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Virgie Nell Herridge

In loving memory of Nell Herridge, 73.

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

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

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

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

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

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Richard Hugh Gilbert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Douglas Shane Reese

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

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

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

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

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Matthew Tyler Aten

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

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 Shirley Anita Gamblin

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

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

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

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

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

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Laura Lee Henderson-George

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

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

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

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

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

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Carolyn Gail Mansell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

with Pastor Stacey Nobles officiating.

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

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Richard C. Smith

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


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


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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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Doris Faye King

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

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

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

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

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Carol Lee Stolz 


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

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

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

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

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Nettie Mae Story 


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

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

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Thomas Carroll Fain


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Erma Lee Inman 

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


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


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


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


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Corbin Raygan Greenwood-Ortiz


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

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

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Evelyn Marie Colclasure


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

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

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

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

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

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Imogene (Gene) Donop 

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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Mary Viola (Merkel) Reed

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

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

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

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Tina Sue Arms

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

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

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

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

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

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Robert A. Poteet

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

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

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

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Ruby Laverne Maynard

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


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


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


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


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

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

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Doris Anne Cowart


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

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

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

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Morris William Sherry

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

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

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

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

Pall Bearers:

Morris Bailey

Heath Robertson

Tyler Hoerster

Bradley Kassell

Caleb McCord

James Peevy

Honorary Pall Bearers:

Branden Ellison

Tanner Robertson

Russell Ricketson

Peewee Smathers

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                                                        Mary Emily Firestone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Patricia Ann Brewer

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

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

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

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

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



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Roberta Reagor Strayhorn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Loyce Rogers Majkszak


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Shawn Allen Sutton

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


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


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


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


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

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 Howard Lee (Bo) Morris

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Jack Talley


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

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

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

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

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

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Harvey B. Spinks, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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George Curtis Rogers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ruth Nason Goodson


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

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

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

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


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


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

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

or the charity of your choice.

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Helen Wilbourn


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

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


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

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

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

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


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Edna Henry

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


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


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


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



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Clifford Hilmar Lang 

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

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

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

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

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

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 Dr Terry Turner




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

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

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


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


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 Clifton Warren




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


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


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


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





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  Linda Lee Wallis



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Carlos Ashley



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Christopher Luke Reed 


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

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

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

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

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Jeanine Hicks




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

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


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




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

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













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 Katherine Glenn



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


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


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


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


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

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Larry Don Wright

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Bobby Wayne Riley





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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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Lee Alice Little

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

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


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


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


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

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 MaryAnn Kathleen Brogan


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


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


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


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


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

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

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Ramon Arriaga Gonzalez



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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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R D DePratter



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


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


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


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


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

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Donald Lee Clark



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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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Esther Schorlemmer


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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"Twister" Audie Templeton 

“Twister” Audie Templeton of Kingsland Texas passed away unexpectedly on May 4 2015. He was born to Van and Dell Templeton on

August 26, 1967 in Orange Co. California. He moved to Texas in 1990 to be closer to his family. He then met and married

Karen McPherson which gave him a new family that he cherished including 9 grandchildren that were the love of his life.

He worked at Care Inn in Llano as a CNA and Activities Director. Twister then went on to receive his real estate license that he was very proud of.

      The residents adored him as he did them. He was very involved in the community when he wasn’t enjoying time with his family.

Twister will be truly missed by so many. His infectious personality touched many lives and will surely leave a lasting impression on each person he met.

Twister was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Buster and one grandson, Keegan.  He is survived by wife Karen, sons;

Kirk McPherson and wife LeAnne of Llano, Keith McPherson and wife Angie of Tomball; grandchildren;

Kendall,Justin,Eryn,Liam,Grant,Cate and Blair McPherson, Claire Scott

 Brothers “Tinker” and wife Karen of Cold Spring Texas, Dutch of Taft California,

Van Donovan of Bakersfield California; Sister Veanne Weddle and husband Phil of John Day Oregon and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at a later date.

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Gordon Martin Freeman

Gordon Martin Freeman, age 87, of San Antonio passed away on May 1, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas.  He was born on September 29, 1927 in Llano, Texas to Nolan Freeman and Mary Ada (Martin) Freeman.  Gordon had been a resident of San Antonio since 1949 having moved there from Llano County. 

 Gordon married Alta Fern Low on July 19, 1975 in San Saba, Texas.He retired from Roddis Lumber and Veneer in San Antonio, having served in many positions with the company and he enjoyed ranching for many years.  Gordon was a member of the Alamo Christian Church in Alamo Heights, San Antonio. 

