Orville Clayton “Clay” Whitehead, 72, passed away on July 26

Orville Clayton “Clay” Whitehead, 72, passed away on July 26

Orville Clayton “Clay” Whitehead, 72, passed away on July 26, 2015 in Houston, Texas. He was born on August 17, 1942 in Georgetown, Texas.

He spent his childhood here in Coleman, where he graduated from Coleman High School in 1960. In high school, Clay belonged to the Science Club, FTA, and NHS, had a memorable role as ‘Alonzo Beal’ in the Senior Play “Ladies of the Jury,” and was a member of the football and basketball teams. From there, Clay moved on to the University of Houston. He was a proud member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, and graduated with a degree in Mathematics in 1964.

Although he spent the majority of his adult life living and working in Houston, his heart was always in Coleman. He regularly attended CHS reunions and had hoped to retire one day in Coleman.

Clay valued family and friends most of all, and derived his greatest pleasures in life from playing golf, working in the yard, telling old stories about life in Coleman and Houston, and being a supportive husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Betty; son, David of San Francisco, CA; sister, Patsy Slate of Coleman and brother, Harvey Whitehead (Pam) of Wasilla, AK.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvie Lee Whitehead and Nydia Wright Whitehead; and brothers Vernon Lee Whitehead and James Bradford Whitehead.

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 31, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Memorial Oaks Funeral Home and Cemetery in Houston. A private graveside funeral service will take place the following afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at the same location.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to: The University of Houston, attn: “Clay Whitehead Memorial Fund,” 400 E. Cullen Bldg., Houston, TX 77204.

Dan French, 80, of Wichita Falls, passed away on Friday, July 24

Dan French, 80, of Wichita Falls, passed away on Friday, July 24

Dan French, 80, of Wichita Falls, died on Friday, July 24, 2015.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 30, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home with Rev. Alvin Easterling officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls.

Dan was born on June 2, 1935, in Santa Anna, Texas, to the late William and Gertrude (Hill) French. He showed his love of country at an early age by joining the United States Air Force, serving in the Korea Conflict and Vietnam War, and retiring in 1976 after 23 years of service. He then continued in civil service, until his retirement.

Dan was active in many organizations. He was a past master of Faith Masonic Lodge, a member of Fort Worth Scottish Rite, and Maskat Shrine, where he was active in the Provost Guard for many years. He also belonged to the Elks Lodge #1105 and VFW Post 169.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a daughter, Yvonne French.

Dan is survived by his wife Pat, of Wichita Falls; sons Ronald French, Kenneth French and wife Jenny, Stephen French, and step-sons Larry Armstrong and Curtis Buss, all of Wichita Falls; two sisters, Willien Tomme and husband Jesse of Bangs, Texas, and Geraldine Smith of Santa Anna, Texas; two grandchildren, Corey French and Tanner French; nine step-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.owensandbrumley.com.

Joy Laverne Stanford Morris, 79, of Clyde, passed away Sunday, July 26

Joy Laverne Stanford Morris, 79, of Clyde, passed away Sunday, July 26

Joy Laverne Stanford Morris, 79, of Clyde, died Sunday, July 26, 2015, at an Abilene hospital. Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 1, 2015, at Bailey-Howard Funeral Home Chapel in Clyde with Billy Sellers officiating. Burial will follow in the Clyde Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until service time on Saturday.

Joy was born November 19, 1935, in Colorado City to Charles “Chuck” Wiggins and Mae Jackson Wiggins and was a 1954 graduate of Colorado City High School. She was the widow of Harvie Stanford whom she married December 26, 1954, in Cuthbert, Texas. After his death she married Chester Morris on December 23, 1987, in Clyde. She moved to Clyde from Abilene in 1975 and worked for Clyde CISD in the cafeteria for several years. She was a member of Cherry Heights Baptist Church in Clyde.

Joy is survived by two sons, Rick Stanford and wife Lisa of Blackwell, Texas, and Larry Stanford and wife Deborah Elliott of Haltom City; one brother, Charles Wiggins of Kenosha, Wisconsin; one sister, Kay Jackson of Longview; four grandchildren, Amanda Stanford, Wesley Stanford, Chance Stanford and Clayton Stanford; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her two husbands; and one son, Keith Stanford.
Online condolences may be made at www.baileyhowardfuneralhome.com

LaDell Morris, 80, of Santa Anna, passed away Monday, July 27

LaDell Morris, 80, of Santa Anna, passed away Monday, July 27

LaDell Morris, 80, of Santa Anna, died Monday, July 27, 2015 at her residence.  Graveside funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at the Santa Anna Cemetery Pavilion with Sam Wilson officiating.  Burial will follow under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home, Coleman.

She was born Edira LaDell Hall on March 25, 1935 in Brownwood to Hiram Eddie Hall and Mattie Beatrice Gilbert Hall.  She grew up in Santa Anna and graduated from Santa Anna High School in 1953.  On September 14, 1956, she married Marion E. “Boots” Morris in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

Dell spent most of her life in Coleman County.  She worked in the oil field as a pumper and was a member of the Cleveland Church of Christ.

Survivors include two sons, James Edward Morris and William E. “Charlie” Morris, both of Santa Anna; one daughter, Elizabeth LaQuinn Morris of Santa Anna and one brother, Orvel E. Hall of Santa Anna.

Besides her parents, Dell was preceded in death by her husband, Boots, on May 4, 1990, and one brother, Edwin Hall.

Visitation with the family will be from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at Stevens Funeral Home, 400 West Pecan Street, Coleman.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.livingmemorials.com.

J.B. Jarvis, 59, passed away Thursday, July 23

J.B. Jarvis, 59, passed away Thursday, July 23

J.B. Jarvis, 59, of Iredell and former Coleman resident, died Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Abilene Regional Medical Center.  Graveside service will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 27, 2015 at the Coleman City Cemetery Pavilion with Rev. Homer Reddic officiating.  Burial will follow, under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

J.B. Jarvis was born October 20, 1955 in Portales, New Mexico to Raymond Wirt Jarvis and Clara Alvina Vielguth.  He grew up and attended school in Rising Star and served in the United States Army.  On March 5, 1984, he married Ola Dee Johnson in Cross Plains.  He had lived in Brown, Coleman and Eastland counties for the last 25 years.  He was employed with the Eastland County Water District at the time of his death.  He also attended Canaan Baptist Church in Loraine.

Survivors include one daughter, Ola Dee Lobstein, and husband, Ernest, Sr., of Cisco; one son, Billy Vest Jr. of Pleasanton; one sister and brother-in-law, Rae Jean Jarvis and Rex Thompson of Coleman; five brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Hubert Floyd and Anita Johnson of Conroe, Roy L. and Kathleen Johnson of Tyler, Claude and Kathy Johnson of Odessa, Rosa Lee Deason of Rising Star, Virginia and Dennis Gookin of Tulsa, Oklahoma.  J.B. was also an amazing and stubborn grandpa to six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

J.B. was preceded in death by his wife, Ola Dee Jarvis, on June 29, 2009; his parents; one brother, Robert Jarvis and six sisters, Grace Johnson, Gwen Johnson, Violet Chaney, Linda Sue Parks, Betty Watkins and Ruth Diaz.

Visitation with the family will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Stevens Funeral Home, 400 West Pecan Street, Coleman.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

Condolences for the family may be left at www.livingmemorials.com.

Dorothy Farris, age 88, of Coleman, passed away Monday, July 13

Dorothy Farris, age 88, of Coleman, passed away Monday, July 13

Dorothy R. Farris, age 88, of Coleman, passed away Monday, July 13, 2015 in an Abilene hospital.  Graveside funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 16, at the Coleman Cemetery Pavilion with Brother Lester Swan officiating and assisted by Brother Don Northway.  A visitation will be held prior to the service on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at Stevens Funeral Home, 400 W. Pecan Street, Coleman.

She was born Dorothy Rose Dobbins on July 19, 1926 in Coleman, a daughter of Ovie Richard Dobbins and Myrtle Cullins Dobbins.  She grew up in Coleman and attended school at Loss Creek and Coleman.  On February 6, 1946 she married Wallace Farris in Coleman and he preceded her in death on November 16, 2005.  Dorothy was homemaker but also worked at Jinright Manufacturing and was a beautician.  She was a member of Bible Baptist Church.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Bob Anthony of Abilene; one granddaughter, Sabrina Kirk and husband Rusty of Abilene; two great-grandsons, Cody Kirk and wife Paige and Drew Kirk; one great-great grandson, Casten Kirk; two brothers, Wilbert Dobbins and wife Jerry of Coleman and Donnie Dobbins and wife Kim of Killeen.

She was preceded in death by her husband, two brothers, D. J. Dobbins and Bobby Wooldridge and one sister Christine Holland.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.livingmemorials.com.

Joyice Whisenhunt, age 90, of Coleman passed away Friday morning, July 24

Joyice Whisenhunt, age 90, of Coleman passed away Friday morning, July 24

Joyice Whisenhunt, age 90, of Coleman passed away Friday morning, July 24, 2015 at Coleman Healthcare Center. Graveside services will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, July 25, 2015, at the Coleman City Cemetery. Burial to follow under the direction of Allcorn Funeral & Cremation Care.

Joyice was born March 27, 1925, in Ranger, Texas to Clarence and Hattie (Williams) Simpson. She grew up in Ranger, and on December 31, 1959 married J. B. Whisenhunt in Abilene, TX. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She had been a resident of Coleman for fifteen years.

She is survived by her two daughters: Joan Cullins and husband Mason of Coleman, and Katrina Doggett of Abilene. Two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one daughter-Phyllis Ashman, a brother, and a sister.

Friends and family are encouraged to visit and sign the guestbook at www.allcornfuneralcare.com

Donald Milford Roberts, age 78, passed away on Monday, July 13

Donald Milford Roberts, age 78, passed away on Monday, July 13

Donald Milford Roberts, age 78, passed away on Monday, July 13, 2015 in a Dallas hospital.  Graveside funeral service were held 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 20, at the Valera Cemetery, Coleman County, Texas, with Rev. Loyd Hopper officiating.  Interment followed in the Valera Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home, Coleman, Texas.

Donald Milford Roberts was born December 21, 1936 in Coleman, Texas, a son of Alfred John Roberts and Jessie Mae Bairrington Roberts.  He grew up in Valera and attended school at Valera and graduated from Centennial High School in 1955.  Following graduation from high school, he attended Draughan’s Business College in Abilene.  From 1959-1962 he served in the United States Army.  On March 21, 1956 he married Mary Horne in Coleman.  Following their marriage, they lived in many places including Texas, Wyoming,  Colorado and New Mexico.  They settled in Terrell, Texas in 1997.  Milford was a salesman and manager for oil field equipment and retired in 2003.  He was a member of Saturn Road Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Roberts of Terrell; one son, Wayne Roberts and wife Caran of Terrell; one daughter, Stephanie Lujan; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Kenneth Roberts and wife Fay of Odessa and William Allen Roberts and wife Bobbie of San Antonio; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Arlin Doyle Roberts.

Memorials may be sent to Sojourners, 5554 Cooks Road, Marshall, Texas 75670 or Hillcrest Church of Christ, P. O. Box 295, Coleman, Texas 76834.

Condolences for the family may be left at www.livingmemorials.com.

Susan Rushton age 65 of Taylor, Texas passed away Sunday, July 19

Susan Rushton age 65 of Taylor, Texas passed away Sunday, July 19

Susan Rushton age 65 of Taylor, Texas passed from this life on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at her residence in Taylor.

Services will be Thursday at 3:00 pm at Henderson Funeral Chapel with Rev. Daniel Stovall officiating. Interment will follow at 5:00 pm at Moran Cemetery with services under the direction of Henderson Funeral Home in Coleman.

She was born Susan Kay Conlin on February 5, 1950 in Baird,Texas to Michael Francis and Dorothy Louise Conlin.  Susan was raised in Abilene attending Crockett School and Cooper High School.  On April 8, 1996 Susan married James Henry Rushton in Abilene, Texas and they celebrated fifteen years of marriage.  James preceded her in death in 2011.  She was a resident of Coleman from 1998 till 2004 then moving to Taylor where she has since resided.  Susan was a member of the Baptist church and worked for the State School and was an EMS paramedic.

SURVIVORS
Mother– Dorothy Conlin of Coleman, Texas
3 Daughters -
Shelly Winstead of Weatherford, Texas
Melissa Underwood of Waco, Texas
Paula Garcia of Arlington, Texas
Sister– Sandi and husband Doug Kirkpatrick of Abilene, Texas
6 Grandchildren
Nieces and Nephews

Billie Cardinas, age 91, of Coleman, passed away Monday, July 20

Billie Cardinas, age 91, of Coleman,  passed away Monday, July 20

Billie Cardinas, 91, went to be with our Lord Monday, July 20, 2015 after a stay at Hendrick Medical Center.  Service will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, in Stevens Funeral Home Chapel with Donald Williams officiating.  Private interment will be in the Glen Cove Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home, 400 W. Pecan, Coleman, Texas.

Billie was born May 22, 1924 in Carter, Oklahoma to Horace and Stella Mae Wilhelm.  The family later moved to Amarillo, Texas where Billie attended nursing school.  While there she met Victor Cardinas while he was serving in the Army.  They married January 1944 and made their home in Burkett on the Brown Ranch for a short time, later moving to the White Chapel area to begin a family.  They finally moved to the farm to raise their five children and she resided there until moving to Clyde six years ago.  Victor preceded her in death on October 3, 2001.

Billie worked hard on the turkey farm for years until they quit raising turkeys in the late seventies.  Mom enjoyed her chickens, peacocks and guineas, as well as many hummingbirds made their stop there.  She was a perfect example of a Proverbs woman, giving to her family and neighbors with her gift of cooking and a kind heart.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, sister and one granddaughter.

Survivors include her children Lynn and Vicki Cardinas of Coleman, Vickey and Harold Moore of Clyde, Ginger and Mike Hoover of Goldthwaite, Cindy and Cliff Bryan of Athens, Mindy and Kit Horne of Tuscola; nine grandchildren who loved her dearly and eight great grandchildren who will hear stories of a very special woman in our lives.

She is also survived by one nephew, Billy Webb of Austin and one great-niece Paige Vurpilla of Litchfield Park, Arizona.

We will miss our Nannie B and have been blessed with the gift of a loving mother and grandmother.

Memorials may be made to Hendrick Hospice, 1682 Hickory, Abilene, Texas 79601.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.livingmemorials.com.

Memorial Service for Wanda Sue Stephenson

Memorial Service for Wanda Sue Stephenson

The family of Wanda Stephenson are having a memorial service for Wanda, on Saturday, July 25th at 10:00 am at the Leaday Cemetery.

Wanda passed away June 2, 2015, at Coleman County Medical Center, following a sudden illness.

