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. In his 32 years with Dow Chemical, George achieved distinction as a leading expert in enhanced oil recovery, and travelled extensively sharing his knowledge with the Petroleum industry until he retired in 2000.
It was at Dow that Dad met the love of his life, Lula Mae Bonham, a Texas native who had moved to California in 1947. She had two children from a previous marriage: Travis Bonham born in Texas and Ronald Bonham born in California. Lula and George were married in October 1960, eleven years after they first met. For the next seven years they lived on 10 acres of grapes near Oakley, CA, a period George and Lula would say was the happiest of their lives. In 1967 they moved to Houston, when George transferred with Dow Chemical and lived there until 2000, when they moved back to California to once again live “on the ranch”. Lula passed away suddenly in 2003 and George would reflect that life just wasn’t much fun anymore without Lula.
George was a very physically active man during his long life and it wasn’t until his mid-80s that he gave up running for fun and exercise. He was a competitive distance runner at Modesto Junior College, running in the first Modesto Relays. He once ran the mile in 4mins 30 sec, when it was thought no one could break the 4-minute barrier. This love of running stayed with George all his life and he last participated in the Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco when he was in his 80s.
In addition to his hobby as a grape grower, George and Lula were avid bridge players. They played both socially and in competitive duplicate bridge tournaments. George was also a famed tinkerer and avid collector of “precious” junk. The chaos that is called his garage and the 8 cars and old tractor that are still “on the ranch” are a testament to this.
George lived a long and fruitful life and passed away peacefully on April 27, 2016 due to pulmonary and respiratory complications. He was 92. His son Travis died in 2013. He is survived by his son Ronald Bonham, two nephews, Jonathan and Steven Ellis, two nieces, Susan Ellis and Sandy Silva, his five grandchildren, Christian Bonham, Laura Thompson, Jeffrey Bonham, Richard Bonham, Kristin Newman and six great grandchildren, Avery and Blaire Thompson, Grace and Jackson Bonham, Riley and Cooper Newman, as well as 8 grandnieces and nephews, Stephanie, and Sean Ellis, Becky, David, and Sarah Silva and Jonathan, Jacob and Katie Ellis.
A graveside service will be held Friday, May 13, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Bluffton Cemetery with Pastor Ralph Reitmeyer officiating.
Betty Jane Scherer Fest
Betty Jane Scherer Fest of Sunrise Beach Village passed away on May 2, 2016 at the age of 93. She was born to Revillo Macy Scherer and Florence Elizabeth Whall on June 24, 1922 in San Antonio, Texas.
Betty married Frederick Francis Fest on November 9, 1940 in San Antonio, Texas. After retirement, Betty and Fred moved permanently to Sunrise Beach in 1984.
Fred predeceased Betty on May 5, 2006.
She is survived by daughter Sharon Sinkey and spouse, Gregory, of Holiday, Florida. Also surviving are nephews, James W. Nicholson, Jr., and wife, Cathy, of San Antonio, Texas and Billy Nicholson and wife, Jane, of Helotes, Texas.
Services will be held Friday, at 2:00 p.m., at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. Interment follows at Sandy Mountain Cemetery in Sunrise Beach.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to an animal shelter of your choice or to Meals on Wheels.
Linda Carol (Reed) Trotter
Linda Carol (Reed) Trotter passed away Monday, May 2, 2016 in Llano, Texas at the age of 70. She was born September 14, 1945 in Llano, Texas to Wilma Joyce (Henry) and Townsend Elmo Reed. She married Joe Trotter December 26, 1980 in Parker County, Texas. Linda lived in Llano most of her life and graduated from Llano High School in 1964. She was a member of the Llano Jehovah Witnesses. Linda was a nurse and homemaker and loved her family.
She is survived by David Lynn Trotter and Amanda Shafer of Llano, Texas; grandchildren Crystal Thorp, Brent Thorp, Heather Henderson, Brandy Shannon, Candy Banks, Heather Shafer, Robert McCall, Josh Shafer, Brandon Trotter and Brittany Trotter; great grandchildren Serenity Rose Blackburn, Dale Blackburn, Isabella Blackburn, Kanaalaq Dugan, Bradley Thorp and Alayna Shannon; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Linda is preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her daughter Suzanna Carol Robbins.
Visitation will be Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel from 5:00 to 8:00PM. A graveside service will be held Thursday, May 5, 2016 at the Llano City Cemetery at 10:00 AM.
James Leonard Thiers
James Leonard Thiers was born in Junction Texas to Thelma Kathryn Walton Thiers and Alfred Matt Thiers on December 8, 1933. He moved to Llano as a small child and attended school here. He was a graduate of Llano High School in 1950.
James attended Texas A&M University where he played in the military marching band. In 1956 he was drafted into the US Army where he served for two years. After returning to Llano he was the music and youth director at the Llano First Baptist Church in the early 60's. James started working for Moore State Bank in January of 1961 and remained with them through the First Llano Bank era into the present Aroowhead Bank for a total of 48 years. He was active in many community organiztions.
He was president of the Llano School Board for 2 terms. He treasured announcing many Llano football games.
He was the president of the Llano Chamber of Commerce. He was also President of the Llano Jaycees. He was also a huge supporter of the Junior Livestock Show and when it came to rodeo time he was the Junior rodeo clown. One particular time a mishap became a great trick. Now that's a story everybody should hear.
