Stella Lee Reven
Stella Lee Reven ,88, of Kingsland, formerly of Lamesa, passed away April 1, 2015. She was bornto SL and Willie (Briggs) Stephens on August 31, 1926 in Idalou, Texas.Stella married Clinton Reven on March 17, 1946 in Ruidoso, New Mexico. She made a career as a bookkeeper and housewife. She was known for her love of family, home cooking, and for her famous homemade yeast rolls. Stella was a strong Christian, devout wife, mother, and grandmother.She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Clinton, of Kingsland, son, Larry and wife Betty, of Kingsland, two grandsons, Dan and wife Cristal, Randy and wife Gena, all of Kingsland, five great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren a sister Mary Ann Kidd, of Lubbock, Texas, two brothers, Don Stephens and wife Donnie, Shirley Stephens and wife Margaret all of Lamesa, Texas, and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by a son Jerry Reven, a brother SL Stephens. Pallbearers Dan Reven. Randy Reven, Lance Reven, and Justin Reven. Viewing 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. Thursday April 2, 2015 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Kingsland. Funeral Services 10:30 A.M. Friday, April 3, 2015 at the Kingsland Community Church with Pastor Dick West presiding. Interment followed at Llano City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Kingsland Community Church.
Christopher E. Proctor
Christopher E. Proctor, born January 10, 1962 lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015.
Chris was a long time resident of Arlington/Plano, TX area.
He is survived by his numerous family members and friends and will be dearly missed.
Christopher will be laid to rest with full military honors alongside his father in a private cemetery located in Burnet County, Texas.
Donna C. Johnson
Donna C Johnson. born October 11, 1949 in Lubbock TX. She married Ronnie L Johnson on December 31,1966 in Lubbock TX.
She is survived by husband Ronnie Johnson of Tow, Daughter Machelle and husband Rodger Woods of Tow, Son Ricky Johnson of Llano and Son Jackie and wife Whitney Johnson of Granite Shoals. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Proceeded in death by her son Ronnie L Johnson II.
She spent many years volunteering for Llano EMS and worked as a dispatcher and jailer for the Llano Sheriff’s Office.
Donna died March 22, 2015 in Austin TX, surrounded by family and friends.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Kingsland.Funeral services will be Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 1:00 PM at our Chapel with Rev. Jerald Moore officiating.Burial will follow at Tow Cemetery.
Rebekah (Becky) Clair Barnhill Chiesa
Rebekah (Becky) Clair Barnhill Chiesa was born in Houston, Texas to Nora Rebekah Stitt and Lewis Dyer Barnhill on July 23rd, 1936.She departed her life here on Earth on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 with her three daughters and her first grandson by her side. She was 78 years old. Early in her life, her family made their way to Garland, Texas and put down their roots. She attended Garland High School and was a member of the Dashing Debs. While in school, she met Albert George Chiesa and after their high school courtship, she married him on December 18th, 1953. They were married 42 years prior to his passing in January of 1995. While George was in the Army, they lived for a brief period of time in Queens, New York. After George left the army, they moved back to Rowlett, Texas where they eventually built their home of 52 years on Miller Road. She lived there until this past spring when she sold it to a sweet family who has remodeled it and brought it back to home full of life.
Becky began a long career at South Garland High School in 1973 when she went to work in the Counselor’s Office as the secretary to the counselors. She had an impact on so many lives while working there. It has been said recently that she had a servant’s heart and it could not better stated. She loved the people she worked with and most assuredly the students. Her passion was helping the seniors applying for scholarships, but that is only one of many, many ways in which she contributed to so many lives. After 38 years, she finally decided to retire (kicking and screaming).
In April of 2014, Becky relocated to the Hill Country in Llano, Texas, where she had purchased a 5 acre tract of the most beautiful property covered in blue bonnets and trees. It had a home with decks on the front and back allowing her to watch her deer, foxes, and birds of all types which quickly became her new favorite past time.
Becky had a soul filled with adventure and she traveled to many places throughout the world over the years. She traveled as far as The Polynesian Islands, Australia, Africa and Bangkok just to name a few. She shared this love of travel with her friends and family with the beautiful photos she took and archived in her many photograph albums.
Becky was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, her husband Albert George Chiesa, and her beloved grandson, Justin Casey Vaught-Brown. She is survived by her daughter, Kimetha Lori Brown and son-in-law, Chris Brown, of Georgetown , Texas; her daughter, Robin Virginia Chiesa and her lifetime partner, Russell Baros, of Llano, Texas;and her daughter, Stacy Elizabeth Solomon and son-in-law, John F. Solomon, of McKinney, Texas. She is also survived by her 5 grandchildren, David (39), Katey (29), Jody (23), Sami (15), and Kamy (9) and three great-grandchildren and one on the way.
Visitation will be Friday, March 20th, from 6-8pm at Williams Funeral Home in Garland. The service will be Saturday, also at Williams, at 1pm. Following the service, she will be buried, next to George, in the Big A Cemetery in Rowlett.Local arrangements were handled by Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano, Texas.
August Wilhelm Staats
August Wilhelm Staats, 83, passed away peacefully at his home in Llano County on Friday, March 20, 2015.
He was born on June 7, 1931 to Alwin and Gertrude Staats. August grew up in Gillespie county with his parents and brother Eddie.
A longtime resident of Llano County, he moved to Llano as a young man and worked as a ranch hand, fence builder, truck driver, and bulldozer operator.
August was preceded in death by his parents, brother, and two sons—Paul and Joshua.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Cathy; sons Jay and wife Dawn, Jared, Simon and wife Elizabeth, and James; grandson Tyler;
granddaughters Shelby and Evangeline; and great-granddaughter Raylee.
A memorial service officiated by Pastor Reitmeyer was held on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at St. James Lutheran Church in Llano.
Anna Lan Thanh Nguyen M.D.
Doctor Lan Thanh Nguyen, a resident of Horseshoe Bay, TX, passed away suddenly on 17, March 2015 as a result of a cerebral aneurysm. Her medical practice was centered at Hill Country Memorial Surgery Center LLC, Family Medicine Rural Health Clinic PA, and Llano County Hospital Authority.
Doctor Nguyen was born in Saigon, Vietnam, on October 21, 1962. Along with her parents and siblings, she fled her homeland following the communist takeover of the country in 1975. Surviving a perilous journey to Wake Island, she and her family eventually migrated to Missouri in October 1975.
Doctor Nguyen obtained her medical degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia and completed her surgical residency at Syracuse University in New York. In 1992, she joined in partnership with Doctor Griffith M. Thomas, and took immense pride in providing medical care to the residents of Marble Falls, Llano, Lampassas, and Burnet.
Doctor Nguyen is survived by her husband, Anh Nguyen Mather, and their four sons, Quang, Vu, Tuan, and Minh. She is also survived by her mother, two sisters, three brothers and their respective families.A Visitation was held on Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. Viewing Friday, March 20, 2015 from 10:00 A.M. to 8:30 P.M. and Funeral Mass on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. All services were held at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas. A graveside service was held on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 4:00 P.M. at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville, Texas. Memorial contributions may be made to SFTCC, P.O. Box 1727 Lampasas, Texas 76550
Charles L. Howard
Charles L. Howard, 74, of Llano passed away March 13, 2015. He was a son of James and Alma Howard of Llanol. He was the second son of five children.He attended Llano schools excelling in baseball and served 4.5 yrs in the US Navy aboard the USS Coral Sea and Ranger during the Viet Nam War based out of San Francisco, Ca. Charles was married to Doris Seay (San Antonio) in 1961, days before he was drafted and for almost 54 years. He resided in SF Bay Area and worked as a foreman at a steel warehouse while raising a family of two boys, Charles L. Howard, Jr. and Christopher Howard now of Llano. Charles and Doris returned to Texas in 1988 and worked for the IRS in Austin and then retiring in Llano in 2002. He was a member of the Reorganized Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints. He loved fishing, poker, golf and crafting rock decorated crosses for gifts.
Charles is survived by his wife, sister, Winnie Myers, brother Roger Howard, brother in law Dan Seay and grandson Charles Howard III and two great grandsons. He was proceeded in death by his parents and two brothers, "Dink" and Ray Lynn Howard.
A memorial service will be held at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano on Monday, March 16, 2015 at 2 P.M.
Mary Lane Young
Mary Lane Young passes away Friday, March 13, 2015 at the age of 101.
She was born in Del Rio, Texas on November 1, 1913.
Services will be held at a later date.
Norma Fay Langlet Norma Fay Langlet, age 90 passed away peacefully in Willow Park, TX on March 11, 2015. She was born in Dayton, Ohio and lived there with her husband Raney Langlet until 1984 when they built a house in Kingsland, TX in the Hill Country to be closer to her daughter Becki Waugh and her family. They were members of the Highland Lakes Church of Christ. She enjoyed fellowship with her church family and her home on the water. Norma was a loving Christian wife, mother and grandmother. Despite many years of poor health she was known for her beautiful smile. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years in August 2001 and her son Mark in February 2010.Survivors include Daughter Becki Waugh and her husband Ken. Two grandsons, Bryan Waugh of Fort Worth and Kevin Waugh of Dallas, Texas. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park Cemetery in Burnet, Texas with Minister Joe Winett officiating.
Rebecca Edith (Meneley) Waller
Rebecca Edith (Meneley) Waller passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on March 11, 2015. She was 91 years old. She was born in Gonzales, TX on November 2, 1923 to Margaret Susie Carleton and John Carl Meneley, the eighth of 10 children. She graduated as a registered nurse from Baptist Memorial Hospital in San Antonio, TX in 1946. She enjoyed a long and satisfying nursing career, including a 20 year stint as a school nurse in San Marcos, TX. She had many and varied interests including quilting, gardening, traveling and spending time with her family, in particular her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a devoted member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. She is survived by her spouse of 65 years Lee Gilbert Waller, Sr.; her sister Roberta Dettman of Sugarland, TX; daughters Margaret Russell (Gary) of Bryan, TX, Rebecca Taylor (Howard) of San Angelo, TX, Emily Smith (Randy) of Horseshoe Bay, TX, and son Lee Waller, Jr. (Priscilla) of Corpus Christi, TX; grandchildren James Russell (Nikki) of West Fork, AR, Chris Russell (Barbara) of Kensington, NH, Sarah Hughes (Joey) of Bryan, TX, Hugh Cook (Kathleen) of Foothill Ranch, CA, Celia Scanlon of Corpus Christi, TX, Sarah Scanlon (Barbara) of North Little Rock, AR, Charlotte Foster (Brian) of St. Joseph, MO, Nicholas Scanlon of Corpus Christi, TX, Lauren Alexander of Austin, TX, Logan Norris of Austin, TX, Christopher Smith of Leander, TX, and Ann Pierce (Deke) of Austin, TX and 13 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her granddaughter, Virginia Norris.Visitation will be held from 4 pm to 6 pm on Sunday, March 15, 2015 and services will be held on Monday, March 16th at 10:30 am at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home located at 900 Industrial Blvd. Kingsland, TX. The family wishes to especially thank Texas Home Health Hospice for their exceptional care and support of Rebecca and the family.
Donald Newton Banks Donald Newton Banks, age 86, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2015 in Llano, Texas. He was born August 12, 1928 to Albert George and Altha (Faris) Banks in Llano, Texas. He was the sixth of seven children and was raised in the Babyhead – Llano area. Donald had been a resident of Burnet since 1982 after his retirement from the U.S. Health & Human Services Division. Donald was a Korean War veteran and served 15 years with the US Air Force. Donald’s career within the government was very diverse and he held several supervisory positions within the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the National Atmospheric Administration (Southern Region). Donald is survived by his 3 sons, Jim Banks and wife Arlene of Lenexa, KS, Donald Banks, Jr. and wife Sharon of Austin, TX. John Banks and wife Paula of Round Rock, TX. One stepson David Burt and wife Becky of Cedar Park, TX. Three daughters Linda Banks Miller and husband Steven of Kansas City, KS. Kay Boedeker and husband Gene of Millsap, TX. and Suzie Dailey of Hico, TX. Stepdaughter Joyce Lyle and husband Jack of Madison, WI. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and special friend Mary Brown of Llano. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mildred Banks in March of 2014, five brothers, two sisters and one grandson. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas with Rev. Jerald Moore officiating. Burial followed at Llano City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Christ Yoder Animal Shelter.
J.D. Bray J. D. Bray died on March 6, 2015 in Georgetown, Texas. J. D. Bray was born in a covered wagon, near a creek bed, in Girard, in Kent Co. Tx., to Jim C. Bray and Bessie Jennings Bray. J. D. attended school in Post and in Tahoka. He finished the ninth grade, did not return for 10th and 11th. (At that time there were only 11 grades). He is survived by his son-Jim and wife Pat of Wills Point, Tx; son-Gary and wife Connie Bray of Georgetown, Tx; son-Joe and wife Cheryl of Garland, Tx; and daughter, Janean Burton and husband Robert of Kingsland, Tx. He has eight grandchildren: Sharla Deen, Donnie Bray, Greg Bray, Daryl Bray, Angela Afshar, Jaclyn Allsup, Randy Burton and Reid Burton. He has eight great-grandchildren: Korey Deen, Anna and Ryan Bray, Dylan and Hannah Afshar, and Carter, Ethan and Gage Allsup. Sister-in-law, Helen Bray, plus numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Johnnie Griffin Bray; by his parents, Jim C. Bray and Bessie Jennings Bray; a brother, Kenneth; a sister Jewel Bray Thaman; and granddaughter, Pamela Bray. Services will be held Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at Buchanan Dam Church of Christ in Buchanan Dam, Texas. Officiating the service will be Tim Denton. Memorials may be made to Cherokee Home for Children P. O. Box 295 Cherokee, Texas 76832
Dona Mae Shaidnagle
Dona Mae Shaidnagle passed away peacefully surrounded by her family in her home
in Llano, Tx on March 1, 2015 at the age of 76 following a courageous five year battle with cancer.
Dona is preceeded in death by her parents Gilbert and Mae Shackleford, her brother Ward Shackleford, her sister Wilmoth Shackleford, and her first husband Charles Troyer.
Dona is survived by Larry Shaidnagle, her loving husband of 44 years. They were married in Phoenix, Arizona on December 12, 1970.
Dona is lovingly remembered by her mother-in-law Cleo Shaidnagle of Llano, TX, sons Dennis Troyer of Phoenix, AZ,
and Douglas and Scott Troyer, both of Las Vegas, NV. She is also remembered by her grandchildren Matthew Troyer and his wife Allison of Shreveport, LA
and Rachel Griswold and her husband Justin of Del Rio, TX. Dona had one great-granddaughter, Mara Jane, who is the child of Matthew and Allison.
Dona was born in San Jose, CA on July 27, 1938. She graduated from San Rafael High School in 1956.
She worked as a secretary throughout her life, including 27 years at the district headquarters of the Phoenix Union High School District.
Dona moved to Llano from Phoenix in retirement in 2006. She was a woman of strong Christian faith and found comfort and fellowship with
her church family at the First Baptist Church of Llano, where she was the organist.
Dona was also a gifted pianist. She enjoyed music, sewing, walking and staying in contact with her many friends.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church of Llano.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society or Hill Country Memorial Hospice of Fredericksburg
Thomas Lee (Buzz) Costner
September 16, 1935 – February 25, 2015
Thomas Lee (Buzz) Costner was born on September 16, 1935 in Gastonia, North Carolina to William and Famie Costner. He has one surviving brother, Bobby and wife Betty Costner of Gastonia, and numerous nieces and nephews including Rhonda, Judy, Billy, Tony, Robby, Angela, Cricket, Linda, Anthony, Lisa, Kim, and Molly, and local family including wife Frances, mother-in-law Roberta Strayhorn, sister-in-law Carol and husband Ron Cunningham, children Cheryl and husband John Regmund, Craig Dearing, Niki and husband Shawn Cockerham, and grandchildren Clinton and Wesley Regmund, McKenzie, Jake, and Kylie Cockerham, niece Kathryn Cunningham. Buzz was preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers – Foch, William, Jay, and Gene Costner, and 2 sisters, Martha Costner and Ina Gillespie.
After graduating from high school Buzz joined the Air Force, beginning a 20 year career spanning from 1953-1973. Buzz was in Air Force Intelligence (Security Service) and spent 16 of his 20 years overseas in places such as Germany, Turkey, Okinawa, and Thailand. He was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding professional skill, complex operational management, and evaluation systems in support of priority national intelligence requirements. While in the military, he made significant contributions to the development and implementation of research projects affecting worldwide collection resources. He was also awarded a Master Training Certificate as a technical instructor in Morse code at the Air Training Command in Biloxi, Mississippi where he was stationed for two years.
