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January 2022

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Published January 30, 2022


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Sarah Catherine Ragle Weddington

Sarah Catherine Ragle Weddington,age 76, died December 26, 2021, at her home in Austin, Texas. She is survived by her brother, John D. Ragle of Georgetown, Texas.  She was preceded in death by a sister, Wylia Sue Ragle of Austin, her mother, Lena Catherine Morrison Ragle of Lubbock, Texas, and her father, Herbert Doyle Ragle of Austin.

Sarah Weddington was born February 5, 1946, in Abilene, Texas, and attended McMurry University graduating at age 19 before studying law at the University of Texas.  She later taught law courses at UT Austin for 28 years and Texas Woman’s University for 19 years. She was the first woman elected to State Representative from Austin, Travis County, 1973 - 1977. Winning attorney in Roe V. Wade, U.S. Supreme Court, 1973, she was also the first woman General Counsel U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1977 – 1978. Dr. Weddington was Assistant to President Jimmy Carter, 1978 – 1981.  Other titles of office include first woman Director, Texas Office of State – Federal Relations, 1983 – 1985, and recipient of Margaret Brent Woman of Achievement Award, ABA Commission on Women, 2008. She wrote about her experiences with Roe vs. Wade in the book A Question of Choice, and was a prominent speaker at numerous national conferences, forums and media outlets.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, or a charity of your choice.

A memorial service will be held at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, February 10, 2022, at 1 p.m.


 


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Shirley McRee Nash

Shirley McRee Nash, of Georgetown, Texas, passed away the morning of January 25, 2022,  at the age of 94.  Shirley was a loving sister and a child of God, a life-long believer in Jesus Christ and a Presbyterian; a missionary to Africa; a dedicated professional director of Christian education and lay worker in the church; a loving friend; and she was a tireless caregiver. Shirley was born January 20, 1928, in Lubbock, Texas, to her parents Fitzhugh Lee McRee and Winifred Ellyson McRee. They preceded her in death, along with her husband, Reverend Thomas J. Nash III, married for 42 years, (who was a Navy veteran of WWII), brother, Fitzhugh Lee McRee Jr. of Arlington, Virginia, brother-in-law, Jimmy Bass, nephew-in-law, Bobby Griffey both of Lubbock, Texas, and cousins, Jo Beth Carter, Marshal Ewing, and Loua Ewing. 

Shirley is survived by her sister, Vara Jean Bass of Lubbock, Texas, nieces and nephews, Jennifer Griffey, Jim Bass and wife, Charlotte, Janet Waters and husband, Tim, Michael McRee and wife, Michelle, Samuel McRee and wife, Alejandra; sister-in-law, Psyche McRee, 12 great-nieces and nephews, 10 great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins, J.C. and Linda Johnson, Bill Johnson and wife, Ruth Ann, Donny Ewing, Chris and Tricia Osborne, and Melissa Wilson. Shirley had no biological children; “children-of-my-heart” are Ema Osborne and Carter Osborne, grandchildren of cousin, Jo Beth Carter (children of Chris and Tricia Osborne). 

Shirley graduated from Texas Technological College now Texas Tech University, in 1948, with B.S. degree in mathematics; “I could not get a teaching job (too young, too small, a girl)” and she was led to a “call” (from God) to go to Assembly’s Training School for Lay Workers at the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in 1951, where she received her M.R.E. degree. She was a missionary of the Presbyterian Church U.S. in the Belgian Congo from 1952 -1957. Shirley loved the Congo, again she felt called to “go to Africa.” She was a teacher of mathematics for 34 years in public and private schools in Oklahoma, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. In 1996, they moved to Georgetown, Texas.  She was active in First Presbyterian Church of Georgetown, serving as elder, choir member, moderator of Presbyterian Women, Stephen Minister, member of Hannah-Esther circle, Worship and Mission committees.

Her family would like to thank the staff and nurses of the Springs Health and Rehab   of Cedar Park for the great care they gave Shirley for the last year and half.

Services will be held on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Georgetown.

Memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church, Georgetown or the Mission Agency work of Presbyterian Church (USA) in Democratic Republic of Congo.


 

 


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Linda Carol Graham

Linda Carol Graham, 65, of Travis County, Texas, passed away January 23, 2022. She left a huge void in the lives of those she encountered during her life. She is survived by her sister, Sherry Graham, her uncle, Eldred Morris, and his wife, Gladys. She also left behind her cousins, Paula Hasse, Susan Morris, Diane Simpson and their families. She also has several cousins in Cedartown, Georgia. Among them Johnny Graham, Avon Graham, Mike Graham, Kaye Sensing, Donna Timms, and their families. 

She was born April 30, 1956, and grew up in eastern Burnet County Texas, started grade school in Briggs, Texas, and on to graduate Florence High School in 1974. She attended Barber College in Austin.  She is best known for her work as a barber at City Barber Shop in Georgetown, Texas, where she lived for many years. Her clients loved her friendly demeaner, charm and entertaining way of delivering a joke and a haircut. She will be missed.