 He is preceded in death by his Parents, Nolan and Mary Freeman, 2 sisters Fay Hardin and Floy Duncan, and 2 brothers Carl and Jim Freeman.Gordon Martin Freeman

Gordon is survived by his wife Alta Fern Freeman of San Antonio, 2 sons Don Paul Freeman and Bart Freeman both of Llano, step daughter Anita Gotcher of Sunrise Beach, 4 grandchildren Austin Freeman and his wife Jzee, Grakyson Freeman, Kevin Daniel and his wife Courtney, and Tylena Campbell and her husband Wesley, as well as 4 Great grandchildren Raylee, Cole, Kaiya and Caleb.

 Visitation will be held on Monday, May 4, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.  Funeral services will be on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 2:00 PM in the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano with Bro. Johnny Sawyer officiating.  Graveside services will follow at the Llano City Cemetery.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

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Evelyn Juanita Wilson

Evelyn Juanita Wilson, age 90 of Llano, Texas went to meet Jesus on April 30, 2015 at 11:56PM.

She was born on October 21, 1924 to Samuel Jacob Fisher and Ethel May Fisher in Belglade, Florida.  Evelyn had resided in Florida until 1962 when she moved to Texas.  She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who was loved dearly.

 Evelyn is survived by her 5 children, Charles Kirkland, Everett Kirkland, Juanita Waliky, Margaret Garza and Trenda Lee Neal, and a sister Naomi Gardo.  She was a loving grandmother to 15 grandchildren, 39 great grandchildren and 19 great great grandchildren.

Evelyn is preceded in death by her parents, a grandson Wally Waliky, 4 sisters, and 2 brothers.  

A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Bible Baptist Church in Llano, Texas on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 4:00 PM with Rev. Dale Strawn officiating and a meal to follow. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Bible Baptist Church, 700 E. Young, Llano, Texas 78643 or flowers may be sent to the church as well.

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Helen Nell Brock

December 11, 1924 - April 23, 2015

Helen Nell Brock passed away April 23, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. 

Graveside Services will be held Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 1:00 P.M.

at Bluffton Cemetery.

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Manuel Kasner
Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 Noon on Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Highland Lakes United Methodist Church
with Rev. Grady Roe and the Kingsland Masonic Lodge officiating.

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Willie Louise Walker

Willie Louise Kirkpatrick Walker of Llano, TX  went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.  Louise was born January 10, 1918 in Lovelace, TX to

Jewell Grant Kirkpatrick and Katy Nancy (Burk) Kirkpatrick. 

  Louise graduated from Penelope High School, Penelope, TX and then attended Hill County Junior College in Hillsboro, TX. 

She left college and eloped with the love of her life, Richard Walker, on Sept. 24, 1936.  They were married 66 years.  

They spent most of their married life working  together in businesses  in Seminole, TX   and  Ft. Stockton, TX.

  She is preceded in death by her husband, Richard, her parents, twin infant sons, sisters: Gloria Fields,

Catherine Bean, and brother Kenneth Kirkpatrick.

Louise is survived by three loving sons, Harry Lee Walker and wife Naomi of Turner, Oregon;  Jimmy Richard Walker and wife Darlena of Hutto, TX; 

Paul Chris Walker and wife Theresa of White Oak, TX., and daughter Phyllis McWhorter and husband Jess of Llano, TX. 

Sisters Mary Franklin of Riesel, TX., Lois Allen of Lewisville, TX., and Precious Sheets of Seminole, TX.    Also, as well as

12 grandchildren: Bart, Matt, Holly, Kirk, Grant, Todd, Chad, Tiffany, Katy, Tate,  Christopher, and Amy. 

Great grandchildren: Grace, Silas, Mallory, Kathryn, Ethan, Alex, Olivia, Valerie, Grace Ann, Ayden, Avery, Kelbey, and Kolden.

  Also, a host of nieces and nephews.

  Visitation will be held Friday, April 24, 2015 from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, April 25, 2015 2:00 P.M. at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Home, Llano Texas.

Burial will follow at Llano City Cemetery.


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 Ida Mae Wingren Allee

Mae Allee of Austin passed from this life April 12, 2015. She was a first generation American born Dec. 8, 1919, in Denison, TX, to her native Swedish father Eric and Margaret Early Wingren. She grew up in San Antonio across the street from her childhood sweetheart Waymon Douglas Allee.

They married in 1941 before Doug joined the Army and went to Europe to serve  in World War II. He went to college on the GI bill and became a chemist, a career that prompted several moves in Texas and to Illinois.

Mae was a devoted mother to her three children and later in life she launched a career in real estate. She and Doug retired in Highland Haven on Lake LBJ where they spent some of their happiest years.