 

Barbara Henry Boyd, age 67, of Baird, Texas, passed away Saturday, July 11

Barbara Henry Boyd, age 67, of Baird, Texas, passed away Saturday, July 11

Barbara Henry Boyd, age 67, of Baird, Texas, passed away Saturday, July 11, 2015, in Hospice of Wichita Falls, Wichita Falls, Texas.

Funeral Services were held at 11:00 AM Thursday, July 16, 2015, in the First Baptist Church of Baird with Pastor Jimmy Hatcher officiating. Interment followed in Ross Cemetery Annex. Services are under the direction of Parker Funeral Home in Baird, Texas. A visitation was held from 5:00 until 7:00 Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

Barbara was born in Baird on December 7, 1947, to Billie and Goley Johnson Henry. She attended Baird schools, graduating with the Class of 1966. She also attended Tarleton State College in Stephenville. Barbara was raised in the First Presbyterian Church in Baird.

A life-long resident of Baird, Barbara had worked at the First National Bank, now First Bank Texas, for 35 years. Barbara was a very giving, loving and caring person who did all she could to help others in her banking career, as well as her personal life. She truly lived a full rewarding life and loved anytime she spent with family.

Barbara had many talents from crocheting the most delicate star for the top of the Christmas tree to building barn wood benches, working at a steer roping or canning dozens of jars of fresh fruit and vegetables from her beloved garden. Barbara left this earth far earlier than anyone expected, but the legacy she leaves behind will go on forever. She was an integral part of the Baird community and its activities. She has been serving on the Baird Housing Authority Board of Commissioners since 1993, and was serving on the Baird Community Development Board. She had worked steer roping events for 15 years.

In 2013 the Abilene Senior Team Roping group named her as their “Person of the Year”, the one and only female to ever receive this distinction. She was a spark of energy whenever you saw her and was a true friend to many.

Barbara is survived by her mother, Goley Henry of Baird, Texas; her husband Tommy Boyd of Moran, Texas; two sisters, Elaine Moore and husband Bill of Novice, Texas, and Nancy Berry and husband Mike of Coleman, Texas; her daughter Laurie Stilwell and husband Tom of Henrietta, Texas; her son Patrick Dean McKennon, Jr. of Clyde, Texas; step-daughter Tisha Wilkins of Albany; grandchildren Abby, John Mark, Isaac, Brooklyn, McKenna, Madison, and Rider; cousin Richard Danielsen of Baird, Texas, numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews; and her lifelong best friend for over 60 years, Vickey Burns and husband Don of Baird, Texas.

Barbara was preceded in death by her father, Billie Henry, her sister, Wilma Henry, and her grandparents, W.L. and Willie Henry and Arthur and Hazel Johnson, all from Baird, Texas.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers that donations be made in memory of Barbara to the Baird Cemetery Association, Hospice of Wichita Falls, or the donor’s charity of choice.

Ramon R. Vasquez passed away Thursday morning, July 16

Ramon R. Vasquez passed away Thursday morning, July 16

Ramon R. Vasquez passed away Thursday morning, July 16, 2015, after a lengthy battle with cancer, with family at his side.  Even though he could not stand, he moved his legs and walked into heaven, greeted by a host of family and friends.

A Celebration Of Life Mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Francis Njokou officiating and assisted by Deacon John Specht and Deacon Ray Nunez.

Interment will follow at Greenleaf Cemetery.

Ramon was born March 29, 1929, in Santa Anna, Texas.  The 2nd of 7 children to Venino Vasquez, Sr. and Elena Ruiz Vasquez.  He learned to do many jobs as a young child and grew up working with his siblings at various places in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas.  He was a sheep shearer and worked with his Father and brother on many ranches in the area.  He also helped some of the students get their animals ready for the Youth Fairs.

He enlisted in the Army and served as a Corporal, headquartered with the 298th AAA AW Battalion, from 1952-1954 with an Honorable Discharge. While serving, he was award the Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal and others.

Raymond or R.R., as he was known to his railroad buddies, worked for the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Rail Road for over 35 years.  He was a Trackman, Crain Operator and Track Supervisor all throughout the state of Texas.

December 29, 1956, Ramon married Amelia Rodriguez at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brownwood, Texas.  A son and a daughter were born to this marriage.  Ramon and Amelia celebrated their family, every occasion possible.

Ramon enjoyed dancing with his favorite partner, Amelia.  Ramon had a God-given passion for music and played the guitar.  He and Amelia sang hymns with their friends in the Spanish Choir of St. Mary’s, for over 20 years. Also with their church, Ramon was a member of the Knights Of Columbus, Member of the Guadalupe Society, had served as an Usher, Greeter, Eucharistic Minister and worked with his Brothers-in-law and some friends to maintain the church grounds, always done as a labor of love.  Ramon helped to deliver Meals On Wheels and was always willing to help and he was an Assistant Scout Master with the Boys Scouts of America.  He also took pride in taking care of his yard and was recognized with ‘Yard Of The Month’ by the Brownwood Garden Club.

Ramon is blessed with loving survivors, his wife of 58+ years, Amelia. Son, Richard and wife Patti of Enchanted Oaks, TX.  Daughter, Kay and husband Oscar Martinez, of Brownwood. Grandchildren: Heidi and Dustin Young, Kristen Serrano, and Halley and Josh Coulter, along with Jennifer and Brad Bollinger, Michael and Vanessa Christy, Holly Christy and Becky Christy.  Great-Grandchildren:  Baylen and Bristol Young, Tristen, Gaven and Ethan Bollinger and Mason, Baylee and Michael Christy.

His siblings:  Carmen Rendon and Juanita Diaz of Santa Anna, Lucy and Balentine Diaz of Coleman, Betty Rolfe and Venino, Jr. and Mary Vasquez of Santa Anna.  Also, his Sister(s)-In-Law, Mary and Jessie Acuna, Alice and Pablo Villarreal of Brownwood and Olivia and Enrique Farias of Spring Branch along with Brother-In-Law, Domingo Garcia also of Brownwood.  Many cousins, nieces, nephews and a wonderful Church family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Father and Mother-In-Law, Cresencio and Josefina Rodriguez, little brother Paul Vasquez, Great grandson Coen Young, Brothers-In-Law and a Sister-In-Law and some nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank the many friends and family that brought food for the family, Mike Cloy, P.A. and staff, Dr. Alan Cass and staff, Dr. Victor Hirsch and staff and the friends he made at the Walker Cancer Center. And the caring people of CMS Health Care, Gentiva Hospice, Care Nursing, and Davis Morris Funeral Home.  Their compassion for Ramon and his family was heart-felt throughout his care.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations/memorials be made to:

The Walker Cancer Center
Patient Fund
1501 Burnett Drive
Brownwood TX 76801

Online memorials may be made at davismorrisfuneralhome.com.

Janice Wells age 61 of Early, Texas passed away on Sunday, July 12

Janice Wells age 61 of Early, Texas passed away on Sunday, July 12

Janice Wells age 61 of Early, Texas passed from this life on Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Care Nursing and Rehabilitation inEarly.
        
Service will be Wednesday at Coleman City Cemetery Pavilion with Rev. Tony King officiating, at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow under the direction of Henderson Funeral Home of Coleman.  The family will receive friends Wednesday 9:30 till 10:30 am at Henderson Funeral Home.

She was born Janice Kay Keeney on December 3, 1953 in Santa Anna, Texas to James F. “Rip” and Betty Ruth Guinn Keeney.  Janice was raised in Santa Anna where she attended school and was a twirler during her junior high years.  After completing cosmetology school, she worked as a beautician for several years.

Janice lived several years in Breckenridge before moving to Coleman in 2006, where she resided until 2007 when her failing health required her to move to Care Nursing and Rehab. Janice was a member of Community Baptist Church in Coleman accepted Christ as her Savior at a young age.  She was a loving mother, sister, daughter and friend; loving her family and adoring her 3 grandsons.  She was an avid gardener and pet owner.

SURVIVORS
Daughter – Erica Dawn and husband Glen Wagley of Breckenridge, TX
Sister – Sherlyn Keeney Walker and husband Darrell Walker of Coalgate, OK
Brother – James “Jim” and wife Linda Keeney of Lake Brownwood, TX
Grandsons – James Caleb, Colton and Stetson Wagley
Special cousins – Joyce and Alton Wyatt of Early, TX; Sharon Guthrie of Santa Anna, TX and Melba Duke ofWhite, TX
James Wells, father of Erica
Uncle Leroy Keeney of Santa Anna, TX
Aunt Ernestine Simmons of  Early, TX
Nieces and Nephew

Janice was preceded indeath by: her parents, infant Daughter Latisha Keeney

Peggy Jean Golson, age 83, of Burkett, passed away Tuesday, July 7

Peggy Jean Golson, age 83, of Burkett, passed away Tuesday, July 7

Peggy Jean Golson, age 83, of Burkett, passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2015 in Coleman, Texas.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, July 10, 2015 at 2:00 pm at First Baptist Church in Cross Plains, Texas with David Wallace officiating and Tom Merryman assisting burial following at Burkett Cemetery in Burkett, Texas. The family will be having visitation on Wednesday, July 9, 2015 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Higginbotham Funeral Home.

Peggy was born on December 28, 1931 in Cross Plains, Texas to Otis Eugene Raughton and Annie Lee (Conger) Raughton. She married Billy Paul Golson on September 25, 1951 in Baird, Texas. He preceded her in death on February 17, 1994.

Peggy is survived by her sons, Cody Golson of Burkett, Texas; Randy Golson and his wife, Deanna of Burkett, Texas; sister, Glendora Myrick and her husband, Danny of Abilene, Texas; Grandsons, Travis Golson and his wife, Delany; Justin Golson and his wife, Audra; great grandchild, Braylee Ann Golson; 4 nephews and 1 niece.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Otis Eugene Raughton and Annie Lee (Conger) Raughton; her husband, Billy Paul Golson.

Memorials may be made to Burkett Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 324, Burkett, Texas 76828.

Alice Anna Spillman age 86 of Santa Anna, passed away on Thursday, July 2

Alice Anna Spillman age 86 of Santa Anna, passed away on Thursday, July 2

Alice Anna Spillman age 86 of Santa Anna, Texas passed from this life on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 2:03 pm at Hendricks Medical Center in Abilene.

Services will be Monday at 11:00 am at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Kathy Monroe officiating.  Private interment will follow at the Santa Anna Cemetery. with Henderson Funeral Home of Santa Anna in charge of arrangements.  The family will receive friends Sunday from 5 till 6 pm at Henderson Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Montie Guthrie, IV, Rhett Guthrie, Mitchell Guthrie, Tom Guthrie, Aaron Guthrie and Brandon Olsen.

She was born December 11, 1928 in Santa Anna, Texas to Montie Lester Guthrie, Sr. and Hattie Tom Miles Guthrie.  Alice Anna was raised in Santa Anna graduating from Santa Anna High School in 1946.  She continued her education receiving an Associate Degree from Tarelton State College in 1948 and a Home Economics Degree from North Texas State University in 1950.  On June 22, 1957  Alice Anna married James A. Spillman in Santa  Anna and they have celebrated fifty eight years of marriage.

Alice Anna and Jim returned to Santa Anna in 1976 after living in many locations as he served in the United States Air Force.  She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Santa Anna Self Culture Club, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and chairman of the Santa Anna Library Board for 40 years.  Alice was a Home Demonstration Assistant Agent, a volunteer at the Santa  Anna Library and a homemaker.

Alice is survived by her husband, Jim Spillman of Santa Anna, Texas; daughter, Dr. Monique Spillman of Dallas, Texas; sister in-law, Lera Guthrie of Santa Anna, Texas; 2 nephews, Montie Guthrie, III & Lane Guthrie; several great nieces & nephews.

Alice Anna was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers—Lewis Miles Guthrie in 2009 and M.L. Guthrie, Jr. in 2012.

James E. Wall, age 83 of Coleman, Texas, passed away on June 28

James E. Wall, age 83 of Coleman, Texas, passed away on June 28

James E. Wall, age 83 of Coleman, Texas, died on June 28, 2015. He was born in Sonora, Texas on January 22, 1932 to Andrew Jackson Wall and Joe Thelma Smith Wall and went on to proudly serve his country in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict as a Beach Jumper.

James worked for the Sheriff’s department in San Angelo, Mertzon, Port Aransas and finally in Dallas County where served as a judge’s bailiff until his retirement in 2006. He was a faithful servant of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Coleman and loved to pick his guitar and sing gospel music.

James is preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife, June, in 2006.

He will be greatly missed by his sister Thelma Louise Jones of Bangs, Texas; nieces and nephews Pete, Jack and Buck Skains; Janice Lanier; Paula Gilbert; Betty Bartholomew; Jerry and James Jones along with numerous great nieces and nephews and other loving extended family.

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, July 3, 2015 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, July 6, 2015 at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Coleman.

Memorial donations can be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church at P.O. Box 289 or 1910 Clow Street, Coleman, TX, 76834.
 

Sue Zann Shahan, age 57, of Burlington, Oklahoma, passed away Sunday, June 28

Sue Zann Shahan, age 57, of Burlington, Oklahoma, passed away Sunday, June 28

Sue Zann Shahan, age 57, of Burlington, Oklahoma, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2015 at a Wichita, Kansas hospital.  Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 2, in the Stevens Funeral Home Chapel in Coleman, Texas, with Rev. Brad Slaten, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Coleman, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Coleman Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home, 400 W. Pecan Street, Coleman, Texas.

Sue Zann was born on August 3, 1957 in Monahans, Texas, a daughter of Sue Hughes Graves and the late Sam Graves.  She grew up in Eunice, New Mexico and graduated from high school there in 1976.  On October 1, 1977 she married Keith Shahan in Eunice, New Mexico.  She moved to Oklahoma in 1990 and had resided there since that time.  She was a bookkeeper and a Methodist.

Survivors include her husband, Keith Shahan of Burlington, Oklahoma; one son, Lance Shahan of Burlington, Oklahoma; her mother, Sue Graves of Dallas and a brother, Tom Graves of Dallas.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

Visitation will be held on Thursday 1:00 p.m. until service time.

Please leave condolences for the family at www.livingmemorials.com.

Michael Dean Perrie, age 66, of Bangs passed away Monday, June 29

Michael Dean Perrie, age 66, of Bangs passed away Monday, June 29

Michael Dean Perrie, age 66, of Bangs died at his home on Monday, June 29 following a sudden illness.

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM on Wednesday at Allcorn Funeral Chapel in Coleman with burial to follow in the Coleman City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 6 – 8 pm on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Michael was born March 2, 1949 in Coleman, the son of the late Peter Dominic and Gladys Dale Perrie.  He grew up in Coleman and later moved to Lake Brownwood.  He had been a resident of Bangs for the past 8 years.