Grave site services to celebrate her life, were held at Gillum Cemetery in Oakalla, Texas, at 2 p.m. on January 28, 2022. Please, donate to your local food bank.

Care has been entrusted to Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.ClementsWilcoxBurnet.com for the Jones family.



 


Published January 26, 2022


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Lynada (White) Sybert

Lynada (White) Sybert passed away peacefully in her home in Jarrell on January 21, 2022.  Lynada was born to Lynn and Vada White on March 21, 1932, in San Saba County, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Darrell “Tom” Sybert. She leaves behind son, Tom Darrell Sybert; daughter, LaNell Cooper, and son-in-law, Eddie Cooper; two grandsons, Bobby Sybert (Kaye Leigh) and Brian Wicker; great-grandson, Barrett Sybert. She also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews and wonderful friends.

A celebration of Lynada’s life will begin with a gathering of family and friends on from

9 - 10 a.m. Thursday, January 27, in the Southwestern Room of Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home in Georgetown.  Interment will follow at 11 a.m. at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.

 

 

 

 

 



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William “Bill” Henry Salter

William “Bill” Henry Salter, age 76, passed away of natural causes on January 9, 2022. Bill was born September 26, 1945, in Texas. He attended grade school in Trinity Texas where he was an outstanding athlete. Bill joined the army 1963 at the age of 18, and was deployed to Vietnam. He served multiple years and was honorably discharged.

Bill held a Bachelor of Science, majoring in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University. He spent more than 30 years working in the law enforcement field. Serving communities all over the state of Texas such as Houston, Buffalo, Salado, Liberty Hill and more.

Bill loved sports and was an avid golfer. He spent several years coaching and mentoring young men in basketball and baseball.

Bill is survived by his wife, Beverly Whigham Salter, and stepson Judson Whigham, wife Claire Morrisey Whigham, and two children, Jack and June Whigham. Sister Nell (Bubba) Thompson, son Timothy Blair Salter and granddaughter, Presley Elizabeth Salter, son, Scott Martin Salter, wife, Monica Salter and grandson William James Salter, and granddaughter, Charlotte Eloise Salter.

He is predeceased in death by parents, sister, Bettye Charles Perez and brothers John Bruce Salter, and Thomas (Tony) Salter.

Funeral arrangements for William “Bill” Salter are January 29, noon to 3 p.m. at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar, Austin, Texas, 78752

In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a donation to the Alvin Volunteer Fire Department in Bill’s honor. You can donate online at facebook.com/AlvinVFD or mail a check to 801 East South Street, Alvin, Texas, 77511.


 


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David Wayne Morris

David Wayne Morris, 74, of Taylor, Texas, went to be with his Heavenly Father on January 23, 2022. David was born in Lampasas, Texas, on November 30, 1947, to Willace John and Dorothy Leora (Nord) Morris. He met the love of his life, Suzanne Andrea (Swenson) Morris, through a church youth group in Hutto, Texas. They married on September 2, 1967. He attended Round Rock High School and graduated from Hutto High School. After graduating from Texas, A&M in 1970, David worked with youth as a County Extension Agent. Throughout his life, David was in the agriculture field. He found joy in rebuilding and painting tractors. David especially loved his last occupation as a bus driver for Taylor ISD, where he served faithfully driving students to school, field trips, and sporting events. 

Being a kind and dependable father was of the utmost importance to David, and he certainly did not disappoint when it came to wholeheartedly loving his family. Pop could be found at all of his grandchildren’s events. David liked coaching his children’s sports teams and helping with boy and girl scout activities throughout their childhood. He was a dedicated Fightin’ Texas Aggie and Taylor Duck fan. He enjoyed fishing, playing dominoes, and traveling with his family, especially both trips to Disney World this past year. David was a faithful member of First Baptist Church Taylor and served the Lord all of his life, including driving around the Primetimers.

David was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his beloved wife of 54 years, Suzanne, and children, Renee Schneider (Chris), Nicole Oman (Rick Cobia), Hannah Tate (Patrick), Andrew Morris (Stephanie), and Matthew Morris (Paige). He is also survived by his brother, Charles Morris (Ellen), sister, Nancy Johnson (Eric), sister-in-law, Dianne Robbins (Larry), and numerous nieces and nephews. Pop was proud of his grandchildren Josh (Dalani), Ryan (Ashley), Michael and Luke Schneider; Kelbie (Katelyn) and Mason Stifflemire (Lauryn Leftwich), Marshall (Laney Martinez) and Thomas Oman; Meredith, Harrison, and Caroline Tate; Zoe, Logan, and Callie Morris and Amelia Cotterilo; and Madison, Lyla, and Tanner Morris, and his great-grandchildren, Alexis, Oaklyn, and Alice.

