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William "Bill" Maywood Vaughn
12/25/2010
(March 21, 1934 - December 23, 2010) 
William “Bill” Maywood Vaughn, 76, of Ballinger passed away Thursday, December 23, 2010 at Ballinger Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

Bill was born March 21, 1934 in Runnels County to Jessie Roscoe and Thelma (Morris) Vaughn. He was a chef at Beefmaster Steakhouse in Ballinger for over 20 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Lynn Highsmith and Jean Bateman.

Bill is survived by sisters, Beth Doty of Ballinger and Frances Inez Tindle of Brownwood, and a brother, Amos Vaughn of Ballinger.

Visitation for family and friends will be 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 26 at Lange Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Monday, December 27 at 2:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David Williams and Myron Halford officiating. Burial will take place in Old Runnels Cemetery.

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Robert Wayne Bowen
12/25/2010
(June 8, 1952 - December 23, 2010)
Robert Wayne Bowen, 58, of Ballinger died at his home Thursday, December 23, 2010 after a courageous 45-year battle with diabetes.

Robert was born in San Angelo, Texas June 8, 1952. He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Evrett Bowen; his mother, Billie Mae George, and his father, Troy Webb Bowen.

He is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Sharon Bowen; one son, Willie Covington and wife, Libby, of Ballinger; daughters, Chrysti Cate of Salisaw, Oklahoma, Elizabeth Barrow, and Cathy Jo Cook both of San Angelo, and Michelle Baird of Goldthwaite; one sister, Diana Collins of Grape Creek; and his mother-in-law, Agnes Parker of Ballinger. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, three nieces, three nephews, three great-nephews, and two great-nieces.

Robert attended Lakeview High School, and later Concho Trade School, and was a certified welder. When he moved to Ballinger, he worked for Runnels County Precinct #1 and Acme Sheet Metal before being employed by the City of Ballinger from 1983 to 2010. He worked as a paid fireman, was the first Park Manager of the new Ballinger Lake, was a City Park attendant, and worked at the City Recycling Center for the last several years.

Robert was a dedicated member of the Ballinger Fire Department, retiring after 15 years of service in August, 2010. During his time in the department, he served as a relief driver, pump operator, training officer, and safety officer. He was a past member of the Runnels County Horse Club, served as a Rabbit Show Superintendent for the San Angelo Stock Show, and a Tom Green County 4-H Rabbit Club leader. He served as a volunteer with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for 12 years, conducting deer surveys in Runnels County, and he was a life-time honorary member of the Lakeview F.F.A.

Visitation for family and friends will be Thursday, December 30 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held Friday, December 31 at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Ballinger. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Ballinger Volunteer Fire Department.

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Daisy Ruth Jones
12/21/2010
(August 11, 1920 - December 20, 2010)
Daisy Ruth Jones, 90, of Ballinger passed away Monday, December 20, 2010 at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo.

She was born August 11, 1920 in Ballinger to Thomas Wesley and Ida (Parker) Malone. She and J. Sam Jones were married August 7, 1937 in Ballinger. For over forty years she worked with her husband at their own local business and helped on the farm. Later in life she was employed as a nurses’ aid. She was a member of the Baptist church.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1993, her eight brothers and sisters, a grandson, and a son-in-law, Vernon Jonas.

Daisy is survived by her daughter, Louise Jonas; her sons, Billy Jones and wife, Patsy, and Don Jones and wife, Barbara, all of Ballinger; and a special sister-in-law, Mary Bell Malone of Ft. Worth. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Visitation for family and friends will be Wednesday, December 22 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 23 at 2:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home Chapel with Lynn Smith officiating. Burial will take place in Ballinger Evergreen Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Lanny Jonas, Michael Jonas, John Jonas, Dewayne Jones, Kevin King and Clay Bullock.

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Sylvia Beth Kennedy
12/21/2010
(August 13, 1935 - December 19, 2010) 
Sylvia Beth Kennedy, 72, of Scottsville, Texas passed away Sunday, December 19, 2010 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

She is survived by her husband, Ross Kennedy, her son, Joseph Kennedy of Longview, her daughter, Tamara Kennedy Lamb of Shreveport, and five grandchildren. Also surviving in the Ballinger/Talpa area are several members of the Clayton family.

After the funeral service for Sylvia in Marshall, Texas on Wednesday, a graveside service and burial will take place in the Norwood Cemetery near Talpa on Thursday, December 23 at 12:00 noon with Rev. Buddy Moore officiating.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

Josephine "Jo" M. Smith
12/20/2010
(August 1, 1946 - December 19, 2010) 
Joesphine “Jo” M. Smith, 64, of Winters, went to be with the Lord, Sunday December 19, 2010.  Rosary will be 7 PM Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at Heritage Family Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral service will be 2PM Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at Heritage Family Funeral Home with Deacon Enrique Martinez officiating.  Burial to follow in Lakeview Cemetery in Winters.

Jo was born August 1, 1946 in Medina County to Isabel and Joe Rodriguez.  She was very avid mother, grandmother, and aunt, and especially being “Nanny”.  She devoted her life to her children, family, and friends, fighting to the end.  Jo had an enduring love for her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Jo is survived by: two daughters, Deana Martinez and husband Johnny, and Shoni Smith, son Shon Smith, five grandchildren Tia Lamb, Jonthan Horton, Dusty Hines, Shelby Martinez, and Bailey Martinez, a great-granddaughter, Myah Payne, all of Winters, three sisters, Gloria Ochoa, Mary Rodriguez, Bonnie McMahn, six brothers, Joe Rodriguez, Eloy Rodriguez, Gilbert Rodriguez, Eddie Rodriguez, Jimmy Rodriguez, and Santos Rodriguez, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by: her parents and brother, Mike Rodriguez.

Jo’s smile and laughter will be missed my all.

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Gladys Hilliard Keesee
12/12/2010
(August 9, 1922 - December 11, 2010) 
Gladys Mae (Poehls) Hilliard Keesee, 88, of Bronte passed away early Saturday morning, December 11, 2010 at Bronte Health and Rehab Center.

She was born August 9, 1922 in Runnels County to Gus William and Annie Starzy (Lucina) Poehls. She married Leland Hilliard in 1941 and he preceded her in death in 1989. She married Lloyd Keesee in 1992 and he preceded her in 1998. She was also preceded by her an infant daughter, Glenda Ann Hilliard; a sister, Anna Lee Bilbrey, and five brothers, Ed, Cecil, Ernest, Buddy and Von Lee Poehls.

Gladys worked as a cafeteria cook, retiring from Ballinger ISD after 29 years and was a member of the Church of Christ. She enjoyed life and had a great love for her family (especially her grandchildren), dominoes (especially “42”), and for music (especially) Vince Gill). She will be missed by many.

She is survived by her daughter, Eyvonne Lee and husband, Turner of Bronte; her son Bill Hilliard and wife, Patsy of Ballinger; grandchildren, Jon Lee, Jeff Lee, Kyle Hilliard, Eric Hilliard and Starzy Hilliard Lee. 7 great-grandchildren and a special friend, Pat McKamey of San Angelo also survive.

Visitation for family and friends will be Sunday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Lange Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 13, 2010 at 10:00 am at the Lange Funeral Home Chapel with Max Pratt and John Driggers officiating. Burial followed in Old Runnels Cemetery.

The family requests that donations be made to Hospice of San Angelo or a favorite charity.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/



 

Martha Mary Cole
12/5/2010
Martha Mary Cole, 97, formerly of Ballinger, passed away December 2, 2010, in a local hospital.  Memorial service was held Dec 4th at 10 AM at Baptist Memorial Center's Chapel.  Services under the direction of Heritage Family Funeral Home. 

Mary is survived by, daughter Marian White of Houston, two sons, Rex Mason of Ballinger and Walter Mason of Grape Creek.
 

 

Alfred John Multer
12/2/2010
(May 6, 1926 - December 2, 2010) 
Alfred John Multer, 84, of Olfen passed away Thursday, December 2, 2010 at a San Angelo Hospital.

Rosary will be recited Sunday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Olfen. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 6 also at St. Boniface Catholic Church with burial in St. Boniface Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Multer of Olfen; children, Jerry Multer of Wall, Ellen Seidenberger and Brenda Bradford both of Garden City, Norma Jones of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Warren Multer of Garden City; and brother, Roman Multer of Rowena.

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Norbert Henry Halfmann
12/2/2010
(December 19, 1922 - December 1, 2010) 
Norbert Henry Halfmann, 87, of Eola passed away Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at a San Angelo hospital.

Rosary will be recited Friday, December 3 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 4 at St. Joseph Church. Burial with military honors will take place in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

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John Robert (Johnny) Keel
11/29/2010
(August 1, 1949 - November 25, 2010)
John Robert (Johnny) Keel, age 61, passed away on November 25, 2010 after a courageous decade long fight against colon cancer. A native of Ballinger, TX, he was born on August 1, 1949 to Gene and Nell Keel. Preceded in death by his parents, Johnny also faced the loss of his infant daughter, Stephanie. He also witnessed the passing of his in-laws, J.W. and Frances Vanhook. Johnny was an inspiration to all, but he was a better friend. While battling cancer, he took time to help others who found themselves in similar circumstances. Even when he was feeling bad, his positive attitude toward life inspired everyone around him to be positive as well. All who knew Johnny were motivated by his bravery and strength. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Keel, who was his friend, soul mate and the love of his life. He described her as a wonderful quarterback during his illness and wanted her to know how grateful he felt for her fighting by his side. “I thank her from the bottom of my heart for all she did to keep me alive.” He is also survived by his son, Todd Keel, of Dallas, TX, and sister, Genie (Mike) Vogler, of Georgetown, TX. His surviving stepchildren are Jeff (Nicole) McMillen of Lebanon, TN and Laura (Andrew) Trantum of Hendersonville, TN. Surviving grandchildren are Gavin and Liam McMillen and Rylee Laine Trantum. Johnny graduated from the University of Texas in 1972 and opened Johnny Keel's Northwest Fitness Centers in 1979. The longest serving fitness centers in Austin, TX, he owned the successful business until 1999. After selling his business, he worked for many years with his wife at Sports Village in Lebanon, serving as co-owner and General Manager. An avid golfer for most of his life, Johnny played briefly for the University of Texas. As an accomplished amateur, he won the prestigious Devlin Trophy; finished second in the Harvey Penick Invitational; ranked in the Top 5 of the Austin City Championship three straight years; and was Five Oaks Senior Champion in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Johnny was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lebanon and was a member of the Rotary Club of Lebanon, in which he was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow. Visitation will be from 3:30 to 8:00 pm Tuesday, November 30, 2010 and at 10:00 am Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church in Lebanon. Funeral services will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Lebanon at 12:00 pm Wednesday, December 1, 2010, with Dr. Martin Thielen officiating. Pallbearers are Jack Bell, Rick Bell, Bob Black, Cary Crawford, and Larry Keller, all of Lebanon; Don Cockerham of Austin; Billy Hale, of San Antonio, TX; and Terry Jack Rucker of Lubbock, TX. Members of the Sports Village staff and members of the Rotary Club of Lebanon will serve as Honorary Pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, it was Johnny's wishes that donations be made to Sherry's Run or the First United Methodist Church in Lebanon.

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Levie "Buddy" Conner
11/28/2010
(October 26, 1936 - November 24, 2010)
Levie "Buddy" Conner, 74, of Miles, passed away November 24, 2010, at his residence surrounded by his family. Graveside service 2:00 PM Saturday in Miles Cemetery, services under the direction of Heritage Family Funeral Home.

He was born October 26, 1936 in Jacksonville, Florida to Pearl and Levie Delion Conner Sr. Buddy was a charter member of the San Angelo Saddle Club. He retired in 1997 after thirty-three years of employment with Ethicon. He was an avid sportsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, and mainly just being outdoors. Buddy was a friend to all, and if you needed something, he was always there. He married Beverly Hill on August 22, 1992 and spent many years together until her death March 22, 2000. Then Buddy married Judye Maddox on April 8, 2005 in San Angelo, and spent nearly six wonderful years together.

Buddy is survived by: his wife, Judye Conner of Miles, five daughters, Paula Kyser and husband Tommy of Louisville, KY, Marie Grider and husband Joddy of Belton, MO, Joy Conner of San Angelo, Betty Summers and husband Gary of Lubbock, Felicia Long and husband of San Angelo, son, Paul Conner and wife Cindy of Magnolia, grandchildren, Medina Cooper, William Kyser, Tiffany Perez, Clint Howard, Candace Ammons, Timmy Watson, Gene Cowen, Robert Cowen, and Stephanie Long, great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Grider, Andrew Kyser, Jacob Kyser, Dalton Ammons, Delvin Ammons Adam Ammons, Elizabeth Chevalin, Raistlin Ammons, Rachael Ammons, Lily Howard, Bobby Watson, Haylee Watson, Byron Watson, Elizabeth Watson, Kaitelyn Watson, Crystal Cowen, Katrina Cowen, and Tede Cowen. nephew, L.B. Johnson, nieces, Becky Davis, Brenda Henry, and Belinda Blair, and special friends, Harvey and Dianne Eggermyer, and Gary Gentry.

Buddy was preceded in death by: his parents, wife Beverly, sister Louis Johnson, and stepfather Jeff Armstrong.

In Leu of flowers, please make memorials to VistaCare Hospice of San Angelo, 402 N. Bryant, San Angelo, Texas 76901

Family wishes great thanks to VistaCare Hospice of San Angelo for their care and especially Jeanie.

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Sandra Victoria McNulty
11/25/2010
(July 5, 1941 - November 21, 2010)
Sandra Victoria McNulty went to be with her Lord on Thursday, November 18, 2010. 
The family will receive friends at a visitation 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 21, 2010, at Community Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 North 2nd Street, Abilene. Funeral services will be 9:30 a.m. Monday, November 22, 2010, at Liberty Baptist Church with Reverend Dennis McNulty officiating. Burial will follow in Texas State Veterans Cemetery, directed by Community Memorial Funeral Home. 
Sandra was born July 5, 1941 in Nugent, Texas. She married John McNulty on March 19, 1960. Sandra was a devout Christian. She was also an excellent musician and played the organ in church for many years. Sandra loved animals and had four of her own. She was also an avid Dallas Cowboy fan. 
Sandra was preceded in death by her sister, Aremena Sedberry. 
Survivors include her husband, John; her four sons, Dennis, Mark, Kenneth, and Ernest; two sisters, Lois Leverington and Juana Seals; and eight grandchildren. 
Memorials may be sent to Rescue the Animals SPCA, 5933 South 1st Street, Abilene, Texas 79605. 
You may view and sign the guestbook at 
www.communitymemorialfh.com.

 

Doyle Felton Keesee
11/23/2010
(September 9, 1926 - November 22, 2010)
Doyle Felton Keesee, 84, of Ballinger passed away Monday, November 22, 2010 at Ballinger Memorial Hospital.

He was born September 9, 1926 in Ballinger to Clarence and Jessie (Roach) Keesee. Doyle and Juanita Bradshaw were married October 29, 1949 in Paint Rock. He was a faithful, active member of the First Church of God in Ballinger, serving on the board and as church treasurer. For most of his life, over 40 years, he was a concrete contractor, but he was also known in the community as the “minnow man.” His love of fishing led to selling minnows at his home for many years. He was also a devoted Bearcat and Dallas Cowboy fan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lloyd, Frank, and Bob; and sisters, Betty Ann Poindexter and Cathleen Gray.

Doyle is survived by his wife, Juanita Keesee of Ballinger; sons, David Keesee and wife, Nelda, Marty Keesee and wife, Sam, Bobby Jack and Aaron Keesee and wife, Julie, all of Ballinger, Alvin Keesee and wife, Christa, of Lubbock; daughters, Brenda Merrifield and husband, Gerald, of Breckenridge, Shirley Bilbry of Bronte; and a sister, Cordilia Hilliard of Amarillo. Also surviving are 20 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Visitation for family and friends will be Thursday, November 25 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at Lange Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Friday, November 26 at 2:00 pm at the First Church of God in Ballinger with Myron Halford officiating. Burial will follow in Old Runnels Cemetery.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/


 

Lillian Vandevanter Clark
11/21/2010
Lillian Vandevanter Clark, 95, of Ballinger passed away Saturday, November 20, 2010 at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo, Texas.

She was born July 8, 1915 in Runnels County to Henry V. and Gertrude S. (Wood) Vandevanter, a Runnels County pioneer family. By way of horseback she attended Benoit School and later went to school in Ballinger. Lillian and William Brawner Clark were married August 11, 1935 in Ballinger. Bill preceded her in death December 12, 1988.

Lillian was a devoted homemaker who diligently nurtured and cared for her family, but she also contributed to many church and community activities. She was a faithful, long-time member of the Ballinger First United Methodist Church. She was extremely active in the Garden Club and Know Your Neighbor Sewing Club, and numerous young people benefited from her leadership in the scouting program.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two brothers, Henry and Tom Vandevanter.

Lillian is survived by a daughter, Lucia Smith, and son, Bill L. Clark and wife, Susan, all of San Angelo. Also surviving are grandchildren, Cynthia Shores, Sonya Kay Burkholder, David Henry Smith, Tom W. Clark, and Lucia Clark Harris.

Funeral services for Lillian Clark will be Tuesday, November 23 at 10:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Ballinger with Rev. Buddy Moore officiating. Burial will follow in Old Runnels Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 525, Ballinger, Texas 76821, Old Runnels Cemetery, or a favorite charity.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

Felipe Villarreal, Sr.
11/20/2010
(March 26, 1919 - November 18, 2010) 
Felipe Villarreal, Sr., 91, of Ballinger passed away Thursday, November 18, 2010 in Fort Worth.

Visitation will be Sunday, November 21 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 22 at Seventh Street Baptist Church in Ballinger with burial in Evergreen Cemetery.

He is survived by a son, Felipe Villarreal, Jr. and wife, Linda, of Ballinger, and a daughter, Nelida Herrera and husband, Humberton, of Saginaw.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

Naoma Graves Darby
11/17/2010
(March 30, 1918 - November 17, 2010)
Naoma Graves Darby, age 92, departed this earth to meet her Savior on Wednesday, November 17, 2010. Naoma was born March 30, 1918 in Erath County, Texas to Morgan and Mae Shoup Graves. She attended Tarleton College until her marriage to Cecil Curtis Darby on June 28, 1936 in Stephenville, Texas. They were married for 61 years until his death October 2, 1997.

Cecil and Naoma lived in Stephenville prior to moving to Ballinger, Texas in 1946. There, they established Darby Lumber Company, where she worked as the bookkeeper for over 30 years. She was an active member of First Baptist Church, serving as church hostess for a number of years. In later years, she organized and served bereavement meals, and filled the role of secretary of the Mary Martha Sunday School Class.

Her most important job was always her family. She made her house a home filled with love, attention and creativity. Her children often offered her services for school and church functions, and she unfailingly stepped in to keep their promises. Her family and friends will miss her very much, but rejoice in knowing we will see her again when we all get to Heaven.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters Audrey Graves and Dorothy Carter, son, Cecil “Mickey” Darby Jr., and grandson Chris Flynt.

Mrs. Darby is survived by daughters Linda Flynt and husband Bill of Midland, and Pat Holloway of Llano; four grandchildren, Cindy Caldwell of Odessa, Debbie Maxwell of Midland, Vickie Parker of Irving and Duane Holloway of Nova Scotia; eight great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Morgan Graves of San Leandro, California, a sister, Billie Lee Jones of Stephenville, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Amazing Grace, her caregivers; Glenda Morgan, Karen Bowers, Gina Garcia and Lisa Williams and Home Hospice Midland.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made in Naoma’s honor to Carnegie Library of Ballinger, 204 N.8th, Ballinger, TX 76821, Home Hospice, 901 W. Missouri, Midland, TX 79701 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Services celebrating the life of Naoma Darby will be held on Saturday, November 20, 2010. Graveside services will be held at 10:30 am at Evergreen Cemetery officiated by Rev. Ferris Akins, and a memorial service will be held at 1:30 pm at the First Baptist Church Chapel in Ballinger, Texas, with Rev. Akins and Brother Bobby Broyles officiating. The family will receive friends at Lange Funeral Home on Friday evening, November 19 from 7 pm until 8 pm.

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Bobby Lynn Turner
11/17/2010
(January 18, 1934 - November 17, 2010) 
Bobby Lynn Turner, 76, of Ballinger passed away Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at his residence.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, November 21 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Ballinger. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Charlene of Ballinger; a daughter, Diana Lee of San Angelo; two sons, Lynn Turner of Ballinger and Randy Turner of Christoval.

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Jessie E. Cortez
11/17/2010
(June 22, 1923 - November 16, 2010)
Jessie E. Cortez, 87, of Ballinger, passed away Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at Abilene Regional Medical Center.

He was born June 22, 1923 in Winters to Felix, Sr. and Erlinda Esquivel Cortez. Jessie and Tommie Ruiz were married October 25, 1943 in Ballinger. He was a former production worker for Dry Manufacturing and a member of St. Mary Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Manuel Cortez and Joe E. Cortez, and two sisters, Mary Ramos and Emilee Bazon

Jessie is survived by his wife, Tommie Ruiz Cortez of Ballinger daughter, Myra Cortez of Austin, and son, Ector R. Cortez of Ballinger. Also surviving are half-brothers, Felix Cortez of Rowena, Rudy Cortez, Oscar Cortez, and Bobby Cortez all of San Angelo; half-sisters, Hermalinda Garcia of Ballinger, Otilla Reyes, Bertha Archer, and Monte Martinez all of San Angelo; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 18 at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, November 19 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Ballinger with Rev. Hugh Wade officiating. Burial will follow in Ballinger Evergreen Cemetery.

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Lucille Tiny Robertson
11/15/2010
(January 23, 1915 - November 14, 2010)
Lucille Tiny Robertson, 95, of Ballinger, passed away Sunday morning, November 14, 2010 in a local nursing facility.

Lucille was born on January 23, 1915 in Brown County to Renzo and Mary (Busby) Blackmon. She married W. M. (Marcy) Robertson on July 7, 1938 in Ballinger. He preceded her in death on March 7, 2002. She was also preceded by her parents; a daughter, Patty Marcille Robertson; son, Wilton Robertson; sister, Gladys Witt.

She is survived by her grandchildren, Wade Robertson of Ballinger and Amber Robertson of Ft. Worth; and a niece, Marlene Woods of Winters.

A time of visitation for family and friends will be held at 6:30 PM Monday at Lange Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 10:30 AM Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at Evergreen Cemetery with Rev. Ferris Akins officiating.

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Elizabeth Ann Ransbarger
11/11/2010
(December 24, 1942 - November 8, 2010) 
Elizabeth Ann Ransbarger, 67, of Ballinger passed away Monday, November 8, 2010 at Ballinger Memorial Hospital.

She was born December 24, 1942 in Ballinger to Willard Delmore and Elizabeth (Gann) Ransbarger. Employed as a secretary, she spent several years overseas working for General Dynamics, a national defense contracting company.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Bobby Ransbarger of Miles.

Ann is survived by a brother, Billy Mack Ransbarger and wife, Winnie, of Tampa, Florida, and sister-in-law, Judy Ransbarger of Miles. Also surviving are several cousins who live in the surrounding area.

A graveside service will be held Monday, November 15 at 10:00 a.m. at Concho Cemetery near Lake Ivie in Concho County.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

Anthony "Tony" G. Medrano
11/8/2010
(June 13, 1949 - October 30, 2010) 
Anthony (Tony) G. Medrano, 61, beloved husband, father and brother, passed away on Saturday, October 30, 2010 in Irving, Texas after a lengthy battle with cancer.  Tony was born in Ballinger, Texas on June 13, 1949.  He was preceded in death by his parents Esteban Medrano and Isa Garcia and brothers, Jesse Medrano and Lupe Medrano.  Survivors left to remember him are his wife of 38 years, Oralia (Lollie) Medrano; two daughters, Leslie Garza and Jennifer Medrano; three granddaughters, Katelyn Garza, Abbey Garza and Emma Garza; brothers, John Medrano of Fort Worth, Emilio Medrano of Arlington; sister, Juanita Medrano of Arlington.  Funeral Services were held on November 2, 2010 at 11:00 at Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Church with interment following at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas, TX will military honors.  Tony will be deeply missed by his family and all those whom were fortunate enough to know him.

 

Alice Eugenia Goodwin
11/6/2010
(October 14, 1921 - November 5, 2010) 
Alice Goodwin, 89, of Miles passed away Friday, November 5, 2010 at Ballinger Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Services will be held at a later time.

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Rose Wynette Neff
11/3/2010
(January 1, 1927 - November 2, 2010)
Rose Wynette Neff, 83 of Rowena, passed away November 2, 2010, at her home.  Graveside services are 2PM. Friday November 5, 2010 in the Rowena Protestant Cemetery with Art Mavrode officiating.  Visitation will be 6-7 PM Thursday at Heritage Family Funeral Home. 

Rose was born January 1, 1927 in Rowena to Lela and Fritz Pieper.  She was the granddaughter of P.J. Baron and Mary Kubela.  She attended and graduated from Rowena Public School. Rose married Garland Neff on December 3, 1949 in Rowena.  Rose was a lifetime resident of Rowena, where she enjoyed a lifetime farming and ranching.  She was a lifetime member of the Zoar Community Church in Rowena.  Rose was an Avon representative for nearly 50 years.  She enjoyed music, dancing, and especially playing the accordion. 

Rose is survived by: son, Terry Neff of Rowena, special friends, Betty Stephens and Eddie Day both of Rowena, “brother”, Kirk Jones of Gatesville, and Godchild, Ida Marie Booher of Ballinger.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a brother, F.J. Pieper Jr..

The family would like to thank Hospice of San Angelo for their care and compassion over the years.

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Annie Clara Jost
10/31/2010
(June 22, 1911 - October 28, 2010)
Annie Clara Jost, longtime resident of Rowena, passed away Thursday, October 28, 2010 at Ballinger Memorial Hospital at the age of 99.

She was born June 22, 1911 in Rowena to Joseph and Elizabeth (Schnurbusch) Franke, and she lived all her life in the Rowena/Eola area. She and Alfred John Jost were married in Rowena on November 21, 1939. She was a hard-working and devoted wife, mother, and homemaker as the couple raised a large farming family. Mr. Jost preceded her in death April 29, 2001. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena, Catholic Daughters, and St. Ann’s Altar Society.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, and son-in-law, Danny Zly.

Annie is survived by her seven children, Barbara Hohensee and husband, Rudy, of Miles; Arlene Zly of Coyanosa; Betty Lehr and husband, Wayne, of Wall; Ethel Fuchs and husband, J. B., of Olfen; Terri Beach and husband, Ronnie, of San Springs, Oklahoma; Mary Mathis and husband, Charles, of Abilene; and Burnell Jost and wife, Lisa, of San Angelo. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Rosary will be recited Sunday, October 31 at 6:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, November 1 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church with burial following in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be granddaughters, Karen Doherty, Sharon Smith, Paula Coots, Monica Zly Ivey, Angie Lehr Whitney, and Laura Beach Roush.

We, the Jost Family, would like to express our appreciation to Dr. Karen Rightmire, the staffs of Ballinger Memorial Hospital and Ballinger Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center for their love, care, and compassion for our mother.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

Sylvia De La Cruz Espinoza
10/21/2010
(December 23, 1949 - October 20, 2010) 
Sylvia De La Cruz Espinoza, 60, of Dallas passed away Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at her residence.

She was born December 23, 1949 in Millersview to Clemente and Elvira Martinez De La Cruz. She worked for a time as a convenience store clerk.

Sylvia is survived by her two sons, Gabriel Fuentes and wife, Brenda, and Adrian Antonio Fuentes, and by her daughter, Rebecca Fierro, all of Dallas. Also surviving are her sisters, Sophie Fuentes, and husband, Rudy, of Rowena, and Mary Leal of Amarillo; brothers, Manuel De La Cruz and wife, Sally, of Dallas, and Clemente De La Cruz, Jr. and wife, Dianne, of Canadian; twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Rosary will be recited Friday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, October 23 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena with Fr.Ariel Lagunilla officiating. Burial will take place in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be John Paul Leal, Rudy Fuentes, Jr., Domique Ortiz, Michael Murchison, Ray Enriquez, and Ruben Fierro, Jr.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

Armon G. "Buck" Buchanan
10/13/2010
(December 21, 1922 - October 12, 2010) 
Armon G. “Buck” Buchanan, 87, of Ballinger, passed away Tuesday, October 12, 2010, in a local nursing home. Visitation will be from 6-7 on Friday, October 15th, at Lange Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 16th, at The First Baptist Church in Ballinger with the Rev. Ferris Akins and Bro. Bobby Broyles co-officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

Buck was born on December 21, 1922 in Putnam, Texas, to George Alexander and Mary Francis Buchanan. He graduated from Bradshaw High School in 1941, marrying his high school sweetheart, Hallie Pounders, on June 15, 1941, in Winters. Buck worked as an airplane mechanic in Ballinger until he joined the Armed Forces in 1943. He proudly served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division during World War II, where he made the jump on D-Day and helped liberate the town of St. Marie Eglise. He was awarded the Purple Heart after suffering a gunshot wound to the head while pulling one of his fellow soldiers to safety. After his return home from the war, Buck joined WTU in Ballinger where he enjoyed a long and varied career before retiring as Construction Superintendent in San Angelo in 1986. Buck truly treasured the friendships he made throughout all of his years with the company and enjoyed the time he shared with of all of his “Blown Fuses” friends even long after he retired. Having lived in Bronte for a short period of time and San Angelo for over 30 years, Buck and his wife, Hallie, were blessed with many wonderful friends and neighbors throughout the towns of West Texas but always considered Ballinger to be their true home. He had three great loves in his life: the love for his God, his family, and his country. He gave his heart and soul to each of them and took great pride in being the best soldier, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather he could be. Lovingly referred to as “Daddy Buck” by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, he was the man by which they measured all other men. He was truly their hero, for not only what he accomplished as a soldier in the war, but for what he stood for throughout his entire life as well. Known for his integrity, his faith, and his keen sense of humor, he was truly one of the greatest men of the greatest generation. We salute you, Daddy Buck.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Hallie Pounders Buchanan, his parents, and his seven brothers and sisters. Survivors include his son and best friend, Phillip and wife, Shari Buchanan, of Midland; granddaughters, Angela Buchanan Ebel and husband Wade, Rebecca Buchanan Lessly and husband Kevin, all of Flower Mound, Sarah Buchanan Rucker and husband Will, of Malaysia, and great-grandchildren, Madison and Zachary Ebel, and Halie and Hannah Lessly, along with many loving nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Pete Bryan, Wade Ebel, Kevin Lessly, Kyle Mansell, Jim Jennings, and Mickey Browne. Honorary pallbearers will be Will Rucker, Melvin Ray Herrington, Keith Browne, Billy Joe Buchanan, Doyle Buchanan, Fred McShan, Weldon Hampton, J.B. Peters, Benny Howell, Kenneth Lange, David Dobbins, Paul Harrell, Bob Boone, and Dub McMillon.

The family would like to extend their sincerest appreciation to Pete and Ginger Bryan, Carol Jennings and her hospice staff, Kyle Mansell, and the Ballinger Health & Rehab Center staff for their constant care and attention to Buck throughout his final months in Ballinger. Thank you also to the Brunson family for all of your love and support and for always including him as part of your family. Memorial contributions may be made to Ballinger Hospice or to the charity of your choice.

