He was born in Austin, Texas, May 31, 1977. He grew up in Burnet, Texas where he attended Burnet High School, Class of 1995.
After high school he continued his education at ITT Technical School in Austin, Texas. He made Austin and Round Rock his home for the next 26 years. Isaiah loved and adored his family, friends and all the special people in his life. Everyone special to Isaiah had an assigned nickname. He was known for always wearing the best shoes, being icy, and dressing to the nines. His passions were playing golf, the Dallas Cowboys, the UT Longhorns, the Houston Astros, and listening to music. He will always be remembered for his continued faith in Christ. Isaiah and his infectious smile will be deeply missed by everyone who loved and cared for him.
Isaiah was preceded in death by Grandparents: Louis and Tony Garcia, and Alfred Gonzales. Uncles: David, Rudy, and Louis Garcia, Jr., and Rudy and Fred Gonzales, Jr.
He is survived by his parents, Beatrice Arellano of Burnet, Texas, Daniel and Lucia Garcia of Llano, Texas; Grandmother, Minnie Gonzales of Burnet, Texas; son, Esai Garcia of Round Rock, Texas; sisters, Cecilia Dumas (Chris) of Wimberley, Texas, Geena Arellano of Burnet, Texas, Melissa Yeary (Will) of Llano, Texas, Christina Del Fierro (Carlos) of Fredericksburg Texas. A special person: Jessica Ramirez and her children of Round Rock, Texas. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles who loved him dearly.
The Viewing will be held Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at 5:00 pm followed by a Rosary at 7:00 pm, at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel in Llano, Texas. The service will be held Friday, January 21, 2022, at 12:00 pm, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Llano Texas with the burial to follow at the Llano Cemetery.
Those who know Janice best know that she was skilled at all forms of needlework including quilting, crocheting, and cross-stitch. She always had some project that she was working on and often gifted her loved ones pieces she made. One of our favorite memories was taking a family picture at Christmas in the crocheted hats we all received. We will all forever cherish those homemade gifts.
Dorothy is preceded by her parents, Paul Gilliam and Lucille (Shell); and brother, Eugene (Gene) Gilliam.
She is survived by her sons, Kevin Burns and wife Christine, of Frisco, Texas; and Todd Burns and wife Becky, of Houston, Texas; grandsons, Zachary and Logan Burns; brother, Robert Gilliam, of Arroyo City, Texas; and sister, Nancy (Carolyn) LaDuke of Weslaco, Texas.
The family will hold a memorial service for Janice at a later date.
Jo Ann was preceded by her husband of 62 years, Bud Rogers, also a sister, Helen and brothers Bruce and Maxwell Croft.
A dedicated, loving and caring mother, she is survived by sons, Jerry Rogers of Llano and James Rogers of Lagarto, Texas.
Jo Ann was born in Old Bluffton, the site of which is now under Lake Buchanan. Growing up in Lone Grove during the Great Depression, life was often hard. She was glad when rural electrification made their kerosene lanterns less necessary.
As a child, the Church of Christ was her family place of worship. Later, she joined the Pittsburgh Avenue Baptist Church. Religion was always important to her.
Jo Ann was a real people person and she loved gardening. She combined these enthusiasms in her often heard statement: “I love people and dirt.” She truly appreciated and loved her friends and neighbors like Opal Crider and Julia Lopez. She was a life-long Democratic voter and encouraged everyone to get vaccinations and wear masks so that they and their loved ones would be protected.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Llano County Library 102 E. Haynie St.Llano, Texas 78643.
Surviving family are son, Preston (Terry) Warren and wife Sherry of Marble Falls, Texas; daughter, Tracy Morgan and husband Randal of Buchanan Dam, Texas; son, David and wife Pam Warren of Midland, Texas; son, Leslie Hooper of Andrews, Texas; and daughter, Carrie Hooper of Llano, Texas. Forever son and daughter-in-law’s, Katie Warren of Llano, Texas; Martina Warren of Midland, Texas and Rowdy Curby of Kingsland, Texas. 8 grandsons, Justin Rakowitz and wife Ashley of Sam Marcos, Zachary and Brandon Warren of Llano, Steven, Anthony and Landon Warren of Midland, Texas; Robert and Kaeden Curby of Kingsland, Texas. 3 sisters, Diane Haggerton and husband Leroy of Llano, Texas; Barbara and Roger Gunnels of Hugo, Oklahoma; Frankie Sue and Tommy Whitehead of Llano, Texas; aunt, Betty Brushingham of Andrews, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins in Texas and Alabama. Many dear and special friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Hooper in August 2009, her mother, Ruth Smith in April 2021, and her first husband, Preston (Moonie) Warren in October 2021.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at Calvary Apostolic Church in Llano, Texas at 11:00 A.M.
She was born at Fort Sam Houston, Texas (San Antonio), and though she lived in many places in the U.S. and for a brief time in Panama, she resided in Burnet Co. since 1978. She met her husband Joe in Fort Worth, Texas while in nurses training. They were married in 1939 and were married for 65 years.
Her long life marked her as helper and a very creative person. She contributed to the war effort during World War II by helping to build B24 bombers in Grand Prairie, Texas for 60 cents an hour. She was actively involved in arts (oil and water color painting) and crafts (quilting, sewing, knitting) throughout her life, including crocheting over 3,500 hats for cancer patients. Her helping included driving for Meals-On-Wheels until she voluntarily stopped driving at the age of 88. She loved playing games with her children and grandchildren, and she said she learned very early with her first two boys to never “let” them win. Winning is to be earned.
Services will be Monday, December 13th. at 2:00 PM at Lakeland Hills Cemetery, 4219 Park Rd 4S, Burnet, Texas.
Kirk is preceded in death by his father, Mike McPherson; step-father, Twister Templeton; grandparents, Bill and Violet Walker, and Grant and Ruby McPherson; and son, Keagan McPherson.