Visitation will be at Providence Funeral Home in Taylor on Thursday, January 27, from 6-8 p.m., with a celebration of life service at Providence on Friday, January 28, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church youth camp scholarship fund.

 

 

 

 


 


Published January 23, 2022


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Donald Ross Berry

Donald Ross Berry, aged 82 years, of Liberty Hill, Texas, passed away January 17, 2022, in his home.  

Donald was born in Liberty Hill, Texas, on June 12, 1939. He was a beloved member of the entire community all his life and he will be dearly missed by all who knew him.  

Donald was preceded in death by his cherished wife, Linda Sue Roberts Berry of Jonah, Texas. They where married on October 19, 1962, and stood beside each other for 53 wonderful years until Linda’s passing. Donald is also preceded in death by his father, Leonard Berry of Liberty Hill, Texas, his mother, Laverne Hobbs Berry of Liberty Hill, Texas, brother, Jimmy Ray Berry of Liberty Hill, Texas, and twin brother Ronald Doss Berry of Liberty Hill, Texas, and many more beloved family members. 

Donald is survived by his son, Donald Ross Berry Jr. and his wife, Christine Berry of Llano, Texas; daughter, Geniva Jean Downard of Graham, Texas; sister, Linda Carol Peterson of Round Rock, Texas; granddaughter, Kristie Berry Linn and husband, Valton Linn of Gainesville, Missouri; granddaughters, Amelia Linn and Sophie Linn of Gainesville, Missouri; grandson, Danny Downard of Weatherford, Texas, and great-grandson, Tucker Downard of Weatherford, Texas; grandson, Zachary Berry of Gainesville, Missouri; grandson, Charles Berry of Llano, Texas; and many, many, many friends. 

Graveside services will be held on January 21 at the Liberty Hill Cemetery in Liberty Hill, Texas, at 2 p.m. 

Flowers may be sent to The Gabriels Funeral Home and Chapel in Georgetown. 

There is no formal reception planned at this time.



Isabel Sanchez Camacho

Isabel Sanchez Camacho

Isabel Sanchez Camacho was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She left this world on Friday January 14, 2022. She fought a hard battle with Covid pneumonia. She was born to Guadalupe and Olivia Sanchez on July 8, 1951, in Cuidad Victoria Tamaulipas, Mexico. After graduating from Elgin High School in 1971, she married her best friend, Vicente Camacho. Together they celebrated 50 years of marriage last August. They had three daughters, Michelle Meinke, Emily Clear, and Kimberly Camacho. 

Isabel loved spending time in her garden, crafting, painting and, of course, spoiling her grandchildren. She was a hairstylist for 40 years. She was loved by many in our community, whether they were relatives, previous clients of the salon, acquaintances, friends, or neighbors. She had a heart of gold, she genuinely cared for others just like she did for her own family. 

Isabel is preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Raymundo Sanchez and sister-in-law, Nancy Sanchez, brother, Ascencion (Ace) Sanchez; her sister, Irma Diaz and brother-in-law, Thomas Diaz. She is survived in death by her husband, Vicente; daughter, Michelle, and son-in-law, Steve Meinke; Emily and son-in-law, Jake Clear; Kimberly and future son-in-law, Mario Padilla; grandchildren, Matthew, Kaleb, Arianna, and Alexis Meinke; Kaylin and Gracee Clear; Jeremiah and Alexander Padilla; sister, Amelia Paiz and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her beloved dogs, Mookie and Olaf. 

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to all of the ER and ICU staff at Seton Williamson Hospital for their outstanding care of their mother. During these chaotic times, the staff joyfully encouraged, supported, and lovingly cared for their mother as if she was their own relative. 

A visitation with the family will be held at the Gabriels Funeral Chapel between 5-7 p.m. on Friday, January 21, 2022. The funeral services will take place the following morning, Saturday, January 22, 2022, at 9 a.m. also at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel.  She will be laid to rest at IOOF Cemetery in Georgetown.



Verley Hunt

Verley Hunt

Verley Hunt passed in peace, Sunday, January 9, 2022, at the age of 82. Verley was born October 25, 1939, in Georgetown, Texas, to Verley and Doris Skaggs Hunt. He retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. after 30 plus years and went on to work during  retirement at Fisher Vincent Ford Car Dealership, Johnson Brothers Ford Car Dealership, and finally, Academy Surplus in the hunting and fishing department where he found his niche assisting customers in purchasing new guns and fishing tackle as well as making new friends. Verley married Julie Whitmire on August 21, 1986, in Salado, Texas.

Verley loved hunting and fishing and would jump at the opportunity to do so whenever he could. His fishing buddies included long time friends, new acquaintances, his children and grandchildren, passing on the love of the outdoors and passion for the sport. He was spiritual in his beliefs and studied scriptures regularly.

Verley was preceded in death by his father; Verley H. Hunt and mother, Doris Skaggs Hunt as well as his daughter; Summer Renee Hunt Perry.

