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May 24, 2016   10:43 AM

(January 12, 1933 - May 22, 2016)   

Olen Edward Potts, Sr., 83, of Winters passed away Sunday, May 22, 2016 at his residence in Winters.

He was born January 12, 1933 to Luther and Nora (Boles) Potts in Baird, Texas. On March 7, 1964, he married Iva Horton in Winters. They shared forty years together before she passed away in August of 2004. Olen worked in the oilfield most of his life, mainly as a truck driver.

Olen was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a daughter, Teresa Chavez in 2008; and 12 brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his daughters, Wendy Kraatz and husband, John and Pauline Sherman and husband, Billy all of Winters; a son, Olen Potts, Jr. and fiancé, Charlotte Sortwell of Winters; and his 19 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Winters with Robert Sherman officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Winters.



May 17, 2016   06:53 AM

(August 31, 1943 - May 14, 2016) 

Vickie Payne, 72, of Ballinger, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2016, in Red Oak, Texas.

Vickie was born in Ballinger on August 31, 1943 to Leslie Pearl McQueen and Thomas Wilford Pleasants. She attended Ballinger schools elementary thru high school. She was married for a brief time to Wayne Witt of Ballinger before he was tragically killed in a car accident. On February 8, 1963, she married Roy Don Payne and they shared forty-nine years of marriage. Soon after they were married, they moved to Dallas, Texas where they raised their children and Vickie worked as a bank teller for over twenty years. In the late 90’s, she and Don moved back to Ballinger. She loved to garden and loved animals. Some of Vickie’s pets included doves, rabbits, goats, a pet turtle, and always a dog at her side. She moved to Red Oak, Texas in 2014 to be near her children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don and her mother, Pearl Ransbarger.

Vickie is survived by a daughter, Julia Duke and husband, Randy of Waxahachie; a son, Michael Don Payne and wife, Diane of Allen; a brother, Tommy Pleasants and wife, Judy of Weatherford. Vickie was blessed with seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 21 at Evergreen Cemetery with Bro. Bobby Broyles officiating.



May 13, 2016   07:30 AM

(April 13, 1930 - May 12, 2016) 

Billie Jean Herring, 86, of San Angelo, passed away peacefully on May 12, 2016 in her home.

Billie was born in Ballinger on April 13, 1930 to Zid and Mildred Herring. She grew up on the family ranch in Nolan County and was a graduate of Divide High School. Billie worked for GTE in San Angelo for 30 years serving in a supervisory position for many of those years. She established many close relationships during her years at GTE that lasted until her death. Billie deeply loved the ranch she grew up on in Nolan County and the many close friends she made while growing up there. She appreciated good country music, the outdoors, and especially enjoyed the time she spent with her horses while growing up. Billie truly loved her family and will be missed, but she is now enjoying her time with Jesus Christ, her Lord and Savior.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Zid Herring Jr. and E.S. (Snooky) Herring; and one sister, Hettie Mae Taylor.

Survivors include one sister and brother-in-law, Joy and Dalton Owens of Maryneal; two sister-in-laws, Jo Anne Herring of San Angelo and Jean Herring of Maryneal; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A special thank you goes to Margaret Zamarron, Pearl Montano, Ruby Galvan, and Leilani Borja for their tireless care, love and support of Billie during the final days of her life on Earth.

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00-7:30 pm on Friday, May 13, 2016 at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Evergreen Cemetery in Ballinger. Pallbearers will be Randy Herring, Will Taylor, Karry Owens, Ed Wilson, Eddie Zamarron, and Kelly Granzin.



May 10, 2016   03:28 PM

(October 19, 1944 - May 9, 2016) 

CardBertha Lerma Zepeda, 71, of Ballinger passed away Monday, May 9, 2016 at Central Texas Nursing and Rehabilitation in Ballinger. She is survived by her daughters, Patricia Lerma and Christine Banda. Private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger



May 10, 2016   03:20 PM

(November 22, 1981 - May 5, 2016) 

Chad Cooke, 34, of Ballinger passed away Thursday, May 5, 2016 in a truck accident.

He was born November 22, 1981 in San Angelo, TX to Sherry (Pullin) McDuffee and Stephen Cooke. As a young boy, Chad loved his trucks, tractors, and construction equipment. He carried that over to what he did for an occupation until the time of his death. He had a love for the outdoors and hunting but his biggest passion was his son, Cooper.

Chad was preceded in death by his father, Stephen.

He is survived by his son, Cooper Cooke; his mother, Sherry and step-father, Dillard McDuffee; his sister, Amanda Morgan; and his brother, Jason Cooke. He is also survived by nephews, nieces, step siblings, grandparents, and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 14, 2015 at Lange Funeral Home Chapel.



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