He is survived by his wife, LeAnne McPherson; mother, Karen McPherson Templeton; children, Claire Scott, Kendall McPherson, Justin McPherson, Erynn McPherson, and Liam McPherson; brother, Keith McPherson and wife Angie of Tomball, Texas; 1 nephew, Grant McPherson; 2 nieces, Cate McPherson, and Blair McPherson of Tomball, Texas; aunt, Sandra Overstreet and husband Eddie; uncles, Jack McPherson, Sam McPherson and wife Jeannette, and a multitude of cousins.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, December 11, 2021 at Robinson Park Pavilion from 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Llano Crawfish Open, Inc. 303 Highway 71 East Llano, Texas 78643.
Graveside Services: Saturday, December 4 at 11:00 am at Bluffton Cemetery
Memorials in lieu of flowers: Hill Country Memorial Hospice, Fredericksburg Texas
Norma Jean Thorpe was born October 24, 1934 in Forsan Texas, the youngest child of four to Ewing Boyd Thorpe and Robbie Ethel Corder Thorpe. She married Douglas Harold Aston in 1954 and ultimately settled in Buchanan Dam in 1968. Jean was employed at Burnet Elementary for 25 years specializing as a remedial reading aid. She spent many years serving the Church of Christ, visiting the sick and bereaved almost always with a pie or cake in her hands. Jean (Miss Norma to many) touched many with her big smile, hugs, and caring soul. The family is grateful to The Villages of Windcrest and Hill Country Memorial Hospice for the care and compassion Miss Norma received while under their care.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Don Thorpe, sister Dorlores Pierce, and her husband of 60 years, Douglas Harold Aston, Sr.
Survivors: daughter, Neshia Aston Brown and her husband, Steven D. Brown of Atascadero California; son, Douglas Aston, Jr. of Austin; grandson, Stuart Aston Brown of Frankfort, Kentucky and brother, Jack Thorpe of Lampasas.
After graduating from Lamar High School in 1956, Barbara moved to Fredericksburg, Texas, where she later met and married Calvin Rathke in 1969. They were married 52 years and were members of Couples Bowling Leagues, The German Glub and many other organizations that they danced with. Barbara also volunteered for the Animal Welfare Society. They spent the majority of their marriage in Kerrville and, together, raised four children - Michael, David, Jamy and Christine. Employed by the VA hospital from 1969 to 1996, Barbara then worked for Starlite Recovery Center a short time before retiring. She and Calvin purchased a waterfront lot at Lake Buchanan in 1982, where they built and eventually relocated to, full-time, in 2002. Since then, they've enjoyed gardening, bird watching, entertaining family/friends and fishing right off the wall in front of their beautiful home.
She is survived by her husband, all her children, five grandchildren (Jennifer, Jeanette, Joann, Calan and Kate), plus 8 great grandchildren. Cooking was her passion and she loved sharing recipes with family and friends - including her famous lemon meringue pie! She often reminisced about childhood memories, passing down stories to her children and grandchildren. The last years of her life were spent with those she loved most and she will be dearly missed, while resting in peace.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano from 10:00A.M. to 12:00P.M. A graveside service will follow at 2:00P.M. at Bluffton Cemetery with Richard Vandeventer officiating. In lieu of flowers, please send a live plant that can be planted outside, cared for and enjoyed for years to Calvin Rathke at 115 Brazos, Bluffton, TX 78609.
David was proceeded in death by his wife Mary Vann of Llano Texas. David was survived by son Kenneth Matthews of Denison Texas, Daughter Heather Vann of Waco Texas, stepson Ronnie Wisdom Jr. of Llano Texas, and stepson Timothy Wisdom of Llano Texas. He was proceeded in death by his daughter Marsha Vann of Ranger Texas. David was survived by granddaughter Sarah Beth of Waco Texas, Grandson Tyler Wisdom of Llano Texas, and grandson Trenton Wisdom of Llano Texas. He was survived in death by sister Kathy Porter of Kingsland Texas, sister Maudie Lionberger of Mineral Wells Texas, sister Kay Swenson of Tow Texas, stepbrother Michael Isbell of Bangs Texas, stepsister Janice Hardin of DeLeon Texas, stepsister Sherry Reisinger of DeLeon Texas. He was proceeded in death by brother Ronnie Gipson of West Tawakonai Texas, brother Bobbie Gipson of Mineral Wells Texas, and sister Sandra Burson of Mineral Wells. He was also loved by an unbelievable amount of devoted family.
David was born on October 2nd, 1952, in Ranger, Texas. David enjoyed life and loved sharing it with his family. Afternoon motorcycle rides, Sturges Rally trip with his family, making trips to visit his kids and grandkids, and dancing the night away with his nieces were his passion. David was a fun and loving man but also had a labor of love, which was truck driving. David operated a semi for most of his adult life and loved it to the end. As much as he enjoyed the open road and the paychecks that came with the drive. The boys, an ice-cold totty, at the 5 o’clock hour had David shifting gears to the house as quick as he could. David has several unique accomplishments throughout his life. The love for driving led him to become the West Texas Dirt Track Champion when he was younger and his love for westerns led him to being casted as an extra in the remaking of John Wayne’s “True Grit” movie. David was full of life and love during his years with us. He was an honest man that worked hard and played harder. He had a big heart and an even bigger smile. His sense of humor had everyone around him smiling and laughing (even when his humor seemed a bit twisted). David and the love he shared for his family will be missed but always remembered and his stories shared forever. We love you, David.
Funeral services will be held at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel at 307 E. Sandstone Llano Texas on December 10th at 11am. Graveside service proceeding at Llano City Cemetery. Speaking at the service will be Brother Ron Langley and Mike Isbell Brown County Sheriff Chaplin.
Bill was proceeded in death by his father William Dale Holland Sr and is survived by his mother Annie Belle Ramsey and step father Jerry Ramsey of Tow, Texas, step mother Kay Williams Holland of Burnet, Texas and his aunt Patsy Thomas who he thought of like a 2nd mother.