After retiring from the service, Buzz became a salesman for the Royal Casket Co. in San Antonio, Texas. He traveled the state from the Hill Country to Brownsville. He retired from the company to spend time during his daughter Niki’s junior and senior years of high school so he could be a part of her activities, and has made a tradition of supporting all of his grandchildren and nieces since then in these endeavors. In 2000, Buzz went to work part-time at Fall Creek Winery in Tow doing tours and wine tastings in stores such as HEB, Costco, and World Market in Austin, San Antonio and the Hill Country. Although he enjoyed his job and the people he met through this job immensely, Buzz worked only part-time so he could spend time doing what he loved most, watching his grandkids and niece participate in their sporting, 4H stock shows, and UIL events. Buzz loved attending all of the football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, baseball and track events of his grandchildren and niece. Buzz was a mainstay and the number one supporter at nearly all of their events.
Buzz was a member of Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church. He was a member and contributor of many church organizations.
· He attended an Emmaus Walk in Junction in 1988 and served on numerous teams after that. He was Lay Leader of Walk #163. This lead to Buzz becoming a member of two weekly Emmaus groups---with Jim Cone and Shep Shepard for 25+ years and with Bill Klotz, Bill Holt, Bill Spain, and David Willmann for 10 years.
· Led Cornerstone Sunday School class for 20+ years
· LWMUMC Men’s Tuesday Breakfast group---did devotionals every week
· Prayer group—Prayed every Tuesday at the church (with Jim Mitchell and Taylor Virdell---and recently with Worth Green)
· Involved in Jail Ministry and delivering Meals on Wheels.
Although Buzz had not lived in Carolina in years, he was a devout North Carolina Tar Heel fan, sporting his blue North Carolina cap or shirt every game day. He was a man who loved his family, friends and being with people.
He will be missed and celebrated by all who knew him.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 28th, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at Lutie Watkins Memorial UMC in Llano, TX with Rev. Leslie Tomlinson Officiating.
Memorials may be made to Lutie Watkins Memorial UMC, P. O. Box 397, Llano, TX 78643
Sharrell Witt Milhollon
Sharrell Witt Milhollon, age 68, passed away February 24, 2015 in Llano, Texas. Sharrell was born November 7, 1946 in Abilene, Texas to Ruth Jeannette Osbourn (of Valley Spring, Texas) and George Bernard Witt. She graduated from Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Texas and then attended Midwestern State University. Sharrell married Sherman Travis Milhollon on November 26, 1965 in Wichita Falls, TX. She retired from the IRS after 30 years in the Austin and Oklahoma City Service Centers. Sharrell loved singing, whether in the school choir, church, or around the house. She was also an avid reader and loved to share her latest thriller with friends and family. Sharrell enjoyed genealogy and her love of family and family history led her and Travis to pick Llano as a home for their retirement, a decision that brought all the joy and pleasure they hoped for. She is survived by her husband of 50 years; son Aryn Milhollon and wife, Connie of Harriman, Tennessee; daughter Corry Rogers and husband, Jeremiah of Canton, Oklahoma; three grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Sharrell is also survived by a brother, Mark Witt and his wife, Beth, of Chinle, Arizona and a sister, Laura Copeland and her husband, Dave, of Abilene, Texas. A memorial service will be held at Llano Church of Christ on Saturday the 28th at 10:30 a.m. There will be a private burial at the Valley Spring Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Llano Church of Christ Food Pantry.
Alice Doniece Griffin Isenhower Alice Doniece Griffin Isenhower, 89, passed away peacefully on February 9, 2015 in Sugar Land, Texas. Doniece was born on July 18, 1925, in Bryan, Texas to Minnie Alberta and Guy Lee Griffin. Doniece grew up in Sinton, Texas as an only child. After high school, she worked in the post office at Texas A&M where she met her future husband Brannon (aka “Ike”), who was serving in the army. They were married on January 8, 1944, in the Baptist parsonage in College Station, TX. Doniece spent most of her adult life in Sinton, Texas where she raised her family. She loved raising her children, and was always there for their sporting events and other activities. She was a member of the Sinton Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, and even competed in the ladies pumper truck competitions. She enjoyed playing bunco with her friends and was a member of the Women’s Circle at the Sinton Methodist Church. In addition, she worked as a bank teller in Corpus Christi, Taft, and Freeport, Texas. Her favorite job, however, was being a wife, mother and granny. After being raised as an only child, Doniece was thrilled to have a large family. Nothing made her happier than when all her family was together – especially at Christmas time. And no family Christmas celebration was complete without her delicious chicken salad and famous Christmas tree cookies! Doniece loved watching football and was an avid fan of the Sinton Pirates, Texas Aggies, and Dallas Cowboys. Doniece was a charter member of Highland Lakes United Methodist Church where she served as church treasurer, was a member of the UMW, and sang in the choir. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Brannon C. Isenhower, and her daughter, Glennis Woodall. She is survived by her son Brian and his wife Malinda of Coldspring, Texas, son Dane and his wife Leanne of Missouri City, Texas, as well as son-in-law Gary Woodall of Longview, Texas. She also is survived by 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. A private family burial was held at Lakeland Hills Cemetery on Monday, February 16, 2015. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 22, at 3:30 p.m. at the Highland Lakes United Methodist Church in Kingsland, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Highland Lakes United Methodist Church.
Johnnie Adelle Griffin Bray Johnnie Adelle Griffin Bray was born in Matador, Texas to L. M. Griffin and Margie “Pauline” Lee. She attended school in Matador, except her senior year (only went to 11 grades). J. D. and Johnnie eloped to Muleshoe, Texas, on March 15, 1942. She then graduated from Lubbock High School in May of 1942. She is survived by her husband, of 72+ years, J. D. Bray; son-Jim and wife Pat of Wills Point, Tx; son-Gary and wife Connie Bray of Georgetown, Tx; son-Joe and wife Cheryl of Garland, Tx; and daughter, Janean Burton and husband Robert of Kingsland, Tx. She has eight grandchildren: Sharla Deen, Donnie Bray, Greg Bray, Daryl Bray, Angela Afshar, Jaclyn Allsup, Randy Burton and Reid Burton. She has eight great-grandchildren: Korey Deen, Anna and Ryan Bray, Dylan and Hannah Afshar, and Carter, Ethan and Gage Allsup. Brother, B. R. Griffin and wife Geneva, and sister-in-law, Helen Bray, plus many nieces and nephews. She was pre-ceded in death by her parents L. M. Griffin and Margie “Pauline” Lee and a granddaughter, Pamela Bray. In 1946, J. D,’s parents bought 200 acres 4 miles south-west of Wolfforth and J. D. and Johnnie moved their 2 roomer there along with his brother and family. She had her first new home in Lubbock with beautiful hardwood floors. Johnnie pulled cotton at the Bray family farm and bought J. D. his first suit and helped pay for Gary’s tonsillectomy. She was instrumental in J. D. becoming a Christian, followed in the next few months by sister-in-law, Helen Bray, J. D’s parents, plus several other Bray relatives. She taught a girls class at Colgate Church of Christ [which Pat & Connie were in]. Had she already picked wives for the boys? They moved to Kingsland November 15, 1967, and began Bray’s Lodge. Johnnie helped care for J. D.’s parents, her mother and Aunt Mallie. All the while continuing to teach Bible class at High-land Lakes Church of Christ. She was a faithful Christian, and a true servant for over 65 years.
Lorien Erna Miiller
Lorien Erna Miiller of Llano passed away Tuesday, February 3 2015 at the age of 82.
She was born January 25, 1933 in Llano County, to Carl and Frieda Miiller.
She was a homemaker and took care of the elderly. Her nieces and nephews were her joy in life.
She was always a giver to anyone in need. She was always very involved in her entired family.
Lorien was a lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church in Castell
She is preceded in death by her parents Carl and Frieda, and two sisters, Margaret Wensel of Brenham and Ella Toellner of Carmine.
Survivors include sister Olien Crenshaw of Breckenridge and brother Homan Miiller of Castell. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas.
Burial will follow to Miiller Family Cemetery in Llano County.
Phyllis Meryl Alexander
Phyllis Meryl Alexander age 64 of Llano, passed away on Wednesday, January 28, 2015.
She was born March 4, 1950 to Lena Belle Lockhart and William Earl Alexander in Llano, Texas.
She worked as a CNA for many years and also had a cleaning service.
She enjoyed painting and drawing. She loved being outside working in the yard. She loved to go Country Dancing. Her grandchildren were her world.
She is survived by daughters Angela Kullenberg and husband Harvey of Kingsland, TX. Jayme Kuhn of Austin, TX. son Chris Minter of Bastrop, Tx. Three grandchildren Brenden
Cotton, Alexus Cotton and Madison Maynard. Sisters Jean Daltwas of Lyman, South Carolina, Marcia Lawrence of Llano, brother; W.E. “Bill” Alexander, Jr. of Llano.
A family service will be held at later date.
Time is of the essence
I’ve often been told and
Valued with money it’s as
precious as gold.
So cherish every moment
Be strong- Be Bold
For time is not ours.
It’s the good Lord’s to Hold
Author: Phyllis Meryl Alexander
William Richard Randolph
William Richard Randolph, age 83 of Llano, Texas, passed away January 15, 2015.
He was born on July 3, 1932 in Seminole, Texas, to John B Paul and S.T. (Wright) Randolph.
He grew up in Lamesa and graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Agriculture form Texas Tech University and for many years worked for General Sales Manager’ s
Office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington D.C. and was Senior Agricultural Attache in Tokyo in the late 70’s. After retirement, they moved to Llano, TX.
Survivors include his wife, Ayako, two sisters, Clara Grimes and husband, Terry, of May and Gearline Thompson of Kileen.
He is also survived by nieces, Lana Rodgers, Sharea Weedon,
Christine Thompson, numerous grandnieces and nephews Ricky, Rickard, numerous nephews and dear friends, Reese and Margie Wingate of Llano.
Graveside services were held on January 20, 2015 at Llano City Cemetery with Pastor Dale Strawn of Bible Baptist Church officiating.
Mary Vick Scott Hamilton
Mary Vick Scott Hamilton passed away peacefully on January 18, 2015 at the age of 86.
She was born on November 15, 1928 to Jeff Davis "Babe" and Laura Ellen (Clinger) Scott.
She graduated from Llano High School in 1946 where she played the baritone and worked on the school newspaper.
Upon graduation, she worked for several years at the Texas Highway Department in Austin, where she lived at a boarding house with her girlfriends.
On an evening at the State Theater with the girls, she met her soon to be husband, Kenneth Kling Hamilton with just a wink and a smile.
Vicki, as her husband liked to call her, was devoted and loving mother of three girls, Laura, Celeste and Barbara.
She raised her girls in Texas moving frequently to follow Kenneth's career in the oil business.
Llano was their retreat and she was happiest when she was fishing for catfish or deer hunting with her family.
Eventually she and Kenneth retired in Llano where she enjoyed painting pictures of the hill country as a member of the LlanoFine Arts Guild.
She loved sharing family snapshots, tending to the pecan orchard, and cooking for the family gatherings. All the grandchildren would request her famous
"Granny Tea". She had a super sweet tooth and was known for her giving nature. She never let you leave the house without packing you
a goody bag with cookies, candy, fruit and a soda or whatever she had handy. But most of all, she loved her family so very much.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents and brother Allie Clinger Scott. She is survived by her sister Geraldine Lawless, her husband
Kenneth of over 60 years, her three children, five grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. She was very proud of her
heritage and living in Llano where she was able to keep in touch with family and friends she grew up with.
Visitation was Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas.
A graveside service was held Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at Board Branch Cemetery with Rev. Rick Cundieff officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Rocco Traficanto 86, of Austin , Texas went to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 17th, 2015. He was a resident of the Llano Nursing and Rehabilitation Home. Rocco was born on December the 13th, 1928 in Scamon, Kansas to Dora and Rocco Traficanto. His family migrated to Chicago at an early age and it is there he spent most of his life. He had been in Texas since 1994. He retired as a machinist many years ago. He is preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, and three brothers. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years Dolores. He is also survived by his sister Pearl Pendergrass of Arizona, Angelo Traficanto of Illinois, daughter Sharon Traficanto of Austin, Mark Traficanto of Llano, two grandchildren Courtney and Brittany, and one great grandchild, Alyssa. There will be a visitation on Tuesday, January the 20th, from 6-8 pm and the funeral service will be conducted on January the 21st, at 11 am. Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano, Texas will be providing the services.
Jackie Justis was born in San Saba County to Charlie and Essie Tyler Justis, on July 9 1944.He went to meet our Lord on January 15, 2015. He moved to Llano at a young age. He graduated from Llano High School and was a proud member of the Class of 1962. Rumor has it the drove a great car that held a lot of girls which made him the main man on campus. Jackie was involved in many things during his life but there are few that really stand out. Jackie was an avid golfer & loved being on the greens with friends telling tall tales and hanging out at the 19th hole. He made some really good friends playing golf. One notable friend drove really fast, played horrible rap music and called him “grasshopper”. Another pastime that was big part of Jackie’s life was fishing. To say that he loved fishing would be an understatement. He spent many long hours in the hot sun with Karla and special friends reeling in the “big ones”. The fishing stories got bigger and bigger the more friends he told them to!! They also had the wonderful experiences of shooting competition sporting clays and making friends from all over the world. Jackie was the proud owner of J&J Construction and had the privilege of working side by side with his son who learned the art of woodworking with even more perfection than Jackie which is saying a lot. He loves kids and was proud supporter of the Jr. Livestock Show where he was lucky to be involved with his kids. Jackie supported not only them but many kids that just needed a mentor or a friend. Many thanks to Mr. James Epperson for his teachings. Jackie and Karla watched many a sporting event cheering these kids on. We can think of one kid in particular that he had to thump on the head a lot and this child grew into a fine young man and Marine. Jackie’s life was full and full of wonderful events. There were sad times but many wonderful times with friends and family. There are many experiences that we have not listed but believe me they are not forgotten. A very special thank you goes to Jackie’s niece who was there at the time she was most needed. We were going to list honorary pallbearers, however, there are so many friends he would have wanted everyone to have that honor. Jackie and Karla are so blessed to have so many friends. The outpouring of love and support has been amazing. They thank you from the bottom of their hearts. Jackie is survived by his wife Karla, and her daughter Jennifer and family; one daughter Nicki; also Sean Jackson. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Charles Justis Jr, sister Lillie Justis Craven, and son Bret. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Jackie had many many friends in his life. He was laid to rest at the Llano City Cemetery on January 17, 2015 In Lieu of Flowers memorials may be made to Llano Christian Academy, Lano Jr. Livestock Asscoaition or Llano Special Opportunities School .
Rita Lavelle Holloway
Rita Lavelle Holloway, age 67, of Llano, Texas passed away on January 12, 2015. Rita was born on February 24, 1947 to Ottis and Lucille Halliburton in Llano, Texas.
She was also a resident of Austin, Texas throughout her life.
Rita loved spending time with her family who she truly loved unconditionally. She enjoyed coaching softball, gardening and spending time outdoors hunting and fishing.
Rita was extremely creative and had a way of making everything a little more fun.
Rita is survived by her daughter Tracy and husband Sammy Leverett of Llano Texas, daughter Kim and husband Wayne DeCesaris of Austin, Texas,
brother Jerry and wife Judy Halliburton of Sierra Vista, Arizona, grandchildren Jordan Leverett and fiancé Jamie Henkaus of New Braunsfels, Jessica Leverett of Llano Texas,
Connor DeCesaris of Austin Texas, numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends.
Rita is proceeded in death by her parents Ottis and Lucille Halliburton, brother Tony Halliburton, and sister Connie Sue Halliburton.
Memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Waldrope–Hatfield-Hawthorne funeral chapel in Llano, Texas.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Cowboy Church or Back Pack Buddies at Llano High School.