Survivors include his wife, Julie Hunt of Belton; son, Verley Jason Hunt and wife, Stacey of Friendswood; two daughters, Kimberly Hunt Woehst and husband, Keenan of Bellville, and Tracy Hunt Tafilowski and husband, Eric of Maryville, Tennessee; two stepsons, Michael Schoepf and Matthew Renick, both of Belton; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. 

A celebration of life for Verley Dotson Hunt will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at Dossman Funeral Home Chapel, 2525 North Main Street, Belton, Texas,  76513, with H. K. Ballard officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Creekside Terrace Rehabilitation in Belton, Texas.



Dayton Oxley Henderson Jr.

Dayton Oxley Henderson Jr.

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Dayton Oxley Henderson Jr., who went on to his eternal life with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on January 12, 2022, after a short battle with cancer. Dayton was born on May 21, 1953, in Baltimore, Maryland, to Waltraut “Wally” Wiedenbeck, and was raised most of his life by his stepfather, Ervin “Bubbles” Kearney. 

He was a resident of Georgetown, Texas, since 1979, and is survived by his wife and best friend, Jeanne, daughter and son-in-law, Trayce and James Thomas, grandchildren, Julia Renee, Samuel Michael, Sophia Marie, Isaiah James, and Emilia Jeanne Henderson-Thomas. 

He is also survived by his brother, Steve Henderson and wife, Barbara, their children, Scott, Emma and Lilli, nephew, Aaron Henderson and wife, Stephanie, sister-in-law, Janis McGrain, nephew, John (Woody) McGrain, and many other sisters- and brothers-in-law, along with nieces and nephews. He was blessed to have many friends throughout his life that he would also call his family. 

Dayton was a kind and loving, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend with an outgoing spirit and a deeply generous soul and he will be missed immensely on this earth. 

Memorial services will be held on January 29, 2022, at 5 p.m. at Holy Word Lutheran Church, 10601 Bluff Bend Drive, Austin, Texas, 78753. 

 

 



Marilyn “Faye” Handy

Marilyn “Faye” Handy

Marilyn “Faye” Handy (83), a lifelong resident of Georgetown, Texas, passed away on January 19, 2022.

Marilyn Faye Perry was born on November 29, 1938, to Herman and Bernice Perry. They preceded her in death, along with her brothers, John and Jerry Perry, sister, Shirley, husbands, Gene Lentz and Bob Handy.

Faye is survived by her brother, Jack Perry of Bastrop, daughter, Vicki and son-in-law, Chester Park of Liberty Hill, granddaughters, Krystal, Annie, and Bonnie, 10 great-grandchildren, and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Faye loved spending time with her family and friends, especially if there was a good laugh to be found, and her vibrant personality attracted many. She loved to travel and live life to the fullest. She spent a good portion of her life working at H-E-B in Georgetown as a florist and checker, from where she eventually retired. She had a unique love of flowers, having one of the most beautiful yards in town. Her care and handling of all things green and beautiful brought her pure joy and she helped spread it to others. She touched a lot of lives. She will be remembered with love. 

Faye’s Graveside Service is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at IOOF Cemetery, Georgetown, Texas.  

 

 

 



Violeta Vicente Villanueva Johnson

Violeta Vicente Villanueva Johnson

Violeta (Vi) Vicente Villanueva Johnson, 84, of Georgetown, went to be with our Lord and Savior on December 4, 2021, surrounded by loved ones at the time of her passing. Vi was born and raised in Manila, Philippines, where she attended the University of the East before marrying Jimmy Lee McBride and relocating to the U.S. In 1958, Vi started working at Davis Iron Works and served as credit manager for most of her career until retiring in 2009. Vi loved to Jazzercise and spend time with her family. An incredible speller, she was very difficult to beat in Scrabble during game nights with family and friends. Her smile lit up any room, especially when she won at the slot machines during her favored casino trips. She spoiled her dog, Vader, and loved to garden and surround herself with beautiful plants.

Vi is preceded in death by parents Carmen and Pablo Villanueva; siblings Pabling Villanueva, Rodolfo Villanueva, and Virgilio Villanueva; spouses Jimmy McBride and Dalen Johnson; and grandsons Hunter Duncum and Lee Musil.

Vi will be greatly missed by daughter Monique McBride McFerrin and husband James of Georgetown; granddaughter, Nicole Musil-Staha and husband Jacob of Jarrell; Son-in-laws Benny Johnson and wife Gail of Plano; Randall Johnson and wife Susan of Pennsylvania; siblings Romeo Villanueva and wife Cora of California, Rolando Villanueva and wife Imelda of Nevada, Vivian Quiroz and husband Ray of the Philippines; and many much-loved extended family members.

Private interment at Waco Memorial Park.