Bill was survived by 2 sons, Thomas Holland (Shannon) of Burnet, Texas and William Dale (Trey) Holland III of Gatesville, Texas and 1 daughter Nina Dale Holland (Tully) of Buchanan Dam, Texas. 1 sister, Cindy Reavis-Ortiz (Bob) of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, 1 brother Greg Holland of Burnet, Texas. 3 step sisters, Kimberly Heydel of Tucson, Arizona, Kelly Jett of Georgetown, Texas and Holly Rocket of Carrolton, Texas as well as 1 step brother, Mark Williams of Burnet, Texas. 7 grandchildren, Brynn Holland, Connor Blake Holland, Mary Jane Alexander, Elmus Alexander, Liam Alexander and Paisley Holland, 2 nephews, 3 nieces and many cousins.
Bill was born on Sunday November 30th, 1958 at the Allen Clinic in Burnet, Texas. Bill attended Burnet High School in Burnet, Texas where Agg was his favorite subject. Bill's early career was in the Pork Industry working for Jerome Felps and later for Ronnie Patterson. Bill later became a rock layer and was very good at it. Many homes in the Burnet area showcase the beautiful rock artistry of “Holland Masonry”. Later in life Bill acquired his CDL and began transporting “Oversize” loads all over the state of Texas. Bill enjoyed collecting unique rocks and fishing with his best friend/brother and neighbor Greg Holland.
Bill was a gentle, loving and caring man who left a permanent mark etched on our hearts and will forever be missed by all who knew him.
A casual Memorial and gathering of friends will take place on Saturday November 27th at 11am at the Comfort Inn and Suites at 810 South Water Street in Burnet, Texas.
No services are planned at this time
A memorial service will be held Sunday, November 21, 2021 at The Red Barn 2405 Ranch Road 261 in Buchanan Dam, Texas at 2:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to your charity of choice.
He is preceded by his son Brian Lee Watkins.
Terry was a 30-year resident of Kingsland. He came to us after many years in Austin. He was a Marine who served proudly. He did two tours in Vietnam during the war. He never met a stranger, just someone who wasn’t a friend yet. He will be greatly missed by all.
She was born March 8, 1949 in Muhlenberg, Kentucky to Robert Vincent and Blanch (McIntosh). Loretta was a resident of Llano, Texas for 31 years since coming from Fort Worth, Texas. She married her husband John Bobo in Mineral Wells, Texas on July 3, 1983.
Loretta is survived by her husband of 56 years, John Bobo; daughters, Sonya Halliburton and husband Hobby of Llano, Savona Halkias of Llano, and Anthena Bobo of Llano; son, Dale Majors of Llano; brother, Darrel and wife Sally of Kentucky; sisters, Brenda Phillips and husband Darrell of Kentucky, Sharon Whitmer and husband Jerry of Kentucky, Deborah Aubrey of Kentucky, Linda Rager Johnson of Kentucky, and Melody Rager Silvey of Kentucky; 10 grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren.
Loretta’s family will have a small service at Robinson Park at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, October 23, 2021 with a potluck dinner following the service.
The family will have a viewing on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano, Texas from 5:00- 7:00 PM. Her graveside service will be held the following morning, Friday, October 15, 2021 at Six Mile Cemetery, 10:00 A.M. with Diane Valentine officiating.
Mary Belle was a strong woman of God, a member of the United Pentecostal Church. She was devoted to her husband of 68 years traveling the United States and caring for all of her family. She deeply loved all who were around her and supported and helped graciously anyone in need.
Tommy was born on February 13, 1948, in Burnet, Texas to Lendon (“Possum”) T. Lockhart. Sr. and Gladys Onita (“Bill”) Garrett Lockhart. Tommy graduated from Llano High School. Tommy was a Veteran as he joined the U.S. Navy shortly after graduating. He served during Vietnam War. Tommy was a hardworking man who loved his children and grandchildren. Tommy worked in construction most of his adult life and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing Pinochle and Dominoes.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Ashley Lynn Lockhart, who he has been reunited with in heaven.
Survivors include his children, Logan T. (“Timmy”) Lockhart, Jr., Mylinda Lockhart Graves, Lindsey Lockhart, and Dustin Lockhart and partner Jamyee, his grandchildren, Joseph Graves, Hannah Graves, Thomas Graves, Abigail Graves, Adonis Lockhart, Keirra Lockhart and Ryker Lockhart. Tommy was the second of eight children and is survived by his siblings, Lendon (“Shorty”) Lockhart, Jr. and wife, Vicky; Linda (“Sister”) Lockhart Brooks and husband, Steve; Samuel (“Sam”) Lockhart, Sr. and wife, Becky; Louemma (“Suggie”) Lockhart Polansky and husband, Hubert; Verna (“Poochie”) Lockhart Harlan and husband, Gordon; Joe Allen Lockhart and wife, Brenda; and Gerald Don Lockhart and partner, Terry Hinson. He is also survived by his uncles, Nathan Garrett and Farlyn Bowen, and aunts, Lavern Nobles, Peggy Lockhart and Linda Lockhart and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Pallbearers are Warren Lockhart, Seneca Locklear, Sammy Lockhart, Paul Polansky, Ryan Lockhart, and Lance Garrett.
Honorary Pallbearers are Drew Lockhart, Coy Lockhart, Nolan Lockhart
Graveside Service:Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 3PMBluffton Cemetery 8685 Ranch Road 2241Bluffton, TX 78607
Celebration of Life:Immediately following graveside service4120 Ranch Rd 261Buchanan Dam, TX 78609
Michael is surivived by his wife of 44 years Sue (Priehs) Caropepe;parents Nora and Vincent Caropepe;sons Kemp, and Robert and wife Karrah; Grandchildren Chance, Ellie, and Logan; sister Rene Veneklase and husband Ray of Michigan, brothers Ed and wife Patti of Kingsland, Pat and wife Patti of Florida and Jon and wife Kris also of Florida. And many other great friends and family.