Michael was one who tried to never bother others even when he needed help.  If he was sick, he would always tell others he was fine.  He will be missed by those who knew him and loved him.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents PD & Dale Perrie and a brother, James Perrie

He is survived by numerous cousins.

Friends are encouraged to sign the guestbook at www.allcornfuneralcare.com

Charles Anderson “Anse” Barr, age 97, passed away peacefully June 27

Charles Anderson “Anse” Barr, age 97, passed away peacefully June 27

Charles Anderson “Anse” Barr, age 97, passed away peacefully June 27, 2015 at Holiday Hill Nursing Home in Coleman, Texas.   Anse was born June 9, 1918 to Charlie and Essie Dee Barr.  He attended school in Cross Plains, Texas and was a member of the Cross Plains Buffalo football team.

In January 1942, Anse enlisted in the Army Air Force as a member of the 86th Fighter Group, 12th Air Force P47 Thunderbolt Fighter Group.  As crew chief for the air ship “Bunny”, which flew 102 missions over enemy territory, Anse was awarded the President’s Citation Ribbon, six Bronze Stars and the EAME Campaign Medal.  Anse was honored for leadership qualities by Lieutenant Colonel Commander George Lee, and was part of Watson Wizards, the first US jet unit. Honorably discharged in September 1945, Anse returned home to work in the oil industry for Roy Arrwood Oil Company.

In 1953 he married Lucille Edington Holland, and her two daughters Barbara Ann and Jo Ellen became their girls.  They bought a farm in Cross Cut, Texas and Anse continued to work in the oil industry while farming and raising cattle.  He was the best Grandad to his three grandchildren, teaching them to fish, swim and drive.

During retirement, Anse and Lucille moved to town and he served on the Cross Plains City Council and was a member and deacon of First Presbyterian Church.  Years later, they moved to Care Nursing Home in Brownwood, Texas to be closer to doctors.  In 2008 they became residents of Holiday Hill Nursing Home in Coleman, Texas, where they enjoyed many happy days together playing dominoes and listening to Elvis.

Anse is survived by his wife Lucille; two daughters, Ann Long of Brownwood and Jo Ellen Barr and husband James of Coleman; grandsons Donald Charles Long of San Antonio and Jody Barr of Coleman; granddaughter Leslie Barr Janca and husband I.G. of Georgetown;  great-grandsons Sam Janca and wife Kaci of San Angelo and George Janca of Georgetown; great-granddaughter Reagan Barr Hadden and husband Matt of Coleman; Great-Great-Grandsons Luke and Connor Hadden of Coleman;  nieces Charlsye Barr Morris of Brownwood, Dorothy Barr Arnwine of Merkel, Linda Lair of Belton, and Emma Dee Worthy Coppinger of Miles;  Billy Doris Harris of Baird; and numerous great nieces and nephews.

Anse is preceded in death by his parents; three sisters Zelda Long, Sybil Worthy and Alta Harris; brothers Dee and Loran Barr; and son-in-law, N.L. Long.

Visitation will be at 1:00 pm Tuesday, June 30, prior to the Funeral service at 2:00 pm at Higginbotham Funeral Home Chapel in Cross Plains, Texas with burial to follow at Cross Plains Cemetery. The family asks that memorials be made to Holiday Hill Nursing Home, Hospice of the Big Country, or the charity of your choice.

Thomas “Bud” Heiser, 85, of Coleman, died Friday, June 26

Thomas “Bud” Heiser, 85, of Coleman, died Friday, June 26

Thomas “Bud” Heiser, 85, of Coleman, died Friday, June 26, 2015 at Coleman County Medical Center.  A memorial service with Military Honors will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 11, 2015 at Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home, 1503 South Gaston Street, Crane, Texas, with Joseph Buse officiating.  Inurnment will be in the Crane County Cemetery, under the direction of Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home.  Arrangements in Coleman are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Bud Heiser was born November 12, 1929 in Millersview in Concho County to Albert L. Heiser and Marie Barsch Heiser.  He grew up in Millersview and also in Glen Cove in Coleman County.  He served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1955 in Germany.  Bud worked as a mechanic at Durham’s Garage in Coleman.  In 1975, Bud married Wanda Weddle in Crane.  Bud worked for the County of Crane of many years as mechanic and heavy equipment operator.  He was also a member of the Crane Volunteer Fire Department, Commander of the American Legion in Crane and was very active in the Crane County 4-H.  He was also a member of Crane Christian Church.  Bud and Wanda moved back to Coleman in 1995.

Bud loved to hunt and fish, loved dancing, going to auctions and watching western movies and television shows.  His greatest love, though, was his grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He was known as “Mr. Trouble” to all of them.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Heiser of Coleman, two sons, David Heiser and wife, Lynn, of Abilene, Tony Heiser and wife, Shelly, of Coleman; special children adopted by love, Joseph and Mary Buse of Norton; sister, Gertrude Johnson of Midland; grandsons, Jonathan Campbell and wife, Jeanie, of Abilene, Adam Heiser and wife, Melissa, of Abilene, Nicholas Heiser of Dallas, Scott Heiser of Dallas, Justin Heiser of Abilene; granddaughter, Stephenia Salge and husband, Jeremy, of Baird; 15 great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, numerous nieces and nephews and his special companion, Princess.

Besides his parents, Bud was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

The family of Thomas “Bud” Heiser would like to thank “Bud’s Special Girls,” the nurses at Coleman County Medical Center and at CMS Health Care.

Memorial donations may be made to the Coleman County Humane Society, P. O. Box 282, Coleman, Texas 76834 or the donor’s favorite charity.

Condolences maybe left at www.livingmemorials.com.

The Rev. Carl D. Reimers Jr. passed away Wednesday, June 17

The Rev. Carl D. Reimers Jr. passed away Wednesday, June 17

The Rev. Carl D. Reimers Jr. passed away peacefully at his home Wednesday, June 17, 2015.

Memorial service: 11 a.m. Thursday, July 9, at Princeton University Chapel in Princeton, N.J.

The Rev. Reimers was born Jan. 17, 1930, in Richmond, Va. He spent his formative years growing up in Fort Worth with his loving parents, Charles Dietrich and Ray Saunders Reimers. After graduating from St. Mark's School of Texas, he went on to graduate from Northwestern University.

Realizing that he desired a career to serve both man and God, he received a master of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and further graduate studies at Harvard Divinity School. After his formal education, he became the minister at First Presbyterian Church in Coleman, Texas. Three years later, in 1959, he was recruited to become the assistant dean of the chapel at Princeton University, serving as minister and professor.

In 1970 he went on to become chairman of the Religion Department at Princeton Day School where he remained until he retired in 1993. He loved his years at Princeton Day School as a teacher, advisor and later dean of students.

The "Rev," as his students at PDS affectionately called him, was a beloved teacher, mentor and friend. Many former students would contact him well after retirement for advice and to officiate at their weddings and children's baptisms. He had an infectious personality with an abundant sense of humor.

Carl served on various Boards including Princeton Day School, Historic Morven, Princeton University Art Museum and the Council for Religion in Independent Schools. He was a member of the Century Association in New York and an honorary member of the Princeton Ivy Club.

Survivors: Son, Carl D. Reimers III, his son's wife, Pamela, and their children, Grace Pauline and Charles Damon Reimers of Greenwich, Conn. He cherished his stepsons from his marriage to the late Jane G. Irwin, Watt W. and Thomas B. Reynolds of Fort Worth.

Martha Marie “Marty” Palmore, 67, of Rising Star, passed away Wednesday, June 24

Martha Marie “Marty” Palmore, 67, of Rising Star, passed away Wednesday, June 24

Martha Marie “Marty” Palmore, 67, of Rising Star, died Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at Rising Star Nursing Home in Rising Star.  Graveside service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 26, 2015 at the Coleman City Cemetery Pavilion.  Services are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home, 400 West Pecan Street, Coleman.

Martha Marie “Marty” Palmore was born January 16, 1948 in Lampasas to John Jefferson Johnson, Sr. and Maddie Ruth Biddie Johnson.  Her family moved around during her growing up years, living in Texas, Missouri and back to Texas.  She moved to Rising Star in 1980.  She worked as the Activity Director at Rising Star Nursing Home.  She was a Baptist.

Survivors include three sisters and one brother, Annie Jo Perry of Harwood, John Jefferson Johnson, Jr. of Abilene, Hazel Victoria Rowlette of Hamilton, Ohio, Betty Elizabeth Hickman of Rising Star and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Marty was also preceded in death by a son, Charles Frances Dywer and two brothers, Andrew Jackson Johnson and Jerry Dean Johnson.

Condolences for the family can be left at www.livingmemorials.com.
 

Terry G. Wireman, 67, passed away Wednesday, June 17

Terry G. Wireman, 67, passed away Wednesday, June 17

Paint Rock, Texas - Terry G. Wireman, loving husband, father, grand-father, brother and friend passed from his earthly home and entered into joyous celebration with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 17, 2015 surrounded by his loving family.  Terry was 67.

The Wireman family received friends Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Rosewood Memorial Funeral Home in Ballinger, Texas.  A Celebration of Life for Terry was held on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 3:00 pm at Rosewood Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.

Terry was born on Thursday, May 20, 1948 in Coleman, Texas to Lawrence and Mary Virginia Wireman. Terry was a graduate of Coleman High School.   Terry was a member of the United State Army in which he served his country as a master welder and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal.  Terry married the love of his life Lesa Whitehead on July 31, 1977  in Ingram, Texas.

Terry's love and passion for his Heavenly Father radiated through him in everything Terry did.  Over the years Terry and his wife  Lesa shared their love for Jesus Christ with countless lost souls showing them the love and truth of  Jesus Christ.  Terry's creativity with his hands can be seen in everything that he did with his life.  His love for music, horseback riding and arrowhead hunting are passions that he passed to his family and friends. 

God's true blessing on Terry was his passion to make people look and feel beautiful.    For over 45 years, Terry's talent as a master hairstylist touched  many people worldwide.  His professionalism was so evident in him, that following in her father's footsteps, his daughter Arett became a master stylist.  This talent blessed Terry with him being honored with a faithful clientele base throughout the State of Texas.    Terry's many  passions will continue to be found blessings and memories to his family and friends.

Preceding Terry in death is his father Lawrence G. Wireman.

Terry is survived by his loving wife Lesa Wireman of Paint Rock; his mother Mary Virginia Arnold Wireman of San Angelo, Texas; his son Sieth Wireman and wife Amy Wireman of Reagan County, Texas; his two daughters Arett Wireman-Mc Larty and husband Eric Mc Larty; Fara Baker and husband Thomas Baker all of San Angelo, Texas; his brother Mickey Wireman and wife Peggy Wireman of Hunt, Texas; and his eight grandchildren.

Terry's music and laughter will be missed by all.

The Wireman Family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Rosewood Memorial Funeral Home of Ballinger, Texas.

Family and friends may sign an online register book at www.rosewoodmemorialfuneralhome.com
 

Carrol “C W” Boatright age 79 of Coleman, passed from this life on Monday, June 22

Carrol “C W” Boatright age 79 of Coleman, passed from this life on Monday, June 22

Carrol “C W” Boatright age 79 of Coleman,Texas passed from this life on Monday, June 22, 2015 at 1:30 am at the Coleman County Medical Center.

Services will be Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at11:00 am at Henderson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Don Harmes officiating.  Interment will follow at the Coleman Cemetery with Military Honors and services directed by Henderson Funeral Home of Coleman. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6:00 till7:00 pm at Henderson Funeral Home.

He was born Carrol Wayne Boatright on December2, 1935 in Gouldbusk, Texas to Hardy Anson and Dora Bell Smith Boatright.

In September of 1962 Carrol married Charlie Mae Davis in Coleman.  Charlie Mae preceded him in death in 2006.  Carrol was raised in Coleman County, where he attended school.  He and his family lived abroad for many years, while he worked as a consultant in the oilfield.  He served his country in the U S Army and was a member of the Community Baptist Church.

Survivors
2 Daughters—Deanna Boatright ofColeman
Peggy Boatright Deaver of Coleman,Texas
2 Brothers—Phillip Boatright ofHumble, Texas
Joe Boatright of Peru
5 Grandchilden—Tara Boatright, KendraBoatright
Michael Malaer, Thomas Malaer, &Weston Boatright
10 Great Grandchilden

Carrol was preceded in death by hisparents and by
Son - Charlie Wayne Boatright, Sr &Grandson - Charlie Wayne Boatright, Jr.
2 Brothers—Delbert Boatright & Richard Boatright
Several Nieces and Nephews

Pallbearers
Michael Malaer. Dylon Boatright, Billy Clough
Robert Storey, Gerald Storey, Stanley Faris

Lloyd Marvin (Mac) Rolin, Sr., passed away Tuesday, June 2

Lloyd Marvin (Mac) Rolin, Sr., passed away Tuesday, June 2

Lloyd Marvin (Mac) Rolin Sr., born November 12, 1941 Purcell, Oklahoma, passed away Tuesday, June 2, 2015 in Clinton, Arkansas.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 2:30 PM.
Burkett Cemetery

Alton Lee “Blackie” Kidd, Sr., 88, of Midland went to be with his Lord on Friday, June 19

Alton Lee “Blackie” Kidd, Sr., 88, of Midland went to be with his Lord on Friday, June 19

Alton Lee “Blackie” Kidd, Sr., 88, of Midland went to be with his Lord on Friday, June 19, 2015 at Midland Memorial Hospital. Viewing will be from 8:00am-9:00pm on Friday at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home with a visitation from 6:00pm-8:00pm that evening.

Funeral services will be at 9:00am on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Chapel with interment following at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Blackie was born on May 6, 1927 to Alton Boyd and Fleeta Kidd in Gotebo, OK. After he graduated from Coleman High School, he joined the US Navy and served from June 1, 1945 to August 16, 1946. While enlisted, Blackie was stationed in San Diego, Pearl Harbor, and the Marshall Islands.

After his honorable discharge in 1946, he began his 33 year career with the United States Postal Service. During that time, he served six years in the Texas State Guard as Commanding Officer of Company D, 403rd Military Police Battalion. He was awarded the Texas Medal of Merit and held the rank of Captain upon his discharge.

Blackie married Edna Brackeen on June 10, 1957 in Lovington, New Mexico. She was the true love of his life and together the couple raised six children, Cheryl “Sherry”, Weldon Eugene, Gary Dean, Alton Lee, Jr., Sheila Ruth, and Barry Lynn.

Survivors include his sisters, Doris Hudson of Moran, TX, Betty Vaugh of Coleman, TX, Bobbye Straach of Coleman, TX, and Patty Ann Cates of Houston, TX; son, Alton Lee Kidd, Jr. and wife, Barbara, of Brownwood, TX; daughter, Sheila Ruth Masdon and husband, Steve, of Grandbury, TX; son, Barry Lynn Kidd, Sr. and wife, Kimberly, of Goodyear, AZ; eighteen grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would also like to include his very special friend and companion, Debbie Erskin.