Mae loved to sew and was an accomplished cook. She was a faithful member of Highland Lakes United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her beloved Doug and daughter Diana Lynn. She is survived by son Lance and wife Pam of Marble, CO, daughter Sheila Kershaw and husband Tom, daughter Kathryn Stuart and husband Tom, all of Austin, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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Tommye Lou Overstreet Bradley

Tommye Lou Overstreet Bradley (Dah Dah) of Llano died April 11, 2015. She was born to A.P. and Mildred (Lewis) Overstreet March 4, 1942 in Corpus Christi Texas.


Tommye is survived by her daughter Brenda Bradley Norris; three sons Aurther Powell Jr., Carl Powell and Burt Powell; one granddaughter Courtney Norris; one brother Hondo Overstreet; three great grandchildren Austin, Jadden and Jagger; one niece Cecilia Overstreet and Lulie Belle her canine companion.


Tommye was preceded in death by her parents and her first husband Joe Bradley and partner and best friend for 30 years Aurther Powell Sr.


The family is planning a celebration of life 2:00 P.M. April 24, 2015 at the Llano City Cemetery. She was an extraordinary and unique woman. We will never forget her. They broke the mold when He made Tommye Lou Overstreet and she will be deeply missed.

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Virginia Ball

Virginia Ball, 88, of Tow, Texas died peacefully on Saturday, April 18, 2015.


She was the daughter of Alva and Bessie Ellington of Jackson, Tennessee.  Virginia was a devoted wife to Rufus Harvey Ball and mother to son Harold Glen Ball and Daughter Patricia Ann Luce. 

She will be dearly missed by them as well as Daughter-in-law Diana Ball and Son-in-law Daniel Luce.  She was a wonderful grandmother to Grandsons, Brian Luce and Trevor Jackson and Granddaughters Melissa Nash and Teier Jackson.  She also had nine Great Grandchildren.


Virginia had a long career with General Motors and after retiring enjoyed bingo, oil painting, visiting with friends and family and other pursuits of happiness.


Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the First Baptist Church in Tow, Texas with Rev. Jerald Moore officiating.  Graveside services will follow at the Tow Cemetery.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Disable American Veterans organization.


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Stella Lee Reven 
Stella Lee Reven ,88, of Kingsland, formerly of Lamesa, passed away April 1, 2015. She was bornto SL and Willie (Briggs) Stephens on August 31, 1926 in Idalou, Texas.
Stella married Clinton Reven on March 17, 1946 in Ruidoso, New Mexico. She made a career as a bookkeeper and  housewife.
She was known for her love of family, home cooking, and for her famous homemade yeast rolls. Stella was a strong Christian, devout wife, mother, and grandmother.
She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Clinton, of Kingsland, son, Larry and wife Betty, of Kingsland, two grandsons,
Dan and wife Cristal, Randy and wife Gena, all of Kingsland, five great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren a sister Mary Ann Kidd, of Lubbock, Texas,
two brothers, Don Stephens and wife Donnie, Shirley Stephens and wife Margaret all of Lamesa, Texas, and many nieces and nephews.  
She is preceded in death by a son Jerry Reven, a brother SL Stephens.
Pallbearers Dan Reven. Randy Reven, Lance Reven, and Justin Reven.  
Viewing  2:00 to 4:00 P.M. Thursday April 2, 2015 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Kingsland.
Funeral Services 10:30 A.M. Friday, April 3, 2015 at the Kingsland Community Church with Pastor Dick West presiding. Interment followed at Llano City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Kingsland Community Church. 


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 Christopher E. Proctor

Christopher E. Proctor, born January 10, 1962 lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015.

Chris was a long time resident of Arlington/Plano, TX area.

He is survived by his numerous family members and friends and will be dearly missed.

Christopher will be laid to rest with full military honors alongside his father in a private cemetery located in Burnet County, Texas.

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Donna C. Johnson

Donna C Johnson. born October 11, 1949 in Lubbock TX.  She married Ronnie L Johnson on December 31,1966 in Lubbock TX.
She is survived by husband Ronnie Johnson of Tow, Daughter Machelle and husband Rodger Woods of Tow,
Son Ricky Johnson of Llano and Son Jackie and wife Whitney Johnson of Granite Shoals.
She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. 
Proceeded in death by her son Ronnie L Johnson II.
She spent many years volunteering for Llano EMS and worked as a dispatcher and jailer for the Llano Sheriff’s Office.
Donna died March 22, 2015 in Austin TX, surrounded by family and friends.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Kingsland.
Funeral services will be Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 1:00 PM at our Chapel with Rev. Jerald Moore officiating.
Burial will follow at Tow Cemetery.

