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Christine Sawyer

Christine (Wills) Sawyer passed away Thursday, June 16, 2016 in Blanco, Texas at the age of 87. She was born January 18, 1929 in Llano County, Texas to Nancy (Brannon) and Waymon Wills. She married Joe Neal Sawyer February 18, 1948 in Llano, Texas. Christine was a housewife and was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her husband, Joe Neal Sawyer of Blanco, Texas and son, William Gary Sawyer of Cherokee, Texas.

Christine is preceded in death by her parents, son Joe H. Sawyer and brothers Raymond Chism, Glenn Chism and Waymon Chism Jr.

A visitation will be held Sunday, June 19, 2016 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Chapel from 5:00 – 7:00 PM in Llano, Texas.

A funeral service will be Monday, June 20, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Chapel at 10:00 AM in Llano, Texas with Pastor Johnny Sawyer officiating. 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hill Country Memorial Hospice, PO Box 835, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624, Lunches of Love in Blanco, Texas or a charity of your choice.

 

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Effie "Gail" Johnson 

Effie “Gail” Johnson, 79, of Llano, Texas died Tuesday the 7th of June from injuries sustained in a bicycling accident while vacationing with friends on Mackinac Island, Michigan. 

Gail was born Feb 10, 1937 in Llano to Thomas and Jewel Gregory.  She graduated from Llano High School and Southwest Texas State Teachers College in San Marcos, where she met and married Don Ross “Dugan” Johnson in 1955.   After graduating from college, they lived and raised their family in Mason, Plainview, Hereford, Alpine and Uvalde before returning to Llano full-time in 2003.    

Gail taught elementary school and went on to earn a masters degree in Education.  She was proud to have followed her mother’s footsteps as a teacher and proud to have a daughter and granddaughters that followed in hers.

Gail was well-known for her ever-present smile, quick laugh and enthusiasm for life.  If someone asked, “Gail, do you want to …?”, her answer was always, “Yes!”  She was an active member of Lutie Watkins Methodist Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir, participating in mission and volunteer activities, and many friends.  She was a Master Gardener, an active bridge player and community volunteer.  Her favorite activity was travel, and she experienced many parts of the world with her sister, her cousins, her children and with her friends.

Gail is preceded in death by her husband, Don Johnson, a son, Tom Johnson, and a granddaughter, Shawna Johnson.  She leaves behind her sister, Frankie Jean O’Rorke; her daughter, Eva Doran; a son, Donny Johnson and his wife Teri; six grandchildren: Shannon Lindsey and husband Chris, Shea Johnson, Skye Crane and husband Kyle, Kailee McCall and husband Travis, Andy Doran, and Darby Doran; two great-grandchildren and one on the way; beloved nephews, nieces and her many friends.

A celebration of Gail’s life will be held at Lutie Watkins Memorial Methodist Church on Sunday, June 12 at 4pm, followed by a brief graveside service at Oxford Cemetery.  Visitation begins prior to the service at 3pm in the church sanctuary.  All who knew and loved Gail are welcome to join. 

Charitable donations in Gail’s honor can be made to the Llano County Master Gardener, Llano Women’s Culture Club Scholarship Fund, or Lutie Watkins Memorial Methodist Church Costa Rica Missions Program.

Pallbearers include Shea Johnson, Travis McCall, Kyle Crane, Billy Charles Johnson, Billy Karl Johnson, Berry Johnson, Jackie Don Johnson and Larry Johnson

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William R. Shipp (Bill) 

William R. Shipp, Jr (Bill) passed away peacefully in his beloved town of Llano on June 6. He was 87.

Bill was born on December 6, 1928 in Hamilton, Texas; the only child of Julia Christianson Shipp and William R. Shipp. He grew up in Priddy, Texas, where he excelled in sports- particularly basketball, tennis, and baseball. He attended and graduated from Daniel Baker College, which became part of the Howard Payne University system. While in school, he met Anna Belle Wasserman on a blind date. The two were wed at 20 years of age.

Bill coached and taught social studies for a year at Llano ISD.  Deciding that a job indoors was not for him, he entered DPS patrol school. After graduating from DPS academy, he was called to serve in the military. He was stationed in Germany near Stuttgart, where he was an officer in the military police, after the German surrender in World War II.

After his stint in the army, Bill returned home and was stationed in Llano as a DPS officer, a position he held and enjoyed for 35 years. Upon his retirement, Llano declared a Bill Shipp Day, and a community-wide banquet was given in his honor. Among the gifts and awards he received were the flag that had flown over the Texas State Capitol the day he retired.

Bill made lifelong friends in Llano. He was a Mason and was part of the "Corner Drug Crowd" for decades that met every morning for coffee and spirited conversation. He and the domino-playing group met at many locales, the last being what Bill called, "North of Town", referring to Dan Hoerster's place in the county.  An avid sportsman, Bill and his friends would travel to Colorado each year to hunt in the Fall.

Bill's later life was made rich by his grandsons. He loved to help with and watch their activities. He never missed a single practice, performance, or game.

Bill leaves behind his wife of 67 years, Anna Wasserman Shipp, his daughter, Karla Van Item and husband Ken, his grandsons Walker and Cameron Van Item, nieces Brenda Durst and Jean Wallace, and nephews William and John Buttery.

 Whether on the job, around town, or watching a ball game, almost everyone in Llano County can tell an iconic "Bill Shipp" story.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, June 9, 2016 at the Llano City Cemetery at 1:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Llano Youth Baseball, PO Box 16, Llano, Texas 78643 or Llano Athletics Booster Club, PO Box 182, Llano, Texas 78643.

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Morris Reed Cluck 

In Loving Memory of,

Morris Reed Cluck “Bub”

Morris Reed Cluck, 84, of Manor, TX, died June 5, 2016, in Llano, TX.
He was born on May 10, 1932, to parents L.N. Cluck and Myrtle Stewart Cluck in

Leander, TX.
He married Thelma I. Roode Cluck on November 26, 1974.
Cluck worked as a Long Haul Truck Driver before retiring in 1990.

Cluck and his wife, Thelma were members of The Tree of Life Church in Pflugerville, TX. They loved being a part of the congregation and giving help in any way to Pastors Mike and Cheryl Johnson.

Cluck is survived by his spouse, Thelma I. Cluck, his step-children, Elizabeth A. Cordell, Joseph D. Cordell and his wife, Debra Cordell, Carolyn Cordell, his only grand-child, Austin Cordell, his sister, Nina Lockhart, and his nieces Belinda Nicholas and Benita Dryden.

He was preceded in death by his parents, L.N. and Myrtle Cluck, his brothers, William Gilbert Cluck and Gene Stewart Cluck, and his sister Mary Jane Cluck.

A Memorial Service is planned for Sunday, June 26, 2016 from 3-5pm at The Leander Church of God, 202 Sonny Drive, Leander, TX, 78641.

In lieu of floral arrangements, please make any Memorial donations to his widow, Thelma I. Cluck- to assist with hospital and funeral costs. Thank you.

To: Mrs. Thelma I. Cluck
C/O - Carolyn Cordell, Daughter
1307 Glass Drive, Leander, TX 78641-3606 

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Lila Faye Johnson 

LILA FAYE JOHNSON passed away peacefully on Friday, June 3, 2016 at her home in Llano, Texas. She was 91 years old. Lila was born August 18, 1924, at home in Birthwright, Texas. She grew up in Peerless, Texas where her father, Floyd Milligan, ran a cotton gin. Her mother, Mildred (Gardener) Milligan passed away when she was 12, so her grandparents Sam and Sally Milligan helped raise her.

Lila was baptized Church of Christ as a child.  She attended school in Sulphur Springs and graduated early at 17 years of age. She left Sulphur Springs and went to St. Paul’s Hospital School of Nursing in Dallas, against the family wishes. She graduated with an Associate’s Degree as a Registered Nurse and then went into the Army Corp of Cadet Nurses in WWII.  After the war was over, she moved to Llano to live with family and work.  She worked at several hospitals. The first, Sheppard Hospital in Burnet and the original Llano Hospital located where the radio station is presently.  She did private duty nursing in both Llano and San Antonio.  She was the only RN when the Llano Memorial Hospital was built. This required her to be on call for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for many years. She was the Director of Nursing, Charge Nurse, Staff Nurse and Surgical Nurse. She was an integral part of the hospital for over 25 years. She absolutely loved her job. She taught LVN classes for 20 years and encouraged many of her students to acquire further education in order to become R.N.’s.  She definitely had a strong work ethic which influenced her students and children.  She was named “First Lady of the Year” by Alpha Delta Zeta Sorority of Beta Sigma Phi and earned many other civic awards.  Lila and her husband, Sid, had pecan plaques, ribbons and awards from their Pecan Farm, too numerous to count.

Lila greatly loved sewing, embroidery, crocheting, reading books and her kindle, crossword puzzles, PECANS, her gardening, traveling and spoiling her grandchildren. Her favorite color was red.  She traveled to all but 2 (Alaska and Hawaii) of the 50 states, plus going to Canada in an RV with her sister during the 1990’s. She loved traveling, taking lots of pictures and collecting spoons from every state visited. 

She met her husband, Sid Johnson, at the post office where he worked. The post office was located at the other end of the block from where it is now. They were married on August 3, 1947, at the First Presbyterian Church on Ford St., in Llano.  Lila and Sid were married for 43 years, until his death in 1991.

Preceded in death by her husband, Sid Johnson, her father, Floyd Milligan, her mother Mildred Gardener Milligan, her stepmothers June Milligan and Blanche Milligan, her baby brother Billy Don Milligan, many aunts, uncles and cousins and Many, Many wonderful friends. 