Mike was a devoted husband, father and friend; and a loving grandfather. He was always there to lend a hand and cheer everyone up. He never knew a stranger and he was always laughing. Forever Loved. There are no services planned at this time.
Michael (Mike) Eugene Mangum, a lifetime resident of Llano, Texas, passed away peacefully on Friday September 24, 2021. Mike was born April 5, 1946 to William Travis and Myrtie Dee (Murphy) Mangum in Devine, Texas. Mike was a kind soul who never met a stranger. He was an avid story teller and enjoyed helping others however he could. Mike was a member of the Llano Special Opportunity School where he helped mow lawns, worked in the Llano recycling center, and participated in community events including the Llano Crawfish Open. Mike was a country music and Elvis enthusiast who loved to play the guitar and piano. He had dreams of being in law enforcement and a great respect for the military. Mike loved his family and friends unconditionally, especially his sister who he survived by, Janice Click who was his long time caregiver. He is also survived by his loving brother-in-law, Chester Drattlo, many nieces and nephews, and tons of great friends. Mike had a very special place in his heart for his mentors and long time buddies, Bode Barker and Damaron Simpson. Mike was preceded in death by his father William Travis Mangum, his mother Myrtie Mangum, brothers Travis, Gerald, and James (Tiny) Mangum, and sisters Dorothy Drattlo and Patricia (Pat) Rogers.
Garry loved his family and life in general. He was a very kind and generous man. Never had a bad word to say about anyone. Another love was rodeo. His rodeo career began in 1968. He rode broncs and bulls. He always said he rode bulls to support his bronc riding habit. He was a farrier and a heavy equipment operator. In the 90’s he made felt cowboy hats and had a boot repair shop in Prescott, Arizona. In early 2000’s he brought the boot shop home and operated it out of the garage.
In 2019 we made the move to Llano where we have met the most amazing people that we love and call our friends. One of the things he really enjoyed is listening to all of the live music and dancing. He loved our small cowboy town.
Tow Texas meant a lot to Garry. His ancestor William Tow settled what they called Tow Valley in 1853. The post office opened in 1886 and the name Tow was submitted and accepted. He was very proud of that.
He is survived by his wife Janan Tow, Brother Butch (wife Linda) 2 sons, 3 daughters, 14 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, 3 nephews, 1 niece, 2 uncles and their spouses.He is preceded in death by parents Carrol and Vera Tow and sister Karen Brownwood
Mark is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lajuana Greenwood Wimberley; sons, Sheldon Wimberley and wife Rachel, and Greg Wimberley of Llano; brothers, Lee Wimberley of Austin and Roger Wimberley of Llano; sister, Mary Jo McCrohan of Llano. Grandchildren, David Wimberley, Lauren Wimberley, Madison Wimberley, Travis Wimberley; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is proceeded in death by his parents and infant daughter Melissa.
No services are planned at this time.
“My sister was a loving and friendly person, really, she never met a stranger,” remembers her brother, Terry. She loved to laugh, and had a passion for singing karaoke style. It took very little persuasion to talk her into singing for hours, relishing in the positive feedback that came her way. Her stage was anywhere that she was at, whether it be a church, a family reunion, or the dining hall of the Oaks Nursing Home, where she enjoyed entertaining the residents and staff.
Rheta is survived by her brother Terry Johnson and his wife Peggy of Lubbock, sister in law Frieda Johnson of Lamesa, a handful of nieces and nephews, to include niece Machelle Woods of Bluffton, who had become Rheta’s daily caregiver and companion for the last several years.
She was preceded in death by her husband Joe Simmons, parents Ruby and Clifford Johnson; brothers Dean, Ronnie and Loren Johnson.
Dennis was born in Gosford, New South Wales, Australia. He loved high-performance racing cars, and began visiting the United States in the late 1970s, looking for auto parts and becoming part of the racing community. He found those parts, and also found the love of his life, Marjorie. They were married in 1984. At that point, Dennis became a permanent resident of the United States, and began his own construction business in the hills of Southern California. In the late 1980s, Dennis and Marjorie moved to the outskirts of Kansas City, Missouri to establish a fish farm. Dennis loved selling live fish to members of the Kansas City Chiefs football team! They also began their ranching activities, and discovered the fun of team penning and sorting with their horses.
Finally, in 1999, Dennis found his way to Llano, TX. He brought his love of horses and his construction business, and settled in the Texas Hill Country. Dennis continued to work on his team penning skills and progressed to a high level of national success with his horses. Dennis became the quintessential Australian-Texan cowboy, raising his sheep and riding in competitions. Even with his riding success, one of Dennis’ most important accomplishments was the acquisition of American citizenship. He completed that process in 2013.
Dennis will be remembered for his generous nature and his life-of-the party attitude. He always reached out a hand to help new riders and the rooms in his home were often filled with traveling friends. Most of us have wonderful memories of the spontaneous Dennis Masterson barbeques and the massive hugs he was so good at giving!
Dennis was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie. He will be missed by his family in Australia, including his mother Helen, father Neal, six brothers and sisters, and extended family. All those connected with his construction business, including both his clients and his employees, will feel the void of his absence. Of course, his Llano family and friends are equally saddened by his death. His loss will be especially felt by his step-son David, his in-laws, and all of those people in the horse world to whom he had become such a good friend.
A Memorial Service will be held at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, September 1, at 10 AM. The address is 307 E. Sandstone, Llano, TX 78643. Please join us to honor Dennis’s life and legacy. In lieu of flowers, we encourage you to make a donation to Llano Horsemanship. This organization will use any donated funds to provide riding experiences and horse camp scholarships to children in need. Send checks to Llano Horsemanship, Kelly Adame, Proprietor, 124 San Fernando Lane, Llano, TX, 78643, or contact Kelly at Kellyadame7@gmail.com.