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 Rebekah (Becky) Clair Barnhill Chiesa

Rebekah (Becky) Clair Barnhill Chiesa was born in Houston, Texas to Nora Rebekah Stitt and Lewis Dyer Barnhill on July 23rd, 1936.
She departed her life here on Earth on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 with her three daughters and her first grandson by her side.
She was 78 years old. Early in her life, her family made their way to Garland, Texas and put down their roots.
She attended Garland High School and was a member of the Dashing Debs. While in school, she met Albert George Chiesa and after their high school courtship,
she married him on December 18th, 1953. They were married 42 years prior to his passing in January of 1995.
While George was in the Army, they lived for a brief period of time in Queens, New York.
After George left the army, they moved back to Rowlett, Texas where they eventually built their home of 52 years on Miller Road.
She lived there until this past spring when she sold it to a sweet family who has remodeled it and brought it back to home full of life.

Becky began a long career at South Garland High School in 1973 when she went to work in the Counselor’s Office as the secretary to the counselors.
She had an impact on so many lives while working there. It has been said recently that she had a servant’s heart and it could not better stated.
She loved the people she worked with and most assuredly the students. Her passion was helping the seniors applying for scholarships,
but that is only one of many, many ways in which she contributed to so many lives. After 38 years, she finally decided to retire (kicking and screaming).

In April of 2014, Becky relocated to the Hill Country in Llano, Texas, where she had purchased a 5 acre tract of the most beautiful property covered in blue bonnets and trees.
It had a home with decks on the front and back allowing her to watch her deer, foxes, and birds of all types which quickly became her new favorite past time.

Becky had a soul filled with adventure and she traveled to many places throughout the world over the years.
She traveled as far as The Polynesian Islands, Australia, Africa and Bangkok just to name a few.
She shared this love of travel with her friends and family with the beautiful photos she took and archived in her many photograph albums.

Becky was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, her husband Albert George Chiesa, and her beloved grandson, Justin Casey Vaught-Brown.
She is survived by her daughter, Kimetha Lori Brown and son-in-law, Chris Brown, of Georgetown , Texas;
her daughter, Robin Virginia Chiesa and her lifetime partner, Russell Baros, of Llano, Texas;and her daughter, Stacy Elizabeth Solomon and son-in-law, John F. Solomon, of McKinney, Texas.
She is also survived by her 5 grandchildren, David (39), Katey (29), Jody (23), Sami (15), and Kamy (9) and three great-grandchildren and one on the way.

Visitation will be Friday, March 20th, from 6-8pm at Williams Funeral Home in Garland. The service will be Saturday, also at Williams, at 1pm.
Following the service, she will be buried, next to George, in the Big A Cemetery in Rowlett.
Local arrangements were handled by Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano, Texas.

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August Wilhelm Staats
August Wilhelm Staats, 83, passed away peacefully at his home in Llano County on Friday, March 20, 2015.
He was born on June 7, 1931 to Alwin and Gertrude Staats. August grew up in Gillespie county with his parents and brother Eddie.
A longtime resident of Llano County, he moved to Llano as a young man and worked as a ranch hand, fence builder, truck driver, and bulldozer operator.
August was preceded in death by his parents, brother, and two sons—Paul and Joshua.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Cathy; sons Jay and wife Dawn, Jared, Simon and wife Elizabeth, and James; grandson Tyler;
granddaughters Shelby and Evangeline; and great-granddaughter Raylee.
A memorial service officiated by Pastor Reitmeyer was held on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at St. James Lutheran Church in Llano.

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Anna Lan Thanh Nguyen M.D.

 Doctor Lan Thanh Nguyen, a resident of Horseshoe Bay, TX, passed away suddenly on 17, March 2015 as a result of a cerebral aneurysm. 
Her medical practice was centered at Hill Country Memorial Surgery Center LLC, Family Medicine Rural Health Clinic PA, and Llano County Hospital Authority.
Doctor Nguyen was born in Saigon, Vietnam, on October 21, 1962. Along with her parents and siblings, she fled her homeland following the communist takeover of the country in 1975. 
Surviving a perilous journey to Wake Island, she and her family eventually migrated to Missouri in October 1975. 
Doctor Nguyen obtained her medical degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia and completed her surgical residency at Syracuse University in New York. 
In 1992, she joined in partnership with Doctor Griffith M. Thomas, and took immense pride in providing medical care to the residents of Marble Falls, Llano, Lampassas, and Burnet.
Doctor Nguyen is survived by her husband, Anh Nguyen Mather, and their four sons, Quang, Vu, Tuan, and Minh.   
She is also survived by her mother, two sisters, three brothers and their respective families.
A Visitation was held on Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. 
 Viewing Friday, March 20, 2015 from 10:00 A.M. to 8:30 P.M. and  Funeral Mass on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 11:00 A.M.
All services were held at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas.
A graveside service was held on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 4:00 P.M. at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville, Texas. 
Memorial contributions may be made to SFTCC, P.O. Box 1727 Lampasas, Texas 76550