Grandparents, Sam A. Milligan, Sarah “Sally” Huckeba Milligan, Francis Marion Gardner (WWI), Elizabeth Rowell

Great Grandparents, William W. Milligan, Mary Elizabeth Wilhite Milligan, John Luke Huckeba, Josephine Murdock Huckeba

Great Great Grandparents Houston Milligan, Mary Canada Milligan, Washington Green Huckeba (Civil War) Marty Patsy Gibson,

Great Great Grandparents Archibald Lacy (Died in the Revolutionary War against Britain), Sally Martin, Benjamin  Liddon ( Colonel during the Revolutionary War), Sarah Rutledge Liddon

Lived is survived by daughter Celia Johnson Griffin and husband¸Steve Griffin of Llano, daughter Cynthia Eversole and husband, Dr. Galen Eversole of Denison, Texas. Granddaughter Dr. Candace Schoppe and husband, Dr. Kurt Schoppe of Grapevine Texas, Grandson, Matt Mancino and wife Tara Mancino of Fort Worth, Texas, step grandsons, Grant Griffin and wife Lezlie of Bedford, Texas, Chris Griffin of Euless, Texas, Great Granddaughter named for her, Lila Grace Schoppe, step granddaughter, Mahi Griffin and step grandsons, Jonah and Everett Griffin. Her nephews, Joel Scholz and wife Bonnie, Joe Johnson of Kingsland, Texas.  Her sister, Frankie Cowsert and son Jeff Cochran of Llano.  Her half sisters Gale Milligan of Peerless, Texas, Mary Milligan Lyles of Katy, Texas and many other nephews and nieces.

Thank-you to Texas Home Health Hospice and especially to her care-giver, Mariea Hawkias, for living with Lila for the past few months and providing her love, care and smiles.

Donations can be made to the Llano County Library for Lila’s great love of reading.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 9, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Chapel in Llano , Texas at 10:00 AM.

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Sonora "Laurie" Lawley

A graveside service will be held Sunday, June 5, 2016 at the Llano City Cemetery at 2:00 PM with Reverend Sid McMahon officiating.

Sonora Laurie Lawley was born February 14, 1963 and passed away on June 2, 2016.

She is preceded in death by Harold Von “Red” Lawley and Mary Ruth Howard. 

Laurie is survived by her brothers Harold Lawley Jr and John Branam and her sisters Robin McBride and Melanie Gorsuch.

She is also survived by her daughters Theresa Smith, Mary McKelvy, Audrey Alverson, Connie Henson and their spouses, along with 5 granchildren Chelsie, Dalton, Nellie Joe, Austin, Kolbi, many, many adopted kids and her best friend Daniel “Bubba” McMahon.

Laurie had a heart of gold and was a loving angel on Earth and now she has her wings watching over all of us. 

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Nancy Renna Brendefur
 
 Was born December 12, 1947 in Ventor California and went to be with our Lord on May 31, 2016 

She has lived in Llano since 1980.  
 
She is preceded in death by her Father & Stepmother RL & Evelyn Rains, Her mother Mildred Powell, Two brothers Ronnie Roberts & Roy Rains, sister Nannette Berryhill and husband Dean. Son-in-law Bobby Wisdom And one great granddaughter Serenity Wisdom 

She is survived by her Daughters Tina Wisdom, Suzie Wisdom and husband Buster, and Kimberly Bronson all of Llano. Her Brother David Rains of Montana, and sister Donna Bernhardt and husband John of Kyle Texas. Four grandsons Anthony Wisdom of Horseshoe Bay, Joshua Wisdom of San Maracas, Bobby Wisdom of Llano and Jadon Bronson of Jonestown. Two granddaughters Tiffany Wisdom of Llano and Marah Maynard of Tyron Georgia. Three great granddaughter Elleana Wisdom of Corpus Christie, Payton Proctor of Tyron Georgia and Neveah Wisdom-Carrion of Llano. Numerous Nieces and Nephews and Friends. 
 
Her hobby was Fishing & Camping. She loved to camp out at Cedar point with her family and friends. 

She was a life long Cook/Waitress. She worked at the High School Cafeteria for several years, until changing jobs to the Care Inn of Llano Kitchen. 

She was very adamant about not having any Memorial or Services, so  we honoring her wishes. How ever we will be getting together at a latter date to celebrate her. For further information you may call Suzie Wisdom at 325-423-5449 

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Marian Coppin 

Marian Coppin passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2016 in Llano, Texas at the age of 82. She was born October 16, 1933 in Camden, South Carolina to Marguerite (Pierce) and John Thomas Littlejohn, Jr. She married Gene Coppin July 9, 1953 in LaFeria, Texas. She was a resident of Round Rock, Texas for 24 years before moving to Llano, Texas where she lived for the past 7 years. Marian was 6 years old when she accepted Jesus as her savior and today she is with him now.

She is survived by husband Gene Coppin of Llano, Texas; son Gene K. Coppin, Jr. and wife Brandie of Allen, Texas; daughters Kathryn Wall of Ennis, Texas and Grace C. Hutchison and husband Cliff of San Antonio, Texas; sister Betty Burkhalter of Memphis, Tennessee along with 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Marian is preceded in death by her parents; infant son John Peary Coppin and brothers Nathan Littlejohn and John T. Littlejohn, III.

A Memorial service will be held Friday, June 3, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Llano, Texas at 2:00 PM with Reverend Rick Cundieff officiating. 

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John Irving Landon

John Irving Landon passed away Saturday, May 28, 2016 in Llano, Texas at the age of 89. He was born January 12, 1927 in Menard, Texas to Frankie Eugenia (Poole) and John Newmarch Landon. 

After graduation from Menard High School at age 16, John enrolled into the University of Texas at Austin where he was a proud member of the Showband of the Southwest playing the trumpet, a passion he continued throughout his life. After receiving his undergrad degree, John enrolled in the Navy, during WWII, where he served in the Philippines as an electrician until the end of the war.  After the war, he married his wife of 62 years, Willene Templeton and they returned to UT where John enrolled under the GI Bill into the School of Pharmacy where he earned his degree  2 years later. Following graduation, John re-enlisted into the US Air Force where he and Willene were stationed at Reese AFB for the next 2 years, during the Korean War.  After his discharge, they moved to Hamilton, Texas where he was employed as a pharmacist and then, in 1955 moved to Llano, working for Bruhl’s Drug and shortly thereafter started his own business where he and Willene faithfully served the Llano Community as owners and operators of the Llano Prescription Pharmacy for many years.  Following retirement, John continued as a relief pharmacist, culminating a 50-year carreer in the profession.

John was blessed with a fantastic intellect and had a variety of interests. In addition to his love of music, John had become a lover of flying as a teen and continued his passion for flying both as a hobby and also as a licenced instructor, passing along his love of aviation to many many Llano residents as teacher. He was a talented woodworker and leather worker and loved archery and bow hunting. 

John served his adopted home town of Llano in a wide variety of civic and municipal capacities, serving as president of the Llano School Board and  the Chamber of Commerce.  He was most proud of his service for 14 years as Mayor of Llano. John was also a Mason and long time member of the Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church.

He is survived by son Mike Landon and wife Sandy of Dallas, Texas; daughters Kim Hughes and husband Jerry of Llano, Texas, Jil Freeman and fiancé Ted Felton of Kingsland, Texas; grandchildren Scott Bradley and wife Tanya, Travis Ratliff, Hunter Ratliff, Michael Landon, Austin Landon, Jason Freeman and wife Laura, Blake Freeman, and Stephen Freeman; great grandchildren Noah Bradley, Samantha Bradley, Sydney Bradley, Gia Freeman and Chloe Freeman. 

John is preceded in death by his wife Willene Landon; son-in-law Dale Freeman and John’s beloved dog SharLi.

Visitation will be Friday, June 3, 2016 at the Walrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Chapel from 5:30-6:30 PM.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church in Llano, Texas at 2:00 PM followed by a graveside service at the Llano City Cemetery with Reverend Leslie Tomlinson officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Yoder Animal Shelter, 9150 W Ranch Road 1431, Buchanan Dam, Texas 78609.

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Phillip James Carson 

Phillip James Carson passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2016 in Marble Falls, Texas at the age of 58. He was born February 21, 1958 in Kerrville, Texas to Minerva (Griffin) and Herman Carson. Phillip was a lifetime resident of Marble Falls, Texas.

He is survived by son Andrew Carson of Marble Falls, Texas; brother Johnny Dyer and wife Liza of Bastrop, Texas; sister Betty Hennessee of Marble Falls, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews.

Phillip is preceded in death by his parents; wife Nelda Carson; brother Stanley Carson; sisters Ethel Carson, Ann Holloway and Georgia Jones.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

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John Larry Johanson 

John Larry Johanson passed away Saturday, May 21, 2016 in Temple, Texas at the age of 67. He was born July 30, 1948 in San Saba, Texas to Selma (Campbell) and Wayne Johanson. John was in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Vietnam, Germany and Fort Hood.  He was a member of the Church of Christ in Llano as well as a member of the VFW American Legion in Llano and Kingsland.

John is survived by his mother Selma Campbell Johanson of Llano, Texas, brother Kenneth Johanson and wife Penny of Marble Falls, Texas and sister Jeanette Benner and husband Jerry of Johnson City, Texas.

John is preceded in death by his father Wayne Johanson.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

In leiu of flowers contributions may be made to Disabled Veterans National Foundation, P.O. Box 96262, Washington, D.C. 20090.

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George Frederick Schurz

Where Never Was Heard A Discouraging Word 

George Frederick Schurz was born December 27, 1923 in Burt, North Dakota to John and Frieda Schurz. George was the eldest of two children, having a sister Rosalie. George attended school in Burt and Mott, North Dakota, graduating from Mott high school in 1941 as valedictorian. After high school he moved to Modesto, California where his Uncle Fred and Aunt Elsie Beyer were both educators. He attended Modesto Junior College, distinguishing himself academically, studying chemistry. He completed Modesto Junior College’s two year course in 1943, graduating as salutatorian.