Blackie was preceded in death by his parents, Alton Boyd and Fleeta Olive Kidd; wife, Edna Brackeen Kidd; daughter, Cheryl “Sherry” Garrett; and his sons, Weldon Eugene Kidd and Gary Dean Kidd.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be sent to one of Blackie’s favorite charities, The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences may be made at www.npwelch.com.

Morris Mayo, 93, of Coleman passed away Wednesday, June 17

Morris Mayo, 93, of Coleman passed away Wednesday, June 17

Morris Mayo, 93, of Coleman died Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at Coleman County Medical Center.  Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel, 400 West Pecan Street, Coleman, with Rev. Daniel Stovall officiating, assisted by Rev. David Jenkins.  Burial will be in the Glen Cove Cemetery, under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Morris Mayo was born July 27, 1921 in Coleman to Lee Washington (L. W.) Mayo and Lillie Bera Lanham Mayo.  He grew up and attended school in Glen Cove and Coleman.  He served in the United States Air Force during World War II.  On January 15, 1943, he married Ottie Ruth Martin in Ballinger.  Morris owned Mayo Supply from 1960 to 1983.  He was also a rancher and a Deacon at Central Baptist Church for many years.  He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years and a member of Concho Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Ottie Ruth Mayo of Coleman; three sons, Severn Mayo of Voss, J.D. Mayo and wife, Margie, of Coleman, Michael Lee Mayo and wife, Sharon, of Coleman; eight grandchildren, Mark Mayo, Duane Mayo, Lance Mayo, Vikki Raincrow, Lori Cook, Mika Mayo, Ronnie Mayo, Amy Bledsoe; 14 great grandchildren, Caleb Mayo, Natalie Mayo, Madison Mayo, Beau Mayo, Blake Mayo, Dakota Raincrow, Christine Wilson, Drake York, Mikayla Mayo, Zeke Mayo, Kyle Mayo, Rick Mayo, Casey Bledsoe, Kensi Bledsoe; two great-great children, Faith Ann Forsythe, Brayden Forsythe; sister-in-law, Geraldine Monroe of Coleman and several step-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by two brothers, Fern Mayo and J. P. Mayo and a sister, Faye Mayo.

Family visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 19, 2015 at Stevens Funeral Home.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.livingmemorials.com.

Annie Portales, 82 of Rockwood, passed away May 28

Annie Portales, 82 of Rockwood, passed away May 28

A memorial service for Annie Portales, age 82, of Rockwood, will be at 4:00 PM, Saturday, June 20, 2015 in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel.

Ms. Portales died May 28, 2015 in Brownwood.

Annie Ales Portales was born on January 21, 1933 in Oxford, Mississippi to Andrew Lester and Eunice (Echols) Ales. She was raised in Mississippi and was a resident of Sweetwater before moving to Rockwood in 2010.  Annie worked as a hospital dietician before retirement.

Annie is survived by five children, James Roy, Sylvia Roy Gooden, Billy Joe Roy, Michael Roy, and Randy Roy; four grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a grandson, Daniel Perez.

Condolences can be offered to the family at heartlandfuneralhome.net.

Mildred “Billie” Ricke, 83 of Medicine Lodge, KS passed away Monday, June 8

Mildred “Billie” Ricke, 83 of Medicine Lodge, KS passed away Monday, June 8

Mildred “Billie” Ricke, 83 of Medicine Lodge, KS died Monday, June 8, 2015 at Via Christi-St. Francis Hospital, Wichita, KS.  Billie is lovingly known as "Baki" by family and friends.

She was born on May 16, 1932 in San Angelo, TX, the daughter of Jewel Edgar Farris and Okla Belle (Avants) Farris.  She is survived by her husband, Frank Ricke, whom she married on Oct. 1, 1983.

Billie was a graduate of Coleman High School in Coleman, TX.  She was a member of Assembly of God Church, Medicine Lodge, KS.

Surviving in addition to her husband, Frank Ricke are one son, Rusty (Karen) Winn of Bellville, TX; two daughters, Amy K. Winn of Houston, TX and Nancy Winn of Abilene, TX; two step-daughters, Dianna Ricke-Peden (Edward Peden) of Topeka, KS and Cindy (Danny) Archuleta of Kiowa, KS; one sister, Myrna Brink Ellison of Coleman, TX; nine grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
Billie was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Pete and Jerry Farris.

In accordance with her wishes, Billie. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Coleman, Texas with Pastor Dick Schultz officiating.

Memorials may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1000 Clow St., Coleman, Texas 76834.

Jack Douglas Haney, 89, of Temple, passed away Saturday, June 13

Jack Douglas Haney, 89, of Temple, passed away Saturday, June 13

Funeral services for Jack Douglas Haney, 89, of Temple, was held Tuesday June 16, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at Scanio-Harper Funeral Home with Rev. Brent Boatwright officiating.  Burial was in Bellwood Memorial Park in Temple.

Mr. Haney died Saturday in a Temple Living Center.

Mr. Haney was born March 30, 1926 in Coleman to Ira Elbert Haney and Eva May Smith Haney.  He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.  He married Alpha Rutherford October 23, 1946.  She preceded him in death April 12, 1996.  He married Belva Scott May 31, 1997 in Belton.  He worked for Santa Fe Railroad as a brakeman, conductor and switchman for forty years having retired in 1987.  He lived in Sweetwater before moving to Temple.  He was a fifty year member of United Transportation Union.  He was a member of First Baptist Church of Academy, where he was a deacon and American Legion Post 133.

Survivors include his wife Belva Haney of Temple; daughter Barbara Bentle of Sweetwater; son Paul Haney of Heidenheimer; step son Rickey Scott of Moffat, step daughters Debra Scott of Academy and Gwyn Casavant of Heidenheimer; two grandchildren and eight step grandchildren, four great grandchildren, eight step great grandchildren and one step great great grandchild.

Guestbook and obituary at www.scanioharperfuneralhome.com.

Manuel Salazar, Sr. age 84 of Santa Anna, passed away on Saturday, June 13

Manuel Salazar, Sr. age 84 of Santa Anna, passed away on Saturday, June 13

Manuel Salazar, Sr. age 84 of Santa Anna, Texas passed from this life on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 9:03 am at the Senior Care Center of Brownwood.

Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday at 11:00am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Romanus Akamike officiating.  Interment will follow at the Santa Anna Cemetery with services underthe direction of Henderson Funeral Home of Santa Anna.  Rosary is set for Monday at 7:00pm at Henderson Funeral Home.

Manuel was born on December, 24, 1930 in Coleman County, Texas to Alberto and Maria Frausto Salazar. He was raised in Santa Anna where he attended Santa Anna Schools.  On March 16, 1957 he married the love of his life Ruth Dela Rosa in Coleman, Texas and they celebrated fifty six years of marriage.

Ruth preceded him in death in 2013.  Manuel was a lifelong resident of Santa Anna where he and Ruth raised their family and participated in their community.  He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and retired in 2000, from Santa Fe Railroad, as a machine operator.

Surviving are two sons, Salvador Salazar and wife Maria of Brownwood and JR Salazar of Santa Anna; three brothers, Robert Salazar of Santa Anna, Benito Salazar of Mexico and Arthur Salazar of Acuna, Mexico; seven grandchildren, Montana Salazar, Larisa Waddle, Jayson Greenlee, Seth Salazar,
Jaryd Salazar, Albert Salazar and Matthue Salazar; two great grandchildren, Mia & Mavery Salazar.

In addition to his wife, Manuel was also preceded in death by 2 sons; Joe Alberto Salazar in 198 and Michael Salazar in 2007.

Pallbearers: Seth Salazar, Jaryd Salazar, Matthue Salazar, Albert Salazar, Colt Waddle and Chris Silva

Robert W. Stamper, age 73, of Coleman passed away June 11

Robert W. Stamper, age 73, of Coleman passed away June 11

Robert W Stamper, age 73, of Coleman passed away Thursday morning, June 11, 2015, at his residence. Services will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Monday, June 15 at 2 pm, under the direction of Allcorn Funeral & Cremation Care. Visitation will be 5-7 pm, Sunday, June 14th at Allcorn Funeral Care, with a Rosary at 7 pm.
Robert was born September 27, 1941, in Coleman, to Vernon Debs and Toribia Holquin Stamper. He grew up in Coleman and attended Coleman schools. He married Susie Dela Cruz in Winters, TX on November 12, 1966.

He was an active member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He retired as a butcher, working at several area meat companies, and later retired as a custodian at Coleman Independent School District. He was also a former employee of Stemple Manufacturing.
Robert will be remembered as a very humorous person who always had a one liner for his friends. He always had a sweet disposition and was very caring for his friends and family. Even though his illness he never complained, and always found the joy of the day.

He is survived by his wife Susie Stamper, of Coleman; Daughter Glynda Mayo and husband Lance, of Coleman; Son Robert Daniel Stamper and spouse Christina Rushing, of Coleman; Two Sisters, Ida Perry and husband Lee, and Delia Salazar and husband Johnny, all of Santa Anna; One Brother, Vernon B Stamper and wife Sofia, of Coleman; Four grandchildren: Katlyn M. Stamper, Robert James Stamper, Beau D. Mayo, and Blake O. Mayo. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

He was preceded in death by two sisters Virgina Stamper and Mary Corina Gauna, and a twin brother Albert Stamper.

Memorials are requested be made to Gentiva Hospice.

Friends and family are encouraged to leave a condolence at   www.allcornfuneralcare.com
 

George L. Saez, Sr., 73, of Coleman, passed away Monday, June 8

George L. Saez, Sr., 73, of Coleman, passed away Monday, June 8

George L. Saez, Sr., 73, of Coleman, died Monday, June 8, 2015, at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.  Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 11, 2015 at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel, 400 West Pecan Street, Coleman, with Rev. Tony Pittman officiating, assisted by Rev. James Posey and George Saez, Jr.  Burial will follow in the Burkett Cemetery, under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

George L. Saez, Sr., was born January 15, 1942 in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico to Jose Luis and Marie Antoinette Saez.  At the age of eight, he moved with his family to Chicago, Illinois.  In 1964, he married Hope Martinez in Chicago.  He worked as a mechanic.  In 1997, he moved to Coleman.  He loved fishing and sharing the Gospel.  He was a member of the Jesus Saves Ministries in Coleman.

Survivors include four children, George Saez, Jr. and wife, Tina, of Houston, Jose Luis Saez and wife, Fabesi, of Chicago, Marie Saez of Chicago, Richard Saez and wife, Elisha, of Chicago; one sister, Daisy Saez of Ohio; two brothers, Tony Saez of Chicago, Alberto Saez of California and 20 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Hope, on September 3, 2001.

Visitation with the family will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at Stevens Funeral Home.

Condolences for the family may be left at www.livingmemorials.com.

Alma Barnes Wright passed away on June 6

Alma Barnes Wright passed away on June 6

Alma Lorene Crosby was born in Coleman County Texas on April 29, 1917 and passed away on June 6, 2015 in Roswell, New Mexico.

She was born to T.H. and Nora Crosby and had nine brothers and sisters all of whom preceded her in death. On September 19, 1936, she married F.L. (Pud) Barnes. They were blessed with two daughters, Juanita and Patsy. In 1956, they moved to New Mexico where Alma lived until her death. Pud preceded her in death on January 1, 1979. In September 1980, she married Cullon Wright. He preceded her in death in 1999. She was also preceded in death by one granddaughter, Leslie Hammonds.

She is survived by her daughter Juanita Cross and husband, Buck of Clovis, NM; daughter Patsy Bynum and husband, Bill of Roswell, NM; granddaughter Daina Roberts and husband, Ray of Rio Rancho, NM; grandson Mitch Hammonds and wife, Michelle of Clovis, NM; granddaughter Darya Bynum of Roswell, NM; eight great-grandchildren and six great great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two stepsons and their families.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until 12 noon on Friday, June 12, at Stevens Funeral Home, 400 W. Pecan Street, Coleman, Texas.  Graveside service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday at Coleman Cemetery with Rev. Daniel Stovall, pastor of Concho Baptist Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in the Coleman Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Nina Marie Aydelotte, 88, of Coleman passed away Saturday, June 6

Nina Marie Aydelotte, 88, of Coleman passed away Saturday, June 6

Nina Marie Aydelotte, 88, of Coleman, died Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Coleman County Medical Center.

She was born Nina Marie Smith on November 26, 1926 to Lee Smith and Hattie Mae Sorrels Smith.  She grew up in Coleman County and attended school at Jim Ned.  On November 27, 1957, she married Eugene Frank Aydelotte in Coleman.  She worked as a waitress at Conger’s Café for a short time.  Nina loved being and working outside, whether it was tending her flower garden, going to garage sales or taking care of animals.  Nina was also very active at Emmanuel Baptist Church, where she has been a member since 2005.

Survivors include three children, Jimmy Aydelotte of Coleman, Billie Jean Tune of Coleman, Phyllis Miller Coleman; two grandchildren, Carla Elaine Marquez of Odessa, Kenneth Lee Miller of Coleman and one great of grandson, Stephen Wilson of Haltom City.

She was preceded in death by a son, Arthur Clevenger; six brothers and sisters, Marlin Wayne Smith, Alvin Eugene Smith, Avalee Smith, Kenneth James Smith, J.C. Smith and Eva Mae Farmer.

Visitation with the family will be from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, June 8, 2015 at Stevens Funeral Home, 400 West Pecan Street, Coleman.

The family requests memorial donations be made to the ASPCA, Shriner’s Hospital for Children or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Condolences for the family may be left at www.livingmemorials.com.

Barbara L. Cook, 73, of Coleman, passed away Thursday, June 4

Barbara L. Cook, 73, of Coleman, passed away Thursday, June 4

Barbara L. Cook, 73, of Coleman, died Thursday, June 4, 2015 at her residence.  Funeral service will be 3:00 p.m. Monday, June 8, 2015 at Stevens Funeral Home, 400 West Pecan Street, Coleman, with Rev. James Posey officiating.  Services are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

She was born Barbara Louise Matney on June 6, 1941 in Terlton, Oklahoma to Cecil Albert Matney and Mary Rebecca Morris Matney.  Barbara grew up in Oklahoma, Arizona and California.  She worked as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in hospitals and nursing homes in New Mexico and Texas.  She moved to Coleman in 2011 from Abilene, where she lived for three years and had lived in Brownfield.  She was a member Bethel Baptist Church in Brownfield.

Barbara adored her grandchildren, great grandchildren and her one great-great grandchild.  She loved spending time with them.

Survivors include seven children, Albert Wright of Porum, Oklahoma, Mary Wright of Lake Coleman, Lee Wright of Alamogordo, New Mexico, Lola Wright of San Antonio, Randy Wright of Lake Coleman, Patty Wright-Kirk of Clyde, Frank Jones of San Diego, California; 14 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by 12 brothers and sisters.

