Hayley Marie Stone
Hayley Marie Stone passed away Monday, June 12, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas at the age of 15. She was born April 22, 2002 in Llano, Texas to Brian Stone and Tina Mangum. Hayley lived in Kingsland, Texas and attended Llano High School. She worked as a hostess for Tamale King, and attended Packsaddle Fellowship in Kingsland, Texas and Journey Fellowship in Llano, Texas. Her interests included piano, french horn, flute, and more, she was very musically talented
Hayley was a bright, beautiful, young woman. Her passion and talents excelled in music and her love for her friends that she showed daily. She brightened up the room when she walked in. She made an impression on the lives of everyone who knew her. Hayley was a gift to all who knew her, she now has peace and love in heaven with her God, her dad, grandad, and family.
Hayley is survived by her mother, Tina Mangum; brothers, Kaden Mangum, and David Rivera; aunts, Stacey Mangum Oliver and husband Cody, and Angela Simien and husband Joel; grandmothers, Ann Mangum and Rosemary Stone; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Funeral service will be held Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas at 2:00 P.M. with Sam Garza and Pastor Robert Billingslea officiating, interment to follow at Llano City Cemetery. Pallbearers include Cody Oliver, Joel Simien, Patrick Hazel, Clayton McCowan, Robbie Caropepe, and Chris Howell. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Hayley Stone Memorial Fund at Llano National Bank, 1001 Ford St., Llano, Texas 78643.
Jerry Keith Alexander
Jerry Keith Alexander, 82, passed peacefully from this life June 9, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loved ones following a lengthy illness. He leaves behind his wife of 46 years, Roxie; his sons, Brian Alexander and his wife, Christie; Gary Johnson and his wife, Sonya; his daughters, Michelle Meadows and her fiancé, Garry Adams, Sheila Carr, and her husband Ray, two brothers, Max and Monty Alexander, his grandchildren, Jennifer, Shawna, Anna, Gary, Jordan, Travis, and Kelsey; and nine great grandchildren, and many other family members and close friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Andrew, his mother, Carmen, his brother, Larry, and his grandson, Keith.
Born in Llano and raised in Tow, the son of Andrew and Carmen Alexander, he was a longtime resident of Tow. In his early years, Jerry would help at the family's business, Alexander Boat Dock, on Lake Buchanan. After graduating from Llano High School in 1952, he attended Durham Business College and he joined the U.S. Air Force in 1954, proudly serving his country in Taiwan for four years as an Air Pax Specialist in charge of the airbase cargo. He moved to Odessa in 1962 to work in the oil industry from which he retired in 1991. Jerry met his wife, Roxie, in 1970 and they were married in 1971 in San Antonio, TX. This union brought together his children and her children into a blended, loving family.
In 1996, Jerry returned to his beloved Lake Buchanan and served as the Tow Volunteer Fire Department Chief for many years. He enjoyed many years living on the lake in Tow, fishing, hunting, and serving the community.
A funeral service will be held Friday, June 16th at 11:00 AM at the First Baptist Church of Tow with Rev. Dan Teed and Rev. Mark Nygard officiating. A private burial will be held in Tow.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association, Alz.org, Alzheimer's Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601
Robert Scott Sutton
Robert Scott Sutton passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017 in Llano, Texas at the age of 29. He was born December 27, 1987 in Woodbridge, Virginia to Kevin Sutton and Pamela Isaac. Robert enjoyed woodworking, but most of all he loved his daughter Cayleigh.
He is survived by his parents, Kevin Sutton and LaDonna White of Llano, Texas and Aubrey and Pam Isaac of Lindale, Texas; daughter, Cayleigh Nicole Simmons of Denton, Texas; brother, Chris Bridges of Steelville, Missouri; step-brother, William Isaac of Fayetteville, Arkansas; step-sisters, Megan Hand of Llano, Texas and Keisha Reed of Fayetteville, Arkansas; grandparents, Steve and Mary Walton of Granbury, Texas, Gloria Lee of Gibson, North Carolina, and Monte and Barbara Sutton of Taylor, Texas; great grandparents, Frances Laverne Leshikar Ashmore of Llano, Texas; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Danny Meegan officiating.
Thomas Everett Allen
Thomas E. Allen (known to most as Tommy) had careers encompassing law enforcement, military and ranching. He made a lifetime practice of being unorthodox and stubborn. When doctors gave Tommy less than two years to live in 2002, he opted not to listen. He loved giving people a hard time and felt he needed at least 15 more years to complete his mission. By the age of 77, he had sufficiently aggravated everyone to his satisfaction and decided it was time to take a permanent break.
Tommy was born in Temple, Texas on February 16, 1940 to Iva Everett and Thomas Morton Allen. He was an only child and was raised in Llano County where he developed his passion for the outdoors. At ten, he moved from Bluffton to the family ranch north of Llano and attended school in a “one-room” building in Lone Grove. He helped his father and neighboring ranchers work cattle on horseback, joking that fighting screwworms ruined his childhood, and would spend his free time fishing and hunting with the “old timers.”
After graduating from Llano High School, he attended Allen Military Academy (no relation) and Texas A&M University. He became a police officer in Bryan, TX and later a private investigator. He would often go to a local watering hole after work where he struck up a relationship with an Army officer who recommended he enlist to fly helicopters after learning that Tommy knew how to fly fixed-wing aircraft. Since the Army paid more than the police force, Tommy decided it was worth a shot. He enlisted in December 1964. After completing flight school at Fort Rucker, Alabama, he spent time as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam lighting up the night skies for ground forces and conducting rescue missions. Due to the frequency of his helicopter getting shot, he would place a stack of metal cafeteria trays under his seat for added protection. On one occasion, his hydraulics were shot out and he had to shut-off the engine mid-flight to conserve fluid and make an emergency landing in enemy territory. Concerned for the group’s safety, he decided they could not wait for help and with the help of the group, manually powered the aircraft two hours back to base. A friend once remarked, “No one wanted to go to Vietnam, but out of those that went, Tommy would volunteer for flight assignments that no one wanted.” After the war, he served as a flight instructor at Fort Wolters in Mineral Wells before joining the Reserves and later the National Guard where he would retire as Chief Warrant Officer and a Master Army Aviator.
After his father’s death in 1971, Tommy moved back to Llano to manage the family ranch, which has been in the family since 1884. Though some of his methods were unconventional, he was extremely knowledgeable about agriculture and was often recognized as a Top Producer at area auctions. He also received multiple Wildlife Conservationist awards from the Llano County Soil and Water Conservation District.
As he grew older, he enjoyed spending time in his garden, coaching and umpiring baseball, and watching his two sons participate in athletics. He was considered around town as a “professional” fish fryer, offering his services to any event that promised free Natural Light.
Tommy was a gifted story teller (You could be sure at least 50% of the story was true!) and he always made sure to stop by the coffee shop for B.S. time with the “brain trust.” Friends from the Military and long-time Llano residents can tell countless stories of their own about him: flying aircraft to his ranch for an afternoon of BBQ and beer, late night dances at the Rose, and after-hours poker games in the back of the Vet clinic.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Llano, served as Commander of the American Legion, President of the Evening Lions Club and was a member of the local theater group for many years.
Tommy is survived by his wife, Nancy Allen of Llano; sons, Travis Allen and his wife Dawna, and Troy Allen; and granddaughter Claire Allen. When he married Nancy in 2008, he gained Bob and Tania Quigley, Luke and Tara Etheredge and their children, Wyatt Quigley and Luke and Grace Etheredge as additional family members.
The family wishes to thank the staff of VA Medical Center in Kerrville, Jerri Tumblinson, Mollee Pate, Nancy Tribble and all those whose care and support helped so much during his illness.
Visitation will be on Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the Waldrope Hatfield & Hawthorne Funeral Home. Services will be held Friday, May 26, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at Llano Baptist Church with burial immediately following at Board Branch Cemetery in Lone Grove. Memorial donations may be made to Llano FFA and the Llano American Legion.
Jim Dear passed away Friday, May 19, 2017 at the age of 73 in Llano, Texas. No services are planned at this time.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to charity of choice.
Jerry Douglas Tennison
Jerry Douglas Tennison (PeeWee) born January 31, 1945 went to his heavenly home Monday May 15, 2017 in Llano Texas. He was born in Dickens, TX to Curtis Tennison and Monnie Ann Pool.
Jerry grew up in Dickens TX and went to school in Dickens and Patton Springs schools. Jerry retired from the United States Army and served in Vietnam and numerous military bases in the US and Germany. After the Vietnam War he went back to Dickens for a short time and then he moved to Oklahoma City where he met the love of his life Doris Elaine Cruze. They married in July of 1979 and lived in Oklahoma City until July 2016 when they moved to Marble Falls TX to be closer to their grandsons. Jerry was one that never met a stranger anywhere he went and he loved to make people laugh.
Jerry is preceded in death by his father Curtis Tennison, his mother Monnie Ann Jackson, step father Amos Leon Jackson, his son Weldon Leon Tennison, brothers, Bobby, Wayne, Billy and Delbert Tennison, step brothers, Leon and Don Jackson and sister, Beverly Kay Jackson. Jerry is survived by his wife Doris Tennison, his son Jerry Tennison of Llano and his wife Sharon and their two sons Bryan and Weldon. His brothers Danny Jackson and his wife Eva of San Diego and RD Jackson and his wife Mary Jackson of Levelland TX.
Memorial Service will be held at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano TX on Wednesday May 24, 2017 at 10 am. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Veterans of Foreign Wars VFW Foundation 406 West 34th Street, Ste. 920 Kansas City, MO 64111 Or National Parkinson Foundation 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800 Miami, FL 33131.
Brian D. Painter
Brian David Painter passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2017 in Llano, Texas at the age of 57. He was born May 15, 1960 in Oceanside, California to Kenneth R. Painter and Josie Marie McBee. Brian was a resident of Llano for most of his life and was of the Baptist faith. He married his wife, Kaye Hague February 7, 2011 in Corpus Christi. Brian was the drummer for Cadillac Gypsies for the last 6 years. He loved music, work, and his family.
He is survived by his parents, Kenneth R. Painter of Llano, Texas and Josie Marie White of Elmendorf, Texas; wife, Kaye Hague of Llano, Texas; sons, Jason Lloyd Painter of Marble Falls, Texas, Jeffrey Ryann Painter and wife, Amanda of Round Rock, Texas, and Joshua Lee Painter and wife, Tina of Selma, Texas; brothers, Timothy Painter of San Antonio, Texas, Kenneth C. Painter of San Antonio, Texas; sister, Pamela Garcia of San Antonio, Texas; and his 3 grandchildren, Nathan, Brianna, and Ryan.
Visitation will be held Friday, May 19, 2017 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. A Graveside service will be held Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Llano City Cemetery at 10:00 A.M. with Reverend Craig Barrack officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to any charity of choice.
Charles W. (Pee Wee) Smathers
Charles Winfred (PeeWee) Smathers passed away May 6, 2017 at the age of 83. PeeWee lived most of his life in the small town of Valley Spring, TX.
PeeWee was born January 23, 1934 in Brownsville, TX to Forrest and Ella Mae (Heyen) Smathers. He was one of 7 children – James, Frances, Marion (Bud), Lester (Sleepy), Harriet, and Marilyn.
Pee Wee attended college in Uvalde, TX. He was drafted into the United States Army in January of 1957 and went through basic training at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. He was then transferred to Fort Chafee, Arkansas for mechanic schooling. After his schooling he was sent to Fort Jackson, South Carolina where he served as Private, Motor Pool Mechanic. Pee Wee received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Army in January of 1959. After his discharge he returned to Llano County and to his job at the Texas Highway Department in Llano where he worked as the “Sign Man” from 1955 before entering the Army until 1992 when he retired. He is honored on the World War II Veterans
Monument on the Llano County Courthouse Square.
On June 24, 1960, he married Mary Lou Ricketson at the First Baptist Church in Llano, TX. He loved to talk about their two children, Renee’ Smathers of Stephenville, TX and Rick Smathers of Valley Spring, TX. However, PeeWee’s main interests in life were his grandchildren – Jacey Leigh Smathers and Slade Kelby Smathers.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Lou Ricketson Smathers; daughter, Renee’ Smathers; son and daughter in law, Rick and Jodye Smathers, and grandson, Slade Smathers. Other surviving relatives include: brother & sister in law, James and Patricia Smathers; sister in law, Carolyn Smathers; sister in law, Mayme McEachran; brother in law, Pug Lange; brother in law and sister, Jimmy and Marilyn Smathers Reid; numerous beloved nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great, great nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by: parents, Forrest & Ella Mae (Heyen) Smathers; brother, Lester (Sleepy) Smathers; brother, Marion (Bud) Smathers; brother in law and sister, Clayton and Frances Barrick; sister, Harriet Smathers Lange; and his precious granddaughter, Jacey Leigh Smathers.
Visitation for PeeWee will be held at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano on Monday, May 8, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Llano on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. He will be laid to rest at the Valley Spring Cemetery following the service.
Pall bearers are Chip Slade (nephew), Glen Reid (nephew), Leon Tucker, Horace Oestreich, Pug Lange (brother in law) and Jimmy Reid (brother in law). Honorary Pall bearers are Russell Ricketson (brother in law) and James Smathers (brother).
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Jacey Smathers Memorial Scholarship Fund – Tarleton State University, Box T-260, Stephenville, TX 76402.
Reuben Vane Schneider Jr.
Reuben Schneider passed away Monday, May 1, 2017 in Llano, Texas at the age of 69.
No services are being held at this time.
Robert Lee Schmidt
One more World War II veteran has been lost to the ages. Robert Lee Schmidt, age 92, was born on November 11, 1924, and died on April 24, 2017. He was born in Doss, Texas, to Oscar E. Schmidt and Clara Neffendorf Schmidt, the eldest of five siblings. His family moved to Llano where he was raised and attended school.
By the time he was in high school, World War II was underway. Immediately after graduation from Llano High School he entered the Army where he served on the Pacific Theater in the Phillipines. Robert’s name is inscribed on the World War II Veteran’s Memorial on the Llano County Courthouse square. His service was honored with the presentation of a Quilt of Valor on October 2, 2016.
After his Army discharge, he married Lillie Roberts on April 13, 1947. He moved his family to Austin where he lived until retirement. He was employed by Southland Corporation, working for 7-Eleven as a store manager and later as an auditor for the central Texas region.
When he retired from Southland, he and Lillie moved back to Llano County where he ranched. Raising cattle and for a while goats, and working on their Honey Creek ranch gave him great joy. He and Lillie bought a home in the city of Llano after living on the ranch for about ten years, but he continued his ranching interests. He was a quiet man who gradually and subtly instilled in his children and grandchildren a love for the land and the knowledge of how to care for cattle. As his health declined toward the end of life, he resided at Windchime Assisted Living Center in Kingsland.
Robert was a lifelong Lutheran and was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Llano. He served as President, Vice President and Treasurer of the congregation for a number of years. He was strong in his faith and we take comfort knowing he has been welcomed by his heavenly Father.
Robert is preceded in death by his wife, Lillie, and his young brother Nolan. He is survived by three sisters and one brother-in-law, Doris Tate, Gladys Talley (and husband Teddy Joe), and Vondean Schmidt. His children are Sandra Wilson, Carol Jones, and Leon Schmidt (and wife Roxanne). He has 6 grandchildren, Julie Crowell, Rebecca Peterson (and husband Roland Peterson), Craig Jones (and wife Michelle Butler), Aaron Jones, Katie Schmidt and Toni Schmidt, and 7 great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank the staff and residents of Windchime Assisted Living Center whose care and concern helped so much during his last months. They also thank the staff and physicians of Baylor Scott & White Regional Medical Center at Marble Falls and the visiting caregivers from Encompass Home Health and Altus Hospice.
Service was held at St. James Lutheran Church in Llano on Saturday, April 29. He was buried in the Llano City Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. James Lutheran Church, 1401 Ford St., Llano, TX 78643.
Nicholas Allen Rose Middleton
Nicholas Allen Rose Middleton age 24, of Llano, TX, died April 23, 2017 in Llano TX. He was born on January 8, 1993 in Austin, TX. He graduated from Ingleside High School in Ingleside, TX in 2011 having participated in tennis, track and swimming. He previously attended school in Dripping Springs, TX. He attended college and worked around the Austin area. He had a passion for living life, and was always there to lift someone up and help them if they were down. He would do anything for anyone and left a wake of happiness wherever he went. Nick was a shining light in our lives that was diminished too soon.
Nick was an EDM DJ with multiple Macro Records releases. He has music on Sound Cloud and iTunes as Digital BPM, Nick Twist and ZTwist. He played several music festivals and opened for countless artists over the years. Nick had a following of music lovers that saw him not just as an entertainer but as a friend, role model and gifted artist in the local Austin music scene. He was gaining recognition as a talented musician in the EDM music world outside of Austin and even had a “world renowned” DJ call him out on Twitter.
Recently he was employed and loved by the staff at Joe’s Bar & Grill in Llano, TX and he loved them. His co-workers and customers quickly became friends and then family. He was looking forward to his next adventure in joining the Navy, this summer.
Nick is survived by his twin brother, Bradley, parents, Tim & Kirsten Middleton; older brother Thomas and younger sister Abigail; Grandparents Bettsye Rose, Jim & Tomi Middleton, Ed & Rita Mabry; Great-Grandmother Lou Crothers; God-Mother Acacia Star Beauchamp; Aunts & Uncles Marnie & Chuck Schoenfeld, John & Iveth Mabry, Bert & Darlene Middleton, Steven & Cyndi Middleton, Melissa & Brent Sutherland; Cousins Steven, Richard, Calvin, Konnie, Kaylin & spouses, Eileen, Hannah, Jacob, Travis, Scott and Blake. And many friends who were like family to him.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, April 29th, 12:00 – 4:00 at Robinson Park Pavilion, 100 Robinson Park Rd., Llano, TX 78643. Food and Drinks are being supplied.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Austin Pets Alive in Nick’s memory. Austin Pets Alive, 1156 W. Cesar Chavez St, Austin TX 78703
Billy Don Greenwood
Billy Don Greenwood went to his heavenly home on April 17, 2017 at the age of 63. He was born November 1, 1953 in Burnet, Texas to Homer Greenwood and Cleva (Halliburton) Greenwood. He lived all his life in Llano except for a few years working in the oil fields in west Texas. The last 13 years of his life he was a resident at Care Inn of Llano.
Billy Don loved to spend time fishing and camping. Most of all he cherished his grandchildren. His nieces and nephews lovingly called him “Uncle Wild Bill.” His passing has left a void in our lives and life will not be the same without him. His family rejoices in knowing he accepted Christ as his Savior and is living a pain free life in a new body in Heaven surrounding by loved ones who have gone before him.
Billy Don was preceded in death by his father, mother, brother Printess, and half-sister Shirley.