 

 



Dennis Keller

Dennis Keller

Dennis Keller, born in Spokane, Washington, passed away on January 20, 2022, at the age of 70 in his home in Central Texas, surrounded by his wife Katherine and four children, Matt, Denise Link, Nick and Debbee Hancock. 

Dad, husband, businessman, Texan, DJ, golfer, talk radio commentator, pastor, author, Longhorns fan, comedian, lover of mac and cheese and beer, and a very silly Papa. Dennis Keller wore many hats, but his lasting legacy is the Good Samaritan. In his later years, he cared for widows and orphans, but his heart for others started long before his short stint as a pastor.

If he encountered someone who had fallen on hard times, whether that be the hitchhiker, the men he visited in prison or even those who cared for him in his last days, Dennis couldn’t help but offer a listening ear, support or words of encouragement. He didn’t judge anyone. He knew without God’s intervention and grace, his life could look like the men he met in prison, so he dedicated his life to sharing the good news of God’s love that rescued him from his brokenness.

Dennis’ humor and wisdom will be deeply missed by his wife, children and seven grandchildren. Dennis is enjoying the company of his family and many friends in the presence of his heavenly Father.

Details of Dennis’ celebration of life are available on Hill Country Bible Church Georgetown’s facebook page: @HCBCGT.

 

 

 



Shirley Kathryn Lierman Miller

Shirley Kathryn Lierman Miller

Shirley Kathryn Lierman Miller left to meet her Savior, Jesus Christ, Wednesday, January 12, 2022.

Shirley was born in Rosebud, Texas, on July 24, 1935. She graduated from Rosebud High School in 1953, and attended Business School in Austin, Texas. After graduating, she met her husband Eric Miller and was wed on September 04, 1955; they were married for 60 years. Shirley served as the Executive Secretary for the Southwestern University Athletic Department from December, 1976, until retirement in February, 1977. Shirley and her husband Eric were dedicated members at Zion Lutheran Church in Walburg, Texas, for over 40 years.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Eric; brother, Toby Lierman and wife, Gwen; sister-in-law, Margie Lierman. 

She is survived by her brother, Bill Lierman, her sons, Mark and wife, Donna, Brad and wife, Lynn; granddaughters, Megan, Rachel and Bailey; grandsons, Eric and Rich; many loving nephews and nieces.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to a cause Shirley was passionate about, the Braille Mission at Zion Lutheran Church. Using the address below, please use the drop-down menu to choose “Braille Misson” as the fund to make your contribution:

onrealm.org/ZionLutheranChu42107/-/form/give/now” https://onrealm.org/ZionLutheranChu42107/-/form/give/now.

 

 



Jimmy Wynoka Sheffield

Jimmy Wynoka Sheffield

Jimmy Wynoka Sheffield was born August 5, 1945, in Lampasas, Texas, to Chester Sheffield and Zula Bryce Sheffield.  Jimmy passed from this life January 15, 2022.

Jimmy was preceded in death by a sister, Geraldine Ivy, and parents, Chester and Zula Sheffield.  He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sandra; four children: Jimmy Sheffield Jr.  and wife, Donna of Georgetown, Texas,  Terri Sallas and husband Julian of Zuni, Va,  Kerri Luera and husband, George of Round Rock, Texas, and Keith Sheffield and wife, Dusti of Jarrell, Texas; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, C.V. Sheffield and Wade Sheffield and two sisters, Buna Loggains and Merlene Armendariz.

Jimmy grew up on a dairy farm in Liberty Hill, Texas. Jimmy loved country life and helped his mother and father on the dairy farm. He was very active in the Boy Scouts and earned the degree of Eagle Scout. He obeyed the gospel at a young age and remained faithful until his passing. He graduated from Liberty Hill High School in 1963.

Jimmy met the love of his life at a Liberty Hill baseball game. Sandra Floyd and Jimmy became best friends, soulmates and sweethearts. They married in 1964 in the Marble Falls Church of Christ.

Jimmy was employed with Watkins Bridge Construction Company as a crane operator and welder, and worked on Interstate bridges as they were being built in Texas.   The young couple soon found themselves moving around the state as interstate highways were being constructed.

In 1966, while living in San Antonio, their first child, Jimmy, Jr. was born. He was joined two years later with twin sisters, Terri and Kerri, born in Weimar, Texas. In 1970, their youngest son, Keith was born in Austin.

Jimmy and Sandra, always putting the Lord first, decided in 1973, to move to New England to help with the establishment of the Conway Church of Christ in Conway, New Hampshire. Jim and Sandra spent seven years working in the church there with Jim also helping to construct their first building, as well as other church buildings in the area.

In 1980, the family moved back to Texas and settled in Georgetown.  Jimmy served in the church and worked in construction. The children grew up and began their own lives.  Jimmy and Sandra thoroughly enjoyed traveling to different areas and states for visits with them. On weekends, Jim and Sandy would fulfill their passion for antiques by doing antique shows. Jim continued in construction until 2009, when he retired, but only from construction. 

