abilene in 2002.
During his lifetime, Bill was involved with numerous community activities and was known as a very hard worker. Upon retirement, he
gave freely of his time and labor to many individuals. Retirement also afforded Bill the opportunity to improve his so-so golf game and
he became an avid golfer.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Sandy, his uncle, Jack Price of Lawton, Oklahoma, his cousin, David Price of Guthrie, Oklahoma, and his
beloved dogs, Sara and Molly.
Memorials may be made in honor of Bill Griffin to Hendrick Hospice Care, 1682 Hickory Street, Abilene, Texas 79601 or to the Winters
Public Library, 120 North Main, Winters, Texas 79567.
Obituary and Guest Registry online at:
www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
Mary Helen Hickman
McCoy Funeral Home
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Aspermont, Texas - Funeral services for Mary Helen (Cooper) Hickman will be held at the First Baptist Church in Aspermont, Texas, at
2 p.m. on August 1, 2007. Burial will be in the Hickman family plot in the Aspermont Cemetery.
Mary "Helen" Hickman, 71, passed away peacefully on July 27, 2007, in St. Joseph's Hospital in Bryan, Texas, surrounded by her
loving family.
Helen, as she was known to her friends and family, was born on June 6, 1936, in Girard, Texas. Born to Clarence Marvin Cooper and
Lela Mae Clark, Helen was one of four children; Wayman Cooper, Verlene Cooper Harvey, both deceased, and Jerre Cooper McAfee,
presently living in San Angelo, Texas. All were raised in Girard, Texas.
Helen graduated high school in Aspermont, Texas, and continued her education at Abilene Christian University, Texas Woman's
University and the University of Maryland Extension Service. While attending college at Texas Women's University, she met James
(Jimmy) Rex Hickman and was married on April 14, 1957. Jimmy passed away in 1988.
Helen and Jimmy both worked and helped to operate the Hickman Restaurant and Motel in Aspermont, Texas, during their first years of
marriage. The Hickmans then moved to Houston and on to Washington, D.C., where Helen held a position as Secretary to the
President at Malarkey, Taylor and Associates. The next adventure moved them overseas for eight years to Ankara, Turkey; Liberia,
West Africa; and Belgrade, Yugoslavia. While serving with her family as diplomats, Helen's first priority was working toward the
betterment of her family. She also severed on numerous social and civic committees providing aid to the community and assisting
individuals in these countries to improve their education and living conditions.
Upon returning home to the United States, the family moved to a suburb of Houston, where Helen worked as an Information Systems
Instructor for College of the Mainland; was named District Woman of the Year; served on several educational and office administration
boards, receiving multiple Certificates of Appreciation. Being a forward thinker and having an entrepreneurial spirit, Helen successfully
owned and operated VIP Secretarial Services for over 10 years. Helen's valuable experience and professionalism led to Supervisory
positions with a contractor for IBM, Ford Aerospace and finally NASA, Johnson Space Center. At NASA, Helen worked in the VIT office
and finally in the office of astronaut, John Young, where Helen was designated as a Space Flight Awareness Honoree.
Helen will be greatly missed by all of those who loved her, especially her loving children, Lorre Hickman Moore and husband Donald of
Deer Park, Letty Hickman Surman of Houston, Herschel Hickman and wife Becky of Snook, and by her grandchildren who lovingly
referred to her as "Nana", Sandra and Derek Zimmerman, Alexandra Hickman, Jennifer Surman, James Hickman, Herschel Hickman
Jr., Makayla Hickman, and Halie Hickman, and great-grandchildren, Kendall and Dean Zimmerman.
Helen will always be remembered as being a wonderful mother, grandmother, and friend. She will also always be remembered as being
an extraordinary person for the many accomplishments in her life.
Sean Aaron Marricle
Agape Funeral Home
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Lubbock, Texas - Sean Aaron Marricle, age 27, formerly of Abilene, Texas, went to be with his Lord on Thursday, July 26, 2007, far too
early.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 4, 2007, at Everman Park, North First and Cypress Streets. Edward Marricle
will officiate.
Sean was born on July 26, 1980. He was very loving and enjoyed helping people. He was very considerate of his family. He will be
missed by all terribly.
Sean was preceded in death by grandparents, John and Joyce Marricle, and an aunt, Gaye.
He leaves behind: his father, Jimmie and wife, Susan; brother, James Heath; sisters, Starr and Christina; mother, Madonna Price; and
loving stepmother, Lavanda; and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
In Lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to: Victory Junction, 4500 Adams Way, Randleman, North Carolina, 27317.