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Marvin Jackson Fant
10/12/2010
(March 8, 1939 - October 11, 2010)
   
Marvin Jackson Fant, 71, of Miles, Texas, passed away peacefully Monday, October 11, in his home surrounded by his loving family and friends.
     He was born March 8, 1939 in Veribest, Texas, to Creed Fulton and Annie Lou Fant. After graduation from Miles High School, he began a long career of buying, selling and hauling alfalfa hay. After retiring from that line of work, he raised sheep and goats and began a hobby of welding and building most anything out of metal. His faithful partner was the love of his life, Shirley Ann Kurtz. They were married on December 2, 1960 in Miles, Texas. Mother and daddy were a few months away from 50 years together. Although daddy was already very sick, he was a trooper and celebrated his and mother’s 50th anniversary early with a family vacation to Branson, Missouri in August with all thirteen family members. He always had a story to tell and always had people eager to listen to his stories. Honesty, integrity and hard work are all descriptive of his nature instilling these traits in his children and grandchildren.
     He is survived by his loving wife, Shirley; their two daughters, Paula Rankin and husband, Steven of Miles, and Marla Dusek and husband, Ed of San Angelo; the great joys of his life, his grandchildren, MarLon Rankin of Miles, Chel’C Rankin of Miles, Ashlee Whitesell and fiancé, Trey Weishuhn of Fort McKavett, and CiJi Dickson and husband, Lee of Miles; and one great-grandson, Lane Whitesell of Fort McKavett. Also surviving are brothers, Terrell Fant and wife, Barbara of San Angelo, and Creed Fant and wife, Anita of Miles; sister, Allene Robinson and husband, Tom of Bridgeport; his brothers-in-law, Bobby Kurtz and wife, Jan of Yukon, Oklahoma; Larry Winchester and wife, Vickie of Cottonwood, Arizona; and Terry Winchester and wife, Cindy of Ballinger; a very special cousin and friend, John Fant of San Angelo; and many other cousins, nieces and nephews.
     Honoring him as pallbearers will be nephews, Jason Kurtz of Kingwood; Kyle Winchester of Ballinger; Kevin Winchester of Ballinger; John Winchester of Ballinger; Mark Fant of Miles; and Max Scott of Heath.
     Honorary pallbearers are some of his dearest friends: Wendell Arrington of Miles; Bennie Coleman of Miles; Paul Hite of Miles; Bobby Huckabee of Miles; Bobby Joe Kasberg of Miles; Erwin Kieseling of San Angelo; Dan Sothmann of San Angelo; Jimmy Tabor of Miles; and Bill Westbrook of San Angelo.
     Visitation will be at the Miles United Methodist Church, Wednesday, October 13 from 6-8 P.M. Funeral service will be at the Miles United Methodist Church on Thursday, October 14 at 10 A.M. Services are under the direction of Heritage Family Funeral Home in Ballinger.
     A very special thank you to our dear family friend, Jeanne Sklenarik, for her kindness and help always but especially in these last few weeks, along with the wonderful people at Hospice of San Angelo.
     Please make memorial contributions to the Miles Young Farmer Building Fund, P.O. Box 118, Miles, TX 76861; Hospice of San Angelo, P.O. Box 471, San Angelo, TX 76902 or a favorite charity.
     “Lovie, Merv, Daddy, Pops, we all love you and will miss you dearly, these last few months have been hard so rest in peace and we will see you again soon”.
 

 

Johnny Ray "Raybo" Walker
10/11/2010
(June 15, 1963 - October 10, 2010)
Johnny Ray “Raybo” Walker, 67, of Ballinger, died on October 10, 2010, in a local care center. He was surrounded by his family as he was lifted to heaven by angels and received into the arms of God.

Johnny was born on February 11, 1943, to O.B. and Oleta Walker in Carlsbad, Texas. He married his best friend and lifelong love, Louise, on June 15, 1963 in Miles.

Johnny proudly served our country in the US Army. Throughout his life Johnny worked in the oilfield for Tucker Drilling Company and Carraway Drilling Company. Johnny was a plumber for Walker Plumbing Company until his illness in 2005.

Johnny was a devoted family man and a true friend. He loved fishing, hunting and playing with his grandkids. He will be missed on earth, but we know we will be with him in heaven to see him whole and happy once again.

Johnny Walker is survived by his loving wife, Louise, of 47 years, two daughters: Brenda Bacon and husband Kent of Carrollton, Cindy Brosig and husband Mike of Dallas, two grandchildren, the light of his life, Shane and Kaci Bacon of Carrolton, two brothers: Kenny Walker and wife Susie of Carlsbad, Floyd Walker of Maverick, and “brother” Johnny A. Walker and wife Norma of San Angelo.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Donna Walker.

Visitation will be Tuesday, October 12, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Heritage Family Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at the First Baptist Church in Miles, with Brother David Williams officiating, with Military burial to follow in Miles Cemetery.
 

 

W. Jay Garrett
10/9/2010
(March 15, 1941 - October 4, 2010)
Whether you knew him as Jay, Budge, Pops or Dad, you knew my father, and you knew a man of that rare sort that we may never see again. A man of tremendous character and talent, he will live with us forever in our memories and in the stories with which he could electrify a room. To have known him is to have known Africa at daybreak, to have felt the calming solitude of a frigid mountain creek. It is to have loved a man possessed of that overwhelming spirit we instinctively honor in all great men. Like a coming thunderhead over the Concho, we could not always wholly understand the power of his presence, but just as the storm cleanses and brings new life, he too gave us the spirit and strength to grow and to keep moving forward on the path. Pops has left us for the big hunt in the sky. So when the thunder cracks overhead and when rain falls on tin roofs, know that the hunt is good. Know that Dakota’s wait is over and that he is ready. For now, his wife, his sister, his four children, seven grandchildren, and his baby Labrador, Colt, are comforted by the knowledge that one day we will again see his knowing smile in the campfire light of the woods beyond.

In the early afternoon of October 4, 2010, W. Jay Garrett passed away in his Round Rock home where he was with his wife June Baird, his Labrador Colt, and his sons Justin & Jordan Garrett.

Following his graduation from Ballinger High School, Jay attended Texas A&M University where he earned a civil engineering degree with the class of ’63. He earned his Professional Engineering license while employed with the Texas State Highway Dept. In 1970 he opened his surveying and engineering firm, working in Bell County, Galveston County, and eventually back to his hometown of Ballinger. Following market trends he later relocated to Round Rock where he remained until his death.

He is survived by his wife, June Baird Garrett; his children, Jay “Trey” Garrett III and wife Sandy, Ellen Jeanine “Petie” Garrett Hensley and husband Michael, Justin “Judd” Garrett, RPLS, Jordan Garrett, RPLS; and grandchildren, Cameron, Hunter, Chandler, Gunner, Kelli, Will, Jake, Jonah, and Michaela.

Visitation for family and friends will be Monday, October 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 12 at the First Christian Church in Ballinger, Texas.

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Imogene "Gene" Lee
10/5/2010
(July 29, 1921 - October 4, 2010) 
Imogene “Gene” (Taylor) Lee, 89, passed away Monday, October 4, 2010 at San Angelo Community Medical Center.

She was born July 29, 1921 in Norton to Ben and Dilly (Rhodes) Taylor and graduated from Norton High School in 1939. She was also married in Norton on September 19, 1940 to Raymond Lee, who preceded her in death August 23, 1999. She worked as a sales clerk, mainly in dry goods, and was employed by both Heidenheimers and Higginbothams and for a time by Keel Drug. Her friendliness and kindness in her work and in her daily life will be remembered by many. She was a member of the Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; a sister, Bobbie Alexander; brothers, J. W. Taylor, Ben Taylor Jr., and Frank Taylor; and son-in-law, David McDaniel.

Gene is survived by her son, Charles Lee and wife, Denise, of Sherman; daughter, Karen McDaniel of Ballinger; grandchildren, Lee McDaniel and wife, Joy, Julie McAfee and husband, Donnie, all of Ballinger, Denise Sears of Dallas, and Josh Cowley of Denton. Also surviving are six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, October 6 at 2:00 p.m. in Garden of Memories in Ballinger with Rev. Ferris Akins officiating. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Bill Baird, Dick Taylor, Ben Taylor, Rodney Kruse, Leroy Muller, Marlin Davis, and Buddy Henniger.

Memorials may be made to West Texas Rehabilitation Center or a favorite charity.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

Bonnie Lou Smith
10/4/2010
(October 25, 1945 - October 1, 2010)
Bonnie Lou Smith, 64, of Ballinger passed away Friday, October 1, 2010 at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo.

She was born October 25, 1945 in Littlefield to Ray and Edna (Ridley) Cullum. She and Ronnie Smith were married in Ballinger in September of 1993. She was employed with Dankworth Packing Company as a department supervisor.

She was preceded in death by a son, Doug Jones.

Bonnie is survived by her husband Ronnie Smith of Ballinger; sons, Jeff Moreland and wife, Lacy, of Ballinger, Jeff Smith and wife, Kim, of San Antonio, Barrett Smith and wife, Haley, of Hubbard, TX; daughters Rebecca Behrens and husband, Jay, of Agua Dulce, TX, Shelly Schniers and husband, Howard, of Rowena, Kristi Smith of Ballinger, Michelle LaMunyon and husband, Denny, of Camp Wood, TX, and Becky Torres and husband, Ray, of Irving, TX; and a sister-in-law, Patti Ledingham and husband, Ron, of Manford, OK. Also surviving are 20 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Sunday, October 3 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Gravesides services will be held Monday, October 4 at Old Runnels Cemetery with Max Pratt officiating. Pallbearers will be Colten Behrens, Chance Behrens, Cord Bowman, David Prince, Slade Egan, and Skylar Schniers.

The family extends a special thank you to Runnels County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

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Lucius Sandiford Evans
10/3/2010
Lucius Sandiford Evans, 94, long-time resident of Norton went to be with Jesus and be reunited with his loving wife, Evelyn, on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at Community Medical Center in San Angelo.

A memorial celebration will be held at First United Methodist Church in Ballinger on Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. with graveside service to follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Ballinger with Rev. Buddy Moore officiating. Services will be under the direction of Lange Funeral Home. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Norton Lions Club.

Lucius, the eldest of two children, was born August 22, 1916 in Ballinger to Lee and Una Allen Evans. He was raised south of Ballinger and graduated from Ballinger High School in 1933. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, intending to become a pharmacist, but he had to withdraw after one semester. He worked at a drug store in Odessa and then for Bailey Drug in Ballinger as a soda jerk.

He met and married his true love (other than fishing), the beautiful Evelyn Branham, on February 6, 1938. He began farming and ranching at Norton on leased land and then later bought the home farm and ranch from his dad. Years later he sold his stock and leased the farm and ranch but continued to live on the land. He was a long-time member of the Norton Methodist Church, serving as a trustee/steward. Later when the church closed, his membership was moved to Ballinger First Methodist. He was a trustee of the Norton School Board and served as president for several years. He was also a founding member of the Norton Lions Club and recently received his fifty-five year pin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and his sister, Zelma Lee Lange.

Lucius is survived by his son, Alan Evans of Norton, and his daughter, Nancy Lee Good and husband, Deril, of San Angelo. Survivors also include grandchildren, Todd Evans of Austin; Scott Evans of New York City; Joy Evans of Sacramento, California; Kevin Good and wife, Karen, of Midland; Lisa Casillas and husband, Leonard, of Seymore; Vanessa Wood and husband, Lance, of Round Rock; Dru Williams and wife, Paulina, and Angela Morgan and husband, Nathan, all of Austin. Also surviving are 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to a favorite charity.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

Forrest "Po" Ellis
9/28/2010
(July 6, 1948 - September 26, 2010) 
Forrest “Po” Ellis, 62, of Ballinger, passed away late Sunday night, September 26, 2010 in Ballinger, Texas.  

There is no doubt that “Po” was an avid Texas Longhorn fan; he even held season tickets. He loved coaching his kid’s sports through the years. Forrest “Po” enjoyed fishing and tinkering on cars. He loved to sit out on the porch with his family and really just loved being outside.  He left behind with his family lots of love and unlimited laughs. 

He is survived by his beloved wife, Judy (Coleman) Ellis, of Ballinger, Texas; daughters, Kim Cates and husband, Gary, of Panhandle, Texas; Amy Ellis, of Carlsbad, New Mexico; son, Andy Ellis and wife, Kelly, of San Angelo, Texas; mother, Mildred Ellis; brother, Sie Rhea Ellis, both of Menard, Texas; grandchildren, Emma Ellis, of San Angelo, Texas, Kenzy, Jenna and Jett Cates, all of Panhandle, Texas.

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Vida Ruth Black
9/27/2010
(April 12, 1924 - September 26, 2010) 
Vida Ruth Black, 86, long-time and well-known resident of Ballinger passed away Sunday, September 26 at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo.

She was born April 12, 1924 in Ballinger to Roy and Flora (Compton) Holdstead. She and Ross Black, Jr. were married November 13, 1943 in Shawnee, Oklahoma, beginning a life of devotion to each other and working together for almost 67 years.

Vida worked at Keel Drug Store until 1967 when the family purchased Black’s Department Store. She helped manage the Black’s store and worked alongside her husband until retirement in 1989. She was an active, faithful member of the First Christian Church and was a member of the church’s Christian Women’s Association. She will be remembered and missed by her family, her church family, the business community, and countless friends and acquaintances all of whom appreciated her energy and pleasantness.

She was preceded in death by her parents and by a son, Mike Black in March, 1991.

Vida is survived by her loving husband, Ross Black, Jr. of Ballinger; brothers-in-law, Jimmy Black of Winters, and Bobby Black of Ballinger; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, P. O. Box 553, Ballinger, Texas 76821 or to a favorite charity.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

Addie Beatrice (Bea) Neas
9/26/2010
(November 17, 1914 - September 25, 2010)
Addie Bea Neas, 95, of Ballinger, passed away quietly and peacefully at her home Saturday, September 25, 2010. Bea was the youngest of nine children born to George Washington Rains and Mary Ann Latham Harris on November 17, 1914, in Envernice, Mississippi. The family traveled to Gilmer, TX in 1915 by covered wagon, because of the flu epidemic and loss of farming. They established a farm in the area called Medlintown and Seven Pines. She Married H.A. Neas, Jr. June 14, 1941 and they lived in Marshall, Texas. He immediately went into the service and was away for three years before returning home. They moved to Ballinger and they made it their home. He passed away in 1983. She was also preceded in death by her parents and other siblings. Bea was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ballinger, and the Order of the Eastern Star. Unable to have children of her own, she devoted her life to loving and taking care of other’s children. She was “Grandma Bea” to R.J. and Erin Barkley for over twenty years. She was affectionately known as “Nub” to her brothers and sisters. Survivors include three nieces, Mozelle Phillips of Wills Point, Jaunita Baucom of Longview, June Borrer of Portland, and a nephew James Don Alexander, also of Portland. She is also survived by numerous great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, and cousins, special friends, the Barkley family, Danny and Carolyn Slaughter, and her special care giver who was like a son to her, Richard Ingle. Also surviving is her beloved dog, Maggie. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, September 27th at Lange Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 28 at Lange Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Ballinger.

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James Rex Stultz
9/21/2010
(March 8, 1944 - September 20, 2010) 
James Rex Stultz, 66, of Eden passed away Monday, September 20, 2010 in San Angelo.

He was born March 8, 1944 in Dallas to Bill Briley and Thera Maybelle (Williams) Stultz, both of whom preceded him in death. He and Marty Dunlap were married in January of 1968 in Azle. After receiving a Master’s Degree from Texas A&M University, Rex began a long and illustrious career as a County Ag Extension Agent, starting in Tom Green County. He then served in Val Verde County and became Concho County Agent in 1982, retiring in 1995 after 30 years of total service. He was also a member of the Paint Rock Masonic Lodge.

He was considered a pioneer in the Club Lamb industry and was a member of the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association, American Rambouillet Sheep Breeders Association, and the Texas Sheepdog Association. His dedication and diligent work earned such major awards as Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association Outstanding County Agent in 1976 and Texas A&M Distinguished Service Award in 1987.

To put it simply, Rex enjoyed a pen full of good sheep and chewing on a good cigar. His knowledge and his presence will be missed in his profession but much more so in his capacity as family man and friend.

Rex is survived by his wife, Marty Stultz of Eden; his sons, Ross Stultz and wife, Mary Lisa, of Menard and Reid Stultz and wife, Kelly, of Christoval; sisters, Bobbie McMillan of Christoval, Mille Henderson and husband, Bob, of Andrews, and Beth Lively and husband, Jim, of Lorenzo. Also surviving are grandchildren, Stran and Slone Stultz of Menard, Hadley and Jon Wesley Stultz of Christoval; and a favorite nephew and niece, Scott Flanagan and Kellie Ebenstein.

Visitation for family and friends will be Wednesday, September 22 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 23 at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Ballinger with burial in Ballinger Evergreen Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Ralph Willberg, Rex Taylor, Chase McPhaul, Sam Silver, John Hruska, Daniel Lange, Logan Newsom, and Jace Whitlow. Honorary pallbearers are Carl Hyde, Jimmy Rudasill, C. J. Robinson, Clyde Cantrell, Epp Epperson, Steve Wood, and Butch Larson.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Concho County Jr. Livestock Show or to a favorite charity.

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Corinna Catherine Nicole Thurmond
9/20/2010
(August 18, 1996 - September 18, 2010) 
Corinna Catherine Nicole Thurmond, 14, of Ballinger passed away early Saturday morning September 18, 2010 at her home.

She was born August 18, 1996 in San Angelo to James and Tracy (Rowland) Thurmond. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Ballinger and a student at Olfen School where she was an honorary cheerleader. She was also a member of Olfen Girl Scouts.

Corinna is survived by her parents, James and Tracy (Rowland) Thurmond; brothers, James Thurmond, Jr. and Bradley Thurmond; grandparents, William and Wanda Thurmond all of Ballinger; and great- grandmothers, Roberta Headlee of New Mexico and Veda McKay of Alabama. Also surviving are several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

There will be a visitation time for friends and family on Tuesday, September 21 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 22 at the First Christian Church in Ballinger with Lynn Smith officiating. Burial will follow at the Old Runnels Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be Dwayne Schaefer and 8th Grade Olfen Mustang Football players, Richard, Andrew, Logan, Fabion, and Julian. Honorary pallbearers will be the remainder of the Mustang football players, the Olfen Mustang Cheerleaders, and the students of Olfen School.

Corinna’s family extends special thanks to the doctors, her fellow students, and everyone whose life she touched.

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Martha Arrott
9/19/2010
(August 3, 1930 - September 17, 2010)
Martha Boatright Arrott, 80, of Bronte passed away Friday, September 17, 2010 at a San Angelo hospital surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Miles, TX on August 3, 1930 to J.C. “Tug” and Virginia Hester Boatright. She attended school at Brookshire and Bronte, graduating from Bronte High School in 1948. Martha and J.B. Arrott were married August 30, 1950.

Martha was very involved in First Baptist Church Ballinger where she was always willing to greet you with a smile and a big hug. She could be found rocking babies in the nursery, washing dishes in the kitchen or giving motherly advice.

Up until the day she died her time was filled with weekly Bridge Club, Eighty-eight, and Woman’s Club. She was her grandkids biggest supporter, she could always be found at their sporting events, rodeos, or other activities. If there was any time left in the week, she and J.B. could be found traveling to Ruidoso, San Antonio, or simply having coffee at Town and Country in Bronte enjoying the fellowship of others, but most of all their time spent together.

She is survived by her husband, J.B.; three children, Jim Bob Arrott and wife, Jane of Evant, Tim Arrott and wife, Lucretia and Deeana Reed and husband, Cliffy all of Bronte; Seven grandchildren, Brian (Kandace) Arrott, Jaime (Patrick) Foster, Joanie Arrott, Dusty Arrott, Natasha, Natalee, and Nicole Reed and two great-grandchildren, McKenzie and Carter Arrott.

Visitation for family and friends will be Saturday, September 18 from 5:00 to 7:00 at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Funeral services will be Sunday, September 19 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Ballinger with Bro. Bobby Broyles officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Bronte.

The family requests that memorials be made to the First Baptist Church in Ballinger or a favorite charity.

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Johnnie Gallagher Bramley
9/12/2010
(April 28, 1926 - September 8, 2010)
Johnnie Ruth Gallagher Bramley, 84, of Brownwood and formerly of Ballinger passed away Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at Oak Ridge Manor in Brownwood.

She was born April 28, 1926 in Abilene to John M. and Jewel (Hitt) Jones. Johnnie and Edward F. “Eddie” Gallagher were married May 2, 1947 in Ballinger and together they owned and operated a printing company, News Printing, in Ballinger for over 25 years. Mr. Gallagher passed away December 4 1990. She continued to operate the print shop herself until 1999. She married Howard Bramley in Ballinger on September 7, 1997, and he preceded her in death March 16, 2003. Also preceding her in death were her parents and a brother, Curtis Jones.

Johnnie was a long-time, faithful member of Seventh Street Baptist Church and will be fondly remembered by church members and the townspeople of Ballinger for her ready smile, her loving heart, and her joyful spirit.

Funeral services will be Friday, September 10 at 2:00 p.m. at Seventh Street Baptist Church in Ballinger with Rev. David Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Ballinger Evergreen Cemetery.

She is survived by her daughter, Karen Bly and husband, Bill, of Brownwood; son, Eddie Gallagher, Jr. and wife, Rebecca, of Hanahan, SC; sisters, Evelyn Drake of Ballinger and Edna Hunter of Mohave Valley, AZ. Also surviving are grandchildren, Kyle and Cody Holman, Matthew Bly, Shawna Brown, and Kevin Gallagher, several great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Memorials may be made to the Ballinger Humane Society, Seventh Street Baptist Church Youth Group, or a favorite charity.

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Mychelle Jenkins - McDuffee
9/12/2010
(May 31, 1965 - September 8, 2010)
Mychelle Jenkins-McDuffee, 45, of Rhome, Texas passed away Wednesday, September 8, 2010 in Fort Worth.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 12 at Lange Funeral Home Chapel in Ballinger. There will be a visitation time prior to the service from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mychelle was born on May 31, 1965 in Ft. Worth to Billy and Rene Bolton. She worked for GTE and Verizon as a billing analyst in San Angelo, Irving and currently in Grapevine. She married Gary McDuffee on October 28, 1994 in Irving. She received her B.A. from Dallas Baptist University in 2002.

Mychelle is survived by her husband, Gary McDuffee, her parents, Billy and Rene Bolton, all of Rhome; a brother, Jeremy Bolton and wife, Crystal of San Angelo; grandmother, Wanda Jenkins of Rhome; aunts and uncles, Tonya and Jackie Taylor of Haslet and Vance and Robin Jenkins of Boerne; and her father-in-law, Clyde McDuffee of Ballinger.

The family requests that donations be made to your local Humane Society or a favorite charity.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

Johnnie Gallagher Bramley
9/9/2010
(April 28, 1926 - September 8, 2010) 
Johnnie Ruth Gallagher Bramley, 84, of Brownwood and formerly of Ballinger passed away Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at Oak Ridge Manor in Brownwood.

She was born April 28, 1926 in Abilene to John M. and Jewel (Hitt) Jones. Johnnie and Edward F. “Eddie” Gallagher were married May 2, 1947 in Ballinger and together they owned and operated a printing company, News Printing, in Ballinger for over 25 years. Mr. Gallagher passed away December 4 1990. She continued to operate the print shop herself until 1999. She married Howard Bramley in Ballinger on September 7, 1997, and he preceded her in death March 16, 2003. Also preceding her in death were her parents and a brother, Curtis Jones.

Johnnie was a long-time, faithful member of Seventh Street Baptist Church and will be fondly remembered by church members and the townspeople of Ballinger for her ready smile, her loving heart, and her joyful spirit.

Funeral services will be Friday, September 10 at 2:00 p.m. at Seventh Street Baptist Church in Ballinger with Rev. David Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Ballinger Evergreen Cemetery.

She is survived by her daughter, Karen Bly and husband, Bill, of Brownwood; son, Eddie Gallagher, Jr. and wife, Rebecca, of Hanahan, SC; sisters, Evelyn Drake of Ballinger and Edna Hunter of Mohave Valley, AZ. Also surviving are grandchildren, Kyle and Cody Holman, Matthew Bly, Shawna Brown, and Kevin Gallagher, several great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Memorials may be made to the Ballinger Humane Society, Seventh Street Baptist Church Youth Group, or a favorite charity.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

Thomas Benton Owens, Jr.
9/9/2010
(September 25, 1919 - September 7, 2010)
Thomas Benton Owens, Jr., age 90, of Early and formerly of Ballinger passed away Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.

He was born September 25, 1919 in Ballinger to Thomas Benton and Josephine Annie (Wartenbach) Owens. He proudly served his country during WW II in the US Army (8th Division, 43rd Artillery). Tommy was employed with the Texas Highway Department and with the railroad as an equipment operator.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a step-daughter, Lillie Jane Taylor; brothers, Clinton, Milton Ray, Alton, Charles, Fritz Ervin, Henry, and Guy; and a sister, Lottie Harris.

Tommy is survived by a son, Thomas C. Owens and wife, Ann, of Early, and a daughter, Susie Moore and husband, Dan, of Brownwood; step-daughters, Sharon Beaver of Ballinger, Loretta Patton of Hillsboro, and a step-son, James Glenn also of Hillsboro; sister, Hilda McDonald of Midland; brothers, Jerry Owens and wife, Kathy of Tahoka, Damon Owens and wife, Berta, and Bill Owens and wife, Ruby, all of Havard, Montana. Also surviving are 18 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Visitation for family and friends will be Thursday, September 9 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Funeral services will be Friday, September 10 at 4:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home Chapel. Burial with military honors will take place in Old Runnels Cemetery near Ballinger.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

Maria Gonzales Hernandez
9/9/2010
Maria Gonzales Hernandez, 58 of Winters, passed away Wednesday, September 08, 2010, in a local nursing home.  Memorial Service will be 10 A.M. Friday, at Heritage Family Funeral Home Chapel. 

Maria was born May 25, 1952 in San Antonio, Texas to Clemencia and Encarnacion Gonzales, where she met her husband, Ruben of 42 years.  They moved to Winters in 1975.  Maria enjoyed being mom and Grandma the most, taking care of everyone, from cooking their favorite meals to watching her kids and grandkids play games and participate in sports.   

Maria was preceded in death by: her dad, one son David Hernandez, and one sister Otelia Garcia. 

Maria is survived by: her husband Ruben Hernandez Sr., two daughters, Lillie Hernandez and Priscilla Hernandez, four sons, Ruben Hernandez Jr., Michael Hernandez, Gabriel Hernandez, and Jacob Hernandez, all of Winters, 22 grandchildren, a great-grandchild, her mother, Clemencia Gonzales of San Antonio, two sisters, Minerva Villanueva and Cynthia Gonzales, a brother Joe Gonzales, and numerous extended family.
 

Mary Lou Campbell
9/5/2010
(March 17, 1949 - September 4, 2010)
Mary Lou Campbell, 61, of Ballinger passed away Saturday, September 4, 2010 at Shannon Hospital in San Angelo.

She was born on March 17, 1949 in Hardin County to Brunce and Edna (Higgs) Jordan. She graduated from West Hardin High School in 1967, being voted the Elementary School Halloween Queen and Most Wittiest her senior year. She was also active in Speech, Track and Powder Puff football. She later attended business school. She was a member of West End Baptist Church and upon moving to Ballinger was currently employed as a sales associate for Wal Mart. Mary is preceded in death by her parents; a sister JoAn Enloe; and a son Sean Campbell.

She is survived by her daughter, Kim Nolan of Ballinger; son Buck and wife, Brandi Campbell of Abilene; grandchildren, Cameron Nolan, Travis Nolan, Rheanna Nolan, and Sierra Campbell; sister, Ruby Alpers of Cleveland, Ophelia and husband Jimmy King of Port Neches, Mildred and husband, Tommy Norris of Beaumont, Tish Frederickson of Dayton; brother, J.B. Jordan of Trinity; special friends Mary Ann Harrel and family and numerous nieces and nephews and extended family and friends.

A visitation for family and friends will be from 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. on Monday, September 6th at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Her funeral service will be held Tuesday, September 7th at 2:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Evergreen Cemetery.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

Mary Moeller
9/1/2010
(December 8, 1908 - August 31, 2010)
Mary Moeller, age 101, of Rowena passed away Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at Ballinger Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born December 8, 1908 in Rowena to Emil and Mary (Schwertner) Ullrich and was a long-time resident of the area. She and Felix Moeller were married October 30, 1928 in Rowena. He preceded her in death August 12, 1972. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena and St. Ann Altar Society. She especially enjoyed gardening and quilting and was very skilled at both activities. Each of her seven godchildren received one of her beautiful quilts.

She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Emma Schniers, Frieda Kohrmann, Walter Ullrich, and Frank Ullrich.

Mary is survived by sisters, Helen Ullrich of Rowena and Florene Schmid of Brenham; sister-in-law, Ruby Ullrich of Miles; brother-in-law, Roman Multer of Rowena; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rosary will be recited Thursday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, September 3 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Ariel Lagunilla, Msgr. Benedict Zientek, and Rev. Hugh Wade co-celebrating. Burial will take place in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Allen Ullrich, Joe Schniers, Pat Schmid, Fred Wilde, John Multer, and Maynard Schwertner.

The family extends special thanks to the staff and nurses at Vista Care and at Ballinger Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Cemetery Fund.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

 

Thomas Wesley Cryer
8/31/2010
(December 22, 1937 - August 30, 2010) 
Thomas Wesley Cryer, age 72, passed into his heavenly reward Monday, August 30, 2010 at his home surrounded by family.

Thomas was born December 22, 1937 in Buckholtz, Texas to Bradford Allen Cryer and Ruth Lyles Cryer. He served in the US Army and worked most of his life in the paint and body, construction, and trucking industries.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Gary Allen Cryer.

Survivors are his wife of 53 years, Alma Teague Cryer; daughter, Janet Anderson and her husband, Neal, all of Ballinger; sisters and brothers, Evelyn Bales, Barbara Gilbert, Virginia Keele (Glen), Dennis Cryer (Connie), Steven Cryer, and little sister, Mary Jane Bonin; sisters-in-law, Sally Teague and Dawn White; a very dear friend, Susie Leady, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be at Grape Creek Cemetery on Friday, September 3 at 10:30 a.m. with Deacon David Workman officiating. Pallbearers will be Buddy Teague, Bobby Teague, Dilmus Teague, Stinky White, Brian Cryer, and Dave Hedrick.

The family extends a special thank you to Jeanie at Vista Care Hospice.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

Eva Lavern Blythe
8/31/2010
(March 30, 1931 - August 27, 2010)
Eva Lavern (Barrington) Blythe danced her way across the skies into the arms of Jesus Friday, August 27th, 2010, after a long illness. She was laid to rest in the Evergreen Cemetery, beside her beloved Bill, through the compassionate care of Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Eva was born March 30, 1931 to Blondie and Rosie Barrington, sister to seven siblings. She was the wife of Samuel David (Bill) Blythe who went to meet the Lord in 1983. She was the Mother of four - Kathy Rosser, Rita Dickinson (who made her journey to Heaven in 2008), Sadie Lewis and Cecilia Redman - grandmother of seven, great grandmother of twenty two and great great grandmother of two. She wore many hats during her 79 years on earth and now she wears the crown of glory that she so richly deserved as a child of God. Eva's final words (written by hand) to her family were: "I love you all. I'll be waiting for you. Walk slowly down that path and I'll find you." Mother and Gram Eva's family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the many "angels" from Concho Health and Rehab in Eden and Vista Care Hospice in San Angelo. Your loving care and dedication to keeping her comfortable and pain-free during the last ten months were a blessing. Each of you were, are and always will be loved and greatly appreciated. God bless and keep you.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

Sharon M. Goetz
8/26/2010
(April 20, 1954 - August 25, 2010)
Sharon M. Goetz, 56, of Ballinger passed away Wednesday, August 25, 2010 in San Angelo.

She was born April 20, 1954 in Ballinger. She was a life-long resident of the Runnels County area and was currently the owner and operator of Lowake Steak House.

Sharon is survived by her son, Kerry Goetz and Tanya Feemster; her parents, Clarence and Regina Goetz; sisters, Jean and Leonard Gully, Susie and Charles Gully, Linda and Stanley Gully, and Sheri Goetz and James Coleman; a brother, Wayne and Sharon Goetz; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, August 28 at 10:00 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in Ballinger. Serving as pallbearers will be James Bennett, Bill Noelke, Kendall Tidwell, Dustin Goetz, Stacy Goetz, and Keith Gully.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or a favorite charity.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

John R. Gonzalez
8/23/2010
John R. Gonzalez, 28, of Winters passed away Sunday, August 15, 2010 at his residence.  Memorial Service will be 6 PM, Friday August 27, 2010 in Heritage Family Funeral Home Chapel, with Minister Michael Riley officiating.   

John was born on August 13, 1982 in Ardmore, OK.  John was employed by Buddy’s Plant Plus.  He loved watching movies and listening to music, even teaching himself how to play the guitar.  To his friends, John was always the life of the party, making everyone smile somehow.  He was always pulling pranks, to make people laugh and to help them though the day.   

John is survived by; his parents, Darlene and Martin Daniels, three sisters, Jaclyn Stanley, Brittnye Gonzalez, and Natosha Sanchez, two brothers, David Gonzalez and Jason Conway, and numerous extended family and friends.  

John you were loved by all, you will be greatly missed. May peace be with you.

 

Frankie Jean Sheard
8/17/2010
(October 28, 1937 - August 16, 2010)
Frankie Jean Sheard, 72, of Ballinger passed away Monday, August 16, 2010 at her residence.

She was born October 28, 1937 in Sweetwater to John Henry and Josephine (McDonald) Olsteen. She worked for several years as a clerk. She and Raymond Sheard were married April 10, 1981 in Houston. Frankie loved Jesus and played an important part in the salvation of her siblings. She sang and played the guitar and composed music. One of her favorites was a song she wrote about an American veteran She was a member of the Church of God.