They continued to do many antique shows. In 2010, Sandra retired and they traveled the United States near full time seeing the country and doing shows. If they were ever in one place long enough, they were sure to be helping the kids on whatever project was underway.  Jimmy and Sandra were very seldom apart and were holding hands always when together. There are not many left with the skill and craftsmanship Jim possessed and he was always eager to help anybody in any manner he could.  He never met a stranger, and within minutes of talking to someone for the first time, would be laughing and talking like old friends.  Jim’s dry humor and firm hugs, and love of the Lord will be missed by all those dear to him.

A memorial service was held on Friday, January 21, 2022, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Ramsey Funeral Home.

You are invited to share a message or memory in our memorial guestbook at www.ramseyfuneral.com.



 


Published January 19, 2022




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Raymond Herman Schubert

Raymond Herman Schubert, 85, went to be with the Lord on January 16, 2022.

He was born October 1, 1936 in Fedor, Texas, to Otto and Alma Schubert. Graduated from Concordia High School.  Married Carolyn Buchhorn on November 12, 1960. Retired from IBM in August, 1992. He enjoyed BBQing, farming and his grandkids. He joined in Heaven: his parents, two brothers, a sister and daughter Rebecca Brabandt.  He leaves behind: Carolyn, the families of Johnny Brabandt, John Schubert and Scott Schubert.

A visitation for Ray will be held Sunday, January 23, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home, 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown. A graveside service will occur at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 24, 2022 at Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery - Fedor, Corner of County Road 309 & PR 3091, Lincoln, Texas 78948. A memorial service will follow at

1 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 6101 Farm to Market Road 1105, Georgetown. 

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cookwaldendavisfuneralhome.com for the Schubert family.

 

 

 

 



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Emily Simpson

Emily Simpson, age 80, passed away on January 16, 2022, in Georgetown.

Emily was born on December 4, 1941, in Brownfield, Texas, to Bill and Beatrice Blackstock. She attended Gomez and Brownfield schools. She became a Christian at age 9 at the Gomez Baptist Church. By then, Emily was already driving by herself to church down the dirt roads to play the piano for the congregation. Emily graduated from both Brownfield High School and Baylor University.

Emily married Doyle Simpson in Brownfield on June 21, 1964, in the yard of her childhood home. Emily wrote, “Doyle has been a wonderful husband, and I have always admired him for standing strong in his Christian faith.”

Emily taught in Brownfield schools and then stayed home with her daughters Laura and Amy when they were young. She taught English, history, and reading at Brownfield High School.   Emily said,  “I have many fond memories of teachers and students from this time.”

Her first love and priority was her family. She wrote, “I have loved being close to my parents, sisters, nieces, and nephews throughout my life.” 

Emily often volunteered at church. She taught 1st grade Sunday School at First Baptist Brownfield for many years. In her teaching position, she enjoyed working with Avis Farrar and Anna Lee Dumas.  It was very meaningful to her when her daughter and one nephew came to accept Christ during the time she was their Sunday School teacher. For many years in  Brownfield, Emily also worked with the Terry County Historical Commission.

Emily and Doyle moved to Georgetown in 2002. They joined First Baptist Georgetown. Emily volunteered with the Merry Christmas with Love and Stamping ministries. She especially loved being part of the Faculty and Staff Appreciation Committee. Emily loved volunteering to read weekly to classrooms at Annie Purl Elementary, where Amy is a librarian. Emily always  enjoyed sharing her love of reading and adopting classrooms at Annie Purl.  The Oak Ridge Ministry held a very special place in her heart, and she was proud to support this ministry.

Emily was preceded in death by her parents; infant sister, Donna Blackstock; and husband, Doyle. Emily is survived by her daughters Laura (Jim) of Belton and Amy of Georgetown; grandson Josh and granddaughter Rebecca; two sisters, Mary Jane Jackson and Billie Faught of Brownfield; and many cousins, nephews, and nieces.

Emily wrote, “God has given me much joy and happiness on Earth. I look forward to seeing Him in Heaven.”

Charities in lieu of flowers/plants, please consider donations to:

Children at Heart Ministries, c/o Texas Baptist Children’s Home, 1301 North Mays Street, Round Rock, TX 78664-2945 or to the Oak Ridge Ministries, PO Box 542, Florence, TX 76527. Or to a charity of your choice. 

A time of Memorial Gathering will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at Ramsey Funeral Home. 



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Vicki Herberg Barker

Vicki Herberg Barker, age 76, of Weir, Texas, passed away Wednesday, January 12, 2022.

Vicki was born in Brady, Texas, on July 6, 1945. She met her childhood sweetheart, Ernest David Barker, in Kindergarten. They graduated from Brady High School in May of 1963, and attended SWT College in San Marcos, Texas graduating in 1967. Vicki graduated with a major in Education and minor in Art. Vicki married David on May 28, 1966, starting a life teaching and having two children in Austin. They then moved to Georgetown where they bought a farm in Weir, Texas in 1984, fulfilling Vicki’s lifelong dream of having a horse farm.