Linda was born on August 11,1944, in Stamford, Texas, to J.D. and Elizabeth Pilley. She married Kenneth Bates on May 4, 1963, at the First Methodist Church in Odessa, Texas. They started out their lives in Crane, TX. Then, they moved to Dalhart to work on a farm. Afterward, they moved to Odessa and Gardendale before buying a farm and moving to St. Elizabeth, MO. Linda and Kenneth lived in St. Elizabeth from 1973 to 1986, where most of their children were born. Linda helped work on the family farm and even drove a bus for the St. Elizabeth school district. In 1986, the Bates family moved to Llano, TX and still reside there today.
Linda had 7 children, 22 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren, all of whom are brilliant, stunningly handsome/beautiful, and completely incapable of loading the dishwasher correctly (the kids, not the grands or greats. The grands and greats would never be asked to do a task so unworthy of their perfection).
Linda was many things, but a wallflower wasn’t one of them. One of her proudest accomplishments was being the first chair clarinet player in the Odessa High School Band. She treated her family to stories of her glory days on a bimonthly basis, lest they forget.
She also loved working in her flower beds and on her lawn. On spring and summer mornings and evenings, you would find her manually watering her flowers and yard with a water hose while 6 brand new sprinklers rusted on the porch.
Linda was an employee at the Llano Post Office for over 20 years. She loved working and she loved her job. Whenever she would complain (like everyone does about their job), we would tell her to retire. Linda would emphatically refuse; she loved all of her customers and would tell us all about who she’d helped at the counter. We also know way more about Terry Behrns than he probably wants us to (she loved you, Terry).
Linda was an excellent cook, as well. Her biscuits, homemade ranch dressing, and Thanksgiving stuffing were praised long after the meals had finished. No one made comfort food like her. If her kids or grandkids had a favorite meal or dessert, she would make it. And you could always tell company was coming when you saw peanut butter in the cabinet and strawberry jelly in the fridge.
Linda was the best mother we could have hoped for. She kept us in line (flyswatters may have been involved), always told us the unvarnished truth, and taught us that we could do whatever we wanted in life, as long as we were willing to work hard. She expected 100% from us, and she got it, or else.
Granny Bates was an entirely different person, however. Her grandbabies were absolute perfection and could do no wrong. They also could do no laundry, sweep no floors, or do no dishes. Those tasks were for their parents. Granny always had ice cream, chocolate syrup, some kind of cookie, and soda pop available for the grandkids. If for some crazy reason she didn’t have their favorites, Granny would immediately jump in her car and head to HEB. She loved to feed her family.
Upon her arrival in Heaven, Linda was greeted by her parents, J.D. and Elizabeth Pilley, and her in-laws, Byrl Bates and Pauline Callaway.
She leaves behind her husband, Kenneth Bates, her son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Corey and Christina Bates of Chetopa, KS, her son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Dean and Stacey Bates of Holts Summit, MO, her son, Lance Bates of Llano, her daughter, Gina Blackmon of Llano, her daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Jason Alford of Chetopa, KS, her son and daughter-in-law, Charley and Samantha Bates of San Marcos, and her son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Denae Bates of Llano. She also leaves her sister, Brenda Hinton, of De Leon. Her grandchildren are Austin, Jessica, Brandon, Jeremy, Zachary (Zach), Kathleen, Courtney, Kenneth (Kenny Paul), Kaitlyn, Deanna, Nathan, Alexis, Hannah, Aaron, Jordan, Neil, David, Alison, Harper, Lilly, June, and Samson. Her great grandchildren are Mason, Lexi, Macey Rae, Jaylen, Marissa, Lincoln, and Daxton (Dax). To save you the time of counting, that’s a total of 43 people that have to figure out how in the world they’re going to live without Linda Darline Pilley Bates.
Linda will be cremated and her ashes will be buried at Board Branch Cemetery in Lone Grove, TX. Her celebration of life ceremony will be delayed until later on this Fall.
Howard is survived by his loving wife of forty-two years, Homalyne Rogers Kilgore; his children with Carolyn Barcafar Kilgore (deceased), Lisa Kilgore Kelly, Devin Wade Kilgore and Kimberly Kilgore Page (Troy); his children of the heart with Homalyne; Pamela Roemer, Russell Roemer (Brenda), Rodney Roemer (Donna), Lorrie Dunford (Jeff), Randy Roemer, Rhonda Johnson (Roland). He was Poppy Jay to 22 grand-children, 29 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild along with a large number of extended family including nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents, his beloved brother Eldon and his older sister Louella Humble.
He was born on October 26, 1939 in Dublin, Texas to parents Jack and Lorene Kilgore.
Baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on July 15th, 1966. 55 years of serving Jehovah. He loved working with his hands by working on cars, fishing and camping. All of the boys learned their automotive craft at his side. His daughters learned what it meant to be loved by a man of great caliber. His deep fried catfish was second to none. Finishing off the carton of Vanilla ice cream at nights was one of his few flaws. 😀 He loved making people laugh and was rarely found without a fabulous smile on his face. No one was safe from his pranks except his wife Lynn. A great day for Howard started with stoking the morning fire, fishing the afternoonaway, and eating the days catch at sunset around the campfire. He loved visiting old cemeteries and locating nearby wineries for samples. He and Lynn could often be found planning the journey, taking off and experiencing nature. The journey was as important as the destination for Howard. If there was a fish at the end of it, all the better.
He spent the last decades of his life strengthening his hope in his Grand Creator Jehovah. As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, his deep seated faith convinced him that his body would be restored to a time "fresher than in youth." (Job 33:25)
His family remembers his life, mourns deeply his passing, and waits for our Heavenly Father to remember him in the resurrection.
A brief graveside service will be at Flat Rock Cemetery, Wednesday 9:30 am.
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A Zoom memorial service is scheduled for Saturday August 14, 2021 at 6 pm.
