Oran Wesley Bigby, 94, of Ballinger passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014 at a nursing center in Big Spring.
He was born August 4, 1919 to John Wesley and Sarah “Sadie” Elizabeth (Douglass) Bigby, the youngest of seven children, on the Bigby Ranch in Ballinger. While attending Texas A&M University, Oran met his future wife Mildred Mund of Eldorado. She attended Texas Woman’s University. In 1944, he was drafted into the Army, where he served in the European Theater of Operations for 16 months, and participated in front line combat. He finished out his enlistment as a member of the 115th Field Artillery Battalion, serving as chief clerk in motor pool and directed the driving activities of 250 drivers. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He then continued his education at Texas A&M and on December 26, 1947 he married Mildred in Eldorado. He graduated from Texas A&M in 1948. Mildred and Oran lived on the Bigby Ranch where Oran raised registered Rambouillet sheep, entering them in numerous local and regional shows. He won many top prizes. He was active in 4H and he taught agriculture to veterans. In 2007, the Bigby Ranch received the Family Land Heritage Award from Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. The honor is given to families who have operated their ranch or farm continuously for 100 years.
Oran was a very active member of the Ballinger Masonic Lodge #643. He was member for over 47 years receiving numerous awards and titles including but not limited to; Raised Master Mason in September 1966; Worshipful Master 1970-1971; Golden Trowel Award April 1996; Worthy Patron, Ballinger Chapter #266, Order of the Eastern Star 1972-1973; obtained York Rite Degrees, March 1974; 32nd degree mason, Waco Consistory Scottish Rite, Dec 1979; KCCH Oct 1997; 33rd Degree Inspector General Honorary, November 1997; Waco Council Kadosh 1993; McCall Award 2011; Suez Temple, Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine of San Angelo Aug 1977; permanent member Shiners hospital for crippled children; District Deputy Grand Master, Masonic district 105, Grand Lodge of Texas, 1980. During his years with the Masonic Lodge, Oran helped numerous children receive special medical attention at Scottish Rite Hospital.
He was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings, Ola “Thelma” Stephens, Walter Nathaniel Bigby, Nellie Emily Hays, Johnny Douglass Bigby, Mabel Elizabeth Worsham, and Mary “Ione” Reed.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred, of Ballinger; daughters, Mildred Ann Chambers and husband Don, Sylvia Jane Sebolt and husband Billy, all of Bulverde, and Nancy Faye Rhodes and husband Jim of Forsan. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Margaret Paige Sebolt, Ashlyn Bailey Chambers, Holly Brooke Sebolt, Elizabeth Leeann Rhodes, and Dakota Gray Chambers; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation for family and friends will be Monday, July 21, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at Lange Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am Tuesday, July 22, at the First United Methodist Church in Ballinger. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery with Masonic Graveside Rites. The family request that memorials be made to Scottish Rite Hospital, First United Methodist Church in Ballinger, or a favorite charity.
(December 19, 1997 - July 16, 2014)
Taylor Dyess Bowman, 16, of Ballinger, passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014 as a result of an automobile accident.
She was born December 19, 1997 in San Angelo to Cody and Roxanna Joy (Tillery) Bowman. She was a junior at Ballinger High School where she participated in every Bearcat sport but football.
Taylor was an extraordinary young woman, special and beautiful through and through. She was appreciated by family, friends, teachers, coaches, and anyone who worked with her not only for her abilities but also for her attitude. She was eager to learn and improve, full of goodness and sweetness. If Taylor Bowman was your friend, and she had many, you had a true friend.
Taylor had multiple talents and outstanding athletic ability, but it was who she was—her character and her qualities—that made her excel at what she did. She performed at top speed and at the highest level possible. Sports were her focal point and her passion; sports revealed her character.
Surviving are her parents; sisters, Ashley Byler and husband, Russell, and their son, Ross, and Sydney Bowman all of Ballinger; maternal grandparents, Sandy and Ellen Tillery of Stratford; paternal grandparents, Roy and Toni Bowman of Ballinger; several aunts, uncles and cousins. She is also survived by her Fabs; her sweet friend, Royce Harris; and an entire Bearcat nation.
Visitation for family and friends will be Saturday, July 19, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Lange Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm on Sunday, July 20, at the First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Old Runnels Cemetery. A candlelight service will be held Sunday evening at 9:00 pm at Ballinger High School track field.
Lives will be forever changed by losing her, but lives are forever touched by knowing her. Taylor filled our hearts with immeasurable love and joy
Margie Ruth Wilson, 84, of San Angelo, Texas passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Shannon Medical Center.
She was born July 20, 1929 in Norton, Texas to Roy and Julia (Isbell) Morgan. Margie and Foy E. Wilson were married October 19, 1947 in Ballinger. She was a devoted homemaker of the highest order, considered No. 1 cook and housekeeper by her family. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of San Angelo.
Margie is survived by her husband of 66 years, Foy; her daughter, Susan Garvin and husband, Bill, all of San Angelo; and a son, John Wilson and wife, Kimara, of Marion. Also surviving are five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 17, at Evergreen Cemetery in Ballinger with Rev. Roger Sidener officiating.
Brooke Amber (Sikes) Abney, 35, of San Angelo, Texas and formerly of Rowena, passed away Sunday, July 13, 2014 as a result of an automobile accident.
Brooke was born October 5, 1978 in Austin, Texas. She graduated from Ballinger High School in 1997 and attended Texas A&M University. Brooke and Dustin Abney were married May 5, 2012 in San Angelo. She was a purchasing agent for Dan Hil Containers in San Angelo.