George joined the United States Army in March 1944, during WWII. He saw combat in the Asia-Pacific theatre during the battle of Okinawa; the last and biggest of the Pacific island battles.

After his honorable discharge from the Army in 1946, George enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in June of 1948. Immediately after graduation, George joined The Dow Chemical Company, working at their Pittsburg, CA location for nineteen years as a research chemist, specializing in the new field of enhanced oil recovery. In 1967 he transferred to Houston, Texas to be manager of Dow’s enhanced oil recovery program. He would work in the Houston office until 1980 when he took early retirement to become an independent consultant for the petroleum industry. In his 32 years with Dow Chemical, George achieved distinction as a leading expert in enhanced oil recovery, and travelled extensively sharing his knowledge with the Petroleum industry until he retired in 2000. 

It was at Dow that Dad met the love of his life, Lula Mae Bonham, a Texas native who had moved to California in 1947. She had two children from a previous marriage: Travis Bonham born in Texas and Ronald Bonham born in California. Lula and George were married in October 1960, eleven years after they first met. For the next seven years they lived on 10 acres of grapes near Oakley, CA, a period George and Lula would say was the happiest of their lives. In 1967 they moved to Houston, when George transferred with Dow Chemical and lived there until 2000, when they moved back to California to once again live “on the ranch”. Lula passed away suddenly in 2003 and George would reflect that life just wasn’t much fun anymore without Lula.

George was a very physically active man during his long life and it wasn’t until his mid-80s that he gave up running for fun and exercise. He was a competitive distance runner at Modesto Junior College, running in the first Modesto Relays.  He once ran the mile in 4mins 30 sec, when it was thought no one could break the 4-minute barrier. This love of running stayed with George all his life and he last participated in the Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco when he was in his 80s.

In addition to his hobby as a grape grower, George and Lula were avid bridge players. They played both socially and in competitive duplicate bridge tournaments. George was also a famed tinkerer and avid collector of “precious” junk. The chaos that is called his garage and the 8 cars and old tractor that are still “on the ranch” are a testament to this.

George lived a long and fruitful life and passed away peacefully on April 27, 2016 due to pulmonary and respiratory complications. He was 92. His son Travis died in 2013. He is survived by his son Ronald Bonham, two nephews, Jonathan and Steven Ellis, two nieces, Susan Ellis and Sandy Silva, his five grandchildren, Christian Bonham, Laura Thompson, Jeffrey Bonham, Richard Bonham, Kristin Newman and six great grandchildren, Avery and Blaire Thompson, Grace and Jackson Bonham, Riley and Cooper Newman, as well as 8 grandnieces and nephews, Stephanie, and Sean Ellis, Becky, David, and Sarah Silva and Jonathan, Jacob and Katie Ellis.

A graveside service will be held Friday, May 13, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Bluffton Cemetery with Pastor Ralph Reitmeyer officiating. 

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Betty Jane Scherer Fest 

Betty Jane Scherer Fest of Sunrise Beach Village passed away on May 2, 2016 at the age of 93.  She was born to Revillo Macy Scherer and Florence Elizabeth Whall on June 24, 1922 in San Antonio, Texas.   

Betty married Frederick Francis Fest on November 9, 1940 in San Antonio, Texas.  After retirement, Betty and Fred moved permanently to Sunrise Beach in 1984.  

Fred predeceased Betty on May 5, 2006.  

She is survived by daughter Sharon Sinkey and spouse, Gregory, of Holiday, Florida.  Also surviving are nephews, James W. Nicholson, Jr., and wife, Cathy, of San Antonio, Texas and Billy Nicholson and wife, Jane, of Helotes, Texas.

Services will be held Friday, at 2:00 p.m., at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church.  Interment follows at Sandy Mountain Cemetery in Sunrise Beach. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to an animal shelter of your choice or to Meals on Wheels. 

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Linda Carol (Reed) Trotter 

Linda Carol (Reed) Trotter passed away Monday, May 2, 2016 in Llano, Texas at the age of 70. She was born September 14, 1945 in Llano, Texas to Wilma Joyce (Henry) and Townsend Elmo Reed. She married Joe Trotter December 26, 1980 in Parker County, Texas. Linda lived in Llano most of her life and graduated from Llano High School in 1964. She was a member of the Llano Jehovah Witnesses. Linda was a nurse and homemaker and loved her family.

She is survived by David Lynn Trotter and Amanda Shafer of Llano, Texas; grandchildren Crystal Thorp, Brent Thorp, Heather Henderson, Brandy Shannon, Candy Banks, Heather Shafer, Robert McCall, Josh Shafer, Brandon Trotter and Brittany Trotter; great grandchildren Serenity Rose Blackburn, Dale Blackburn, Isabella Blackburn, Kanaalaq Dugan, Bradley Thorp and Alayna Shannon; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Linda is preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her daughter Suzanna Carol Robbins.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel from 5:00 to 8:00PM. A graveside service will be held Thursday, May 5, 2016 at the Llano City Cemetery at 10:00 AM. 

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James Leonard Thiers
 

James Leonard Thiers was born in Junction Texas to Thelma Kathryn Walton Thiers and Alfred Matt Thiers on December 8, 1933.  He moved to Llano as a small child and attended school here.  He was a graduate of Llano High School in 1950.  

James attended Texas A&M University where he played in the military marching band.  In 1956 he was drafted into the US Army where he served for two years.  After returning to Llano he was the music and youth director at the Llano First Baptist Church in the early 60's.  James started working for Moore State Bank in January of 1961 and remained with them through the First Llano Bank era into the present Aroowhead Bank for a total of 48 years.  He was active in many community organiztions.

He was president of the Llano School Board for 2 terms.  He treasured announcing many Llano football games.

He was the president of the Llano Chamber of Commerce.  He was also President of the Llano Jaycees.  He was also a huge supporter of the Junior Livestock Show and when it came to rodeo time he was the Junior rodeo clown.  One particular time a mishap became a great trick.  Now that's a story everybody should hear.

James was an outdoorsman deluxe.  He was a rancher, an avid gardner who took gread pride in his yard (especially his yellow roses), he loved to fish, hunt and play golf.  

James was preceeded in death by his parents and sister Dora Bette.  

He is survived by 

His wife of 60 years Glenda Heyen Thiers

His two daughters - Kathy Thiers Crafton and husband David and Karla Thiers Justis and Rick Frank

His three grandchildren - Jennifer Blackmon and husband Jesse

Pamela Crafton and fiance Jared Gowan and Carter Crafton

His three greatgrandchildren - Adrian Cole, Madisyn Denise and James Daniel Blackmon.

JAMES THIERS, better knows as POPPY, the man who was always young at heart was the greatest man ever and he loved you all.

            A graveside service will be Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the Board Branch Cemetery in Lone Grove, Texas with Reverend Rick Cundieff officiating.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Llano County Special Opportunity School 206 East Main St, Llano, TX 78643,
Llano Christian Academy, P.O. Box 728, Llano, Texas 78643
Or any local charity of your choice

 

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Janie Lee Brewer
 

Janie Lee Brewer passed away Saturday, April 23, 2016 in Llano, Texas at the age of 77. She was born September 14, 1938 in Mason, Texas to Velma (Sanders) and Billy Clyde Scantlin. Janie was a heavy equipment operator and was married to Hollis Clayton Brewer, SR, who passed away in 2007.

She is survived by sons Wesley Brewer of Llano, Texas and Hollis Brewer, Jr. of Llano, Texas; brothers Bobby Ray Scantlin of Mason, Texas and Tony Douglas Scantlin of Brady, Texas; sisters Linda Fay of Mason, Texas and Christy Beth Scantlin of Brady, Texas; grandchildren Misty Brown, Janie Cole, JW Brewer and Jennifer Brewer; great grandchildren Cydnei Sherman, Bradley Cole, Preston Cole, Willow Dubose, Skyler Harding, Katherine Weaver, Payton Weaver, Stetson Brown, Shane Brown and Patrick Brown; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Janie is preceded in death by her husband; parents; daughter Patricia Bernice Leach; grandson Clayton Brice Leach and daughter-in-law Patricia Brewer.

Pallbearers are Aaron Watson, Bradley Cole, Patrick Brown, JW Brewer, Bobbie Tatsch and Doyal Myers.

A graveside service will be held Monday, April 25, 2016 at the Llano City Cemetery in Llano, Texas at 2:00 PM with JD Sanders officiating. 

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Bible Baptist Church, PO Box 1221, Mason, Texas 76856.

 

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Jennifer Lynn Attaway

Jennifer Lynn Attaway passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the age of 31. She was born September 10, 1984 in Henderson, Texas to Julia (Pullin) and Larry Floyd Attaway. Jennifer worked as a cashier at several establishment in Llano, including Short Stop, Lowes, Stripes, Sonic and Subway. Jennifer was kind, sassy and a little bit of a pain in the butt, but very well loved.

She is survived by her father Larry Attaway of Shreveport, Louisiana; sons Mikey McBee and Christopher McBee of Texas; daughters Olivia Jones of California and Brianna Attaway of California; brothers David Pullin of Navasota, Kevin Attaway of Louisiana and Jason Attaway of Louisiana; sisters Sandra Artecona of Llano and adoptive parents Christopher Sr. and Diane Creeks of Navasota, Christopher Creeks Jr. and Cecilia (Creeks) Williams and husband Frank of Navasota, nephews Derrick Creeks, Frank Williams III, Glaston Williams and niece Armani Williams of Navasota.