Visitation with the family will be from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, June 7, 2015 at Stevens Funeral Home.

Condolences for the family may be left at www.livingmemorials.com.

William “Dub” Franklin, age 83, passed away Tuesday, June 2

William “Dub” Franklin, age 83, passed away Tuesday, June 2

William B. Franklin (Dub), 83 died June 2, 2015 at his home, in Santa Anna, following a brief illness.

He leaves his wife of 18 years, Venessa (Wright) Franklin; son, Ronald Franklin and wife Daphne Franklin; daughters, Verlinda Ferreira, Brenda Funez, Meada Green and Sonia Fields; step-daughter, Paula (Harris) Buckley; step-sons, Anthony (Gray) Franklin, Josh and Adam LaPin; brothers, Donald Franklin and wife Nancy Franklin, Tom Elder and his partner Patricia Luna; sisters, Bonnie Owen and Willie George; 17 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sisters Wynell Patton and Glenda Ferreira.

Dub was born in O’Donnell, Texas 1932 to William Benjamin Franklin and Opal Fay Taylor Franklin. In his early teen years, his parents moved the family to California, as they were migrant workers harvesting the fruits and vegetables from the San Joaquin Valley and as far north, to the state of Washington.

In his early 20’s, he worked for Kroehler Furniture in Pittsburg, California assembling and upholstering furniture. Music was Dub’s first love and he left the 9 to 5 job to pursue his musical ambitions and formed a band that he named “Dub and the Naturals.” Dub and his band played at many clubs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

At the end of 50’s decade he took his band to Reno, Nevada Area. Notable saloons in which he successfully entertained fans with his Country and Western style music, The Bucket of Blood in Virginia City and The Branding Iron in Sparks, Nevada.

By the mid 60’s he eventually curtailed his professional music career only playing weekends while pursuing commercial fishing, starting up his own fishing company harvesting fish bait in the California Delta waterways and the San Pablo Bay.

Before the decade of the 70’s came to a close, Dub made his way back to Texas, to the small town of Santa Anna where his mother’s roots were established in the late 1800’s. While in Texas, Dub worked in the oil fields on the rigs as a roughneck and other miscellaneous jobs.

In 1986 Dub bought a historic opera house in downtown Santa Anna that was built in 1887. The previous owner had converted the old building into a restaurant. After Dub purchased the building, he continued to operate the restaurant, renaming it “Dubs Opera House.” Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner at his restaurant, his briskets and other meats were smoked in his replica six-shooter smoker complimented with his original BBQ sauce became well known throughout the state of Texas. The locals and travelers also called the restaurant the “Smoking Gun”. In addition to his establishment, Dub entertained the patrons with his music and the music of his guest musicians.

After 24 years of the restaurant business, Dub retired in 2007. The “Smoking Gun” was moved to his home where he occasionally BBQ for his family and friends. He raised an annual vegetable garden each season, also planted several fruit trees, which he harvested the fruits and vegetables.

His family and the hundreds of friends that he made over the years will miss Dub. God Bless Dub. Peace and Love to our family and friends.

William “Dub” Franklin’s Celebration of Life will be held at his home, 1501 Plainview Road, Santa Anna on Saturday evening, June 6th at 5:00 p.m. Viewing hours for Mr. Franklin are 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 5that Stevens Funeral Home, 400 West Pecan Street, Coleman, Texas 76834.

A private burial service for Mr. Franklin will be held at O’Donnell, Texas.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.livingmemorials.com.

Wanda Sue Stephenson, age 74, of Leaday, passed away Tuesday, June 2

Wanda Sue Stephenson, age 74, of Leaday, passed away Tuesday, June 2

Wanda Sue Stephenson, age 74, of Leaday, passed away Tuesday morning, June 2, 2015, at Coleman County Medical Center, following a sudden illness.

Her body will be cremated under the direction of Allcorn Funeral Care of Coleman. With a family memorial services to be held later at the Leaday Cemetery.

She was born November 25, 1940, in Leaday the daughter of Ike and Mary Alice Gann Stephenson. She graduated from Millersview High School and later attended Howard Payne College. She worked for the Texas Highway Department in Austin, Brownwood, and West Texas, but had lived most of her life in the Leaday area. She was a long time member of Leaday Baptist Church.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews. Two sisters-in-law Dorothy Stephenson and Betty Stephenson Carter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Annette Galloway, and four brothers James, Howard, Lonnie, and Billy Stephenson.

Friends and family are encouraged to sign the guestbook at www.allcornfuneralcare.com.


Memorials are requested to be made to Leaday Baptist Church, Leaday Cemetery, or to the charity of your choice.
 

Darrell Eugene Garner, age 80, former Coleman resident, passed away March 30

Darrell Eugene Garner, age 80, former Coleman resident, passed away March 30

Darrell Eugene Garner, age 80, former Coleman resident, died March 30, 2015 in Florida.  He was born October 31, 1934 in Doole, Texas, a son of James and Gladys Garner.

After growing up in and around Coleman, Darrell joined the Texas National Guard and then the United States Army.  He was stationed in Italy for three years and two three year tours in Germany.  He was then stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma where his four children attended and graduated high school.  During this period he served in Viet Nam and Korea.  Darrell took his last command at Fort Stewart, Georgia, ending his nearly three decades of service to this country.  He and Becky then moved to Florida where he worked for Martin-Marietta and ultimately retired.  They established a new home and circle of friends there and he will be dearly missed by his Florida family.

He married Rebecca LaVon Blaylock on December 31, 1952.

He is survived by his wife; four children, Stephen and wife Ilia, Cindy and husband Mike, Richard and wife Chris and Terri; seven grandchildren, Eric Garner and wife Jennifer, Lauren Garcia and husband Lester, Luke Noland, Savannah Heidloff and husband David, Russell Noland, Alex Zacco, Shannon Zacco; four great-grandchildren, Hudson Garner, Maxwell Garner, Reese Garner and Logan Heidloff.  He is also survived by a brother Larry and sisters Avell and Sandra.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Gladys Garner, brothers, Bill, Jim and Garland.

A Memorial Service with Military Honors will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 6 in the Stevens Funeral Home Chapel in Coleman, with Rev. Brad Slaten, pastor of First United Methodist Church, officiating.  Inurnment will follow in the family plot in Coleman Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Julie Ann Durham, age 49, of Coleman passed away Saturday May 30

Julie Ann Durham, age 49, of Coleman passed away Saturday May 30

Julie Ann Durham, age 49, of Coleman passed away Saturday May 30, 2015 in the Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 11 AM Tuesday in the Rough Creek Cemetery with Bro. Don Harmes officiating.  Burial will follow under the direction of Allcorn Funeral Care of Coleman.  Visitation will be held from 6 till 7:30 PM on Monday at the funeral home.

She was born June 25, 1965 in  Levelland, TX. The daughter of Archie and Shelia Dale Durham and had lived in Coleman most of her life. Julie graduated Coleman High School in 1984. She was active member in her community helping anyone who needed it. Julie was a loving mother to her only child, Nathan Gray who will be forever be in her heart.  She worked at several local business as a cook until becoming disabled.  She was a member of the Community Baptist Church of Coleman.

Julie is survived by a son, Nathan Gray of Coleman, TX; parents, Archie and Shelia Durham of Coleman, TX; her grandmother, Mary Anna Dale of Coleman, TX; a brother and sister and law, Alan and Stacy Durham of Magnolia, TX; a niece, Danielle Annette Durham and a nephew, David Alan Durham Magnolia, TX and her best friend Debbie Hanson.

She preceded in death by her granddad Vardie Dale and Sandra Stewart.

In lieu of Flowers please make donations to Coleman Community Baptist Church 218 Lackland Coleman, TX.  76834 or the charity of your choice.

Friends are encouraged to sign the guestbook at www.allcornfuneralcare.com
 

Velma R. (Booger) Handy, age 88, of Coleman, passed away Saturday, May 30

Velma R. (Booger) Handy, age 88, of Coleman, passed away Saturday, May 30

Velma R. (Booger) Handy, age 88, of Coleman, passed away Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Holiday Hill Nursing Home.  Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, in Stevens Funeral Home Chapel with Bob Martin, minister of Elm Street Church of Christ, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Coleman Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

She was born Velma Rovena Gibson on March 12, 1927 in Milano, Milam County, Texas, a daughter of Byron George Gibson and Leola Isabelle Williams Gibson.  She grew up in Brownwood where she attended school.  She moved to Coleman in the 1940’s and has lived here since that time.  On April 26, 1971 she married Elgin Handy in Lawton, Oklahoma and he preceded her in death on July 28, 1994.  Mrs. Handy was the secretary for the City Manager of Coleman and retired from that position after 46 years.  She was a member of the Elm Street Church of Christ.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Billy Joe Adams and wife Kay of Coleman; three grandchildren, Natalie, Valerie and Glynda; five great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; several nieces and nephews including Georgann Humble of Winters and Sharon Allgood of Brownwood.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Gibson and a sister, Margie Tinney.

Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, at Stevens Funeral Home, 400 W. Pecan Street, Coleman.

Please leave condolences for the family at www.livingmemorials.com.

Mason Cook, infant, passed away Tuesday, May 26

Mason Cook, infant, passed away Tuesday, May 26

Mason Cook, infant son of William Boone and Haley Slate Cook of Early was born at Abilene Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, May 26 and was carried by the angels of heaven into the care of the Lord.

Private family services for Mason will be Friday, May 29th at the Rockwood Cemetery, under the direction of Allcorn Funeral Care.
Mason is survived by his parents Boone and Haley Cook; Sister, Kenzie Cook; Brother, Jace Cook;  Grandparents: Jimmie Gail & Steve Davis, of Coleman and Danny & Glenda Cook, of Early; Great-Grandmothers, Henrietta Gilbreath, of Brownwood and Martha Cook, of Rising Star. Several aunts, uncles, and cousins also survive.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather Dan Slate, and his great grandparents, Jim and Claudia Rutherford, Floyd Gilbreath, Johnny “Buddy” Cook and Darell & Ann Slate.

Friends and family are encouraged to sign the guestbook at www.allcornfuneralcare.com

Becky Lobstein Robbins, age 63, of Abilene, passed away Monday, May 25

Becky Lobstein Robbins, age 63, of Abilene, passed away Monday, May 25

Becky Lobstein Robbins, age 63, of Abilene, passed away Monday, May 25, 2015, at an Abilene hospital.  Funeral service will be 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Coleman Cemetery Pavilion with Carl Smith officiating.  Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Stevens Funeral Home, 400 W. Pecan Street, Coleman.

She was born Rebecca Ann Lobstein on August 27, 1951 in Coleman, Texas, a daughter of Eugene Lobstein and Mary Joan Smith Lobstein.  She grew up in Luling and attended school there.  She moved to Abilene in 1970 and was employed at the Taylor County Courthouse in the Motor Vehicle Division, before she became disabled.  She was Baptist.

Survivors include two daughters, Leassa Williams and Shelly Pool both of Abilene; three grandchildren, Colby Williams, Kayla Williams and Monica Wilson; one brother, Rick Lobstein of Las Vegas, Nevada.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Randy Lobstein.

Please leave condolences for the family at www.livingmemorials.com.

Harold Bragg, age 84, passed away Tuesday, May 26

Harold Bragg, age 84, passed away Tuesday, May 26

Harold Bragg, age 84, of Coleman County, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at his residence.  Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 28, at the North Main Church of Christ, 502 North Main, in Winters.  Burial will follow in the Glen Cove Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home, Coleman.

Harold Bragg was born September 26, 1930  in Runnels County, Texas, a son of Owen Bragg and Hazel Mae Grounds Bragg.  He grew up in the Talpa area and graduated from Talpa High School in 1948 and from Texas A & M University in 1952.  He served in the United States Army as a 1st Lieutenant and received an honorable discharge on May 27, 1954.

Harold was a rancher and sheep farmer all of his life in Coleman County.  On November 4, 1960, he married Helen Caruthers in Coleman and have celebrated 54 years of marriage.  He was active in many areas, including serving on the Talpa-Centennial School Board and Panther Creek School Board for over 30 years, with 25 years of school board service as president.  He has been an active leader, working with lamb feeding programs and with the 4-H Rifle Club and was named Outstanding 4-H Leader of Coleman County.  Harold is past president of the Coleman County Adult Leaders Association and has served for many years on the Livestock Show Committees for both Talpa-Centennial and Panther Creek.  He has also served as chairman of the Coleman County Sheep Subcommittee.  He helped develop the Coleman County Predator Control Board with the Extension and State Rodent and Predatory Animal Control Service.  In 2003, he was named Rural Citizen of the Year by the Coleman Chamber of Commerce.

Harold also served on the board of Overall-Morris Memorial Hospital for many years and was a member of the Coleman County Appraisal District Board.  He was currently a member of North Main Church of Christ in Winters where he served as an Elder.  He had also served as an Elder at Elm Street Church of Christ in Coleman.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Bragg; a son, Michael Harold Bragg and wife LaReshia of Dalhart; a daughter, Joy Christine Layer and husband Steve of Wylie; three grandchildren, Sterling Layer, Chelsea Layer and Jacob Layer;  two brothers, Glenn Bragg and wife JoLynn of Hondo and Dr. Larry Bragg and wife Cindy of Stephenville; one sister, Cheryl Bragg Moss of Midland; several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

Please leave condolences for the family at www.livingmemorials.com.

Herman Walker, 69, of Coleman, passed away Sunday, May 24

Herman Walker, 69, of Coleman, passed away Sunday, May 24

Herman L. Walker, 69, of Coleman, died Sunday, May 24, 2015 at his residence.  Graveside service will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at the Tye Cemetery in Tye.  Services are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home, Coleman.

Herman L. Walker was born December 26, 1945 in Lampasas, Texas to Herman Lincoln, Sr. and Nadine Jinsey Spivey.  He grew up in Lampasas and graduated from high school there.  He served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.  On November 11, 1988, he married Georgia Searles in Abilene.

Herman was a truck driver all of his life.  He worked for Coca-Cola in Big Spring and later worked for P.A.M. Transport as an over the road long haul driver.  Herman moved to from Tye to Coleman in 2011.

Survivors include six children, Debbie Rosales and husband, Silver, of Coleman, Randy Walker and wife, Kim, of Fort Worth, Kande Flowers and husband, Michael, of Corsicana, Kristy Lee and husband, Eric, of Clyde, Jim Bowen, Jr. and wife, Mistelle, of Desoto, Brian Bowen of Garland; two sisters, Linda Johnson and husband, Gary, of Lampasas, Patsy Ford of Poplar Bluff, Missouri; seven grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Georgia, on October 6, 2010.