James was an outdoorsman deluxe. He was a rancher, an avid gardner who took gread pride in his yard (especially his yellow roses), he loved to fish, hunt and play golf.
James was preceeded in death by his parents and sister Dora Bette.
He is survived by
His wife of 60 years Glenda Heyen Thiers
His two daughters - Kathy Thiers Crafton and husband David and Karla Thiers Justis and Rick Frank
His three grandchildren - Jennifer Blackmon and husband Jesse
Pamela Crafton and fiance Jared Gowan and Carter Crafton
His three greatgrandchildren - Adrian Cole, Madisyn Denise and James Daniel Blackmon.
JAMES THIERS, better knows as POPPY, the man who was always young at heart was the greatest man ever and he loved you all.
A graveside service will be Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the Board Branch Cemetery in Lone Grove, Texas with Reverend Rick Cundieff officiating.In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Llano County Special Opportunity School 206 East Main St, Llano, TX 78643,
Llano Christian Academy, P.O. Box 728, Llano, Texas 78643
Or any local charity of your choice
Janie Lee Brewer
Janie Lee Brewer passed away Saturday, April 23, 2016 in Llano, Texas at the age of 77. She was born September 14, 1938 in Mason, Texas to Velma (Sanders) and Billy Clyde Scantlin. Janie was a heavy equipment operator and was married to Hollis Clayton Brewer, SR, who passed away in 2007.
She is survived by sons Wesley Brewer of Llano, Texas and Hollis Brewer, Jr. of Llano, Texas; brothers Bobby Ray Scantlin of Mason, Texas and Tony Douglas Scantlin of Brady, Texas; sisters Linda Fay of Mason, Texas and Christy Beth Scantlin of Brady, Texas; grandchildren Misty Brown, Janie Cole, JW Brewer and Jennifer Brewer; great grandchildren Cydnei Sherman, Bradley Cole, Preston Cole, Willow Dubose, Skyler Harding, Katherine Weaver, Payton Weaver, Stetson Brown, Shane Brown and Patrick Brown; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Janie is preceded in death by her husband; parents; daughter Patricia Bernice Leach; grandson Clayton Brice Leach and daughter-in-law Patricia Brewer.
Pallbearers are Aaron Watson, Bradley Cole, Patrick Brown, JW Brewer, Bobbie Tatsch and Doyal Myers.
A graveside service will be held Monday, April 25, 2016 at the Llano City Cemetery in Llano, Texas at 2:00 PM with JD Sanders officiating.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Bible Baptist Church, PO Box 1221, Mason, Texas 76856.
Jennifer Lynn Attaway
Jennifer Lynn Attaway passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the age of 31. She was born September 10, 1984 in Henderson, Texas to Julia (Pullin) and Larry Floyd Attaway. Jennifer worked as a cashier at several establishment in Llano, including Short Stop, Lowes, Stripes, Sonic and Subway. Jennifer was kind, sassy and a little bit of a pain in the butt, but very well loved.
She is survived by her father Larry Attaway of Shreveport, Louisiana; sons Mikey McBee and Christopher McBee of Texas; daughters Olivia Jones of California and Brianna Attaway of California; brothers David Pullin of Navasota, Kevin Attaway of Louisiana and Jason Attaway of Louisiana; sisters Sandra Artecona of Llano and adoptive parents Christopher Sr. and Diane Creeks of Navasota, Christopher Creeks Jr. and Cecilia (Creeks) Williams and husband Frank of Navasota, nephews Derrick Creeks, Frank Williams III, Glaston Williams and niece Armani Williams of Navasota.
Jennifer was preceded in death by her mother Julia and her grandmother Nancy Bradshaw.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8King James Version (KJV)
3 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
There is a special Angel, there’s a special Angel in Heaven that is a part of me. It is not where I wanted her to be. She was here but just a moment like a night time shooting star. And though she is in Heaven she isn’t very far. She touched the heart of many like only an Angel can do. I would’ve held her every minute if the end I only knew. So I send this special message to the Heaven up above. Please take care of my Angel and send her all my love. – Love, Armani, Derrick, Glaston and Frank III.
Doreen (Howell) Hare
Doreen Howell Hare passed away peacefully at Seton Hospital in Burnet, Texas on April 19, 2016 at 11:05 AM. SHe was 82 years old. She was born October 14, 1933 in Hull, England to the parents of Robert Norman and Gladys Gertrude Whitfield Howell. She is survivved by one brother, Bob Howell and tw sisters, Elsie Howell McIntyre and Phylis Howell Abel, whome reside in England. Her parents and two sisters, June Howell Last and Pauline Howell Jackson are deceased.
As a child living in England during WW2, she endured the terror of was with constant air raid bombings and V-2 rocket attacks. As a teenager she enjoyedice skating and roller derby. At the age of twenty-one she married Kenneth (Rabbit) Hare, whome was serving a tour of duty with the U.S. Air Force in Margate, England. Doreen studied hard to become a U.S. citizen and her citizenship was granted on July 30, 1962. They traveled exensively and lived in many different countries. Upon retirement, they chose Kingsland, Texas. Being very patriotic, Doreen was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and the AMerican Legion. She volunteered for duty with the Disabled American Veterans, Chap. 198 in Kingsland, Texas. During her thirty years of faithful service, she served as DAV Auxiliary Commander for seven years and Chaplain for four years.