Mary Joyce Mays
Johnson's Funeral Home
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
San Angelo, Texas - Dr. Mary Joyce Mays, 85, passed away Thursday evening, July 26, 2007, in her home. Family and friends united
to support her passing.
Mary was born July 8, 1922, in Paris, Texas, to parents Ralph Raleigh Coldwell and Harriet Elizabeth Garrison. She was a dedicated
mother, sister, grandmother and member of the First United Methodist Church. Mary married Leroy Page Mays in 1947.
Mary spent every moment of her life engaged in many activities including her work, church, many social events and spending time with
family and friends. Between work and play Mary lead a very filled and blessed life.
Education being an important part in Mary's life, she completed seven college degrees. These achievements include: an AA in English
at Northeast Jr. College, a BA in English from the University of Texas in Austin, an RN diploma at the University of Texas medical
Branch in Galveston, an MA in English Education at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, an MSN in Medical-Surgical Nursing,
Oncology in Dallas and a PhD in Nursing and Adult/Mental Health at Texas Woman's University in Denton.
Mary worked as a professor and the Dean of the Nursing Department at Angelo State University from 1973-2000. Upon retirement from
ASU, Mary continued her education at the age of 76 and completed the Nurse Practitioner Program at Texas A&M Corpus Christi while
working two jobs and commuting weekly from San Angelo. Until her passing, Mary was working as a certified nurse practitioner at the
Veteran's Administration Medical Center. Her undeniable work ethic, driven ambition and joy for life made those family and friends
around her extremely proud to be in her company.
Mary is survived by her daughter, Sharon Mays Miller of Corpus Christi; son and daughter-in-law, David and Anita Mays of Baird; son,
Lafayette Mays of Corpus Christi; and her loving sisters and brothers-in-law, Roby N. McKeithen of Upland, Calif., Carolyn C. Tripplett
of California, Adelyn Duke of Carthage, Virginia and Willis Ward of West Monroe, La., Martha and the Rev. Charles Pipes of Boca
Raton, Fla., and Margie Elizabeth "Babe" and Stephen Cole of Longview. Her surviving grandchildren include: Diana Higgins and
husband, Ryan Higgins of Houston, Christi Miller of Corpus Christi, Jason Mays and wife Melissa, James Mays and wife Patty, and
Jeremy Mays, all of Waco, Bo and wife Sarah Buchanan and Jo Buchanan, both of Cross Plains; and her nine great-grandchildren,
numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, July 30, 2007, at Johnson's Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007, at the First United Methodist Church, 35 E. Beauregard in San Angelo. Burial will follow in Lawnhaven
Memorial Gardens. Services are under the direction of Johnson's Funeral Home. Honorary pall bearers will include the Bayith Sunday
School Class.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Honduras Medical Mission, or the Methodist Assistance Fund of the First United
Methodist Church.
Johnson's Funeral Home
(325) 655-3113
Beulah Mae Woodard
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Forestburg, Texas - Beulah Mae (Richards) Woodard, 86, loving wife and mother, passed away on Saturday, July 28, 2007, at her
home in Forestburg, Texas.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. today at Elmwood Memorial Park Cemetery in the Garden of Meditation in Abilene with Pastor Belvin
R. Brummett officiating.
No scheduled visitation.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.
Beulah was born December 2, 1920, in Abilene to Frank and Mildred Pearl Richards. She married Little Jim Woodard in December of
1937 in Abilene and they owned Lee's Store south of Big Spring for years. She was also a department manager for Montgomery Wards
and TG&Y. She was awarded a certificate of recognition as an Outstanding Senior Volunteer by the Texas Department on Aging. She
was a member of Saint Peter Lutheran Church in Bowie and faithfully served the Lord. She enjoyed helping others, sewing, crocheting,
and arts and crafts.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Little Jim Woodard in May 1977; brother, Billy Wayne Roberts.
She is survived by her son, A. Dean Woodard and wife, Ellen of Forestburg; two grandsons, Ricky Woodard and Jimmy Woodard; two
great-granddaughters, Lauren and Hannah Woodard; great-grandson, Jacob Woodard; one sister, Jeanne Freeman of Abilene; sisterin-law, Rosie Roberts of Hobbs, New Mexico; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
What an honor and priviledge it was to have Beulah Mae Woodard for a mother.
As soft as angel wings, as beautiful as the prettiest butterfly, yet she was strong in faith and character. She left a legacy of highest
quality that we shall forever be trying to attain, but know we never will.
The White Family
Funeral Home
1418 Highway 59 North
Bowie, Texas 76230
Virgil L. Wright
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Tuscola, Texas -- Virgil "Vernon" Wright, of Tuscola, passed away Saturday, July 28, 2007, at the age of 61.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, 2007, at Southwest Park Baptist Church, with Rev. Mike Woodard officiating.