Jennifer was preceded in death by her mother Julia and her grandmother Nancy Bradshaw.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8King James Version (KJV)

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

There is a special Angel, there’s a special Angel in Heaven that is a part of me. It is not where I wanted her to be. She was here but just a moment like a night time shooting star. And though she is in Heaven she isn’t very far. She touched the heart of many like only an Angel can do. I would’ve held her every minute if the end I only knew. So I send this special message to the Heaven up above. Please take care of my Angel and send her all my love. – Love, Armani, Derrick, Glaston and Frank III.

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Doreen (Howell) Hare

Doreen Howell Hare passed away peacefully at Seton Hospital in Burnet, Texas on April 19, 2016 at 11:05 AM. SHe was 82 years old. She was born October 14, 1933 in Hull, England to the parents of Robert Norman and Gladys Gertrude Whitfield Howell. She is survivved by one brother, Bob Howell and tw sisters, Elsie Howell McIntyre and Phylis Howell Abel, whome reside in England. Her parents and two sisters, June Howell Last and Pauline Howell Jackson are deceased.

As a child living in England during WW2, she endured the terror of was with constant air raid bombings and V-2 rocket attacks. As a teenager she enjoyedice skating and roller derby. At the age of twenty-one she married Kenneth (Rabbit) Hare, whome was serving a tour of duty with the U.S. Air Force in Margate, England. Doreen studied hard to become a U.S. citizen and her citizenship was granted on July 30, 1962. They traveled exensively and lived in many different countries. Upon retirement, they chose Kingsland, Texas. Being very patriotic, Doreen was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and the AMerican Legion. She volunteered for duty with the Disabled American Veterans, Chap. 198 in Kingsland, Texas. During her thirty years of faithful service, she served as DAV Auxiliary Commander for seven years and Chaplain for four years.

Doreen loved her arts and crafts, was a seamstress and wrote inspirational poetry. She has one daughter, Dorina Hare and two loving sons, Kenny and Gary Hare. Her granchildren are Jesika Farmer Hare, Shey Bolen and Zakkery Barr. Her great grandchildren are Echo, Epic, Frey and Braxton.

She will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered. Her celebration of life memorial will be held Wednesday at 5:00 PM in Kingsland at the DAV Chapter Building on the corner of HWY 1431 and 2545, next to 7-11 store. Our mother wanted no flowers and instead to send cash donations to Vet-Rides in Burnet. (830-613-9982). Her favorite saying was "keep calm and carry on." For more information call Rabbit at 830-613-1908 

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Kirk Hodges

Kirk Hodges, surrounded by his wife and 3 boys, joined hands with Jesus and was escorted to heaven on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 in Luling, TX. Known as Kirk, "Hon", Dad, Grandad, son, baby brother, Uncle Kirk and friend, he is now surrounded by his father Alton "Grandaddy Hodges", his mother Myrtle "Nan", his step-father Jim Furr "daddy" and "Pa", his brother Alton "Sandy", his sister Jerree, and his daughter Tammy. 

He is survived by his wife Dianne Hodges of Luling, TX, his three sons: Stan Hodges of Hull, TX, Chad Hodges of Helotes, TX, and Bret and his wife Christi Hodges of Spring Branch, TX; four grandchildren:  Dylan Hodges age 17, Alton Hodges age 14, Ashleigh Hodges age 13, and Dalton Hodges age 8; two sisters:  Erwinna Fain of Llano, Elaine Fowler of Rotan.

Kirk's parents Alton and Myrtle were raising three young children, Erwinna, Sandy, and Elaine when Alton was drafted during World War II. Deployed to the Philippines, he soon would learn from one of his many love letters from Myrtle that they were expecting their fourth child, Kirk. Alton gave the ultimate sacrifice by giving his life defending his country from the greatest tyranny known in history and therefore would never hold his baby boy.

Born and raised in Llano, TX, Kirk grew up loving the outdoors. He spent much of his time raising pigs and hunting coons with his brother-in-law Dewey Fain and his side kick dog Tinkerbell. Well liked by many friends, he was especially close to Frosty Miller who remained a life-long friend.

Kirk graduated from Llano High School in 1964 where he excelled in football, basketball, and track.  Kirk's mile relay team held the school record for many years...one that wouldn't be broken until his own nephews Kevin Fain and Craig Hodges's team did so in the 70's.  His sprint relay team also set the school record that remains to this day.  He married his high school sweetheart Dianne Nalls on May 22nd 1964.  They attended Sul Ross University in Alpine, TX and graduated from college in 1967.  He went on to receive his masters degree in corrective therapy from Eastern Washington State University in 1969. 

Kirk, inspired by his father's own sacrifice, dedicated his career to working with veterans fostering peace and hope to those who had served their country.  He spent his entire 27 years working in the medical field as a corrective therapist and later served as the coordinator of rehab medicine at the Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital in San Antonio before his retirement in 2000. He was elected the President of the American Corrective Therapy Association in 1976 and received the Outstanding Corrective Therapy Award from the National Association in 1977. 

Kirk, having never known his biological father, was especially dedicated to being a dad to his and Dianne's three boys. He instilled character, values, and leadership which would become his legacy.  Kirk spent much of his time actively coaching his sons in their early years while they played football, basketball, and baseball both in Tennessee and in Boerne, TX.  He and Dianne would stay very involved in their boys' lives as they became men. They constantly attended sporting events coached by his sons Stan and Bret and even became actively involved with many players and other coaches on their respective teams. Kirk also had the opportunity to work with his son Chad for a couple of years at the VA before his retirement.  As the years passed and as grandchildren came along, Kirk and Dianne became known as Gramma and Grandad. They enjoyed their lives chasing their grandkids and attending their sporting events.  Grandad loved bonding and sharing his love of  ranching and the great outdoors with his grandchildren.

His love for others went well beyond his immediate family as he cherished his nieces, nephews and countless extended family and friends.

Kirk and Dianne were blessed with 52 wonderful years of marriage.  

Pa1l Bearers:  Sons: Stan Hodges, Chad Hodges, Bret Hodges.  Grandsons: Dylan Hodges, Alton Hodges, Dalton Hodges.  Best Friend Frosty Miller

-Written from the heart by his three sons.

"When you were born,

you cried and the world rejoiced.

You lived your life so when you died

the world cried and you rejoiced."

- Cherokee

Sent to Kirk by dear friend, Bob Potter 

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas at 4:30PM with Dennis Raesner officiating.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, 2nd floor, Bethesda, Maryland 20814, Wounded Warriors, PO BOX 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. 

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Marcel George "Mark" Beaubien 

Marcel George “Mark” Beaubien passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, April 19, 2016 in Llano, Texas at the age of 92. Mark was born in Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan, Canada on May 5, 1923. He was the fifth child, and the third son, of Eva LaMere of Range, Wisconsin, and Philemon Beaubien.

            Having suffered three crop failures and a house fire, the Beaubiens moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1927 in search of a better life. A family story often recounted is one of Marcel, as the family knew him, being sent to the butcher to beg for a bone to flavor their boiled dinner (usually cabbage). He had those big blue eyes and was seldom turned away.

            Mark earned his High School Diploma from Edison High School in Minneapolis in 1942 and served as President of his Senior Class. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the University of Minnesota in 1949.

            Mark was an aviation pilot in World War II. He served in three branches of the military; the Naval Reserve, Army Air Force and the Air Force Reserve. He reached the rank of 1st Lieutenant.

            He married Jean “Jeanne” Owens of Llano on April 14, 1967 and they had 2 children, Susan and Jay.

            Mark was an astute businessman having owned several successful businesses.

            Mark was passionate about his faith, having completed seminary but electing to not take the vows of priesthood. He was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church where he donated much of his time and talents. He contributed to many church projects and was recognized for outstanding works by Pope John Paul II in 1989.

            Mark was a 3rd Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus Council Number 13245, and the American Legion Post Number 370, and served on the board of the Llano Housing Authority.

            Mark was an avid Cowboys and Longhorn fan. He enjoyed reading and watching westerns.

            Mark was preceded in death by his parents, Eva LaMere and Philemon Beaubien; step-mother Gertrude Shellhammer; wife Jean Owens; brothers Phillip Beaubien and Everett Beaubien; sisters Lillian Liebl and Lucille Paul; and two step-brothers Richard and Robert Anderson.

            Mark is survived by his children, Susan Beaubien of Castell and Jay Beaubien of Llano; two step-children Julie Davis Crouch and husband, Frankie of Gilmer and Rhonda Davis Herridge and husband Roger of Llano; two grandchildren Bradley Beaubien of Dallas, and Ashley Beaubien Brady and husband Dustin of Oneonta, Alabama; five step-grandchildren, Sharla Crouch of Gilmer, Carl Crouch and wife Beth of Saginaw, Steven Crouch and wife Kelsey of Calgary, Canada, Jimmy Hill and Jeffrey Herridge of Llano; and eleven step-great grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.

            His family and friends remember him as a kind, considerate and compassionate man and loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle.      

            Visitation and Rosary will be Sunday, April 24, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas at 6:00 PM.

            Funeral Mass will be Monday, April 25, 2016 at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Llano, Texas at 10:00 AM with Pastor-Reverend Melvin officiating. Internment to follow at the Llano City Cemetery.

            Pallbearers include Frankie Crouch, Carl Crouch, Brandon Crouch, Roger Herridge, Jeffrey Herridge, Jasper Hill and Dustin Brady. Honorary pallbearers include Roger Wimberley, Roland Rode, George Book, Rayburn Houston, Mike Methvin and Ken Moore.

            The family would like to thank the staff at Llano Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for all their compassionate, loving care.   

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Peggy Wynell (Adair) White 

Peggy White passed away on April 14, 2016 at Seton Medical Center, Austin TX. 

Peggy Adair White was born on March 3, 1970 in Nederland, TX to Betty Lou (Anderson) and Terry C. Adair and was raised in the Texas Hill Country.