Doreen loved her arts and crafts, was a seamstress and wrote inspirational poetry. She has one daughter, Dorina Hare and two loving sons, Kenny and Gary Hare. Her granchildren are Jesika Farmer Hare, Shey Bolen and Zakkery Barr. Her great grandchildren are Echo, Epic, Frey and Braxton.
She will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered. Her celebration of life memorial will be held Wednesday at 5:00 PM in Kingsland at the DAV Chapter Building on the corner of HWY 1431 and 2545, next to 7-11 store. Our mother wanted no flowers and instead to send cash donations to Vet-Rides in Burnet. (830-613-9982). Her favorite saying was "keep calm and carry on." For more information call Rabbit at 830-613-1908
Kirk Hodges, surrounded by his wife and 3 boys, joined hands with Jesus and was escorted to heaven on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 in Luling, TX. Known as Kirk, "Hon", Dad, Grandad, son, baby brother, Uncle Kirk and friend, he is now surrounded by his father Alton "Grandaddy Hodges", his mother Myrtle "Nan", his step-father Jim Furr "daddy" and "Pa", his brother Alton "Sandy", his sister Jerree, and his daughter Tammy.
He is survived by his wife Dianne Hodges of Luling, TX, his three sons: Stan Hodges of Hull, TX, Chad Hodges of Helotes, TX, and Bret and his wife Christi Hodges of Spring Branch, TX; four grandchildren: Dylan Hodges age 17, Alton Hodges age 14, Ashleigh Hodges age 13, and Dalton Hodges age 8; two sisters: Erwinna Fain of Llano, Elaine Fowler of Rotan.
Kirk's parents Alton and Myrtle were raising three young children, Erwinna, Sandy, and Elaine when Alton was drafted during World War II. Deployed to the Philippines, he soon would learn from one of his many love letters from Myrtle that they were expecting their fourth child, Kirk. Alton gave the ultimate sacrifice by giving his life defending his country from the greatest tyranny known in history and therefore would never hold his baby boy.
Born and raised in Llano, TX, Kirk grew up loving the outdoors. He spent much of his time raising pigs and hunting coons with his brother-in-law Dewey Fain and his side kick dog Tinkerbell. Well liked by many friends, he was especially close to Frosty Miller who remained a life-long friend.
Kirk graduated from Llano High School in 1964 where he excelled in football, basketball, and track. Kirk's mile relay team held the school record for many years...one that wouldn't be broken until his own nephews Kevin Fain and Craig Hodges's team did so in the 70's. His sprint relay team also set the school record that remains to this day. He married his high school sweetheart Dianne Nalls on May 22nd 1964. They attended Sul Ross University in Alpine, TX and graduated from college in 1967. He went on to receive his masters degree in corrective therapy from Eastern Washington State University in 1969.
Kirk, inspired by his father's own sacrifice, dedicated his career to working with veterans fostering peace and hope to those who had served their country. He spent his entire 27 years working in the medical field as a corrective therapist and later served as the coordinator of rehab medicine at the Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital in San Antonio before his retirement in 2000. He was elected the President of the American Corrective Therapy Association in 1976 and received the Outstanding Corrective Therapy Award from the National Association in 1977.
Kirk, having never known his biological father, was especially dedicated to being a dad to his and Dianne's three boys. He instilled character, values, and leadership which would become his legacy. Kirk spent much of his time actively coaching his sons in their early years while they played football, basketball, and baseball both in Tennessee and in Boerne, TX. He and Dianne would stay very involved in their boys' lives as they became men. They constantly attended sporting events coached by his sons Stan and Bret and even became actively involved with many players and other coaches on their respective teams. Kirk also had the opportunity to work with his son Chad for a couple of years at the VA before his retirement. As the years passed and as grandchildren came along, Kirk and Dianne became known as Gramma and Grandad. They enjoyed their lives chasing their grandkids and attending their sporting events. Grandad loved bonding and sharing his love of ranching and the great outdoors with his grandchildren.
His love for others went well beyond his immediate family as he cherished his nieces, nephews and countless extended family and friends.
Kirk and Dianne were blessed with 52 wonderful years of marriage.
Pa1l Bearers: Sons: Stan Hodges, Chad Hodges, Bret Hodges. Grandsons: Dylan Hodges, Alton Hodges, Dalton Hodges. Best Friend Frosty Miller
-Written from the heart by his three sons.
"When you were born,
you cried and the world rejoiced.
You lived your life so when you died
the world cried and you rejoiced."
Sent to Kirk by dear friend, Bob Potter
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas at 4:30PM with Dennis Raesner officiating.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, 2nd floor, Bethesda, Maryland 20814, Wounded Warriors, PO BOX 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.
Marcel George "Mark" Beaubien
Marcel George “Mark” Beaubien passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, April 19, 2016 in Llano, Texas at the age of 92. Mark was born in Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan, Canada on May 5, 1923. He was the fifth child, and the third son, of Eva LaMere of Range, Wisconsin, and Philemon Beaubien.
