Tom was born October 1, 1947, in East Orange, NJ. He was a graduate of Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis, MO and studied at Christian Brothers College in Memphis, TN. Tom was an entrepreneur with many interests and experiences. He was an art gallery owner, an oilfield roughneck, a beloved restaurateur, bartender, and sports fan. Everyone who knew him loved him--Tom could tell the best stories and never failed to make you laugh. He loved his family, his dogs, and being outside, especially at the beach and in the Hill Country.
Tom is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Joyce Fox of Kingsland; sons Christopher Fox (wife Nikki); Francis Thomas Fox III (Trey) Fox (wife Abril) as well as grandchildren Patrick, Lizabeth,and Brianna, all of Kingsland; granddaughter Tayler; sisters Adriann Fox Ivey (husband Allan) of Elgin; Peggy Fox of Houston; Martha Fox of Houston; brother-in-law Edward Newell of Kingsland as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Tom is preceded in death by his parents, Lillian J. (Philburn) Fox and Francis T. Fox; and his son, Brandon Fox.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to Texas School for the Deaf Foundation at tsdfoundation.org; Kingsland Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 350, Kingsland TX 78639; or New Century Hospice, 1800 Mormon Hill Road, Marble Falls, TX 78654.
The family would like to send special thanks to Fredericksburg Independent School District and New Century Hospice for their compassion and caring.
As a child, his family relocated to Valley Spring, where he received most of his schooling and got in to lots of mischief with his brothers and cousins. He graduated from Llano High and shortly after, he lied about his age, in order to enter into active service with the United States Navy. The bulk of his career was serving on a destroyer, the U.S.S. Twiggs, as a radar operator. On June 16, 1945, a single, low flying Japanese plane dropped a torpedo, then circled and completed its kamikaze mission in a suicide crash. Within an hour the flaming vessel sank. After floating in dark, flaming, oily water for hours, Teddy was one of 188 survivors rescued. Never having been awarded a metal, it really didn’t matter to him. He always said he served his country proudly, and that was good enough for him.
A year later, after his honorable discharge, he made his way back to Llano. As a courtesy, Service members could have their ID bracelets cleaned at the drug store, where Gladys Schmidt just happened to work. When Teddy went to pick up his cleaned bracelet, Gladys told him that he could have it back, as long as he took her too. They dated several years and on November 8, 1947, they were reunited in marriage at St. James Lutheran Church. Teddy was baptized and confirmed at the church, where he has been a member for 72 years. He loved his church and served various positions on the church counsel. He and Gladys were the Luther League youth sponsors for many years. They both enjoyed singing in the choir. Their home was often a retreat for a several pastors throughout the years, where a beer or two were enjoyed.
After working as a meat butcher for his father-in-law at Quality Grocery & Market, Teddy worked for 35 years as a freight agent for Merchants Fast Motor Lines. He delivered tons of freight daily, to many businesses in Llano and the Highland Lakes area. He was well respected in the community, as he served several terms as a Llano city alderman.
After retirement, he enjoyed tending their cattle at the ranch, deer hunting and fishing, and camping with his siblings in their travel trailers. And he never stopped loving his Pepsi Cola.
Teddy Joe was preceded in death by his parents; his father and mother-in-law Oscar E. and Clara Schmidt ; his older brother Nolan Talley, Jr and wife Matt; his older sister Joyce Bush and husband Clifton; brother-in-law Robert Schmidt and wife Lillie; sister-in-law Doris Tate and husband Bill; and granddaughter Natalie Ann Mosqueda. He is survived by his younger brother, Wayne Talley and wife Judy, and sister in law Vondean Schmidt. He was a proud and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. In addition to his wife of 73 years, he is survived by his daughter, Debra LeRoy and husband Dan; and son Daryl Joe Talley and wife Rosie. He has five grandchildren, Megan Talley and husband Rob Hocking; Ryan Talley and wife Nicole; Erica Mosqueda; Desiree LeRoy and partner Sindre Solvang; and Delaina LeRoy and partner Derek Jett. Great grandchildren include Paxton Talley, Elina Ostiguen, Gabriel Portillo, Cameron Portillo, Romeo Ostiguen, Jesse Talley, Tucker Talley, and host of nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 24, 2021 at St. James Lutheran Church in Llano, Texas at 11:00 A.M.
The family is grateful for the care he received under Dr. David Hoerster and staff; the kindness of his Visiting Angels; the care of the doctors and nurses at Mid Coast Central Hospital of Llano, and the compassion shown by the nurses and caregivers of Solaris Hospice in his final days at home.