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

Frankie is survived by her husband, Raymond of Ballinger; her children, Kenneth Lee Zollars of Austin, Robert Joseph Zollars of Houston, and Melinda Kay Zollars of Indiana; a sister, Patsy Jo Calver of Sweeetwater; and one grandchild.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 18 at 10:00 a.m. at Lange Funeral Home Chapel in Ballinger. A graveside service and burial will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday in the Sweetwater Cemetery.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

John E. Green, Jr., M.D.
8/15/2010
(July 18, 1922 - August 15, 2010) 
John E. Green, Jr., M.D., 88, died Sunday, August 15, 2010. He was born July 18, 1922, in Kosse, Texas, to John E. Green, Sr. and Beatrice Prather Green and lived an exemplary life of service to family, church, community, and country.

A celebration of his life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 17 at the First United Methodist Church in Ballinger. Burial will follow in Old Runnels Cemetery. There is no scheduled visitation.

Dr. Green graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown in 1939 and from Texas A & M in 1943. He then graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Galveston in 1948 and did a surgical internship at Pearce County Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. He served honorable in the United States Air Force from 1950-1952 and completed tours of duty in Tokyo, Japan and on the island of Guam.

He met the love of his life, Mary Anne Allen, when he was a medical student in Galveston and when Mary Anne was a nursing student there. The couple had many fond memories of their courtship in Galveston and enjoyed returning to Galveston for their class reunions throughout their 63 years of marriage. They were married September 14, 1947, in Ballinger at the home of the bride’s parents, pioneer ranchers Rufus and Frances Wood Allen. To this union five children were born.

Dr. Green practiced medicine for over 50 years, 38 of those years in Ballinger beginning his practice in Ballinger originally in an office over the old Pearce-Bailey drugstore on December 8, 1952. He became a partner in 1954 with Dr. Charles F. Bailey and Dr. Oren H. Chandler in the ownership of the old Ballinger Hospital, where he practiced until the new Ballinger Memorial Hospital was completed and opened on January 1, 1963. The old hospital building was eventually demolished in 1970.

Dr. Green built the Ballinger Clinic at 302 N. 3rd Street across from where the old Ballinger Hospital stood and practiced there for over 20 years, beginning on January 31, 1967. That building was a modern facility designed for three doctors and is used to this day as a doctor’s clinic. Dr. Green also practiced in Meridian, Texas, Santa Anna, Coleman, Bronte, San Angelo, and Menard. He affiliated with San Angelo’s Shannon Hospital in 1990 after selling his practice in Ballinger to the Shannon group. Medicine was Dr. Green’s passion throughout his life. He always took a special interest in his patients and enjoyed visiting with them years after he had treated them and could uncannily remember their various ailments and conditions. He unselfishly treated all, administering to and ministering to his patients, often making house calls. He enjoyed reading medical literature, listening to medical lectures on audiotape, mentoring physicians in training, and attending medical conferences and keeping abreast of trends in the field even throughout his retirement.

He received the Emeritus Physician Award from the Texas Academy of Family Physicians in July of 2008, and although unable to attend the award ceremony due to failing health, his children proudly attended and accepted the award on his behalf. Quoting from the acceptance speech given by his oldest son, Dr. John E. Green, III, “Those of you who know my Dad know he was a quiet giant, never saying very much. He couldn’t change the whole world but could change the corner he was in—Christian man, husband, father, physician, community leader, and Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of ’43.”

Dr, Green revolutionized the practice of medicine in Ballinger in the 1950’s when he insisted that his indigent and minority patients have the same access to medical care as anyone else, and insisted that the indigent and minority mothers be allowed to deliver their babies in the upstairs labor and delivery area of the old Ballinger Hospital rather than in the first floor emergency room and immediately being sent home. It was also Dr. Green’s vision of home health medical services in Ballinger that prompted Carol Jennings and the late Shirley Tekell, both of whom worked for Dr. Green many years, to begin Ballinger Home Health, an invaluable service to many in Runnels County to this day.

Loyalty was very important to Dr. Green, and he valued that trait. He never forgot kindnesses that were extended to him or his family, especially by those who assisted him in his medical practice or helped him in the raising of his children. He fondly remembered Louis and Lillie Miller, Red and Cleo Washington, Louis and Dorothy Triggs, Josephine Stallings, Shirley Tekell, Emma Goetz, Cal and Lela Adair, Helen Selby, Loretta Michalewicz, and Dr. Dean Watson, to name a few whom he held in particular high esteem.

The grandson of pioneer Methodist preacher Edward Prather, Dr. Green was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church of Ballinger, having served in numerous leadership capacities. He served for 10 years as the city health officer of Ballinger and served on the Board of Trustees of the Ballinger Independent School District from 1955-1964. He was a long-time member of the Runnels County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association, American Medical Association, and the Southern Medical Association, Texas Academy of Family Practitioners, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He earned Diplomate status with the American Board of Family Practice in 1972. He was a member of the Ballinger Noon Lions Club for over 50 years.

Dr. Green was an avid supporter of the Ballinger Bearcats and his beloved Texas Aggies. He organized the first Aggie Muster in Ballinger and Runnels County and enjoyed the annual Musters throughout his life. He was recognized as the oldest A & M graduate in Runnels County at the 2009 Muster. He was a member of the Century Club of Texas A & M University and took pride in the other Aggies in his family: John E. Green, III, MD (’72), Nancy Blackwell (’00), Catheryne Green Hasley (’03), Jeff Hasley (’02), Damian Rojas (’01), Jan Henry, PhD (’05), and Marybeth Green, PhD (’05).

A quiet and reserved man by nature, Dr. Green exemplified honesty, hard work, service and dedication. His children fondly recall some of his fatherly advice—“there are no free lunches,” “if you can’t pay cash for it, you probably don’t need it,” and “drive it till it stops,” all of which reflect his ultra conservative approach to life, and when his kids wanted to do something that he didn’t think was in their best interest, he would say, “Let’s don’t and say we did.” His office staff and patients fondly recall his parting words of “Carry on,” his way of telling them that they were doing well and to keep doing what they had been doing.

Affectionately called Big Daddy by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, he enjoyed having his family visit in his home in Ballinger. In honor of the 40th wedding anniversary of Dr. Green and Mary Anne in 1987, their children began the annual Green Family Reunion at Casa Bonita resort near Hunt, Texas, gathering in that beautiful Hill Country area consecutively for 23 years on or around their parent’s anniversary.

Together with Mary Anne, Dr. Green held farm and ranch interests in Runnels, Falls, and Limestone Counties of Texas, and enjoyed driving a pick-up over the various holdings. He aggressively practiced conservation on their properties and was known as a fair and honest businessman as he worked with local contractors to improve the land by expanding stock tanks, maintaining fences rotating livestock and crops, and clearing brush and mesquite.

Dr. Green’s legacy is that of an honorable husband and father, having loved only one woman his entire life and having set the highest example of integrity and hard work for his children. He considered his greatest contribution those he leaves behind to cherish his memory.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Anne, of Ballinger; two sons, Dr. John E. Green, III, and his wife Mary Elizabeth Lansdell Green PhD. of San Antonio and Perry Allen Green and his wife Paula Harral Green of San Angelo; three daughters, Jan Green Haney, PhD. of San Antonio, Peggy Green Fiveash of Ballinger, and Julie Green Rojas and her husband Dr. Peter Rojas of Victoria; sisters, Linda Green Curtis of San Angelo and Mary Louise Hilley of Kosse; grandsons, Bradley Elliott Haney and his wife Jessica Polanco Haney of San Antonio, Marine Travis Edward Green and his wife Bridget Babida Green of San Antonio, and Damian Rojas and his wife Adrian of Houston; granddaughters, Amanda Fiveash Behnken and her husband Steven of San Antonio, Catheryne Green Hasley and her husband Jeff of Houston, Megan Frances Green of Austin, Kristin Emilia Rojas and Hilary Anne Rojas both of Dallas, and Andrea Rojas Gomez and her husband Chris and their son Xavier of Houston; great-grandchildren, Brittney, Aiden, and Emmerson Haney, and Eli Behnken all of San Antonio and babies, Hasley, Behnken, and Gomez due in October and November 2010 respectively; special nieces, Linda Blackwell and her daughter Nancy Blackwell of Spring and Kelle Curtis Hansen and her daughter Chloe of San Angelo; and brother-in-law, Rufus Allen, Jr. of Richardson and his children, Steven Paul Allen, Dr. Greg Allen and his wife Katherine of Austin, and Marla Allen Amato and her husband Bruce, also of Austin.

Dr. Green was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws Rufus and Frances Wood Allen, grandson Brian Allen Haney, sister-in-law Pat Koller and her husband Clark Koller, and sister-in-law Jane Jernigan Allen. Pallbearers will be Gordon Hays, Larry Hays, Ron Edington, Steven Gray, Dr. Mark McKinnon, Dr. Stewart Robbins, Norvell Meredith, Jack Hatler, Troyce O’Neal, Morriss Sweeney, and T. G. Rose. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Ballinger Noon Lions Club and members of the Friendship Sunday School Class of the First United Methodist Church of Ballinger.

Family members would like to especially thank Dr. Green’s former employee and beloved caregiver Joni Fuller Gray and her husband Steven, Dr. Mark McKinnon and his wife Ellen, and Ballinger Home Health, whose faithful care and concern was a comfort to Dr. Green and his family in his last days.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

Pat Underwood King
8/11/2010
(February 16, 1940 - August 7, 2010)
Pat Underwood King, 70, passed peacefully on Saturday, August 7, 2010, in Abilene. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 10, 2010, in Abilene at Wylie United Methodist Church, 3430 Antilley Road, with the Reverend Jeff Hatcher officiating. Burial will follow in the Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home. Visitation with the family will be Monday, August 9, 2010, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home, 5701 Highway 277 South in Abilene.

Patsy Lou was born on February 16, 1940 in Ballinger, Texas. She was the daughter of Jack and Vella Mae Ashton. Pat graduated from Ballinger High School and attended Wright Patterson University in Ohio and later graduated with a B.S. in Education from the University of Guam. She married Ellie Barton Underwood, Jr., also from Ballinger, in 1958. They and their son, Brennan, lived in Ohio, California, Washington, and Guam, returning to Abilene in 1982. Pat was a beloved teacher, whose career spanned more than 20 years of service at Bowie Elementary and Mann Middle School until her retirement in 2004. She married John King, of Abilene, in 2006. They enjoyed their many church activities together, and shared a love of traveling far and wide. Pat spoiled her family with her fabulous cooking, was a fierce domino player, adored her cats, loved gardening and flowers, and was the chairman of the canned goods division at the West Texas Fair and Rodeo for several years. More important than any accomplishment, however, was the beauty of Pat’s spirit. Anyone who was fortunate enough to share any time with her in this life knew a soul of pure kindness and generosity. She was appreciated and loved by so many, and provided constant support through her love and her smile. She is already missed more than they could have ever imagined, although the positive effect she had in their lives and the joy she brought will live on forever.

Pat was preceded in death by her father. Surviving Pat is her mother, Mae Spiser, of San Angelo; husband, John King; former husband, Bart Underwood; son, Brennan Underwood and wife, Sydney Alderman Underwood, and grandson, Hunter Haralson, of Abilene; and sister, Marvelle Campbell, of Seguin. In addition, she is survived by John’s children and grandchildren, Mary and husband, John Lord, and sons, Zachery and Eric; Carol and husband, Pat Donovan, and daughter, Sloan; Paul King and wife, Jennifer, and daughter, Lillian. Nieces and nephews: Michael Bird, Rebecca Gomez, Lee Jay Bird, Marti Yglesias, Dixie Valdez, Geoffrey Connor, Jacqueline Kelly, and Jill McNew-Whetstone; and numerous grand nieces and nephews.

The family requests any memorial donations go to Wylie United Methodist Church, 3430 Antilley Road, Abilene, Texas 79606.

You may view and sign the guestbook at
www.elliotthamilfuneralhome.com


 

Donna Dee Long
8/8/2010
(July 2, 1933 - August 7, 2010)
Donna Dee Long of San Angelo passed away Saturday, August 7, 2010 at Arbor Terrace Health Care Center at age 77.

She was born July 2, 1933 to Henry and Dollie (Singleton) Bollier in Runnels County. Donna married Michael Long in 1972. She served as county treasurer for Tom Green County for two terms.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; two brothers, Russell and Marlin Bollier.

Dorothy is survived by her sons, Jimmy Dee Houston and wife, Kathy of Kingsville, Jerry Houston and wife, Judy, of Harper; Joe Houston and wife, Debbie; and Jeff Houston and wife Eppie, all of San Angelo. A sister, Darla Ford, nineteen grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren also survive.

A time of visitation for family and friends will be held Monday, August 9 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, August 10 at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Ballinger, with Brother Salvador Bill officiating.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/


 

Diana Luera Lopez
8/8/2010
    
Diane Luera Lopez, 43, of Lubbock died August 4, 2010. Rosary is to be recited tonight at 7 p.m. in the WW Rix Chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of Rix Funeral Directors.
     Diana was born October 31, 1966 in Ballinger to Santiago and Henrietta Luera. She married David Lopez on March 24, 1988 in Lubbock. Diane was a high spirited person, very caring of others. She enjoyed watching football and was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan, just like her father and daughter. She was a homemaker.
     She was preceded in death by her father, Santiago Luera.
     She is survived by her husband, David; daughter, Victoria Nicole Lopez; son, David Lopez, Jr.; mother, Henrietta Luera; brother, Ronnie Lopez; and sister, Suzanne Jalomo.
 

Source URL: http://lubbockonline.com/obituaries/2010-08-06/diane-luera-lopez


 

Elizabeth Ueckert
8/7/2010
(October 30, 1914 - August 6, 2010)
Elizabeth Ueckert, 95, of Ballinger passed away Friday, August 6, 2010 at Runnels County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Ballinger after a long and full life.

She was born October 30, 1914 in Buckholts, Texas to William Eugene and Sarah Cordelia (Cherry) Coley. Elizabeth and Richard William Ueckert were married August 6, 1934 in Ballinger. He preceded her in death December 5, 1999. She was a homemaker and a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Ballinger.

She was also preceded in death by her son, William “Bill” Ueckert; grandson, Jeffrey William Ueckert; great-grandson, Trent William Ueckert; a brother, W. T. Coley, and a sister, Doris Good.

Elizabeth is survived by daughter-in-law, Becky Ueckert, granddaughter, Lisa Willingham and husband, Mark, and grandson, David Ueckert and wife, Misty, all of Ballinger. Also surviving are great-grandchildren, Meagan, Jessica, and Katelyn Willingham, and Allie Ueckert; sister, Elaine Underwood of Garland; and special friend and caregiver, Lynn Schwertner.

The family extends special thanks to the staff of Runnels County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Memorial donations may be made to Trent’s Retreat or a favorite charity.

Funeral services will be Sunday, August 8 at 1:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church Chapel with Brother Bobby Broyles officiating. Burial will follow in Ballinger Evergreen Cemetery.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

Myrtice Etoil Hudson
8/4/2010
(February 10, 1918 - August 3, 2010) 
Myrtice Etoil Hudson, age 92, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at her home in Rowena, TX. She was born in Coleman County, Texas to Marcus Oral Lightfoot and Albertha Augusta (Jopling) Lightfoot on February 10, 1918. She married J.C. Hudson on August 14, 1937 in Miles. Together they raised two children and worked on their cotton farm. She was a member of the First Methodist Church in Ballinger. Myrtice was a homemaker.

She was an accomplished seamstress and made afghans and quilts for her family. There was no better gift than to be blessed with one of her heirloom quilts. Her family was everything to her and she loved and was much loved in return. Those left to cherish her love and memory are her son: Jerald C. Hudson and wife Eileen of Kermit, TX; daughter: Karen L. Hunt and husband Dennis of Mesquite, TX; one sister: Allie Mae Bearfield of New Orleans, LA; eight grandchildren: Mandy, Melinda, Tina, Sean, Shari, Amy, John, and Dee; fifteen great-grandchildren; and her extended family: Rose and Matilda Hernandez.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband of almost 70 years, J. C. Hudson; one brother: Oral Lightfoot; and four sisters: Kleta Cosby, Jessie Burson, Robbie Lee Barrett and Avis Murphy. Funeral services will be 10:00 am Saturday, August 7, 2010 at Lange Funeral Home, officiated by Mike Burson. Interment will follow at the Miles Cemetery. Granny, we will miss you, but are sure that Pampa has waited long enough for a good argument and a partner at the domino table.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

L.V. Johnson
8/3/2010
(January 12, 1926 - August 3, 2010) 
L. V. Johnson, 84, of Ballinger died August 3, 2010 at the Coleman Heath Care Center in Coleman, Texas.

He was born in Winters on January 12, 1926 to parents, Dink and Betsy Johnson, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by 14 brothers and sisters.

He married Ruby Belk of Winters in 1947. They moved to Ballinger in 1957. Their marriage produced eight children, six of whom are deceased, Phillip, Bobby, Larry, Paul and two who were stillborn.

L. V. was a faithful member of Jesus Christ Church and was a veteran of World War II.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Ruby of 63 years; son, Charles Johnson and wife, Onnie Mae of Ballinger; daughter, RosaLee Smith and husband, Kenneth of Grand Prairie. Also surviving are several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, a large host of nieces, nephews, friends, and associates. Rest assured that we all loved him, but God loved him more.

Funeral services will be Saturday, August 7 at 2:00 p.m. at Jesus Christ Church in Ballinger with burial in Ballinger Evergreen-West Cemetery.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

Glen Warren
8/3/2010
(August 17, 1959 - August 3, 2010)
Michael Glen Warren, 50, of Ballinger passed away Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at his residence.

He was born August 17, 1959 in Ballinger to Michael and Gail (Cude) Warren. He was also married in Ballinger to Thereasa “Terry” (Barton) on September 11, 2003. He was employed as an oil field driller.

Glen is survived by his parents; his wife, Terry Warren of the home; daughters, Nikki Wilson and husband, David, of Abilene, Amy Day of Anson, and stepdaughter, Marriea Muñoz of Winters; and a sister, Cindy Aguirre of Ballinger. Also surviving are grandchildren and step-grandchildren, Cassie Lee, Brennon Day, Hayleigh Day, Landon Wilson, Braydon Wilson, Kelsey Daniel, Vikki Muñoz; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Visitation for family and friends will be Wednesday, August 4 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 5 at 2:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Broyles officiating.

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Lillie Kurtz Winchester
7/27/2010
(July 20, 1922 - July 26, 2010)
Lillie Rosa Machann Kurtz Winchester, 88, of Ballinger, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 26, 2010. She was born July 20, 1922 in Rowena, Texas to Joseph and Rosa Binder Machann. Lillie was the matriarch of her family. Her first marriage produced two children, Shirley and Bobby Kurtz, by husband, Leroy Kurtz, who was killed during World War II. She later married Richard Winchester and had two sons, Larry and Terry. Unfortunately, a car accident took the life of her second husband. She raised these four children to be productive, responsible adults. Another important person in Lillie's life was Leo Johnson who also preceded her in death after having dated for over 25 years.

Once her children were grown, she went to work at Ben Franklin's Variety Store and later retired from Dry's Manufacturing. Upon retirement she returned to her hobby of quilting, making all of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren heirloom quilts. After tiring of quilt making, she took up needlepoint and has made everyone at least one table runner.

Her family was very important to her and she always treated everyone special. Family meals and holidays were always prepared lovingly by her until her health prevented her doing it herself; however, she then always orchestrated the meal and made sure we prepared it just like she wanted it.

In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her brother, Bernie Machann, and sister, Mary Pullin.

She is survived by her children, Shirley Fant and husband, Marvin, of Miles; Bobby Kurtz and wife, Jan, of Yukon, Oklahoma; Larry Winchester and wife, Vicki, of Cottonwood, Arizona; and Terry Winchester and wife, Cindy, of Ballinger. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Paula Rankin and husband, Steven; Marla Dusek and husband, Ed; Jason Kurtz and wife, Ashley; Alison Basler and husband, Jeremy; Kyle Winchester; Kevin Winchester; John Winchester and wife, Shelly; Jessica Winchester and Justine Winchester; her great-grandchildren, MarLon Rankin, Chel'C Rankin; Ashlee Whitesell and fiancé, Trey Weishuhn; CiJi Dickson and husband, Lee; Ashlyn Basler; Jadyn Basler; Sterling Winchester; Mykennah Winchester; Ayers Kurtz and newborn, Wyatt Winchester; a great-great-grandson, Lane Whitesell; and sisters, Margie Bradley of Midland; and Ella Caffey and husband, Bill, of Andrews; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation for family and friends will be held Wednesday, July 28 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Funeral services will be Thursday, July 29 at 2 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home with burial in Evergreen Cemetery. Grandsons, great-grandsons and great-great-grandsons will be pallbearers.

The family would like to give special thanks to all of the 5th Floor North nurses at Shannon Medical Center, Dr. Carl Anderton and his nurse, Penny, for their wonderful care over the years, and the staff at Ballinger Home Health.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of San Angelo or a favorite charity.

Mother/Gran, we will all miss you dearly, and our family times will never be the same. We will see you again soon! Rest in peace!

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

James I. Williamson
7/25/2010
(May 29, 1924 - July 25, 2010) 
James (Jim) Williamson, 86, of Ballinger, died early Sunday morning July 25, 2010 at the Runnels County Rehab nursing facility in Ballinger.

He was born in Ft. Worth on May 29, 1924 to Emmitt Leroy and Nancy Elizabeth Williamson, who were originally from Philadelphia, MS. He graduated from Abilene High School and attended McMurray College. He served in WW II as a Naval Reserve Officer and was active in all theatres of combat in the US Maritime Service. He attained the rank of Chief Mate in the Merchant Marines.

Jim married Bitsie Lynn on May 20, 1951 in Philadelphia, MS. In 1954 he entered the banking field where he subsequently covered a twenty six year span. His experience in banking began in Ballinger and included positions in Kingsville, Taft and Kermit, where he was president of Kermit State Bank. After retiring from the bank, he owned and operated Keystone Oilfield Rental, Inc. followed by a self owned business as a computer consultant.

While in Kermit, Jim’s community service included terms as president of the Chamber of Commerce, president of Kermit Rotary Club, treasurer of the Winkler County Chapter of the Red Cross, chairman of Kermit Housing Authority, a director of Kermit Opportunity School, coordinator of Winkler County Arial Defense and on the Board of Trustees of Kermit Community Church. Upon moving to Ballinger in 1994, he was a member and Deacon and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church and continued to operate his computer consulting business.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Fred Lynn.

He is survived by his wife, Bitsie; a son, Wes Williamson, and wife, Janis of Euless; grandsons, Trey, Michael, and Matthew Williamson. A daughter-in-law, Suzanne Cox of Austin and a niece, Rebecca Nicholson of Horseshoe Bay also survive.

There will be a time of visitation for family and friends from 6:00 to 7:00 PM Monday, July 26, 2010 at Lange Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday July 27th at the First Presbyterian Church in Ballinger. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.

The family request that memorial be made to the Ballinger Carnegie Library or a favorite charity.

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Lydia Laverne (Boothe) Gallant
7/19/2010
(October 14, 1915 - July 16, 2010)
Lydia LaVerne Boothe Gallant, 94, of Ballinger, Texas, passed away Thursday, July 16, 2010 at Ballinger Healthcare and Rehab Center. LaVerne was born near Ballinger October 14, 1915 to Richard Luna Boothe and Jessie Mae James Boothe. She attended Blanton and Crews Community Schools, then transferred to Ballinger High School and graduated in 1933. Following high school, LaVerne attended San Angelo School of Beauty, and received a beautician’s license. LaVerne’s Grandparents came to Texas in the 1860’s and 1870’s moving to Runnels County in the early 1900’s The Boothe Family and the James Family were among the first citizens of Runnels County. LaVerne married Malone (Bud) Gallant on March 23, 1940 in Brownwood, Texas. Malone preceded her in death in 1992. LaVerne is survived by her children Martha Brown and husband, Bob; Archie Gallant and wife, Threcia; Gary Gallant and wife, Evanet all of Ballinger; and Berry Carden and husband, Danny Adkins, Texas. Nine grandchildren also survive: Eric Seymore and wife, Ofie of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Tim Seymore and wife, Mandy of Jayton Texas, Matt Seymore and wife, Dawni of El Paso Texas, Gabe Seymore and wife, Kasia of San Antonio Texas, Andrew Gallant and wife, Robyn of Tuscola, Texas, Adam Gallant and wife, Michelle of Wills Point, Texas, Amy Gallant of Ballinger, Nathan Gallant and wife Betty Jo also of Ballinger, and Lance Gallant and wife, grandchildren 5 great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Odessa Boothe, Maurine Cathcart, Myrlee Graves, Alma Cooper, Golda Haggard and husband, Leo, and a brother-in-law, M.F. Gallant, many cousins, nephews and nieces. LaVerne loved them all. A long-time member of Seventh Street Baptist Church in Ballinger, LaVerne taught Sunday School for over 35 years, served as hospitality chairman for the church for 15 years, and held many offices in the Woman’s Missionary Union of the Southern Baptist Convention local organization. LaVerne’s life was dedicated to her church, her husband, her children and to her large extended family. She worked alongside Malone in the family farming eneterprises and was employed for many years by Heidenheimer’s Department Store. She was unabashedly proud of her children and grandchildren. Quilting was a favorite activity for LaVerne. Each of her grandchildren has, as a special memory, a quilt which was hand sewn by their grandmother. One of the greatest legacies that LaVerne leaves her family is the example of good, honest work to provide and care for her children and her husband. Visitation time will be at Lange Funeral Home, Sunday, July 18, 6-8 p.m. Funeral Services will be held in Seventh Street Baptist Church, Monday, July 19, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

Billy Allen Kline
7/16/2010
(January 16, 1943 - July 13, 2010) 
Billy Allen Kline, 67, of Ballinger passed away Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at Shannon Medical Center.

He was born January 16, 1943 in Harlingen, Texas to R. D. and Laverne (Holland) Kline. He and Madelyn Thompson Hobdy were married April 18, 1997 in Coleman. Billy was a mechanic and a member of Glory Road Cowboy Church.

His parents and a step-son, Corwin Hobdy, preceded him in death.

Billy is survived by his devoted wife, Madelyn of Ballinger, and his children: Brenda Conner and husband, Jerry; David Hobdy and wife Carole; Lou Andra Hobdy and Jeff Jackson; Laura Dean and husband, Charly. Also surviving are sisters, Nelda Halfmann and husband, Lee, and Judy Bingham; brothers, Johnny Kline and wife, Kay, and Tommy Kline and wife, Joy; and five grandsons, two granddaughters, and nine great-grandchildren.

Visitation for family and friends will be Wednesday, July 14 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. A special memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 17 at 2:00 p.m. at Glory Road Cowboy Church in Ballinger with Myron Halford officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Vista Care Hospice, the American Cancer Society, or a favorite charity.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

James Michael Sorrells
7/16/2010
(May 4, 1977 - July 12, 2010) 
James Michael Sorrells, 33, of Abilene passed away Monday, July 12, 2010 at his residence.

He was born on May 4, 1977 in Sao Paulo, Brazil where his parents were serving as missionaries. Michael was a life-long resident of Abilene. He attended Taylor Elementary, Franklin Middle School and graduated in 1996 from Abilene High School. While at Abilene High School, he received a letter jacket as a member of the R.O.T.C.

He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America holding memberships in Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, Webelos, and Boy Scout Troop 201, where he was inducted into the Order of the Arrow and awarded the lifetime honor of Eagle Scout as a member of the class of 1992.

Through Scouting and family outings, Michael loved to camp and fish. Perhaps his favorite fishing trips were to Colorado and Northern New Mexico. He was an avid follower of sports, especially college and pro football and major league baseball.

Michael loved his entire family. His immediate family, his aunts, uncles, and cousins were an important part of his life. He loved his wife, Tracy, and their children. Through his marriage to Tracy, her extended family gave him full family membership, loving him as a son, brother, and uncle.

Due to the extremely rare disease of tuberous sclerosis, Michael had a difficult life. Through multiple surgeries and ever-present tumors, health and long life were not his companions. He died peacefully in his sleep on July 12.

Michael is survived by his wife, Tracy, their children, Hunter and Mackenzie of Abilene; his father and mother, Gary and Claudia Sorrells of Keller; a sister, Regina Gray, and her husband, Darrell of Watauga; and numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins. He is also survived by his father and mother-in-law, William and Emlyn Jansa of Abilene; a sister-in-law, Kristi Jansa, and her daughter, Alexis of Abilene; sister-in-law, Cary Reid, and husband, Josh, and their son, J. T. of Sherman.

Visitation for family and friends will be Friday, July 16 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. The funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 17 at Lange Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in Rowena Protestant Cemetery in Rowena.

Guests may register online at Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

Henry Willard Owen
7/7/2010
(April 14, 1920 - July 4, 2010) 
SAN ANGELO: Henry Willard Owen, 90, passed away on Sunday, July 4, 2010, following complications from cardiac surgery at Shannon Hospital in San Angelo, Texas.

FUNERAL SERVICES: 10:00 am Sunday, July 10, at the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty, Missouri.

MEMORIALS: Henry was born on April 14, 1920, to James Madison Owen and Elva May Martin of Carthage, Mo. Henry was the oldest of five children and the grandson of Henry Andrew Owen and Rosa Lea Luster, who came to Oklahoma as part of the “1889” land rush. Henry was preceded in death by all of this family to include brothers, James, Edward, sisters, Belva Wagner, from Carthage, Mo. and Irene Harris, from Dallas, Tx.

Henry graduated from Carthage High School in 1938 and in 1939, married his lifetime partner, Beverly Jane Davis, who preceded him in death in 1993 after 54 years of marriage. This marriage produced 8 children, 31grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great-grandchildren. Henry spent the first five years of his married life raising three children while working as an ironworker in Freeport, Tx and in the state of Washington.

In 1944, Henry brought his family back to Carthage so he could enlist in the U.S. Army. Henry served in both the European and Pacific Theaters of WWII as part of the Army Engineers during which time he and his fellow workers received commendations for rebuilding a bombed-out railway bridge over the Seine River in France in a record time of seven days to re-establish supply lines to the Allies. Following Henry’s return from the military, he took over his father’s business, the Owen & Son Iron and Metal Company, on Highway 66 in Carthage, Mo. He ran this business for the next seven years while also being civically active as a city councilman and was Mayor Pro-Tem of Carthage. In 1952, Henry moved his wife and family of five to the Northern Kansas City, Mo area where he spent the next eleven years adding three more children while working as an ironworker through Local 10 in Kansas City, Mo, on such projects as the Paseo and Broadway bridges. After a serious work-related fall in 1963, Henry retired as an ironworker and spent the next 47 years as a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather for the 98 members of his family who survives him. During recent years he has lived independently in his home in Lake Wales, Fl and with children in Ballinger, Tx and Granbury, Tx as well as visiting extended and immediate family and friends.

Henry was a race-car driver, dancer, fisherman, hiker, card player, and golfer; and in his seventies even took up parachuting. This past year he also went kayaking with his sons. Henry has left a great void in all of us but we will live as he has shown us and will fill this void by giving and receiving social support from our families during our loss. Thanks “Dad” for showing us how to live and how to die. We will miss you greatly.

IMMEDIATE SURVIVORS: Son, Guy “Skip” Owen and wife, Carolyn of Granbury, Tx, daughter, Vickie Sue Flora and husband, Bob, of Liberty Mo, daughter, Valerie Davis of North Kansas City, Mo, son Mark Owen of Kansas City, Mo, daughter, Janae Terry and husband, Joe, of Dallas, Tx, son Brian Owen and wife, Judy, of Ballinger, Tx, and son Chris Owen and wife, Linda of Kansas City North, Mo. One son, Henry Loy Owen, preceded him in death.


 

Eddie Wesley Brown
7/5/2010
(July 18, 1939 - July 2, 2010) 
Eddie (Barber) Brown, age 70, of Ballinger died Friday evening, July 2, 2010 at his home surrounded by family.

He was born on July 18, 1939 in Coleman to Ralph and Lois Marie (Wiegreffe) Brown. He graduated from Talpa High School and attended Tarelton College for a year before going to Barber College. He owned Brown’s Barber in Ballinger and had been operating there since 1964.

Eddie married Billie Selby on February 7, 1959 in Ciudad Acuna, Mexico. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved to go to the beach with his family. He enjoyed collecting and making arrow heads. He loved his family and had a special love for his grandkids and great grandkids

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Randall in 1972, Kent in 1997, and Larry in 1975.

Survivors include his wife, Billie of Ballinger; children, Debra Rinn, and Bill Brown and his wife Gena all of Ballinger: his seven grandchildren, Courtney Harrison and husband, Matt, Robbye Bryan, Cole Rinn, William (Wes) Brown, Dylan Brown and wife, Kristen, Audrey Brown and Laura Brown; and his two great grandchildren, Emma and Zac Harrison. A sister, Sybil Dodson and her husband Dr. Dwain Dodson; 3 nephews, Kelly and Max Sanderford, Tommy Selby Jr,; and a niece Heather Tiller also survive.