Having suffered three crop failures and a house fire, the Beaubiens moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1927 in search of a better life. A family story often recounted is one of Marcel, as the family knew him, being sent to the butcher to beg for a bone to flavor their boiled dinner (usually cabbage). He had those big blue eyes and was seldom turned away.
Mark earned his High School Diploma from Edison High School in Minneapolis in 1942 and served as President of his Senior Class. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the University of Minnesota in 1949.
Mark was an aviation pilot in World War II. He served in three branches of the military; the Naval Reserve, Army Air Force and the Air Force Reserve. He reached the rank of 1st Lieutenant.
He married Jean “Jeanne” Owens of Llano on April 14, 1967 and they had 2 children, Susan and Jay.
Mark was an astute businessman having owned several successful businesses.
Mark was passionate about his faith, having completed seminary but electing to not take the vows of priesthood. He was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church where he donated much of his time and talents. He contributed to many church projects and was recognized for outstanding works by Pope John Paul II in 1989.
Mark was a 3rd Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus Council Number 13245, and the American Legion Post Number 370, and served on the board of the Llano Housing Authority.
Mark was an avid Cowboys and Longhorn fan. He enjoyed reading and watching westerns.
Mark was preceded in death by his parents, Eva LaMere and Philemon Beaubien; step-mother Gertrude Shellhammer; wife Jean Owens; brothers Phillip Beaubien and Everett Beaubien; sisters Lillian Liebl and Lucille Paul; and two step-brothers Richard and Robert Anderson.
Mark is survived by his children, Susan Beaubien of Castell and Jay Beaubien of Llano; two step-children Julie Davis Crouch and husband, Frankie of Gilmer and Rhonda Davis Herridge and husband Roger of Llano; two grandchildren Bradley Beaubien of Dallas, and Ashley Beaubien Brady and husband Dustin of Oneonta, Alabama; five step-grandchildren, Sharla Crouch of Gilmer, Carl Crouch and wife Beth of Saginaw, Steven Crouch and wife Kelsey of Calgary, Canada, Jimmy Hill and Jeffrey Herridge of Llano; and eleven step-great grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.
His family and friends remember him as a kind, considerate and compassionate man and loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle.
Visitation and Rosary will be Sunday, April 24, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas at 6:00 PM.
Funeral Mass will be Monday, April 25, 2016 at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Llano, Texas at 10:00 AM with Pastor-Reverend Melvin officiating. Internment to follow at the Llano City Cemetery.
Pallbearers include Frankie Crouch, Carl Crouch, Brandon Crouch, Roger Herridge, Jeffrey Herridge, Jasper Hill and Dustin Brady. Honorary pallbearers include Roger Wimberley, Roland Rode, George Book, Rayburn Houston, Mike Methvin and Ken Moore.
The family would like to thank the staff at Llano Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for all their compassionate, loving care.
Peggy Wynell (Adair) White
Peggy White passed away on April 14, 2016 at Seton Medical Center, Austin TX.
Peggy Adair White was born on March 3, 1970 in Nederland, TX to Betty Lou (Anderson) and Terry C. Adair and was raised in the Texas Hill Country.
Peggy was preceded in death by her parents Betty Lou (Anderson) Adair and Terry C Adair and her sister Anita Adair.
Survived by son, Kenly Klaproth of Lampasas, TX; brothers, Julius Adair of Kingsland, TX, Audie Adair of Marble Falls, TX and Kenneth Adair, of Kingsland, TX; and Shawn Ray Scott.
Peggy will be remembered for her strength and perseverance with her life long struggle with diabetes.
Memorial service will held in the chapel of Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Kingsland, TX on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the American Diabetes Association.
David Earl Penney Sr.
David Earl Penney, 55, finished his race and passed away peacefully in his home Saturday, April 16th, 2016 after a short battle with cancer.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Abbie Shannon Penney; his daughter Tiffany Penney Berrio, her husband Alan and their daughters Allie, Kora, and Chloe of Whitney, TX; his son David Penney, Jr. and wife Stormy of Austin; his son Franky J Penney, wife Tosha, and their children Hailey, Franky Jr., and Emily; and his son Aiden Penney, all of Cherokee. He also leaves behind four sisters, two brothers, many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and countless friends and brothers and sisters in Christ.
David was born in Austin, TX, on April 22, 1960 to Frank and Winnie Penney and grew up in the Austin area. As a young man he spent two years in the Marine Reserves. He met Abbie Shannon in May of 1979 on a blind date and married her one month later on June 17, 1979. She was and always will be his angel.
David became a truck driver at an early age and drove trucks for many years before being involved in a truck accident that disabled him. The majority of his career was spent driving for Jacobs & Son Trucking in San Saba where his boss, Tony Jacobs, and the Jacobs clan quickly became as dear to him as family. After the accident, he spent the next twelve years working side-by-side with Abbie on odd jobs such as mowing lawns, cleaning houses, building pallets, and junking scrap metals. They were best friends and perfect business partners.
David had the imagination of a child. He was constantly discovering shapes in the clouds or trees...or absolutely anywhere for that matter. “See that tree shaped like a dinosaur?” he would say. “Doesn’t this chicken nugget look like a squirrel?” “That cloud looks exactly like Alf.” “Look at that, guys! Can you see the face?”