Survivors include sons Billy Greenwood of Llano, Bobby Greenwood and wife Crystal of Llano, daughter Shelly Lively and husband Brandon of Mason. Twelve grandchildren Dustin, Sabrina, Katy, Gage, Ashten, Travis, Mason, Brent, Khyler, Sasha, Trenton, and Trey. Seven great- grandchildren Luna, Chase, Travis, Jules, Emma, Jax, and Alena. He is also survived by brothers Robert and Frankie Greenwood of Llano and sisters Lajuana Wimberley of Llano, Donna Bistle of Biloxi, Mississippi, and Kathy Vaughn of Burnet. He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial will be held at a later date.
Becky Louise Bell
God was shining down on the lives of many on January 17th, 1966 when He blessed us with Becky Louise Blackwood-Bell. She was born in Lampasas, Texas, the first daughter and third born of the 6 B's, all of whom are devastated by the loss of their beloved sister. She went to be with Our Lord on April 19, 2017. Becky (Llano, Texas) was a Nurse before she transferred into the role of Business Office Manager at Llano Nursing and Rehab.
She is preceded in death by: her father Joe Burt Blackwood, mother Bettie Jo Blackwood, ex-husband George Layton, and son Georgie Layton.
She is survived by: Siblings, Burt Blackwood (Llano, Texas), Ben and Debby Blackwood (Houston, Texas), Bryan Blackwood (Llano, Texas), Barbara and Lance Ahrlett (Llano, Texas), and Billie Blackwood (Llano, Texas). Children: James Robert Blackwood (Llano, Texas), Shawn Patrick & Stevi Layton (Stephenville, Texas), Bryan Joseph Layton (Llano, Texas), Rhonda Layton (Elmore City, Oklahoma) and Melvin Layton (Maysville, Oklahoma).Grandchildren: Ma'Tayah Blackwood, George Ryder Layton, Raechal Christian , Severin Layton, Emma Powell, Justin Creswell and Braidon Layton. She also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews: JC, Bettie, Joshua, Roxann, Amanda, Hilary, Jeramy, Jamie, Ashlynn, Bryanna and Raine, as well as several great nieces and nephews.
How do you even begin to describe someone like Becky? We could tell you that she was more than the moon and the stars. A beacon of light. A breath of fresh air. She was home. She was safe. She was more than squiggly wiggly, which was her definition of infinite love. Please join us in celebrating the life of a wonderful, irreplaceable woman on Saturday, April 29th at 10am at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas.
Rosie Bell West
Rosie Bell West passed away Sunday, April 16, 2017 in Llano, Texas at the age of 88. She was born June 23, 1928 in Cottonwood, Texas to Marion Buchanan and Mary (Green). Rosie lived most of her life in Llano and was of the Baptist faith.
Rosie is preceded in death by her parents, Marion Buchanan and Mary Buchanan; and husband, Garland West.
She is survived by her son, Johnny West of Springtown, Texas; daughters, Linda Spencer of Comanche, Texas, Liz Mills of Kingsland, Texas, and Sheila Donald and husband Danny of Springtown, Texas; sisters, Vada Locke of Weatherford, Texas, Louise Pace of Fort Worth, Texas, Thelma Terry of Fort Worth, Texas and Johnnie (Dean) Mills of Fort Worth, Texas; 7 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 1 great great granddaughter, and numerous nieces, and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas, Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. with Johnny Sawyer officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cross and Spurs Cowboy Church, 100 W. Lillian Dean, Buchanan Dam, TX 78609.
Emma Katherine Gray
Emma Gray passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the age of 87 in Llano, Texas.
Services are pending at this time.
Nitajean (Nita) Cunningham
Nitajean (Nita) Cunningham, age 77 of Kingsland, Texas joined her Lord and Savior on Sunday, April 9th, 2017 surrounded by family, holding her husband’s hand of 58 years. She was born June 9th, 1939 in Atlanta, Texas to Charles Lonzo Ashby and Juanita O’Rear Ashby and was the oldest of five children.
Nita is survived by her loving husband, Rudy Cunningham, son, Ron Cunningham, daughter in law, Carol Cunningham, granddaughter Kathryn Cunningham, sisters Maxine Holdridge and Diane Ashby, brother, Charles Ashby and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Carolyn Ann Cunningham, her parents, and twin sister, Jackie Sterling.
At the age of 19, Nita met and married Rudolph (Rudy) Joe Cunningham in Odessa, Texas. In 1973, the family moved to Kingsland and joined the Kingsland Community Church. Nita retired from HEB with over 30 years of service.
Nita was very supportive of her family and friends, although not a fireman, she has driven firetrucks to fires; although not a paramedic, she has driven ambulances to calls; although not a nurse, she has provided round the clock care to patients; and could drive boats and tractors with ease.
She was an active member in the Women’s Christian Ministries 3rd Circle which supports the church and community on a daily basis. Nita enjoyed sewing, quilting prayer quilts for her church, cooking deserts, raising her chickens and spending time outdoors. She was blessed to be able to spend Friday nights for the last 40 years with “The Gang” and playing bridge on Wednesdays with her most cherished friends. Nita was a loving, caring and giving Christian woman, wife, doting mother and grandmother, aunt and friend.
Visitation will be held Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Kingsland from 4:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. A memorial service will be held at the Kingsland Community Church, Friday, April 14, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Dick West officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kingsland Community Church-Women’s Christian Ministry 3rd Circle.
Christopher Eugene Warren
Chris was born July 17, 1955 to Harley Eugene “Bud” and Jean Warren and passed away at his home in Kingsland, Texas on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.
He is preceded in death by his father, Bud Warren and his mother Jean Warren King. He is survived by a brother Rick Warren of Louisiana, and Rick’s two sons, Adam Warren and Brandon Warren and great niece Abigail Warren; all of Brusly, Louisiana. He is survived by another brother, Scotty Warren and his two children, Dustin and Fallon of Texas. Chris had many aunts and uncles and cousins.
Many people in the community will remember Chris as a friendly greeter for Walmart in Marble Falls. He worked there for seventeen years, having retired from there in 2016.
We will all miss his kind, gentlemanly ways.
A memorial service will be Friday, April 7th at 10:00 A.M. at Buchanan West Baptist Church at 850 Lillian Dean, Buchanan Dam, Texas; phone 512-793-2190.
Marjorie Marie Landers
Mrs. Gordon Landers, nee Marjorie Marie Moss Landers of Llano, Texas passed away on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 in Austin, Texas at the age of 87. She was born May 18, 1929 in Llano, Texas the daughter of Stephen Boyce Moss, Jr. and Alberta Bird Moss. She married Gordon Melvin Landers June 18, 1949 in Lampasas, Texas. She was a full-time rancher and homemaker, member of First Baptist Church of Llano, and member of Daughters of the American Republic.
Preceded in death by her husband Gordon Melvin Landers and parents, S.B. and Alberta Moss.
Mrs. Landers is survived by the following, daughter, Sharon Landers Clawson and spouse Johnny Clawson of San Angelo, Texas, son, Stephen Richard Landers and spouse Judy Parks Landers of Llano, Texas, daughter, Karen Landers Pollei and spouse Gary Pollei of Buda, Texas. Grandchildren Aron Clawson Horton and spouse Todd Horton of San Angelo, Texas, Jody Stephen Landers of Llano, Texas, Walter Casey Landers and spouse Crystal Buchanan Landers of Llano, Texas, Jaydon Boyce Pollei and spouse Cara Linker Pollei of Kyle, Texas, Justin Wade Pollei and spouse Kristen Kirk Pollei of Wimberley, Texas. Great Grandchildren Mitchell John Horton, Reece Ryan Horton, Lyndi Jean Landers, Cole Casey Landers, Hudson Boyce Pollei, and Samuel Wade Pollei.
A visitation will be held Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Funeral Services will be held on Friday April 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Waldrope-Hatﬁeld-Hawthorne Funeral Home of Llano, Texas with Jerald Moore ofﬁciating. Graveside Services and interment will be held following the services at Six Mile Cemetery in Llano County, Texas.
Memorial Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association.
Anita Bess Caraway
Anita Bess (Jackson) Caraway passed away peacefully in her sleep on April 1, at Gateway Assisted Living in Marble Falls, TX. She had been a resident of Llano for 33 years after moving from Brownfield, Texas. Anita is survived by her daughter, Darla James and Husband Gary James; her granddaughter, Michele Goodner and her husband Shad Goodner; three great granddaughters- Olivia, Jaden and Lila Goodner; and her always adored big brother Robert (Bob) Jackson, and his children - Jeanette Davidson, Paulette Heimer, Robert Jackson JR. and Craig Jackson.
She was born on April 16, 1928 in Breckenridge, Texas to Robert and Bess (Owens) Jackson. Sadly, she was only six when her father died; she adored him and remembers him calling her “Scooter”. Her mother later married B. Frank Craig who was a loving step-father to Anita and her older brother Bob. They moved to a farm in Weatherford, Texas where she recalled a childhood of country fun and nourished what became a lifelong devotion to animals of all kinds, with both beloved personal pets and regular contributions to various organizations.
After graduating from Weatherford H.S. In 1945, she met W.O. (Bill) Caraway while attending Texas Wesleyan College. The couple married October 11, 1946, and welcomed their only child, Darla Catherine the following year. Anita’s devotion to being the best possible mother and wife she could be can be measured a success based on the incredible love and adoration her husband and daughter felt for her. She would also be a loving grandmother to Michele, who spent time in the summers and traveling with her….the two held a very special bond.
The young family first lived in Fort Worth but would move several times with Bill’s career in education. First to Lake Arthur, NM, then back to Texas- Joshua, Elysian Fields, Longview, Hereford, Houston and then Brownfield. While in Houston, Anita attended the University of Houston and graduated cum laude. She later received her Master’s in Library Science at East Texas State University and became the librarian at Brownfield Middle School and Bill the Superintendent for Brownfield ISD.
After Bill retired in 1980, the couple moved to the Hill Country with plans to build their retirement home in the area. They had a fixer-upper on Lake LBJ (Sunrise Beach) that would be their home until then. Anita had accepted a position with Llano ISD as the elementary librarian when tragically, Bill passed away in July 1982. Anita continued with her plans to start her new job the next month and began the task of establishing a library in the historic O’Henry building. Widowed at only 54, Anita welcomed the consuming endeavor to help as a distraction while mourning the loss of her beloved Bill.
Anita also moved forward by designing and building their dream home in 1984. She had designed the couple’s homes, so she sub-contracted the construction and did much of the finish work herself. It seemed to her family that Anita could do anything she set her mind to. She created create recipes, designed and sewed clothes for the family and home with professional skill, painted in watercolor and oil, sculpted, did all forms of handwork - and even learned to hang drywall and lay tile!
Anita was very active at Highland Lakes United Methodist Church, using her drafting knowledge when serving on the committee that planned and constructed the church’s building. She still loved teaching and gave classes in stained glass to interested church members; she also organized and led several group trips to Branson, MO.
Both Anita and her brother Bob, were endowed with a love of knowledge as well as an indomitable spirit of independence. Whether it was traveling through Alaska in her first RV with her granddaughter, cat, dog and a shotgun; or many summers of living in an RV in the cool mountains of Cloudcroft, NM. She was known and admired for her passion to live a full life.
As a proud member of the “Greatest Generation”, she was a woman who always stood by her principles and worked hard at life and fun. She was an incredibly generous, caring and a loving woman to all her family and friends. She will long be both mourned and celebrated by those whose lives she helped guide…and will live on in their hearts.
Anita desired to be cremated; there will be a memorial gathering at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel on Friday, April 7, at 1pm to celebrate her life and share memories and strength with family and friends. Anita would have appreciated donations to local pet shelters or to the American Heart Association in lieu of flowers.
Ned Bower Little
Ned Bower Little, 75, of Cherokee, Texas was born on May 25, 1941. He passed away in an automobile accident on March 28, 2017 near Fredericksburg, Texas.
He was born and raised in Jefferson, North Carolina, the son of Mont and Ruby Little. He was a resident of Texas for 41 years.
Ned was an entrepreneurial by heart and owned and operated Texas Spa Covers Inc. in Burnet, Texas where spa covers for all types of hot tubs were manufactured and shipped all over the world. Ned sold the business in 2012 and he and his wife, Ann, retired in 2014. They built a second home in Placitas, New Mexico on the wild horse mesa and enjoyed traveling, church and family.
Ned also enjoyed woodworking and was skilled at making dining tables and furniture with inlaid turquoise, coral and copper. He loved to watch football, basketball, and golf, especially if his beloved Wolfpack were playing. He graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Industrial engineering and was efficient and effective in all his endeavors.
Ned was a beloved husband of 33 years to his wife, Ann and loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and dog, Reckon. He was a member of the Mountainside Church of Christ in Albuquerque, New Mexico and had a multitude of friends in Texas and New Mexico.
Ned was survived by his wife, Ann Little; his daughter Nerissa Papajohn; his two sons Nyle Little and Curtis Little; four grandchildren, Ashlynn Papajohn, Canyon Papajohn, Kirsta Little, and Barret Little; Siblings, Monte Ann DeBoard, Linda McQueen, Steve Little and his wife Diane Little.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cherokee Church of Christ with Brother Doug Suggs officiating. Interment to follow at Gray Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Cherokee Home for Children.
Ardis Virginia Patterson passed away March 21, 2017 in Llano, Texas at the age of 83.
She was born on April 28, 1933 in Cannon Falls, Minnesota to Carl Sorensen and Ruby (Banks). Ardis was a resident of Llano for more than 40 years since coming from Burnet, and was the previous owner of the Gingerbread House.
Ardis is preceeded in death by her parents, Carl Sorenson and Ruby Sorenson; and brother, Connie Sorenson.
She is survived by her lifelong partner, Fred Shaffer; sons, John D. Patterson and wife Maria, and Steven C. Patterson and wife Cathy; daughter, Beth A. Cox; brother, Sterling Sorenson and wife Sharron; grandchildren, Danielle Badridze (Cox) and husband Nodari Badridze, Ruby Patterson, Tori Patterson, Daniel Browning, Mason Patterson, Carson Patterson, and Olivia Patterson; Nancy Patterson, mother of Ruby and Tori; extended family, Ken and Kathy Shaffer, Keith and Gina Shaffer, along with all of their children, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ardis was a loving companion, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend. She was devoted to the love of her life, Fred, for over 35 years. She cherished the time she spent with her children and grandchildren, and was an active participant in all of their lives. She loved cooking, sharing recipes, reading, and attending her beloved church, First Presbyterian of Llano.
Ardis was a strong woman with an incredible sense of humor. Her infectious laugh filled every room she was in. She was deeply loved and will be dearly missed by all of those close to her heart.
Memorial Service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Llano, P.O. Box 385, Llano, TX 78643.
Lanette (Pete) passed away Friday March 17, 2017 in Llano, TX at 57 years old. Lanette was born April 13, 1959 in Austin, TX to William Ray Seward and Clemmie Fay (Cantwell) Seward. Lanette married her husband David Ray Rumfield on April 29, 1976 in Austin, TX.
Lanette is preceded in death by her parents, William “Ray” & Clemmie “Fay” Seward, her brother Jack and sister Joyce.
She is survived by her husband David Rumfield of Llano, her son Kevin Ray Rumfield of Llano, brother Donney Ray (Bud) Seward of Austin, sister Linda Seward Schumann (Salsey) of Manor, TX, sister Wanda Armstrong of Burnet, two Grandchildren – William Wayne Rumfield, and Erriel Langley, numerous nieces & nephews, extended family & many friends.
Lanette lived in Austin most of her life, where she worked as a Veterinary Technician for 20 years. Her love for animals was a part of her beauty.
Lanette was a very spirited person, not afraid to tell you what she though, never holding back anything, but also always stood by her family defending them to the bitter end.
Lanette moved to the Texas Hill Country about several years ago, returning to Austin for a short while 5 years ago to care for her Daddy until his death December 25, 2011.
Lanette had a contagious laugh and would do anything for anyone. If you were her friend you were her family, she will be missed by everyone.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano, TX.
Graveside services will be held at Liberty Hill Cemetery Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Pallbearers include: Kevin Ray Rumfield (son), Guy Richard Schumann, Gregory Schumann, Donney Seward, Sammy Rumfield, and Jesse Rumfield.
Officiating Graveside Services is Pastor Matthew Albrecht.
Norman Harry Grenwelge passed away Monday, March 13, 2017 in Fredericksburg, Texas at the age of 95.
Norman was born on October 8, 1921 at the family homestead to Rudolph Grenwelge and Augusta Bessie May (Bauer).
Norman attended school in Castell, Texas and graduated in 1939 from Llano High School. During WW II he served in the Army for a year.
He was a rancher all of his life raising Duroc hogs and later polled Hereford cattle.
Norman worked as a cowboy for many ranchers, cattle auction sales, and other jobs besides doing his own ranch work. He was an outstanding 4H and FFA leader. Norman received the FFA Honorary State and Chapter Farmer award; the 81st Annual Llano Chamber of Commerce award; was named 2001Cowboy of the Year and was inducted into the 2004 Hall of Fame.
Norman was a lifetime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Castell where he served on the church council for many years.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Rudolph and Bessie (Bauer) Grenwelge; sisters, Margaret Kent and husband Luke, Josephine and brother-in-law AV Jordan.
Norman is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Grenwelge; brother, Roy and wife Sue; Roxe Ann Jordan and Jonie and husband Ron Gearhart (whom he and his mother raised after the death of their parents); nieces and nephews, step children, and many other family and friends.
Visitation will be held at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel with Pastor Elliott Pancoast officiating. Interment to follow at Llano City Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers will be Willie Smith, Richard Castro, Claud Rister, Lendon Bauer, Gary Howell, and Stanley Kent. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Oakes, Jim Elmore, and Gary Parr.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, PO Box 104, Castell, Texas 76831, Hill Country Livestock Association, or any charity of choice.
Carolyn Joyce Meyers
Carolyn Joyce Meyers passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017 in Austin, Texas at the age of 79. She was born November 27, 1937 in Medina, Texas to Clarence Wallace Turner and Edna Eleanora (Sprott). Carolyn was a resident of Llano for 46 years, after moving from Seminole, Texas. She was a LVN with Llano Memorial Hospital, from which she retired.
Carolyn is preceded in death by her parents, Clarence Wallace Turner and Edna Turner; her sister, Lucille Garrett; and husband, James A. Meyers.
She is survived by her sons, Douglas Meyers and wife Gay, Mark Meyers and wife Donna, and Chris Meyers and wife Yvette; grandchildren, Matthew, Joe, Joey, Brandon, Bryan, Brett, Justin, and Clayton; great grandchildren, Caitlyn, Erik, Grayson, Caleb, Savannah, Brave, Legend, Jason and Brady; and numerous nieces and nephews from California.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel at 10:00 AM with Richard Vandaventer officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.
Joan Latrell Oestreich
Joan Latrell Oestreich passed away Sunday, March 5, 2017 in Round Rock, Texas at the age of 81. She was born June 6, 1935 in San Saba, Texas to James Hilton Key and Josie (Allen). Joan was a lifetime resident of Llano, Texas, and attended the First Baptist Church of Llano.
Joan is preceded in death by her parents, James Hilton Key and Josie Key; son, Gary Lynn Oestreich; sisters, Imagene Cook, and Ada Ruth Mallett; brother, Thomas Key Franklin; and great grandson, John Xavier Myers.