He was employed by Brasewell & Assoc. in Dallas, TexasRetired to Llano, Texas He will be missed by many
He is preceded in death by his Parents, Step-Parents, Grandparents, Brothers, Sister-in-Law, Aunts and Uncles.
He is survived by his step-daughter April Doughty and Granddaughter Amber Doughty & Grandson Caleb Henry
Butch is survived by his Brothers, Ira Goode, Jr. Earl Goode & wife Sandra, Russell Goode and wife Cheri, and John Goode & wife WendySisters: Marion Neely, Nan Cernoch & husband Ricky, Stephanie Patton, Mary Clare Barrett & husband Daniel, and Charlene CorderoWith many numerous nieces and nephews
The family plans to announce a Celebration of Life at a later date When gatherings become a little safer.
Tad was preceded in death by parents Roy Charles Clarence and Katherine Tadlock Leifeste, his sister Jean Horton, brother-in-law Burlen Horton and his wife of 36 years, Jean Egger Leifeste, as well as special friend Brucene Norton.
He is survived by daughter Lisa Howard (William), stepchildren Bill Renton (Rick), Dana Townsend (Clyde), Robert Leifeste, Pam Pierce (Robert); grandchildren Trey Renton (Kim), Jessica Lloyd (Kevin), Ashley Ciomperlik (Jason), Kelli Townsend, Steven Leifeste, Justin Leifeste (Amanda), Amy Morales (Brandon), Jacob Pierce (Vanessa), Kyle Pierce (Kim); great grandchildren Cole, Noah, Lane, Layton, Westlyn, Dylan, Zarek, James, Gracyn, Hannah, Maya, Liam, Skyler, Athena and Freya.
Pallbearers are grandsons, Trey Renton, Justin Leifeste, Jacob Pierce, Kyle Pierce, grand sons-in-law, Kevin Lloyd, Jason Ciomperlik, Brandon Morales, and great grandson, Noah Aguilar.
A graduate of The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (currently known as Texas A&M University) Tad graduated in May 1955 with a B.S. degree in Agricultural Engineering and returned to San Antonio to continue the family dairy business. After shutting the dairy business, Tad returned to college and received a second degree in Education. Upon completion in 1985, he took a position teaching science at Harlandale High School and worked there until 1993, when Jean retired. They moved to Mason County, Texas where he began teaching science at Mason High School until he retired in 1999. After retirement he kept busy working with the 2000 and 2010 censuses. He also took over writing the ˜Bits of Art” column after Jean’s passing in 2001, and continued the column until 2010 when daughter, Lisa took it over.
Tad was an avid rancher, active member of Art Methodist Church, volunteered at the food bank and could always be counted on to help when needed. A lifelong Republican, he was active in the Mason County Republican Party, as well as the Kairos ministries, and participated in working on the Kothmann family book.
As an educator, Tad was a member of the Texas State Teachers Association and the National Education Association.
During his retirement years, he enjoyed going to the Senior Center, playing bingo and dominos with friends.
His is also survived by cherished friends Misty Williams, Kathryn Jordan, Sam Wilson, Diana Head, Dennis and DeAun Bryan and his dear caregiver Yolanda Hernandez.
And of course, his constant companion, Bentley, his beloved dog.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Texas A&M University, Art United Methodist Church or American Cancer Society.
Thomas married his wife Roberta Crownover, May 26, 1950 in George West, Texas.Thomas worked as a construction inspector for the Texas Highway Department in George West. He oversaw the construction of many of the Farm-to-Market roads and the construction of Interstate 37 through Live Oak County. He retired after 33 years of service.
Thomas is preceded by his parents, Perry Word and Pauline (Kruse); and sisters, Martha Ann and Lilly Mae.
He is survived by his wife, Roberta Word of Round Mountain; sons, Tom Word and wife Andrea of Austin, Texas and Joe Word and wife Katy of Round Mountain; grandchildren, Daniel, Casey, Ryan, and Neil; and great grandchildren, Taryn, Braeden, Freesia, Brayson, Aveena, Isaac, and Eli.
A graveside service will be held Monday, March 29, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at Comanche Creek Cemetery in Blanco County, Texas with Reverend Brian Vaughn officiating. If you have not been out to the cemetery before, please meet at Joe Words house by 10:45 A.M. to follow the family. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Sunrise Beach.
John’s memorial service and celebration of his arrival in heaven to see his Savior, Jesus, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 10, at the Llano Cemetery. We ask that you wear a mask and social distance during this time. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to your favorite charity in John’s name.
Growing up in Runnels County she was part of a large family and a community of friends.
She and her best friend, Shirley Pierce, both captivating redheads, executed many shenanigans their whole lives.