Deborah Denise Matthews Brown
Deborah Denise Matthews Brown was born May 29, 1959 in Boerne, Texas to Ethel Mae Matthews. She went to be with the Lord January 12, 2015 at the age of 55. She is survived by her husband, Marvin E. Brown of Tow, Texas, her daughter, Christina Brown Smith, and grandson Brayden Aaron Smith, of Cedar Creek, Texas, her mother Ethel Matthews of Johnson City, Texas, her sister Ann Matthews Hashaw and husband Earl of Johnson City,her sister Elizabeth Matthews Schmitz and husband Brian of Cottonwood Shores, Texas, and her nieces Justine Hashaw of Marble Falls, Texas and Haley Hashaw of Johnson City. Deborah was preceded in death by her infant son Aaron Matthew Thomas and her father John Richard Matthews.Deborah achieved many great accomplishments in her life. She was the Valedictorian of the graduating class of 1976 at LBJ High School in Johnson City. On November 10, 1984 she married Marvin Brown and settled in Tow. Deborah was a member of the First Baptist Church of Tow and she and Marvin successfully ran the Bluffton Store for more than a decade. Most recently, Deborah earned her Realtors license and first experienced success as a real estate agent in the Bastrop area before returning to Llano County two years ago where she established herself as a trusted real estate advisor. Deborah was most proud of her daughter Christina and her grandson Brayden. It seemed her world became complete on April 29, 1998 when Brayden was born. She delighted in being his full-time care giver during his pre-school years and continued to be his biggest fan and partner in crime, including keeping after school detention in middle school a secret from his mother. Deborah overcame many challenges in her life – the loss of her son and her medical and physical ailments, just to name a few. But she overcame the obstacles with fierce determination to meet each goal she set her mind too. She was a self-taught bookkeeper, a home renovation specialist, and the family’s go-to seamstress for contest winning Halloween costumes. Deborah even sewed her own wedding dress, as well as the dresses for her bridal party. Deborah held a special place in so many lives. Her sisters and close family called her Debbie, her nieces knew her as Aunt Deb, her daughter called her Ma, and her grandson called her “Manga”. It was one of his first words, and the one he always used to call his grandma. His grandpa Marvin is “Binks”. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas with Pastor John Taylor officiating.
Joan Shelton, age 84 of Kingsland, Texas passed away on January 8, 2015 in Round Rock, Texas. She was born on March 27, 1930 to Lyle Harris and Nell (Arendell) Harris in Austin, Texas. Joan had been a resident of Kingsland since 2001, having moved here from Aurora, Colorado where she resided for 36 years.
She married Glenn Harold Shelton on May 29, 1948 in San Marcos,
Texas. He preceded her in death on November 13, 2002 and also preceded by a daughter Leslie Elaine Shelton
Joan is survived by 1 daughter Alison Shelton of Burnet, 3 sons Glenn Shelton Jr. of North Carolina, Gary Shelton of Llano, and Gregg Shelton and his wife Robin of Strausburg, Colorado, and 1 sister Carolyn Wildenthal of Houston. She is also survived by 3 grandchildren Shelby, Brian, and Brandon, and 2 Great Grandchildren Alana and Colton.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 from 10:00 AM till 12:00 Noon at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Kingsland, Texas. Graveside Services will be held on Tuesday at 2:00 PM at the Lakeland Hills Memorial Park in Burnet County.
Memorial contributions in Joan’s memory may be made to the Gentiva Hospice, 2913 Williams Dr., Georgetown, Texas 78628
Adalene Olga Amanda (Tischler) Tomlinson , age 76, of Llano (Formerly of Coleman, and Priddy), passed away, Tuesday, January 6th, after lengthy illness.Adalene was born to Monroe W. and Annie (Rackrow) Tischler on March 31, 1938 in Hamilton, Texas. She was the eldest of their 10 children. She attended High School in Midland-Odessa area and Winters. They were of the Lutheran faith. On September 13, 1958 Adalene married Elmer Lee Tomlinson in Mexico. They lived in Llano more than 30 years and were the owners/operators of the Tomlinson Boot Shop on E. Main St. Many a Llano cowboy/cowgirl bought their boots from Elmer and Adalene. They even sold boots to folks living abroad. Adalene was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Lee Tomlinson (Feb. 2002), her parents, Monroe W. and Annie Tischler. Also Preceded her in death were, all 5 of her brothers Harvey, Homer, Edwin “Pip”, Kenneth, and Calvin, as well as aunts and uncles. She is survived by her four sisters, Serena and husband Gene Maas of Ballinger, Nelda and husband Mike Briley of Winters, Eva Hollis of Winters, Josie and husband, Ray Henry of Ballinger and sister in laws, Patty Tischler of Winters and Wanda Flanagan of Brownwood. She is also survived by Aunts Leona and Billie and cousins.And is loved and will be missed by many including many nieces, Barbara Weidebusch (used to come visit her here in Llano, and nephews & great nieces and nephews, and other family and friends. Much to Adalene’s delight, she recently (the past 2 or 3 years) reconnected with High School friends, Joe Loper and his sister Billie Hallum from Eastland. Traveling to see them was a highlight of her day. In addition to being a most excellent seamstress and boot maker, Adalene was an extremely good cook. She was known throughout the family for her wonderful recipes. She loved traveling and seen America. She loved her family and we will miss her but we are grateful for all the years God gave her to us. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 7th from 5-7 p.m. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 8th at 10:30 a.m. with David Hankins, minister of Llano Church of Christ officiating. Burial will follow in Llano City Cemetery.
Bobby Freeman Layton
Bobby Freeman Layton passed away Sunday, January 4, 2015 at the age of 83. He was born in Seguin and grew up in San Antonio.
He served in the navy, spent most of his career working for the Pearl Brewing Company and after
some time in Houston, he retired to Sunrise Beach and then Kingsland.
He married the love of his life, Connie, on August 1, 1964 and they enjoyed 50 years together and she preceded him in death.
His greatest loves were his family, friends, pets and sports. He had been a basketball and baseball player, a bowler and a golfer and also loved hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law Sandra and Tony Johnson of San Antonio, son and daughter-in-law Keith and Debbie Layton of North Carolina,
daughters and son-in-laws Dawn and Mike Ferman of Arizona, Sharon and Shelby Lee of College Station, Kathy and Gilbert Hildebrand of Boerne and
Cindy and Rick Anglley of Llano. He is also survived by ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren and numerous other family members.
The family willbe holding a private memorial service.
Kristopher Arthur Faulkner
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 10:30 A.M.
at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Chapel in Kingsland, Texas with Father Methodios officiating.
Burial will follow to Lakeland Hills Memorial Park.
Lee B. Duncan, of Llano, Texas, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 28, 2014 at Breckenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas.
Born in Llano on December 24, 1927 to Ernest and Nora Duncan, he was a lifelong resident of Llano loving the land and people of the town.
He was a kind and serving man giving his life to his family, church, and community.
He was a deacon, Bible study teacher, and devout member of First Baptist Church of Llano for 80 years.
He barbered in the same chair on Main Street for 61 years after 2 tours of duty in the U.S. Navy. Lee enjoyed the history of his county and passed down that love to others in his many stories he shared.
He was an avid outdoorsman with a large garden each year and had countless hunting and fishing adventures.
Mr. Duncan is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 66 years, Virginia Ellen Boswell Duncan. Gone before him are also his parents, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters.
He took great joy in his 2 children and their spouses, Joel Duncan and his wife Dixie Marshall Duncan of Marble Falls, and Lou Ann Duncan Benson and her husband Jack Benson of Orange.
He spent innumerable hours with his 4 grandchildren, Lendy Duncan Oldaker, Jana Benson Crouch, Jennifer Benson Wright, and Robert Curtis Duncan.
He is also survived by 10 great grandchildren, as well as 2 sisters and countless nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 1, 2015 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home.
The funeral services will be held Friday, January 2, 2015 at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church of Llano, Texas.
Memorial donations may be made in Lee’s name to First Baptist Church of Llano and Llano County Food Bank.
Visitation from 12:30 to 1:30 P. M. Funeral service at 2:00 P.M.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at
Buchanan West Baptist Church, with Pastor John Taylor officiating.
Eva J. Wright Kuhn
Eva J. Wright Kuhn passed away Sunday, December 28, 2014 at the age of 88. She was born August 2, 1926 to Kathryn (Clark) and Emmett Sessom in Menard, Texas. Eva was of the Church of Christ faith.
She is survived by her daughter; Sandy Hallmark and husband Davis of Georgetown, Texas, son; Larry Wright and wife Sandy of Buchanan Dam, Texas, Grandchildren; Sheila Mitchell, Elizabeth Jones, Chris Wright,
Kim Wright, Shane Wright, Clint Wright, Fourteen Great Grand Children and Two Great Great Grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held 2:00 P.M. Monday, December 29, 2014 at Cold Creek Cemetery with Alfred Hallmark officiating. Memorial contributions may be given to Wesleyan Hospice in Georgetown, Texas.
Wilford (Boots) Simpson
Wilford “Boots” Simpson passed away Saturday, December 27, 2014 at the age of 86. He was born May 25, 1928 to David Belle (Borden) and Arthur Simpson in Llano County Texas.He married Myrtle Morgan March 6, 1953 in Llano, Texas. Boots served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He loved to play music. He played the guitar, mandolin, banjo and fiddle. Boots played Bluegrass throughout the hill country as well and while he was overseas in Germany.Boots is survived by his wife Myrtle Simpson, daughters; Virginia Bell Lynn and husband Alan, Debra Kay Simpson, Son; Vernon Lloyd Simpson and wife Lisa, brother, Dalmon Simpson, Grandchildren; Marissa Yeary, Christine Lynn, Richard Lynn, Morgan Busby, Orin Simpson, Liz Haviland, Matt Carroll, Rebakah Franklin, Kirk Graham and grandson by choice Bill Tuckness, Fourteen Great Grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; David Bell and Arthur Simpson, brothers; Verlon, Othalo, Cecil, Lee and C.L. Simpson, Sisters; Alma Lou Lewis and Laverne Lockhart. Visitation will be at Waldrope~Hatfield~Hawthorne Funeral Chapel from 5-7 P.M. Monday, December 29, 2014. Funeral services will be December 30, 2014 at Waldrope~Hatfield~Hawthorne Funeral Chapel at 10:00 A.M. with Reverend Keith Simpson officiating. Serving as Pallbearers will be Orin Simpson, Kirk Graham, Richard Lynn, Ben Yeary, Lyndel Simpson, and Laughton Simpson. Honorary Pallbearers are Ronnie Simpson, Keith Simpson, Warren Lockhart, Damron Simpson, Devon Simpson, and Lloyd Ray Simpson. Memorial Contributions may be made to Llano County Library.
JoAnn Price, age 69 of Mason, Texas and formerly of Lakeway, Texas passed away peacefully on December 24, 2014 at home with her daughter by her side. She was born to the late William J. and Gertrude B. Dally, April 10, 1945 in Watertown, South Dakota.
JoAnn attended school in California and began a lifelong career in property management. Her family, her friends, and mostly her grandchildren were her passions in life. And she treasured every moment with them.
She is survived by her son Chris Obney of Mason, her daughter Barbara Nolte Ratliff also of Mason. Her grandchildren Kaitlyn Nolte of San Angelo, Regina Owen of Mason, Kayla Halliburton and Randie Ratliff also of Mason and her dear family friend Debbie Lange who helped her daughter care for her until her last day. She will live on in the hearts and memories of all who knew her.
Visitation will be held on Monday, December 29, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 2:30 PM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Llano with Rev. Melvin Dornak officiating. Graveside services will follow at the Llano City Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in JoAnn’s memory made me made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 310, White Plains, NY 10605
Shirley Leverett Todd
Shirley Leverett Todd was born on October 29, 1936 to Sam and Nola Holland and passed away on December 19, 2014. On December 24, 1952 she married Miles C. Leverett. Together, they raised a family before his death on December 9, 1982.
Upon Miles’ death, she enrolled in nursing school. She graduated and became an LVN in March of 1984. For the next 28 years she worked as a nurse at the hospital in Llano, as a nurse at a cancer treatment center in Lubbock, and later at the nursing homes in Llano. She was one of the most compassionate and dedicated nurses to ever care for the patients she served. She worked as a nurse until the age of 76, setting an example for those much younger than her and leaving an impact on many, many lives.
On July 24, 1987 she married William J. “Dub” Todd in Lubbock, Texas. He preceded her in death.
Shirley is survived by her daughter Kathy and son-in-law Richard Baker of Llano, son Sammy and daughter-in-law Tracy Leverett of Llano , grandchildren Ricky Baker, Michael Baker, Matt and wife Teresa Baker, Jordan Leverett, and Jessica Leverett, great grandchildren Theron, Zach, Mason, and Sidney Baker, Heavenly and Hanna Baker, , Drew, Sterling, and Weston Baker, Calvin and wife Heather Taylor, Claire, Caroline, Cameron, Calvin, Camielle, Callahan, and Catie Taylor, sister in law Myrtle Holland, dear friend Vaughn Howell, her dog Tippy, and numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents Sam and Nola Holland, Brother Foley Holland, Danny Taylor, and granddaughter Lori Baker.
Visitation will be held on Monday, December 22, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM in the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel.
Burial will follow at Bluffton Cemetery.
Serving as Pallbearers will be Ricky Baker, Michael Baker, Matt Baker, Theron Baker, Zach Baker, Mason Baker, Drew Baker, Weston Baker, Jordon Leverett, Calvin Taylor, Andy Kolb.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Bible Baptist Church or Llano Jr. Livestock Association.
James Taylor Virdell, Sr.
James Taylor Virdell, Sr. was born in Rochelle, Texas, January, 22, 1924, the first child of James Clarence Virdell and Annie Myrtle Taylor Virdell. In 1936, he moved with his family to Llano where he has lived since that time. After high school, he served 38 months in the Army Air Corp as an Aerial Engineer on B-25 bombers. In April of 1944, he and Annelle Therese Lehmberg were married.
Beginning his profession as a Water Well Drilling Contractor after the service, he developed and was owner of Virdell Drilling, Inc. , a company engaged in the drilling of water wells, pump installation and well service. The Virdells have been drilling wells in the central Texas area for five generations…..114 years.
Taylor was a devoted family man and took much pride in watching his children and grandchildren in their numerous activities. He was continually active , also, in all phases of church and civic activities in his community, as well as serving on state and national levels in the ground water industry. He served as Director and President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and Llano Chamber of Commerce, and in 1984 was named the Llano Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen; For 6 years, he was on the Llano ISD school board, serving as president for 2 years; 12 years on the Llano City Council and 2 years as Mayor Pro-Tem; Was very instrumental in the organization of the Llano Athletic Booster Club, serving as their first president, and in 2007 received the Humanitarian Award in the LHS Hall of Fame; Member of the Texas Ground Water Association, was elected to the Board of Directors in 1968, was President for 2 years, was named an Honorary Member ; Member of the National Ground Water Association, elected to the Board of Directors in 1977, served as President in 1984 and was given a Lifetime Honorary membership; Appointed by Governor Dolph Briscoe to the Texas Water Well Drillers Board for 6 years, serving as Chairman for 2 years; Member of the Advisory Committee for Tarleton State Universities Hydrology Department.
Taylor’s faith and love of His Lord was evident in all phases of his life, as he served on many boards and committees at LWMUMC as well as Lay Speaker and Sunday School teacher. The Community Thanksgiving Meal served by his church and others was an originated by Taylor. He had a passion for serving on Emmaus and Kairos teams and is credited with naming Llano’s Emmaus Community , the Llano Uplift Emmaus Community. He also served on the Southwest Conference Emmaus Board for one year, was on the first Kairos team inside Texas prisons, served as Director of Kairos #4, was on the Kairos Board of Directors as Chairman for one year and represented the Texas Kairos Board on Kairos International.
Taylor is survived by his wife of 70 years, Annelle, two daughters, Vicki and husband Frosty of Pontotoc, Constance and husband Walter of Valley Spring and one son, James Taylor Virdell, Jr. and wife Brenda of Fredericksburg. Seven grandchildren : Faron Miller, Fara Miller Underwood and husband Matt, Brice Milliorn and wife Mechelle, Micah Milliorn Goebel and husband Garrison, Kiley Virdell Bounds and husband Justin, Caleb Virdell, and Ty Virdell and wife Ainsley. Ten great grandchildren: Nathan, Austin and Kinley Miller, Maci and Mitchell Underwood, Alexis and Zander Milliorn and Jaxon, Beaux Taylor and Caiden Virdell. In 2015, the family wlll be blessed with 3 more great grandchildren.
Also, surviving him are his sister, Mrs. Lee (Annette) Ussery and sister-in-law, Mrs. J. B. (Corky) Virdell, numerous neices, nephews and cousins.