Visitation for family and friends will be Monday, July 5, 2010 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home. Service will be 10:00 AM, Tuesday, July 6 at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Joe Chamness and Rev. Buddy Moore officiating. Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. Burial will follow at Talpa cemetery. Guests may register at ballingerfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Ballinger, National Lupus Foundation, American Cancer Society or a favorite Charity.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Ballinger, Dr. Karen Rightmire, and Dr. Denver Marsh and staff at Shannon Regional Heart Center

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

Tommy Lynn Jackson
6/30/2010
(May 25, 1953 - June 28, 2010) 
Tommy Lynn Jackson, 57, of San Angelo passed away Monday, June 28, 2010 at Shannon Medical Center.

He was born May 25, 1953 in Odessa, Texas to Earon W. and Gladys Williams Hoelscher Jackson. Tommy and Janet Overby were married May 19, 1973 in Ballinger. He was employed with prison systems and detention centers as security personnel.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew.

Tommy is survived by his wife, Janet, of San Angelo; his daughter, Angela Fernandez also of San Angelo; three grandchildren, Cory Jackson, Michael Stewart, and Jacob Fernandez; sisters, Janis Jackson and husband, David, of Rowena, and Cheri Watkins of San Angelo; and a brother, Emmitt Jackson of Rowena.

Visitation for family and friends will be Wednesday, June 30 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 1 at 10:00 a.m. at Lange Funeral Home Chapel.

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Alice Cecilia Wilde
6/27/2010
(November 13, 1925 - June 23, 2010) 
Alice Cecilia Wilde, 84, of Bethel passed away Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo.

She was born November 13, 1925 in Rowena to Ben and Frances (Buxkemper) Moeller. Alice and Bennie W. Wilde were married on April 7, 1948 in Rowena, and the couple farmed in the Bethel, Millersview, Wall, and St. Lawrence area all their lives. Mr. Wilde preceded her in death September 30, 2008. She was a homemaker and devoted her time and energy to raising a hard-working, loving family. She was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Olfen and a member of Christian Mothers.

Alice loved having a beautiful yard and worked diligently on it. She also enjoyed preparing and serving delicious meals, which were definitely appreciated by family and friends, and she was especially well-known for her homemade cookies.

She was preceded in death by her husband; brothers, Edwin, Felix, and Norbert Moeller; sisters, Isabella Rollwitz, Olivia Schwertner, Cordula Beimer, Leona Book, and Gladys Multer.

Alice is survived by her children, Judy Appelt and husband, Larry, of Hallettsville; Fred Wilde and wife, Debra, of Ballinger; Ann Nobles and husband, Nickie, of Katemcy; Karla Wilde and Joe Wilde both of San Angelo. Also surviving are grandchildren, Derek, Kelli, and Scott Appelt; Brooke, Clint, and Gina Wilde; and Frances Nobles; sisters-in-law, Velma Wilde of Rowena, Cordula Wilde of Wall, Mary Moeller of Ballinger; and brother-in-law, Roman Multer of Rowena.

Rosary will be recited Friday, June 25 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Olfen. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, June 26 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Boniface Church with Rev. Bob Baden celebrating. Burial will follow in the St. Boniface Church Cemetery.

The family wishes to express thanks to Dr. Carl Anderton and staff, Dr. Orloff Monaghan and staff, Dr. Glen McFerrin, the staff of Ballinger Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, and private caregivers, Beulah, Florence, and Betty.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, St. Boniface Cemetery, or the St. Boniface Seminary Burse.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

 

Jorja Dawn Knight
6/23/2010
(June 20, 2010 - June 21, 2010)
Jorja Dawn Knight, infant daughter of Bobby and Whitney Knight of Ballinger, passed away Monday, June 21, 2010 in San Antonio in the loving arms of her mother and father.

She was born early Sunday morning, June 20, 2010 in San Angelo at 23 weeks gestation but was transferred at 11:00 a.m. to Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio.

Jorja is survived by her parents; grandparents, James Power and Lisa Moore of San Angelo, George Knight and Liz Tischler, Lisa Kresta and Glen Richardson, and Josie and Ray Henry all of Ballinger; aunts and uncles, Andrea and Brian Green of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Heather and Jeremy Kalnbach of San Angelo, and David and Melissa Knight of Ballinger; great-grandparents, Sondra and Marvin Power, and Laverne Knight all of San Angelo. She is also survived by numerous family members and friends.

Visitation for family and friends will be Thursday, June 24 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 25 at 3:00 p.m. at the Ballinger House of Faith located on Highway 67 South with Barb Huston officiating. Burial will follow in Old Runnels Cemetery. Grandfathers will serve as pallbearers.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

Lela Faye Jacob
6/10/2010
(June 25, 1916 - June 8, 2010) 
Lela Faye Jacob, 93, of Austin passed away Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at Park Bend Health Center in Austin.

She was born June 25, 1916 in Jacksonville, Texas to John Leven and Sally (Deaton) Hoover. She and Roy Jacob were married November 11, 1941 in Temple. She graduated from Scott and White and worked as a registered nurse at hospitals in Temple, Ballinger and San Angelo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and two sisters, Johnnie Burton and Florine Silvey.

Faye is survived by her sons, Roy Thomas Jacob and his wife, Laura, of Dallas, John Kelley Jacob and his wife, Shirley, of Austin; one grandson, Kelley John Jacob and his fiancée, Frances Campo, of Hampton, Virginia; and a sister, Helen Warren of Alvin.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 10 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. A graveside service will be conducted Friday, June 11 at 10:00 a.m. at Ballinger Evergreen Cemetery.

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Joe Lloyd Sharp
6/7/2010
(August 26, 1929 - June 7, 2010)
Joe Lloyd Sharp, 80, of Ballinger passed away Monday, June 7, 2010 at Runnels County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Ballinger.

He was born August 26, 1929 in Scurry, Texas to Roy Cecil and Lois (Howard) Sharp. He worked in the oil field most of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three children, James L., Randy, and Ronny Sharp; and by a brother, Gene Sharp.

Joe is survived by children, Joey Sharp of Arkansas, JoAnn Waddle of Perryton, Robert Sharp of Arkansas, and Renee Martin of San Marcos; sisters, Floye Sharp of Ballinger, Lois Burleson and husband, Clay, of El Dorado, Loye Locket of San Angelo, and Linda Prosise of Ballinger; brothers, Bobby Sharp of Ballinger, and Leon Sharp of Pecos; and sister-in-law, Shirley Sharp of Rowena. Also surviving are numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be conducted Wednesday, June 9 at 10:00 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in Ballinger with Bro. Bobby Broyles officiating.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/
 

Betty Lou Criswell
6/2/2010
(December 10, 1951 - June 2, 2010)
Betty Criswell, 57, of Miles passed away Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at her residence.

She was born December 12, 1951 to Herman Wilson and Arlie Faye Curry. She married Jimmy Criswell who preceded her in death November 28, 2007. The couple lived in Miles for several years.

She is survived by her three sons, John, Jay, and Jeremiah Criswell; and three grandchildren, Morgan, Duncan, and Justin.

 

Walter Carl Drueckhammer
6/1/2010
(March 21, 1918 - June 1, 2010) 
Walter C. Drueckhammer, age 92, of Rowena passed away, Tuesday, June 1, 2010.

Funeral services will be Friday, June 4 at 1:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Miles with Diane Eggemeyer officiating. Graveside services will follow at 4:00 p.m. at St. Johns Cemetery in Priddy, Texas under the direction of Lange Funeral Home of Ballinger.

Walter was born at Priddy, Texas on March 21, 1918 to August F. and Louise (Lippe) Drueckhammer He was baptized in the Lutheran faith, graduated from Priddy High School, and attended San Angelo Jr. College

He worked for the Texas Highway Department for 27 years, retiring in 1981. He had previously worked with Jack Ammon Photogermatic Engineers from San Antonio. Prior to that, he was employed by the Soil Conservation Service at Hondo, Texas.

Walter was a U.S. Air Corps veteran of World War II. He served with the First Artic Search and Rescue Squad in Greenland. He was a life member of the VFW and the DAV.

He was an active member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Miles. He volunteered as an active member of the PTA and served many capacities, including District 6 PTA President. He was honored with both Texas and national life memberships.

His parents, five sisters, and two brothers preceded him in death.

Survivors include his loving wife, Isabella; daughter, Donna Nesbit and husband, Clay, of Angleton, Texas; son, Carl Drueckhammer and wife, Melissa, of Tampa, Florida; step-daughter, Nola Jean Wanoreck and husband, Ed, of Mereta; five grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and six step-great-grandchildren; and sister, Leona Glasgow of Spruce Creek, Pennsylvania.

Walter’s favorite charities were his church, Clifton Lutheran Sunset Homes, Lutheran Social Service of Austin, and Mosaic Rudwiur Child Care Center. Memorial may be made to these or to a favorite charity.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

Curtis Milton Fletcher
6/1/2010
(January 12, 1934 - June 1, 2010) 
Curtis Milton Fletcher, 76, of San Angelo passed away Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at his residence.

He was born January 12, 1934 in Maverick, Texas to Baylis Gerald and Vera Mae (Hardy) Fletcher. After serving in the U.S. Army for two years, he and Linda Crockett were married October 17, 1958 in Midland. He attended Texas A&M University, studying many facets of the insurance business.

Curtis had a full and satisfying career in insurance for 30 years, primarily as an adjustor and was employed by Crum & Forster in San Angelo for much of that time. He served as past president of San Angelo Claims Association, was a member of Abilene-San Angelo Arbitration Committee, and a past member of the board of Directors of San Angelo Jaycees.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Howard Fletcher.

Curtis is survived by his wife, Linda of San Angelo; son, David Fletcher and wife, Kim, of Abilene; daughter, Andrea Fletcher of Bryan; grandchildren, Zachary, Ethan, and Elizabeth Fletcher; and nephews, Keith and Gary Fletcher.

Visitation for family and friends will be Thursday, June 3 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. A graveside service will be conducted Friday, June 4 at 10:00 a.m. at Ballinger Evergreen Cemetery with Brother Bobby Broyles officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of San Angelo or to a favorite charity.

 

Edgar R. Poehls
5/24/2010
(October 31, 1932 - May 21, 2010) 
A Celebration of Life for Edgar Poehls will be on Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the Zoar Community Church in Rowena, Texas. Burial will follow in Rowena Protestant Cemetery.

Edgar Rudell “Pa” Poehls passed away Friday, May 21, 2010 surrounded by his loving family. Edgar was born the eldest son of eight children to August and Martha Poehls on October 31, 1932 on the Poehls farm south of Rowena, Texas. He married Marilyn Anna Redman on August 5, 1952 in Rowena. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Charles and James Poehls; two sisters, Ruby Lee Newstead and Geneva Goetz; and brothers-in-law, Bill Gibson, Mirand Goetz, Clarence Hennig, Jack Newstead, and Walter Schwartz.

Edgar was involved in various career fields in his young family life, including working for the Runnels County Maintenance Department, and then retiring after twenty-three years with the Texas Department of Transportation in San Angelo. Edgar lived most of his life in and around Rowena and Miles and was an active participant in community endeavors. He served on the Miles ISD Board of Trustees, Miles City Council, Rowena Cemetery Association, and the Runnels County Appraisal District. Edgar was a member of the Miles Masonic Lodge and a life member of the Zoar Community Church in Rowena.

He was an avid sports fan, coached Little League Baseball and played on community volleyball, baseball, and slow pitch softball teams. Through the years Edgar enjoyed watching his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren participate in school activities and athletic programs. Edgar loved to travel and shared many memorable trips with those he loved. His passion was reading, and he was never without a book. Edgar always met people with a handshake or a hug and lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed dancing, playing dominoes and cards, sharing jokes and stories, and being surrounded by family and friends.

Edgar is survived by Marilyn, his wife of fifty-seven years; his children, Ronda and Art Mavrode, Diana and Philip Treadaway, Jackie and Belinda Poehls, and Rocky and Patti Poehls, all of San Angelo; his grandchildren, Eyrin and Bill Book, Alicia Penkert, Amalia Litsa, Tina and Chris Spencer, Jaton and Josh Treadaway, Brooke and Justin Poehls, and Mekayla Poehls; and his great-grandchildren, Taylen, Jada, Hayven, Aspen and Sage. He is also survived by three sisters, Margaret Hennig of Rowena, Dorothy Schwartz of San Angelo, Betty Sims and her husband, C. A., of Clyde; sisters-in-law, Alva Gibson of San Angelo and Pat Parker and her husband, Jack, of Gainesville; several special nieces, nephews, and cousins; his winning domino partner, Fred Book, and his many other domino and card playing buddies.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks to Edgar’s long-time physician, Dr. John Granaghan and his staff, and to the pulmonary medical team of Dr. Daniel Dube.

Memorials may be sent to the Rowena Cemetery Association or your favorite charity.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

Clara Ann Patton
5/12/2010
(March 26, 1911 - May 11, 2010)
Clara Ann (Patterson) Patton, 99, of Ballinger, Texas, died Tuesday, May 11, 2010 in a Big Spring nursing home after a long life filled with friends and family. Clara was born to John Alvin and Ada Patterson on March 26, 1911 in Hatchel, Texas. Most of her life she and her husband, Cecil Nelson Patton, lived in Norton where they were active members of the community. They were long-standing members of Norton Baptist Church. They moved to Ballinger in the 1990's, and Mrs. Patton became a member of the Seventh Street Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Cecil, and her sons, Curtis Eugene Patton and Cecil Wayne Patton. Also preceding her in death were her five siblings, Marvin Patterson, Melvin Patterson, Allen Patterson, Thelma (Patterson) Russell, and Edna Mae Patterson. Clara is survived by her son, Ronnie Nelson Patton, of Abiquiu, New Mexico; five grandchildren, Deborah (Patton) Foster and her husband, Ricky, of Big Spring; Kenneth Patton and his wife, MaryAnn, of Early; Donna Patton of Abilene; David Patton and his wife, Ceil, of Brownwood; and Darla (Patton) Swanner and her husband, Joe, of Abilene. Nine great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren also survive. Additionally, she was preceded in death and is survived by many relatives and friends who felt close enough to her to call her "Mom." Visitation for Clara’s family and friends will be Thursday, May 13 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Her funeral service will be Friday, May 14 at 2:00 p.m. at Seventh Street Baptist Church with Rev. Rick Foster officiating, assisted by Rev. David Williams. Serving as pallbearers will be Kenneth Patton, David Patton, Michael Patton, Jonathan Foster, Joe Swanner, and Adam Brackin. Burial will be in Ballinger Evergreen Cemetery. Those who knew her well, find it difficult to describe the blessing she was to them. Everyone has a story to tell. In the end, she is remembered as the truest of friends, the kindest of hearts, and the strongest of souls.

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Dorothy Lillian Johnson
5/5/2010
(January 27, 1924 - May 4, 2010) 
Dorothy Lillian Johnson of Ballinger passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at Ballinger Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center at age 86.

She was born January 27, 1924 to R. D. and Cammie (Wilder) Beaver in Anderson County, about 20 miles from Palestine. During her childhood, Dorothy’s family lived in various towns in Oklahoma. She then moved to San Angelo for a short while and in 1928 made her way to Ballinger, where she made her home. When Dorothy was 18 years old, she joined the Army-Air Corp and served with the Air Transport Company. During her 16 months of service, including her recruiting tour, she traveled throughout the United States.

Dorothy married Edgar Johnson June 14, 1947. They both loved fishing and hunting and enjoyed the great outdoors. Edgar preceded her in death November 22, 1994. She worked for Heidenheimer’s for 14 years and in various other retail jobs, along with being a wife and mother. Dorothy was always a busy lady, even after retirement. She took part in several BISD school organizations, such as Band Boosters and PTA. She was an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church and St. Mary Altar Society.

Many people have enjoyed and benefited from Dorothy’s hobbies, which include quilting, cooking, and making afghans. Throughout the years, she baked thousands of cookies and goodies, which she shared with friends and many in the community and earned her the title “Cookie Lady.” She had a delightful, positive attitude and took great pleasure in helping others.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; four brothers, Ernest, Marion Lee, Harry Dillard, and Willie Roy Beaver and wife, Fay; and a sister, Edna Broyles.

Dorothy is survived by her devoted daughter, Annette Buchanan and husband, Scott, of San Angelo; brothers, R. D. Beaver of Carlsbad, New Mexico and Robert Beaver of Missouri; brother-in-law, Wayne Johnson and wife, Linda, of Ballinger; many nephews and nieces, including Penni Wright of Hamilton, Deborah Lawrence of Conroe, and Diane Billups of Winters. Also surviving is a godson, Mike Hodges of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; a dear friend, Kay Cude of Ballinger, and many other treasured friends.

Rosary will be recited on Thursday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Ballinger with Rev. Hugh Wade officiating. Burial will follow in Concho Cemetery, near Lake O. H. Ivie.

The family extends special thanks to Ballinger Healthcare and Rehab Center and to Vista Care.

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Richard Clyde Banfield, Sr.
5/3/2010
(August 18, 1934 - May 1, 2010)
Richard Clyde Banfield, Sr., 75, of Orient, passed away Saturday, May 1, 2010 at his home.

He was born August 18, 1934 in Hamilton, Ohio to Bert and Edith (Conway) Banfield. He served his country in the US Air Force during the Korean War and had been a past member of the American Legion. He was employed by a wholesale paper distributor, and in 1971 he married Erma Lucille Flippin. He was a member of Tennyson Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Anna Mae Mannion.

Richard is survived by his wife, Lucille Flippin Banfield of the home, and children, Barbara Banfield of Irvine, CA, Richard C. Banfield, Jr. of Orient, and Jerry H. Smith of Ballinger; and a brother, Oliver “Bud” Banfield of Ft. Collins, CO.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Lange Funeral Home Chapel in Ballinger. Burial will follow in Ballinger Evergreen Cemetery.

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Buddy Feist
4/28/2010
SAN ANGELO Buddy Feist, 66, died Sunday, April 25, 2010. He was born Sept. 2, 1943, to Gertrude Halfmann of Olfen and John Feist of Rowena, Texas. He started working at M System Food Stores warehouse in his early 20s. After service time in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, he returned to San Angelo and soon started working at Goodyear Proving Grounds, where he retired after 25 years. Buddy was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Ernestine Glass, Dorothy Hoelscher and El Doris White; and brothers Arnold, John Jr., and Ray Allen. He is survived by his daughter, Tammi Dankworth and her husband, John, and their three daughters, Sydney, Payton and Camryn, all of Ballinger, Texas. He is also survived by his three sisters, Tootsie Brenek of Wall and Cecilia Schertz of Brownsville; and brother Kelly Feist of San Angelo; numerous nieces and nephews; and a special great-nephew, Major. Buddy will be missed by all of his friends and neighbors. Tammi would like to thank Dr. Rahman and his staff for all the care they gave Buddy.


Franklin D. Haston
4/26/2010
(March 18, 1934 - April 24, 2010)
Franklin D. Haston, 76, of Carlsbad passed away Saturday, April 24, 2010 in a San Angelo Hospital.

There will be a visitation and viewing on Tuesday, April 27 at Able Funeral Home in Abernathy from 9:00 a.m. until service time, with graveside services to be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Abernathy Cemetery.

He is survived by his daughter, Kimberly Jane Wulzen of Las Vegas, Nevada; grandson, James Danie Wulzen; and great-granddaughter, Genevieve Wulzen; sisters, Dixie Faith of Lovington, New Mexico, and Letta Stephenson of Lubbock; his brothers, Alva D. Haston, Jr. of Jacksboro, and John Haston of Ballinger.

 

Danny Eugene Hamilton
4/25/2010
(April 5, 1946 - April 22, 2010) 
Danny Eugene Hamilton, 64, longtime resident of Ballinger passed away Thursday, April 22, 2010.

He was born April 5, 1946 in Ballinger to Wesley Truman and Katrine (Thomasson) Hamilton both of whom preceded him in death. He attended Ballinger Schools and graduated with the BHS Class of 1964. He had worked for Dankworth Packing Company for over 30 years. He also operated a barbeque-antique shop and catered many area functions.

His musical talents were as famous as his culinary ones. Danny could pick and grin with the best, and he loved and shared his music in many ways, including the Ballinger Community Choir, the Doghouse Band, and regular singing sessions at nursing centers. Danny’s sense of humor was unique and unbounded—“Did you hear the one about…” was often the way he began conversations, after giving a famous Big Dan bear hug. He was dedicated to the Walk to Emmaus groups and held strong Christian convictions. He loved his family and friends unconditionally and was definitely loved by an entire community in return.

Danny is survived by two daughters, Jessica Hamilton of Austin, and Stefani Hamilton of Ballinger; a son, Michael Hamilton of California; a stepdaughter, Elissa Pechal; two sisters, Pat Clark and Linda Watson; a brother, Roddy and Bonnie Hamilton of Midland; his ex-wife/friend, Michelle Pechal and stephusband, James of Ballinger. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Oriana and Aydan King and Ella Hamilton—who gave him even more twinkles in his eyes; and many adoring family and friends who will all miss him.

Funeral services will be Sunday, April 25 at 2:00 p.m. at Ballinger High School Football Stadium with Don Sessom officiating. Burial will follow in Old Runnels Cemetery. After the burial service there will be a time of visitation for family and friends at Ballinger Community Center.

Memorial donations may be made to Walk to Emmaus.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

Margaret Hallmark
4/22/2010
(December 10, 1923 - April 21, 2010)
Margaret Inez (Wood) Hallmark, longtime resident of Ballinger, passed away Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at age 86 at her home.

She was born December 10, 1923 to Robert John and Ida Lee (Wiley) Wood. She was married to the love of her life for 68 years, Herman Lester Hallmark, on October 3, 1941.

The couple lived in Arizona from 1947 to 1949 before making their permanent home in Ballinger. They were members of Seventh Street Baptist Church. During the early days of Ballinger, Margaret worked at the Mercer Shoe Factory until it closed. She was employed with BISD as a cafeteria worker for 13 years and taught ceramic classes for over 20 years. She was always a devoted wife and homemaker. She took great interest, pride, and joy in her family and their accomplishments and activities. Margaret and Herman probably hold the record as the most faithful, loyal Bearcat fans in the history of Ballinger Schools.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, Thelma Bowen, Erline Wood, Mildred Cotton, and Merlene Albright; two brothers, Robert Lee Wood and Milton Wood; one son, Calvin Hallmark; one granddaughter, Kimberly Hallmark, and one great-granddaughter, Jenna Mansell.

Margaret is survived by her husband, Herman, of Ballinger; two sons, Alvin Hallmark and wife Betty of Ballinger, and Jerry Hallmark and wife Patti of Abilene; two daughters, Charlotte Gunyon and husband O. C. of Mexia, and Sharon Nixon and husband Steve of Ballinger.

Also surviving are 17 grandchildren, Angie Halfmann and husband Mark of Ballinger, Dana Jackson and husband Brad of Austin, Brian Hallmark of Ballinger, Jeff Hallmark and wife Susan of Abilene, Jason Hallmark and wife Missy of Midland, Jennifer Hallmark of Rotan, Jaime McNab and husband Brandon of Little Rock, Arkansas, Beau Dempsey and wife Holly of Abilene, Paige Dempsey of Abilene, Sherry Mansell and husband Jeff of Buda, Charla Valenzuela and husband Brian of Denton, Wendy Autrey and husband Mark of Cortez, Colorado, Clay Gunyon and Calista of Lolita, Rebecca Likes and husband Jesse of Ballinger, Brandi Carlisle and husband Bryan of Ballinger, Lance Nixon and wife Amy of Sweetwater, and Tanner Nixon of Ballinger.

Margaret also leaves behind 30 great-grandchildren, Brooke, Jill, and Justin Halfmann; Jaxon and Jeremy Hallmark; Dakota and Presley McNab; Logan Dempsey; Brianne and Sidney Mansell; Landrie, Cannon, and Laken Valenzuela; Sierra, Britlyn, and Dillon Autrey; Brittney and Hannah Gunyon; Crystal and Ashley Likes; Keira, Sage, and Reese Carlisle; Katy, Hannah, and Hallie Nixon; and numerous extended family and friends. She will be especially missed by our special household pet and companion, “Pee-Wee.”

Visitation for family and friends will be Friday, April 23 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 24 at Seventh Street Baptist Church with Rev. David Williams and Bro. Bobby Broyles officiating. Burial will follow in Old Runnels Cemetery, near Ballinger.

Memorials may be made to Seventh Street Baptist Church, P. O. Box 663, Ballinger, Texas 76821 or to a favorite charity.

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Sarah Virginia Chandler
4/19/2010
(September 12, 1939 - April 15, 2010) 
Sarah Virginia Chandler was born to Dr. Oren H. and Virginia Welton Chandler on September 12, 1939 in Ballinger, Texas, where she spent her childhood. Sarah had an adventurous spirit and had the opportunity to live in Austin, Dallas, London, Minnetonka Beach, San Antonio, and San Angelo before moving back to her hometown of Ballinger. She passed away peacefully, at home, on April 15, 2010.

Sarah celebrated life, love, and friendship. She cherished spending time with her friends playing bridge and in her book club. She was an avid reader, who loved travel and movies, and could hold her own with any New York Times crossword puzzle.

She spread her love in numerous ways, one of which was cooking for others. Her favorite place was the kitchen, and she passed this love down to her children, collecting and preserving family recipes for future generations.

A University of Texas graduate, Sarah was a tireless community volunteer. She served as a city council member of Minnetonka Beach, Minnesota, where she was also active in St. Martin’s Church and the Art Center. She served as treasurer of the Ballinger Hospital Auxiliary, volunteered for Meals on Wheels, and served BISD on a variety of committees. Sarah remained close with her Ballinger High School graduating class of 1958 and was on the Planning Committee for class reunions.

Sarah lived, laughed, and loved. She will be remembered as patient, thoughtful, and wise in her role as a dedicated mother, devoted sister, and enduring friend; for above all, Sarah valued family and friends. “It mattered that she was.”

She was preceded in death by her father, Dr. Chandler, and her beloved mother, Virginia. Sarah is survived by her son, Andy Norris and his wife Alex, and their sons Zachary and Tucker; her daughter, Katy Norris; her brother, Chuck Chandler and his wife Martha, their son Chip and his wife Stephanie, and their sons Steven, Wyatt, and Brady; and her Brunson/Reeder family. Sarah will be remembered by all her dear, lifelong friends from Ballinger and the Dallas bridge letter ladies.

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 20 in her home from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, April 21 at 4:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Ballinger with Max Pratt officiating.

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Robert Harrison Fowler
4/17/2010
(February 20, 1919 - April 15, 2010)
Robert Harrison Fowler went to be with his Lord on April 15, 2010. Robert was born on February 20, 1919 in the community of Old Runnels, Texas to Jessie Edwin Fowler and Lenora Seipp Fowler. He very much enjoyed growing up and working with his eight brothers and sisters on the family farm and ranch on Elm Creek. Robert graduated from Ballinger High School, enlisted in the T-Patch, Division of the Texas National Guard, and attended John Tarleton Junior College for two years.

World War II interrupted his studies and he transferred to the Army Air Corps for pilot training. During this period his romance with Evelyn Maurine Batts brought a proposal and a marriage of 68 wonderful, fulfilling years. Early in the war he flew anti-submarine patrols from Jacksonville, Florida where their son, Robert Harrison II, was born. Robert piloted 50 combat missions in B-24 Bombers, 464th Bomb Group, flying from bases in North Africa and Italy over German occupied territories. On one mission over Austria his B-14, Flack Man, credited six Messerschmitt ME 109 Kills and three Probables. For his war valor he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross four Air Medals.

At the conclusion of the war Robert returned to Ballinger to begin his own farming endeavors and was also employed by the Soil Conservation Service. War again forced a change in his plans as he was recalled to active duty by the US Air Force at the initiation of the Korean Conflict. He remained on active duty and he, Maurine and Rob, enjoyed assignments in Texas, Mississippi, France, Morocco, Georgia and Massachusetts. He served in many capacities in flying operations as well as civil engineering. He retired from active duty as a Colonel in 1967 with 30 years of service.

Robert and Maurine were active members of the First Methodist Church and participated in their many activities. They were enthusiastic in hosting the eagerly awaited annual Batts reunions at “Panther Lake” on their farm. Many dear memories of those events are cherished by the extended family of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He took great pride in documenting his family histories. His two granddaughters were the special lights in his life who were rivaled only by the arrival of his great grandchildren. He cherished reminiscing combat experiences with fellow aircrew members at WWII Bomb Group Reunions.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; siblings J.E., Virginia Murphy, Louise Flanagan, Henry, Ross, and James. He is survived by his wife Maurine Batts Fowler of Ballinger, TX; his son, Robert and wife Patti of Austin, TX; granddaughters, Cynthia Dover and husband, Derek of Cypress, TX, and Rebecca Millstone and husband, Daniel of Frisco, TX; sister Mary Anne Hale and husband Charly of Brownwood, TX, and brother David and wife Donna of San Angelo, TX; and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, April 18, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church in Ballinger. Burial will follow at the Old Runnels Cemetery.

The family would like to thank caregivers, Joelda Cuellar and Rosemarie Cowan for their extended services, as well as most recently, Minnie Cortez. The family would also like to thank Ballinger Home Health, Vista Care and Dr. Dawn Gonzales.

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Romona C. Gonzales
4/12/2010
(August 9, 2010 - April 12, 2010) 
Ramona C. Gonzales, longtime resident of Ballinger, passed away Monday, April 12, 2010 at her residence surrounded by her family. She was 82.

She was born August 9, 1927 in Karnes City, Texas to Elojio and Dominga (Rodriquez) Castillo. She married Pablo S. Gonzales on August 20, 1957 in Karnes City. He preceded her in death June 18, 2007. She was employed with Dry Manufacturing in Winters for over 15 years before her retirement. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballinger.

Mrs. Gonzales was preceded in death by her parents and her husband; brothers, Marcus Castillo, Cecilio Castillo, Avigilio “Lito” Castillo, and a sister, Enedina Castillo.

Ramona is survived by her children and their spouses, Paul Gonzales, Jr., Armando and Mary Ann Gonzales, Irma and Randall Ramos, all of San Angelo, Norma and John Escobar of Ballinger, and Albert Gonzales and Amparo Enriquez also of San Angelo. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Lorinda and Vidal Torres, Reynaldo Ramos, Jr., Maegan and Jesse Garces, Anthony and Aaron Gonzales of San Angelo, John and Nicolette Escobar of Ballinger, Marcus Fuentes of Spokane, Washington; and one great-grandson, Christopher James Rangel of San Angelo.

Rosary will be recited Wednesday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home Chapel in Ballinger. A graveside service will be conducted Thursday, April 15 at 10:30 a.m. at Ballinger Evergreen Cemetery with Father Hubert Wade officiating. Pallbearers will be sons-in-law and grandsons, Randall Ramos, John Escobar, John Escobar, Jr., Anthony Gonzales, Aaron Gonzales, and Reynaldo Ramos, Jr.

The family extends thanks to Father Wade, Dr. Rightmire, the staffs of Hospice of Ballinger and Ballinger Memorial Hospital, Keel Drug Store, Meals on Wheels, and special thanks to caretakers, Carolyn and Nellie.

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Pearl Ransbarger
4/12/2010
(August 8, 1926 - April 11, 2010)
Pearl Ransbarger, age 83, of Ballinger passed away on April 11, 2010 at her home following a brief illness

She was born on August 8, 1926 in Ballinger, Texas to Benjamin Urban and Nora Maggie (Turner) McQueen. She lived her entire life in Ballinger. She attended Jean’s Beauty College in San Angelo in 1963. She then worked for Leota Powers, owner of Kut and Kurl, from 1963 to 1978. She owned and operated her own beauty shop, Kut and Kurl, from 1978 to 2004.

Pearl loved life and always had a positive attitude. She had a dry sense of humor that always made those around her smile. She was faithful to exercise on a daily basis at the Ballinger Wellness Center. She was a people person, engaging in conversations with all those she came in contact with. Pearl was a member of the Ballinger First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two husbands, Dee Kemp in 1964 and Troy Ransbarger in 1988; four brothers, Dalton Mack McQueen, Herman (Buddy) McQueen, Marvin (Josh) McQueen, and an infant brother, Billy Zane McQueen; and five sisters, Dess Glover, Ann Ramsey, Mae Phillips, Faye Ray, and Eva Burris.

Pearl is survived by her son, Tommy Pleasants and wife, Judy, of Marlin and her daughter, Vickie Payne and husband, Roy Don, of Ballinger; a sister, Pauline Bradshaw of Ballinger; four grandchildren Julia Duke and husband, Randy, of Red Oak, Michael Don Payne of Dallas, Stacy Wilson and husband, Myron, of Melissa, and Scott Pleasants and wife, Buffie, of Arlington. Also surviving are eleven great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and several very close friends.