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Charles L. Howard 

Charles L. Howard, 74, of Llano passed away March 13, 2015. He was a son of James and Alma Howard of Llanol. He was the second son of five children.He attended Llano schools excelling in baseball and served 4.5 yrs in the US Navy aboard the USS Coral Sea and Ranger during the Viet Nam War based out of San Francisco, Ca. Charles was married to Doris Seay (San Antonio) in 1961, days before he was drafted and for almost 54 years. He resided in SF Bay Area and worked as a foreman at a steel warehouse while raising a family of two boys, Charles L. Howard, Jr. and Christopher Howard now of Llano. Charles and Doris returned to Texas in 1988 and worked for the IRS in Austin and then retiring in Llano in 2002. He was a member of the Reorganized Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints. He loved fishing, poker, golf and crafting rock decorated crosses for gifts. 

Charles is survived by his wife, sister, Winnie Myers, brother Roger Howard, brother in law Dan Seay and grandson Charles Howard III and two great grandsons. He was proceeded in death by his parents and two brothers, "Dink" and Ray Lynn Howard. 

A memorial service will be held at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano on Monday, March 16, 2015 at 2 P.M.

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Mary Lane Young 

Mary Lane Young passes away Friday, March 13, 2015 at the age of 101. 

She was born in Del Rio, Texas on November 1, 1913. 

Services will be held at a later date. 

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 Norma Fay Langlet
Norma Fay Langlet, age 90 passed away peacefully in Willow Park, TX on March 11, 2015. She was born in Dayton, Ohio and lived there with her husband
Raney Langlet until 1984 when they built a house in Kingsland, TX in the Hill Country to be closer to her daughter Becki Waugh and her family.
They were members of the Highland Lakes Church of Christ. She enjoyed fellowship with her church family and her home on the water.
Norma was a loving Christian wife, mother and grandmother. Despite many years of poor health she was known for her beautiful smile.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years in August 2001 and her son Mark in February 2010.Survivors include Daughter Becki Waugh and her husband Ken.
Two grandsons, Bryan Waugh of Fort Worth and Kevin Waugh of Dallas, Texas.
A graveside service will be held Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park Cemetery in Burnet, Texas with Minister Joe Winett officiating.

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Rebecca Edith (Meneley) Waller

Rebecca Edith (Meneley) Waller passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on March 11, 2015. She was 91 years old.
She was born in Gonzales, TX on November 2, 1923 to Margaret Susie Carleton and John Carl Meneley, the eighth of 10 children.
She graduated as a registered nurse from Baptist Memorial Hospital in San Antonio, TX in 1946.
She enjoyed a long and satisfying nursing career, including a 20 year stint as a school nurse in San Marcos, TX.
She had many and varied interests including quilting, gardening, traveling and spending time with her family, in particular her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was a devoted member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.  
She is survived by her spouse of 65 years Lee Gilbert Waller, Sr.; her sister Roberta Dettman of Sugarland, TX; daughters Margaret Russell (Gary) of Bryan, TX,
Rebecca Taylor (Howard) of San Angelo, TX, Emily Smith (Randy) of Horseshoe Bay, TX, and son Lee Waller, Jr. (Priscilla) of Corpus Christi, TX;
grandchildren James Russell (Nikki) of West Fork, AR, Chris Russell (Barbara) of Kensington, NH, Sarah Hughes (Joey) of Bryan, TX,
Hugh Cook (Kathleen) of Foothill Ranch, CA, Celia Scanlon of Corpus Christi, TX, Sarah Scanlon (Barbara) of North Little Rock, AR,
Charlotte Foster (Brian) of St. Joseph, MO, Nicholas Scanlon of Corpus Christi, TX, Lauren Alexander of Austin, TX, Logan Norris of Austin, TX,
Christopher Smith of Leander, TX, and Ann Pierce (Deke) of Austin, TX and 13 great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her granddaughter, Virginia Norris.
Visitation will be held from 4 pm to 6 pm on Sunday, March 15, 2015 and services will be held on Monday, March 16th at 10:30 am
at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home located at 900 Industrial Blvd. Kingsland, TX.
The family wishes to especially thank Texas Home Health Hospice for their exceptional care and support of Rebecca and the family.

