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Jim W. Mitchell 

Jim W. Mitchell passed away on January 23, 2016, six days less than his 90th birthday. He was born in Pecatonica, Illinois, on January 29, 1926, to Eugene and Esther Mitchell. He joined the Marine Corp at the age of 17, and was an expert rifleman for all of the four years he was enlisted. He served in the South Pacific Marshall Islands, and Ieshema and Okinawa, Japan. He was extremely proud of his Marine Corp service. In 1946 he married Liz Shaw. They had a family of 5 boys: Mike, Steve, Scott, Jeff and Buck. Working for Warren Petroleum and being transferred each year, Jim and family made their way to Houston, Texas by way of Rockford, Illinois, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Alexandria Virginia and Tulsa Oklahoma. Jim was in the Real Estate business during the late 1960’s, was an Amway distributor for about 40 years, and later worked for the Llano Cabinet Company for 20 years. Jim retired from the Cabinet Company at the age of 85. He was a member of the Lutie Watkins Methodist Church, the PEP class and the Mission Committee. He was also a beloved usher. After many prodding by Dr. David Hoerster, he became the 1999 Lay Leader on the walk to Emmaus, which changed his life forever.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Eugene and Esther Mitchell, two brothers, Harlan Keith, and Paul Wayne, two sons, Michael Eugene, and Steven Lee, and grandsons Jon Lee, James Fred, and Eric Mitchell. Jim is survived by his wife, Liz, and his sons, Scott Wayne and his wife Debbie, Jeffrey Keith and his wife Christy, and Bradley Warren and his wife Jo Ann, 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

There will be a visitation for Jim Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be held 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 27, 2017 at Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church with Reverend Leslie Tomlinson officiating. Memorials can be made in Jim’s name, to the charity of your choice, or the Lutie Watkins Methodist Church Mission Committee.


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Ruby Rose

Ruby Ann (Richardson) Rose, age 53 of Kingsland, Texas passed away on January 21, 2016 in Kingsland.  She was born on February 27, 1962 in Terre Haute, Indiana to John T. Richardson and Marjorie (Pruiett) Richardson.  Ruby had been a resident of Kingsland since 1999 having moved here from Austin.


Ruby married Steven Scott Rose on October 20, 1984 in Midland, Texas.

She was Office Manager and Co-Owner of Quality Custom Decks, LLC in Kingsland.  Ruby was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Granite Shoals.  She loved all water activities, boating, fishing, as well as helping others.  Ruby was an animal lover and enjoyed keeping up with her physical fitness.


She is preceded in death by her Parents, John and Marjorie Richardson, 2 Brothers Robert and John Richardson, as well as her special rescue dog and best friend “Terre”


Ruby is survived by her husband Steve Rose of Kingsland and their many dogs, and 2 brothers, George and Gary Richardson.


Visitation will be held on Friday, January 29, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Kingsland, Texas.  Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 2:00 PM also in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Donna Shaw officiating.  Graveside services will follow at Bluffton Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hill Country Humane Society, 9150 RR 1431 West, Buchanan Dam, Texas 78609, or the American Cancer Society.

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Isabel Gonzales

Isabel M. Gonzales of Llano, TX passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at the age of 84. She was born August 27, 1931 to Andrea (Bara) and Modesto Maldonado in Corpus Christi, TX. She was a resident of Llano most of her life and was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church. 

She is survived by son Tony Gonzales Jr of Llano, TX; daughters Silvia Reyes of Bertram, TX, Josie Romero and husband Roy of Llano, TX and Lucy Solorzano and husband Arthur of Granite Shoals, TX; Brothers Adolph Maldonado and wife Erma of Ruidoso, NM, Jesse Maldonado of Odessa, TX and Raymond Maldonado and wife Anita of Hobbs, NM; 8 grandchildren Eric, Melissa, Nikki, Silvie, Sophie, Naomi, Monique, and Yvonne; 13 great grandchildren; 1 great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

Isabel is preceded in death by husband Antonio, 6 sisters and 5 brothers.

Rosary will be held Friday, January 22, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel in Llano, TX at 6:00 PM. Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, January 23, 2016 at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Llano, TX at 10:00 AM with Father Melvin Dornak officiating. Burial to follow at the Llano City Cemetery.

Pallbearers include Paul Gonzales, Lee Sandoval, Miguel Guzman, Eric Reyes, Ted Reyes III and Gabriel Reyes. Honorary pallbearers include Travis Reyes and Eric Antonio Reyes.

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William Hodge Crenshaw Jr.

William H. (Bill) Crenshaw Jr, 79, of Buchanan Dam, TX passed away January 15, 2016. He was the son of the late Margarete Birdsong Crenshaw and William H. Crenshaw and was born June 20, 1936 in Lubbock, TX.

He is survived by his wife Nancy; a daughter Keely and husband, Jess McNeely; and granddaughters Allison, Ella and Kier McNeely of Wichita, KS. He was preceded in death by another granddaughter, Liv Ann McNeely.

Bill graduated form Midland High School in 1954 and attended Austin College in Sherman before transferring to Texas Tech University in Lubbock, where he graduated in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. While at Tech he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, a national social fraternity.

Bill’s grandfather began practicing law in Lubbock in 1926. The firm is still known by the name Crenshaw, Dupree and Milam.

Bill often stated that his grandfather Birdsong was the person who had the most influence on his life.

Bill’s father was a prominent, long-time Lubbock attorney and Bill learned the law by reading the books, committing to the hours of study and working in his father’s law office. He was among the last lawyers in Texas to be allowed to take the bar exam without going to law school. He was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1965 and practiced law in Lubbock until he moved to Lake Buchanan in 1997. He practiced in the Hill Country until he became ill in 2015. He had a reputation as a “crusty old lawyer” but with a heart of gold, particularly for children in the CPS system that he served as attorney at lietum. He was a mediator and mentor.

He loved animals. In younger days he trained horses, raised dogs and at one time had the largest bird aviary in the southwest.

Bill loved and played sports. He played basketball, baseball, tennis and became a scratch golfer. He enjoyed snow skiing and sailing. He was an avid Texas Tech sports fan.

Bill was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.

A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, February 13, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Kingsland, TX. A reception will follow at the Hill Country Hall, 15675 HWY 29, Buchanan Dam, TX 78609.

Memorial Contributions may be made to:

Hill Country Humane Society, PO Box 1041, Marble Falls, TX 78654

Cherokee Children’s Home, PO Box 295, Cherokee, TX 76832

Buchanan Arts and Crafts, 17534 E State HWY 29, Buchanan Dam, TX 78609  

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Kenneth Dee Smith Jr

Kenneth Dee Smith Jr. passed away Friday, January 15, 2016 in Kingsland, Texas at the age of 44. He was born July 8, 1971 in Mineral Wells, Texas. Kenneth moved to Kingsland from Austin, Texas in April of 1997. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Kingsland, Texas.

Kenneth is survived by his mom Terry Mecier, sons Kenneth Chase Smith and wife Mara, Harley Chandler Smith; daughter Jillian Hill and husband Micheal; brother Bumpy Rhoads and wife Keisha; sister Terry Trottier; grandchildren Jacey May Hill and Juliana Margaret Hill; nieces Laisha Rhoads, Macy Rhoads, Kimberlee Rhoads and Bella Rhoads Tony Maria Rutherford; nephews Dustin Trottier, Cody Lang and Jeremy Hooper.

He is preceded in death by his father Kenneth Dee Smith, brother John David Rutherford and step father Dan Mecier.

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Maria Mercedes Halliburton

Maria Mercedes Halliburton was 68 and lived in Burleson, Texas. She passed on Tuesday the 12th of January 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. She was born November 5th 1947 in Los Angeles, California to the proud parents of William and Anita Rodriguez. Maria married Richard Halliburton on July 6th 1969 in Hacienda Heights, California. She attended University of California of Los Angeles and worked as a registration technician for the Department of Motor Vehicles.


Maria is survived by her husband Richard Halliburton, her sons Richard and Jason 
Halliburton, daughter AnnMarie and husband Chip Rotan. Her mother Anita Rodriguez, brother William Rodriguez and his wife Cindy Rodriguez, and two nephews William Rodriguez and John Rodriguez. The grandchildren that brought her so much joy are Michael Rotan, Richard Halliburton III, Zachary Halliburton, Belle Rotan and Alyssa Halliburton.


She loved life and loved her family even more. She will be greatly missed. 

Memorial service will be held January 15th 2016 from 6-8PM at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel in Llano, Texas. Funeral Services will be held January 16th 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel in Llano, Texas at 1:00 PM with Reverend Melvin Dornak officiating. Burial to follow at the Llano City Cemetery, Llano, Texas.

Pallbearers are William Rodriguez, John Rodriguez, Chip Rotan, Michael Rotan, Richard Halliburton and Zachary Halliburton.


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Frances "Frankie" Decker 

Frances “Frankie” Decker passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2016 after a life devoted to her family, church and friends. Frankie was born on a ranch near Pontotoc, TX on January 7, 1920 to Sam Barton and Lill Cooper Barton.

She and Rube W. Decker were married in Llano on September 26, 1942. She was employed by Civil Service at Hondo Navigation School, Hondo, TX as clerk stenographer during World War II, while Rube served as a paratrooper in the European Theater overseas.

They returned to Llano August 1945 and opened their own business “Decks Butane Gas Co.” and later added Whirlpool appliances. They worked side by side for 30 years in their business and retired in 1975.

Frankie was an active member in First Christian Church, was an elder emeritus, church historian, taught Sunday school 48 years and served on almost every committee in the church sometime or other. She loved doing for others.

She is survived by sons Terry Decker of Llano and Rod Decker and wife Cynthia of Llano; grandsons J.R. Decker of Llano, Ross Decker of Llano and Mark Decker and wife Sara of Austin; great grandson John Decker; sister Dorothy Bransford of Austin and several nieces, nephews and many friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband Rube Decker, her parents, her brother Douglas Barton, her sisters Sammy E. Cavness and Dean Sessom.

Graveside services will be Thursday, January 14, 2016 at the Llano City Cemetery at 2:00 PM with Reverend Gretel Morgan officiating.

Honorary pallbearers are her many family and friends.

Memorial contributions can be made to the First Christian Church, 1105 Oatman St, Llano, TX 78643.

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Iowne Marie Seale

Iowne Marie Seale passed away Monday, January 11, 2016 in Llano, Texas at the age of 85. She was born June 13, 1930 in Llano, Texas to Emma Lou (Gage) and W.L. Fry. She was a lifetime resident of Llano, Texas and attended the Llano Cowboy Church and the Pittsburg Avenue Baptist Church in Llano.

Iowne is survived by her daughter Debra Kay Robinson and husband David of Hico, Texas; sister Velma Sims of Houston, Texas; grandchildren Quinton S. Robinson of Lago Vista and Coelin Jasper Robinson of San Diego, California; great grandchildren Logan Jasper Robinson and Morgan Isabella Robinson and many other family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers and five sisters. 

Graveside services will be held Friday, January 15, 2016 at the Llano City Cemetery at 2:00 PM with Reverend Stacey Nobles officiating.


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Reynold Rudolph Schorlemmer 

Reynold Schorlemmer of Llano, Texas passed away January 6, 2016 at the age of 81. He was born to Lydia (Oehler) and Rudolph Schorlemmer May 9, 1934 in Llano, Texas. Reynold was a rancher and also worked as a dispatcher of the Llano County Sheriff Department for 10 years. He drove a school bus and taught the 4H marksmanship program for thirty five years. Reynold also served in the United States Army for two years. While he was deployed to Germany he was able to visit family whom lived there.


Reynold is survived by his sister Clara Wittig and nephew Stanley Wittig both of Seguin, Texas.


He was preceded in death by his parents Lydia and Rudolph Schorlemmer, three sisters Amalie, Emma and Esther Schorlemmer.


There will be a visitation Friday, January 8, 2016 from 5:00 P.M. ~ 7:00 P.M. at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Chapel, Llano, Texas. Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, January 9, 2016 at St. James Lutheran Church with Pastor Ralph Reitmeyer officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Kenneth McGee, Gary Parson, Sam Oatman,  Lyle Costar, Carl Schorlemmer, John Thompson, Glen Williams, and Sam Aleman. Burial will follow at Llano City Cemetery with flag presentation by the United States Army Honor Guard.


Memorial contributions may be made to the St. James Lutheran Church 1401 Ford St. Llano, Texas 78643.

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Juanita Kirklen Jarrett 

 Juanita Kirklen Jarrett of Llano, TX passed away Saturday, January 2, 2016 at the age of 91. She was born March 9, 1924 to Margie (Perry) and Mack Willie Kirklen in San Saba, Texas. She loved her family, sewing and was an active member of the First Assembly of God Church in Llano, Texas. 

She is survived by her son Buddy Jarrett of Granite Shoals, brothers Perry Kirklen of Big Spring,TX and William Kirklen of Las Angeles, California, sister Mary Constance Kirklen of Washington D.C., three grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Jarrett, her daughter, Shirley Stoican and her grandson Allen Stoican.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the First Assembly of God Church in Llano, Tx with Brother Kenneth Womack officiating. Burial at the Llano City Cemetery will follow.

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Robert "Bob" Lee Glover 

Robert “Bob” Lee Glover was born December 16, 1940 in Van Zandt County, TX to Leo and Adene Glover. He passed away peacefully surrounded by family January 1, 2016 at the age of 75. Bob graduated from Kountze High School in 1958 and earned his Masters of Education from Sam Houston State College in 1969. Upon graduation he began teaching Vocational Agriculture and taught at Huntsville High School and Katy High School. In 1985 Bob joined the Texas General Land Office where he served in many capacities including Director of Land Management until retirement in 2003.

