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Mar 26, 2015   07:45 PM

(July 16, 1935 - March 25, 2015) 

U.S. VeteranNorman Neal Bonnett, 79, of Waco passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015 in Longview, TX.

He was born July 16, 1935 in Liberty Hill, TX to Marion and Blanche (Turner) Bonnett. He graduated from Liberty Hill High School in 1953 and received his Bachelor of Science Degree as a distinguished student from Texas A&M University at College Station, TX in 1958 and the went on to complete his Master of Science Degree in 1960. Also during this time he served two tours of duty in the U.S. Army Aviation both in 1959 and then again in 1961 and 1962. He is a director in the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association and has been a director of Austin Livestock Show since 1964. He has served as Vice Chairman and then Chairman of the Board of the Austin Livestock Show, and Vice President and President of the Austin Farm and Ranch Club. Norman was an active member in his church, serving as a church school teacher for several years. He worked for the American National Bank of Austin as an Assistant Trust Officer. Prior to joining the bank he had served as an Assistant County Agent in Johnson County, TX and as Director of Development for Oklahoma Christian College in Oklahoma City.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Herschel Bonnett.

He is survived by his daughters, Sherri Bryan of Longview and Susan Boren of Post; son, James Bonnett of Waco; grandchildren, Kolin Bonnett of Abilene, Colton Bryan of Norman, OK, Justin Boren of Lubbock, Julie Boren of Lubbock, and Garrett Bryan of Longview. Also surviving are two sisters, Iwanda Blesing of Ballinger and Reba Siegmund of Canyon Lake.

Services will be held at 2:30 pm on Saturday, March 28 at 9th Street Church of Christ in Ballinger. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Ballinger.

Mar 26, 2015   07:20 PM

(July 13, 1933 - March 24, 2015)

March 24, 2015 at his home at the age of 81.
He was born July 13, 1933 in Hatchel to Ralph and Thelma (Spann) Vancil. Joe graduated from Ballinger High School. Receiving a football scholarship from Texas Christian University, he lettered in baseball and football during his freshman year. He transferred to Texas A&M University for his sophomore year where he was a member of the corps. During the summers he worked in the oil field to help with college expenses. Joe graduated from A & M in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree in Ag Business. He worked as an oil and gas production engineer for GW Strake Company and WP Carr Company. He was member of the Texas Brangus Cattle Association, Southern Cattle Raiser Association, National Beef Cattle Association, and the American Quarter Horse Association. He also served as Director and President of the North Runnels Water Supply Corporation at the time it was organized. His unselfish dedication to his family and his numerous contributions to his work and his community were evident.

Joe served in the Army and was a member of American Legion Post #8 in Ballinger.

Kindhearted and quiet, Joe was the picture of a gentleman cowboy. He spent his life ranching, operating a portion of the ranch initially established by his grandfather, Isaac (Doc) Vancil in the early 1880’s.

Joe married Patricia Franke on September 2, 1972, and they shared 42 devoted years together.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife, Pat; son, Jay Vancil of Sweetwater; daughter, Megan Durham and husband Ray of San Angelo. He was Papa Joe to granddaughters, Madison (his “Maddy girl”) and Rylie Durham of San Angelo. Survivors also include numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 6:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday, March 27 at St. Joseph Family Center in Rowena with Rosary following at 7:00 pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 28 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Ariel Lagunilla officiating along with Father Bhaskar Morugudi. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, offerings may be made to St. Joseph Building Fund, Hospice of San Angelo or a favorite charity.

Mar 23, 2015   02:17 PM

 Jarvis Frank Moragne, a long-time resident of Mineral Wells, died peacefully on March 8, 2015 at a Mineral Wells nursing facility.  Jarvis was born November 4, 1918 in Laurel, Mississippi.
Jarvis joined the U.S, Army at the tender age of 17.  During this time, he began boxing, and won the title of Regimental Lightweight Boxing Champ at Ft. Sam Houston.  While doing his first tour of duty in San Antonio, Texas he met and married Viola Mae Varga, mother of his two daughters, Jean Louise and Marilyn Gladys.
Jarvis volunteered again for the Army after Pearl Harbor.  Although his Unit never made a combat jump, after paratrooper training in New Guinea they made a jump onto Okinawa, where they did a cleanup action on the caves in the mountains, looking for anti-aircraft guns.  They were there when the atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Japanese surrendered.  His Unit was the second one sent into Japan for the Occupation.  He said he was horrified and saddened by the appearance of so many prisoners of war they were there to release.  These were mostly Chinese and Koreans, as the first U.S. Army Unit into Japan released the American POWs.
Jarvis served in the Army again during the Korean Conflict, having been called up with a small Army Reserve unit from Bronte, Texas.  He served with the 4th Army Headquarters at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas during Operation Longhorn, remaining there until the end of the war.  After the war, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower was appointed first commander of S.H.A.P.E., an integrated military structure for NATO, which was to be headquartered in France.  As Eisenhower established his staff, Jarvis was chosen as one of two Master Sergeants from the U.S. Army.  Being anxious to start his own business, and this appointment would mean signing on for another tour of duty and a year in Europe before his family could join him, Jarvis turned down the offer and moved to Ballinger, Texas in 1952.  For the next ten years, Jarvis owned and operated Jarvis Sand & Gravel and Ready-Mix Concrete Company in Ballinger. 
In the early 60s, Jarvis married Dorothy Kennemer, who preceded him in death, and together they owned and operated The Red Poodle, a private club in Mineral Wells, Texas, until his retirement.Jarvis was an active member of the VFW and the American Legion in Mineral Wells for over 30 years. He also served as President of the Lions Club in Mineral Wells.
Jarvis is survived by one daughter, Marilyn Moragne, of Austin, Texas, his first-born grandson Craig Young of Dallas, and four other grandchildren – Carajean Archer, Matthew Rider, Terry Edwards, and Gigi Lavergne.  Also surviving are many great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and several nieces and nephews.