Peggy was preceded in death by her parents Betty Lou (Anderson) Adair and Terry C Adair and her sister Anita Adair.

Survived by son, Kenly Klaproth of Lampasas, TX; brothers, Julius Adair of Kingsland, TX, Audie Adair of Marble Falls, TX and Kenneth Adair, of Kingsland, TX; and Shawn Ray Scott. 

Peggy will be remembered for her strength and perseverance with her life long struggle with diabetes. 

Memorial service will held in the chapel of Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Kingsland, TX on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the American Diabetes Association. 

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David Earl Penney Sr. 

David Earl Penney, 55, finished his race and passed away peacefully in his home Saturday, April 16th, 2016 after a short battle with cancer.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Abbie Shannon Penney; his daughter Tiffany Penney Berrio, her husband Alan and their daughters Allie, Kora, and Chloe of Whitney, TX; his son David Penney, Jr. and wife Stormy of Austin; his son Franky J Penney, wife Tosha, and their children Hailey, Franky Jr., and Emily; and his son Aiden Penney, all of Cherokee. He also leaves behind four sisters, two brothers, many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and countless friends and brothers and sisters in Christ.

David was born in Austin, TX, on April 22, 1960 to Frank and Winnie Penney and grew up in the Austin area. As a young man he spent two years in the Marine Reserves. He met Abbie Shannon in May of 1979 on a blind date and married her one month later on June 17, 1979. She was and always will be his angel.

David became a truck driver at an early age and drove trucks for many years before being involved in a truck accident that disabled him. The majority of his career was spent driving for Jacobs & Son Trucking in San Saba where his boss, Tony Jacobs, and the Jacobs clan quickly became as dear to him as family. After the accident, he spent the next twelve years working side-by-side with Abbie on odd jobs such as mowing lawns, cleaning houses, building pallets, and junking scrap metals. They were best friends and perfect business partners.

David had the imagination of a child. He was constantly discovering shapes in the clouds or trees...or absolutely anywhere for that matter.  “See that tree shaped like a dinosaur?” he would say. “Doesn’t this chicken nugget look like a squirrel?” “That cloud looks exactly like Alf.” “Look at that, guys! Can you see the face?”

David was also a jokester at heart with a special talent for corny jokes. The cheesier, the better. He would laugh until his whole body shook and he turned bright red.  Anyone who spent any amount of time with him had probably fallen victim to one of his pranks. He especially loved to jump out from behind a door and scare the daylights out of his unsuspecting victims. He could often be found giggling until he couldn’t breathe because he had just dumped an ice-cold cup of water on some innocent shower-taker.  

As much as David loved finding faces and joking around, he loved The Lord more. He gave his heart to Jesus in 1997 and was never the same. He proclaimed the love of God to anyone who would listen. He almost always wore a Christian t-shirt and used them to open a door to speak to people about the love of God and His perfect salvation. He was generous and genuine. He earnestly cared about people and would literally give his last dollar (or a bag of groceries or even his car) to a friend or even a stranger in need. He didn’t have much in the way of earthly wealth, but in faith, character, kindness, integrity, respect, and love he was a rich, rich man indeed.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at the Cherokee Baptist Church at 4:00 PM with burial at Cherokee Cemetery. Reverend Welton Watson and Reverend Alan Berrio will be officiating. 

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Central Baptist Church Childrens Ministry, 1001 W. Brown St, San Saba, Texas 78677 

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Debbie Caddy

Debbie Caddy passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at the age of 60. She was born May 11, 1955 in Greeley, Colorado to Verla (Bauder) and Warren Oliver. She graduated from Greeley West High School and was a dietician for Weld School district 6 for 32 years before retiring. Debbie was a huge supporter of her children who where involved in baseball, football and hockey.

She is survived by husband Randy Caddy of Kingsland, Texas; sons Jake Caddy and Staci of Greeley , Colorado and Jordan Caddy of Kingsland, Texas; daughter Kate Caddy; sister Lori Elventon of Loveland, Colorado; grandson Hunter Caddy and numerous extended family.

Debbie is preceded in death by her parents.

A Wake is to be held Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 1:00 PM at 1940 Twin Oaks, Kingsland, Texas. A Memorial service will be held at a later date in Greeley, Colorado.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Kingsland Little League Association, P.O. BOX 1413, Kingsland, Texas 78639.

 

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Charles Lynn Hooks 

Charles Lynn Hooks passed away Friday, April 8, 2016 in Temple, Texas at the age of 86. He was born September 13, 1929 in Kosciusko, Mississippi to Mildred Irene (Ray) and Harvey J. Hooks. Charles was a supervisor at a steel mill and belonged to the Houston Drag Boat Club. He was in the Marine Corps and served in the Korean War and in World War II. 

He is survived by daughters Cynthia Ann Hooks Smith and Carl of Buchanan Dam, Texas and Charlotte Leonard of Wagner, Oklahoma; brother Gene Hooks of Florence, Mississippi; step-sister Dorothy Ford of Mississippi; three grandchildren James Faulkner, Tiger Leonard and Herbie Leonard; three great grandchildren Autumn Faulkner, Zoe Faulkner and Joaquin Faulkner and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

Charles is preceded in death by his parents; wife Betty B. Hooks; brother Ray Alexander and grandson Kristopher Faulkner.

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Kingsland, Texas from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Kingsland, Texas at 11:00 AM with Pastor Richard Vandeventer officiating. Graveside to immediately follow at the Lakeland Hills Memorial Park in Burnet, Texas. Following the graveside service will be a Celebration of Life at Cindy Smith’s residence at the Black Rock Cottages, 3100 RR 261, Buchanan Dam, Texas 78609.

Pallbearers include Jimmy Faulkner, Allen Dunn, Michael Joe Smith, Dakota Smith, Logan Smith and Josh Smith. Honorary Pallbearer is John Rayborn.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to St. Jude’s, 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.

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Mary Alice Brown

Mary Alice (Holtz) Brown passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2016 in San Angelo, Texas at the age of 82. She was born December 10, 1933 at 9:10 AM in the family home in Coleman, Texas to John William Holtz(34) and Amanda Elizabeth (Tomlinson) Holtz.

She lost her father to stomach cancer when she was but 7 years of age, a loss which would remain with her all her life.

Mary and Howard Austin Burroughs married July 9, 1949 at her brother John and wife Dorcia’s home in Coleman between her freshman and sophomore year in high school. As a young couple they moved several times, including; living in a Railroad bunkhouse, a college apartment and the maid’s quarters for the mayor in a north central Texas town.

Though Mary lost numerous babies through miscarriage she had three children who survived. They are: Linda Sue (born 8/9/1950), Jerry Wayne (born 9/17/1952) and Michael Howard (born 5/31/1955). All were born in Coleman, a town where her family lived many years and do still to this day. Her life was one of many ups and down but never was there a doubt she loved her children more than anything. She also had a love for her cats.

Mary and Harry raised their three babies in the Church of Christ but sadly divorced after a few short years. Life would find them making up shortly before his death, October 22, 1973. She shared later, they had agreed they had done three things right.

She was a true survivor, of many events in her life, with her faith in God, she overcame many different sadness’s, to include 25+ years with the chronic and progressive disease Parkinson. She found joy in different avenues including; sewing, creating clothing for her children and eventually her grandchildren (even making a prom dress), her love of gardening, it was not uncommon to find her working in the yard from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM on her days off and she often held two jobs at a time. She was no stranger to hard work.

Mary lived the majority of her adult life in Houston where she and Howard attended Montrose Church of Christ, but she loved living in Llano and the country life she enjoyed out in Rio Llano. She attended worship services at Llano Church of Christ.

She is survived by sons Jerry Burroughs and David of Dallas, Texas and Michael Burroughs and Mark of Austin, Texas; daughter Linda Groff and Warren of Llano, Texas; brothers John Holtz II and Dorcia of Coleman, Texas, Olen Holtz and Nita of Abilene, Texas and Robert Holtz and Lynna of San Angelo, Texas; sisters Dorothy Yates of Pensacola, Florida, Fay Hall of Apalachin, New York, Mae White of Eastland, Texas and Patricia Burnett and Kenneth of Eastland, Texas; grandchildren Matt and Christi Groff, Amy Burroughs and Mark Hostetter, Mary Jeffreys and Kris, and Stephen Burroughs and Amanda; great grandchildren Mariah, Haley, Hannah, Faith, Austin, Brooke, Luke, Morgen and baby girl Burroughs due in June 2016; and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends. Mary is also survived by long time friend Jaime Castaneda, Mr. and Mrs. Manny Martinez and Mr. and Mrs. John Harlow.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents; father of her children Howard Austin Burroughs; sisters Hazel Field, Helen Holtz and Grace Griffin; and her special friend Don Banks.

Visitation will be Sunday, April 10, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas from 5:00 – 6:00 PM. Funeral Services will be Monday, April 11, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas at 10:00 AM with David Hankins, preacher of the Church of Christ in Llano, officiating.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Church of Christ of your choice, your local cancer society or charity of your choice.

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Payton Rayne Martinez

Payton Rayne “Precious Payton” Martinez passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2016 in Llano, Texas at the age of 4.  She was born May 25, 2011 in Round Rock, Texas to Emoryee (Berreles) and Omar Martinez Jr. She loved watching YouTube videos, opening surprise blind bags, planting and picking flowers with her Mimi, digging for worms, long baths, strawberry ice cream, going to Mimi and Pawpaw’s, playing with her dog, Peppa Pig, going to Journey fellowship and tickling her favorite guy, James. Precious Payton also loved playing hide and seek, stomping bugs, treasure hunting, playing in the sand at her G’pa’s, going to the zoo, eating cheese dip at Rosita’s, visiting with Laurie and Steven, going to the ranch with her Susan, going to pre-k, playing with Jancie and Taylee and numerous other things. 