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Honey was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers, Austin and Wayman, and one sister, Zela. She is survived by her son, Leslie Garry Adams and wife Gerry of College Station, Texas, and daughter, Constance Sue Colquitt and husband Jay of Buchanan Dam, Texas; two grandchildren, Alison Paige Adams Kennedy and husband John of Kansas City, Kansas, and Thaddeus Hunter Adams and wife Noelle of College Station, Texas; and four great grandchildren, Henry Hershell Adams, Virginia Iris Adams, Gwyneth Pearl Adams, and Royal Maedgen Adams.
The celebration of life services will be held at the Highland Lakes United Methodist Church, 8303 Ranch Road 1431, Buchanan Dam, Texas, 78609, Saturday, August 14, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., and Rev. Roberta Goodman will officiate. Graveside service will be at the Adams Cemetery in Richland Springs, Texas, at 4:00 p.m.
The Adams family is especially grateful to Alicia Hutching, Pamela Levill and Tiffany Denton of Kingsland Hills Care Center, Summit LTC for their dedicated and excellent long-term care that they provided for the comfort and well-being of Honey. Likewise, the Adams family thanks Lori Wertz of New Century Hospice Care for the care she provided to Honey during the last days of her life.
Hershell and Iris were founding members of many organizations, including the Highland Lakes United Methodist Church and the Lakeshore Library, 7346 HWY 261, Buchanan Dam, Texas 78609. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to one of them. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes, Inc., Kingsland, Texas, and floral arrangements are assigned to Kingsland Florist (325-388-4208).
Jeanne was born Nov. 25, 1930, in Mart, Texas to Helen Louise Haase and Edward George Thompson.
Jeanne met James W Lee at James Connolly Air Force Base in Waco and married in 1963. They enjoyed a wonderful marriage until Jim’s death February 2020.She enjoyed her life and service in the Air Force with Jim for 39 years, and was the first woman to receive the Honor of the Chamorro award from the Governor of Guam for her service on the island.
Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 58 years, Col. James W Lee, her siblings, Richard Charles Thompson, Helen Louise Willingham, James Gilliam Thompson, Ruth Marie Weathers, and Martha Elizabeth Vandiver.
Survivors include her daughter Jennifer Ann Lee, of Arlington, Tx; daughter Deborah Lynn Moore and husband Eddie of Mt Enterprise, Tx; sister Barbara Ann Jackson of Van Alstyne Tx; 4 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved.
Jeanne loved Kingsland Texas and her beautiful home. She loved to ride her lawn mower and keep the property beautiful. She will be missed but never forgotten.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kingsland Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 350, Kingsland, Tx 78639
Vondean was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Nolan Schmidt, and Robert Schmidt and wife Lillie; her sister Doris Tate and husband Bill, and brother-in-law Teddy Joe Talley. Also leaving too soon, were her long time friends and extended family, Billy and Carol Davis and Barbara Buck. She is survived by her sister Gladys Talley; nieces Sandra Wilson, Carol Jones, Darla Elam, Debra LeRoy and husband Dan. Nephews surviving her are Kenneth Tate, Leon Schmidt and wife Roxanne, Daryl Talley and wife Rosie; along with a host of great and great-great nieces and nephews; God children, and beloved cousins. She also leaves behind her dear friends Ron and Pat Fountain, Bill and Margie Bryan, David and Dianne Coan, Gary and Celeste Hagel, Leon Buck, and Dan Magee.
A graveside service officiated by Reverend Harold Vanicek, Jr. and Reverend Nick Bohmann, will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at the Llano City Cemetery.
Vondean requested memorial contributions be given to St. Peter’s Church of Marble Falls or her favorite charity, Lutheran World Relief.
The family is grateful for the care and love she received while living at Windchime; the visits and ministry by Nick Bohmann; the caring doctors and nurses at Ascension Seton in Burnet; and the compassion shown by the nurses and caregivers of Altus Hospice in her final days. She was loved by many, and will be missed by all.
After grade school, Michael enlisted in the United States Army where he served as a Specialist in the Military Police Unit stationed in Seoul, South Korea. After completing his service, he transitioned back to civilian life and took up employment as a truck driver and electrician. Michael also served as the Taylor chapter President of the Texas Wheels Motorcycle Club where he was especially proud of helping raise money to obtain a van for a special needs child (Hannah) among other charitable accomplishments with the club.
Michael is survived by his wife, Julie Hoffman of Kingsland, Texas; his father, George Paul Schoenfeld of Mason, Texas; a brother, Cody Ray Schoenfeld and wife, Heather of Highland Village, Texas; six children, Amanda Lewis, Christina Hoffman, Ricky Chamberlain, Crystal Hoffman, Justin Hoffman, and Rachel Hoffman; and eleven grandchildren.
Visitation with the family will be from 5-7 p.m. in the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel, on the Wednesday prior to the service. Funeral Services for Michael Wayne Hoffman will be held on Thursday, July 15, at 11:00 a.m. in the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel in Llano, TX. Interment will follow in the Llano City Cemetery. Michael’s Texas Wheels’ brothers will serve as pallbearers
Noah JarredLee Najar was born in Llano, Texas December 25th,1978 to Joseph Catarino Najar and Mary Jo Wimberley Najar. Noah was raised in Llano & Austin Texas where he loved working concerts and many different events involving the live music scene. He was a talented guitarist and bassist and loved the drums. He enjoyed spending time with his family and brother's jamming in the music room. Noah also enjoyed the outdoors hunting and fishing. He loved his nieces and nephews and took great pride in watching them grow up in our beautiful home town. He loved football and was an avid Dallas Cowboys Fan , some of our best family times revolved around football and BBQ. God , Family and good food .
Noah was a loving son, brother, and father. An extremely proud uncle to many nieces and nephews. We will always remember his big beautiful smile that matched his big beautiful heart. He will always be loved, never forgotten and missed dearly until we see him again.
