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Jul 12, 2014   07:18 AM

(November 3, 1926 - July 10, 2014) 

Billie Crockett, 87, passed away July 10, 2014 in Ballinger, Texas. Billie was born November 3, 1926, in Runnels County to W.B. and Alice Smith. She was a lifelong resident of Ballinger. She and her husband, Dalton, owned and operated the Crockett Gin in Norton, TX from 1959 until their retirement in 1989. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and the Friendship Sunday School Class. Billie enjoyed caring for her home and beautiful yard. For many years she was active in golf and social activities at the Ballinger Country Club. Her other interests included bridge and domino games with several groups of friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 52 years, Dalton Crockett. Survivors include sisters Bobbie Herron of Odessa, Muriel McLeroy and husband, W.B., of Houston; brother Wayne Smith of Ruidoso, New Mexico; nieces Leigh McLeroy of Houston and Lynn Weatherly and husband, Mark, of Katy; nephew Mike Herron and wife, Cyndi, of Odessa; stepdaughters Paula Easter and husband, Jack, of Duncanville, Dana Rich and husband, Jim, of San Antonio, and Patty Esposito and husband, Roddy, of Abilene. Thank you to the staff at the Central Texas Nursing and Rehabilitation for the special care Billie received for the last four years. Visitation for family and friends will be at Lange Funeral Home Friday, July 11, 6:00-7:00pm. Graveside services will be held in Ballinger at the Garden of Memories Cemetery Saturday, July 12, at 2:00pm. Those wishing to send memorials may do so to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 525, Ballinger, TX 76821; or to The Ballinger Senior Center, 608 Sealy, Suite B. Ballinger, TX 76821.



Jul 06, 2014   08:32 AM

 Connie Sue Havlak, 58, of Miles, Texas went to join her son, Jason, in heaven on July 2, 2014. She lost the battle with lung cancer that she fought valiantly for two years. She passed away at her home surrounded by family and friends.

 

Connie was born May 9, 1956 to W.C. and Lydia (Cernoch) Dieringer in Seminole, Texas. When she was six weeks of age, the family moved to Albuquerque, NM where her dad’s job transferred them. They returned to San Angelo after two years, and Connie began her school years at Fairview Elementary. She graduated from Wall High School in 1974. On November 16, 1974 she married Harvey Havlak of Miles. They were blessed with two children, the late Jason Havlak and Brandee Havlak McKee. Connie began her career in the medical field at St. John’s Hospital. She attended Howard College where she received her associate’s degree in Health Information Management in 1994. Following graduation, Connie began working in Medical Records at Shannon Hospital. She loved her position as assistant director and thought of her director and co-workers as family.

Connie was an amazing lady. Not only was she a loyal wife and supportive mother, she was the best “CoCo” Taylin could ever have. She loved spending as much time as she could with Taylin, teaching her how to garden and cook. Connie also enjoyed camping, shopping, and crafting. She was always willing to lend a helping hand when it came to activities within the community. She is leaving behind many close friends who she cherished. Connie had a heart of gold and impacted many people in a special way. “The one thing the family will miss most about Connie is EVERYTHING.” (quote by Harvey Havlak)

She was preceded in death by her parents and son, Jason.

Connie is survived by her husband, Harvey; daughter, Brandee Havlak McKee and husband, Blake, of Granbury; granddaughter, Taylin McKee of Granbury; two sisters, Charlene Dusek (Eugene) of Wall, and Lillian Dusek (Billie Ray) of San Angelo; and brother, Wilbert Dieringer Jr. (Linda) of St. Lawrence. Also surviving are her father and mother-in-law, Ludwig and Dorothy Havlak of San Angelo; brothers-in-law, Charles, Dennis, Richard, and Roger Havlak (Donna) of Miles; sisters-in-law, Carolyn DeLand (Paul) of Ft. Worth, and Janelle Nolan (Terry) of San Angelo; very special friends, Sandra Halfmann of San Angelo, and Chel’C Rankin of Miles; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, and many friends she considered family.

