Stephen Roy Kilmer
Stephen Roy Kilmer (Steve) passed away unexpectedly Saturday March 21, 2020. Born November 11, 1957, he is preceded in death by his father, Jack Kilmer. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, C.C., his mother Sylvia Kilmer, daughter Jackie Huggins and her husband Jeff, stepdaughter Amy McCallum, brother Michael Kilmer and his wife Kathy, and nephew and niece, Ian Kilmer and McKenzie Lewis.
Born in Cambridge, England, Steve and family crossed the pond and settled in Bossier City, Louisiana where Steve graduated from Parkway High School. From there, Steve and best friend Mark headed for LSU where Steve studied music. After leaving LSU, Steve served in the Army before returning to his one true passion, music. An accomplished drummer, he went on to play drums for the Flett Brothers in The Bluebirds, Southern roots-rock jam-band Beanland from Oxford, Mississippi, landing eventually with Omar and The Howlers. With Omar, Steve traveled to Europe multiple times. The group was even invited to The White House where they performed for President Clinton during his second inauguration celebration. A few years later, and almost as big as a visit to the White House, Omar and the Howlers were invited to open the show for Texas legend, Willie Nelson, at Stubbs BBQ in Austin.
In wanting to settle down and spend more time at home, Steve went on to work for the Pedernales Electric Cooperative for over 10 years. But he never lost his passion for music and continued to play drums periodically for various Texas musicians. Nephew Ian inherited the music gene and the two would periodically jam during family get-togethers. Steve was known to lend a hand to younger musicians trying to find their way.
Steve loved his family, numerous border collies, and his Hill Country home immeasurably. Never known to turn down a bowl of gumbo, he was also a lifelong LSU football aficionado. An avid reader, he was a fan of author John Steinbeck. But it comes as no surprise, his favorite book was Catcher in the Rye. One can assume he identified with the main character and to quote Holden Caulfield … I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff- I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them.
Steve will be missed greatly. In light of current health and safety concerns, memorial services will be announced at a later date.
Eddie Carl Odom
Eddie Carl Odom Born July 28, 1951 in Abilene, passed away March 22, 2020. Eddie was born to Betty Jo Williams and Carl Ed Odom of Coleman, Tx. Eddie is preceded in death by his parents Betty and Ed as well as his sister Rickey Lynn Salyer. Eddie is survived by his wife of 50 years Phyllis Ann Mitchell of Llano, Daughter Reacheal JoAnne And husband Ryan Bauman, of Valley Spring. His grandchildren, Kourtnie And Mark Hall of Santo, Cheyenne Bauman and Zach Fritsch of Burnet, Wyatt and Macey Bauman of Valley Spring. He has two Great Grandchildren Brailee and Jase Hall of Santo as well as his niece Tami Olsen and nephew Clift Salyer. He is also survived by his sisters and brothers in laws Jerry and Kevin Hoffman, Dena and Jim Meredith, Billy Gillespie, niece Shelby Meredith and nephew Mitch Ragle as well as many other cousins and friends that he considered family. Eddie grew up in Coleman where he met Phyllis, they married and had their daughter Reacheal. Eddie served as a peace office for the Coleman Police Department and Coleman Sheriffs Department for many years. Eddie always had a crafty side as a carpenter and was never afraid of hard work. Eddie had an infectious smile and laugh, he never met a stranger and when he asked how you or your family were he truly meant it. Eddie was called home to be with Jesus at a time that we were not ready, however he fought a good fight and has gone on to help prepare our place with him. I can only imagine what kind of craftsmen ship him and Jesus are creating! There will be a memorial at a later date. In lieu of flowers we are asking that you donate to the American Heart Association or the charity of your choice.
Ernest Ligon passed away on March 22, 2020 in Temple, Texas at the age of 67. He was born on December 7, 1952 in Burnet, Texas, to Jewel (Heyen) Ligon and Gale Ligon. He was a lifelong resident of Llano County, Texas and a member of The Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church. He graduated from Llano High School, Texas A&M University The Texas Department of Public Safety Training Academy.
Ernest was married to Carole (Hutto) Ligon on December 26, 1976, in Llano, Texas. He was retired from The Texas Department of Public Safety (Highway Patrol).
Ernest was an avid hunter and fisherman and especially enjoyed these activities with his son and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Carole Ligon; son, Ben Ligon and wife, Cassie; brother, Larry Ligon and wife, Sharon; grandchildren, Cade and Rode Ligon and Taryn and Emma Morris.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Gale and Jewel Ligon and daughter, Laci Ligon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Llano Volunteer Fire Department, P. O. Box 971, Llano, Texas 78643
Pallbearers: Charlie Bauman, Charles Eckel, Jason Hackworth, Kermit Robinson, Dudley Wenzel, and Rodney Hooten.
Opal Maxey has departed for her heavenly home at 97 and left behind a wealth of family and friends to mourn her passing. She was preceded in death by her parents Roy and Bertha Shelly and her husband (Tom) of 54 years, as well as sisters Ferne and Berniece and brothers Millard and Warren.
Remembering her with love and gratefulness are her daughters Carol (and husband Joe) and Linda (and husband Larry) as well as grandchildren Curtis Bowman, Dawn Stillwell, Matthew Hanson , and Shelly Clopton and husband Shawn, and two step-granddaughters Bethany and Christina Seelke, plus 10 great grandchildren (Callie, Caitlin, Abby S., Abbie C, Carlie, Tim, Jaden, Sam, Emilie, and Lila) who will miss her love and affection greatly.
Anyone who knew Opal knew how much she loved Jesus and would proclaim Him to everyone. In her later years, she regaled everyone she saw with her singing and her rhyming. In her career as a teacher, she wrote and produced plays for all the children of Llano Elementary School. Everywhere she went, children pointed her out to their parents. She was a loving teacher who was adored by students and parents alike.
In addition to her school teaching, she also taught Sunday School and expressed the love of Christ so openly and vividly that children were able to understand. She took this love of Jesus everywhere she went.
Opal was dedicated to family and her faith, always encouraging others with a song in her heart and on her lips. Even when her memory was failing, she brought cheer and a blessing to all who knew her.
A private family service was held at the grave side. Plans for a memorial are pending.
Annerose Houy passed away Sunday, March 15, 2020 at her home in Sunrise Beach, Texas at the age of 92. She was born May 27, 1927 in Augsburg, Germany to Xaver Gastl and Emma Zech. Annerose has been a resident of Sunrise Beach for 45 years, since coming from Washington, DC. Annerose married her husband Edward Wesley Houy, Jr. at Stadtbergen, Goethestrasse on October 12, 1957. She was of the Methodist faith and enjoyed being outdoors and at the lake, family life, traveling and entertaining. Annerose was a member of the Sunrise Beach Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, Citizens for Community Action Association and helped with the startup of the Sunrise Beach City Auxiliary to raise money for the construction of the Sunrise Beach Civic Center
She is preceded by her parents, Xaver Gastl and Emma Zech; husband, Edward Wesley Houy, Jr.; and sister, Emma Hauber.
Annerose is survived by her nephew, Max Hauber of Germany; great niece, Sarah Hauber of Germany; aunt, Dorothy Eckert of Stonewall, Texas; and numerous cousins.
Visitation will be held Friday, March 20, 2020 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Kingsland, Texas from 8:30 A.M. to 10:00 A.M.
A graveside service will be Friday, March 20, 2020 at 11:30 A.M. at Sandy Mountain Cemetery in Sunrise Beach. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be, Rodney and Denise Eckert, Tara and Chris Gallaspy, Louis and Mindy Eckert, Erin and Corey Pomier, Harlie, Grace, Rylan, Wesley and Lenora.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Sunrise Beach Volunteer Fire Department or charity of choice.
A special thank you to Cathy Lynch and Brenda Galyean for the love and care they gave Ann.
Dora "Dodie" Mae Vierus (Gamel)
Dora Mae (Gamel)Vierus(Dodie) passed Wednesday 3/11/20. She was born January 3,1938 to Earl and Lelea Gamel in Streeter Texas. She went to school in Mason and participated in sports there. She married Don Vierus September 14,1957. She enjoyed her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She loved to hunt and fish and work in her yard.
She is survived by husband Don of 62 years of marriage, two boys Don Martin Vierus Jr. And his wife Theresa and there 3 children Tonie , Lucretia, and David , her youngest son James Earl Vierus and his two daughters Hilary and Macey and 10 great grandchildren. She is also survived by cousin Bobby Richardson who was a key care giver throughout the later years. She is survived by her sister Pat Nixon and brother Clinton Gamel and his wife Julie and a number of nieces and nephews .
She is preceded in death by her parents Earl Gamel and her mother Lelea ( Cavness) Gamel.
Would like also to thank all family and friends for their support and well wishes throughout our time of sorrow.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer Association P.O. Box 96011, Washington DC 20090-6011.
Guadalupe "Lupe" Ortiz Trinidad
Guadalupe was born in Odessa, Texas and raised in Lovington, New Mexico. She worked for GTE for many years and retired from Cherokee ISD serving in many roles as librarian, Book Keeper/Billing for Lunch Room and assistant in the classroom. She married Jose Manuel Trinidad of Momax, Zacatecas, Mexico on July 8, 1989 in Sonora, Texas. Lupe met her Creator on the 12th of March, 2020. She is preceded in death by her father Placido A. Ortiz and her mother Dolores Dominguez Ortiz. She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Jose Manuel Trinidad and her daughter Anhelica Ortiz Trinidad of Kingsland, Texas. She is also survived by 11 sisters and 7 brothers, uncles, aunts, many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Lupe loved living in Cherokee and enjoyed being at home taking care of her house she shared with her husband Jose. The blue bonnets gave her much joy in the Spring and she enjoyed working alongside her husband at home. She was an avid reader and enjoyed collecting a multitude of books for her library. She also enjoyed listening to Christian music, listening to a variety of Christian speakers and loved to Facebook family and friends. Her daily devotionals were very important to her and loved reading her bible in the wee morning hours. Her most cherished prize was her sweet “Tito” who is very protective of her. They loved to play “Hide and Seek” and he is still searching for her to this day. Her goal in life was to bring people together, in God’s love, as she so loved serving others and being a servant in God’s Kingdom. She has been a member at Cherokee Church of Christ for the past 25 years. The members there were very special to her. She adored, loved, and cared for her church family. The blessings that came from being a part of this church were overabundant.
Memorial Services will be held at Cherokee Church of Christ on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the American Diabetes Association or the American Association of Kidney Patients.
For memorials and Honorariums send to American Diabetes Association, PO Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215.
For American Association of Kidney Patients, 14440 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, Tampa, FL 33613 (800) 749-AAKP
John Loyd "Papa John" Davis
Our ‘tough as nails’ dad joined the Angels choir on Sunday, March 8, 2020. We are certain he singing there now. He had a voice for God and a heart for people. His love language was hard work and provision and he spoke it fluently. His immediate and extended family knew he was there for anything they needed. They were second only to God and his beloved Lynda Jo, who he met in middle school and loved for the next 63 years.
He touched the hearts and lives of everyone he met. His anonymous generosity was felt by many who never even met him. He did not want or need recognition for helping others. He believed it was his God-given duty and he knew where his rewards lay.
Born June 3, 1941 in San Angelo TX, he graduated from high school in 1959 and immediately joined the United Stated Air Force where he trained as a weather observer. Stationed in Del Rio, TX, he proudly served the country he loved and was honorably discharged in 1963 with the rank of First Airman. He flew the American flag at his home in Kingsland until they lost their home in the 2018 flood.
He married Lynda J. Havins on Sept 22, 1961 and after his military discharge, they moved to Kingsland TX where they raised their family. Along with many other endeavors, they opened Floormaster Carpet Store in Kingsland in 1965 and maintained it as a family business to this day. After Parkinson’s disease affected his ability to continue working, he left the business in the capable hands of his son and daughter-in-law, Milton and Jeannie, although he continued to visit the office and job sites and offer invaluable advice.
John is survived by Lynda, his wife of 58 years, children John S Davis and Debbie, Milton Davis and Jeannie, Lisa Lechow and Coy, Debi Fisher and Scott Smith and brother Robert Davis and Dorothy.
Papa John’s grandchildren include, Tiffany Shuey and JPatrick, Kenneth Kittrell, Melissa Davis, Krista Powers, Dustin Davis and Mariah, Shawn Davis, Jennifer Cowan and Justin, Kacey and Kalyn Lechow, Mason, Reily and Jett Fisher, Bennett, Audrey and Neva Smith; and great-grandchildren Jacob and Evan Powers, JRyan and Kenlie Shuey and Harper Cowan as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews who continued to look to him for love, advice and guidance.
He was preceded in death by his parents Henry L and Merle Kirkham Davis and his granddaughter Samantha Lechow.
Services will be held at First Baptist Church in Kingsland at 2:00 pm on Thursday March 12. Interment will follow and Lakeland Hills Cemetery. Please join the family for visitation at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne funeral home in Kingsland on Wednesday March 11 from 6-8 pm.
Dianna Sandlin, 71 of Llano, died March 5th at Lakeway Scott and White Medical Center. She was born in August 2nd 1948 to Frank and Margaret Smith in Canyon, Tx.
She was married to Brad Sandlin in January 21st 1985. They raised two daughters, Tina Stewart and Teresa Underwood. She worked at Mansfield ISD as a special ed school bus driver for many years. They retired and moved to the hill country four years ago. She loves spending time with family, spending time outside planting flowers and watching all the wildlife off their front porch.
Dianna is survived but her husband: Brad Sandlin, her children: Tina Stewart and Teresa Underwood, grandchildren: Taylor Stewart, Cason Stewart, Caleb Underwood and Chelsea Tramel, great grandchild: Danika Stewart and sister, Teresa Sandlin.
Dianna was proceeded in death by her parents Frank and Margaret Smith and siblings: Jo Lee, Austin Smith, Myrtle Hill, Shirley Hollowell, Carrie Vaughn, Noel Smith and Doug Smith.
Memorial service will be held on Saturday March 14th at 10:00 am at First Baptist Church in Llano.
Juanita B. Kaderli Duncan
Juanita Duncan passed away on Sunday March 8, 2020 at the age of 90 years old. Her greatest joy in life were her grandkids and great grandkids. Juanita spoiled her grandchildren rotten. Her grandkids called her Dodo and all of their friends knew her as Double O Dodo. Her family loved her chocolate cake and pie and her fried deer steak.
She was preceded in death by her husband T.E. “Ebb” Duncan and parents Ruby and W.F. Wilbern, Sister Olita Lang and Brother Walter Kaderli. Juanita was born in Llano, Texas on July 5, 1929 to Arthur Kaderli and Ruby Wiley, but was raised by her stepfather William (Billy) F. Wilbern. Juanita lived all of her life in Llano, a town that she loved. She worked for JB Love as a bookkeeper for over 30 years.
Visitation with be held Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.
Funeral service will be held Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano at 10:00A.M. with Pastor Danny Meegan Officiating. Burial will follow at Llano City Cemetery.
The pallbearers for the funeral are Joel Duncan, Billy Whitson, Jimmy Roberts, Jimmy Decker, Brandon Collins, Daylon Collins and Kaleb Payten.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.
Col. James W. Lee
James W. Lee passed away on Feb. 27, 2020 in Kingsland Texas. He was 89 years old.
Robert Wayne Maxey
Robert Wayne Maxey, 78, of Buchanan Dam, Texas, passed away surrounded by his family Thursday, February 27, 2020.
Wayne was born in Lampasas on July 7, 1941, to Brooken and Mabel Maxey. He attended Llano High School and served in the United States Navy from 1960 to 1964. Wayne worked for over 34 years in the Petro Chemical industry with the last 20 of those years as an Inspector at Enterprise Products.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, growing tomatoes, and feeding all the hummingbirds that stopped by the house. His specialties included making deer chili during the holidays and ‘slap your mama’ bar-b-que during family get togethers.
Wayne is preceded in death by his first wife, Candace Reed Maxey, and survived by his second wife, Donna Maxey. He has two daughters and one son; Gina Beenau, Anthony Maxey, Darla Strahan and husband Scott Strahan. He is also survived by his brothers, Ray Maxey, Bobby Bumpas, Dee Bumpas, and sister, Annie Marie Smith.
Wayne had five amazing grandchildren; Shayne Beenau, Trystan Link and husband Hayden Link, Cameron Maxey, Troy Beenau, and Bryndan Strahan.
Viewing is at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel, Sunday, March 1, 2020 from 5 to 7 p.m. and funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2020. Address is 307 E. Sandstone, Llano TX, 78643. PH: 325-247-4300. Graveside services to follow.
Carl Alfred Smith
Carl Alfred Smith passed away Thursday, February 27, 2020 in Round Rock, Texas at the age of 73. He was born in Chicago, Illinois to Carl A. Smith and Ruby Lee (Kaiser).
He is survived by his wife Cindy Smith; son, Randy Barta and wife Betty; brothers, John A. Smith, and Thomas E. Smith; sister, Peggy Siegert and husband Jack; 3 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild and numerous family members and loved ones.
Visitation will be held Sunday, March 1, 2020 from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Kingsland, Texas. A funeral service will be held Monday, March 2, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Kingsland, Texas with Pastor Alfred Smith officiating. Interment to follow at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park.
Crystal Stewart-McCall was born on August 12, 1974 to Douglas Jr. & Ruby Stewart.
She enjoyed going camping, fishing, & hanging out with family and friends. Her children were her pride & joy. Most of all, her Granddaughter, Cheyenne, was the sunshine of her life. She was an extremely big-hearted, caring, & compassionate person. On a typical day, you could find her listening to country music, & getting dressed up to go out with friends. She gained her angel wings on February 21, 2020 at the young age of 45. She is preceded in death by her Parents, Douglas Jr. & Ruby Stewart.
She is survived by her children, Dillan McCall, Jesse Rhoades & Husband-Chris, Douglas Stewart, Jakobe Painter, & one Granddaughter, Cheyenne Fehr- All of Llano, TX. She is also survived by her Brother-Michael Stewart & Wife Deborah of Kingsville, TX. Brother-Gary Stewart & Wife Tammy, of Muldrow, OK, Sister- Diana Curry & Husband Garry of Fort Smith, Ark, Brother-Sam Stewart & Wife Diana of Llano, TX. She has numerous Nephews & Nieces, all of whom she treasured deeply.
The memorial Service will be held Saturday March 7, 2020 at 2PM at the Llano American Legion. A celebration of Crystal’s life will follow the Memorial. Please bring a covered dish.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Llano Food Pantry, Llano ISD Backpack buddies, or the Llano Angel Tree.
Patricia "Pat" Godwin Sanders
Pat Sanders passed away on Monday, February 24, 2020 at the age of 88. Pat was born January 14, 1932 in Austin, Texas to T.H. and Faye Godwin. She married Vaughn D. Sanders on September 2, 1949.
Pat is survived by her children, Jeanie Larremore and husband Gary, Mike Sanders and wife Janet; grandchildren, Will Larremore and wife Justine, Bart Larremore, Lesa Scott and husband Warren, Natalie Robinett and husband Robby, Geoffrey Sanders and wife Hannah, and Audrey Sanders; great-grandchildren, Mikayla Larremore, Justin Larremore, Larren Scott, Isaiah Drake, and Kipling Sanders; sisters-in-law, Nancy Godwin, Camilla Sanders, and Mary Barnett, numerous nieces and nephews, and her wonderful neighbors Sam and Wanda Center.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Vaughn; sister, Sue Churchill; brother, Don Godwin; and great-granddaughter, Ginny Sanders.
Pat spent the first part of her married life in South Austin and then Georgetown, where she and Vaughn started a flooring business and raised two children. They later moved to Cherokee, and started a flooring business in nearby Llano, which she managed for over thirty years, thoroughly enjoying helping her customers all the while.
Pat enjoyed her family (especially the grandkids and great-grandkids), yard work, reading, discussing politics, watching football on TV, watching the birds in her backyard and the cattle and wildlife on her ranch.
Graveside services were held in Georgetown and were officiated by Craig Churchill on Saturday, February 29. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren served as honorary pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Llano County 4-H, or Llano County Library.
A special thank you to Dr. David Hoerster, Llano Hospital, Llano Nursing and Rehab, Solaris Hospice of Llano and Celeste Care and staff of Llano, for compassionate care.
Kent Duncan passed away unexpectedly on February 11, 2020 in Llano, Texas at the age of 76. Kent was born on June 21, (Summer Soltis) in Houston, Texas to Herschel Mills Duncan, Jr. and Woodie Louise Marshall. He is preceded in death by his father Herschel Mills Duncan, Jr., his mother Woodie Louise Marshall, his brother Herschel Mills Duncan III, and his only sister, Debi Duncan Shoemaker.
Kent is survived by his wife, Barbara Fopay-Duncan of thirty years, his brother, Rodney Duncan, Sr., daughters, Miriam Louise Duncan, Nicole Johnson, Vallone Andrea Lindsey Moore; one son, Kent Marshall Duncan, Jr.; step daughter, Becky Reed, and step son, Donald Powell. He is survived by numerous blended grandchildren, great grandchildren and a special Elliana, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
When he was younger he loved to fish at the coast. He liked to hunt at Bassi Place. He took his oldest daughter and son with him.
Later in life he lost the desire to fish and hunt. He did continue for family, he was big and strong and loved to arm wrestle. He was a wonderful companion.
He loved riding the back roads looking at deer which lead to seeing all of his friends at Castell General Store to share a beer and hear all of the gossip.
He was loved by many, family most of all. He will be truly missed, but never forgotten.
Hugs and Kisses, rest in peace, we love you.
Ronald Dale "Ronny" Blair Jr.
Ronald Dale Blair Jr. (Ronny) age 57, passed away at his home on February 12, 2020. He was born in Knox City, Texas on September 2, 1962 to Violet Halliburton and Ronald Dale Blair Sr. He lived most of his life in Llano, Texas. Ronny worked hard all his life. He was a truck driver for 37 years. He was so passionate about life, family, and of course animals. Ronny could always cheer you up with his smile, kind words, hugs, and his dancing. His love and faith in the Lord showed in all that he did.
Survivors are his mother Violet Carl and wife Rita Ann Blair of Llano; 5 daughters and 1 son. Tammie Howard and husband Tim; Amanda Blair; Jana Lee Blair; Amber Joy and husband Justin, David Esquibel and wife Chelsea, and Blaze Starr Blair; grandson/son Noah and 14 other grandkids. He is proceeded in death by his father, Ronald Dale Blair Sr., brother Arthur Jearl Carl, and sister DeAdra McDaniel.
Memorial Services will be held on Monday, February 17, 2020 at the Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church at 2:00 PM
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Logos Program at Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church in Llano.
“Your shift is over driver, you can rest now”
Delana "De" Hoerster
Delana Newnam Hoerster was born in San Antonio on February 12,1928. She passed away on February 9, 2020 at Llano Memorial Hospital. At the time of her passing she was surrounded by the family that she so loved and cherished while being cared for by a nursing staff that looked after her needs constantly during those final hours. De spent her childhood in San Antonio with her mother Violet and her grandmother. At one point in her early childhood during the depression years her mother had to move to Ohio for employment and this was apparently stressful for De but not long after that Violet married Almond Kirchoff and that added stability to her life. When she was about 12 they moved to Fredericksburg. She must have soon met Dan because she was just 2 grades behind him. But it was several years before they married. In the meantime Dan went off to the war and then UT, while De attended Texas Women’s University majoring in Fashion Merchandizing. On September 2, 1950 they were married in Galveston where Dan was now in Medical School. Three years later Dan’s medical training was completed and they moved to Llano where she lived the remainder of her life. The next several decades were spent raising children (she had all 5 children from 1952 to 1959), working in Hoerster Clinic, and being a part of the community. Activities included being Brownie leader, singing in the church choir, volunteering at the church for many years and delivering meals on wheels. She was also very active in Emmaus, sponsoring many pilgrims to go on the Walk to Emmaus. She enjoyed volunteering at the Llano hospital and golf with friends.
After Dan retired in 1989 they spent more time traveling including trips across Canada and to Hawaii with Dan’s brother, Richard and his wife Maxie. She and Dan regularly tended to the cattle and spent time with grandchildren. Unfortunately the last years of her life, after Dan passed, De began to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, but with the help of family and caregivers she was able to stay at home until the last 2 weeks of her life.
De is survived by her children, David Hoerster and wife Malinda of Llano, Diane Willmann and husband David of Llano, Jimmy Hoerster and wife Karen of Llano, Janie Rutherford and husband Steve of Duncanville, and Gerry Hoerster and wife Kim of Georgetown.
Also surviving her are her 14 grandchildren, Ryan Willmann, Jordan Baker, Ross Willmann, Davis Willmann, Kyndall Dollar, Kylie Rutherford, Garrett Rutherford, Tyler Hoerster, Morris Bailey, Dillon Hoerster, Daniel Hoerster, Katheryn Hoerster, Valerie Hoerster, and Forrest Hoerster, and 8 great grandchildren.
The family would like to express their deep appreciation for her caregivers who allowed her to live a life of dignity for many years, especially her long-term caregivers Margie Ferguson and Ann Shaffer.
Visitation will be held on Friday, February 14 from 5-7 at the Waldrope Hatfield Funeral Chapel in Llano Texas. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 15 at 10:30 am at the Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church in Llano. Interment to follow at Llano City Cemetery.
Condolences for the family in lieu of flowers can be made to Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church or Llano Hospital Foundation.
Pamela Kay McDougald Fowler
Pamela Kay McDougald Fowler passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of February 1, 2020 at her home on the Fowler Ranch on Riley Mountain southeast of Llano. She was born in Pecos County in Fort Stockton on September 30, 1947 where she spent her early years and received her grade school education.
Moving to Kingsland in the late 1950s with her parents, Woodrow and Margie McDougald, Pam actively assisted her parents with the operation of Fishermans’ Haven, the fishing camp and vacation spot on Lake LBJ that Woodrow and Margie established. While in Kingsland, she learned to love the lake and the water and spent many hours and days boating and water skiing with her future husband, John Fowler.
After moving to Kingsland, Pam attended Llano High School where she was active in the Llano High School Band, which won multiple honors for marching and for music during her years with the band; at the same time, she was also an outstanding achiever academically. After graduation from Llano High School, she began studies at Southwest Texas State Teachers College, now Texas State University, in San Marcos.
In June of 1966, she married John Fowler and they settled in Llano for a short time before John was called to active duty in the military. During John’s absence, she pursued her education by commuting to and from San Marcos. After John’s return, they settled in Austin where she continued her daily commute to San Marcos, obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in 1970.
In 1977, Pam and John moved to Houston, and while Pam raised her two sons, she began teaching history and civics at Katy ISD. Due to her outstanding academic record and exceptional talent as a writer and thinker, Pam was accepted as a graduate student at Rice University with a full scholarship. She received her Master’s Degree in History and Constitutional Law from Rice University in 1982.
Pam was later placed in charge of curriculum development for Katy ISD’s Gifted and Talented Students program, where she worked with the school system supervisors to develop educational programs for those students who needed the creative power of teachers like Mrs. Fowler to reach their potential.
Pam later became one of the Harris County Teachers Representatives for the Texas State Teachers Association representing teachers and school employees in employment disagreements and litigation with the local school districts in Houston, Katy, Spring, Conroe, and other neighboring districts.
In 1999, Pam retired from education and she and John returned to live in Llano County. Always active in politics, she served as an officer in the Llano Tea Party and provided valuable research and information on potential candidates.
Pam is survived by her husband, John, her two sons: John Kenneth Fowler and wife Renee, her grandchildren Amy and Wesley, of Llano; Paul Clayton Fowler and wife Patty, and her grandchildren Addy and Jack, of Elkhorn, Nebraska.
Also surviving Pam are older sister Woodette McDougald McEvers, and husband Noel McEvers of Kingsland; as well as younger brother Woodrow Craig McDougald and wife Faye McDougald also of Kingsland. These extended families include nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews as well as great-great nieces and nephews, and beloved first cousins and families. Everyone who knew Pam will remember her wry smile and laughter, her ready wit and creativity, love of music, books and learning, her honest advice, her selflessness and generosity and boundless enthusiasm for a life well lived.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude for the tremendous outpouring of love and support from friends and neighbors. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to any charity of choice, or to the Llano Christian Academy.
Pam wasn’t born in Llano, but she got here as soon as she could, and she departed entirely too soon. She will be greatly missed by all those whose lives she touched.
Funeral arrangements will consist of a memorial service at the First Baptist Church in Llano, Texas at 1:30 Saturday, February 15, 2020, followed by a short reception at the Church. For those who choose to attend, Pam’s ashes will be scattered on the Fowler Ranch on Riley Mountain later that afternoon
Terry Wayne Newby
Terry Wayne Newby, 61, of Kingsland, Texas, passed away on February 5, 2020 at his home in Kingsland, Texas. Terry Newby is preceded in death by parents James Wayne Newby and Patsy Lou Newby. Terry is survived by his wife Lisa Newby, daughter Amber Corder and her husband Patrick Corder, son Jared Newby and his wife Kristi Newby, brother Chad Newby, grandchildren Regan, Braelyn, and Kinslee Newby and soon to be here Patrick James Corder.
Terry was born in Marlin, Texas to Patsy and James Wayne Newby on September 22, 1958. He graduated high school from Rosebud Lott High School. He met the love of his life and married Lisa Newby 6 months later on June 5, 1982 in Port Acres, Texas. He currently worked as a Realtor for True Source Realty for the last 5 years. He retired from a 20-year career with Farm Bureau Insurance in 2008, where he made tons of friends and was able to travel the world.
Terry Newby was eternally grateful for the new lease on life he had been given and spent most of his time giving back to others through AA. He loved going to the deer lease, playing slot machine games, but hanging out with his grandchildren was his favorite thing in the world. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend who will be missed by so many.
Visitation will be on Friday, February 7 from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home at 900 Industrial Blvd, Kingsland, Texas. Funeral services will be held at Highland Lakes United Methodist Church on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 2 pm. There will be a reception after the service held at the church and all are invited. The address to the church is 8303 Ranch Road 1431, Buchanan Dam, Texas.
Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society
Annelle Therese Lehmberg Virdell
Annelle Therese Lehmberg Virdell passed away peacefully from this life on February 2, 2020, at Celeste Care in Llano. Born in Llano County, September 23, 1924 on Flag Creek at her maternal grandparent’s home, Alfred and Wilhelmine Weber, she spent her early years on the family ranch of her parents, Albert and Therese Lehmberg in the Prairie Mountain Community. She attended the Prairie Mountain School through the eighth grade, often riding to school horseback with her sisters. Graduating from Llano High School in 1942, she finished her high school years as the top girl in her class.
Upon graduation, during World War II, she attended Durham Business College in Austin and worked at Bergstrom Air Force Base.
On April 5, 1944, Annelle married her true love, James Taylor Virdell, who was serving as an aerial engineer in the United States Air Force during the war. Taylor’s service took them to Marfa, Texas, Rantoul, Illinois, and Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
Returning to Llano, the Virdell’s began together to build their business, Virdell Drilling, Inc. Life long partners, always supportive of all of Taylor’s endeavors, Annelle worked in the company as office manager and secretary for many years, while also raising their three children. While Taylor served on numerous boards and held offices on a state and national level in the water well industry, Annelle was actively engaged in the women's auxiliary of this industry. These responsibilities required that they travel throughout the United States, which gave them both many cherished memories.
Annelle was passionate about her Llano roots and devoted many hours serving her community in many capacities.
She was an avid golfer, and was one of the founding members of the Llano Women’s Golf Association.
Annelle loved and served her Lord as a faithful member of Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church. Her service not only included her local church, but extended into the Emmaus Community and the prison ministry, Kairos. Her Christian faith was evident in the way she lived, a woman of enormous character, and generous devotion to her husband, family and friends.
Proceeding her in death was her husband of 70 years, James Taylor Virdell, and her parents.
Surviving Annelle are her two daughters, Vicki Miller and husband Frosty, of Pontotoc, Constance Milliorn and husband Walter J., of Valley Spring, and one son, James Taylor Virdell, Jr. and wife Brenda, of Fredericksburg. Also surviving her are her seven grandchildren that lovingly called her “G”. Faron Miller, Fara Miller Underwood and husband Matt, Brice Milliorn and wife Mechelle, Micah Milliorn Goebel and husband Garrison, Kiley Virdell Bounds and husband Justin, Caleb Virdell, and Ty Virdell and wife Ainsley. Fifteen great grandchildren: Nathan, Austin and Kinley Miller, Maci, Mitchell, and Maelee Underwood, Alexus and Zander Milliorn, Duncan and Ryan Goebel, Jaxon and Beaux Taylor Bounds, Caiden and Hazel Virdell, Magnolia Virdell, and this year will add another Virdell boy. Three great, great, grandchildren, Maverick, Ari and Ryan Miller.
Also surviving her are her sisters, Alberta Broughton and Alice Carole Schroth and two sisters-in-law, Annette Ussery and Sis Virdell, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to her wonderful caregivers at Celeste Care, for their excellent and compassionate care during these final years.
Celebration and thankfulness for the life of Annelle will begin with visitation at 9:00 A.M. Thursday, February 6, 2020 at Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church and the service beginning at 10:00 A.M. with Reverend Leslie Tomlinson officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice or LWMUMC, P.O. Box 397, Llano, TX 78643 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.
Samuel Harold Jones, Jr.
Samuel Harold Jones Jr., 73, passed on January 17, 2020.
Samuel is born on July 1st, 1946 to loving parents, Teanie Vera and Samuel Harold Jones and is survived by his beloved wife, Laura Jones Lemmer, sister Bonnye Jones, brother Donald W. Jones, niece Margot Jones, nephew Jeffrey Todd Bingham with wife Joni Sue Bingham and great-nieces Nikolette Carys Bingham and Bianca Nerys Bingham. He will be dearly missed by his long-term executive assistant and friend, Connie Carpenter.
He was asked to become a consultant to CEO’s in the Austin market. He formed Executive Growth and as a part of that effort, became a Chair for Vistage International and established the first group in Austin, Texas. Mr. Jones has received two Vistage Chair Excellence Awards.
Samuel H. Jones Jr. Activities included: • Owner, ExecutiveGrowth.com, a consulting firm for small and mid-size firms with growth expectations and a dream to develop into leaders in their industry. • Mentoring other chairs of Vistage International • Former Owner, Quietare Ranch, a 185 acre cattle and hunting ranch located in San Saba County, Texas. • Civic and church volunteer work. • Founder and Owner of Worldwide Container Services, a service and manufacturing firm that was in support of the aviation industry. From a modest 4 person firm, he built it to 165 employees in 6 states and doing business in 6 countries. • He was the first commission paid sales representative in the airline business and was head of Cargo for Texas International with overall multimillion dollar responsibilities for revenue, new product development and international expansion. • His business career began in the management program for Sears and Roebuck at the age of 21 years.
Past Advisory Board Positions: • President – Houston Airline Club • Vice President – World Airline Clubs International • Director – Air Cargo Association, Houston Chapter • Chairman – Air Cargo Association Board, National • Advisory Board Member – Small Business Development Center for the State of Texas • Delegate – Senatorial Congressional Convention • President – Llano Chamber of Commerce • Camp Enterprise Presentor – Rotary Clubs • Member – Keepers of the Flame – Vistage International • Chairman – Vistage Groups
A graveside service will be held Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park Cemetery with Reverend Shannon Bond officiating.
Wayne was born March 26, 1950 in San Saba, Texas, the 3rd of 5 children to famed saddle maker, Earl Homesley and Imogene Bode Homesley who was a professional seamstress. Wayne has lived most of his life in Llano County. He was a skilled horseman, he helped ranchers from New Mexico to Central Texas for over 50 years. He raised outstanding Catahoula Leopard and Blue Lacy cow dogs and was known as an ole’ horse trader. For many years Wayne took care of Gene Hall’s Pecan Creek and Dutch Mt. Ranch cattle operation and was foreman of the Evans Ranch and the Race Ranch. He has worked for numerous ranches through-out his life in Llano County. He was honored when he was presented with the 2016 Hill Country Livestock Raiser’s Association Cowboy of the Year award, as that year began his battle with Prostate Cancer.
Wayne was blessed with life-long friends he developed in Llano and he cherished those relationships. On many occasions he expressed to his children that these friends helped him through many emotional times in his life, but more recently, when he was placed on Hospice. The thought of his last days filled with laughter and storytelling with his best friends gave him and his family comfort. Wayne loved them deeply.
Wayne married his wife, Sheila Toeppich Homesley of Llano on May 6, 2017. Sheila, along with Wayne’s whole family, provided him with support in his long battle with prostate cancer. His sons: Warren Homesley, and wife Ty of Cherokee., TX, Alex Homesley, and wife Caitlyn of Seymore, Tx. Daughters: Sheila Staedtler, and husband Boyd of Marble Falls, Tx. And Stephanie Hunter, and husband Ron of Round Rock, TX.
His mother in law, June Bauman Toeppich of Llano. Stepchildren, Jessica Wunderlich of Abilene, Cory Wunderlich of Llano. And grandchildren: Sirena, Caybrie and her husband Ross Bingham, Colton, Kaitlin, Forrest, Jordan and her husband Steven Edmon, Adeline along with two great grandsons: Eli and Levi. Sisters Vivian Wood, and husband Leo of Georgetown, TX. Debi Ramirez, and husband Willie of George West, Tx. And youngest brother, Tom Ed Homesley also of George West, TX.
Wayne is proceeded in death by his parents, Earl and Imogene Homesley. His paternal grandparents, Tom and Frances Homesley. His maternal grandparents Felix and Altha Bode. His older brother Robert “Buzz” Homesley along with numerous Aunts and Uncles.
Visitation will be held Friday, January 24, 2020 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano at 10:00 A.M. with Reverend Johnny Sawyer officiating. Interment to follow at Llano City Cemetery.
Olivia Nicole-Lee Bauman "Nikki"
Olivia Nicole-Lee Bauman “Nikki” “Nik”, 38 years old of Llano, was born April 23, 1981, in Fredericksburg, gained her golden crown January 18, 2020, in Llano. Nikki was the best Daughter, Sister, Aunt Ninnie and most of all she was the best momma. For anyone that knew Nikki you knew that her number one concern in life was being the best mom for her daughter Payton. Nikki strived to make sure that Payton was happy and had the best life. She loved watching Payton show her steers, capturing pictures of her at “Payton’s Creek” playing in the water, throwing rocks, or just dropping a line in the water trying to catch the big one and just being anywhere Payton wanted to be. Nikki had the biggest heart of anyone around she always saw the good in everyone she met.
Nikki is survived by her parents Donna and Ricky Bauman, daughter Payton Bauman, grandmother “Nanny” Olivia Nell Bauman, brothers and sisters in law Ryan and Reacheal Bauman, Justin and Joanna Bauman, nieces Kourtnie and Mark Hall, Cheyenne Bauman and Zach Fritsch, Justine Bauman, nephew Wyatt and Macey Bauman, great niece and nephew Brailee and Jase Hall. She is also survived by uncles Gary and Linda Bauman, Dale and Angie Bauman, Tim and Marci Bauman, Robert and Ida Trollinger. Many cousins and of course friends that are like family. Nikki was preceded in death by her “Po-po’s” Douglas Bauman and Sammy Trollinger, “Honey” Mary Lee Trollinger as well as her Aunt Teresa Bauman.
Visitation will be Wednesday January 22 from 4 pm to 6 pm, Funeral Services will be Thursday January 23, at 10 am both services will be at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne. Burial will be at Cold Creek Cemetery, Valley Spring, with Bill Wolfe officiating. A Family and Friends gathering will be at the Valley Spring Community Center following all services. Pallbearers will be John Trollinger, Cody Bauman, Ryan Bauman, Josh Bauman, Justin Bauman, and Wyatt Bauman. Honorary Pallbearers are Tasia Rekieta, Kourtnie Hall, Cheyenne Bauman, Justine Bauman, and Dalton Bauman.
If you would like to make a memorial donation please do to the Llano County 4H 1447 East Highway 71 Unit E, Llano, Texas 78643
Coleen Jo Scott
Coleen Jo Scott passed peacefully from this life on Monday, December 16th, 2019, at the age of 76, in Llano, Texas after a short battle with cancer. She was born to Eugene and Wilma (Green) Scott on October 4th, 1943 in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was a member of the church of Christ.
Though born in Texas, her family, which was stationed in Corpus Christi during the war, moved back home to Illinois where she spent her early years growing up in Springfield and her later years in Riverton until she moved back to her beloved Texas in 1982. She lived 25 years in Cherokee and 11 years in Llano.
She loved her family (which was her pride and joy) and spent time with them every chance that she could. She had been disabled since 1985 after receiving a closed head injury and contracting Lyme disease which contributed to her poor health and limited abilities. Having always been an active person it was hard for her to slowly lose the ability to take part in the many activities that she loved (and wanted) to do.
When she was in good health she loved sewing, crocheting, interior decorating, landscaping, rearranging her furniture, researching her genealogy, tending to her many animals, gardening, cooking, and canning. Toward the end of her life she loved to “Facebook” on her phone.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Wilma Scott; her stepmother, Wanda (Dean) Scott; her brothers, Samuel and Thomas Scott; her stepsister, Dawn Elizabeth Scott; her niece, Tammy Woodrum Dove; and her son, Robert (Bobby) Denton.
She is survived by her 2 sons: Mark Willis and wife, Trecia of Hot Springs, Arkansas & Branden Denton and wife, Diana of Colorado City, TX. Her daughter in law: Gina Medcalf and husband, Brent of Tolar, TX. Her sister: Cheryl Turnbull and husband, John of Girard, IL. Her brother: Gayland Scott of Spaulding, IL. Her 2 stepsisters: Linda Drake and husband, Mark of St. Louis, Missouri & Cynthia Keating of Springfield, IL. Her stepbrother: Mike Gannon of Westerville, Ohio. Her 8 grandsons: Jonathon Willis of Hot Springs, Arkansas; Adam Willis of Hot Springs, AR; Josh Hargrove and wife, Stephanie of Hot Springs, AR; Bradley Denton of Llano, TX; Jeremy Denton of Colorado City, TX; Robby Denton and wife, Ashli of Bluff Dale, TX; Blayne Denton and Austyn Denton both of Tolar, TX. Her 2 granddaughters: Mindy Overton & Mara Willis both of Hot Springs, AR. Her 2 great grandchildren: Gracie Denton of Llano, TX & Beau Overton of Hot Springs, AR. Her 3 aunts: Gladys Moore of Sherman, IL; Marilyn Janusweski and Wanda Etherton, both of Springfield, IL. Her 2 adopted families: Blanca Hernandez and husband, Paco of Cherokee, TX & Jannett Vega and husband, Santos of Cherokee, TX and their children. She is also survived by many nephews, nieces, and cousins whom she loved very much; and also by her 2 fur babies: Abby and Tinker.
She was a wonderful daughter, sister, mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother who was dearly loved, and she will be greatly missed.
Coleen’s family would like to give a special thanks to the wonderful nursing staff of the Llano Nursing & Rehabilitation Center who gave her excellent care as well as her caregivers, Pearla Hodgins, Johanna Schorck, Dr. Skylar Forrister, and the many others who helped Coleen at home throughout the years.
A memorial service will be held in Coleen’s honor on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 10:30 at the Llano church of Christ, 402 W. Main Street, Llano, TX 78643 (325) 247-4426 with Branden Denton speaking.
Condolences may be emailed to: email@example.com.
In lieu of flowers, for those who so desire, memorial contributions may be made to Foster's Home For Children, 1779 N. Graham St, Stephenville, TX 76401 (254) 968-2143.
Steve A. Walker
Steve A. Walker 85, died at his home in Llano, Texas on January 6, 2020. He is survived by: Carolyn his beloved wife of 62 years; his son Shawn Walker, daughter Cheryl and her husband Lou Quallenberg, daughter Heather Martin, granddaughter Taylor Martin, grandson Matthew Martin, his nephews Michael and Jim Turner, niece Carol Keller and their families, Mary Catherine Holley and Kenneth Walker their families, along with many other dear cousins. Steve Walker was preceded in death by his parents Ralph Walker and Mary "Jo" Stephens Walker, and his sister Carol Walker.
"Mr. Walker" served as an Industrial Arts Teacher with AISD for 32 years at both Allan and Dobie Jr. High Schools. He established and lead the 4-H Club at Dobie Jr. High. After retirement they moved from Austin to Llano to be closer to the family ranch near Cherokee.
A Celebration of Life will be held on January 25th at 2 pm will be conducted by Rev. Ron Anderson at the Uplift Church in Llano. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Llano Meals on Wheels 1110 Berry St. Llano, Tx 78643
Charla Jan Greene
Charla Jan Greene, 71 years old, passed away January 4, 2020 in Kingsland, TX.