Burial will follow in the Buffalo Gap Cemetery. Services are under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap
Road.
Vernon was born April 23, 1946, the son of Virgil Lee Wright and Violet (Robertson) Wright in Ropesville, Texas. He served in the
United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. Vernon married Malissa Lou Thigpen on October 27, 1978. For the past 11 years, he
was employed by Western Marketing, Inc. in Tye, Texas. He was a lifelong air pilot and mechanic. Vernon was a member of the family
at Southwest Park Baptist Church. He was a kind-hearted and loving husband, father, granddad, and friend. Vernon was a Godly man
who cherished his soul-mate and wife of 28 years. His children and grandchildren were the delight of his life.
Vernon was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Violet Wright, two brothers, Raymond Wright and Walter Wright, and one
brother-in-law, Mikel Davis.
He is survived by his wife, Lissa Wright, of Tuscola; two sons, Vernon L. Wright and wife Holli, of Lubbock, and Greg L. Wright and his
fiancГ©, Megan Burkett of Tioga; two daughters, Brenda Sallee and husband Troy, of Pensacola, Florida, and Amanda Gay and husband
Kris, of Abilene; one brother, Steve Wright and wife Nancy, of Ropesville; four sisters, Emagene Davis, of Stephenville, Joice Davis, of
Lubbock, Erma Wright, of Wolforth, and Joan Smith and husband Joe, of Levelland; one sister-in-law, Janice Wright, of Shallowater;
one brother-in-law, Van Thigpen and wife Terry, of Vann, Texas; four granddaughters, ten grandsons, and numerous nieces and
nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, 1726 Butternut Street, Abilene, Texas 79602.
Obituary and Guest Registry online at:
www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.
Death Notices 07.31.07 Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Harvey Malcom (Mac) Allison
STEPHENVILLE -- Harvey Malcom (Mac) Allison, 93, died Saturday, July 28, 2007. Services are 11 a.m.
Wednesday at First Baptist Church, Stephenville. Burial will be in West End Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8
p.m. today at Lacy Funeral Home.
John C. Baker
Dr. John C. Baker, 93, died Friday, July27, 2007. Services are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542
Hickory.
Beatrice Byerly
COLEMAN -- Beatrice Byerly, 86, died Sunday, July 29, 2007. Funeral services are pending with Stevens
Funeral Home in Coleman.
Pedro Calderon
BIG SPRING -- Pedro Calderon, 56, died Monday, July 30, 2007. Services are pending at Myers & Smith
Funeral Home.
Albert 'Bert' Carrillo
BIG SPRING -- Albert "Bert" Carrillo, 25, died Saturday, July 28, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at
Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Memorial Park. Vigil services are 7 p.m. today at
Myers & Smith Chapel.
Merle D. Frazier
GRAHAM -- Merle D. Frazier, 83, died Sunday, July 29, 2007. Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at McMillanSatterwhite Funeral Home. Graveside services follow at 3 p.m. at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Patillo. Visitation
is 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Carlos Lopes Fuentes Jr.
Carlos Lopes Fuentes Jr., 62, died Sunday, July 29, 2007. Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at New Life Temple,
2465 Old Anson Road. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, directed by Community Memorial Funeral
Home, 1443 N. 2nd St. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Thelma Hayes
GUSTINE -- Thelma Hayes, 96, died Saturday, July 28, 2007. Services are 11 a.m. today at the Comanche
Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Comanche County.
William R. Hendrix
BROWNWOOD -- William R. Hendrix, 67, died Sunday, July 29, 2007. Graveside services are 2 p.m. today at
the Rocky Creek Cemetery directed by Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
Freddie Chance Hinkley
CISCO -- Freddie Chance Hinkley, 88, died Monday, July 30, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at the
Summers-Chambers Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at
the funeral home.
Jessie Suggs
ASPERMONT -- Jessie Suggs, 81, died Monday, July 30, 2007. Services are pending with McCoy Funeral
Home of Aspermont.
Betty Mae Thigpen
CROWLEY -- Betty Mae Thigpen, 89, formerly of Baird, died Sunday, July 29, 2007. Graveside services are
10:30 a.m. Thursday at Ross Cemetery Annex directed by Parker Funeral Home.
Earl Alonzo Wright III
BIG SPRING -- Earl Alonzo Wright III, 30, died Saturday, July 28, 2007. Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at the
Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel. A service will be held in Bracketville on Saturday at the Sunset
Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Seminole Indian Scout Cemetery in Brackettville. Visitation is 6-8 p.m.
today at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home in Big Spring.
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