She is survived by her son, Tommy Oestreich of Llano, Texas; daughters, Naomi Adams of Llano, Texas and Wanda James and husband Donald of Llano, Texas; sister, Joyce Staats of Llano, Texas; 6 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. A funeral service will be held Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas at 9:00 AM with Reverend Rick Cundieff officiating. Interment to follow at Tow cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Scott Lukens, John Paul Meyers, Christopher James Adams, Cory Ray Adams, Paul Weller, and Justin James. Honorary pallbearers will be Edwin Staats, Patrick Bennett, and Sean Bennett. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Llano Food Pantry.
Roxie Carey Walker
Roxie C. Walker beloved Mother, wife and friend went to her blessed reward on March 3rd at 7 pm in her own home. Roxie was born to Grover C. Carey and Bertha Curry Carey on February 9th, 1920. One of 12 blessings born into this family. She married Robert L. Taylor in April of 1939. She was a devoted wife who worked by her husband’s side and shared each and every burden and joy until Robert passed from this earth in 1981. They had one son Cary R Taylor. Roxie later married Eugene A. Walker of Cherokee, Texas a long term friend. The couple had many years of happiness and travel until Eugene’s death. Roxie was a home maker and a beloved mother and friend to many people.
She touched the lives of so many that they are too numerous to count. She was a blessing to us all. She shall be sorely missed by those of us who remain behind. At her request she will be cremated and a Memorial Service will be conducted at the Valley Springs Primitive Baptist Church in Valley Spring Texas. Her life to be celebrated by brethren and dear friends.
Service will begin at 2 pm on Sunday the 26th of March. All who wish to celebrate the life of this special person are welcome for fellowship. Donations to the Valley Springs Primitive Baptist Church have been requested in lieu of flowers or a donation to the library of your choice. Her ashes will be transported to Delbarton West Virginia for final rest. Rest with her Father Mother Sisters and brothers. Her son Cary will remain in the Family Home in Buchanan Dam, Texas and all who loved her are always welcome.
Willard L. Hatfield passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2017 in Llano, Texas at the age of 79. He was born February 23, 1938 in Norman, Oklahoma to Earnest Edward Hatfield and Nila (Ortilla). Willard was a resident of Llano for over 20 years. He served in the Army, obtained a degree from The University of Oklahoma, and was the previous owner and operator of Hatfield Disposal.
Willard is preceded in death by his parents, Earnest Edward Hatfield and Nila Hatfield; and wife, Shirley Hatfield.
He is survived by his daughter, Shannon Mistr; Brother, J.E. Hatfield; Sister, Glenda Hatfield; and two grandchildren, Brady Mistr and Audrey Mistr.
No services are planned at this time.
Carl W. Paslay
Carl W. Paslay passed away Sunday, February 19, 2017 in Kingsland, Texas at the age of 93. He was born July 22, 1923 in Barnsdall, Oklahoma to Carl Winston Paslay and Beulah Lee (Darnell). Carl was a resident of Tow, Texas since 1978, coming from Andrews, Texas.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Tow, a member of the Evening Lions Club in Andrews, Texas and also a past member of the Volunteer Fire Department in Tow, Texas. Carl served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946 and went on to work in the Oil Industry. He married Dorothy (Minter) Paslay on March 13, 1948 in Oil Center, New Mexico.
Carl is preceded in death by his parents Carl Winston Paslay and Beulah Lee Paslay.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Paslay; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A funeral service will be held at Tow First Baptist Church, Friday, February 24, 2017 at 2:00 PM with Reverend Jerald Moore, and Pastor Dan Teed officiating. Interment to follow at Bluffton Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Dale Simons, Randy Morgan, Nathan Garrett, James Brandt, Lonnie Craven, and Eddie Johnson.
In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made Shriner’s Children’s Hospital 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 or St. Jude’s Children Hospital 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105
Jerry Simpson Graves
Jerry Simpson Graves passed away on “Valentine’s Day”, February 14, 2017 in Blanco, Texas at the age of 84. She was born April 25, 1932 in Brady, Texas to Sam Houston Simpson of Field Creek, Texas and Carrie Vonn (Bozarth) of Llano, Texas. Jerry was a resident of Blanco, Texas for 2 years and was a former resident of Llano, Pyote, and San Saba, Texas. She worked as a homemaker, and a food broker for Sysco Food Distribution.
She was a proud member of the “Lousy Leven” club in Llano, Texas along with Cherry Grant, Twinkle Payton, Martha Phillips, Carole Schroth, Montie Simpson, Patsy Stewart, Marilyn Talley, Annette Userry, Sis Virdell, and Jane Yates.
Jerry is preceded in death by her parents, Sam Houston Simpson and Carrie Vonn Simpson; son, Jack M. Graves JR., grandson, Matthew Graves, daughter-in-law, Debbie Graves, mother of Matthew Graves, nieces, Sherry Vonn Smith, Betty John Knous, and Tommy Jean Childress.
She is survived by her twin sister, Cherry Grant, four sons, David Graves and wife Lyndi, Tommy Graves and wife Ginger, Robert Graves and wife Yolanda, Joe Graves and wife Yolanda and Linda Graves widow of eldest son, Jack M. Graves JR., nieces, Cathy McDowell, Ann Gilbert, nephew, Sam Miller, 17 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas at 3:00 pm with Tommy Graves officiating. Interment to follow at Llano City Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers will be Josh Roper, Will Partin, Jeff Partin, Cole McDowell, Zol Owens, and Sam Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be Ellis Miller, Austin Crow, and David Strunk.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hill Country Memorial Hospital Hospice, 1020 S State Hwy 16, Fredericksburg, TX 78624.
Marshall Wilson passed away Tuesday, February 7, 2017 in Fredericksburg, Texas at the age of 78. He was born April 27, 1938 in Austin, Texas to Monroe Wilson and Amelia (Delz). Marshall was a resident of Fredericksburg for 20 years since coming from Llano, Texas.
Marshall is preceded in death by his parents, Monroe and Amelia Wilson; brother, Raymond Wilson; sisters, Lola Ashby, Ardell Lackey, Ona Marie Gellermann, Vera Kneese, and Nina Belle Johnson.
He is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A Graveside service will be held Friday, February 10, 2017 at Llano City Cemetery at 10:00 AM with Reverend Rick Cundieff officiating.
Gary Wayne Nicholas
Gary Wayne Nicholas went by many names, Husband, Dad, Father, Bear, Pawpaw, Papa Gary, Pops, Friend, Amigo, and Compadre. He was an incredible man who touched so many lives. He was a man’s man who raised a horde of children and grandchildren with unconditional love. Gary liked to take part in community and to help others. He never met a stranger. He was a man of honor.
In Llano, Gary loved to take part in the Acts Retreats, helping out at Thrift Town, visiting with everyone while working the beer tent at the Crawfish Festival, and annual church chicken dinners. Gary’s other hobbies included ice cream, cars, hunting, camping, woodworking, puzzles, cooking and he really loved negotiating a deal. We should definitely toss in his love of a good story and humor too.
He will be missed by everyone who knew him and even more by those that knew him well.
Gary Nicholas was born and raised in McPherson, Kansas and later moved to Texas in 1970 where he spent most of his time in Beaumont, Port Arthur, and landed in Llano. In addition to his many friends, and lives he has touched, Gary is survived by his loving wife of 40 years Prue (Vivian) Nicholas, his five children and ten grandchildren. Michelle Nicholas Trevino and husband Tony of Port Arthur, Texas and their two children Madison and Trevor. Mike Nicholas and wife Karen of Austin, Texas and their three children Amanda, Grace, and Cara. Kevin Judice of Half Moon Bay, California and his two children Ben and Theo. Michelle Witcher and her husband Will Clarke of Dallas, Texas and their two children Andrew and Jack Henry. Nicole Campbell and her husband Scot of Norman, Oklahoma and their daughter Abigail.
He is preceded in death by his parents Carl and Madge Nicholas.
Visitation will be held on Monday, February 6, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Tx.
Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM in the Llano City Cemetery with George Lillard officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like to suggest donating to national parks foundation or helping sponsor an individual to attend an Acts Retreat.
Jacey Leigh Smathers was born in Austin, Texas on January 12, 1995 and passed away on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at the age of 22. She lived in Stephenville, TX while attending Tarleton State University pursuing a degree in nursing.
While attending Tarleton State University, she always found time to ride her horses, do a little barrel racing, rope calves and of course hang with the love of her life, Cody. She recently picked up a love of team roping that she and Cody enjoyed together.
No matter how busy she was, she didn’t neglect her family and friends. Jacey touched so many lives and anyone that met her fell in love with her. The friends she made from preschool to college all remain close today. Jacey always had a smile and usually a laugh to follow.
Jacey grew up very active in 4-H and participating in livestock shows. She was so excited about nursing school and her clinicals. Jacey was also a very talented writer and loved getting hand written letters. She loved her animals. Oh how she loved them…. horses, calves, pigs, deer, dogs, and cats especially Riggin, Cinch and Dixie. She loved to sing, jewelry (especially turquois), shopping, riding horses, and finding bargain clothes at the thrift store.
She is preceded in death by her Grandfather, Clinton Frasier and Uncle, Glenn Savage.
Jacey is survived by her parents, Rick and Jodye Smathers, Cheryl and Lucian Baca; brothers, Slade Smathers and Bryce Baca; the love of her life, Cody Atherton; grandparents, PeeWee and Mary Lou Smathers; Patsy Frasier, Joe and Debra Brown, Paul and Linda Baca; Aunt Renee Smathers, Uncle Lance and Melinda Frasier Gray (Aunt Lindy), Uncle Paul Baca, Jr., and Uncle Lawrence and Rebecca Baca; cousins, Kyle Savage and wife Kayla, Keli Savage, Amanda Gray, Chase and Katie Gray and her animals, Cinch, Riggin and Dixie.
A visitation will be held Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, TX from 4:00PM to 6:00PM.
Funeral Services will be held Sunday, February 5, 2017 at the Llano High School Auditorium at 2:00PM with Bro. Werth Mayes officiating. Interment to follow at Valley Spring Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers will be Lance Gray, Kyle Savage, Lawrence Baca, Ken Bray, Hank York, and Cole Barber. Honorary pallbearers will include Paul Baca, Jr., Joe Behrens and Chase Gray.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Jacey Smathers Memorial Scholarship Fund – Tarleton State University, Box T – 0260 Stephenville, TX. 76402.
Joe Allen Shearer
Joe Allen Shearer was born Sunday, June 11, 1944 at American Fort, Utah passed away Tuesday morning January 31, 2017 at his daughter’s home in Louisville, KY.
Joe is preceded in death by his wife of 48 yrs. Bernice Rhea Bryant Shearer of Kingsland who passed away August 31, 2016; his brother Monte Alfred Shearer of Houston, TX .; mother, Virginia Jane Shearer of Sunray, TX; father, Arthur Lee Shearer of NM.
He is survived by 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren; Caressia Anette Shearer Blair, her husband Gene and three grandson’s Zachary, Jacob and Benjamin Nysten of Louisville. Daughter, Micheale Dawn Shearer Cartwright and husband Brad Cartwright, son, Brandon and daughter Emily of Rockdale, TX. Brother, Donnie L Shearer & wife Gale of White House, TN. Sister, Carolyn Sue Shearer Eifert of Albuquerque, NM and many family member’s, nieces and nephews.
Joe enlisted into the U.S. Army after being drafted in 1964. He served his military duties at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. and in Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1967.
Joe and Rhea were married on August 1, 1968 in Grover, TX. Later moved to Dumas, TX where Joe worked at Midwest Implement for many years. They moved to Kingsland, TX in 1988 where Joe accepted a position of master mechanic for The Llano I.S.D. Transportation until he retired in 2006.
Memorial Services are being held Saturday morning at 11:00 AM, February 11, 2017 at the Waldrope -Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel at 900 Industrial Blvd. in Kingsland TX.
Nola Lorena Brown
Nola Lorena Brown went to see Jesus on Jan. 28, 2017 at the age of 98 years. She was born on April 26, 1918 in Carrizo Springs, Texas to Walter Gray White and Nola Lorena (Owen) White. She Married Paul Curtis Brown who preceded her in death on Mar. 31, 1984. They raised their four children in Del Rio Texas before they moved to Fort Stockton, Texas. After retirement they moved to Llano, Texas. When Paul passed, Nola moved to San Angelo, Texas. In 2009 she went to live with her daughter Peggy D. Glass and husband in Florida where she was residing when she passed away. She was a Life Member of the Llano County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She was a member of the Fort Concho Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. She led a full life with family and friends.
She is survived by her four children, Peggy Dale and husband Edward Glass of Dunnellon, FL, Charlie Gray Brown and his wife E.J. of Navarre, Ohio, Daughter Gerry Lea James of Mertzon, Texas and daughter Lorena and her husband Vernon Tye of Bandera, Texas. She had nine grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 1:00 PM Saturday February 4, 2017 at the First Baptist Church of Llano, Texas with Reverend Rick Cundieff officiating. Interment to follow at Llano City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of your choice.
Merlin Davis passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2017 in Llano, Texas at the age of 78. He was born March 25, 1938 in Llano, Texas to John Oliver Davis and Grace (Moore). Merlin was a lifetime resident of Llano, TX. He and his wife Bernadette Moseley were married October 8, 1973 in Llano. He was self-employed as a rancher and was of the Baptist faith.
Merlin is preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister and his 3 brothers.
He is survived by his wife, Bernadette Davis of Llano; sons, Bo Davis of Llano, Kirby Davis of Fredericksburg, Glenn Davis of Fredericksburg, and Gordon Davis of Fredericksburg; daughter, Barbara Mize of Kerrville; brother, Bobby Davis of Mason; sister, Louise Bush of Houston; and 5 grandchildren.
A memorial service for Merlin will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society PO Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123, or the American Heart Association 10900-B Stonelake Blvd., Suite 320 Austin, TX 78759.
Judith Elnora Holland
Judith Elnora (Judie) Holland passed away Monday, January 23, 2017 in Llano, Texas at the age of 72. She was born September 1, 1944 in Sherman, Texas to Horace R. Woodall and Edith E. (Dietz) Woodall. Judie was a resident of Llano since 2006, coming from Galveston, Texas. She worked as a spokesperson for the City of Galveston Mayor’s office.
Judie is preceded in death by her parents, Horace R. Woodall and Edith E. Woodall; and brother, Bob Dietz Woodall.
She is survived by her brother, J. Ned Woodall of Llano, Texas.
No services are planned at this time.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Llano Meals on Wheels.
Roy Janane Nobles
Roy Janane Nobles passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2017 in Llano, Texas at the age of 51. He was born March 6, 1965 in Llano, Texas to Roy Lee Nobles and Elrita (Tribble). Janane was a resident of Llano since 1965. He was a member of the Pittsburg Avenue Church and attended First Baptist Church of Llano as well. Janane loved to work on cars, help young people, and really loved Christian music. He worked very hard as a car salesman and repair man at the Hill Country Auto Shop.
Janane is preceded in death by his brothers, Troy Nobles and Weylon Nobles; and nephew, Jarod Myers.
He is survived by his parents, Roy Lee Nobles and Elrita Nobles; sister, Lisa Elliott and husband Tom of Llano, Texas; The love of his life Tiffany Brundage; niece, Natalie Nobles and her son Elijah Manley.
Visitation will be Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas from 5:00PM to 7:00 PM.
Funeral services will be held Monday, January 30, 2017 at the First Baptist Church of Llano at 2:00 PM with Reverend Danny Meegan and Reverend Rick Cundieff officiating. Interment will follow at Llano City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Pittsburg Avenue Church, First Baptist Church of Llano, or any charity of choice.
June Carol Marschall
June Carol Kuebel Marschall, 85 of Llano, Texas, passed away peacefully January 20, 2017 at Granite Mesa in Marble Falls, Texas.
June was born in Fredericksburg, Texas on August 2, 1931 to Douglas and Jerusha Frances Kuebel.
She grew up in Fredericksburg and graduated from Fredericksburg High School in 1949 and was always very proud to be a Battlin Billy.
She married James William Otto Marschall in Fredericksburg on June 5, 1949. They moved to Llano, Texas where they set up their home and raised their four children.
June was preceeded in death by her husband James of 42 years, her son James Dudley Marschall and her parents.
June is survived by 3 daughters Debbie Ratliff and husband Glenn of Llano, Denice Marschall of Austin, Dixie Duncan and husband Joel of Marble Falls and a Daughter-in-law Sue Marschall of Premont.
Also survived by her brother Bradley Kuebel and Sister Linda Lindner. June took pride in her 8 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
She was an excellent florist and greatly enjoyed putting together beautiful arrangements. June loved to travel and was always up for an adventure.
The family will receive friends on Saturday from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel, 307 East Sandstone in Llano, (325-247-4300).
Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 3:00 PM at the funeral home chapel with Rev. Rick Cundieff officiating.
Graveside services will follow at the Llano City Cemetery in Llano.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the charity of your choice.
Thelma (better known as “Perky” to many, and “Mimi”) peacefully moved to her forever home on the morning of January 5, 2017 at her home in Kingsland.
She was born to Alice Lavon McKill (d. 1963) and William Alonzo Hunt (d.1961) in Minot, North Dakota on May 25, 1922. Thelma was the youngest of her siblings, Mary Eunice (1917-1951) and William “Billy” Linn (1918-1997). Thelma grew up on a farm, eager to help her dad and enjoyed wearing coveralls and making ice cream from frozen well water! As her childhood family faced challenges of the Great Depression, what they lacked in possessions was made up for in love and kindness. Thelma met Vernon at church when she was 18. They started dating and were married on December 31, 1940. They had three children, Vernon Martin “V.M.”, Lynn, and Gayle, all of whom survive her.
Thelma was an avid game-player throughout her lifetime. Some of her favorites were Yahtzee, dominoes, and canasta. She even enjoyed playing words-with-friends on her iPad! Thelma was gifted with an ability to sew, crochet, and smock, among other artistic skills. The gifts she made and shared continue to be a blessing to those who received them. Thelma loved her family fiercely and took great pride in serving others. She was more humble than she knew, smarter than she thought, and more beautiful than she imagined. Though her family was a close second, Thelma’s most prized possession was her faith. She loved the Lord deeply, and unofficially preached to whomever would listen.
In addition to many friends and church family, Thelma is survived by her three children, V.M. and wife Beverly of San Antonio, Ronald “Lynn” Suggs and wife Linda of Garden Ridge, and Alice “Gayle” Conger and husband Leo of Temple; Grandchildren Jessica Suggs, Jenevieve Zoch and husband Frank, all of San Antonio, Jason Suggs of Lompoc, California, Natalie Barrett and husband Joseph of Italy, TX, and Zac Conger and wife Lisa, also of San Antonio; Great-grandchildren Michael Suggs, Peter, Sidney, and Jewel Zoch, and Levi Aaron Conger, all of San Antonio, Tessa Quinn Barrett of Italy, TX; step-great-grandchildren Jasmine, Roxanne and Taylor Ng, all of San Antonio. Indeed a legacy that will keep her memory alive for generations to come.