She was born January 24, 1948 in Newman, CA.
She is preceded in death by her mother and father, 2 brothers, 3 sisters and 1 great grandson.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Johnny Greene of Kingsland, TX, a sister, Bonnie Mason and her husband, Tommy, of Antioch, CA, her son, Johnny Greene and his wife, Kathline, her daughter, Leanne Greene, her son, Mark Greene, all of Kingsland, TX, and her daughter, Melissa Hatfield and her husband, Bob, of Lovington, NM.
She is called Nana by 8 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, Aunt Charla by numerous nieces and nephews, and Friend by many.
Visitation will be Wednesday, January 8, at 1:00 pm and the funeral service will be at 2:00 pm at the Cross and Spurs Cowboy Church located at 100 W Lillian Dean, Buchanan Dam, TX 78609.
In lieu of flowers, please go online to www.huntingtonsdiseasefoundation.org and honor her with a donation. You may mail a donation in her name to Huntington's Disease Foundation P.O. Box 912, Salado, TX 76571
Mary Burt of Llano, Texas passed away Saturday, January 4, 2020 at the age of 75. She was a retired secretary and lived in Llano since 1987.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband Leonard Burt, her parents, sisters and brothers.
She is survived by son David Burt and wife Rebecca of Kempner, Texas and daughter Joyce Lyle and husband Jack of Wisconsin.
There are no services planned at this time. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mary Burt to Alzheimer Association, Capitol of Texas Chapter P.O. Box 96011 Washington, DC 20090 or the charity of your choice.
Ernest Lee Morris
Ernest Lee Morris born September 7, 1943 in Georgetown, Texas to S.L. Morris and Lola Boggs Morris. Ernest was proceeded in death by his mother, Lola; father, S.L.; step-father, James Lackey; and nephew, Matt Morris.
Ernest joined the Navy in September of 1962 and left in 1966. From there he joined TxDOT and retired in 1995, he and Opal moved to Tow, Texas from Austin in 1995 and made a beautiful home. He loved to fish, hunt, and spend time with family. Out of 57 years of marriage they have 2 children; daughter, Kimberly Simon, and husband Robby of Mason, Texas and son, Phillip Morris and wife Holly of Austin, Texas; 3 grandchildren, Cody Simon and wife Sharon, Tina Jordan and husband Brendon, and McKenzie Eckert and husband Austin; 5 great grandchildren, Jolie Simon, Jase Jordan, Kylie Jordan, Brinley Eckert, and Blaikley Eckert.
Ernest is survived by his wife Opal of 57 years, his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren; 3 brothers, Sammy and wife Linda of Mason, Don and wife Sara of Fredericksburg, and Kenneth of Georgetown; nieces, nephews brother-in-law’s, and sister-in-law’s.
Visitation will be held Monday, January 6, 2020 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at Tow Cemetery at 12:00 P.M. with Chaplain Scott Meador officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Marvin Porkorny, Donny Pickens, Morris Bohnert, Cody Simon, Brendan Jordan, and Austin Eckert.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Solaris Hospice, 2250 South FM 51 suite number 400, Decatur, Texas 76234.
Delbert Marrion Mitchell
Delbert Marrion Mitchell passed away Tuesday, December 31, 2019 in Austin, Texas at the age of 79. He was born September 18, 1940 in Coleman, Texas to Archie Mitchell and Lula Mae (Keeney). Delbert was a resident of Llano for 21 years since coming from Coleman, Texas. He taught Sunday School and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Coleman.
Delbert is survived by his sons, Edward Dale Mitchell, Gary Lynn Mitchell, and James Marcus Mitchell and wife Kayla; brothers, Osie Lee Mitchell, and Douglas Carol Mitchell; 3 grandchildren, Jenna Martinez, Statin Baker, and Marcus Mitchell; several nieces and nephews and special nieces Phyllis Odom and husband Eddie, and Debra Mitchell.
Family will celebrate Delbert’s life on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the Granite O Bar in Llano, Texas.
Henry Carl Lang
Henry Carl Lang, 88, of Castell, Texas, died Sunday, December 29, 2019, at the Llano Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Llano, Texas.
Henry was born on July 2, 1931, at the family home in Castell, Texas, the son of Milton Lang and Mary Strackbein Lang. He attended the Castell School through the eighth grade, then Mason High School while he boarded with friends.
He married Geraldine Wessels June 3, 1951, in Winters, Texas. They lived on the family ranch together for over 65 years, raising four children. After working at CTEC for 20 years, Henry “retired” to bale hay and ranch.
Henry participated in many community activities in Llano and Castell. He was a member of the Llano County Farm Bureau where he served as board president four times. He and Geraldine were honored as Outstanding 4-H Leaders due to their activities with both 4-H and the Llano County Stock Show. When his grandkids were playing Little League Baseball, he was chief cook at the Little League B-B-Q Fund raisers. Henry was one of the first members of the Castell Volunteer Fire Department.
He was a life-long member of St. John Lutheran Church in Castell where he served on the church council several terms along with many other positions.
Henry is survived by three sons, Clinton Lang and wife Cynthia of Llano, David Lang and wife Gail of Llano, and Victor Lang of Llano and one daughter, Jan Grey and husband Hal of Lampasas. Survivors also include nine grandchildren, Casey Lang Mayo, Michael Lang, Mike Wennes, John Wennes, Stephanie Paul, Reba Paul, Josh Paul, Phillip Lang and Emily Lang. Nine great-grand children survive Henry: Samantha, Bella, Claire and Laila Mayo; Marcus Lang; Kristen, Clayton and Tyler Wennes; Hannah Lang; and two great-great grandkids: Dillon and Logon Funkhauser.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Geraldine, his parents, sister Adella, brother Max, and parents-in-law, Alfred and Emma Wessels.
A memorial service and internment of the cremains will be held at St. John Lutheran Church, Castell, Texas at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 4, 2020 with Pastor Richard Bremer officiating.
For those who so desire, memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, 18346 W. Ranch Road 152, Llano, Texas 78643 or Solaris Hospice at 103 W. Dallas Street Suite A, Llano, Texas 78643.
Doyle Duane Williams
Doyle Duane Williams passed away Tuesday, December 24, 2019 in Llano, Texas at the age of 70. He was born May 12, 1949 in Pecos, Texas to Wesley Williams and Gladys (Blanton).
Doyle came home from serving 2 years in the Army in Germany, to Angleton, Texas where he met and married Jo Ann Wolters. During that time he and Jo Ann owned and operated his Texaco Service Station, he worked as a pipefitter and rose to the rank of foremen. He found his talent in woodworking where he started building furniture and smaller woodcrafts.
They moved to Llano in 2001 where his dream woodshop was built. His woodwork was carried in various shops in Llano, Fredericksburg, and many fun craft shows. He carved his designs in his head and then made them come to reality with his hands. He was truly a “Man of Many Talents” and was never one to not lend a helping hand when needed. His picket fence and front and back porches have been enjoyed by all who have passed his house and had the opportunity to sit on his porches. He enjoyed watching the Astros and Oilers Houston teams when living in Angleton. When moving to Llano he became a true college football fan for all Texas teams. He loved UT Longhorns, Notre Dame, Baylor, and all friends that would watch the games with him. He showered love on his nieces and nephews and continued that love when his grandnieces and grandnephews started arriving on the scene. Doyle truly loved Texas history and he read everything he could on the subject, frequenting the book shop in Fredericksburg as often as he could. He worked at Super S (Lowes) grocery store where he found many new friends and family, some who helped put the roof over his front porch. He was a talker and never met a stranger. Doyle became a merchandiser with Blue Bell Ice Cream and kept a freezer full for everyone to enjoy. He was always smiling and loved to gab while selling Meyers sausage at various stores. He always enjoyed Blanton Family Reunions, seeing family and cousins with friendly competitions in dominos, horseshoes, and cards.
Doyle is preceded in death by his father, Wesley; brother, Dickie; and mother, Gladys.
He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann married 44 years; stepfather and good friend, Bob Reese; sister, Shiryl and husband Dale Turner; 13 nieces and nephews and 32 grandnieces and nephews.
He touched many hearts with his smile and quick wit. He will never be forgotten .
A small service will be held Friday, January 3, 2020 from 5:00 to 6:00 P.M. and a small visitation will take place from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas. Graveside service will be held Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Cleveland Cemetery in Santa Anna, Texas at 12:00 P.M.
Linda Naomi Tow
Linda Bigger Tow, of Llano, Texas, passed away peacefully Friday, December 20, 2019 in San Marcos, Texas at the age of 75. Linda was born in Llano on February 26, 1944 to the late Boss Stephen and Lenora Levensailor.
Linda graduated from Llano High School and was honored and chosen by various local organizations to represent them at events such as Jaycee representative in the 1960 Llano Rodeo, Llano Rodeo Queen, and appearances on an Austin television program to advertise special events.
Linda married husband Billy Dee Tow of Tow, Texas. In addition to raising their sons, Linda earned her LVN license at the top of her class and cared for patients at Llano Hospital and Care Inn Nursing Home, among others. Linda also was a licensed cosmetologist who owned and operated a beauty salon where she worked for many years.
Caring and giving generously to family, friends, and anyone who might need help was Linda’s passion and delight. She loved her family and dogs and cats very much and served at many charitable events throughout the years. She was a devoted member and active volunteer of Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
Survivors include sons Brent Wayne and wife Ginger Tow of San Antonio; Charles William Tow of Llano; step-son Richard Tow of Kilgore, grandsons Preston Wayne and Chase Golden Tow of San Antonio; sisters Patricia Slaughter, Deborah Adams, Donna Koerner, Lorilea and husband Dudley Wenzel; and brother William and wife Pam Bigger, all of Llano. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held on January11, 2020 at the Tow Cemetery in Tow, Texas 11:00 A.M.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to any depression and bipolar charity of your choice. The family of Linda Tow wishes to thank the San Marcos Rehabilitation Center for the gentle caring and understanding they showed to Linda and her family in her final months.
Juanda Kay Edmondson
Juanda Kay Edmondson born October 26, 1936 in Hobbs, NM. She was the daughter of Walter E. Granath and Blanche E. Goodwin. She graduated Hobbs High School, Hobbs, NM with honors. Juanda attended Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM where she met and married Earl Von Edmondson Jr. of Roswell, NM on February 2, 1957 in Carlsbad NM. He preceded her in death in 2011.
Surviving children are Blanche Elizabeth Martin, Milan IL. Saundra Elaine Korth of San Antonio TX, Teresa Gail Benge of Llano, TX and Melissa Kay of Llano, TX.
Surviving grandchildren are Earl Von Edmondson IV, Chesnee SC, Sarah Rae Martin , Silivs Il, Jamie Lynn Oldacre Crestview, FL and Krista Gail Benge, Gainesville, FL and Nicholas Adam McGriff, Phoenix, AZ. As well as eight great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents , six sisters Alta Mae Thompson, Sierra Vista AZ, Peggy Jane Ogle, Llano TX, Ruby Rose Weske, Salyer, CA, Ruth Opal Jahr, Hobbs, NM, JoAnn Heflin and Ted Granath and six brothers Patrick Ivan Granath, Lovington, NM, Robert Douglas Granath, Longmont, CO, Walter Edward Granath, Midland, TX, Edward George Granath, Tampa, FL, Richard Keith Granath, Odessa, TX, Gene Alfred Granath, Kenai, AK and son Earl Von Edmondson III, Llano, TX. and eight great grandchildren.
Sister remaining is Myrna Lea Stark, Hobbs NM.
Juanda had been employed by Eagle Food Centers at the Milan, IL warehouse offices. She had completed 29 years in the accounting department, She retired in 2001.
Juanda had been active in community affairs for many years in Illinois and was a past President of Coal Valley Extension Club, Coal Valley Lioness Club, Milan Woman’s Club, Milan Indian Summer Festival Committee and was President of Colona Township Lioness Club. She served as Treasurer of Valley Daze Committee, Coal Valley and was a Teamsters Local #371 Union Steward for eight years. She was Democratic Precinct Committee woman of Blackhawk 5 District in Rock Island County, Illinois for 2 years.
Since retirement, she was active in First Christian Church, Llano, TX a LMHS hospice volunteer, a member secretary of AARP in Llano, and helped form a committee to get the Llano food pantry started. She sang with the “Kingsland Klunkers Band” who entertained at area nursing homes.
Juanda enjoyed playing Scrabble and working jigsaw puzzles. Most Fridays you would find her at the Llano Library playing games cards and watching movies. She loved sitting on her porch watching hummingbirds eating from her feeder, tending her plants and flowers and admiring her American flag waving in the wind. Go Spurs Go. Long live pink flamingos!
In lieu of flowers, Juanda requests that you donate to the Llano Food Pantry P.O. Box 204 Llano, TX 78643.
Wayne Ray Smith
Wayne Ray Smith, age 67, of Llano, died Dec. 17th, 2019. He was born on April 8th, 1952, to Ray J. Smith and Betty Lee Smith in Fredericksburg, Texas.
He married Ramona Lois Ahrlett on January 25th, 1975 and they had three children Jacob, Elissa, and Ida. He worked at CTEC for 30+ years, and was looking forward to retiring Dec. 31st, 2019. He loved spending time with his family and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and dancing.
Wayne is survived by his wife Ramona Lois Smith, son Jacob Lee Smith and wife Misty, daughters Elissa Marie Wagner and Jake Alexander, and Ida Sue Tibbits and husband Chris Tibbits. He is also survived by his grandchildren Jaci and Maddie Smith, Blaine Tibbits and siblings Kim Smith and wife Becky and Dena Mize and husband Alan. He is also survived by multiple nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ray J. Smith and Betty Lee Smith.
Visitation will be Saturday, Dec. 21st from 5:00 to 7:00 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Sunday, Dec. 22nd at 2:00 in the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel in Llano. Pallbearers will be Dave Oestreich, Dale Oestreich, Bobby Bumpus, Kody Wagner, Royce Ahrlett, Quintin Gonzales, Joe Sagebiel, and Jason Smith. Honorary pallbearers CTEC employees.
Memorial Donations can be made to American Kidney Foundation and the St. James Lutheran Church.
Laura Elaine Herring Connely
Laura Elaine Herring Connely passed away Sunday, December 15, 2019 in Tow, Texas at the age of 102. She was born March 31, 1917 in Otoe County, Nebraska to Theodore P. Herring and Hattie Frenzel Herring. Laura was a resident of Tow, Texas for 49 years since coming from Missouri.
Laura graduated from Neosho High School and married LeRoy Connely in 1937. After moving to Tow she attended the Tow Baptist Church. She was also active in the local senior citizen group and the Disabled Veterans Ladies Auxiliary. Laura loved fishing and gardening. In her later years she loved watching the flowers bloom and the wildlife play through the living room window.
Laura is preceded by her parents, Theodore P. Herring and Hattie Frenzel Herring; husband, LeRoy Connely; Eldest son, Donald L. Connely, and 2 daughters, Star Elaine and Terri Lynn Connely.
She is survived by her son, Robert Dale Connely and wife Marilyn Connely; daughter, Vickie Louise Connely Dillard and husband Perry L. Dillard; sister Hazel Herring Dunham; grandchildren, Ada Connely and Joshua Henderson, 2 great grandchildren,1 great great grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Kingsland, Texas with Richard Vandeventer officiating. Committal service will take place Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. in Joplin, Missouri at the Ozark Memorial Park with Dr. Phillip McClendon officiating.
Charles Russell "Chuck" Dalchau
Charles Russell (Chuck) Dalchau, 73, of Llano, Texas passed away on Monday, December 16, 2019 at Llano, Texas. He was born May 17, 1946 and grew up in Castell, Texas on the Llano River hunting and fishing. Chuck graduated from Llano High School in 1965 then attended Tarleton State University and San Angelo State University. He married Sally Hyatt on May 30, 1966 in Llano, TX, they were married 53 years and had twin daughters Dana and Jana. Chuck went to work for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Wildlife Division in June 1966, at Sweetwater, TX and then transferred to Abilene, TX, where he retired after 20+ years of service. While working for the Texas Parks & Wildlife, he was instrumental in the restoration of many wildlife game species including pronghorn, white-tailed deer and turkeys across the state as well as managing fishing in public lakes. After retirement he worked for the Nail Ranch at Albany, TX, and the Timmons Ranch at Lohn and Brownwood, TX. Chuck then built, opened and operated Lone Star Barbeque in Brady, Texas before moving back to Llano, Texas where he ranched, raising cattle and registered dorper sheep.
Chuck was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish his entire life. He always said his favorite color was camouflage. Chuck was crazy about his grandkids and hardly ever missed a livestock show or rodeo they were competing in. He also shared his love of the outdoors with his grandkids, taking them hunting every chance he could get.
Chuck is survived by his wife Sally Dalchau, daughter Dana and husband Frank Wright of Paducah, Texas; daughter Jana and Kirk Edington of Goldthwaite, Texas; grandchildren Hailey and Hayden Wright of Paducah, Texas; Whitney and Will Edington of Goldthwaite, Texas; brother and sister-in-law John C. and Marjorie Reagor of Round Mountain, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents Willard and Lois Mae Dalchau of Castell, Texas.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 18, 2019 from 5:00-7:00PM at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home, 307 E Sandstone St, Llano, Texas.
Funeral services will be Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 10:00AM at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home with Reverend Grady Roe officiating.
Interment will follow at Llano City Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Delvin Bauer, Shawn Brown, Lance Garrett, Gary Halliburton, Larry Miller, Randy Morgan, Rodney Reagor; Honorary Pallbearers are Jerry Butler and Herb Kothmann.
Memorials can be made to: Hill Country Livestock Raisers Association, P.O. Box 292, Llano, TX 78643
Barbara Najar of Llano, Texas passed away on Monday, December 9, 2019 at the age of 87. She was born on September 20, 1932 in Leaksville, North Carolina to Walter Hugh and Mary Kallam Chatham.
She graduated from Leaksville High School in 1950 and went on to graduate from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. There she met her future husband, A. Dale, and married in 1953 after graduation. They then moved to Fort Worth, Texas where they served in several churches before moving to Llano. She served in many capacities as a devoted 50 year member of Bible Baptist Church. She also worked at Arrowhead Bank for many years before retiring in 2009. After Dale’s passing in 1980, she was married to Lewis Najar in 1987 until his passing in 2012. Barbara loved gardening, cooking for her family and friends, and serving our Lord Jesus Christ.
Her survivors include her son, David Clarno and wife Olga of Llano, Texas; daughter, Colette Lockhart and husband Donnie of Haslet, Texas; brother, Hugh Chatham, Jr. of Montgomery, Alabama. Her grandchildren include Brandi, Rachelle, Elise, Colette, Kristin, and Amanda, as well as eight great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends.
Visitation will be held Friday, December 13, 2019 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at the Bible Baptist Church in Llano with Brother Brian W. Minter officiating. Services will conclude at the church.
In lieu of flower contributions, a donation may be given in her name to Bible Baptist Church, 700 E. Young St. Llano, Texas 78643.
Valerie Louis Hampton
On November 28, 2019, Valerie Reeves Hampton passed from this world into eternity. Born June 24, 1951, in Gainesville, Texas, to Jimmy and Fayrene Reeves, Valerie was most known to her family and friends as Nana or Aunt Val. She was a loving, and caring daughter, wife,
sister, mother, aunt and nana. An active member of her church, Valerie loved serving God and working in the church nursery with her “littles.” She was never without a smile, a hug and never met a stranger. Valerie is survived by her sisters Barbara and husband Claude Downard
of Gainesville, Texas; Jeanette Covert of Odessa, Texas; Janice and husband Malcolm Campbell of Midland, Texas; daughter Jancey and son-in-law Brian Terry of Tow, Texas; son Russ and daughter-in-law Kim Sherefield of Prosper, Texas; daughter Sandy and son-in-law Mark
Francis of Columbus, Texas; son Charles Kelley of DeLeon, Texas; son Earl and daughter-in-law Tracy Hamilton of Kempner, Texas; grandchildren Jesi, Sam, Niki and Dallas Terry of Tow, Texas, her many nieces and nephews, many, many other wonderful grandchildren and
great-grandchildren and her loving lake framily. Valerie is preceded in death by her parents, Jimmy and Fayrene Reeves, brothers Harold, Johnny and Bobby Reeves.
Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, December 3rd at First Baptist Church in Llano, Texas at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made in memory of Nana to the John Hagee Sanctuary of Hope in San Antonio, Texas.
Irvin Ahrlett Jr.
Irvin Ahrlett Jr. passed away peacefully on November 23, 2019, at the age of 80. He was born on December 11, 1938, to Lois (Pankey) and Irvin Ahrlett Sr. in Field Creek, TX. They moved to Llano, Tx when he was one.
He joined the Navy in 1956. He was stationed in San Diego, CA. He went on a World Tour from July 1956 to April 1957. He played on the Prairie Baseball team, placed second in the Japan Fleet-wide Baseball Tourney, held in Yokosuka. After his four years in the Navy, he returned home to Llano, TX. Where he met his future bride. They were married on December 30, 1961 in Llano, TX. Irvin worked for Central Texas Electric Co-op for 43 years when he retired. Irvin is survived by his wife of 57 years Rosena (Hawkins) Ahrlett, daughter Samantha Hoskins and husband Bozo, son Lance Ahrlett and wife Barbara, Sister Patricia Tribble and husband Glendale. His grandchildren David Hoskins and wife Nina, Breann Ferguson and husband Chad, Ashlynn Ahrlett, Hillary Leeds and husband Jeremy. Great grandchildren Lane and Tanner Ferguson, Carter and Finlee Hoskins, Journey and Everley Leeds.
He is proceded in death by his parents Lois and Irvin Ahrlett Sr. and sisters FloWanda Oestrich, Pat Adcock, and Jean (Dip) Halliburton.
Memorial services will be held 1:00 P.M. Saturday November 30, 2019 Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Chapel. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be the employees of Central Texas Electric Co-op.
John Paul Yelvington
John Paul Yelvington passed away peacefully on November 23, 2019 at the age 59 surrounded by family. He was born June 16, 1960 in Lubbock, Texas to Patsy Yelvington Arnold and Tommy Yelvington.
Johnny started his career as an Electrician with Acme Electric in Lubbock, TX. His love for his career only grew over the years and achieved the goal of becoming a Master Electrician. He married the love of his life Shelly Wetzel Yelvington, June 26, 1989. Johnny and Shelly moved to Kingsland, Texas with their kids in 2000 and he started his own business, A-1 Electric. Johnny had a love for his community and was involved with Kingsland Little League as a coaching agent and umpire. He had a love for fishing and hunting and loved spending time at his deer lease in God’s country. He loved spending time with his family and friends and his grandchildren were his pride and joy.
Johnny is survived by his wife Shelly and children Jennifer Dean and husband Scott and grandchildren Riley and Easton of Dripping Springs, TX, daughter Michelle Dunn and husband Casey and grandchildren Kolten and Kinslee of Rosharon, TX, and son Tommy Joe Yelvington of Kingsland, TX. His mother Patsy Yelvington Arnold of Lubbock, TX, and his sisters Tina Brown and husband Barry of Lubbock, TX, Toni Balazsy and husband Dave of Crestview FL, Tracy Nichols of Lubbock, TX, and brother Joe Yelvington and wife Rita of Joshua, TX, and was blessed with numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Johnny is proceeded in death by his father Tommy Yelvington, Nanny and Grandad Leon and Marjorie Pharr, and grandparents Bill and Gladys Yelvington.
Visitation will on November 26, 2019 from 1:00-3:00. Service to follow at 3:00 at Waldrope-Hatfield Hawthrone Funeral Home, 900 Industrial Blvd., Kingsland, TX.
Charles Eli Andersen
Charles Eli Andersen passed away Saturday, November 9, 2019 in Tow, Texas at the age of 72. He was born July 7, 1947 in Gillespie County, Texas to David Andrew Andersen and Lillian (Houy). Charles served as a US Marine and fought in the Vietnam War and later retired from Vapo Propane company. He married Doris Althaus in 1994 in Gillespie County.
Charles is preceded by his parents, David Andrew Andersen, and Lillian (Houy).
He is survived by his wife, Doris Andersen of Tow; son, Terry Sifford of Fredericksburg; daughters, Lana Andersen of Arizona, and Tammy Andersen of Ingram; step sons, Robert Evans of San Antonio, William Mann of San Antonio, and David Mann of San Antonio; step daughters, Vinny Walker of San Marcos, and Rebecca Mann of California; brothers, Clifford Andersen of Llano, and David Andersen of Kerrville; sister, Charlotte Banta of Stonewall; 9 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to any charity that helps assist veterans.
Wanda June Lindsey
Wanda June Lindsey passed from this life to her heavenly home on October 26, 2019 at Kingsland Hills Care Center, Kingsland, Texas. She was born in Hugo, Oklahoma on April 14, 1939 to Edward C. Ketchum and Junia Roebuck Ketchum. Wanda attended schools in Choctaw County in Oklahoma where her parents were teachers. After graduation from Grant, Oklahoma high school in 1957 as valedictorian of her class, she attended Southeastern State College in Durant, Oklahoma and later earned a degree from West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas. She began her work in the insurance field and later was employed with Security State Bank in Kingsland until her retirement. Wanda was a Christian and a member of the Methodist Church, a loving Mother and Grammy and devoted to her family and friends.
She is survived by her daughter Julie Lindsey and her grandson, Alex of Kingsland, her brothers, Ed Ketchum and wife Sharon of Tyler, Texas and Tom Ketchum of Tucson, Arizona; her sisters, Mona Zehner of Phoenix, Arizona, and Elizabeth Marler and husband James of Stillwater, Oklahoma, and many nephews, nieces, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Alice Ketchum Major, and niece Nicole Ketchum.
Geraldine (Jerrie) Mildred Scott Lawless
Geraldine (Jerrie) Mildred Scott Lawless passed away peacefully and joined her Heavenly Father on November 1, 2019, at the age of 84. She was born on April 18, 1935, to Jeff Davis “Babe” Scott and Laura Ellen (Clinger) Scott in Llano, Texas.
After graduation from Llano High School, she moved to Austin where she met her future husband, Bobby Dean Lawless, by accident through a phone call at the boarding house where she lived. They raised four children in Rosenberg, Texas, and spent most vacations exploring, hunting and fishing at the family property along the Llano River.
She worked for 26 years for the State of Texas and retired to her childhood home in Llano with Bob. She loved family trips and reunions at which she always carried her camera. She enjoyed researching and sharing her family genealogy. During her retirement, she worked part-time for many years at the Llano County Historical Museum.
Geraldine was a member and volunteer at the First Baptist Church in Llano. She was devoted to her family and cherished her many friendships.
She is preceded in death by her parents, sister Mary Vick Hamilton, brother Allie Clinger Scott, beloved husband Bob of 48 years and son Scott Edward Lawless.
Surviving family who will cherish Geraldine’s memory are her daughters Karla Leslie and Lisa Craft and husband Jon, son David Lawless, and daughter-in-law Jill Bates Lawless; grandchildren James Leslie, Jenna Leslie, Joshua Craft and wife Ashtyn, Kayla Craft Granger and husband Drew, and Lucas Lawless; great-grandchildren Harper Claire and Ridge Craft; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Donations in Geraldine’s memory can be made to Hill Country Community Action Association.
Visitation will be held at 9:30 A.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas Saturday, November 9, 2019. A celebration of Geraldine’s life will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 10:30 A.M. at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano. Burial will follow at Board Branch Cemetery in Lone Grove, Texas at 2:00 P.M.
Jimmy Mabry also known as “Goober” to his coworkers, passed away Thursday, October 31, 2019 in Llano, Texas at the age of 70. He was born December 16, 1948 in Llano, Texas to James William Mabry and Ruby (Latham). Jimmy loved God and his lifelong love was being a fireman with the Llano Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge in Llano. Jimmy worked as a clerk at Buttery’s Hardware and on January 23, 1971 in Llano, Texas he married the love of his life, Patricia Mabry.
Jimmy is preceded by his parents, James William Mabry and Ruby (Latham); and brother, Robin Mabry.
He is survived by his wife Patricia Mabry; sister, Regina Oestreich and husband Dave; sisters-in-law, Bonnie Cox, and Barbara and husband David Moser; brother-in-law, Petey and wife Laurie Airheart; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at the Llano City Cemetery with James Sanderson officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Journey Fellowship or the Llano Volunteer Fire Department.
Opal Owens Seals
Opal Owens Seals passed away Monday, October 28, 2019 in Burnet, Texas at the age of 92. She was born December 31, 1926 in Godley, Texas to Sam Owens and Maude (Waggoner). Opal was a resident of Meadowlakes 15 years since coming from Joshua, Texas; and she was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Opal is preceded by her parents, Sam Owens and Maude (Waggoner); husband, Maston B. Seals; grandson, Matthew Aten; 4 sisters, and 4 brothers.
She is survived by her son, Mike Seals and wife Dola of Burleson, Texas; daughter, Leigh Ann Lewis and husband Bill of San Antonio, Texas; grandson Christian Aten and wife Anna, great grandchildren Rian, Dylan and Evan Aten of Orting, Washington.
Visitation will be held Thursday, October 31, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church in Marble Falls, Texas from 9:00 ~ 10:00 A.M. A funeral service will be held Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at the First United Methodist Church. Burial will be Friday, November 1, 2019 at Green Acres Memorial Park in Cleburne, Texas at 11:00 A.M. Honorary pallbearers are her numerous nephews.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society 2433 Ridgepoint Drive, suite B, Austin, Texas 78754 or the America Heart Association P.O. Box 15186, Austin, TX 78761.
Thomas Michael Purcell
Tom Purcell passed away October 18, 2019 in Llano, Texas at the age of 71. He was born November 25, 1947 in Mount Vernon, Illinois to Francis and Bernice Purcell. A lifelong dream to live the peaceful country life, Tom moved to Llano in 2014 quickly leaving Houston behind in his rear view mirror.
He honorably served in the US Army in Vietnam from 1971 to 1972 and was actively involved in Boy Scouts for over 20 years. He enjoyed reading, being outdoors, watching BattleBots, wood burning and loved creating a variety of knick knacks for his friends and family. He especially loved teasing his loved ones and making others laugh.
He is preceded in death by his parents Francis and Bernice, wife of 41 years Marianne, and son Sean. He is survived by his son Brian (Janessa), daughter Meghan (Ricardo), grandchildren: Tyler, Dylan and Liliana, sisters: Carol (Brian), Pat, Marty (Dan), and Kathy (Ray), and loyal dog Molly.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the following charity:
Wreaths Across America – Houston
Raymond Eugene Hamilton, age 50, born on August 16, 1969 passed on Saturday, October 19, 2019 during a motorcycle ride with his buddy Marty in Kingsland, Texas. Raymond was passionate about riding his motorcycle. He lived “larger than life”. He was a bit of a renegade, going “full tilt” and “hell bent for leather.” Raymond married the love of his life Nichole, who shared his love for riding, on October 20, 2018. Raymond is preceded in death by grandfather Jesse Hamilton; grandmother Colleen Stanglin, and cousin Ricky Gafford. Left to cherish his memory are wife Nichole; parents Charles Ray Hamilton and wife Bobbie, Tillie Gaddy and husband Danny Wilson; sisters Shelli Sisk and husband Jimmy, Amanda Hamilton; brother Justin Smith and wife Mikki; children Karissa Hamilton, Vincent Hamilton, Jordan Clark, Jessie Hamilton, Samantha Weaver and Callie Weaver; grandchildren Jensyn Smith, Alexander Clark, as well as several other aunts uncles and cousins. A memorial service will be held for those in Granite Shoals, Texas at Pat’s Bar in Kingsland, TX beginning at 7:00 pm, Saturday, October 26, 2019. A second memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Shelli Sisk’s house, in Irving, Texas from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm. A reception will take place later that day at 7:00 pm at the 2500 Club, 2500 E. Belknap St., Fort Worth, TX 76111. All are welcome to join in our Celebration of Life memorial services.
Darrell Renfred Wilson
Darrell Renfred Wilson passed away Thursday, October 17, 2019 in Llano, Texas at the age of 72. He was born March 31, 1947 in Llano, Texas to Raymond Wilson and Vida (Brewster). Darrell resided in Llano for 10 years since moving from Mesquite, Texas.
He is preceded in death by his parents Raymond Wilson and Vida (Brewster) and son, Heath Wilson.
Darrell is survived by his wife, Linda Sue; sons, Sean Wilson and wife Shirley of Denton; Christopher Wilson and wife Chrissy of Frisco; daughters, Christy Chambers and husband Ray of Tyler; Carolyn Bell and husband Keith of Carrollton; daughter in law, Amy Wilson of Greenville; brothers, Ron Wilson of Castell; Chet Wilson and wife Cindy of Bertram; sisters, Valora Howard of Kingsland, Carolyn Warren and husband Lou of Valley Spring, and Daphne Imel and husband Dennis of Pflugerville; 8 grandchildren; and his little buddy Biskit.
A memorial service will be held Monday, October 21, 2019 at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas at 11:00 A.M.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society 2433 Ridgepoint Drive, Suite B, Austin, Texas 78754.
Nell Adams passed away Tuesday, October 15, 2019 in Georgetown, Texas at the age of 93. She was born October 14, 1926 in Llano County to Ruben Rogers and Mary (Berryman) Rogers. Nell was a lifetime resident of Llano County and was a member of the First Christian Church as well as being a member of the Christian Women’s Fellowship through the First Christian Church. Nell was married to the love of her life, R.L. Adams, Jr. for 76 years. They were married July 8, 1943 in Fredericksburg, Texas. She also had a great love for her grandkids and great grandkids.
Nell is preceded by her parents, Ruben Rogers and Mary (Berryman) Rogers; son, Kenneth Adams; and brothers, D.E. “Bud” Rogers, and Edward Rogers.
She is survived by her husband, R.L. Adams, Jr.; daughter, Carol Landrum; daughter-in-law, Elaine Adams; 3 nieces, 4 nephews, grandchildren, Christi Copeland and husband Ryan, Sara Landrum, and James Landrum and wife Ashley; Sue Davis, and Shayne Smith and husband Jim Bob, and great grandchildren, Makayla, James, Joshua, and Liberty Copeland, Desiree, and Rebekka Ware, Kate, and Emma Landrum, and Steeley, and Sterling Smith.
Visitation will be held Friday, October18, 2019 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.
A funeral service will be held Friday, October 18, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel with Richard Vandventer officiating. Interment to follow at Llano City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Leashes of Valor 24114 Sparta Road Milford, VA 22514.
Kenneth Doyle Morgan
Kenneth Doyle Morgan passed away peacefully, with loving family at his bedside, in Llano, Texas on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at the age of 84. His earthly body was laid to rest in the Sandy Mountain Cemetery in Sunrise Beach, Texas the following day.
He was born May 18, 1935, in Llano, Texas to Hiram Francis and Mildred Adelle (Overstreet) Morgan. He was raised in Llano County, Texas where his ancestors were among the first settlers in Tow. He graduated from Llano High School in 1954. Kenneth was a United States Airforce Veteran and was honorably discharged in 1961. He especially enjoyed his tour of duty in Alaska where he was able to hunt and fish during his time off.
Kenneth married Lucy Tate December 13, 1959 and they had 3 children Connie, Kenny and Doug whom they raised mostly in Blanco, Texas. Kenneth and Lucy were baptized into God’s kingdom at the Church of Christ in Blanco, Texas and raised their children in the church. He was employed as a Game Biologist Technician with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and remained there until his retirement.
He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and gardening; and grew very large tomatoes and onions. He especially loved spending time on the acreage he purchased in Castell, Texas where he hunted, fished and raised cattle. His place in Castell is where he hunted with his sons and where he taught his three grandchildren to hunt and fish for catfish in the tank. He taught his children, grandchildren, nephews and others how to hunt and fish, skin a deer, sharpen a knife, clean a gun and how to maintain gun and knife safety.
Kenneth was a beloved father, grandpa and great-grandpa.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Bobby Morgan and Jimmy Morgan; and sister Jayne Morgan Deats.
He is survived by daughter Connie Marie Morgan Cox and husband Sidney; sons Kenneth Doyle Morgan II and James Douglas Morgan and wife Sarah; grandchildren Ashley Morgan Hamm and husband Brett, Marshal Weber and wife Jessica, and Matthew Morgan; great-granddaughter Blake Leigh Weber; Lucy Tate; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service/celebration of life will be held Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Church of Christ in Llano, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Solaris Hospice or other charity of choice.
Wanda James, 55 of Llano Texas, passed away on October 8, 2019. She was born on April 21st, 1964 to Ernest and Joan Oestreich. She married the love of her life, Donald James on January 12, 1984 in Buchanan Dam, Texas. She worked at the Llano Junior High for 20 years. She had a love of country music, and enjoyed singing to her grandchildren often. She had a great love for her family and was never too far from them. She was proceeded in death by her father Ernest, mother Joan, and brothers Gary and Tommy. She is survived by her husband Donald; sister Naomi Adams; daughters Amber Lukens and husband Scott; April Weller and husband Paul; her son Justin and numerous nieces and nephews. She had a special love for her grandchildren; Harmonee, Alexia, Hailey, Barrett, Abigail, Leslyn, Joshua, Sara, DJ and great grandson Greysen. There will be a viewing on Sunday from 5pm to 7pm. Funeral services will be held at Waldrop-Hatfield-Hawthorne funeral home on Monday October 14th, 2019 at 10 am. She will be buried at Llano Cemetery. People have expressed interest in bringing food to the family, we will be meeting after the funeral First Baptist church to sit together and enjoy a meal so all food is welcome to be brought there.
Billy Jack Abbott
Billy Jack Abbott, 78 of Llano, Texas passed away on October 10, 2019. He was born in San Angelo, Texas in 1941 to William Arthur Abbott and Edith Roxie Davis.
He served in the US Army and was honorably discharged in 1963. He attended the Police Academy in Corpus Christi, TX from 1968 – 1970 and worked in law enforcement for the next 30+ years, primarily as a Chief Deputy or Investigator.
In 2000, he became a contract investigator conducting background investigations for US Border Patrol and ICE until his retirement in 2016. He was also a self-employed private investigator, certified process server, carried a Top Secret Clearance and a Master Peace Officer Certification from TCOLE. He was a member of the Sheriff’s Association of Texas, Crime Stoppers, Texas Chief Deputies Association, Texas Association of Licensed Investigators and the Homicide Investigators of Texas.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Edith Abbott, 2 infants Tanya Alaine and Warren Gene, and brother, Dennis Abbott. He leaves behind a loving wife of 30 years Barbara, son Neal Abbott and wife Julie of Bertram, daughter Angela Abbott of Burnet, 2 stepsons Dan Stubblefield and wife Karen of Bertram, and Steven Stubblefield and wife Kim of Burnet. He is also survived by his loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation is scheduled for 5:00 P.M. ~ 7:00 P.M. Sunday, October 13, 2019 at Waldrope – Hatfield - Hawthorne Funeral Home, 307 E. Sandstone, Llano, Texas 78643. Graveside services are scheduled for 3:00 P.M. on Monday, October 14, 2019 at Six Mile Cemetery, CR 2323, Llano, TX with Chaplin Bill Wolfe officiating. Serving as Pallbearers will be William Talmantez, Nathan Garrett, Terry Ebner, Danny Reid, and Tim Cowart.
The family expresses thankfulness to the many friends and family for the prayers and support during Bill’s illness. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Texas Sheriff’s Association or the charity foundation of your choice.
George Henry Book
George Book was born in Jarrell, Texas, and baptized at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in nearby Corn Hill. He and his family moved from Central Texas to a farm in the Texas Panhandle, in Nazareth, Texas, in 1928. As a young child, he spoke only German. During World War II, George was drafted into the army directly out of high school. He served in Korea and Okinawa in the 7th Division Artillery as a sergeant. After the war, he attended Texas Tech University and then took over the family farm in Nazareth. He married Rita Brockman in 1950 and raised 12 children: Jackie, Karen, Peggy, Luella, George Nicholas, Kelly, Chris, Gary, Gayle, Loretta, Scott, and Joshua. He served on the Nazareth School Board for 12 years, two as President. George was a charter member of the Nazareth American Legion. He served on the Holy Family Church Council in Nazareth and on the Co-op Gin Board of Dimmitt. After suffering a stroke in 1985, he and Rita retired to Lake Buchanan, Texas. In his retirement, he was active in the Buchanan Lions Club and the American Legion of Llano. He and Rita were active members of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Llano. He also enjoyed fishing and playing golf. At Lake Buchanan, he planted a 50-tree pecan orchard and regularly raised a vegetable garden. He enjoyed “farming” his pecan orchard, and he grew, harvested, and sold pecans in his later years. He is survived by 15 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and two sisters, Joan Harvey and Betty Sofia. He was preceded in death by his wife Rita, his children Luella and Gary, as well as his sisters, Alice Spear and Lois Sinclair.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in celebration of George’s life be made to Holy Trinity Catholic Church or the Cherokee Home for Children.
Bobby Wayne Garrett
Bobby Wayne Garrett passed away Sunday, October 6, 2019 in Buchanan Dam, Texas at the age of 61. He was born March 11, 1958 in Dallas, Texas to James Garrett and Wilma Johnson. Bobby was a resident of Buchanan Dam for 2 and a half years since coming from Austin, Texas. Bobby enjoyed woodworking, fishing, being a jokester, and storytelling.
He is preceded by his mother, Wilma Johnson; and brothers, David Garrett, and Donnie Johnson.
Bobby is survived by his wife, Connie Garrett; sons, Taylor Garrett, and Brandon Lincoln and wife Hillary; 3 grandchildren, Britton Garrett, Tatum Lincoln, and Wyatt Lincoln; father, James Garrett; and fur babies, Johnny Cash Garrett, and June Carter Cash Garrett.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, October 10, 2019 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Kingsland, Texas at 2:00 P.M.
Bobby Terrell Levensailor
Bobby Terrell Levensailor, 69, of Llano, Texas died in Austin, Texas on October 5, 2019. He was born on April 17, 1950 to S.L. “Buddy” Levensailor and Clara Skaggs Levensailor in Llano, Texas. He married Shirley Jean Thomas in 1983 and they had three children.
Bobby worked in the oil fields, the granite quarries and in construction. Bobby always enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting, and gardening, and he could never pass up a good garage sale. Bobby loved welding and woodwork and was always making special gifts for family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Jean of Llano; daughter, Wendy Dawn Levensailor and husband Terry of Llano; one son, David Allen Daniels and wife Michelle of Llano; daughter, Jami Howard and husband Justin of Llano; 6 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews; and one special niece, Tracy Tatsch of Llano.
He was preceded in death by his parents Buddy and Clara Levensailor, and sister, Selma Leona Pruitt.
Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019, from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. at 208 East Taylor, Llano, Texas.
Mary Pauline Waltmon Smith (Chu Chu)
Mary Pauline Waltmon Smith (Chu Chu) died peacefully in Austin, Texas, on October 3rd at the age of 96. Chu Chu was born November 6, 1922 in Hearne, Texas, to DeWitt Waltmon and Frances Cummings. She attended the University of Texas in Austin and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Swept off her feet and married Willis (Bill) Maxson, III, LTJG, USN in 1941. War intervened and Diane Maxson (Ligon) was left without a father. Chu Chu married Damon Philip Smith, Jr, Captain in the Marine Corp in 1946 and the three made their home in Llano, Texas. They soon welcomed Damon Philip Smith III and Hatch Cummings Smith. Chu Chu was active in all civic affairs, including, but not limited to Phi Beta Pis, Llano County Library and school board member of Llano ISD. Her faith in Christ made her the cornerstone of Grace Episcopal Church and admired by the masses. She had an infectious laugh and genuine love for all. She was the model of a lady. She found the best in everyone and was always upbeat, unless her computer went down. Preceded in death were her two husbands, three children and two grandsons, Damon Philip Smith, IV and Tatum Cummings Smith. Chu Chu is survived by her daughters in law, Sara Smith of New Canaan, CT and Austin and Fraser Smith of Llano, Texas. Her grandchildren are Hatch Cummings Smith, Jr of Boerne, Texas, Dinah Ligon Barksdale, Frances Ligon Boyd, Ellen Ligon Gold, Casey Shurtz Smith and Katherine Smith Tuck, all of Austin, Texas as well as 15 great grandchildren. Funeral service is to be held on October 17th at 11am at Grace Episcopal Church in Llano, Texas. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Grace Episcopal Church or the Damon P. Smith III Scholarship Fund at the McCombs School of Business (University of Texas).
Audrey Meretta Chew Perry
Meretta Chew Perry went to be with her Heavenly Father on October 3, 2019.
Interment will follow at Lakeland Hills Cemetery.
Joe Nell "JoNell" Southern Smylie
Joe Nell “JoNell” Southern Smylie passed away at 87 years of age in Beaumont, Texas on October 1, 2019, as a result of natural causes. A resident of Llano, Texas, she had recently moved to Beaumont, Texas to be closer to her family.