Bob enjoyed flying, boating, sailing, fishing, NASCAR, gardening, and restoration. He was a great friend and mentor. He loved visiting and helping family, friends, neighbors, and people in the community. His passion was encouraging and motivating young people to fulfill their purpose in life. Bob greatly impacted the lives he touched, was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents Leo and Adene Glover and a brother Phillip Glover. He is survived by his wife of 47 years Kay Glover, a daughter Terri Roewe, son-in-law Randy Roewe, granddaughter Shannon Roewe, 4 Godchildren, Julie Dautrich, Jill Durst, Jana Stewart, and Ryan Jordan, brothers Don Glover, Wade Glover, numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will hold a Celebration of Life Service Saturday January 9, 2016, 11:30 am at Chapel of the Hills Baptist Church, 19135 E Hwy 29, Buchanan Dam, TX.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Cal Farley's Boys Ranch,P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, TX 79174-0001, Mason County 4H, P.O. Box 247, Mason, TX 76856-0247, Lake Victor 4H, 1701 E Polk St, Burnet, TX 78611, or Lake Buchanan Conservation Corporation, P.O. Box 217, Buchanan Dam, TX 78609.

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David Barthel Overbey Sr. 

David Barthel Overbey, Sr., of Kingsland, TX, formerly from Lincoln, Illinois,  passed on to be with his Heavenly Father on December 29, 2015.  He was at home at the time of his death.

Dave was born on July 20, 1943 in Elkhart, Illinois to Ira F. Overbey and Helen Laughner Overbey.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, father-in-law, mother-in-law, a sister-in law, and two brothers-in-law.

Dave and his family moved from Lincoln, IL, to Kingsland, TX, in March of 1980.

Dave is survived by his wife, Luana Mae Overbey; one daughter, Charmale D. Gallagher (Eric), of Fredericksburg, VA;  David B. Overbey, Jr., of Blaine, TN; four grandchildren, Lt. Kia Gallagher, USN MC (Lt. Andrew Moore, USN MC); PO3 Shannon Gallagher, USN; Eric James Gallagher; and Samantha Overbey Abbott (Andrew); and three great-grandchildren, Aren Richard Cotton, Joshua Daniel Abbott and Natalie Alanya Abbott.

Dave served with the United States Marine Corps from 1960 through 1966.   His daughter, son-in-law and son also all served with the United States Marine Corps.   He was a Christian and member of the Highland Lakes Baptist Church where he served as an Ordained Deacon.  For 25 years before his illness, he conducted Sunday morning worship service at Kingsland Hills Nursing Home.

Graveside services will be held at Lakeland Hills on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 @ 2:00 P.M.

Memorials may be given to Highland Lakes Baptist Church, Kingsland, TX, or Wounded Warriors.

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Bobby Darrell Wisdom

 Bobby Darrell Wisdom, age 55 of Llano, Texas passed away on December 25, 2015.  He was born on November 22, 1960 in San Saba, Texas to Andrew James Wisdom and Oner (Ratliff) Wisdom.  Bobby was a resident of Llano most of his life and worked as a cabinet maker and carpenter framer for many years.  He was a member of Bible Baptist Church, was a long time softball player, avid fisherman and loved to restore guns, knives, and pool sticks.  Bobby loved music, dancing, and homemade moonshine.

He is survived by his wife, Tina Wisdom of Llano, 1 daughter Tiffany Wisdom of Llano, 1 son Bobby Wisdom of Llano, 1 sister Martha Fehr of Graham, and 1 brother Buster Wisdom of Llano.  He is also survived by his grand daughter, Elleana Gwynne Wisdom and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, as well as many adopted family.

Bobby is preceded in death by his Parents, 1 Sister Peggy Wisdom, and 4 Brothers JR Wisdom, George Wisdom, Kelly Dean Wisdom, and Steven Wisdom. And 1 granddaughter Serenity.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2016 from 3:00PM to 5:00PM at the Bible Baptist Church in Llano with Rev. Dale Strawn officiating.. 

Memorial contributions may be sent directly to the Wisdom family at 810 E. Collins, Llano, TX 78643

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John Daniel Eaton III

Dan was born to John and Ruth Lee Eaton in San Angelo, Texas on March 21, 1938. He spent his early years in Sonora on Eaton Hill. After high school graduation, he went into the United States Army Reserve From there Dan went to Abilene Christian College for his pre­dental studies. He then attended the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston. Upon graduation from dental school, Dan married Dianne Sturrock Eaton on August 16, 1964. His dental career began the next month in the United States Army. During his twenty years in the Army, three children blessed their lives – Terissa Lee, Alicia Annette and Thomas Daniel.

Dan’s military dental career included three tours at Ft. Hood one of which he served as Director of the General Dentistry Residency. He served overseas in Vietnam and Germany and was rewarded for exceptional work with various medals including the Bronze Star. His strong Christian principles endeared him to all. Dan served as deacon of the Church of Christ in many different congregations.

After retirement from the Army in 1984, the family settled in San Angelo for fifteen years where Dan spent ten of these in private practice in association with Dr. Robert Mankin. Then in August 1999, Dan and Dianne moved to Llano where they also resided for fifteen years. After Dan had a hemorrhagic stroke, Dianne and he moved to Cedar Park.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Ruth Lee and John and his daughter Alicia Eaton Brothers. He is survived by his wife, Dianne; his daughter Terissa; his son Tom and wife Shelly; his son­in­law Steve; and grandchildren Quinn and Jesse Brothers, Chase Eaton, Taylor and Logan Hammond.

Memorial services will be Saturday, January 16, 2016 at the Church of Christ in Llano, Texas at 11:00 AM with Brother David Hankins officiating. 

Memorials may be given to:

Meals on Wheels 1110 Berry St Llano, Texas 78643

Cherokee Children’s Home P.O. Box 295
Cherokee, Texas 76832

Brentwood Christian School 11908 N. Lamar Blvd. Austin, Texas 78753

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Howard Wayne Foster
 Howard Wayne Foster was born in Albany, Texas, on June 9, 1927. His parents were Robert and Florence Brown Foster. He often told stories of his idyllic childhood in Albany, riding horses and hunting boars accompanied by his faithful German shepherd. He served in the US Navy during World War II aboard a destroyer, including time spent in occupied Japan. After the war, he met and married the love of his life, Edna Ruth Tate. His work for General Motors allowed them to live in Corpus Christi, Austin, San Antonio, and finally Houston.  After retiring, he and Ruthie moved to Kingsland and enjoyed visiting family and photographing the wildflowers and birds in the area. Wayne is survived by his daughter, Heddie Shannon (husband Randy), and son, Stephen Foster (wife Sally), 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. 
Graveside Services will be Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Llano City Cemetery. No visitation is scheduled. 

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David Russell Newberg, 76, passed away Sunday, December 13, 2015 at his home in Kingsland, Texas.   He was born July 15, 1939 to Mildred (Millie Hawes) Kanipe and moved to Texas in the 1970s.   

He is survived by his forever loving wife after 25 years of companionship, friendship, and laughter Brenda (Warren) Newberg;  Brother - Robert (Gretchen) Newberg of Walburg, Texas. 

His children:  Mitzi Newberg of Boyne City, Michigan; Shelly Raines (Jim) of Akron, Ohio; David Lea Newberg (Ashley) of Kingsland, Texas; Klayton Kilburn (Heather) of Kingsland, Texas; Kayla Kilburn Fournier (JeanGuy) of Meadowlakes, Texas.  

He had 13 grandchildren:  Aris, James and Kayla in Ohio.   In Texas were Ameris, Davis, Bailey, Ashton, Dalton, Lily, Aidan, Liam, Wyatt, and Solora.   He had 5 great-grandchildren:  Carson, Braxton, Royal, Kendric, and Kyriee all in Ohio.  

He is preceded in death by a son, David Russell Newberg 18 months old; grandson Korey Lee Kilburn 8 weeks old; Brothers Irving (Skip) Newberg at age 43 and Otto (Jim) Kamptner at age 84.  

Dave was a mechanic his whole life, except for a few years after he had heart surgery when he worked in Burnet as a jailer and then as a security guard.   Then he went back to mechanic work.  He probably turned wrenches from the time he could hold one, right up until a few hours before he passed when he asked his wife to go find a  wrench…he will be so greatly missed by his family and friends and his pets. 

Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date. 

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Cecil Joe "Buddy" Salyer

Cecil Joe (Buddy) Salyer, age 84, died at Oaks Nursing Center in Burnet, Texas on Saturday, December 12.  Buddy had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for several years.

Born January 31, 1931, in Brown County, TX, Buddy married the former Dorothy Jo Coleman in 1951.  Buddy was a Korean War era veteran and worked as an electrician for the University of Texas for 29 years.  Buddy and Dottie lived in Austin until Buddy’s retirement when they moved to Buchannan Dam.  

In addition to Dottie, survivors include his two daughters, Brenda Jean Sheridan (husband Mike) of San Antonio and Jo Lynn Romans (husband Bill) of Austin and his brother Terry Salyer (wife Rita) of Elgin.  Buddy also had five grandchildren (Carrie Bolin, Angie D’Ambrosio, Jason Sheridan, Lee Romans, and Cole Romans) and five great grandchildren (Austin Bolin, Bridgette Bolin, Parker D’Ambrosio, David Romans, and Nicholas Romans).   Buddy was preceded in death by another daughter, Susan Salyer Schmidt. 

Services will be held at 10 am Saturday, December 19, at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano Tx.  Reception will be held at the Salyer household following the service.  Burial will be held in private.

Memorial contributions are welcome in lieu of flowers and should be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, PO Box 4777, New York, New York 10163-4777.

Memorial Services will be Saturday, December 19, 2015 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel in Llano, TX at 10:00 AM. Chaplain Berry Drake will be officiating.  



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Melba Florene Harden 

Melba Florene Smith Harden passed away December 9, 2015. She was born October 6, 1937 to the late Freddie and Flora Smith in Winters, Texas.

She has been a resident of Llano, TX for over 50 years and was a member of the Pittsburg Baptist Church. She enjoyed going to the movies, reading and spending time with her grandchildren. Melba was a LVN at the Llano Memorial Hospital for over 15 years.

Melba is survived by her sons Timmy and Tony Harden of Llano, daughter Patti Harden of Llano, sister Peggy Lockhart of Llano and numerous nieces and nephews including Shane Smith. She is also survived by her grandchildren; McKayla and Grant Harden and great grandchildren Layla and Wesley Harden.

She is preceded in death by husband Beverly Harden, brother Freddie Smith and sister Darlene Nobles.

Visitation will be at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home chapel in Llano on December 11, 2015 from 5-7 PM. Graveside services will be at the Llano City Cemetery on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Johnny Sawyer officiating.

Honorary pallbearers are Larry Miller, Steve Landers, Otto Rusche, Nelson Dahl, Walter Roberts, Bill Anderson, Shane Smith and Bobby Chitwood.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Llano Volunteer Fire Department.

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Larry Dale Campbell

Larry Dale Campbell, 61, of Llano died Dec. 6, 2015. He was born June 4, 1954, to Grace Belle (Isenberger) Campbell and Roland Buren Campbell in Llano, Texas.

He loved his family and friends, the Dallas Cowboys, the University of Texas Longhorns (to whom he was a proud alumni), the San Antonio Spurs, and the Llano High School Yellow Jackets. He also enjoyed singing and writing. 

Survivors include daughter, Alison Campbell of Austin; son, Matthew Campbell of Austin; granddaughter Alyssa Davila of Austin; sisters, Margaret Austin of Seadrift and Shirley Amthor of San Saba; brother Arthur Edward Campbell of San Saba; and 16 nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Mary Evelyn Harned and Dorothy Murchison; brother Roland Campbell Jr, and three brothers-in-law. 

A memorial service is 11 a.m. December. 12 at the Pittsburg Avenue Baptist Church with the Rev. Danny Meegan officiating.

Burial will follow at the Llano City Cemetery. 


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Shirley Ann Milligan

Shirley, 76, of Valley Spring, TX passed away Saturday, December 5, 2015. Services will be at a later date.  

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Patricia Jo Wagner

Patricia “Pat” Wagner passed away Thursday, December 3, 2015 at the age of 70. She was born in Austin March 8, 1945 to Edith (Kidd) and Floyd E.Kothmann. Pat married Phil Wagner September 4, 1965 in Mason, Texas. She was a teacher for many years and retired from Llano Independent School District. Pat was a member of the Daughters of Republic of Texas. She enjoy reading, and doing anything outside. Pat enjoyed watching her grandchildren participate in their activities from 4-H stock shows, rifle shoots, sports and most especially going to Schlitterbaun. She loved to travel as well. When she went to Kfar Blum near the Galillee area, she was baptized in the Jordan River by Pastor Jim Rose January 6, 2009. Prior to this Pat was christened by Reverend Radetzky in Castell at a young age.

Pat is survived by her daughters: Felicia Laxson and husband David of Streeter, Texas, Colette Todd and husband Mitch of Llano; Son Kody Wagner and wife Kim of Valley Spring, Texas and six grandchildren; Bradley Laxson, Zane and Gunner Todd, and Koda, Kaylie and Kash Wagner. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Phil Wagner in 2006 and by her parents Edith and Floyd Kothmann.