Precious Payton is survived by her parents; 2 sisters Hadlee (2) and Meadow (2mo.) Martinez; grandparents Lisa Mansell and Dale White of Llano, Texas, Marco and Dora Berreles of Mason, Texas, Omar Martinez Sr. of Mason; Leonor Castillo; and Gracie Gonzales of Grand Prairie, Texas; 2 aunts Kaila and Shaila Martinez; 3 uncles Jason and Branson Berreles and Marcuss Martinez; cousins Jamarcuss, Arturo and Adlee and numerous other family including Susan Beaubien.

Precious Payton is preceded in death by great grandmother Janice Owens Miller and Lance Ray Bankston.

Visitation will be Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral chapel in Llano, Texas from 9:00 - 11:00 AM followed by a celebration of life memorial service at 11:00 AM at the chapel with James Sanderson officiating. There will be a balloon release at the west end of the Badu Park immediately following the services.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Children’s Cancer Research Fund, 7301 Ohms Lane, Suite 355, Minneapolis MN 55439 or Journey Fellowship, 102 Market, Llano, Texas 78643.

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Perry Ray Roemer 

Perry Ray Roemer of Llano passed away unexpectedly on April 3, 2016 at the age of 44. Perry was born on July 26, 1971 to Pamela Roemer and Larry Reese. Pamela later married Johnny Hawkins and the bond between he and Perry was undeniable.  

Perry was a man of many trades but concrete work was his calling and he could finish concrete like no other. Perry spent many years working on the pipeline, and was also an excellent mechanic and could take just about anything apart, repair it, and put it back together. 

Most of all Perry loved his kids and they were his pride and joy. He enjoyed spending time with them doing activities like fishing, and loved nothing more than cutting up and wrestling with them. He enjoyed watching them in all their activities and was always a proud dad in the stands. Perry was an outspoken rough and tuff tumbleweed and took great pleasure in passing that on to his kids.

His hobbies included Bar-B-Que cook-offs, hunting, fishing, and dancing. Perry was a simple man and enjoyed the simple pleasures of life.   Hanging out with friends on the bed of a pick-up truck, or sitting around the back yard telling stories was where he found the most pleasure. Perry will be remembered most for his sense of humor. Perry was funny!  If you were in his presence, you were laughing! He could tell a story and have the room in stitches with his dramatic expressions, and storytelling ability that only he had! The man never met a stranger and considered everyone a friend.

Perry was proud to be on the Lucky L Cookers BBQ Cook-off team, he was a member of the Llano Christmas Lighting Committee, and was on the Llano Youth Soccer Building Committee. Perry volunteered many hours during the construction of the Llano Youth Soccer complex where he took the lead on all the concrete work, and also volunteered many hours during the original construction of the Moore Baseball Complex. His heart was of gold and he was always there when anyone needed his help. He never turned anyone away that was in need, if he had something you needed you can bet he would give it to you in the blink of an eye.

Perry is survived by two sons - Eric Roemer from Smithville, and Hunter Roemer of Llano.  One daughter - Jayla Roemer of Llano.  His mother - Pamela Roemer of Waco,  Brothers; Johnny Hawkins Jr and David Hawkins of San Angelo, Tim Watson of Llano, and Curtis Watson of Waco.   Girlfriend Christina Asfeld and her daughter Seriah Bartram of Granite Shoals.  Grandparents: Howard and Lynn Kilgore of Austin.  Nephews; Steton Watson of Llano, Trey Watson of Llano, Coy Reese of San Saba, and Kaleb Reese of Llano.  Nieces; Kaylee Watson of Killeen, Brittney Reese of Austin, Ashlie Watson of Waco, and Johnna Reese of Llano.  He is also survived by many cousins, aunts, uncles, and a host of other friends and family.

Preceding him in death is his father – Larry Reese, his dad - Johnny Hawkins, Brother – Jason Reese, and Grandparents – Robert and Marzilla Hawkins.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 2pm at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano with Sam Garza officiating. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Perry Roemer Memorial Fund at Llano National Bank.

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Melody W. Bernhard

Melody W. (Watson) Bernhard passed away Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the age of 77. She was born July 6, 1938 in Des Moines, Iowa to Margaret Watson. She grew up in Kerrville, Texas and attended Tivy highschool, which is where she met husband, Fred Bernhard. They married November 1, 1957. She graduated from the LVN program at Schreiner College in 1974. Melody had lots of friends that enjoyed her vivacious spirit. 

She is survived by husband, Fred Bernhard of Buchanan Dam, Texas; daughters Becky Coons and husband Ray of Kerrville, Texas and Julie Woolway and husband Jim of Redwood City, California and 3 grandchildren, Matthew Coons and wife Lauren of Clearwater, Florida, Kyle Coons of Johnson City, Texas and Jenna Woolway of Redwood City, California.

Services are pending.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or a of charity of your choice.

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Connie Thomas Bush 

Connie Thomas Bush passed away Monday, March 28, 2016 at the age of 78. She was born March 15, 1938 in Holly Bluff, Mississippi to Mattie Jewel (Huff) and Wyat Gordan Thomas. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Tow, Texas and had been a member of Tow since 1989.

She is survived by son Billy Bush; sisters Mary Harris of Terry, Mississippi, Frankie Boyd of Utica, Mississippi and Judy Strong of Wesson, Mississippi; grandchildren Lindsey and Ivan Graff of Marble Falls, Texas, Jacqueline and Johnny Calhoun of Burnet, Texas, Kimberly and Javier Solis of Lake Jackson, Texas, Ricy and Trent Stone of Angelton, Texas, Chance Bush, Brittany Bush of Richland, Texas; great grandchildren Logan, Caleb and Ethan Solis and Triston Stone.

Connie is preceded in death by her parents; husband John Lee Bush; sons John Calvin Bush (Sputnik) and Ricky Don Bush; brothers Don Thomas, Paul Thomas and Phillip Thomas; sisters Gayle Nell Thomas and Betty Sanford.

Memorial services will be held Friday, April 8, 2016 at 1:00 PM at the address 17338 RR 2241, Tow, Texas 78672 with Jerald Moore officiating.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

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Leta Duncan "Scratch" Lawrence 

Leta Duncan “Scratch” Lawrence of Llano, Texas passed away at the age of 89 on March 26, 2016.

She was born on June 17, 1926 to Ernest and Nora Duncan in Llano, Texas.

She is proceeded in death by her parents Ernest and Nora Duncan, her brothers; Francis Duncan, Eb Duncan, Joe Duncan, Lee Duncan, her sisters: Loma Duncan Roberts, Myra Duncan Fryer, Wilma Duncan Horne, Ruthe Duncan and by husband Walter P. Lawrence.

Leta married Walter Lawrence September 21, 1945 and they had two children Ann Lawrence Gray and Steve Lawrence.

She is survived by her two children Ann Lawrence Gray and husband Randle Gray of Llano, Texas, Steve Lawrence and wife Monica Lawrence of Hutto, Texas, grandson Philip Lawrence and wife Tara of Queen Creek, Arizona and many nieces and nephews.

Leta graduated from Durham’s Business College in Austin, Texas.

She was an active member of Allandale Baptist Church in Austin, Texas where she taught primaries until returning back to Llano in 1971 where her children finished school.

She and her husband and two children joined First Christian Church of Llano, Texas in 1971 with the encouragement of her sister Loma Roberts where she has remained a member.

After raising her children, she went to medication aide school and worked for 7 years for Hill Country Manor now Hill Country Healthcare.

            She and her husband Walter returned to Austin in 1984 to work at IRS Service Center. She received many awards of service from IRS in Austin, Texas.

Her husband died in Austin on June 12, 1985. She remained in Austin with her daughter, who was working in Austin and continued to work until she retired in January 1995. She and her daughter moved back to Llano where she sill had family.

She was a fine seamstress and homemaker. She also loved growing flowers and gardening.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Llano City Cemetery with Pastor Gretel Morgan officiating.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, 1105 Oatman, Llano, Texas 78643. 

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William Earl (Jack) Alexander 

Mr. William Earl Alexander fondly known as “Jack” died peacefully on Thursday, March 17, 2016 in Llano, Texas at the age of 93. 

Jack was born on December 24, 1922 in Lone Grove, Texas to William Guy Alexander and Edna Lenore Rogers. He married Lena, his childhood sweetheart on September 17, 1942. Jack worked for Convair (which became General Dynamics Corporation then Lockheed Martin Corporation) in White Settlement, Texas as a Class A machinist for 25 years. 

Jack is preceded in death by his wife Lena Belle Lockhart Brabaw of Llano, Texas; daughter Phyllis Alexander, son Gary Guy Alexander, sister Mercelle Lenore Howard and companion of 30 years Alma Moore. 

Jack is survived by his children Marcia Allen of Rio Llano, Texas; Jean Daltwas of Lyman, South Carolina; William Earl Alexander Jr. of Llano, Texas; and sister Bobbie Jean Moore and husband Jim Moore of Kingsland, Texas. He is also survived by his grandchildren Alan Minter, Greg Minter, Kenny Minter, Lisa Heatherly, Eddie Daltwas, Vinnce Castro, Gidget Castro, Angel Kullenberg, Chris Minter and Jayme Kuhn, 16 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and his beloved dog Parky. 

His children remember him as a compassionate man and loving father who encouraged them to pursue their goals and show kindness to others. He was a US Army veteran and donated much of his time helping other veterans. Jack also served as a deacon of the First Baptist Church in Everman, Texas. 

A graveside service is scheduled for 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Tow Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123

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Edward J. Hinz 

Edward J. Hinz passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2016 in Temple, Texas at the age of 88. He was born December 22, 1927 in Farmington, Wisconsin to Esther Elizabeth (Boucher) and Paul Clement Hinz. He is preceded in death by his wife Geneva Marie (Reedy) of 53 years, his parents, and his siblings, Marcellus Hinz, Virgil Hinz, Virginia Benter, Manford Hinz, and Clifford Hinz.