From an early age, Brooke was an avid, insatiable reader. She had many God-given talents, including an artistic ability for sketching and painting. She had an infectious smile and a loving, sweet disposition. Her hugs were genuine and heartfelt, and one was blessed to be a recipient of one. She loved her family deeply and was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, and sister. For many, she leaves a void no one else can fill.
She was preceded in death by her father, Alan Sikes; her maternal grandparents, Ed and Margaret Schacherl; and paternal grandparents, John and Charlotte Sikes.
Brooke is survived by the love of her life, her husband Dustin, and the other love of her life, her son, James of San Angelo; her parents, Ray and Patsy Dierschke of Rowena; step-mother, Kathy Flannery of Austin. Her siblings are Bonnie Shrader and husband David of Dallas; Sheila Lewicki and husband Rob of Dallas and their children Jack, Benjamin and Anna; Brandon Dierschke and wife Catherine of Rockwall and their children Ian, Ellen and Cameron; and Scott Sikes and wife Courtney and son Beau of Austin. Also surviving are parents-in-law, Glen and Robyn Abney of Andrews; sisters-in-law, Cheryl Beasley and children Raygayle and Shahala, and Ashley Abney and daughter Aurora Watts; aunts and uncles, Leroy and Marilyn Schacherl, Betty Jo Halfmann, Dan and Marilynn Dierschke, Gene and Mary Cay Dierschke, Joyce and Wilbert Braden, Sharon Lange and James Kuykendall, and Susie Lister.
A Rosary/Wake service will be recited Friday, July 18, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, also at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Ariel Lagunilla and Deacon Stanley Lange officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be David Shrader, Rob Lewicki, Brandon Dierschke, Scott Sikes, John Mook, Danny Casillas, and Nolan Paige. A private burial will take place at a later date.
Albert E. Sheldon, Jr., 89, of San Angelo, Texas passed from this life at 8:00 p.m. on July 9, 2014 at his residence.
He was born in Waterbury, Connecticut on July 17, 1924 to Albert Sheldon, Sr. and Dorothy Lawrence Sheldon. Al graduated from Crosby High School of Waterbury in 1943.
On May 15, 1943 he entered the Army Air Corps and went through basic training at Jefferson Barracks, MO. He started his extensive training as a pilot at Butler University, MO in 1943. From there he went to San Antonio Aviation Classification Center for preflight training to Primary Training School at Bonham, TX. After passing basic flight training at Perrin Air Field, Sherman, TX and advanced flight training, (single engine) in Eagle Pass, TX, he graduated in November 1944. After graduation, he moved to Victoria, TX for special training in fighter gunnery for transition to P-40 fighter planes.
WWII in Europe was winding down and while in route to fly P-47 fighters, he came to Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, TX. While stationed in San Angelo, he met Faye Brunson of Ballinger and after literally falling in love at first sight, they were married on January 27, 1944.
Soon after, Al was discharged and returned to civilian life where he found jobs hard to find and didn’t pay a living wage, so he re-enlisted as M/Sgt and was assigned to the 22nd Fighter Squadron, 36th Fighter Group, in Panama. After he and Faye had spent three years in Panama, they returned to Hensley Field, Dallas, TX.
Between 1950 and 1953 he was assigned to the Air Attaché Office at Ering Air Force Base in Bavaria, Germany. While post-war Germany certainly had not been their preferred destination, it turned out to be a fateful journey.
After Germany, Al worked as an instructor at the supply school at Frances E. Warren AFB, WY, transferring to Nonresident Training Office writing OJT manuals. In 1955 he was appointed Warrant Officer and was assigned to teaching officer supply school to company grade officers. In 1958 and 1959 Al was stationed in Iwo Jima as Base Supply Officer and Base Petroleum Officer. Returning stateside, he was first assigned to Wright-Patterson AFB in the Research & Development Equipment Authorization Office, then shipped to Etain AB, France in 1962, where he served as Base Supply Officer, Base Supply & Management Officer, Base Supply Management & Procedures Officer, transferring to the position of Base Munitions Officer. In 1965 he returned to the USA where he was assigned to Headquarters Office of Special Investigations, Washington, D.C.
During his military career, Al was a master marksman and was on the USAF Pistol Team. Retiring as CWO-4 in November, 1969, he began working on his academic
education. He enrolled in Angelo State University, earning a BA in 1975 and a ME in 1977. He spent 10 years in the field of education, starting at a school in Loraine as counselor, then to Colorado City School as counselor, and finishing his career as teacher and counselor at Bronte High School.
After retiring from teaching in public schools in 1991, Al worked with CASA in San Angelo for a number of years. He had been a Master Mason for over 60 years, his last lodge being Masonic Lode 870 of San Angelo. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite. Al was an active member of the VFW, American Legion, and the Disabled American Veterans. He sat on the Board of the “Reunions of 1944 Pilot Classes/Pilots of WWII,” helping to organize successful annual gatherings of former pilots.
Preceding Al in death were two brothers, Lawrence and Robert and their parents. Survivors are his beloved wife Faye Brunson Sheldon of their home; daughter, Gudrun Held and husband, Otto, of Brussels, Belgium; sisters, Beatrice Frances of WY, Gloria St. Pierre of CT; and brother-in-law, Jack Brunson, retired Presidio County Judge, County Commissioner, and Border Patrol and his wife of Marfa; plus many nephews and nieces.
Visitation for family and friends will be Thursday, July 18, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 10:00 a.m. at Lange Funeral Home Chapel with Max Pratt officiating. Burial will follow in Ballinger Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may go to Hospice of San Angelo, Meals for the Elderly, and VFW Fort Concho Post #1815.