On May 6,1955, she woke up early to finish her boyfriend’s, John McMillan’s, English paper. He was fishing with his dad and before the day was over, he became her husband of 59 years until he passed in 2013.
They graduated and began a life of many adventures together and one they thoroughly enjoyed was being parents to Kim, Kent, and Kelly. Those three still argue as to who was who’s favorite because Joyce and Johnny did such a great job of loving them.
Joyce worked the ranch with her parents while Johnny worked the oil fields of Winters, TX and several years they worked together as migrant and seasonal farm workers.In 1974 she began working for the cattle pens in Winters and oddly this job offered her the opportunity to help organize events. One such event, was a concert at Buffalo Gap, TX with headliners Willie and Waylon and the boys. As a striking redhead with gorgeous legs and vibrant personality, she told stories about these guys that made my dad so proud he found her first.
In 1975, the oilfield called again, but this time it was for Joyce and they moved to Abilene, TX so she could work for Go Wireline as an office manager.
She found her niche and quickly convinced them she was willing and able to do more and they offered her the job as one of the first, if not the first, woman to represent the company as a salesperson.
Arriving on location in Corpus Christi, TX of her new assignment was just the beginning of a fascinating and challenging new life. Within two years she and three partners formed Accurate Wireline and became a respected resource for logging and perforating of oil wells for many big named oil companies. Sadly the crash of 1986 killed their opportunity but she continued to do sales and safety until her retirement.But that is just part of her story.
At 40 she became a grandmother to Eric Mcmillan and could wear a bikini like nobody’s business. Mike and Travis Mcmillan were quickly added to the fun and before long, Victor George Holk & Alex Holk, Tyler and Sadie Tarpley completed the greatest source of joy and pride a person could ask for. This same group did a wonderful thing and caused even more welcomed joy when they gave her Trent McMillan, Hunter McMillan, Aubrey, Landry, Blaise, Tate, Cal and Beau. Talk about proud! We all felt her heartbeat for those wonderful babies. She would never exclude the spouses of her kids, Cindy McMillan or Brian Holk, and even the spouses of her grandkids, Farahh McMillan, Michelle McMillan, Lyndsey Holkor Caitlin Holk. Her heart completely ignored bloodlines and thoroughly enveloped them as her own.
She was a pistol! Anything she put her mind to would seldom fail. Her motto was “You don’t know until you try” and that provided her success in everything she did.A servant’s heart she demonstrated perfectly and when Jesus came calling March 12,2021, He offered her, at 84 years old, a proposition she quickly accepted. As much as she fought to stay, when The Truth led The Way she saw The Light. Thank You Jesus. She deserved this perfect escort to the throne of God because she lived love just like He asks.
“This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice, and be glad in it.”Father God we praise You! Especially for Your promises like we will all join You eternally in heaven and I thank You for choosing her to be my Mama. Perfect! You truly “nailed it”. Thank You for helping us learn to walk without her constant support and to lean solely on You. In Jesus’s Name, amen.
Her family wishes to thank her incredibly capable and loving staff of caregivers, Sara Haragan, Arlene Hewitt, Joyce Tucker, and Brendal Jackson along with her amazing hospice team Christi Bonvillion with New Century Hospice care and Kingsland Healthmart. Each of you made Mother's days so much better. We pray God's sweetest blessing to each of you.
For all of the family and friends we are eternally thankful for your constant support and ask God to bless you also. Her service will be Saturday, March 27, 2021 at Tow Community Center, Tow, TX at 11 am.
And, to Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes, we appreciate your integrity, professionalism, and personable care.
John was born on January 6, 1948 in Cortland, New York where he graduated from Cortland High School in 1967, then joined the Air Force; he served 4 years mostly in Spain. After military service he moved to California and attended Northrop Institute of Technology. Six years later he met and married his wife Sue Ellen. John adopted her sons from a previous marriage. He found his dream job working as a Senior Quality Assurance Engineer for Boeing. He had a lifelong love of photography beginning in high school; later he bought his first computer then learned how to build computers. He was happy when digital cameras became available and then he began using computers and digital cameras together. He created beautiful photographs and was soon selling them.
John and Sue Ellen retired to Texas in 2014. He was a member of the Rotary Club, American Legion, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints.
Sam attended Union High in Navarro County and graduated in 1938. He then went on to work for Kelly Air Force Base in Civil Service. In his 29 year Federal career most of it was supervising overhaul and repairing Air Force reciprocating engines. He started as a mechanic learner in 1942 and finished as a Material Management Equipment Specialist.