Edward served in the Army in WWII and in the Air Force during the Korean War, after which he began working with North American Rockwell on several logistics projects, finally landing in the Apollo program. He worked for Rockwell during the entire Apollo program and retired about halfway through the Shuttle program. He was a devoted Chicago Cubs fan for 80+ years and was excited about the new season about to begin.

He is survived by his siblings Allen Hinz of Anamosa, Iowa, Vernice Shada of Anamosa, Iowa, Sylvester Hinz/wife Joanne of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; his sister-in-laws, Ruth Hinz/Manford, Twila Adams/Orlyn, his beloved children, Nanette Edmonds/husband Dale of Temple, Texas, Murray Hinz/wife Tina of League City, Texas, as well as grandchildren Joshua Hinz/wife Leslie, Kirsten Hinz, Kevin Edmonds/wife Tammy, Stephanie Edmonds, Adam Edmonds/wife Melissa, two great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home on Friday, March 18, 2016 at  4:00 p.m.  Graveside services will be held after the memorial at the Llano City Cemetery, Pastor-Reverend Melvin Dornak of Holy Trinity Catholic Church will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123 www.cancer.org, or the Alzheimer's Association, PO Box 96011 Washington, DC 20090-6011 www.alz.org

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James Luther (Edd) Buntyn  

James Luther (Edd) Buntyn passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2016 in Fredericksburg, TX at the age of 74. He was born February 2, 1942 in Pontotoc, TX to Viola (Moore) and Jake Buntyn. Edd served in the United States Air Force, is a Vietnam War Veteran and was a member of the American Legion in Brady, Texas.

He is survived by his wife Jean Buntyn; sons Jess Luther Buntyn and wife Marion of Aurora, CO and Roy Henry Buntyn and wife Tracy of Llano, TX; brother Manley Earl Buntyn and wife Danette of Miles, TX; sister Stella Mae McCormick and husband W.G. (Mac) of Houston, TX; grandsons CJ and Donny Buntyn; numerous nieces and nephews and his beloved dog Cocoa.

Edd is preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 17, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel in Llano, TX from 6:00 - 7:00 PM.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home chapel in Llano, TX at 10:00 AM with Jill Tate officiating. Graveside to follow at the Wagram Cemetery in Fredonia, TX.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, PVA: Donation Processing Center, PO BOX 758532, Topeka, KS 66675-8532 or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Pallbearers include Curtis Osbourn, Myron McLeod, Sam Tate, Jay J. McCormick, Richard Castro and Manley Buntyn.

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C.L. (Dudie) Gray

C.L. (Dudie) Gray passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2016 in Llano, Texas at the age of 86. C.L. was born September 9, 1929 in Lometa, Texas to Bonnie Eloyse (McLeod) and Gordon Don Gray. He was a lifetime resident of Llano and San Saba counties.

He is survived by sons Marty Gray and wife Shirley of Cherokee, Texas; and Dr. Mark Gray of Plattenville, Louisiana; and daughter Becky McCarty and husband Bart of Cherokee, Texas; 6 grand children, 3 great grandchildren and by the children and grandchildren of Betty Blackwood.

Dudie is preceded in death by his parents, wife Sammye (Williams) Gray, his companion of 30 years Betty Blackwood, son Scott Gray, and brother Charles Raymond Gray. 

Memorial Services will be Saturday, March 26, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas at 10:00 AM with Tom Bowden officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to a charity of your choice.

 

 

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Baynard Hardwick (B.H.) Kendrick Jr. 

Baynard Hardwick Kendrick, Jr. passed away on   Sunday, March 13, 2016.  Visitation will be from 1:00-2:00 pm on Wednesday, March 16, with services following at 2:30 pm at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home, 900 Industrial Blvd., Kingsland, TX.  Burial will follow at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park.

Baynard was born September 9, 1920, in Palatka, FL.  Following graduation from high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps where he served through the end of World War II.  On June 23, 1942, he married Betty Jo Davenport with whom he remained faithful for 72 years.  After returning from the war in the South Pacific, he was called into another service as a minister.  For 37 years he served as pastor in eight different churches while also serving as an evangelist in over 100 churches.   During his retirement years, he served as interim pastor in 9  churches, Sr. Adult Pastor in LaCenter, KY, for three years and helped to start three new churches. One of his most cherished ministries during his retirement years was what he referred to as his Walmart ministry where he handed out small crosses with the poem “A Cross in My Pocket” to those he encountered as he walked the aisles of Walmart for the purpose of encouraging each one who received the gift he had to offer.  He loved people, but he loved even more sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and the promise of hope others could find in Him. The motto of the Marines “Semper Fidelis” describes him best – Always Faithful:  to his country, his wife, his family, his calling and most of all to his heavenly Father.  This is the legacy he left to his children and grandchildren, and for that they will always be grateful. 

He was preceded in death by his wife Betty Jo; his parents B. H. and Edythe Kendrick, Sr.; two sisters Edith Zepp and Julia Elmore.

He is survived by 3 sons and their families:  B.B. and Kathy Kendrick, Dan and Kate Kendrick, Bryan and Peggy Kendrick; two daughters and their families:  Carolyn and Mike Caplinger, Joyce and Jim Gray; 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.  Grandsons will be serving as the pallbearers.

The family would like to thank Anna Rojas who lovingly cared for both B. H. and Betty for over three years; Katy from Visiting Angels; the staff at Stoney Brook Assisted Living and the amazing staff at Providence Hospice for all their compassionate, loving care.

In lieu of flowers, you may donate to the charity of your choice.

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Marjorie Elizabeth Mazy 

Marjorie Elizabeth (O’Hara) Mazy passed away Friday, March 11, 2016 at the age of 91. She was born April 16, 1924 to Wessie (Bass) and Albert O’Hara in San Antonio, Texas.

She worked at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio and then upon her retireing, moved to Kingsland, Texas. She was the secretary at Kingsland Community Church during the late 1970’s and early 80’s. She then worked as secretary at Buchner’s Boys Ranch during the mid 1980’s. Marjorie was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Kingsland where she taught children’s Sunday school for over 25, years. She was also a member of Eastern Stars and Hermann Sons.

Marjorie is survived by daughters: Cathy Sutherland and husband David of San Antonio, Lorie Amick and husband John Four grandsons and 3 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Marvin Frank Mazy, Parents Wessie and Albert O’Hara and brother Albert O’Hara Jr.

Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at First Baptist Church in Kingsland, Texas with Reverend Dwight Reagan officiating. Serving as pallbearers are Taylor Lathrop, Connor Lathrop, David Sutherland, Travis Chauvette, Jordan Chauvette, and John Amick. Burial will follow at Kingsland Cemetery. 

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Fred Lanny Thompson

Fred Lanny Thompson was born on August 4, 1939 in Burnet Texas, the oldest living son of Fred Aaron Thompson and Doris Kathlyn Whitman. He died on March 11, 2016 at his home in Llano, TX. He is survived by his wife Sarah, seven children, nineteen grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren 

Visitation will be Monday, March 14, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano, Texas from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.

 Funeral Services will be Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Llano, Texas at 11:00 AM with Reverend Rick Cundieff officiating. Graveside to follow at the Richland Cemetery in Burnet County, Texas.

 

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Ray Lynn (Rusty) Chism

Visitation will be Sunday, March 13, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel in Llano, Texas from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.

Funeral Services will be Monday, March 14, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel in Llano, Texas at 10:00 AM with Reverend Mary Louise (Skip) Brasher officiating. Graveside to follow at the Bluffton Cemetery. 

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Clinton Townsend (C.T.) Reven 

Clinton Townsend (C.T.) Reven passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2016 in Kingsland, Texas at the age of 96. He was born April 2, 1919 in Muleshoe, Texas to Lizzie (Lemons) and Townsend Reven. C.T. married Stella Lee March 17, 1946 in Ruidosa, New Mexico. He moved from Lamesa, Texas to Kingsland, Texas where he resided for 48 years.

He is survived by son Larry Reven and Betty of Kingsland, Texas; grandchildren Randy Reven and wife Gena and Dan Reven and wife Cristal; great grandchildren Natalie, Nichole, Melanie, Justin and Lance Reven and 2 great great grandchildren Ashlynn and Lucas Reven. 

C.T. is preceded in death by wife Stella Lee Reven, son Jerry Reven, 4 brothers and 1 sister.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Kingsland Community Church in Kingsland, Texas 1136 Hwy 1431, Kingsland, Texas 78639 at 10:00 AM with Reverend Dick West officiating.

Pallbearers include Dan Reven, Randy Reven, Justin Reven and Lance Reven. 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributioins may be made to the Kingsland Community Church, P.O. Box 627, Kingsland, Texas.

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Robert (Bob) W. Krause

Robert (Bob) W. Krause passed away Thursday, March 3, 2016 in Llano, Texas at the age of 86. He was born November 6, 1929 in Mount Vernon, Missouri to Ann (Hanson) and Harold Krause. He married Joan Jones November 30, 1965 in Oklahoma. Bob’s hobbies included woodworking and construction. He ran for mayor and helped refurbish the Llano Railroad Station.

He is survived by son William (Bill) Krause and wife Pam of Gainsville, Florida and brother Kenneth Krause.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents and wife Joan.

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Mildred Arlena Pelky

Mildred Arlena Pelky passed away Thursday, March 3, 2016 in Temple, Texas at the age of 81. She was born November 16, 1934 in Turkey Bend, Texas to Eula (Hall) and Curtis Brown Parker. Mildred married Phillip H. Pelky July 24, 1953 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She moved to the area in 1981 from Southern California. She worked as a bookkeeper at Mervin’s department store. 