Visitation with the family will be from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at Stevens Funeral Home, 400 West Pecan Street, Coleman.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Condolences for the family may be left at www.livingmemorials.com.
 

Marlie Watson, 68, of Coleman, passed away Thursday, May 21

Marlie Watson, 68, of Coleman, passed away Thursday, May 21

Marlie Watson, 68, of Coleman, died Thursday, May 21, 2015 at Holiday Hill Nursing Home.  A graveside funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015 at the Coleman City Cemetery Pavilion with Bro. Don Harmes officiating.  Burial will be in the Coleman City Cemetery, under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Marlie Watson was born September 3, 1946 in Coleman to J.C. Watson and Jo Ann Beal Watson.  He grew up and attended school in Coleman.  On May 24, 1969, he married Rebecca Smith in Coleman.  He worked in the oil field for many years.  For the last 15 years, he has been the Maintenance Supervisor at Hords Creek Lake.  Marlie has served as Director of the Coleman Rodeo Association, President of the Coleman Junior Rodeo Association and for the past 20 years has helped the Lion’s Club during their annual youth hunt at Hords Creek Lake.

Survivors include his wife, Becky Watson of Coleman; one daughter, Marla Foster and husband, David, of Eastland; one sister Kay McKinley of Coleman; one brother, Mike Meyers of Mission; three sisters-in-law, Connie Driskell and husband, Gary, of Coleman, Cathy Pickett of Coleman, Penny Foster and husband, Kyle, of Cross Plains; three grandchildren, Skye Hosch, Brynna Foster, and Landri Foster, all of Eastland; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Morris McDonald and Johnny Watson.

Visitation with the family will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 22, 2015 at Stevens Funeral Home, 400 West Pecan Street, Coleman.

Memorial donations may be made to the Coleman Rodeo Association or the American Heart Association.

Condolences may be left online at www.livingmemorials.com.

Johnny Wayne “Pete” Todd passed away Wednesday, May 20

Johnny Wayne “Pete” Todd passed away Wednesday, May 20

Johnny Wayne “Pete” Todd passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at Scott & White Medical Center in Temple.

Services will be held Saturday, May 23rd at 11 am, in the Allcorn Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Beau Whitaker and Rev. Benny M. Allcorn officiating. Burial will follow in the Glen Cove Cemetery under the direction of Allcorn Funeral & Cremation Care. Visitation will be held on Friday, May 22, 2015 from 6-8 pm, at Allcorn Funeral Care.

Johnny was born April 7, 1954, in San Antonio to Gerald (Jerry) and Helen (Herring) Todd.  He graduated from Coleman High School where he was active in the Bluecat football program.  He later graduated from Angelo State University with a degree in animal science.  He worked on the Rough Creek ranch near Novice as well as worked for the City of Coleman for 36 1/2 years. He was the water superintendent for the water filtration plant for the past several years.  He also ranched on the family ranch near Glen Cove. Johnny was a coach with the Little League Association, active in the Coleman Rodeo Association, a member of the Noon Lions Club, and avid Sunday golfer.  He was a supporter of the West Texas Boys Ranch and The Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  He was married to Jan Hambright Yates in Coleman on April 21, 2009 and had previously lived at Talpa, Glen Cove, and San Angelo.

He is survived by his wife, Jan Todd of Coleman; 2 Sons – Mitchell Lee “Mitch” Todd and wife Colette of Llano; Dustin Zane Todd of wife Courtney of Abilene; A Step-son Curtis Yates of Abilene; A Step-daughter- Megan Castro and family of San Antonio; His Mother – Helen Todd of Coleman; 4 Grandchildren- Kody Zane Todd, Gunner MacArthur Todd, Kellan Puckett Todd, and Charlee Jensen Todd; A Brother – Hubert Todd of Thrifty; and A Niece– Misty Todd of Houston.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Todd.

Memorials are requested to be made to the Lions Club, St. Jude’s Hospital, or West Texas Boys Ranch.
 

Martha Pritchard age 77 of Santa Anna, passed away on Monday, May 18

Martha Pritchard age 77 of Santa Anna, passed away on Monday, May 18

Martha Pritchard age 77 of Santa Anna, Texas passed from this life on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 10:39 am at Hendricks Medical Center in Abilene.

Services will be Wednesday at 2:00 pm at the FirstChristian Church with Rev. Kathy Monroe officiating.  Interment will follow at the Santa Anna Cemetery with services underthe direction of Henderson Funeral Home of Santa Anna.  The family will receive friends on Tuesday, from 6 till 7:30 pm at Henderson Funeral Home.

She was born Martha Ann Ray on May 14, 1938 in Coleman County to John Winfrey and Jewel Beatrice McDonald Ray.  Martha was a lifetime resident of Santa Annaand graduate of Santa Anna High School. On July 23, 1955 she married Don Pritchard inSanta Anna and they celebrated fifty three years of marriage.  Don preceded her in death in 2008.  She was a member of the First ChristianChurch of Santa Anna and Martha worked as a teller for the Coleman County StateBank many years until her retirement in 2003.

SURVIVORS
Daughter – Gayla & husband Terry Lishka of Santa Anna, Texas
Son – Mike & wife Mary B Pritchard of Santa Anna, Texas
8 Grandchildren
6 Great Grandchildren
2 Nephews

Martha was preceded in death by her parents, husband and
brother Donald Ray

Pallbearers
Uriah Chambers, Ricky Gregory, Stanley Hartman,
Bill Lohn, Paul Martin, Paul Niehues

Monroe Bethke, 87, of San Antonio, passed away on April 18

Monroe Bethke, 87, of San Antonio, passed away on April 18

Monroe Bethke, 87, of San Antonio, passed on April 18, 2015 from complications of heart and Alzheimer's Disease. Monroe was a banker and business man in Austin for many years. After retirement, he lived in Georgetown and Coleman before moving to San Antonio in 2007.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Virginia Wilson Straughan, four children, Dennis and Patricia Bethke, Debra Bethke, Donna Bethke, David and Marcy Bethke, two stepchildren, Marla and Jeff Frye, John and Enedelia Straughan, three sisters and one brother.  He had many beloved grand and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, his parents, one sister.

Special thanks to the staff at Holiday Hill Nursing Home, special caregivers, Holly Norris, Irene Bee, Bonnie Thurwalker, Eugene Riojas and his suite mate at Allen Center, Mr. George McCoy and his family.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. May 29, 2015 at Zion Lutheran Church in Walburg, Texas.

Arrangements were made with Stevens Funeral Home, Coleman.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.livingmemorials.com.

Jim Reid, 77, of Coleman, passed away on Thursday, May 14

Jim Reid, 77, of Coleman, passed away on Thursday, May 14

Jim Reid, 77, of Coleman, died Thursday, May 14, 2015 at Abilene Regional Medical Center.  Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel, 400 West Pecan Street, Coleman, with Rev. Joe Haynes officiating.  A committal service will be 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2015 at Sanco Cemetery in Coke County.  Services are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Jim Reid was born April 4, 1938 in San Angelo to Jim Lohn Reid, Jr. and Bertha Cleo Allred Reid.  He grew up in Robert Lee and Grand Prairie.  He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps from 1955 to 1957.  On his birthday in 1956, he married Betty Ophenia Palmer in Grand Prairie.  He worked as an electronics engineer for General Electric in Dallas and worked for the University of Houston-Clear Lake in the maintenance department, where he trained employees in HVAC maintenance.  He was also a retired Baptist minister.

Jim moved to Coleman in 2007.  He decided to open a computer repair service, and with the help of his wife, Fina, they owned and operated Coleman Gift & Craft Supply and Computer Service.  Jim was the best father and loved his family.

Survivors include his wife, Fina Reid of Coleman; five sons, Bobby Reid of Arlington, Billy Reid of Arlington, Jim Lohn Reid, IV, of Coleman, Larry Reid of Arlington, Terry Reid of Grand Prairie; four brothers and sisters, Wilber Reid of Dallas, Loyal Ray Reid of Grand Prairie, Berth-el Young of Houston, Eldred Reid of Galveston; several cousins, including Annie Fuqua and Howard Allred, both of Fort Worth that were raised as siblings; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a cousin, Samuel Arthur Allred that was raised as a brother.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Visitation with the family will be from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 17, 2015 at the funeral home.

Condolences may left for the family at www.livingmemorials.com.

Aleene Gallaway, 97, of Coleman, passed away Wednesday, May 13

Aleene Gallaway, 97, of Coleman, passed away Wednesday, May 13

Aleene Gallaway, 97, of Coleman, died Wednesday, May 13, 2015 in Albany.  Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel, 400 West Pecan Street, Coleman, with Joe Hailey officiating.  Burial will be in the Glen Cove Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Aleene Gallaway was born December 18, 1917 in Glen Cove to E.C. Jones and Verluna May Jones.  She grew up in Glen Cove and graduated from Coleman High School in 1935.  In December of 1935, she married Presley Taylor Gallaway in Talpa.  He preceded her in death in November of 1987.

Mrs. Gallaway moved back to Coleman in 1988, after living in Wingate for 13 years, New Mexico, California, Colorado and other places.  She loved to sew and quilt.  She was a great seamstress.  She was also a very active member at Elm Street Church of Christ.

Survivors include one son, Leon Gallaway and wife, Patti, of San Marcos; two daughters, Mary Ellen O’Connor and husband, Jim, of Runaway Bay, Sheila Jones and husband, Jay, of Albany; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was also preceded in death by three brothers, one sister and two daughters, Carolyn Sue Gallaway and Juanene Gallaway.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Stevens Funeral Home.

Memorial Donations may be made to the Christian Service Center of Abilene, 901 Mesquite Street
Abilene, Texas 79601.

Condolences for the family may be left at www.livingmemorials.com.

Nell Hart, age 96, of Coleman, passed away Monday, May 11

Nell Hart, age 96, of Coleman, passed away Monday, May 11

Nell Hart, age 96, of Coleman, passed away Monday, May 11, 2015, at Coleman County Medical Center.  Funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 14, in Stevens Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will follow in the Coleman Cemetery, under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

She was born Nellie Mae Pricer on September 13, 1918 in Bell County, Texas, a daughter of John Thomas Pricer and Dollie Brothers Pricer.   She moved with her family to Coleman in 1926 and she attended school in Voss, Anderson and Silver Valley.  On October 8, 1939 she married Haden B. Hart in Dewey, Texas and he preceded her in death on August 7, 1993.  Nell was a housewife and mother but she also worked as a cook at the school, hospital and nursing home.  She was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church in Cross Plains.

Survivors include three sons, Tommy Hart and wife Joy of Corsicana, Claude Hart and wife Judy of Kingsbury, Bobby Hart and wife Elfredia of Mineral Wells; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by 10 brothers and sisters, Joe Pricer, Grady Pricer, Bert  Pricer, Pearl Bonner, Lillie Pricer, Lon Pricer, Bill Pricer, Johnny Pricer, Luke Pricer and Mamie Pricer

Memorials may be made to any hospice organization.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until service time on Thursday at Stevens Funeral Home, 400 W. Pecan, Coleman, Texas. 

Retamay Gaines, passed away Monday, May 11

Retamay Gaines, passed away Monday, May 11

Retamay Gaines passed away Monday, May 11, 2015, at her residence.  Visitation will be held from 12:00 Noon until 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 14 at Stevens Funeral Home, followed by a graveside service at 2:00 in Coleman Cemetery.  The Rev. Brad Slaten, pastor of First United Methodist Church, will officiate.

Retamay Brown Gaines was born March 2, 1917 in Coleman, Texas to Fenton and Alma Thompson Brown.  She attended school in Coleman and graduated from Coleman High School in 1934.  She married Maynard Gaines in 1939 and he preceded her in death in 1991.

She worked more than fifty years in the Coleman business community, having retired most recently from Coleman County State Bank as Vice President and Assistant Trust Officer.    She worked in various businesses in Coleman from the time that she was a Senior in high school until she retired in 1988 after a 28 year career in banking.

She was active in First United Methodist Church, serving as trustee, lay leader, Sunday School teacher, and was a member of the United Methodist Women.  In 1982 she was named “Outstanding Citizen” by the Coleman Chamber of Commerce.  She was a member of the Captain William Buckner Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.  She was also a member of the Magna Carta Dames and the Huguenots.

As a member of the Good Neighbor Club, she worked many years with the Texas Home Demonstration Association, serving as state president.  She was a long-time member of the Board of Directors of Holiday Hill.

Survivors include cousins, Tim Thompson, Sr., Ted Thompson, Carol Thompson Miller, Barry Thompson, Jack Lauder, Amelia Miller Ausman, Mary Helen Wilkens, William Robert Thompson, Alan Gaines, Richard Gaines and Dennis Maynard Gaines.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church Stained Glass Preservation Fund, P. O. Box 852, Coleman, Texas 76834.

Condolences for the family may be left at www.livingmemorials.com.

Eddie G. Turner, age 65, passed away Friday May 8

Eddie G. Turner, age 65, passed away Friday May 8

Eddie G. Turner, age 65, of Coleman died Friday evening at the Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Wednesday in the Allcorn Funeral Chapel with Rev. Benny M. Allcorn officiating.  Burial will follow in the Mt. View Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 6 – 7:30 pm on Tuesday at the funeral home.

He was born May 25, 1949 in Andrews, Texas the son of the late Wayne G. and Ruby J. (Craig) Turner.  Following graduation from high school, he worked as a surveyor for several years.  He has been a resident of Coleman for the past 30 years and worked at several convenience stores in Coleman including Alsups and Skinnys as a store manager and also retail stores including Alco.  He had operated the concession stand for Granvil Burrow Auction Co for the past few years.
He will be remembered as a person who enjoyed people and especially his family.  He was a proud father and grandfather to his children.

He is survived by his two daughters, Crista Black of Midland and Sharon Turner of Coleman.
His two sons, Eddie Turner Jr, and Chip Turner both of Coleman
His grandchildren, Bradly Turner, Joshua Dixon, Alex Turner, Halie Dixon, Scott and Devin Black, and Ally Turner.
His two brothers, Dannie Turner of Fort Stockton and Larry Turner of Mississippi

Friends are encouraged to sign the guestbook at www.allcornfuneralcare.com

Katherine Hopper, age 91, of San Angelo, passed away May 5

Katherine Hopper, age 91, of San Angelo, passed away May 5

Mom was born October 28, 1923 in Gouldbusk, Texas, the sixth of seven children. She was raised on a farm where she swan in a tank and rode horses. She graduated from Mozelle High School. She was on the basketball team and pep squad, and was the class valedictorian.

She married the football quarterback, John Milton Sparks, in 1941, at age 18. They had six children. They were married for 48 years until dad’s death in 1989. In 1991, Mom married a high school friend, J.D. Hopper, and with him gained two step-children. J.D. died in 2004. Mom no longer had a mate, but was rarely lonely for she had a large family and many friends who enriched her life.