The family would like to thank her church family, many friends, and neighbors who have loved her well throughout her years.
The funeral service was held on January 7 at Kingsland First Baptist church with the Reverends Bubba Stahl and Dwight Reagan officiating. A graveside service followed at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park in Burnet.
Pallbearers included: Vernon Suggs, Jr., Lynn Suggs, Russell Suggs, Dr. Leo Conger, Zac Conger, and Rev. Joseph Barrett.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of choice.
Lee Gilbert Waller
Lee Gilbert Waller passed away peacefully at home in Horseshoe Bay, TX surrounded by his loving family on December 30th. He was 89 years old.
He was born in Draw, TX on July, 11, 1927 to Ola Gladys Frances and Christopher Columbus Waller, the fourth of eight children. He was a fourth generation Texan and his family was among the earliest settlers of Lynn County, and helped organize the first schools, banks and churches in Draw and Tahoka.
Lee served in the Army at the end of World War II, spending several years in camps in North Carolina, Texas, and Alabama. He married Rebecca Edith Meneley on August 20, 1949. Lee studied at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi and completed his degree in education from Texas State University in 1977. He taught at Austin Community College from 1972 until his retirement in 1989. He had many interests. He loved to build and repair things, everything from fixing clocks to building entire additions to houses, crafting furniture, gazebos, and handcrafts such as stained glass. He was a master welder. He was a classic farm boy who grew up in cotton country, and learned how to do everything. He was more than a handyman, he was a master of many skills which he shared with family and friends, helping all who asked. Recently, Lee visited the old family homestead, a cotton farm several miles from Tahoka, close to the tiny community of Draw. Many of the early ancestors of the Waller family are buried in the Methodist church cemetery in Draw, and Lee’s name is there on the military memorial stone. In the city of Tahoka, his grandfather’s name, William Alexander Waller, is carved on the cornerstone of the Lynn County Courthouse as one of the first county commissioners. Even into his later years, Lee remained lean and strong, just as he was when he was a youth on the farm. The love of his life, Rebecca Meneley, was also a farm girl, but grew up in the more verdant south Texas town of Gonzalez, compared to the Panhandle Plains landscape of Lee’s upbringing. Although never actually farmers, Lee and Rebecca maintained their passion for growing things, nurturing animals, and created a loving family life. Their children maintain fond memories of such things as their donkeys, Jenny and Dulce, and summers spent waterskiing on Lake LBJ with Lee at the Helm of the ski boat. They were devoted to their grandchildren and great grandchildren, and developed and nurtured lifelong relationships with each one. Both Lee and Rebecca embraced their children’s spouses and families and created an environment of a close and extended family.
He is preceded in death by his spouse of 65 years, Rebecca, and by his granddaughter, Virginia Norris.
He is survived by his 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; 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at 1 pm on Wednesday January 4th, and services will be held immediately after at 2 pm at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home located at 900 Industrial Blvd. Kingsland, TX. Further information is available at email@example.com.
The family wishes to especially thank Scott & White Hospice for their exceptional care and support of Lee and the family. Memorials may be sent to the charity of your choice.
Paula Earlene Rodriguez
Paula Earlene Rodriguez passed away Saturday, December 31, 2016 in Granite Shoals, Texas at the age of 64. She was born on August 21, 1952 to Richard Earl Hamilton and Dorothy Lorene Henry-Hamilton in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Throughout her younger life she lived in multiple locations. She always dreamed of moving to Texas and finding a cowboy. She made it to Texas and found a good Christian man instead. They married in 1991. Between the two of them they had five children. Paula loved working with our special friends within the community. She was on the board for Oak Haven Ministries and regularly participated in their round up for Jesus held once a month in Kingsland. She also loved to sing to the Lord. She sang at her home, church, Cross and Spurs Cowboy Church, and at the country chapel in Tow and Burnet Co. Cowboy Church in Bertram. She loved the Lord and her family.
Paula was preceded in death by her grandmother, Anna Hamilton, her father, Richard Hamilton, her sister, Charlotte Hamilton, niece, Teresa Hamilton, brother, William Hamilton, and daughter, Heather Rodriguez.
Paula is survived by mother, Dorothy Hamilton, husband, Ness Rodriguez, daughters, Jennifer Baggett and husband Larry, Wendi Rodriguez, Nikki Wilde and husband Mike, son Jody Rodriguez, 11 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, numerous brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, close family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Oak Haven Ministries 1218 Cr. 132 B Kingsland, Texas 78639.
Visitation will be held Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Kingsland from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Funeral service will be held Friday, January 6, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Cross and Spurs Cowboy Church, 100 Lillian Dean Dr. Buchanan Dam with interment to follow at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park in Burnet Co. Officiating the service will be Pastor Ken Barington, Pastor Johnny Sawyer, Pastor Glen Hickman, and Reverend Joannie Jackson.
Serving as pallbearers will be Larry Baggett, Jody Rodriguez, Gregg North, Francis Carrier, Benny Gibbs, and Albert Ford. Honorary pallbearers will be Donald McCon, Charles Wells, Richard Henry and Richard Hamilton.
Troy Milton Copeland
Troy Milton Copeland was born on February 13, 1969 in Georgetown, Texas. He departed this life on December 29, 2016 at his home in Burnet, Texas at the age of 47.
Troy leaves behind his family and a host of friends to cherish his memory. His precious sons, Dobbin Antonio and Jacob Jose; his parents, mother Darlene and LeeRoy Champlin; father, Bill and Roxanne Copeland; his brother, David Copeland and partner Rick Thorman; step-brother, Chris Griffin; nephew, Creighton Copeland; nieces, Evie and Gwyneth Thorman, grandmother Anna Lou Holder; grandfather, “Papa Dodson,” numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Troy also leaves behind his trio of basset hounds: Buddy, Fanny and Flappy, and many other pets.
He is preceded in death by grandparents Bud and Ella Copeland and Pryor Holder; Two aunts, Shirley Batler and Darnell Martin.
Those who knew Troy know he lived his life with passion. Successful in his many business adventures: real estate, antiques, and floral shop.
Troy never met a stranger who did not become a friend. He loved spending time with family and friends and loved to entertain, opening his house to many. He was a friendly, familiar face to the community of Kingsland.
Troy will be missed, but never forgotten. He left an imprint on the hearts and in the lives of those who knew and loved him.
A celebration of life will be held Monday, January 2, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Kingsland with Sandy Everett officiating.
For Troy’s love and passion of flowers and plants, arrangements can be sent to Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel for his celebration of life.
Margie Dawn Phillips passed away Saturday, December 24, 2016 in Boerne, Texas at the age of 84. She was born January 4, 1932 in Pontotac, Texas to Felix Robert Bode and Altha (Jackson). Margie was a resident of Boerne since 2010 coming from Valley Springs, Texas. She was an active member of the Valley Spring United Methodist Church.
Margie is preceded in death by her parents, Felix Robert Bode and Altha Bode; husband, Charles Emmett Phillips; and her brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her sons, Emmett Phillips and wife Linda of Boerne, Texas and Gordon Phillips of Boerne, Texas; grandchildren, Lezley Webb and husband Chris; great grandchildren, Elise, Kimber, Elijah, Kinsley; step grandchildren, Michelle Wolfee, Michael Fontenot;step great grandchildren, Stephanie, LaNell, and Joseph.
A funeral service will be held at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel, Friday, December 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm with interment to follow at the Valley Springs Cemetery.
In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl. New York, NY 10001, Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517, or any charity of choice.
Mary Genevieve Bruton
Mary Genevieve Bruton passed away Monday, December 19, 2016 in Kyle, Texas at the age of 94. She was born January 4, 1922 in Elk River, Minnesota to Charles Moore and Winnifred (McBride). Mary was a resident of Kyle, Texas since 2012 coming from Burnet, Texas. She was an active member in the Kingsland Community Church.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; Charles and Winnifred Moore, and husband; L.B. Bruton.
She is survived by her daughter Cynthia Cole of Kyle, Texas; sons, Brad Bruton of Phelan, California and Bryan Bruton of Burnet, Texas; 7 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park, Friday, December 23, 2016 at 3:00.
Barbara E. Binion passed away Saturday, December 17, 2016 in Llano, Texas at the age of 81. She was born September 5, 1935 in Polk County, Arkansas to M.E. Ellison and Loda Jane (Davis). Barbara was a resident of Llano since 1996, coming from Harker Heights, Texas. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Llano and sang in the church Choir.
She was preceded by her parents, Mack and Loda Ellison; husband, Ben Binion; daughter, Rhonda Sue Terry, brother, Wayne Ellison, and sister, Maxine Gibson.
Barbara is survived by her daughters, Deborah Peck and husband Kenny of Llano, Texas, Cathy Terry Painter of Surfside, Texas; Sister, Bettye Burns of Friendswood, Texas; Grandchildren, Holli Turner, Kraig Werchan, Austin Clark Painter, Justin Armijo, Lynsey Armijo, Tina Ripley and Lenny Peck, nine great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.
A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Llano on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 11:00 with Reverend Rick Cundieff.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hill Country Memorial Hospice, 808 Reuben St. Fredericksburg, TX 78624 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.
James (Jim) Walter Meyer of Llano, Texas passed away Friday, December 9, 2016, at the age of 94. He was born September 18, 1922, to Julia (Trotier) and Walter Meyer in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.
He married Charlene Emma DeCanter, also from Rhinelander, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on April 26, 1952. They enjoyed a loving and devoted marriage for 64 years.
Jim served in the United States Air Force, where he attained the rank of First Lieutenant as a bombardier pilot during World War II for state-side training.
After his discharge, he obtained a bachelor of science in engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Jim worked as a cost engineer and project manager for multiple companies on many significant construction projects,
which led him to move with his family to places nationally and internationally, including the Netherlands, France, and Taiwan.
Jim was a member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, Lincoln Continental Owners Club,
and a founding member of the American Association of Cost Engineers.
Jim is survived by his wife Charlene; daughters: Barbara Craun (Steve) of Hayden, Idaho, and Carol Warkoczewski (Tom) of San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren: Rebecca Weeks (Dave) of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho,
Stephen Craun of Hayden, Idaho, Carla Bingaman (Scott) of Seguin, Texas, and Christen Warkoczewski of San Antonio, Texas; great grandchildren: Nathan and Tristan Weeks and Emma Bingaman,
and sister Shirley Lindwall and her late husband Carl of Elkhorn, Wisconsin.
Jim was preceded in death by son Gregory and infant daughters Rose and Michelle Meyer, and his parents Julia and Walter Meyer.
A rosary and visitation will be held 7:15 P.M. on Friday, 12-16-16 at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano.
Funeral Mass will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, 12-17-16 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Llano, Texas with Father Melvin Dornak officiating.
Internment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Rhinelander. A separate celebration service will be at the grave site in summer of 2017.
Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Llano, Texas.
Eron Lavonia Moore
Eron Lavonia Moore, 93, of Buchanan Dam died peacefully on December 7, 2016.
She was born on June 22, 1923 in Minor Hill, TN. Eron married Gene Moore on May 7, 1950 and they had 4 children: Jim Moore, Bob Moore, Liz Moore LaFont of Volente, Texas, and Susie Moore Jacques of Buchanan Dam, Texas.
Eron and Gene opened their first restaurant in Oak Hill, Texas, moving to the Hill Country in 1968 and opened the Anchor Restaurant in Kingsland and later opened the Fleets Inn Oyster Bar in
Eron is survived by 2 daughters, 9 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, and 1 brother J.C.Cates of Columbus, Mississippi. She is preceded in death by her husband Gene and 2 sons Jim and Bob.
Her Memorial Service will be held at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park on Park Road 4 on Friday, December 16, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. with Johnny Sawyer officiating.
Everyone knew her as Sheri, but she was born Sharon Lynn Lehman on June 1, 1947 in Houston, Texas. Sheri passed away peacefully on December 3, 2016, from complications of long term Parkinson's Disease.
Sheri graduated from York High School in Elmhurst, Illinois in 1965 and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education from Northern Illinois University in 1969. Fleeing the cold winters of Illinois, Sheri taught elementary school Physical Education in West Palm Beach, Florida before returning to Texas to be closer to family. While living in Austin, Sheri taught at Lake Travis Elementary and was honored as the Austin Humane Educator of the Year in 1987 for producing “Pennies for the Pound” gymnastic shows showcasing her students. Sheri asked audience members to donate their loose change if they enjoyed the performances, and raised enough pennies over the years to build additional kennel space at the Austin Humane Society adoption facility.
As the Parkinson's Disease advanced, Sheri retired from teaching and in 1995 moved to Llano, Texas where she owned and operated Town Square Emporium. Sheri would decorate the store's windows facing the town's historic courthouse during the wee hours of the morning, so people didn't see her shaking hands and stumbling feet. The town and the tourists got to know and respect Sheri as she tended store, supported community celebrations, and touched others with simple acts of kindness. At the store's closing party in March 2002, Sheri said the Emporium was for her “a place to work with my sister, to meet terrific people, to walk on old hard wood floors from the past, to meet the town's people, a fun place to be....”
Until her last years, Sheri walked the banks of her beloved Llano River to pick up trash in the pre-dawn light, and fished from its shores before the town awakened – but she was always a catch and release girl. Her love and devotion to animals blossomed into the establishment of the Llano Dog Park with the help of individual volunteers, the Buttery Company and the City of Llano. On Sundays, Sheri delighted in joining the “back row Baptists” at the First Baptist Church to raise her soft voice in praise and worship as Brother Rick wove a country tale into a Biblical message.
Sheri chose to leave big city life, hoping that living with Parkinson's would be easier in a small town. Llano rewarded Sheri's choice with loyal friends, respect that saw past physical frailty, and a whole community of support.
Sheri was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Buena Lehman, and her long time friend and caregiver, Nell Ross.
Sheri is survived by her sister and brother in law Jodi and Jim Babcock of Horseshoe Bay, Texas.
A funeral service celebrating Sheri's amazing life will be held December 8 at 11 a.m. at the Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral home in Llano. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Sheri's honor to the Llano Public Library, 102 W. Haynie or Llano Meals on Wheels, 1110 Berry Street, both in Llano, Texas 78643.
Geraldine Wessels Lang, age 83, went to be with her Lord Wednesday, November 30, 2016. She was born in Winters, Texas, on October 20, 1932, to Alfred and Emma Schroeder Wessels.
Geraldine married Henry Lang at the age of 17 on June 3, 1951. She lived her entire married life on their ranch near Castell, Texas. In addition to raising their four children, Geraldine worked as an LVN for over 30 years and was active in the St. John Lutheran Women’s organization.
Geraldine was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Harvey Wessels, and her sister Pat Wessels Dearing. She is survived by her husband of 65 years Henry C. Lang; three sons, Clinton Lang and wife Cynthia, David Lang and wife Gail, Victor Lang; and one daughter, Jan Lang Grey and husband Hal. Geraldine is also survived by eight grandchildren: Casey Lang Mayo and husband James, Michael Lang and wife Linda, Mike Wennes, John Wennes, Phillip Lang and wife Sarah, Emily Lang, and Stefanie, Reba and Joshua Paul; eight great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; brother, A.C. Wessels and wife Carolyn; and numerous nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind many friends to cherish her memory.
Visitation will be held at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Saturday, December 3, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The funeral and burial will be at 3:00 pm on Sunday, December 4, at St. John Lutheran Church in Castell, Texas.
Pallbearers will be Michael Lang, Phillip Lang, Joshua Paul, James Mayo, Mike Wennes, Perry Strackbein, and Jim Banner. Honorary pallbearers will be John Wennes, Casey Mayo, Emily Lang, Stefanie Paul, Reba Paul, and the ladies of the St. John Lutheran Women’s organization.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. John Lutheran Church or a charity of your choosing.
Dalmon Ray Simpson
Dalmon Ray (Dink) Simpson went to be with the Lord on December 1, 2016. He was born September 20, 1937 in the Esbon Community in Llano County.
He is preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Davie Simpson as well as his first love and the mother of his children Sharan Emily Simpson, 6 brothers, Verlon, Cecil, Othello, Boots, Arthur Lee, C.L., 2 sisters Alma Lou Lewis, Laverne Lockhart, and 1 great grandson Jaedon Inge.
Survivors include 3 Sons, Damaron Simpson of Llano, Lawton and Lisa Simpson of Llano, and Devin and Vanessa Simpson of Llano, 2 Daughters Sherry and Don Simpson and Trecy Johnson of Llano, and long time companion Geneva Cox, 11 Grandchildren Levi, Travis, Seth Simpson, John and Samuel Whitaker, Danny and Matt Inge, Jada, Jenny, Justin Simpson, and Cory Johnson. Also by 12 great grandchildren Oktober, Leif, Feya and Whitlee Simpson, Miles, Peyton, Brandy, Wiley Whitaker, Tristan and Jaxon Inge, Laura Mayville, and Kyle Rudkin. He is also survived by a large family of cousins, nieces and nephews.
Dalmon had very many passions. His family was the world to him. He loved with his whole heart. Dalmon had a talent of being a master carpenter that most men can only dream of. He loved to build everything from homes in his younger years to bird houses, wind chimes and anything that could be carved in later years. He played the guitar and loved animals. Dalmon was known for his cats, dogs, chicken and goat as his personal pets. He loved raising cattle, hunting and fishing. His latest passion was photography. Dalmon loved taking pictures of everything from flowers, animals and just images of the majestic world that the Lord created for us to enjoy. He loved the Dallas Cowboys win or lose. Dalmon will leave an emptiness in his family’s hearts that will never be filled.
Visitation will be held on Friday, December 2, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 10:00 AM at the Huffman Cemetery with his grandsons serving as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Christ Yoder Animal Shelter in Buchanan Dam.
Donald Foy Scott (Coach)
Donald Foy Scott (Coach), 81, of Llano, Texas, passed away on November 29, 2016.
The memorial service will be held Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 1PM at Rabb Ranch, 5315 Hwy 71 West, Llano, Texas.
Don was born in Shawnee, OK, on May 19, 1935. He graduated from Wewoka High School and continued on to receive a BS degree from Abilene Christian College. Later, he received his MA degree from University of Texas San Antonio.
Don was married to Carline Rabb on August 2, 1957; they were married 59 years.
Don started his career as a teacher/coach in Beeville, TX, for 9 years. He then was a teacher/coach at Churchill High School in San Antonio, TX, for 1 year. From there, he was a teacher/coach at Randolph High School, where he retired after 23 years. During his teaching career, he also volunteered as an EMT/paramedic with SAFES in Schertz, TX, for 10 years.
Don had many hobbies: gardening, hunting, fishing, RVing, beach combing, arrowhead hunting, writing, and reading, to name a few.