She is survived by husband, Phillip H. Pelky of Buchanan Dam, TX; son Richard Pelky of Buchanan Dam, TX; daughter Judy Becker and husband Joe of Seattle, WA; sister Janie Teague of Buchanan Dam, TX; 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; son Curtis Pelky; sister Dovie Dunihoo; brother Bill Parker and brother-in-law Fred Teague.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

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Thomas Ray Hutson 

Thomas Ray Hutson passed away Wednesday, March 2, 2016 in Llano, Texas at the age of 58. He was born June 6, 1957 in Roswell, New Mexico to Ruby Marie (Smith) and Connie Ray Hutson. He married Karon Tidwell on September 9, 1977 in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Thomas loved hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was a resident of Llano, Texas for 28 years.

He is survived by his mother Ruby Marie Jones and step father Jack of Llano, TX; wife Karon (Tidwell) Hutson of Llano, TX; daughters Brenda Kuhn of Brady, TX, Carolyn James of Llano, TX, Michelle Rene Corneille of Valley Spring, TX and Gena Marie Hutson of Llano, TX; step children Tanya Jones of Buchanan Dam, TX and Michael Jones of Cherokee, TX; brothers David Hutson of Missouri and John Hutson of Colorado; 7 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

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John Wade Weatherby

John Wade Weatherby was born in Winfield, Texas on July 15, 1923. He was the son of John Lloyd Weatherby and Carrie Menefee. He was a WWII veteran. He served in the Army. He is survived by his wife Gwen Weatherby of Kingsland, TX and daughter Janet Lynge and son-in-law Jan of Kingsland,TX.

            John passed away Tuesday, February 23, 2016, to go home with the Lord. 

Graveside Service will be held at the Lakeland Hills Memorial Park in Burnet, TX Friday, February 26, 2016 at 2:00PM by the Highland Lakes Honor Guard. 

 

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Cleo Clarice Shaidnagle 

Cleo Clarice Shaidnagle passed away Monday, February 22, 2016 in Llano, Texas at the age of 96. She was born April 23, 1919 in Canton, Ohio to Lula (Moatz) and Jacob V. Edwards. Cleo moved to Llano from Sedona, Arizona and has been a resident in Llano for 10 years and a resident at Walden Court for 5 years. She attended the First Baptist Church in Llano, Texas.

Cleo is survived by her son Larry Shaidnagle of Llano; 3 granchildren Dennis, Douglas and Scott Troyer; 2 great grandchildren Matthew Troyer and Rachel Griswold and 1 great, great granddaughter Mara Jane Troyer. 

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Samantha Ruth Scott
Samantha Ruth Scott passed away on February 12, 2016, at the age of 91 in Llano, Texas. She was born October 11, 1924, to Maudie Mae Martin Sullivan and John L. Sullivan. She is preceded in death by her parents, one son Gary Lee McGee, one brother J.L. Sullivan and wife Emily, and one sister Patty Matlock and husband Max, and a brother-in-law Cornez Rankin.

Ruth is survived by one son, Randy Scott and wife Deb of Llano, two granddaughters, Angie Bauman and husband Dale of Valley Spring. Dawnya Perry and husband Clay of Llano, five great grandchildren, Ashton Bollier, Baylor Jordan and Ashten Greenwood, Dalton Bauman, Caylyn Perry, and Kollman Perry, and one great great grandson Jax Jordan. She is survived by two sisters, Barbara Wallace and husband Bill of Kyle, Texas., and Ruby Rankin of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at the Llano City Cemetery at 2:00 P.M. on Monday February 22, 2016.

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James Derrell Epperson 

James Derrell Epperson passed away with family by his side on February 19, 2016 at the age of 92.

James was born on August 20, 1923 in Llano County to Jim and Elizabeth Smith Epperson.  He was raised on ranch land settled by his pioneer ancestors in the Valley Spring area.  In his early years, James was a curious and adventurous young boy who loved exploring the land around him and predicating excitement amongst his siblings with their daily work.  A horseman with multiple talents, James became a champion calf roper and rancher extraordinaire. 

James graduated from Cherokee High School in 1941 and then attended Tarleton State University and Texas A&M University.  After completing 1 year of Veterinary Medicine, Uncle Sam called where he spent the next 3 years in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Medical Technician.  Upon his discharge, James returned to the land he loved in Llano County with his new bride Betty Evelyn Sifford where they lived and ranched for 70 years. 

During the 1950’s drought, James day worked as a cowboy for several area ranchers and helped D.P. and Philip Smith receive contract calves shipped by rail road.  He eventually went into business with Philip and longtime friend Sam Rabb.  They operated the Llano Hog Company, buying hogs for well-known packing companies.  Over twenty-seven years, it is estimated the trio bought close to 1 million hogs.  Because of his many contributions to the modernization of the pork industry and improving production methods, James was inducted into the Texas Pork Producers Hall of Honor in 1994. As part of this distinction, a permanent plaque is on display in the Atrium of the Kleberg Animal Science building on the campus of Texas A&M University. 

James compiled a remarkable lifetime record of service to the people of Llano County and the State of Texas.  His spirit of volunteerism has touched virtually every activity and event that brings Llano County together.  James continued his service well past what others considered retirement age.  He served as County Rodeo Chairman for several years and was a founding director of the Llano Community Center Building Board.  He was a director of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and President of the Valley Spring Rural Neighborhood Improvement Organization establishing the first fund for the community cemetery and modernizing the area telephone system. Established in 1957, James was a charter member of the Llano Memorial Hospital Board of Managers and a founding member of the Foundation Board formed thirty years later.  James served as a Chairman of the Board for the supervisors of the Soil Conservation District, which under his tenure was named the state’s “Most Outstanding District.”  He was passionate about agricultural financing which provided the necessary capital for rural businesses, farmers and ranchers.  For thirty years, James served on the Board of Directors and later as Chairman of the Board for the Federal Land Bank of Mason, now known as Capital Farm Credit. 

James devoted much time to the education of Llano County’s youth.  He served as a member of Llano ISD’s School Board for several terms and was instrumental in the establishment of the school district’s first Special Education program, which has grown to meet the needs of developmentally challenged children today.  James was an outstanding 4-H and FFA leader.  He was honored by the Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation and named an Honorary State Farmer by the FFA organization. He and his daughter Gayle were the best of partners and spirited competitors showing livestock at both the state and national level garnering a generous amount of recognition along the way. James took great delight in raising show hogs and cattle for hundreds of youth throughout the years and they all benefitted from his outstanding knowledge and patient teaching.

 James was a fine Christian gentlemen, energetic community leader, astute businessman, and role- model for many.  He was inducted into the Llano Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame in 1995 and named Hill Country Livestock Raisers Association “Cowboy of the Year” in 2000.  He was a member and served the Valley Spring Church of Christ in many capacities.  His love for the Lord was evidenced in the way he lived.  A man of enormous character, his generous devotion to his family was one of his most admirable trait.  For 64 years, James and Betty provided loving care to their special needs son Jimmy and his dauntless spirit never wavered.  James had a unique way of combining compassion and humor endearing the hearts of all who knew him. 

James was preceded in death by his parents Jim and Elizabeth Smith Epperson; brother George Epperson and wife Dorothy; sister Catherine Hiilsmeier and husband Albert; brother in law Robert “Bob” Sifford and beloved son James Robert “Jimmy” Epperson.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years Betty Evelyn; sister Maude Ann Kuykendall and husband Kenneth of Cherokee; sister in law Jo Ella Lewis and husband Cecil of Fredericksburg; daughter Gayle Jordan of Valley Spring; granddaughters Jima (Clint) Montfort of Corsicana and Julie (Kris) Havelka of Sandia; great grandchildren Graycie Lynn and Robert Cole Montfort and Sydney Leigh, Keaton James and Heston Kurt Havelka; nurmerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials can be made to Cherokee Home for Children and Hill Country Livestock Raisers Scholarship Fund.  

Visitation will be Sunday, February 21, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel in Llano, Texas from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.

Funeral Services will be Monday, February 22, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel in Llano, Texas at 10:00 AM with Brother Leston Fields officiating. Graveside Serveice to follow at the Valley Spring Cemetery. 

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Charles Sandage

Charles “Sandy” Sandage Jr. passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2016 in Llano, Texas. He was born June 18, 1924 in Mattoon, Illinois. Charles was a member of Board Branch Cemetery Association in Bluffton, Texas, Meals on Wheels and Oak Grove Lost Angels Flying Club in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Charles is survived by his wife Marjorie Coleman Sandage of Bluffton, Texas.

He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

Visitation will be Thursday, February 18, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home, 307 E. Sandstone, Llano, Texas 78643. Graveside services will be held Friday, February 19, 2016 at the Board Branch Cemetery in Bluffton, Texas at 11:00 AM with Pastor Johnny Sawyer officiating.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011

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Ronnie Howard Ferguson II 

Ronnie Howard Ferguson II passed away Sunday, January 31, 2016 in Independence, Louisiana. He was born May 5, 1980 in Rankin, Texas to Madeline Wisdom and Ronnie Ferguson. He loved fishing and any outdoor activity. Ronnie was of the Baptist faith and had a great sense of humor.

 Ronnie is survived by wife Trisha Ferguson of Independence, LA; father, Ronnie Ferguson of Llano, TX; mother Madeline Ferguson of Kingsland, TX; daughter Miranda Ferguson of Kingsland, TX; sister Kiska Ferguson of Kingsland, TX and nephews Trenton Ferguson and Tanner Murphy of Kingsland, TX.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, February 21, 2016 at the Llano Journey Fellowship, 502 Bessemer, Llano, TX at 2:00 PM with James Sanderson officiating.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Llano Journey Fellowship, 102 Market, Llano, TX 78643.

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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.