Visitation will be 5-7 Friday, December 4, 2015 at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas. Funeral services will be 3:00 P.M. Saturday, December 5, 2015 at Lutie Watkins United Memorial Methodist Church with Pastor Jim Rose officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Mitch Todd, Bradley Laxson, David Laxson, Lynn Owen, Daylon Smith and Jerry Butler. Honorary pallbearers will be Roy Feller, Zane and Gunner Todd and Kash Wagner. Burial will follow at the Methodist Cemetery in Castell, TX.

Memorial contributions may be made to Llano Christian Academy P.O. Box 728, Llano, TX; Mission U-Too, 3435 Hwy 1431, Kingsland, TX; Llano Library or the Charity of your Choice.

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Cliffa Gene Cook

Cliffa Gene Cook of Pontotoc, Texas passed from this life on December 2, 2015 at the age of 92.  She was proceeded in death by her husband Ezra Glen Cook, her son Charles Ezra Cook and son-in-law Donald Ray Henderson.  She was born August 30, 1923 in Llano, Texas to Dawn (Spinks) Lange and Walter Lange of Pontotoc, TX.

She graduated from Llano High School in 1940.  While attending Sul Ross State Teaching College in Alpine she met and married Ezra Cook, July 31, 1942.

During World War II she worked at the Marfa Air Force Base until her husband entered the U.S. Navy.  She later joined him in San Diego, California.  There she worked at Safeway Grocery Stores and at Rohr Aircraft where they made PB2Y Sea Planes.

She and her husband entered the ranching business with her parents when he received his discharge from the U.S. Navy in 1946. During the severe drought of the 1950s she taught school 5years to supplement the family income.

While a member of the Cherokee Baptist Church she organized the Girls Auxiliary and was their leader.  She served as Sunday School Secretary 21 years.  Cliffa Gene and Ezra moved their membership to Llano First Baptist Church in 1989.  There she was a member of Seekers Sunday school class and served on various committees.  She also enjoyed cooking and entertaining family and friends.

Cliffa Gene started taking oil painting and china painting lessons in 1967.  She enjoyed sharing her paintings with family and friends.  Bluebonnets became her favorite subject to paint and she claimed she could paint a bluebonnet on anything that would stand still.

Cliffa Gene Cook is survived by her Daughter-in-law Lale Cook; Daughters, Candace Henderson, Kristy Harris and husband Joe; Grandchildren, Amy Peters, Wendy McQueen, Dawn Dockey, Neslie Cook, Judd Henderson, and Curtis Harris; Great Grandchildren, Deacon Henderson, Lachlan Harris, Benjamin McQueen, Levi Henderson, Bethany Dockey, Sayla Henderson, Christopher McQueen, George Dockey, and Ellie Harris

The family request that memorial contributions be made to First Baptist Church, Llano or a charity of your choice.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Llano, TX at 10:00 AM with Reverend Rick Cundieff officiating. Following will be a graveside service at Cold Creek Cemetery in Pontotoc, TX.

Pallbearers: Judd Henderson, Curtis Harris, Jeff Dockey, Joe Harris, Randall Ross and Norman Ross

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Donald Murchison

Donald Murchison of Buchanan Dam passed away peacefully at home Thursday November 26, 2015 at the age of 79.  He was born June 12, 1936 to Oscar and Willie Mae (Bill) Murchison in Burnet, Texas.

Donald married Dorothy Louise Campbell on Sept. 7, 1957 in Leander, Texas.

He was a lifelong resident of Buchanan Dam.  He was a director of the Burnet County Fair and Rodeo Association for many years and a founding member of the Buchanan Dam Volunteer Fire Department. 

A descendant of early Texas settlers and trail drivers, he became a rancher at an early age, beginning in 1937 when he was less than a year old.  His uncles would take turns putting him in front of them in the saddle to ride for hours  and 'help' them round up the cattle.  The love of the land and ranching was passed down from his grandfather and uncles and he instilled the same love of the land in his children and grandson.  He took great pride in working land that had been in the family since the early 1850s.  

Survivors include son, Donald Mark Murchison and wife Jeannie of Buchanan Dam; daughter, Kathy Diane Murchison of San Antonio; sister Laverne Fleming of Marble Falls; grandson, Keenan Donald Murchison; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Keenan Murchison, Darrell Harned, Grant Barkey, Charlie Slangel, Jimmie Gholson, and Bill Deiterich. 

Visitation is 6-8 p.m.  November 30 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home, 307 E. Sandstone in Llano, (325) 247-4300. A funeral service is 2 p.m. December 1 at the funeral home with the Rev. Danny Meegan officiating. Burial will follow at Murchison Cemetery in Buchanan Dam.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Buchanan Dam Volunteer Fire Department

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Virgie Nell Herridge

In loving memory of Nell Herridge, 73.

Nell was born on July 3, 1942 and went to join her Lord and Savior on November 21, 2015. In 1958 she married Arnold Herridge and had four beautiful children; Roger, Carl, Nelda and Glenda. Nell pursued a career in nursing and spent 46 years as an LVN, serving the Llano, Odessa and Kerrville areas.

            Nell was a loving mother, sister and wife. She enjoyed cooking, camping, fishing, hunting and family vacations.

            She is survived by sons; Roger and wife, Rhonda Herridge of Llano and Carl and Kathy Herridge of Keller, daughters; Nelda Sieber of Roanoke and Glenda Bowen of Cuero. She is also survived by her niece Jackie Faircloth, nephews Eugene, Ricky and Rusty Long all of Llano. Nell had nine grandchildren. Jimmie Hill of Llano, Jefforey Herridge of Llano, Ross and Jennifer Herridge of San Angelo, Lucretia and Bill Wise of Austin, JD and Brianna Herridge of Katy, Terry Rader of Roanoke, Bobby Rader of Austin, Joshua Conley of Llano, Kimberlee and Thomas of Lubbock. She was preceded in death by, her parents, Joe and Edith Kuhn, her husband of 57 years, Arnold, her sister Lillie Long Bailey, Lillie’s brother Thomas Connors and her nephew Robert Long.

            Pallbearers are Eugene Long, Joshua Conley, Jefforey Herridge, Mike Steelman, Mike Goetz, Russell Long and Billy Christopher. Honorary pallbearers are Doc Sutton and Billy Christopher. The family suggests donations be made to the Llano Christmas park, the Llano Cowboy Church or the Llano Food Pantry.

            Services will be held Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at the Llano Cowboy Church at 10:00 AM. Reverend Stacey Nobles will be officiating. Burial will be at the Board Branch Cemetery in Lone Grove.

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Richard Hugh Gilbert

Richard Gilbert, 78, of Llano, TX passed away November 16, 2015. He graduated from Burkburnett High School, played basketball for Decatur Junior College, received a bachelors degree from Howard Payne College and a masters degree from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos. He retired with 33 years in Texas public education. He served 4 years in Gustine, TX, 2 years in Killeen, TX and 27 years with Llano ISD.

He was active in the Llano Lions Club, Valley Spring Volunteer Fire Department and served as deacon for the First Baptist Church in Llano. He was awarded the Llano Jacket For Life in 1998.

Richard was a loving father and devoted husband. He led his family by example of good character, fairness and faith. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Richard is survived by wife of 55 years Gerry Partin Gilbert, son Kelly Gilbert and wife April of Junction, TX, daughters Jana Weiland and husband Craig of Riviera, TX, Jill Payne and husband Larry of Sonora, TX. Grandchildren: Nicole Walts and husband Joe, Victoria Payne and fiancé Garrett Watkins, Cody Weiland, Dallas Payne, Corbyn Gilbert and Kyle Weiland. Great Grandchild: Siler Walts. Sister: Sherry Smith, Brother: Fred Gilbert and wife Elda. He is also survived by his mother-in-law Ruby Partin and three brothers-in-law: Lanny Partin and wife June, Walt Partin and wife Brenda, and John Partin and wife Nelda; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents Lawrence and Goldie Gilbert, and father-in-law Fred Partin.

The family suggests that donations be made to the Llano Lions Club, First Baptist Church, the Backpack Buddies for kids food programs or a charity of your choice.

Visitation will be Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in the funeral home chapel. Funeral Services will be held Thursday ,November 19, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Llano at 2:00 PM with Reverend Rick Cundieff officiating.

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Douglas Shane Reese

Douglas Shane Reese, 36 passed away on Friday, November 13th , 2015.  Shane was born May 5th, 1979 and resided in Kingsland, Tx most of his life.

He is survived by his maternal Grandmother Margaret Francks; father Alfred Reese; sister Fawn Reese; two brothers Timothy Reese and Kevin Reese; five nephews Sylis Bolen, Zaiden Bolen, Alex Reese, Kyle Reese, and Hunter Reese; two Aunts Lori Francks and Pam Wyatt and Husband Jim; and three cousins J.S. Hall, Jeremy Hall and Jessica Hall.

He is preceded in death by grandfather James Francks; Uncle J.B. Francks; and mother Patricia Francks.

Services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday November 21st at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel in Kingsland, TX with Sam Garza officiating.

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Matthew Tyler Aten

Matthew Tyler Aten was born August 27, 1976 in Cleburne, Texas and passed away November 11, 2015 in Meadowlakes, Texas.  He grew up in Kingsland and Llano, and graduated from Llano High School in 1995.  While there, he was a member of the National Honor Society, played basketball, ran cross country, played drums in the Yellowjacket Band, and was the first male cheerleader at LHS.  He was also a member of Enloe’s Outlaws, the waterski team that performed at the Kingsland Aquaboom Festival every 4th of July.  He was active in the youth group at Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church, and really enjoyed not only the church activities, including the Chrysalis weekend, but also the snow ski trips to Colorado and New Mexico.  Matthew graduated from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. in 1999, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management.  As a graduation present, he back packed Australia with Rob Ross, and celebrated the Millennium by the Sydney Opera House. While working for Chancel Construction he was involved in the construction of some of the buildings at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C.  He also toured New York City with his grandmother, Opal Seals, and went to Carnegie Hall to see his cousin perform with the Aggie Choir.  Matthew was determined to live as full of a life as possible, so he played on 3 different wheelchair basketball teams – the Port City Spokesmen in Wilmington, N.C., the N.C. Tarwheels, and the Austin Rec’cers.  He went to the National Tournament in Denver twice, winning 2nd place one year.  He moved to Meadowlakes in 2011 to help take care of his grandmother, and was able to reconnect with many of his high school friends which he really enjoyed.  He celebrated his 39th birthday in August, and 10 of his college friends from North Carolina came to visit and have one final tailgate with him.  It was a very special time for all of us!  Matthew requested a tailgate/barbecue in lieu of a traditional service, and we will celebrate his life by honoring his wish.  Matthew is survived by his mother and step-father, Leigh Ann and Bill Lewis of Midland, father Steve Aten of Ft. Worth, brother and family Christian and Anna, Rian Tyler, Dylan and Evan Aten of Orting, Washington, aunt Juli Aten and George Martin of Ft. Worth, grandmother Opal Seals of Meadowlakes, uncle Mike and Dola Seals of Burleson, the Colorado relatives – Becky and Andy Hoke, Ken and Shannon Aten, Joe Aten, Jeannette and Dennis Vidmar, and many cousins that he dearly loved. He was predeceased by his grandfather, Maston Bridges Seals. Also, in lieu of flowers, donations to Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland would be appreciated.  This institute has made great strides in helping others with ALD and AMN, so any donations would be appreciated.

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 Shirley Anita Gamblin

Shirley Anita Skains Gamblin, age 78, of Llano Texas, went to be with Jesus on Thursday, October 29th, 2015. A memorial celebration will be held at 2:00 on Sunday, November 1st, 2015, at the First Baptist Church in Llano, Texas with Pastor Rick Cundiff officiating. Arrangements are by Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home of Llano, Texas.

            She was born in Beeville, Texas on October 8th, 1937. She graduated in 1956 from McCamey High School where she was a cheerleader, played in the band and sang tenor in the choir. She was also heavily involved in McCamey 4-H going on to receive an award in the  Texas State Fair 4-H sewing contest as well as serving as a regional and state planning representative.    

Shirley married the love of her life, Rell Weldon Gamblin, on December 28th, 1955. Starting out in Midland, they also lived in Abilene, Sunray, and as far north as Bixby, Oklahoma, before eventually settling to raise their family in Lake Dallas, Texas. Shirley was the Lake Dallas Junior High secretary for over 30 years. As an adult she was involved in various organizations, among them leading Girl Scouts of America troops for many years, co-founding the Lake Dallas Stuff N’ Stitch Guild with long-time friends, and later, participating in Llano Culture Club. She was a member of Lake Shore Baptist Church in Lake Dallas, Texas until relocating to Llano Texas and joining First Baptist Church and the Llano Cowboy Church.

            She is survived by her husband, Rell; her children, Darwin and his fiancée, Kathy, Deborah and her husband Joel, and Tina and her husband Jim. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Kadie, Carrleigh, Chance, Caroline, and Jake as well as one great-grandchild, Nora, with little brother, Isaac, on the way. She is survived by two brothers, Billy and Eddie, her sisters, Mary Alice and Joyce, as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

             Her parents, Currie and Sadie Skains, as well as many dear friends and family, were there in Heaven waiting to welcome her home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Shirley’s name to the American Diabetes Association. Shirley’s family would like to thank the First Baptist Church of Llano as well as all of the great friends that have been so supportive during this time.

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Laura Lee Henderson-George

Laura Lee Henderson-George passed away unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at the age of 57.