Don is survived by his wife Carline; brother Richard Clay Scott Sr and wife Esther of Dime Box, TX; sister-in-law Ann Matlack of Llano, TX; son Dennis Carl Scott and wife Cyndi of Spring, TX; daughter Camilla Scott and husband John Marr of Llano, TX; granddaughter Lindsey Scott Seymour and husband Adam Seymour of Georgetown, TX; granddaughter Ashley Scott of Spring, TX; and great granddaughters Reagan and Avery Seymour. Don is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and close friends.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to MD Anderson Cancer Center, who can be credited with Don being a cancer survivor for 45 years. Also, donations can be made to Llano County Public Library.
Wesley Alvin "Tuffy" Riggs
Wesley Alvin Riggs “Tuffy” passed away at the age of 82 at his home in Kingsland, TX on November 30, 2016. He was born March 15, 1934 in Austin, TX to Roy and Oma Riggs. Wes was married to Margaret Eloise Riggs “Ellie”.
Wes was a member of the National Guard and the Sheet Metal Local # 67 Union. He also was a truck driver by trade as well as self-employed/owner of Wes Riggs Grass Sales and Wes-Mar Trucking Inc.
Survived by his loving wife Eloise of 43 years; Daughters: Sharon Gattis and husband Donny, Pamela Smith, Denise Garrett and husband Bobby, Kim Duncan and preceded in death by her husband Randy Duncan; Sons: Grady Dean and wife Patti, Gilbert Dean; Daughter Kelly Broschofsky; Son Sims Walker and wife Sunnie; 21 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his sister, Virginia Riggs; son, David Roy Riggs; parents, Roy and Oma Riggs along with aunts, uncles and cousins.
Celebration of Wes Riggs life is to be determined and announced through social media and the funeral homes website http://www.whhfuneralhome.com . In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Lung Association.
Ruby Marie Jones
Ruby Marie Jones passed away Sunday, November 27, 2016 in Llano, Texas at the age of 78. She was born May 18, 1938 in Roswell, New Mexico to Ruby Lee (Bankhead) and William Harvey Smith. Ruby, coming from Roswell, New Mexico, has been a resident of Llano, Texas since 1984 and was Pentecostal Holiness.
She is survived by husband, Emmett Jack Jones of Llano, Texas; son David Hutson and wife Vickie of Battlefield, Missouri; step son Michael Wesley Jones of Cherokee, Texas; step daughter Tanya Crawford of Buchanan, Texas; daughter-in-law Karen Hutson of Llano, Texas; sisters Sharon Cummings of Roswell, New Mexico and Joyce Maples of Roswell, New Mexico; 7 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Ruby is preceded in death by her parents; son Thomas Hutson; brother Harvey Lee Smith and sister Ellen Garcia.
A memorial service is to be set at a later date.
Edward Cleve Flowers
Edward Cleve Flowers of Llano, Texas passed away November 23, 2016. He was born November 7, 1952 in Waco, Texas. He grew up in Garland and lived in the Dallas area for many years before moving to Wilbern’s Glen near Llano.
Ed was a different drummer kind of guy. He loved nature, surrounding himself with plants and animals. He grew, showed and judged orchids as a member of the North Texas Orchid Society. Over the years, he had several birds as beloved pets- from a tiny cockatiel to his large beautiful macaw.
Ed is predeceased by his parents, Kenneth S. Flowers and Billie Jo Flowers and his niece Amy Wilkinson.
Ed is survived by his brother Ken Flowers, sister Angela Harper and brother-in-law DeWayne Harper, several nieces, nephew, grand nieces and grand nephews.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 P.M. Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas.
Carsyn Bennett Oatman
Carsyn Bennett Oatman of Georgetown, born September 1, 2016, passed away Monday, November 21, 2016. In his short, sweet life he brought unending joy to his family and anyone who was around him. His sweet smile brought such light to the world.
He is survived by his parents Theron and Lauren Oatman; siblings Brennen, Peyton and Caisyn, grandparents Sam Oatman, Ed and Debbie Lown, great grandmother Betty Menefee and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his grandmother Diane Oatman.
A service will be held at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel Friday, November 25, 2016 at 1:00 PM. Following with a graveside service at the Llano City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Texas Game Warden Association, 4367 FM 1047, Hamilton, Texas 76531, 1-800-322-8492.
Pallbearers are Buck Burchett, Braxton Harris, Brent Whitus and Chris Wilson.
Victoria Lynn Money
Vicki Lynne Money of Tow Texas went to be with our Lord and Savior on Friday November 18, 2016 at the age of 67. She was surrounded loved ones. Vicki was born in Dallas, Texas on November 13, 1949. At the age of twelve, she moved, with her parents and two sisters, to California. In 2014, Vicki and her husband Jim moved back to Texas to be near their children. They are members of The First Baptist Church in Kingsland. Vicki loved the Lord with all of her heart and served Him all of her life. Vicki was preceded in death by her sister Cathi Crouch and two sons Timothy and Jimmy Money. Vicki is survived by her husband James B. Money of Tow, Texas, parents Ray and Marie McClellan, Sister Debi Teague (Ron) all of Modesto, California, Son Howard Wessling Jr (Missy) of Lampasas, Texas, daughter Marlien Money of Irving, Texas, and several foster children. Vicki also leaves ten grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and aunts and uncles. Vicki will be interned, in a private ceremony, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to The American Diabetes Association
A funeral service will be Monday, November 21, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Kingsland, Texas at 2:00 PM with Bubba Stahl officiating.
Rufus Harvey Ball
Rufus Harvey Ball passed away Thursday November 17, 2016 in Missouri City, Texas at the age of 90. He was born in Rosehill, Virginia to Rufus Harvey Ball Sr. and Dicie Ball. Rufus married Virginia Ellington in 1947 in Toledo, Ohio. He was a resident of Houston, Texas for 30 years and of Tow, Texas for 25 years where he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Tow.
He is survived by his brother Robert Franklin Ball and his sisters Irene Hargraves and Annie Girdner; son Harold Ball and daughter Patricia Luce; grandsons Brian Luce and Trevor Jackson and granddaughters Trier Jackson and Melissa Nash; as well as 9 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Rufus was preceded in death by his parents and wife Virginia.
A graveside service will be held at the Tow Cemetery Saturday November 26, 2016 at 1:00PM with Jerald Moore officiating.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans.
Tilmon Lewis Harlow
Tilmon Lewis Harlow, 94, went to his heavenly home to be with the Lord on November 15, 2016 in Llano, Texas. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his last days and gave him comfort and peace.
Tilmon was born on December 17, 1921 to the late Charles Leonard Harlow and Eva Jane (Wootan) Harlow, in Esbon, TX (Northwest Llano County). He attended school in Esbon and was immersed in the Christian community that would be his lifelong support from an early age. He was very close with all of his siblings including six brothers and three sisters. He is proceeded in death by his brothers; Nolan, Clinton, Edsil, Dale and MC Harlow, and his sisters; Berniece Harlow Kuykendall and twin girls that died during childbirth. He is survived by his brother Carlos and his wife Shirle Harlow, of Colorado Springs, CO.
Tilmon was blessed with a large and loving family. He married his best friend, Sylvia Dawn Clawson, also from Llano County, on May 27, 1942 in Belton, TX, and was a devoted and loving husband for 74 years. Tilmon helped raise his two daughters, LaDawn and Sherry, with patience, discipline and humility. From the very beginning, he dedicated his children to God and encouraged them to explore the beauty of the gospels.
He was a soldier in the US Army for four years and then the US Air Force Reserves for four years. He often recalled fond memories of serving in the military with stories he told his family and friends.
Tilmon spent his life as a proud land owner and cattle rancher. He was well-known for his strong work ethic, honesty and integrity. He and his wife Sylvia partnered with Dr. Hoerster and Dr. Dansby to build and establish the Llano Nursing Home in 1964, now known as Care Inn, and were administrators of it until 1972.
Music was also a big part of Tilmon's life. He began playing the fiddle at a very young age. He saved up money as a child and bought his first fiddle from Sears and Roebuck for $5.00. He and a brother played their fiddles on a Brady radio station and at local events in the community.
He continued his love of music and playing the fiddle throughout his whole life. He enjoyed traveling with his wife Sylvia and other family members to many fiddle contests around the country. He was a very proficient and lovely player. He proudly passed his talent and love of music to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Tilmon was also very active in the Llano community. He was a deacon at First Baptist Church for many years. Tilmon was instrumental in establishing the Highland Lakes Baptist Encampment in Spicewood, Texas. He was also one of the first 12 charter directors of the Llano Farm Bureau, established in 1949.
Tilmon was also an active member of the Llano Masonic Lodge #242 for 64 years. He joined the Blue Lodge in 1952. He was a past Master of the Llano Masonic Lodge and the Blue Lodge in 1966. He served as District Deputy of the Masonic Order. He was also a member of the York Rite and Shriners International. He was a 32 degree York Rite Mason, and was a past leader of all 3 York Rite bodies. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite and Eastern Star.
He was a very loving and compassionate person. Tilmon loved life and spending time with his family and friends even though he went blind in his later years. He was kind and soft-spoken, and always had time to answer a question or solve a problem, no matter how small. He is dearly missed by his loved ones, who celebrate the fact that he is at peace with his creator.
Tilmon is survived by his wife, Sylvia; his daughters LaDawn Baker and husband Barney, Sherry James and husband Jesse; his grandchildren Kevin Baker and wife Tamara, Kim Cozby and husband Greg; Keith James and wife Carolyn, Joey James, and Jason James and wife Tiffani; as well as great grandchildren Morgan Cozby, Jesse Ray James, Ned Carney, Kinsey Cozby, Derek Baker, Jared James, Garrett Carney, Jackson James and Addison James; and one great great grandson, Hudson James, as well as many other family members whom he cherished.
A celebration of Tilmon's life service will be held on Friday, November 18th at 10:00am at Waldrop Hawthorne Chapel, followed by a grave site service at Board Branch Cemetery in Lone Grove.
Pallbearers are Kevin Baker, Keith James, Jason James, Jesse Ray James, Morgan Cozby, Derek Baker, Ned Carney, Greg Cozby and Bill Tuckness.
Honorary Pallbearers are Barney Baker, Jesse James, Darrell Templeton, Lyle Costar, Walter Wallis, Rell Gamblin, Steve Landers, Joe Randerson and Lynn Parker.
Memorial donations in memory of Tilmon may be made to the school scholarship fund at the Llano Masonic Lodge, 830 Ford Street, Llano, TX 78643, or the Board Branch Cemetery in Lone Grove, c/o Eddie Overstreet, 2619 CR 202, Llano, TX 78643.
Judy Kaylene Westbrook
Judy Kaylene Westbrook passed away Sunday, November 13, 2016 in Llano, Texas at the age of 71. She was born September 4, 1945 in Plainview, Texas to Nora and Travis Arney. She married Hardy Westbrook on June 27, 1964 in Plainview, Texas. While residing in Plainview Kay was a church secretary for College Heights Baptist church. She then moved to Fredericksburg, Texas to get closer to her kids and grandkids. There she worked for Walmart Pharmacy. After retirement Kay and Hardy moved to Llano where they have currently resided for the past 9 years.
She is survived by husband Hardy Westbrook; son Jeff Westbrook and wife Tammy of Cypress, Texas; daughter Angie Bauer and husband Zane of Llano, Texas; sister Connie Helzer of Fresno, California and 4 grandchildren, Mackenzie and Travis Westbrook of Cypress and Vance and Logan Bauer of Llano.
Judy is preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Wednesday, November 16, 2016 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.
A funeral service will be at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 2:00 PM with Reverend Rick Cundieff officiating. Graveside to follow at the Llano City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Llano, PO Box 403, Llano, Texas 78643.
Pallbearers are Jeff Westbrook, Zane Bauer, Vance Bauer, Logan Bauer, Rich Terry and Bob Arndt.
Terry Joseph (Joey) Simmons
Terry Joseph (Joey) Simmons passed away Friday, November 4, 2016 in Austin, Texas at the age of 67. He was born April 21, 1949 in Franklin, North Carolina to Margaret (Tyce) and Fred H. Simmons. Joey married Rheta Johnson on April 19, 2014 in Tow, Texas. He was a resident of Tow for 3 years after being a resident in Sanger, Texas for over 30 years, where he was a member of the Landmark Baptist Church. Joey served in the United States Airforce for 8 and a half years.
He is survived by wife Rheta Simmons of Tow, Texas; brothers Tony Simmons and wife Charlene of Wyoming, Ronnie Johnson, Dean Johnson and wife Frieda, and Terry Johnson and wife Peggy; Tyce Simmons and wife Beverly of Runaway Bay; Mitzi-Renee Martin and husband David of Sanger, Texas; nieces and nephews Tessa-Renee Simmons, Machelle Woods and husband Rodger, Ricky Johnson and wife Gynne, Jackie Johnson and wife Whitney and other nieces, great nieces and great nephews.
Joey is preceded in death by his parents, brother James Simmons and sister Deborah Edwards.
A graveside service will be held at the Tow Cemetery Monday, November 7, 2016 at 2:00 PM with Terry Johnson officiating.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to a no kill animal shelter.
Jerrell Wesley Cartwright, 67, a resident of Kingsland, Texas, went home to be with his Lord Jesus Christ on November 1, 2016
Born in Dimmit, Texas, on October 24, 1949, Jerrell attended Aransas Pass High School, where he played lineman for the football team. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War in the U.S. Army, and married his wife, Kay, on September 27, 1974.
Jerrell’s career included working in the security department at ExxonMobil in Houston. After retiring from ExxonMobil, he moved to Lake LBJ in Kingsland. He loved fishing there and anywhere, traveling, especially on cruise line trips, and cooking great BBQ, a skill he honed for many years while serving as a camp cook for trail riders going to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Most of all, he loved the Lord and serving Him. Jerrell lived this by serving his family and others around him, everywhere he went. His faith is reflected in his recent Home Page post: “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh, but in vain.” Psalm 127:1
Jerrell is survived by his wife, Kay, and daughter, Rebecca and husband Nick Dyess, grandchildren Kaylea, Emily, Bradley and Jacob, of Kingsland, and great-granddaughter Karsynn; siblings: Sharron Cole, Jimmy Cartwright, Mattie Belle Moore, and Charlotte Smith-Escovedo; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by parents Jim and Margaret Cartwright and father-in-law Pat Hudson.
Funeral services for Jerrell will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, November 5, at Kingsland Baptist Church, followed by a graveside military service at Lakeland Hills Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Nick Dyess, Guy Cantwell, Kris Tomlin, Kenny Tomlin, Bradley Dyess, Jacob Dyess, Darryl Miller and Shawn Davis.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Mission Fund at the First Baptist Church of Kingsland, PO Box 1137, Kingsland, Texas 78639.
Connie Beth Garrett
Connie Beth Garrett of Tow was called home to heaven on November 1, 2016, at the age of 65, after a long battle with MS. She was born on July 7, 1951 to Errol and Hazel Hodges. She was raised in Llano and graduated from LHS. She went to State in track for the 440 Relay in 1969 and was named Band Sweetheart. She married Nathan Garrett at Pittsburgh Baptist Church on July 11, 1969, only days after turning 18. She became an LVN in 1974 and worked as a nurse for 35 years.
Connie leaves behind her husband of 47 years, Nathan Garrett; children, Oscar & Nalene (Garrett) Benavides, Natasha Garrett & Stuart, Lance & Peggy Garrett; four grandchildren, Benjamin, Abigail, Sydnee, Brailee; brother, Ronnie Hodges; nieces, Tiffany (Hodges) Saylor, Virginia (Hodges) Grell, Susan (Hodges) Gonzales; and nephews, Matt, Russell & Pat. She treasured all of her relatives and loved many others as family. She is also survived by longtime childhood friends, Mary Jane (Renken) Dunnigan and Karen (Walker) Templeton. Connie is preceded in death by her parents, brother Benny Hodges, brother Rusty Hodges, and grandson Logan Roberts.
Connie was actively involved in the Tow First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for ten years. As a young girl, she enjoyed Girl Scouts, and she became a Girl Scout leader as an adult. Her favorite hymn was Victory in Jesus and her favorite Scripture was Psalm 23. She loved shopping for her grandkids, going to garage sales, watching Westerns, and listening to Elvis. One of her favorite things to say was "Bless his heart." She was old-school and always signed her checks "Mrs. Nathan Garrett."
The family wishes to invite friends and family to a Memorial Service at the Tow First Baptist Church on Saturday, November 12, at 11 a.m., Brother Jerald W. Moore officiating. No flowers, please. Memorial contributions may be made to Tow First Baptist Church, 16529 Ranch Road 2241, Tow, Texas 78672.
Gloria Pauline Garrett
Gloria Pauline Garrett, 82, passed away peacefully with family members around her on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 after a battle with dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Gloria was born on September 12, 1934 in Lasara, Texas to Paul Walter Blaskowsky and Melba Irene Caldwell Blaskowsky. On June 27, 1951 she marries Bernard Gerald Garrett in Raymondville, Texas.
This union was blessed with four children. Bernard preceded her in death on June 20, 2014 as well as her brother Billie Dan Blaskowsky, sister Clara Dean Blaskowsky, and son Gary Lee Garrett.
Graveside services will be held at the family cemetery, 5132 CR 405, Castell, Texas on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 2:00 PM. Arrangements are made by Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home.
Her beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her children Vicki Glover, Teri Gary and husband Chris, Lisa Nickle and daughter-in-law Jutta Wuerdemann Garrett; brother Paul Dwight Blaskowsky; 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Gloria enjoyed doing zigsaw puzzles, oil painting, gardening and canning. Her family was the most important thing to her and she enjoyed spending time with them more than anything. She loved playing games at all family get-togethers.
Mexican train was her favorite and she would play as long as anyone would play with her.
Fowler Graham Brown
Fowler Graham Brown, 67, passed away peacefully on October 16, 2016 after a four year battle with cancer. He was born March 9, 1949 to Ann and Lonnie Brown in Norman, Oklahoma. On February 14, 1989 he married Janet Kinkead in Austin, Texas.
Survivors include his wife Janet, his daughter, Veronica Kuykendall and son-in-law Jeff of Llano, Texas; 4 grandchildren Case, Carson, Sydney and Harper of Llano, Texas; brother Wes Brown and wife Emmy of McAlester, Oklahoma; brother Monte Brown and wife Debbie of McAlester, Oklahoma; aunt Mary Graham of McAlester, Oklahoma; sister-in-law Karla Elizarde and husband Ruben of McAlester, Oklahoma as well as many nephews, niece and other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Fowler graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1973 with a degree in Business Administration and was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Fowler began his career in police work at OU as a campus policeman while working his way through college. After graduation, he moved to Durango, Colorado to work at the Durango Police Department. He switched careers for a time as he served as a banker in Muskogee, Oklahoma and then as a loan officer at First National Bank of McAlester, Oklahoma. However, upon marrying his wife Janet in 1989, he returned to his true love of police work as he moved to Austin, Texas and embarked on a 20 year career with the Austin Police Department as a detective where he ultimately retired before building a home and moving to Llano, Texas in 2009. During his time in Llano, Fowler was actively involved as a member of the United Methodist Church where he served in the choir, helped with the Logos children’s program, attended a mission trip in Costa Rica and was actively involved with his men’s Emmaus reunion group. He was an active member of the Llano Lions Club where he enjoyed giving of his time for community service and meeting new people. Fowler loved attending his grand-children’s sporting events, recitals and school activities and he spent most weekends in the fall cheering on his beloved Oklahoma Sooners as he traveled to Norman, Oklahoma to see family and friends. He also had a special place in his heart for the mountains of Colorado as he spent most summers in his travel trailer with Janet at Woodland Park, Colorado where he enjoyed the cool weather, fishing and spending time with friends playing cards and talking politics.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 20th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano, Texas. A memorial service will be held Friday, October 21st at 11:00 a.m. at Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church, 800 Wright Street, Llano, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the operational fund of the above mentioned church or MD Anderson Cancer Center at mdanderson.org
Heather Marie Rodriguez
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Anna Belle Shipp
Anna Belle Wasserman Shipp, passed away peacefully, in Llano, on October 1, 2016. She was 87. She was born at home in Mills County at the family ranch of her parents, Willie and Jessie Wasserman. Her father was the school teacher at Pompey Mountain, and she started school at the age of 5. She was an exceptional student, and graduated Valedictorian at 16. She set off for college, and attended Howard Payne University, and San Marcos University. She graduated with honors and received her Bachelor's of Science at the age of 19.