Visitation for family and friends will be Tuesday, April 13 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. The funeral service will be Wednesday, April 14 at 2:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Bobby Broyles officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

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Johnny (Popo) Nuñez, Jr.
4/12/2010
(August 6, 1947 - April 10, 2010) 
Johnny (Popo) Nunez, Jr. passed away at his residence. He left this world to be with the Lord on Saturday April 10th, 2010. Johnny was born August 6, 1947 in Ballinger, TX to Juan Nunez Sr. and Trine Soliz Nunez.

A rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 12, 2010 at Lange Funeral Chapel in Ballinger with Mass of the Resurrection on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at St. Mary's Star of the Sea in Ballinger at 10:00 a.m. with Father Hubert Wade officiating. Burial will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery.

Johnny was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his mother Trine Nunez from Ballinger, TX, by his son Danny Nunez Sr. and wife Lucy and by his daughter Doreena Sanchez and husband Juan both of San Angelo, TX. Johnny is also survived by six sisters Alice Galvan and husband Julio, Mary Mata and husband George, Delia Hernandez and husband Raymond, Kay Jaramillo and husband Conrad, Julie Flores and Hopie Gonzales and husband Jimmy. Johnny had five grandchildren, Michelle Guebara, DJ (Danny Nunez Jr.), Cassandra Nicole Nunez, Anthony Sanchez, and Jennifer Sanchez; three great- grandchildren, Adriel and Christopher and the light of his life, Jadon Rey Sanchez.

Johnny's favorite past time was working in his yard planting his favorite vegetables especially "HOT" chilies. He loved spending time with his family. In particularly he took pride in the many customized cars that he built throughout his life, especially the 1954 Black Chevy that his visiting company could enjoy viewing in his living room. Johnny became well known for his auto body work and painting throughout his life. His legacy for the love of cars continues with his son and grandson DJ.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the San Angelo police department, Johnson’s Funeral Home in San Angelo, TX, and especially Johnny's good friends and neighbors that would always look out for him. Also, thank you to the good people at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger, TX. Pallbearers will be Juan Sanchez, Anthony Sanchez, DJ Nunez, Michael Mata, Michael Cantu, and Ben Albarado, Jr.

Vaya Con Dios, Papa, until I see you again, to hear you call me “Baby”

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Benancio V. Galacia
4/10/2010
(May 18, 1940 - April 9, 2010)
Benancio V. Galacia, 69, of Ballinger passed away Friday, April 9, 2010 at a local hospital.

Rosary will be recited Tuesday, April 13th at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Star of the Sea Church in Ballinger. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary with Rev. Hugh Wade officiating. Burial will follow in Latin-American Cemetery.

Benancio is survived by his wife Jovita of Ballinger; son, Edward Galicia of Ft. Smith, AK; daughters, Mary Prendez and Terry Ortiz of Ballinger; two brothers, Martin Galicia of Aurora, IL Marcelino Galicia of Holland, MI; and four sisters, Hortencia Lopez of Olustee, OK, Modesta Bustamante of Natalia, TX Juanita Sanchez of Ft. Worth and Vicenta Cox of Duncan, OK.

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Yvonne Rainwater
4/8/2010
(February 12, 1919 - April 7, 2010)
Sammie Yvonne (Jones) Rainwater of Ballinger went to be with the Lord on April 7, 2010. She passed away at Ballinger Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center at the age of 91.

Yvonne was born February 12, 1919 in Crews, Texas to Ralph Wayne and Florence (Johnson) Jones. She had been a lifelong resident of Runnels County. Yvonne married Rupert Rainwater on January 11, 1935, and for several years they lived on the family ranch in Crews. They moved to Ballinger in 1951. She worked many years at Jack’s Café and the Dairy Kreme in Ballinger, and she was a member of Ninth Street Church of Christ for 68 years.

Yvonne always had a smile on her face and never met a stranger. Her love for others was amazing. She was a simple lady full of love who will be missed by her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Yvonne is survived by her two sons, Elwin Rainwater and wife, Robyn, of Atoka, Oklahoma and Gary Rainwater and wife, Sara, of Seguin; sisters, Laverne Goodfellow and Modene Caudle both of Ballinger, Sandra Goehring and husband, Don, of Paint Rock, and a brother, Billy Wayne Jones and wife, Ruth, of Sterling City. She is also survived by her loving grandchildren, Cindy Hayner and husband, Jeff, of Las Vegas, Nevada, Rhonda Benadum and husband, Phil, of Dos Palos, California, Cody Rainwater of Palm Beach, Florida, Travis Rainwater and wife, April, of High Point, North Carolina, Heather Viger and husband, Ty, of Slidell, Louisiana, Chad Walls of Seguin, and Mark Walls and wife, Brooke, of Austin. Also surviving are nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a visitation for family and friends on Friday, April 9 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m. at Ninth Street Church of Christ in Ballinger with burial in the Crews Cemetery. Max Pratt will officiate.

Memorial donations may be made to the Crews Cemetery Association, 5601 FM 382, Ballinger, Texas 76821.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

Arnold Charles Frerich
4/7/2010
(April 25, 1931 - April 6, 2010) 
Arnold Charles Frerich, 78, of Rowena passed away on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 doing what he loved. Arnold was born on April 25, 1931 in Runnels County to Ben and Katie Frerich. He married the love of his life, Alice Halfmann, on January 11, 1955 in Olfen.

Arnold led a life of service to his church, his country, and his community. He was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus 3rd and 4th degree, served proudly in the United States Army, honorably discharged after the Korean War, and was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Rowena Post #9196. He was also a representative of Catholic Life Insurance for 35 years and enjoyed being active with the Earthmoving Contractors Association of Texas.

Arnold’s greatest joy in life was being a devoted husband, father, grandpa, and great-grandpa. He enjoyed life the most when he was operating a piece of equipment or visiting with others.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and infant son, Clifton Wayne Frerich.

Survivors include his wife, Alice of the home; sons, Charles and wife Linda, and John and wife Paula; and daughter, Maxine Michalewicz and husband Clifton, all of Rowena. Also surviving are grandchildren, Patrick Frerich and wife Wendy, Adam Frerich and wife Amanda, Trisha Hunter and husband Jeffrey, Blake Frerich, Kortni Vanicek and husband Wes, Shelby Kalina and husband Jacob, Shayna Frerich and fiancée Justin Neighbors, and Zane, Alex, Lance and Lauren Michalewicz. Great-grandchildren include Isabella Frerich, Carson Hunter, and two on the way. He is also survived by four brothers, one sister, and numerous nephews and nieces.

Rosary and visitation will be on Thursday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena, Texas. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 9 at St. Joseph Catholic Church con-celebrated by Father Chinnapparaj Mariasavary and Msgr. Larry Droll. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to St. Joseph Building Fund or a charity of choice.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/


Vena Bob LeSueur Gates
4/7/2010
(May 28, 1926 - April 5, 2010) 
    
A graveside prayer service, a memorial Mass and a covered dish luncheon and fellowship will be held Tuesday, April 13th to celebrate the life of Vena Bob LeSueur Gates.
     Vena Bob was born May 28, 1926 to Lee and Catherine (Douglas) LeSueur. She passed peacefully from this life on Monday, April 5, 2010. A private burial service was conducted in the Old Valera Cemetery on April 6, 2010 under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.
Vena Bob was raised in the Talpa and Valera areas, graduating from Coleman High School in 1944. She also graduated from Western Union School in Springfield, Missouri. As an adult she taught ESL, GED, and ABE (Adult Basic Education) in Ballinger and in Coleman.
     Vena Bob was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Coleman at the time of her death. As a member there, she served as Parrish Librarian for two years, co-chaired the Hospitality Committee, and served on the Editorial Committee for the Church bulletin.  Prior to that she was a member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Ballinger where she played the organ and taught CCD (Religious Education) Classes. She also taught CCD Classes at Sacred Heart Parish in Coleman.
     On Tuesday the Graveside Prayer Service will be held at the Old Valera Cemetery, north of Valera at 9 a.m.  The Memorial Mass will be at Sacred Heart Church, 303 E. College, Coleman, Tx., at 10 a.m., followed by a covered dish luncheon and fellowship at 11.a.m. in the Father Lawrence Cyr Fellowship Hall.
     All of Vena Bob's friends are invited to attend any or all of the events to celebrate and pay tribute to her life.

 

 

Lena Mae Smith
3/27/2010
(September 29, 1926 - March 26, 2010)
Lena Mae Smith, 83, of Ballinger passed away Friday, March 26, 2010 at Cedar Manor Nursing Center in San Angelo.

She was born September 29, 1926 in Runnels County, Texas to Charles Aubrey and Mary Lou (Atnipp) Smith. She and Roy Smith, Jr. were married October 14, 1944, and the couple had lived in Ballinger since 1948. Roy preceded her in death March 29, 2005. Lena was a devoted homemaker who loved and nurtured her entire family. She was a member of Avenue B Church of Christ and was a pre-school Sunday school teacher.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, three sisters, and four brothers.

Lena Mae is survived by her daughter, Debbie Anderson and husband, Daniel, of San Angelo, and by her son, Dale Smith and wife, Mary, of Ballinger. Survivors also include one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, numerous nieces and nephews, as well as seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

There will be a visitation for family and friends on Monday, March 29 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 30 at 2:00 p.m. at Avenue B Church of Christ in Ballinger. Burial will follow in Ballinger Evergreen Cemetery.

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Mary Olene Baker
3/27/2010
(May 27, 1930 - March 25, 2010) 
Mary Olene Baker, 79, of Ballinger passed away Thursday, March 25, 2010 at Shannon Medical Center, St. John’s Campus in San Angelo, Texas.

She was born May 27, 1930 in Norton, Texas to Jess and Fannie (Boyd) Jones. Olene and Roy Edward Baker were married September 14, 1947 in Ballinger where the couple made their home. Roy preceded her in death August 31, 2003. She worked for several years at Safeway Food Store, then as a clerk at West Texas Utilities for 24 years until her retirement in 1993. She was a member of Ninth Street Church of Christ.

Always energetic and cheerful, Olene took great joy in handiwork and will be remembered by countless Ballinger residents for her sock monkey creations, lovely dish towels, and other handmade pieces. She loved to volunteer regularly at the Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry. Her love for others knew no boundaries and her zest for life knew no limits. This brave, courageous, and amazing lady will be missed by friends and family alike.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband; sisters, Ada Denton, Artee Murphy, Addie Watkins, Jesse Reddick, and Gladys Bradshaw; brother, Wesley Jones; and son-in-law, Michael Lowe.

Olene is survived by her son, James Baker and wife, Debbie, of San Angelo, and by her daughter, Sandy Lowe, and husband, Jimmie Sears, of Dayton; sisters, Clydie Holt of Center, and Ona Andersen of Houston; and grandchildren, Angela Newton and husband, Jeremy, Clint Baker, and Jason Lowe and wife, Tashena. Also surviving are five great-grandchildren, and sisters-in-law, Jimmie Jones and Wilma Baker of Ballinger.

There will be a visitation for family and friends on Friday, March 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. A graveside service will be conducted on Saturday, March 27 at 2:00 p.m. at Old Runnels Cemetery with Max Pratt officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the Ballinger Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry or a favorite charity.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

Augusta Franke-Smith
3/27/2010
      Rosary for Augusta Franke-Smith, 87, of Slaton was Friday, March 19, 2010 from 7PM in Englunds Chapel.    Resurrection Mass was 10AM; Saturday, March 20, 2010 in Slaton’s St. Joseph Catholic Church Burial followed in Englewood     Cemetery and under the direction of Englunds Funeral Service of Slaton.

      Augusta died March 16, 2010. She was born in 1923 in Miles, TX.   

      She married Landis Franke on May 27, 1941 in Rowena. They moved to Slaton in 1956 from Schwertner. Landis preceded her in death on February 6, 1980.

      Augusta later married George Smith in 1990 and he also preceded her in death in 2003.

      She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters and the Altar Society.

      A granddaughter, Lana Meurer also preceded her in death in 1978, as have a brother, Ernest Schwertner and sister, Vera Simpson.

      Augusta is survived by her children Judith Meurer of Slaton and John Franke Lubbock, sisters; Leona Dorotik of San Angelo, Lula Marecek of Rowena, Josephine Gentry of Miles, along with 10 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.

      The family suggests memorials to Mercy Center or Mercy Manna, both 1225 W Division, Slaton, TX.

 

Bishop Leroy Theodore Matthiesen
3/25/2010
(June 11, 1921 - March 22, 2010)
Bishop Leroy Theodore Matthiesen passed away Monday, March 22, 2010 at his home in Amarillo at the age of 88. Bishop Matthiesen was born June 11, 1921 in Olfen, the fourth of eight children of Joseph Anthony and Rosa Englert Matthiesen. He completed high school, college, and was ordained to the priesthood at Pontifical College Josephinum in Worthington, Ohio on March 10, 1946, for the Diocese of Amarillo in Texas. After receiving a master’s in journalism from the Register College of Journalism in Denver, Colorado, in 1948, he was appointed editor of the weekly Texas panhandle Edition of the Register System of Catholic Newspapers (now The West Texas Catholic). He began writing a column, “Wise and Otherwise” in the paper in 1952 and continued it until 1998. In 1954 he was given the honorary title of monsignor and became founding pastor of St. Laurence Parish in Amarillo, while continuing as editor of the diocesan newspaper and serving also as diocesan vocation director. In 1961 he received a Master’s degree in secondary school administration from the Catholic University America and in 1962 was appointed rector of St. Lucian’s Preparatory Seminary in Amarillo, while continuing as editor of the diocesan newspaper and as vocation director. In 1961 he was awarded a Doctorate of Letters in Journalism by the Register College of Journalism. In 1968, still serving as editor and vocation director, he was named principal of Alamo Catholic High School in Amarillo, and chaplain of St. Francis Convent in Amarillo. He furthered his education by additional studies in Rome, Italy and Notre Dame University. In 1971 he became, in addition, pastor of St. Francis’ Parish outside of Amarillo. In 1979 he was elected administrator of the diocese following the death of Bishop Lawrence M. DeFalco and served in that capacity until May 30, 1980, when he was ordained Bishop of Amarillo. Bishop Matthiesen is a long-time member of the Catholic Press Association. He was presented with the Bishop Arthur J. O’Neal Award by The CPA in 1996. He was a member of the Communications Committee of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops from 1980 to 1983. In 1984 he was awarded the Isaac Hecker Award for Social Justice. He served as a member of the board of directors of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference from 1985 to 1988, member of the administrative board of the NCCB from 1989 to 1995, and as a member of the American Board of Catholic Missions. In 1996, Bishop Matthiesen was instrumental in the creation of the Catholic Foundation of the Texas Panhandle. He retired as Bishop of Amarillo January 21, 1997. In 2002 Bishop Matthiesen was presented with the Ketteler Award from Social Justice. In 2009 he was awarded The Teacher of Peace Award from Pax Christi U.S.A. He was also a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus. In retirement he served as chaplain of the Capuchin Poor Clare Sisters, and the board of Directors of Ascension Academy, St. Ann’s Nursing Home, and the Catholic Historical Society. He is the author of Wise and Otherwise: the Life and Times of a Cottonpicking Texas Bishop published in fall, 2004, The Golden Years: The History of St. Laurence Cathedral in Amarillo, published in 2005; and Lieber Bernard and Elise: The Lives and Times of a German Texas Family, published in 2009, and was researching the life of Rudolph Aloysius Gerken, first bishop of Amarillo.

He was preceded in death by his parents of Olfen; two sisters, Benedictine nun, Sister Rosaria of Ocala, Florida, and Irene Mazur of San Angelo; and two brothers, Monsignor Monroe Matthiesen of Panhandle, and Victor Matthiesen of Miles.

Bishop Matthiesen is survived by a sister, Olga Miller of San Angelo, and by two brothers, Arnold Matthiesen and wife, Charlene, of Olfen, and Norbert Matthiesen and wife, Billie Jean, of Brady. He is also survived by 22 nephews and nieces. Memorials may be made to the Matthiesen Seminary Burse, one that was initiated by the Bishop.

A Prayer Service will be held at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Amarillo on Friday, March 26th, at 7:30 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 27th at St. Thomas Catholic Church with Bishop Patrick Zurek as celebrant. Arrangements in Amarillo are by Schooler Funeral Home.

Locally, there will be a Vigil service on Sunday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Olfen with Msgr. Larry Droll officiating. Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated Monday, March 29 at 10:00 a.m. also at St. Boniface Church with Bishop Michael Pfeifer O.M.I. as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Boniface Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Steven Matthiesen, Wayne Mazur, James Matthiesen, Michael Matthiesen, Richard Mazur, and Galen Matthiesen. Honorary pallbearers are his great-nephews and nieces.

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R.G. "Bobby" Cude
3/24/2010
(December 14, 1939 - March 24, 2010)
Robert (Bobby) Gerald Cude, 70, of Ballinger passed away Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at Ballinger Memorial Hospital.

Bobby was born December 14, 1939 in Coleman County, Texas to Van Nathan and Erma Levesta (Williams) Cude. He moved to Ballinger at age six and was a lifelong resident there. He attended Ballinger High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the 25th Infantry Division.

He married his best friend and the love of his life, Ellen Kay Hash, in Farmington, New Mexico on August 11, 1959. He was a welder and welding inspector and worked in pipeline construction most of his life, traveling and working in many of the lower 48 states but always keeping his home in Ballinger. He loved to fish and hunt, and his favorite hobby was working on classic cars.

He was a former Scout Master for Troop 444 Boy Scouts of America in Ballinger from 1963 to 1965, a member of the Ballinger Volunteer Fire Department for eight years from 1964 to 1972, and a member of the Church of Christ. He was a 3rd Degree Master Mason and a member of Ballinger Masonic Lodge #643 AF&AM from 1965 until his passing.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

Bobby is survived by his wife, Ellen Kay Cude, and one son, David Gerald Cude and wife, Dee, all of Ballinger; grandchildren, Krista Massey of San Angelo, and Josh Massey of Ballinger; three sisters, Gail Warren of Ballinger, Marsha Cook of Odessa, and Nancy Plunk of Midland; a brother, Gary Doyle Campbell of Dallas; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be a visitation for family and friends from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 25 at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. A Masonic graveside service will be held on Friday, March 26 at 10:00 a.m. at Old Runnels Cemetery near Ballinger.

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Florene Wood McKnight
3/21/2010
(July 4, 1922 - March 18, 2010) 
Florene Wood McKnight, age 87, of Pasadena and formerly of Ballinger, passed away Thursday, March 18, 2010 in Houston Hospice surrounded by her family. Although she lived in Pasadena for many years, she never stopped calling Ballinger “home.”

She was born July 4, 1922 in Henderson County, Texas, the second of twelve children born to Edward and Lorena (Bagwell) Wood. Florene and Ray Burton McKnight were married August 24, 1940 in Ballinger. R.B. (Beezer) and Florene and their family lived in Ballinger for many years, where she was employed as the bookkeeper for Ballinger Tire Store until health issues caused her retirement in 1997. She moved to Pasadena to live with her daughter, Kay.

Florene was an endearing, loving and proud mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and beloved aunt whose family came first. She will always be remembered for her gentle and caring manner and pleasant disposition. She enjoyed bowling, camping, painting and playing games of all kinds. She had a beautiful voice and enjoyed singing gospel and music of the 40’s. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Edith Loretta Boatright, Mae Bell Grantham, Betty Lee Myres, Donna Atkinson, Mary Linda Burns and Sandra Joy Tillery; and brothers, Edmund Douglas Wood and Aubrey Earl Wood.

Florene is survived by her loving, devoted family; daughters, Kay Wilkes and husband, Ray Wilkes, of Pasadena and Judy Rodgers of Houston and her husband, Terry Rodgers, of Galveston; son, Danny McKnight and wife, Elizabeth, of Porter, Texas; five grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving is sister, Effie Jewel Engbrock of Houston; brothers, W.G. Wood of Bay City and Doyle Wood and wife, Susan, of Justin; and many nieces and nephews. Special thanks to the kind staffs of Mission Care Nursing Home and Houston Hospice in Houston. Visitation for Florene McKnight will be held Sunday, March 21 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Funeral service, officiated by Reverend Ferris Akins, will be Monday, March 22 at 11:00 a.m. at Lange Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Old Runnels Cemetery near Ballinger.

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Daniel Henry Beach
3/17/2010
(January 14, 1931 - March 16, 2010)
Daniel Henry Beach, age 79, of Fredericksburg and formerly of Rowena, passed away Tuesday, March 16, 2010 in Fredericksburg.

He was born January 14, 1931 in Westphalia, Texas to Eugene and Marie (Sokolowski) Beach, and his parents raised a large, lively family of nine. Daniel and Josephine Benavides were married September 25, 1952 in Laredo. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, achieving the rank of staff sergeant.

Danny and Jo and their family lived in Laredo for many years, where he was employed as a dental lab technician until his retirement in 1980. After moving to the Rowena-Ballinger area, Danny again worked for a time as a dental lab technician in San Angelo. He and his wife lived in Fredericksburg the last few years to be closer to their children.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Catherine Lange, and a brother, Rupert J. Beach.

Danny is survived by his loving, devoted family; his wife of 52 years, Jo of Fredericksburg; daughters, Karen Beach and husband, Jon Krugh, of Fredericksburg and Janice Beach and husband, James Tilghman, of Louisiana; son, David Beach and wife, Nancy, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; six grandchildren, Alex Garcia, Tyler Edmunds, Amy Robinson, Kristi Robinson, Samantha Beach, and Nathaniel Beach; and two great- grandchildren, Ryleigh and Catharine.

Also surviving are brothers, Bernard Beach and wife, Grace, of Rowena, and Norbert Beach of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico; sisters, Julietta Holtman of Grand Prairie, Eugenia Lange of Rowena, Margie Zentner of Rowena, and Anna Marie Haechten and husband, Marvin, of Odessa.

Rosary for Daniel Beach will be recited Thursday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 19 also at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Chinnapparaj Mariasavary officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Rowena.

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Kathleen Haverland Afflerbach
3/17/2010
(April 21, 1917 - March 15, 2010)
Kathleen (Haverland) Afflerbach, 92, of Ballinger passed away Monday, March 15, 2010 at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo.

Kathleen was born April 21, 1917 in Rowena, Texas to Felix and Cecelia (Gerngross) Haverland. On December 26, 1939 she married Chester Afflerbach who preceded her in death in 1997. She was a lifelong resident of the Ballinger-Rowena area. Kathleen graduated from Hardin Simmons University with a Bachelor of Science degree and was a member of the Cowgirls and Choral Club. She was a teacher in the Cross Roads, Olfen, and Ballinger School systems for 32 years. A caring and devoted teacher, she taught most of those years in first grade and is fondly remember by hundreds of grateful students. She was a member of St. Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church and served as an officer of the Altar Society.

She was an endearing and loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother whose family came first. She will always be remembered for her patience, caring ways, and pleasant disposition.

She was preceded in death by her parents; stepmother, Una Mae Haverland; husband, Chester; a sister, Lullein Nixon; and son, Charles.

Mrs. Afflerbach is survived by her daughters, Dina Stewart of Austin, Sharon Diana and husband, Matt, of Boerne, and Eileen Knight of Grapevine; grandchildren, Justin Afflerbach of La Vernia, Neal Afflerbach of San Marcos, and Parker Knight of Grapevine. Also surviving are two great-grandchildren, Alana and Autumn Afflerbach.

Rosary will be recited Friday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home Chapel in Ballinger. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, March 20 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Ballinger with Rev. Hugh Wade officiating. Burial will follow in Ballinger Evergreen Cemetery.

The family requests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society or a favorite Catholic charity.

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Irene N. Jansa
3/17/2010
(July 5, 1916 - March 15, 2010) 
Irene N. Jansa, 93 of Rowena, passed away Monday morning, March 15, 2010 in Ballinger Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her family.

She was born on July 5, 1916 in Rowena to John G. and Annie Feist Schuhmann. After high school, she married William Jansa on August 20, 1941 in Rowena. He preceded her in death on January 17, 1992.

Irene was a bookkeeper for the First National Bank of Rowena for 21 years, starting in 1959 and retiring in 1980. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena and a member of St Ann Altar Society and Catholic Daughters. She also was the church organist for seven years. Family and friends were a great enjoyment to Irene. She loved to visit about old times and good friends.

Irene is survived by her daughters, Teresa Jansa of San Antonio and Mary F. Orwat and husband, James of Denton; her sons, W.J. Jansa and wife, Emlyn of Abilene and David Jansa and wife, Beverly of Rowena; her grandchildren, Cary Reid and husband, Josh and their son, J.T., Tracy Sorrells and husband, Mike and their children Hunter and Mackenzie, Kristi Jansa and her daughter, Lexi, Kimberly Jansa, Ryan Jansa, Kayla Arredondo and husband, John, Matthew Orwat, and Erin Hoelscher and husband, Craig. A brother, Leroy Schuhmann of San Angelo, and a special friend, “Boots,” also survive.

A Rosary for Irene will be recited Wednesday March 17 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 18, 2010 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Chinnapparaj Mariasavary officiating. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers, and nephews, Randy Schaefer and Larry Book will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Special thanks to the kind staffs of Ballinger Home Health, Shannon Hospital St. John’s Campus, Ballinger Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Ballinger Memorial Hospital, and to Ballinger Meals on Wheels. Memorials may be made to the St. Joseph Building Fund or a favorite charity.

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Irene Piel Batts
3/17/2010
(April 22, 1939 - March 14, 2010) 
Irene Piel Batts, 70, of Ballinger passed away Sunday, March 14, 2010 in a San Angelo hospital.

She was born on April 22, 1939 in Ballinger to David Willie and Tillie Margaret (Sturm) Piel. She graduated from Ballinger High School in 1957 and married William David Batts on February 10, 1962 in Ballinger. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ballinger.

Irene was preceded in death by her father, a sister, Mary Piel St. John and a brother David A. (Butch) Piel.

She is survived by her husband, David Batts, her daughter, Amy Batts, her mother, Tillie Piel Mosley, and a sister, Janice Kurtz and husband, Randall all of Ballinger. Two brothers, Gene Piel and wife, Mary of Del Rio and Larry Piel and wife, Glenda of Bangs also survive.

There will be a family visitation time from 6:00 to 7:00 PM on Wednesday March 17th at Lange Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, March 18, 2010 at the First Presbyterian Church in Ballinger. There will be a private burial service.

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Billie Simpson
3/14/2010
(August 22, 1929 - March 12, 2010) 
Billie Simpson, 80, of San Angelo and formerly of Ballinger, passed away Friday, March 12, 2010 at her residence.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 14 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. A graveside service will be held Monday, March 15 at 2:00 p.m. at Old Runnels Cemetery near Ballinger, with Rev. Bert Bronaugh officiating.

Billie was born on August 22, 1929 in Runnels County to William C. and Myrtle Barnett Dodson. She married Chester Aubrey Simpson on October 10, 1947 in Ballinger. He preceded her in death on May 2, 1998. She was also preceded by her parents, and two sisters, Irene Farmer and Christine Smith.

Billie worked for the First National Bank of Ballinger for many years as a loan officer. After retiring for awhile, she took on the task of Executive Director for the Ballinger Chamber of Commerce for a few more years, before moving to San Angelo.

She is survived by her son, Charles Simpson of Indianapolis, Indiana; her granddaughter, Tracy Schriver of Carrolton and her sister, Shirley Wolverton and husband, Max of Ballinger.

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Melvin Bernard Halfmann
2/23/2010
(March 24, 1942 - February 23, 2010)
Melvin B. Halfmann, Sr., 67, of Eola passed away Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at his home surrounded by his family after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

He was born March 24, 1942 in Lowake, Texas to Arthur and Carrie (Hamann) Halfmann. On July 17, 1965 he and Joan Halfmann were married in Olfen, and the couple raised their children as part of a hard-working farming family. Melvin farmed all his life in the Eola-Lowake-Rowena area, loving the land and everything that being a farmer means. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena. He was also a member of the Young Farmers Association for many years, the Lowake Sharpshooters, and on the Rowena Knights of Columbus Council. From 1961 to 1963, during the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis, he served in the 49th Battalion of the National Guard.

Melvin is survived by his devoted wife, Joan Halfmann, of Eola; his children, Melvin Halfmann, Jr. and wife, Amy, of Lowake, Charlotte Matschek and husband, Brad, of Rowena, and Brent Halfmann and wife, Bernadette, of Wall; and his brother, Dennis Halfmann and wife, Connie, of Lowake. Also surviving are eleven dearly-loved grandchildren, Christin, Brooklynn, Taylor, and Whitney Halfmann; Shayann, Davis, and Ryan Matschek; and Baylor, Brady, Allison, and Kenli Halfmann; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rosary will be recited Thursday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena with Stanley Lange presiding. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 26 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Chinnapparaj Mariasavary and Msgr. Larry Droll co-celebrating. Nephews will serve as pallbearers, and interment will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the St. Joseph Building Fund, the American Cancer Society, or a favorite charity.

Me—the farmer

I’m glad I’m a farmer. Sometimes I’m angry about being a farmer. And disappointed. Elated. Puzzled. Worried. And, I suppose, every emotion in the book. But I’m glad I’m a farmer. Because I know what I am. And what I feel. I feel I’m akin to my land and the things that grow on my land… And the sky over my land and the water that falls on it and flows through it… And the livestock that sustains itself upon my land… And the buildings that shelter me and my wife and our children and the machines that help to make my land fruitful. These are a bone-deep part of me. As is sweat. Cloudburst. Drought. Repairs. Disease. Heartache. Market losses. And profits. Sowing. Reaping. And a hundred and one setbacks and successes, large and small, that other men may never know. But that I know. And am content with. Not because farming is easy. It isn’t. Or because a farmer enjoys fame. He doesn’t. Or because a farmer like me is a wealthy man. I am not. It’s simply because I know what I am. And I know what I feel. I wouldn’t have me any other way. Me—the farmer.

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Tamra Sue (Renz) Joiner
2/17/2010
(October 5, 1960 - February 14, 2010)
Tamra Sue (Renz) Joiner of Paint Rock, Texas, formerly of Denton, left this earth to dance with her savior on February 14, 2010 at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo Texas from injuries she suffered in a car wreck on February 5, 2010.  Tamara was born October 5, 1960 in San Diego, California. Tamara lived in California, New York and Texas, she spent many years in Denton.  She was a Christian, an active volunteer, a hair stylist and caterer. She is a beloved daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, wife, and friend. 

Tamara is survived by her husband Lloyd Joiner of Paint Rock, Texas; her Mother and Step Father, Peggy and Will Parris of Denton, her Father and Step Mother Chuck and Dana Renz of Sanger, Sister and Brother in Law Debbie and Declan Hollaway of Cleburne, sisters Dena Renz of Sanger, Sheila Gawne of Fayetteville Ar, Precious Stafford of Sanger and brother Eddie Renz of Plano, Nephew Danny Spikes of Burleson, and nieces Krystal Hromadka, Lynsey Cox, Brittany Humphreys, Sarah Stanley, and several great-nephews and great-nieces.

Tamara never met a stranger and spent her life making people smile, her greatest joy was in spending time with her friends and family.

Elizabeth A. Gerngross
2/4/2010
(October 1, 1917 - February 1, 2010)
Elizabeth Gerngross, 92, of Olfen passed away Monday, February 1, 2010 at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo.

She was born October 1, 1917 to Henry and Lydia (Schindler) Schraer in Shiner, Texas. Ellizabeth and Rudolph Leonard Gerngross, Sr. were married January 31, 1938 in Rowena where the couple made their home. Mr. Gerngross preceded her in death August 17, 1989. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Olfen. She was also a member of Christian Mothers of St. Boniface.

Preceding her in death were her parents and husband; daughter, Loretta Michaelwicz and her husband, Don; and daughter-in-law, Lucille Gerngross.

Mrs. Gerngross is survived by her children, Greg Gerngross and wife, ` of Baird, Natalie Lange of Rowena, Rudy Gerngross, Jr. and Mary Lou Gerngross both of San Angelo.

Rosary and visitation will be Wednesday, February 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home Chapel in Ballinger. Funeral services will be Thursday, February 4 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Olfen with burial to follow in St. Boniface Cemetery.

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Brenda Lucille Barrigan
2/1/2010
(July 12, 1949 - January 28, 2010) 
Brenda Lucille Barrigan, 60, of Luling, Texas passed away Thursday, January 28, 2010 at Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio.

She was born July 12, 1949 in Ballinger to Robert Lee and M. Lucille (Hoffman) Wood. She married George A. Barrigan, and the family lived in Ballinger for several years. She was employed as a convenience store manager.

She is survived by her husband, George A. Barrigan of Luling; daughter, Wendy Barrigan of San Antonio; sons, Michael Barrigan of Portland, and Jason Barrigan of Luling; brother, Robert Dewayne Wood and wife, Barbara Jane, of Sutherland Springs. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Bryce, Devon, and Meaghan Barrigan.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, February 2 at 2:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home Chapel in Ballinger with Rev. Clifton Phillips officiating.