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Donald Newton Banks 
 Donald Newton Banks, age 86, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2015 in Llano, Texas.
He was born August 12, 1928 to Albert George and Altha (Faris) Banks in Llano, Texas.
He was the sixth of seven children and was raised in the Babyhead – Llano area.
Donald had been a resident of Burnet since 1982 after his retirement from the U.S. Health & Human Services Division.
Donald was a Korean War veteran and served 15 years with the US Air Force. Donald’s career within the government was very diverse
and he held several supervisory positions within the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the National Atmospheric Administration (Southern Region).
Donald is survived by his 3 sons, Jim Banks and wife Arlene of Lenexa, KS, Donald Banks, Jr. and wife Sharon of Austin, TX. John Banks
and wife Paula of Round Rock, TX. One stepson David Burt and wife Becky of Cedar Park, TX. Three daughters Linda Banks Miller
and husband Steven of Kansas City, KS. Kay Boedeker and husband Gene of Millsap, TX. and Suzie Dailey of Hico, TX.
Stepdaughter Joyce Lyle and husband Jack of Madison, WI.
He is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and special friend Mary Brown of Llano.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mildred Banks in March of 2014, five brothers, two sisters and one grandson.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral
Chapel in Llano, Texas with Rev. Jerald Moore officiating. Burial followed at Llano City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Christ Yoder Animal Shelter. 

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J.D. Bray
J. D. Bray died on March 6, 2015 in Georgetown, Texas. J. D. Bray was born in a covered wagon, near a creek bed, in Girard, in Kent Co. Tx.,
to Jim C. Bray and Bessie Jennings Bray.  J. D. attended school in Post and in Tahoka. 
He finished the ninth grade, did not return for 10th and 11th.  (At that time there were only 11 grades). 
He is survived by his son-Jim and wife Pat of Wills Point, Tx; son-Gary and wife Connie Bray of Georgetown, Tx;
son-Joe and wife Cheryl of Garland, Tx;  and daughter, Janean Burton and husband Robert of Kingsland, Tx. 
He has eight grandchildren:  Sharla Deen, Donnie Bray, Greg Bray, Daryl Bray, Angela Afshar, Jaclyn Allsup, Randy Burton and Reid Burton. 
He has eight great-grandchildren:  Korey Deen, Anna and Ryan Bray, Dylan and Hannah Afshar, and Carter, Ethan and Gage Allsup.
Sister-in-law, Helen Bray, plus numerous nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Johnnie Griffin Bray; by his parents, Jim C. Bray and Bessie Jennings Bray; a brother, Kenneth;
a sister Jewel Bray Thaman; and granddaughter, Pamela Bray.  
Services will be held Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at Buchanan Dam Church of Christ in Buchanan Dam, Texas. Officiating the service will be Tim Denton.
Memorials may be made to Cherokee Home for Children P. O. Box 295 Cherokee, Texas 76832

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Dona Mae Shaidnagle

  Dona Mae Shaidnagle passed away peacefully surrounded by her family in her home
in Llano, Tx on March 1, 2015 at the age of 76 following a courageous five year battle with cancer.
Dona is preceeded in death by her parents Gilbert and Mae Shackleford, her brother Ward Shackleford, her sister Wilmoth Shackleford, and her first husband Charles Troyer.
Dona is survived by Larry Shaidnagle, her loving husband of 44 years. They were married in Phoenix, Arizona on December 12, 1970.
Dona is lovingly remembered by her mother-in-law Cleo Shaidnagle of Llano, TX, sons Dennis Troyer of Phoenix, AZ,
and Douglas and Scott Troyer, both of Las Vegas, NV. She is also remembered by her grandchildren Matthew Troyer and his wife Allison of Shreveport, LA
and Rachel Griswold and her husband Justin of Del Rio, TX. Dona had one great-granddaughter, Mara Jane, who is the child of Matthew and Allison.
Dona was born in San Jose, CA on July 27, 1938. She graduated from San Rafael High School in 1956.
She worked as a secretary throughout her life, including 27 years at the district headquarters of the Phoenix Union High School District.
Dona moved to Llano from Phoenix in retirement in 2006. She was a woman of strong Christian faith and found comfort and fellowship with
her church family at the First Baptist Church of Llano, where she was the organist.
Dona was also a gifted pianist. She enjoyed music, sewing, walking and staying in contact with her many friends.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church of Llano.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society or Hill Country Memorial Hospice of Fredericksburg

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Thomas Lee (Buzz) Costner
 September 16, 1935 – February 25, 2015

Thomas Lee (Buzz) Costner was born on September 16, 1935 in Gastonia, North Carolina to William and Famie Costner.  He has one surviving brother, Bobby and wife Betty Costner of Gastonia, and numerous nieces and nephews including Rhonda, Judy, Billy, Tony, Robby, Angela, Cricket, Linda, Anthony, Lisa, Kim, and Molly, and local family including wife Frances, mother-in-law Roberta Strayhorn, sister-in-law Carol and husband Ron Cunningham, children Cheryl and husband John Regmund,  Craig Dearing, Niki and husband Shawn Cockerham, and grandchildren Clinton and Wesley Regmund, McKenzie, Jake, and Kylie Cockerham, niece Kathryn Cunningham.  Buzz was preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers – Foch, William, Jay, and Gene Costner, and 2 sisters, Martha Costner and Ina Gillespie.  

