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Nov 09, 2015   10:11 AM

(September 12, 1943 - November 5, 2015) 

Gwen Dora Brice, 72, of Ballinger passed away Thursday, November 5, 2015 at San Angelo Community Medical Center.

She was born September 12, 1943 to Helen Maurine (Hayley) and Hardy Miles Kirkland at Hayrick Mountain in Coke County, Texas.

Gwen was a natural-born chef who spent most of her working years blessing others with her culinary talents. She ran various restaurants and later worked as the kitchen captain at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Tulia, Texas before retiring in 2007 and moving to Ballinger. Her retirement began her next “career” as full-time mother, grandmother, aunt, and great-grandmother. She spent much of her free time at the church volunteering in any way she could. She lived a purpose-filled life, and there is no doubt she is now rejoicing in Heaven with her Lord and Savior.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Hardy and Helen Kirkland; both of her sisters and brothers-in-law, Wanda and Les Caperton, Jetty and Glen McNight; and her brother, Bruce Hardy Kirkland.

Gwen is survived by her daughters and their husbands, Julie and Joe Byrd, Cristi and Dwain Horton; five granddaughters, Brooklyn Cmerek, Tesla Flatt and her husband Kolby, Hayley Horton, Kaycee Horton, and Kimberly Horton. Also surviving are a great-grandson, Jentry James Flatt; three nieces, one nephew, five great-nieces, and one great-nephew.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Sunday, November 8, at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Monday, November 9, at First United Methodist Church of Ballinger with Rev. Buddy Moore officiating. Burial will follow at Hayrick Cemetery in Bronte.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist, P. O. Box 525, Ballinger, TX 76821.

Nov 02, 2015   07:47 AM

(June 1, 1927 - October 30, 2015) 

Alton C (Honey) Bryan passed away at his home on October 30, 2015 at the age of 88, surrounded by his loving family. Alton was born June 1, 1927 to Alton and Alma Bryan of Norton, Texas. He was a graduate of Ballinger High School and worked as a tractor mechanic for Mansell Brothers for 19 years. He married Iris Nell Bales of Hatchel, Texas on January 22, 1950. Together they had three children; Sunny, Brad, and Carolyn. They were married for 50 years until her death in August of 2000. In the late 1960's, Alton and Iris purchased Tigner's Jewelry which eventually moved to the old Farmers and Merchants building and became the home of Bryan Jewelers until 2002. Alton spent his time with his many business endeavors in downtown Ballinger. He enjoyed his peach and pecan orchard, raising honey bees, farming, and remodeling houses. Alton was a deacon of the 9th Street Church of Christ for over 50 years and was instrumental in every aspect of outreach and ministry. Alton married Ruby Nell Miller on May 4, 2001 and retired a year later from the jewelry business after serving customers for 35 years. He enjoyed his retirement through the creation of his magical Christmas production that the community looked forward to seeing every holiday season. Alton was a self-taught mechanical genius that could repair, rebuild, or create anything from the smallest watch movement to his one-of-a-kind pecan sheller. Alton is survived by his wife Ruby Bryan; daughter Sunny Stanley and husband Mel of Benbrook, son Brad Alton Bryan and wife Terri of Lubbock, daughter Carolyn Parker and husband Pete of Ballinger; grandchildren: Conda, Alisa, Sommer, Brandon, Bryan, Megan, David, and 13 great-grandchildren; by his three step-daughters whom he loved as his own: Donna Williams and husband Carl of Ballinger, Lana Burns and husband Patrick of Stephenville, and Nikki Lowe and husband Robin of Ballinger along with their families. Alton is also survived by his lifelong friend Marlin Davis and his 9th Street Church of Christ family. Alton was known to be a man of few words but when he did speak everyone listened. He was a man of vast knowledge with a firm belief in God and with a deep love for his family and friends. His absence will be felt throughout the community and will leave a void in the hearts of everyone he touched. Alton leaves a legacy of love, outstanding character, and integrity that will never be matched. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 to 6:00 pm on Sunday, November 1, at Lange Funeral Home. Services will be Monday, November 2, at 2:00 pm at the 9th Street Church of Christ of Ballinger with Max Pratt officiating. Pallbearers will by Alton's grandsons along with honorary pallbearer Marlin Davis. Burial will follow in the Old Runnels Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to 9th Street Church of Christ, 1100 9th Street, Ballinger, Texas, 76821.

Oct 19, 2015   09:20 AM

(May 31, 1942 - October 17, 2015) 