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Marie Louise Brown
1/27/2010
(May 2, 1911 - January 26, 2010) 
Marie Louise Brown, 98, of Mineral Wells, Texas, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010 in Runnels County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. She was born in Quincy, Illinois May 2, 1911 to Marie Henhoff Childers and William L. Childers.

Marie’s parents moved to Albuquerque, NM, where she met and married John Judson Brown March 1, 1930. As an employee of Standard Oil Company, John transferred with his family to El Paso, TX and remained with that company until his retirement. Marie was a devoted mother and homemaker. Later in life she worked for The Popular Department Store and Eastwood Cafeteria in El Paso. Marie began her avocation as a volunteer with working as a volunteer for Eastwood Hospital for 16 years. When she moved to Mineral Wells, TX to live with her daughter, Claudette Morrow, she continued her volunteer work with the Palo Pinto General Hospital where she worked until she was 96 years old. She was affectionately known there as the “Popcorn Lady”. She had lived at Ashwood Manor in Ballinger for two years prior to her passing where she was known as the “Chinese Checkers and Domino Champion”.

Marie was a member of the Lutheran Church in El Paso, and the Presbyterian Church in Mineral wells. Marie was preceded in death by her husband, John; her parents; and her siblings, William Childers and Mildred Childers Ellison.

She is survived by one brother, Charles Lawson Childers of Estancia NM; three children, Jeanette Grothen and husband Paul of Hastings Nebraska, Claudette Morrow and husband Dave of Mineral Wells, Texas, and Robert (Bob) Brown and wife Martha of Ballinger, Texas; 16 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-great-grandchildren.

A special thank you goes to the staffs at Runnels County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, and Hospice of Ballinger. Guest registrations may be made at ballingerfuneralhome.com, and memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society. Memorial Service will be held in Mineral Wells, Texas.

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Felda Jansa Schraer
1/26/2010
(October 20, 1924 - January 25, 2010)
Felda Jansa Schraer, 85, of Miles passed away on Monday, January 25, 2010 at Sagecrest Alzheimer’s Care Center in San Angelo.

Felda was born to Louis and Amalia Schwertner Jansa on October 20, 1924 at Rowena, Texas. She attended Cross Roads School and later graduated from St. Joseph Catholic School in 1942. She married Ervin Schraer on November 26, 1946 in Rowena. Ervin and Felda spent their married life on their farm at Miles raising their daughters and farming.

Felda was a lifelong and faithful member of St. Joseph Church in Rowena where she was a member of St. Ann Altar Society. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, gardening, and quilting.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Andrew and Alfonse; and sisters, Mollie Lange and Alice Kitten.

Felda is survived by her husband of 63 years, Ervin of Miles; three daughters, Pat Hudgins and husband, Jimmy, of Hermleigh, Donna Rutledge and husband, Raymond, of San Angelo, and Rhonda Schraer of Kingwood; grandchildren, Dr. Jack Hudgins of Lubbock, Josh Hudgins of Garland, Chad Rutledge and wife Kristin, Valarie Whitney and husband, Dr. Travis Whitney; and two great-grandchildren, Mason James Rutledge and Lane Raymond Whitney all of San Angelo. Also surviving is her sister, Gertrude Kellermeier and husband, Edward, of Mereta; brother, Paul Jansa and wife, Ethel, of Rowena; and sister-in-law, Virgie Jansa of Ballinger.

Rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena. Funeral Mass will be Thursday, January 28 at 10:00 a.m. also at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Chinnapparaj Mariasavary, Msgr. Benedict Zientek, and Rev. Joseph Choutapall presiding. Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Sagecrest Alzheimer’s Care Center, Baptist Hospice, and Div. 5 of Baptist Memorial for their excellent care of Felda during her illness. Thanks also to Dr. Ty Hughston and staff and Dr. Chris Barnett from Baptist Hospice. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.


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Zana Coffey Bradley
1/17/2010
(December 25, 1931 - January 16, 2010)
Zana Pearl Longmire Coffey Bradley, age 78, of Paint Rock passed away January 16, 2010 at Community Hospital in San Angelo, Texas after complications from open heart surgery. Zana’s family was by her side as she was called home.

Zana was born Christmas Night 1931 in Mangam, Oklahoma, the daughter of Mary Lou Herring and Clarence C. Longmire. Zana was a role model of strength and Christian living throughout her life for her family. She gave her children a storybook childhood as a stay-at-home mom ensuring that Christian values were first and foremost. She was an exceptional homemaker, an excellent cook, and a seamstress. Some of her many hobbies included raising horses, quilting, photography, hunting, fishing and collecting.

Although Zana’s commitment was to her family and her home, she had a number of opportunities to work in the community. Zana worked as a telephone operator, a bookkeeper, typist, truck driver and rancher. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Paint Rock, Secretary and Treasurer of the Alathean Sunday School, the Board of Directors for the Paint Rock Cemetery Association, and a volunteer for the Harry B. Crozier Memorial Library.

Zana leaves a host of family and friends across Texas. She is survived by her husband Marris Bradley, sons Darrell G. (Debbie) Coffey of Monahans and Terry L. (Min) Coffey of Paint Rock; step-children Teresa (David) Wilson , Jerry (Carla) Bradley, and Tony (Janetta Michaels) Bradley; siblings Roberta Gould of Monahans and Paul (Charlee) Longmire of Roswell, NM; grandchildren Scott (Tonya) Taylor, Stephanie May Coffey, Kyle Yusu Coffey, Amy Pearl Coffey, Sheila Bradley, Casey Bradley, Staci (Aaron) Wilson Thomison, Bradley Wilson and Kyle Bradley and one great-grandson, Cameron Taylor; numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Zana was preceded in death by her first husband, Johnny C. Coffey, her oldest child, Michael Roy Coffey, her parents including her step-father C.B. Burns, and a sibling, John L. Longmire. Zana will be missed so much by her husband Marris. For the last 18 years they lived their heaven on earth on the Coffey Ranch near the Concho River.

Her family and friends are so fortunate to have known her heart, her spirit, and her no-nonsense practical approach to good everyday living. The family will receive visitors Monday, January 17, 2010 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at Lange Funeral Home, 908 North 8th Street, Ballinger, Texas. Services for Zana will be Tuesday, January 18, 2010 at 10:30 am at the First Baptist Church of Paint Rock with Pastor Tony Grubin of Uvalde officiating. Interment will follow in the Paint Rock Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers are Kyle Bradley, Duke Gould, Pete Gould, Walker Lockard, Scott Taylor, and Bradley Wilson. In honor of Zana, contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Paint Rock.

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Dause O. Sherman
1/16/2010
(Febrauary 11, 1924 - January 16, 2010) 
Dause O. Sherman, 85, of Ballinger passed away Saturday, January 16, 2010 in Ballinger Healthcare and Rehab Nursing Center.   

He was born February 11, 1924 in Runnels County to William Edward and Addie Richardson Sherman.  During World War II he proudly served his country in the US Navy as a Gunners Mate 3rd. Class.  He and Allene Blackmon were married on May 4, 1944 in Ballinger.  They were members of the Seventh Street Baptist Church. For over 21 years he was employed as a lab technician for the City of Ballinger. He later served as a City Council Commissioner from 1992 to 1994. He was an avid Square Dancer.

Dause was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Joe and Burrell. 

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Allene of Ballinger; two sons, Dennis Sherman and wife, Martha of Abilene and Kenneth Sherman and wife, Ruth of San Angelo; five grandchildren, Kevin Sherman, Becky West, Michael Sherman, Tracy Randolph, and Kelly Tankersley. Twenty great grandchildren also survive.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM Monday, January 18, 2010  at the Old Runnels Cemetery with Rev. David Williams officiating. A time of visitation will be prior to the service starting at 12:30 PM at Lange Funeral Home. 

The family requests that memorials be made to Ballinger Hospice, Seventh Street Baptist Church, or a favorite charity.

A special thank you goes to Dr. Gail Flood, Dr. Karen Rightmire, the staff of Ballinger Hospice and Ballinger Healthcare and Rehab Center. 

Guests may register at www.ballingerfuneralhome.com

Clarence Monroe Thurmond, Jr.
1/14/2010
(January 11, 1944 - January 12, 2010) 
Clarence Monroe Thurmond, Jr., 66, of Ballinger passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at Ballinger Memorial Hospital.

He was born January 11, 1944 in Gates, Tennessee to Clarence Monroe, Sr. and Beulah (Riggs) Thurmond and was the oldest child of a very large family. He enlisted in the Navy in 1963 and was a cook, advancing to a dining supervisor position. Military service became his career, and he willingly and proudly served his country thirty years until his retirement. He earned recognition and received decoration for his military career, including a Vietnam Service Medal and a National Defense Service Medal. He also attended college for a time in the 1980's. He and his wife, Myra, were married October 25, 1984.

Preceding him in death were his parents, three sisters, one brother, and one great-granddaughter.

Clarence is survived by his wife, Myra of Ballinger; sons, Cary of Sweetwater, Thomas of Ballinger, and Michael of California; daughters, Catheryn of Ballinger, Shelly and Lisa both of California. Also surviving are nine brothers and sisters, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Friday, January 15 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Saturday, January 16 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Ballinger. Burial with military honors will be later that day in Snyder, Texas at 2:30 p.m. at the Snyder Cemetery.

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Leoran Clois Hoelscher
1/12/2010
(December 11, 1929 - January 11, 2010) 
Leoran Clois Hoelscher, 80, of Olfen, Texas passed away Monday afternoon, January 11, 2010 at Ballinger Memorial Hospital. He was born December 11, 1929 to Agnes Frerich Hoelscher and Clemence J. Hoelscher in the rock house on the family farm near Rowena. Leoran’s father died when he was sixteen years old leaving him and his brothers to continue farming for the family. His mother was a teacher at the time and made the decision to forego teaching and raise her family of seven children.

A graduate of Saint Joseph Catholic School in Rowena, Leoran was a farmer and rancher. He loved sheep and would walk a mile to save one if he had to. On June 1, 1950 Leoran and Margaret Rohmfeld were married at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena. They moved to a farm north of Olfen, which they eventually purchased from Otto and Minnie Ocker, and lived at this farm for all of their near 60 years of marriage. In the early 1950’s farming was hard, with droughts and sand storms forcing Leoran, like so many of their friends and neighbors, to take on extra jobs to bring home some income. He had many stories about working for the telephone company, installing telephone lines in southwest Oklahoma when he would be away from home weeks at a time. Another job he did was working in an assembly factory in San Angelo and later building concrete bridges in Runnels County. He was glad when he could return to full time farming again.

Leoran knew he had to supplement his farming with raising cattle and sheep, and he was quite successful. He made many friends throughout the years as he had the ability to strike up a conversation with anyone. He truly enjoyed talking with everyone. Leoran retired from farming in 2009 but continued to raise cattle and enjoyed his two grandsons when they came to visit. He and Margaret loved to play with their two-year-old great-granddaughter, Molly. Leoran was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Aldis Hoelscher; sister, Audrey Hoelscher Russell; a granddaughter, Mary; son-in-law, Charles Kahlig; and brother-in-law, Bob Garner.

Survivors include his wife of almost 60 years, Margaret Rohmfeld Hoelscher of Olfen, and his daughter, Pat Kahlig of Keller. Also surviving are his grandsons, Kevin Kahlig of Keller, and Bryan Kahlig and wife, Maria, and their daughter, Molly, and another baby girl to be born in May. Leoran is survived by three sisters, Bernadine Garner of Del Valle; Mary Dee Hoelscher and husband, Marcus, of Hereford; Cecilia Brosig and husband, E. H. Jr., of Paint Rock; and a brother, Charles Hoelscher and his wife, Ann, of Grape Creek. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Saint Boniface Catholic Church in Olfen on Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 10:30 a.m.

Visitation and Rosary will be held at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger on Wednesday, January 13 at 7:00 p.m. The family would especially like to thank the staff at Ballinger Memorial Hospital and the staff at Ballinger Healthcare and Rehab for their care throughout Leoran’s illness. We also would like to acknowledge Narcisco and Vincinta Contrerras, Sandy Fisher, and Rose Hernandez for their devoted care of both Margaret and Leoran.

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Bertha Newsome Hambright
1/9/2010
(October 22, 1910 - January 9, 2010) 
Bertha Newsome Hambright, 99, passed away Saturday, January 9, 2010 at Runnels County Health and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born October 22, 1910 in Runnels County to Alvie and Emma Drake Newsome. Bertha and Joe Hambright were married on October 13, 1928 in Winters, TX. They lived at Norton until 1954 and then moved to Ballinger. They farmed in the Norton area and also owned Hambright Drug in Ballinger. Bertha was a life long resident of Runnels County.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sister and brother.

Bertha is survived by two sons, Elwood Hambright and wife, Diane, of Kerrville and Rodney Hambright and wife, Shirley, of Abilene; four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great, great- grandchild.

There will be a time of visitation for family and friends on Sunday, January 10, 2010, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Monday, January 11, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. in the Lange Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Garden of Memories Cemetery.

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William Eugene "Gene" Sharp
1/3/2010
(June 20, 1925 - January 3, 2010)
William Eugene “Gene” Sharp, 84, of Rowena, passed away early Sunday morning, January 3, 2010 in Ballinger Memorial Hospital.

Gene was born June 20, 1925 in Scurry, TX to Roy Cecil and Lois Cecil (Howard) Sharp. He proudly served his country in WW II by joining the 107th US Navy Sea Bees. He helped to build the runway on Tinian Island, which was used by the B 29’s, Enola Gay and Bock’s Car that carried the A bombs over Japan.

Gene married Shirley Ann Wehlmann on December 19, 1959 in Rowena, celebrating their Golden Anniversary this past month.

He worked as a mechanic for Mueller Supply, retiring after 22 years. He was a member of the Miles Masonic Lodge, the Rowena VFW and the American Legion. He was also a member of the Zoar Community Church of Rowena.

Gene is survived by his wife of fifty years, Shirley Sharp of Rowena; his son, Roy C. Sharp and wife, Norma of Rowena; his daughter, Suzanne Sharp of Ballinger; his grandchildren, Edward Fuentes, Christopher Fuentes, Cody Plumley and Allison Sharp.

His sisters and brothers, Lois Burleson, Floye Sharp, Loye Lockett, Linda Prosise, Joe Sharp, Leon Sharp, and Bobby Sharp also survive.

There will be a time of visitation for family and friends on Monday January 4, 2010 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Tuesday, January 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the Zoar Community Church in Rowena with Rev. Art Mavrode officiating. Grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers. Burial will follow in the Rowena Protestant Cemetery.

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Debra Lynn Herring
1/2/2010
(June 22, 1957 - December 31, 2009) 
Debra Lynn Herring, 52, of Ballinger, walked home to be with her Lord on Thursday, December 31, 2009 at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo.

She was born June 22, 1957 in San Angelo to Bonnie Brock Herring and Jack B Herring. She lived in Ballinger all her life and was a joy to everyone who met her. Debbie had an infectious smile and made friends easily. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Debbie is survived by her sister, Jackie Kurtz and husband, Scott and her brother, Jimmie Herring and wife, Lynette all of Ballinger; her nieces and nephews, Christie Cassaday, Judd Shannon, Lacy Moreland, and Jordan Herring and seven great nieces and nephews.

Her extended family, the staff of Ballinger Healthcare and Rehab Nursing Center, who loved her dearly, also survive.

There will be a time of visitation for family and friends on Sunday January 3, 2010 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home. Graveside services will be Monday, January 4 at 2:00 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in Ballinger.

Memorial donations may be made to West Texas Rehab, or a favorite charity.

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Vernon Harry Jonas
1/1/2010
(April 27, 1937 - December 30, 2009) 
Vernon Harry Jonas, 72, of Ballinger passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at Ballinger Memorial Hospital.

He was born April 27, 1937 in Winters to Harry and Etta (Drummond) Jonas. He married Louise Jones on January 24, 1960 in Ballinger. Vernon owned and operated Vernon’s Radiator Service in Ballinger most of his working career. He served the citizens of Runnels County from 1957 to 2006. He also did farming and ranching. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, and family. He always enjoyed visiting with people and telling jokes. He never met a stranger.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Vernon Wendell Jonas, and three brothers, Raymond, Albert, and Robert Jonas.

Vernon is survived by his devoted wife, Louise Jonas of Ballinger; three sons, Lanny Jonas and wife, Melanie, of Abilene, John Jonas and Michael Jonas, both of Ballinger. Also surviving are two sisters, Lois Roberts of Galivants Ferry, South Carolina, and Betty Greenwell of Winters; two granddaughters, Harley Jonas of Abilene and Carah Jonas of Scotts Depot, West Virginia; and his mother-in-law, Daisy Jones of Ballinger.

Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, January 2, 2010 at Lange Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 3 at Lange Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Evergreen Cemetery in Ballinger.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Shannon Medical Center, Dr. Rustman, Chaplain Jim Benson, Ballinger Memorial Hospital and Clinic, and Ballinger Home Health during Vernon’s long illness. We also want to thank our friends and family for their visits, thoughts, prayers, and support, with special thanks to Beth Doty, Richard Gruhn, Donnie Jonas, and Tom Malone.

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Adela Elizabeth Hoelscher
12/31/2009
(March 12, 1903 - December 29, 2009)
Adela Elizabeth Niehues Hoelscher, 106, of Ballinger, formerly of Olfen and San Angelo, Texas, passed away Tuesday evening, December 29, 2009.

A rosary service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Friday, January 1, 2010, at Lange Funeral Home Chapel in Ballinger, Texas. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 2, 2010, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Olfen, Texas, with Biship Leroy Matthiesen of the Amarillo Diocese, and Rev. Chinnapparaj Mariasavary, and Rev. Hugh Wade con-celebrating. Burial will follow in the St. Boniface Cemetery.

Mrs. Hoelscher’s grandsons will serve as pallbearers and honorary pallbearers.

Mrs. Hoelscher was born March 12, 1903 to Bernhard and Amalia (Matthiesen) Niehues in Runnels County, Texas. Her grandparents, Bernard and Elizabeth Matthiesen, were early pioneers of “Fuzzy Creek” (later known as Olfen). They traveled by train from the Live Oak Hill-Ellinger area of Texas to Ballinger in 1893. In 1894, Adela’s father, Bernard Niehues, traveled from Frelsburg, Texas, to Olfen but he did not make Olfen his home until 1901. Fuzzy Creek was a mostly unsettled area at that time. It was a prairie land inhabited by coyotes and prairie dogs. As the first couple to be married in the new Catholic Church in Olfen on November 26, 1901, Adela’s parents were given the privilege of naming the new church according to custom. They chose the name of Saint Boniface in honor of the German saint and their ancestral German homeland. Adela was the second baby baptized at St. Boniface Catholic Church, and her father was the church organist until his death.

Adela’s father died in 1920 when she was 17 years of age. The family remained on the farm. Being the oldest of seven children, she worked hard and helped with the family farming using horses and a one-row planter and plow. They were blessed to have had generous and caring family, friends, and neighbors. Her experiences in life during those early years and in the Great Depression made an indelible impression upon her. Mrs. Hoelscher instilled in her own children and grandchildren the importance of strong faith in God, devotion to family, and the value of hard work. Adela graduated from Olfen School and enjoyed participating in church, school, and community activities.

Adela married Edward G. Hoelscher on July 27, 1926 at St. Boniface Catholic Church, in Olfen. After their marriage, they lived at Terry’s Chapel near Barclay in Falls County, Texas, where Mr. Hoelscher was co-owner and operator of a cotton gin. In 1944 they sold the cotton gin and she returned to Olfen with her husband and their four daughters, living on the same section of land on which she was born. They were active members of St. Boniface Catholic Church and the Olfen community. Mrs. Hoelscher belonged to the Christian Mothers’ Society and the Home Demonstration Club. Edward preceded her in death on February 1, 1975. Mrs. Hoelscher continued to enjoy life on the farm and watching the crops grow. She always took a keen interest in farming, even until her own death. She later moved to San Angelo with her oldest daughter, Gladys Hoelscher. There Mrs. Hoelscher became a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Visiting with family and friends was a great enjoyment to Adela. She always had a delicious meal or dessert and coffee to serve guests when they came to visit at her home in Olfen and later in San Angelo.

Mrs. Hoelscher was preceded in death by her husband, Edward G. Hoelscher, daughters, Gladys Hoelscher and Dolores Hoelscher, son-in-law, Paul Kobel, grandson, Douglas Frerich, and great-granddaughter, Macy Lynn Ruiz. Five brothers and sisters, Alma Hirt, Arthur Niehues, Leona Franke, Olga Hoelscher, and Walter Niehues, also preceded her in death.

She is survived by two daughters, Bernice Kobel, of San Angelo and Mildred Frerich and husband, Leon Frerich, of Norton, 10 grandchildren including John Kobel and wife, Sheryl, Paul Kobel and wife, Penny, Mary Boone and husband, Larry, Susan Ruiz and husband, Sam, Howard Frerich and wife, Debbie, Annette Frerich, Linda Binns and husband, Quint, Teresa Boatner and husband, Hank, 27 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren. Her brother, Werner Niehues and wife, Ruby, of San Angelo, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive her.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Mrs. Hoelscher’s at-home caregivers, Beulah Rivas and Minnie Hernandez, to Hospice of San Angelo, Rev. Charles Greenwell, Rev. Hubert Wade, Jr., and the doctors, nurses and staff at Ballinger Rehabilitation Center for their compassionate care and kindness.

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James Lee Hague
12/23/2009
(September 28, 1926 - December 22, 2009) 

James Lee Hague, 83, of Granbury passed away Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at his residence.

He was born September 28, 1926 in Houston to William Samuel and Elizabeth Viola (Crain) Hague. During World War II he proudly served his country in the Navy. He and Mary Evelyn Johnson were married on September 27, 1947 in Ballinger. For several years he was employed as a rigging superintendent with Westhimer Rigging and Heavy Hauling in Houston.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by a grandson, Will Hague.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Evelyn, of Granbury; two sons, James W. (Bill) Hague, Sr. and Kenny Hague; a daughter, Marilee Tucker; seven grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a brother-in-law, Wayne Johnson of Ballinger.

A graveside service will be conducted Thursday, December 24 at 10:00 a.m. at Old Runnels Cemetery near Ballinger.

Jimmy was deeply loved by family and friends and will be missed. The family suggests donations may be made to the Cerebral Palsy Association.

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August Rudolph Cmerek
12/16/2009
(August 28, 1919 - December 14, 2009)
August R. Cmerek, 90, of Miles passed away Monday, December 14, 2009 at his residence.

He was born August 28, 1919 in Corn Hill, Texas, which is in Williamson County, to John and Mary (Kubacak) Cmerek. He and Dorine Braden were married November 25, 1947 in Rowena, and the couple raised their family and farmed in the Miles area for many years. During World War II, August proudly served his country in the US Army, including active duty in the South Pacific. He was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Miles and a member of the Rowena Post of VFW. Family and friends will remember his deep devotion to his family, as well as his great enjoyment of fishing and hunting.

He was preceded in death by his parents and all seven of his brothers and sisters.

August is survived by his loving wife, Dorine Cmerek of Miles; a son, Tommy Cmerek and wife, Dana, of Miles; three daughters, Diane Gorchs and husband, Fernando, of Austin, Jean Perry and husband, Dan, and Kay Lampe and husband, Paul, all of Boerne. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Brooklyn and Shelby Cmerek, Lia Gorchs, Jill and Erin Perry, Sam and Ben Lampe; sister-in-law, Ruby Ullrich of Miles; and brother-in-law, Hugo Braden and his wife, Susann, of Upper Marlboro, MD. August also leaves behind a most beloved pet, Randy.

Rosary will be recited Thursday, December 17 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Miles. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 18 also at St. Thomas Catholic Church with Rev. Chinnapparaj (Paul) Mariasavary officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Rowena. Pallbearers will be John Cmerek, Jim Cmerek, Eugene Cmerek, Ben Lampe, Sam Lampe and Allen Ullrich.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of San Angelo or to a favorite charity.
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Bobbie Kirkham Salling
12/16/2009
SAN ANGELO Bobbie Kirkham Salling of Miles died Sunday morning, Dec. 13, 2009, in San Angelo at the age of 83 after a battle with alzheimers. She was born August 7th, 1926 in Ralls, Texas to Bert and Mildred Aldrich. Bobbie was an active member of Miles Trinity Lutheran Church and the Miles Senior Citizen Center. She was employed as children's clothes buyer for Hemphill Wells and retired as a department manager from Dillards. A loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother; she loved singing, playing the piano, dancing and having family around her.  Bobbie married Calvin F. Kirkham who preceded her in death in 1960. She later married Marvin Salling, and he preceded her in death in 2000. She was also preceded in death by her son John Kirkham, her parents, brothers Buddy and Roy, and sisters Dolly, Rea and Dorothy.   She is survived by her son Ed Kirkham and wife Francesca of Severna Park, Md., daughter Judy Lange and husband Dwaine of Norton, daughter Shelly Salling and Tom Tate, and son Andrew Salling Jr. both of San Angelo; grandsons Tony and Justin; granddaughters Cristina, Tracey, Shaelynna, and Julianna; great-granddaughters Lucy, Carmela, Haley, Madelynn and Cheryl; great-grandsons Chase, Luke, PJ, Jordan, and Devon; and numerous beloved nephews and nieces. Bobbie is also survived by special in-laws Werner and Eleanor Harsch, Fred Salling, and Margaret Lehmann. Funeral service will be at Miles Trinity Lutheran Church at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15th with burial in Miles Cemetery. Nephews will be pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial gifts to Hospice of San Angelo 36 E. Twohig, San Angelo, TX 76903, the Miles Senior Citizens Center, or Miles Trinity Lutheran Church.

Joycelyn Patricia Hall
12/11/2009
(September 20, 1934 - December 9, 2009)
Joycelyn Patricia Hall, 75, of Houston and formerly of Ballinger passed away Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at a Houston hospital.

She was born September 20, 1934 in Ballinger to Jack and Thelma Ruth (Wilson) Miller. Known as “Pat,” she lived and worked in the Ballinger area for several years before moving away. She was an executive housekeeping supervisor for the Hilton Hotel chain, two major hospitals, and the largest nursing home company all in the Houston area. She was also an owner of several businesses. In 1997, while living in Houston, she married Cecil Hall, who preceded her in death on February 18, 2000. A daughter, Carol Ann Jenkins, also preceded her in death.

Pat is survived by a son, Robert Jenkins of San Antonio; daughters, Susan Rash and Charlotte Flex both of the Houston area; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

A graveside service for Pat Hall will be conducted Sunday, December 13 at 2:30 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in Ballinger with Max Pratt officiating.

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Phyllis E. Fanning
12/5/2009
(May 4, 1924 - December 5, 2009) 
Phyllis E. Fanning, age 85, of Ballinger passed away Saturday December 5, 2009 at her home, surrounded by family.

She was born May 4, 1924 in Zanesville, OH to Ralph and Margaret I. (Johnson) Ludman. She served as a Petty Officer in the US Coast Guard during WW II and married William Lloyd Fanning in Zanesville in 1945. While living in Austin, TX Phyllis worked as a secretary for the Austin ISD.

William preceded her in death in 1986 and she moved to Ballinger to be with her daughter, Mary Edmondson.

Phyllis is survived by her daughter, Mary Edmondson and husband, Hugh of Ballinger; a son, William Fanning and wife, Suzanne of Houston; grandchildren, Christine Crenshaw of Ballinger, Blake Edmondson and wife, Reesie of Mt. Pleasant, Tyler Edmondson and wife Jennifer of Lubbock, Marianne DeBenedictis and husband, Tony of Houston, Christin Sistrunk and husband, Damen of Houston and Matthew Fanning of Houston. A sister, Dorothy Leuck of Mesa AZ, seven great grandchildren, and a friend, Fr. William Martin of Lake Wells, FL also survive.

A time of visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 PM Monday, December 7, 2009 at Lange Funeral Home. A graveside service will be conducted on Tuesday, December 8th at 2:00 PM at the Austin Memorial Park Cemetery in Austin with Pastor James Cobb officiating.

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Willie May Watkins Cole
12/5/2009
Willie Mae Watkins Cole was born September 8, 1922, in San Saba , Texas, to John William (Dick) Watkins and Zanna Mae Streich Watkins. Willie Mae died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, in Ballinger Healtchcare and Rehab Center in Ballinger, Texas, at the age of 87. Willie Mae married Harry A. Cole on Feb. 10, 1941, in Coleman, Texas. He preceded her in death on May 6, 1968. She was also preceded in death by one granddaughter, Kimberly Marie Hallmark, on Oct. 24, 1984. Willie Mae is survived by her six children, Barbara Smith and her husband, Jerry, of San Angelo, Texas, Patricia Hendrick and her husband, John, of San Angelo, Texas, Carolyn Strongarone of Sterling Heights, Mich., Sandra Benson and husband J.W. of Alpine, Ariz., Allen Cole of Ballinger, Texas, and Rebecca Hoelscher and companion Larry Nitch of Ballinger, Texas. Willie Mae is also survived by eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Willie Mae is also survived by one sister-in-law, Mary Agnes (Biddie) Gandy and her husband, J.L., of Lake Brownwood, Texas. Willie Mae donated her body to the Texas Tech School of Medicine in 1996. There will not be a formal funeral service, but a memorial service will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6,2009, at the First Presbyterian Church. The family ask in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity in her name. 

Elia Medoila Jaques
12/2/2009
(February 11, 1917 - November 30, 2009) 
Elia Mendiola Jaques, age 92, of Ballinger passed away Monday, November 30, 2009 at Ballinger Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

One of nine children, she was born on February 11, 1917 in Talpa to Jose and Ricarda Armendarez Mendiola. Her mother was university educated in Mexico, and after moving to the U.S. in the early 1900’s, she taught her children at home. Elia married Joe D. Jaques in Ballinger, and they had lived in the area since their marriage. Mr. Jaques passed away October 6, 1957. Elia taught Sunday school at the Premera Iglesia Baptist Church for many years and was employed as a house cleaner. She is remembered as a neat, tidy lady, small in stature but full of energy and love, who was always considerate of all her extended family and neighbors.

Mrs. Jaques was preceded in death by her parents and husband; and seven brothers and sisters, Edwardo Martinez, Manuela Benavides, David Martinez, Elisio Mendiola, Josefa Jaques, Jose Mendiola, and Maria Lopez.

She is survived by one brother, Manuel Mendiola of Ballinger; devoted nieces, Ortencia Perez and husband, Jose of Midland, and Lisa Sanchez and husband, Margarito of Abilene; and numerous other nephews and nieces.

A time of visitation will be held Thursday, December 3 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Funeral services will be Friday, December 4 at 2:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David Williams officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Rowena. Serving as pallbearers will be Jesse Benavides, Ismael Benavides, Jose Perez, Margarito Sanchez, Joe Mendiola, and Eddie Mendiola.

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Nina Cole
11/27/2009
LUBBOCK -
Nina Cole, 78, of Lubbock, passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2009, in Lubbock.

Graveside services will be held at 11am on Friday, November 27, 2009, at Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation will be held on Thursday at Resthaven Funeral Home from 6pm-8pm. Nina was born on May 19, 1931, to the late Theodore and Mae (Couch) Brigance in Howard County, Texas. She married Ronald Gene Cole on December 31, 1948, in Coleman, Texas. He preceded her in death on July 9, 1999.

She is survived by four children: Brenda Lowrie of Levelland, Dana Gore and husband Jon of Ballinger, Jill Ridings and husband Carey of Hobbs, and Glen Cole of Lubbock; ten grandchildren: Jason Gore and wife Joanna of Ballinger, Jeremiah Gore and wife Terrie of Graham, Ryan Arp and wife Lisa of Lubbock, Rusty Arp and wife Lanci of Lubbock, Robin Trull and husband Andy of Midland, Andree Harding and husband Eddie of Peoria, Illinois, Jennifer Newman and husband Justin of Lubbock, Ronnie Cole and wife Shannon of Lubbock, Rachelle Cole of Lubbock, and Taylor Ridings of Hobbs; and thirteen great grandchildren: Tommy Harding, Michael Harding, Amber Harding, Tanner Gore, Jadyn Gore, Jackson Gore, Jacey Gore, Bailey Newman, Brayden Newman, Sloan Arp, Gage Arp, Dane Arp, and Audrey Trull.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Ronda Arp.

Arvena Lee McWilliams
11/27/2009
(August 21, 1926 - November 26, 2009) 

Arvena Kendrick McWilliams, age 83, of Ballinger passed away Thanksgiving afternoon, November 26, 2009 in the Ballinger Memorial Hospital surround by her family.