Pallbearers will be Wayne, Edward, and Travis Dusek, Doug Dusek, Darrell Dusek, Brandon and Derek Dieringer, Troy Halfmann, Nathan Havlak, Terrence Nolan, and Dylan Havlak. Honorary pallbearers are Ryan Nolan, Reece Dusek, Hayes Dusek, Katie Dusek, Taylor Dusek, Kayla Havlak, Candice Nolan, Landry Dieringer, Braxton Dieringer, Kyler Dieringer, Masyn Dieringer, Hadley Dieringer, Tucker Halfmann, Sterling Halfmann, Cooper Halfmann, and the HIM Department of Shannon Medical Center.

Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, MD Anderson Cancer Treatment Center, or a favorite charity. The family would like to express special thanks to the community of Miles as well as friends in surrounding areas, to the oncology nurses at Shannon, Dr. Gerber at UTSW in Dallas, and Dr. Pappa at MD Anderson.

Rosary will be recited at 6:00 pm on Sunday, July 6, at St Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Monday, July 7, also at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Connie will be laid to rest next to her son, Jason, in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Rowena.



Jun 21, 2014   09:28 AM

(September 3, 1922 - June 19, 2014) 

Margaret Cook Bryant, 91, long-time and well-loved resident of Ballinger, Texas passed away Thursday, June 19, 2014 at her son’s residence in Ballinger.

Margaret is survived by her son, Rex “Bubba” Cook and wife Jane of Ballinger; daughters, Sharon Dankworth of Phoenix, AZ, and Connie De La Garza and husband Joe of Ballinger; and sister, Juanita Wood of Kingsland. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Doris Collins of Brady.

Visitation for family and friends will be Saturday, June 21 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at Lange Funeral Home. Funeral service will be Sunday, June 22 at 2:00 pm at Seventh Street Baptist Church in Ballinger. Burial will follow in Ballinger Evergreen Cemetery.



Jun 18, 2014   06:49 PM

(December 25, 1944 - June 13, 2014) 
Myonne Veola Latchman, 69, of Ballinger, Texas passed away Friday, June 13, 2014 at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo, Texas.

Myonne was born on a very special day, December 25, 1944, in Birmingham, AL. Her parents were Joseph C. and Leona (Smith) Lesky. Myonne had been employed as a restaurant hostess.
She is survived by her children, Paul John Kuhn of New Orleans, LA, Robert Leon Kuhn and Steven Michael Kuhn both of Ballinger, Danny Lopez of New Orleans, Pam Smith Eggert and husband Harley of Atlanta, GA, Rose Kuhn of Ballinger, Madeline Kuhn of Ballinger, and Tabitha Ford and husband Lonny, of New Orleans; and a sister, Lonadell Lesky. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Angela Kuhn, Keith Paul Holbrook, Amber Kuhn, Chastity Kuhn, Peter Paul Kuhn, Pattika Ross, Jessica Smith, Andrew Slaptery, Ashley Perkins, Ronald Perkins, Joshua Perkins, Daeshon Wilson, Miranda Kuhn, Terry Kuhn, and Jason Pimentel.

Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm Tuesday, June 17, at Lange Funeral Home Chapel in Ballinger. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am Wednesday, June 18, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Ballinger.

The family would like to express special thanks to Eva and Frank Gonzalez and to Minnie Cortez for their kindness during this time of need.



Jun 18, 2014   06:47 PM

(January 10, 1944 - June 14, 2014) 
George Wendell Ford, 70, of Kerrville, Texas passed away Saturday, June 14, 2014, at a Kerrville hospital.
Visitation for family and friends will be Wednesday, June 18, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger, Texas. A graveside service will be held Thursday, June 19, at 10:30 am at Evergreen Cemetery in Ballinger.



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