On Saturday, October 17th, 2015, Charles Allen Matschek, 73, went to his heavenly home, surrounded by his family. Charles was born May 31, 1942 to Charlie and Evelyn Matschek. He grew up in the Rowena-Lowake area, working side by side with his dad on the Matschek family farm. He graduated from St. Joseph’s School and attended San Angelo College. August 16, 1962, Charles married the love of his life, Helen Franke. They spent 53 wonderful years together. They were blessed with six children. Together they raised their family, enjoying a humble life on the farm. Whether sitting around the table telling tall tales or watching his grandchildren play kickball, Charles loved spending time with his family. Charles taught his five boys the meaning of hard work, loyalty and how to be a good man. His only daughter held a special place to him, as he showed her a special and loving side of him that no one else could understand. Throughout the years, Charlie continued to farm; raising cotton, milo, pigs and cattle. He also worked for Runnels County Pct. 4 until his retirement in 2012. He was known for his sense of humor and always had a good joke to tell. Charlie was a simple man who led a simple life and taught his children and grandchildren to enjoy the little things in life. He taught them the importance of faith and to thank God for all the wonderful blessings. A beautiful sunset, cotton crop or a rainbow-we will always remember you. He is survived by his wife, Helen; and Sons, Clifton Matschek, Brian Matschek and wife, Ginger; Bruce Matschek and wife, Kelly; Brad Matschek and wife, Charlotte; and Scott Matschek; daughter Cindy Gibbs and husband, Marty. Grandchildren: Tanner (Katlin), Katy, Mason, McKenzi, Brylee, Reid, Shayann, Davis, Ryan, Tyler, Haley, Trey Matschek, Ashley (Cory) Book, Logan and Kirsten McCoy, Courtney, Rachel and Trevor Gibbs and two great-grandchildren, Carlie Book and Cole Matschek. He is also survived by brother Tommy and wife, Dorothy, his mother-in law, Lucille Franke, and a large extended family. Pallbearers will be his grandsons. Honorary pallbearers are John Glass, Burnell Glass, Mac Dodson, Rick Strube, Juan Ornales, Paul Hite, David Urbanek, Bill Lange, Michael Wanoreck, and Steve Halfmann. Charlie was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Honorary Lifetime member of the KC’s, Rowena Volunteer Fire Dept., Lowake Community Center, and Crossroads Gun Club. Donations in Charles’ memory can be sent to West Texas Rehab, American Cancer Society or Hospice of San Angelo. To a wonderful husband, dad, and Popo – Love ya’ much! Rosary will be recited Tuesday, October 20, at 7:00 pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 am on Wednesday, October 21, also at St. Joseph Catholic Church with burial in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Rowena. Father Ariel Lagunilla will be officiating.

Oct 13, 2015   07:54 AM

(March 2, 1947 - October 6, 2015) 

Carlos “Charlie” Cavazos, 68, of Ballinger passed away Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at Cross Country Healthcare in Brownwood.

He was born March 2, 1947 in Robstown, TX to Domingo and Pearl (Delgado) Cavazos.

Charlie is survived by his children, Melissa Ratcliffe of Austin, Ricky Cavazos of Dallas, and Carlos Cavazos of Ballinger; sisters, Geneva Nieto of Abilene and Beatrice Sanchez of Winters; brother, Domingo Cavazos, Jr. of Ballinger; and several grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, October 9, 2015 at Lange Funeral Home Chapel in Ballinger

Oct 12, 2015   02:44 PM

(April 3, 1936 - October 12, 2015) 
U.S. Veteran
Dan Odell Denton, long-time and well-known resident of Ballinger, passed away Monday, October 12, 2015, at Central Texas Nursing and Rehabilitation in Ballinger at the age of 79.

He was born April 3, 1936 near Eola, Texas to John Thomas and Lillie (Morgan) Denton. Hard working and dependable even at a young age, he had part-time jobs as he attended and graduated from Ballinger schools.

Odell’s abilities and personality, along with his dedication, enabled him to be successful in various capacities. He began as a broadcaster for KRUN Radio, and for 20 years his pleasant, bass voice was enjoyed by area residents. His law enforcement career spanned several years in both Runnels and Tom Green Counties. He served with the Runnels County Sheriff Department for a period of time, and then became jailer for Tom Green County until 1999. Odell had also worked part-time for local funeral homes since 1975, most recently for Lange Funeral Home.

Odell served his community and country as well. He joined the Ballinger Volunteer Fire Department in 1962 and held several official positions during his 26 years with the department. He was Hill Country Association President in 1975 and was Ballinger’s 21st Fire Chief for ten years until his retirement in 1988. Odell was a Master Mason and served nine years with the Texas National Guard. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ballinger.

Odell’s tough law enforcement work ethic was coupled with compassion. A close friend described him as the most tenderhearted man one could ever meet. His kindness, willingness, and helpfulness were always evident and appreciated by his co-workers. Knowledgeable and wise in many areas, he was unmatched in quick, dry wit. He had thousands of jokes or clever comments!

He was preceded in death by parents; brother, Tom Denton; and sister, Leara Smith.

Odell is survived by his devoted daughter, Tamela Denton Park of Austin, and his son, Terry Denton of Ballinger; granddaughters, Debrah Park and Dena Gray; and great-grandchildren, Aryiana, Christopher, Deven, Ashley, and Caden. Also surviving are past and present co-workers, numerous friends, and a grateful Ballinger.

The family expresses sincere thanks to the staff of Central Texas Nursing and Rehab for their excellent care and loving attitude, to Dr. Winton, and to many special friends for their help, prayers, and support.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 6:00 to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 13, at Lange Funeral Home. Services will be Wednesday, October 14, at 2:00 pm at the First Baptist Church in Ballinger with Ferris Akins and Max Pratt officiating. Burial will follow in Old Runnels Cemetery.

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