She was recruited by Llano ISD to teach homemaking and chemistry. She took the job, and began her teaching career in Llano that lasted 52 years.
Anna came to Llano engaged to Bill Shipp, and they married at 20 years of age. Bill joined the Highway Patrol, now known as DPS, and accepted a station in Llano. The couple made Llano their home for 67 years.
Teaching was Ann Shipp's passion. She was known for her patience, dedication, and commitment. She always provided knowledge, and most importantly, a kind and listening ear for each and every student. Her students bonded quickly with their sweet, enthusiastic and energetic home economics teacher. She heard many troubles and worries that students shared with her and provided comfort and support. She taught many generations consumer skills; to cook, sew, and become good parents. She especially loved her egg project. The eggs were babies, and her students were to care for them and report about them as "parents". Her favorite cooking activity was yeast breads- she would come in the night to push down the dough, so it would be ready for the 2nd rising in the morning. She was at school by 6:30 a.m., and did not leave until all work was done.
Ann thoroughly enjoyed helping to host extracurricular activities. The Homemaking and Ag departments worked closely together. The annual FFA- FHA Barbeques were legendary. The FFA provided the meat, and FHA, the rest of the meal. All parents of both organizations were invited. The event was held at what is now Robinson Park.
Ann Shipp expanded the world for her students. She took her students on field trips to the Dallas Fair, The Austin Home Show, and local business to educate and inform. As a result, her students gained valuable memories that have lasted a lifetime for them.
Ann Shipp earned accolades along the way. At the State Homemakers Teachers in Dallas, she was honored for her 52 years of service in her chosen field- a record, that has not been broken. Her principal, Dennis Hill, made the trip to Dallas to support and honor her. After retirement, she received the LHS Humanitarian award, and her personal favorite- The Jacket for Life Award.
Ann retired in 2001 at 72 years old. She was not burned out, just loved her department at the old High School, and knew it was time for a change. Retirement did not slow her down; Ann spent the next 15 years as a rancher at her parents place in Mullin. She enjoyed the outdoors, the animals, and managing the day- to- day operation of the ranch. Until recently, she continued to make several trips a week to the home place to "check on things".
Ann became a grandmother of 2 boys, and although she insisted she was still 29, loved her grandchildren dearly. She attended their school events with pride, and provided much support in all their endeavors as they grew up.
Ann Shipp leaves behind her daughter, Karla Van Item and son-in-law Ken, grandsons Cameron Van Item, Walker Van Item and wife Ali, nieces Brenda Durst and Jean Wallace, and nephews William and John Buttery. She was very close to her nephew's wives as well, Becky and Angela Buttery, who provided friendship, aid, and support.
She is preceded in death by her parents William H. and Jessie Wasserman, her husband William R. Shipp, and her beloved sister, Norma Wasserman Buttery.
Ann Shipp was an icon in the community of Llano. She loved her job, shopping, wearing spike heels, and took great pride in her appearance. It was important to her to set an example for her students. She would want to be remembered for the exceptional educator that she was. Teaching was her 1st and best love, and she touched literally thousands of students in Llano County.
Visitation will be Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel from 3:00 – 4:00 PM with the service at 4:00 PM followed by a graveside at the Llano City Cemetery with Reverend Leslie Tomlinson officiating.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Backpack Buddies, 2509 State HWY 16 South, Llano, Texas 78643.
Pallbearers include John Buttery, William Buttery, Walker Van Item, Cameron Van Item, Dusty Durst and Harold Wallace.
Jimmy Lee "Peanut" Ervin
Jimmy Lee “Peanut” Ervin passed away Monday, September 26, 2016 in Llano, Texas at the age of 49. He was born June 1, 1967 in Fort Worth, Texas to Lula Mae (Clemens) and Jimmy Lee Ward. Peanut was a Methodist and a lifetime resident of Llano, Texas. He loved to fish and just hang out.
He is survived by brothers Earnest “Jabo” Ervin of Llano, Texas, Willie Ray Ervin of Llano, Texas, Wayne Ward of Palestine, Texas and Carlos Ward of Jacksonville, Texas; sisters Lucille Lewis and husband Michael of Waco, Texas, Velma Haynes and husband Terrance of Itasca, Texas and Shadow Lynn Schneider of Aurora, Colorado; numeral nieces, nephews and extended family.
A memorial service will be held Friday, September 30, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas at 2:00 PM with Ernest Stephens officiating.
Honorary pallbearers include his host of many friends and family.
Linda Lou Tomlinson
Linda Lou Tomlinson passed away Monday, September 26, 2016 in Llano, Texas at the age of 71. She was born August 24, 1945 in San Angelo, Texas to Corinne (Fry) and James Robbins. She married George Tomlinson December 22, 1962 in Eden, Texas. Linda moved to Llano from Johnson City, Texas in 2002.
She is survived by husband George Tomlinson of Llano, Texas; son Jim Bob Tomlinson and wife Shay of Burnet, Texas; daughters Tammy Burney and husband John Jr., CSM (Retired) U.S. Army, of Clute, Texas and Tena Woodcock and husband Greg of Charlotte, North Carolina; grandchildren Trey Burney and wife Angela, Bradi Pappas and husband Will, Jordan Benner, Bailie Tomlinson, Breannon Tomlinson, Jaren Woodcock and Lily Woodcock; great grandchildren Colton Pappas, Kipton Pappas and Landon Burney; nieces and nephews Lynette Bushell, Kimberlie Southwell, Cheryl Wood, Van Tomlinson and Steve Tomlinson and cousin Betty Ruth Fowler.
Linda is preceded in death by her parents and sister Doris Jones.
Visitation will be Thursday, September 29, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfeild-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano, Texas from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.
A graveside service will be held Friday, September 30, 2016 at the Cherokee Cemetery at 1:00 PM with Pastor Ernest Topper officiating.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or Texas Kidney Foundation, 45 NE Loop 410, Suite 255, San Antonio, TX 78216.
Marie C. Gregory
Marie C. Gregory passed away Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the age of 91. She was born October 19, 1924 in Norphlet, Arkansas to Josie (Dison) and John Sinclair. Marie was a homemaker and a realtor. She moved to Kingsland, Texas in 1995 from Midland, Texas. She was of the Lutheran faith and was an Eastern Star.
She is survived by son Rick Gregory and husband Drew Gerencer of Kingsland, Texas; daughter Vicki and husband Zachary Cross of Fort Worth, Texas and grandson Joshua Cross.
Marie is preceded in death by her parents, step-father Travis McMillan, sisters Linda Alvey and Wanda Corbin, and grandson Steely De La Pena.
A graveside service will be Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park in Burnet, Texas at 11:00 AM with Reverend Richard Vandventer officiating.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association USA, 222 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1500, Chicago, Illinois 60606.
Marjorie Ann (Dalchau) Hutto
Marjorie Ann (Dalchau) Hutto passed away Tuesday, September 20, 2016 in Llano, Texas at the age of 86. She was born February 27, 1930 in San Antonio, Texas to Mabel (Barr) and M.C. Dalchau. She was a lifetime resident of Llano, Texas and was married to Mac Hutto before his passing in June, 2014. Ann was in the Delta Delta Delta Sorority, the Jr. Women’s Culture Club and was a member of the Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church in Llano, Texas.
She is survived by sons Wade Hutto and wife Tere of Horseshoe Bay, Texas and Terry Hutto and wife Lisa of Llano, Texas; daughter Carole Ligon and husband Ernest of Llano, Texas; grandchildren Heather Lehmberg, Ben Ligon, Olivia Hutto, Jackson Hutto and Isaac Hutto; great grandchildren Taryn Morris, Emma Morris, Cade Ligon, Rode Ligon, Elleson Lehmberg and Hutton Lehmberg; 2 nieces and 2 nephews.
Ann is preceded in death by her parents, husband and granddaughter Laci Ligon.
Visitation will be held Thursday, September 22, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.
A funeral service will be held Friday, September 23, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas at 10:00 AM with Johnny Sawyer officiating.
Pallbearers include Ben Ligon, Jackson Hutto, Isaac Hutto, Bill Lehmberg, Cade Ligon and Rode Ligon.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Sharon Dykes Alzheimer Fund at Texas Tech Medical School, 3601 4th St, MS 3628, Lubbock, TX 79430.
William J. (WJ) Rogers
William Jackson (W.J.) Rogers passed away Sunday, September 18, 2016 in Llano, Texas at the age of 75. W.J. was born February 25, 1941 in Llano, Texas to Odessa Lee (Elliott) Moore and Jack Stein Rogers. He married Mary Cathren Prewitt on October 25, 1958 in Llano, Texas.
W.J. was a member of the Llano Church of Christ; had been a part of the Llano VFD, served on the city council, coached youth softball and was a boy scouts leader. He had a passion for fishing, camping, hunting and working. W.J. worked for LCRA and retired after 26 years.
He was always helping others and always had a smile on his face enjoying every minute of it. Family was everything to him. W.J. never met a stranger, he saw everyone as a dear friend. Many memories have been made with this wonderful, caring man by many people. Although he will be greatly missed, Heaven has gained an amazing Angel.
W.J. is survived by wife Mary Cathren Rogers; children Danny Rogers of Llano, Texas, Larry Rogers and wife Cheri of Llano, Texas, Sheila (Rogers) Clayton and husband Glenn of Llano, Texas and Jack Rogers of Llano, Texas; sisters Janet Haynie, Barbara Morris and Karen Rogers; grandchildren Misty Donaldson, Dawn Stich, Chris Kee, Alex Kee, Cristy Vaught, Stacy Gann, Corey Sullivan, Justin Leeds, Jeramy Leeds and A.J. Leeds; 24 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; Aunt Audrey Wooten; sister-in-law Frankie Rogers and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Curtis Rogers.
Visitation will be held Monday, September 19, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel from 5:00-7:00 PM.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel at 10:00 AM followed by a graveside service at the Llano City Cemetery with Minister David Hankins officiating.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Llano Church of Christ, 402 West Main, Llano, Texas 78643.
Pallbearers include Justin Leeds, Jeramy Leeds, A.J. Leeds, D.J. Sullivan, Joe Kirk Gann, David Vaught, David Stich and Keven Donaldson.
Ruth Jean Rider
Ruth Jean Peace Rider of Llano, Texas passed away on September 12, 2016 in Marble Falls, Texas at the age of 80. Ruth was proud to be born the daughter of Clarence and Ethel (McKiddy) Peace, in the Appalachian Mountains of southeastern Kentucky; her family later moved to Covington, Kentucky. At the age of 21, she married Jerry Rider, and the couple went on to have two daughters- Linda Peacerider, and Patricia Rider Perkins. Ruth and Jerry moved to Odessa, Texas in the 1980’s, along with their adult daughters. Life’s path later led Ruth and Jerry to Llano, Texas; they would spend the next 20 years splitting their time between Llano and Kentucky.
Ruth is survived by her husband, Jerry; her daughter Linda; her daughter Patricia and husband Steve; four grandchildren; one grandson-in-law; two great granddaughters; her brother Richard Peace, wife Pam, and family; her sister Virgie Logan, husband Jim, and family. Ruth will be missed terribly by everyone who knew her.
A Memorial service will be Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at the Grace Episcopal Church in Llano, Texas at 1:00 PM with Reverend Dorothy Gremillion officiating. A Graveside service will be Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at the Llano City Cemetery in Llano, Texas.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.
Slayton Scott Seward
God graced this world with Slayton Scott Seward on November 14, 1988 in Fredericksburg, Texas. His Lord and Savior welcomed him home on September 8, 2016 from Copperas Cove, Texas.
Slayton lived the first 12 years of his life in Llano before moving to Copperas Cove in 2001. Slayton was known to all who loved him for his intelligence and his passion for politics. He was the first student in Copperas Cove High School to be named TAKS Master for achieving academic excellence on all of his tests; an honor that he repeated the following year. He was forever a champion for unborn children and for the mentally ill.
Slayton developed Pandas syndrome as a young child and as a result he faced enormous difficulties throughout his live. He fought bravely for so many years and through it all he never lost his love and compassion for everyone around him, even in his weakest moments. He was an amazing person.
Left behind to cherish Slayton’s memories are; his beloved brother, Nathaniel Roberts, his precious sister, Shayna Seward, his Dad and mother, Bruce and Martha Roberts,
his grandparents, Gene and Loreta Oestreich and Nancy Roberts, his brothers, Michael (Alyssa) and Jason Roberts, his uncles, Rickey Oestreich (LaKay) and Barton Oestreich (Julie), his aunt, Cheryl Roberts, his cousins, Kelly Oestreich (Stasia), Hank Oestreich (Kayla), Richard Oestreich (Jennifer), Jason Oestreich, Isaac Carver, and Samantha and Salena Oestreich, his dearest friend, Megan Green., his father, Ron Seward and wife Debbie, his brothers, Tim Seward (Melissa) and Darrell Boyd(Cara), his sister, Dana Catala (Mike), his aunt Melba Robello (Tom), his uncle, Donald Seward (Judy).
Waiting for Slayton in Heaven are his Papa, Morris Roberts, grandparents, John and Ona Seward, His aunt, Sue Oestreich, his uncle, David Roberts, his sister, Kimberly, and his cantankerous dog, Chi-Chi.
Visitation will be at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 6:00 -8:00PM. Funeral Services will be held 10:00 A.M. Friday, September 16, 2016 at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Chapel with Reverend Stacy Nobles officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Pallbearers:Rickey Oestreich, Barton Oestreich, Kelly Oestreich, Hank Oestreich, Richard Oestreich, and Mike Catala. Honorary Pallbearers: Tim Seward, Darrell Boyd, Michael Roberts, Jason Roberts and Isaac Carver.
Memorial contributions may be made to:
Cove House Free Clinic
806 E Ave D, St. D
Copperas Cove, Tx 76522
Hope Pregnancy Center in care of Victory Baptist Church
P.O. Box 1786
Copperas Cove, Tx. 76522
Larry Reven passed away Sunday, September 4, 2016 in Kingsland, Texas at the age of 68. He was born on October 10, 1947 in Lubbock, Texas to Stella Lee (Stephens) and Clinton Townsend Reven. Larry married Betty DeVore on September 9, 1966 in Lamesa, Texas. He worked in construction and was a member of the Kingsland Community Church. He moved from Lamesa, Texas to Kingsland, Texas where he resided for 49 years.
He is survived by his wife Betty Reven of Kingsland, Texas; sons Randy Reven and wife Gena of Kingsland, Texas and Dan Reven and wife Cristal of Kingsland, Texas; grandchildren Natalie, Nichole, Melani, Justin and Lance; great grandchildren Ashlynn, Lucas and one on the way.
Larry is preceded in death by his parents and brother Jerry Reven.
Visitation will be Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at the Kingsland Community Church in Kingsland, Texas from 10:00 – 11:00 AM followed by a service at the church at 1:00 PM with Reverend Dick West officiating. A graveside service will follow at the Llano City Cemetery in Llano, Texas.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Kingsland Community Church, PO Box 627, Kingsland, Texas or the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, NPCF, PO Box 1848, Longmont, CO 80502.
Pallbearers are Arthur Sanchez, Bobby Rhea, Lee Bell, Billy Bell, Dan Burdett, Salvador Garay.
Mary Jane Smith
Mary Jane (Bauer) Smith passed away on Friday, September 2, 2016 in Llano, Texas at the age of 83. Mary Jane was born on April 25, 1933 in Llano County to Walter and Mary E. (Morton) Bauer. She grew up in Castell, Texas and graduated at the early age of 16 from Llano High School.
Mary Jane married Willie M. Smith on January 1, 1950, who proceeded her in death January 30, 1997, after 47 years of marriage. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Llano. She was employed by the U.S. Post Office as a Postal Clerk in Llano for 34 years. After retirement she enjoyed volunteering at the Llano Food Pantry. Some of her hobbies included sewing for the community, quilting, and attending all of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren’s sporting events.
She is survived by her children, Willie & Dianne Smith of Llano, Ada Jo & Charlie Bauman of Llano, and Jimie Ruth Langehennig of Mason. Grandchildren Jennifer Buchanan, Neda Jo Bauman, Craig & Devyn Bauman, Joe David & Jeri Langehennig, Zac & Donna Langehennig. Great grandchildren Jordan Cavness, Justin, Jacob, and Jaycee Buchanan, Jalen Bauman, Caden, Curren, and Celten Bauman, Kalen and Olivia Langehennig, and Grant Stockbridge. She is survived by sister Dorothy and husband John Harold Schuessler, one brother Winfred and wife Carmen Bauer, sister-in-law Dortha Landess, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is proceeded in death by her parents and husband as well as, grandson Walter Allen Smith, sister Lillian Draper, brothers Sherman Bauer and Weldon Bauer.
Pallbearers will be Joe David Langehennig, Zac Langehennig, Craig Bauman, Jalen Bauman, Jordan Cavness, Justin Buchanan, and Grant Stockbridge.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Neda Bauman, Jennifer Buchanan, Caden, Curren, and Celten Bauman, Jacob and Jaycee Buchanan, Kalen and Olivia Langehennig.
Visitation will be Sunday September 4, 2016 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Services will be held at 10:00 AM Monday, September 5, 2016 at the Chapel at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home with Rev. Jerald Moore officiating. Interment will follow at the Llano City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Llano Food Pantry (P.O. Box 204 Llano, TX 78643), or a charity of your choice.
Bernice Rhea Shearer
Bernice Rhea Shearer of Kingsland, Texas passed away Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at the age of 67. She was born December 27, 1948 to Rheba and Allen Bryant in Lindsey, California. She married Joe Shearer August 1, 1968 in Gruver, Texas. Rhea and Joe moved back to Kingsland some 28 years ago. She was of the Church of Christ faith.
Rhea was employed by the Llano Independent School District for 25 years and had been retired for 3 years. She liked her job and loved the children dearly.
