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.

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