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Nov 05, 2014   04:47 PM

(June 29, 1950 - October 31, 2014) 

U.S. VeteranLarry W. Dean, 64, of New Braunfels, Texas passed away Friday, October 31, 2014 in New Braunfels.

He was born June 29, 1950 in Ballinger, Texas to George W. (Bill) and Corene Dean of Ballinger. After graduating from Ballinger High School in 1968, Larry attended Angelo State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in 1976.
Following college, Larry was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps in November 1977. After leaving the Marines he founded Dean’s Aerial Spraying, and worked as a contract crop duster for farmers in Runnels and the surrounding counties.

In May of 1980 Larry started working as a contract pilot flying Learjets for General Telephone Electric (GTE) in San Angelo. Larry welcomed the arrival of his daughter Alyson Dyan in August of that year. By early 1981 he was hired on full-time and spent the next 15 years with GTE flying Lear 25s, 35s and 55s. Larry left GTE in 1995 when he achieved his lifelong dream of becoming an airline pilot. He was hired by Southwest Airlines and worked for them flying Boeing 737’s until the time of his death.

Larry had a lifetime love of flying, starting when he was a small boy. In high school he spent his summers working as a flagger for another aerial sprayer, Joe Freeman, and dreamed of becoming of a pilot some day. As his dreams came true, he never lost his love of aviation and had hoped to someday own his own private plane.

Larry is preceded in death by his father, Bill and very special grandparents.
He is survived by his mother, Corene; his daughter Alyson Harris and husband James, of Georgetown, Kentucky; grandchildren Caleb Strube, Peyton Harris, and expected in April, Eli Harris. Other survivors include his aunt Mary Rice; aunt Christine Ellis; and aunt Martha Palmer and family. His surviving cousins include Danny, Sonny, Janet, Linda, Debbie, Susan and Herb. Numerous other family and friends mourn his passing.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 11:00 am at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger followed by burial at Old Runnels Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the EAA Young Eagles program, at Young Eagles is a program that teaches youth about flying and encourages their love of aviation.

Nov 03, 2014   04:01 PM

Larry Duane Bilbrey, Beloved Father and Husband, 59, passed away at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo surrounded by family on 10/29/2014.

Born November 19th, 1954 in Ballinger Texas to Annie Lee and Dee J.R. Bilbrey, he graduated from Ballinger High School and then soon after enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Duane served 20 years in the Navy attaining the rank of Master Chief.

He was a Texas and California resident and traveled with the Navy around the World. During his beginning years of service he was stationed in California where he met his first wife and mother of his children Mary. On December 24th, 1999, he married his sec- ond wife Deborah of Winters Texas whom remained his wife until his passing.

Duane was a member of The American Legion.

Duane will be especially remembered for his service in the US Navy, his passion for fishing, his love for: his children, his family, his animals and being the one person everyone could rely on.

Duane is proceeded in death by his parents Dee J.R. Bilbrey and Annie Lee Bilbrey of Ballinger Texas. As well as his older brothers Gary Bilbrey of Bronte Texas and Jim Bilbrey of Lubbock Texas. Duane is survived in death by his beloved wife Deborah Bilbrey of Winters Texas. His Sister Tammie and Husband Steve Englert of Corpus Christi Texas. His youngest brother Glenn Bilbrey of Ballinger Texas. His children Jennifer Bilbrey, Brian Bilbrey and Mindy Bilbrey of California. His stepchildren, Michael Pavlik, Diane Pavlik, Kristina Greer, Jaqueline Greer, Rachelle Maxon and Kimberly Maxon of California. He also has many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. Duane had 20 grandkids and 1 great grandchild.

Viewing was held 6:00PM to 8:00 PM on Saturday, November 1st, at Heritage Funeral Home in Ballinger Texas. Services were held at 1:00PM, Sunday, November 2nd at Heritage Funeral Home in Balinger Texas. Burial followed service at Old Runnels Cemetery.

A special thanks to the Veterans of Runnels County for their help and support. 