Preceeding him in death were his parents and brother, J. B. (Corky) Virdell.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Taylor’s caregivers , Jade Chism, Rhonda Herridge, and Marjorie Ferguson , for their excellent and compassionate care during these final years.
The family requests that memorial contributions may be made to Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church , P.O. Box 397, Llano, TX 78643; LHS Hall of Fame, 1400 S. Oatman Street, Llano, TX 78643, The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 5715, Valley Spring, TX 76885 or the Charity of one’s choice.
Pallbearers for Taylor will be his grandchildren, Faron Miller, Brice Milliorn, Caleb and Ty Virdell, Fara Miller Underwood, Kiley Virdell Bounds, Micah Milliorn Goebel and Grandsons-in-law, Matt Underwood, Justin Bounds and Garrison Goebel.
Visitation will be held Sunday, December 14, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church. Graveside Services will follow at Llano City Cemetery.
Sam Warren Rabb
Sam Warren Rabb was born August 2, 1923, and died December 8, 2014. He was a 7th generation Texan whose ancestors came to Texas with Stephen F. Austin’s original 300 colonists and had others who fought in the American Revolution.
He lived all of his 91 years in the same house where he was born.
Sam was preceded in death by his parents, James Richard Rabb and Mamie Hartman Rabb, his brothers Carl Richard and John, his sisters Doris Alma and Wilma Ann, and his son Richard Lee Rabb.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mary Elizabeth Willbern Rabb and sons Sam Warren Jr. and wife Carol, Hilton Stanley and wife Ginny, Russell Carl and wife Janie, and daughter-in-law Debbie Rabb.
He’s also survived by grandchildren Scott Rabb, Jennifer Rabb Faz, Casey Rabb Kendrick, Cassidy Rabb, Nicole Rabb Levlon, Carson Rabb, McLean Rabb, Hayden Rabb, Preston Rabb, and Layton Rabb.
His great-grandchildren are Travis, Clayton, and Kyndall Rabb, Avery and Camry Kendrick, and Jacob Levlon.
Sam served in the Army from 1946-1947 and was active in many civic organizations including the Llano School Board, the Hill Country Livestock Raisers Association, and the Llano Golf Association.
For many years, Sam was among the leaders in the hog industry in the State of Texas. He was also a successful breeder of champion hogs and show steers. Along with partners James Epperson and Philip Smith, they operated the Llano Hog Company buying station for 27 years.
Sam was always very active in his boys’ lives and a strong supporter of all their athletic and livestock show endeavors.
He was honored as the Llano Cowboy of the Year in 2007 and was presented the Llano Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Award for his long record of agricultural and civic achievements in 2010. In 2011, Sam and Mary were named Jackets for Life by Llano ISD.
Serving as pallbearers will be Scott Rabb, Travis Rabb, Clayton Rabb, Carson Rabb, McLean Rabb, Preston Rabb, Layton Rabb and Andy Kendrick. Honorary pallbearers are Norman Grenwelge, James Epperson, Taylor Virdell, Earl Edwards and Spence Tanksley.
Funeral Services will be held at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Home on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 2:00 PM with Rev. Gretel Morgan officiating.
Burial will follow at the Llano City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hill Country Livestock Raisers Association at P.O. Box 292 Llano, Texas 78643 or
Llano Jr. Livestock Show at P.O. Box 118 Llano, Texas 78643; or LHS Hall of Fame at 1400 Oatman St. Llano, Texas 78643.
Glen Dale Atkison
Dec. 14, 1954 – Dec. 6, 2014
Glen went to be with the Lord surrounded by family and friends, after a courageous battle with stage 4 colon cancer.
He married Penny Norred on March 10, 1979, and they were blessed with two children, Luke and Ashley.
Glen always said they were the greatest blessing in his life. At a young age Glen showed a talent with horses.
That became his passion and he excelled as a jockey and later a well known respected and successful trainer.
He never met a stranger and his many friends are a testament to that. He is preceded in death by his parents Barbara Snider Atkison and Dale Atkison.
He is survived by his son Luke Atkison and wife Kristy, daughter Ashley Melton and husband Casey.
Three precious grandsons he adored, Wyatt and Gage Atkison, Callan Melton, fiancée Wanda Ratliff Lastly, whom was his angel here on earth.
Her love and constant care for Glen was truly angelic.
He is also survived by sisters Sandy Wright and husband Larry, Vicki Wood, Tammie Atkison, step-mother Mary Atkison, step brother Richard Riggs,
step sister Angela Eckert. Many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and last but not least his border collie Cisco.
All of his family sends a special thank-you to Terry Wootan for all his love, compassion, and generosity for Glen.
We also give Hospice nurse Valerie and Dr. Jack Franklin our sincere gratitude. Also to all the family and friends for all the love, prayers and support.
Graveside services will be Tuesday Dec. 9, 2014 at 2:00 at Bluffton Cemetery with Martin Riley officiating.
Jean Maryann Babcock
Jean Babcock age 89 of Kingsland, Texas passed away on Friday, December 5, 2014.
No services are planned at the moment.
Charles L. Gray
Charles Gray of San Saba, Texas passed away on Sunday, November 30, 2014 at the age of 80.
He was born on January 8, 1934 in San Saba to Lewis and Estelle (Gage) Gray.
Charles Lewis Gray and Billie Tonita Smithwick were united in married in a double wedding along with his brother Ken Gray and Shirley Barber on May 24, 1952 at the Cherokee School Gym.
Charles is preceded in death by parents Lewis and Estella (Gage) Gray and daughter Juna Dale Gray 1955 – 1956.
He is survived by Wife Billie Tonita Smithwick Gray, Sons Mike Gray and special friend Jewel Early, Randy Gray and wife Jannelle.
Grandchildren Brandon Castro and special friend Tracy Sanderson, Amber and husband Mike McGinty, Crystol Gonzales, and
Phillip Gonzales. Great Grandchildren Marissa Gonzales, Mathew Gonzales, Lewis Gonzales, and Jace Schade. Brother Ken Gray and wife Shirley.
Charles is also survived by nieces and nephews Sherry and husband Elliott Fikes,
and children Sheila and husband Boyd Steadtler, Stephanie and husband Rob Hunter, Warren and wife Ty Homsley.
Boyd and wife Caressa Gray, and children Jessa and husband Marcus Mayer, Jordan Gray, and Breigh Gray. Shane and wife Laurie Gray and children Garrett and wife Holly Gray, and Shane Gray Jr.
Charles Gray was a very loved person by all his family and friends. Charles was a wonderful son, husband and father, grandfather and great grandfather.In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. No services are planned at the moment.
Merrilee Casner Miller
Merrilee Casner Miller of Llano passed away on November 29, 2014 at the age of 88. She was born on August 27, 1926, in Antioch, California, the only child of Foster & Doris Mathis Casner.
At the age of 1, the family returned to the Bluffton area on the banks of the Colorado River.
When Buchanan Dam was built and Lake Buchanan began to fill, the family once again moved, this time to the Field Creek area.
Merrilee was six years old by this time and spent the rest of her childhood there.
She attended the Hutchison School near the Llano/Mason county line where, in 1939, she met Fay Miller, her true love and life-long partner.
When talk of marriage was discussed, her father asked that they wait until Merrilee was 17 years old.
So on August 27, 1943, her 17th birthday, Fay & Merrilee married at the Llano County courthouse.
Six months after the wedding, Fay was commissioned in the U.S. Navy in World War II, based out of San Diego, California.
To be close to Fay when he was back in port, Merrilee moved to San Diego, where she worked for the government, building and repairing airplanes for the war.
Expecting their first child, Merrilee moved back to Field Creek. Fay returned home after the war to a new son, Frosty, and began ranching.
Three years later, another son, Marc, was born. They spent most of their years in the Pontotoc and Llano area raising their family.
Merrilee’s life revolved around her family. She was a wonderful cook and homemaker, and fed many ranch hands through the years.
Merrilee was an excellent dancer in the arms of her husband. She also enjoyed painting scenes of the Llano countryside.
As her boys married and the family grew, several generations of grandchildren felt her love and care, and have many special memories of their dear sweet Gran.
In 2008 and after 65 years of marriage, Merrilee lost her husband Fay, the love of her life.
She has gone home to be with her true love and best friend. Surely they are dancing in Heaven.
Merrilee is survived by her sons, Frosty Miller and wife Vicki, and Marc Miller and wife Judy; grandson Faron Miller; great-grandchildren Levi, Austin, & Kinley Miller;
granddaughter Fara Miller Underwood and husband Matt; great- grandchildren Maci & Mitchell Underwood;
grandson Heath Miller and wife Alicia; great-granddaughter Heather Miller Hays and husband Tyler; great-great-grandchildren Hadley & Trace Hays; great-grandson Dillon Miller;
granddaughter Brittany Miller Rabb; great-grandchildren Travis, Clayton and Kyndall Rabb. She is also survived by cousin T.J. Webster, and many other cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Linda Theis and the caring staff at Walden Court for their compassionate care of Merrilee
during these last few years, and for the love and support of her Church of Christ family.
Visitation will be Tuesday, December 2, 2014, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm and funeral service Wednesday, December 3, 2014,
at 2:00 pm both at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano, Texas. Burial will be in the Bluffton Cemetery.
The family requests memorial contributions to Hope Haus, P.O.Box 883, Llano, TX 78643; Llano Food Pantry, P.O. Box 204, Llano, TX 78643;
or Pontotoc Fire Dept., P.O. Box 66, Pontotoc, TX 76869.
Billie Joyce Tinnel-Norris
Billie Joyce Tinnel-Norris passed away November 9, 2014. She was born in Phoenix, AZ on February 5th, 1952. She was preceded in death by her parents Carma Joyce and Bill Davis and brother Wain Davis.
She is survived by her son Bruce Bennett and daughter Billie Johnson of Washington State,
siblings Carma Cunningham and Willie Davis of Llano, Tx, Jay and Sharon Davis of New Mexico, Lee Davis of Austin, ex-husband Rod Norris of Llano, and
seven grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Billie was a beautiful, Gypsy spirited woman, whom the world will greatly miss.
Wallace Edward Montgomery
Wallace (Wally) Edward Montgomery, age 73, passed away on Thursday, November 6, at the home he shared with wife Barbara, in Tow Texas.
Wally was born in Georgetown, Texas, on July 24, 1941, to William Sherman Montgomery and Myrtle Elizabeth Montgomery, who predecease him.
He married Barbara Jean Wood on February 13, 1965. Wally was retired from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.
Wally is survived by his life partner and wife Barbara; two daughters, Virginia Moerbe and husband Wesley, and Vickie Montgomery;
four grandchildren Kevin Moerbe (Loretta), Morgan Moerbe (Jeff), Elizabeth Herkomer (Sam) and Melaine Hutchens;
two great grandchildren Hayden and Coley; his brother James V. (Butch) Montgomery and wife Lyne; four nephews and numerous loving family and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held for Wally on Monday, November 10, at 2:00 p.m. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel, 307 E. Sandstone, Llano, Texas.
Cory Dow Stovall
Cory Dow Stovall was born in Llano, Texas on September 15, 1970 and died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on November 3, 2014 at the young age of 44.
Cory graduated from Llano High School in 1989. He attended Abilene Christian University where he played football and graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration in 1995. He had a successful career in the oil and gas industry. Cory lived and worked on numerous pipeline projects all over the United States and in various supervisory positions including superintendent, project manager, environmental inspector and chief. Cory had been contracted with Kinder Morgan for the past six years.
Cory had a gentle spirit and those who had the pleasure of knowing him or being in his presence were somehow touched by his kindness, ease of existence, generosity and selflessness. Many friends have shared that they are better people for having Cory in their lives.
At ten years old his true passion for life was revealed when his mother gave him a guitar. He was self-taught and played with a rare and uncommon talent. He could play anything he heard; from Eddie Van Halen’s most difficult solos to an echoed version of Hungarian Rhapsody after hearing his mother play it on the piano only once. He attempted and mastered every other instrument he played; guitar, piano, banjo, mandolin, drums, bass and even trombone. But his true love was his guitar. Cory loved classical, rock, country, bluegrass and gospel. What type of music he played never mattered, as long as he played. His passion for music was unstoppable. Though Cory never pursued a career in music, he opted to surround himself with amazing musicians, songwriters and industry leaders. As he traveled the country with his career in pipeline construction, he was most at home in the local guitar shops and music communities that sustained his love of playing.Cory loved God, exemplifying the fruits of the spirit. He was extremely close to his family, friends, and co-workers. He was especially partial to his nieces, Hailey and Hannah Osbourn and his nephews, Hagen and Chase Patterson. He adored them as his own children and patiently taught them all to play his beloved musical instruments so that when they had weekends together they had their own built in band in which to play and sing! He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing with his dad and singing with his two sisters.
Cory is survived by and was the only son born to Barbara Bishop Lawrence and Larry Stovall. Other survivors include his older sister, Tracie Patterson and husband Todd of Lakeway; younger sister Jenny Osbourn and husband Jeffrey of San Saba; Grandmother, Rose Bishop of Rockport; Uncle, Jerry Bishop of Georgetown; Aunt, Debbie Feild of Corpus Christi; Nieces, Hailey and Hannah Osbourn of San Saba; and Nephews, Hagen and Chase Patterson of Lakeway. Cousins Tommy Stovall, Angie Bishop, Luke Bishop, Justin Feild and numerous other extended family members. Being an only son, Cory considered his brothers-in-law Todd Patterson and Jeffrey Osbourn the brothers he never had in addition to his ACU football teammates.
Visitation will be on Friday, November 7, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Waldrope- Hatfield - Hawthorne Funeral Home 307 East Sandstone, Llano, Texas 78643. A celebration of Cory’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Lutie Watkins United Methodist Church 800 Wright Street, Llano Texas 78643. Interment will be at the family cemetery in Willow City Texas
The family has established the Cory Stovall Chords of Life Scholarship Fund to award and bless students with a passion for their talents and gifts. Donations can be sent to: American Bank of Texas, 1913 Ranch Road 620 S # 100, Lakeway Texas 78734 Attn: Beth Byer
James Royce Christmas
James Royce Christmas, 79, of Kingsland, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle and Veteran who served his Country,
passed peacefully surrounded by his Loving family at his home on November 4th, 2014.
He is survived by daughters Cindy Brown and Jamina Younts, both of Kingsland, Texas.
Sisters Leona Cox of Anthony, NM. Rosa James of Early, Texas, 4 granddaughters, 3 grandsons and 14 great grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 3:00 P.M. at Lakeland Hills Cemetery in Burnet, Texas.
Raymond Chester Wall
Ray was born in Zapata, Texas December 15, 1934. He passed away Monday, October 27, 2014 in Kingsland, Texas.
His beloved wife Adah Wall, son Dusty Wall, stepsons Carl Lincoln and David Lincoln, stepdaughters Debbie Hays and Linda Darlington, nephews and nieces survive him.
His stepson Pete Lincoln precedes Ray in death.
Ray served his country in the Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was later stationed in Germany.
Ray’s work in the oil field took him to various places such as California and Wyoming.
On Valentine’s Day in 1987, he married Adah in Gillette, Wyoming.
Their treasured years together included such highlights as traveling, camping, fishing, and especially dancing.
Frequently you could hear Ray express a rousing ‘Yeeeeee Haw’ on the dance floor after a good dancing song!
No services are planned at this time.
Corrinne Iris Jensen Layton
Corrinne Iris Jensen Layton, known to all her friends as Connie and to her family as Mema, passed away on October 20, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born in Huron, South Dakota to Margaret (Stitt) and James Jensen on November 27, 1929.
It was love at first sight when Connie met Bobby Freeman Layton and they married on August 1, 1964.
She retired from the Federal Reserve Bank in San Antonio and moved to Sunrise Beach.
She then spent many years working at Highland Lakes Bank.
Connie lived her life to its fullest touching everyone she met with kindness and love.
Her greatest joys were her family, friends, pets, bowling and gardening.
She embraced everyday with happiness and passion and she will be greatly missed, especially by her family, but also by everyone who ever knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents and older brother Hubert. She is survived by her husband Bobby, brother Keith Jensen and wife Cheri of South Dakota, s
ister Phyllis Carlson of Illinois, sister Virginia Quesnot and husband Eugene of San Antonio.
She is also survived by her daughters Sharon Lee and husband Shelby of College Station, Cindy Anglley and husband Rick of Llano,
Dawn Ferman and husband Mike of Arizona, Kathy Hildebrand and husband Gilbert of Boerne and by her son Keith Layton and wife Debbie of North Carolina,
ten grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Kingsland, Texas.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society or the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas.