Arvena Lee was born August 21, 1926 in Brownwood, Texas to Bascom Murrah and Minnie Pearl (Morgan) Kendrick. She married her hometown sweetheart, Zane Grey McWilliams, on September 6, 1945 in San Francisco, California. He preceded her in death on December 13, 2008. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

She is survived by her son, Brent McWilliams and wife, Ruth, of Marfa; Her daughter, Karen Ciancarelli, of Midland; and by five grandchildren, a great source of pride and joy: Jason Mark Haley, O’Lita Rey, Zane Alan McWilliams, Ryan Brent McWilliams, and Leah Marie McWilliams. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, November 30, 2009 at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Ballinger with Max Pratt officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the Ballinger Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 127, Ballinger, Texas 76821 or to a favorite charity.


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Laverne McNaley
11/25/2009
(July 30, 1927 - November 22, 2009)
Laverne McNaley, 82, of Ballinger passed away Sunday, November 22, 2009 at Ballinger Memorial Hospital.

She was born July 30, 1927 in California. She was married May 4, 1945 in Ballinger to Clarence McNaley who preceded her in death April 4, 1979. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

Mrs. McNaley is survived by her daughter, Barbara Odom of Ballinger; sons, Everett (Butch) McNaley of Eden, Bobby McNaley of Ballinger, Ronny McNaley and his wife, Karon of Ballinger; grandchildren, Jay Odom, Becky Kresta, Beverly McNaley, Robert McNaley, Melissa McNaley, and Doug Taylor; great-grandchildren, Dustin Kresta, Dylan McNaley, Skyler Odom, Shalyn Odom and R. J. Odom; great-great-grandchild, Hunter Wayne Kresta; and a special friend, Floye Sharp.

Visitation for family and friends was Monday, November 23 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Funeral services were Tuesday, November 24 at 1:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home Chapel with Cory Mullins officiating. Burial followed in Ballinger Evergreen Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Jay Odom, Dustin Kresta, Timmy Kresta, Calvin McCutchen, Doug Taylor, and Leroy Lancaster.

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Daniel Henry Beimer
11/22/2009
(August 31, 1941 - November 21, 2009) 
Daniel Henry (Danny) Beimer, 68, of Ballinger went home to his Savior on Saturday, November 21, 2009 after an illness.

Daniel was born August 31, 1941 in the farm home of his parents, Walter Gerhardt and Cordulla Moeller Beimer, who preceded him in death. Daniel attended St. Joseph School in Rowena, Texas graduating in 1959. He was initially a farmer and shepherd. Daniel met Martha Gail Wilson in 1962. They were married in 1966 and had two children, Melissa Anne and Anthony Lynn.

Daniel became a farm implement mechanic, and preferred the red ones. He worked at Ballinger Truck and Tractor and then at Concho Valley Implement Company from which he retired in 2003. He attended the First United Methodist Church in Ballinger for many years, singing in the choir and being an usher. Enjoying music, he was a member of the original Ballinger Community Choir, wherein he grew into a more open and loving friend, spreading joy into many lives. He particularly enjoyed duets as one half of the team of Danny and Danny. Daniel was adored by many children who called him "tickle monster." There were always games and giggles wherever he was.

Daniel served in the United Stated Army Reserve and the Texas National Guard for sixteen years. He was a tank mechanic and enjoyed serving our nation in that way. He left the Guard with an E-6 rank.

The lights of his life were his children and grandchildren. Melissa and her husband, Shawn Wade, have two girls, Emily Noelle and Rachel Belle. They live in Lubbock. He began going to Lubbock to babysit when Emily was six weeks old and did that often until his illness forced him to stop. Anthony and his wife, Jennifer, presented Daniel with Avery Brooke and Jace Henry, who is named for his "Papa." They live in McKinney. Daniel gave piggy back rides, horsey rides, and took the children to the playground every chance he had. In turn, they let him become their best toy.

Daniel is survived by Melissa Anne and Shawn Wade, Emily and Rachel of Lubbock; Anthony and Jennifer Beimer, Avery and Jace of McKinney; brothers and their families, Leon and Adonna of Rowena; Howard and Denise of Ballinger; Glen and Laura of Anahuac; two nephews and five nieces; three aunts, Alice Wilde, Mary Moeller and Lillie Schwertner; one uncle, Roman Multer; and many cousins. There will be a time of visitation for family and friends Monday, November 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home. Services for Daniel Beimer will be at First Baptist Church in Ballinger Tuesday, November 24 at 10 a.m. with Brother Bobby Broyles and Max Pratt officiating. Burial will be in Rough Creek Cemetery at Novice, Texas at 1:30 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Dave Caudle, Larry Hays, Gary Moore, James Rose, Clay Earnshaw, Alan Wilson, Kit Hurt, and Jim Crawford. Honorary pall bearers will be Delpha Caudle, Lucy Hays, Gloriana Tadlock, Joanne Cheshier, Barbara Wilson, Carolyn McNelly, Linda Blackwell, Martha Crawford, Viane Talbott, Mary Ellen Moore, Sandra Halfmann, Jana Gollihar, Carol Ann Gully, Amy Baird, Helen Earnshaw, John Earnshaw, J. C. Gore, Doug Cox, Alfred Dallinger, John E. Green, Dacayla Caudle, Conner Kvapil, Master Cooper Switzer, Master Jaden Sellers, and the 1959 St. Joseph High School graduates.

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Ursula S. Tinsley
11/18/2009
(March 12, 1914 - November 17, 2009)
Ursula S. (Block) Tinsley, 95, of Ballinger passed away Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at Runnels County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

She was born March 12, 1914 in Olfen Community, Runnels County, Texas to Franz and Bertha (Ledig) Block, both of whom were born in Germany. Ursula attended school in Rowena, and in 1930 she married Virgil M. McMullen in Menard. Mr. McMullen passed away July 17, 1963. On July 19, 1964 she married Eldred Cornelius Tinsley of Ballinger who preceded her in death February 24, 1981. She was a member of St. Mary’s Altar Society and worked as a nurses’ aide for a number of years.

Mrs. Tinsley is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, including Roy and Sandra Rollwitz of Rowena.

There will be a time of visitation for family and friends Thursday, November 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 20 at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Ballinger with Rev. Hugh Wade officiating. Burial will follow in St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Olfen.

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Ronda Kathrine Arp
11/16/2009
LEVELLAND-
Funeral services for Ronda Arp, 57, of Levelland are 2:00 pm Monday, November 16, 2009 at Cactus Drive Church of Christ. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Lubbock. Ronda died November 13, 2009 at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. The family will receive visitors at George Price Funeral Home from 3 – 5 pm Sunday, November 15, 2009.

Ronda was born to Ronald Gene and Nina Cole on February 10, 1952 in Big Spring, TX. She married Russell Arp on August 8, 1970. She helped in running the family business, 5-R Distributing for many years. Ronda was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

Ronda was preceded in death by her father, Ronald Cole. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Russell Arp, of Levelland; two sons, Ryan Arp and wife Lisa of Lubbock and Rusty Arp and wife, Lanci of Lubbock; a daughter, Robin Arp Trull and husband Andy of Midland, TX; her mother, Nina Cole of Levelland; three sisters, Brenda Cole Lowrie, Dana Gore, and Jill Ridings; a brother, Glen Cole; four grandchildren, Gage Arp, Sloan Kathrine Arp, Dane Arp, and Audrey Doris Trull; and numerous nieces and nephews.
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Linda Darnell (Kresta) Huffman
11/16/2009
(May 13, 1951 - November 13, 2009)
Linda Kresta Huffman, 58, of Garden City, Texas died Friday, November 13, 2009 at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo. She was born May 13, 1951 in Ballinger, Texas to Henry (Jack) Jr. and Sylvia (Mueller) Kresta. Linda was a mail route contractor for the United States Postal Service for 16 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband, Garry Huffman of Garden City; sons, Gregory Huffman and wife, Rachel of Grape Creek and Nicholas Huffman and wife, Misty of Midland; sisters, Elizabeth Ann Thomas and husband Harold (Harry) of San Angelo and Tammy Howell and husband Stanley of Euless; brothers, Clyde Kresta and wife Rhonda and Timmy Kresta of Ballinger; and grandsons, Lee Ryan and Matthew Scott Huffman of Midland. Also surviving are nephews, Christopher Thomas and wife, Kindra, Clint Thomas, David Kresta, Dustin Kresta and wife Stephanie; nieces, Jessica Kresta Lemons and husband, Ross; great nephew, Hunter Kresta; great niece, Layla Thomas and a dear friend of 40 years, Rhonda Halfman.

There will be a visitation from 6:00 to 7:00 PM Sunday, November 15, 2009 at Lange Funeral Home of Ballinger. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, November 16th at 2:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church in Ballinger with the Rev. Joe Chamness officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Christopher Thomas, Clint Thomas, Dustin Kresta, David Kresta, Doug Taylor and Leroy Lancaster.
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Lille Ann Biedermann
11/12/2009
(November 13, 1915 - November 11, 2009) 

Lillie Ann (Gully) Biedermann passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at her residence in Cedar Park. She would have been 94 in two days.

She was born November 13, 1915 in the Dry Ridge Community of Runnels County, Texas to Gustav A. and Bernadine Louise (Halfmann) Gully. Lillie married Walter J. Biedermann, a relationship that began in the second grade in Rowena, Texas and lasted 69 years until Walter’s death August 7, 2006. She was a devoted and loving wife and the most caring and nurturing of mothers. She was a meticulous homemaker who took care of the finances, house painting, and gardening.

Throughout her life, she and Walter traveled and camped in every state of the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska. They visited many countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, her brothers, Arthur Gully, B. J. Gully, and Hilary Gully, a sister, Mary Frey, daughter-in-law Connie (Ziebell) Biedermann and granddaughter Bridget Biedermann.

Lillie is survived by son, David and wife Sheila (Scanio) and grandchildren: Audrey Welch and great-granddaughter Ashley; Denise and husband Thomas Suniga and great-grandchildren: Gaylann and husband Ryan Speegle along with Jacob Jones, Pearson, and Marshall; John and wife Kelly (Yarborough) and great-grandchildren: Kyle and Caden, along with Cash Yarborough; Paul and wife Kristi (Duffner) and great-grandchildren Mason and Avery; son Allen and grandchildren: Scott, Eric and great-grandchildren Megan and Evan, Troy, Alex, and Amber and great-grandson Chance; son Glenn and wife Betty (Ardis) and grandchildren: Tracie and husband Jeffrey Baldwin and great-grandson Camron, along with Shannon, and Grant; daughter, Patricia Biedermann; and daughter, Karen and husband Mark Dick and grandchildren: Jeremy, Lauren, and Travis; and sister, Jean Hoelscher.

Rosary will be recited Friday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home Chapel in Ballinger (908 N. 8th Street). Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, November 14 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena. The Rite of Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

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Eddie Lewis
11/14/2009
Long time Ballinger resident, Eddie Lewis, went to that big fishing hole in heaven on November 3, 2009 in Fort McCoy, Florida.

Eddie was born in San Angelo, Texas on August 6, 1949. 

He married Linda Wilson on June 27, 1980 in Rowena, Texas.  He was a long time painting and drywall contractor in Runnels and Tom Green Counties.                        

He is survived by his mother Wanda Adams of Alaska, his wife of 29 years Linda Lewis of Fort McCoy, FL. one son, Eddie Lewis Jr. and wife Suann of Largo, FL. one step-son T.A. Wilson and wife Deanne of Fort McCoy, FL. one step daughter Sherry Hohenstein and husband Tommy of Ballinger, TX. and one brother Tommy Lee Lewis of San Angelo, TX. 

His grandkids: Carly and John Lewis of Largo, FL, Raymond, Casey, and Cole Wilson of Fort McCoy, FL and Breanna and Jacob Hohenstein of Ballinger, TX.  

He is also survived by his 4 legged companion, Bleu. 

A celebration of his life was held November 7, 2009 in Fort McCoy, Florida.

Ruth Moncrief Bird
11/10/2009
(March 18, 1916 - November 10, 2009)
Ruth Bird, 93, of Ballinger passed away Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at Ballinger Memorial Hospital. She was born March 18, 1916 in Milford, Texas to Walter and Henry (Brannon) Seipp. She had lived in the community since 1921, attended school in Ballinger, and was a graduate of Ballinger High School. On February 13, 1937 she and John Fred Moncrief were married. He passed away January 20, 1978. In July of 1983 she married Robert Marvin Bird, Sr. who preceded her in death March 19, 1998. Ruth will be remembered as a knowledgeable, pleasant sales clerk in local jewelry stores, working over 20 years for Hambrick Jewelers and Bryan Jewelers. For a time she was employed as a teachers’ aide. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ballinger. She was preceded in death by her husbands; a grandson, Scott Byrd; and two brothers, Nelson Seipp and W. E. “Sonny” Seipp. Ruth is survived by her daughter, Linda Byrd, and husband, Coy Eugene, of San Angelo, and her son, Joe Bob Moncrief and wife, Emily, of Houston. Also surviving is her sister, Charlene Curtis, of Hewitt; grandchildren, Lesa Wright, Travis Moncrief, and Alex Byrd; and great-grandchild, Dustin Wright. There will be a time of visitation for family and friends Wednesday, November 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Graveside services will be held Thursday, November 12 at 1:00 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in Ballinger with Rev. Ferris Akins officiating. The family suggests memorials be made to the Ballinger Carnegie Library or to a favorite charity.
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Mary Ellen Conner Slate
10/26/2009
Mary Ellen Connor Slate, age 70, of Coleman, passed away Sunday, October 25, 2009 at Coleman County Medical Center.  Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 28 in Stevens Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. E. D. Smith officiating and assisted by Rev. Brad Dietz.   Burial will follow in the Coleman City Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Mary was born June 12, 1939 in Ballinger, Texas, a daughter of Leonard Lucien Connor and Nell Opal Scarborough Connor.  She grew up and attended school in Ballinger.  On June 17, 1956 she married Vernon Slate in Ballinger.  Following their marriage, they lived in Gouldbusk and then in various towns in Texas as her husband was working in road construction.  They returned to live in Gouldbusk in 1966 and moved into Coleman in 2000.  Mary was a homemaker and also owned and operated an antique store in Gouldbusk.  She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church and Coleman County Home Demonstration Club.  Mary wrote the Gouldbusk news for the Coleman Chronicle and Democrat Voice for a number of years. 

Survivors include her husband, Vernon Slate of Coleman; one daughter, Tressia Sturges of Coleman; one son, Vern Slate and wife Rhonda of Bangs; three grandchildren, Zachary Slate and wife Keshia of Brownwood, Tyson Slate of Bangs, Tulissia "Fanci" Sturges of Coleman; two brothers, Michael Connor of Winters and John Connor of Odessa; one sister, Barbara Connor of Ballinger; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Family visitation will be held Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Stevens Funeral Home, 400 West Pecan, Coleman, Texas.

 Please sign her on-line guestbook at www.livingmemorials.com

Louis N. Baker
10/14/2009
     Louis N. Baker Jr., age 84 of Tennyson, Texas passed away Wednesday October 14, 2009 at the Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo, Texas. He was born June 12, 1925 in Coke County, Texas to Louis N. & Eliza Jane Cockburn Baker. He was a member of the Tennyson Baptist Church.
     Survivors include her 2 Sons: Ronald M. Baker of Snyder, Texas and Gene Baker of Spring, Texas. 2 Daughters: Kay Olemacher of San Angelo, Tx., and Anna Rock of Paint Rock, Tx. 1 Brother: R. T. Baker of Bronte, Tx. and 2 Sisters: Louise Graves of Tennyson, Tx. and Harriett Tucker of Lubbock, Tx; 20 Grandchildren: and 28 Great Grandchildren and 9 Great Great Grandchildren:
     Family visitation will be from 4 PM – 7 PM Friday October 16, 2009 at the Heritage Family Funeral Home. A graveside service will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at Mule Creek Cemetery in Tennyson, Tx., with the Rev. Joe Hodges officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Heritage Family Funeral Home in Ballinger.
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Hattie Lee Prather
10/12/2009
Hattie Lee Prather 99, year old Vinita resident, passed away Sunday October 11, 2009 at Rosewood Terrace. She was born April 27, 1910 in Snyder, Texas to Henry S. and Cora (Davis) Hart. Hattie was married to Charlie Marion Prather; he preceded her in death on September 11, 1986. They moved to Vinita from Muleshoe, Texas in 1954 and were engage in farming and ranching. Hattie was the oldest living member of the First Baptist Church in Vinita. She had also been a member of the Home Demonstration Club.

The family includes: her children, Tim Prather and wife Patti of Fredericksburg, Texas, Rex Prather and wife Brenda of Post, Texas, Charlene Bickel and husband Jim of Ballinger, Texas, Fern Green and husband Gene of Claremore; one sister, Nell Harless and husband Don of Abilene, Texas; ten grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Others preceding her in death include, eleven siblings, twin sons, Larry and Gerry Prather.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at the Luginbuel Funeral Home Chapel.

The funeral will be held Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Vinita, with Rev. Henry Haynes officiating. Interment will follow at the Fairview Cemetery in Vinita. Casket bearers will be, Stanley Bickel, Skipper Prather, Chuck Prather, Russell Prather, Michael Prather and Evan Allard. Preferred memorials may be given to the First Baptist Church, Senior Projects at 321 W. Illinois, Vinita, OK 74301. Online condolences may be made at
www.honoringmemories.com. Arrangements are by the Luginbuel Funeral Home of Vinita.

Arnita Jo Vaughn
10/12/2009
Arnita Jo Vaughn, age 85 of Hermleigh, Texas passed away Monday September 28, 2009 at the Christy Lee Manor Nursing Facility in Colorado City, Texas. Arnita was born December 05, 1924 in Roscoe, Texas to Joe And Bessie L. Baldwin Williamson.
She was employed by United Agri-Products for many years as the warehouse manager.
She is survived by her Husband: Jim Vaughn of Hermleigh, Texas ; 2 sons: Jay N. Vaughn of Mesa, Arizona and Jerry Don Vaughn of Roswell, New Mexico; 2 Sisters in Laws: Linda Hall of Lubbock, Texas and JoAnne Stephens of Lubbock, Texas; 8 Grandchildren: 9 Great Grandchildren:

Graveside services will be at 2:00 PM on Friday October 02, 2009 at the Hermleigh Cemetery in Hermleigh, Texas. Arrangements are under the direction of Heritage Family Funeral Home in Ballinger, Texas.
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Dionicia Jasso Wesch
10/12/2009
Dionicia Jasso Wesch, age 86 of Gonzales, Texas passed away Tuesday October 6, 2009 at her daughters residence in Rowena, Texas.  She was born January 23, 1923 in Edna, Texas to Jesus & Bernarda Lopez Jasso.  She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Gonzales for many years.

She was preceeded in death by her parents, husbands, Jose Garcia and Beno Wesch, 1 Son:  Bartolo Garcia and grandson, Michael Anthony Rivera.

Dionicia is survived by 7 daughters:  Lupe and husband Lupe Alvarez of Alice, Tx., Denise Castaneda of Brazoria, Tx., Jesusa Livanec of Brazoria, Tx.,  Tomasa Hawkins of Yelm, Washington, Felipa and husband Arthur Molina of Rowena, Tx, Rose Mary and husband Wesley Hunt of Gonzales, Tx., and Marina Garcia of Brazoria, Texas.

7 Sons:  Jose Garcia, Jr., of Gonzales, Tx., Manuel Garcia of Bartlett, Tx., John Garcia, Ramon Garcia and Anthony Garcia and Anthony Macias all of Gonzales, Tx.  Sammy Macias of Zapata, Texas.

She is also survived by 1 Brother: Gumecindo Jasso of Houston, Texas and 8 Sisters:  Hermina Flores, Refugio Jasso and Lena Guerrero, Houston, Tx.,  Catherine and husband Richard Norris of Michigan, Christine Trevino, Margie and husband Charles Medrano of  Houston, Texas, Nellie Favela of Georgia and Sandy and husband Bill  Garrett of Houston, Texas.  She is also survived by 49 Grandchildren:  92 Great Grandchildren and 15 Great Great Grandchildren: Numerous Nieces and Nephews also survive her.

 There will be a time for Visitation on Thursday, October 08, 2009 from 10 am until 12 PM at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Gonzales, Texas.  Mass will be held at 12:00 PM Thursday, October 08, 2009 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial to follow at the St. James Catholic Cemetery in Gonzales, Texas. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Heritage Family Funeral Home in Ballinger, Texas.  www.heritagefamilyfuneralhome.com

Helen Marie Fisher
10/10/2009
(November 5, 1909 - October 8, 2009)
Helen Marie (Dornhoefer) Fisher, age 99 of Ballinger, passed away Thursday evening, October 8, 2009 in Runnels County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
A Rosary/Visitation service is scheduled for Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 12, 2009 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena with Fr. Bhaskar Morugudi celebrating and Fr. Hugh Wade assisting. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

She was born on November 5, 1909 in Rockdale, Texas to Richard and Mary (Brown) Dornhoefer. She married Arthur Fisher on December 28, 1931 in Rowena. He preceded her in death on December 30, 2002. Helen cooked for the Lowake Steak House for over 30 years and after retiring and moving to Ballinger, she became a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. She was also preceded in death by a son, Jerome Fisher; a daughter, Mary Ann Jones; a daughter-in-law, Deanie Fisher; and by all her brothers and sisters.

Helen is survived by two sons, Robert Fisher of Ballinger and Donald Fisher and his wife, Trish of Tuscola; a son-in-law, Willis Terry Jones of Ballinger; 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

The family wishes to express special thanks to Big Country Hospice, Dr. Rightmire, and the staff at Runnels County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

Novalene L. Atwood
10/10/2009
(August 20, 1915 - October 8, 2009) 
Novalene L. Atwood, 94, of Paint Rock passed away Thursday, October 8, 2009 at Ballinger Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born August 20, 1915 in McCulloch County, Texas to Isacc and Minnie (Peel) Hallmark. She had lived in the Paint Rock area since 1931 and married Dudley Atwood in 1936 in Paint Rock. He preceded her in death on May 5, 1971, and she passed away on his birthday. She was a member of the Baptist Church and a homemaker who was devoted to her family and considered to be “quite a cook.” She enjoyed sewing and working in her flower garden and was a great fan of the Dallas Cowboys.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; sisters, Mae Koeing and her husband, Ralph, Gladys Patton and her husband, Curtis, and Claudine Feelers and her husband, Bracy; sister-in-law, Dorothy Hallmark; and brother-in-law, Eugene Baker.

Novalene is survived by her sons, Delton Atwood and wife, Florine, of Paint Rock, and Alton Atwood of Arlington.; brothers, Daniel Hallmark and wife, Nancy, Herman Hallmark and wife, Margaret, and Clarence Hallmark all of Ballinger; sisters, Mildred Hallmark and Wilma Baker of Ballinger, Billie Holland and husband, Raymond of San Angelo. Also surviving are grandchildren, Scott Atwood, Samantha Atwood and husband, Alan Fuchs, Jeylan Atwood, Dewayne Atwood, C. J. Atwood Hood; three great-grandchildren, Mathew Atwood, Jorey Hood, and Devin Hood; numerous nieces and nephews; and a special friend and caregiver, Mary Urteaga of Eola.

Visitation for family and friends will be Sunday, October 11 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Funeral services will be Monday, October 12 at 2:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home Chapel with Max Pratt officiating. Burial will follow in the Paint Rock Cemetery.

The family suggests donations be made to the Paint Rock Cemetery Fund, P. O. Box 3, Paint Rock, Texas 76866.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/


Colleen Mosier Carter
10/8/2009
(May 25, 1929 - October 7, 2009)
Colleen Mosier Carter, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed into the loving arms of her heavenly father Wednesday, October 7, 2009.
She was born May 25, 1929 in Lowake, Texas to Carl and Ruby Mosier. After her graduation from Paint Rock, the family moved to Norton where she met the love of her life. Lanham Mac Carter and Colleen Mosier were married August 5, 1948 and started their life together in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he was stationed with the Air Force. In 1953 they moved to Norton and welcomed the arrival of their first child, Cheryl Lynn. Four years later they were blessed with their second child, Mark Wade.

Colleen worked for First Savings and Loan, which later became City Savings, where she held her customers in high esteem. She also was involved in Beta Sigma Phi and other service organizations. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Ballinger where she worshipped faithfully until recent health issues.

She was preceded in death by her parents and special brother, Larry.

Colleen is survived by her life-long partner of sixty-one years, Lanham Mac Carter; her children, Mark Carter and wife, Diane, and Cheryl Clayton and husband, Manse, all of Ballinger; her adoring grandchildren, 2nd Lt. Alyson Strube of Wichita Falls, and Tyler Carter of San Antonio; and special great-grandchild, Caleb Strube. Other survivors include brother-in-law, Nealon Carter and wife, Sue; nieces, Marcia King and husband, Frank, and Donna Bryant and husband, Scott; and nephews, Trey and Steven Mosier. She was "grandmother" to Eric Lugo, James Clayton, and Regina Zaruba. Numerous family and friends also mourn her loss.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 10 at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Ballinger.

Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society or a favorite charity.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/
 

Ernest Jones
10/6/2009
(August 28, 1950 - October 2, 2009)

Ernest Lee Jones, 59, of Robert Lee passed away Friday, October 2, 2009 at Robert Lee Care Center. He was born August 28, 1950 in Beeville, Texas.

Ernest is survived by two brothers Don Lofton and wife, Jennie, of Robert Lee, and Edward Waller. Surviving nieces and nephews include Don C. Lofton, Jr., Roy F. Lofton, Jennifer Lofton, Felisha Lofton, Stephen Lofton, Tammy Waller, Jason Waller, and Bobby Waller. Also surviving are several great-nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, October 5, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in Ballinger, Texas.

 
Frances Mueller
10/3/2009
(December 20, 1929 - October 2, 2009)
Mary Frances Mueller 79, of Ballinger passed away Friday, October 2, 2009 at her home.
Born December 20, 1929 in Ballinger, Frances was the only child of W. J. and Frances (Egan) Curtis.

Frances was an active entrepreneur and successful businesswoman, as well as an excellent role model, mother, grandmother, and friend. She provided numerous scholarships to students attending University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio where she had been a student, and was a generous supporter of many other charities, causes, and projects of interest to her.

She was preceded in death by her son Mike in 1971 and her daughter-in-law Leslie in 2008.

She is survived by two sons, Fred Mueller of Wall, Texas and Patrick Mueller of McAllen, Texas, and daughter, Mary Smith of Ballinger. Her grandchildren include Jessica Mueller of San Angelo, Amanda Abright of Kilgore, Christopher Mueller of San Angelo, Ariel Mueller of Wall, Alex Mueller of Wall, Laura Hermesmeyer of Winters, Phillip McBee of Stephenville, and James McBee of Brownfield.

Visitation will be Sunday, October 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Graveside services will be held Monday, October 5 at 10:30 a.m. at Garden of Memories, adjoining Evergreen Cemetery in Ballinger.

Her passing saddens all who were close to her. She will be deeply missed.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

 

August Fred Haechten, Jr.
9/25/2009
(November 3, 1932 - September 23, 2009)
August Fred Haechten, Jr., 76, of Lowake passed away at his home on Wednesday, September 23, 2009. Born in Moulton, Texas on November 3, 1932 to Ella and August Haechten, Sr., August was the third of four children. The family moved to Runnels County when August was a young boy. He attended school in Paint Rock and graduated from Rowena High School. August began dating the love of his life and long-time friend, Nancy Dell Bailey, in 1951. August asked for Nancy’s hand in marriage on January 21, 1953. Shortly thereafter, he was called to serve in the Korean War from 1953-1956. August always had a skill for numbers and accounting. When he returned from the Korean War, he earned a degree with honors in Accounting from Ranger Junior College by attending school at night and working full time during the day. August and Nancy farmed and ranched for many years in Concho County. They had four loving children, Freddie, Cindy, John, and Mark. August served as a Paint Rock School Board Member from 1973-1980 where he was Vice President in 1976 and President 1977-1980. Mr. Haechten served as Concho County Commissioner from 1979-1982. In 1980, August began Haechten Insurance Agency as a crop insurance agent to serve the local farmers and ranchers. He was a long-time member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena, the Knights of Columbus, and the VFW. August and Nancy worked very well as a team, raising and breeding Rambouillet sheep in Lowake. They were positive role models in their children’s lives, enabling all four children to play sports, show livestock, and earn high academic achievements in school. August loved his family greatly. He taught his children and grandchildren how to be a leader, how to work hard, how to give, how to love, and how to keep the faith. August enjoyed fishing with his kids and grandkids. Trips to Choke Canyon Lake and bay fishing at Port Aransas were most memorable to him. August enjoyed family reunions each year at Inks Lake and at Lake LBJ. Family and friends remember him best by his commitment to others; his word was as good as gold. August is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Louise Kotrlik. Survivors include his loving wife and caregiver, Nancy Haechten of Lowake; sister, Mary Ann Halfmann and husband, Walter, of St. Lawrence, and brother, Allan James Haechten and wife, Arlene, of San Angelo; his children, Freddie Haechten of Midland, Cindy Wilde of Ballinger, John Haechten and wife, Kathy, of Buda, and Mark Haechten and wife, Twila, of Wall. August is also survived by his grandchildren, Stacey Schmidt and husband, Russell, of Hillsboro, Missouri, Bradley Haechten of Farmington, New Mexico, Heather Braden and husband, Chris, of San Angelo, Eric Wilde and wife, Polly, of Marble Falls, Christopher Wilde and wife, Krista, of Austin, Danielle Wilde and her fiancé, Zachary Norred, of Bee Cave, Trevor Haechten of Buda, Anthony Haechten of San Angelo, Dylan and Tanner Haechten of Wall; great-grandchildren, Hailey, Bryce, and Colton Schmidt of Hillsboro, Missouri, and great-grandchildren, Caleb and Jacob Braden of San Angelo. The family would like to give a special thanks to Manuel Martinez, a long-time friend and farm/ranch employee of August and Nancy, whose unending dedication is forever appreciated. The rosary will be held Friday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, September 26 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena with burial in St. Joseph Cemetery. Pallbearers will be August’s grandsons, Chris Braden, Eric Wilde, Bradley Haechten, Christopher Wilde, Anthony Haechten, Trevor Haechten, Dylan Haechten, Tanner Haechten and Russell Schmidt. Presenting the gifts at the funeral will be August’s granddaughters, Stacey Schmidt, Heather Braden, Polly Wilde, Krista Wilde, and Danielle Wilde. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to St. Joseph Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 96, Rowena, TX 76875.

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Peggy Blake Rush Martin
9/20/2009
(March 23, 1932 - September 17, 2009)
Peggy Blake Rush Martin, 77, passed away Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, in Houston. She was born March 23, 1932, in Coleman, Texas, to Raymond Blakeley & Frances Livingston Rush.  She graduated from Talpa High School in 1949 and attended North Texas State University . On December 26, 1951, she married Francis Edgar Martin of Ballinger in the First Presbyterian Church at Talpa.  A life long Presbyterian, she was a piano teacher, legal secretary & realtor in Midland, Texas until her retirement. 

Graveside services will be held at 2:00, Wednesday, September 23, 2009, at the Talpa Cemetery with Rev. Mike Kerzee officiating. 

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Francis E. Martin of Houston, two sons, Richard Rush Martin of Fort Carson, Colorado, Rand Livingston Martin of Austin, one daughter, Stephanie Martin Dalton of Houston & one grandson, Tucker Dalton of Houston. One sister & brother-in-law, Ginger & Bill Sneed of Talpa - one brother & sister-in-law - Michael & Terry Rush of Austin. She is also survived by two nieces, Suzanne Ryan of Talpa & Jennifer Short of Voss,.two nephews, Blake Rush of Dallas & Jordan Rush of Seattle, Washington.

Preceding her in death were parents, Raymond & Frances Rush & brother, Tommy Rush.

 

Juliana Sauceda Rodiquez
9/19/2009
(December 20, 1924 - September 17, 2009)
Juliana Sauceda Rodriquez, 84, of Ballinger passed away Thursday, September 17, 2009 at Runnels County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
She was born December 20, 1924 to Prescilliano and Rita Sauceda in Anson, Texas. She and Matias Rodriquez were married March 7, 1942 in Ballinger. The couple raised a large family, and she was a devoted, loving homemaker.

Preceding her in death were her parents and husband; daughters, Hortencia Rodriquez and Martha Esquivel; sisters, Maria Sauceda, Katarina Pena, and Marcela Rodriquez; and a brother, Margarito Sauceda.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory her sons and daughters, Alex Rodriquez and wife, Delphine, Delia Martinez, Eva Gonzalez and husband, Francisco, Frances Rodriquez, and Albert Rodriquez, all of Ballinger, Fermin Rodriquez and wife, Karen, of Kemp, and Johnny Rodriquez and wife, Amy, of Oak Point; sisters, Reyes Rodriquez of Bakersfield, CA, Modesta Escobar, Antonia Montalvo, and sister-in-law, Connie Sauceda, all of Ballinger; 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind her cherished nieces and nephews.