David was also a jokester at heart with a special talent for corny jokes. The cheesier, the better. He would laugh until his whole body shook and he turned bright red. Anyone who spent any amount of time with him had probably fallen victim to one of his pranks. He especially loved to jump out from behind a door and scare the daylights out of his unsuspecting victims. He could often be found giggling until he couldn’t breathe because he had just dumped an ice-cold cup of water on some innocent shower-taker.
As much as David loved finding faces and joking around, he loved The Lord more. He gave his heart to Jesus in 1997 and was never the same. He proclaimed the love of God to anyone who would listen. He almost always wore a Christian t-shirt and used them to open a door to speak to people about the love of God and His perfect salvation. He was generous and genuine. He earnestly cared about people and would literally give his last dollar (or a bag of groceries or even his car) to a friend or even a stranger in need. He didn’t have much in the way of earthly wealth, but in faith, character, kindness, integrity, respect, and love he was a rich, rich man indeed.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at the Cherokee Baptist Church at 4:00 PM with burial at Cherokee Cemetery. Reverend Welton Watson and Reverend Alan Berrio will be officiating.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Central Baptist Church Childrens Ministry, 1001 W. Brown St, San Saba, Texas 78677
Debbie Caddy passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at the age of 60. She was born May 11, 1955 in Greeley, Colorado to Verla (Bauder) and Warren Oliver. She graduated from Greeley West High School and was a dietician for Weld School district 6 for 32 years before retiring. Debbie was a huge supporter of her children who where involved in baseball, football and hockey.
She is survived by husband Randy Caddy of Kingsland, Texas; sons Jake Caddy and Staci of Greeley , Colorado and Jordan Caddy of Kingsland, Texas; daughter Kate Caddy; sister Lori Elventon of Loveland, Colorado; grandson Hunter Caddy and numerous extended family.
Debbie is preceded in death by her parents.
A Wake is to be held Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 1:00 PM at 1940 Twin Oaks, Kingsland, Texas. A Memorial service will be held at a later date in Greeley, Colorado.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Kingsland Little League Association, P.O. BOX 1413, Kingsland, Texas 78639.
Charles Lynn Hooks
Charles Lynn Hooks passed away Friday, April 8, 2016 in Temple, Texas at the age of 86. He was born September 13, 1929 in Kosciusko, Mississippi to Mildred Irene (Ray) and Harvey J. Hooks. Charles was a supervisor at a steel mill and belonged to the Houston Drag Boat Club. He was in the Marine Corps and served in the Korean War and in World War II.
He is survived by daughters Cynthia Ann Hooks Smith and Carl of Buchanan Dam, Texas and Charlotte Leonard of Wagner, Oklahoma; brother Gene Hooks of Florence, Mississippi; step-sister Dorothy Ford of Mississippi; three grandchildren James Faulkner, Tiger Leonard and Herbie Leonard; three great grandchildren Autumn Faulkner, Zoe Faulkner and Joaquin Faulkner and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.
Charles is preceded in death by his parents; wife Betty B. Hooks; brother Ray Alexander and grandson Kristopher Faulkner.
Visitation will be Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Kingsland, Texas from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Kingsland, Texas at 11:00 AM with Pastor Richard Vandeventer officiating. Graveside to immediately follow at the Lakeland Hills Memorial Park in Burnet, Texas. Following the graveside service will be a Celebration of Life at Cindy Smith’s residence at the Black Rock Cottages, 3100 RR 261, Buchanan Dam, Texas 78609.
Pallbearers include Jimmy Faulkner, Allen Dunn, Michael Joe Smith, Dakota Smith, Logan Smith and Josh Smith. Honorary Pallbearer is John Rayborn.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to St. Jude’s, 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.
Mary Alice Brown
Mary Alice (Holtz) Brown passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2016 in San Angelo, Texas at the age of 82. She was born December 10, 1933 at 9:10 AM in the family home in Coleman, Texas to John William Holtz(34) and Amanda Elizabeth (Tomlinson) Holtz.
She lost her father to stomach cancer when she was but 7 years of age, a loss which would remain with her all her life.
Mary and Howard Austin Burroughs married July 9, 1949 at her brother John and wife Dorcia’s home in Coleman between her freshman and sophomore year in high school. As a young couple they moved several times, including; living in a Railroad bunkhouse, a college apartment and the maid’s quarters for the mayor in a north central Texas town.
Though Mary lost numerous babies through miscarriage she had three children who survived. They are: Linda Sue (born 8/9/1950), Jerry Wayne (born 9/17/1952) and Michael Howard (born 5/31/1955). All were born in Coleman, a town where her family lived many years and do still to this day. Her life was one of many ups and down but never was there a doubt she loved her children more than anything. She also had a love for her cats.
Mary and Harry raised their three babies in the Church of Christ but sadly divorced after a few short years. Life would find them making up shortly before his death, October 22, 1973. She shared later, they had agreed they had done three things right.
She was a true survivor, of many events in her life, with her faith in God, she overcame many different sadness’s, to include 25+ years with the chronic and progressive disease Parkinson. She found joy in different avenues including; sewing, creating clothing for her children and eventually her grandchildren (even making a prom dress), her love of gardening, it was not uncommon to find her working in the yard from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM on her days off and she often held two jobs at a time. She was no stranger to hard work.