Joe Nell was born July 14, 1932 in Stockdale, Texas to Woodrow Wilson “Pete” Southern and Gladys Marie McKinny. She was the older sister of Cmdr. Wilson Edwin Southern, Ret., recently deceased, and Wilburn Leslie Southern of Houston, Texas. She moved to McCamey, Texas where she met the love of her life James Calvin Smylie, Jr. and was married to him on December 29, 1956. Joe Nell was raised in the Methodist Church. She was Valedictorian of Cuero High School at age 16 in 1949 and Valedictorian of Southwest State Teachers College in San Marcus, Texas in 1952 at age 19 with a BA in English. She was a member of Alpha Chi, Kappa Delta Pi, Sigma Tau Delta, and Aonian Literary Society. She went on to teach school in Corpus Christi, McCamey, and Snyder for a total of twenty-five years. She retired from teaching at age 62 and moved to Llano, Texas. Places of residence were Stockdale, Tx; Floresville, Tx; Taft, Tx; Cuero, Tx; San Marcus, Tx; Corpus Christi, Tx; McCamey, Tx; Tyler, Tx; Farmington, NM; Everman, Tx; Snyder, Tx; Llano, Tx; and finally, Beaumont, Texas.
Joe Nell is survived by five children, twelve grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren with one great-granddaughter on the way. Children are James Wilson Smylie and wife Julie of Lumberton, Texas, Glenn Stuart Smylie and wife Mary of Quitman, Arkansas, John Calvin Smylie and wife Stacey of San Antonio, Sue Ann Daywalt and husband Michael of Stafford, Virginia, and Elaine Gomez and husband Rey of Marble Falls, Texas. She is also survived by her brother Wilburn Leslie Southern, sister-in-law Billie Southern, sister-in-law Eva Jean Smylie Bell, sister-in-law Caroline Smylie, cousin Bill Hare with wife Karen, and cousin Mariann McMullan.
Joe Nell is preceded in death by her husband James Calvin Smylie, Jr. (March 8, 2010), brother Wilson Edwin Southern (March 10, 2019), sister-in-law Betty L. Southern (March 15, 2012), father Woodrow Wilson Southern (May 13, 1997), and mother Gladys Maree McKinny Leck (Jan. 29, 1997).
A funeral service will be held Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano at 2:00PM with Associate Pastor Tommie Tucker officiating. Interment to follow at Llano Cemetery.
Pallbearers will include William Smylie, Steven Smylie, Kyle Manning, Mark Smylie, Christopher Smylie, and Thomas Daywalt.
Honorary Pallbearers will include Calvin Smylie and Bill Hare.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Thank you to the staff and residents of Collier Park Senior Living and to the staff at St. Elizabeth Hospital for all the love and care shown toward our mother.
Proverbs 22:6 Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old, they will not turn from it.
Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.”
Kenneth Lee Adams
Kenneth Lee Adams passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019 in Round Rock, Texas at the age of 70. He was born on October 26, 1948 to R.L. Adams, Jr. and Nell (Rogers) Adams in Fredericksburg, Texas. Kenneth was a lifetime resident of Llano, Texas and a lifetime member of the First Christian Church in Llano and most recently attended Journey Fellowship. He had graduated from Southwest Texas State with a Bachelor’s degree and served 13 years in the Texas Army National Guard. Kenneth was married to Elaine (Holland) Adams on August 18, 1984 in Llano, Texas. He had retired from Virdell Drilling after 41years. Kenneth enjoyed many outdoor hobbies including drag racing his 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner. He was an excellent marksmen, an avid hunter and known to be a perfectionist. .
Kenneth is survived by his parents, R.L. and Nell Adams; wife, Elaine Adams; daughters, Sue Davis and Shayne Smith and husband Jim Bob; sister, Carol Landrum; Aunt, JoAnn Rogers; granddaughters, Steeley Smith and Sterling Smith; mother in law, Myrtle Holland; 2 nieces and 1 nephew; numerous great nieces and great nephews; and his beloved Sandy.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano from 6:00PM - 8:00PM. A funeral service will be held Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel at 11:00AM with James Sanderson officiating. Interment to follow at Bluffton Cemetery.
Pallbearers will include Dan Nixon, Bobby McCall, Lynn Hoy, Steven Landers, Scotty Bristow, Jerry Rogers, and Billy Hoy.
Honorary Pallbearers will include Jimmy Rogers and Laurie Craig.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Lone Grove Community Club, 2305 CR 215 Llano, Texas 78643; Journey Fellowship, 102 Market St. Llano, Texas 78643 or to a charity of choice.
Russell Ricketson, 94, of Llano, Texas, passed away on September 27, 2019. He was born February 19, 1925 in Aretesia, New Mexico to Carlos Stotts Ricketson and Zenia Jane Ricketson. Russell married Berta Elizabeth Dildine on December, 29 1945. Russell was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in WWII. He went on to work for the Texas Department of Transportation and retired after 37 years of employment.
Russell is preceded in death by his parents, Carlos and Zenia Ricketson; beloved wife, Berta Ricketson; son, Carl Ricketson; brother, Dwight Ricketson and sister, Laverne Simpson Painter.
Russell is survived by daughter, Judy Barker and husband Roland of Leander, Texas; granddaughter, Lorraine Miller and husband David of Llano, Texas; grandson, Donny Barker and wife Talina of Liberty Hill, Texas; granddaughter, Laurel Ricketson of Sydney, Australia; grandson, Tim Barker and wife Tana of Melissa, Texas; great grandchildren, Chance Miller and wife Paige, Cody Miller, Logan Barker, JayeAna Barker, Blaise Barker, Shalynn Barker, Charley Barker and McKlayne Barker; great great grandchild, Collyns Miller; sister, Peggy Buchanan and husband Norman; sister, Mary Lou Smathers; brother, Douglas Ricketson; sister, Cora May Franklin; loving companion and friend Nina Sessom and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 5:00-7:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano, Texas. Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 11:00 A.M at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas. Graveside service to follow at Llano Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation 1702 East Highland Ave., Suite 400 Phoenix, AZ 85016.
Charles C. Scott, Jr.
Charles C. Scott, Jr. passed away on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 in Houston, Texas at the age of 81. He was born on November 14, 1937 to Charlie Scott, Sr. and Dahlia (Dahl) Scott in Llano, Texas. Charlie had graduated from Llano High School, was a Korean War Veteran, a Mason and retired as a steel worker. Charlie was a resident of Houston for 53 years since coming from Llano, he was a member of the First Baptist Church and he enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his son, Michael Charles Scott and girlfriend Juliet Mascaro; daughters, Tonya Michelle Scott and boyfriend Jeff Whatley and Traci Wynette Scott; grandson, Bryan Provenzano; two great grandchildren, Cole and Isis Provenzano; brother, J.D. Scott; sisters, Alberta Hlozek and Patsy Miller; numerous nieces and nephews, and is also survived by Kate Sunday.
Visitation will be held Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. A graveside service will be held Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at Llano City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association P.O. Box 96011, Washington DC 20090-6011.
Roy James Birk
Roy James Birk, age 73 of Llano, TX passed away on September 13, 2019 in Marble Falls, TX.
Roy was born in Llano on April 4, 1946 to parents Harold Jacob Birk and Alma Henson Birk. Roy graduated from Llano High School in 1964. He is a proud graduate of the Texas A&M class of 1968.
Roy was active in the Llano 4-H club, participating in the Livestock Judging Team and he showed hogs and sheep. While at Texas A&M, Roy was on the Meat, Wool, and Livestock Judging Teams. He was the second high individual in the 1967 International Judging Contest in Chicago. Also, while at A&M, Roy was the Vice President of the Saddle & Sirloin Club in 1967 - 1968. For 38 years, Roy announced the cattle show at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Alma Birk, sister Mary Bessie and brother-in-law, Dan Collins.
He is survived by his children: Brandee Birk Koenig and husband Sam; Kenda Birk, and Thomas Burke. He was the very proud grandfather of Spade Koenig. He is also survived by sisters Betty Birk Branham and husband, Roy and Marthilyn Birk Collins, three nieces and one nephew, many extended family members, his Aggie brothers and many friends.
Visitation will be held at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel on Thursday, 9/19 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Services will be at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel on Friday, 9/20/19 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at the Salem Cemetery.
The family requests that Memorials be made to The Brahman Foundation; the Llano 4-H Club; St. James Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice.
Audrey Wooten of Llano, Texas joined our Heavenly Father at the age of 89 on Thursday, September 12, 2019.
Audrey was born on December 29, 1929 and is preceded in death by parents William and Claudie (Simpson) Elliott; siblings Sidney Elliott, Vernon Elliott, Odessa Moore, Esta Elliott, J.W. Elliott; beloved husband Dillon Wooten; son Dillon Ray Wooten; and grandson Coy Lane Smith.
Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter Diane Smith (deceased husband Kenny), son Barry Wooten (wife Mary Kay), daughter-in-law Francis Wooten (wife of Dillon Ray Wooten); grandchildren: Kelly, Kenda (husband Danny) and Ashley Smith; Kyle Wooten and Kayla Morton (husband Rance); Charlotte, Dillon Ray Jr. (wife Kim), Michael (wife Cheryl), Matthew (wife Alicia); great-grandchildren: Bryan, Daylon, Bryse and Carson Smith; Audrianna and Henna Weber; Braden Morton; Greg, Bryan, Caitlin, Tyler (wife Morgan), Ethan, Jacob, Baylee and Olivia Wooten; three great-great-grandchildren, and many loved nieces and nephews.
Audrey’s greatest love was God, however, she was a devoted wife, mother, homemaker, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and mother figure to the many children she took under her wing.
She was a lifelong member of the Llano Church of Christ.
Throughout the years she cultivated many wonderful friendships and participated in various clubs including the Llano Women’s Voluntary Fire Department Auxiliary & Drill Team, Friendship Club and the Packsaddle Club.
She had many hobbies such as cooking, baking and arts & crafts. She loved to share her picture albums and loved the beauty of nature whether it was bird watching, vacationing at the lake, fishing, or playing games such as farkle and dominoes.
Pallbearers will be Dillon Ray Jr., Michael, Matthew and Kyle Wooten; Kelly, Bryan and Daylon Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Bryse and Carson Smith.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, September 15, 2019, 5:00-7:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano, Texas.
Funeral services will be Monday, September 16, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at the Church of Christ in Llano Texas. Graveside service to follow at Llano Cemetery.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to the Llano Church of Christ or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
William Briley Mitchell (Bill)
William Briley Mitchell, better known as Bill, passed away on September 11, 2019. He was born February 7, 1931 in Eastland, Texas to Marvin White Mitchell and Eva Lavina Briley. His dad worked for Coca Cola and was transferred a lot. As a child, Bill and his family lived in Dublin, Sweetwater, Monday, Seymour, and Abilene.
He graduated from Abilene High School and attended Abilene Christian College. During that time, he worked for Day’s Grocery. He went on to join the Texas National Guard 36th Infantry, where he served for seven years.
In high school, he met Annie Jo (Ann) Hamilton, and they married on November17, 1951. At that time, he worked for Safeway Grocery and then Appleton’s Grocery. His daughter Sandra Kay was born on October 19, 1952 in Abilene. Later that year, he went to work for Magnolia Petroleum Company, which became Mobil Oil . On March 9, 1956 his son Briley Allen was born in Electra, Texas. While working with Mobil, he stated in Kermit and went on to live in Electra, Wichita Falls, Albany, Midland, and Houston. He retired in 1987 after 37 years with Mobil.
Upon retiring, Bill and Ann settled in Llano, Texas where they enjoyed living and meeting many wonderful friends. They did a lot of traveling across Europe. They visited all 48 contiguous United States hauling a small travel trailer.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Eva Mitchell, and his daughter Sandra Mitchell.
He is survived by his wife Ann of Llano, son, Briley and wife LaVina of Llano, sisters Pat and Jodi and brother Gus, two grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren. Bill was a faithful member of the Church of Christ, where he attended his whole life.
A funeral service will be held Friday, September 13, 2019 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas at 10:00 A.M. with Minister Troy Singleton officiating. Private burial will take place at Resthaven Memorial Park in Midland, Texas. Honorary pallbearers will be Shawn Hull, Mike McIntosh, Dennis Raesener, Robert Baugh, Jamie Osbourn, and Weldon Osbourn.
Memorials may be made to Solaris Hospice of Llano and Cherokee Home for Children.
Harold Wilson Underwood
Harold Wilson Underwood passed away Sunday, September 8, 2019 in Cedar Park, Texas at the age of 83. He was born July 15, 1936 in Brady, Texas to Webster Wilson and Claudie Mae (Stockbridge) Underwood.
Harold was a resident of Llano since 1959 since coming from San Antonio. Harold married his wife Zeola (Zee) Underwood, June, 9, 1957 in Mason, Texas. He worked for the City of Llano Electrical Department and was Assistant City Manager at the time of his retirement.
Harold is preceded by his parents, Webster and Claudie Mae Underwood; his beloved wife, Zeola Underwood; and son, Jim Kirk Underwood.
He is survived by his son, Darrel Underwood and wife Shanna; Special Daughter, Kitty Cone and husband Jim; grandchildren, Megan Chaison and husband Bobby, Terrence Underwood, Tayler Underwood, Joshua Underwood, Michelle Underwoodand, and Jimma Robertson and husband Tooter, ; and great grandchildren, Kaydence, Jaron, and Decklan Underwood, Kayleigh, Brayden, Brennan Chaison, and Macy and Preston Robertson.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano from 5:00 P.M. ~ 7:00 P.M.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, September 12, 2019 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano at 10:00 A.M. with Reverend Rick Cundieff. Interment to follow at Llano City Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers will be Josh Underwood, Blake Underwood, Bobby Chaison, Tooter Robertson, Tim Stengel, Sergio Morales, Terry Kidd, and Roddie Stockbridge. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Stockbridge, Gene Kidd, Gerome Meischen, Jim Simpson and Jim Cone.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund or the American Cancer Society.
Gary Arthur Parsons
Our beloved Gary passed away Saturday morning, September 7, 2019. He was born October 7, 1947 in Pampa, Texas to Rooster and Betty Parsons. Gary was a resident of Llano for 36 years. He attended Llano Special Opportunity Center and enjoyed his school, seeing his friends and attending the Llano Crawfish boil every year.
Gary loved rodeos, football, marching bands, his family and anything to do with a party. Gary loved everything BIG and he will be missed BIG. We will all raise our empty glasses and give them a good shake in his memory.
Gary leaves behind his sister Mickey Adcock and her husband Donnie Adcock, two nieces, Melissa White and Cheyann Pye, nephew Richard Adcock and family, 3 great-nephews Brian Bryant, Colton Bohannon, and Brazos Brown and great-niece Alexandria Pye. Gary also had one great-great nephew, Karter Pye and two great-great nieces, Kendra and Willow Bryant, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Gary was preceded in death by his parents Arthur Caddell (Rooster) and Betty Jo Parsons.
Visitation will be held Friday, September 13, 2019 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano. A funeral service will be held Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano at 11:00 A.M. Interment to follow at Bluffton Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home, 307 E. Sandstone, Llano, Texas. 325-247-4300
For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, Gary’s family would appreciate donations to:
St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org
Joe K. Connally
Joe Kenneth Connally, 92, of Llano, Tx passed away peacefully on Sept. 5, 2019.
Joe was born October 2, 1926 in Lubbock, Tx to Plemon Oscar Connally and Ida Mae (Cale) Connally. He was the youngest of 8 children. Joe spent his early years in Floresville, Tx. until his family moved to San Antonio. Joe honorably served during World War II in the US Navy. After the war Joe graduated from Lamar College where he pursued his passion of electronics. He then went to work for KBST radio / TV Channel 4 in Big Spring.
On 2/16/52 he married the love of his life, Ruth Mae Overton. They had two children together, Traci Cale and Lacy John Connally. Joe moved his family to Monahans, Tx in 1969 to take over as chief engineer of KMON TV. Joe continued to work in television and later retail, working full time until the age of 80.
As a young man Joe enjoyed bowling & square dancing and in his later years he took up golf. Once he could no longer golf he became an avid reader. He also loved maintaining contact with family and friends through email and Facebook. Joe was active for many years in the First Baptist Church of Monahans where he served as a deacon. Joe lived his Christian faith, always faithful, always generous, never speaking a negative word about anyone.
Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Plemon and Ida, and his seven siblings: Velma, Margaret, Maudie, Leslie, Charles, Lowell, and Edward.
Joe is survived by his wife, Ruth Connally; a daughter, Traci Neff, and her husband, John Neff; a son, Lacy Connally; and a beloved grandson, Jack Henry Neff. Joe was also blessed with step-grandchildren Mark Neff, David Neff and wife Lindsey and their son, Dylan.
Funeral services will be Saturday, September 7, 2019, 2:00 pm, at Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church, 800 Wright, Llano, Tx. Interment will follow at Llano City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Door of Hope Mission in Odessa, Tx or His Joshua House in Kingsland, Tx. Both of these Christian faith-based organizations support men whose lives have been broken due to substance abuse, a cause both near and dear to Joe’s heart.
Jake Wade Moore
Memorial services for Jake Wade Moore will be held Monday, September 2, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Journey Fellowship.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Llano County Mental Health Center, 102 B East Young, Llano, Texas, 78643
Goldie Smith Conley
Goldie Smith Conley passed away on August 17, 2019 at the age of 97. She was born on July 23, 1922, to Mary Long Smith and William Leonard Smith in Salt Branch, Texas. She spent most of her growing up years in nearby Cherokee, where she graduated from Cherokee High School in 1939. Three years later she married fellow Cherokee native Wilber Conley in Wichita Falls, shortly before he shipped off for a three year tour of duty overseas during WWII. Goldie spent some of the war years in Beaumont, where she worked the night shift as a “Rosie the Riveter,” welding seams of cargo ships (the famous "Liberty Ships" which played a critical role in winning the war). During her time at the shipyard she was also a “torch singer” with a shipyard band who entertained the other workers on their midnight lunch breaks.
After the war, Goldie and Wilber settled in Llano, where they raised their three children. After a number of years as a stay at home wife and mother, Goldie went to work as a florist assistant, and then held various other jobs before settling in as a librarian assistant at the Llano County Library, where she made many friends in the community. In her retirement she became a talented self-taught artist, and self-published a book on the history of Cherokee.
Goldie was a life long and faithful member of the Church of Christ.
Goldie was preceded in death by a brother, Clinton Dale Smith, and by Wilber Conley. She is survived by her children, Duane Conley, Alan Conley, and Anita Conley Mote (John), as well as her grandchildren, Melissa Mote, Josh Conley, and Amanda Mote. Her son Alan was a dedicated and loving caregiver during her last years.
Special thanks to the Church of Christ family, the Meals on Wheels family, and the wonderful caregivers at the Scott and White Hoerster Clinic in Llano (particularly Dr. Louise Forrister), the Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in Llano, and the Hill Country Memorial Hospice-Fredericksburg, as well as her special private caregivers, Rhonda Herridge, Mickie Martin, and Glenda Herridge Bowen.
Visitation will be held on Monday, August 19, 2019 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano.
Graveside Services will be held on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 10:00 AM, Cherokee Cemetery in Cherokee with Bro. Troy Singleton officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Llano County Library System Foundation (https://lclsf.wordpress.com/), Hill Country Memorial Hospice (https://hillcountrymemorial.org/page/hospice/?utm_source=local-listing&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=website-link), or Faith’s Door “A Place of Rebuilding” (https://faithsdoor.org/?fbclid=IwAR1J9B34lMEmdBUK8DWR-0OcIwbHIYdFZEt52aqJxnguZi0LVBB0OhI0E58).
Billy Boyd Rhea
Billy Boyd Rhea passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2019 in Llano, Texas at the age of 64. He was born May 7, 1955 in Georgetown, Texas to Edgar Boyd Rhea and Lora (Lay). Billy was a resident of Llano for 22 years since coming from Jarrell, Texas.
Billy is preceded by his parents, Edgar Boyd Rhea and Lora (Lay); and brother, Donald Wayne Rhea.
He is survived by his brothers, Bobby Rhea and wife Debbie, and Keith Rhea; sister, Suzan Gibbs and husband Chuck; and numerous nieces, and nephews.
A graveside service will be held Monday, August 19, 2019 at Odd Fellow Cemetery in Georgetown, Texas at 11:00 A.M.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society 2433 Ridgepoint Drive, suite B, Austin, Texas 78754 or American Heart Association P.O. Box 15186, Austin, TX 78761.
Wanda Dawn (Chew) Holloway, 93, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 in Pontotoc, Texas.
She was born on April 7, 1926 to James Octavis Chew and Winnie (Tuckness) Chew in Esbon, Texas. She was one of three girls and she also had one brother. Her childhood was a very happy and joyous one.
On June 2, 1944, she married the love of her life, William Lonnie Holloway of Pontotoc, Texas. Together they would have two wonderful children, Ronnie and Cathy. They enjoyed farming, ranching and listening to country music. They were honored and very proud to be blessed to have their ranch enrolled into the Family Heritage Program, for having over 100 years of continual ranch operation, and the ranch is still in full operation today. In March 1957 they moved to Llano, Texas. She was on the board of the Special Opportunity School for 15 years, one of the starting founders of the Old Tune fiddlers Contest, and the Llano Crawfish Open. Wanda was also a board member of both the Chew and Union Band Cemeteries.
Survivors include her two children, Ronnie Holloway and his wife, Kay and Cathy Holloway both of Pontotoc, grandson Randy Holloway and wife Mikey of Pontotoc, four great-granddaughters; Cassie, MaKenna, Abbey, and Paige and her husband Lee and her great-great-grandson Landyn Krew. She is also survived by her sister, Audrey Perry of Austin, nephews and nieces.
She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Lonnie, her parents and her brother, Grady and sister, Lorene.
A graveside service will be held Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at Union Band Cemetery in Pontotoc, Texas.
Memorial contributions may be made to Union Band Cemetery Association, PO Box 86, Pontotoc, Texas 76869.
Please view Mrs. Holloway's online memorial at www.heritagefuneraltx.com.
Vernon August Henry Evers
Vernon August Henry Evers or “Cowboy” passed away peacefully on Friday, August 9, 2019 in Floresville, Texas at the age of 95. He was born on August 27, 1923 in Castell, TX to Frank Joseph and Minnie (Heine) Evers, the fourth of four children, a descendant of German settlers. Vernon resided in Llano County for almost all of his life.
Vernon attended school in Castell, Texas and was later drafted into and served proudly in the Army Air Corp during World War II where he served as an aircraft mechanic until honorably discharged and recognized with a Good Conduct Medal.
Vernon married Frances Mary Johanna Evers from Castell, Texas on November 7, 1948 and they remained by each other’s side for almost seventy years. They raised two children, John and Mona. Vernon worked at Premier Granite until the age of 62. It was at Premier Granite when Vernon was given the nickname Cowboy by his co-workers because of wearing his cowboy hat at work and his lifelong job of being a rancher. Once Vernon retired he not only worked his own ranches, but assisted other ranchers with their land and cattle. In addition he would look forward to working with family at Duncan Auctioneers by helping put out brochures and answering the phone during out of town sale weeks.
Vernon was also active in both St John Lutheran Church in Castell and St Paul Lutheran Church in Mason as the bell ringer to begin services and serving on church councils. Vernon was a very hard worker, he paid attention to details, he loved his family, enjoyed visiting with people, he spent much time outside sitting under the big oak tree, shared his little sayings of wisdom and kept things alive by poking a little fun and then flashing his great mischievous grin.
Vernon Evers is survived by son John Evers and wife Lana of Round Rock, TX, daughter Mona Parrish and husband Wayne of Georgetown, TX; eight grandchildren Logan Evers and wife Katie of Pearland, TX, Kaylee Evers of San Marcos, TX, Jenna, Kyle and Lexie Parrish of Georgetown, TX, Amber and Jacquelyn Sergent and James Evers of Round Rock, TX; a great –granddaughter on the way and was blessed with many dear nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, sister in laws, brother in laws, friends and neighbors.
He was preceded in death by his wife Frances, parents Frank J and Minnie (Heine) Evers; Sister Edna Evers; and brothers Harry “Marvin” Evers and Robert “Lee” Evers; grandson Travis Jordan Parrish.
Thank you to the staff of Frank M Tejeda Veteran’s Home in Floresville, TX for their compassionate and skilled care.
A visitation will be held 5-7 pm, Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano.
Services and burial will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at St. John Lutheran Church located one half mile east of Castell, Texas on Ranch Road 152.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given to St John Lutheran Church or the Castell Volunteer Fire Department in Castell, TX or the American Legion Hall in Llano, TX.
Lois Faye McDonald
Lois Faye McDonald passed away Tuesday, August 6, 2019 in Llano, Texas at the age of 91. She was born March 17, 1928 in Marlin, Texas to Clyde Spicer and Eva (Wallace). Lois was a resident of Llano for 45 years since coming from San Antonio, Texas. She was of the Baptist faith and attended the Pittsburg Avenue Baptist Church.
Lois is preceded by her parents, Clyde Spicer and Eva Spicer (Wallace); husband, Eddie McDonald; sisters, Evelyn McCloud, Geneva Gill, Dorothy Van Nostrandt, and Jeanne McDonald.
She is survived by her daughters, Joyce Craven and husband Lonnie, and Lois Laxson; grandchildren, David Laxson and wife Felicia, Dana Dear and husband Miles, and Jana Craven; great grandchildren, Tyler Wisdom, Bradley Laxson, Sierra Loarte and Trevor Beaty; and great – great grandchildren, Miranda Marie Wisdom, and Blake Leon Wisdom.
Viewing will take place Friday, August 9, 2019 from 9:30 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. at Llano City Cemetery. A graveside service will be held Friday, August 9, 2019 at Llano City Cemetery at 10:00 A.M. with Reverend Ed Walker officiating.
Shelley Wynette Cameron
Shelley, the true love of her husband’s life, enjoyed road tripping throughout Texas with him, being a friend and confidant to her sister and daughters, and spending time with her grandkids. An avid lover of Texas, you could always find her watching a Texas Ranger’s game, admiring wildflowers, or feeding the hummingbirds. Always offering a smile, hug, and sound wisdom, she cherished the time she spent with her friends, family, and cat, and will be deeply missed by all those that knew her.
She is survived by her parents; Jerry and Barbara Griffin; sister, Sheryl Storm and husband Tracy; husband; Brett Cameron; two daughters, Chelsea Gamez and husband Jose; Karissa Wray and husband Sammy; five grandchildren; Keegan, Emma, Mya, Kadence, and Julian; niece, Rachel; and nephews, Ethan, Christian, Mitchell, and Matthew. As well as numerous other family members and close friends.
Funeral services will be held at St. John Lutheran Church in Castell, Texas, on Monday, August 5th, 2019, at 10:30 a.m.
“…and I will dwell in the house of the Lord, forever.” Psalm 23:6b
Mary Leigh Jones
Mary Leigh passed away Saturday, July 20, 2019, with family at her side. She was born February 21, 1946 in Brady, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; Worth Jones, and Louise Burnam Jones, and two brothers; Burnam Jones and Tracy Jones.
Mary is survived by her brother Bobby Jones and his wife Eloisa; and Mary’s sister Sandra Kuykendall and her husband Lovell Kuykendall. Also her Aunt Bernice Sloan, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mary was a graduate of Incarnate Word University in San Antonio. She enjoyed photography, painting, reading, and was quite the animal lover.
Mary’s brother Bobby was a Sgt. in the Army; he and his family were stationed in Germany. Mary visited them and liked Germany so well she moved to Bamberg and worked for the Dept. of Defense Library System.
Mary was an adventurer, she traveled to Amsterdam, Switzerland, France and other European countries by herself or with friends and family.
She returned to San Antonio in 1994 to be with her Mother.
Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, morning on August 3rd at the Kuykendall cemetery in Cherokee.
Pastor Shannon Bond officiating .
A special thanks to the health care workers who were so kind to Mary.
Warrenetta "Netta" Loy Johnson
Warrenetta "Netta" Loy Johnson, of Spicewood, Texas, born November 28, 1943, went to be with her Lord and Savior on July 22, 2019.
Born in Llano, Texas to John Warren Lockhart and Viva Lavern Lockhart. Netta was married to the love of her life, Charles Alexander Johnson, February 14, 1961 - April 1, 2011, the day of his passing.
Her passions included: gardening, sewing, crocheting and spending time with family and friends. Netta never met a stranger.
She is survived by: her daughter, Melissa Crow and husband Ken Crow; son, Charles David Johnson; daughter, Tonya Cornelius and husband Ryan Cornelius; daughter, Crystal Johnson and husband Woody Johnson; 7 grandchildren, Tasha, Brandon, Heather, Jake, Kimberly, Kristi and Chad; 7 great grandchildren; brother, Warren Lockhart and many dear family and friends. Preceeded in death by her father, mother, husband and grandson Woody Johnson, Jr.
Services will be held 10am, Friday July 26, 2019 at Huffman Cemetery in Field Creek, Texas.
Edward Bryian Williams
Edward Bryian Williams, 81 years old, and resident of Buchanan Dam, Texas, passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2019 in Austin, Texas at St. David’s Hospital.
Ed was born in Hamlin, Texas on December 9, 1937. At a young age, his parents moved the family to Odessa, Texas then to Imperial, Texas where Ed graduated from Buena Vista High School in 1958. He married his wife Alice in 1959. Their 60th anniversary will be August 7, 2019. Ed worked the oil fields all of his life, retiring from Texaco after 32 years of service. He and Alice retired to San Angelo for 19 years before moving to Buchanan Dam last August to be nearer their family. Ed was a 57 year member of the Masonic Lodge having held officer positions in Imperial, Kermit and San Angelo ending his active Masonic service as District Deputy Grand Master traveling the Concho Valley area. Ed enjoyed playing computer games, watching the birds at the feeder, football and very hot peppers and sauce.
He is survived by his wife Alice of Buchanan Dam and children Alicia Williams Daughtrey and husband Rick of Bedford, Texas, Steve Williams and wife Neena of Buchanan Dam and Raymond Williams and wife Angela of Grapevine, Texas; also grandchildren Casey Daughtrey of Frisco, Texas, Garrett Daughtrey of Bedford, Texas, Brittany Weeks of Cibolo, Texas and Christina Levendosky of Sterling, Virginia; great grandson Bentley Weeks; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents Emory & Lucill Williams, sister Willfleen Holladay and brother Melvin Williams.
Viewing will be on Wednesday , July 24 from 6pm to 8pm at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Kingsland. Masonic graveside service will be at the Tow Cemetery in Tow, Texas on Thursday, July 25 at 10am.
Memorial donations may be made to The Shriners Hospital for Children.
Charles Edwin Hallmark
Charles Edwin Hallmark, also known as Charlie, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2019 in Marble Falls, Texas at the age of 72. He was born on January 9, 1947 in Llano, Texas to Mix and Norma Hallmark.
Charles married Barbara Sue Faught on July 8, 1966. They were married for 53 years and resided in Tow, Texas. Charles was employed as a dairy salesman for Gandy’s Dairies, owned by Dean’s Foods, for 30 years. He was known by all as “The Gandy Man.” He enjoyed sharing eggnog and ice cream with his family, friends, and community. His strong work ethic, determination, and friendly demeanor built his route to be one of the top ten routes for the company. Dean Foods tried many times to promote Charles but he passed on these promotions due to his love for life on Lake Buchanan. Charles was a friendly and kind man with an infectious laugh that people were drawn to. Charles had the heart of a servant. He could often be found helping neighbors, friends, or those in need with projects or investing in young adults and encouraging them to get an education. He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, playing dominoes and cards, and spending time with his family and friends.
Charles is preceded in death by parents: Vonnie Mix Hallmark and Norma LaFe Key Hallmark; sister, Alice Mae Leach and brother, James Doyle Hallmark and brother-in-law, William Leach.
He is survived by his wife: Sue Hallmark of Tow, Texas; daughters: Karla Fuerst and husband Mike of Cypress, Texas and Gena Reven and husband Randy of Kingsland, Texas; brother, Ronnie Hallmark of Tow, Texas; three grandchildren: Lance Reven of Kingsland, Texas, Taylor Fuerst of Cypress, Texas, and Abigail Fuerst of Cypress, Texas, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas on Thursday, July 25, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Services will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Danny Page officiating. Location will be at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas. A graveside service will immediately follow at the Tow Cemetery in Tow, Texas.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy at https://www.foundationforpn.org/donate/ or the American Heart Association at https://bit.ly/1l56Jbe.
Jerry Don Herrera
Our friend, brother, and father Jerry Don Herrera went to be with the Lord on July 19, 2019 after a brief battle with cancer. Through it all he remained positive and never faltered in his faith in the Lord.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Rosa and Margarito Herrera, and his brother Margarito “J.R.” Herrera.
He is survived by 9 brothers and sisters; Maria Hernandez, Janie Nanyez, Rodrigo Herrera, Gennave Hernandez, Gloria Lemon, Ricardo Herrera, Elizabeth Doblado, Miguel Herrera, Sarah Cruz; 2 sons Ryan and Rene Herrera; too many nieces and nephews to count, and long time girlfriend and partner, Jennifer “Jeanie” Adams.
It’s hard to say goodbye however there is solace in knowing that he is no longer suffering and is now watching over us from heaven.
A rosary will be held Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas at 7:00 P.M. .
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Father Ron Feather officiating. Interment to follow at Llano City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society 2433 Ridgepoint Drive, suite B, Austin, Texas 78754 or Holy Trinity Catholic Church 708 Bessemer Road, Llano, TX 78643.
Billie Tonita Gray
Billie Tonita Gray passed away on July 18, 2019, in Temple Texas. Born on August 25, 1936, to Anthony J “Tony” Smithwick and Cloma Lee Lockhart Smithwick in San Saba County. She met Charles Lewis Gray and they married on June 24, 1952, in a double wedding ceremony along with Charles’ brother and bride, Ken & Shirley Gray, in the Cherokee High School Gym. Tonita and Charles made their home on the Gray Ranch on the Llano-San Saba County line for over 60 years. Two sons and one daughter made the family complete. Tonita worked as a teachers aid and part-time in retail but most of her life she was a mom and a homemaker. Enjoyed all her family and grandchildren and especially her great-grandchildren. Charles and Tonita would always have Christmas Eve at their house not only for the family but for all friends and neighbors. Charles would cook for a week and always enjoyed everyone coming.
Tonita was a wonderful daughter, wife, mom, mother-in-law and “Tita” to grand and great-grandchildren. Surviving Tonita is her son and daughter in law, Charles Michael “Mike” Gray and Jewel Early, with step-granddaughters Alysia Early and Brianne Westbrook and step-grandson Bradley Early. Along with granddaughter Amber Gray and partner Emily Rhudy and granddaughter Crystol Gray and great-grandchildren Marissa Gonzales, Matthew Gonzales, Lewis Gonzales, and Jace Schade. Son and daughter-in-law, David Randall “Randy” Gray and Jannelle Gray, and their son and daughter in law, Brandon and Tracy Castro. Tonita is also surviving by several nephews and nieces.
Tonita was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her daughter – Juna Gray. At the time of Charles’ passing, he asked to wait until Tonitas’ passing and that their ashes be combined in a companion urn. The family has honored his wishes and have planned a graveside celebration of both their lives on August 17th at 11:00a.m. at the San Saba City Cemetery.
Jerry Hogan Crabtree
Jerry Hogan Crabtree passed away Thursday, July 11, 2019 after a long illness.
He was born June 12, 1938 to Hogan Jack Crabtree and Willie Beatrice Isbell Crabtree in Sherman, Texas. He celebrated his 4th birthday on a train bound for San Francisco. He graduated Polytechnic High School in San Francisco, California one year early as Valedictorian of his class. He attended one year at Berkley after which he took engineering license tests in four states, California, Oregon, Washington and Texas and became a professional Civil engineer. He joined the Army and was given a sharp shooter ranking. He served his time at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany.
He married his first wife Carol and two sons were born to them, Eric and Scott. He retired in 1990 from the Castro Valley Sanitary District in California and returned to his native Texas where he met and married his widow, Cheryl . They came to Llano on their Honeymoon and decided this is where they wanted to live. He played tennis in High School, loved hiking, but after coming to Llano his love was his yard and woodworking. He loved this little town.
Jerry loved Texas and spent many vacations on South Padre Island where he moved when he retired. After returning to Texas he saw many sights like The Big Bend, Palo Dura Canyon, The Alamo, The Capitol, The Battleship Texas, San Jacinto Monument, etc. He loved flags and had an extensive collection, including one that he that was started for him when he was six. He was proud of his Southern Heritage and his home state. He was an engineer and as such designed many things including some flags that were hand made just for him. He loved history having traveled to Copenhagen and Paris while in the army. He later also traveled to England, Scotland and Wales. He loved Llano and spent lots of happy days here.
He is survived by his wife Cheryl, son Scott and significant other Lisa, Bonus children Keith and wife Ginger. Traci and husband Rob, and Linley. Granddaughter, Christy and husband Blane. Bonus grandchildren, Paige, Kinsey, Baylee, Joshua, Nathan, and Jamie. Great grandson, Liam. Sister Jenny and wife Valerie.
He was preceded
in death by his father, mother, son Eric and son-in-law Brian.
Jerry was a member of Mensa and was very humble about that. He also was a member of an engineering fraternity. He was a very quiet person and said "you learn more from listening than you do from talking".
There are no services planned at this time. In lieu of flowers Memorial contributions can be made to Solaris Hospice, Llano Community Theater (scholarship fund) or Heart of Texas Country Music Association.
Millie Faye Johnson Ward
Millie Faye, born July 20, 1922, went to be with the Lord peacefully and surrounded by loved ones in her home Friday, July 5, 2019 at 2:44 a.m. Millie is survived by her granddaughter Starla Hicks and fiancé Jared Dishman, their children Kaleigh and Garrett Hicks and Noah Dishman. She also leaves behind Peggy Ward, her daughter Lisa and husband Joe Luton, daughters Amber Knippa, husband Clay and their daughter Kate; and Maryann Rubio, husband Jordan and their son Luke; as well as numerous nephews and their families. Millie also leaves behind a dear and close friend, June Payne, who stood by her side for many years and through her final moments. June was always a topic of conversation and someone Millie truly loved. Millie came from the original Tow family that formed the town of Tow, Texas. She was a major contributor to the Lakeshore Library in Buchanan Dam; she, along with her son Randall purchased and donated the land for the Tow Cemetery, she always donated to the Tow Volunteer Fire Department, as well as the overall community. Millie worked and was part of one of the original Tow Ranches recognized by the Family Land and Heritage Program in 2001.
Millie was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years Forest (Cotton) Ward; their two sons Vernon Ray and Randall Dean Ward; her parents Ella May Tow Johnson and James Harvey Johnson; siblings JT Johnson and Barbara Allen.
Millie enjoyed spending quality time with her family, extended family and close friends. Millie loved ranching and being around her cows and kitty cats. She shared amazing stories and truly lived an amazing and blessed life.
A casual viewing will be held on Tuesday, July 9th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home, 307 E Sandstone Llano, Texas 78643
Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, July 10th at 10:00 a.m. at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery, 2800 Hancock Dr. Austin, Texas 78731
Peggy June Schmidt
Peggy June Schmidt, age 68 of Tow, Texas passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at her residence. She was born on August 16, 1950 in Fort Worth, Texas to Sam Mills and Lucille (Edwards) Mills.
Peggy married Richard Schmidt on June 18, 1971 in Burleson, Texas. Peggy and Richard were formerly residents of the Houston area then moving to Tow in February 1997. She was a Claims Examiner in the insurance industry for many years.
She is preceded in death by her Parents, 1 Son Randy Schmidt and 2 Sisters.
Peggy is survived by her Husband, Richard Schmidt of Tow, 1 Son Ricky Schmidt of Midlothian, Texas, 2 Sisters Judy Greene of Cleburne and Barbara Jean Guthry of Burleson, 1 Brother Sam Mills of Annapolis, Maryland, 2 Grandchildren Riley and Heather and 1 Great Grandchild Madison.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the Tow Community Center at 1:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tow Community Center, 135 CR 222, Tow, Texas 78672.
Jean Louise Bode
Jean Louise Bode, a resident of Llano, TX since 1951, passed away July 3, 2019 in Kingsland at the age of 95.
She was born on October 1, 1923 to Otis Charles Livengood, and Lydia Vivian Sadler Livengood in Walensburg, CO. Her adolescent years were spent in Santa Fe, NM. Jean held various jobs in her life including a secretarial position at Farm Bureau, but her primary occupation was that of a loving wife and mother to her three daughters and six grandchildren. She was married to Iven "Buster" Bode on April 4, 1948 in Clovis, NM. Her married life was spent in Llano, vacationing often in Ruidoso, NM. Jean is preceded in death by her husband Buster, her daughter Eddie Jean Robinson, and her parents.
Survivors include her daughters Linda Kay Walters of Johnson City and Sharon Bruner of Llano; her sister Louise Stuto of Santa Fe, six grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 10:00 AM at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel in Llano with Pastor Johnny Sawyer officiating. Interment will follow at Llano City Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano.
Pallbearers will include Michael Walters, Robert Inks, Kelly Northcutt, Kearsen Erwin, Andrew Sheehan, and Blake Hewett.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Llano Animal Rescue 9378 State Hwy 71, Fredonia, Texas 76842.
Troy Dean Boultinghouse
Troy Dean Boultinghouse of Cherokee Texas passed away Friday, July 5, 2019 at the age of 56. He was born July 26, 1962 to Shirley (Capps) and Jesse Boultinghouse July 26, 1962.
He is survived by his sons Zachary and Theron of Llano, Texas; Sister Traci Highsmith and husband Trey of Schertz and Brother Chad Boultinghouse of Schertz. Cousin’s Carolyn Boultinghouse and Tammy Boultinghouse and many more, all the nieces and nephews..
Troy was preceded in death by his parents Jesse Pat Boultinghouse and Shirley Capps and grandparents Thomas Daniel and Jesse Mae Boultinghouse.
A visitation will be at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 from 5:00 P.M. ~ 7:00 P.M. Graveside services will be held 10:00 AM Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Cherokee Cemetery in Cherokee, Texas.
Clyde Earl Mordica III
Clyde Mordica III passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2019 in Pleasanton, Texas at the age of 70. He was born July 5, 1948 in Fredericksburg, Texas to Clyde Earl Mordica Jr. and Louise (Leifeste). Clyde was a resident of Pleasanton, Texas for one and a half years, since coming from Buchanan Dam and Austin, he was a member of the Cowboy Fellowship in Jourdanton, Texas, and was also an avid hunter and fisherman.
Clyde is preceded by his parents, Louise Leifeste Mordica and Clyde Earl Mordica Jr.
He is survived by his wife, Teri Wright Mordica; 2 sons, Clyde Mordica IV and wife Shelly Walker Mordica; and Jeffrey Dean Mordica and wife Amanda Mints Mordica; 4 grandchildren, Clyde Mordica V, Cody Walker Mordica, Clayton Everett Mordica, and Ashtyn Grace Mordica.
A funeral service will be held Monday, July 8, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Castell, Texas with Reverend Michael Wiggins officiating. Interment to follow at Trinity United Methodist Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Charles Birk, Tim Leifeste, Vernon Farmer, Drake Farmer, Michael Leifeste, Todd Eathorne, Clyde Mordica V, Cody Walker Mordica, and Clayton Everett Mordica.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Cowboy Fellowship Building Fund Po Box 68, Pleasanton, Texas 78064.
Patricia Ann Rogers
Our sweet mother Patricia Ann Rogers fell asleep in death on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Mom was born in Devine, Texas on August 30, 1931 to William Travis and Myrtie (Murphy) Mangum. Her family moved to Llano around 1949, where she first met George. 60 days and one promissory note later he became her husband. They were married almost 65 years. She was a woman of elegance and beauty, known for her hospitality. From humble beginnings picking cotton (well, just long enough to earn a quarter to go to the movies...), she became the personal chef to Steve Martin and Roger Staubach, among others. She most enjoyed cooking for her family and friends like Aunt Carol, Hoyle and Annie, Dan and Renee, the Hensley’s and the Montgomery’s. Her talents included designing and sewing clothes for us throughout our lives. Her appearance was always impeccable, as if she had just stepped out of a band box. Her love and generosity engulfed any who were around her, whether they be friend or stranger. The most important part of her life was coming to know her God, Jehovah, symbolizing her dedication to Him by baptism in 1958 at Yankee Stadium in New York City. George and she became known in the community as faithful Jehovah’s Witnesses. They passed this love on to us as well. Mom’s conviction in God‘s promise of the resurrection gave her a sure hope of welcoming back all those she had lost in death. As her present life drew to a close, she was strengthened by this wonderful assurance that death is not the end. Rather, she would sleep and await the time when Revelation 21: 3, 4 would be fulfilled, “and death will be no more.” The stories we remember are too numerous to recount. The laughter, the love, her beautiful smile- these are the memories that we hold dear. She lived her life the same way she loved, without limits. We cannot wait for the day when we will see her again. We know her arms will open wide and her laughter will ring out, “Yucca good to see you, my girls!” (Family joke...) Mom was preceded in death by her parents, her husband George, her brothers Jerry and James Mangum, sister Dorothy Drattlo and Son-in-law Bill Barrett. She is survived by her daughters Karen Wootan and husband Terry, Patti Browning and husband Randy and Becky Barrett, all of Llano. Grandchildren Chad Wootan and wife Darla, Jason Wootan and wife Megan, Britany Owens, Justin Browning and wife Shawna, Josh Campbell, and Casey and Spencer Willmon. Great grandchildren Blaine and Kalen Wootan, Kennedy, Seth and Payton Wootan, Megan and Cooper Owens, Westyn Campbell and Memphis Schumann.