Laura Lee is survived by her husband, Bill George of Castell, TX; Her mother, Carolyn Nelson of San Antonio, TX; Her father and step-mother, Mr. William and Dr. Edna Henderson of Denver, Colorado; Her sons, Christopher Conrad of Uvalde, TX and Brad Henderson of San Antonio, TX; and her brother, Keller Henderson of San Antonio, TX. She is preceded in death by her sister, Nina Henderson.

Laura Lee was born on April 9, 1958 in Denver, Colorado to Carolyn Nelson and William Henderson. She married Bill George on July 29, 2013. Laura Lee enjoyed spending her time as a dedicated volunteer at the Mason Food Bank and Mason Community Kitchen. She was recently confirmed at St. Martin's Episcopal Worshiping Community in Mason, TX.

A funeral is scheduled for Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 2:00 pm at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano, TX, with a reception to follow at the Grace Episcopal Church in Llano.  Mary Margaret Mueller will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Laura Lee's life. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be donated to the Mason Food Bank.

 Memorial Contributions may be made to the Mason Food Bank, P.O. Box 690, Mason, TX  76856 or Mason Community Kitchen, P.O. Box 711, Mason, TX 76856

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Carolyn Gail Mansell

Carolyn Gail Mansell age 69 of Llano, Texas passed away at her residence on October 25, 2015. She was born on

September 17, 1946 in Llano, Texas to Robert Lee Mansell and Hazel Mansell. Gail was a local business owner and

a lifetime resident of Llano. She is survived by her son, Sam McPherson and wife Lena of Llano, daughter

Terry Barrick and husband Jeff of Leander, sister Margaret Vardell of Burnet, brother Leslie Ray Mansell of Llano.

She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews and countless friends.

Gail loved doing yard work, hanging out with her friends, and was an animal rescuer.

She is proceeded in death by her parents, and brother R.T Mansell.

A memorial service for Gail will be October 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano, Texas

with Pastor Stacey Nobles officiating.

For those desiring to do so may make memorial contributions to the animal shelter of your choice.

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Richard C. Smith

Richard C. Smith, age 64, of Llano, passed away at his residence on October 15, 2015.  He was born on January 15, 1951 in San Saba, Texas to Alfred Smith and Rutha (Rankin) Smith.  Richard had served during Vietnam with the U.S. Air Force.  He married Mary Jene Randolph on August 4, 1973 in Nashville, Tennessee and had been a resident of Llano since 1980.


Richard had worked for the M.J. Wootan family for many years an enjoyed cooking at Cooper’s BBQ in Llano for years. 


He is survived by his wife, Jene Smith of Llano, 2 Sons Bradley Smith and his wife Janelle of Buchanan Dam and Brian Smith of Llano.  He is also survived by 2 Sisters, Patsy Dawson and husband Ralph of Austin, Peggy Horton of Llano, 3 Grandchildren Lane, Weston, and Jordan, as well as many Nieces and Nephews.


Richard is preceded in death by his Parents, 1 Sister Ann Turner and 2 Brothers Jim and John Smith.

Visitation will be held Monday, October 19, 2015 from 5:30PM to 7:30PM at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Chapel in Llano. 

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 11:00AM at the First Baptist Church in Llano with Rev. Rick Cundieff officiating. 

Graveside Services will be held at 2:00PM at the Harmony Ridge Cemetery in San Saba County.


Pallbearers will be Ronnie Horton, Kevin Horton, Jim Turner, Brad Hoy, Jared Motl, Gary Smith and Mike Smith. 

Honorary Pallbearers will be Terry Wootan, Kenny Oestreich, Bo Phillips, Mario Vasquez, and Sam Christopher.


For those desiring to do so may make memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church in Llano. 

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Doris Faye King

 Doris Faye King, 90, passed peacefully into her savior’s arms on Tuesday October 13, 2015.  Born August 11, 1925 in Brownfield, TX to Austin and Drucilla Spivey, Doris was a devoted wife and mother, who also found time to earn an Associate’s Degree in Nursing.  With nursing skill and maternal instinct she raised her five sons in Odessa TX, moving to central TX with her husband Robert in 1980.  Doris was an accomplished artist and seamstress, as well as a dedicated volunteer for the Hoover Valley VFD.  Her church brought her much joy and comfort, and she was a devout and active member of several Primitive Baptist Church congregations. 

Her cooking was legendary, and her family, friends and fellow congregants were frequent and happy recipients of the many delicious creations from her kitchen. Of special note were her chocolate cream pies which have been imitated but never replicated.  A true Texas girl and avid football fan, Doris loved the Longhorns and the Dallas Cowboys and spent many fall afternoons juggling food service while cheering on her teams.

Doris was preceded in death by the love of her life and husband of 51 years Robert J. King, sister Iva and brother Leroy.  She was blessed with, and is survived by her five sons, Michael and Bonnie King of Killeen TX, Robert Jr. and Lisa King of Dripping Springs TX, Anthony and Sue King of Uhland TX, Mark and LauraAnn King of Leesburg VA and Daniel King of Edna TX, as well as sister Violet Dyess, 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Services for Doris will be held at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne funeral home in Kingsland TX on Monday, October 19, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., followed by internment at Lake Hills Memorial Park, Park Road 4 in Marble Falls TX.  In lieu of flowers, Doris would have been touched if any donations were made to the Bethel Primitive Baptist Church in McMahan, TX.  

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Carol Lee Stolz 


Carol Lee Stolz, 84, passed away on Thursday, October 8, 2015. She was born to Robert and Josephine Carson on October 16, 1930.

She has been a resident of Austin since 1962 and was a member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church of Austin, TX. She loved her church and her family. She also loved to read and belonged to the Kappa Alpha Theta.

Carol has two daughters Susan Elsass of Austin, TX and Sharon Harris and husband Frank of Buckholts, TX. She also has two grandchildren Michael Carson (Casey) Elsass and Amanda Nicole Adamcik both of Austin, TX and one great grandchild, Jacob Adamcik of Austin, TX.

Graveside Services were held on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Llano City Cemetery.

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Nettie Mae Story 


Nettie Mae Story of Irving, Texas passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2015. She was born on November 10, 1932 to C.E. and Gwendalyn Fort in Ellis County. 

A private family burial took place on Friday, October 8, 2015 at Babyhead Cemetery.

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Thomas Carroll Fain


Thomas Carroll Fain, 86, of Llano, left his earthly home and was welcomed home into the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on October 7, 2015.

He was born in Coryell County, Texas to Horace Edgar and Ruth Carroll Fain on September 28, 1929, the third of seven children. He graduated from Santa Rosa High School in Santa Rosa, Texas in 1949. He worked with his father as a beekeeper for Fain’s Honey until 1954.  He served in the United States Army from February 1954 until January 1956.  He married Frances Schorlemmer at First Baptist Church on September 1, 1956.  They began their life together in Midland, Texas before moving to Tyler.   Their son, Thomas Clinger Fain, was born June 3, 1957 followed by their daughter, Janna Lynne Fain, on May 7, 1959.

Tom earned an Associate’s Degree in Electronics from Tyler Junior College.  Tom worked for 38 years at East Texas Oxygen and retired in 1995 as the President and General Manager.  Tom was a champion for Jesus, a most loving husband, father and friend to many.   He treasured spending time with loved ones.  He had a great sense of humor, always ready with a joke to put people at ease and make them smile. Tom taught hundreds of teenagers to water ski on Lake Tyler and Lake LBJ.  He loved hunting and fishing with his co-workers, son, daughter and grandsons.  He was an avid carpenter making everything from picture frames and bookshelves to kitchen chopping blocks.  He loved his beagles and enjoyed taking these most loyal companions with him on boat and jeep rides.  He is survived by his current beagle Rusty.

            Tom loved his church families too.  Tom served as an active deacon at Trinity Baptist Church from 1966 to 1994 and at First Baptist Church Llano from 1995 to present.

He served on numerous youth mission trips, he taught junior high, college and career Bible Study at Trinity Baptist Church, Tyler. He taught young men’s Bible Study at First Baptist Church Llano.  He served as a greeter at First Baptist Church Llano and loved meeting everyone walking through the doors.

Tom is preceded in death by his parents, Horace Edgar Fain and Ruth Carroll Fain of Llano; his son Thomas Clinger Fain, his sister Margie Patterson of Santa Rosa, Texas and brother Edgar Earl Fain of Llano. Tom is survived by his wife Frances; daughter, Janna Fain and her partner Mark McKim of Lakeway, grandson Christopher Fain and his wife Amy of Beaumont; grandson David Fain of Houston; daughter-in-law Leslie Fain of Houston, brothers Robert Charles Fain and his wife Pat of Stephenville; Dewey Lee Fain and his wife Erwinna of Llano, sisters June Fain Fowler of New Braunsfels and Sharon Fain Offer and her husband Sammy of Kingsland as well as many nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family will be from 6PM to 8PM Friday, October 9, 2015 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home 307 E Sandstone St, Llano, TX 78643. A celebration of his life will be held at 2PM Saturday, October 10 at the First Baptist Church of Llano 107 W Luce St, Llano, TX 78643.  Memorial donations for Tom may be made to the First Baptist Church of Llano.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the church family and so many friends and supporters who have loved and encouraged Tom and Frances throughout their 59 years of marriage. Tom will be dearly missed by his family and friends, but we celebrate that he is now spending eternity with Jesus and has left us with a legacy of love and compassion.

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Erma Lee Inman 

Erma Lee Inman passed away Tuesday, October 6, 2015 in Llano, Texas at the age of 89. She was born January 28, 1926 in Carthage, Illinois to Lula (Gillonwater) and Fred Belknap. She married Ralph Inman on November 28, 1943 in Keokuh, Missouri. She was a dedicated homemaker all her life. Erma moved to Llano coming from Stanton, Texas. She was of the Baptist faith and a member of Frist Baptist Church of Llano.


Erma is survived by Joyce Clark and husband John of Llano; Anthony Inman and wife Melissa of Miami, Kelly Inman and wife Keri of  Stanton, Pam Bigger and husband William of Llano, Ronnie Campbell of Austin, Shawna Barnhill and husband Chris of Stanton, Trey Bigger and wife Brittany of Arlington and Monica Bigger Riggs and husband Zach; six great grandchildren, one great great granddaughter and one great great grandson soon to arrive; and three sisters Dorothy Bundy, Evelyn Brown, and Betty Castelli.


She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph Inman, daughters Donna Lee Inman and Erma Louise Toliver, Parents Lula and Fred Belknap, and numerous sisters and brothers.


Funeral services will be held 10:00 A.M. Friday, October 9, 2015 at First Baptist Church of Llano with Reverend Rick Cundieff officiation.


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Corbin Raygan Greenwood-Ortiz


Corbin Raygan Greenwood-Ortiz passed away Monday, September 21, 2015. He is survived by his parents Stephanie Greenwood, of Llano, TX, and Rigoberto Ortiz of Austin, TX. He is also survived by his grandparents Franklin and Ruth Ann Greenwood, and Maria Posadas along with several brothers and sisters.

Graveside services will be held Friday, September 25, 2015 at the Llano City Cemetery at 9:00 AM. Reverend Danny Meegan will officiate.

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Evelyn Marie Colclasure


Evelyn Marie (Barding) Colclasure, passed away Monday, September 21, at the age of 74 in Round Rock, TX. She was born August 26, 1941 in Ramsey, IL. She was one of five children born to Floyd and Stella (Rodefelt) Barding. Evelyn attended Pana High School in Pana, IL before marrying Richard Dean Colclasure in 1959. She lived in France, Germany, California, Kansas and Illinois before settling in Texas. She was a lover of flowers and an avid gardener. She held numerous jobs including milking cows, running a trucking business while maintaining her excellent cooking skills. Her homemade bread and vegetable soup was unequaled by anything. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Kingsland and loved her church family, friends and neighbors. She was a kind and gentle person, caring for and about others all of her life. She loved all of her family and was a wonderful “Granny,” who will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her husband Richard Dean Colclasure of Kingsland, TX and three children: son, Kent Colclasure and wife, Rochelle of Comanche, TX; two daughters: Karen Mogonye and partner, Micheal Jeffords, of Ft. Myers, FL, and Kathy Tribble and husband, Bradley, of Llano, TX; one sister, Catherine Birkey and husband, Darrell, of Delavan, IL; two brothers, Paul Barding of Casey, IL and Raymond Barding and wife, Patty, of Decatur, IL. She leaves behind seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Floyd and Stella Barding; one son, Andre Colclasure, and one sister Junie Barding.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 26, 2015, at the First Baptist Church in Kingsland, at 2:00 PM with Pastor Bubba Stahl officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association. The family wishes to extend their gratitude for the kindnesses of her friends, neighbors, church and doctors over the years.

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Imogene (Gene) Donop 

Gene Donop passed away September 16, 2015. She was 93 years old.

Gene was born Frebruary 23, 1922 in Babyhead to Stella and Lofton Tinsley. She was a lifetime resident of Llano County.


Gene is preceded in death by her husband, Walter Donop, who she was married to for 49 years. They were both members of Lutie Watkins Memorial Methodist Church. She is also preceded in death by five siblings, Otelia Stewart, Oleta Donop, L.B. Tinsley, Willie Wade Tinsley and Marjorie Polk.


Gene loved working as the city secretary of Llano Utilities for over 35 years as well as throwing the San Angelo and Austin American newspapers. She enjoyed quilting and volunteer work at the thrift store in Llano.

Gene is survived by her children Kenny Donop and his wife Mable of Llano and LuAnn Whitehead and her husband Jerry of San Angelo. She is also survived by her grandchildren Brent Whitehead of San Angelo and Kristen Vanicek and her husband Russ as well as her great grandchildren Luke and Kenzie Jo Vanicek who all reside in Gonzales, TX.