Vicki was a schoolteacher for about 33 years in Austin and Georgetown ISDs. She taught math for many years. Vicki was also an active 4-H leader instructing her daughter and many other children about starting, training, and showing their horses. Vicki also trained and showed her reining horses for many years.

Vicki is survived by her husband David Barker, daughter, Katrina Barker, son, Jarret Barker, daughter-in-law Ashley Barker, and three grandchildren Wyatt, Darby, and Paisley Barker.

Vicki’s family would like to thank the staff at Georgetown’s Autumn Leaves and the Reserve memory care facility. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Nature Conservancy.

Visitation services will be held Friday, January 21, 2022, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at The Gabriel’s Funeral Home in Georgetown, Texas. The graveside services will be held on January 22, 2022 at 2 p.m. at the Weir Cemetery.



Janece Diane [Gatlin] Thompson

Janece Diane [Gatlin] Thompson passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, after a short illness. Jan was born August 27, 1950, to Mildred and Bill Gatlin in Taylor, Texas. Jan was married to her best friend, Donald Thompson, for over 35 years. She attended Tucker High School in Georgia, moving to West Texas shortly after attending college at Southwestern University.

Jan was the Customer Service/Credit & Collections Manager for West Texas Gas, Inc. for almost 20 years. She was a member of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls. She was also deeply invested in a ladies Tuesday night Bible study group for over 12 years and was a member of First United Methodist Church, Midland, Texas.

Jan is preceded in death by her father, Bill Gatlin, and stepson, Buddy Thompson, who she loved dearly. She is survived by her best friend/husband, Don Thompson, her mother, Mildred Gatlin, and sister, Mary Gatlin Hearon.

At Jan’s request there will be no services. If you want to make a donation in Jan’s memory, please consider your local animal shelter or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

 


Published January 9, 2022


Barbara Bliss Staley

Barbara Bliss Staley, 87, passed away peacefully at home on January 4, 2022.

Barbara Jean Bliss was born December 16, 1934. She attended and graduated from Midland Michigan High School, where she met and later married Dennis Staley.  He proceeds her in death, along with her daughter Kimberly Staley, son Jeffery Staley and twin sister Beth Hignite.

Survivors include: sister Luann Welch, son Phillip Staley and Erin Murray, daughter Jana Staley Armstrong and son-in-law Bobby Armstrong.  Grandchildren: Chad Armstrong, Jeanna Larsen, Justin Larsen, Blake Staley, Kayla Staley, Corinne Staley and Kendall Staley.

She has been a lifelong active member of the Episcopal Church and served many years on the Altar Guild.

She was also very talented making quilts, knitting, counted cross stitch, needlepoint, embroidery, and has recently enjoyed making Time of Death Hearts for Hospice.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. January 22, at St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church, 12251 Antioch Road, Overland Park, Kansas.

Donations in lieu of flowers in Barbara Staley’s honor can be made to St Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church, 12251 Antioch Road, Overland Park, Kansas, 66213 or to the Olathe Health Hospice House, 15310 South Marion Street, Olathe, Kansas, 66061.



June Cassens Hall

June Cassens Hall

June Hall (67) of Georgetown, passed away on Saturday, January 8, 2022. She was born on December 15, 1954, in Georgetown.  June graduated from Jarrell High School and lived most of her life in Georgetown, where she worked for the Williamson County Tax Office and later for Zion Lutheran Church and School.

June is survived by her husband, John (Dick) Hall, daughter Heather Bowman, son in law Mark and granddaughter, Hensley (12). She is also survived by her parents, Wess Cassens Jr. and Helen Bleeke Cassens of Jarrell, as well as her brothers, John Cassens of Georgetown, and Jeffery Cassens of Joshua, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

June had an extensive extended family as well as many people whose lives she touched throughout her life. She was always willing to help others until her health would not longer allow. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

The family would like to thank the staff at Baylor Scott and White Rehabilitation Institute in Lakeway for the care they provided her and the staff at Compassus Hospice in Round Rock for the care in her final days.

June’s final resting place will be at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery with a private burial service.

A memorial service will be held at Zion Lutheran Church on January 22, at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the family request donation be made to Athaight Ranching and Rescue 8520 FM 972 Granger, Texas, 76530 in honor of Hensley’s Nana, June Hall, where Hensley loves to ride horses.


 

 


Published January 9, 2022


Eugene (Gene) Gregory

Eugene (Gene) Gregory

Eugene (Gene) Gregory was born in Quincy, Illinois, on June 8, 1935, to Willard C. Gregory and Edith Jenkins Gregory. He went to be with his Lord and Savior on December 31, 2021. 