Bernice is survived by her husband of 48 years, Joe Shearer of Kingsland; Daughters ~ Caressia Blair and husband Gene of Louisville, Kentucky and Micheale Cartwright and husband Brad of Rockdale, Texas; Sisters ~ Betty Cornick of Kingsland, Gay Delz and husband Mike of Kingsland; Brother ~ Mike Bryant and wife Pat of Portland, Oregon; and Five Grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Rheba and Allen Bryant.
A memorial service will be held at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Kingsland, Texas Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. with Reverend Doug Lindley officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.
Blake Odell Lewis Blackwell
Blake Odell Lewis-Blackwell was born January 3, 1921 to Thomas Loyed West and Blake Draper West in Lohn, Texas.
She passed away at her home in Tow, Texas on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at the age of 95 years, 7 months and 3 days.
Odell and Billy Gordon Lewis moved to Kingsland in 1969 and were owners of Bill Lewis Septic Service until 1996.
Odell is preceded in death by parents Thomas Loyed and Blake Draper West; Spouse Billy Gordon Lewis, Sr.; sisters Mary Ann West Goheen and Bernadine West Burnett.
She is survived by spouse Billy Wayne Blackwell of Tow, Texas; sister Grace Krischke of Brownwood, Texas; children Sylvia Lewis Palmer and husband Danny, Eva Lewis Gray and husband Eddie, Billy Gordon Lewis, Jr. and wife Anna Kaylyn Lewis all of Kingsland, Texas; 2 step-children Valerie Blackwell of Cedar Park and Steve Blackwell and wife Cindy of Round Rock, Texas; 15 Grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; 19 great-great grandchildren and 1 great-great-great grandchild.
Visitation will be Friday, August 12, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel 900 Industrial Blvd, Kingsland, Texas 78639 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM followed by a funeral service Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 1:00 PM with Reverend Steve Leftwich. A graveside service will be Saturday, August 13, 2016 at the Pear Valley Cemetery in Lohn, Texas at 4:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
Donald Leroy Connely
Donald Leroy Connely passed away Monday, August 8, 2016 in Tow, Texas at the age of 74. He was born November 23, 1941 in Miami, Oklahoma to Laura Elaine (Herring) and Leroy Connely. He was in the U.S. Navy and served in the Vietnam War. Donald lived in Tow, Texas for 47 years.
He is survived by mother Laura Elaine Connely; daughter, Ada Elaine Ramon; brother Robert Dale Connely; sister Vicki Lynn Dillard; grandchildren Richard Alton Brumley II and Cameron Andrew Brumley and great grandchild Brystol MaeDelle Brumley.
Donald is preceded in death by his father Leroy Connely.
No services are planned at this time.
Mary Margaret (Naschert) Hartley
Mary Margaret (Naschert) Hartley passed away Thursday, August 4, 2016 in Kingsland, Texas at the age of 82. She was born December 8, 1933 in West Point, Iowa to Frances (Fraise) and Theodore P. Naschert. She married Thomas Richard Hartley April 28, 1951. Together they owned Tom and Mary’s Café in West Point, Iowa before moving to Kingsland, Texas in 1972 and owning Lake LBJ Motel and Lake LBJ Marineland. Mary enjoyed fishing, bingo, Sudoku and crossword puzzles. Everyone at the marina called her “Mom.”
She is survived by son Richard Lee Hartley and wife Nancy of Kingsland, Texas; daughters Betty Brooker of Kingsland, Texas and Debra Walker and husband Rick of Kingsland, Texas; sisters Germaine Sammons of Ft. Madison, Iowa and Dolores McCreedy of Esko, Minnesota; grandchildren Rhonda Lee Jayne of Austin, Texas, Thomas Lee Hartley and wife Christina of Highland Haven, Texas, Amanda Meager of Kingsland, Texas and Terry Moore and husband Jim of Lampasas, Texas; great grandchildren Madison Lee Hartley, Alex Marie Hartley and Noah Richard Hartley of Highland Haven, Texas, Chasity Marie Conn and husband Michael, Darrian Delaney Oustad, Dustan Edward Lee Oustad and Jayden Cooper Jayne of Austin, Texas, Rebecca Lynn Moore and Gracie Dianne Moore of Lampasas, Texas, Haley Nicole Haller, Christopher Daniel Haller, Karrah Lynn Haller and Elizabeth Ann Haller of Winder, Georgia and step great grandson Brody Conn of Marble Falls, Texas.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents, husband, 1 brother, 1 sister and 1 son Jeffrey Allen Hartley.
Rosary will be Monday, August 8, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Kingsland, Texas at 6:00 PM. Leading the Rosary will be Father Melvin Dornak.
Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at the St. Charles Catholic Church in Kingsland, Texas at 10:00 AM with Father Uche Obikwelu officiating followed by a graveside service at the Lakeland Hills Memorial Park in Burnet, Texas.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hospice Scott & White Home Care Agency 2401 S. 31st St., Temple, TX 76508 or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.
Pallbearers include Bobby Allen, Danny Ramsey, Dustan Oustad, Michael Conn, Jim Moore and David Bartel.
Harold (Butch) Lee Williams
Harold (Butch) Lee Williams passed away Tuesday, August 2, 2016 in Llano, Texas at the age of 65. He was born August 3, 1950 in Hollywood, California to Lillian Marie (Turban) and Everett Williams. He graduated from Benton Jr. Sr. High School in Pennsylvania. He got his Bachelors Degree in Computer Engineering from University of Delaware and worked at Dupont for 34 years. Harold married Laura Hamilton January 16, 1993 in Orange, Texas. He loved fishing, hunting, being outdoors with animals..
He is survived by wife Laura Williams of Llano, Texas; daughters Tanya Sellers of Delaware and Taylor Williams of Texas; brothers Joseph Griffith, Larry Williams, Gloria Templin of Pennsylvania; Terry Griffith, Carol Zeisloft of Delaware; Bonnie Reilly of Maryland and 15 nieces and nephews.
Harold is preceded in death by his parents Everett Williams and Lillian Turban; step mother Esther Williams; sister Barbara Karns and mother-in-law Mary Vick Scott Hamilton.
A Celebration of Life will be held in May 2017 at the family home on the Llano river.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Cherokee Home for Children P.O. Box 295, Cherokee, Texas 76832 or Christ Yoder Animal Shelter, 9150 Farm to Market Rd 1431, Buchanan Dam, TX 78609.
Robert Joe Warren
Robert Joe Warren passed away Sunday, July 31, 2016 in Kingsland, Texas at the age of 83. He was born December 26, 1932 in Lorena, Texas to Gladys (McIlhaney) and Harley Abijah Warren. He married Eddie Jean Hinson June 24, 1951 in Penelope, Texas. Robert owned Cedar Lodge in Buchanan Dam, Texas; was part of the Buchanan Dam Fire Department and Llano EMS from 1984-1995. He also did volunteer work for state parks, worked for Gray Tool Company in Houston for 25 years and was a member of the Buchanan West Baptist Church in Buchanan Dam, Texas.
He is survived by wife Eddie Jean Warren; son Joe Lee Warren and wife Heather of Kingsland, Texas; daughters Wanda Holland of Bloomington, Indiana, Brenda Newberg of Kingsland, Texas, Marsha Hartwig and husband David of Kingsland, Texas, Pamela Seiler and husband Tom of Pealand, Texas and Robin Nesom and husband Chip of Buchanan Dam, Texas; 23 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren and 3 great, great grandchildren.
Robert is preceded in death by his parents; brothers James Weldon Warren and Harley Eugene Warren and sisters Doris Harrison and Helen Tucker.
A visitation will be Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Kingsland, Texas from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.
A funeral service will be Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at the Buchanan West Baptist Church in Buchanan Dam, Texas at 2:00 PM with Brother Tom McCollister officiating. Graveside service to follow at the Bluffton Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Buchanan West Baptist Church, 850 Lillian Dean, Buchanan Dam, Texas or Granite Mountain Baptist Church 500 FM 1980, Marble Falls, Texas.
Grandsons will be serving as pallbearers.
William Troy "Tooter" Downing, 72, gained his freedom from suffering and hugged his loved ones in heaven on July 31, 2016. He was born in Winters, Texas and grew up in the Drasco/Bradshaw area where he loved fishing, drag racing, archery, and playing pool until he got caught. He was a member of the Blizzards Class of '63 and had enjoyed being part of the Rodeo Club and baseball league while in school.
His earlier years he worked with his parents, Travis and Celestine (Lewis) Downing, on their ranch and helping with the migrant and seasonal farmwork. He later worked primarily in the Coleman/Brownwood area as a welder and retired to Lake Buchanan. Many will recall his "ducky" image he would weld onto a final project. Tooter had the unique gift of making true friends and loved them deeply. He was known to "throw one back" with his friends.
He had one child, William Myron Downing, who beat him to heaven, as did his parents, one sister, Jo Lavern Evans, a "Brother"-in-law, John McMillan, and his great-nephew, Victor Holk. He is survived by his sister, Joyce Downing McMillan of Hewitt, Texas; his nephews, Kent (Cindy) McMillan of Garden City, TX; Lee (Nancy) Evans, of Lowake, TX; Chuck Evans of San Angelo, TX; and his nieces, Kelly Tarpley of Hewitt, TX; and Kim (Brian) Holk of Tow, TX. He is also survived by nine great-nieces and nephews; seven great-great nieces and nephews; his Aunt Olie Lewis and many cousins and friends he considered family.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to their favorite charity.
They will celebrate his life August 13th in Tow, Texas and scatter his ashes where he found great joy.
The family would like to thank Llano Nursing and Rehab - especially Linda, Erica, Pilar, and Candy for not only their care but their friendship that brought him comfort and to Dr. David Hoarser for his unending care.
Eugene Clint Adamson
Eugene Clint Adamson passed away Sunday, July 31, 2016 in Kingsland, Texas at the age of 96. He was born September 17, 1919 to Maggie (Ford) and Emmett C. Adamson in San Antonio, Texas. He was a carpenter and a lifetime member of the Carpenters Local Union #14, the Masonic Lodge, the American Legion, AFL-CIO and the Bulverde United Methodist Church. Clint was also a veteran of the Army Air Corp and he lived in Kingsland for three years after living in Granite Shoals, Texas for 30 years.
He is survived by son Gene Adamson and wife Nancy of San Antonio, Texas; daughter Peggi Loveless and husband Randy of Bulverde, Texas; 4 step children Karen Hirschman and husband Robert, Allan Loveless and wife Laura, Randy Loveless and wife Peggi, Lizette Fleming and husband Philip; 13 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.
Clint is preceded in death by parents, spouses Sarah Adamson and Doris Adamson, daughter Judy Adamson; stepson Larry Loveless and brother Frank Adamson.
A memorial service will be at Bulverde United Methodist Church, Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 11:00 AM. Address to church is 28300 Highway 281 North, San Antonio, Texas 78260.
In lieu of flowers make donations in memory of Clint Adamson, Oxytocin Campaign, Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA), 8588 Potter Park Drive, Suite 500 Sarasota, FL 34238.
Jennie Lynn (Allen) Jackson
Jennie Lynn (Allen) Jackson passed away Saturday, July 30, 2016 in Round Rock, Texas at the age of 65. She was born on August 31, 1950 in Llano, Texas. Jennie was a lifetime resident of the Hill Country. She was an LVN with Care Inn of Llano for 10 years and attended Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church in Burnet, TX.
She is survived by her sons Cody Jackson, Curtis Haggerton and Michael Haggerton; sister Mildred Allen; brother Linson Lee Allen; and 6 grandchildren.
Jennie is preceded by her mom Ollie Allen; sister Margie Allen; and brothers Bobby Jack Allen, Carlton James Allen and Norman Lee Allen.
No services are planned at this time.
Bennetta Jane Sachse Davis
Bennetta Jane Sachse Davis ,84 passed away on July 22 at 9:02 p.m. in Pontotoc, Texas.
Bennetta was like no other. She was a very special one of a kind woman. She loved being a homebody and help meet to her husband, Gerald Preston Davis, whom she was married to for 32 years. She loved to fish, bake, cook, work puzzles, and was just content to stay at home, watch Racing & Football most of the time. She was a big fan and supporter of the Pontotoc VFD.
Bennetta was born in Pueblo, Colorado on November 1, 1931 to Jasper and Ann Sachse. She had many siblings and was the only one still living. Her and Gerald married, lived and worked in Austin, Texas before moving to Pontotoc in 1987. Bennetta worked for the Austin ISD for many years.
She loved her family and was proud of her Grandsons.
Bennetta is preceeded in death by her parents, many siblings, and her husband. She is survived by her 2 Sons, Eddie and wife Julie Cantu of Austin, Gerald (Dave) Jr., and wife Shawn Davis of Pontotoc, 4 Grandsons, Gerald (Trey) Davis III and wife Shela of Denver, North Carolina, Danny Cantu and wife, Christie of Austin, (his mother Estela Zavala), Matthew Davis and wife Abigail of Midland, Texas, Andrew Cantu of Austin, and 7 Great Grandsons, Tristen, Riley, Noah, Ian, Wyatt, and Joel Davis of Midland, Texas and Preston Cruz Cantu of Austin, Texas, also a special nephew, Carter Dingivan and wife, Galina of Grandby, CT.
A graveside service will be held Friday, July 29, 2016 at the Pontotoc Cemetery at 10:00 AM.
The family asks in lieu of flowers to please send donations to Pontotoc Cemetery, Pontotoc Fire Dept., or Hospice of San Angelo.
We are so thankful for the love, kindness, and support of the staff at Hospice of San Angelo.
Tommy Earl Burke
Tommy Earl Burke passed away unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at the age of 72. He was born March 25, 1944 to Mercelle (Alexander) and Thurman G. Burke in Llano, Texas.
Many of his friends have made the comment that when they were growing up Tommy always had a cool car and many reminiscent about the “racing” years. Many called him “Burke” instead of Tommy. He worked many years in the oil field industry. Tommy was a hard worker who could pick up the knowledge to do well on just about any job without prior experience. Pipelining led him all over the United States and in later years to India, Mexico, Canada, and Egypt. When he was home he farmed and ranched. There are not many fields around the county that he didn’t plant, cut, or bale hay. He loved to raise and care for his goats. It was hard to get Tommy to attend a family reunion or social event, but if he did go, he did not have any trouble smiling and socializing. Many remember visiting and “cutting up” with him at his daughter’s store on highway 29. He enjoyed visiting with Roy Lee Nobles and friends at the garage and going with Roy Lee every week to the car sales in Austin. Many descriptions of Tommy include “big ole teddy bear” and “good ole boy.” Other comments have been “kind,” “highly thought of,” and “respect.” He was a good friend and the best dad and grandfather in the whole world and will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered.
Tommy is survived by his daughter Janet Hackworth and husband Jason of Llano, granddaughter Kaitlyn Hackworth of Llano, sister JoNell Owen of San Antonio, and many extended family and friends.
A celebration of his life and luncheon are planned for Sunday, July 31st at 1:00 pm at the Lone Grove Community Center.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Llano Library 102 E. Haynie Llano, TX 78643 where his granddaughter Kaitlyn enjoys the teen program, volunteers and hangs out with friends.
Jo Nell Schreiber
Jo Nell (Thigpen) Schreiber passed away Friday, July 15, 2016 at the age of 73. She was born July 22, 1942 to Lilly Lela (Robertson) and William Thigpen in Dunn, Texas. She later married Joseph Schreiber in Colorado City, Texas September 16, 1959.
In the early years Jo Nell worked on the ambulance along side of R.L. Adams. She worked many many years at Llano Memorial Hospital where she worked as a unit clerk and by the end of her tenure, she was a Surgical Technologist. Jo Nell loved country music and really loved to dance… wherever she was. She loved working in her yard and have Joe move things in the yard from place to place. Jo Nell loved to read as well, but her real passion was watching her children grow up and become the memaw to their children and great grandchildren.
Jo Nell is survived by her husband of 56 years Joseph “Joe” Schreiber; daughters Delhia Moss, Madelyn Mansell and Greg Confer, sons; Joseph “Joe” Schreiber Jr. and wife Kathy and Alton Ray Schreiber, 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren, and brother; James Thigpen and wife Wanda.
She was preceded in death by her son William Schreiber, parents Lilly and William Thigpen, 3 sisters and 3 brothers.
Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas with Reverend Danny Meegan officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Judes Childrens Research 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, Tennessee 38105.
Juanita Katheryn Howe
Juanita Kathryn (Callaway) Howe passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2016 in Bluffton, Texas at the age of 94. She was born October 12, 1921 in Sweetwater, Texas to Thomas and Georgie Lee Callaway. She loved fishing, cards and bowling. Juanita retired from Peoples National Bank in Lampasas, Texas.
She is survived by her son Richard Howe and wife Martha; grandchildren Paul, Jeff and Thomas Bode, Terry Howe and Robin Lindell; 11 Great grandchildren; Nieces Pam Deinlein, LeNita Allen, Carol Cox, Kathy Gay and other loving nieces and nephews.
Juanita is preceded in death by her parents, husband Richard Howe; daughter Nancy Howe Bode; brothers and sisters AB Callaway, Gerald Callaway, Marselle Callaway, Clovis Callaway, Marvin Callaway, Bernace Callaway, Emma Lee Allen, Nina Callaway, Sudie Jones.
Visitation will be Thursday, July 14, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano, Texas from 5:00-7:00 PM.
A graveside services will be held Friday, July 15, 2016 at the Bluffton Cemetery at 10:00 AM with Paul Bode officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tow Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 112, Tow, Texas 78672.
Alma Kathleen McCue
Alma Kathleen McCue led a full and wonderful life and died peacefully at home at age 93. She will be hugely missed by her daughters Kathleen McCue, Marjorie Masterson, Deborah Hussemann, her grandsons, David Seal and Tyler Hussemann, and by son-in-laws Dennis Masterson and Rick Hussemann.
Alma was the quintessential Navy wife, following her husband Capt. H.F. (Mac) McCue, USN, Ret., from country to country; making a home, raising her children and supporting Mac. After Mac’s death in 1999, she moved to Llano to live with daughter Marjorie. Alma loved the peace and friendliness of the Llano community and countryside. She was a quiet person and enjoyed her friends, her church activities, sewing and reading. Alma continued her zest for life by traveling the world with her three daughters.
Private services will be held for the family in Florida. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Hill Country Memorial Hospice in Fredericksburg, TX. Alma’s family is very grateful for their service and compassion.
Christine (Wills) Sawyer passed away Thursday, June 16, 2016 in Blanco, Texas at the age of 87. She was born January 18, 1929 in Llano County, Texas to Nancy (Brannon) and Waymon Wills. She married Joe Neal Sawyer February 18, 1948 in Llano, Texas. Christine was a housewife and was of the Baptist faith.
She is survived by her husband, Joe Neal Sawyer of Blanco, Texas and son, William Gary Sawyer of Cherokee, Texas.
Christine is preceded in death by her parents, son Joe H. Sawyer and brothers Raymond Chism, Glenn Chism and Waymon Chism Jr.
A visitation will be held Sunday, June 19, 2016 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Chapel from 5:00 – 7:00 PM in Llano, Texas.