He is proceeded in death by his father Joseph C. Najar , Brother Michael A. Najar, grandparents Lee and Jackie Wimberley. Grandparents Catarino and Abigail Najar.
He is survived by mother, Mary Wimberley Mccrohan of Llano, Texas; Brother, Abel Catarino Najar of Cottonwood Shores; Sister, Mary Jennifer Najar Wisdom and husband, Steven Wisdom of Llano, Texas.
There will be a memorial service for family and close friends, July 27th From 12 to 3 at the LBJ Yacht Club and Marina.
Myrtle is preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Velma Hoy; husband, Foley Holland; brothers, J.L. Hoy, Elve Dukes; and son in law Kenneth Adams.She is survived by her daughter, Elaine Adams; sister in law Maxine Hoy Kendrick; granddaughters, Sue Davis, Shayne Smith and husband Jim Bob; great grandchildren; Steeley Smith and Sterling Smith; niece, Kathy Baker; nephews, Lynn Hoy, Billy Hoy, and Sammy Leverett; and numerous great nieces, nephews and extended family.
A visitation will be held Tuesday, July 13, 2021 from 10:00A.M. to 11:00A.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Llano. A Chapel service will follow the visitation at 11:00 A.M. with interment to follow at Bluffton Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers will be Lynn Hoy, Billy Hoy, Sammy Leverett, Dan Nixon, Lyndon Johanson and Bob McCall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
Family and friends describe Ronnie as a loving and patient brother, father, husband and PawPaw. He proudly served in the US Army during the Vietnam War with his wingman Gary. He was always available to give advice or be a listening ear. He enjoyed restoring old cars with his family and spending the last 25 years with his close friends Mark and Carla working at the ranch taking care of the cows.Ronnie participated in various volunteer organizations like the DAV and the Lions Club. He always had a smile on his face and was a inspiration to all that knew him and will be greatly missed. The mountains will forever be blue.
Ronnie is preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Ruby Johnson; wife, Donna Johnson; son, Ronnie Johnson II; and brothers, Dean Johnson, and Loren Johnson.
He is survived by his daughter, Machelle Johnson of Tow, Texas; sons, Jackie Johnson and wife, Whitney, of Granite Shoals, Texas, and Ricky Johnson and wife, Gwynne, of Buchanan Dam, Texas; brothers, Terry Johnson and wife, Peggy, of Lubbock, Texas, and Gary Burleson of Pattison, Texas; sister, Rheta Summons of Tow, Texas; 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel in Llano, Texas with Terry Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Tow Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Operation Exfil at www.operationexfil.com or mailed to P.O. Box 1934, Kingsland, Texas 78639.
Ruby was a lifetime resident of Llano county. She married her husband Harry Otto, the love of her life, September 14, 1947 in Llano. She was a ranchers wife. Miss Ruby could out hunt and out fish any man. She enjoyed her friends dearly, drinking pearl light, dancing, playing poker and making their deer chili. Later on in life, she graduated to playing Yahtzee and drinking cocktails. Ruby moved to Granbury with her daughter, Maxanne, and granddaughter, Jessica, almost 11 years ago where she had more of a variety of places to go eat, which was her favorite thing to do. Even if Miss Ruby wasn’t feeling her best, you could ask her if she wanted to go out to dinner and you could bet that she would beat you to the car. Ruby was preceded by her parents, Clarence and Vada Heyen; husband, Harry Otto; and sister, Jewel Ligon.She was survived by her daughter Maxanne Gholson and husband Rusty; granddaughter, Jessica Dahl; and her precious great grand baby, Breelynn Dahl.Visitation will be held Friday, June 18, 2021 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel in Llano from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 19, 2021 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel in Llano at 11:00 A.M. with interment to follow at Llano City Cemetery.
We have honored Johnnie's request to forgo funeral services. However, we understand that having the means to express sympathy and remembrance is important. We've adopted the Central Texas Food Bank as a meaningful organization and a completely optional charity -- until July 15, 2021.
To donate, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/johnniemcvey
After graduating Peacock Military Academy, David went on to attend the University of Texas in Austin, as well as Texas Tech University in Lubbock. After college, David found success in the restaurant business. He helped manage and open several restaurants in the Houston area, including the Lantern Inn Restaurant. After several years in the fun but tough restaurant business, David went on to open up a consulting business after his son John was born. The consulting business was named The Taussig Group and he ran this successful business for many years.
Those who knew David knew that he had a unique personality, was very creative, fun loving, generous, loved cooking, gardening, wood working, animals, reading, the great outdoors, and most of all was a follower of Jesus Christ his Savior.
David departed this life in Llano, Texas, at the age of 71, on May 28, 2021 after a 2.5 year struggle with cancer. He fought very hard but unfortunately didn’t win this battle. David was preceded in death by his father Richard G Taussig.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his son John R Taussig and Jennifer Rowald Taussig of Austin, his granddaughter Harper E Taussig and grandson Westin Z Taussig. David is also survived by extended family Leslie and Charles Hassell of Rusk, Texas, Dayna and Mark Gee of Indiana, Stacy and Carlo Berro of California, Christi Wohl of California, Sara and David Gabriel of California, Ben and Cynthia Klein of Houston, Texas, Maribel Taussig of California, Eric and Jana Moore of Arizona, Susi and Bill Wheeler of Arizona. David is also survived by dear aunts, uncles, and cousins in Ohio, and many nieces and nephews. An intimate graveside service was officiated by Pastor Jim Rose on June 1, 2021, at Llano City Cemetery. A Memorial Service to celebrate David’s life and love of Christ is scheduled for June 12, 2021 at 11 AM at Grace Gathering church in Llano, Texas. It too will be officiated by Pastor Rose.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Young Life Foundation or to Grace Gathering church of Llano.
A celebration of life will be held at the Red Barn, (2395 ranch rd 261, Buchanan Dam, Tx) On Sunday, June 20, 2021 at 11 am.In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Jude’s Children’s hospital.