Mom was a hard worker at various jobs, including picking cotton, canning okra, and movie theater cashier. She retired as a radio dispatcher for Western Communications. Mom enjoyed life and had an optimistic spirit. She had many interests, including gardening, bird watching, reading, old movies, puzzles, travel, and dominoes. She liked to keep informed about world events. She was a talented pianist who played by ear and loved to sing. She was a fabulous cook and an excellent seamstress. Mom was generous and donated to many causes, not only financially but with her time. In later years, she enjoyed playing the piano and singing with her church choir at nursing homes. As long as her children can remember, Mom was the family anchor, the person people went to for help or advice. Mom made friends easily and kept them for a lifetime.

Mom began to develop Alzheimer’s several years ago but it was only the past year that it became obvious. Her wit and charm could no longer camouflage the ravages of time. Mercifully however, she was strong and fairly healthy up until her death. She died peacefully in her sleep on May 5, 2015. Shortly before her death, one of her nurses said that she loved Mom, and Mom replied, “I love you, too.” A few minutes later, Mom passed away. Her children are comforted to know that Mom’s last words were of love. Mom left a legacy to her children of what it means to be a good parent and a Christian. Mom provided a solid foundation and a moral compass for her children. She could be both spunky and daring but also kind and compassionate. She has left us a wealth of wonderful memories. Mom was 91 years old when she left for Heaven, but to us she will be forever young.

Mom was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Erma Bledsoe Squyres; sisters Lela Brown, Faye Wheeler, Neva Howard, and Wilma Sidoner; brothers J.T. Squyres and Samuel Squyres; first husband John Sparks; second husband J.D. Hopper; and great-great grandson Nathaniel Sparks. Mom is survived by her son, John Rodney Sparks and wife Freda of Slidell, Louisiana; daughters Brenda Steadman and husband Melvin of Miles, Texas, Marilyn Bailey and husband Allen of Anchorage, Alaska, Carolyn Odor of San Angelo, Elizabeth Jackson and husband Richard of San Antonio, Texas, and Debbie Jo Bouseman of San Angelo; step-son Jesse Hopper and wife Pat of Ballinger, Texas and step-daughter Trudy Redman and husband Dickie of San Angelo; 16 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and 12 nieces and nephews.

Funeral service is at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 11, 2015 in Johnson’s Funeral Home Chapel with mother’s Pastor from Edmund Boulevard Baptist Church, Tony Valdez, officiating. Burial will follow in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be mother’s grandsons: Charles Steadman, Drew Jackson, Ashley Odor, Andrew Bouseman, Nicholas Bouseman, and Brandon Sparks. Honorary pallbearers will be mother’s grandsons: Bruce Sparks, John Olin-Sparks, Allen Lee Bailey, and Christian Bailey.

The family wishes to acknowledge the exceptional care mother received by the staff at Sage Crest. The family wishes to thank relatives and friends who provided comfort during our bereavement. A special thanks to Shari Kappelman, mom’s longtime neighbor and friend who brightened her days.

Family and friends may sign the online register book at johnsons-funeralhome.com.

Richard Charles Griffin (RC) Jr., age 71, passed away April 30

Richard Charles Griffin (RC) Jr., age 71, passed away April 30

Richard Charles Griffin (RC) Jr., age 71, passed away April 30, 2015 at his home on Lake Ivy.  He was born March 7, 1944 in San Angelo, TX.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Charles (Griff) Griffin Sr. and his mother, Homer Lee (Rumsey) Griffin.

Survivors include his brother, Raymond Terry Griffin; sister-in-law, Barbara Griffin of Van Alstyne, TX; sister, Patricia (Trish) Davis; brother-in-law, Bob Davis of Hempstead, TX; two nieces, two nephews, several great nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his beloved dogs, Lydia and Rebecca whom he dearly loved.

RC taught in Jal New Mexico School District many years before retiring. He taught at Seminole, TX and Roosevelt, TX. RC loved Racing at Lubbock Speedway, was a volunteer Fireman, worked with Colman Humane Shelter, was a Master Gardener and loved helping other people in his community. He was a regular coffee drinker at the Owl Drug in Coleman and will be remembered for his smile and joyful personality.  He was a member of the Hillcrest Church of Christ in Coleman.


Graveside funeral services were held Tuesday, May 5, at Resthaven Memorial Park in Lubbock.

Local arrangements were handled by Allcorn Funeral Care of Coleman.

Condolences can be made to the guest book at www.resthavenfuneralhome.com

Nancy Jim Golson McKinney, age 98, passed away Saturday, May 2

Nancy Jim Golson McKinney, age 98, passed away Saturday, May 2

Nancy Jim Golson McKinney, age 98, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Holiday Hill Nursing Home.  Funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2015 in Stevens Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Brad Slaten, pastor of First United Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Coleman Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

She was born Nancy Jim Golson on July 5, 1916 in Coleman, a daughter of James Wade Golson and Sarah Viola West Golson.  She grew up in Coleman where she attended school and graduated from Coleman High School.  On September 29, 1936, she married Everett E. McKinney in Coleman.  Nancy grew up in the Methodist Church in Coleman.  When she and Everett moved to Abilene in 1955, she was an active member of St. Paul United Methodist Church until returning to Coleman in 1970.  Nancy was a member of the Chancel Choir and the Chapel Class at First United Methodist Church in Coleman.  She was also a long-time member of the Mutual Improvement Club and served on the Coleman Library Board.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett, on July 25, 1982.

Survivors include nephews and nieces, Dr. John McKinney and wife Patti of Pittsboro, Indiana, Ron Murray of Houston, Janie Bristol and husband Dr. Tom Bristol of Keiger, Oregon, Susan Ouellette and husband Jim of Dickinson, Dr. John Burgin and wife Sara of Austin, Alma Lee Dunham of Houston, Mike McKinney and wife Eunice of San Antonio, Mary Murray of Houston and Amy Nunnelly and husband Phillip of Helotes.

She was also preceded in death by her sister, Bobbie Warren, and a niece, Sara Ann Branch.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 852, Coleman, Texas 76834.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 5, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Stevens Funeral Home, 400 W. Pecan Street, Coleman, Texas 76834.

Please leave condolences for the family at www.livingmemorials.com.

Cecil “Chicho” Alcala, 73, of Coleman, passed away Friday, May 1

Cecil “Chicho” Alcala, 73, of Coleman, passed away Friday, May 1

Cecil “Chicho” Alcala, 73, of Coleman, died Friday, May 1, 2015 in Fort Worth.  Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 4, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 303 East College Avenue, Coleman, with Rev. Romanus Akamike officiating.  Burial will follow in the Coleman City Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Cecil Alcala was born May 9, 1941 in Coleman to Mateo Alcala and Asuncion Bierra Alcala.  He grew up in Coleman and attended Coleman High School.  In October, 1960, he married Mary Carmen Sanchez in Coleman and they celebrated 54 years of marriage.  He owned and operated an upholstery shop on Concho Street for over 41 years.  Cecil loved baseball, music and dancing and restoring classic cars.  He was a member of the Holy Name Society and Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where he was also an usher.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Carmen Alcala of Fort Worth; children, Lorraine (Lora) Ramirez of Fort Worth, Angelo Alcala of Dallas, Wilbert Grinsven of Dallas; sister, JoAnn Mendoza of Mineral Wells; grandchildren, Michael Paul Ramirez and fiancée, Tina Valdez, of Fort Worth, Marissa Kennedy and husband, Roland, of Fort Worth, Monica Ramirez of Fort Worth and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by five sisters and one brother.

There will be a Rosary Service 7:00 p.m. Sunday, May 3, 2015 at Stevens Funeral Home, 400 West Pecan Street, Coleman.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Condolences for the family may be left online at www.livingmemorials.com.

Eual Wayne Hefner, age 74, of Brownwood, formerly of Coleman, passed away on Wednesday, April 29

Eual Wayne Hefner, age 74, of Brownwood, formerly of Coleman, passed away on Wednesday, April 29

Eual Wayne Hefner, age 74, of Brownwood, formerly of Coleman, passed from this life on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at Hendrick Hospice Care in Abilene.

He was born on May 16, 1940 in Loop, Gaines County, Texas to J.C. and Alma (nee Reid) Hefner.  Wayne was raised in Cross Plains where he graduated high school.  He served his country in the US Army for eight years and was a Vietnam Veteran.  Wayne also worked as a contractor documenting history for the Army at the Pentagon in Washington DC.  He had been a longtime resident of Alexandria Virginia before moving to Coleman to work as a plant manager at Hefner Plastics at the Lake Coleman plant.

Wayne enjoyed spending his spare time restoring British MG sports cars and classic Chevrolet pickups.

Wayne is survived by his niece and caregiver, Teresa Balkum Glasscock and spouse Jim; sisters, Charlene Hefner Cumba, Donna Hefner Wagner and Jackie Marie Hefner; sister-in-law, Dorothy Hefner and brother-in-law, Gene Witt and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, J.C., Bob, Gilbert and Larry Hefner and three sisters, Olga Witt, Wilsie Balkum and Wanda Defour.

Cremation is under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home of Early.

A graveside funeral service with military honors will be held at a later date in the Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene.

Condolences can be offered to the family at heartlandfuneralhome.net.

Gilliam Byrom, 87, of Coleman passed away Thursday, April 30

Gilliam Byrom, 87, of Coleman passed away Thursday, April 30

Graveside services for Gilliam T. Byrom will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 3, 2015 at the Valera Cemetery Pavilion with Baker Rudolph officiating.  He died after a short illness.  Gilliam was born July 9, 1927 at the family home place northeast of Voss.  He parents were Lee R. Byrom and Janie Mauldin Byrom.  Gilliam attended Voss School and graduated from Mozelle High School.  He enlisted in the United States Navy and fought in World War II.  Afterwards, he began his career as a banker.  Gilliam had worked for the State of Texas as a bank examiner, worked at Coleman National Bank, was president of the Sabinal Bank for many years before returning to Coleman and working at Coleman County State Bank.  After retirement, he worked as a banking consultant.

During this period of time, he also managed to excel in the world of art.  He had one man art shows in Abilene, Los Angeles, California, Santa Fe, New Mexico, New York City, Nice, France and Mexico City.  He later became an art broker.  He was a man well-traveled.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ben Byrom and Henry Byrom; one sister, Virginia Norris and a nephew, Jimmy Norris, all of Coleman.

He leaves behind his niece, Janis Norris; great niece, Holly Norris and great nephew, Russell McHorse, all of Coleman; great nephew, Lee McHorse of Bakersfield, California, Cody and Cameron Norris, both of Coleman.  He will be missed.

Visitation with the family will be at Stevens Funeral Home, 400 West Pecan Street, Coleman from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.livingmemorials.com.

Buila Hudson, 87, of Coleman, passed away Thursday, April 30

Buila Hudson, 87, of Coleman, passed away Thursday, April 30

Buila Hudson, 87, of Coleman, died Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Senior Care of Brownwood.  Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel, 400 West Pecan Street, with Rev. James Posey officiating.  Burial will be in the Leaday Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

She was born Buila May Faries on March 23, 1928 in Silver Valley to Jess Faries and Dora Burton Faries.  She grew up and attended school in Coleman County.  She married Elmo Hudson on December 8, 1977 in Leaday.  She was a homemaker and member of Leaday Baptist Church.

Survivors include one sister, Orphey Laws and husband, Clinton, of Coleman; two brothers, Wesley Faries of Brownwood, Jessie Faries and wife, Rene, of Bangs; two step children, Joe Earl Hudson of San Marcos, Sue Harendt and husband, Bobby, of San Marcos and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmo Hudson on July 20, 2004; a daughter, Dora Jane Carson; a sister, Bertie Crawford; a step daughter, Lela Lyle and a step son, Elmo “Sonny” Hudson, Jr.

Visitation with the family will be from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 01, 2015 at Stevens Funeral Home.

Condolences for the family may left at www.livingmemorials.com.

Maureen Hickman, 89, of Coleman, passed away Wednesday, April 29

Maureen Hickman, 89, of Coleman, passed away Wednesday, April 29

Maureen Hickman, 89, of Coleman, died Wednesday, April 29, 2015 in Lake Way, Texas.  Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 4, 2015 at Concho Baptist Church, 1700 South Concho Street, Coleman, with Rev. Daniel Stovall officiating.  Burial will be in the Coleman City Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

She was born Maureen Corder on May 22, 1925 in Sweetwater to Claude Corder and Bessie M. Hubbard Corder.  She married Duncan Cauley and he preceded her in death in 1969.  On April 26, 1975, she married W.R. “Bill Dick” Hickman in Coleman.  He preceded her in death in 2003.  Mrs. Hickman was a member of Concho Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, Douglas Cauley and wife, Cindy; five grandchildren, Brian Cauley and wife, Ginny, Steven Cauley and wife Nancy, Beck Greatting and husband, Chris, Andrew Rowley, Jessica Rowley; nine grandchildren, Alex Cauley, Ali, Cauley, Benjamin Trujillo, Natalie Demara, Cameron Leary, Aaron Cauley, Jayline Cauley, Jesse Greatting, Jordan Greatting.

Visitation with the family will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, May 3, 2015 at Stevens Funeral Home, 400 West Pecan Street, Coleman.

Condolences may be left on-line at www.livingmemorials.com.

William Jeff Justice, 92, of Coleman, passed away Tuesday, April 28

William Jeff Justice, 92, of Coleman, passed away Tuesday, April 28

William Jeff Justice, 92, of Coleman, died Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in Wichita Falls. Funeral service with Military Honors will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel, 400 West Pecan Street, Coleman, with Rev. Brad Slaten officiating. Burial will follow in the Coleman City Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

William Jeff Justice was born February 2, 1923 in Farmer’s Branch to Lee Marks Justice and Mattie John Hudson Justice. He grew up in Coleman, attended South Ward Elementary and graduated from Coleman High School. He then graduated from John Tarleton College, now Tarleton State University. He also attended the University of Oklahoma and Sul Ross State University. On April 11, 1945, he married Edwina Hane in southern California.
William Jeff Justice served in the United States Marine Corp during World War II, serving aboard the USS Gilbert Islands. He received the Naval Aviator Insignia, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with Numeral 3 Device, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three Bronze Campaign Stars, the Philippine Liberation Medal as well as other medals and citations.

After being honorably discharged from the Marine Corp, Mr. Justice moved back to Coleman. He was a rancher and owner of Coleman Produce. He was a former Boy Scout Master, member of the Coleman Flying Club, member of the Marine Corp Aviation Association and First United Methodist Church in Coleman.

