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Apr 01, 2016   02:31 PM

(April 20, 1927 - March 30, 2016) 

Alvin Donald Haley, 88, of Ballinger, Texas, lost his battle with Alzheimer’s and complications from pneumonia on March 30, 2016.

He was born April 20, 1927, in Garden City, Texas, on April 20, 1927. Don graduated from Wimberley High School, and later he and family moved to Mason County where they had ranching interests. He was married to Lucille Frenzel in 1947, and they had two children. She preceded him in death in 1994. Donald Duane and Gregory Dale were born to this union.

Don was a member of the First Christian Church in Ballinger where he had served on the Board of Directors. He was a retired rancher and owned and operated a successful trucking business for 27 years in Abilene. His ranching interests were in Menard County and Runnels County.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Allen Jefferson and Maude (Waterhouse) Haley; two brothers, Alton Haley and Tommy Haley; brother-in-law, Pete Jennings; and a step-son, John (Jay) Traylor.

Don loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter, shooter, and fisherman. He made many hunting trips to the western United States and Alaska. He also loved hunting in Texas. He loved fishing in the Llano River at Junction. He was a lifetime member of the NRA. He shot at many “shoots” at Abilene and San Angelo to raise money for charity. He had many friends at the Gun Club in Abilene, where he was a member for many years

Surviving Don are his wife, Jill Haley; sons, Don Haley and wife Ida of Brownfield, and Greg Haley of San Antonio; sister, Louise Kensing of Brady; step-daughter, Jinx Schaefer and husband Leroy of Ballinger. Also surviving are grandchildren, Devin, Brooke and Brandi Haley all of San Antonio; one step-grandson, Cody Traylor of Ballinger; and a nephew, Van Haley and wife Joyce of Smithville.

Visitation will be from 7:00 to 8:00 pm Thursday, March 31, 2016, at Lange Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at First Christian Church on April 1, 2016, at 2:00 pm. Interment at Old Runnels Cemetery on Old Winters Highway in Ballinger will follow shortly after the service.

Pallbearers will be Slim Herman, Martin Popelka, Billy Sellers, Jimmy Bailey, Dwayne Schaefer and Randy Kiser. Honorary pallbearers are B&B Gun Store and the Abilene Gun Club members.

We wish to thank the staff on the Alzheimer’s wing at Central Texas Nursing and Rehabilitation for taking such wonderful care of our loved one in his last remaining years. He was treated with dignity, love and respect. We would like to thank all of the wonderful people who have been there to support us and see us through this time of great pain and loss of our loved one.

Donations can be made to the First Christian Church or to your favorite charity.

Mar 30, 2016   03:42 PM

Joyce Marlene Piel(July 11, 1934 - March 29, 2016)

Joyce Piel, 81, of Ballinger passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 in San Angelo. She is survived by her children, Leslie Piel, Allison Fischer, Kathy Willeford, Gay Fuentes, and Christopher Piel. Visitation will be held from 7:00-8:00 pm on Friday at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Services will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Ballinger.

Mar 30, 2016   03:41 PM

(October 14, 1941 - March 28, 2016)    

William “Darrell” Fenwick, age 74, of Ballinger, entered into eternal peace on Monday, March 28, 2016. Darrell was born to Eddie and Carrie Fenwick on October 14, 1941. Darrell is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elnora Brewer Fenwick; his sisters, June Fenwick Betancourt and Chris Fenwick Kamenzind; his brothers, Wally and Michael Fenwick. Darrell is survived by his son Jay Keith Fenwick (wife, Linda) of Millington, Tennessee; daughter Elaine Fenwick Erwin (husband, Doug) of Georgetown, Texas; sisters Barbara Garrett and Paula Sue Belcher; grandchildren Tristian Fenwick, Drake Fenwick, and Luke Erwin. Darrell has nieces and nephews who will miss him dearly. The family extends heartfelt gratitude to his many loving friends for loyal and continued friendship over many years. You have each made a measurable difference in his life and he loved you. The people who knew Darrell best remembered his love for the outdoors. To all extremes, his experiences with fishing, hunting, and rattlesnakes were endless. Darrell maintains the Runnels County record for the largest catfish caught on a trot line. Having been stolen from its holding tank the night of the catch, the catch and “return” made Ballinger paper’s front page headlines in 1975 after the 60 plus pound catfish was found abandoned by thieves in a bar ditch in a shallow mud puddle barely alive. He was a man full of wit and wisdom and entertaining tales, though this one was indeed true. A Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday April 16, 2016 at Lange Funeral Home, 908 N 8th St, Ballinger, TX 76821. Darrell’s final chosen contribution in his earthly life was to donate his body for the advancement of medical science and teaching. In lieu of flowers, the family has graciously requested donations be made to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Willed Body Program, Claude Lobstein at 806-743-2700 or send your email to John 14:1-4 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.”