Visitation will be held Monday, June 24, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Chapel. Burial to follow at Llano Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her grandsons Chad and Jason Wootan, Josh Campbell, Casey and Spencer Willmon and great-grandsons Blaine Wootan, Cooper Owens and Memphis Schumann. Honorary pallbearer, Justin Browning.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hill Country Hospice or privately online at JW.org.
Margaret E. Austin
Margaret E Austin, age 92, of Seadrift Tx, passed away on Monday, June 17th. She was born on February 18th, 1927 in Mound, Illinois to the late Roland Campbell and Grace Isenberger Campbell. Margaret was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother whose family was blessed with her unconditional love and support.
She is survived by her daughter Susan Taylor (Ronald) of Seadrift, sons; Mike Austin (Adrienne) of Katy, David Austin (Kathy) of Port Lavaca, and Robert Austin (Leslie) of Victoria, sister Shirley Amthor of San Angelo and brother Edward Campbell of San Saba, 12 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She loved traveling to her hometown of Llano to visit with her family. She, her sisters and mother were notorious for being able to carry on five separate conversations at the same time and they all knew the full content of each of those five conversations.
She had a passion for painting seascapes, sewing, creating and building things, flower gardening, a love for her dogs, and worked hard to achieve her education after her children were born. When asked Margaret was quick to say her greatest achievement of all were her children.
In addition to her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Chuck Austin, sisters Evelyn Harned, Dorothy Murchison and brothers Roland Campbell Jr, and Larry Campbell.
Visitation will be held Friday, June 21, 2019 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano.
A celebration of her life will be at a chapel service at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, June 22, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. with interment to follow at the family plot in the Llano City Cemetery.
If you wish, donations may be sent to: Hospice of South Texas 605 Locust Ave Victoria, TX 77901 or Fisher Center For Alzheimer’s Research Foundation 110 East 42nd Street, 16th Floor New York, NY 10017.
Vonnie Lucille “Doodle” Weeaks Rogers
Vonnie Rogers, aged 91, passed away in Austin on June 5th, after a brief illness.
Vonnie was born in Kingsland, Texas, November 17, 1927. She was the third of five children born to William Edward and Willie Martin (Nolen) Weeaks.
Vonnie grew up in Kingsland and Llano. As a young child, she was extremely close with her Grandpa, Christopher Weeaks, who called her his little Doodlebug, and the name stuck, with Vonnie being called Doodle by family members for much of the rest of her life.
On September 23, 1946, Vonnie married the love of her life, Edward Townsend Rogers. Their love and joy in each other was visible in every photo of the two of them together.
Vonnie and Edward first lived in Llano then moved to Arkansas, and later moving to Louisiana when Vonnie was transferred there by the company for which she worked as a bookkeeper. Then, after living out of state for 25 years, they moved back to Texas where Vonnie worked for an insurance company in Austin until she retired.
In retirement, Vonnie and Edward enjoyed travelling as much as possible, until illness made it too difficult. They also moved from Texas back to Arkansas, until making a final move back to Kingsland, Texas.
Edward was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s after they moved back to Kingsland and Vonnie spent nine years caring for him until he passed away in 2008. They were married for 62 years.
Vonnie enjoyed reading and solving puzzles. Her passion, however, was for baking. She was quite talented at it as well. Her collection of cookbooks was extensive.
In addition to her husband, Vonnie was proceeded in death by her parents, sister, Neola Weed, and brothers, Elwood and J. B. Weeaks. She is survived by her sister O’Dell Hubbard of Kingsland, and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday June 19, at 11:30am in the Kingsland Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest next to her beloved Edward.
Wilda M. Haggerton
Wilda M. Haggerton passed away Sunday, June 16, 2019 in Marble Falls, Texas at the age of 79. She was born in Nueces County, to Monroe Ace Bowen and Veramae (Rutherford). Wilda was a lifetime resident of Llano, she enjoyed reading, cooking and one of her most favorite pastime was driving around in the Hill Country.
She is preceded by her parents, Monroe Ace Bowen and Veramae (Rutherford), and brother, Willie Jewel Bowen.
Wilda is survived by her son, John E. Haggerton, Jr. of Llano, Texas; daughter, Regena Gray and husband Darrell of Llano, Texas; and brothers, Farlyn Bowen of Llano, Texas, Dean Bowen of Sanford, Virginia, and Lee Bowen of Lexington, Oklahoma.
A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.
Dr. Kelly Rush Tucker
Dr. Kelly Rush Tucker, 63, died Friday June 7, 2019, from stage four renal cell carcinoma. Kelly was born December 16, 1955 to Rev. Lewis Edwin Tucker and Ethel Kring Godbey Tucker (Rosie) in Orange, Texas. The family lived in several different east Texas towns during Kelly’s childhood as Rev. Tucker, a United Methodist preacher, served churches in Dickenson, Center and others.
Kelly played the trumpet in the marching band at Pearland High School, graduated in 1974, and went to the University of Houston where he also was a member of the marching band. He graduated from UH with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. After working in a research laboratory at the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC) in Houston for a while, Kelly applied to and was accepted into the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. During the summer between first and second years in medical school, Kelly continued to work in the lab of physiologist Dr. Frank Booth. It was in 1981 that he met his life’s love, Jenny Lynn Cravey, a research technologist in another lab. They married June 17, 1983 in Houston, Texas and honeymooned in Grande Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Shortly before his graduation from medical school in 1985, their first child, Kristopher, was born.
Kelly and Jenny stayed in Houston while Kelly completed a Family Medicine Residency Program through Southwest Memorial Hospital. In February of 1988 their second child, Heather, was born. That summer Kelly’s residency was complete and the family packed up to move to Llano, Texas. Kelly, and close friends Dr. John Frederick and Dr. Janice Pruessner, joined the Hoerster Clinic partnership of family medicine doctors. In December of 1991 Jenny gave birth to their third child, Clare.
Immediately upon moving to Llano, the Tuckers joined Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church. The kids (and Jenny) were active in the Logos program, and Kelly began his lifetime participation in the church choir. He loved music and enjoyed singing, especially in the Christmas Cantatas and Concerts for Epiphany.
Kelly and Jenny both enjoyed the outdoors and took the family camping and hiking as often as they could, often with their longtime friends Mark and Sheryl Millsap and kids, or Janice Pruessner and John Frederick and their kids. Kelly was also a rocketry and NASA space program enthusiast, collecting and building model rockets in his spare time. In addition, he loved fireworks and started making his own several years ago. He looked forward to indulging his hobbies further in retirement.
Kelly continued to practice medicine over 30 years, as the Hoerster Clinic became the Scott & White Hoerster Clinic, and eventually the Baylor Scott & White Hoerster Clinic.
Kelly is pre-deceased by his parents, Lewis and Rosie, and by his older brother Lewis Edwin Tucker Jr., known to family as Bo.
Kelly is survived by his wife of 36 years, Jenny, and his children: son Kristopher Tucker of Austin, daughter Heather Tucker and daughter-in-law Ruby Tucker of Portland, Oregon, and daughter Clare Tucker Bretton and son-in-law Will Bretton of Austin, as well as his sister Claudia Mansbridge of Llano. Between Kelly and Jenny there are many nieces and nephews and family members on both sides whom they love and treasure.
A memorial service for Dr. Kelly Rush Tucker will be held Monday June 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church, 800 Wright St., Llano, Texas 78643, presided over by Rev. Leslie Tomlinson.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church choir fund, Yellowstone Forever (501c3) at Yellowstone.org, or the American Cancer Society at Cancer.org.
George Edward Welder
George Edward (Ed) Welder, 92, died suddenly and peacefully at his home in Kingsland, Texas on May 27, 2019. He was born in East Orange, NJ to Marjorie Howard Welder (Peters) and Frank A. Welder Jr.
His childhood was spent on the Guadalupe River in Victoria, Texas where he also attended St. Joseph’s and Pattie Regan High School, but graduated from Brenham High in Brenham Texas.
In his pursuit of higher education, he graduated from the University of Texas in 1949 with his BS in geology, and the University of Colorado in 1954 with a MS in geology.
In 1945 he enlisted in the US Navy and served as a radar man until his honorable discharge in 1946.
Ed worked for several companies including Humble Oil, but his career was centered for thirty years with the United States Geological Survey, where he was a senior geologist/hydrologist. He published numerous professional reports based on his work in Wyoming, Roswell and
After returning to Kingsland, he enjoyed bay fishing in his boat “The Tub” and “digging” with others at the Nightingale Archaeology Center. He was a supportive member of Friends of the Library and helped to deliver Meals on Wheels.
Ed met and married Polly Anne Whitten in Austin on July 16, 1960. They enjoyed almost 59 years of a true partnership and deep love. Their marriage was made complete with the births of son Carl Daniel, and daughter Adrienne Anne.
His love of family, nature, and all animals was deep and caring. Sitting on the deck overlooking Lake LBJ with Anne, his children, dog Cindy, family and friends brought him great joy.
He was preceded in death by his mother Marjorie Peters, step father Carl Peters, birth father Frank A Welder and his brother Frank A Welder the III. He is survived by his wife Anne, son Carl of Austin, and daughter Adrienne of Steamboat Springs, CO., sister in law Jean Welder, niece
Maureen Mabry (Rick), and nephews Brian Welder (Nancy), Shawn Welder and sons, all of Colorado.
He will be greatly missed by brother- in- law Ben Whitten (Roberta), niece Susan Graber (Blair) of Memphis, TN. and numerous friends.
A private memorial will be held at the family home at a later date.
Remembrances may be sent on-line to Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano, TX. WHHfuneral1@verizon.net
If you wish, donations may be sent to:
Hill Country Humane Society
9150 W RR 1431
Buchanan Dam, TX 78609
Friends of the Kingsland Library
PO Box 1044
Kingsland, TX 78639
Veragene “Gene” Immel Becker of Llano, Texas passed away Friday, May 24, 2019 at the age of 92. She was born to Ollie (Walker) and Edgar Immel November 5, 1926 in Crews, Texas.
She liked to sew, read, and do crafts and loved cats! Gene was a member of Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church.
She is preceded in death by her four husbands; parents; brother, Roy Immel; son Robert Sudyka, and a granddaughter.
Gene is survived by daughters Ardith Becker Shea and husband Joseph of Llano, LaNin Becker Fisher and husband Robert of Hughson, California; sons Steven Sudyka and wife Annette of Kerrville, Texas, and Richard Becker and wife June of Cypress, Texas; daughter in law, Karen (Janie) Sudyka of Gulfport, Mississippi; fifteen grandchildren, twenty-six great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church in Llano, Texas at 3:00 P.M. with Reverend Leslie Tomlinson officiating. Memorial donations may be given to Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church P.O. Box 397 Llano, Texas 78643 or American Cancer Society 2433 Ridgepoint Drive, suite B, Austin, Texas 78754.
George Darwin Holland
George Darwin Holland passed away on May 24, 2019 in Temple, Texas at the age of 98. He was born on April 30, 1921 in Eagle Pass, Texas. George was a resident of Horseshoe Bay, Texas for twenty-four years coming from Sacramento, California where he owned a construction company with his brother for many years. He was also known for being an attorney, a pilot and instructor pilot. George was also a veteran having served in the U.S. Marines. He was married to Maxine (Rodaway) on February 2, 1996 in Horseshoe Bay, Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Maxine Holland of Horseshoe Bay, Texas; son, Rick Holland and wife Rose of Sacramento, California; and two grandchildren, Rick Holland, Jr. and Rhett Holland.
A visitation will be held Friday, May 31, 2019 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Kingsland, Texas from 5:00P.M. to 7:00P.M.
A Funeral Service will be held Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Kingsland, Texas at 11:00A.M. with Dr. Stewart Nunelly officiating. Interment will follow at Llano City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cross and Spurs Cowboy Church; 100 W. Lillian Dean, Buchanan Dam, TX 78609.
Charles Vernace Christensen
Charles Vernace Christensen passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at his home in Kingsland, TX.
Charles was born in Big Piney, WY on October 1, 1928 to Nelse Peter Christensen and Anna (Struve) Christensen. He married Shirley Lee Kilgore on June 8, 1957 in Salt Lake City, UT. They had one child, Candice Lois Christensen.
Charles was an avid pilot. He flew for El Paso Natural Gas from September 1, 1955 - December 31, 1985. EPNG was acquired by Burlington Resources where he retired in May 31, 1989. His love for flying was consistently conveyed in all of his wonderful stories.
Charles was preceded in death by his wife Shirley (Kilgore) Christensen, parents, Nelse and Anna (Struve) Christensen, his sister Irma (Christensen) Grant, and brother in law Johnnie Grant. He is survived by his daughter, Candice (Christensen) Stratton and her husband, Sammy Stratton, his 3 grandchildren and spouses, Jeremy and Mayra Stratton, Jaclyn and Justin Skinner, and Jordan and Millie Stratton, his 2 great grandchildren, Maximus Stratton and Kennedy Stratton, his nieces and nephews and their spouses, Gary and Sherry Grant, Johnnie and Maria Gloria Grant, Lou Ann and Bob Cropper, Cheryl and Pete Bean, Krista and Patrick Rader and their children.
A graveside service will take place on Saturday, June 1st at 11:00am located at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park, 4219 Park Road 4S, Burnet, TX, 78611. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association as he would have preferred this to honor his wife.
David R. Scott
Ssg. David R Scott, born May 16th 1948 in Ashland, KS, to Alford Scott and Shirley Haney. Died February 14th 2019 in Kingsland, TX.
Buried at Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Killeen, TX.
Melvin Gerald Rider
Melvin Gerald (Jerry) Rider was born on May 6, 1932 in Dayton, KY. After graduating high school, he served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. He met Ruth Jean Peace a few years later, and they married on July 19, 1957. They went on to have two
daughters, Linda and Patricia.
Jerry and Ruth were very serious about their breakfasts at Cracker Barrel and would arrive before the restaurant opened so they could be sure to be seated at “their” table. Jerry also enjoyed fishing on the river and watching his “westerns.” He had quite a collection of Louis
L’Amour books and passed a lot of time reading and re-reading his favorite ones. He enjoyed cooking for his grandchildren (potato salad, ham and beans, and applesauce cake), and was known to wake them up early when they were young so they could go for a morning swim or feed
ducks at the lake. He sang the Marine Corps Hymn so often that his grandchildren knew all the words at a very young age, but he also liked listening to Elvis and Yanni.
Jerry and Ruth moved to Llano in 1998, having lived previously in Kentucky and Odessa, TX. Jerry passed away on May 16, 2019. He is preceded by his parents, William Goebel Rider and Leora Blair Rider, and his wife, Ruth. He leaves behind his two daughters, four
grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Glo Wanda Fore
Glo Wanda Fore passed away Friday, May 10, 2019 in Kingsland, Texas at the age of 82. She was born October 24, 1936 in Valley Spring, Texas to Odes Jeffrey and Jessie (Greenhaw). Glo has been a resident of Llano County for 30 years since coming from Lake Jackson. In years past she had worked as a waitress and a cook, and loved taking care of her kids.
Glo is preceded by her parents, Odes Jeffrey and Jessie (Greenhaw); 2 husbands, Jerry Ray Smith and Alfred Fore; and daughter, Gloria Jane Wright.
She is survived by her sons, Bennie Smith and wife Dianna of Lake Jackson, and Jay Bob Smith of Llano; daughter, Jerry Saldivan of Kingsland; brother, Bobby Lloyd Jeffrey of Smithville; 3 grandchildren, Jeffrey Smith, Jessica Smith, and Haley Wright.
Visitation will be held Friday, May 17, 2019 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes, Inc. in Llano, Texas from 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Eldorado City Cemetery in Eldorado, Texas at 10:30 A.M.
Fay E. Hawkins
** Due to the weather, the service has been moved to our chapel**
Fay E. Hawkins passed away Saturday, May 4, 2019 in Llano, Texas at the age of 80. She was born December 28, 1938 in Menard, Texas to James Monroe Brown and Becky (Hensley). Fay was a resident of Cherokee for 40 years since coming from Lometa, Texas. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, she loved her dogs and was of the Baptist faith.
Fay is preceded by her parents, James Monroe Brown and Becky (Hensley); husband, Elton Roy Louis Hawkins; son, Andrew Roy Louis Hawkins; sister, Edna Melton; and brothers, James Brown, Kenneth Brown, Danny Brown, and Chester Brown.
She is survived by her sons, Stanley Roy Hawkins and wife Coe, Ronny Gene Hawkins and wife Rhonda, Michael Glen Hawkins, Ricky Lynn Hawkins and wife Tonya, and Gerald Ray Hawkins; daughters, Caroline Durkee, Beverly Moses and husband Bob, Debrah Sue Herr and husband Tommy, Elsie Danette Clopton, and Kathy Holloway and husband Jeremy; brothers, Alton Brown, and Eugene Brown and wife Sandy; 25 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Cherokee Cemetery at 3:00 P.M. with Pastor Shannon Bond officiating.
Andrew K. Currie, VMD
Doc was born August 11, 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He passed away May 3, 2019, at home, after a long fight with cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Isabel Currie. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1963, after completing his undergraduate studies at Rutgers and Colorado State University. Upon graduation he moved to Houston, Texas to pursue his specialty in Equine lameness and medicine. He met his wife to be, Sandy Thompson. After completing a year in Houston he had the opportunity to move to Lexington, Kentucky to work with one of the pioneers in Equine Orthopedic Surgery, Dr. D. L. Proctor. In 1966, he and Sandy were married and she joined him in Lexington. Although they enjoyed their time and his great experiences in Kentucky they yearned to return to Texas and open a private practice. Doc and Sandy bought a farm in Northwest Houston where he opened the Currie Equine Clinic. It was because of his work ethic and dedication to his patients that he felt like he had to live at the clinic. His philosophy was “work hard, critique your work, always make sure you surrounded yourself with good people, put the horse first and always treat your clients like you would like to be treated.” He loved the sport of rodeo and while treating many of the top athletes, he was able to further his own personal ambition of roping. Doc had a great eye for a good horse. He credits his ownership of some nice horses to the association with good horsemen. Together Doc and Sandy owned the NCHA World Champion Cutting Horse, “Sugar Vaquero”. They owned a Reserve World Champion Team Roping Horse, partners on a World Champion Calf horse and more.
Doc dedicated his life to serving the equine industry. He treated all of his patients the same, no matter their discipline or their cost, from the back yard pony to the elite equine athlete. His integrity, ethics and honesty made him a standout in his field. Because of that he served on the Board of Directors of the AAEP, served on numerous committees for the AAEP and TVMA, was past chairman of Equine Committee for the TVMA, on Board of Directors for the Texas Horse Racing Association. Member of AVMA, TEVA, AQHA, PRCA, Life member and Life time committeemen of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Doc was inducted into the 2012 Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame. Long standing Official Veterinarian for the Tejas Vaquero’s - Friends for Life.
Doc was not one to judge. He would council only if you asked but would never judge you. The friendships he formed over the course of his life are treasured by those fortunate enough to have known him.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years Sandy, his son Kelso and two grandsons, Kade and Kameron, Cathy Cribbs his right hand and faithful assistant of 39 years, Kathy Stoops faithful secretary of over 20 years.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas at 1:00 P.M. with Richard Vandventer officiating.
In lieu of flowers: donations made to Hill Country Memorial Hospice P.O. Box 835, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624 / St Jude’s Hospital / Charity of your choice.
William Phillip Anderson
William Phillip Anderson passed away Friday, May 3, 2019 in Llano, Texas at the age of 90. He was born February 2, 1929 in Littlefield, Texas. William was a resident of Llano for 45 years since coming from Littlefield. He was a member of the Lion’s Club and the First Baptist Church in Littlefield.
William is preceded by his parents; and wife of 50 plus years, Betty Jo (Gray) Anderson.
He is survived by his sons, Bruce Anderson of Llano, Cary Anderson and wife Shelby of Brady, and Craig Anderson and wife Leann of Llano; 7 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Bill Glenn passed away Sunday, April 21, 2019 in Kingsland, Texas at the age of 65. He was born February 27, 1954 in Roswell, New Mexico to Joe Garnett Glenn, Jr. and Dorothy Lafern Hollingsworth. Bill was a resident of Kingsland for 10 years since coming from the Austin area. Bill graduated from Marble Falls High School in 1972 and went on to school at Texas State Technical Institute in Waco, Texas, where he graduated with a degree in Aircraft Mechanical Engineering. He continued to work for Horseshoe bay airport and later Ragsdale Airport in Austin, Texas, and Cessna Aircraft until he retired. Bill was a member of the N.R.A., A.O.P.A., and the E.A.A.. Bill enjoyed shooting, flying and fishing.
Bill is preceded by his father, Joe Garnett Glenn, Jr..
He is survived by his mother, Dorothy L. Glenn; son, Taylor Glenn and wife Jane of Houston, Texas; daughter, Courtney Mireles of Austin, Texas; brothers, Jim Glenn of Canyon Lake, Texas and Ivy Joe Glenn of Canyon Lake, Texas; 2 grandchildren and 1 on the way.
A memorial service will be held Friday, May 3, 2019 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Kingsland, Texas at 1:00 P.M. with Charles Waugh officiating.
Beryl Harris, better known as simply “Cowboy” went to his heavenly home April 26, 2019. Cowboy was born July 25, 1943 in Clyde Texas. Beryl was born to be a cowboy and true to his calling, he spent the first 20 years of his adult life as a “Cowboy” for Swenson Land and Cattle company of Stamford Texas. He loved this way of life, always grateful to his Lord for the privilege of being a “Cowboy”. During this time, he acquired his knowledge of horses and Mother Nature, and formed lasting bonds with his working partners, especially Toosa, Foot and Banjo. In 1985 he married his soul mate and shortly thereafter moved to the mountains of northern New Mexico, where he worked for a while on a Guest Ranch. There he was truly in his element, as his adventurous spirit blended seamlessly with the high rugged mountains. Beryl was always so at home with Mother Nature and her critters. In 2006 he moved back to Texas and settled in the Hill Country.
Here he has spent the last 12 years working for Pecan Creek Ranch. Cowboys’ “what you see is what you get” attitude, along with his own version of Cowboy Logic and Justice endeared him to the hearts of many people. He was truly “one of a kind”. The good Lord graced this world with Cowboys presence for 74 years and his passing will leave an enormous void in the lives of his family, friends and sweetheart of 34 years. By the same token, heaven will never be the same now that “Cowboy” has arrived. He will be sorely missed!
Cowboy is survived by his wife Connie; daughters Tammie Coffman and husband Terry of Clyde, April McEwen of Haskell, son Edward Harris of Stamford, stepdaughter Tamra Cotton and husband Mike of Clyde; stepson Van Whitworth and wife Marie of Flower Mound; Eleven grandchildren, Eleven great grandchildren; sister Gail Martin of Abilene, and brother in law Jerry Harris of Ranger.
He is preceded in death by his parents Ruby and J.B. Harris; grandson Tanner Whitworth, sisters Laverne Harris, Anita Kaye Cunningham; brothers Dean Harris, John Harris and Paul Harris
A visitation will be held Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 5:30 ~ 7:30 at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas. Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Llano Cowboy Church with Reverend Stacey Nobles officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Doc Sutton, Mike Steelman, Billy Christopher, Herman Honig, Jimmy Simpson, Rick Oestreich, Mark Sagebiel and Jacob Nobles. Burial to follow at Llano City Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Llano Cowboy Church, P.O. Box 177 Llano, Texas 78643.
Catherine “Diane” Kilman
Catherine “Diane” Kilman passed away on
Wednesday April 3, 2019 in Carrollton, Texas. Diane was one of the most selfless,
Celebration of Life Service will he held on:
Saturday, May 4th from 2 pm to 4 pm at Hill Country Bible Church San Saba. Address: 417 E Wallace St, San Saba, TX 76877
Frank Edward Otto
Frank Edward Otto, age 89 passed away peacefully April 19, 2019. Frank was born April 28, 1929 in Castell, TX. to Amanda and August Otto. He was the middle child, having 3 older and 4 younger siblings.
Frank married Marian Holcomb Dec. 12, 1953, and they lived in Houston, TX. 43 years until retirement in 1998. He worked for Walker Bolt Mfg. 23 of those years where he was Superintendent of Manufacturing and made many friends along the way. This was the job that he loved and was most proud of. When retirement came in 1998 he made the move back to Llano where he was blessed with 21 years to enjoy the ranch and living where he wanted to be.
Frank proudly served his country as a U.S. Marine in the Korean War.
He was a member of Advent Lutheran Church in Houston, and St. John Lutheran Church in Castell where he was confirmed as a child.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Amanda and August Otto, brothers Vernon Otto and August Otto, Jr., sisters Frances Evers, Netha Garrett, and Arlene Alexander.
He is survived by his wife, Marian, son Greg and wife Stefanie, grandson Mason, sisters Nelda Hohmann of Llano, TX., and Ruby Varvel of Hearne, TX., and many, many beloved nieces and nephews.
Funeral services at St. John Lutheran Church, Hwy 152, Castell, TX. on Friday, April 26th, 2019 at 10 A.M. Visitation will be Thursday, April 25th from 6-8 P.m. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano, TX and one hour before service in Castell on Friday. Officiating services Pastor Richard Bremer.
In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation the American Legion Post 370, P.O. Box 234, Llano, Texas 78643 in memory of Frank E. Otto
Nancy Rae McCabe
Nancy Rae McCabe passed away on Friday, April 19, 2019 in Lakeway, Texas at the age of 75. She was born on December 21, 1943 to Cecil Standard and Lora (Russell) Standard in McCamey, Texas.
Nancy is preceded by her parents and son, Cecil Bert McCabe.
She is survived by her husband, Billy Bert McCabe; sons, Rusty McCabe, Kevin McCabe and Randy McCabe; sisters, Annette Alexander, Barbara Hendricks and Marcie Phillips; and 4 grandchildren.
No services are planned at this time.
John Douglas Lucas
John “Johnny” or “JD” Douglas Lucas, 72, of Buchanan Dam, Texas passed away surrounded by his family Wednesday, April 17, 2019.
Johnny was born in Llano on October 28, 1946 to John Wesley Lucas and Olga Dahl Lucas. Johnny attended Llano High School and served in the United States Army from 1966 and was honorably discharged in 1971. He worked for Kraft Foods for over 25 years, where he retired.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and planting his vegetable garden. He loved frying catfish with family and friends and throwing out trot lines in Lake Buchanan.
Johnny is survived by three sons and two daughters; Wesley Lucas and wife Holly of Llano, Shannon Lucas and wife Cheyenne of Bulverde, Donovan Lucas of California; Erica Lucas Hernandez and husband Ernesto of California, and Shellie Lucas of California. He is also survived by his brother Pete Smith and one sister Barbara Reed, both of Llano. Johnny had 7 beautiful grandchildren with one on the way. And one great grandbaby on the way.
Johnny is preceded in death by former wife, Polly Lucas, sister, Janice Jones, and sister Betty Lou Scott.
Viewing will be at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel, Friday, April 19, 2019 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. and funeral services will be held at 2:30 P.M. Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel. There will be no graveside services.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Llano Special Opportunities Center 206 E Main St, Llano, TX 78643.
Barbara J. Donahue
Barbara J. Donahue (Guess), 86, of Kingsland, TX passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Over the years she enjoyed sewing, making crafts, reading books, and attending bible study groups.
She is survived by her sons, Steven (Marsha) Donahue of Kingsland, TX, Mark (Patti) Donahue of Marana, AZ, her sister, Linda Kay Guess of Burnett, TX, 10 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren.
She is predeceased by her husband, William Donahue, her parents, Frank and Lena Mae Guess, her son, Terry Lynn Donahue, her daughter, Sandra Kay Farley, and her granddaughter, Renee Lynn Donahue.
In her memory donations may be made to First Christian Church or LACare in Burnet, TX.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Kingsland, Texas. Interment will take place at Fort Mitchell National Cemetery in Fort Mitchell, Alabama Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. EST.
George Franklin Stiefel
George Franklin Stiefel, 73, of Cherokee, Texas, passed away on April 11, 2019.
The memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, April 17, 2019 at Cherokee Church of Christ. Doug Suggs of Cherokee Church of Christ will be officiating. Visitation immediately following the service at the Church of Christ Annex.
George was born in Aiken County Hospital, Aiken, South Carolina on December 7, 1945. He graduated from Leavelle McCampbell High School in Graniteville, South Carolina and continued on to The University of South Carolina. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1966. He served in the Air Force from 1966-1970 where he was trained to be an Electrical Engineer, working on the planes that flew in Vietnam. After four years of service he went on to receive an Associate Degree from San Antonio College in Texas.
While stationed at Dyess Air Force Base, George met Janis Ann Stewart, a student at Abilene Christian University. They were married July 5, 1968; and this year would have made 51 years together.
George worked as a Computer Engineer for Hewlett Packard for 34 years, serving as a computer engineer and later, The District Manager for Service of the Southeast region. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, boating, motorcycle riding, hunting, and visiting with friends and family. He enjoyed a challenge and felt there was nothing he could not accomplish. He was an avid gun collector and lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.
George is survived by his wife Janis Ann Stewart Stiefel, and sons Gair Flyn, (Jennifer Buffett), and Colin Wade (Chrissy Robertson). Grandchildren George Weston Stiefel (16), Cassidy Ann Buffett (13), Brianna Taylor Stiefel (12), and Wayden Stewart Stiefel (6). He was also survived by sisters, Melanie Claire Stiefel Cole (Bruce Cecil Cole), and Vera Celeste Stiefel Spires (Eric Thad Spires). Extended family includes nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.
George is preceded in death by his Father, George Wyman Stiefel and Mother Lillian Herbrandt Stiefel. He is also proceeded in death by his Grandparents, Claude Idell and Lillie Mae Pope Stiefel.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given in
George’s name to Cherokee Church of Christ, located at 308 S. Indian Ave, Cherokee, TX 76832, or a local charity
of your choice. The family of George Franklin Stiefel wishes to thank Cherokee Church of Christ and the Community of
Cherokee, Texas for their support and loving arms that are embracing us in this time of sorrow and loss.
Violet Louise Atkins
Violet Louise Atkins (Ricks) passed away Saturday, April 6, 2019 in Kingsland, Texas at the age of 88. She was born in Sabinal, Texas to James E. Ricks and Geneva (VanCleave).
Violet was a Daughter, Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Great-grandmother and Great great grandmother, a woman of many titles. For every one of those titles she gave it her all.
She was also an avid golf player for which she earned the title of the Ladies golf championship in Austin in the 70’s. In her later years she met many golfers who all grew to love her fun loving spirit, at the Llano golf course.
She was also a very successful business owner owning her own bakery in Westlake called Violet’s Delectables famous for her Oreo cheesecake, Bailey Square chocolate cake, Ranger cookies, sweet rolls and kolaches. If you visited Violet’s once you were hooked forever.
She is preceded by her parents, James E. Ricks (March 26, 1992) and Geneva (VanCleave)( February 19, 1996); and son, Robert Dale Fritts (July 7, 1956 ~ October 4, 1965).
Violet is survived by her son Raymond Fritts and wife Cristina; daughters, Cheryl Fritts (Ray), and Lisa Lewis and husband Bubba; 8 grandchildren, Nova, Jason, Regina, Georgia, Ross Brookshire and wife Nicole, Jeff, Lenzy and Josh Miller, and Brooks; and 5 great grandchildren.
A visitation will be held Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 5:00 P.M. ~ 7:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association P.O. Box 96011, Washington DC 20090-6011. or St. Jude’s Hospital ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.
Kelly Clyde Coats
Kelly Clyde Coats of Llano, Texas was called to Heaven Thursday, April 4, 2019 at the age of 84. He was born June 6, 1934 to Marie ( Harwell) and J. Reuben Coats in Cisco, Texas. He married Wanda Agnew on August 27, 1955 in Cisco, Texas.
Kelly was raised helping his parents on the farm and working cattle. After attending 2 years at Cisco Jr College, he began working for a seismograph company in Louisiana. He decided he didn’t like being away from Wanda and called her one Friday, telling her they were getting married Saturday. No invitations or planning needed. Word of mouth spread fast in Cisco and with the help of family and friends, the wedding was on. Kelly had to borrow a white shirt from his soon to be father-in-law because in the rush to drive from Louisiana (after work) to Cisco, he had forgotten to pack his white shirt. And they were married, spent their honeymoon night at Kelly’s parents’ house and then it was back to work as usual.
Kelly and Wanda moved back to Cisco when Wanda became pregnant with their first child. Kelly worked for Sandler’s as a welder. He later would work for his uncle at Cisco TV and Radio Lab. There he found his career. As “cable” TV became more popular, Kelly went to work for the cable company in Cisco. He later transferred and move his family to Eastland, and eventually he transferred and moved the family to Llano in 1968. Kelly continued to work for Cable TV companies in Llano, Kingsland, Granite Shoals, and Marble Falls until he retired.
Kelly loved playing his guitar and singing. He played in a small county band while attending Cisco High School along with Dash Croft from Seals and Croft. He loved music and this house was always filled with music and fun. After retiring, he would later entertain at nursing homes around Brownwood, Texas. He played and sang until his hands wouldn’t cooperate and his voice began to crack. His children and grandchildren have very fond memories of Poppy and his guitar.
Kelly also loved to fish. That was relaxing for him. He fished many stock tanks and thought he had hit paradise when he moved to Llano and there was a river running right through town.
If you were ever around Kelly, he would have to tell you a joke. He brought so much laughter and love to everyone he knew.
Kelly loved being around family and friends. Family was very important to him. He always made you feel loved with all he had.
Kelly is survived by his daughters, Clydean Simanskis of Kingsland, Kellene Graves of Kingsland, son, Pernell Coats and wife Debbie of Llano. Five Grandchildren: Heath Hohmann and wife Michele of Liberty Hill, Erika Hohmann Hukill and husband Tyler of Liberty Hill, Victoria Coats of Austin and Lauren Coats of Lockhart. Two Great-Grandchildren, James and Shannyn Hukill also Kirby and Dakota Dixon.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years Wanda, his Grandson Kyle Hohmann, his Parents Reuben and Marie Coats; Sister Venita Rector and an infant brother, Carroll Reuben.
Visitation will be help at 6:00pm ~ 8pm Friday, April 12,2019 at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Chapel 307 E. Sandstone Llano, Texas. Funeral services will be 2:00pm Saturday April 13, 2019 at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Chapel with Dudley Raymond officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be: David Miller, Jon Beasley, Joel Kitchens, Roger Gonzales, Lincoln Gonzales, and Terry Adams.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Donald Ricketson and Paul Sauveur, his Heavenly pallbearers will be Norman Livingston and Lee Wimberley. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kyle Hohmann Scholarship Fund c/o Llano National Bank, 1001 Ford St, Llano, Texas 78643.
Spencer H. Landes
Spencer Harlan Landes died peacefully at home on the Flying D Ranch, Llano, TX on April 4, 2019 at the young age of 96. Spencer was born in Bureau County, Illinois on July 8, 1922 to Thomas N. Landes and Clara Christophel Landes. Spencer grew up in Bradford, Illinois, the youngest of six children, all of whom graduated as valedictorians of their high school class. Spencer received an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and then a masters in chemical engineering from Oklahoma State University.
In college Spencer signed up for advanced ROTC training then began his field training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He was assigned to the 549th Field Artillery Battalion at Ft. Hood. Shortly after December of 1944 he entered combat in the Rhineland of Central Europe after the Battle of the Bulge. He participated on flights to observe and direct fire on enemy installations. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain.
Upon returning to the US he married Jewell “Judy” Bray on December 15, 1945. They met at a USO dance at Ft. Sill. Judy and Spencer were married for 64 years until Alzheimer’s took Judy to be with the Lord Jesus. Spencer and Judy had one daughter, Pamela, born in Pampa Texas while Spencer was employed with Phillips Petroleum Company in Borger, Texas.
Spencer had an illustrious career in the oil industry. He worked for Brown and Root in Houston for nine years, two years with Delta Tank Manufacturing Company in Baton Rouge, and then nine years with Crest Engineering Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. From Tulsa he returned to Houston and established his own company, S. H. Landes, Inc. The company grew to 250 engineers, draftsmen and support personnel. His engineering company specialized in upstream petroleum processing, both onshore and offshore. The company had offices in London, Brunei and Malaysia.
Spencer was truly a member of the “Greatest Generation.” He not only served his country faithfully, but he faithfully served His Lord as a committed husband, father and grandfather. Spencer took care of Judy for 10 years by himself as she battled Alzheimer’s. After moving to the Flying D Ranch in 2008 he continued to care for her with the help of his daughter, Pam. Then he helped Pam, while she was a widow, stay on the ranch. Spencer obtained his applicator’s license to spray mesquite and cactus, repaired ranch roads, and designed and installed a rainwater collection system for the ranch house. Spencer’s life was characterized by hard work, yet he had a heart for others in need. Spencer was a founding member of Grace Gathering Church in Llano. As a grandfather and great-grandfather he desired to provide financial security for his descendants by establishing educational trusts. Spencer’s greatest achievement is his spiritual legacy. He loved the Lord Jesus and desired that his actions and words would be pleasing to His Savior. At night when sleep evaded him as he cared for Judy, he memorized Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount.”
Spencer was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and three sisters and his beloved wife Judy. His siblings were Olive Nicholson, Wayne Landes, Shirley Steimle, Carol Klump, and Thomas Landes. Spencer is survived by his daughter Pam Durst King of Llano, TX, his granddaughter Laura Gambrell and her husband Kirk of League City, TX, his step-granddaughter Kelly Durst of Wellington, Ohio, and his beloved great-grandsons Spencer and Sean Gambrell of League City, TX plus many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association by mail at 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201 or online at billygraham.org.
A memorial service was held on April 7, 2019 at Grace Gathering Church, Llano, TX. Burial followed at the Llano City Cemetery.
Dena Jeanette Myers
Dena Jeanette Myers passed away Monday, April 1, 2019 in Kingsland, Texas at the age of 101. She was born March 25, 1918 in Lone Grove, Texas to Seth Smith and Sarah (Bales).
Dena was a resident of Llano for 64 years since coming from Lone Grove; she loved flowers, gardening and tennis in her earlier years and placed 2nd in the state. She worked at the Llano Memorial Hospital and attended the Llano Church of Christ.
Dena is preceded by her parents, Seth Smith and Sarah (Bales); and husband, C. Clifford Myers.
She is survived by her children, Audrey Riley, Larry Myers and wife Linda, and Kelly Myers and wife Laura; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at Board Branch cemetery with Dennis Raesener officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Cherokee Home for Children Po Box 295, Cherokee, Texas 76832.
Norma LaFa Hallmark
Norma LaFa Hallmark passed away Saturday, March 30, 2019 in Llano, Texas at the age of 91. She was born August 31, 1927 in Tow, Texas to Lyte and Zella Mae Key.
Norma married Vonnie Mix Hallmark on October 2, 1946. She was an LVN at the Llano Hospital and later became a dedicated homemaker. She enjoyed playing dominoes and cards, deer hunting and her beloved family. Norma also loved her scratch off tickets and a good fish fry.
Norma is preceded by her parents, Lyte and Zella Mae Key; husband, Vonnie Mix Hallmark; children, Alice Leach and James Hallmark; siblings, Nora Milliorn, Eve Walton, Wilton Key, and Lytel Key; and son-in-law, William Leach.
She is survived by her sons, Charles Hallmark and wife Sue of Tow, Texas and Ronnie Hallmark and wife Bonnie of Tow, Texas; daughter-in-law, Stephanie Hallmark of Tow, Texas; sister, Zona Mae Bauman of Llano, Texas; 7 grandchildren, Debbie Povec of Tow, Texas, Karla Fuerst of Cypress, Texas, Gena Reven of Kingsland, Texas, Stephen Hallmark of Tow, Texas, Cecil Leach of Llano, Texas, Ashley Inge of Lone Grove, Texas, and Justin Hallmark of Tow, Texas; 14 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Friday, April 5, 2019 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at Tow Cemetery with Jeremy Smarr officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to PMG Awareness Organization, Inc. 15642 Sand Canyon Ave. Unit 51235 Irvine, CA 92619 or the American Diabetes Association.
James Richard Von Krosigk
James Richard Von Krosigk of Buchanan Dam, Texas passed away Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the age of 67. He was born In Prosser, Washington to Lavon (Hahn) and Samuel Von Krosigk on February 26, 1952. He married Donna Arpin in San Antonio, Texas November 8, 1988.
James had many accomplishments. He held a degree in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin, he was the owner of Custom Resources, and held fourteen technology patents. However, his love and service to the Lord and his family was paramount.
A perfect day for Jim, as he liked to be called, was to be surrounded by all of his children and grandchildren as he made his famous brisket and queso. He was an amazing father who viewed his children as his greatest accomplishment. He ended every day for thirty years by saying to his wife Donna "Good night, I love you." We will never forget the man that gave us so much to remember.
The essence of James' life can be captured in a quote by Mother Theresa. "People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies, succeed anyway. What you spend years building, someone can destroy overnight, build anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway."
James is survived by his wife of 30 years Donna; daughters Erin May Vander Poorten of San Antonio, Jennifer Ann Edwards and husband Derek of Georgetown, Elizabeth Gordon and husband Jason of Seguin; sons Todd James Von Krosigk and wife Stephanie of Frisco, John Daly of Cedar Park; 12 grandchildren Hunter, Miles, Maya, Walker, Meredith, Alyssa, Megan, Austin, Layla, Keira, Evelyn, Rowan; sisters Jean DesForges and Chris Riggan; brothers Sam Von Krosigk and wife JoAnne; William Von Krosigk.
Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 708 Bessemer Avenue, Llano, Texas 78643 on Saturday, April 6th at 1Oam with Reverend Melvin Dornak officiating. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association.
Lolete Bales Ratliff
Lolete Bales Ratliﬀ was born on February 9, 1913, and passed away on March 26, 2019. It marked a signiﬁcant milestone in her life when she celebrated her 106th birthday with her friends and family last month.
Lolete grew up in Lone Grove, where her farming and ranching family settled as pioneers around 1880. She was born to Marvin Bales and Lillie Templeton Bales. Lolete graduated from Lone Grove High School in 1930, one out of a class of ﬁve. She excelled in tennis and competed in doubles tennis at the state UIL championship. She also demonstrated musical talent as a self-taught pianist. After graduating, Lolete attended Mary Hardin-Baylor College in Belton.
Lolete married Joe Ratliﬀ in February of 1938, and while he was serving at Kelly Airﬁeld during WWII, the couple lived in San Antonio. There Lolete attended Johnson Beauty College and also gave birth to the couple’s only child, Alberteen, who was named after Lolete’s brother.
Following the war, she and Joe returned to Llano, where Lolete established her own beauty salon and brought up her daughter, with whom she shared her love of music.
Lolete was widowed in 1977 but continued to live independently in Llano until the age of 90, when she moved to Killeen to be near her daughter. Throughout the remainder of her life, she was known for her impeccable appearance. She delighted in playing 42, dominoes, and bingo and in adding to her extensive collection of owls. Lolete counted herself fortunate in having inherited good genes, and she also attributes her longevity to a reliably sunny outlook on life.
Lolete was preceded in death by her husband Joe and her sister Margaret Bales Ratliﬀ and brother Albert Bales. Surviving her are her daughter Alberteen “Tina”, her sister Anita Bales Stone, numerous nieces and nephews, two Templeton ﬁrst cousins, and many precious friends.
Lolete was a source of wisdom and inspiration to all who were fortunate enough to know her. A celebration of her life will be at a chapel service at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, March 30, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. with interment to follow at the family plot in the Llano City Cemetery.
