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Mar 29, 2015   08:52 PM

 , 89, of Ballinger passed away Monday, March 23, 2015 at Central Texas Nursing and Rehabilitation in Ballinger. 

She was born April 10, 1925 in Santa Anna, Tx to William Sturling and Lorena (Ruth) Conley. After high school, Maxine married Myron Angus Pratt in Brownwood, Texas on November 14, 1945. She was a homemaker and devoted mother to their three children. She was a member of the Fairlane Church of Christ in Amarillo, Texas. 

Maxine was preceded in death by her parents; husband Myron on February 5, 2007; sisters Ruth Current and Jennie B DeSha; and brother Dave Conley. 

She is survived by her three children, Myra Carlisle and husband Cary of Pampa, TX, Max Pratt and wife Juanita of Ballinger, and Les Pratt and wife Pattie of Amarillo; brothers Billie Ray Conley of Gilmer and Audie Lee Conley of Amarillo; her nine grandchildren: Willie Carlisle; Nancy Carlisle; Lora & Marc Hampton; Annie & Aaron Baker; Sherri & Curtis Dunson; Mark & Shannon Pratt; Zeke Pratt and Jennifer Pratt; Dani & Chuck Hawkins; Ginta & Steven Aaron; Zane & Candi Pratt; and twenty-two great-grandchildren: Ashley, Natalie, & Lauren Carlisle; Colin & Lydia Hampton; Beau, Logan, Ava, & Max Baker; Caleb, Sarah & Jonathan Dunson; Ethan, Jaxon, & Collin Pratt; Lee Glass; Bella Hawkins; Cadie Page and Cesslie Pratt; Jon, Izac, & William Aaron. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews. 

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00-7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 25 at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger with a prayer service following in the chapel. Services will be held at 3:00 pm on Thursday, March 26 at Fairlane Church of Christ in Amarillo with burial following at Memorial Park Cemetery in Amarillo. A visitation will be held from 6:00-7:00 pm on Thursday, March 26 at Fairlane Church of Christ in Amarillo. 

The family request donations be made to “Moments of Inspiration” c/o 9th Street Church of Christ, P.O. Box 653, Ballinger, TX 76821 or a favorite charity. 




Mar 29, 2015   08:49 PM

Amber Loreta Lewis Kelley, a long-time resident of Abilene, died March 26, 2015 in the Granbury Care Center in Granbury, Texas at the age of 97 years, 2 months and 24 days. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the chapel at the University Church of Christ, 733 E.N. 16th Street. A visitation with the family will be on Friday, March 27 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Piersall Funeral Directors, 733 Butternut Street.

Loreta was born on January 2, 1918, in Midlothian, Texas to P.G. and Anna Lewis. She taught school until her marriage to V.W. Kelley during WWII. After the birth of their first child, she was a full time homemaker until the last of their four children was in high school, at which time she began teaching at ACU to defray costs of tuition for her children to attend college there. All four children graduated from ACU, as had she and V.W. She retired in 1985 and remained very active in W Club, Delta Kappa Gamma and Women For ACU until about the age of 95. She was a faithful member of University church of Christ.

Loreta was preceded in death by her parents, P.G. and Anna Lewis, brothers LeMoine G. Lewis and wife Shirley, Roy Lewis, H. Clyde Lewis and wife Griffie, nephews David Lewis, Dr. Gaunce Lewis, nieces Ann Lewis and Dr. Stephanie Harter, and sisters-in-law Lanell Lewis and Annie Mae Lewis. She is survived by her 4 children: daughter Ann Dyer of Granbury, Texas, son Mike Kelley and wife Jenny of Longmont, Colorado; daughter Terri Larson and husband Dave of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and son Steve Kelley and wife Amanda of Balinger, Texas; 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, a brother Jack P. Lewis of Memphis, Tennessee, sister-in-law LuGene Lewis of Abilene, brother-in-law Dr. Charles Kelley of Plano, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to the Women for ACU or the V.W. and Loreta Kelley Scholarship fund at Abilene Christian University. Condolences can be offered to the family online at

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.

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