Sam married Patsy Lewis Johnson, September 13, 1941 and they celebrated 68 years of marriage together. Sam lived in San Antonio, Texas for 30 years until moving to the Highland Lakes area in 1972. He was the deacon at the First Baptist Church in Kingsland, Texas, and was presently serving as the deacon at the Highland Lakes Baptist Church. Sam loved woodworking, church work and most of all his family, he was a quiet man but was always ready to help in any way that he could.
Sam is preceded in death by his parents, Charlie Wesley Johnson and Foy Wallace Johnson; wife, Patsy Lewis Johnson; brother, Charles Vernon Johnson; sister, Francis Johnson Mills; son, Wesley Johnson.
He is survived by daughter, Patricia Johnson Roberts and husband Russell of Round Mountain; brother, Don Alvin Johnson; 6 grandchildren, and numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Friday, March 12, 2021 from 8:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. at Highland Lakes Baptist Church. A graveside service will follow at 11:30 A.M. at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held that afternoon at 2:00 P.M. at the Highland Lakes Baptist Church with Pastor Karl Wallace and Pastor Dwight Reagan officiating.
She was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma, on October 26, 1929.
She leaves to honor her memory, Carol Minter Coleman of Warner Robbins, Georgia, Rachel Guidry and husband Ron of Houston, Texas, Charles Dale Minter and wife Janet of Plain Dealing, La, Cris Forrest of Iowa, Louisiana, Gwynn Houston of Lake Charles, Louisiana and numerous great nieces and nephews, as well as numerous cousins.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Carl Paslay, her parents Alex and Clara Minter and her brother, Charles Ray Minter. They have greeted her and are showing her around Heaven at this moment.
Dorothy graduated from Eunice, New Mexico in 1947. And attended Hardin Simmons for a time, before marrying Carl Paslay on March 13, 1948 and becoming a homemaker.
She moved to Tow in 1978 and she and her husband built the house they lived in. She was active in the community and well-liked by many. She always found the good in people and situations.
She was very active in her church. She began playing piano for her church in her teens and continued playing the until after her ninetieth birthday, when she retired. She taught Sunday school off and on for a number of years, teaching youth, young adults and adults. She was active in WMU, training union, GA’s, and numerous other activities.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at Tow First Baptist Church at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Ed Walker officiating. Interment to follow at Bluffton Cemetery.
Tasha was born on October 31, 1980, in Llano, Texas to Kenneth Rhoades and Janie (Rhoades) Prew. After she graduated from Llano High School, she served in the United States Air Force for 5 years, as an Aerospace Maintenance Journeyman, from 1999-2004. Tasha received several accommodations and awards during her years of service. She completed her service while stationed RAF Lakenheath UK.
After her separation from the military, she made her way back to Texas, where she met and married her husband, Selwyn “Rocky” Rivera II. They raised 4 beautiful children, Emilee, Christian, Selwyn III, and Adeline.
Tasha was always so “in the moment”. Taking pictures and creating lasting memories of her family and friends was very special and meant so much to her. Even when she was being as brat about it and insisting on pictures, you always gave in. Tasha was so passionate about her kids and husband and making sure that they were always busy doing fun, family activities, like going to see the new Disney or Pixar movie or going to the park to play or pool to swim. And she’s got the pictures to prove it! Tasha also loved all things chocolate! Anyone who knows her, knew that about her. She could always be counted on to bring a dessert to whatever event she was attending and always so happy to see everyone. What else can I say about Tasha… she always thought of others before herself. When she loved you, you knew it! And in typical Tasha fashion… the last thing that Tasha did was give herself to others. She selflessly and graciously donated her organs to save the lives of others in need. Her spirit will live on through this amazing act of kindness and one that her family will cherish forever.
Tasha was survived by her husband, Rocky, her four children, Emilee, Christian, Selwyn III and Adeline, her mother and stepfather Janie and Jim Prew, her father and stepmother Ken and Betty Rhoades, her sister and brother-in-law Rhonda and Bob Gilde, sister Jeanie Lawry, nieces Payton and Madison, nephew Chase and several cousins, aunts and uncles.
A memorial graveside service will be held at the Six Mile Cemetery, in Llano, Texas on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at1:00 P.M. Flowers or donations may be sent to Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano.
Dennis was a Vietnam Veteran who served in the U.S. Navy and he worked as an electrician with the Chemical Lyon Co. in Burnet, Texas for over 20 years. He is preceded in death by his parents, William Milligan and Janie (Waters); his wife, Shirley Milligan, and his daughter, Sabrina Fontenot.Dennis is survived by his son, Robert Milligan of Buchanan Dam, Texas; step-son, Greg Confer; step-daughters, Debbie Sanford of Kingsland, Texas, and Vanessa Bussey of Clovis, New Mexico; brother, Hartley Milligan of Austin, Texas, 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. No services are planned at this time.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, February 6, 2021 at Honey Creek Cemetery at 12:00 P.M. with Dr. Matt Richard and Reverend Rick Cundieff officiating. Full Obituary will be posted as soon as possible.