Martin Don Gray
Marty Gray was born May 10, 1949, to Sammye Williams Gray and Dudie Gray. He grew up on the family ranch established in the 1860’s, proud of being fifth generation of a ranching heritage. He claimed that he never wanted to be a cowboy, but as a young boy, he and his black dog roamed the pastures. He and his horse rode beyond the boundaries of the family ranch to visit neighbors who had kind words, cowboy wisdom, and cookies always waiting for him. He rodeoed in junior rodeos, he hunted, he fished, he understood livestock, and he delighted in the sight of a new Hereford calf lying on the spring-green grass. His dad said that he lost Marty as a cowboy to team sports when Marty joined a little league team at eight years old. Being a real cowboy was never lost in Marty—it was merely redefined. In later years, he called himself a country gentleman.
When he left the ranch for Baylor in 1967, he tried various disciplines: medicine, but he did not ever want to lose a patient; law, but he really did not want to wear a starched white shirt every day; English and history, but what could he do with that double major? Then he found what would become a most rewarding career: nurturing young people, teaching English and history while coaching team sports.
His teaching career began in the fall of 1972 in Bynum, Texas. After nine years there, he began teaching in Hillsboro, Texas, where he remained for ten years. In 1991, he returned home to Cherokee, Texas, teaching there for eleven years, thus completing thirty rewarding years of loving enlightenment.
He said that he was afflicted early on with the love of reading by his mother and later on by Charles Perry. He fell in love with words, and he, in turn, afflicted some of his own students with literature, poetry, grammar, and diagramming. He afflicted us all with his well told jokes, from Shaggy Dog stories to clever puns. His favorite all-time books were Huck Finn, Moby Dick, Little Big Man, True Grit, Lonesome Dove, and The Time It Never Rained. He said that if had had another lifetime to live, he would have become a historical novelist.
He married Shirley Low, his lifelong sweetheart. He cherished her. They shared a rare and special relationship. The next girl he treasured who came into his life was their daughter Laura. He thought that he could not love any other little girls as dearly, but when granddaughters Allison and Brianna appeared, Marty fell happily into the role of the perfect Pap-pa.
Marty died at home March 18, 2019. He was preceded in death by four loving grandparents, his parents, and a younger brother, Scott Gray. He is survived by his wife Shirley, daughter Laura Gray Pratt and her husband Adam Pratt, his treasured granddaughters, Allison Pratt and Brianna Pratt, his brother Dr. Mark Gray, sister Becky Gray McCarty and her husband Bart McCarty. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, his sister-in-law Shannon Gray, his brother-in-law Ronnie Low and his wife Cami, and brother-in-law and special friend James Low and his wife Mary.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Cherokee, Texas at 10:30 A.M. with Reverend Shannon Bond officiating.
Joanna Elizabeth Lowry
Joanna Elizabeth Lowry , 78, died peacefully in her sleep on March 16, 2019, after a long struggle with COPD and its complications. She was tenderly ministered to by her steadfast long-time friend, Vicki Cobb, for the past week of her life.
Joanna was a highly regarded high school chemistry teacher for most of her professional life. A fiercely independent free spirit who lived life on her own terms, Joanna never married or had children of her own,. However, she considered her hundreds of students during her 30+ years
teaching in La Grange, Texas, and the Houston, Texas area, to be her children, They, along with a succession of doted-on pups and cats she affectionately dubbed her “critters,” filled out her Assisi-like family.
Born in Laredo, Texas, in 1940, Joanna was the second child of John T. Lowry, M.D., a beloved family physician known for his astounding generosity and for his legendary skill as a marksman. Joanna shared his passion for marksmanship and won many awards as a member of the
UT and later the Texas Rifle Association. But instead of bagging deer or other wild game, she preferred to beautifully capture the wildlife and wildflowers around her with her ever-ready camera.
Joanna is survived by her older brother John T Lowry Jr, of Billings, Montana.; her younger sisters Alice Lowry Edwards of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and Kathy Lowry Deely of San Antonio. She is also survived by her nieces Laura Mcracken, of London, England., and Lisa
Hassel Hassel, of Round Rock, Texas. Her grand-niece, Kamryn Hassel, hopes to follow in Dr John’s footstep and is enrolled as a pre-Med student at UT Austin. Caden Hassel, 16, plans to follow in his father Mike’s footsteps as a pilot by enrolling in flight school upon graduation.
school upon graduation.
There will be no formal services for Joanna. Instead, her many friends and former students are encouraged to donate to one of her favorite charities: The Wounded Warrior Project, the Llano Public Library, or the Salvation Army.
Robert L. Stinespring
Robert Stinespring of Llano, Texas passed away Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the age of 77. He was born April 23, 1941 to Sylvia (Deen) and Orville Stinespring in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Robert served in the United States Air Force for 20 years and was a Vietnam Veteran. He married the love of his life Guadalupe October 19, 1963 in San Angelo, Texas. Robert loved gardening, the military, the Longhorns and NASCAR.
Survivors include son Kenneth of Llano and brother Okay Stinespring of Parkersville, West Virginia and half sister Millie McCabe of Canton, Ohio. Robert was preceded in death by his wife Guadalupe, parents Sylvia and Orville Stinespring.
A rosary will be held 6:30 P.M. Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 A.M. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Reverend Melvin Dornak officiating. Burial will follow at Llano City Cemetery.
Melvin Glenn Jr.
Melvin Glenn Jr. of Llano, Texas passed away Friday, March 15, 2019 at the age of 77. He was born September 8, 1941 to Edna Rebecca (Massengill) and Melvin Glenn Sr. in Lampasas, Texas. Melvin had lived in Llano most of his life. He loved to fish every chance he got.
Survivors include his daughter Rebecca Davis and her fiancé George Brownlee of Lampasas, sons Melvin Glenn III of Kingsland, Clyde Glenn of Lampasas and brother Gene Glenn and wife Mary of Kingsland. Nine grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews aunts and uncles.
Melvin was preceded in death by his son James Andrew Glenn, parents Edna Rebecca and Melvin Sr, Sister Edna Grace, and brothers James and Benny Glenn.
Memorial service will be held Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 4:00 P.M. at Pittsburg Avenue Baptist Church in Llano, Texas with Pastor Danny Meegan officiating.
Betty Raye Taylor
Betty Taylor was born August 23, 1931 in San Angelo, Texas to Louise and Lynton Gaskins. She left the earth on March 15, 2019. She was 87 years old and residing in Kerrville, Texas.
Graveside services will be held at Tow Cemetery in Tow, Texas on Saturday, March 23, at 1 pm. Arrangements are by Waldrope-Hatfield- Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano.
Betty was a Brownwood High School graduate and attended business college in Abilene. Throughout her life she worked in the banking and accounting industry. She married Aubrey Keeling and they had three children living many years in San Angelo. In 1974 she married Earl Taylor and they lived in Iraan and retired in Tow. Earl preceded her in death in 2001 and Betty later relocated to Kingsland, where she had multiple hobbies — dancing, traveling, playing Bridge and attending plays at Hill Country Community Theatre.
Betty is preceded in death by Lynton and Louise Gaskins, both of Brownwood, Aubrey Keeling of San Angelo, and Earl Taylor of Tow.
Betty is survived by Alan Keeling of Argyle, Belinda Armstrong and spouse Sammy Armstrong of Southlake and Kay Brittain of Kerrville. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Angela Zepeda and spouse Cody Zepeda, Kassandra Council, Jay Armstrong, Michael Council and Andrew Keeling. She leaves behind four great grandchildren, Travis Council, Mercedez Council, Avery Zepeda and Carter Zepeda and numerous exceptional friends including but not limited to Rick Dewvalle, Ruth Kjos and Gay Baskin.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Peterson Hospice, Kerrville or Highland Lakes Senior Center, Kingsland.
Our family would like to invite all family and friends to a post-service luncheon at Inman’s Kitchen BBQ in Llano to reminisce, celebrate and laugh in memory of our loving mother, aka Grammy.
Mary Lynn Reinke
Mary Lynn Reinke died peacefully at 8:30 P.M. on February 22, 2019.
She was born on November 25, 1933 to Joseph and Kathryn Taylor of Houston, Texas. She graduated from Lamar High School in Houston and attended Mary Washington University in Virginia.
She worked as a receptionist for Reeves-Dyke Advertising in Houston and Capitol Chevrolet and Covert Chevrolet-Buick in Austin. She loved to cook and entertained her friends and family with many gourmet meals.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Thomas Watt Gregory III, her second husband, Bill Turpin and her youngest daughter, CeCile Turpin. She is survived by her oldest daughter, Kathryn Gregory and her husband, Joseph Scribner, as well as her three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Her ashes will be buried next to her daughter CeCile at Austin Memorial Cemetery with a graveside service following.
James Don "JD" Gray
James Don "JD" Gray was born November 23, 1931, at home, in southern San Saba County to a ranching family. The Gray family migration in America came via Virginia to Tennessee top Rusk County Texas to Falls and Bell County. In Falls and Bell County, they raised horses and cattle on the open range. In 1860, members of the Gray clan brought 1000 head of cattle to land south and west of Cherokee near the Llano County line. Here they experienced all the hardships of pioneer life- including continual skirmishes with Indians. When Indian depredations slowed down, they brought their considerable herd of horses form Bell County to Cherokee. In 1868 they drove 1700 head of Longhorn cattle to Ft. Sumner New Mexico. J.D. Gray was born to be a cowboy and that’s what he was.
He spent his early years taking care of cattle, shoeing horses and running sheep and goats on the family ranch. J.D. liked being in the saddle and often day- worked with other area ranchers. He worked for and with many local ranchers and their cowmen: Mack Yates, Gordon Donop, Malcolm Otto, Kenneth Boultinghouse and Flay Bird were just a few of the men he rode beside. For many years he took care of Uncle Will Gray’s T-Stripe ranch near Valley Spring. In 1982, J.D. became foreman of the Ona Beams Ranch in Llano County, which is part of the old Stribling family land.
Jimmy Don never pretended to be anyone other than the cowman he was. He loved horse racing and the pari-mutuel track and trying to pick the winners. Heck, Terry Wooten even names a race-horse after him! Matter of fact, he was a pretty fast guy himself back in the day… He enjoyed some great hunts in Texas and Colorado. J.D. was known for being a good shot and the fastest man around to field dress a deer. He had great fun fishing with his cousin Frank Lange in Port O’Conner. He loved the fishing lease on the Pecos River back in the 70’s.
On the very day he suffered a stroke and heart attack, J.D. had been out to the Beams Ranch to check on the cattle. Then 87, he still recognized every individual cow and bull by sight and enjoyed above all things his time in the country. J.D. dealt with every situation imaginable when it came to running a ranch. During the drought of 2011, J.D., at the age of 80, burned pear every day to get the Beam’s herd through it. He was an amazing guy who rarely missed a day checking on and caring for cattle. He lived the life he was born and bred for, and was a well deserved recipient of the Hill Country Livestock Raisers Association, Cowboy of the Year in May of 2012.
Life was good to J.D. He had two loving wives, one son, and three daughters. They gave him a total of seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was loved and respected by his family and his friends. Jimmy Don passed away peacefully at home. We will miss him.
A graveside service will be held Sunday, February 24, 2019 at Gray Cemetery in Cherokee, Texas at 2:00 P.M. with Michal Randolph officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Gray Cemetery.
Joseph Mark Hudson
Joseph Mark Hudson passed away Saturday, February 16, 2019 in Llano, Texas at the age of 64.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Llano City Cemetery at 11:00 A.M.
Joyce Iolene Lackey
Joyce Lackey passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas at the age of 87. She was born January 1, 1932 to Bill and Cassa Harden in San Angelo, Texas. She married T.L. Lackey on July 28, 1949. Joyce lived most of her life in San Antonio near her family and later moved to Llano.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Cassa Harden; husband, T.L. Lackey; sisters, Betty Talley, June Rausch, and Mildred Pair; brothers, Beverly Harden, Bud Harden, and W.L. Harden.
She is survived by her daughters, Karen Flores of San Antonio, and Shirley Rackley of New Braunfels; sister, Bessy Dow of Azle, Texas; grandchildren, Stan Teel and wife Lisa; Jason Harless and wife Tina, Tiffany Flores, Jimmy Rackley and wife Danielle, Jerry Rackley and John Rackley; 11 great grandkids, 1 great great grandkid and numerous nieces and nephews.
Joyce owned Stuff and Such in Llano for 10 years and loved to buy and sell all kinds of treasures.
Visitation will be held Friday, February 22, 2019 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas from 8:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.
A graveside service will be held Friday, February 22, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at the Llano City Cemetery with Pastor Johnny Sawyer officiating.
Glen N. Schneider
Glen (Glenny) N. Schneider 77, of Llano, Texas was called home unexpectedly February 12,2019.
There will be a celebration of his life on March 2, 2019 at 4 p.m. at Castell General Store.
Glen was the son of Mary Opal and Oscar F Schneider born October 8,1941 in Llano, Texas. He was a Llano high school graduate, after graduation started working for the Texas Parks and Wildlife. February 4,1964 was called to service in the us army. Upon his release on February 3,1966 he returned to Parks and Wildlife for 30 years.
He had a great love for all things wildlife and ranching, he enjoyed spending time with his many friends and family telling stories and playing guitar. He was an avid horse race fan and once owner.
He is preceded in death by parents Oscar F Schneider, Mary Opal (Smith) Schneider and wife Barbara (Koelzer) Schneider.
He is survived by son, Brian N Schneider and wife Michele, brother L.C. Schneider, granddaughter Jessica Floyd and husband Shyler, grandchildren Maycee Floyd, Easton Floyd, Ava Floyd and Landon Floyd.
In lieu of flowers the family requests you consider a donation to the Texas Parks and Wildlife foundation.
Juanita Wood passed away Saturday, February 9, 2019 in Burnet, Texas at the age of 94. She was born in Ballinger, Texas to Earl Collins and Naomi (Davis). Juanita was a resident of Burnet for 34 years since coming from Rosenberg, Texas. She served during WWII in the Navy as a WAVE. She later was a teacher for 27 years. She was a member of the Kingsland Community Church and was a former member of the Square Dance Club.
Juanita is preceded by her parents, Earl Collins and Naomi (Davis); husband, N. Ray Wood; son, Allan Wood; brothers, Jesse Collins, and Tom Collins; and sister, Margaret Bryant.
She is survived by her daughter, Rama and husband Donald Sands of Rosenberg, Texas; 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project ,PO Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517
Dorman Lee Koerner, Sr.
Dorman Lee Koerner, 68, of Llano, Texas passed away Thursday, February 7, 2019 in Llano, Texas. Visitation will be held Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 9:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas. A graveside service will be held Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at the Llano City Cemetery with Reverend Danny Meegan officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Bobby Boiller, Rod Muncy, Sheldon Wimberley, Billy Christopher, Jr., Darryl Cox, and Chad Lockhart.
Dorman Lee Koerner, Sr. was born March 18, 1950 in Mason, Texas to William Hugo Koerner and Elnora Bertha (Oestreich) Koerner. He married Donna Eyvette Bigger on June 23, 1979 in Llano, Texas.
Dorman enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He had an infectious laugh and touched many lives. He had a passion for cooking out, fishing, hunting and being outdoors.
He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Elnora, as well as his in-laws, Boss and Lenora Levensailor; and brother in-law, Lyle Bigger, Jr.
Dorman is survived by his loving wife, Donna Koerner; daughters, Jimi Anne Woods and her husband Bill, and Jennifer Leigh Koerner; sons, William Lee Koerner and his wife Tammy, and Dorman Lee Koerner and his wife Amber; grand kids, Joshua Lee, Aryol Channesse, Justin Laverne, Aeryn Cheyenne, Megan Marie, Caleb Michael, Kenndyl Rose, Jayce Lynn, Billy Ray Hugo, Abbigail Eyvette. Hayden Lee, Case Joseph, Makayla Rose, and Clayton Tyler; and 6 great grand kids, Wiatt, Connor, Haven, Mason, Avelynn, and Kynlee.
Paul Oran Paxton
Paul Oran Paxton was born on June 7, 1929 in Ohio and left this world to be with the Lord on Jan. 31, 2019.
Paul graduated from Llano High in 1948. He spent two years in the U.S. Army and then attended the University of Texas where he earned a B.S. In Petroleum Engineering. He worked for 11 years in the oil fields of Venezuela with Creole Petroleum, and then returned and continued in the oil business in Corpus Christi and Houston. He moved back to Llano in 1988 where he was very involved in community services.
Paul leaves behind a family he loved so much. His wife, Lillian (Twinkle) Paxton, sons John Randall Paxton and Robert Cullen Paxton, and step son, Jeff Ross.
In lieu of usual remembrances memorials would be greatly appreciated to the St. James Lutheran Church in Llano. Graveside services were held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, Feb. 3 at the Llano Cemetery.
W.L. Harden, Jr.
W.L. Harden, Jr. 90, of Llano, Texas passed away Sunday, January 27, 2019 in Temple, Texas. He was born April 8, 1928 to William Lewis Harden, Sr. (Bill) and Mary Cassa (Hazelett) Harden in Donna, Texas. On February 5, 1960 William married Lois Marie Latch in Odessa, Texas and they were married for 52 wonderful years.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Cassa Harden; and wife, Lois Marie Latch Harden; son, Kevin Harden; sisters, Mildred Pair, June Rausch, and Betty Talley; and brothers, Billy (Bud) Harden, and Beverly Harden.
Survivors include, his sons, Steve Harden of Fredericksburg, Texas, Lewis Harden and wife Jacque, of Odessa, Texas; daughters, Deborah Simmons and husband Roger of Llano, Texas, and Lori Yocham and husband Owen of Midland, Texas and daughter-in-law Leisa Harden of Odessa, Texas; sisters, Joyce Lackey of Llano, Texas, and Bessie Dow of Azle, Texas; 8 grandchildren, Chris Saunders of Katy, Texas, Barrett Walker of Midland, Texas, Will Harden of Orlinda, California, Kara Whitten of Odessa, Texas, Bethany Harden of Odessa, Texas, Chad Harden of Odessa, Texas, Ryan Harden of Odessa, Texas, and Aaron Harden of Odessa, Texas; and 6 great grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes, Inc. with Reverend Glenn Clark officiating.
Corrine Fowler passed away Thursday, January 24, 2019 in Llano, Texas at the age of 92. She was born April 2, 1926 in Llano, Texas to Vernon Wagner and Nettie (Ratliff). Corrine was a lifetime resident of Llano and attended the First Baptist Church.
Corrine is preceded by her parents, Vernon Wagner and Nettie (Ratliff); husband, Tommy Fowler; and brother, Gilbert Wagner.
She is survived by her son, Pete Fowler and wife Elaine of Rotan, Texas; daughters, Charmane Fowler Rogers and husband Mike of Llano, Texas; 4 grandchildren, Tish Hullum, Gray Fowler, Michelle Berlinger, and Christopher Rogers; and 7 great grandchildren.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church in Llano 107 W Luce St, Llano, TX 78643 or Wounded Warriors PO Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675.
Mary Jill (Tucker) King
Jill (as she is known by) was born in Andrews, Texas to Howard and Betty Tucker. Later the family moved to Abilene, Texas where her father began his cleaning business. From an early age, Jill always had a real love for art. She attended schools in the Abilene area and graduated from Cooper High School. She then went on to study art at the Kansas City Art Institute. Jill continued her creative talents the rest of her life on canvases, jewelry making, crocheting, rock hunting as well as a host of many other different ways. She always had some kind of project going right up to the end. She especially enjoyed doing art projects with her grandkids.
One hobby she busied herself with during the last months was crocheting. It diverted her mind from her sickness a bit. She had a goal to make something for everyone she could. The last blanket she was working on was for her son in law Matt. Even though she tried desperately to finish it, it became apparent she wasn’t going to be able to get it done. She held up what she had done and said: “Well Matt is just going to have to wear it as a mini skirt!!!”———-
During Jill’s earlier days living in the Abilene area, she enjoyed visiting many good friends and family. She worked in her father’s cleaning business. She did volunteer work, as well as modeling. Some of her fondest childhood memories were when all the family and cousins would visit their grandparents in Strawn, Texas. She spoke of her “grandmother” working hard to entertain and feed everyone and “grandad” taking all the kids down to the creek.
Jill is survived by her husband Greg. They had just celebrated their 45th anniversary. Survived also is Her son Dana and Dana’s wife Miranda, their children Miley and Jase. Also her Daughter Marci and Marci’s husband Mathew Walker, their daughter Baylee.
Also surviving Jill is her brother, Jack, Jack’s wife Rose, his daughters, Kristen Chozick and Abby Pell. Jack’s sons in-laws Russell-and Andy respectively. Also granddaughters, Ava, Sienna, and Robyn and Reese Respectively.
Also surviving Jill are many beloved cousins, and a huge spiritual family.
Just as Jill had a natural ability with art and longing to learn more about it, she also had a spiritual longing as well. When she began to investigate the Bible more, it was like a light came on as she really began to see more clearly the real truth of the creator and author of the Bible and what he has been conveying to right hearted people. (See John 6:44) She began to understand that the god of the Bible is real. He is a loving god and not one to be feared by rightly disposed people. She found in the Bible that our God has a real name. Psalm 83:18 says that “May people know that you, whose name is JEHOVAH, You alone are the most High over all the earth”.
Anyone who knew Jill, would all agree that she was known for her meek and dossal personality. Yes, her meekness and relationship with her god definitely makes her a perfect candidate for that paradise ahead that our Great God has promised.
Jill has experienced many blessings with her family, children, grandchildren and her many friends. However, she has been promised even greater blessings when she wakes up on the other side. Jehovah will reward her just as he has promised. He will not forget her.
So now, Jill is guaranteed a resurrection right into that promised paradise right here on Earth. In fact the date of her resurrection is now precisely marked on Jehovah’s calendar. The god of the Bible, who cannot lie, has promised this. It will be like she just went to sleep and the next thing she knows she will wake up right there.
We will be happily when our god presents her back to us with no sickness or pain; A REAL HOPE!!!
What will it be like there? Well The first breath she takes will be from the cleanest air possible, resulting from a perfect beautiful environment. When she opens her eyes of perfect vision, the first thing she will see will be her loving family and friends to welcome her back. Her youthful beauty will be hers once again. The aging process will be reversed.
All the pain she experienced fighting cancer will be gone, forever.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to your local Kingdom Hall or the Hill Country Hospice group in Fredericksburg.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at the Hangar Hotel in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Claude E. McGee
Claude E. McGee passed away at home in Llano, Texas on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at the age of 72. He was born October 2, 1946 in Pomona, California to Leonard McGee and Josephine (Lindtner). Claude served in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969 with the U.S. Army, and married his wife Jan, April 23, 1971 in Eldorado County, Nevada. He worked for Verizon for 32 years and retired to Llano in 2007. Claude was a collector and a junker.
Claude is preceded in death by both of his parents.
He is survived by his wife Jan of Llano; sons, John of Llano, and Douglas and wife Mary of Concord, California; brother, Dale and wife Vicki of Montana; grandchildren, Justin and Allyson of Southern California, Garrett, Maxwell and Ryker McGee. And good friends Mrs. Grace Rankin, John and Robbie Obar.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Llano County Library 102 E. Haynie St. Llano, Texas 78643 or the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301 Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.
No services are planned at this time.
Paul Richard Schuessler
** Due to the possible bad weather threat, there will not be a graveside service as scheduled. The service will now be held at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 10:30 A.M. **
Paul Richard Schuessler passed away Sunday, January 20, 2019 in Temple, Texas at the age of 70. He was born June 15, 1948 in Seattle, Washington to Jane Schuessler Flint and George Schuessler.
After moving from Washington as an infant, Paul spent his childhood in Llano, Texas. He graduated from Llano High School in 1966 and married his best friend and love of his life, IdaNell Hasse on December 30, 1970. They remained inseparable until his passing and were together for over 48 years. He attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos graduating with a degree in AgriBusiness Management. While at Southwest Texas, He was the president of Delta Tau Alpha, the agriculture honors fraternity and was named Outstanding Senior from the Agriculture Department. Upon graduation, he and IdaNell moved back to Llano where he managed the family business, Hasse’s, until his retirement in 2013
He was very involved in the community during his life serving as president of the Chamber of Commerce, President of the Lion’s Club, Secretary of the Hill Country Livestock Association, and was on the Board of Directors of the Llano Junior Livestock Show Association and Llano Youth Baseball Association, and was currently the president of the Valley Spring Community Center Board.
Paul enjoyed working on the ranch, watching Westerns, loving his dogs, and spending time with his family.
Paul was preceded in death by his mother and father; and brother, Stanley Schuessler.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, IdaNell Schuessler of Valley Spring, Texas; his son, Eric and wife Elaine Schuessler of Llano, Texas; daughter, Megan Schuessler Young, husband Jason Young and grandson Omoghan Young of Lubbock, Texas; and brother Joe Schuessler and his wife Kathy of Lubbock, Texas.
Visitation will be Friday, January 25, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas. A graveside service will be held at the Llano City Cemetery Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 10:00 A.M.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be sent to the Hill Country Livestock Raisers Association P.O. Box 292, Llano, Texas 78643 or the Valley Spring Volunteer Fire Department P.O. Box 5663, Valley Spring, Texas 76885.
Wanda June Hitt
Wanda June Hitt was born June 16, 1937 and passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2019.
She was born to Hubert and Alma McCain in English, Texas She was raised in Avery, Texas by her mother and step father Otto And Alma Dourough. She married John Joy in 1958 in New Mexico, and they had their daughter Stephanie in 1959. She married Joe Jordan in August 1960 and they had son Bryan. She has lived in tow for 45 years. She married Elmer (Sonny) Hitt in June of 1998.
Wanda loved cooking, doing her crossword puzzles, and keeping her plants beautiful. She is preceeded in death by her husband Elmer (Sonny) Hitt; her parents; brothers, Wesley, and Bernard McCain; sisters, Ruth, Audrey, Mildred and half sister Hazel.
She is survived by her oldest sister Mary; daughter, Stephanie Hallmark and partner Frank Wooten of Lone Grove; son, Bryan Jordan and wife Deanna of Tow; grandchildren, Breane Dimas of Lampasas, Whitney and Trevor Murr of La Vernia, Chase and Amy Jordan of Lampasas, Travis Jordan and girlfriend Kayla of Lampasas, Baylor and Ashten Jordan of Llano, Stephen and Tiffany Hallmark of Tow, Ashley and JJ Inge of Lone Grove, and Grant Harden and girlfriend Jamiee Fry of Llano. She had 17 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at the First Baptist Church of Tow.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Altus Hospice 100 N. College St. Round Rock, TX 78664.
Shirely Jean Barber Gray
Shirley Jean Barber Gray, 83, passed away January 13, 2019 in Georgetown, TX. Shirley was born to Harold and Voncile Barber on December 6, 1935 in Lone Grove, Texas. Shirley fell in love and married her soulmate, Kenneth Don Gray, in Cherokee TX on May 24, 1952. She was a loving and doting wife and mother and, even though her husband’s career took to her many new places, she always managed to create a loving home filled with laughter for her children and husband. Shirley also excelled in creating art with her hands. She was well-known for painting pictures, crafting angels, and personalizing gifts for her family and friends. She even went on to open her own art studio, along with her daughter Sherry, where she could hone her skills and give a smile to anyone that happened to benefit from the beauty of her work. She continued to display her art through her rose garden at the lake house. She lovingly cultivated beautiful plants for all to enjoy as they stopped by for a visit. There was never a stranger to her and all were welcomed to her home with an old-fashioned hug and kiss. Shirley carried a deep love of all genres of music and could be seen regularly around local venues to listen to her children play music. It was always her pleasure to brag that those were her children up on the stage. Shirley was lovingly known as Nana to her grandchildren and oh how she loved them. She loved to spend time with them swimming at the lake during summer holidays, hosting a summer vacation bible school, or having them all spend the night at “Nana’s Lake House.” She was active in First Baptist Church Kingsland where she participated in the Joy of Living Bible Study with a group of women she came to love as her own sisters. Shirley was preceded in death by her father and mother, husband, Kenneth Don Gray, daughter, Sherry Fikes, and sister Helen Perkins. She is survived by her son Boyd Gray and wife Caressa of Round Mountain, son Shane Gray and wife Lori of Llano, daughter Vickie Wooten of Llano, son-in-law Elliott Fikes of Kingsland, brother Bubba Barber of Buchanan Dam, and brother Kenny Barber and wife Marty of Chugiak, Alaska. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made payable to Victoria Wooten and mailed to 1401 Exall Street, Llano, TX 78643. Donations will be used to enhance the staff members of Tiffin House who took such good care of her the final phase of her life. Services will be held Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 10:00 am at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral home in Llano with visitation Friday at 6:00 pm.
Karen Sue Phillips
Karen Sue Phillips passed away Wednesday, January 9, 2019 in Llano, Texas at the age of 66.
No services are planned at this time.
Steven Scott Rose
Steven Scott Rose, 62, born October 29, 1956 to James Edward Rose and Alexandria Louise Rose in Dallas, TX was suddenly called to meet his maker on January 4, 2019 at his home in Kingsland, TX. Graveside services for family and friends will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, January 12th at Bluffton Stone Cemetery where he will be laid to rest next to his beloved wife, Ruby Ann Richardson Rose. Bluffton Cemetery is located 10 miles outside of Llano, heading north-east on TX-29 E. turn left on Ranch Road 2241, and continue straight for 8.4 miles, then turn left into Bluffton Cemetery.
Steve is survived by his brother, Chris Rose and wife, Sandra of Odessa, TX, his sister, Cynthia Shapley and husband, Kim of Waco, TX, as well as his sister, Karen Weeks and husband Greg, of Midland, TX. Steve is also survived by his mother, Alexandria Louise Rose of Midland, TX.
In addition, Steve was a treasure to his nieces and nephews— Kimberly and Rowdy of Lampasas, TX, Jennifer and Matt Hantelmann of Round Rock, TX, Branden and Sherry Weeks of Midland, TX, Heather and Matt Hajek of Waco, TX, and Logan Rose of Odessa, TX. In addition, he had ten great nieces and nephews.
Steve’s extended family includes aunts and uncles, Jeannie and Chuck Renne of Denver, CO, Mary Tamm of Princeton, NJ, Don and Carole Haroz of Keswick, VA, Tom and Judy Haroz of Albuquerque, NM, Mike and Betsy Haroz of Cambridge, MA and Ann and Larry Krumm of Tyler, TX, and cousins too numerous to mention.
Steve spent his early years in Midland, TX and after graduating high school, he moved to Austin, TX where he and Ruby started Quality Custom Decks, LLC. His construction talent is well known and sought after in Austin as well as surrounding areas. Those who worked for Steve and helped to make his company the success that it is, include Gene Keely and Luis Garduno and their many team members.
Although Steve and Ruby did not have children, their family consisted of their precious dogs, Angel and Jack.
Steve’s love of adventure was evident by his love of boats, motorcycles and fishing. Steve was also a master gardener with beautiful plants in his yard.
Steve played baseball as he was growing up and was good enough that his coach at one point called him to return from vacation so he could save the team. Not sure how the score turned out.
Steve was also a very caring person and would help anyone that he could. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed by family and friends.
May his Heavenly Father welcome Steve with open arms.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hill Country Humane Society 9150 RR 1431 W. Buchanan, Texas 78609, Grace United Methodist Church 4007 Co Rd 416, Granite Shoals, TX 78654, or charity of choice.
Ruby Mae Stewart
Ruby was born on October 20, 1933 to Elmer and Nan (Johnson)Waldrop. She was lovingly raised by her adoptive parents James & Minnie Blackstock. On February 8, 1950, Ruby was married to Douglas Stewart Jr, and together they raised five children. They shared a love of gardening and fishing. She departed this life on January 2, 2019 surrounded by her loved ones.
Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Stewart Jr., her parents, and her sister, Jessie Bujnoch.
Three brothers: Elmer Waldrop, John D. Elliott, & E.W. Graves
Two sisters: June Ellenburg, & Janie K Richardson.
As well as five children & their families: Jack & Deborah Stewart of Kingsville, TX, Gary Stewart & Tammy Martin of Muldrow, OK, Diana & Gary Curry of Fort Smith, ARK, Sam & Diana Stewart of Llano, TX, and Crystal McCall of Llano, TX.
Ruby had 15 Grandchildren, a bushel of Great Grandchildren, and a bounty of nieces and nephews.
Ruby will be remembered for her sweet and gentle nature. She touched many lives and will be greatly missed.
Visitation will be held Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas.
A funeral service will be held Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas with Reverend Dale Brown officiating. Burial to follow at Board Branch Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Family has requested memorial donations be made to the Llano Food Pantry 325-247-2466. Funeral service conducted by Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano, TX.
Warren Jay Beaubien
Jay was born on December 5, 1969 to Mark and Jean Earle Beaubien (Owens) in San Saba, Texas. He grew up in Llano where he resided for most of his 49 years.
He is survived by 2 children, Bradly Beaubien of Dallas, Texas, and Ashley Beaubien (Brady) and husband Dustin of New Carlisle, Indian; 1 granddaughter, Logan Brady of New Carlisle, Indiana; 3 siblings, Julie Crouch and husband Frankee of Gilmer, Texas, Rhonda Herridge and husband Roger of Llano, Texas, and Susan Beaubien of Castell, Texas. Jay is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family members and friends.
There will be a private ceremony for immediate family at a later date.
Luther (Luke) B. Rogers
Luke Rogers was born in Houston TX on January 31, 1933 and passed from this life in Llano TX on December 14, 2018. He passed at his home peacefully, surrounded by family members that included his wife of 61 years, Tokuyo (Teddy) Morita Rogers.
He is survived by his sons Flem Edward Rogers and William Roy Rogers, daughter in law Sheryl Carughi Rogers, grandchildren Luther John Rogers and Anna Catherine Rogers, and sisters Edna Rogers Eaton and Susan Rogers Anderson and their families.
He served our Country for a total of 30 years as an active and reserve Soldier. His service included posts in the United States and Europe, with combat tours in Korea and Vietnam. In later life he would join many Veterans organizations and participate in Regional and National reunions as a Board Member. He was a Soldier.
As a young man he entered Scouting and this experience left him with a lifelong passion for the program. As an adult he held almost every volunteer position available and eventually become a Professional Scouter. He served in this capacity for 24 years and enjoyed his time in the Hill Country more than anywhere else. He was awarded a 75 year service pin and is an Eagle Scout.
After retirement he continued volunteer work in Scouting and civic organizations. In the midst of these contributions, he became a Bailiff for the Llano court system. He believed in giving back as much as he could to perhaps change the life of one person or make this a better Country. Llano was his home.
Son, brother, husband, father, uncle, grandfather, we will all miss you. Thank you for the thousands of lives you touched.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you contribute to his favorite causes, Llano Lions Club Luke Rogers Scholarship fund or Boy Scouts of America, Capital Area Council, Hill Country District. This will continue his work.
A memorial service will be held in the Llano Methodist Church on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 2:00 P.M.
John Wilson Collins, Jr.
John Wilson Collins, Jr. passed away Sunday, December 16, 2018 in Llano, Texas at the age of 78. He was born June 4, 1940 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to John Wilson Collins, Sr. and Marjorie (Bottomley). John was a resident of Llano County and attended St. John’s Lutheran Church in Castell; he was a master gardener and one of his hobbies was collecting old cars.
John is preceded by his parents, John Wilson Collins, Sr. and Marjorie (Bottomley); and sister, Pat Mahoney.
He is survived by his partner, Emily Honig; daughter, Anna Marie Workman; sister, Katheleen DiMento; and granddaughter, Megan Hegarty.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 18, 2018 from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes, Inc. in Llano, Texas.
A graveside service will be held Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at the Honig Family Cemetery at 10:00 A.M. with Craig Barrack officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.
Bob Kollman passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2018 in Llano, Texas at the age of 93. He was born March 8, 1925 in Hondo, Texas to Robert Leo Kollman, Sr. Bob was a resident of Llano for 29 years since coming from Victoria, Texas.
Bob served in the US Air Force for 20 years. He was a pilot and flew in the Korean conflict and the Vietnam War. His Air Force uniform and medals are on display at the Llano County Museum.
He was a member of the Lutie Watkins United Methodist Church here in Llano. He also belonged to the Lion’s Club and local American Legion.
Bob is preceded by his parents, Willa and Bob Kollman; wife, Vivian Kollman; and 2 grandsons, Andrew Stokely, and Bruce Stokely.
He is survived by his son, Robert Kollman of Frisco, Texas; daughter, Sheryl Stokely and husband Anthony of San Antonio, Texas; sister, Pat Moore of Colorado Springs, Colorado; grandchildren, Steven Stokely, Robert Kollman, Jullie Lawrence and Susan Stokely.
Visitation will be held Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas with Pastor Leslie Tomlinson officiating. Interment will follow at Llano City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project 12672 Silicon Dr Suite 105, San Antonio, TX 78249.
Myrtle Olthea Shurbet
Myrtle Olthea Shurbet passed away Thursday, December 6, 2018 in Killeen, Texas at the age of 89. She was born October 20, 1929 in Piney Woods, Texas to Arthur Guy Sanders and Atlas Jewel (Thompson). Myrtle has been a resident of Llano for 14 years since coming from Maud, Texas.
Myrtle is preceded by her husband, Charles Shurbet; sons, Charles Dean Shurbet, and Stephen Shurbet; great granddaughter, Stephanie Nicole Ceynowa; and brother, Carl Sanders.
She is survived by her son, Rickey Carl Shurbet and wife Beverly of Texarkana, Texas; daughter, Susan Ann Ceynowa and husband Mike Ceynowa; brothers, James Sanders and wife Jean of Maud, Texas, and Tappy Sanders and wife Glenda of Longview, Texas; sisters, Bonnie Jean Schales, Gracie Nell Smith and husband Boyd Sr. of Hooks, Texas and Margie Dee Silva and husband Tony of Riverside, Rhode Island; 9 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren plus one on her way, and 2 great great grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Last Thursday, December 6th, 2018 you peacefully and gracefully went to sleep, surrounded by loved ones. You had battled CREST Syndrome for over 20 years. You were a Petite Powerhouse of a woman with an impeccable sense of style. You have many dear friends who will miss you. Rhonda stayed in the hospital with you night and day, attending to any needs you had, and keeping the communication open between the doctors and your family. She is a jewel of a friend to you and the rest of our family. You drew people in like Rhonda, who loved you and learned from you. Her friendship with you goes back over 60 years ago. You met when she was a young bride.
Yesterday, the family had a lovely meal together; we all sat around the fire up at the Lodge and reminisced about you and our family. You were the firstborn of Atlas and Guy Sanders. You were born and raised in Greenhill Community, in the Piney Woods of East Texas. Your siblings, Carl, James, Bonnie Jean, Gracie, Tappy, and Margie would follow. You got up early in the morning to do chores milking cows, feeding chickens, and chopping cotton and helping out with your younger siblings. You had a burning desire for studying and learning which brought you happiness.
You met dad while working at an ice cream shop. After dating for a while Dad asked your father for permission to marry you. Guy said No! He knew how much you loved school, and wanted you to continue on to College. You were 16 and Dad 17 when you eloped in Texarkana. You both took your commitment seriously. Three years later Dean was born followed by Steve, Rickey and I. You were a loving, happy Mom but no pushover. Dad was definitely the head of the family, but you were the CEO who made it all work. You instilled in our obedience, honesty, responsibility, and respect.
Meanwhile, your love of learning continued you and your mom; Atlas started earnestly studying the bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses. Dad opposed you in this for a while. However, that didn’t stop you from studying and attending meetings. In time, you dedicated your life to Jehovah God. You shared your beliefs with friends, family and in the door to door ministry. You faithfully served for over 40 years as a regular pioneer. Helping other people learn about Jehovah and the Bible gave you much joy.
After Dad passed away in December 2004, you decided to remain in Llano. Buying yourself a small log cabin where you lived next to Mike and I. You valued your independence, staying busy with dear friends. Once you told me that you decided to be happy no matter where you lived. Or what you were doing.
You were employed by Mr. & Mrs. Lupton, as a Pastry chef, at their Buck Spring Ranch. You loved making pies, cobblers, cakes, and oh those yeast rolls were unforgettable. I will always treasure those memories we made cooking together at the ranch. Your love for Dean, Steve, Rickey and I was apparent, but oh those Grandchildren, Hank, Buffy, Bonnie, Katy, Renee, Leslie, James, Tammy and Jerrod, who you helped raise and play with filled your heart and they all knew you loved them, but you and Dad also taught them about gardening, raising chickens, and helping out the family. Hudson loved going over to your house and having early breakfast with you. You shared so many memories with the great grandkids. He told me “since you were gone; he will be making the biscuits.” Your family and all who knew you loved you dearly and respected you the woman you were. You will be missed.
Clovis Pleasant "Mitch" Mitchell, III
Clovis Pleasant “Mitch” Mitchell, III passed away Wednesday, December 5, 2018 in Llano, Texas at the age of 34. He was born November 5, 1984 in Dallas, Texas to Clovis Pleasant Mitchell, Jr. and Helen Sue (Dayton). Mitch has been a resident of Llano for 21 years since moving from Waxahachie, Texas. He was a 2007 graduate of Llano High School and attended the Church of Christ. Within months of Mitch’s birth it became evident that he would live with disabilities all his life. He endured multiple major surgeries and although he could never speak, he learned from an early age how to charm people with his sweet smile, blue eyes, and happy personality. He modeled through the Kim Dawson agency in Dallas and appeared in local and national ads for JC Penney, The Army – Air Force Exchange, and other companies. Mitch had a very special connection with his dad and had his mom wrapped around his little finger.
Mitch is survived by his parents, Pleasant Mitchell and Helen Mitchell of Llano, Texas; sister, Megan Mitchell of Llano, Texas; aunts, Dr. Lake Davis and husband Laddie of Gun Barrel City, Texas and Karen Lang and husband Gary of Midland, Texas, and several cousins.
Mitch had several people in his life who helped him lead a longer, fuller life including Dr. David Hoerster and his long-time friend and helper Diane Rogers.
A visitation will be held Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas.
Funeral services will be held Monday, December 10, 2018 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas at 10:00 A.M. with Mr. Glenn Newberry and Dr. David Hoerster officiating. Interment to follow at Llano City Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Troy Howard, R.J. Brinlee, Curtis Rogers, Dennis Raesener, Reggie Osbourn, and William Peschel. Honorary pallbearers will be Olvis and Verna Osbourn, Thomas Murray, Nancy Vallejo, Connie Milliorn and Warren and Linda Groff.
Memorials may be made to Fosters Home for Children P.O. Box 978, Stephenville, Texas 76401.
Gene Forrest Smith
Gene Forrest Smith passed away Friday, November 30, 2018 in Austin, Texas at the age of 53.
A visitation will be held Tuesday, December 4, 2018 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Kingsland, Texas.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Kingsland, Texas at 10:00 A.M. with Pastor Jim Coursey
And Reverend Jim Patterson officiating. Interment to follow at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park.
Ruth Inez Harlan
Ruth Inez Harlan passed away Monday, November 19, 2018 in Llano, Texas at the age of 96. She was born October 28, 1922 in Houston, Texas to Benjamin Huwieler and Ruth (Harral).
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Eddie Hoffmann passed away Sunday, November 18, 2018 at the age of 58. He was born August 20, 1960 to Nell (Myers) and James Hoffmann in Waco, Texas.
It is impossible to put into words who Eddie Hoffmann was and what impact he had on those whose lives he touched. His life was full of color and adventure, but, that is what most saw from the outside. In fact, there was no end to the depth of his soul. His smile touched all that saw it and laughter was contagious to all that heard it.
Eddie is survived by his sons, Jason and Justin Hoffmann; Sisters Paula Mitchell and husband Roger and Jamie Hawthorne and husband David; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, a multitude of friends….. and Spot!
He was preceded in death by his parents Nell and James Hoffmann.
Visitation will be held 5:00 P.M. ~ 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Chapel with James Sanderson and Justin Davis officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be James Sanderson, Ken Rostran, Mike Center, Jerrod Virdell, Kelly Murphy, Greg Owens, and David Bias. Burial to follow at Llano City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Journey Fellowship, 102 Market St. Llano, Texas 78643.
Andrew Jackson "Jack" Berryhill, Jr.
Andrew Jackson “Jack” Berryhill Jr. departed this life on 10 November 2018 at the age of 80. He was surrounded by his beloved family and dog Little Man.
Jack was born May 21, 1938 to Mary (Tutor) and Andrew Jackson Berryhill Sr. in Tupelo, Mississippi. He married the love of his life JoAnn Buchanan September 8, 1961.
\Jack worked for Llano Independent School District for numerous years and retired from the City of Llano. He enjoyed driving trucks working as a mechanic, camping, fishing and hunting.