Visitation will be Friday, September 18, 2015 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano from 5-7 PM. Graveside services will be 10:00 AM September 19, 2015 in the Llano City Cemetery. Officiating will be Reverend Leslie Tomlinson.

In her memory, donations may be made to an organization of your choice.

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Mary Viola (Merkel) Reed

Mary Reed, 84, of Llano went to her heavenly home Saturday, September 12, 2015. Mary was a Christian and was baptized at an early age.
Worked many years for Hill Country Manor Nursing Home and later as caregiver for elderly in their homes. Her compassion and service for the elderly was well known in Llano. Mary was a devoted daughter and sister, and had a boundless love for her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fritz and Harriet Merkel, siblings Carl, Bill, Jim, Della, Lorene, Lou and Pauline, her husbands Richard Mau and E.C. Reed and granddaughter Melanie Dunn. She is survived by her children Roy(Paula) Mau, Jimmie (Brenda) Mau, Bobby (Cheryl) Reed, Donna Snow, Sharon (Sam) Cates, Penny (Matthew) Blackmon and Tim Reed and a sister, Patricia Ratliff. 14 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 

A memorial service was held on Friday, September 18, 2015 at the Llano City Cemetery with a celebration of life at the Cowboy Church following the service.

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Tina Sue Arms

Tina Sue (Logan) Arms passed away Sunday, September 13, 2015 at the age of 50. She was born October 19, 1964 to Jeannette (Goble) McPherson and David Lee Logan in Burnet Texas. She married Michael Arms September 22, 1994 in Llano, Texas. Tina Sue loved to work in her yard and in particular her flowers. She loved arts and crafts but above all she was a caregiver to all. She loved being a grandmother and the time she spent with her grandchildren was most important to her.

Tina Sue is survived by her husband Michael Arms; Daughters: Jennifer Lynn Taylor and husband Price of Llano, Myndi Shaye Moss of Llano, Macayla Brooke Anderson and husband Berit of Cherokee, and Bailey Brianne Arms of Llano; Son Caleb Fisher and Kristina of Moody, Texas. Parents Jeanette and Sam McPherson, Loving her as a mother Patsy Dick Fraser; Sisters Sally Hernandez and husband Ted of Austin, Jana Cluck and husband Steve of Pipe Creek, Lori Goodson and husband Brett of Lake Fork. Brothers James Lee Owens and Tracy of Llano, Wesley Lucas and Holly of Llano, Kevin McPherson and Jenny of Sunrise Beach, James McPherson of Kerrville. Grandchildren Jayla Shaye Arizola, Lainey Brooke Thigpen, Linkin Azel Cantu and Charlie Brooke Anderson, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and her host of many friends.

She was preceded in death by her brother David Earl Logan and her grandparents.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas from 6:00 ~ 8:00 P.M. Graveside services will be held Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. at the Llano City Cemetery with Reverend Rick Cundieff officiating. Serving as honorary pallbearers are her classmates of 1983.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Special Opportunities School in Llano Texas.

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Robert A. Poteet

Robert A Poteet 81 of Tow died September 8 2015. He was born November 9 1933 in Crystal City Tx. to Gertrude Chaffin and Fenton Champ Poteet. He served active duty in the Navy

during the Korean War aboard the Destroyer USS Samuel N. Moore.
He is survived by his wife Izora Poteet and his three children Lauraine Rizer, Gregory Poteet and V.C.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Tow.

Memorial service September 19 2015 10am at First Baptist Church of Tow. 16529 Ranch Road 2241 Tow, Texas 78672.

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Ruby Laverne Maynard

Ruby Laverne Maynard passed away Sunday, September 6, 2015 at the age of 80. She was born October 17, 1934 in Georgetown, Texas to Mae (King) and Lloyd Newman. Ruby later married Buck Albert Maynard June 12, 1954 in Georgetown, Texas.


She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 317 in Jarrell, Texas. She supported the Wounded Warrior Project and in her words, “She loves her soldier boys”. Ruby also loved to pass out Christian tracks to spread the word of Jesus.


She is survived by five daughters; Virgie Maynard of Missouri, Mary Lou LaVrar and husband John of Jarrell, Linda Laverne Maynard and husband Horace (Buddy) of Girard, Winnie Lucille Goins of Merkel, and Martha Katherine (Kathy) Maynard and husband Benjamin of Girard. Three sons; Jerry Dean Maynard and wife Sarah of Girard, Jacob Glenn Maynard and wife Frankie of McCauley, Texas, and David Lynn Maynard of Jarrell. Ruby was also survived by numerous Grand, Great, and Great Great grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her husband Buck in 2002, as well as her parents Mae and Lloyd Newman, five sisters and nine brothers.


There will be a visitation Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 5:00 P.M. ~ 7:00 P.M. at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Chapel. A graveside service will be held 10:00 A.M. Friday, September 11, 2015 at the Llano City Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to any Nursing Care Facility or Hospice of your choice.

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Paula Powell Westbrook
Graveside Services Friday, September 4, 2015 at 1:00 PM at the Tow Cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. James Crews. 

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Doris Anne Cowart


Doris Anne Bickham (Joe) Cowart was born on February 13, 1933 in Bay City, Texas to parents Bryan and Anne Bickham.  She passed away peacefully on August 30, 2015 at home with Tim and Aimee Cowart in Tow, Texas.
Doris, who many knew as "Joe", was a 1950 graduate of Bay City High School.  After attending business school, she worked as an employee of the City of Houston for 17 years, including more than four years as the personal assistant and secretary to Mayor Louie Welch.
In Houston, Doris met her sweetheart, Robert Thomas (Bob) Cowart, who she married on September 28, 1957.
After moving to Tow, she worked as a real estate broker and was the owner of Cowart Store and Realty.
A lifelong Methodist, Joe was a member of the Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church in Llano.
Joe was known for her quick wit, sunny disposition, and love of others.  Her keen sense of humor was renowned among those who came in contact with her.  She spent untold hours serving her community in support of the Tow Volunteer Fire Department, the Ladies Auxiliary, and as a certified Ombudsman at Care Inn of Llano.
Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Cowart; her parents, Bryan and Anne Bickham; twin brothers, Clifford Bickham and Robert Bickham; and sister, Jean Bickham Kemp.
She is survived by her brother, Lane Bickham of New Braunfels; her sister and brother-in-law, Lois and Jim Heslip of Canyon Lake; as well as numerous extended family members and beloved friends.
The Bickham and Cowart families extend their gratitude to the staff of Llano Nursing and Rehabilitation for their loving care.

Graveside Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at the Tow Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements made under the direction of Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes, Inc. Llano, Texas.  E-mail condolences may be sent to whhfuneral1@verizon.net.

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Morris William Sherry

Morris William Sherry passed away on August 23, 2015. He was born on August 31, 1925 to Allie and Maggie Sherry in Gonzalez, TX. Served in the military from March 14, 1945 until he was discharged as a Private First Class (PFC) on October 17, 1946. He married Virginia Merle Buchanan in Georgetown, TX on October 14, 1949. They spent their life raising their family in Llano, TX. He loved hunting, fishing, gardening, dancing, Dallas Cowboys, and spending time with his family.  Pop Pop was a fierce forty-two player and all his family wanted to be his partner because they all loved to win.  He retired from Texas Highway Department after 25 years.  He was a member of the St. James Lutheran Church in Llano, TX. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, his parents, two brothers Horace Sherry and Jerldean Sherry, three sisters Naomi Hearn, Emma Mae Kirchman, and Nell Wilkerson, granddaughter Krista Dian Stegall, and great-grandson “Angel” Robertson. He is survived by his daughters Dian Ray and husband J. Paul, Donna McCord and husband Greg, Linda Robertson and husband Jesse, Karen Hoerster and husband Jimmy, Teresa Kassell and husband Leland, five granddaughters, five grandsons, five great-granddaughters, and nine great-grandsons.  Also by sister Pat Botard and husband Ottie and brother James Sherry and wife Doris.

He will be greatly missed by all his friends and family.

Memorials can be made to St. James Lutheran Church, Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 10:00 AM at Saint James Lutheran Church in Llano followed by Highland Lakes Honor Guard holding a military graveside services at the Llano Cemetery.

Pall Bearers:

Morris Bailey

Heath Robertson

Tyler Hoerster

Bradley Kassell

Caleb McCord

James Peevy

Honorary Pall Bearers:

Branden Ellison

Tanner Robertson

Russell Ricketson

Peewee Smathers

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                                                        Mary Emily Firestone

In April, 1923, Mary Emily was born to Jerome and Mignon Jacoby in Yonkers, New York.

The granddaughter of Ellis Island immigrants, she grew up an only child and lived into adulthood among a very large extended family in Yonkers.

She attended and graduated from New York University during the war years, and became a military wife. After having been stationed at Alameda and Moffett Field while Ken fought in Korea, they chose Northern California after retiring from the Navy with 20 years, as the place to settle down and to finish raising their family. Ken worked in the aero space industry and Mary became a highly successful California realtor in a career spanned nearly 40 years.

As the children started to leave, they began to travel the world together. Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Far West. After 45 years of marriage, Mary became a widow, and subsequently married a lifelong friend. She and Bill Resnick shared a wonderful marriage of 15 years until his death in 2011.

Mary and Bill relocated to Llano, Texas from California in 2008 to live out their years near family in a welcoming community.

Our 92 year old family matriarch will be sorely missed by 3 children, Diana Firestone of Llano, Bonnie Groth and son-in-law Bill Groth of Livermore, California, Jeff Firestone and daughter-n-law Karen of Pleasonton, California. Mary has 5 grandchildren living from Liberty Hill, TX to Alaska and California, as well as 8 great grandchildren, and countless cousinsand dear friends all across the country.

Hers was a long and beautiful life, well lived and she exited this world surrounded by her children, and her eldest grandson and their love for her, while exhibiting to the end, the grace and dignity befitting a queen. 


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Patricia Ann Brewer

Patricia Ann Brewer, 62, of Weatherford, Texas passed away on Thursday, August 6, 2015.  She had been a resident of Weatherford for 10 years having moved there from Anaheim, California.  Patricia was a school teacher in Christian Schools and very devoted to the Baptist Church.  She married Hollis Brewer on February 5, 2002 in Anaheim, California.

She is survived by her husband Hollis Brewer, daughter Samone Robinson of California, 3 sisters Joan Sutton of Weatherford, Texas, Mary Ray, Vicky Brook, both of Anaheim, California, 4 grandchildren De’Andre, Robyn, Chynna and Chelsea Carol and 2 great grandchildren Christian Carter and Tristan Cole Allen.

Patricia is preceded in death by her parents, Samuel Ray and Edith (Lucas) Ray, as well as a son David Robinson, and brother Samuel Ray, Jr.

Graveside services will be at the Llano City Cemetery, Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 10:00 AM with Rev. J.D. Sanders officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made in Patricia’s memory to the Bible Baptist Church in Llano.



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Roberta Reagor Strayhorn

Roberta Reagor Strayhorn was born on July 17, 1923 to John & Mattie Reagor in Pontotoc, Texas.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Lee Roy, son-in-law Buzz Costner, brothers & wives Frank & Blanche, Damon & Irene, and Cliff & Ada, and sisters & husbands Eva & Erford Norris and Ima & Lube Talley.

​She is survived by daughters Frances Costner and Carol Cunningham & husband Ron, grandchildren Cheryl Regmund & husband John, Craig Dearing, Niki Cockerham & husband Shawn, Kathryn Cunningham, great grandchildren Clinton & Wesley Regmund and McKenzie, Jake & Kylie Cockerham, brother-in-law Warren (Chip) Strayhorn & wife Mildred and sister-in-law Juanita Smith.​ Also, numerous nieces & nephews.

​Shortly after graduation from Llano High School, Roberta began a 50 year career working around the “Llano Square”.  She began her first job in Dr. Bowman’s dentist office (where Arrowhead Bank is now), moved on to The Llano News (at its present location), and concluded her trip around the square while working many years at Dalchau Hutto Insurance (where Stonewall’s was).

​Roberta loved not only playing sports but supporting the Llano youth in their endeavors as well.   She played on the local Llano softball team until her early 50’s, and was the treasurer and ran the concession stand for Llano Little League for many years.  Many who played on those teams and others still call her “Aunt Bert”.

​She supported both daughters—born 21 years apart— through 36+ years of UIL and Little League sports, church activities, school band performances and was the treasurer of Band Boosters for many years.  She was also a member of Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church.

​Both Roberta and husband Lee Roy were recognized several years ago at the Chamber of Commerce Banquet for 50+ years of Chamber membership.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Llano Little League, March of Dimes, or Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church. 

Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 9, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano.

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, August 10, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Leslie Tomlinson officiating.

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Loyce Rogers Majkszak


   Loyce Rogers Majkszak was born March 19, 1936 to Lee and Merle Rogers in Llano County. She died August 4, 2015.

   She is preceded in death by her husband, Lige Majkszak, her son, Mark and her parents. She is survived by her daughter, Kimberlee (Wayne); son, Kerry (Jerrie Kaye); grandson, Daniel (Jennifer); great grandchildren, Remington, Kayelee and Raini; her sister, Joyce (Nolan), and nieces and nephews.


Loyce enjoyed building a home and raising her family with Lige always at her side. After 42 years of marriage, she was still at his side at his death in 1996.

   She enjoyed traveling with her family and got to experience everything from riding in a hot air balloon, seeing whales in Alaska to snorkeling in Hawaii.