Mar 20, 2016   05:53 PM

(August 3, 1943 - March 18, 2016) 

Barbara Hampton Jones, 72, passed away Friday, March 18, 2016 in San Angelo.

She was born August 3, 1943 to E.C. and Frances (Hovorak) Hampton in Houston, TX. On June 3, 1961 in Ballinger, Barbara married Jack Jones, and they shared 54 loving years together. She was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church. Barbara enjoyed her friends and playing games, especially bridge and mahjong. She especially loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were the lights of her life. Every story, every memory for her was one about something special that one of them said or did.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, Jack of Ballinger; her children, Brent Jones and wife Michele of Ballinger, and Angie Jones of South Carolina; brother, Curtis Hampton, Jr. of Ballinger; sister, Faye Wright of Edgewood; grandchildren, Ryan and wife Kendra, Matt and wife Robynn, Molly, and Taylor Jones; and great-grandchildren, Kasey and Trent.

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 pm on Sunday, March 20, at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Services will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, March 21, at First Presbyterian Church in Ballinger with Kary Fry officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Ballinger.

Mar 20, 2016   05:50 PM

(December 9, 1951 - March 15, 2016) 

Melquiades (Mike) C. Albarado Jr., 64, of Rowena passed away on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at BSA Hospital in Amarillo, TX peacefully, surrounded by his wife, children, and grandchildren. Mike was born on December 9, 1951 to Melquiades Sr. and Josephina (Constancio) Albarado. The oldest of five children, Mike attended elementary school in Miles, Texas until the fourth grade when he moved to St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Rowena, Texas. There he avidly competed in both basketball and baseball beginning what would become a life-long love for competitive sports. After graduating in 1971, Mike attended Texas State Technical Institution and received a degree in Animal Science. He began his career at Strube’s Meat Market in Rowena, eventually becoming a certified meat grader for the United States Department of Agriculture. During his eighteen years with the USDA, Mike traveled extensively, receiving many awards for his hard work and dedication. In 2004 the USDA stationed Mike in Friona, TX where he moved with his family. There he became a valued member of the community making many friends and touching many hearts. A natural competitor, Mike loved playing sports. As a young man he played baseball and softball with the young and old alike. Later in life he picked up golf as his sport of choice, competing against his sons, brothers-in-law, and friends. With his family he also shared a life-long passion for hunting, camping, and fishing. He loved being outside, and he loved to fix things. Mike was a loving and devoted son, husband, father, and grandfather—he will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his father, Melquiades Albarado, Sr., his brother Adrian Albarado, as well as his father and mother-in law, Frank and Annie Reyes.

Surviving Mike is his wife Becky Reyes Albarado; his mother Josephina C. Albarado; his three children Nicole, Patrick, and Stephen Albarado; and his two granddaughters Alysia Albarado and Zaydee Lay. Also surviving are his three siblings Herbie Albarado, Roland Albarado and wife Norma, and Belinda Escobar and husband Robert; his brothers-in-law Rueben Reyes, Frank Reyes Jr, and Pat Reyes; and many beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. Pallbearers: Tommy Lamb, Gary Cahoon, Tyler Smith, Frankie Fuentes, Ryan Escobar, Mike Feist; honorary pallbearers: James Matthiesen, Jason Strube, Justin Strube, and Martin Fuentes.

Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm on Friday, March 18 at Lange Funeral Home Chapel in Ballinger. Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 19 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena with Fr. Ariel Lagunilla celebrating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Rowena.

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