Jack is survived by his wife of 57 years JoAnn (Buchanan) Berryhill of Llano, Daughters; Diane Galindo and husband Bobby, Christie Schutte and husband Derek, Linda Graleski and husband Ronald, Misty Bell and husband Billy, Jean Gonzales, Sons; Mike Berryhill, Earl Buchanan Jr.
Grandchildren; Dusty Berryhill, Blake Berryhill, Jayda Berryhill, Brittany Schutte and Carl Schutte, Sisters; Rena Myers and husband Bert, Ruby Moore, Linda Spencer, Debbie Carnes and husband Barney and Pamela Becker and husband Shawn,
Brother; Jackie Berryhill and wife Carmen, numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents Mary and Jack Berryhill Sr, Sister Net Marshall , Brothers; Dean Berryhill, Roy Berryhill, and Brother in law; Daryl Moore.
His family will forever be blessed for the love and support he gave them. Their memories are plenty and will carry them until the end of time.
There will be a visitation for Jack Monday, November 12,2018 from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. at the Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be held 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Chapel with Reverend Stacey Nobles officiating. Serving as active pallbearers will be D.C. Meier, David Perry, John Bruce, Jack Stewart, Jack Bingham, and Billy Bell.
Honorary pallbearers are Clyde Dowdle, Mike Steelman, Roy Hoffman, David Meier, Randy Kuykendall, Jimmy Decker, Greg Confer, and Charlie Bauman. Burial will follow at Llano City Cemetery.
The family would like to send a special thank you to Dr. David and New Century Hospice. In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the New Century Hospice 1800 Mormon Mill Rd A4 Marble Falls, Texas 78654 in the name of Jack Berryhill.
Larry D. Welch
Larry Dean Welch passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2018 in Llano, Texas at the age of 62. He was born August 4, 1956 in Mason, Texas to Freddie Welch and Lola Barr (Metzger). Larry worked in dispatched and loved to play horseshoes.
Larry is preceded by his father, Freddie Welch.
He is survived by his 4 daughters, Stephanie Welch, Stacy Welch, Danielle Welch and Nancy Welch; brother, Alan Welch; niece, Tina Sprankle; and 8 grandchildren.
No services are planned at this time.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.
Katheryn L. Raines
Katheryn L. Raines passed away Monday, November 5, 2018 in Austin, Texas at the age of 81.
A graveside service will be held Friday, November 9, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at the Llano City Cemetery with Pastor Sam Glass officiating.
Full obituary will be added at a later date.
James Truett Fietz
James Truett Fietz passed away Tuesday, October 30, 2018 in Austin, Texas at the age of 63. He was born September 20, 1955 in Levelland, Texas to Myron Britt Fietz and Reita Inez (Parker). Truett was a resident of Kingsland, Texas for 11 years since coming from Wimberley, Texas.
Truett is preceded by his mother, Reita Inez Fietz; and brother, Shawn Britt Fietz.
He is survived by his father, Myron Britt Fietz; wife, Jill Ferguson Fietz; sons, Shaun Fietz and wife Pamela of Austin, and Shelby Fietz and wife Jordan of Midland;
His three grandchildren: Tristan James Fietz, Brooklyn Elizabeth Jo Fietz and Brinkley Jordan Fietz. His brother, Scott Fietz of Kingsland; sisters, Debbie Bailey and husband Keary of Austin, and Rhonda Sledge and husband John Dee of Pagosa Springs and various loving nieces and nephews.
Truett graduated from Coronado High school in Lubbock, TX in 1974. On August 14th 1976, he married his high school sweetheart Jill Ferguson in Lubbock, TX. During his working life, Truett served families and their loved ones via the pre-need industry. He enjoyed working with various managers, sales agents and funeral home directors. Unity Financial was his final work family and he truly loved his work.
Truett was an athlete, and great outdoorsman. He was admired role model and coach. He was an avid skier, team roper and horseback-riding cowboy. He enjoyed nature and his daily cup of coffee while admiring the glass like reflections of Packsaddle Mountain on Lake LBJ.
His love of nature called him to fun filled hunting trips with his sons, and grandson, along with the best of friends. He loved spending time at the Lake with his wife and his grandchildren.
A visitation for Truett will be held Friday, November 2, 2018 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church in Kingsland, Texas.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at the First Baptist Church in Kingsland, Texas with Pastor Billy Cano officiating the welcome and prayer and Phil Stroud officiating the eulogy. Interment to follow at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Lone Star Paralysis Foundation, PO Box 41507, Austin, TX 78704.
Ethel Lockhart Bowen
Funeral services will be held Friday, November 2, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, TX for Ethel Bowen, 76, who died peacefully on Sunday, October 28, 2018. Burial service will take place at Bluffton Cemetery immediately following the funeral.
Ethel Lockhart Bowen lives most of her life in Llano, TX. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She will be loved and missed by many. Nothing made her happier than being outdoors, fishing and spending time with her family.
Ethel was the daughter of the late John Lockhart and Izella Richardson. She is the last survivor of the 11 siblings.
Ethel is survived by her devoted husband of 59 years, Farlyn “Pop” Bowen Sr. of Llano, 3 sons and their wives; Farlyn and Annette Bowen of San Antonio, Monroe and Joyce Bowen of Llano, and David Bowen of Llano, 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be observed from 5-7 P.M. on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano. Pallbearers will be Trey Bowen, Devon Charman, Cameron Charman, Christopher Bowen, Josh McMullen, Mark Zuniga, and Travis Wiley. Honorary Pallbearers will be Scott Putman, Ethan Anderson, Shawn Bowen, and Johnathon Leach.
In lieu of flowers, family requests donations in honor of Hospice for their genuine and loving care for Ethel. Please make checks payable to: Grace Foundation, mail to: New Century Hospice, 1800 Mormon Mill Rd. Ste A-4, Marble Falls, TX 78654.
James "Blake" Finberg
James “Blake” Finberg was a special gift that was born on Easter Sunday on April 7, 1996 to an elated Steve and Kristie Finberg. Blake was the big brother of Wade Finberg. The grandson of Joan and Lony Reed and Jean and Barry Finberg. The nephew of Ron Finberg, Cheryl and Richard Kepp, Kerri and Chuck Coughlin. The cousin of Mason and Max Kepp, Trey Coughlin, Deryk Robinson, and Brea Gonzales. Blake was also loved greatly by his great aunts and uncles: Jimmy and Sandra Eden, Leland and Teresa Kassell, June Kassell, Scotty Holman, and June Myers. He also had numerous second and third cousins that played an active role throughout his life.
Blake is preceded in death by his grandfather (Pop), Jim Myers, and great uncle, Kenneth Myers.
Blake had an enormous love of family, a heart to serve the Lord and others, an infectious laugh, a fondness for sports, animals, and for all food. He had the amazing ability to lift others up and make them feel appreciated and loved. He greatly enjoyed being a part of Journey Fellowship Church and fellowshipping with their men’s group.
The following was written by his Great Aunt June Kassell upon hearing of his passing:
“My heart is broken and bleeding.... I’ve re-examined the passage Job 1:21 “the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away” in a totally different light this day. HE gave us SO much in the gift that is Blake - the twinkle in his blue eyes, his mischievousness, his wit, his love of Funky Chunky ice cream and multiple changes of clothes/costumes when he was a kid, his gentle heart and his desire to serve.
HE also has taken away Blake’s burden and lifted him to that sweet peace that we all prayed Blake would find. I pray that we will all find rest tonight knowing he is in the arms of our Heavenly Father.”
A Celebration of Blake’s Life will be held at Journey Fellowship Church, 502 Bessemer Avenue, Llano, TX 78643 this Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 2:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to “Journey Fellowship Church” Llano, TX (www.llanojourneyfellowship.com).
Lorenzo Arroyo, Sr.
Lorenzo Arroyo, Sr. passed away Saturday, October 20, 2018 in Lampasas, Texas at the age of 66. He was born on October 8, 1952 to Gerardo Arroyo and Eliboria Reynoso. His friends and family will remember him as an honest, hard-working Christian man who enjoyed ranching, spending time with family, and playing music. He taught his children faith, humility, honesty, and a strong work ethic.
Lorenzo is preceded by his parents and his brothers, Dolores Arroyo and Jorge Arroyo.
He is survived by his wife, Joel Jaimes; son, Lorenzo Arroyo, Jr. and wife Beatriz Adriana; daughters, Elida Arroyo, Evera Montoya and husband Ismael, and Eleborea Rios and husband Saul David; and grandchildren, Maria Sairgela Leyva, Edgar Antonio Montoya, Caritina Vargas, Vianca Rios, Maria Almayenny Vargas, Ellie Rios, and Adiel Santiago.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
A rosary will be held Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano at 6:30 P.M.
Funeral Mass will be held Friday, October 26, 2018 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church at 10:00 A.M. with Father Melvin Dornak officiating. Burial to follow at Llano City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Llano, Texas.
Katherine Arlene Harris
Katherine Arlene Harris passed away Friday, October 19, 2018 in Kingsland, Texas at the age of 83. She was born March 23, 1935 in Flint, Michigan to Virl Yount and Hazel (Shiverdecker) Yount. Katherine was a resident of Kingsland for 15 years and a VFW lifetime member.
She is preceded by her parents, her husband, 4 brothers, 4 sisters, 1 grandchild, and 1 great grandchild.
Katherine is survived by her sons, Victor Harris and wife Vanessa, Vernon Harris and wife Joy; daughters, Vanessa Simpson and husband Devin, Valerie Waldon, and Vivian Votava and husband Dan; sisters, Susan, Judy, and Bobby; 14 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. at Llano City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to any Hospice of choice.
Herman Raesener, Jr.
Herman Raesener, Jr age 93 of Llano, Texas passed away Thursday October 19, 2018. He was born January 1, 1925 in Rosebud, Texas.
He is preceded in death by his parents Herman A., Sr and Nelle Raesener, wife Faye Templeton Raesener, and daughter Janeane Kay Ashley.
He is survived by his wife Judy S. Raesener, step daughter Linda Potts and husband Richard and their daughter Christine James, husband Sam and their daughter Savannah, step son Mike Mitchell and wife, Mary their son Andrew and wife Delaine and their daughters Madeline and Maya a daughter Emily Bailey and husband Aaron and their son Charlie, Step son Charles Mitchell and wife, Sandra their daughter Angelia and her son James and a daughter Lily and a son Charles Jr. Son Dennis Raesener and wife Toni, granddaughter Chera Cox, and husband Ricky and their children Kalyn, Sheldon, and Ryder, granddaughter Carie Chance and her husband, Caleb and their children Colten, Cambry, and Carrys Faye, granddaughter Amanda Murray and grandson Dan Cone, great grandchildren Ashley Smart and Cheyenne Murray and great-great grandchildren Ezmarie Soliz and Lindzey Smart.
Herman served in WWII as an Army Staff Sargent. He was in the Philippines and Germany during his service years. After discharge from the Army, Herman came back to Llano where he lived the remainder of his life. He worked in Raesener Granite Works for a few years before becoming the hospital administrator at Llano County Memorial Hospital for 18 years. After leaving the administrator’s job, he ran for public office and was elected as County/District Clerk where he served for numerous years. All during his work life, Herman operated a cow/calf operation on family land near Lone Grove, Texas.
Herman was a life-long member of the Methodist Church. He was active in the Lutie Watkins Memorial Methodist Church as a Lay Leader, church choir member for 65 years, and teacher in the Pep Class. He loved to sing and with 3 other relatives sang both religious and barbershop music. One of the things he enjoyed the most was to host the annual Methodist Church fish fry at the ranch. This event has been going on for 40 plus years.
Herman loved his family and
his life demonstrated the care and compassion for those around him. He will be greatly missed; however,
his legacy continues through those he has mentored throughout his life.
Visitation will be Sunday October 21st from 6-8 PM in the chapel of Waldrop-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 1:00 PM Monday October 22nd at the Lutie Watkins Memorial Methodist Church in Llano, Texas with burial following in the Llano City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cherokee Home for Children, the Janeane Raesener Ashley Memorial Scholarship Fund at Llano National Bank, or Cal Farley’s Home in Amarillo, Texas.
Thomas V. Bohannon
**DUE TO THE RECENT RAINS TODAY, THE GRAVESIDE SERVICE SCHEDULED FOR 10:30AM TOMORROW AT OXFORD CEMETERY HAS BEEN CHANGED TO 11:00AM TOMORROW MORNING AT OUR CHAPEL IN LLANO, 307 EAST SANDSTONE ST., LLANO.**
Thomas V. Bohannon “ Bo” passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Bo was born on July 4, 1921 to John E. Bohannon and mother Mary Jane “Momma Bo” of Llano Texas. He is predeceased by his wife Laura F. Bohannon, fondly known as Poppy, and his son Tom R Bohannon and his wife Sylvia. Bo is survived by his son Barry D. Bohannon and wife Mary Kay, his grandchildren; Chris and wife Carolina, Will and wife Casey, Kristine and husband Cody, Nelson and wife Kaylin, Keegan Bohannon, and his great grandchildren: Max, Kaylin, Kaylee, Emma, and Keena.
Bo was well recognized in the San Antonio area for his work in the cement industry. He was a leader in Boy Scouts and an avid hunter. Bo was also known for his gardening and his tomatoes were always a favorite of the family. He spent much of his retirement helping raise his grandchildren and shared his love of hunting, camping, guns, and traveling. Bo was a great story teller, loved reading and watching football.
There will be a graveside service held on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 10:30 am at the Oxford Cemetery in Llano, TX on N. Highway 16 with Pastor Leslie Tomlinson officiating.
Edward and Carol Sheppard
Edward Ray Sheppard was born November 13, 1936 to Roy E. Sheppard and Bertha Schrader. He grew up in and around Llano, Texas. He had such a fondness for the land and the animals of the Texas Hill Country. Edward worked as a plumber but his employment did not define him, it was only a means to an end. Shep had a unique way of looking at things, and was a deep thinker. He enjoyed the process of planning a project more than actually finishing it. Edward had a love for genealogy, fishing, sports and telling corny jokes.
Carol Jan Munsell was born January 15, 1945 to Lorenzo Dow Munsell, and Mary Elizabeth Starr in Santa Paula, California. She had such fond childhood memories of the orange blossom scented air near their home. The family moved to Mason, Texas as the drought was breaking in the 1950’s. She grew up in Mason, but moved to Llano when she married Edward on August 10, 1963. Edward and Carol have been married for 55 years. They had three kids, Delana, Jamie, and Tom. She loved to sew and made many of the kids’ clothes on a Singer sewing machine she got as a teenager. The machine still works, and she was sewing on it just last week!
Shep and Nonnie loved their grandkids. Nonnie always put in a lot of effort making Sunday dinner. After it was over Shep would quiz the kids on Bible trivia. Also, he always had a funny story or joke to tell, and Nonnie would roll her eyes. They didn’t have a lot but they enjoyed sharing and being hospitable. Shep and Nonnie had a strong hope. They didn’t blame Jehovah God for the bad things that happened, but held fast to the promises of a restored earth.
Edward and Carol are both preceded by their parents, Roy Ernest (Bill) Sheppard and Bertha Shrader, and Lorenzo Dow Munsell and Mary Elizabeth Starr; and Edward’s sisters, Irene Kowert and husband, O.J. Kowert, Elaine Sheppard, and Sue Barkhouse.
They are survived by Edward’s brother, Dean Sheppard and wife Lesa; Carol’s brother, Monte Munsell and wife Iris, and sister, Beverly Woods and husband Allen; Edward and Carol’s children, Delana Stanton and husband Rob, Jaime Sheppard, and Tom Sheppard and wife Judith; their 4 grandchildren, Olivia Hutto, Jackson Hutto and wife Jessie, Isaac Hutto and River Sheppard.
A memorial service will be held for both Edward and Carol, Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas at 2:00 P.M. with Mr. Lance Casper officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Jehovah’s Witnesses at https://apps.jw.org/E_DONATE or the Llano County Library 102 E Haynie St, Llano, TX 78643.
Peggy Marshall Brewer
Peggy Marshall Brewer passed away on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 in Kingsland, Texas at the age of 70. She was born on January 13, 1948 in Friona, Texas, youngest of 7 children, to Rex H. Marshall, Sr. and Magdalene Marshall.
Peggy was the baby of the family and loved by all that knew her. She was funny and smart and loved her family deeply. Peggy was a Christian woman and her life was a reflection of her faith.
Peggy graduated from New Home high school and attended Texas Tech. As an adult Peggy worked for Compaq Computers as a Manager of Media Relations. She was the 38th person hired, 1000’s more followed at the companies beginning and the 2nd woman to be employed by them. Later Peggy was employed by SIRE as the Volunteer Coordinator. SIRE is an equine therapy facility for people with disabilities and Veterans.
Peggy is preceded by her parents, Rex H. Marshall and Magdalene Marshall; daughter, Tori Brewer; sisters, Nelda Brown and Billie White; brother, Rex Marshall, Jr.
She is survived by husband, Jim Brewer of Marietta, OK; sister, Sammye Lebow of Kingsland, TX; brothers, Tommy Marshall and wife Kay of Belton, TX, Terry Marshall and wife Malinda of Elkhart, TX; daughter, Mandy Swartz and husband Ted of Marietta, OK; son, Conly Brewer and wife Dawn of Ft. Worth, TX and numerous nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.
Peggy fought a long battle with cancer with dignity and grace. She is an inspiration to all who knew her.
A special thank you to all of the staff at Kingsland Hills Care Center and especially to Peggy’s hospice nurse Tracy Orrison.
A private service will be held at a later date.
Jo G. Kincheloe
Due to the weather the private graveside service will be held at a later date.
Jo Kincheloe passed away peacefully on October 10, 2018 at the age of 86. A resident of Llano for nearly 70 years, she was born on June 17, 1932 to Joseph and Maggie Mae Green in Hamilton County Texas.
She met the love of her life, Ace Kincheloe at the completion of his service with the United States Marine Corps following WWII and they married in 1948. Moving to Llano to start their life together they bought the house which would be their home for the next five decades. There, together, they enjoyed remodeling and enlarging their home as their two daughters, Beverly and Sandy grew into young women. Jo enjoyed dancing and traveling with Ace, visiting family, and building a dog grooming and boarding business, the Poodle Pad, which attracted clients from all over Texas.
Jo was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Ace.
She is survived by her sister, Eva Fae Dehay of Houston, children Beverly Page (Stanley) of Llano, and Sandy Utterback (Chip) of San Antonio. Jo was “Mimi” to seven grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. She will be interned in a private family service in Llano on Oct 17, 2018.
Camee Carol Rumbaugh
Camee Carol Rumbaugh of Llano, Texas passed away Friday, October 5, 2018 at the age of 35.
She was caring and giving and would go out of her way to help those around her, even when she paid the price to do so. She was a true friend. Camee lived for her children and loved them with all her heart. She worked for Llano Special Opportunity Center for twelve years and loved those she worked with and they loved her, she will be missed terribly.
Camee is survived by her daughters, Justine Rumbaugh and Jazlyn Blackburn of Llano; mother, Glenda Evans of Mason; Mark Poe of Brady; brother, Slade Poe and Cindy of Brady; Butch and Donny of Brady; as well as many extended family, close friends and loved ones.
Visitation will be held Monday, October 8, 2018 at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Chapel, Llano, Texas at 12:30P.M. with funeral services to follow at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Charles Partin officiating. Interment will follow at Llano City Cemetery. There will be a celebration of Camee’s life and her courage immediately following the graveside service, at the Llano Special Opportunities Center located at 206 E. Main St. in Llano.
Serving as pallbearers will be Christopher Adams, Brent Thorp, Andrew Fullmer, John Bobo, and Krisstin Halkias. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be her close friends, coworkers and residents at Llano Special Opportunity Center.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given to the “Mason Senior Center” 505 Moody St. Mason, Texas 76856.
Ernest Phillip "Phil" Schneider
Ernest Phillip Schneider (Phil) passed away on October 3, 2018 , in Llano, Texas. He was born in Valley Springs, Texas on July 12, 1931. His parents, Ernest and Lula Mae Schneider, were long-time residents of Llano County, TX, and preceded him in death. Phil graduated from Llano High School in 1949. He was employed by Buttery Hardware Co. in Llano before moving to San Antonio, TX, where he attended Business College and subsequently was employed in the accounting department of companies in San Antonio. In the 1980’s he moved to Kerrville, TX, where he worked in the Admitting Office at the Kerrville State Hospital until he retired in 1993. Then, he returned to Llano to take care of his parents until they passed away.
In addition to his parents, Phil was preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Leta Phillips of Valley Springs, TX and John and Alwina Schneider of Mason, TX. He is survived by his sister, Nell Schneider Hopson and husband, Buddy, of Sugar Land, TX: one niece, Sheryl Hopson Schuldt, and husband, Conrad, of Sugar Land; one nephew, Craig Hopson of Rosenberg TX, and four great nephews, Cody Schuldt of Missouri City, Texas, and Blake, Tyler and Justin Hopson of Sugar Land, and one great great nephew, Lincoln Hopson.
Phil had been residing at the Llano Nursing and Rehab Facility for the past eight years, and we would like to thank the present staff at that facility for their diligence in his care.
Phil will be remembered as a caring and generous person with a loving heart for others. He was 87 years old.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Llano City Cemetery at 10:00 A.M. with Troy Singleton officiating.
Thomas Gerald Lanning
Thomas Gerald Lanning, 84, beloved husband of Mary Frances Lanning, died at home peacefully surrounded by family on October 2, 2018. Born February 26, 1934, in Gold Beach, Oregon, Thomas was the only child of Walter Thomas and Lula Martha (Polly) Lanning.
Thomas hailed from a multi-generational Texas family, of which he was extremely proud, and it was only during the Great Depression that his mother and father moved out of state in search of work. He and his mother returned to Texas while he was still a small child—his father died unexpectedly while building roads in Oregon for the WPA—and he grew up in Houston. He graduated from Milby High School and attended the University of Houston, where he trained as a civil engineer. He worked professionally for some 30 years with Houston firms, among them Kirkland Engineers and Binkley & Holmes, a company that valued him as instrumental in contributing to its success. In 2000 he and Mary Frances left The Woodlands near Houston to resettle in Llano.
Thomas enjoyed taking long road trips, fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, working the most challenging crosswords, appreciated the beauty of the Texas Hill Country, and loved the company of animals (his dogs Gigi and Prissy especially, and more than a few stray cats). He was immensely talented as a watercolorist, and took great pleasure in researching his family’s genealogy and long-time Texas roots.
His wife of 59 years Mary Frances survives him. He was the caring father of daughters Polly Lanning Sparrow, of Austin, and Pamela Presley, of Llano, both of whom survive him as do his sons-in-law Bartholomew Sparrow and Gregory Presley. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Kristin Fabry Dally (husband Ben) of Olympia, Washington, and Zoltan Fabry (wife Lisa) of Houston, and four great grandchildren. Thomas will be missed beyond words by his family, and remembered with great fondness by his friends.
A graveside service will be held Friday, October 5, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at Llano City Cemetery with Pastor Ralph Reitmeyer.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. James Lutheran Church in Llano, Texas 1401 Ford St., Llano, Texas 78643.
Doris Lazelle Lentz
Doris Lazelle Lentz left her earthly life and entered into the Kingdom of Heaven on October 01,2018. She was born September 03, 1932 to Edgar and Emily Walden at the Walden farm in Jollyville Texas, Travis County.
Doris will be remembered for her mercy, kindness, and generosity. She had a love for Jesus Christ and a passion for introducing people to the path of the Lord. She was a dedicated prayer warrior and soul winner who led her husband, Bud, to the Lord after 13 years of prayer for him.
At that time he joined her as a member of the First Baptist Church in Kingsland, TX. Doris taught Sunday school classes for many years and lead prayer groups in her home. She had a passion for studying the Bible and learning scripture.
Doris, nicknamed Tootsie, married Bud in 1949. In their early marital years they lived in Jollyville and San Marcos, TX. In 1960 the home building boom in the Highland Lakes brought them to Buchanan Dam and then to Kingsland. They raised their 3 children in these areas. They
were married 40 years before the Lord called Bud home, at the age of 59. Doris, at the age of 86, has now joined her beloved husband.
Doris is remembered as a caregiver, caring first for her husband, Bud, and then her mother, Emily, who both had terminal illnesses. Her daughter, who is a nurse, remembers the high quality of nursing care and compassion that her mother delivered.
After the death of her husband, Doris owned and operated Germania Insurance Agency in Kingsland for 35 years before retiring in 2002. She was a productive citizen of the Kingsland community for 50 years.
Doris was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She is preceded in death by her husband, Bud, and her brother, Royce Walden.
Survivors celebrating her life are her sister, Charlotte Cariker Baugus and husband R.V. Baugus, daughter Linda Whitson and husband Billy, daughter Rene Gann and husband Lee, son Brouning Lentz and wife Juanita. Doris was also a loving mother to Dee Oustad.
Grandchildren include Joshua Caropepe and wife Jen, Eric Caropepe and wife Christina, Jaime Whitson Johnson and husband Daniel, Jared Whitson and wife Ellen, Gabriel Lentz, Isai Lentz, Levi Lentz, Joe Kirk Gann and his wife Stacy.
Great grandchildren include Anthony Caropepe, Jessie Caropepe, Madison Caropepe, Evansly Caropepe, Lentzi Caropepe, Blakely Johnson, Hollin Whitson, Libby Whitson, Tyler Gann, Jason Gann and Bode Gann.
Officiating the celebration of her life, is her son Brouning Lentz. Eulogy is given by Doug Lindley, piano by Steve Leftwich, songs by Karen Berryhill.
Pall Bearers are Joshua Caropepe, Eric Caropepe, Jared Whitson, Gabriel Lentz, Levi Lentz, Isai Lentz, and Dee Oustad.
Honorary pall bearers are Rick Walker, Arturo Sanchez, and Mike Berryhill.
Visitation will be held Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Kingsland, Texas from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. A funeral service will be held Friday, October 5, 2018 at the First Baptist Church in Kingsland, Texas at 2:00 P.M. Interment to follow
at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park.
Memorial donations may be sent to Boys and Girls Club, P. O. Box 1213, Kingsland, TX 78639.
Mark Lane Stephenson
Mark Lane Stephenson passed away peacefully on September 17, 2018 at the age of 62 surrounded by family. He was born on January 14, 1956 in Lubbock, Texas. Mark started Stephenson Plumbing in 1976 and was a very successful business man. He married Kathy Talley in 1979. He was a leader in the Kingsland Community and was always willing to give a helping hand. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Kingsland, one of the Founding Fathers of the Kingsland Little League, a 32nd Degree Mason of the Kingsland Masonic Lodge, a member of the Llano School Board, and a huge supporter and beneficiary of the Llano Junior Livestock Show Assoc. Mark was an avid hunter, fisherman and one of his greatest loves was spending time with his grandchildren and working with mesquite.
Mark is preceded in death by his father Billy Earl Stephenson, stepfather BC Long, grandparents Leon and Marjorie Pharr and Earl Mills and Ruby Stephenson, sister Denise and his first grandchild Ayden Lane Stephenson.
He is survived by his former wife, Kathy; mother Gloria Long-Daghlian and her husband Jack, stepmother Sharon Stephenson, brothers Bruce Stephenson and wife Melinda, Joe Long and wife Beth and Brett Pollard. Son, Christopher Stephenson and wife Heather; Daughter, Courtney Lackey and husband Slatter. Grandchildren Melia, Dylan and Cason Stephenson. Great Grandchildren Kenleigh, Jaelyn and Mavryk. He was also blessed with numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 19th from 4-6 at the Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Chapel in Kingsland, Tx.
Funeral service will be Thursday, September 20th at 10:30 at the First Baptist Church of Kingsland with Reverend Doug Lindley officiating. Interment to follow at Kingsland Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Danny Stone, Mark Chapman, Don Lawrence, Joe Johnson, Walter Cooper, Joe Schrieber, Tommy Loudermilk, Dave Hardee, Alan Wyatt, Gregg Turner, and Jason Christain. Honorary pallbearers are all lifelong friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to His Joshua House 501C, PO Box 1486, Kingsland, TX 78639 or to the Kingsland 4H at the First United Bank of Kingsland, TX.
Sherry Gray Fikes
It was a dark and stormy night...no, just kidding...well, it might have been,
I don't remember. I was born January 3, 1953 in San Saba, Texas to Shirley Jeanne Barber Gray and Kenneth Don Gray.
I was blessed to share my early life with my siblings, Boyd Wayne Gray, Timothy Shane Gray and adopted sister and best buddy,
Victoria Jayne Wooten.
I have an awesome family that I love
with all my heart.
In lieu of flowers please help me support the Round Rock nonprofit organization that helps ensure happy birthdays for foster children and at-risk youth. http://sharinghappybirthdays.org/donate-3/.
Come celebrate my getting to meet Jesus Saturday September
22nd at 2 pm at Cherokee Baptist Church.
Clyde Wayne Dodson
Clyde Wayne Dodson passed away Friday, August 31, 2018 in Llano, Texas at the age of 70. He was born February 11, 1948 in Austin, Texas to Lawrence McFerrin Dodson and Betty Lois (Davis). He was a resident of Llano, Texas for 24 years since coming from Austin, Texas. Clyde married Kathleen Lock on May 4, 1991 in Austin, Texas.
Clyde was a Little League coach for both baseball and football, 2 time business owner, the director of Burden of Freedom Ministries, operated 3 halfway homes for prisoners, participated in numerous ministries on the streets and in the bars. Clyde was the Pastor for The Church in Llano for 19 years, assistant Boy Scout leader, he was a behind the scenes Llano Band Booster and a true Texas Longhorn fan.
Clyde is preceded by his parents, Clyde Bernard Jr., Lawrence McFerrin Dodson, and Betty Lois Dodson; and sister, Vicki Lynn Young.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Rene’ Dodson; sons, Lawrence McFerrin Dodson, Cory Wayne Dodson, Benjamin Zecharia Dodson, Dustin Michael Dodson, Travis Samuel Dodson, and Jacob Daniel Dodson; daughter, Kimberly Beth Dodson -Ramos; brother, Keith Edward Dodson; sister, Teri Mae Dean; 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Monday, September 3, 2018 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas with Pastor Charles Venezio officiating. Interment to follow at Llano City Cemetery.
Donations may be made to Hill Country Memorial Hospice, 808 reuben St. Fredericksburg, Texas 78624.
Tom R. Bohannon
Tom R. Bohannon passed away peacefully August 27, 2018. Born January 12, 1954 to Thomas V. and Laura F. Bohannon in San Antonio. He is predeceased by his mother, Poppy, and his wife, Sylvia. Tom is survived by his father, Bo; his brother, Barry (and wife Mary Kay); his daughter Kristine (and husband Cody); his son Nelson (and wife Kaylin); his grandchildren Katelyn, Kaylee, and Kenna Kay; along with numerous nephews and nieces.
An avid football fan and hunter, usually wearing something burnt orange or camouflage, Tom would always welcome you in to watch the current game on TV and discuss the current activities at the hunting lease.
There will be a graveside service held on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 10 AM at the Oxford Cemetery in Llano, TX, N. State Highway 16 with Pastor Leslie Tomlinson officiating.
Roy John Manglberger
Roy John Manglberger, 86, passed away peacefully at his home in Llano, Texas, on Tuesday, August 28 2018, surrounded by his family. He was born on January 3, 1932, to Anna Frantzen and Hugo Manglberger in Fredericksburg, Texas. He was a graduate of Fredericksburg High School in 1949. After graduation, he joined the U. S. Navy from 1949 until 1953. He married the love of his life and best friend, Rose Mae Petsch on October 19, 1953. They remained inseparable until his passing and were together for over 64 years. He was employed as a journeyman electrician and was a member of the IBEW Local #520 in Austin, Texas. He was also a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the American Legion #370 and the Fredericksburg Hermann Sons #41. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, water skiing, swimming, country western dancing and watching his children and grandchildren’s many activities.
He is survived by his wife, Rose Manglberger, sister, Annie Mae Herbort of Fredericksburg, Texas, three daughters, Debbie and husband, Bill Talley, Gail and husband, Larry Sawyer, and Lisa and husband, James Reed, all of Llano, Texas. He was blessed with eight grandchildren, James Talley of Spring, Texas, Sandi and husband, James Davis, of Katy, Texas, Tonya and husband, Tim Leslie, of Thrall, Texas, Tiffany and husband, Mark Stevenson, of Llano, Texas, Trish and husband, Travis Anderson, of Fletcher, Oklahoma, Tara and husband, Josh Gavos, of Bulverde, Texas, Mandi Avett of Seattle, Washington, and Jordan Reed of Llano, Texas, thirteen great grandchildren, Tristin and husband, D.J. Newman of Spring, Texas, Devin and Maykayla Talley of East Bernard, Texas, Kaci, Addi and Lexi Pierce of Katy, Texas, Vala and Cain Stevenson of Llano, Texas, Tripp and Tana Anderson of Fletcher, Oklahoma, and Jaxon, Rylan and Makena Gavos of Bulverde, Texas, one great-great grandchild, Brantley Newman of Spring, Texas, numerous nieces and nephews, and Molly, his beloved pet and companion.
He was preceded in death by his father, Hugo and stepmother, Caroline Manglberger, mother, Anna and stepfather, Louis Gerhard, brother-in-law, Calvin Herbert, niece, Candice Herbort Stehling, and great niece, Jody Herbort.
Pallbearers include James Talley, Devin Talley, James Davis, Tim Leslie, Mark Stevenson, Travis Anderson and Josh Gavos.
Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018, at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel in Llano, Texas, with a Rosary following at 6:30 p.m. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Llano, Texas, with Rev. Melvin Dornak officiating. A graveside service will follow at Llano City Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Llano Volunteer Fire Department or the American Legion in lieu of flowers.
His family wishes to thank the following caregivers: Nancy Tribble, Stephanie Roberts, and Lori Reasoner for their love and compassion.
Norma Carroll Van Arnam
Norma Carroll Van Arnam passed away Thursday, August 23, 2018 in Llano, Texas at the age of 83. She was born in Waco, Texas July, 22, 1935 to Floyd (Rogers) and Edna (Kuhn). Norma was a resident of Llano for 6 years since coming from the Houston area. On December 19, 1975 she married her husband, William D. Van Arnam in Houston, Texas. Norma was a master gardener, a member of the Llano Woman’s Culture Club and an active member in a machine knitting club in Round Rock.
Norma is preceded by her parents, Floyd Rogers and Edna (Kuhn); brother, Darrel Rogers; and sister, Paula Rogers.
She is survived by her husband Don Van Arnam of Llano, Texas; son, Wade DeClaris and wife Marci of Miami Beach, Florida; 3 grandchildren, Alexandra Moradi, Nicholas DeClaris, and Victoria DeClaris; 1 great grandchild, Noah Moradi, and one more on the way.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 2433 Ridgepoint Drive, suite B, Austin, Texas 78754 or MD Anderson Cancer Center, 2555 Holly Hall St, Houston, TX 77054.
Margie Mae Thornton
Margie Mae Thornton passed away Wednesday, August 22, 2018 in Kingsland, Texas at the age of 78. She was born December 25, 1939 in Levelland, Texas to Hubert M. Thornton and Lela Mae (Anderson). Margie was a resident of Kingsland for 12 years, since coming from O’Donnell, Texas. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in O’Donnell, Texas.
Margie is preceded by her parents, Hubert M. Thornton and Lela Mae (Anderson); sisters, Martha Garner of Floresville, Texas, Deborah Hale of Oklahoma, Lillian Ivy of Midland, Texas, Patsy Lehew of Olivia, Washington; brother, David Thornton of Midland, Texas.
She is survived by her sisters, Wanda Curry and husband Morris Bingham of Buchanan Dam, and Dorothy Brown of Amarillo; brother, Jerry Thornton and wife Mary of Arkansas.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at Kingsland Hills Care Center with Chaplain Albert Lopez officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Kingsland Hills Care Center 3727 W Ranch Rd 1431, Kingsland, TX 78639.
Scott Grady Lewis
Scott Grady Lewis passed away Monday, August 13, 2018 in Llano, Texas at the age of 56. He was born January 15, 1962 in Tombstone, Arizona to John Edward Lewis and Jacque Waite. Scott was a resident of Llano for 13 years since coming from Kerrville, Texas. Scott was a truck driver for over thirty years and loved motorcycles.
Scott is preceeded in death by his father, John Edward Lewis of Hawaii.
He is survived by his wife, Angela Lewis; mother, Jacque Waite; son, Scott Lewis II; sister, Dee Dee Lewis and husband Chris Clem of San Antonio, Texas; and 4 grandchildren.
No services will be held at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Donate Life America 701 East Byrd Street, 16th floor, Richmond, VA 23219. A specific tribute or honor may be made online as well at www.donatelife.net/contribute.
Ruth Marie Franklin
Ruth Marie Franklin passed away Thursday, August 16, 2018 at the age of 97. She was born January 8, 1921 in Los Angeles, California to Clara (Harper) and Ernest Ekstrand. Ruth attended school and graduated in 1939 from South Gate High, South Gate Cal. Attended business school in 1940. She worked as a butcherette in Long Beach. In 1953 she moved to Austin, Texas and worked for the Cash and Carry Grocery, the Army and Texas Legislature in the Enrolling and Engrossing Dept.
Ruth the moved to Marble Falls in 1954 and worked for Barnett Chevrolet Co. delivering cars. She was known as “Sam the traveling woman”. Next she worked at Giesecke Grocery on Main Street and then to the 281 location. Next she worked at Mathis Air Conditioning in the office of the Purchasing Agent. Then Ruth worked at Granite Mountain Hunting Cabin. In May of 1961 Wade Cunningham introduced her to Skinny Childers and he gave her a job at Pure Stone/J.M. Huber.
Ruth moved to Llano, Texas in 1966 and married Walter Franklin October 30, 1966 in San Antonio. She then retired from J.M. Huber in 1979. She spent the next 17 years traveled with the “Holiday Rambler Group” and traveled to England 5 times to visit with Walter’s relatives. She also took numerous trips to South America, Canada, Scotland, Wales and Alaska. Ruth enjoyed many parties with close friends and family, traveling, and collecting doll houses and miniatures.
Ruth is survived by a daughter, grandchildren; Lynnette Jayne, Kevin Collier, and Lori Collier; Great Grandchildren, Ashlea Harnden, Lauren Bowen, Kyle Collier, Raquel Christal, Lexi Evans, and Launa Evans; 6 Great Great Grandchildren. She is also survived by twin brothers James and John Ekstrand. As well as Frank Franklin, Jennifer Franklin Oritz, Oliver Franklin, Georgia Franklin, family friends Patsy and Ed Irving, Mary and Richard Miller, Cathy McCoy, and her loving caregivers Lin and JE Todd Carol McDonald and Rebecca Waechter and a host of many friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Walter Franklin, parents Clara and Ernest Ekstrand, sister Ethyl Evans.
A visitation will be held 2:00 P.M. ~ 4:00 P.M. Sunday, August 19, 2018 at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Chapel 307 E. Sandstone Llano, Texas. Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Monday, August 20, 2018 at Walnut Methodist Church on RR 3347 with Reverend Grady Roe officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Falls of the Colorado Museum, Marble Falls, Texas 78654. A time of fellowship will follow the funeral service at the Walnut United Methodist Church.
Mary Magdalena Moore
Mary Moore, a lifelong resident of Llano, Texas, died peacefully in her home on August 6, 2018. The Rosary service will take place on August 19, 6:00 p.m. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes. A Funeral Mass will be held on August 20, 10:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
Mary Magdalena was born to Abigail and Catarino Najar on July 22, 1937. She was preceded in death by her parents and three siblings: George Najar, Joey Najar, and Dodie Najar Henderson.
In 1955 she married Carl Hardy Moore. Mary and Carl remained in Llano where they raised their three children. They enjoyed a simple life of dancing, good food, and family. Many Llano residents will remember Mary from her time cooking delicious Tex-Mex at Abby’s Kitchen, founded by her late mother.
In 1992 Mary lost her beloved husband Carl and her son Steve Moore. After their deaths, she pressed forward and earned a respiratory therapist license. She worked for Dr. David Pohl and Corner Drug Pharmacy until her retirement.
Mary was blessed with a second love and in 1996 she married Dean Halbakken. Mary and Dean spent their golden years traveling in the United States and abroad. She was by Dean’s side in 2012 when he went to be with the Lord.
Mary was a faithful member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church throughout her life. After retirement, she continued to honor her community by devoting herself to those in need. She worked as an in-home caregiver, a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, a part-time kitchen employee at Celeste Care, and she served at her church. Mary and her poodle Gracie were often seen going on walks and visiting friends at The Legend Oaks where they resided.
Faith and family were always in the forefront of her mind. Mary is survived by her children Jim Moore of Austin, TX and Kathy Jackson, and husband Joe of Aubrey, TX. She was lovingly referred to as “GG” by her four grandchildren: Eric Moore, Kandace Moore, Amanda Jackson, and Kristina Jo Warren, and husband Cole. In addition, she was blessed with five great-grandchildren: Desmond (20), Calei (13), Chase (10), Blake (8), and Quinn (6).
Mary lived life with a pure heart and genuine kindness towards others. She loved and served the Lord all of her days-- she will be deeply missed.
Alvin Ray Caples
Alvin Ray Caples passed away August 2, 2018 at the age of 83. He was born February 21, 1935 in Wiergate, Texas to William Nathan Caples and Florence Lorrain (Lewis) Caples.
Alvin is survived by his sister, Bettye Vines, brothers Charles Caples and wife Ann, Bill Caples and wife Carol. Along with several nieces and nephews.
Frances Mary Johanna Evers
Frances Mary Johanna Evers passed away peacefully on Friday, August 3, 2018 in Floresville, Texas at the age of 90. She was born on September 23, 1927 in Castell, Texas to August and Amanda (Hoffmann) Otto, the third of eight children, a descendant of German settlers. Frances resided in Llano County for almost all of her life.
She attended Llano High School where she was active in journalism, enjoyed math and was a member of the tennis team. Upon graduation from Llano High School in 1945, Frances moved to Austin to attend Nixon Clay Business College.
Frances married Vernon August Henry Evers from Castell, Texas on November 7, 1948 and they remained by each other’s side for almost seventy years. They raised two children, John and Mona. Frances was first and foremost a rancher until the age of 82. While her children were in school she chose to be a homemaker then at a late age her smiling face could be found working in the Llano school cafeterias followed by working as a certified nurse’s aide at Hill Country Nursing Home in Llano. She loved to garden, raise chickens and turkeys, bake listen to country music and absolutely adored each and every one of her grandchildren.
Frances is survived by her husband, Vernon Evers, currently residing in Floresville, TX; son John Evers and wife Lana of Round Rock, TX, daughter Mona Parrish and husband Wayne of Georgetown, TX; Sisters Ruby Varvel and husband Lewis of Hearne, TX, Nelda Duncan Hohmann of Llano, Brother Frank Otto and wife Marion of Llano; eight grandchildren Logan Evers and wife Katie od Pearland, TX, Kaylee Evers of Midlothian, TX, Jenna, Kyle and Lexie Parrish of Georgetown, TX, Amber and Jacquelyn Sergent and James Evers of Round Rock, TX; and was blessed with many dear nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by parents Amanda (Hoffmann) and August Otto; Sisters Netha (Otto) Garrett and Arlene (Otto) Alexander; and brothers Vernon Otto and August Otto Jr.; grandson Travis Jordan Parrish.
Thank you to the staff of Frank N Tejeda Veteran’s Home in Floresville, TX, Kindred Hospice of San Antonio, TX and Llano Nursing and Rehabilitation of Llano, TX for their compassionate and skilled care.
A Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 7, 2018 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano.
Services and burial will be held Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 10:30 A.M. at St. John Lutheran Church located one half mile east of Castell, Texas on Ranch Road 152. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church or the Castell Volunteer Fire Department in Castell, TX.
Evelyn Mae Oatman
Evelyn Oatman was born Evelyn Mae Rogers in Llano, TX on November 10, 1930. She was the eldest daughter of Okla Homa (Homer) Rogers and Buelah Carrie Rogers. Evelyn fell asleep in death at her home in Cibolo, TX on July 30, 2018. She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers John Dee and George Curtis, and sister Eunice Ann. She is survived by the love of her life, her husband Roy Speed Oatman; daughters Kathe Smith and her husband Steve Smith, and Melissa Miller and her husband Dave Cummings; six grandchildren, Cody Smith and his wife Amber, Blayne Smith, Rianna Alberty and her husband Carl, Brianne Finklea and
her husband Aaron, Derek Miller, and Amada Miller; and two great-granddaughters, Giada Alberty and Lillian Finklea. She is also survived by her siblings, David Rogers, Lynn Kilgore and husband Howard, Sam Rogers and wife Shirlene, and Carol Smith, as well as a host of nieces and nephews. She also has many “letters of recommendation” in the form of spiritual children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.—2 Corinthians 3:1, 2
Evelyn was born at Wrights Creek in Llano County and was raised in Llano, a resident there for many years. She made the most important decision of her life in the spring of 1940 when she symbolized her dedication to Jehovah and was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses by her daddy in the Llano River. This began a lifelong career of 78 years of faithful service to her heavenly Father.