A funeral service will be Monday, June 20, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Chapel at 10:00 AM in Llano, Texas with Pastor Johnny Sawyer officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hill Country Memorial Hospice, PO Box 835, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624, Lunches of Love in Blanco, Texas or a charity of your choice.
Effie "Gail" Johnson
Effie “Gail” Johnson, 79, of Llano, Texas died Tuesday the 7th of June from injuries sustained in a bicycling accident while vacationing with friends on Mackinac Island, Michigan.
Gail was born Feb 10, 1937 in Llano to Thomas and Jewel Gregory. She graduated from Llano High School and Southwest Texas State Teachers College in San Marcos, where she met and married Don Ross “Dugan” Johnson in 1955. After graduating from college, they lived and raised their family in Mason, Plainview, Hereford, Alpine and Uvalde before returning to Llano full-time in 2003.
Gail taught elementary school and went on to earn a masters degree in Education. She was proud to have followed her mother’s footsteps as a teacher and proud to have a daughter and granddaughters that followed in hers.
Gail was well-known for her ever-present smile, quick laugh and enthusiasm for life. If someone asked, “Gail, do you want to …?”, her answer was always, “Yes!” She was an active member of Lutie Watkins Methodist Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir, participating in mission and volunteer activities, and many friends. She was a Master Gardener, an active bridge player and community volunteer. Her favorite activity was travel, and she experienced many parts of the world with her sister, her cousins, her children and with her friends.
Gail is preceded in death by her husband, Don Johnson, a son, Tom Johnson, and a granddaughter, Shawna Johnson. She leaves behind her sister, Frankie Jean O’Rorke; her daughter, Eva Doran; a son, Donny Johnson and his wife Teri; six grandchildren: Shannon Lindsey and husband Chris, Shea Johnson, Skye Crane and husband Kyle, Kailee McCall and husband Travis, Andy Doran, and Darby Doran; two great-grandchildren and one on the way; beloved nephews, nieces and her many friends.
A celebration of Gail’s life will be held at Lutie Watkins Memorial Methodist Church on Sunday, June 12 at 4pm, followed by a brief graveside service at Oxford Cemetery. Visitation begins prior to the service at 3pm in the church sanctuary. All who knew and loved Gail are welcome to join.
Charitable donations in Gail’s honor can be made to the Llano County Master Gardener, Llano Women’s Culture Club Scholarship Fund, or Lutie Watkins Memorial Methodist Church Costa Rica Missions Program.
Pallbearers include Shea Johnson, Travis McCall, Kyle Crane, Billy Charles Johnson, Billy Karl Johnson, Berry Johnson, Jackie Don Johnson and Larry Johnson
William R. Shipp (Bill)
William R. Shipp, Jr (Bill) passed away peacefully in his beloved town of Llano on June 6. He was 87.
Bill was born on December 6, 1928 in Hamilton, Texas; the only child of Julia Christianson Shipp and William R. Shipp. He grew up in Priddy, Texas, where he excelled in sports- particularly basketball, tennis, and baseball. He attended and graduated from Daniel Baker College, which became part of the Howard Payne University system. While in school, he met Anna Belle Wasserman on a blind date. The two were wed at 20 years of age.
Bill coached and taught social studies for a year at Llano ISD. Deciding that a job indoors was not for him, he entered DPS patrol school. After graduating from DPS academy, he was called to serve in the military. He was stationed in Germany near Stuttgart, where he was an officer in the military police, after the German surrender in World War II.
After his stint in the army, Bill returned home and was stationed in Llano as a DPS officer, a position he held and enjoyed for 35 years. Upon his retirement, Llano declared a Bill Shipp Day, and a community-wide banquet was given in his honor. Among the gifts and awards he received were the flag that had flown over the Texas State Capitol the day he retired.
Bill made lifelong friends in Llano. He was a Mason and was part of the "Corner Drug Crowd" for decades that met every morning for coffee and spirited conversation. He and the domino-playing group met at many locales, the last being what Bill called, "North of Town", referring to Dan Hoerster's place in the county. An avid sportsman, Bill and his friends would travel to Colorado each year to hunt in the Fall.
Bill's later life was made rich by his grandsons. He loved to help with and watch their activities. He never missed a single practice, performance, or game.
Bill leaves behind his wife of 67 years, Anna Wasserman Shipp, his daughter, Karla Van Item and husband Ken, his grandsons Walker and Cameron Van Item, nieces Brenda Durst and Jean Wallace, and nephews William and John Buttery.
Whether on the job, around town, or watching a ball game, almost everyone in Llano County can tell an iconic "Bill Shipp" story.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, June 9, 2016 at the Llano City Cemetery at 1:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Llano Youth Baseball, PO Box 16, Llano, Texas 78643 or Llano Athletics Booster Club, PO Box 182, Llano, Texas 78643.
Morris Reed Cluck
In Loving Memory of,
Morris Reed Cluck “Bub”
Morris Reed Cluck, 84, of Manor, TX, died June 5, 2016, in Llano, TX. He was born on May 10, 1932, to parents L.N. Cluck and Myrtle Stewart Cluck in
Leander, TX. He married Thelma I. Roode Cluck on November 26, 1974. Cluck worked as a Long Haul Truck Driver before retiring in 1990.
Cluck and his wife, Thelma were members of The Tree of Life Church in Pflugerville, TX. They loved being a part of the congregation and giving help in any way to Pastors Mike and Cheryl Johnson.
Cluck is survived by his spouse, Thelma I. Cluck, his step-children, Elizabeth A. Cordell, Joseph D. Cordell and his wife, Debra Cordell, Carolyn Cordell, his only grand-child, Austin Cordell, his sister, Nina Lockhart, and his nieces Belinda Nicholas and Benita Dryden.
He was preceded in death by his parents, L.N. and Myrtle Cluck, his brothers, William Gilbert Cluck and Gene Stewart Cluck, and his sister Mary Jane Cluck.
A Memorial Service is planned for Sunday, June 26, 2016 from 3-5pm at The Leander Church of God, 202 Sonny Drive, Leander, TX, 78641.
In lieu of floral arrangements, please make any Memorial donations to his widow, Thelma I. Cluck- to assist with hospital and funeral costs. Thank you.
To: Mrs. Thelma I. Cluck C/O - Carolyn Cordell, Daughter 1307 Glass Drive, Leander, TX 78641-3606
Lila Faye Johnson
LILA FAYE JOHNSON passed away peacefully on Friday, June 3, 2016 at her home in Llano, Texas. She was 91 years old. Lila was born August 18, 1924, at home in Birthwright, Texas. She grew up in Peerless, Texas where her father, Floyd Milligan, ran a cotton gin. Her mother, Mildred (Gardener) Milligan passed away when she was 12, so her grandparents Sam and Sally Milligan helped raise her.
Lila was baptized Church of Christ as a child. She attended school in Sulphur Springs and graduated early at 17 years of age. She left Sulphur Springs and went to St. Paul’s Hospital School of Nursing in Dallas, against the family wishes. She graduated with an Associate’s Degree as a Registered Nurse and then went into the Army Corp of Cadet Nurses in WWII. After the war was over, she moved to Llano to live with family and work. She worked at several hospitals. The first, Sheppard Hospital in Burnet and the original Llano Hospital located where the radio station is presently. She did private duty nursing in both Llano and San Antonio. She was the only RN when the Llano Memorial Hospital was built. This required her to be on call for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for many years. She was the Director of Nursing, Charge Nurse, Staff Nurse and Surgical Nurse. She was an integral part of the hospital for over 25 years. She absolutely loved her job. She taught LVN classes for 20 years and encouraged many of her students to acquire further education in order to become R.N.’s. She definitely had a strong work ethic which influenced her students and children. She was named “First Lady of the Year” by Alpha Delta Zeta Sorority of Beta Sigma Phi and earned many other civic awards. Lila and her husband, Sid, had pecan plaques, ribbons and awards from their Pecan Farm, too numerous to count.
Lila greatly loved sewing, embroidery, crocheting, reading books and her kindle, crossword puzzles, PECANS, her gardening, traveling and spoiling her grandchildren. Her favorite color was red. She traveled to all but 2 (Alaska and Hawaii) of the 50 states, plus going to Canada in an RV with her sister during the 1990’s. She loved traveling, taking lots of pictures and collecting spoons from every state visited.
She met her husband, Sid Johnson, at the post office where he worked. The post office was located at the other end of the block from where it is now. They were married on August 3, 1947, at the First Presbyterian Church on Ford St., in Llano. Lila and Sid were married for 43 years, until his death in 1991.
Preceded in death by her husband, Sid Johnson, her father, Floyd Milligan, her mother Mildred Gardener Milligan, her stepmothers June Milligan and Blanche Milligan, her baby brother Billy Don Milligan, many aunts, uncles and cousins and Many, Many wonderful friends.
Grandparents, Sam A. Milligan, Sarah “Sally” Huckeba Milligan, Francis Marion Gardner (WWI), Elizabeth Rowell
Great Grandparents, William W. Milligan, Mary Elizabeth Wilhite Milligan, John Luke Huckeba, Josephine Murdock Huckeba
Great Great Grandparents Houston Milligan, Mary Canada Milligan, Washington Green Huckeba (Civil War) Marty Patsy Gibson,
Great Great Grandparents Archibald Lacy (Died in the Revolutionary War against Britain), Sally Martin, Benjamin Liddon ( Colonel during the Revolutionary War), Sarah Rutledge Liddon
Lived is survived by daughter Celia Johnson Griffin and husband¸Steve Griffin of Llano, daughter Cynthia Eversole and husband, Dr. Galen Eversole of Denison, Texas. Granddaughter Dr. Candace Schoppe and husband, Dr. Kurt Schoppe of Grapevine Texas, Grandson, Matt Mancino and wife Tara Mancino of Fort Worth, Texas, step grandsons, Grant Griffin and wife Lezlie of Bedford, Texas, Chris Griffin of Euless, Texas, Great Granddaughter named for her, Lila Grace Schoppe, step granddaughter, Mahi Griffin and step grandsons, Jonah and Everett Griffin. Her nephews, Joel Scholz and wife Bonnie, Joe Johnson of Kingsland, Texas. Her sister, Frankie Cowsert and son Jeff Cochran of Llano. Her half sisters Gale Milligan of Peerless, Texas, Mary Milligan Lyles of Katy, Texas and many other nephews and nieces.
Thank-you to Texas Home Health Hospice and especially to her care-giver, Mariea Hawkias, for living with Lila for the past few months and providing her love, care and smiles.
Donations can be made to the Llano County Library for Lila’s great love of reading.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 9, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Chapel in Llano , Texas at 10:00 AM.
Sonora "Laurie" Lawley
A graveside service will be held Sunday, June 5, 2016 at the Llano City Cemetery at 2:00 PM with Reverend Sid McMahon officiating.
Sonora Laurie Lawley was born February 14, 1963 and passed away on June 2, 2016.
She is preceded in death by Harold Von “Red” Lawley and Mary Ruth Howard.
Laurie is survived by her brothers Harold Lawley Jr and John Branam and her sisters Robin McBride and Melanie Gorsuch.
She is also survived by her daughters Theresa Smith, Mary McKelvy, Audrey Alverson, Connie Henson and their spouses, along with 5 granchildren Chelsie, Dalton, Nellie Joe, Austin, Kolbi, many, many adopted kids and her best friend Daniel “Bubba” McMahon.
Laurie had a heart of gold and was a loving angel on Earth and now she has her wings watching over all of us.
Nancy Renna Brendefur
Was born December 12, 1947 in Ventor California and went to be with our Lord on May 31, 2016
She has lived in Llano since 1980.
She is preceded in death by her Father & Stepmother RL & Evelyn Rains, Her mother Mildred Powell, Two brothers Ronnie Roberts & Roy Rains, sister Nannette Berryhill and husband Dean. Son-in-law Bobby Wisdom And one great granddaughter Serenity Wisdom
She is survived by her Daughters Tina Wisdom, Suzie Wisdom and husband Buster, and Kimberly Bronson all of Llano. Her Brother David Rains of Montana, and sister Donna Bernhardt and husband John of Kyle Texas. Four grandsons Anthony Wisdom of Horseshoe Bay, Joshua Wisdom of San Maracas, Bobby Wisdom of Llano and Jadon Bronson of Jonestown. Two granddaughters Tiffany Wisdom of Llano and Marah Maynard of Tyron Georgia. Three great granddaughter Elleana Wisdom of Corpus Christie, Payton Proctor of Tyron Georgia and Neveah Wisdom-Carrion of Llano. Numerous Nieces and Nephews and Friends.
Her hobby was Fishing & Camping. She loved to camp out at Cedar point with her family and friends.
She was a life long Cook/Waitress. She worked at the High School Cafeteria for several years, until changing jobs to the Care Inn of Llano Kitchen.
She was very adamant about not having any Memorial or Services, so we honoring her wishes. How ever we will be getting together at a latter date to celebrate her. For further information you may call Suzie Wisdom at 325-423-5449
Marian Coppin passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2016 in Llano, Texas at the age of 82. She was born October 16, 1933 in Camden, South Carolina to Marguerite (Pierce) and John Thomas Littlejohn, Jr. She married Gene Coppin July 9, 1953 in LaFeria, Texas. She was a resident of Round Rock, Texas for 24 years before moving to Llano, Texas where she lived for the past 7 years. Marian was 6 years old when she accepted Jesus as her savior and today she is with him now.
She is survived by husband Gene Coppin of Llano, Texas; son Gene K. Coppin, Jr. and wife Brandie of Allen, Texas; daughters Kathryn Wall of Ennis, Texas and Grace C. Hutchison and husband Cliff of San Antonio, Texas; sister Betty Burkhalter of Memphis, Tennessee along with 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Marian is preceded in death by her parents; infant son John Peary Coppin and brothers Nathan Littlejohn and John T. Littlejohn, III.
A Memorial service will be held Friday, June 3, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Llano, Texas at 2:00 PM with Reverend Rick Cundieff officiating.
John Irving Landon
John Irving Landon passed away Saturday, May 28, 2016 in Llano, Texas at the age of 89. He was born January 12, 1927 in Menard, Texas to Frankie Eugenia (Poole) and John Newmarch Landon.
After graduation from Menard High School at age 16, John enrolled into the University of Texas at Austin where he was a proud member of the Showband of the Southwest playing the trumpet, a passion he continued throughout his life. After receiving his undergrad degree, John enrolled in the Navy, during WWII, where he served in the Philippines as an electrician until the end of the war. After the war, he married his wife of 62 years, Willene Templeton and they returned to UT where John enrolled under the GI Bill into the School of Pharmacy where he earned his degree 2 years later. Following graduation, John re-enlisted into the US Air Force where he and Willene were stationed at Reese AFB for the next 2 years, during the Korean War. After his discharge, they moved to Hamilton, Texas where he was employed as a pharmacist and then, in 1955 moved to Llano, working for Bruhl’s Drug and shortly thereafter started his own business where he and Willene faithfully served the Llano Community as owners and operators of the Llano Prescription Pharmacy for many years. Following retirement, John continued as a relief pharmacist, culminating a 50-year carreer in the profession.
John was blessed with a fantastic intellect and had a variety of interests. In addition to his love of music, John had become a lover of flying as a teen and continued his passion for flying both as a hobby and also as a licenced instructor, passing along his love of aviation to many many Llano residents as teacher. He was a talented woodworker and leather worker and loved archery and bow hunting.
John served his adopted home town of Llano in a wide variety of civic and municipal capacities, serving as president of the Llano School Board and the Chamber of Commerce. He was most proud of his service for 14 years as Mayor of Llano. John was also a Mason and long time member of the Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church.
He is survived by son Mike Landon and wife Sandy of Dallas, Texas; daughters Kim Hughes and husband Jerry of Llano, Texas, Jil Freeman and fiancé Ted Felton of Kingsland, Texas; grandchildren Scott Bradley and wife Tanya, Travis Ratliff, Hunter Ratliff, Michael Landon, Austin Landon, Jason Freeman and wife Laura, Blake Freeman, and Stephen Freeman; great grandchildren Noah Bradley, Samantha Bradley, Sydney Bradley, Gia Freeman and Chloe Freeman.
John is preceded in death by his wife Willene Landon; son-in-law Dale Freeman and John’s beloved dog SharLi.
Visitation will be Friday, June 3, 2016 at the Walrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Chapel from 5:30-6:30 PM.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church in Llano, Texas at 2:00 PM followed by a graveside service at the Llano City Cemetery with Reverend Leslie Tomlinson officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Yoder Animal Shelter, 9150 W Ranch Road 1431, Buchanan Dam, Texas 78609.
Phillip James Carson
Phillip James Carson passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2016 in Marble Falls, Texas at the age of 58. He was born February 21, 1958 in Kerrville, Texas to Minerva (Griffin) and Herman Carson. Phillip was a lifetime resident of Marble Falls, Texas.
He is survived by son Andrew Carson of Marble Falls, Texas; brother Johnny Dyer and wife Liza of Bastrop, Texas; sister Betty Hennessee of Marble Falls, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews.
Phillip is preceded in death by his parents; wife Nelda Carson; brother Stanley Carson; sisters Ethel Carson, Ann Holloway and Georgia Jones.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.
John Larry Johanson
John Larry Johanson passed away Saturday, May 21, 2016 in Temple, Texas at the age of 67. He was born July 30, 1948 in San Saba, Texas to Selma (Campbell) and Wayne Johanson. John was in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Vietnam, Germany and Fort Hood. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Llano as well as a member of the VFW American Legion in Llano and Kingsland.
John is survived by his mother Selma Campbell Johanson of Llano, Texas, brother Kenneth Johanson and wife Penny of Marble Falls, Texas and sister Jeanette Benner and husband Jerry of Johnson City, Texas.
John is preceded in death by his father Wayne Johanson.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
In leiu of flowers contributions may be made to Disabled Veterans National Foundation, P.O. Box 96262, Washington, D.C. 20090.
George Frederick Schurz
Where Never Was Heard A Discouraging Word
George Frederick Schurz was born December 27, 1923 in Burt, North Dakota to John and Frieda Schurz. George was the eldest of two children, having a sister Rosalie. George attended school in Burt and Mott, North Dakota, graduating from Mott high school in 1941 as valedictorian. After high school he moved to Modesto, California where his Uncle Fred and Aunt Elsie Beyer were both educators. He attended Modesto Junior College, distinguishing himself academically, studying chemistry. He completed Modesto Junior College’s two year course in 1943, graduating as salutatorian.
George joined the United States Army in March 1944, during WWII. He saw combat in the Asia-Pacific theatre during the battle of Okinawa; the last and biggest of the Pacific island battles.
After his honorable discharge from the Army in 1946, George enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in June of 1948. Immediately after graduation, George joined The Dow Chemical Company, working at their Pittsburg, CA location for nineteen years as a research chemist, specializing in the new field of enhanced oil recovery. In 1967 he transferred to Houston, Texas to be manager of Dow’s enhanced oil recovery program. He would work in the Houston office until 1980 when he took early retirement to become an independent consultant for the petroleum industry.