 After graduating from high school Buzz joined the Air Force, beginning a 20 year career spanning from 1953-1973.  Buzz was in Air Force Intelligence (Security Service) and spent 16 of his 20 years overseas in places such as Germany, Turkey, Okinawa, and Thailand.  He was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding professional skill, complex operational management, and evaluation systems in support of priority national intelligence requirements.  While in the military, he made significant contributions to the development and implementation of research projects affecting worldwide collection resources. He was also awarded a Master Training Certificate as a technical instructor in Morse code at the Air Training Command in Biloxi, Mississippi where he was stationed for two years.

After retiring from the service, Buzz became a salesman for the Royal Casket Co. in San Antonio, Texas. He traveled the state from the Hill Country to Brownsville.  He retired from the company to spend time during his daughter Niki’s junior and senior years of high school so he could be a part of her activities, and has made a tradition of supporting all of his grandchildren and nieces since then in these endeavors.  In 2000, Buzz went to work part-time at Fall Creek Winery in Tow doing tours and wine tastings in stores such as HEB, Costco, and World Market in Austin, San Antonio and the Hill Country.  Although he enjoyed his job and the people he met through this job immensely, Buzz worked only part-time so he could spend time doing what he loved most, watching his grandkids and niece participate in their sporting, 4H stock shows, and UIL events.  Buzz loved attending all of the football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, baseball and track events of his grandchildren and niece.  Buzz was a mainstay and the number one supporter at nearly all of their events. 

Buzz was a member of Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church.  He was a member and contributor of many church organizations.

·        He attended an Emmaus Walk in Junction in 1988 and served on numerous teams after that.  He was Lay Leader of Walk #163.  This lead to Buzz becoming a member of two weekly Emmaus groups---with Jim Cone and Shep Shepard for 25+ years and with Bill Klotz, Bill Holt, Bill Spain, and David Willmann for 10 years.

·        Led Cornerstone Sunday School class for 20+ years

·        LWMUMC Men’s Tuesday Breakfast group---did devotionals every week

·        Prayer group—Prayed every Tuesday at the church (with Jim Mitchell and Taylor Virdell---and recently with Worth Green)

·        Involved in Jail Ministry and delivering Meals on Wheels.


Although Buzz had not lived in Carolina in years, he was a devout North Carolina Tar Heel fan, sporting his blue North Carolina cap or shirt every game day.  He was a man who loved his family, friends and being with people. 

He will be missed and celebrated by all who knew him. 

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 28th, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at Lutie Watkins Memorial UMC in Llano, TX with Rev. Leslie Tomlinson Officiating.

Memorials may be made to Lutie Watkins Memorial UMC, P. O. Box 397, Llano, TX 78643

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Sharrell Witt Milhollon

 Sharrell Witt Milhollon, age 68, passed away February 24, 2015 in Llano, Texas. 
Sharrell was born November 7, 1946 in Abilene, Texas to Ruth Jeannette Osbourn (of Valley Spring, Texas) and George Bernard Witt. 
She graduated from Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Texas and then attended Midwestern State University.
Sharrell married Sherman Travis Milhollon on November 26, 1965 in Wichita Falls, TX.  
She retired from the IRS after 30 years in the Austin and Oklahoma City Service Centers.
Sharrell loved singing, whether in the school choir, church, or around the house.  She was also an avid reader and loved to share her latest thriller with friends and family.
 Sharrell enjoyed genealogy and her love of family and family history led her and Travis to pick Llano as a home for their retirement,
a decision that brought all the joy and pleasure they hoped for.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years; son Aryn Milhollon and wife, Connie of Harriman, Tennessee;
daughter Corry Rogers and husband, Jeremiah of Canton, Oklahoma; three grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. 
Sharrell is also survived by a brother, Mark Witt and his wife, Beth, of Chinle, Arizona and a sister, Laura Copeland and her husband, Dave, of Abilene, Texas.
 A memorial service will be held at Llano Church of Christ on Saturday the 28th at   
10:30 a.m. There will be a private burial at the Valley Spring Cemetery at a later date. 
Memorials may be made to the Llano Church of Christ Food Pantry.