Patsy Maxine (Akin) Ochsner
Patsy Maxine Ochsner of Midland, Texas passed away Friday, October 17, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas at the age of 76.
She was born to Beulah (Earl) and Robert Akin on February 19, 1938, in Southmayd, Texas.
Patsy graduated valedictorian from Seagoville High School in 1956 where she was an All-State and All-Star basketball star.
She earned a basketball scholarship to North Texas where she graduated in 1959.
Patsy moved to Midland, Texas and went to work as a school teacher and shortly thereafter met and married George Ochsner on May 28, 1960.
Patsy and George later joined Kelview Heights Baptist Church in Midland, Texas where they were faithful members for over 50 years.
Patsy was a fixture in the nursery at Kelview and helped take care of and influence many more lives through that ministry.
Patsy continued to teach at Bonham Elementary where she impacted many more young lives until 1969.
In 1969, Patsy took a break from teaching and began raising her children.
She was as accomplished in her abilities as a wife and a mother as she had been in everything else she had done. Her greatest joy came from helping others.
She was a blessing to everyone who came in contact with her.
Patsy resumed teaching once her boys graduated high school. She also loved to sew, garden, cook and read. She continued to teach even after retirement as a substitute teacher.
Her main passion was helping others. This is the legacy she will leave for others to follow.
She is survived by her husband George; Sons Stephen Ochsner and wife Audra of San Antonio, Robert Ochsner and wife Kelly of Las Cruces, New Mexico;
Granddaughters Rachel, Rebekah and Sarah Elizabeth; Sister Barbara Morgan of Mesquite, and brother Jack Akin and wife Sandra of Mesquite.
Patsy was preceded in death by her parents Beulah and Robert Akin
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A. M. at Kelview Heights Baptist Church in Midland, Texas, Wednesday, October 22, 2014 with Reverend Jerry Berry officiating.
A funeral service will be held in Llano, Texas at First Baptist Church of Llano, Friday, October 24, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Jerry Berry officiating.
Burial will follow at Llano City Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given in Patsy’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Grace Lorraine Wood Tait
Grace Lorraine Wood Tait, 87, of Marble Falls, Texas, passed away October 17, 2014.
Grace was born September 19, 1927 in Dickson City, Pennsylvania.
She graduated from Williamsport High School in 1945 and married John Tait in Scranton on September 20, 1947.
As newlyweds, John and Grace moved to New York State and lived in Vestal for thirty five years while John worked as a Senior Engineer at IBM.
Along with their daughter, Susan, they enjoyed boating on Cayuga Lake for over twenty years.
After retiring, John and Grace traveled by RV across the U.S.
They sold their home in Vestal and shared a home with Susan and family part of the year then stayed in an RV park in Umatilla, Florida, the other part, for twenty years.
John passed away in 2005 and in 2009 Grace relocated to Marble Falls, Texas with her daughter and son-in-law.
Grace was a Life Member of the Round Hill chapter of Eastern Star in Endicott, New York. She was an avid reader and enjoyed crossword puzzles.
Grace is survived by her daughter, Susan, and son-in-law, Richard, of Marble Falls, Texas,
granddaughter, Corinne Bowman, of Union Springs, New York, granddaughter, Kristin Bowman, of Canyon Lake, Texas,
niece Marsha Wood Bostwick, of Vestal, New York and nephew, Fred Wood, of Vestal, New York.
Graveside service will be held in Union Springs, New York at a later date.
Wilbur Lloyd Harlan
Wilbur Lloyd Harlan, "Bill", passed peacefully in his sleep on October 7, 2014, at 94 years old. H
e was born in
Houston on Feb. 16, 1920 to Charles T. Harlan and Mary Elizabeth Brown Harlan.
He had to 'work' to enlist as he was too tall to enlist at six foot six and 1/2 in. Squadron 143 was rushed to Alaska to
the Japanese island hopping in the Battle of the Aleutian Islands in June 1942 which became known as the 'Forgotten War'.
Sheeda Teresa Balkum
Sheeda Teresa Balkum of Tow, Texas passed into her Savior’s arms on September 23, 2014.
Sheeda was born on February 26, 1956 in Shreveport Louisiana to Wilbur and Nellie Daniel.
Sheeda lived most of her adult life in Midland Texas where she met and married her soulmate, Wiley Balkum.
Sheeda was a very kind and caring person who had no enemies. She loved her Lord Jesus Christ, her family and friends, and her dog ‘Sassy’.
Sheeda was always working in her garden, tending her plants or feeding the birds.
Sheeda and Wiley moved to Tow Texas in 2010 and built their dream home on the shores of Lake Buchanan.
Sheeda loved the beautiful sunrises and sunsets at her home on the lake, and the peaceful serenity of the rural area.
Sheeda is survived by her best friend and husband, Wiley Balkum, her mother and dad, Nellie and Tom Murin of Lubbock Texas,
her sons Chris Kuzmich of Atlanta Georgia, Patrick Kuzmich of San Antonio Texas, Kevin Kuzmich of Austin Texas and Matthew Kuzmich and his wife Daniella of Grand Prairie Texas,
one daughter Jennifer Aleni Barker of Carlsbad New Mexico, her brother Jeff Daniel of Lubbock Texas,
her sister and brother in law Lisa and Donnie Lawler of Lubbock, three grandchildren and two nieces.
A memorial service will be held on Friday October 17th at 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church in Tow Texas
located at 16529 Ranch Road 2241 with a grave side burial service to follow at the Tow cemetery.
The Reverend Mark Nygard will be officiating. The family requests that any donations be made to the church of your choice.
Norma Rae Otto
Norma Rae Otto passed away Monday, September 15, 2014 at the age of 86. She was lifted into the arms of God’s Angels, and is now residing in her Heavenly Home.
Norma Rae was born October 23, 1927 to Olen and Sinora (Beesley) Lawley in Llano, Texas, and was a lifetime resident of Llano.
She married Vernon August Otto in Fredericksburg on June 7, 1947, at the age of 19.
She became Mother to son Vernon Michael on July 24th, 1949, and daughter, Debra Sue on August 7, 1952.
Norma was a self employed beautician for many years in Llano. She then became a “caregiver” to those that were home bound before retiring.
Norma was of the Full Gospel Faith and enjoyed going to church. One of her favorite past times was playing games with friends and going to garage sales so she could have her own garage sale.
She loved nothing more than spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Norma was loved and will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends.
Norma is preceded in death by her parents, Olen and Sinora, her husband, Vernon, 2 sisters, Donna and Nella Dean and 4 brothers, Mike, Dale, Red, and Joe.
Norma is survived by her children Vernon Michael Otto and Debra Sue (Suzi) Graham and husband Larry of Llano,
Norma was “Mema” to her Grandchildren and took great pride in Stephanie Fogle and husband, Scott, Micah Otto and wife, Brittany and Daniel Otto, of Ohio.
Sara Comerford and Jesse Redden of Fredericksburg, Dave Comerford and wife, Candice of Austin, Jessica Graham of Michigan and Seth Graham of Llano;
The “Apples of Mema’s Eyes” were Great Grandchildren Chloe and Colin Fogle, Brayden Otto, Bryton and Makena Otto, Kai Redden and Cash Comerford .
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas.
Pastor Joe Rhymes and Brother Gerald Higdon will be officiating with Grave side services following immediately after at the City of Llano Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Grandchildren David Comerford, Jesse Redden, Micah Otto, Daniel Otto, Seth Graham and Nephew, Greg Otto.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Scott and White Hospice.
Laci Ligon of Llano passed away on Monday, September 8, 2014 at the age of 33 in Round Rock, Texas.
She was born October 21, 1980 in Llano, Texas to Ernest and Carole (Hutto) Ligon.
Laci was a lifetime resident of Llano. She graduated of Llano High School in 1999; she loved to hunt, refurbishing furniture and spending time with her girls.
Laci was a member of Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church.She is preceded in death by grandparents Gale and Jewel Ligon, and Mac Hutto.
Survivors include her parents Carole and Ernest Ligon of Llano, daughters Taryn Morris and Emma Morris both of Llano, brother Ben Ligon and Wife Cassie of Bluffton.
Nephews Rode and Cade Ligon of Bluffton. She is also survived by her grandmother Ann Hutto of Llano.
Visitation will be Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas.
A funeral service will be held Friday, September 12, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel with Brother Johnny Sawyer officiating.
Burial will follow to Bluffton Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jackson Hutto, Isaac Hutto, David Ming, Jason Hackworth , Jeff Dutton and Shawn Brown.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Llano Volunteer Fire Department, Christ Yoder Animal Shelter or Bluffton Cemetery Association.
Darrell Barnett passed away on Monday, September 1, 2014 at the age of 61.
He was born in Houston, Texas on April 21, 1953 to Ward and Imogene (Tumlinson) Barnett.
He was a resident of Kingsland most of his life, coming from Pasadena and League City, TX.
Darrell married Rocksand Franks on August 12, 2007.
He loved fishing, camping and spending time with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife Rocksand Barnett of Kingsland, sons Robert Barnett, Lewis Dever and Joey Wilburn, all of Kingsland.
Daughter Mary Anne Barnett of Kingsland, and sister Janet Reed of Pasadena, TX.
He is also survived by grandchildren Lewis, Brody, Julia, Abigail, Stormy, Lily, Isaiah, T
rey, Kenny, Kayla, Brittney and great grandchild Kenny.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne
funeral chapel in Kingsland, with Rev. Mike Mitchell officiating.
Jose “Joe” Mario Hernandez
Jose “Joe” Mario Hernandez passed away on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at the age of 23.
He was born on August 14, 1991 to Jose and Rosemary (Napolez) Hernandez in Llano, Texas.
Joe was a lifetime resident of Llano and Kingsland. He graduated in 2010 of Llano High School. He loved art and Tennis.
Preceded in death by his grandfather Ramon Napolez , grandmother Maria Garcia Hernandez and aunt Linda Lara.
Survivors include his parents Jose Hernandez and Rosemary Hernandez, grandmother Julia Napolez, grandfather Andres R. Hernandez, Sr.
Sisters Sierra Rosario Hernandez and Olivia Clarissa Hernandez. Brothers Moeses Feliciano Hernandez and Isiah Ruben Hernandez.
Aunts Sophia Meza and husband Jose Meza, Jr. Ramona Napolez Garcia and husband Armando Garcia, Hope Espinosa and husband Philip Espinosa,
Josefina Morales, Mary Kay Beltran, Maria Castellan, Francisca Gamez and husband DelfinoGamez, Oralia and husband Buster Hunt,
Cenaida and husband Randy Adams, and Eloisa and husband Luis Monare . Uncles Rick Napolez and wife Frances Napolez, Carlos Napolez,
Fernando Napolez, Jesse Napolez, Balt Napolez and wife Colleen Napolez, Johnny Napolez and wife Selena Napolez, Andres Hernandez, Jr. and wife Lilia,
Roberto Hernandez and wife Mary, Antonio Hernandez , Leonel Hernandez and daughter Natasha Hernandez. He is also survived by numerous cousins.
A rosary was held on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 7:15 P.M. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 708 Bessemer Ave. Llano, Texas 78643.
Funeral service Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
Carolouise “Carol” Kourt Creacy.
Carolouise “Carol” Kourt Creacy, 76, of Buchanan Dam, Texas, passed away on August 22, 2014.
The Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 am, Wednesday August 27, 2014 at Cross and Spurs Cowboy Church, Buchanan Dam, TX.
Rev Johnny Sawyer will be officiating. A reception will follow.
Carol was born in Pampa, Texas on June 28, 1938. She graduated from Phillips High School, Phillips, Texas.
In high school, Carol was an accomplished pianist playing in the student Jazz ensemble and local piano competitions and later in life participated in church worship as a pianist accompanist.
Carol loved tending her flowers, caring for animals and birds. But most of all she loved caring for her family.
She is survived by her husband, Clarence “Cal” Creacy; son and daughter in law, Steve and Jill Creacy of Memphis, TN; Benita Creacy, daughter of Centennial, CO;
Grandchildren and great grandchildren Sarah, Jake and Jonah Ryan of Amherst Virginia, Matt and Nicole, Thayne and Judah Creacy of London England,
Kelsey Scantland of Atlanta GA, Jessica and David Dugas of Irving, TX, Dan Scantland of Atlanta, GA and Ali Scantland of Fort Collins, CO.
She is also survived by her many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Llano Christian Academy.
Nila (Bauman) Roberts
Nila (Bauman) Roberts passed away on Friday, August 22, 2014.
She was born on May 9, 1943 to Charles W. and Zonia Mae (Key) Bauman in Llano, Texas.
Nila Worked at the Llano Credit Bureau, Ratliff Chevrolet, Llano Co. Museum, and found her calling at Llano County Sheriff’s office in 1988.
She was Chief dispatcher for 13 years and retired July 31, 2012.
She is preceded in death by her father Charles W. Bauman, Sr. and daughter Lori Baker.
She is survived by her mother Zonia Mae Bauman, children Jimmy and wife Rayma Roberts of Llano, Monty and wife Donna of Cherokee.
Brothers Charles Bauman and wife Ada Jo, Jay Bauman and wife Dollie, sisters Kay Eckhardt and husband Charlie, Cheri Rogers and husband Larry.
Grandchildren Joshua and Hattie Roberts, Jordan and Karlie Roberts, Markie and J.R. Shaw, Duncan and Mysti Roberts,
Kaitlyn Smith, Zachary Boultinghouse, Theron Boultinghouse, Mason Baker and Sydney Baker.
Great grandchildren Kaylee, Jacob, Ethan, Easton, Weston and Thadley Roberts. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Visitation Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 3:00 to 6:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano, Texas.
A funeral service will be held on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 3:00 P.M. at
Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas with Chaplain Bill Wolfe and Pastor Ervin Light officiating.
Pallbearers will be Larry Rogers, Ricky Baker, Craig Bauman, Charlie Eckhardt, Darren Eckhardt and Ted Christopher.
Honorary Pallbearers will be her many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Cherokee Home for Children, the American Cancer Association or the American Diabetes Association.
Billy Deon Morrison
Billy Deon Morrison, 74, departed this earthly world August 19, 2014 after a lengthy illness.
Billy was born February 27, 1940 in Blackfork, Arkansas to Cecil and Luie Campbell Morrison. The family moved to Wellington, TX while Billy was still a child.
He left at the age of 16 to work in the oil industry in West Texas.
Billy married the love of his life, Brenda in Lovington, NM August 31, 1978.
He has a life-long passion for fishing which lured him to the Highland Lakes.
On many spring mornings, you could find Billy running his trot lines on Lake Buchanan.
Billy was employed at Llano ISD in transportation until his retirement in 2000. He continued as a bus driver until 2003.
Billy was a member of Llano Masonic Lodge #242, where he was a past Worshipful Master.
He was a member of Pittsburg Avenue Baptist Church for 29 years.
Billy was preceded in death by both parents, several brothers, and a daughter Lisa.
Billy’s survivors include his loving wife Brenda, daughter Stacy Morrison of New Mexico; son Gary Morrison and wife Lammy of Comanche;
son Jeromy Morrison and wife Casey of Tow, and daughter Ashley Morrison of Lone Grove; grandchildren:
Kerry and Jake Morrison, Jordan Miller, and Coy Morrison; five step-granddaughters, one step-great granddaughter, and one step-great grandson.
Services will be conducted at 10:00 am Saturday, August 23 in the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne funeral home chapel with Rev. Danny Meegan officiating.
A Masonic funeral will follow at Board Branch Cemetery in Lone Grove.
Pallbearers will be Brian Hadsell, Glen Tribble, Joe Simpson, Dennis Hill, Sheldon Wimberley, and Lynn Simpson.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of Llano Masonic Lodge #242.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association or charity of your choice.
Vera Bertelson of Kingsland passed away peacefully on Monday, August 18, 2014, at the age of 86.
She was born on April 22, 1928 to Thomas and Lula (McCain) Woodward in Truman, Arkansas. Vera was a resident of Kingsland since 1966 coming from Houston, Texas.
She was a member of the Kingsland Community Church, the American Legion Auxiliary and VFW Auxiliary.
Vera was a hairdresser for over 40 years at Vera’s Beauty Shop.
She loved going fishing, sitting on the porch and dancing.
Vera is survived by her two sons Clarence Young of Horseshoe Bay and Lonnie Young of Kingsland. Brother Thomas Woodward, Jr. of Katy, Texas,
sister Helen Cobb of Houston and grandson Jeff Young of Horseshoe Bay.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Locker Cemetery in San Saba County with Rev. Bill Slaymaker Officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorials contributions may be made to the March of Dimes or the American Red Cross.