  In her lifetime, she had two great joys. The first was her faith, which she maintained consistently. She was a dedicated witness of Jehovah God all of her life and her love and devotion never wavered. Her hope for God’s will on earth was one of her last thoughts to be expressed aloud. She dearly loved gathering with her friends and family who shared this hope.

   Her second joy was the time with Remington, Kayelee and Raini. They were the light of her life and she devoted many hours caring for and playing with these precious little ones and they delighted in their love for their Granny Loyce.

   In 2003, Loyce endured the painful loss of her son, Mark. During his long illness, she was comforted by the hospice care he received at Christopher House in Austin.

   In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses or to Christopher House Austin.

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Shawn Allen Sutton

Shawn Allen Sutton, 35, died unexpectedly at his home on August 1, 2015.  Shawn is survived by his wife, Jennifer, one son, Gavin Leon Sutton and one step son, Luke Christian.  He also leaves behind his parents, Ron and Diane Sutton of Junction TX; two brothers, Eric Sutton and wife Tina of Harker Heights TX and Stacy Sutton of Harker Heights TX; step Brother Robert Sutton of Junction and step Sister Randi Herbst and husband Charles of Junction TX and maternal Grandmother Pat Baugh of Rockport TX.  He is proceeded in death by his maternal grandfather John Edward Smith of Texas City, paternal grandfather George J. Muck of Kerrville, step Grandfather Ruffner Baugh of Rockport TX, paternal grandfather Leonard Sutton of Junction and paternal Grandmother Dimple Sutton of Junction TX


                  Shawn was a Specialist in the US Army where he earned Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Sharpshooter Qualification Badge with Grenade Bar, Marksmen Marksmanship Qualification Badge with Riffle Bar, and Marksman Marksmanship Qualification Badge with Pistol Bar.


                  He was also a member of the Kingsland Masonic Lodge.  He was initiated as an Entered Apprentice Mason on Jun 6, 2007, passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft Mason on August 20, 2007 and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason on September 29, 2007.


                  He was an avid fisherman and hunter but most importantly he believed in physical fitness.  He graduated from Junction High School in 1998 and was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church of Junction TX.


A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Kingsland Masonic Lodge in Kingsland.  Military Honors will be provided by the Highland Lakes Honor Guard. 

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 Howard Lee (Bo) Morris

Howard Lee (Bo) Morris of Llano, Tx. was peacefully called home to be with his Heavenly Father July 20, 2015. He was born in Liberty,

Tx. December 27, 1928 to Lee Howard and Nellie (Word) Morris. He was the youngest of six children. Howard graduated from Liberty High

School and later enlisted in the United States Navy. He met his future wife, Bonnie Towler in 1950 and they were married on February 2, 1952.

He worked for Hughes Tool Company in Houston and also attended the University of Houston where he received his radio and television degree. In 1962 he

and one of his brothers along with their families moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico to open an auto parts store, Morris Auto Supply. He enjoyed the climate,

 beauty of the mountains and the abundance of friends that he made while living there. But the greatest blessing of all was when his son, Lon, was born. In 1970

 it was time to move back to Texas, he moved his family to Longview and went to work for Clark Lift, a fork lift company, as parts manager.

He started visiting the jail in Longview and later became a volunteer chaplin for the Michael Unit in Tennessee Colony, Tx. He devoted his time to the prisoners

there for 25 years, they all called him “Pop”. They would ask him what made a successful marriage and his response was what he called “the three c’s”; Christ,

commitment and communication. Howard loved to play golf and when he retired he was able to play as much golf as he desired. He and his wife Bonnie

 moved to Llano in 2003. They attended the Llano Cowboy Church, he loved the Lord and his motto was Christ first, others second and him third.

When his first granddaughter, Taryn, was born she was the “apple of his eye”, then he was blessed with another granddaughter, Emma. She became his “special angel”.

 He had an undying love for his family. Howard was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, two brothers, three nephews and two nieces.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, of 63 years, his son, Lon Morris of Llano, and two granddaughters, Taryn and Emma, both of Llano, sister in law

Hazel Morris of Crosby, Tx and a host of nieces and nephews.

To honor his request, no services are planned at this time. A celebration of his life will be planned in the near future.

In leiu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Llano Cowboy Church, or a charity of your choice.


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Jack Talley


Jack Maurice Talley, age 62, passed away unexpectedly on July 20, 2015.  He is survived by his wife Mary, daughters Amy and Stacey, son in law Toby and grandson Tyler; his brother William Roy and wife Debbie Talley and children James and Sandi; numerous great nieces and nephews; His uncle Jerry and wife Alberta Allred and Angela; his aunt Jean Talley and Linda.  He is preceded in death by his parents Jack Leverett and Marilyn Louise Talley.

Jack was born on May 07, 1953 in Burnet County to Jack and Marilyn Talley. He graduated from Llano High School in 1971 and 7 days later on June 4, 1971 married his high school sweetheart and love of his life. On December 15, 1974 and August 21, 1977 respectively, he welcomed his two beautiful daughters, who were the most important part of his life.

Jack worked in the oil field for 4 years before finding his home with the Texas Department of Transportation for 28 years.  Jack moved to Snyder, Texas in 1995 after accepting a Maintenance Supervisor position and making Snyder, Texas his second home.  He moved his way up from Maintenance Supervisor to Area Supervisor and in 2011 he retired with a heavy heart leaving behind many new found lifelong friends.  He and Mary started raising cross bred and full blood boer goats in 1999.  What started out as a hobby quickly turned into a passion.  In 2006 he became a certified ABGA judge.  He loved traveling across the US, making new friends and encouraging the youth.   His undeniable dedication to the boer goat industry was like a ray of sunshine each time he entered the show ring.  Along the way He and Mary have been beyond blessed with numerous cherished lifelong friendships. 

His larger than life personality, heart, smile and laughter will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all those who were lucky enough to have known him.

The visitation will be held on Friday, July 24th from 5 pm – 7 pm at Waldrope/Hatfield/Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano, Texas.  The funeral service will be held at Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church in Llano Texas at 10 am, Saturday, July 25th followed by graveside service at the Llano City Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers the family is asking you make a donation to the American Heart Association, JABGA Youth Foundation, JABGA Scholarship Fund or the charity of your choice.

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Harvey B. Spinks, Jr.

Harvey Spinks, Jr. passed away on Wednesday, July 15, 2015.  He was born on June 6, 1944 to Harvey B Spinks, Sr and Marjorie Crow, in San Antonio, Texas.

Harvey married Janice Neves, 33 years ago.  They moved to Llano, from San Antonio, in 1987.

He went into Army Reserves after high school and then worked in the freight business for over 20 years and retired from Ben E Keith in 2010.

His hobbies included riding motorcycles, yard work, being outside, spending time with his grandkids, horseback riding, site seeing and taking the long way around.

He is preceded in death by his parents.  He is survived by one son, David and wife Vicki of Kerrville, Tx, and two daughters Sherri Rials and husband Cecil of Las Cruces, NM and Carolann Lawson and husband Teddy of Leander, Tx

Grandchildren Taylor, Madison and Elena Spinks, Blake & Riley Lawson and Parker Rials. Pets Kitty and Suzi.

Close family and cousins, LaDon Tinsley, Tommy Tinsley, James and Brenda Tinsley, Pam and Bob Duffy, Ann and Jessie Scott.


Graveside services will be on Sunday, July 19, 2015, at the Llano City Cemetery at 2:00pm with the Rev. Stacy Nobles.  A visitation will be held on Saturday from 3PM to 6PM at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Christ Yoder Animal Shelter.

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George Curtis Rogers

 George Curtis Rogers, better known as “Poppy” or “Pop”, was born November 8, 1929, at his home on Wright Creek in Llano, Texas.

He is survived by his wife, Pat; children Karen Wootan and husband Terry, Patti Browning and husband Randy, and Becky Barrett. George is also survived by seven grandchildren, Chad and wife Darla, Jason and wife Megan, Britany and husband Royce, Justin and wife Shawna, Josh and wife Sharla, Casey and Spencer. Also nine great-grandchildren, Blaine and Kalen; Megan, Cooper and Memphis; Kennedy, Payton and Seth; and Westyn. George is survived by five brothers and sisters, Evelyn and husband Roy, David and wife Jackie, Sam and wife Shirlene, Lynn and husband Howard, and Carol. He is preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Beulah, his sister Eunice, his brother J.D. and son-in-law Bill Barrett.

George and Pat were married August 28, 1951 in Llano. He served in the Marines for three years and spent nine months in Korea. George went to work for the City of Llano electric department in 1947. He served as City Manager for many years before retiring December 31, 1991.

George was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1938. He loved fishing, both fish and men. (He was good at both.) He dedicated his life to serving Jehovah and spreading Jesus’ message of hope. His desire was to honor Jehovah in all he did; all those that knew him, know that he accomplished his goal.

 “Well done, good and faithful slave.” Matthew 25:23

 Visitation will be Friday, July 17, 2015 from 6-8 P.M. at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Home, Llano.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, July 18, 2015, 1 P.M. at Llano High School Auditorium with burial following at Llano City Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Chad Wootan, Jason Wootan, Josh Campbell, Justin Browning, Casey Willmon and Spencer Willmon.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Scott & White Hospice or Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses.

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Ruth Nason Goodson


Ruth Nason Goodson passed away Thursday July 9, 2015 at the young age of 92.  She was born May 9th, 1923 to Winford and Maggie Nason in Starksville, Mississippi.  She moved to Llano in 1985 after the death of her husband Charlie J. Goodson to be close to her stepson Kyle and wife Carolyn Goodson.

Ruth was an avid quilter making beautiful handmade baby quilts and quilts of all sizes.  She created all kinds of needlework including beautiful silk and metal thread art, but her special love was her seashells.  Ruth traveled all over the world diving and snorkeling for beautiful and unique shells.  She was a member of the Houston Shell club and had many good friends that traveled with her to collect shells.  Ruth never tired of cleaning and oiling her shells and she spent many hours studying and admiring them.  She loved educating everyone about her shell collection.  Ruth could identify each type of shell and tell you where they came from.  She especially loved sharing her shell collection with children and she always gave them shells to take home.  Ruth was a gracious giver.  For birthdays and Christmas she gave her great grandchildren shells because she wanted them to love the sea and enjoy God’s magnificent creation.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, all her brothers and sisters, her stepson Kyle, and her husband Charlie whom she adored.

She is survived by her son Joe Thomas Mehaffey of Houston, TX, her daughter–in-law Carolyn Goodson Stovall and husband Larry from Llano, and her four grandsons and one granddaughter whom she loved dearly.  The grandchildren are:  Shawn Mehaffey and wife Bridget from Colorado, Douglas Goodson and wife Pam from Houston, TX, Keith Goodson and wife Sarah from Dripping Springs, TX, Kelly Goodson and wife Jennifer from Fredericksburg, TX, and Whitney Bagley and husband Ryan from Houston, TX.  Ruth loved spending time with her grandchildren and especially her great grandchildren, Kyle, Grace, Alex, Addlyn, Anna Kate, Samuel, Adam, William, Weylyn, Taggart, and Charlie as well as her many nephews, nieces and friends.


Ruth’s memorial service will be held Sunday July 26th 2015 at 12:30pm at Grace Gathering Church, 2651 Hwy 29 East, Llano, TX with Rev. Jim Rose officiating.


Memorials may be given in Ruth’s memory to the Llano Food Pantry,

Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675,

or the charity of your choice.

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Helen Wilbourn


Helen passed away on Monday, July 6, 2015; she was born in Bartlesville, OK on May 15, 1925 to Robert Earl and May (Powell) Clarida; she was 90 years old.

She married A.R. Wilbourn in 1941 in Stinnett, Texas; they have two sons, Larry Wilbourn, Texas City, Warren Wilbourn and wife Judy of St.Louis, MO and one daughter, Jodi King and husband Skyler of Hillsboro, IL; four grandchildren, Devon and Skyler King, Hillsboro, IL; Justin Wilbourn, St. Louis, MO and Sarah Oberle; niece, Lannie Lynch, Ft Worth, TX.


Helen worked for the food service industry at the Hillsboro School District.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Tow and Eastern Star.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother Virgil Teague, and sisters Elaine Hoff and Earlene Burrow.

Graveside services will be at the Tow Cemetery, Tow, Texas on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 2:00pm

Memorials can be made to donor’s choice and condolences sent to basspattondeanfh.com


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Edna Henry

Burnet, TX — On Friday, June 26th at Kingsland Care Center, our beloved mother, Edna Lind Downey – born July 22, 1932 in Lyons, NY – traded in her earthly body for her heavenly form.


Edna is survived by her daughters Lois McAfoose and husband Don of Houston, TX, Nancy Barnes and husband Steve of Savannah, NY, Esther Downey of Marion, NY, her sons Herbert Downey, Jr. and wife Bette of Burnet, TX, David Downey and wife Lynne of Lyons, NY, and daughter-in-law Linda Downey of Burnet, TX.  She is preceded in death by her oldest son Kenneth Downey.


To know Edna was to love Edna.  She had a happy heart, always a kind word, and a forgiving spirt.  Edna’s greatest loves were her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, her 6 children, son- and daughter-in-laws, 14 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.  Edna left a legacy of gentleness and love.


There will be a Celebration of her life in Houston, TX on July 11th at 5:00pm at Don and Lois McAfoose’s home followed by her burial service in Lyons, NY on August 15th at 11:00am.