Survivors include one daughter, Mary Ann Blais and husband, Richard, of San Diego, California; one son, Jeff Justice and wife, Angela, of Wichita Falls; three grandchildren, Dr. Jeff William Justice of Stephenville, Heather Justice of Austin, Kim Lazar and husband, Scott, of Fair Lawn, New Jersey; great-grandson, Jonah Justice Lazar of Fair Lawn, New Jersey; sister-in-law, Carlie Justice Wilson of Coleman.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edwina Justice on February 19, 2011; six brothers and sisters, Lee Mark Justice, Mickey Justice, Mary Michaels, Pat Justice, Joan Kelso and Hudson Justice.

Memorial donations may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

Visitation with the family will be from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at the funeral home.

Condolences for the family may be left at www.livingmemorials.com.

Aubrey Matthew “Matt” Mahan, age 33, of San Antonio has passesd away

Aubrey Matthew “Matt” Mahan, age 33, of San Antonio has passesd away

Aubrey Matthew “Matt” Mahan, age 33, of Helotes, Texas died from accidental injuries on the Mahan family farm south of Shields.

A celebration of his life will be held at 3 PM on Tuesday, April 28, at the Gouldbusk Baptist Church with Reverend Alan Wallace officiating.  A second service will be held on Monday, May 4, in Helotes, at the First Baptist Church, at 6 PM.  His body was cremated under the direction of Allcorn Funeral & Cremation Care and will be placed on the Mahan Ranch later.

He was born March 20, 1982 in San Antonio the son of Aubrey Wayne and Peggy Sue (Haines) Mahan.  He graduated from high school in Helotes and had recently finished his Associate’s degree in Business Management from Brown-Mackey College in San Antonio and was to graduate in a few weeks.

Matt loved the outdoors especially spending time at the ranch hunting and fishing.  He had been an active bull rider earlier.  He lived a very active life and enjoyed many other activities.  Two of his loves were his pick-up truck and his family.

Matt worked as an equipment operator in the Construction business and had lived all of his life in Helotes.  He was baptized in the Lutheran Church and attended the Gouldbusk Baptist Church on occasions when he was staying on the family ranch.

He is going to be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his parents, Aubrey and Peggy Mahan of San Antonio; his grandfathers, Rex Mahan of Coleman and Leroy Haines of Comfort; two sisters – Hallie Cech & husband Josef of Helotes, Texas and Kelsey Mahan of Los Angeles, California;
two nephews , whom he dearly loved, Bryson Mahan and Garrison Cech; several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.

Friends are encouraged to sign the guestbook at www.allcornfuneralcare.com

Ethelynne Estelle “Grandma Ethel” Stewart, age 74, of Coleman passed away Saturday, April 25th

Ethelynne Estelle “Grandma Ethel” Stewart, age 74, of Coleman passed away Saturday, April 25th

Ethelyne Estelle “Grandma Ethel” Stewart, age 74, of Coleman left her earthly home early Saturday morning in the Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.

A celebration of her life will be held on Thursday, April 30, at 2 PM in the Allcorn Funeral Chapel in Coleman with Rev. Benny M. Allcorn officiating.  A family visitation will be held from 6 – 8 pm on Wednesday at the funeral home.  Her body will be cremated following the services.

She was born on July 22, 1940 in Long Beach, California the daughter of the late Earl and Dorothy (Daniels) Vest.  Following graduation from Jordan High School in Long Beach, she married Fred Stewart on June 28, 1958.  She and Fred traveled to several places with Fred’s job of drilling water wells, but they considered Long Beach as home base.  They even lived in Hawaii for a period of time.  Ethel worked for AT&T for over 20 years until moving to Coleman in November 1985.  While in Coleman, she owned and operated “Grandma’s House” childcare for many years and affectionately became “Grandma Ethel” to many of the area children.  She later worked at the Allen Center of Holiday Hill as a caregiver.  Prior to her courageous battle with cancer for the past year, she was a greeter for Allcorn Funeral & Cremation Care with her husband.
She had a tremendous love for the children she kept and considered them her own.  She loved to travel and camp.  She loved her family and spending time with them.  She leaves a legacy of love behind for all those who knew her.

She is survived by her loving husband, Fred;
one daughter, Darlene Faries and husband Billy Don of Novice; one son, Dan Stewart and wife Jodi of Weatherford; one sister, Rosie Williamson and husband Ralph of California;
four brothers, Earl Vest, Jr., Frank Vest and wife Paula, Tom Vest and wife Linda, and Rick Vest and wife Rosemary all of California; sister in – law, Bobbie Hartley and husband Jim of California; 10 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.  A host of nieces and nephews also survive, as do the many, many “adopted” grandkids she claimed over the years.

Friends are encouraged to sign the guestbook at www.allcornfuneralcare.com.

Alfredo “Freddie” Dela Rosa, age 53, of Coleman passed away Tuesday, April 21

Alfredo “Freddie” Dela Rosa, age 53, of Coleman passed away Tuesday, April 21

Alfredo “Freddie” Dela Rosa, age 53, of Coleman passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at his residence. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 24th at 6-8 pm, at Allcorn Funeral & Cremation Care. Services will be at Emmanuel Baptist Church Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 11 am. Interment to follow at Coleman City Cemetery, under the direction of Allcorn Funeral & Cremation Care.

Freddie was born January 5, 1962 to Robert and Lupe Dela Rosa, in Coleman.  He worked as a detailer in the auto industry. Freddie was a life-long resident of Coleman, and was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. He was an extreme Dallas Cowboy Fan!
He is survived by his father Robert Dela Rosa, of Coleman.

Three daughters: Lisa Keith, of Coleman, Christi Keith and husband Laroy Jordan, of Denton, TX, and Julia Dela Rosa and husband Michael Pearson, of Ft. Worth, TX; one son: Alfredo Dela Rosa Jr., of Arlington; two sisters: Peggy Rimer, of Katy, TX and Nancy Dela Rosa, of Houston; two brothers: Johnny Dela Rosa and wife Joan, of Goldthwaite, TX and Robert “Bobby” Dela Rosa and wife Marsha, of The Colony, TX.  Thirteen Grandchildren also survive.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Lupe Dela Rosa, a brother, Sammy Dela Rosa, and a brother in-law, Bobby Rimer.

Friends and family are encouraged to sign the guest book at www.allcornfuneralcare.com.

Mallie Gilbert Turner, age 91, passed away on April 16

Mallie Gilbert Turner, age 91, passed away on April 16

Mallie Gilbert Turner, age 91, went to be with the Lord on April 16, 2015, in Eldorado, Texas.  There will be visitation from 9AM to 7PM on Wednesday, April 22 at Kerbow Funeral Home in Sonora, Texas.  Funeral services will be at 11AM on Thursday, April 23, in Sonora at the Church of the Good Shepherd.  On April 24, visitation will be in Coleman, Texas at Allcorn Funeral Home from 11AM to 1PM immediately followed by a graveside service with Masonic rites at Mt. View Cemetery at 2 pm.

Mallie was born in Tokeen, Texas on September 7, 1923.  He left high school early and entered active duty in the Navy as a SeaBee on October 5, 1942 and was honorably discharged on December 11, 1945.  He served from North Africa through the Pacific Theater in WWII and he was proud of his service to his country.

Upon his return from the war he briefly farmed with his father then the oil field became his career.  At different times he was also a car salesman, the owner of a service station, the superintendent of mining, and mayor of Van Horn, Texas.  He finally returned to the oilfield where he stayed until his retirement late in life.  Mallie was a member of the Sonora and Eldorado Masonic Lodge achieving the title of District Deputy Grand Master.

He was also a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd.

It was during his work as a car salesman that he met and married Jeanette Bell Morris.  They were married on August 4, 1964 in Van Horn, Texas.  She preceded him in death on July 13, 2012.

Mallie will be remembered by his many friends and family as a great storyteller and for his sense of humor that he never lost.  He was a patriot and he loved his country.

Mallie is preceded in death by his parents, Homer Gilbert Turner and Ollie Lee Ammons, his sister Jewel Lucille Day.

He is survived by his daughters, Betty Overall and Debra Pogue, and his son Shannon Turner; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Virginia Lee Carville Brannon, 84, of Coleman passed away Sunday, April 19th

Virginia Lee Carville Brannon, 84, of Coleman passed away Sunday, April 19th

Virginia Lee Carville Brannon, 84, of Coleman died Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Wisteria Place Retirement Living in Abilene.  Funeral mass will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 303 East College Avenue, Coleman, with Rev. Romanus Akamike officiating.  Inurnment will follow in the Coleman City Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Virginia Lee Carville Brannon was born February 21, 1931 in Corpus Christi to Sherold Carville and Hallie York Carville.  She grew up in the Echo community in Coleman County and graduated from Coleman High School.  She later attended Howard Payne College, now Howard Payne University in Brownwood.  On October 9, 1948, she married William Robert Brannon in Coleman.  He preceded her in death on March 19, 1991.

Mrs. Brannon owned Brannon Bookkeeping and the H&R Block franchise in Coleman for 37 years.  She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Survivors include two sisters, Barbara Doerfler of Kendalia, Shelli Baxter of Houston; seven sons, Daniel Brannon of Tonasket, Washington, Dennis Brannon and wife, Marla, of Austin, Anthony Brannon of Dallas, Timothy Brannon and wife, Valerie, of Tuscola, Terrance Brannon of Coleman, Patrick Brannon of Brownwood, Christopher Brannon and wife, Carrie, of Allen; eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was also preceded in death by a son, William Robert Brannon, Jr. in 1996.

Rosary service will be 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 24, 2015 at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel, 400 West Pecan Street, Coleman.

Memorial donations in Mrs. Brannon’s memory may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 303 East College Avenue, Coleman, Texas 76834.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.livingmemorials.com.

Frankie D. Hull, Jr., 30, of Santa Anna, passed away Saturday, April 18th

Frankie D. Hull, Jr., 30, of Santa Anna, passed away Saturday, April 18th

Frankie D. Hull, Jr., 30, of Santa Anna, died Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Hendrick Medical Center.  Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel, 400 West Pecan Street, Coleman, with Brian Hall officiating.  Burial will follow in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Brown County.  Services are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Frankie D. Hull, Jr. was born June 21, 1984 in Fort Worth to Frankie D. Hull and Sheila Firth Hull.  He grew up in Santa Anna and graduated from Santa Anna High School.  He worked at Nana’s Playhouse, and received Caregiver of the Year award twice.  Frankie also worked at Holiday Hill Nursing Home as Activity Assistant.  Frankie had a special bond with the children and teachers at Nana’s Playhouse as well as the residents and staff of Holiday Hill Nursing Home.  Frankie was a member of Haven of Hope Church in Brownwood.
He lived life to the fullest, regardless of what others thought.  He was an excellent uncle to all of nieces and nephews.

Survivors include his parents, Frankie and Sheila Hull of Santa Anna; two brothers, Daniel Hull and Charlie Hull, both of Santa Anna; grandparents, Lorine Firth of Lake Brownwood; Hershell and Oleta Hull of Coleman; great grandmother, Bessie Hull of Santa Anna; aunts and uncles, Connie & Joe Jefferson of Oklahoma, Cynthia and Dan Doyle of Indiana, Bubba and Tasha Firth of Lake Brownwood, Scharlette and David Perkins of Abilene, Scharm Martin of Coleman; nieces and nephews, including Trevor Croft and Caleb Hale, both of Santa Anna, Scott Hull and Hunter Hull, both of Abilene; son by heart, Hayden Davis of Comanche and numerous cousins, friends and loved ones.

He was preceded in death by his great grandparents, Dee and Granny Lou Kirkland, Grandpa and Granny Beeman, Frank Hull; grandfather, Henry Firth; cousin, Scott Hull and brother by heart, Burnett Hatley.
Visitation with the family will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Stevens Funeral Home.

Please leave condolences for the family at www.livingmemorials.com.

Dayton Hohmann age 84 of Novice, Texas passed away on Saturday, April 11th

Dayton Hohmann age 84 of Novice, Texas passed away on Saturday, April 11th

Dayton Hohmann age 84 of Novice, Texas passed from this life on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 2:42 pm at Holiday Hill Nursing Home.
Services will be Wednesday at 2:00 pm at Henderson Funeral Chapel with Rev. Denise Sager officiating. Interment will follow at Rough Creek with services under the direction of Henderson Funeral Home.  The familywill receive friends Tuesday from 6:00 till 7:30 pm at Henderson Funeral Home.

He was born Dayton Ernst Hohmann on April 14, 1930 in Fredricksburg, Texas to Walmar Ben and Sophia Anna Lee Wilke Hohmann.  Dayton was raised in Llano, graduating from Llano High School in 1948.  In 1948 he married Peggy J Alexander in Tow, Texas celebrating fifty sixyears of marriage, she preceded him in death in 2004.  On November 13, 2004 Dayton married Nelda Otto in Coleman, Texas and they have celebrated ten years of marriage.  Dayton served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korea and Vietnam Wars and retired following twenty two years of service as a Chief Master Sargent.  He was a member of the St JohnLutheranChurch and a Master MasonGrand Prairie Lodge 1356.

Dayton was a resident and rancher in Coleman County since 1982.

SURVIVORS
Wife – Nelda Hohmannof Novice, Texas
2 Sons – Darrel &wife Ireanne Hohmann of San Angelo, Texas
Richard & wifeRebecca Hohmann of McKinney,Texas
2 Sisters – Alice &husband Jay Bingham of Burnett, Texas
Erline & husbandAllen Sager of Columbus, Ohio
Brother – Walmar &wife Sharon Hohmann of San Angelo, Texas
10 Grandchildren
22 Great Grandchildren
3 Great Great Grandchildren
Several Nieces and Nephews

Dayton was preceded in death by
Son – Ronnie L.Hohmann in 1992
1 Sister and 2 Brothers

Ray Rose, age 77, of Brownwood, passed away Tuesday, April 7th

Ray Rose, age 77, of Brownwood, passed away Tuesday, April 7th

Funeral services for Ray Rose, age 77, of Brownwood, Texas will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Heartland Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in the Zephyr Cemetery.  The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 PM Friday at the funeral home.  Mr. Rose passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2015 in the Heart Hospital in Austin, Texas.

Kendell Ray Rose was born on July 10, 1937 in Iraan, Texas to Austin Andrew Lee Rose and Jessie Ann Craig Rose.  He was a 1955 graduate of Fort Stockton High School and was married to Patsy Redd in Carlsbad, New Mexico on July 4, 1959.  Ray was a rancher and had been a resident of Brown County for the majority of his life.

Survivors include his wife of 56 year Patsy Rose of Brownwood; one son Doug Rose and wife Jackie of Brownwood; one daughter Brenda Rose of Cuero; two grandchildren Danielle Rose of Brownwood and John Rose of Stephenville; one great granddaughter Salem; one sister Jean Landers of Escondido, California and his granddog Brady.

He was preceded in death by his parents A.A. and Jessie Rose; one sister Helen Prieskorn and two brothers Hollis and Kenneth Rose.
Friends are invited to sign the guestbook at www.heartlandfuneralhome.net.

Heartland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.