She made the second most important decision of her life when she married a young man from Austin who loved her from the moment he laid eyes on her. Roy and Evelyn were married in the living room of his parents’ home on October 15, 1949 in Austin, TX. Their marriage continued for almost 69 years. Three years after they were married Roy and Evelyn welcomed their first child Kathleen in December of 1952. Seven years later they welcomed their second daughter Melissa in September of 1959. They raised their girls in Austin and would continue to reside there for 45 years until they moved back to Llano in 1992 to care for Evelyn’s father.
Evelyn loved to fish, especially for catfish. The most important fishing she ever did, however, was following the command Jesus gave at Matthew 4:19 to be fishers of men, preaching and teaching people Bible truths. She spent many hours helping her students to have a personal relationship with Jehovah God. Many of these students became her spiritual children – so many, in fact, that her family cannot count. Because of her hard work and sacrifice, Evelyn took great comfort in knowing that ‘God is not unrighteous so as to forget her work and the love she showed for his name.’—Hebrews 6:10
Her family and friends are confident that Jehovah will remember Evelyn as a faithful servant, and they look forward to the time when John 5:28, 29 is fulfilled: “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out….”
Visitation will be Friday, August 3, 2018 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. A funeral service will be held Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas at 1:00 P.M. with Larry Garner officiating. Interment to follow at Flat Rock Cemetery.
Dearly beloved husband of 51 years to Lois Jean Priehs who passed away February 18, 2014. Bob and Lois were blessed with 4 children, Susan Caropepe, Michael Priehs (passed at birth), Cheryl Priehs and Jeremiah Priehs (passed at birth).
Bob remarried Marie Nichols Priehs after losing Lois, his precious love. Bob and Marie were married 10 years. They celebrated their time together with many friends, volunteered at food pantries, Llano crawfish festival and helping out wherever they could.
Bob and Lois lived in Detroit, Grand Bahama Island, Florida and Texas. He was an avid member of the Grand Bahama Boating Squadron. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1950 through 1965. Bob was a gunner’s mate first class during the Cuban Missile Crisis aboard the Destroyer Escort USS Huse and was awarded the naval reserve medal for meritorious service well as the faithful service medal. He was a member of the mason’s and American Legion. Bob was a God fearing man who taught his family about our Lord.
He is survived by his wife Marie, daughters Susan and Cheryl, Michael Caropepe his son-in-law, grandchildren Kemp Caropepe, Robert Caropepe, Robert Fredere and wife Joanna, Chelsea Allen and husband Cody, Sarah Renna and great grandchildren Chance Caropepe, Savannah Allen, Wyatt Allen and Logan Caropepe, niece Linda Benkert, nephews Lance, Mark, and Patrick Ireland, Grant Priehs and their spouses.
Bob was an awesome man who loved life and will never be forgotten by all of us he left behind.
Helen Brooks Harrison
Helen Brooks Harrison passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2018 in Bluffton, Texas at the age of 100. She was born February 4, 1918 in Lynchburg, Virginia to Benjamin Brooks and Grace (Showalter). Helen was a resident of Bluffton for 30 years since coming from Atlanta, Georgia. She married her husband Robert Harrington November 11, 1957 in Arlington, Virginia. Helen was of the Episcopalian faith.
Helen is survived by her husband Robert Harrison of Buchanan Dam, Texas.
A graveside service will be held Monday, July 23, 2018 at Llano City Cemetery at 10:00 A.M. with Pastor Jane Leizear officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to any charity of choice.
Marthlyn Lillian Beatrice Chism
Marthlyn B. Chism, 93, of Bluffton, TX passed away Tuesday, July 17th, 2018. She was born in Dumas, TX on January 5th, 1925. She was the daughter of the late Stella Kimbrough Burnett and Wilson Watkins (W.W.) Burnett. She loved growing up the daughter of a farmer and stockman, and she continued to be the owner of a farm in Moore County until she passed away. Marthlyn was a graduate of West Texas State University in Canyon, TX (Class of 1946), where she majored in Home Economics, with a minor in Chemistry. She moved to Llano in 1949, where she became Home Demonstration Agent, teaching 4-H, as well as the Women’s Community Homemaking Clubs for Llano County. Marthlyn married Ramon Chism on December 27th, 1951 in Lubbock, TX. Raymon and Marthlyn built their home and cabins on Lake Buchanan in 1962, where she continued to own and operate Chism Lodges until she passed away.
Marthlyn was dearly loved by her family, friends and long-time customers - many were third and fourth generation customers of the cabins. She was an avid fan of the Texas Longhorns and Dallas Cowboys. She spent many hours attending events for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was always ready with coffee, baked goodies and great conversation when family, friends and customers dropped by to visit.
Marthlyn was preceded in death by her parents - Stella and W.W. Burnett, husband - Raymon Chism, son – Rusty Chism, sister - Francis Fisher, and brothers – Jack Burnett and W.B. (Dub) Burnett. Surviving family includes: daughter – Nancy Chism of Bluffton, TX, son – Wayne Chism of Llano, TX, daughter – Patsy Altenhoff and her husband David Altenhoff of New Braunfels, TX, and daughter – Donna O’Leary of Hutto, TX. Grandchildren include Travis O’Leary and wife Rachel O’Leary of Austin, TX, Tyler O’Leary of Hutto, TX, and Mark Altenhoff of New Braunfels, TX. Great Grandchildren include Raegan O’Leary and Carter O’Leary.
Visitation – Friday, July 20th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., at the Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano, TX.
Funeral Service – Saturday, July 21st at 10:00 a.m., at the Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel, in Llano, TX.
Burial – Bluffton Cemetery
David Lee Holden
David Holden 37, of Llano, TX entered into Heaven on Friday, July 13, 2018.
He was born in Waco, TX on October 25, 1980 to Gary Holden and Judith Surita.
He is survived by his parents, son Corbyn, daughters Mya and Chariti, His brother Stephen Holden and his wife Coral Gonzalez, nephews, Stephen Jr. and Emiliano
Holden and his paternal grandparents Ann and Nick Holden of China Springs Texas, as well as numerous cousins, Aunts, Uncles and a whole host of close friends.
Jackie L. Rouse
Jackie L. Rouse passed away Thursday, July 12, 2018 in Llano, Texas at the age of 89.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Bill was born on October 12, 1940, at Llano’s First Hospital, then located on the Courthouse Square. He graduated from Llano High School and attended the University of Texas, earning a BS in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Environmental Health.
Bill married his high school sweetheart Mary Beth Norris on January 26, 1961 during one of the worst ice storms Llano ever had.
Bill was the most loving, faithful, patience, honest, modest and kind man. He loved his family and deeply treasured his numerous friends. Bill took to heart the lessons from his parents, to always treat others with kindness and respect, as evidenced by his countless hours volunteering at numerous community activities and charitable organizations.
He loved to travel with his wife in their RV and was the happiest when taking his two granddaughters, Aubrie and Catie, along. Together they visited many historical places, state capitols and museums. During those trips Bill made his granddaughters work out math problems to keep them on their toes during the summer months.
Bill retired from the State of Texas after 20 years of public service, coming back to Llano County to help his parents and build his home. He also worked for the Llano County Appraisal District for 5 years before retiring to run his ranch full time.
While living in Austin, Bill found the time to take woodworking, welding, and art classes. He made all of the cabinets and trim work in his house, and also made two mesquite hope chests and a couple of tables. Bill also dearly loved learning how to play the fiddle, during which his family suffered through numerous repetitions of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.”
Bill finally decided that he was better off listening to music and began attending Bluegrass Music Festivals and Cowboy Poetry Gatherings.
Bill fully enjoyed his life before his health began to decline. He died peacefully at home, under the excellent, round the clock care of his hospice caregivers, Amanda, Rhonda, Nancy, Glenda, Lori, and Stephanie, alongside his loving wife, Mary Beth, and their family.
Bill Stewart was a “Rare Breed of Man” and he will be dearly missed by all.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at Llano City Cemetery with Dennis Raesener officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Llano Food Pantry, 1110 Berry St. Llano, Texas, Hill Country Livestock Raisers Association, Po Box 292 Llano, TX 78643, or Charity of choice.
Anabel Kelley Burnes
Anabel Kelley Burnes, age 68, of Kingsland, TX, passed away at her home on June 28, 2018 in the early morning hours surrounded by her family.
Anabel was born on March 3, 1950, in Austin, TX. Anabel was raised in Austin by her mother Katherine Kelley and late father Leslie “Bart” Kelley. Anabel married the love of her life Ronal Burnes in 1969. The couple settled in Kingsland in the early 1970’s, where they raised their three children; Tammy, Katie and Rhonda.
Anabel was a devoted and loving mother. She was very proud of her family and was excited to become a “Nannybell” to her 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Anabel loved the holidays and family get-togethers. She was known for her feisty, yet good sense of humor and will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.
Anabel was the beloved wife of Ronal Burnes, beloved daughter of Katherine Kelley and the late Leslie “Bart” Kelley of Austin, beloved sister to Bart Kelley, Jr & wife Cynthia of Austin and identical twin Eva Jo Meyers & husband Jerry of Hutto, beloved sister-in-law to Roy Burnes & wife Arzenet of Eden and Cynthia Miller & husband Darryl of Kingsland. She was the devoted mother of Tammy Manning & husband Wayne of Kingsland, Katie Johnson & husband James of Kingsland, and Rhonda Burnes and significant other Jose Colombo of Llano, the loving “Nannybell” of Chanelle Ross & husband Jason, Charles Manning, Chelsea Simon & husband Bradley, Cassandra Hohmann & husband Dusty, Meghan Broyles & husband Thomas, Cole Schlueter, Faith Manning, and Owen Schlueter. Anabel joined her late great grandchild Tristyn and is preceded by her great grandchildren; Lexus, Preston, Grayson, Jade, Kylee, and Haddie. Anabel will also be forever remembered by her numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family and dear friends.
Family and friends will gather at Waldrop Funeral Home, 900 Industrial Blvd., Kingsland, TX, on Saturday, June 30th for a Memorial Service at 2:00 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to RockPile Church Building Fund, PO BOX 38, Marble Falls, TX 78654.
Una Mae Hopson
Una Mae Hopson passed away Monday, June 25, 2018 in Round Rock, Texas at the age of 78. She was born April 4, 1940 in Llano, Texas to Vance Walton and Eva (Key).
Una Mae was a lifetime resident of Llano and left a lasting impression on the many lives she touched. She was a member of the Pittsburg Avenue Baptist Church, where she volunteered as a Sunday school teacher, as well as Presbyterian Church. She was also a former Girl Scout Troop Leader for over 15 years, inspiring many young girls in earning merit badges and participating in large cookie sales and outings like camping. She had maintained contact with several of these girls as they grew up and had families of their own.
Una Mae was an Avon Representative for 48 years, affectionately known as the “ding dong lady” by her customers. One endearing quality that most may not know about Una Mae is her love of professional wrestling, especially WWE. She grew fond of wrestling while watching with her husband, Hoppy, and continued to watch it weekly throughout her life as both a remembrance of him and a source of immense entertainment for her.
Una Mae is preceded by her parents, Vance Walton and Eva (Key); and her husband, Hoppy Hopson. She is survived by her son, Donnie Hopson of Llano; daughter, Donna Hopson of Round Rock; and grandson, Allen Hopson and wife Kristie of Llano.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. A graveside service will be held Thursday, June 28, 2018 at Llano City Cemetery at 10:00 A.M.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cuz I Matter Animal Rescue P.O. Box 3751 Pflugerville, Texas 78691 or charity of choice.
Nell (Myers) Hoffmann passed away Thursday, June 21, 2018 at the age of 82. She was born October 27, 1935 in Valley Spring Texas to Ella (Walton) and Paul Myers. She married James Hoffmann August 14, 1951 in Llano, Texas.
Nell loved to garden, raise chickens and most especially loved cattle ranching.
She along with her late husband James were known especially for their jail ministry which in time was to become New Horizon
Ministries. Many lives were touched by their love and generosity. They were true stewards and were proud to be the hands and
feet of Christ.
She is survived by daughters Paula Mitchell and husband Roger of Spring, Jamie Hawthorne and husband David of Llano, son Eddie Hoffmann of Llano, Grandchildren Michael Mitchell and wife Jenny of Kerrville, James Mitchell and wife Rebecca of Spring, Shawna Petsch and husband Derrick of Fredericksburg, D.J. Sullivan and wife Corey of Llano, Jason and Justin Hoffmann of Llano, Danielle Schneider and husband Marco of North Bergin, New Jersey, Dena Hawthorne of Llano, David Hawthorne Jr. of Llano, Dustin Hawthorne and wife Katy of Llano; 22 Great Grandchildren, one great great grandchild, Brothers Paul Myers of Comanche, Oklahoma, Sam Myers and wife Sharon of Kingsland, and Sister in Law Georgie (Tootsie) Myers of Denham Springs, Louisiana, numerous nieces and nephews.
Nell was preceded in death by her husband James Hoffmann, Parents Ella and Paul Myers, brother Butch Myers, sister in law Sue Myers, and great great grandson.
A visitation will be held Friday, June 22, 2018, 5:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano. Graveside services will be Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Llano City Cemetery with James Sanderson officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Journey Fellowship of the charity of your choice.
Wardell Halliburton passed away Monday, June 18, 2018 in Bluffton, Texas at the age of 89. He was born February 11, 1929 in San Saba County, Texas to Robert A. Halliburton and Myrtle (Dean). Wardell was a resident of Llano for 24 years since coming from Granite, Oklahoma. He was a Gospel Preacher for the Church of Christ for 61 years, and was able to fix anything.
Wardell is preceeded in death by his parents, Robert A. Halliburton and Myrtle (Dean); sister, Joyce Richardson; and 5 brothers, Bryan Halliburton, R.A. Halliburton Jr., Morris Halliburton, Earl Halliburton and Wayne Halliburton.
He is survived by his wife, Fae Halliburton of Bluffton; son, Vonn Halliburton; daughters, Alicia Werst of Hempstead, Texas, and Tammye Sue Edwards of Baird, Texas; brothers, Marlon Halliburton of Austin, Texas, and Daulton Halliburton of Cedar Park, Texas; and 5 grandchildren, Joe David Werst, John and Riley Edwards, Candace Watson, and Chasity McKee.
Visitation will be held Thursday, June 21, 2018 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Kingsland, Texas from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. A funeral service will be held Friday, June 22, 2018 at Buchanan Dam Church of Christ at 10:00 A.M. with Brother Clayton Arnold officiating. Interment to follow at Cherokee Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Cherokee Children’s Home 13355 TX-16, Cherokee, TX 76832.
Scott Edward Lawless
Edward Lawless passed peacefully at home on June 13 from complications of appendiceal cancer. He was born to Bobby Dean Lawless
and Geraldine (Scott) Lawless on August 30, 1961, in Bay City, Texas, and raised in Rosenberg. He enjoyed living in Austin
for decades, and most recently savored lake life in Lago Vista, but his family’s land on the Llano River was his heart’s
He was preceded in death by his beloved father.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas Oncology, and A*Med Hospice for their expert care. Donations in Scott’s memory can be made to the National Park Foundation or Austin Pets Alive.
Marcella Augusta Cox
On June 12, 2018, Marcella A. Cox, our forever Nonny, left this Earth to join her husband, Calvin; sons, Larry & Timothy; grandson, Benjamin; and mother, Lena in Heaven. She was preceeded in death by many beloved sister and brother in laws, friends and family members.
Marcella was a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, friend and neighbor. She was a gardener, caregiver, cook, reader, quilter and seamstress. Marcella was loyal and full of love. She was kind when times were unkind and a believer in Jesus Christ.
She will be greatly missed by her friends at the Llano Senior Center where she worked for several years.
She is survived by her sons, Stanley Cox and wife Debbie of Granite Shoal, Leland Cox of wife Debbie of Llano, James Cox and wife Saundra of Temple; daughters, Sylvia Cox of Llano, and Barbara Flint and husband Dean of Llano; sisters, Nina Minton and Mary Lou Traylor; granddaughter Stacey and husband Kevin of Killeen, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Friday, June 15, 2018 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. A funeral service will be held Sunday, June 17, 2018 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas at 12:00 P.M. with Richard Vandventer officiating. Interment to follow at Llano City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hill Country Memorial Hospice 808 Reuben St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624.
Naomi Ruth Rogers
Naomi Ruth Niblett Rogers - born July 6, 1934 to Ruby Ella Spangler Niblett and Joseph Miles Niblett in Abbott, AR. She left this world on June 8, 2018 for her Heavenly home. She grew up in Mansfield, AR and attended First Assembly of God church of Mansfield. Naomi was the last of several siblings.
She was preceded in death by all of them except one sister in law, Ida. Her siblings were,
Brothers- Roy Niblett and Edith, Edward Niblett and Lois, Cecil Niblett and Ida of Mansfield, AR. Sisters- Edna Mae &
Noah Cass of Huntington, AR, Rachael and Bill Hubbard of Yuba City, CA, Flora and Omer Starr of Mountain Pine, AR, and Elizabeth
and TJ Black of Abbott, AR.
Her children are William and Marsha of Kingsland, David and
Brenda of Marble Falls, Terry of Austin, Patricia (Trish) and Joe Walker of Marble Falls, Claude and Joy of Granite Shoals,
and John Timothy and Karen of Llano and one ex daughter in law, Paula Rogers. Her loving grandchildren are Chris Rogers, Rebecca
Robinette, Elizabeth Cowan and husband Rhett, Crystal Kay Rogers who preceded her in death, John Rogers and Angela, Ashley
Payne and Sam, Mike Walker and Natalie, Jeff Walker and Leighanne, Tara Walker and Ashlyn, Dustin Rogers and Alicia, Jason
Rogers, Kendra VanPelt and Eric, and Shaden
A visitation will be held Monday, June 11, 2018 at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano from 5:00 P.M. ~ 7:00 P.M. Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Waldrope ~ Hatfield ~ Hawthorne Funeral Chapel with Reverend Kenneth Womack officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Cody Allen, Eric Van Pelt, Sam Payne, Chris Rogers, John Rogers, Mike Walker, Jeff Walker, Dustin Rogers, and Jason Rogers. Honorary pallbearers will be Colton, Carson and Case Payne, Luke and Trent Rogers, Josh Handley, Jonah, Noah and Lucas Walker, Aeries Allen, Logan and Jeremiah Van Pelt.
Margaret Yvonne Pickard
Margaret Yvonne Pickard, age 76 of Llano, Texas passed away Friday, June 8, 2018 at her residence.
She was born on May 17, 1942 in Frizington, England to Robert Irving and Katherine (McGrath) Irving.
Survivors include her Husband, Donald R. (Don) Pickard of Llano, 3 Sons, Lawrence, Glen, and Marc Frappier, as well as 2 Grandchildren Zach and Finn.
There are no services planned at this time.
Max Dale Alexander
Max Dale Alexander passed away at home on May 23, 2018 at the age of 85.
Max attended Texas Tech University and earned his teaching degree. His teaching career began in San Marcos and included many happy years teaching in Blanco and Burnet, Texas before finally settling at Llano High School where he taught vocational education until his retirement.
He was a member of Masonic Lodge #242 in Llano for over 58 years and held numerous offices and positions within the Masonic organizations. He also actively served in the Tow Volunteer Fire Dept., The Child Welfare Board, and Tow Cemetery Association.
Max Alexander is survived by his wife Barbara Ann Alexander, daughter Karon Milam and her husband Kenneth, step-daughter Janet Sanders and her husband Mike, granddaughter Lydia Breault and her husband Neil, grandson Max Milam and wife Betsy, step-grandchildren, Natalie Robinett and husband Louis, Geoffrey Sanders and wife Hannah, Audrey Sanders, great granddaughter Kara Breault, step-great grandson Isaiah Robinett and one brother, Monty Alexander, and many beloved nieces and nephews and their families.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Maxine Alexander, parents W.A. (Andrew) Alexander and Carmen Alexander, and brothers Larry Alexander and Jerry Alexander.
A Masonic memorial service will be held for Max Alexander on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at The First Baptist Church of Tow, Texas at 10 AM.
Roslyn Ruth McCullough
Roslyn Ruth McCullough, age 69 of Llano passed away on May 24, 2018. She was born on January 22, 1949 in Bangkok Siam, Thailand to Richard Evan Fisher and Ruth Elizabeth (Engelman) Fisher. Both parents have preceeded her death.
Roslyn has lived in Llano since 1981 having moved here from Horseshoe Bay. She loved animals of all kinds from horses to mules as well as dogs, snakes, parrots and most animals in between. Roslyn loved her Arabian Shazam and won barrel races on him in your younger years. During her years while living in Llano she rode her beloved Belgium drafts at trail rides and to the Castell Store. She would even hitch them to a wagon and haul some dogs with her down the road.
Roslyn also loved to ride in her antiques cars and trucks which she owned from time to time. She just recently retired from MHMR-Llano, where she served as a caregiver for many years. She loved her work and greatly appreciated the people there. Knowing she worked different jobs in her life, her position at MHMR-Llano was the job she loved.
She is survived by her Husband, Gary Lee McCullough, her Step-Mother Joyce P. Fisher of Meadowlakes, and close friends Sue Page, Tonya Hawkins and husband Ricky, and Rose Page, all of Llano.
A Celebration of Roslyn’s life will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Llano Cowboy Church at 4:00PM with Rev. Stacy Nobles officiating.
Thomas "Tommy" Lindell Bailey
Thomas (Tommy) Lindell Bailey was born in Abilene, Texas on November 1, 1930. He passed away in Llano on May 23, 2018.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Nannie Bailey; three sisters, Dorothy Kossey, Betty Thornton, and Lorelle Floyd; one brother, Lawrence Bailey; and one daughter, Sharla Bailey Ebert.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty (Sparks) Bailey, son, Alan (and wife Christina) Bailey of Llano, daughter, Ruth (and husband Scooter) Ashwood of West Columbia, daughter, Pamela Winkworth of Lake Jackson, daughter, Dianne (and husband Billy Hoy) of Llano, and son, Chuck (and wife Becky) Bailey of Llano.
Tommy was blessed with 17 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and 9 great-great grandchildren, with 3 more great-great grandchildren on the way.
Tommy and Betty moved their family to Llano in 1964, where he established Tommy Bailey Pest Control in 1967. Tommy retired in 2005, and his son Chuck took over the business.
Tommy was a member of the Llano First Baptist Church. He joined the Gypsy Motorcycle Club in 1983 and was a retired Lifer.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church of Llano with Reverend Rick Cundieff officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Llano, 107 W Luce St, Llano, TX 78643.
August Otto Jr.
August Otto Jr. passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the age of 84. He was born February 13, 1934 to Amanda (Hoffmann) and August Otto Sr. He grew up on his parent’s 3200 acre ranch with his seven siblings, 5 sisters and 2 brothers. Jr. graduated Llano High School in 1951. Later he would be inducted into the Llano High School Hall of Fame for being the first District Champion Team in football. He was inducted a second time as an individual football player and a third time for being a member of the State Championship Team in Livestock Judging.
At the time of his second induction as an individual, Coach Purser told the story of the night Llano played Fredericksburg. Lots of German was being spoken on the field and early in the game Jr. called time out and went over to the sideline to talk to Coach Purser. When he got there coach asked, “Jr., why did you call time out?” Jr. replied, “Coach, do you realize that you are the only man in the stadium that doesn’t know what is going on out on the field?” Purser told him, “Jr. I don’t speak German and I am not going to learn in the next few seconds so what do you suggest?” Jr. replied, “Move me to the monster linebacker position.” The very next snap of the ball, he intercepted a pass and ran it in for a touchdown. Later in the game he intercepted another pass and scored again.
Upon graduation from high school, Jr. became a full time cowboy and married Doris Nell Nixon in 1955. They had 2 children, Cary and Shannon. He worked on many ranches in Llano County throughout his life. He was also a Director on the Federal Land Bank board for 25 years.
Jr. is survived by his son, Cary Otto of Llano; Sisters Nelda Duncan Hohmann of Llano, Ruby Varvel and husband Lewis of Hearne, Texas, Frances Evers and husband Vernon of Llano; Brother Frank Otto and wife Marion of Llano; Three grandchildren and Three great grandchildren; brother- in- law, Danny and wife Lonetta Nixon and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Doris Nell (Nixon) Otto, daughter Shannon (Otto) Kasper, parents Amanda (Hoffmann) and August Otto Sr; Sisters Netha (Otto) Garrett and Arlene (Otto) Alexander; and brother, Vernon August Otto.
A memorial service will be held 10:30 A.M. Saturday, May 19, 2018 at St. John Lutheran Church in located one half mile east of Castell, Texas on ranch road 152. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given to the Llano Special Opportunity 206 East Main, Llano, Texas 78643.
Thomas James Moore
Thomas James Moore, 57 died peacefully May 4th at the Christopher Hospice Home in Austin. Thomas' health had been declining in recent months due to kidney failure amongst other complications.
He had been active everyday up till recently and had incredible loving support from his parents Jim and Bobbie Jean Moore, sisters Janice and Vicki Moore, and his nephew Blake Enberg plus their immediate families.
Every fall Thomas was in high gear for Texas Longhorns and Llano Yellow Jacket football....he never could get enough! Plus he loved everything related to deer hunting or bass fishing. Thomas was deeply proud of his heritage as a fourth generation Llano
The family extends their deepest gratitude to Packsaddle Church, Llano's MHMR group, Leland Kassell and his veterinary staff, and Kingsland Pharmacy who provided great assistance during his final months.
Visitation will be held at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Kingsland, Texas from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Graveside service will be held Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Honey Creek Cemetery at 10:00 A.M. with Pastor Robert Billingslea officiating.
In lieu of flowers please send donations in honor of Thomas to the Packsaddle Fellowship Church 508 Ranch Rd 2900, Kingsland, TX 78639.
Nancy Kathleen Hammons
Nancy Kathleen Hammons born October 8, 1945 and passed April 30, 2018.
Nancy is survived by her sons James Jones and his wife Karen, Marion Jones and his wife Christy. Her grandsons James Michael and his wife Ashlee, Dustin Ryan and his wife Jen. Her grand-daughters Sarah & Isaac Herrera, Libby Evans, and Kendra Kathleen, Six great grand-children, Jaden, Elizabeth, Jonah, Isaac Josiah, Catalina, and Ziva and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is also survived by her two brothers and four sisters, Susan and Buck Sanders, Dan and Cyndi Lee, Mary and Melvin Hudson, Becky and Mike Hansen, John Lee and Carol Lee.
She is preceded in death by her sister Lucy Lee her mother Anah Grace Heckman Lee and her father Robert Emmet Lee.
Memorial service will be held at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home at 900 Industrial Blvd Kingsland TX at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 4, 2018.
Mary Helen Holland
Mary Helen Holland passed away Monday, April 23, 2018 in Austin, Texas at the age of 71. She was born December 7, 1946 in San Saba, Texas to R.R. Holland Sr. and Lora (Peacock). Mary was a member of the Buda Church of Christ, and Western Hills Church of Christ in Oak Hill. She loved fishing, gardening, reading, playing Dominoes, her roses, and the old country music. Mary graduated from Llano High School in 1965, and went on to graduate from The University of Texas.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents R.R. Holland Sr. and Lora Holland; sister, Pauline Munsell; and brothers, William Earl Holland and Louis Holland.
She is survived by her brother R.R. (Ross) Holland, Jr. and wife Rose Marie of Austin, Texas, and sisters, June Holland Beakley, of Milburn, Texas and Paula Holland Blackmon and husband Bobby of Austin, Texas, and numerous nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 10:30 A.M. on land that was once owned by her parents and is now known as Bluffton Cemetery with Charlie Johanson, Minister at Brentwood Church of Christ in Austin, Texas officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Michael Beakley, Stephen Beakley, Eddie Holland, Kenneth Holland, Christopher Holland, Timothy Holland, Bobby Blackmon, Jr., and Rich Jeske. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Bluffton Cemetery PO Box 111, Bluffton, Texas 78607 or charity of choice.
Bessie Elenor Dennis
Mrs. Bessie Dennis known as Skipper to many, peacefully entered into rest on April 16, 2018. She was born February 23, 1937 in Mason, Texas to Flem Sanders and Estelle Eaton Strange. Survived by her loving husband James Dale Dennis of Llano. One brother Roy Lee Sanders and wife Janice of Lampasas, Texas. Children are daughters; Glenda and husband Ronnie Chappell of Belton, Texas, Wanda and husband Royce Roberts of Lake Arrowhead, Texas, and Dina Lynn Dennis of Port Naches, Texas. Sons: James Martin and wife Lorrie Ashing of Llano, Thomas and wife Johnny Duke of Valley Spring, TX. She was preceeded in death by 2 sons Charles Henry Ashing and Lonnie Rene Dennis; daughter-in-law Brenda Kay Ashing; and great granddaughter Roselyn Duke.. She was blessed with 2 granddaughters, Wendalynn Roberts Mauger, and Jamie Lynn Dennis and 6 grandsons; Charles Chappell, Royce Roberts II, Chambliss Ashing, Daylon Ashing, Aaron Duke and Chisholm Duke, ten great grandchildren.
Mrs. Bessie Dennis traveled to many countries with her husband over many years and enjoyed cooking, gardening, ceramics, sewing, bingo, and many other crafts.
Services will be conducted by LeRoy Dennis at Pontotoc Cemetery at 10am April 20, 2018. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Pontotoc Cemetery at P.O. Box 46, Pontotoc, Tx 76809.
The Dennis family sincerely appreciate Dr. David Hoerster and the staff of Llano Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center for their tender loving care.
Kenny Randolph Osbourn
Kenny Randolph Osbourn passed away unexpectedly on April 3, 2018. He was born June 21, 1949 in San
Antonio to Fred and Wanda (Miller) Osbourn.
Memorial service will be held April 14, at 2pm Llano Church of Christ .Lunch will be served at 12 pm in the Church annex.
Michael Lynn Thorman
Michael Thorman passed away at his home in Kingsland, TX surrounded by his family on April 8, 2018. Born in San Angelo, TX on June 27th, 1952 to George and Leoda Thorman, later moving to Del Rio Mike met the love of his life Sharon Elaine Gibbs. They were married on August 3rd, 1970 in Del Rio, TX. Mike and Sharon raised three sons, Ty Ray, Richard Emery and Eric Wayne. Mike spent his early years working alongside his father at Gandy’s Dairy, later taking a job with Southern Pacific Railroad as a welder. Mike and Sharon eventually ended up settling in Gatesville, TX where he became a Master Welder at Kalyn Trailers. After a few years at Kalyn, Mike ventured off on his own and started a business named Custom Metal Art. Being talented he loved creating metal art pieces which can be found in many places around the world and has been in several magazines. June 11th, 2014, tragedy struck the family with the passing of his High School sweetheart, Sharon. Mike made the decision to leave Gatesville and move to Kingsland, TX after falling in love with the Hill Country and Lake LBJ. He and his kids and grandkids spent countless days out on the lake fishing, boating and exploring. When he wasn’t out on the water, he was tending to his many house plants and working in his yard.
Michael is proceeded in death by his wife, Sharon Gibbs Thorman, His parents, George & Leoda Thorman and his Father In-Law, Travis Gibbs. He is survived by his three sons and their families, Ty Thorman & wife Tawnya and their children, Ashley, Clayton, Alexis, Olivia, Naiya and great granddaughter Kinley of Lago Vista, TX. Richard Thorman & husband David Copeland and their children, Gwyneth, Evelyn and Creighton of Kingsland, TX. Eric Thorman & wife Mandy and their children, Maggie, EJ and Allison of Gatesville, TX. Michael is also survived by his Sister, Georgann Thorman Lyon of Converse, TX, Mother in Law, Gwen Gibbs of Cibilo, TX and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 14, 2018 Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Kingsland, Texas at 2:00 P.M. with Craig Barrack officiating.
R.C. Nelms III
Richard Claude Nelms, III passed peacefully on his beloved Kingsland ranch April 5, 2018, surrounded by loved ones. Born May 15, 1934, he was known by many as “Mike” and “R.C.”
R.C. was an Army veteran, aviator, businessman, and rancher. He loved nature and the outdoors. R.C. was an avid sportsman who enjoyed salt-water fishing, hunting, and gun sports. He was a generous host to all who joined him on his many excursions.
R.C. is survived by his brother Robert “Bob” Nelms, sister-in-law Ellen, and nephew Bobby. Also by his sons, Mike and Todd Nelms, daughter Mechelle Nelms, daughter-in-law’s Kim and T.J., and his “Extra Sons” Scott McAfee and Rick Carrasco; His grandchildren Derrick Nelms, Nichole Griffin, Martin and his great-grand sons Waylon and Nash Griffin.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park Cemetery with Johnny Sawyer officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Scott McAfee, Rick Carrasco, Charlie Barton, Martin Griffin, Todd Nelms, and Mike Nelms.
The Nelms Family wishes to recognize the heroic efforts made by the Kingsland and Buchanan Dam Volunteer Fire Department, the Llano Sheriff’s Department, Central Texas Electric Co-op, Bryan Gumbert with Any Time Air & Electric, Mike Mauer, and Audra Parks. To them we are eternally grateful.
Viola Marie Moore
Viola Marie Moore, Age 95, passed
from this life April 3rd to join her Savior in heaven. Her grandson, Cory Moore was there holding the hand of the “Nana”
he loves so much. A celebration of her life will be held May 5th at 11 AM at the Buchanan West Baptist church, Buchanan Dam,
Margaret Gisele “Zele” Templeton
“Zele” Templeton died unexpectedly at her home in Kansas on Saturday, March 24, 2018. She was born in Buda, and lived in rural Manchaca, most of her early life. She was active in 4-H and an avid horseman. She graduated from Crockett High School in 1974. She and her husband Glenn were married at her home in Manchacca on August 19, 1978. They relocated several times and settled in Vassar, KS in 1977. She served as a Community Leader for the Vassar Blue Ribbon 4-H club for a number of years where she taught her children and grandchildren to exhibit dairy cattle. She was also serving her Church as the vacation bible school director of arts and crafts and on the endowment committee. She loved the out of doors and was an accomplished huntress and fisherwoman. She had many friends in the Kansas Muzzleloading Assoc. and especially loved the rendezvous. She was proceeded in death by her father, James Henslee of Buda, and her father-in-law, Billie Templeton, of Austin. She is survived by her mother, Lillian Henslee, of Lyndon, KS, sister, Jauny Keith, of Wimberly, and husband Cecil, brother Herbie Henslee, of Rockport, mother-in-law, Bea Templeton, of Austin, sister-in-law, Judy Weedon, of San Antonio, and husband “Jim Bob”, sister-in-law, Gina Ball of Carrollton, and husband Tad. Also survived by daughter, Lindsey Templeton of Silver Lake, KS and grandchildren, Lexi and Logan “John Henry” Keen, and daughter Catie Spratt of Lyndon, KS and grandchildren, Pail “Boomer” and Arianna “Baby Sue” Spratt. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Glenn, of Vassar, KS. “She has been my partner, the love of my life and especially my best friend for all of my adult life. I will continue to love her with my whole heart and cherish her memory until we are re-united by our creator in paradise. I am honored to have been accepted as her husband, and truly blessed by our God.”
Interment service will be at Board Branch Cemetery in Lone Grove, Texas on Thursday, April 5, at 1:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, Please consider a contribution to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) or Zion Lutheran Church, 822 Topeka Ave Lyndon, KS 66451 or the charity of your choice.
Frances Margaret Hische Merritt
Frances Margaret Hische Merritt, 84, of St. Francisville, Louisiana, died February 7, 2018 after a long and fruitful life.
Born September 8, 1933 in Knoxville, Tennessee, to Harry L. Hische and Grace Obaugh Hische, Frances and her sister Nan moved around as children but considered Galveston, Texas, where they graduated from Ball High School, as their home.
Not long after graduation, Frances married Warren Franklin ‘Skeeter’ Merritt Jr. and they promptly began raising a family of five children, living along the Gulf Coast in Texas and Louisiana, then West Virginia and back to Texas.
As the kids got older, Frances entered the workforce and simultaneously furthered her education, earning an associate’s degree from Marshall University, a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia State College, then enrolling in the University of Houston Law School, where she earned a J.D. degree at age 55.
After Skeeter retired in 1993 from a career with Union Carbide, they moved to their dream home along the Llano River in the Texas Hill Country, which they made into a loving and welcome vacation spot for family and friends.
In Llano, Texas, Frances began working for the Oatman Law Office as attorney. As she had everywhere she lived, she became heavily involved in the community and made strong friendships. She volunteered, led organizations, performed gratis law work for who knows how many people, and served as leader of the Republican Women's Club. With Skeeter, she an active member of Grace Episcopal Church of Llano, serving on the Vestry and in other capacities. When Skeeter became stricken with Alzheimer's Disease, she founded the Care Givers Day Out program in Llano.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents, Skeeter - her husband of 60 years, her sister Nan Pye, and one son, Danny Merritt.
She is survived by one daughter, Lynn Merritt Gaudet and husband, Steve Gaudet, of St. Francisville, La.; three sons, David Merritt and wife, Elaine Jackson, of Amargosa Valley, Nev.; Mickey Merritt of Alpine, Texas; and Kelly Merritt and wife, the Rev. Melissa E. Remington of Charleston W.Va.; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and additional daughters-in-law Cyndy Klock Bazille, Julie Benefield, Connie Singer, Pam Merritt and Teri Whelan.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 7 at 1:30 p.m. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel, 307 East Sandstone, Llano, Texas, with committal following at Llano City Cemetery. Visitors may call at 12:30 p.m. at the Funeral Chapel. All are invited to a reception at Grace Episcopal Church, 1200 Oatman Street, Llano, immediately following the services.
Memorials may be made to Grace Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, 1200 Oatman St., Llano, TX 78643.
Robert Michael Whitaker born December 7, 1990 to Timmy Whitaker, passed away Sunday, April 1, 2018.
Robert always had a smile on his face. He never met a stranger and had no enemies. Robert would light up a room when he walked in. Robert loved a lot of things including drawing, coloring, horses, Santa Claus, scary movies, music and dancing. He worked at the Special Opportunity School at the recycling center. He participated in the Special Olympics, he competed in Shot-Put, 100 Meter Dash, Bowling and Basketball. Robert loved going on outings with his fellow employees such as dancing at Luckenbach.
He is proceeded by his father, Timmy Whitaker; his paternal grandfather, Wiley Whitaker; his cousin, Brandy Morgan; and his paternal great grandparents, Robert Hawkins and Marizilla Hawkins.
Robert is survived by his grandmother/ mother, Doris Hall of Llano; brothers, Samuel Whitaker and wife Calie from Groesbeck, Texas, John Wiley Whitaker and wife Justine from Leander, Texas, Mark Johnson and wife Cassandra of Austin, Texas; sister, Amber Siter and husband Vince of Cedar Park, Texas; grandmother, Elizabeth Whitaker of Austin, Texas; his puppy sissy; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas the family will be available from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas.
Loy Jean Hawkins Austin
Loy Jean Hawkins Austin née Pence died peacefully at home on March
25 in Mesquite, Texas. She was 70 years old.
She spent her last weekend relaxing at home, playing with great-granddaughter Adaley and video chatting with her youngest great-grandson, Lyndon.
Jean is survived by her husband, Jerald Austin; her daughter Cindy Storm and husband Roger of Odessa; daughter Tammy Blackmon and husband Terry of Tow; and, daughter-in-law Sherry Hawkins of Paint Creek; Paul Don Austin of Terrell; and, Dusty Austin and wife Natasha of Garland. She is survived by 12 grandchildren: Emily Hawkins of Houston, Ryne Storm and wife Andrea of Odessa, Chris Hawkins of Odessa, Erik Storm of Odessa, Justin Hawkins and wife Allie of Odessa, Jacob Hawkins of Paint Creek, Steven Austin of Mesquite, Ashley Austin of Mesquite, Alec Austin of Mesquite, Brook Austin of Mesquite, Devon Austin of Mesquite, and Cody Austin of Mesquite. Jean is also survived by six great-grandchildren: Brooklynn, Branson, Lyndon, Weslyn, Adaley, and Lily Beth. She is preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Ronnie Hawkins, and her son Jeff Hawkins.
A funeral is scheduled for Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes in Llano at 1:00 p.m. Graveside services will follow at the Tow Cemetery in Tow immediately after. Pastor Ken Barrington will officiate the ceremony and Pastor Johnny Sawyer will preside over graveside services. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jean's life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association at: www.diabetes.org/donate/
Doraine Shirley Parks died March 26, 2018, in Lakeway, Texas. She spent her final days surrounded by her loving family. A memorial service in remembrance and celebration of her life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at Kingsland Community Church in Kingsland, with a graveside service to follow at 4:30 p.m. at Trinity Memorial Park in Big Spring.
Doraine was born on March 10, 1925 in Watertown, South Dakota to Oscar Anderson and Hannah Aronson Anderson. Doraine was of full Norwegian ancestry; her paternal grandfather was the last of her family to immigrate to the United States. During World War II, Doraine moved to Boise, Idaho, where she served as a secretary to a Colonel in the United States Air Force and—far more important to her life’s story—met the young Roy Wendal Parks. Wendal knew Doraine was a once-in-a-lifetime woman and wasted little time securing her hand in marriage. They married on September 12, 1945, and soon thereafter moved to Big Spring, Texas, where they established firm roots in the community that remain to this day. Doraine gave birth to two girls who share a deep love and admiration of her: Laura Parks McEwen in 1950 and Lana Parks in 1954. Doraine and Wendal lived in Big Spring until retirement in 1985, when they moved to Kingsland, Texas. There, they enjoyed nothing more than square dancing, playing bridge, participating in church activities, and building a lifetime of memories on the lake with their family.
Doraine’s lasting legacy will be her strength, kindness, and pure love for life and family. That legacy will continue to inspire her surviving family members who will miss her dearly: girls, Laura Parks McEwen of Lamesa and Lana Parks of Arlington; grandchildren and families, Torbin McEwen and Lynn McNeill of Austin; Kisa McEwen Stevens and Josh Stevens of Lamesa; and Drew McEwen and Melisa McEwen of Austin; greatgrandchildren, River Stevens, Bella Stevens, Crichton McEwen, and Kensington McEwen; and special family friend, Darla Walls. Doraine was preceded in death by her husband Wendal; mother Hannah, father Oscar, sister Arlene, and brothers Marlow (infant), Marlow, and Melford. In lieu of flower, donations can be made to the Kingsland Community Church, 1136 Hwy 1431, Kingsland, Texas 78639; or Highland Lakes S.P.C.A., P.O. Box 1275, Marble Falls, Texas 78654.
William Asher Richardson III
William Asher Richardson III passed away at his home in Llano, TX on Friday, March 16th surrounded by his wife and kids. He was an exceptional man and will be deeply missed.
Born in Corpus Christi, TX on September 2, 1955, he was the son of William Asher Richardson Jr. and Eloise McMahon Richardson, who have preceded him in passing. Bill spent his childhood hunting in South Texas and fishing on the Texas Gulf Coast. He was an accomplished athlete as a young man in baseball and football and dominated in competitive shooting.
At the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country proudly, and on September 18, 1982, he married the love of his life, Kris, and they began a beautiful marriage filled with hard work, laughter, determination, and love. They had two children, Ashley and Adam, who he credited as his greatest successes.
A maverick in his field, he created his own niche in the oil industry and went on to pursue and accomplish many entrepreneurial endeavors. However, his greatest accomplishments were his relationship with God, which he used to help countless individuals, and the love that was shared between him and his wife and children. He was a loving and devoted husband, an exceptionally fun and present father, a protector and leader of his entire family, and an amazing friend to anyone that was fortunate enough to cross his path. He left this world better than he found it.
A service will be held in remembrance of Bill on Saturday, March 24th at 11:00 at the First Presbyterian Church in Llano, TX. It will be a celebration of the life and works of a great man.
Bill is survived by his wife, Kris, of 35 years of marriage and 50 years of friendship, his children Ashley and Adam, his siblings, Lynn, Jackson, Annette, James, and Alice, and numerous nieces and nephews that he loved greatly.
Gladys Jo Florence, 91, passed away at home to her eternal hope in Christ on March 14, 2018.