Mary lived the majority of her adult life in Houston where she and Howard attended Montrose Church of Christ, but she loved living in Llano and the country life she enjoyed out in Rio Llano. She attended worship services at Llano Church of Christ.
She is survived by sons Jerry Burroughs and David of Dallas, Texas and Michael Burroughs and Mark of Austin, Texas; daughter Linda Groff and Warren of Llano, Texas; brothers John Holtz II and Dorcia of Coleman, Texas, Olen Holtz and Nita of Abilene, Texas and Robert Holtz and Lynna of San Angelo, Texas; sisters Dorothy Yates of Pensacola, Florida, Fay Hall of Apalachin, New York, Mae White of Eastland, Texas and Patricia Burnett and Kenneth of Eastland, Texas; grandchildren Matt and Christi Groff, Amy Burroughs and Mark Hostetter, Mary Jeffreys and Kris, and Stephen Burroughs and Amanda; great grandchildren Mariah, Haley, Hannah, Faith, Austin, Brooke, Luke, Morgen and baby girl Burroughs due in June 2016; and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends. Mary is also survived by long time friend Jaime Castaneda, Mr. and Mrs. Manny Martinez and Mr. and Mrs. John Harlow.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents; father of her children Howard Austin Burroughs; sisters Hazel Field, Helen Holtz and Grace Griffin; and her special friend Don Banks.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 10, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas from 5:00 – 6:00 PM. Funeral Services will be Monday, April 11, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas at 10:00 AM with David Hankins, preacher of the Church of Christ in Llano, officiating.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Church of Christ of your choice, your local cancer society or charity of your choice.
Payton Rayne Martinez
Payton Rayne “Precious Payton” Martinez passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2016 in Llano, Texas at the age of 4. She was born May 25, 2011 in Round Rock, Texas to Emoryee (Berreles) and Omar Martinez Jr. She loved watching YouTube videos, opening surprise blind bags, planting and picking flowers with her Mimi, digging for worms, long baths, strawberry ice cream, going to Mimi and Pawpaw’s, playing with her dog, Peppa Pig, going to Journey fellowship and tickling her favorite guy, James. Precious Payton also loved playing hide and seek, stomping bugs, treasure hunting, playing in the sand at her G’pa’s, going to the zoo, eating cheese dip at Rosita’s, visiting with Laurie and Steven, going to the ranch with her Susan, going to pre-k, playing with Jancie and Taylee and numerous other things.
Precious Payton is survived by her parents; 2 sisters Hadlee (2) and Meadow (2mo.) Martinez; grandparents Lisa Mansell and Dale White of Llano, Texas, Marco and Dora Berreles of Mason, Texas, Omar Martinez Sr. of Mason; Leonor Castillo; and Gracie Gonzales of Grand Prairie, Texas; 2 aunts Kaila and Shaila Martinez; 3 uncles Jason and Branson Berreles and Marcuss Martinez; cousins Jamarcuss, Arturo and Adlee and numerous other family including Susan Beaubien.
Precious Payton is preceded in death by great grandmother Janice Owens Miller and Lance Ray Bankston.
Visitation will be Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral chapel in Llano, Texas from 9:00 - 11:00 AM followed by a celebration of life memorial service at 11:00 AM at the chapel with James Sanderson officiating. There will be a balloon release at the west end of the Badu Park immediately following the services.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Children’s Cancer Research Fund, 7301 Ohms Lane, Suite 355, Minneapolis MN 55439 or Journey Fellowship, 102 Market, Llano, Texas 78643.
Perry Ray Roemer
Perry Ray Roemer of Llano passed away unexpectedly on April 3, 2016 at the age of 44. Perry was born on July 26, 1971 to Pamela Roemer and Larry Reese. Pamela later married Johnny Hawkins and the bond between he and Perry was undeniable.
Perry was a man of many trades but concrete work was his calling and he could finish concrete like no other. Perry spent many years working on the pipeline, and was also an excellent mechanic and could take just about anything apart, repair it, and put it back together.
Most of all Perry loved his kids and they were his pride and joy. He enjoyed spending time with them doing activities like fishing, and loved nothing more than cutting up and wrestling with them. He enjoyed watching them in all their activities and was always a proud dad in the stands. Perry was an outspoken rough and tuff tumbleweed and took great pleasure in passing that on to his kids.
His hobbies included Bar-B-Que cook-offs, hunting, fishing, and dancing. Perry was a simple man and enjoyed the simple pleasures of life. Hanging out with friends on the bed of a pick-up truck, or sitting around the back yard telling stories was where he found the most pleasure. Perry will be remembered most for his sense of humor. Perry was funny! If you were in his presence, you were laughing! He could tell a story and have the room in stitches with his dramatic expressions, and storytelling ability that only he had! The man never met a stranger and considered everyone a friend.
Perry was proud to be on the Lucky L Cookers BBQ Cook-off team, he was a member of the Llano Christmas Lighting Committee, and was on the Llano Youth Soccer Building Committee. Perry volunteered many hours during the construction of the Llano Youth Soccer complex where he took the lead on all the concrete work, and also volunteered many hours during the original construction of the Moore Baseball Complex. His heart was of gold and he was always there when anyone needed his help. He never turned anyone away that was in need, if he had something you needed you can bet he would give it to you in the blink of an eye.