Mar 23, 2015   12:46 PM

 Margie Jane Smith Strother Hallmark, 79, of Ballinger passed away Monday, March 16, 2015 in Coleman County. 

She was born March 29, 1935 in Ballinger to James and Leora (Bowen) Smith. After graduating from Ballinger High School, Margie worked as a credit manager at Sears. She married Samuel Max Strother. Max passed away in December of 1991. In 2010, she married Clarence Hallmark. Her family was her greatest joy in life and she was loved by many friends. She loved the Lord and enjoyed listening to Southern Gospel Music. 

Margie was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Delbert Smith, Bobby Smith and his wife Sharon. 

She is survived by her husband Clarence; a daughter Sharilyn Prideaux and husband Bret of Malaysia; a son Gayland Strother of Ballinger; grandchildren Glenn Strother and wife Mindy, Jason Strother and wife Patty, Kyle Strother, Dustin Strother, Mallory Prideaux, and Matthew Prideaux; two sisters Jean Stewart of Cedar Hill and Pat Mullins of Blanket; and a great-granddaughter Eleanor Grace Wilson. Margie is also survived by 3 children by marriage, Beverly Everett and husband Randy, Elaine New and husband Tommy, and Danny Hallmark and wife Mickie and their families. 

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00-7:00 pm on Saturday, March 21 at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on March 22 at 9th Street Church of Christ in Ballinger with Max Pratt officiating. 

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your favorite charity in memory of Margie.

Mar 14, 2015   10:10 PM

 David John Fuchs passed away early on March 10, 2015 in a San Angelo hospital at the age of 82. Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 12 at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, March 13 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Olfen, TX at 10:00 a.m. with Fr. Ariel Lagunilla officiating. Burial will follow at Olfen Cemetery. David was born January 1, 1933 in his home in Olfen, TX to Jodey and Anne Hoelscher Fuchs. He attended school in Olfen and Rowena, graduating from high school in Rowena. David served in Germany during the Korean Conflict, and while there played some softball while in the Army. David was well liked in his community and was very active in church activities as well as Rowena Post 9196 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Olfen School Board. He was a talented woodworker with many projects through the years demonstrating this talent. David married Joan Beatty in Tucson, AZ on February 23, 1974 and they spent 41 happy years together. He worked in commercial construction in Texas, Arizona, Nevada and California just to name a few. David and Joan retired and moved back home to Olfen in 1998 and lived there until his death. 

David was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Shawn Fuchs, his sister, Rose Marie Kasberg and her husband, Bernie as well as his brother, Kenneth, brother-in-law, Dutch Hoelscher and several nieces and nephews. 

David is survived by his wife, Joan of the home, daughter, Michelle Fuchs of San Angelo, son, Bill Beatty and wife Shari of Tucson, AZ, son, Robert Beatty and wife Jerri of Charlotte, NC, daughter-in-law, Elaine Fuchs of San Angelo, granddaughter, Monica Gilbert and husband Corey of San Angelo, grandson, Josh Fuchs and wife Amelia of San Angelo, grandson, Jason Fuchs of San Angelo, granddaughter, Melissa (MJ) Fuchs of San Angelo, grandson, Liam Beatty, grandson, Robbie Beatty, granddaughter, Jacquelyn Beatty, and grandson, Riley Beatty as well as great grandchildren Sophia Fuchs, Ty Gilbert, Madison Fuchs and Hank Beatty. He also leaves behind sister, Annalene Hoelscher of Rowena, brother, JB Fuchs and wife Ethel of Olfen, and sister-in-law Bernice Fuchs of Rowena and many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. 

David will be missed by many! In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, or a charity of your choice. The family would also like to thank everyone at Community Hospital, Central Texas Nursing and Rehabilitation and all the other caregivers that helped him over the years. 



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