Mary Ratliff is survived by her daughter Sandra Coward, grandson Henry Coward, III, and granddaughter Christy Coward.
She is also survived by her nieces Jackie Campbell, Drue Denson, Suzan Anderson, and Robbie McGuire and nephews Milton Fox and David Moore and their families.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents Lulla Bell and Todd Robinson Chambers, her husband Floyd Ratliff, and daughter Robin Ann. She is also preceded in death by her brother Bruce Chambers and sisters Juanita Chambers and Audrey Moore.
A graveside service was conducted at Six Mile Cemetery on Saturday, January 30, 2021.Honorary pallbearers for her service were Henry Coward, III, David Moore, Milton Fox, Walt McGuire, Ken Anderson, Bert Denson, Henry Coward, Jr., and Sonny Seewald.
Lorilea was always very involved with her daughters extracurricular activities and community events. She had many extra children that she adopted along the way, family was a big piece of her life. Lorilea was a beautician, owner of Air King Service, owner Hometown Floral and was a member Grace Episcopal church in Llano.
She is preceded in death by her father, Ward Lee Deats; step-father, Boss Levensailor, and mother, Lenora Wisdom (Levensailor); brother, Lyle Bigger and sister, Linda Tow.
Lorilea is survived by her husband, Dudley Wenzel; daughters, Stephanie Jamison, Kendall Wenzel, and Kamryn Wenzel; brothers, William Bigger, Flay Deats, and Dwight Adams; sisters, Pat Slaughter, Debbie Adams, and Donna Koerner; grandchildren, Bryson Rhoades, and Molly Jamison; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Monday, January 25, 2021 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano, Texas. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at Llano City Cemetery with Pastor Kelley Inman officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Cherokee Children’s Home, P.O. Box 295, Cherokee, TX 76832. Serving as pallbearers will be Pete Smith, Bub Vierus, Shawn Brown, Matt Soloman, Charles Wenzel, Dustin Wilson, Jerry Don Moss and Cecil Leach.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Sam Warren Rabb and their son Richard; her parents Elbert Lee “Slatts” Willbern and Jean Robertina Fraser Willbern; her sister Dorothy Lee; and her brothers Eugene and Henry.
Mary is survived by her brother Jim Willbern of Cleburne, Texas and her sons Sam Warren Rabb Jr. and wife Carol, Hilton Stanley Rabb and wife Ginny, Russell Carl Rabb and wife Janie, and Richard’s wife Debbie Welgehausen Rabb. She is also survived by her grandchildren Scott Rabb, Jennifer Rabb Faz, Casey Rabb Kendrick, Cassidy Rabb, Nicole Levlon Rabb, Carson Rabb, McLean Rabb, Hayden Rabb, Preston Rabb and Layton Rabb; her great-grandchildren are Travis, Clayton and Kyndall Rabb, Avery and Camry Kendrick, Jacob Levlon, Paul Rabb and Quinna Rabb.
Mary was a wonderful and loving wife, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt. She was always very active in her boys lives and all of their activities. She and Sam were named Jackets for Life by Llano ISD in 2011. Mary loved to read, play bridge and golf in her younger days, and she enjoyed getting together with their friends for dinner club. However, her family was her passion.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, January 21, 2021 Llano City Cemetery at 11:00 A.M.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Llano County Library 102 E. Haynie St. Llano, Texas 78643 or Llano Jr. Livestock Show at P.O. Box 118 Llano, Texas 78643 or the charity of your choice.
Nell is survived by her 3 children: Ricky Carl McDermott and wife Mary of Linden, TX; Shannon Jo Oliver and husband Chuck of Scroggins, TX; and Linda Ruth McDermott of Llano. TX. She has 2 granddaughters: Dayna Lynn McDermott of Linden, TX and Amanda Jo McDermott of Conroe, TX. 3 great-granddaughters Hailey McDermott Gorman and husband Sean of Sierra Vista, AZ, Skye McDermott, and Kayla McDermott and 1 great grandson Austin McDermott. One great-great grandson Wyatt McDermott and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, her parents, 3 brothers and 4 sisters and her grandson Patrick Keith McDermott.
A graveside service will be held at Llano City Cemetery on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. with Pastor Danny Meegan officiating.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Pittsburg Avenue Baptist church or your favorite charity.