Perry is survived by two sons - Eric Roemer from Smithville, and Hunter Roemer of Llano. One daughter - Jayla Roemer of Llano. His mother - Pamela Roemer of Waco, Brothers; Johnny Hawkins Jr and David Hawkins of San Angelo, Tim Watson of Llano, and Curtis Watson of Waco. Girlfriend Christina Asfeld and her daughter Seriah Bartram of Granite Shoals. Grandparents: Howard and Lynn Kilgore of Austin. Nephews; Steton Watson of Llano, Trey Watson of Llano, Coy Reese of San Saba, and Kaleb Reese of Llano. Nieces; Kaylee Watson of Killeen, Brittney Reese of Austin, Ashlie Watson of Waco, and Johnna Reese of Llano. He is also survived by many cousins, aunts, uncles, and a host of other friends and family.
Preceding him in death is his father – Larry Reese, his dad - Johnny Hawkins, Brother – Jason Reese, and Grandparents – Robert and Marzilla Hawkins.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 2pm at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano with Sam Garza officiating. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Perry Roemer Memorial Fund at Llano National Bank.
Melody W. Bernhard
Melody W. (Watson) Bernhard passed away Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the age of 77. She was born July 6, 1938 in Des Moines, Iowa to Margaret Watson. She grew up in Kerrville, Texas and attended Tivy highschool, which is where she met husband, Fred Bernhard. They married November 1, 1957. She graduated from the LVN program at Schreiner College in 1974. Melody had lots of friends that enjoyed her vivacious spirit.
She is survived by husband, Fred Bernhard of Buchanan Dam, Texas; daughters Becky Coons and husband Ray of Kerrville, Texas and Julie Woolway and husband Jim of Redwood City, California and 3 grandchildren, Matthew Coons and wife Lauren of Clearwater, Florida, Kyle Coons of Johnson City, Texas and Jenna Woolway of Redwood City, California.
Services are pending.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or a of charity of your choice.
Connie Thomas Bush
Connie Thomas Bush passed away Monday, March 28, 2016 at the age of 78. She was born March 15, 1938 in Holly Bluff, Mississippi to Mattie Jewel (Huff) and Wyat Gordan Thomas. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Tow, Texas and had been a member of Tow since 1989.
She is survived by son Billy Bush; sisters Mary Harris of Terry, Mississippi, Frankie Boyd of Utica, Mississippi and Judy Strong of Wesson, Mississippi; grandchildren Lindsey and Ivan Graff of Marble Falls, Texas, Jacqueline and Johnny Calhoun of Burnet, Texas, Kimberly and Javier Solis of Lake Jackson, Texas, Ricy and Trent Stone of Angelton, Texas, Chance Bush, Brittany Bush of Richland, Texas; great grandchildren Logan, Caleb and Ethan Solis and Triston Stone.
Connie is preceded in death by her parents; husband John Lee Bush; sons John Calvin Bush (Sputnik) and Ricky Don Bush; brothers Don Thomas, Paul Thomas and Phillip Thomas; sisters Gayle Nell Thomas and Betty Sanford.
Memorial services will be held Friday, April 8, 2016 at 1:00 PM at the address 17338 RR 2241, Tow, Texas 78672 with Jerald Moore officiating.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.
Leta Duncan "Scratch" Lawrence
Leta Duncan “Scratch” Lawrence of Llano, Texas passed away at the age of 89 on March 26, 2016.
She was born on June 17, 1926 to Ernest and Nora Duncan in Llano, Texas.
She is proceeded in death by her parents Ernest and Nora Duncan, her brothers; Francis Duncan, Eb Duncan, Joe Duncan, Lee Duncan, her sisters: Loma Duncan Roberts, Myra Duncan Fryer, Wilma Duncan Horne, Ruthe Duncan and by husband Walter P. Lawrence.
Leta married Walter Lawrence September 21, 1945 and they had two children Ann Lawrence Gray and Steve Lawrence.
She is survived by her two children Ann Lawrence Gray and husband Randle Gray of Llano, Texas, Steve Lawrence and wife Monica Lawrence of Hutto, Texas, grandson Philip Lawrence and wife Tara of Queen Creek, Arizona and many nieces and nephews.
Leta graduated from Durham’s Business College in Austin, Texas.
She was an active member of Allandale Baptist Church in Austin, Texas where she taught primaries until returning back to Llano in 1971 where her children finished school.
She and her husband and two children joined First Christian Church of Llano, Texas in 1971 with the encouragement of her sister Loma Roberts where she has remained a member.
After raising her children, she went to medication aide school and worked for 7 years for Hill Country Manor now Hill Country Healthcare.
She and her husband Walter returned to Austin in 1984 to work at IRS Service Center. She received many awards of service from IRS in Austin, Texas.
Her husband died in Austin on June 12, 1985. She remained in Austin with her daughter, who was working in Austin and continued to work until she retired in January 1995. She and her daughter moved back to Llano where she sill had family.
She was a fine seamstress and homemaker. She also loved growing flowers and gardening.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Llano City Cemetery with Pastor Gretel Morgan officiating.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, 1105 Oatman, Llano, Texas 78643.
William Earl (Jack) Alexander
Mr. William Earl Alexander fondly known as “Jack” died peacefully on Thursday, March 17, 2016 in Llano, Texas at the age of 93.