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Clifford Hilmar Lang 

Clifford Hilmar Lang passed away on July 4, 2015 at the age of 83. Clifford was born on September 23, 1931 and was a life-long resident of Castell, Texas. He was baptized and confirmed in St John Lutheran Church. A dedicated husband, father and stockman, Clifford was born and raised in western Llano County and spent his entire life working the land.  He loved hunting and visiting with friends and was always known as a man who believed in working hard, maintaining his ranch and taking good care of his cattle. He labored in the peanut fields of Mason County then worked for the Llano County Road & Bridge Maintenance Department until he retired.

He was preceded in death by his father, Hilmar Lang, his mother Lilly Lang and sister Juanita Watkins.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ella Lang of Castell; daughter, Barbara Lang of Hessmer, Louisiana; daughter, Vivian Horlen of Castell, Texas; and daughter, Marci Hadeler and son-in-law, Glenn Hadeler of Castell, Texas.  Clifford enjoyed the time he spent with his six wonderful grandchildren; James Bordelon and wife Hope, Bradley Bordelon and wife Kristi, Rebecca Pollock and husband Joe, Claire Ducote and husband Chase; all from Louisiana; and Cheryl Gelfond and husband Jon, Kyle Horlen and wife Kristin; from San Antonio.  Clifford was also blessed to have eleven great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Phillips, Herb Kunz, Vernon Kunz, John Richardson, Douglas Head and Jamie Osbourn.  Honorary pallbearers will be Homan Miiller, Terry Obermiller, Zane Magill, and Earl Wolcik.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 7 at 10:00am at the St John Lutheran Church in Castell.  Visitation will be held Monday, July 6 from 6:00-8:00pm at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano.  Memorials in Clifford’s memory may be made to Hill Country Memorial Hospital Foundation, PO Box 1339, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 or Castell Volunteer Fire Department, 10230 West Ranch Road 152, Llano, TX 78643.

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 Dr Terry Turner




Dr. Terry Lee Turner, resident of Marble Falls, Texas died at home Thursday afternoon June 25th.  He was born in Effingham, Illinois, the son of the late Russell and Barbara Turner.  He grew up in Decatur, Illinois where he and his two brothers achieved Eagle Scout status simultaneously.  He went on to graduate from high school in Decatur in 1963, then went to Millikin University where he participated in the GE College Bowl. He received his MD from     St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at St John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis in 1974.  Following his residency, he did a fellowship in Radiation Oncology at Washington University School of Medicine also in St. Louis.  After practicing emergency medicine for several years he moved to the Houston area where he began an internal medicine practice and was a founding member of the Kingwood Plaza Hospital.  He served in many capacities in the local medical community including Chief of Staff of Kingwood Plaza in 1993.  In 1996, he began full time practice with Scott and White at the Horseshoe Bay Clinic.  He was also affiliated with the Hoerster clinic but came full circle back to Scott & White when those two practices merged.   He was honored to have been named “People’s Choice” as best physician twice.  An avid reader and life-long learner, he ultimately became board certified in Bariatric Medicine.       

Dr. Turner is survived by his wife of 25 years Linda Meredith, his two brothers, Dr. Larry (Jane) Turner and Lanny (Renee) Turner. He was extremely proud of his children, Sydney (Brian) Pace, Shelby (Mark) Martin and Stevyn (Autumn) Turner.  His grandchildren are Hailey Lynn Turner and Brandon, Joey and Kaitlyn Pace.   He is also survived by his in-laws, Jim and Lucille Meredith, brother in law, Ron (Jean) Meredith, Uncle Richard (Dot) Jones, many nieces and nephews and was loved by his extended family.  Terry was also an animal lover who rescued and raised many furkids.  He is particularly mourned by his special cat, A.C. (Another Cat). 

 In addition to his family, pets, friends and patients, he had a passion (no, make that obsession) for golf.  A long time resident of Marble Falls, he was deeply respected by his friends and neighbors and will be missed very much. 


As per Dr. Turner’s request there will be no formal visitation or service.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a cause that touches your heart.     


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 Clifton Warren




Clifton Randall Warren, age 74 of Llano passed away June 16, 2015.  He was born to Albert Warren and Dorothy (Thrower) Warren on October 26, 1940 in Tyler, Texas


Clifton is survived by his sister, Louise Downs and husband Thomas of Llano, one brother Leland Warren of Manvel, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his parents.


He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War and worked as a Security Guard most of his life.  Clifton had been a resident of Llano since 2008.


No services are planned at this time.  Memorial Contributions in Clifton's name can be sent to Scott and White Hospice or Llano Nursing and Rehab Center.





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  Linda Lee Wallis



Linda Lee Johnson Wallis was born in Dallas on September 24, 1942  She was adopted at birth by Earl & Agnes Johnson and grew up in Ft. Worth.  Linda was a gifted child and learned to sing and dance before she started the first grade.  She contracted polio when she was 7 years old and learned to walk again making a miraculous, complete recovery.

During her senior year of high school she met her future husband, Olney Wallis at a Texas-OU party in Dallas.  Olney originally from Llano, TX was attending UT and would go on to graduate from UT Law School.  She graduated from Arlington Heights high school in 1960 and started college at TCU but transferred the following year to University of Texas in Austin so they could be together.  After finishing her BA in Psychology from UT in only 3 years, they were married on June 29, 1963.  This would be the beginning of their great adventure together. 

In 1965 Linda graduated from UT with a Master's Degree in Social Work, with honors.  Using her exceptional talents as a therapist, she began her career helping countless people doing clinical social work.  Olney was a JAG in the Air Force which sent them to many different places early in their marriage.  Their first duty station was in Oregon where their daughter Anne Elizabeth was born in December 1967.  After being stationed in New York and Florida and with his military service completed, they returned to Texas and settled in Houston.  They were blessed with their second child, Mark Gregory in 1970. 

Tragically and suddenly Mark died in September 1972, just shy of his second birthday but the couple was blessed again by the birth of their third child, Brett Connolly in January 1973.  Linda was a wonderful mother as well as being an incredible therapist.  She was also an amazing role model as she balanced work and raising her two children.  When the children were young the family joined the Episcopal Church in Houston and began their spiritual journey together.

In 1977, Linda learned to fly and got her pilot's license which initiated a passion that would follow her until the latter years of her life.  After several hundred hours of flying single engine airplanes, Linda began flying gliders and eventually learned to fly aerobatics.  She was one of three women in the country at that time competing in aerobatic gliding.  She was featured at seven Wings Over Houston Air Shows and flew twice at the Galveston Air Show.  In 1994, she placed second in the intermediate class of the United States National Glider Championships.  She was also featured in Parade Magazine.  In addition to flying, she loved playing bridge, doing stage theater and musicals and in June 1998, she sang with her women's choir at Carnegie hall in New York City.

In August 1999, their son Brett died.  Although devastated by the loss, Linda moved to the ranch in Llano and began to restore the two small houses there.  She made Llano her home and positively affected everyone she met.  Although ranch life was very different from living in the city, she relished every moment of life and one of her favorite activities was digging up rocks and clearing brush in the driver's seat of a bobcat as well as running around the pasture in the John Deere tractor.

She is survived by her husband, Olney Wallis, daughter Anne Beckmann, son in law Zane Beckmann & grandchildren Jordan Beckmann, Elizabeth Beckmann & Gray Beckmann.  On June 29, 2015 Linda and Olney would have been married 52 years.  Linda wanted to help as many people as she could and make the world a better place.  She exceeded that goal and will be loved and missed by all who knew her.  The world is a better place because Linda was here.

Services will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in Llano, TX on Saturday June 20, 2015 10:30am.

Controbutions can be made to Grace Episcopal Church in Llano or St.Martins Episcopal Church in Houston 

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 Carlos Ashley



Carlos Carroll Ashley, Jr., 82, died on June 9, 2015 in Fredericksburg, TX after a long life, well lived.

 A fifth generation Texan and descendent of Hill Country pioneers, Carlos was born in San Saba, TX on October 20, 1932 to Carlos Ashley, Sr. and Cynthia Johnson Ashley.

He spent his childhood in neighboring Llano where the family moved after his father was elected District Attorney.  As a boy, Carlos, known as Buzz to family and friends, rode horseback often, dug caves with his friends in the alley (The Old Birdtown Road), played rubber gun war (the guns made by the owners), rode bikes, skated, played marbles and read everything from Big Little Books, to comic books, to classic boys' books of the era.  He continued to love reading the rest of his life.

In 1944, Carlos moved with his parents and sister, Adele, to Austin where he attended University Junior High School and Austin High School, finishing his secondary education at the Shreiner Institute in Kerrville, TX.

Carlos went to college at TCU where he met and fell in love with Celia Alene Johnson, former Miss Ft. Worth.  The two were married in October of 1955.    Celia later gave birth to an infant son, Timothy Michael, who tragically died within weeks of his birth.

While at TCU, Carlos was a member of the ROTC, and on graduation was commissioned into the United States Air Force.  He served as radar officer in Osaka, Japan.  While this was a serious position, he also had fun tracking the flight of Santa Claus and his reindeer for the enjoyment of US children.

After leaving the Air Force, Carlos earned his law degree from SMU, and joined the Tuchen & Mehl Law Firm in Ft. Worth where he and Celia lived for several years.

In 1964, Carlos and Celia moved back to Llano.  Carlos was elected County Attorney for Llano County and became a partner in his father's law firm where he continued as a sole practitioner after Carlos, Sr. retired, specializing in criminal law, estate planning, and real estate.  He also acted as counsel for People's Savings & Loan.

The couple were blessed with a son, Blake, and daughter, Caroline, who brought great joy into their lives.  They lived an active social life and developed many close friends in Llano while also maintaining close ties with TCU and friends made there; Carlos remained an avid fan of TCU athletics throughout his life.  Celia tragically died in a car wreck while on the way to Austin in 1980, leaving Carlos to raise Blake and Caroline as a single parent.

In 1984, Carlos married Janeane Raesener, who brought two children from a previous marriage, Dan and Mandy, into their family life.  Janeane taught Spanish at Llano High School and the couple developed a passion for Mexico and they enjoyed spending time there, especially the province of Oaxaca where they thought about living when retired.  They loved collecting Mexican folk art, including carvings, sculpture, masks, textiles and paintings, often buying directly from the artists.  His marriage to Janeane sadly ended with her death from cancer in 1995.

Carlos faced more than his share of grief and hardship, including the deaths of an infant son and two wives, and two bouts of cancer, but always responded with grace.

In retirement, Carlos enjoyed meeting his buddies at The Burger Bar for afternoon coffee and operating his ranch in San Saba County and continued pursuing his interest in reading, cooking, and collecting Mexican folk art- especially Mata Ortiz pottery.  His love for the visual arts was such, that he painted the facade to his office in downtown Llano Frida Kahlo blue.

He was proudest of his children and grandchildren and loved spending time with them.  When his son, Blake, and his family relocated from Llano to Fredericksburg, Carlos moved there as well, so he could be close to them.  Many tears of joy and pride were shed at the childrens' sporting events and school performances.

Carlos is preceded in death by his parents, Senator and Mrs. Carlos Ashley; wives Celia and Janeane; infant son, Timothy Michael Ashley; and niece Susan Waide.

He is survived by his son, Blake Ashley and daughter-in-law Wendy Ashley of Fredericksburg; his daughter Caroline Cuthbertson and son-in-law Steve Cuthbertson, of Dallas; grandchildren Haley Sladek, Rachel Sladek, Blake Ashley, Jr., Benjamin Ashley and Celia Ashley, and twins Etta and Aiden Cuthbertson; sister Adele Ashley Waide and brother-in-law Jack Waide, of Austin; nephew John Waide and wife Barbara of Nashville; great niece Kate Waide of Nashville; niece Cynthia Waide of Austin, and numerous family members and friends.

A graveside ceremony will be held at the Gray Cemetery near Cherokee on Monday, June 15, 2015 at 10:00am, with a reception immediately following at The Dabbs Hotel in Llano.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Heritage School 310 Smokehouse Road Fredericksburg, TX 78624, or the charity of your choice.

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Christopher Luke Reed 


Christopher Reed,of Llano Texas, passed away on June 10, 2015 in Round Rock, Texas at the age of 42.  He was born to Barbara Etheredge Harlow and Gary Reed on February 10, 1973 in Llano, Texas.  Chris lived in Llano most of his life and enjoyed hunting and fishing and working on the ranch.

 He is survived by his father, Gary Reed of Llano, brother, James Reed and wife Lisa of Llano, 3 nieces Jordan Reed, of Llano, Tara Gavos,of Canyon and Amanda Avett, of Dallas and girlfriend, Jennifer Riley of Llano.

 He is preceeded in death by his mother, Barbara Etheredge Harlow.

Graveside services will be Friday, June 12, 2015 at 10:30am at the Bar E Cemetery, with Allan Reed officiating.  Memorial contrubutions may be made to Hill Country Livestock Association.

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Jeanine Hicks




Jeanine Hicks, 71, peacefully went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 21, 2015 at her home in Kingsland.  She was the oldest of four children of Carmen and D. W. “Speedy” Hicks of Bandera. 