In Loving Memory
You are Gods Angel now
Lena Belle (Lockhart) Brabaw
Aug. 12, 1927 –Aug. 15, 2014
Lena Belle “Lockhart” Brabaw was born to Izella (Richardson) and John Lockhart in Waco, Texas.
She enjoyed sewing, gardening and reading. She worked as a hairdresser for 25 years at “Lena’s Beauty Rama”
She is survived by daughters Jean Daltwas and husband George of Lyman South Carolina, Marcia Allen of Llano, and Phyllis Alexander of Llano;
son, W.E. “Bill” Alexander Jr. of Llano; Ten grandchildren; Ten Greatgrandchildren; sisters, Joy Eastman of Tow and Ethel Bowen of Llano; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Lena was preceded in death by husband Jim, infant son Guy, 2 sisters and 5 brothers.
No services are planned.
Doris Lorraine Manning
Doris Lorraine Jacobs Manning, born 9/11/1929, died peacefully on 8/15/2014 after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease.
Doris, or “Dodie” was the widow of Comic Book Hall of Fame artist Russell George Manning (1929-1981), who created the series “Magnus, Robot Fighter,”
and illustrated such newspaper comic strips as “Tarzan” and “Star Wars”.
Doris is survived by their two children, Roger and Melissa. Doris was born in San Angelo, TX.
She met Russ at the Los Angeles Art Institute, and they raised their family in Southern California.
After Russ' death, Doris lived with Melissa in Tucson, AZ for many happy years.
Doris was very active in a French language club, and enjoyed going to exercise classes and shopping at thrift stores.
As Doris' memory began failing, Melissa moved the family out to Buchanan Lake Village in Tow, TX, where Doris enjoyed walking the family dogs in a peaceful country environment.
Doris' last years were spent at the Llano Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, in Llano, TX, where she received excellent care.
Doris was a devoted mother, and she was a loyal and dedicated wife to Russ.
She is now asleep, awaiting the resurrection promised her by Jesus, whom she loved (Ecclesiastes 9:5,10, John 5:28,29).
We know that she will remain in our hearts, and that she is also in God's memory (Job 14:13-15).
We will see her again, when the earth is made a paradise under Christ's Kingdom, and the dead are raised to everlasting life (Psalm 37:29, Revelation 21:3,4).
Doris' remains will be interred, together with the cremated remains of her husband, in the Bluffton Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington DC 20090-6011.
Ella Josephine Woodruff
Ella Josephine Woodruff passed away on Monday, August 4, 2014 at the age of 90 in Blanco, Texas.
She was born on July 25, 1924 to Homer and Bertha (Doyle) O’Neal in Kenova, West Virginia.
She was a resident of Tow and Kingsland since 2009 coming from El Paso, Texas.
Ella married Hiram Woodruff on June 10, 1947 in New Braunfels, New Jersey.
She served in the US Navy from 1944 to 1946.
Ella was preceded in death by her husband Hiram Woodruff, parents Homer and Bertha O’Neal and grandson Stephen Holmes in 2008.
Survivors include son Randall Woodruff and wife Patricia of Wimberley, Texas, grandson Robert Holmes of Blanco, Texas,
and 2 great grandchildren Kyle and Kendra Holmes both of Blanco, Texas.
A graveside service will be held on Monday, August 11, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas, with Dr. Rodney Williams officiating.
Douglas Harold Aston, Sr.
Douglas Harold Aston, Sr. passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at the age of 82.
He was born on February 29, 1932 to Greely Ray and Minnie (Ward) Aston in Corsicana, Texas. He was a resident of Llano since 1968 coming from Big Spring, Texas.
Douglas married Jean Thorpe on July 20, 1954 in Lovington, N.M., they were married for 60 years.
Douglas was a Minister, and he retired from LCRA in 1994; he spent many years serving the Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his parents Greely and Minnie Aston.
Survivors include wife Jean Aston of Buchanan Dam, son Douglas Aston, Jr. of Austin.
Daughter Neshia Brown and husband Dr. Steve Brown of Boise, Idaho, brother Kenneth Ray Aston of Abilene.
He is also survived by his grandson Stuart Aston Brown of Frankfort, Kentucky.
Visitation Thursday, August 7, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano, Texas.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at the Church of Christ in Buchanan Dam, Texas with Brother Leon Bridges officiating.
Burial will follow to the Bluffton Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Stuart Aston Brown, Bill Haggerton, Larry Reagan, Billy Christian, James Christian, Doug Overstreet, Mike Fritz and Bill McCarver.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Cherokee Home for Children, Sunny Glen Children’s Home in San Benito, Texas,
Central Texas children’s Home in Buda, Texas or In Search of The Lords Way in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Willene Templeton Landon
Willene Templeton Landon passed away Sunday morning ending an extended battle with Alzheimers Disease.
She blessed many many people as a friend, wife, mother and grandmother.
Willene was born October 30, 1933 in Menard, Texas and spent her childhood and teenage years in Austin, Cherokee and Menard.
Upon graduation from Menard High School, “Willie” met a handsome young pharmacy graduate.
Shortly after, she and John Landon were wedded and so remained for 62 years.
They moved to Llano a short time later and “set up shop” with John working for Bruhl’s Pharmacy and shortly thereafter setting up their own business.
Llano Pharmacy remained in business serving the Llano Community for over 35 years.
Willene was a great ambassador for the business, making prescription deliveries or helping in whatever capacity was needed.
She was a beautiful, kind woman and a fantastic mom. Always willing to listen and dispense advice, she knew when to “lay down the law” as well as when to let her children learn from their own mistakes.
She was her children’s best friend. Willene loved music, dancing, horses, the outdoors and people.
She could light up the room and while never boisterous, had the sort of presence and engaging personality that people naturally gravitated to.
She was comfortable in any setting and with any variety of people.
Willene was preceded in death by her father Willis Templeton, mother Lucille Williams Polvado, stepfather Wallace Polvado, and son-in-law Dale Freeman.
She is survived by her husband John Irving Landon of Llano; son Mike Landon and his wife Sandy of Dallas; daughter Kim Hughes and husband Jerry Don Hughes of Llano;
and daughter Jil Freeman of Kingsland. Also 8 grandsons, Jason Freeman and wife Laura, Blake Freeman, Stephen Freeman, Scott Bradley and wife Tanya,
Travis Ratliff, Hunter Ratliff, Michael Landon and Austin Landon;
3 great-granddaughters, Samantha and Sydney Bradley and Gia Bella Zaremski; and great grandson Noah Bradley.
Willene is at last at peace with her Lord after an extended battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Visitation will be Tuesday, August 5, 2014 from 5 to 7 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Lutie Watkins United Methodist Church in Llano, Texas with Rev. Leslie Tomlinson Officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington DC 20090-6011.
George Andrew Ivy, Jr.
George Andrew Ivy, Jr. of Kingsland, Texas passed away on Monday, July 28, 2014 at the age of 73.
He was born on June 3, 1941 to George Andrew and Leora (Worthington) Ivy, in Lometa, Texas.
He married Debbie Horton on August 16 of 1997 in Kingsland, Texas. George served in the US Army from 1961 to 1967.
He was a resident of Kingsland most of his life, coming from Lometa, Lampasas and Ft. Worth.
George was a member of the National Rifle Association and A former member of the American Legion of Kingsland.
He is preceded in death by his parents, five sisters Lela, Betty, Nell, Wanda and Joann, four brothers Andrew, Frank, Jimmy and Jerry.
Survivors include wife Debbie Horton Ivy from Kingsland, daughters Angie Ivy from Carrollton, Texas, Georgia Ivy from Burnet and Carla Ivy from Austin.
Brother Charles Ivy and wife Elleye of Lampasas, sister Linda Jones of Deer River, Minnesota.
Grandchildren Sophia Randall and Ethan Randall. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be on Saturday, August 2, 2014 form 10:00 A.M. to noon at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Kingsland, Texas.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 3:00 P.M. at the Center Cemetery in Lometa, Texas with Rev. Mike East Officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Association.
Michael Wayne Hagar, Sr
Michael Wayne Hagar, Sr passed away July 26, 2014 at the age of 68 in Kanab, Utah while on vacation with his wife, Karen Hagar.
He was born in Pampa, Texas on February 21, 1946.He graduated from Hereford High School in 1964 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.
He served two tours in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat "V" for heroism and the Purple Heart.
Following his Vietnam tours, he was a sentry dog handler. He was honorably discharged as a Sargent in 1970.
Mike married Karen Stumfoll Robertson on December 6, 2003. He retired from Rowan Companies as a barge engineer after 25 years of service in 2008.
In retirement, he and Karen enjoyed RVing and geneology.
They were members of the Lone Star Scouts RV Club, and each and every member became a part of their family.
Mike also enjoyed spending time with their children and grandchildren and doing woodworking.
Mike was preceded in death by his father Louis Hagar. He is survived by his wife, Karen Hagar and mother, Bettye Hagar both of Llano, Texas.
He is also survived by children and grandchildren: Curtis and wife Kannika Hagar with Bo and Tytus of Austin, Texas;
Michael Jr and wife Angela Hagar with Jillian, Jayden and Jocelyn of Paradise, Texas;
Amanda Shafer with Joshua, Heather and Robert; Julie and husband Donovan Hohmann with Dusty and wife Cassandra, Ethan and Zoë with great-granddaughter, October,
Heath and wife Michele Hohmann with Kirby and Dakota and Erika and husband Tyler Hukill with James and Shannyn;
Kendrah and husband Robert McDonald with Maegan and Raymond all of Llano, Texas;
David and wife Vickie Spinks with Taylor, Madison and Elena of Kerrville, Texas and his sister, Jennifer Bowman.
Visitation will be Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel.
A funeral Service will be held on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel with Rev. Rick Cundieff Officiating.
Burial will follow to the Llano City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Alice Marie (Taylor) Rossberg
Alice Marie (Taylor) Rossberg of Llano, Texas passed away on July 24, 2014.
She was born September 21, 1924 to Joseph A. Taylor and Georgia Patrick Taylor in Bluffton, Texas.
She grew up in the Llano area until she moved to San Antonio during WWII, where she married her husband, A. C. Rossberg, also from Llano.
They were married 42 years before his death in 1986.
They raised their family in Houston and were very active in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, especially the Youth Quarterhorse Show.
In 1986, A.C. and Marie retired to Llano to live on the land that his grandfather had settled. After A.C.’s death, Marie became active in the Llano community.
She was a member of the Prairie Mountain Extension Club and was involved with the Llano Community Theater.
She was also very active in the Llano Chamber of Commerce and was the President in 1995.
Marie, along with several others, was responsible for bringing Santaland back to life each year. Marie was the only one small enough to climb into the dollhouse to decorate it.
She also was very instrumental in helping with the Rodeo Parade when it was held on Friday afternoons, and made the sashes for the Rodeo Queen.
A loyal and dedicated fan of the Llano Daubers and Yellowjackets, she attended many of the sports events in and out of town.
She was a volunteer at the Llano Elementary School. She made hacky-sacks for the kids and did string art at the school library.
She supported the Llano County 4-H Youth Livestock Show for many years.
Marie is survived by her two daughters, Sharon Rossberg Smith and Ann Rossberg; five grandchildren, Paige Walker, Allison Stewart, Georgia Ray, Nathan James, and Edmund Jannace;
six great grandchildren, A.C. Pippenger, Taylor Duncan, Madeline and Amelia Stewart, and David and John Ross Ray; and two great great grandchildren, Layton and Rawleigh Pippenger.
She was “Nany” to not only her family but many, many friends.
Per Marie's request, a service will not be held. Donations in her honor may be made to any charitable organization of choice.
Her favorites were the Friends of the Llano Library and the Red Top Jail project.
Linda Faye (Latham) Murphy
Linda Faye (Latham) Murphy passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at the age of 65. She was born in Llano, Texas on December 9, 1948 to Henry and Mable Millie (Hoford) Latham.
She was a lifetime resident of Llano and Kingsland.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter Alyssa Faye Murphy in 2001, and five sisters Ruby, Estelle, Louise, Patsy and Nan.
She is survived by her sons Gary Murphy and wife Brandi of Kingsland, Patrick Murphy of Kingsland. Brothers Marvin Latham and Ronnie Latham, both of Llano,
sister Deborah Pruitt of Kingsland; three grandchildren Angela, Justine and Dakota. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, July 28, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano with Rev. Marvin Partin officiating.
Burial will follow to the Llano City Cemetery. Linda will lie instate in our chapel in Llano at 10:00 AM on Sunday.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.
James Benjamin Lynn, Jr.
James Benjamin Lynn, Jr passed away peacefully on Monday, July 14, 2014 at the age of 84. He was born on December 31, 1929 in Wichita, Kansas to James Benjamin and Arlene (Bridgman) Lynn.
He was a resident of Llano for 12 years coming from Plant City, Florida. James was a member of the Llano Masonic Lodge and Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents James Benjamin and Arlene Lynn.
Survivors include son Steve Lynn of Memphis, Tennessee, grandchildren Katy and Sean. He is also survived by his great grandchildren Patrick, Mackenzie and Elizabeth.
No services are planned.
In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church.
Sarah Oatman Franklin
Sarah Oatman Franklin, a lifelong resident of Llano and an Oatman legacy dedicated to preserving the history of the City of Llano passed away peacefully on July 10, 2014. She was born September 27, 1937 in Llano, Texas to Wilburn and Frances (Hicks) Oatman.
Sarah was a dedicated mom attending almost every function in which her two boys were involved. While serving as class mom for years, attending booster club meetings, and spending many summers driving to distant swim meets at the crack of dawn, Sarah still had the energy and desire to support the city of Llano, serve positions at the Episcopal Church, and volunteer her time to many other organizations in the place she has always called home.
Her most recent successes came as Llano’s first Main Street Program Director. As Director she was involved with initiating the lighting of the courthouse, the Walkway of Lights at Badu Park, the 4th of July fireworks, numerous events at the Lantex Theater, the Community Wide Garage Sale, and several other annual festivals. She helped found and worked closely with Llano Merchants Association.
Her knowledge and passion of Llano’s history was invaluable while co-authoring two books: “Cobwebs and Cornerstones” and “Continuing the Journey”. Funds from the sale of “Cobwebs and Cornerstones” helped the Junior Women’s Culture Club build the courthouse gazebo, and the books presence can be seen in libraries across Texas – including the Library of Congress. She was also involved with her dad, Wilburn Oatman, in reprinting and updating her grandfather’s book: “Llano County, Gem of the Hill Country”.
She volunteered her time serving on the Llano City Council, as a Daughter of the King with the Episcopal Church, the Llano Rail Association, and participated in surrounding community fund raising style shows. Sarah was also a member of the Llano Historical Society, chairperson for the Historical Commission, and worked hard to preserve the history of the Llano County Jail. Through her multitude of various activities and venues, Sarah worked tirelessly and gave generously of her time to support the growth and betterment of Llano.
Born with the bug for travel, Sarah was fortunate to turn this interest into careers that allowed her to see destinations all over the world. She worked for years as a travel agent in Llano, followed by several seasons as a guide on Mississippi Riverboat Tours.
Sarah had a gift of welcoming newcomers into the community, and a knack for coercing others to assist with community involvement. Her enthusiasm was contagious and people genuinely enjoyed working around her. Even after retiring, Sarah never slowed down. She enjoyed her antique business, attending her grandson’s football games, traveling with her boys and their wives, and spending time with her treasured friends.
She is a true citizen that will be missed by many.
Sarah Graduated from Llano High School, attended San Angelo Jr. College, Southwestern, and graduated from T.C.U. She continued to stay in touch with her childhood and college friends as well as her Tri-Delta sisters.
Survivors include her two sons, Trey Franklin and wife Heather of Horseshoe Bay, and Lance Franklin and wife Celice of Lakeway, brother Sam Oatman of Llano, former husband Ted Franklin of Llano. She is also survived by one grandson Wesley Moyar of Horseshoe Bay, nephew Theron Oatman, niece Jeannette Whitus and countless friends she was blessed to have.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel with Rev. Jerry Sneary. Following will be a reception at Grace Episcopal Church.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Association, Grace Episcopal Church in Llano, or the charity of your choice.