Jo was born in Roberts Community, Haskell County, Texas on November 12, 1926 to Charles and
Audie Jo (Penton) King. Her family moved to Lubbock in her high school years. While attending Texas Tech she met her husband, Charles Florence. Soon after their marriage in 1948, Charles and Jo moved to Edinburg, TX where Charles was employed by ECISD. A need for elementary teachers in the early 1950's started Jo in the career of education. Both were employed by the district until retirement in 1984.
They settled in Kingsland in 1986 where they were members of First Baptist Church. Jo enjoyed her Sunday School class and helping with children's classes. She was an avid reader and active library patron, passing her love for books to her children and grandchildren. She loved to walk and tend her small garden. Most of all, Jo made sure that all of her family knew that they were loved, not only by her, but by her Savior, Jesus Christ.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brother Charles King, sister Delia Ann Mardis Marks, son-in-law Jim Reeves, and many loved family members and close friends. She is survived by her sister Charlene Giles of Dallas, brother Henry (Glenda) King of Lubbock, son Michael (Colleen) Florence of Citrus Heights, CA, and daughter Sara Reeves of Buchanan Dam. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held for the family at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park. Memorial gifts may be sent to the ministry “Touching Lives Together” through First Baptist Church, PO Box 1137, Kingsland, TX 78639
Roy Rudolph Grenwelge
Roy Rudolph Grenwelge, born January 2, 1938 to Bessie and Rudolph Grenwelge, and died March 13, 2018.
Roy was a graduate of Llano High School and Texas Lutheran College. He retired from Republic National Bank after 25 years and MBNA after 10 years, doing what he loved as a rancher and raised cattle.
He is survived by his wife, Sue, of 49 years, daughter Cheryl Deese and husband Rueben, grandson Zach Patterson, granddaughter Stephanie Anderson and husband Steven, two great grandsons Gavin Lasater and Grayson Patterson and many nieces and nephews.
Roy was preceded in death by his mother and father, brother Norman Grenwelge, sister Margaret Kent and husband Luke, sister Josephine Jordan and husband A.V.
Visitation will be Friday, March 16 from 6pm-8pm and the service will be held on Saturday, March 17 at 2:00pm at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano, TX. Burial immediately following at the Llano City Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Gary Parson, Stanley Kent, Zach Patterson, Steven Anderson, Dan Farnsworth, David Allen.
Virginia Frances Massey
“Frances” Tway Massey passed away Tuesday, March 6th, 2018, at home in Kingsland, Texas at the age of 78. She
was born on September 22, 1939 in Heth, Arkansas to Oda Tway & Florinda Newman Tway.
Carla Jean Webb
Carla Jean Webb passed away Saturday, March 3, 2018 in Llano, Texas at the age of 56. She was born September 15, 1961 in Crockett, Texas to Marion White and Wanda Jean (Newsome). Carla was a resident of Buchanan Dam. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
She is preceded in death by her parents Marion White and Wanda Jean (Newsome).
Carla is survived by her husband, Sam Webb; daughters, Dianna Vogt and husband Jeffrey Vogt of Llano, Texas; Ashley Webb and husband Tyler Bailey of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; brothers, Dennis White and wife Melanie of Burleson, Texas; David White of Fort Worth, Texas; sisters, Linda White of Fort Worth, Texas, and Brenda Wilson of Fort Worth, Texas; and 5 grandchildren Alyssa Bailey, Cameron Vogt, Leeland Bailey, Jolene Vogt, and Layla Vogt
Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. A funeral service will be held Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Llano Church of Christ a 2:00 P.M. with Brother Troy Singleton and Brother Doug Suggs officiating. Interment to follow at Cherokee Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Jimmy Grumbles, Matthew Grumbles, Johnny Grumbles, David Branstetter, Kirk White, and Jeffrey Wilson. Honorary pallbearers will be Benjamin Branstetter and Michael Jones JR. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Cherokee Children’s Home P.O. Box 295, Cherokee, TX 76832.
Reeda Sue Martin
Reeda Sue Martin passed away Sunday, March 4, 2018 in Lakeway, Texas at age of 81. She was born January 29, 1937 in Dripping Spring, Texas to Robert Moore and Doris (Reeder). Reeda was a resident of Kingsland for 7 years since coming from Aransas Pass, Texas.
Reeda is preceded in death by her husband Bobby Martin, and brother, Robert Wayne Moore.
She is survived by her sons, Monty Wayne Martin and wife Lynoma of Kingsland, Texas, and Michael Ray Martin and wife Julie of Corpus Christi; brother, Frank Moore and wife Cathy of Spring, Texas; grandchildren, Tracie Chapman and husband Justin, Shana Martin, Courtney Baker and husband Josh, Brady Martin and wife Bridgett, Lakyn Carrion and husband Marc, Jason Arche and wife Nickie; and 10 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 10:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Kingsland, Texas. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Kingsland, Texas at 11:30 A.M. with Frank Moore officiating. Interment to follow at Round Mountain Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Brady Martin, Marc Carrion, Jason Arche, Joel Starnes, Bob Moore, and Dave Moore.
Ronald (Ronnie) Franklin Yates
Ronald (Ronnie) Franklin Yates, Senior went to be with the lord on March 3rd, 2018. He was born on November 30th, 1951 in Brady, Texas to Tommy Joe and Jane (Fowler) Yates. He lived in Cherokee for most of his youth until high school when he attended Texas Military Institute in San Antonio.
He attended The University of Texas at Austin where he met the love of his life, Glena Wood. While at UT he was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Government in May 1973 and married Glena the next month on June 2nd in Ardmore, Oklahoma in the middle of a tornado.
He attended Southern Methodist University Law School and graduated with his Doctorate of Juris Prudence in Dec 1975. He and Glena promptly relocated to Kingsland, TX to start work with Kingsland Abstract & Title. He went on to own and operate Central Texas Land Titles, Inc. for the next 40+ years as well as practicing as a Board Certified Residential Real estate as well as a Board Certified Ranch Real Estate Attorney with his firm Yates, Crow and Dudley. Ronnie served as President of Texas Land Title Association in 1996-1997. His last big venture was Spicewood Vineyards and Ron Yates Wines where he was chief taste tester.
He was a loved grandson by Sammie Lee Fowler, W. Y. Fowler, Jr. and Lillian McCroury Yates. He is preceded in death by his parents and his baby sister Linda and baby brother.
He is survived by his devoted wife Glena Wood Yates, his son Ronald Franklin Yates Jr and wife Jessica Jordan Yates, daughter Kara Yates Dudley and husband James H. Dudley, IV. Good Guy was dearly loved by his three granddaughters Tennyson Wren Yates, Louisa Yates Dudley, and Sammie Vivienne Yates. He will be fondly remembered by his Sister-in-law Linda Tiller, nephews Jason Dixon and Brad Dixon and niece Amanda Dixon Laufer, cousin William Young Fowler, III, and numerous friends.
A private interment will occur Thursday March 8th. The family invites all those who wish to toast Ronnie to a celebration of life at Spicewood Vineyards Thursday March 8th at 5pm. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Ronnie’s name to Cherokee Children’s Home at P.O. Box 295 Cherokee, TX 76832 or Spicewood Volunteer Fire Department –EMS 9805 Hwy 71 E P. O. Box 2 Spicewood, TX 78669-0002.
Karen Sue Ward
Karen Sue Ward, aged 64, went to be with our Heavenly Father on February 19, 2018 at home in Llano, Texas. Karen was born December 26, 1954 in Odessa Texas, the daughter of Jerry and Molly Cannon.
Karen could brighten any room with her contagious laughter. She found joy spending time with family, and friends. Karen could make any situation comical. She could laugh at anything and quite frequently herself. She had an unbroken bond with her twin, Kathy Light. Much like her beauty, she left a little piece every place she went. She was adventurous, curious, and had a vivacious soul. Those who knew her close enough would say Karen had a strong spirit, soft heart, and a humble nature. Most importantly, she would tell any listening body how proud she was of her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her four children, Jason Ward of Denton Texas, Sheila Salazar of Midland Texas, Ginger Parum of Midland Texas, and Shawna Green of Meridian Idaho; her ex-husband John Ward; her 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren; Her three sisters; her two dogs Oscar and Quigly.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jerry Cannon, and her mother, Molly Cannon.
Karen’s memorial will be held on March 24, 2018 at American Heritage at 3:00 pm. Close family will be there to greet any relative or friends. In Lieu of flowers, her children are requesting to spend a day making memories with the ones you love.
Betty Evelyn Epperson
Betty Evelyn Epperson of Valley Spring, TX passed away on March 3, 2018. She has found peace and is home with her Lord and Savior.
Betty Evelyn was born in Brownwood, TX on March 13, 1926 to Harry Lee Sifford and Bess Gray Sifford. Shortly after she was born, the family moved to Kansas City, Missouri. As a young girl, Betty had many fond memories of attending school in both Kansas City and Laramie, Wyoming while her father and grandfather were involved with the Laramie-North Park Railroad Company. In later years, they moved to Cherokee, TX to be closer to family. Betty graduated from Cherokee High School in 1943. She then attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos where she graduated in 1946 with a Bachelor of Science in History with a Minor in English while also obtaining her Teaching Certificate.
Betty met James Derrell Epperson while attending school together in Cherokee. After his discharge from the Navy and many years of courtship, James and Betty were married on September 20, 1946. They settled in Valley Spring to live and ranch together for close to 70 years.
Betty was an outstanding Homemaker, keeping a comfortable home and cooking generous meals daily. Through the years, Betty supported all Llano ISD, 4-H, and livestock events cheering on her daughter, granddaughters and great-grandchildren. She was an avid reader who always had a great appreciation for literature and poetry. Betty was a member of Llano Women’s Culture Club and Valley Spring Methodist Church. For 64 years, Betty dedicated much time and loving care to their special needs son Jimmy. They had an exceptional and most admirable bond.
Betty is survived by her daughter Gayle Jordan of Valley Spring; granddaughters Jima (Clint) Montfort of Corsicana and Julie (Kris) Havelka of Sandia; great-grandchildren Graycie and Cole Montfort, and Sydney, Keaton and Heston Havelka; sister in law Jo Ella (Cecil) Lewis of Fredericksburg; sister in law Maude Ann (Kenneth) Kuykendall of Cherokee; numerous nieces and nephews.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents Harry Lee Sifford and Bess Gray Sifford; brother Robert “Bob” Sifford; husband James Derrell Epperson and beloved son James Robert “Jimmy” Epperson.
Memorials (in lieu of flowers) can be made to Cherokee Home for Children and Hill Country Livestock Raisers Scholarship Fund.
Beatrice 'Bea' Olson
Bea Olson, age 87, passed away gracefully at her home in Horseshoe Bay, Texas on Saturday, February 24, 2018.
Bea was born November 7, 1930 to Lynn and Viola Munsell. She was baptized and confirmed in Franklin, MN where she grew up. Bea was a graduate of Mankato State University. She was united in marriage to Dick Olson on December 19, 1954.
Bea was a wonderful mother and teacher. She began teaching elementary school children, then middle school teens and lastly, as a special education teacher at Mankato East High. She was an amazing teacher in the classroom and out. Bea enjoyed bridge, music, plays, and traveling. She especially loved spending time with family and friends. She was active in church, bridge club, the Star Republican Women's organization and enjoyed going to community events.
Bea is survived by daughter and son-in-law Lonnie and Mike Wolle of Farmington MN, daughter Sherry Olson and significant-other Trey Ratliff of Horseshoe Bay TX; grandchildren Brandon and wife Katie Wolle, Nicholas Wolle and fiancé Jenny Leovan, and Sarah Wolle; great grandchildren Bryce Wolle, Layla Wolle, and Wyatt Wolle. Bea was preceded in death by her husband Dick Olson after 55 years of marriage.
Texas services and reception will be Monday, March 5 from 4-7pm at Quail Point in Horseshoe Bay. Services in Minnesota include a Visitation Thursday, March 8 from 4-7pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church and Memorial service Friday, March 9 at 11am at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Mankato, Minnesota.In lieu of flowers family prefers donations, in honor of Bea Olson, to Hill Country Memorial Hospice (PO Box 1339, Fredericksburg TX 78624).
Hubert Vaughn Howell
Hubert Vaughn Howell passed away Saturday, February 24, 2018 in Fredericksburg, Texas at the age of 86. He was born June 15, 1931 to Hubert Thomas Howell and Lois (Fuqua). Hubert was a resident of Llano, Texas for 26 years since coming from Amarillo, Texas. He loved living on the Llano River, hunting, fishing, and barbequing.
He is preceded by his parents, Hubert Howell, and Lois (Fuqua); and brothers, E.P. Howell, Earl Howell, and Derral Howell.
Hubert is survived by his brothers, Gary Howell and wife Joni of Llano, Texas, and Joe Howell of Spur, Texas; nieces, Ginger Woods, Kristi Hutson and husband Garrett, and Kyndel McLeod and husband Michael; nephews, Roper Howell, Jason Howell, Jay Howell, and Ervin Howell; and numerous great nieces, great nephews, and extended family.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Tanner Howell Memorial Scholarship Fund at Llano National Bank, 1001 Ford St, Llano, TX 78643.
Grace Elizabeth Wood
Grace Elizabeth Wood passed away Thursday, February 15, 2018 in Llano, Texas at the age of 86. She was born June 7, 1931 in San Saba, Texas to George Cagle and Maddie (Smith). Grace was a resident of Llano for over 30 years, since coming from Austin, Texas, and was of the Baptist faith.
She is preceded by her Parents, George Oscar Cagle, and Maddie Leona (Smith); daughter, Deborah Kay Ilse; sister, Betty Jane Newman; and brother, George Cagle.
Grace is survived by 3 daughters, Judy Ann Hunt, Barbara Jean Ilse, and Cynthia Gale Olivarez.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Harris Cemetery in San Saba, Texas at 2:00 P.M.
Lena Wittekiend (née Gabbert) died peacefully at home at the Country Oaks Assisted Living facility in Burnet, Texas at the age of 97.
Lena is survived by her children, Ken Wittekiend and wife Judy, and Stewart Wittekiend and wife Jill, all of Burnet, Texas, and Paula Bartels and husband Randy of Brenham, Texas. She leaves10 grandchildren and 7 greatgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Wittekiend, Sr., in 2005.
Lena was born on November 4th, 1920 in Voss, Texas to Robert M. and Elizabeth Wheat Gabbert. She married Kenneth F. Wittekiend, her Air Force beau, on March 5, 1946. After moving around the country with the Air Force, the couple settled in Sunrise Beach, Texas in 1970. Her children will remember her as a kind, loving mom who always supported and encouraged them to pursue their passions.
Lena loved her years living at Lake LBJ, and in 2007 she moved to Burnet to be near family. She moved to Country Oaks Assisted Living in 2010, where she enjoyed visiting with her buddies, playing bingo and occasionally taking some of their pennies in the weekly poker games. She had an amazingly positive outlook, often reminding everyone that come what may “you do what you gotta do!”
“Granny” Lena joined the Sunrise Beach Baptist Church in 1967 where she held the record for the longest tenure as a member of the congregation.
Funeral services to celebrate Lena’s life are scheduled for 1 PM on Saturday, February 24th at the First Baptist Church of Burnet, Texas with Reverend Bill McCormick presiding. Following the funeral, graveside service will be conducted at the Sandy Mountain Cemetery in Sunrise Beach, Texas.
The family would like to thank the caregivers and staff at Country Oaks for their dedication in caring for Lena for over 7 years. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Country Oaks at Hamilton Creek Assisted Living, 407 West Jackson, Burnet, TX 78611.
Kenneth Randall Flowers
Kenneth Randall Flowers, 68, passed away Friday, February 9, 2018, at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Round Rock, Texas.
He was born March 25th, 1949 and graduated from Garland High School in 1967. He then entered the Army where he served as a combat medic in Vietnam in the 1st Air Cavalry Division, 15th Medical Battalion.
In 1978, he received a BS in Radiological Sciences from Midwestern University in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was a Radiology Tech for several years.
He enjoyed great success when he started selling insurance for A.L. Williams and worked his way up to Senior Vice-President.
Later in life he went back to school, receiving an MBA in Hospital Administration from the University of Dallas in 1995. He held positions in healthcare administration and ended his career as CEO of Uropath.
His greatest "job" was becoming a Rancher on his 160 acre Ranch known as "Little Big Sky" in Comanche County, Texas. He specialized in purebred Black Angus Cattle. He was known throughout the state for his fine cattle.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Billie Jo Flowers; his father, Kenneth S. Flowers; his brother, Ed Flowers; and his niece, Amy Wilkinson. He is survived by his daughter, Jennie O'Neal and husband Patrick; son, Wayne Flowers, and wife Patricia; sister, Angela Harper and husband DeWayne; grandchildren: Emma, Molly, Cole, Gracie and Jack; nieces Sarah Harper and Laura Russell; several extended family members, and many friends.
His services are scheduled for Saturday, February 17th, at 2 p.m. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel, 307 E Sandstone St. Llano, Texas.
James Warren Deats
James Warren Deats, age 91, known as “Chic” to his friends, died peacefully on February 10, 2018, with family at his side, after a long struggle with dementia. He and his twin sister, Margaret Ann, were born on April 13, 1926, and grew up in Llano, Texas. After graduating from Llano High School, James enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1944, and served as a crew member of a B-17 bomber. Before shipping out to England, he married Velma Alene Trammell Deats, also from Llano, on November 24, 1944. They remained married for the rest of his life.
After being honorably discharged at the end of World War II, James took advantage of the G. I. Bill to enroll in the University of Texas at Austin. The first in his family to go to college, he graduated in 1950 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He took a job with Otis Elevator, working for Otis until his retirement in 1990. He placed elevators in operation in buildings throughout San Antonio and Texas, including the original elevators in the Tower of Americas in 1968.
James and Velma started a family in 1950 with the birth of their first son, Jim, followed by Craig in 1953 and Leann in 1954. After a brief time in Dallas, James and Velma moved their family to San Antonio in 1957. In 1971, James and Velma realized a lifelong dream when they moved into a home in Hill Country Village that James largely built himself. He was determined to and did remain in that home until his death.
James is remembered for his strong work ethic, his sense of humor, and his love of family. He was never happier than when on family vacations spent in a fishing cabin on his uncle’s ranch on the Llano River, and later, during times spent at family gatherings with the grandchildren. A life-long Presbyterian, James was a member first of Pilgrim Presbyterian Church, and later of San Pedro Presbyterian Church. He was an avid bridge player, a hobby he passed on to both his sons. He also loved to square dance; he and Velma were members of the Bexar Squares Club for over 50 years. He loved his dogs, which included three successive blue heelers, and was quick to point out that each were “blooded animals.” Most of all, he loved his family, especially his six grandchildren.
James was preceded in death by his father, Rufas Warren Deats, and his mother, Dokie Long Deats. He is survived by his sister, Margaret Ann; his beloved wife, Velma; his children, James Alan Deats, Bruce Craig Deats (wife Lydia), and Leann Deats Howerton (husband Lance); his six grandchildren, Taylor Deats, Doke Cole Deats, Lauren Howerton Mitchell, Lisa Howerton Becton, Caleb Hayes-Deats, and Caroline Deats Sanchez; and by four great grandchildren (with three more to arrive later this year). A graveside service will be held Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at Llano City Cemetery at 2:00 P.M. A memorial service will be held at San Pedro Presbyterian Church at a time to be determined later.
Charles D. Neely
Charles Dwain “Chuck” Neely was born April 26, 1933 in Kaufman County, Texas and passed away February 4, 2018.
Charles was retired from the Railroad in Dallas, where he worked for many years. He was also a U.S. Army Veteran. Some of his hobbies included fishing, hunting and most of all he loved to make people laugh. Charles was also a big fan of horse racing!
He was preceded in death by his parents Clyde and Bonnie Neely, who died when he was very young. His honorary parents Virgil C. Pitts Sr. and Blanch Pitts and brother John Douglas Neely also preceded him in death.
Charles is survived by his sister, Joanne Moer, sister in law Clara L. Pitts, nieces Marianne Reaves and husband Monty, Connie Center and husband Mike, and Abbie Kaper and husband Randy and nephew David Moer. He also had numerous great nieces and nephews. Charles was loved by many friends and extended family.
A graveside service will be held Friday, February 9, 2018 at Llano City Cemetery at 2:00 P.M. with Randy Kaper officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Juvenile Diabetes 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004.
William Franklin Delz 88, passed away Friday, February 2, 2018. He was born to Elsie (Moeller) and William Delz July 6, 1929 in Willow City, Texas.
Bill served in the Korean Conflict with the United States Navy and later worked for Texaco, Dow Chemical, The City of Kerrville and was a computer programmer. He had a passion for Hunting, Fishing and raising Angora Goats some of which were Champions.
He is survived by his daughter Debbie Newman of Houston, son Gary Delz and wife Sherrie of Georgetown, sister Darlene Ormand of Fredericksburg, brother David Delz and wife Cleo of Austin, Five grandchildren and Twelve great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Texas Wildlife Association 3660 Thousand Oaks Drive, Suite 126, San Antonio, Texas 78247.
Willie (Hicks) Morgan
Willie (Hicks) Morgan of Tow, Texas passed away Friday, February 2, 2018 at the age of 82. She was born to Jennie May (Towerton) and Robert Hicks September 5, 1935. She married Gayleon Morgan July 16,1956 in Bluffton, Texas.
She worked for the United States Postal Service until she retired. Willie was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Tow, Texas. She loved her church and church family.
Willie is survived by her daughters Patricia Smarr of Buda, Helen Ellis and husband Larry of Manor; sons Rickey Morgan and wife Tina of Tow, Randy Morgan and wife Brenda of Tow; Five Grandchildren, Two Great Grandchildren; sisters Shirley Hicks of Burleson, Pam Hicks, Kathy Carroll and husband Robert of San Saba, Roxie Schlegel of Burnet; brothers Raymond Hicks and wife Lewvon of Bend, Jim Hicks and wife Orabeth of Bend, Roland Hicks and wife Jo of Clifton and Paul Hicks of Lometa.
Willie was preceded in death by her husband Gaylon, parents Jennie May and Robert Hicks, granddaughter Brandy Morgan; grandson Jeremiah Morgan; brothers Robert Lee, Douglas, Tommy and John Hicks.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at First Baptist
Church Tow, Texas with Reverend Jerald Moore officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Nathan Garrett, Lance Garrett, Kenny Smarr, Herman Hoenig, Cecil Smarr, Larry Ellis and Frank Wooten. Burial will follow at Tow Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Tow, Texas or the charity of your choice.
Hudson Lee Long
Hudson Lee Long finished his course on this side of Heaven on January 24, 2018. He was born in Llano, Texas on April 4, 1933. He was many things: husband, father, grandfather, friend, Sunday School teacher, civic volunteer, historian, cowboy poet, actor, postman, rancher, lover of puzzles and games, dedicated sports fan, runner, rafter, and sailor. Most importantly, he loved his family, neighbors, and fellow sojourners in this life.
Hudson believed in the promises of God. “For I know the plans I have for you” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. The plans for Hudson included finding the love of his life, Martha Royce Gilliland, and marrying her on his birthday, on April 4, 1958. He was blessed with three children: Patricia Long Weaver, Pamela Baker, and Paul Roy Long. The family expanded with the addition of Patricia’s husband, David Weaver; Pamela’s husband, Tim Baker, and their children, Rachel Baker and Nathanael Baker; and Paul’s wife, Kristina, and their children, Olivia and Madelyn. From his marriage to Martha, Hudson was also blessed with the addition of her nephew, Danny Tarver, and his wife, Jane.
Hudson had been raised by his parents, Sherman “Buck” Long and Alice “Goldie” Long, out on the old family ranch on the Llano River in Llano County. His commute to school included traveling by horseback to connect to his ride into town.
Hudson graduated from Llano High School, and attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos.
Hudson left the hill country behind to serve his country in the Navy. He loved to tell stories of the country boy in San Diego. The experience led to his love of sailing.
After Hudson returned from service, he began ranching on the now family home in San Saba County, on the headwaters of Cherokee Creek. He met Martha after being introduced by his aunt to the new “pretty county agent.” In 1966, he went to work at the Postal Service to supplement the family income. Hudson and Martha made a great team; she became an excellent rancher for a city girl, and he held down the fort in town.
Hudson was always a tireless supporter of his children and grandchildren. If you knew Hudson, you know how he felt about his family. His and Martha’s efforts resulted in all three children graduating from Howard Payne University, and Patricia going on to Baylor Law School. Pamela and her husband served for years as missionaries in the mission field, and Paul set out on his path in his wife’s home town, Syracuse, Indiana, a great small town not unlike Llano. Hudson loved his wonderful grandchildren and was very proud of their accomplishments. He loved to have everyone out at the ranch and could always be called up to tell a great story, clean the fish, and set up the fish fry.
Hudson started traveling in junior high, going by car from Llano to Alaska. He was photographed as a cowboy with Paul at Mount Vernon in 1976 by Japanese tourists, and they were so excited to meet a rancher. The trips continued and were very diverse, but they really became special when he and Martha started going to see and support Pamela in the mission field. Whether it was Maryland, Kenya, Zaire, the Philippines, or Europe, Hudson traveled to Pamela’s postings. Some trips were very difficult – especially Zaire. His explanation of the logistics of traveling with foot lockers full of auto parts, which were needed so Tim could keep his equipment and truck running, was amazing. Other great trips included a family cruise to Key West and the Bahamas for his birthday, and his and Martha’s wedding anniversary in 2016.
Hudson caught the acting bug in high school and carried it into college. Later, he was involved in the Riverwalk Theatre Group in Llano, and played the lead in “Harvey.” In 1992, Hollywood came calling. Actually, a movie was being filmed on Highway 71 outside Valley Spring, where a casting agent spotted Hudson and Martha and told them they could be in film. They both found work in the industry. Hudson started with being an extra, then a featured extra, which eventually led to commercials and a number of speaking roles. He got to meet and work with many famous stars and directors, but he claimed that his favorites were “Sandy” Bullock, Robert Duval, and Jeremy Irons. The family even got to attend two premieres of his movies at the Paramount Theater in Austin for “The Tree of Life” and “When Zachary Beaver Came to Town.”
In an effort to try and keep up with his wife, Hudson became a runner/walker and participated in area events, as well as the National Senior Games in Louisville in 2007 and San Francisco (Stanford) in 2009. He was also waiting at the finish line, sometimes with the family dog, when Martha finished the Capital 10K, which she started running in 2010.
Hudson was a member of the First Baptist Church of Llano. He taught the Senior Men’s Sunday School Class for over 25 years, and had been a long time church trustee. Knowing that age is not a barrier to service, when a need arose a number of years ago, he and Martha volunteered for Vacation Bible School to teach on missions. He loved meeting and working with the young children and he was able to do this for years.
Hudson’s community service also included being on the Board of New Horizons of Llano and the Board of the Llano County Historical Society, and he was a longtime supporter of the Llano County 4-H.
The family will have visitation on January 29, 2018 from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano. Services will be Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 10:00 a.m., at the First Baptist Church of Llano. Committal to follow at the Llano City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Llano Women’s Culture Club Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to Llano-area graduating seniors. The Fund’s address is P.O. Box 613, Llano, Texas 78643, Attn: Frances Young.
A favorite verse of Hudson’s, which is most appropriate now: I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7.
Oma Ogle, 89, went to be with the love of his life, Peggy Ogle, on January 19, 2018. Visitation will be held from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Monday, January 22, with services at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, January 23, at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel. The Reverend Richard Dye, Pastor of First Christian Church, Plainview will be officiating. Interment to follow at Llano City Cemetery.
He was born October 28, 1928 to Charlie Clinton Ogle and Ollie Lena Hawkins in East Grand Plains in Crosby County, TX, and raised in Crosbyton, TX. He married Dolores Peggy Jane Granath on February 24, 1948 in Levelland TX, and they stated his life long career with Pan American Oil in 1949, which later became Stanolind Oil, Standard of Indiana, and retired from Amoco Oil in 1984. He and Peggy lived in Hobbs, Artesia, and Tatum, NM, before moving to Llano in 1997, bringing with them their lifelong love for square dancing.
His career was only a small part of his life. While they lived in Tatum, he was a member for 18 years of the Tatum Board of Education and served in all the Board offices; lifelong Lions Club member; and fire department volunteer fighting raging grass fires across eastern New Mexico. When they came to Llano, they joined First Christian Church of Llano, where he was a deacon, Board Member, and longtime treasurer. Oma and Peggy were also founding members of the Llano Food Pantry. After Peggy’s passing he also became an active volunteer for Special Opportunities. He was a regular worker at the Llano Crawfish Open benefiting Llano charities, including his beloved Food Pantry and Special Opportunities, and of course a charter member of the morning donut shop club.
Oma was preceeded in death by his dear wife, Peggy, and was the last survivor of the four daughters and seven sons of Charlie and Ollie. He is survived by all of his children; Douglas Clinton Ogle of Fritch, Debra Kay Strauss of Midland, Melba Jholene Olsen of Plainview, and Kayla Michelle Bayang of Tomball; grandchildren, Scott Alan Strauss, Gregg Patrick Strauss, Sara Katrina Olsen Wall, Richard (Eric) Leif Olsen III, Stephanie Michelle Strauss Watty, Martin Kyle Bayang, and Victoria (Vicki) Lynn Bayang; great-grandchildren Aiden Kane Strauss, Nathan Goodwin Strauss, Natalie Paige Wall, and Carter Colby Strauss; sister-in-law Billie Jo Granath of Odessa, Juanda Kay Edmondson of Llano, Myrna Stark of Hobbs, NM and Jo Ann Heflin of Llano; brother-in-law Pat Granath of Lovington, NM; and countless nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make memorial contributions to the Llano Food Pantry, 8203 West State Highway 29, or the First Christian Church 1105 Oatman, Llano, TX, 78643.
The family would also like to send out a thank you to Velma and Michelle.
Carolyn Ruth Jungmann
Carolyn Ruth Jungmann, passed away at Senior Care Rehab facility, in Brownwood Texas, on January 15, 2018.
Ms. Jungmann grew up in and spent a lot of her years in Temple Texas. She also resided in Wichita Falls, Texas, and Louisiana. Ms. Jungmann married Walter Daniels in 1960 and had two beautiful children named Kathy Lynn Tyler, and Floyd Richard Daniels. She stayed with him till his death in 1983. She then fell in love and married Anthony Stanley Jungmann in 1984 and acquired 5 more children; Anthony Jungmann Jr., Monica Page, Gary Jungmann, David Jungmann. She stayed with him until his death in 2002.
Ms. Jungmann was known for her fierce love and loyalty to her family. She loved being a mom and loved being a grandma even more. She was a very nurturing and considerate human being. She was well known for her wonderful and delicious food. She loved to play Bingo and gamble in her younger years.
Ms. Jungmann had lots of beautiful grandchildren; Carolyn Tyler, EliciaNa Daniels, Addie Daniels, ReyNa Garza, AlaNa Ramirez, AyreaNa Ramirez, Cherokee Mays, Austin Mays, Charlie Banard-Weyland, Ashley Varlade, and John Paul Lockhart. She had two wonderful Great Grandchildren Tony None and Skyler None. Ms. Jungmann was also very close to her honorary children Amanda Garza and Frank Ellis. Honorary Grandchildren Koby Thomas.
A graveside service will be held Friday, January 19, 2018 at Marble Falls City Cemetery at 11:00 A.M.
Leona Gertrude McGee
Gertie McGee is absent from the body but present with her Lord as of January 15, 2018. Leaving this world at the age of 86, she leaves behind a rich legacy of prayer, gentleness, kindness, goodness, and love which blessed everyone within her sphere of influence. She embraced a gentle and quiet spirit that is precious in the sight of God and others.
Celebration of Gertie’s life will be on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 10:00 am at First Baptist Church Kingsland, Texas (3435 Hwy. 1431), with Reverends Dwight Reagan, Bubba Stahl, and Brouning Lentz officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park (4219 Park Rd. 45 in Burnet). Visitation will be at the church before the funeral from 8:30 am to 9:30 am, and Ron and Cindy will be at the Antler’s Hotel meeting room in Kingsland Friday evening from 6:30-8:00.
Gertrude was born in Eufaula, Oklahoma, to Della and Ambrose Qualls on January 30, 1931. She married Billy McGee in Santa Anna, Texas on April 5 1947. They settled in Kingsland, Texas in 1958. They lived in Rockport for four years before returning to Kingsland in 1991 before Bill’s death in 1992. Gertie remained in Kingsland until she moved to Abilene in 2012.
Gertrude is reunited in Heaven with her loving husband, Bill, her son Johnny Ray McGee, and her great grandson, Brody Manning, along with many other precious family members and friends. Survivors celebrating her life include her children, Jim McGee and his wife Vicki of Cedar Park, Danny McGee and wife Leahnn of Cedar Park, and Cindy Blevins and her husband, Ron, of Abilene. Gertie’s grandchildren include Tiffany Stout and her husband Sean of Cedar Park, and Shawn McGee of College Station. Great grandchildren include Lexi, Sydney, and Cody Manning of Cedar Park. Other survivors include her sisters Merle Bishop of Lakeway and Delma Ensor of Cristoval along with their families.
Gertrude was a loving wife, mother, and Sunday-School teacher. She also blessed many lives as she helped out in the family department store. She enjoyed walking, gardening, quilting, traveling with Bill, and spending time reading her Bible and praying. She leaves behind a faithful, inspirational, and challenging legacy of love and service to her Lord. Great is her reward in Heaven.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests you send cards with special memories of Gertie or make donations to further the gospel of Jesus Christ to one of the following ministries: Course for Life Ministries (P.O. Box 7496, Abilene, TX 79608), Salt Block Ministries (P.O. Box 973, Boerne, TX 78006) or The Gideon’s International (P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214).
Susie Barnes Henry
Susie Barnes Henry, 70, of Kingsland, TX passed away on January 12, 2018 in Temple, TX.
She was born on June 8, 1947 in El Reno, OK. Her parents were Wilma (Edwards) Catto and William Bruce Catto.
She is survived by her husband, Travis “Richard” Henry Jr.; sisters, Kathy Huff and Margaret Merrill; sons Donnie Russell, and wife Tracy, Paul Russell, and wife Barbara; daughters Melissa Pike, and husband Tim, Aimee Shannon, and husband Bo, Deana Bond, and husband Kenny, and Michelle Brumbley, and husband John.
Stepchildren Richard Henry, Travis Henry and his wife Jennifer, and Rocky Henry, as well as 23 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren also survive her.
She is preceded in death by her parents, stepdaughter Elizabeth Nichole Henry and great-granddaughter Chastity King.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 14th from 5-7 pm at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Kingsland, TX. Funeral services will be on Monday, January 15th, 2018 at 2 pm with interment following at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park.
Betty Jane Mitchell passed away Sunday, January 7, 2018 in Llano, Texas at the age of 89.
Betty was born in Houston Texas on February 10, 1928, attended the University of Houston and spent most of her life in that area. She was a successful business owner and investor. Her career started in advertising which led her into real estate and home building - first small homes and eventually Betty Mitchell Custom Homes.
Betty will be remembered for her sweet spirit, quick wit and lots of laughter and fun. She turned any occasion into an event.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents and business partners Marge Crumbaker and Carol Fulmore. She is survived by sisters Juanita, Gloria and Paula and their families and her friend Anna Wingfield. She is also survived by numerous devoted Caregivers and friends in Llano.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity or cause of your choice
Graveside services will be held Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at Llano City Cemetery with Juanita Harden officiating.
Elma Brown, age 101 of Llano, passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2018.
She is survived by a daughter, Naomi Webber of Llano and a son Larry Webber of Pontotoc.
No services are planned at this time
Elmer "Sonny" Hitt
Elmer “Sonny” Hitt went to be with his Lord on January 6, 2018. He was born March 4, 1933 in Post Texas to Elmer Lee and Gladys Elliott Hitt. He graduated from Southland High School and married his high school sweetheart Novella Nixon, she passed away in October of 1997. He married Wanda McCain on June 18, 1998 in Paris Texas. Sonny was an electrician most of his life, he loved spending time with his family where they would play the guitars and make music.
Sonny is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Novella, a sister Betty Scott and two great- grandchildren; Bryson Powe and Maisy Hitt.
Sonny is survived by his wife Wanda of Tow, four sons; Bobby Hitt and Anne Clanton of White River, Terry Hitt and wife Freda of Ralls, Jay Hitt and wife Dawn of Weatherford, Bryan Jordan and wife Deanna of Tow, four daughters; Judy Beydler and husband Richard of Burleson, Debby Agnew and husband Dwayne of Round Rock, Jimmie Faulkner and husband Jim of Tow, Stephanie Hallmark and Frank Wooten of Lone Grove, one sister Hope Travis of Austin, one brother, Jerry Hitt of Dallas. Sonny also left 24 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday January 9, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Tow.
Benjamin Isaac Cox
Benjamin Isaac Cox, 29, of Llano, Texas entered the Kingdom of Love on December 31, 2017, to be reunited with his Papa (Calvin F. Cox).
Benjamin was born on Veterans Day (11/11/88) in Llano, Texas. After high school, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. Benjamin enjoyed serving his country, hunting, fishing, ranch work, traveling, and most of all technology.
Benjamin is continually loved and will be greatly missed by his parents, Dean and Barbara Flint, siblings, Bethany Ashing and son Liam Spangler, and Billy Joe Ashing III, his Nonny (Marcella Cox), and his cousin, Stacey Conely, and his step-grandparents, Lester and Ann Flint.
A memorial service will be held in Honor of Benjamin on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at The American Legion Hall, in Llano, Texas starting at 11:00 A.M. Honorary Pallbearers are his brothers and sisters of the USMC.
In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Benjamins name at TAPS.org.
Mary Ellen Davis
Mary Ellen Evans Davis, of Llano, passed away Tuesday, December 26, 2017 in Big Lake at the age of 89. She was a lifetime resident of Llano County. Mary Ellen is survived by a son Thomas Earl Davis of Tow, two daughters Laura Kay Lindley of Mertzon and Clarice Pittman of Llano, two grandsons Logan Kuykendall Davis of Llano and Thomas Jay Shipp of Van Horn, three granddaughters, Staci Rene Williams of New Braunsfel, Laura Lee Johnson of Blanco and Miranda Leigh Tankersley of Mertzon , twelve great grandchildren and one sister, May Beth Evans Chew of Kerrville. She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence Davis and an infant son Gregory Lane Davis, her parents, brothers Walton R. (Bill) Evans, Harry Wayne (Chimp) Evans, Wilford Gaile (Cotton) Evans and sisters Mildred Evans Ziriax, Mozelle Evans Bracy, and Doris Clara Evans Beasley.
Mary Ellen was born in Mason County, Texas on September 2, 1928 to Hugh Evans and Julia Kirkpatrick Evans. She grew up in the Katemcy community of Mason County and attended school in Mason. She married Clarence Davis on January 8, 1947 in Mason, Texas. She was a homemaker living most of her life on ranches in Llano County where she tirelessly worked to make a warm nurturing home for her family and friends. She was a wonderful cook and hostess filling her dinner table with delicious foods and lively conversation. In addition to the house, she was an invaluable “farm hand”--raising chickens, milking cows, tending to livestock, growing a garden and many of the other chores of ranch life. Mary Ellen was loved by all and will remain in our hearts forever.
Visitation will be held Saturday, December 30, 2017 from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano, Texas.
Graveside funeral services and interment for Mary Ellen will be held on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at the Bethel Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15186, Austin, TX 78761.
Billy Herman Therwhanger
Billy Herman Therwhanger was born on February 16, 1930 in Klondike, Dawson County, Texas, to George Browder, Sr. and Eula (Smith) Therwhanger.
He passed away and entered the presence of his Lord and Savior on December 20, 2017 at the age of 87 years old.
Billy spent his childhood growing up in South and West Texas. He graduated from Weinert High School on May 17, 1948. Billy joined the Military Service in August 17, 1948 where he was stationed at Fort Hood Texas. He earned the rank of Sergeant First Class on March 29, 1951. He was later wounded in action in Korea and received an Honorable Discharge earning the Korean Service Medal w/ 5 Bronze Service Stars on April 23, 1952.
After being discharged from the Army he spent his career working in the oil industry where he was loved and very well respected by his fellow workers and friends.
Billy was a faithful member of the Pittsburg Avenue Baptist Church in Llano, Texas where he taught Sunday school classes for many years. He enjoyed serving at the Food Pantry and spending time with his church family. Papa loved walking on the sandy shores of the Llano River with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Billy is survived by 3 sons; Randy Latonia Therwhanger of Midland Texas, Lindsey Kyle Therwhanger and wife Jennifer of Millersview Texas and Terry Dean Therwhanger and wife Teresa of Midland Texas. 8 grandchildren; Nicole Gregston of Austin Texas, Chelsey Therwhanger of California, Colby Therwhanger of Greenwood Texas, Lauren Goldsmith of Midland Texas, Shelli Kunkel of Lamesa Texas, Brannon Therwhanger of Midland Texas, Megan Therwhanger of Austin Texas and Matt Jordan of Greenwood Texas; 11 great-grandchildren, 1 brother Truman Therwhanger of Sulfur Springs Texas; and several beloved nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 sisters, Louise Dossey, Sarah Simmons, Marcelle Zimmerman and Margaret Raney; 3 brothers, John Therwhanger, G.B. Therwhanger Jr. and Bobby Therwhanger.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at Pittsburg Avenue Baptist Church, 709 Pittsburg Avenue, Llano, Texas 78643 with Pastor Danny Meegan officiating. Graveside services will follow at Llano City Cemetery.
Marjorie L. Sandage
Marjorie L. Sandage passed away Saturday, December 16, 2017 in Kingsland, Texas at the age of 94. She was born July 23, 1923 in Pineville, Louisiana to Matthew Coleman and Ester Coleman.
A graveside service will be held Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at Board Branch Cemetery with Reverend Johnny Sawyer officiating.
Frances Dian Ray
Frances Dian Sherry Ray, 67, of Llano passed away Wednesday, December 13, 2017. Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 16, at St. James Lutheran Church with Pastor Ralph Reitmeyer officiating. The church is located at 1401 Ford Street in Llano. Graveside service will follow at Llano City Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 15, at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano. The funeral home is located at 307 East Sandstone Street in Llano.
Dian was born in Bertram, Texas, on September 6, 1950 to Morris and Virginia Sherry. She attended the public schools in Llano and graduated from Llano High School in 1969. She attended Central Texas Community College. On July 19, 1975 she married J. Paul Ray at her parents’ home in Llano. They were married 42 years.
Dian began her career as a librarian in 1981 at the Llano County Library. Her favorite work involved bringing the library into the age of computer technology. In 2000 Dian was named Director of the Llano County Library System, and she served in that capacity until her retirement in September 2016 after 35 years of service in the library.
Dian was a life member of St. James Lutheran Church and the Texas Library Association. She enjoyed making a home for her family and spending time with her husband, her three daughters, and her grandchildren. In the evenings she spent much time reading books she had loaded on her electronic readers.
Dian was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Krista Dian Stegall, her parents, Morris and Virginia Sherry, son-in-law Larry Ellison, niece Leigh Cobbs, and brother-in-law Ronnie Cobbs.
She is survived by her husband J. P. Ray, her three daughters, Adrian Peevey and husband James, Rebecca Haynes and her husband James and Cathryn Ray and fiancé Donald Levlon; her four sisters, Donna McCord and husband Greg, Linda Robertson and husband Jesse, Karen Hoerster and husband Jimmy, and Teresa Kassell and husband Leland; her seven grandchildren, Sherry, Branden, Jonas, Jacob, Chance, Joseph and Ethan; her sister-in-law Linda Cobbs, and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Llano County Library, 102 E Haynie, Llano, Texas 78643.
Kenneth Ray Painter
Kenneth Ray Painter passed away Monday, December 11, 2017 in Marble Falls, Texas at the age of 82. He was born September 24, 1935 in Plainview, Texas to James Ernest Painter and Lottie (Cornell). Kenneth was a resident of Llano for 44 years, since coming from San Antonio, Texas and served in the Marines during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Kenneth is preceeded in death by his parents, James Ernest Painter and Lottie (Cornell); and son, Brian Painter; and brothers, J.H. Painter, Jim Painter, and Donald Painter.
He is survived by his sons, Timothy D. Painter and Carol Phillips, and Kenneth C. Painter and wife Cynthia; daughter, Pamela Garcia; 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Thursday, December 14, 2017 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
A funeral service will be held Friday, December 15, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517.
Denise Lynn Watson
Denise Lynn Watson, 54, of Llano, Texas died December 6, 2017 in her home in Llano. She was born July 28, 1963 to Earl and DeEtta Dalin in Wichita, Kansas.
Denise married Robert Shane Watson on September 26, 1999. Together they had one child, Kristopher Shane Watson.
Denise was employed with the Llano Independent School District for 10 years before her death. Prior to that, she was with the Llano Hospital. Denise was always a willing servant of others.