She graduated from Bandera High School in 1965 and she so enjoyed the reunions with those classmates over the years.  Jeanine was the pianist in the First Baptist Church of Bandera during her high school years and enjoyed playing Christmas carols at family gatherings.  She graduated from Baylor University and always had a “wandering” spirit.  She began work in Washington D.C. and later moved to Los Angeles where she worked for Universal Studios.  Returning home to Texas, she was a sales representative for clothing and accessories lines and later a vendor at the Dallas Apparel Mart.  In 1986, she was a regional director for the Texas Sesquicentennial Commission, traveling to large and small towns all over south Texas.  In 1997, she opened her store, HIX Bandera, where she had fun selling western wear and Texas gifts to people from all over the world.  Jeanine was always known for having a big heart.  She lived her life helping those  in need, whether they be people or animals.  As best she could, she ministered to those who “are the least of these” in God’s kingdom.  Jeanine had a special love for dogs and cats and rescued hundreds of them over her lifetime.  She was on the board of directors of the Living Love Animal Rescue in Marble Falls, a no-kill shelter.  Her nieces loved their “Aunt Nean,” and she was always overly generous to them.  She loved her church and her many friends there were such a support to her.  Jeanine also enjoyed “lunching” with her many friends in the Marble Falls area and these friends provided love and happiness to her.


 She is preceded in death by her parents, Carmen and Dick W. “Speedy” Hicks.  She is survived by her sister, Charmen Hicks Catlin and husband Larry of Bryan, brothers Dick W. Hicks, Jr. of Bandera and David C. Hicks and wife Robin of College Station, and by five nieces: Amanda Catlin of Dallas, Laurel Catlin Blue and husband Jason of Austin, Cathleen Catlin Clough and husband Jon of Norman OK, Macy Hicks of College Station, Carly Hicks of College Station, and by three great-nephews and one great-niece.  She is also survived by her long-time friend and caregiver, James Hicks, who lovingly cared for her during the last years of her life.




A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. on June 18, 2015 at the Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral home in Kingsland, Texas.  The Reverend Julian Potts of Holy Communion Church will officiate.

         In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Living Love Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 1266, Marble Falls, Texas 78654.













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 Katherine Glenn



Katherine D Glenn passed away on May 21, 2015 at Scott & White Hospital in Llano, Texas.


She was born on October 14, 1946 to RD and Lorine(Wilmuth)Carrigan in Lampasas Texas.


Katherine is survived by her husband, James Glenn of Llano, and 1 son, James Michael and wife Vina also of Llano; brothers, Harold Carrigan of Odessa and Dale Carrigan of Lampasas and sister Shirley Soumeriour of Waco, Texas.  Five grandchildren, and nine great-granchildren, with one greatgrandchild being born within hours of her passing.


Preceded in death by her parents and son, Jerry Dewayne Glenn of Llano, Texas


Service will be held at Pittsburg Baptist Church on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 10:00am with Rev Danny Meegan.

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Larry Don Wright

Larry Wright age 70 of Buchanan Dam passed from this life on Saturday morning, May 23, 2015 of heart failure.

He was born to Carl C. Wright and Eva Jean Sessom Wright in San Saba, Texas. On Dec. 21, 1970 he wed the love of his life,

Sandy Atkison Wright and together they raised their two sons, Shane and Clint Wright. Larry retired from IBM, Austin in 1992.

He is survived by wife, Sandy, sons Chris Wright, Shane Wright, Clint Wright and wife Amanda, and daughter Kim Wright, sister

Sandy Hallmark and husband Davis, 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. A very quiet and spiritual man, whom is deeply

loved and will be deeply missed. He is not gone, he’s just away.

Private Graveside Services will be held at Bluffton Cemetery with Pastor Clayton Arnold officiating.

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 Bobby Wayne Riley





Bobby Wayne Riley passed away on May 17, 2015 at the Audie Murphy VA Hospital in San Antonio, Texas


Bobby was born on April 10, 1954, in Burnet County, Texas to Bobby Lee Riley and Mary Belle Levensailer, he was 61 years old.


Bobby served in the US Air Force, during the Vietnam War, and he was stationed in Germany.  Bobby also had a career of truck driving for many years.


Bobby is survived by his parents, Bobby and Mary Riley of Burnet, Texas, his wife Sue Riley of Buffalo Gap, Texas, son, Bobby Riley of Llano, Texas,daughter, Jennifer Riley of Llano, Texas, step-daughter, Jennifer Fojtik of Austin, Texas, step-son, Mitch Boswell of Buffalo Gap, Texas sister Kathy Rushing and husband Ron of Marble Falls, Texas, and 4 grandchildren, Jenny Ann Patterson, Saphier Nichole Riley, Nolan Wayne Martinez, and Journie Belle Gibbs.


Bobby is preceded in death by his sister, Cheryl Ann Riley on January 27, 2014


Graveside Services will be held at the Six Mile Cemetery, in Llano County, on Saturday May 23, 2015 at 10:00am with Rev. David Smith officiating.


In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or the Fisher House with the Wounded Warriors in San Antonio, Texas.



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Lee Alice Little

Lee Alice Little of Llano passed away Friday, May 15, 2015 at the age of 96. She was born August 3, 1918 to Lucy (Rogers) and Charles Parkhill in Llano County Texas. Lee was a rancher and school teacher for many years.

She attended the University of Texas and graduated with a Bachelor Degree. She lived in Llano most of her life and attended the First Christian Church.


Lee is survived by two sons Clyde Little and wife Pat of Volente, Texas and John Little and wife Betty of Llano; five grandchildren Charles, Robert, William, Kristy and Bill; six great grandchildren Jonathan, Sarah, Koen, Gavin, Garrett, and Katia.


She was preceded in death by her husband Jack Little in 2005 and by her parents Lucy and Charles Parkhill.


A memorial service was held 3:00 P.M. Sunday, May 17, 2015 at the First Christian Church in Llano with Pastor Gretel Morgan officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given to First Christian Church 1105 Oatman Llano, Texas 78643 or the Llano Library.

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 MaryAnn Kathleen Brogan


MaryAnn Kathleen Brogan was born on September 29, 1939 in Bethlehem, PA to Edward and Hazel Brogan.  She passed away on May 11, 2015 at the age of 75


MaryAnn lived a full and rewarding life; she attended nursing school at St Edwards Episcopal Nursing School prior to enlisting in the Army.  She served in Germany, Viet Nam, and many bases in the United States as an operating room supervisor; after 20 years, she retired to Sunrise Beach, Texas 


In Sunrise Beach she continued to serve her community as a member of the Sunrise Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Ladies Axillary, Sunrise Beach First Responder, Granite Shoals Volunteer Fire and EMS Department, Marble Falls Area EMS, and Hoover Valley Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Services.


She is preceded in death by her mother and father.  She leaves behind many close personal friends and her family would like to thank Jim and Martha McCutchen for being kind and caring neighbors.


Graveside services will be held at Lakeland Hills Cemetery on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 1:00pm

Viewing will be at the Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne funeral home in Kingsland, on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 10:00-12:00am 

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Ramon Arriaga Gonzalez



Ramon Arriaga, age 72, passed away on May 11, 2015 in Llano.  He was born May 31, 1942 in San Felipe, Coahuila, México to Francisco and Paula Arriaga.  Ramon has been a resident of Llano since 1976.  Ramon married Irene De Las Fuentes on October 18, 1961 in Mexico and have enjoyed their lives together for 53 years.


At the age of 15, Ramon met his future wife, Irene De La Fuentes.  After several years of dating and a few years of marriage, they started their family in the town of Sabinas, Coahulia, Mexico.  A fun, happy, caring, and  loving family that would provide them with a lifetime of laughter and most of all strength;  the strength to stay together even through the roughest times.

 After realizing the need to provide a sustainable future for his new family, Ramon took a job offering that would bring him to America and the small town of Llano, Texas.  He worked hard and did his best to learn any job necessary to secure his family’s future here in this small quaint town in the Hill Country.  He started out as a ranch hand, and then transitioned with the times to continue work at the Feed Mill, cut mesquite for local restaurants, and was a cook for a time.  As we all know now, his last job lead him to start his own little restaurant that grew into a family business.

Ramon is well known by his family as a giving man, a hard worker, and always being there for when someone needed anything.  He very much enjoyed barbequing at family gatherings and making sure everyone was happy and full with a smile on their face.  His heart possessed such strength that continues on in his children and their ever expanding families, and those that they influence in the world today and forever.  Ramon is the beloved husband of Irene, loving dad to 8 children and a caring pepa to 16 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.  He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Ramon is preceded in death by a daughter, Laura Arriaga, his parents, Francisco and Paula Arriaga, brother, Lionel and Juan Arriaga; and sister Antonia Arriaga.

Ramon is survived by his wife, Irene Arriaga, Daughters: Norma Coffey and husband Sean of Galveston, Texas, Elizabeth Boyd and husband Mike of Llano, Texas, Diana Denton and husband Branden of Colorado City,Texas, Alicia Miller and husband Heath of Llano Texas, and Erika Knowlton and husband Chase of Round Rock, Texas.  Sons:

Ramon Arriaga and wife Elodia of Llano, Texas,and David Arriaga of Austin, Texas.

Grandchildren:  Bryan Rork, Stevie Lathi and husband David, Sean Coffey Jr.,Samantha Coffey, Amanda Rusche and husband Matthew, Michael Berman and fiancé Kelsi Hickman, Travis Berman, Bradley Denton and wife Amanda, Jeremy Denton, Mercedes, Ramon Jr., Lexus, Emilio and Shelby Arriaga, Holly Madrid and husband Ronnie, and Dillon Miller. Great-grandchildren:  Isabelle, Victoria and Sophia Rusche, Jacelyn and Jonah Berman, Gracie Denton and Rowan Madrid.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 13, 2015 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the funeral home

A Celebration of Life in his honor will be held on May 14, 2015 at 2:00pm at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano, Texas.

Graveside services will follow at the Llano City Cemetery where he will be laid to rest.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Fredericksburg Hill Country Memorial Hospital Hospice or Llano Relay for Life


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R D DePratter



R. D. DePratter, beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother and Uncle passed away peacefully on the evening of May 8, 2015.  Born December 1, 1924 in Seville, Florida to C.J. DePratter and Alice Varn DePratter.  Redman as he was known to his family and friends moved to Llano, TX in 1947 and resided there the remainder of his life.


Redman was preceded in death by his loving wife of 24 years Leona “Noni” DePratter and daughter Maxine.


Redman went to work at Olin’s Icebox in 1951 and spent the next 33 years there.  Redman loved to deer hunt, play cards and dominos with friends and family. He was known for his warm smile and witty sense of humor.  He was good at meeting the public and never met a stranger.


He is survived by his brother, Doyle DePratter and his wife Bonnie DePratter of Burleson, TX, his nephew Darrell DePratter and his wife Teresa DePratter of Friendswood, TX, niece Dana Killmer and her husband Kent Killmer of Danville, CA, nephew Darrin DePratter of Burien, WA and nephew Derek DePratter of Houston, TX.  He is also survived by granddaughter Karen Milam and her husband Kenny Milam of Tow, TX and great-grandchildren Lydia and Max Milam.


His final resting place is Llano City Cemetery and a Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

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Donald Lee Clark



After a lifetime of pain and suffering, Donald Lee Clark entered into eternal rest, April 13, 2015.


Don was born January 23, 1949, in Dallas, Texas to Lee Neil and Beulah Wallace Clark


He enjoyed flying, sailing, geology and photography which would become his life’s career; Don was a 6th generation true Texan.


He met and married the love of his life, Marilyn “Kay” Aldis Clark in Irving, Texas


He is preceded in death by his parents.  Survivors include, his wife, Kay, of Llano, Texas; Sisters, Alice and Carol and their families; an uncle and cousins; his SRT and SAR families, one grandson and a lifelong friend, Jimmy.


Service was a private graveside held at Restland Cemetery in Dallas, Texas, internment followed.


Memorial Contributions made be made to the Llano Food Pantry, PO Box 204, Llano, Texas 78643




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Esther Schorlemmer


Esther Emilie Schorlemmer, age 93, of Llano, Texas passed away on May 5, 2015 in Llano.  She was born on February 14, 1922 in Llano County, Texas to Rudolph and Lydia (Oehler) Schorlemmer . 


Esther was a lifetime resident of Llano, and a descendant of the T.C. Schorlemmer family, charter members of the St James Lutheran Church in 1897 in Llano, Texas.  She faithfully served the Lord at St James, having taught children’s Sunday school classes and served on various committees for many years.


Esther was a rancher until she fell and broke her hip in 2006.  She has been a resident of the Llano Nursing and Rehab Center (formerly Care Inn) since 2006.


The family would like to thank the staff, nurses and aids at Llano Nursing, Dr Janis Pruessner, and most recently Dr David Hoerster for their care and compassion.  A special thank you from her sister, Clara Wittig, to Frances Fain, faithful caregiver to Esther during the nine years and to David Hawthorne of Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne funeral home and Pastor Ralph for their kindness and compassion.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Rudolph and Lydia, an infant sister, Amalie and sister, Emma Schorlemmer.

Esther is survived by her brother Reynold Schorlemmer, of Llano, sister Clara Wittig, of Seguin, Texas and one nephew, Stanley Wittig, of Seguin


Services will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 2:00pm at St James Lutheran Church Llano, Texas with Pastor Ralph Reitmeyer officiating.   Viewing will be on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at the Waldrope, Hatfield Hawthorne funeral home, beginning at 10:00am at the Waldrope, Hatfield, Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano, Texas.


Interment will immediately follow the service on Thursday at the Llano City Cemetary where she will be laid to rest beside her parents and sisters.


Pallbearers are:  William (Bud) Dromgoole, Roy Goff, Kenneth McGee, Horace Oestreich, Carl Schorlemmer Jr, and John Thompson.

After the interment all are invited to return to St James Lutheran Church for refreshments and fellowship.