Roger Lewis Karl
Roger Lewis Karl, age 72 of Kingsland, passed away on July 11, 2014 in Austin, Texas. He was born on November 2, 1941 to Chester Karl and Mae Williams in Mills County, Texas.
Roger had retired from the U.S. Air Force with over 20 years of service to his Country. He worked with the Disaster Preparedness office for 14 years and served as an administrative specialist for 8 years.
Roger had received numerous medals and honors thru out his military career to include the AF Commendation Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters, AF Achievement Medal, AF Good Conduct Medal with one silver and one bronze oak leaf cluster, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with one bronze star, NCO Professional Military Education Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal, Longevity Service Award with four bronze oak leaf clusters, National Defense Medal, AF Overseas Long Tour Ribbon with one bronze oak leaf cluster, AF Training Ribbon, AF Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon with one bronze oak leaf cluster, and a Meritorious Service Medal.
Roger had been a resident of Kingsland since 2005 having moved here from Arizona. On June 6, 2008 he married Florene Rhodes in Kingsland.
He was an active member of the DAV in Kingsland, a member of the American Legion, and very active member of the National Rifle Association.
Roger is preceded in death by his father Chester Louis Karl, his mother Mae Ellen Williams, stepmother Nima Jo Karl and one grandson.
He is survived by his wife, Florene (Rhodes) Karl of Kingsland, Sons Benjamin Karl and wife Denise of Cuba, Missouri and Matthew Karl of Fort Worth, Texas. Daughters Lisa Broccard of St. James, Missouri,
Ginger Collins-Justus and husband Steve of Fenton, Missouri, Diana Dittmar of Greeley, Colorado, Donna Phillips and husband David of Sierra Vista, Arizona, Janet Chase and husband Troy of Greeley, Colorado
and Kerry Karl of Fort Worth, Texas. Stepdaughter Mary Arthur and husband Fred of Lubbock.
Roger is also survived by brothers Mike and wife Evelyn of Throckmorton, Texas and David and wife Annie Monk of Round Rock, Texas. Sisters Kathy and husband Jim Bob Wadkins of Marble Falls,
Debbie Davis and husband Gabby of Throckmorton, Texas and Linda Cook of Llano, Texas. Numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
Honorary contributions can be made to the Disable American Veterans Association or the Salvation Army.
Dr. Hurm Dale Pennington
Our beloved Dale Pennington, age 75, passed from this life on July 10. He was born March 18, 1939 in Stamford, Texas and grew up on a cotton farm in Haskell, Texas where he developed his affinity for agriculture.
Dale graduated from Texas A&M in 1961 and was commissioned into the US Army and held the rank of Captain. Dale returned to Texas A&M where he earned his PHD in Soil Chemistry. Dale served as Assistant County Agent in Jackson County; Extension Assistant Soil Chemist in College Station; Extension Area Agronomist Dist. 12&14 in Weslaco; Extension Soil Chemist Dist. 1,2,3,6 & 7 in Lubbock; and Extension Soil Chemist College Station.
He developed two computer diagnostic programs “STANAS” and “WATERS” for soil and water recommendations. He also conducted research on hydroponics which has been used in the Mars space project. Dales contributed to and wrote many articles and abstracts concerning the field of agronomy. Due to Dale’s vast knowledge and innovative ideas he received numerous awards and honors in water and soil education. In 1999, Dale was recognized by Texas A&M for his outstanding service and dedication to the Texas Agriculture Extension Service, and his commitment and efforts to help the people of Texas with their soil, water, crop production, and environmental needs by receiving the title of Professor and Extension Specialist Emeritus.
Dale’s education, passion and spirit were tied to the earth. He took much pleasure from working with 4-H kids, raising cattle, pecans, hay and fishing. Dale loved a good tune and dancing; he would find a partner and give them a whirl. Dale had a tremendous influence on most everyone he came into contact with; and offered sage advice and comfort in many situations. His love of life, people, and the earth around him will be greatly missed.
Dale is preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Carmen May Pennington. He is survived by their son Shannon Pennington. Dale is also survived by his wife Raylene Pennington, step-daughters Deah Moore and Sonya Dame, sister Janet Syling, niece Doras Johnson and nephews Keith Vickers, Darren and Doyle Syling.
Services to celebrate Dale’s life will be held in Llano, Texas. Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 5pm to 7pm at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home, Inc. Funeral services will be Monday, July 14, 2014 at 1pm at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home, Inc.
Memorials may be sent to Hill Country Memorial Hospital Foundation of Fredericksburg at P.O. Box 1339, Fredericksburg, Texas 78642. Donations in Dale’s memory may also be made to the Jackson County 4-H Club, 411 N Wells, Edna, Texas 77957.
Dorothy “Dot” Murchison of Buchanan Dam passed away peacefully on Monday, July 7, 2014 at the age of 76. She was born June 26, 1938 to Roland and Grace (Isenberger) Campbell in Llano, Texas.
Dot married Donald Murchison on September 7, 1957 in Leander, Texas.
She was a resident of Buchanan Dam most of her life. Dot attended Pittsburg Ave. Baptist Church, she was a member of the Llano Women’s Culture Club and she also volunteered at the Llano Hospital.
She was a special education aide for the Burnet School system for 10 years. For many years she coordinated the Fair and Rodeo Catalog for the Burnet County Fair and Rodeo Association.
Dot was preceded in death by her parents, sister Mary Evelyn Harned and brother Roland Campbell, J.R.
Survivors include husband Donald Murchison of Buchanan Dam, son Donald Mark Murchison and wife Jeannie of Buchanan Dam, daughter Kathy Diane Murchison of San Antonio,
brothers Eddie Campbell of San Saba and Larry Campbell of Buchanan Dam. Sisters Margaret Austin of Seadrift and Shirley Amthor of Brownwood.
She is also survived by her grandson Keenan Donald Murchison and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Keenan Murchison, Darrell Harned, Stephen Harned, Stephen Campbell, Bob Austin, and Grant Barkey.
Visitation will be Wednesday, July 9, 2014 from 5 to 7 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel with Rev. Danny Meegan officiating. Burial will follow at Murchison Cemetery in Buchanan Dam.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Pittsburg Ave. Baptist Church
Sheila Ann Nicholl
Sheila Ann Nicholl age 64 of Horseshoe Bay passed away on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
She was born on June 30, 1950 in Big Spring, Texas to Earl and Viola (Fortenberry) Campbell. Sheila married Carl Nicholl on June 23, 1970 in Pampa, Texas.
Sheila was a resident of Horseshoe Bay for 2 years, coming from Amarillo, Texas.
She was a Pause for Paws activist, a member of the National Corvette Restorers Society, Lupus Foundation of America and the Amarillo Humane Society.
Sheila was preceded in death by her parents and brother Billy Campbell.
Survivors include husband Carl Nicholl of Horseshoe Bay, sons Gregory Mark Nicholl and wife Jeri of Llano, Texas, and Kristopher Kyle of Amarillo, Texas.
Brother John Gregory Campbell and wife Vicki of Corvallis, Oregon. She is also survived by grandchildren Zoe and Ethan Nicholl of Llano, Texas.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at the Llano City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America.
Ida Edward King Norris Passed away July 2, 2014 at Llano Nursing and Rehab Center in Llano, Texas. She was born December 9, 1929 in Brady, Texas to Jodie and Ollie (Wash) King.
Ida was a resident of Llano since 1967 coming from Austin. She was baptized in San Saba Full Gospel Church.
She married Charles (Buster) Norris on April 2, 1962 in Acuna, Mexico.
Ida worked as a waitress, a grocery clerk and as a veterinarian helper; she enjoyed fishing, gardening, country music, friends and family. She loved to talk, and she loved her pet named sugar.
She was preceded in death by husband Charles (Buster) Norris in 1999, and her parents Jody and Ollie (Wash) King.
Survivors include daughter Betsy Rogers of Fort Worth. Step sons Charlie Norris and wife of Houston, Texas, and Dudley Norris of San Saba. Step daughter Juanita Kay Yarbrough and husband of San Saba.
She was also survived by numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at the Llano City Cemetery with Rev. Richard Hood officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to the charity of your choice.
Clarence McDaniel Sr., 83, of Kingsland, TX was called home on Saturday June 28, 2014 inRound Rock, Texas.
Clarence was born on January 25, 1931 in Mansfield, Texas to C.A. McDaniel and Clarice Robinson McDaniel. He graduated from Blossom High School in 1948 and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy.
He later went on to earn a degree in Education from East Texas State University and a Master’s degree in Education from Sul Ross University.
On May 30, 1956 in Barstow, Texas, Clarence married Jewell Petty. The couple welcomed their sole child, a son, Clarence McDaniel Jr. into the world on June 28, 1959 in Pecos, Texas.
Clarence found a career in education. He began his career as a coach and teacher. By the time he retired he had worked as a coach, teacher, director, principal, and superintendent.
His career took the McDaniel family to many small school districts all over the state of Texas.
Clarence and Jewel retired in Rio Vista, Texas and lived there for 23 years.
Clarence moved to Kingsland, Texas to becloser to his son and his family in 2005.
Since then he had been a very happy resident of the Windchime AssistedLiving Facility.
Clarence loved being an educator. He was a history buff and avid movie collector. He also enjoyed traveling. His son and son’s family were his pride and joy.
He is survived by his son; Clarence McDaniel Jr., daughter-in-law; Elaine McDaniel, and granddaughters; Clarissa and Beth McDaniel. He was preceded in death by his wife Jewell McDaniel.
Visitation will be held at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano on July 1st from 5:30-6:30 P.M. with a short memorial service, by Jeff Davis, immediately to follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to West Texas Boys Ranch.
Virginia Boswell Duncan, age 83 passed away peacefully on Friday, June 27, 2014. She was born on March 12, 1931 to James and Violet (Brown) Boswell in Llano, Texas.
Virginia graduated from Llano High School in 1948; she was a Twirler/Majorette for 3 years. She married the love of her life Lee B. Duncan on June 5, 1948. They were married for 66 years.
She worked as a Bookkeeper, a teacher’s aid for Llano ISD, she was owner/operator of the Llano Credit Bureau, and she also worked as an assistant district clerk for Llano County until retirement.
Virginia was a lifetime resident of Llano and also a long time member of the First Baptist Church in Llano. She played active roles in the church, serving in many areas.
She was preceded in death by her parents James and Violet Boswell.
She is survived by her son Joel Duncan and wife Dixie Duncan, daughter Louann Benson and husband Jack Benson. She is also survived by four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 3:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church in Llano, Texas with Rev. Rick Cundieff officiating.
Burial will follow to the Llano City Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Decker, Albert Moursund, Paul McCarty, Tommy Duncan, Robby Heinz, Jimmy Roberts and Clyde Dowdle.
In lieu of flowers the family asks to please make donations to the Llano Food Bank.
Johnnie Dee Reed
Johnnie Dee Reed passed away on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at the age of 64.
He was born on August 12, 1949 to John Reed and Freddie Hinson in Austin, Texas.
Johnnie was a resident of Llano for 6 years, coming from Liberty Hill, Texas. He served in the U.S. Army for 22 years. He attended Church Christ of Llano.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son John Douglas Reed and daughter Virginia Lee (Ginny) Reed.
Survivors include daughter Brandy Ballesteros of Bertram, Texas, brother Allen Reed, sister Barbara Nell Cope of Leander, Texas. He is also survived by two grandchildren Breanna and Alexus.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel with Chaplain Harvey Klee officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Legion in Llano, Texas.
Arthur Dell Myers
Arthur Dell Myers of Llano, Texas, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 23, 2014 at the age of 84. He was born on July 15, 1929 in Lampasas County, Texas, to William Myers and Mary Belle Clark.
He was a longtime resident of Llano and a member of Pittsburg Ave. Baptist Church.
Arthur married Margaret Tumlinson on April 23 of 1971 in Llano; she preceded him in death in 2010.
He was also preceded in death by his parents, step parents, two sisters, one great grandson, and step daughter Mary Lou Isenberger and husband Billy Ray.
Survivors include son Rodger Myers and wife Diane of Llano, daughters Beth Clayton and husband Johnnie of Arkansas, Phyllis Wallace and husband Bob of Colorado, Susan Canter and husband Steve of Arizona.
Stepdaughter Jackie Dahl and husband Nelson, of Llano. Half-brother Walter Lewis Brownwood, he is also survived by numerous grandchildren, step grandchildren , great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas, with Rev. Danny Meegan officiating.
Burial will follow to the Llano City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Pittsburg Ave. Baptist Church in Llano, Texas.
Steven Lee Wisdom
Steven Lee Wisdom of Llano, Texas, passed away on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at the age of 60. He was born on June, 29, 1953 in Llano to James Wisdom and Owner Ratliff.
Steve was a lifetime resident of Llano.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Kelly Wisdom, 3 brothers, J.R., George and Kelly Dean and his sister Peggy Wisdom.
Survivors include sons Andrew Wisdom of Cottonwood Shores, Steven Wisdom of Llano. Daughter Rejah Waldon of Llano, brothers Bobby Wisdom and Buster Wisdom both of Llano. Sister Martha Fehr of Brownwood.
He is also survived by 8 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A private service will be held at a later date.
Bernard Gerald Garrett
Bernard Gerald Garrett, 82, passed away in San Antonio, Texas, Friday, June 20, 2014 of natural causes.
Bernie was born on January 1, 1932 in Okema, Oklahoma to Emma and Ishmael Garrett.
One of his favorite stories to tell of his youth was playing on the Raymondville High School basketball team, The Gymless Wonders. He had kept in close contact with these friends as well as friends form Dow Chemical where he retired 20 years ago.
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Gloria P. Garrett, 3 daughters, 10 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, 1 brother, 2 sons-in-law, 1 daughter-in-law 1 brother-in-law, 2 sisters-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by parents Emma and Ishmael Garrett and his son, Gary Lee.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Garrett Family Cemetery, 5132 CR 405, Castell, Texas 76831.
Douglas “Doug” Baynham Blackwell
Douglas “Doug” Baynham Blackwell, 52, of Burnet, died Friday, June 20, 2014 in his home.
He was born to the late Lorraine Schubert and Wilburn Blackwell, August 8, 1961, in Spring, Tx. He was married to Brooke Davis Blackwell August 8, 1988.
Doug love to fish and being outdoors, in general. He had a great love for music and his favorite pastime was working with his hands, in any way possible. He was a jack of all trades and loved his family deeply.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Lorraine Schubert; his father, Wilburn Blackwell, a brother, Bobby Blackwell; and a sister, Debbie Blackwell Abbott.
He is survived by his wife, Brooke Davis Blackwell; and five children, Amber Freeman, Sarah Davis, Chris Blackwell, John Nadolny and Ashley Blackwell Jackson; and six grandchildren.
Arrangements for the funeral service are still being made, and will be announced at a later date.
Mac W. Hutto
Mac W. Hutto, 92, passed away on Friday, June 20, 2014. He was born March 13, 1922 to Roberta (McNabb) and Will T. Hutto in Bertram, Texas.
Mac was a 1940 graduate of Bertram High School. He was a quarterback in Bertram High's single wing attack and an outstanding baseball player.
After graduation from high school he was invited by the legendary Billy Disch to play baseball for the University of Texas.
Unfortunately, Mac's baseball career was cut short after his freshman year by World War II. Mac enlisted in the Air Force and was a pilot in Europe.
He flew hundreds of missions all over Europe. In his later years Mac wrote a fascinating book of short stories, along with pictures he took, of his experiences during the war.
After the war, with the benefit of the GI Bill, Mac re-entered the University of Texas. He graduated with a degree in Economics in 1948.
Shortly after his graduation he moved to Llano and was hired by Tom Moore to work at Moore State Bank.
Under Mr. Moore's tutelage he learned all aspects of the banking business, and stayed until his retirement from the bank in 1978.
After he left the bank, Mac took over his father-in-law Mick Dalchau's insurance agency and ran it until he turned over the reins to his son, Terry.
Shortly after moving to Llano, Mac met and fell in love with his wife of 63 years, Ann Dalchau Hutto.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother John T. Hutto.
Mac is survived by his wife Ann and his three children, son Wade Hutto and wife, Tere, daughter Carole Ligon and husband, Ernest, and son Terry Hutto, who all live in and around Llano.
Brother Bert Hutto of Austin. He is also, survived by six grandchildren, Heather Hutto Lehmberg, Ben Ligon, Laci Ligon, Olivia Hutto, Jackson Hutto and Isaac Hutto,
six great grandchildren, Taryn Morris, Emma Morris, Cade Ligon, Rode Ligon, Elleson Lehmberg
and Hutton Lehmberg, two nieces and two nephews.