Juliana will be remembered for her kind and gentle spirit and glowing smile. She filled our lives with love. She had a gracious and undying love for her family. Our hearts are left empty without her, but God will be our comfort. Her memory is permanently etched in our hearts. We rejoice in knowing that a child of God has made it home. We are eternally grateful for the time God gave her to be in our lives. God saw her suffering and in His mercy, wrapped her in His loving embrace and took her home. “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.” John 11: 25-26

Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 20 at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Ballinger. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 21 at St. Mary Church with Rev. Bob Baden officiating. Burial will be in the Latin-American Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Thank you to the staff of Runnels County Rehab and Nursing Center, the staff of Ballinger Memorial Hospital, and VistaCare of San Angelo.
Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

Jean Moragne Edwards Hill
9/10/2009
(May 24, 1942 - August 27, 2009)
Jean Moragne Edwards Hill was born May 24, 1942 in San Angelo, Texas to Viola Mae Varga, who preceded her in death in 2008, and Jarvis Frank Moragne. Jean departed this earthly plane on August 27, 2009.

In May 1959 Jean married Carroll E. Edwards from Ballinger, Texas. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to England where Carroll was stationed with the United States Air Force. Their son, Terry Carroll was born while they were in England. In 1966 their daughter Gigi Diane was born in Dallas, Texas.

Jean was a talented hair stylist, whose clientele included a Miss Texas during the seventies. She had one client who regularly flew to Dallas from Houston to have Jean cut and style her hair. Jean worked at the same neighborhood beauty salon in Irving for nearly 20 years, making many long term friends of her clients, until her retirement in the eighties.

On Valentine's Day, 1986, Jean married Michael E. Hill in Plano, Texas, where they made their home. Jean became a second mother to two more wonderful children, Mike's children, Michael and Kristi. She loved them like her own.

Jean was a beautiful, vibrant personality. She was an excellent cook, loved to play games of any kind... was an expert at video games... and also loved to entertain frequently in her home. She and Mike enjoyed traveling, and visited many countries of the world.

Although Jean was seriously ill the last few years, she remained an inspiration to all who knew and loved her. Her courage and happy spirit under very difficult, painful circumstances left one uplifted after being in her presence.

Jean is survived by her father of Mineral Wells, Texas, her husband Michael E. Hill, sons Terry C. Edwards of Denton, Texas, Michael G. Hill of Midlothian, Texas; daughters Gigi Riederer of Plano and Kristi Grant of Garland; sister Marilyn Moragne of Burnet, Texas; 7 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and cousin and best friend Debbie Burch of Universal City, Texas.

 A memorial service will be held September 12th at 12 noon at the Four Corners Church in Plano, TX.  Please visit the following website to leave a message to the family: http://hosting-24300.tributes.com/show/Jean-Hill-86719666

Bobbie Marie Underwood
9/1/2009
(March 31, 1919 - August 31, 2009)
Bobbie Marie (Avey) Underwood, age 90, of Ballinger died August 31, 2009 in San Angelo, Texas.
She was born March 31, 1919, in San Marcos, Texas, to Everett Edward (Doc) and Mary Elizabeth Avey. She was named Bobbie in honor of her maternal grandfather, Robert Hills, who had immigrated from England and settled as a farmer in Hays County. She was the sole surviving issue of the seven Hills daughters, growing up with much love and support as the jewel of a doting family.

At a young age, Bobbie moved with her parents to Talpa, Texas, where her father was a farmer. On weekends, her father worked as a custodian at the Talpa Methodist Church. Bobbie loved to accompany Doc to the church early on Sunday morning to light the heaters and set the church in order for services, and her delight was to help pull the rope that rang the church bells.

She completed first grade in Talpa before the family moved to Ballinger in 1926, where Bobbie attended elementary, junior high, and high school. As a teen, she was the Fire Department sweetheart, giving recitations at the department gatherings and district meetings, and one state convention in Austin in 1931 where the then-12 year old spoke at the Capitol and the Driskell Hotel. Doc Avey and Bobbie's uncle, DeGress Posey, were both active firemen. She was also in the pep squad from 1933-34 leading cheers in a red sweater with black skirt, the school colors of the Ballinger High School Bearcats.

After graduating from Ballinger High School 1935, Bobbie moved to San Marcos, where four of her mother's sisters lived together in a two-story house on Olive Street. She attended what is now Texas State University in San Marcos majoring in education. While attending school, she worked as a ticket taker at the movie theatre on the Square, and later in life enjoyed telling her family about special theatre promotions that included giving away dishes and other promotional gifts, and how entire families would come to the show on weekends, as it was the main form of entertainment at that time.

One day, Bobbie's college biology lab partner was ill and did not attend class, so a student from another class came to partner with her to make up a class he'd missed. After this chance meeting, Bobbie Avey and E.B. Underwood remained partnered for life, marrying in 1938, and enjoying a loving marriage of 56 years until E.B.'s death in 1995. During their marriage, the couple lived in Beeville, Cuero, Austin, and Lubbock while E.B. was a highway patrolman. She returned to Ballinger during World War II while her husband was stationed in India. After the war, they moved back to Austin for him to attend UT Law School, returning permanently to Ballinger in 1949 when he opened his law office. Also in 1949, Bobbie began working at the Ballinger office of the federal Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service. She retired in 1980 after over three decades of dedicated service.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and infant sister, Dorothy Belle Avey.

Bobbie and Ellie had three children: E.B. Underwood, Jr., Martin Everett (Buzzy) Underwood, and Pamela Sue Avey-Underwood, six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren and other extended family who reside in various locations in Texas and out-of-state.

Bobbie was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church in Ballinger for over 80 years, including the Friendship Sunday School class. She served as president of the Ballinger Women's Golf Association and was active in other community organizations. She loved to hunt in Texas and Colorado, and she had fished all over Texas as well as Alaska, Colorado, Brazil and New Zealand. She was a world traveler, visiting over 40 countries on six continents. She was an excellent cook and a warm hostess who loved having friends and family visit at any time, but especially at Christmas and special occasions. She never forgot a birthday or anniversary and enjoyed sending cards and notes to others. Most of all, she loved Jesus and is no doubt at peace now in Heaven with God and her loved ones who preceded her.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 3, 2009 at the First United Methodist Church located at 1501 Broadway in Ballinger, Texas 76821. Rev. Joe Chamness will officiate. Graveside services and burial will be in Garden of Memories, with a family visitation to follow in the church parlor.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Ballinger, or to the West Texas Rehabilitation Center located at 3001 South Jackson, San Angelo, Texas 76904.

Lange Funeral Home  http://www.ballingerfuneralhome.com/

Jerry W. Hensley
8/27/2009
    
Jerry W. Hensley, age 57 of Ballinger, Texas passed away Wednesday August 26, 2009 at the Ballinger Memorial Hospital.  Jerry was born March 02, 1952 in Corpus Christi, Texas to Frank C. & Doris St. Johns Hensley.  He was employed by Muellers Inc. in Ballinger as a I.T. Computer programmer.
     He is survived by his mother;  Doris Hensley of San Antonio, Texas;  his wife:  Susan Hensley of Ballinger, Texas.  2 sons:  Andrew  & Connor Hensley both of Ballinger, 2 Daughters:  Meaghan Hensley of Raleigh, North Carolina and Justine Cada of Ballinger, Texas. 2 Brothers:  Frank “Butch” Hensley of Nashville, Tennessee and Dan Hensley of San Antonio, Tx. 2 Sisters:  Elaine Tucker  and Sharon Hensley both of Dallas, Texas.
     A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday August 29, 2009 at 11:00 AM at the First Baptist Church in Ballinger with Rev. Bobby Broyles officiating.  Memorial may be sent to the charity of your choice in Jerry’s name.  Arrangements are under the direction of Heritage Family Funeral Home in Ballinger, Texas. 
www.heritagefamilyfuneralhome.com

 

Rayford Patrick "Pat" Davis
8/19/2009
(December 2, 1933 - August 17, 2009) 
     Rayford Patrick (“Pat”) Davis of Ballinger passed away Monday, August 17, 2009 at Ballinger Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center at age 75.
     He was born December 2, 1933 in Mills County, Texas to William Rayford and Hazel (Black) Davis. He lived in the Goldthwaite/Star area for part of his life. He was a retired knife maker and had been a resident of Ballinger Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center for several years.
     Pat was preceded in death by his stepfather, Curtis Lowell Moseley, in 1987. His mother, Hazel (Davis) Moseley, had also lived at Ballinger Healthcare and Rehab and preceded him in death December 4, 2007.
     He is survived by his nursing home “family” and a special friend, Lorene Allison.
     A graveside service for Pat Davis will be conducted on Friday, August 21 at 10:00 a.m. at the Talpa Cemetery with David Williams officiating.

Louise C. "Clement" Ray
8/9/2009
LUBBOCK-Louise C. Ray of Lubbock formerly of San Angelo departed this life on August 7, 2009 at the age of 88 years.  She was born in San Angelo to Shelby Jackson Clement and Charlie Mable (Wilkinson).   Louise attended Lakeview High School in San Angelo.  She moved to Lubbock in 2009 from San Angelo.  Louise married J K Ray in San Angelo on April 27, 1939; he preceded her in death July 2000.  They owned Deluxe Dry Cleaners in San Angelo for many years and retired in 1980.  Mrs. Ray loved sewing; making clothes for friends and family.   She also loved fabric art.  Louise was a Baptist member.
     Those left to cherish her memory are three daughters, Linda Roberts of Lubbock; Judy Jackson of Ballinger; Jeanie Reynolds of Marfa; one son, Lonnie Ray of Schertz, TX; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Ruben Clements of Seguin; and one sister, Mary Tom Monette of  Odessa.
     Mrs. Ray is preceded in death by her husband; and parents.
     Memorial may be made to Meals on Wheels at 2304 34th Street, Lubbock, Texas 79411.
    Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 14, 2009 at Seventh Street Baptist Church in Ballinger with David Williams officiating.
     Arrangements are under the personal care of White Funeral Home in Lubbock.  To register or send condolences online, please visit
www.whitefuneralhome.com

Quentin Wendell Jones, Jr.
8/6/2009
Quintin Wendell Jones, Jr., age 19, of Ballinger passed away Wednesday, August 5, 2009 as a result of a vehicle accident south of Ballinger.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 8 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Ballinger. 

He is survived by his father and stepmother, Quintin, Sr. and Rose Jones of Ballinger, and his mother, Sharron, of California; siblings, William Irish and Rian Jones of Ballinger, Patrick Irish and Sandra Irish Caldwell of Tucson, AZ, and Quiniece and Quintin Brazier of California.  Also surviving are grandparents, Frank and Janie Gaitan of Ballinger. 

Arrangements are with Lange Funeral Home.
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Alvin E. Spreen
8/2/2009
(November 20, 1926 - August 1, 2009)
Alvin E. Spreen, 82, of Ballinger passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Saturday, August 1, 2009, surrounded by his family. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, August 3, 2009 at Lange Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday August 4th, at the Ballinger First Baptist Church with the reverends Bobby Broyles and Ferris Akins officiating. Alvin was born on November 20, 1926 in Ballinger to the pioneer family of Albert H. and Mathilda (Lange) Spreen. He proudly served his country with the US Army – Air Force during WW II. He returned to Ballinger and married Janice Conner on December 1, 1951. He was a life-long rancher in the Runnels County area. A member of the First Baptist Church of Ballinger, Alvin was very active in the community. A Master Mason with the Ballinger Lodge # 643, he received his fifty year pin. He served as a volunteer fireman for Ballinger Volunteer Fire Department for over 35 years and as a sergeant with the Special Police Forces, which later became the Runnels County Reserve Sheriff’s Department. He also held the record of fifteen consecutive years as a Ballinger ISD School Board member and officer, serving at the time the present high school was built. Alvin was a charter member of the Ballinger Rodeo Association and Ballinger Riding Club. Past and present members of these organizations are recognized as honorary pallbearers. Alvin is survived by his wife Janice (Conner) of Ballinger; daughter Gay Ann Fuller and husband James of Richmond; son Robb Spreen of Austin; sister Julia Spreen of San Angelo; and brother, Ralph Spreen and wife Joyce of Ballinger. Grandchildren include Kathrin Yokubaitis and husband Ryan of Dallas; Madeleine and John Fuller of Richmond; and great-granddaughter Addison of Richmond. Special family and friends include D. Joyce Spreen; Buddy Stokes; Ben, Betty, Tommy and Greg Parrish; and Dorothy Dankworth. Memorials may be made to West Texas Rehabilitation Center, Ballinger Volunteer Fire Department, Ballinger Carnegie Library, or a hospice.

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David Deane Allbright
8/2/2009
(February 20, 1930 - August 1, 2009)
David Deane Allbright, 79, of Ballinger passed away Saturday, August 1, 2009 in a San Angelo nursing center.
Visitation for family and friends will be held from7:30 to 8:30 PM Monday, August 3, 2009 at Lange Funeral Home. Services will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, August 4th at the First Christian Church with Lynn Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.

David was born on February 20, 1930 in Ballinger to the pioneer family of John Elwood and Vera Elizabeth (Cochran) Allbright. After high school, he served with the US Navy during the Korean War. He then attended Texas Western, receiving his BS in 1957 and later North Texas and receiving his Masters in 1964. He worked for the Hurst ISD as a secondary education teacher for 30 yrs., retiring in 1984 and returning to Ballinger.

David married Ruby Lea Alexander on July 8, 1961 in Gainesville. He was a member and an Elder of the First Christian Church. He served as the chairman of the Runnels County Historical Commission for five years. He was a past master of Masonic Lodge 643 in Ballinger and was the recipient of the Golden Trowel Award, the highest award of the lodge. He held membership in the Scottish Rite, Waco-York Rite, Chapter Council and Commandary in San Angelo, and was a Shiner with membership at Suez Temple in San Angelo. He was also a member and past Worthy Patron of Ballinger Chapter 366, Order of the Eastern Star.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby Allbright of Ballinger; daughter, Andrea B. Allbright of Hurst; sons, Anthony Lee Allbright of Albuquerque, NM and Charles D. Allbright of Keller; a sister, Mary Bailey; and grandchildren, Claire Allbright, Joseph Allbright and Benjamin Allbright.

The family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society or to a favorite charity.

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Marsha Jo Fry
7/24/2009
(February 6, 1956 - July 24, 2009)
Long-time Ballinger resident, Marsha Jo Fry, went to be with her Lord on July 24, 2009.
There will be a visitation and viewing from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 26, 2009 at Ave B Church of Christ. Memorial service is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 27, 2009 at Ballinger High School Auditorium.

She was born February 6, 1956 in Ft. Worth to Joel and Alyne Jo (Klepper) Amyett. Her mother preceded her in death. Marsha is survived by her husband of 32 years, Mike of Ballinger; sons, Aaron Fry and wife, Lauren, of Houston, and Brandon Fry of Abilene; father, Joel Amyett of Grapevine; and sister, Debbie Sandoval of Kyle. Additionally, she is survived by numerous extended family members, all of whom loved her deeply.

Marsha was a member of the Ave B Church of Christ where she was active in all aspects of the church. Her special love was teaching Sunday school to children. Never being satisfied with simple Bible lessons, she was always looking for new and creative ways to share the good news of God's love.

Marsha’s first and foremost love was her sons. Throughout their youth she was their biggest supporter in sports, academics and spiritual matters. She always encouraged them to be the best they could and took great delight in every phase of their lives.

Marsha received her bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University and was a high school teacher for 24 years in the Ballinger Independent School District. She loved her students and encouraged them to reach for the greater things in life. Marsha had great respect for BHS faculty and students, all of whom supported her unconditionally through her 1 ½ year battle with cancer.

The family would like to thank you for the support given to us over the past several months. Marsha loved the community of Ballinger. Your love and concern for her has been overwhelming. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes any memorial donations be given to Lifeline Chaplaincy, 1415 Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX 77004.

“If will, grit and determination could cure breast cancer, she would have been cured before diagnosis.” -Dr. Frankie Holmes, Marsha's doctor and friend.


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Nathan Wade Meza
7/24/2009
SAN ANGELO - Our precious son Nathan Wade Meza 17, of Miles, TX went to be with his heavenly Father on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 in Miles. The Rosary will be 7:00 P.M., Friday, July 24, 2009 at Johnson's Funeral Home Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 A.M., Saturday, July 25, 2009 at St. Thomas Catholic Church with Rev. Magnus Chilaka as celebrant. Interment will follow at Miles Cemetery. Nathan was born June 9, 1992 in San Angelo, Texas. He attended school in Miles growing up and was currently about to start his senior year at Miles High School. Nathan loved all sports but was very active in cross country and basketball and had won numerous medals for outstanding performances in both. In 2007, Nathan was awarded the Outstanding Male Athlete Award in Cross Country for Miles High School. He had received Outstanding Academic Achievement recognition at school as well. Nathan also loved being outdoors doing anything, especially if it meant being outdoors with his family or friends. He also loved all animals and was a natural working with them. Nathan enjoyed playing video games and listening to his iPod. He was very active and devoted to his church and was a member of R.C.Y. Nathan always had a smile on his face but mostly his tremendous love for his family and friends shined through every day of his life. We will dearly miss Nathan and he will remain in our hearts forever! He was preceded in death by his Great Grandmother Helen Francis, his Grandfathers, Walter Hippe and Zaragoza Meza, his Grandmother, Carolyn Crawford, and his cousin Timothy Calhoun. He is survived by his loving family, Parents, Luis and Adele Meza, of Miles, and Sam Crawford, of Washington; his sister and brother, Alisea Meza and Joseph Meza, both of Miles; his Great Grandfather, Hugh Francis and his wife Emma, of Garland, TX; his Grandparents, Socorro Meza, of Miles, Linda Hippe, of Miles, Bobby Crawford, of San Angelo and Richard Gibney, of Long Beach, CA; his Aunts and Uncles, Roman and Susan Meza, of Miles, Laura and Curtis Brooks, of San Angelo, Melanie Nealey, of Ballinger, Ernesto and Lourdes Meza, of Piedras Negras, MX, Dora M. Caniglia, of Pensacola FL., Chris and Debra Calhoun, of San Angelo, Bob Crawford, of San Angelo and Tammy Langdon, of San Antonio, TX; Special Friend, Monica Mcgee, of Sonora, TX; and numerous other cousins, close family members and many close friends. Pallbearers for the service will be Kyle Nealey, Kenneth Guerrero, Ernesto Meza, Jr., Ryan Nealey, Troy Halfmann, Justin Halfmann, Nathan Granzin and Ricardo Carbajal. Honorary Pallbearers for the service will be the Miles High School Senior Class of 2010.

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Leonardo “Roberto” Gonzales Coranado
(November 6, 1938 - July 18, 2009)
7/19/2009
     Leonardo “Roberto” Gonzales Coranado, 70, of Ballinger Texas was born November 6, 1938 in Aquascalientes, Mexico.  He passed  away Saturday, July 18, 2009 at his residence in Ballinger.  He worked in the farming and ranching business all of his life. He served several years in the Mexico Army.   He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ballinger. 
     He is survived by his father Macario Coranado of Monterrey, Mexico, his mother Piedad Coranado of  Houston , his wife Juana Flores Coranado, of Ballinger, His sons, Robert Coranado of Ballinger, Raul Coranado of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, His stepson Jose Savedra of Ballinger,  His daughters Janie Lark of Albany, Georgia, Frances Franco of Purcell, Oklahoma, Rosa Paige of Commerce City, Colorado, Julie Loya of Westminster, Colorado, His step daughter Lupe Woodard of Edmond, Oklahoma, 5 brothers, 5 sisters, and 18 grandchildren.
     Funeral Service will be held at 10Am Monday July 20, 2009 at First Baptist Church in Ballinger with Rev. Bobby Broyles and Pastor Joe Morin officiating.  Burial will follow with a graveside service at Sundown Cemetery in the City of Sundown, Texas  at 4PM, Monday. 

Funeral Services are under the direction of  Heritage Family Funeral Home in Ballinger, Texas. www.heritagefamilyfuneralhome.com

Donald Ray Whitlock
(May 22, 1943 - July 14, 2009)
7/16/2009
Donald Ray Whitlock, “Big Daddy,” of Ballinger went to be with the Lord on July 14, 2009 at age 66.
Donald was born May 22, 1943 in Dallas to Ned and Mary (McDaniel) Whitlock. He served in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Hood and served a tour in Korea. Following his military service, Don became a police officer for the city of Hillsboro. Thereafter, he was a self-employed painter. He and Myrtle Jane Odom were married on October 5, 1963 in Hillsboro. Out of that union were born three children, Mary Eva, Billy Ray, and Donna Lynn. He was currently serving on the Lake Board for Ballinger Country Club and was a member of the Seventh Street Baptist Church in Ballinger.

Donald loved to fish, hunt, and race cars. He always said that fish would tremble at the mention of his name. He dearly loved the time he could spend with his many friends and family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by his son, Billy Ray.

Donald is survived by his wife, Jane Whitlock of Ballinger; daughters, Mary Eva Wilson and husband, Dean, of Abilene, Donna Lynn Whitlock and Brandi Love; grandchildren, Jessica Buxkemper, Hollie Harrell, Calvin McCutchen, Maegen and Joseph Love, and Brandi Wilson. Donald also leaves behind a sister, Patsy Geeslin and husband, Floyd, and a brother, Teddy Whitlock and wife, Sue, all of Ballinger; two life-long friends, Jessie Phillips and Curtis Jennings, numerous great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends.

The family will be receiving friends on Friday, July 17 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Services for Donald will be Saturday, July 18 at 2:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home Chapel. His nephew, Rev. Cory Mullins, will officiate. Pallbearers will be Rodney Buxkemper, Jay Odom, Dustin Kresta, Timmy Kresta, Calvin McCutchen, and Richard New. Burial will be at Old Runnels Cemetery.

Donald will be dearly missed but never forgotten.

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Joe Thomas Jones
(May 17, 1915 - July 13, 2009)
7/14/2009
Joe Thomas Jones, 94, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, July 13, 2009.
He was born in Ballinger, Runnels County, Texas on May 17, 1915 to parents, Floyd Meek and Lulla (Nard) Hill Jones. He was the twelfth of 15 children, with seven sisters and seven brothers, all deceased.

Joe married Lorene Shaddix. He is survived by their three children, Charles Jones, Gerald Dale Jones and wife, Darlene, and Kenneth Jones, all of San Angelo. He was preceded in death by daughter, JoAnn Burns.

Joe was proud to have served his country in the Navy during World War II. As a businessman he owned and operated several businesses in Ballinger, including Joe’s Wrecking, Travelers Motel, and the Stonewall Motel. He was still active in ranching until he was 92.

Joe was responsible for helping in the construction of several buildings in Runnels County. He used his gin poles to set the trusses on the old Jr. High School and on the school gym. The Seventh St. Baptist Church in Ballinger, which he helped build, held many fond memories for Joe, a charter member. For many years he taught Sunday school at the church, and he cherished the people from the community who worshipped there. He loved hunting and the friendship it brought. Joe hunted elk in rugged Colorado even after he was more than 80 years old.

Joe is survived by his wife of nine years, Ellon Monk. They lived in Abilene, Texas where they attended Southside Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Ueckert. They enjoyed their Sunday school class and church family. He had a stepdaughter, Vicki Copeland, and stepson, Billy Monk and wife, Pam. Together Joe and Ellon shared the love of 15 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

Joe Jones spent his final days in residence at Legend Oaks in San Angelo. Family extends thanks to Becky and staff, Dr. Brewer and staff at Community Hospital, to VistaCare, and to a special friend, Ikee.

There will be a time of visitation on Friday, July 17 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at Seventh St. Baptist Church in Ballinger with Rev. David Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Garden of Memories.

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Billy Wayne Scoggins
7/14/2009
SAN ANGELO - Billy Wayne Scoggins 81, of San Angelo died Monday ,July 13, 2009, in a local hospital. Family visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, at Johnson's Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Mark Bumpas and the Rev. Mike Dormand of Lake View Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens. Mr. Scoggins was born Feb. 20, 1928, in Norton, Texas, to Herman Scoggins and Dorine Powers Scoggins. He married Ida Beth Grigsby on Oct. 6, 1951. A 1946 Ballinger graduate and a four-year football letter-man and all-conference performer in college, he was an assistant on the 1966 Central state championship team. His first head coaching job came at Ballinger in 1955 after four years as an assistant, and after winning the district title, he was named the Texas high school coach of the year. He also won that honor again in 1971 in Sonora. He went from Ballinger to Comanche as a head coach, then was an assistant at Gatesville before coming to Central under coach Emory Bellard, and Dan Langrasta from 1961-1969. He was the offensive line coach when the Bobcats won the state championship, then coached at Burnet under Ray Frady and was head coach at Sonora where he won the 1970 State Co-Championship Football title. Then he was an assistant offensive and defensive line coach at Baylor under Grant Teaff from 1972-76, when Baylor won the Southwest Conference Championship in 1974. After a short retirement from football, he coached at Central again from 1979-81 and then was the first golf coach at Lake View from 1986 until his final retirement in 1992. A member of the Texas High School Coaches Association and the Fellowship of Christian athletes, and also served in the National Guard, attaining a rank of second lieutenant. As a linebacker and center at Howard Payne from 1947-1950, he earned all-conference honors his final three seasons and was a Little All-American as a senior. Mr. Scoggins was inducted into the Howard Payne University Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. Mr. Scoggins was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Bryan Eugene Scoggins, and a great grandson Ryan Mobley. Survivors include his wife, Beth Scoggins of San Angelo; two sons, Mike Scoggins of Lampasas and David Scoggins and his wife Sherry of Abilene; two grandchildren, Tammy Mobley of Redfield, Ark., and Darcy Scoggins of Abilene; one great-grandchild, Leslie Mobley of Redfield; and a sister, Evelyn Lewis of Waco. The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to a favorite charity.
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M. Lucille Paschal
(February 19, 1920 - July 12, 2009)
7/13/2009
Does the number 89 mean anything to ya'll? It does to our family. It's the number of years that our mother/ grandmother traveled her earthly journey.

Does the date of July 12, 2009, bring to mind a happening of great joy? Possibly the birth of Lucille's baby daughter sixty years ago? .... The reason is even more so  for the family of Lucille Paschal as for them  it was the happiest day ever celebrated by their mother.  For In peaceful sleep, Lucille met Jesus face to face and rejoined with the many loved ones who were waiting for her arrival. 

She began her earthly journey in Benoit, Texas, February 19, 1920, becoming the fourth baby and only girl born to Joe L. Hoffman and Mary A. Williams Hoffman.  Being the baby girl, it was a given that Lucille became spoiled and overly protected by her big brothers Frank, Curtis, and J.D.  She was the last surviving family member.

Lucille raised in Benoit completed the 8th grade. She was baptized in the river by the Paint Rock Church.  In 1936, at the young age of 16 years she became the bride of Robert Lee Wood. They began their life together in Runnels County where he was a trucker and she a homemaker. They were blessed with a son, Robert Dewayne and a daughter Brenda Lucille. The saddest day of Lucille's life was when the love of her life, Robert Lee, completed his earthly journey in 1963.  On May 17, 1967, Harold William Paschal and Lucille were married in the Mayfield Park Baptist Church. 

Lucille and Harold experienced great pleasure living in California near their third, fourth, and fifth grandchildren, Wendy Kay, Michael Harold and Jason Robert Barrigan. Being out of state, they shared what time they could to bestow love upon their first and second grandchildren, Robert Edwin and Kimberly Kay Wood.... the children of Robert Dewayne and Barbara Jane Wood.  

Some morsels of Lucille's life were fishing trips except making the awful smelly bait; her favorite color was blue; she loved fragrant red roses; she enjoyed bowling winning  trophies from different leagues; and how she loved cornbread and beans and her daughter's fried chicken.

Anyone who ever met Lucille knew she loved her sports especially her Dallas Cowboys.   There were blue and white  themed Cowboy items even in the nursing home.  Now she can watch her Cowboys in their new Texas stadium thanks to the Lord and the retractable roof.

Today is not a time for sadness, yes, we miss her deeply and our hearts are filled with grief but while in the Nursing Home Lucille said many times "I'm waiting on Robert " .... That wait is over. 

Escorting their Grandmother for this while, will be great grandsons, Zachary Williams and Cody Blaine Hineman, Devin Lee Barrigan, and grandsons Robert Edwin Wood, Michael Harold Barrigan, Jason Robert Barrigan, and nephews Alvin Hallmark and Randy Hoffman. She will be laid to rest at Sunset Memorial in San Antonio, Texas beside the love of her life, Robert Lee. 

Lucille leaves behind her children, Robert Dewayne and wife Barbara Jane, Brenda Lucille and husband, George Barrigan, grandchildren, Robert Edwin Wood and wife Martha, Kimberly Kay and husband John Hineman, Wendy Kay Barrigan, Michael Harold Barrigan, Jason Robert Barrigan, Great grandchildren, Zachary Williams, Dylan James, and Cody Blaine Hineman and Devin Lee Barrigan, Bryce Travis Barrigan, and her namesake Megan Lucille Barrigan. 

So as we listen to the words of her dear nephew, Bro. Clifton Phillips,   her favorite hymns, Amazing Grace, How Great Thou Art, and He Lives ....May our hearts be filled with love and peace as we hold close the memories  of Lucille Hoffmann Wood Paschal knowing  she is celebrating the happiest days of her life. 

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Rodolfo G. Alvarez
(February 18, 1933 - July 9, 2009)
7/10/2009
 Rodolfo G. (Rudy, El Wedo) Alvarez, of San Angelo and formerly of Ballinger, passed away Thursday, July 9, 2009 at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo. He was 76.
Rudy was born February 18, 1933 in Ballinger to Alberto H. and Josefa Garcia Alvarez. He attended school in Ballinger and graduated from Ballinger High School. In 1955 he entered the U.S. Air Force, served in Vietnam, was a boon operator, and retired in 1975 with the rank of tech sergeant after 20 years of service to his country.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Alfonso G. Alvarez, Manuel G. Alvarez, Richardo Silvas, and his sister, Hortencia G. Garcia.

Mr. Alvarez is survived by two daughters, Marilyn Urbanus and husband, Paul, of Dallas, and Annette Royal and husband, Coke, of Dallas; two grandsons, James Bilvins and Andrew Bilvins and wife, Terry, of Dallas. Also surviving are brothers, Antonio Alvarez and wife, Margaret, of San Antonio, Fred G. Alvarez of Fort Worth, and Armando Alvarez of Abilene; two sisters, Guadalupe Saenz of Lexington, Kentucky, and Linda Guevara and husband, Henry, of San Angelo; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Rosary will be recited Sunday, July 12 at 7:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, July 13 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Ballinger. Serving as pallbearers are Aaron Alvarez, Mario Alvarez, Charlie Alvarez, Jeremy Guevara, Fred Alvarez, and James Mayville. Burial with full military honors will take place in the Latin-American Cemetery.
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Gladys Marie Looka
(November 26, 1935 - July 9, 2009)
7/9/2009
Gladys Marie Looka, 73, of Ballinger passed away in the early hours on Thursday, July 9, 2009 at Ballinger Memorial Hospital.
She was born November 26, 1935 in Westphalia, Texas to Charlie H. and Steffie (Smetana) Looka. Her parents preceded her in death. She lived in the area all her life and will be remembered by many as a waitress at Lowake Steak House. She graciously and happily served hungry diners there for over 20 years. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena. For the past six years Gladys had been a resident of Ballinger Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

Surviving are her brother, Charlie Looka, Jr. and wife, Jeanie, of San Angelo; nephews, Howard Looka and wife, June, and Roger Looka and wife, Lori, of San Angelo; niece, Susan Looka and friend,Vince Sikes, also of San Angelo. She is also survived by great-nephews and great-nieces, Jordan, Nicole, Cody, Matthew, Garrett, and Kolton.

Rosary will be recited on Friday, July 10 at 7:00 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Ballinger on Saturday, July 11 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Hugh Wade officiating. Burial will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Rowena.
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Betty Isabell Tabone
(May 22, 1952 - July 3, 2009)
7/8/2009
Betty Isabell Tabone, age 58 of Eden, Texas passed away July 03, 2009 in the Concho County Hospital in Eden. She was born May 22, 1951 in San Juan, Texas to Robert Lee & Betty Bales.
Survivors include 2 Sons & Daughters In Laws: Brian and Beatrice Bales of Coleman, Texas and Eric and Misti Tabone of Brady, Texas. 4 Grandchildren: Sarah, Haley and Marissa Bales of Coleman and Xander Tabone of Brady, Texas.
A private family memorial service will be conducted at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Heritage Family Funeral Home in Ballinger, Texas.
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Gladys Marie Russell
(June 19, 1923 - July 6, 2009)
7/8/2009