She was born in El Campo, Texas on April 27, 1942 to Douglas and May (Blackstock) Stewart, the tenth of twelve children. She married Richard Moser on July 16, 1959 in Linn, Kansas and they had one daughter, Yvette.
Joyce was a permanent fixture in Llano. Her family moved to Llano in the early 1960s, and she worked several jobs as a waitress, cook, and cleaner, meeting and getting to know nearly everyone in town. She worked for Llano ISD from 1975 until she retired in 2001 and then for the City of Llano part time from 2002-2014. She volunteered at the Llano Food Pantry and the Abundant Love Food Ministry. She was also an active member of Pittsburg Avenue Baptist Church for over 37 years.
Dozens of former Llano school students still know and remember her years on the cafeteria and custodial staff. Many Llano residents recognize Joyce and her husband, Richard, as they drove their City of Llano Gator around town and walking through the neighborhoods reading utility meters every month for 12 years.
Joyce loved taking trips or driving around “seeing the sites” as she would say—whether local or around the country. As a young lady, she traveled the plains states with a family carnival tour as a cook and midway game operator. On later adventures, she put her feet in the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico. She hiked in the Rockies, saw geysers at Yellowstone, faces of Mt Rushmore, dolphins in Florida, and played on the beaches of the Carolina Outer Banks.
Her favorite pastimes were playing cards and dominoes with her friends and family as well as taking care of and playing with her nieces and nephews. She was a kid’s best friend. Several children in her church congregation called her “Grandma” and everyone else called her “Miss Joyce.”
At family gatherings, she was “Aunt Joycie” and taught generations of nieces and nephews the art and skills of Seven-Card Stud using spare change. She didn’t like bets going over a quarter, but was always willing to see the hand out to the end, just to make sure no one was trying to bluff her out.
Even in her final days, the ladies of her church moved their weekly domino game to her house so she could share another game with them.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years Richard, and their daughter Yvette and her husband Bill Fisher; and two sisters: Ruby Haywood of Chandler, Texas and Essie Cromer of Bastrop, Texas, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Joyce is preceded in death by her parents, Douglas and May Stewart; and nine siblings: Dorothy Wooten, Thomas (Sonny) Stewart, Douglas Stewart Jr, James Franklin Stewart, Charles Dee Stewart, Bobby Stewart, Mary Wooten, Billy Joe Stewart, and Odessa Tindell.
A celebration of life and memorial service will be held at Pittsburg Avenue Baptist Church, 709 Pittsburg Avenue, Llano, TX, on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at Noon. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Abundant Love Food Ministry at Pittsburg Avenue Baptist Church, the Llano Food Pantry, or to the American Heart Association.
He was born on December 3rd, 1924 to Mona Esther Teare and June James Hall in Watson, Missouri, and was married for 53 years to Mozelle Standard of Artesia, NM.
In April, 1943 Uncle Sam “invited Ralph to join him in the 5th Air Force.” As a teletype operator he was assigned to the 1093rd signal detachment in Dutch New Guinea then later to the 1375th Signal Co. on Biak Island then to Layte In the Philippine Islands. Decorations and certifications include the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with Bronze Service Star, the World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was then honorably discharged in 1945. After military service, Ralph began his career in telephone and communications work starting as a new construction lineman for Mountain Bell in New Mexico. He worked as a central office repairman in Artesia, NM and then was promoted to central office supervisor in Roswell, NM.
Ralph retired from Ma Bell in 1978 to relocate from Roswell to his favorite place in the world, Lake Buchanan, TX. He was an outdoorsman. From hunting and camping to becoming an avid fisherman, moving to Tow allowed him to feed that passion. Ralph never met a catfish he didn’t love to filet.
He also had a love for music and 2-stepping with his beloved significant other, La Wanda Smith of Tow. He was a true servant: serving God, country and family. What his family and friends will remember most about Ralph is his fun-loving nature and positive attitude toward everyone he met. His advice to “do your best” will always be remembered.
Preceding him in death are his parents, his wife, Mozelle Hall, his brother Robert Hall and sister June Lottes.
Survivors include La Wanda Smith, his significant other for 18 years, daughter Tralene Embry and son-in-law Jim of Tijeras, NM, sons Robert Hall of Roswell, NM and Brian Hall and daughter-in-law, Vicki of Keller, TX, La Wanda’s daughters Desree Reynolds of Buchanan Dam, TX, Dondi Hines of Joppa, TX and Danette Contreras of Austin, TX. Also included are 12 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. .........
Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 26th from 5pm to 8pm at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home chapel with graveside service to be held at 11am on Thursday, May 27th at the Tow Cemetery.
A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for Saturday, June 19th at the Tow Baptist Church at 1pm. Refreshments to follow.
Special thanks from the family to Compassus Hospice of Round Rock, TX. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Ralph to the Lakeshore Library, 7346 SH/261 Buchanan Dam or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
RC is preceded in death by his parents, Rudolph and Florence Oestreich; and wife, Kerren Oestreich. He is survived by his daughter Teri Oestreich and Fiancé, Ricky Napolez of Llano; brother, Ralph Oestreich and wife, Patricia of Llano; grandson, Randall Clay Kinsey of Llano; first wife, Sandra Oestreich of Burnet; nephews, Reece Oestreich and wife, Beth of Lampasas; Rustin Oestreich and wife , Blaine of Lometa, along with great nieces, nephews, and cousins.
RC was born and raised in Llano where he worked as a brick layer, tile setter and rancher in Castell. The only time he ever left home was to serve his country in Vietnam. He was a man of faith who loved his family and friends to the end. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of the Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital, their caring and support goes unmatched.
Visitation will be held Thursday, May 27, 2021 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel in Llano, Texas from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Graveside service will be held Friday, May 28, 2021 at the Oestreich Family Cemetery at 10:00 A.M. with Pastor Fred Krebs officiating.
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.