Jack was born on December 24, 1922 in Lone Grove, Texas to William Guy Alexander and Edna Lenore Rogers. He married Lena, his childhood sweetheart on September 17, 1942. Jack worked for Convair (which became General Dynamics Corporation then Lockheed Martin Corporation) in White Settlement, Texas as a Class A machinist for 25 years.
Jack is preceded in death by his wife Lena Belle Lockhart Brabaw of Llano, Texas; daughter Phyllis Alexander, son Gary Guy Alexander, sister Mercelle Lenore Howard and companion of 30 years Alma Moore.
Jack is survived by his children Marcia Allen of Rio Llano, Texas; Jean Daltwas of Lyman, South Carolina; William Earl Alexander Jr. of Llano, Texas; and sister Bobbie Jean Moore and husband Jim Moore of Kingsland, Texas. He is also survived by his grandchildren Alan Minter, Greg Minter, Kenny Minter, Lisa Heatherly, Eddie Daltwas, Vinnce Castro, Gidget Castro, Angel Kullenberg, Chris Minter and Jayme Kuhn, 16 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and his beloved dog Parky.
His children remember him as a compassionate man and loving father who encouraged them to pursue their goals and show kindness to others. He was a US Army veteran and donated much of his time helping other veterans. Jack also served as a deacon of the First Baptist Church in Everman, Texas.
A graveside service is scheduled for 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Tow Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123
Edward J. Hinz
Edward J. Hinz passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2016 in Temple, Texas at the age of 88. He was born December 22, 1927 in Farmington, Wisconsin to Esther Elizabeth (Boucher) and Paul Clement Hinz. He is preceded in death by his wife Geneva Marie (Reedy) of 53 years, his parents, and his siblings, Marcellus Hinz, Virgil Hinz, Virginia Benter, Manford Hinz, and Clifford Hinz.
Edward served in the Army in WWII and in the Air Force during the Korean War, after which he began working with North American Rockwell on several logistics projects, finally landing in the Apollo program. He worked for Rockwell during the entire Apollo program and retired about halfway through the Shuttle program. He was a devoted Chicago Cubs fan for 80+ years and was excited about the new season about to begin.
He is survived by his siblings Allen Hinz of Anamosa, Iowa, Vernice Shada of Anamosa, Iowa, Sylvester Hinz/wife Joanne of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; his sister-in-laws, Ruth Hinz/Manford, Twila Adams/Orlyn, his beloved children, Nanette Edmonds/husband Dale of Temple, Texas, Murray Hinz/wife Tina of League City, Texas, as well as grandchildren Joshua Hinz/wife Leslie, Kirsten Hinz, Kevin Edmonds/wife Tammy, Stephanie Edmonds, Adam Edmonds/wife Melissa, two great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home on Friday, March 18, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Graveside services will be held after the memorial at the Llano City Cemetery, Pastor-Reverend Melvin Dornak of Holy Trinity Catholic Church will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123 www.cancer.org, or the Alzheimer's Association, PO Box 96011 Washington, DC 20090-6011 www.alz.org.
James Luther (Edd) Buntyn
James Luther (Edd) Buntyn passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2016 in Fredericksburg, TX at the age of 74. He was born February 2, 1942 in Pontotoc, TX to Viola (Moore) and Jake Buntyn. Edd served in the United States Air Force, is a Vietnam War Veteran and was a member of the American Legion in Brady, Texas.
He is survived by his wife Jean Buntyn; sons Jess Luther Buntyn and wife Marion of Aurora, CO and Roy Henry Buntyn and wife Tracy of Llano, TX; brother Manley Earl Buntyn and wife Danette of Miles, TX; sister Stella Mae McCormick and husband W.G. (Mac) of Houston, TX; grandsons CJ and Donny Buntyn; numerous nieces and nephews and his beloved dog Cocoa.
Edd is preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 17, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel in Llano, TX from 6:00 - 7:00 PM.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home chapel in Llano, TX at 10:00 AM with Jill Tate officiating. Graveside to follow at the Wagram Cemetery in Fredonia, TX.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, PVA: Donation Processing Center, PO BOX 758532, Topeka, KS 66675-8532 or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.
Pallbearers include Curtis Osbourn, Myron McLeod, Sam Tate, Jay J. McCormick, Richard Castro and Manley Buntyn.
C.L. (Dudie) Gray
C.L. (Dudie) Gray passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2016 in Llano, Texas at the age of 86. C.L. was born September 9, 1929 in Lometa, Texas to Bonnie Eloyse (McLeod) and Gordon Don Gray. He was a lifetime resident of Llano and San Saba counties.
He is survived by sons Marty Gray and wife Shirley of Cherokee, Texas; and Dr. Mark Gray of Plattenville, Louisiana; and daughter Becky McCarty and husband Bart of Cherokee, Texas; 6 grand children, 3 great grandchildren and by the children and grandchildren of Betty Blackwood.
Dudie is preceded in death by his parents, wife Sammye (Williams) Gray, his companion of 30 years Betty Blackwood, son Scott Gray, and brother Charles Raymond Gray.
Memorial Services will be Saturday, March 26, 2016 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas at 10:00 AM with Tom Bowden officiating.