Nov 03, 2014   07:26 AM

Ken Anthony Davis Webb, 36, passed away on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 in a local hospital.  
He was born on November 25, 1977 to Ricky and Debra (McMorris) Webb in Lubbock. He attended school at Lubbock Cooper High School and graduated in 2000.  Ken won multiple medals in the Special Olympics competing in many different events in area and state.  He was an avid movie fan, who enjoyed many movies but his favorite was The Wizard of Oz.  Ken was known as “Tin Man” after one Halloween where he dressed up as the Tin Man.
Ken is survived by his loving parents Ricky and Debra Webb, sisters, Felesha Webb, Krista Webb all of San Angelo; grandmother, Nell Miller of Lubbock; grandfather, Don Webb and wife, Brenda of Ft. Worth; two aunts, Ruth Snowden of Lubbock; Teresa Ogle of Wingate; niece, Destany Webb of San Angelo; nephew, Logan Webb of San Angelo along with numerous cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, J.R. and Johnnie McMorris and maternal great-grandparents, George and Martha Sullivan.
Visitation will be held 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm on Sunday, November 2, 2014, at Robert Massie Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 pm on Monday, November 3, 2014, at the Robert Massie Riverside Chapel with Rev. J. T. Tucker, officiating. Burial will follow in Fairmount Cemetery under the direction of Robert Massie Funeral Home.
Memorials are suggested to the Hospice of San Angelo, 36 E Twohig Ave, San Angelo, TX 76903.

Online condolences can be given at

Oct 29, 2014   11:42 AM

(May 25, 1938 - October 27, 2014) 

Johnny Don Booth, 76, of Ballinger passed away Monday, October 27, 2014 in San Angelo.

He was born May 25, 1938 to Robert and Freda (Pennington) Booth in Lamesa, Texas. After high school, Johnny worked as a barber in Odessa and then moved to Lubbock to work as an instructor at Lubbock Technical School where he taught auto body repair. He would eventually become an oilfield welder, a career that he would continue until retirement. Johnny married Elizabeth Ann Plumley on March 30, 1986 in Midland. He was a member of the New Life Refuge Church.

Johnny was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Ann; his children, Shirley Moore and husband Mark of Mesa, AZ, Marvis Smith of Midland, Lisa Hailes and husband David of Midland, Robert Booth and wife Michelle of Midland; his step-children, Ivan Rose of San Angelo, Jimmy Rose of San Angelo, Billy Rose of San Angelo, Amanda Hardy and husband Al of North Carolina, Cathy Avalos and husband Peter of Midland, Kevin Rose and wife Teri of Stanton, Joe Rose and wife Susan of Big Spring, and Timmy Rose of Ballinger; his sisters, Marvis Belt and husband Donald of Odessa and Anna May and husband Ben of Midland. Johnny is also survived by his 11 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 15 step grandchildren, and 27 step great-grandchildren.

Visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, October 30 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at Lange Funeral Home Chapel in Ballinger. Services will be held on Friday, October 31 at 10:00 am at New Life Refuge Church with Rev. Kenneth Plumley officiating. Burial will follow at Wilmeth Cemetery.

The family requests that memorials be made to New Life Refuge Church or a favorite charity.

Oct 24, 2014   11:02 AM

Ricky O’Dell Davis passed away on October 18, 2014. Ricky was born on May  7, 1957 to parents Jack Burton and Frances Marie Davis. Ricky married his bride Mary Horton on October 21, 1989 in Winters TX. He was proceeded in death by his mother Frances Davis. He is survived by his wife Mary Davis of Ballinger TX. His dad Jack Sr. and his wife Margie Davis of Winters TX. Brother Jack Jr. and Saffron Davis of Winters TX., Two sons Justin and Melissa Davis of Winters TX., Joseph (JT) and Melissa Davis of Abilene TX., two daughters Kayla and Josiah Manis of Ballinger TX., Tia and Rudy Lopez of Ballinger TX., Aunt Patsy and Bobby Staggs of Winters TX., 9 Grandchildren, numerous Nieces and Nephews. Viewing will be in the chapel of Heritage Family Funeral Home, Tuesday October 21, 2014 from 5-8 pm. Funeral Service will be in the Chapel Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 10:00 am

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