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Apr 15, 2014   08:24 AM

 Effie Lee Andrews, 81, of Ballinger passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014 at her residence.

She was born June 5, 1932 to Rosie (Davis) Moore in Wharton County, Texas.  Effie was a dietician at the old Heritage Oak and Canterbury Villa Nursing Home for many years.  She married Wilson Andrews on September 11, 1982 in Ballinger.  They shared eighteen years together before his passing on January 28, 2001.  Effie was an avid cook and baker and loved nothing more than helping others. 

Effie was preceded in death by her mother; brother, Lorenzo Taylor; son, Sylvester Taylor; and a grandchild.

She is survived by her daughters, Diane Miree of Ballinger and Betty Battle and husband Theodore of Ballinger; her sons, M.J. Brown and wife Beth of Balch Springs and Sylvester Johnson of Ballinger.  Also surviving are eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. 

Visitation for family and friends will be from 6:00-7:00 pm on Friday, April 18 at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger.  Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 19 at New Life Refuge Church in Ballinger with Rev. Kenneth Plumley officiating.  Burial will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery.

Apr 08, 2014   04:04 PM

Jamie Sue Palmer
(October 29, 1992 - April 7, 2014)

Jamie Sue Palmer, 21, of Ballinger ascended to her heavenly home on Monday, April 7, 2014.

Jamie was born on October 29, 1992, in San Angelo, Texas to Herb and Debbie Palmer.  She was a lifetime resident of Ballinger, where she graduated from Ballinger High School in 2010.  She was attending Angelo State University where she was pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education, with an emphasis on special education.  Though Jamie’s time on earth was brief, she lived her life to the fullest and touched the lives of many along her journey.  Jamie had a great love for animals of any kind and an extra special place in her heart belonged to her dog Nola.  Jamie was always willing to help anybody at anytime and never shied away from a tough job.  Another great source of joy for Jamie was her niece Kynlee, she wanted to teach her everything she knew and absolutely adored her.

She is survived by her parents, her brother J.H. Palmer and wife Liz of Ballinger, and her niece Kynlee Palmer.  Also surviving are her grandparents,  James and Martha Palmer and Joe and Wanda Binder; aunts and uncles, Lisa Halfmann and husband, Dale and Butch Wood and wife, Becky; and cousins, Kendra, Jillian, and Isabella Halfmann; Morgan, Tanner, Hunter, and Cotton Wood.  Her special friend and companion, her dog Nola also survives.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 6:00-8:00 pm on Wednesday, April 9 at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger.  Services will be at 2:00 pm on Thursday, April 10 at First Presbyterian Church in Ballinger with Pastor Wilma Harris officiating.  Burial will follow at Old Runnels Cemetery.  Memorials can be made to the Ballinger Humane Society, Meals on Wheels, or a favorite charity.

Apr 07, 2014   10:26 AM

Jane Hooker Dow, age 92, of Ballinger, passed away early Sunday morning, April 6, 2014 in a local nursing home.

She was born on January 9, 1922 in Lamar MO to Ira Daniel and Maggie Flora (Willis) Hooker. When she was 2 yrs. Old, she and her family moved to a peanut farm in Eastland County, TX, where she grew up with her 3 brothers and 2 sisters, being the 5th  of the six children.

After graduating from Cisco High School, Jane went to work for Western Union. As district manager, she traveled for the company. It was on one of these trips that she met her future husband, Orville Oscar Dow. They were married in Austin, TX on March 26, 1949. She became an Air Force wife and traveled to many places with her husband. After his retirement in 1970, they moved to Ballinger. He preceded her in death on December 14, 1999. She was also preceded by parents and her brothers and sisters.


“Aunt Jane” as she was known to her family, loved her plants, flowers, and garden. She could grow anything.

Jane is survived by her niece and caregiver, Bettye Hudgens and husband, Harold  of Ballinger; great niece and nephews she called her “grandchildren”, Rodney Irby and wife, Cary of Casa Grande, AZ, Terri Irby of San Angelo and Mark Irby and wife, Jeane of Rowena; her “angels” as she called them, great great nephews, Jarred Irby, Grey, Selby, Geoff Selby, and Chris Irby. Many other nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews also survive.


Graveside services for “Aunt Jane” will be held at 10:00 am Wednesday April 9, 2014 at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Ballinger.

Apr 01, 2014   02:53 PM

John R. Moore, 94, of Ballinger passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Ballinger Memorial Hospital. 

John was a World War II veteran serving twenty four years in the United States Air Force, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1964.  After his retirement, he continued flying and operated a small private airport and flying school.  John regularly attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballinger and supported numerous charities.  He was married for fifty seven years to Mary Moore who passed away in 2003. 

John is survived by his daughter, Sherry Gullett and husband Bob of Roseville, CA and twin sons, Jack Moore and wife Beth of Roseville, CA and Jim Moore and wife Bette of Santee, CA.  He is also survived by seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.  John lived a long and rich life.  He loved God, his family, and his country and will be missed by everyone whole lives he touched.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 6 from 6-8 pm at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger.  The funeral service will take place Monday, April 7 at 10:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Burial will follow at Crews Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the staff of Ballinger Memorial Hospital for their kindness and compassion towards us and our father for the past three weeks.

Mar 31, 2014   12:46 PM

Andrew “Andy” Dorner, 90, passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Ballinger Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

Andy was born August 31, 1923 to Daniel and Emma (Kammerer) Dorner in Ballinger.  Three days before his 19th birthday, he enlisted in the Navy and served for three and ½ years.  He was a Seaman 1stclass aboard the Battleship New Mexico and was involved in ten major battles in the South Pacific during World War II.   He was a recipient of the Purple Heart Medal which is given to military personnel for wounds or death sustained in action against an enemy of the United State.  On August 29, 1944, Andy married Bertha Voss at First Methodist Church in Winters, Texas.  They shared sixty nine loving years together. After his military service, Andy went to work for Atlantic Richfield in Midland, Texas.  He was a pumper and pipeline welder for thirty five and half years.  Andy and Bertha were members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Winters.  Andy was an avid outdoorsman who especially loved to fish.  He went deer hunting every year with his friends from Midland.   Andy and Bertha had their picture taken, at the Ballinger City Park, with the original park Indian.  They would have been married seventy years this August and had wanted to have their picture taken with the new Indian.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Michael Dorner; and a daughter, Linda Sue Dorner.

Andy is survived by his wife, Bertha; his daughter, JoAnn Ely and husband Terry of Lubbock; and a daughter-in-law, Barbara Dorner of Austin.  Also surviving are his grandchildren; Breanna Williams of Austin, Adam Dorner of Colorado Springs, CO.,  Jace Dorner of Stanton, TX, and great-grandchildren; Jordan Neill, Isabella Burrell, Atlas Dorner, and Ashlyn Dorner.


Funeral Services will be at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Lange Funeral Home Chapel in Ballinger.  Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Ballinger.  Visitation for family and friends will from 6:00-8:00 pm on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Lange Funeral Home.  The family request that memorials be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Winters, Meals on Wheels, or a favorite charity.

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