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Alice Doniece Griffin Isenhower
Alice Doniece Griffin Isenhower, 89, passed away peacefully on February 9, 2015 in Sugar Land, Texas.
Doniece was born on July 18, 1925, in Bryan, Texas to Minnie Alberta and Guy Lee Griffin.  Doniece grew up in Sinton, Texas as an only child. 
After high school, she worked in the post office at Texas A&M where she met her future husband Brannon (aka “Ike”), who was serving in the army.
They were married on January 8, 1944, in the Baptist parsonage in College Station, TX.
 Doniece spent most of her adult life in Sinton, Texas where she raised her family.  She loved raising her children, and was always there for their sporting events and other activities. 
She was a member of the Sinton Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, and even competed in the ladies pumper truck competitions. 
She enjoyed playing bunco with her friends and was a member of the Women’s Circle at the Sinton Methodist Church. 
In addition, she worked as a bank teller in Corpus Christi, Taft, and Freeport, Texas.  Her favorite job, however, was being a wife, mother and granny.
After being raised as an only child, Doniece was thrilled to have a large family. 
Nothing made her happier than when all her family was together – especially at Christmas time. 
And no family Christmas celebration was complete without her delicious chicken salad and famous Christmas tree cookies!
Doniece loved watching football and was an avid fan of the Sinton Pirates, Texas Aggies, and Dallas Cowboys. 
Doniece was a charter member of Highland Lakes United Methodist Church where she served as church treasurer, was a member of the UMW, and sang in the choir.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Brannon C. Isenhower, and her daughter, Glennis Woodall. 
She is survived by her son Brian and his wife Malinda of Coldspring, Texas, son Dane and his wife Leanne of Missouri City, Texas,
as well as son-in-law Gary Woodall of Longview, Texas. She also is survived by 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
A private family burial was held at Lakeland Hills Cemetery on Monday, February 16, 2015. 
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 22, at 3:30 p.m. at the Highland Lakes United Methodist Church in Kingsland, Texas. 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Highland Lakes United Methodist Church.

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Johnnie Adelle Griffin Bray
Johnnie Adelle Griffin Bray was born in Matador, Texas to L. M. Griffin and Margie “Pauline” Lee.
She attended school in Matador, except her senior year (only went to 11 grades). J. D. and Johnnie eloped to Muleshoe, Texas, on March 15, 1942.
She then graduated from Lubbock High School in May of 1942.
She is survived by her husband, of 72+ years, J. D. Bray; son-Jim and wife Pat of Wills Point, Tx; son-Gary and wife Connie Bray of Georgetown, Tx;
son-Joe and wife Cheryl of Garland, Tx; and daughter, Janean Burton and husband Robert of Kingsland, Tx.
She has eight grandchildren: Sharla Deen, Donnie Bray, Greg Bray, Daryl Bray, Angela Afshar, Jaclyn Allsup, Randy Burton and Reid Burton.
She has eight great-grandchildren: Korey Deen, Anna and Ryan Bray, Dylan and Hannah Afshar, and Carter, Ethan and Gage Allsup. Brother,
B. R. Griffin and wife Geneva, and sister-in-law, Helen Bray, plus many nieces and nephews.
She was pre-ceded in death by her parents L. M. Griffin and Margie “Pauline” Lee and a granddaughter, Pamela Bray.
In 1946, J. D,’s parents bought 200 acres 4 miles south-west of Wolfforth and J. D. and Johnnie moved their 2 roomer there along with his brother and family.
She had her first new home in Lubbock with beautiful hardwood floors.
Johnnie pulled cotton at the Bray family farm and bought J. D. his first suit and helped pay for Gary’s tonsillectomy.
She was instrumental in J. D. becoming a Christian, followed in the next few months by sister-in-law, Helen Bray, J. D’s parents, plus several other Bray relatives.
She taught a girls class at Colgate Church of Christ [which Pat & Connie were in].
Had she already picked wives for the boys? They moved to Kingsland November 15, 1967, and began Bray’s Lodge.
Johnnie helped care for J. D.’s parents, her mother and Aunt Mallie.
All the while continuing to teach Bible class at High-land Lakes Church of Christ. She was a faithful Christian, and a true servant for over 65 years.

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 Lorien Erna Miiller

Lorien Erna Miiller of Llano passed away Tuesday, February 3 2015 at the age of 82.

She was born January 25, 1933 in Llano County, to Carl and Frieda Miiller.

She was a homemaker and took care of the elderly. Her nieces and nephews were her joy in life.

She was always a giver to anyone in need. She was always very involved in her entired family.

Lorien was a lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church in Castell

She is preceded in death by her parents Carl and Frieda, and two sisters, Margaret Wensel of Brenham and Ella Toellner of Carmine.

Survivors include sister Olien Crenshaw of Breckenridge and brother Homan Miiller of Castell. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas.

Burial will follow to Miiller Family Cemetery in Llano County.

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 Phyllis Meryl Alexander