For over 60+ years Mac supported his community in many ways. He was a member of the Llano City Council and an active member of numerous civic organizations.
He is a member of the Llano High School Hall of Fame. He always worked modestly and quietly, usually behind the scenes, in support of his family and the community.
Visitation will be Sunday, June 22, 2014 from 5:00P.M. to 7:00P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 10:00A.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel with Rev. Leslie Tomlinson officiating.
The pallbearers will be Ben Ligon, Jackson Hutto, Isaac Hutto, Bill Lehmberg, Robert Hutto and Bill Hutto
In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association and the Alzheimer’s Association.
Ruby B. Walker
Ruby B. Walker passed away on Saturday, June 14 2014, in Chowchilla, CA.
She was born on March 26, 1923, in Washington, Oklahoma, to George and Sallie McGuire. The family move to California and settled in the Los Angeles area before moving to Madera.
She graduated valedictorian of her class from a high school in L.A. She met a young soldier who became the love of her life. She and William G.C. Walker were married on Sept. 25, 1943.
For almost 60 years they worked side by side, whether it was in grocery stores, working cattle or growing a garden. Ruby was a Godly wife and a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
She took great pride in her family and extended family. She had a close personal relationship with God and it showed in everything she did. She was a strong woman with a big, forgiving heart.
God blessed her with the gifts of compassion and peace making.
She enjoyed sewing and made lots of dresses for her two daughters and later her four granddaughters. She was a great cook. Ruby had a beautiful voice and loved Gospel music.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Walker in April of 2002, her parents, George and Sallie McGuire; three brothers, Otis, Alvie (Mickey) and Robert McGuire.
She is survived by two daughters, Patty and husband, Lyndon Mandrell of Chowchilla, Beverly Walker Gutierrez of Madera;
four granddaughters, Tricia and husband, David Placencia of Chowchilla; Stacy and husband, Keith Burns of Chowchilla; Tanya and husband, Kent Cam of Madera and Rebecca Gutierrez of Madera;
and four great grandchildren, Baylie Toney, Lynnlee and Walker Cam, all of Madera and Jacob Burns of Chowchilla. She is also survived by her sister, Betty Smith of Rosemead,
many nieces and nephews and Dean Kelley, who she loved like a son and his wife, Janice of Chowchilla.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at the Llano City Cemetery with Rev. Paul Morrison officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chowchilla Skilled Nursing Facility at 1104 Ventura Ave., Chowchilla, CA 93610.
Leo Arthur Dasso
1926 - 2014
KINGSLAND – Beloved husband and father, Leo Arthur Dasso, 87, of Kingsland, Texas, formerly of Rock Island and Milan, IL, died Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Kingsland Hills Care Center.
A private burial will be held at Llano City Cemetery, under the care of Waldrope- Hatfield - Hawthorne Funeral Home of Kingsland.
Leo was the eighth child of Henry J. and Frances (Schweickert) Dasso, arriving in Rock Island on June 28, 1926. He graduated from Rock Island High School in 1944, where he earned six letters in football and wrestling.
In his senior year, Leo placed second in the Illinois Invitational State Wrestling Tournament, losing the championship by a flip of a coin after a double overtime.
D-Day of World War II coincided almost exactly with Leo’s graduation from high school. He enlisted into the U.S. Army Air Corps on December 20, 1944 in Fort Sheridan, IL.
After basic and technical training, he was stationed at Howard Air Force Base, Balboa, Panama Canal Zone.
He earned the WWII Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the Panama Canal Zone Ribbon while in the military.
After the war he attended the University of Illinois on a football scholarship, but dropped out due to a knee injury. He later coached the Quad-City Mohawks, a semi-professional football franchise.
Leo married Patricia Joann Conwell of Rock Island on November 11, 1950, in a private ceremony in Peru LaSalle, IL. They started married life in Rock Island and together raised eight children.
Leo started his business career as founder and owner of the Leo A. Dasso Company, specializing in concrete construction.
Many of his early contracts were with the City of Rock Island for the construction and/or repair of public sidewalks.
He later sold the cement business and started a second company, the Leo A. Dasso Construction Company, Inc. He built and remodeled 100’s of quality houses as well as public facilities.
He also supervised construction of the west wing addition on Moline Public Hospital and the Frank Erwin Center in Austin.
His business successes allowed him to help his orthopedic surgeon brother Dr. Raymond Dasso establish a medical practice in Dubuque, IA, which later moved to Rock Island
Leo enjoyed family life, sports, playing cards, fishing, vegetable gardening and travelling, especially trips throughout the west.
His gardens were always well-tended and beautiful, and his produce was grown for “good eating.”
Those left to honor Leo’s memory are his wife Patricia of 64 years; his children, Timothy Dasso of Spicewood, TX, Marilyn (Paul) Kuehlem, of Kingsland,
Ruth (Michael) Marlaire, of Boulder Creek, CA, Edwin (Luann) Dasso, of Excelsior, MN, Ellen (Chet) Pierce, of Fayetteville, AR, Mary Dasso of Kingsland,
Andrew Dasso of Kingsland, and Stephen (Alicia) Dasso, of Pescadero, CA; eleven grandchildren, Austin and Marshall Dasso, Nick and Max Kuehlem, Justin Marlaire,
Cameron and Brittany Dasso, Stephanie and Jamie Pierce, Jacob Papini and Addyson Dasso; two brothers, Raymond and Jerome Dasso; and two sisters, Beatrice (Bob) Schwab and Lucille (John) Mather.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers a donation be made in Leo’s name to the American Diabetes Association.
Bonnie L. McLain
Bonnie Letrice (Hanna) McLain 91, passed away Monday, June 9, 2014. She was born August 3, 1922 to Allie (Mullins) and Joseph Hanna in Lockney, Texas.
She was married to C.T. McLain September 11, 1940 in Lubbock, Texas. Bonnie was of the Methodist faith and was a member of Highland Lakes United Methodist Church in Buchanan Dam, Texas.
She is survived by sons Travis McLain and wife Bonnie of Georgetown, Ronnie McLain and wife Brenda of Rio Dosa New Mexico, and Timothy McLain of Round Rock. Bonnie is also survived by ten grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband C.T. McLain, parents Allie and Joseph Hanna; two brothers Everett and Edwin Hanna; and two sisters Dollie Sweat and Emma Lou Newman.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at Highland Lakes United Methodist Church in Buchanan Dam.
Officiating will be Reverend David Park and serving as pallbearers will be John McLain, David McLain, Roger McLain, Clarence McLain, Douglass McLain and Nathan Roberson.
Entombment will follow at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to Highland Lakes United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 1005 Buchanan Dam, Texas 78609.
Elizabeth Eileen McCaskill
Elizabeth McCaskill, 63, widow of Don McCaskill, passed on June 3. Her parents were Michael and Mary Edith Matrician. Born in PA., she grew up in Houston where she attended UH.
She was a resident of Pontotoc, TX. Survived by her sisters Katherine Greaber Pickard, Marian Matrician, and nephew Shawn Greaber, as well as her many friends.
A lover of horses and all God’s creatures, she left behind her beautiful horse “Cappie,” and donkey “Jesus.”
A cancer survivor for many years, she lived life with great hope and a blessed outlook.Her keen ability to recall life stories and to share them was part of her unique personality.
She will be remembered for her kindness and determination to help. Wherever there was a need, she would be there.
Liz was a quick study and a passionate reader and writer. Her husband Don was a soul mate.
Creative and artistic, her garden of rocks, shells, bone and wood became a site of great satisfaction and a place where many gatherings occurred.
She loved the land and all that grows there. She will be missed.
A memorial service will be planned at a later date.
Don Ray Reed
Don Ray Reed of Llano passed away Friday, June 6, 2014 at the age of 72. He was born March 14, 1942 in Llano, Texas to Alvernia (Moseley) and Raymond Reed.
He married Elizabeth “Betty” (McWilliams) December 20, 1958 in Ardmore, Oklahoma.
Don loved hunting, fishing, gardening and playing pool. He served in The United States Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Don was a lifelong resident of Llano, Texas and was a Master Electrician.
He was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Llano.
Survivors include his wife Betty and sons Allan and wife Jo, Larry Don and wife Cathy and his brother Gary; grandchildren Jeremy, Courtney and Cameron;
great grandson Gavyn and his little brother to be Colin all of Llano, Texas
He was preceded in death by his parents Alvernia and Raymond Reed and his sister Candace Lee Reed.
A Memorial Service will held Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas with Chad Brazell officiating.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Kingdom Hall of Llano.
Bettie Jane Broadway of Kingsland, Texas passed away on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at the age of 79. She was born on June 18, 1935 in Eden, Texas to Doyle and Dolly (McGriffin) Wilson.
She married John Broadway on June 6, 1953 in San Angelo, Texas. Bettie was a Kingsland resident since 1995 coming from Ramstein, Germany.
She loved to R.V. with her husband John; she also loved sewing, gardening and hunting.
Bettie was a member of the Kingsland Community Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband John in 2013, her parents, daughter Tony Kay and husband Thomas Smith, sister Lenora Baily and brother Doyle Wilson.
Survivors include son John Broadway and wife Jo Ann of Atoka, Oklahoma. Daughters Kara Leming and husband Jason of Kingsland and Dae Ann Cannon and husband Voyd.
She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
No services are planned at this time.
Gary Edward Book
Gary Edward Book, age 52, of Fort Worth, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, June 3, in the loving presence of his twin sister, Gayle, and her husband, Chuck Seefeldt.
He and Gayle were born on August 8, 1961, in Tulia, Texas. Born with a congenital heart defect, Gary underwent open-heart surgery as an infant and then again at age five.
As an infant, he was one of the first people to undergo this new and groundbreaking surgical procedure. He grew up on a family farm near Nazareth, Texas, surrounded by a large family.
Always good at sports, Gary excelled especially in basketball, football, and golf. He played basketball and football for Nazareth High School and enjoyed golf later in life.
After graduating from Nazareth High School in 1980, he attended Texas State Technical Institute. He had a long and dedicated career as an electrical technician for Texas Instruments and then Raytheon.
He was a beloved and fun uncle to his many nephews and nieces and was a generous and caring brother, son, and friend.
With a warm, trusting personality and enjoyment of good-natured laughter, Gary enjoyed life to the fullest. His true gifts were in conversation and in making other people feel comfortable in his presence.
He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, providing a helping hand to others, and playing and watching sports.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Luella Book, mother, Rita Book, and brother-in-law, Steve Koch.
He is survived by his father, George H. Book; by ten brothers and sisters and their spouses, Jackie Koch, Karen and Louis Loyd, Peggy and Sidney Birkenfeld, George N. and Lynette Book, Kelly Book, Chris and Becky Book, Gayle and Chuck Seefeldt, Loretta Book, Scott and Karin Book, and Joshua Book; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
A vigil service and rosary will be held on Friday, June 6, at 7:00 p.m. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home, 307 E. Sandstone Street, Llano, Texas.
The funeral service will be on Saturday, June 7, at 9:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 700 Bessemer Street, Llano, Texas. Burial will follow at Bluffton Cemetery.
Allie Clinger Scott
Allie Clinger Scott of Llano passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at the age of 83. He was born on November 27, 1930 in Llano to Jeff Davis “Babe” and Laura Ellen (Clinger) Scott.
Clinger went to O’Henry Elementary School then went to Llano High School where he played many sports. Clinger graduated from Llano High School in 1948 as a President of his Class.
After high school he worked for Taylor Virdell Drilling for a short period of time before being drafted into the Army but was put in the US Marines for two years from 1952 to Oct. 1953.
This was during the Korean War. He received an Honorable Discharge as a Sergeant.
On October 23, 1954, Clinger married Mildred Stotts at the home of Mildred’s parents. After their marriage they lived about nine miles out on Hiway 152 Castell Road.
Then they moved to Llano where they built their home. Upon return from service he worked at Buttery Hardware Co. as a Vice President, he retired 36 years later and h
e received a plaque for his dedicated service, loyalty and his friendship. Clinger was elected in April of 1975 to fill the one year unexpired term of Taylor Virdell, who became a Mayor.
In April 1976 he was elected to a two year term on the City Council. In April 1978 he was re-elected to a two year term. He served a total of five years on the City Council of Llano, Tx.
Clinger was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include wife Mildred Scott, son George Scott, his three daughters Marsha Scott, Ginger Scott and Monica Scott. His two sisters Geraldine Lawless and Mary Vick Hamilton.
He is also survived by 4 grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at the Honey Creek Cemetery in Llano County, Texas with Rev. Rick Cundieff officiating
and The Highland Lakes Honor Guard will provide Military Honors.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Cherokee Children’s Home or the charity of your choice.
Wesley "Porky" Franks
Wesley “Porky” Franks from Tow, TX passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at the age of 71. He was born on July 30, 1942 to Russell and Violet Franks in San Angelo, Texas.
He grew up in Sonora, TX helping work the family ranch during his High School years.
Wesley served in the United States Army from 1964 to 1967 at the 2nd Armored Division (Hell on Wheels), he was honorably discharged.
He worked on the oilfields around Sonora, Midland, Odessa and Iraan. Later he became a professional in rock masonry and construction.
Wesley enjoyed in his spare time fishing for the big cats to back up his stories. He Delivered meals on wheels program for the Senior Center in Llano.
Wesley enjoyed his weekly poker games and his good buddies, harassing his friends at the Paradise Point Café.
His two main loves were his little dogs Bubba and Spotted dog, his greatest asset was to always help a friend in need.
Dad met his challenges with a saying that rings true even now “it’s just one of those things.”
Wesley was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his two daughters Jamie Lynn Alexander and husband Russell Alexander of Tow, Texas, and Gayla Thane and husband Joseph Thane of New Braunfels, Texas.
Brothers Andy Franks and Jamie Glasscock both of San Angelo, Texas. Sister Virgie Burke of Del Rio, Texas. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren Brandon Graham, Tara Thane,
Ember Thane, Katie Thane and Stetson Alexander and his great-grandchild Addison Metz.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel with Jerald Moore Officiating.
Special thanks to Llano Scott & White Hospice and hospital for their compassion and exceptional care. God Bless you!
On June 2, 2014 at 1:06 in the afternoon Jimmy Alphanzo Morgan who entered this material existence January 22, 1937 from the bosom of God, was returned to his God and Creator.
His earthly body, having served the use and purposes the Creator ordained, was returned to the ground from which all such life has and will originate.
There is not under Heaven words enough to be written that could begin to encompass the varied and intricate parts of this patriarch's deeds and accomplishments,
nor canvas or frame that could border or contain the sum of the profound and immense life which God utilized to show His glory through
the frailty, failings, strengths, love and honor of such a singular and nearly heroic figure as Jimmy was to his most treasured family and those throughout his life he knew as friends.
As much as can be written in such limited space and lacking the years it would require to recount his legacy and accomplishments, let it then be known that he was born to parents,
Hiram Francis Morgan and Mildred Adell Overstreet Morgan and had been preceded in meeting his maker by his parents, his sister Jane Morgan Deats and brother Bobby Morgan.
Remaining in this world to carry on the torch flame of his enduring example and memory are his love and most affectionate
and caring wife Winnie J. Tate Morgan, mother to his three children, Belinda (Binky) Morgan and husband Ron, Keith Morgan and wife Susan, Cindy Faubion and husband Frank,
His brother and lifelong friend Kenneth Morgan and Lucy Tate, his grandchildren Jesika Farmer and husband Mike, Autumn Williams and husband Cody, Grant Morgan, Zachary Morgan and Tate Morgan.
He is also survived by his great grandchildren Echo Farmer, Epic Farmer, Morrigan Williams and Silas Williams and his faithful ranch hand and
brother in law Henry (Jake) Tate as well as his loving brother and sister in law Sam and Jill Tate and his sister's only child Flay Deats.
As intensely personal as he lived his life with careful and loving attention to those who were dearest and closest to his heart and spirit, he was committed to the earth in a wooden casket,
crafted by those who loved him, at the ancestral burial grounds of his wife's family whom he loved as his own, attended by those who he cherished, and will
be so sorely and terribly missed by all of us who continue on in his shadow.
May the God of Mercy and love cherish his soul forever and lift the hearts and countenance of those of us yet to join them in our Heavenly Home.
Services conducted by the Reverend Ron Anderson.
Rhonda Tay Reeder
On Sunday, June 1, 2014 Rhonda Tay (Goff) Reeder lost her long and difficult battle with cancer.