Gene was an only child and grew up in various places including Quincy, Illinois, Grand Coulee, Washington, and Englewood, Colorado. In 1953, he graduated from Englewood High School, then continued on to Northeast Missouri State Teachers College in Kirksville, Missouri. While in college, Gene was president of his sophomore class, active in Sigma Tau Gamma, and selected as “Outstanding Business School Student.” Gene married Carolyn Willows on May 31, 1957, in her home town of Ewing, Missouri.

Gene served in the Army Reserves, ultimately achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant.  His business career began in sales for Prudential Insurance Co., then in claims for the Western Insurance Co., a property and casualty insurance company. While working for the Western, Gene completed studies for a CPCU designation which took five years of part-time study. Eventually he rose to the level of vice president of human resources at the home office in Fort Scott, Kansas. In 1998, he retired, then moved with Carolyn to Georgetown in January 2000.

Gene loved to work with children and volunteered at a local preschool for several years.  He was an active member of the Sun City chapter of Kiwanis and First Presbyterian Church, where he served as deacon, elder and trustee.  Also in retirement, he enjoyed golf, reading and travel.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Carolyn, daughter, Chris Hyatt and husband Mark, son, Doug Gregory, grandaughter, Brooke Hyatt and husband, Mike Martinez, granddaughter, Lauren Lewellen and husband, Bobby, and three great-grandchildren, Indie and Max Martinez and Bobby Lewellen.

Gene lived life to the fullest and enjoyed spending time with his family and many friends. He always made the day a little brighter.

The family would like to thank Wesleyan Home Health Care and Wesleyan Hospice for their warm and loving service to Gene and his family in the last few weeks.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at First Presbyterian Church in Georgetown, Texas, with visitation at 1 p.m., followed by the service at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Gene’s memory to First Presbyterian Church; 703 South Church Street; Georgetown, Texas 78626.



Warren Eugene Sefcik

Warren Eugene Sefcik

Warren Eugene Sefcik was called to his eternal home on January 4, 2022 at the age of 88. He was born in Taylor, Texas, on October 21, 1933. Warren graduated from Austin High, attended Southwest Texas State University and enlisted in the United States Marines. He married Charlene Margaret Anderson on May 5, 1956. Warren continued his career in the military, served during the Viet Nam War and retired from the United States Air Force. After retiring, he became a rancher in Jonah, Texas, raising cattle and growing pecans.

Warren is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Charlene Sefcik. He is survived by three sons: Warren Sefcik, Jr. and wife Cathy, Wallace Sefcik and wife Tammy, Willis Sefcik and wife Amanda. He also leaves behind six grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 3 nieces and 3 nephews. 

Pallbearers: Keith Alan Geer, Nick Goulding, Steven Hennessy, Lance Sefcik, Wyatt Sefcik, Thomas Terbay.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Zion Lutheran Cemetery Fund, 6001 FM 1105, Georgetown, Texas 78626.

 

 

 

 



Christian Paul Kilgard

Christian Paul Kilgard

Christian Paul Kilgard, of Sun City, passed into the greater glory of God’s Kingdom at the age of 81, on January 2, 2022.  

Chris was born in Phoenix, Arizona, on June 28, 1940, to the delight of Dr. Frank Milton and Evelyn Kilgard. As the eldest of three boys, Chris grew up playing catch with his dad; hunting on horseback and enjoying the outdoors with his brothers and male friends.  Chris attended Arizona State University where he graduated with Physics and Business degrees. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity and very active in college life.  

In 1965, Chris began work at Texas Instruments in Houston, Texas, as an engineer.  Chris soon rose in rank as a manager. His proudest work accomplishment came after seven successful trips to China where he negotiated the opening of two factories. Without changing jobs, he changed companies finally retiring from Haliburton.  

Chris married the girl of his dreams and shared 57 wonderful years with his bride, Brenda Batchelor Kilgard. He often joked that as the girl of his dreams, she sometimes gave him nightmares. Though telling this often, Chris wants it to be known that it was just his quirky sense of humor and that Brenda never caused him any nightmares.  

Chris was dedicated to his family, honest in business and golf, worldly in his reading and local in his actions. He was friendly with people and interested in everyone. He loved to ask, “What are you bragging about today?” as a conversation starter. He always sought to bring out the best in people. Chris was a Christian and always worked to live up to his name.

Chris and Brenda parented three fabulous sons; Mark of Austin, married to Deidre, Mike of Richardson, married to Jeanne, and Matthew of Sugar Land, married to Courtney. Seven grandchildren brought joy and laughter over the years and have been a blessing to Chris and Brenda. They are Sarah, Rachel and Jonah of Austin, Emily and Ethan of Richardson, and Luke and Jack of Sugar Land.  

While living in Houston, Chris worshipped at Church of the Epiphany Episcopal Church. Here he made many wonderful lifetime friends.  Chris served in many capacities while there. He loved being Senior Warden multiple times and chairing Stewardship. The Kilgards moved to Sun City in 2010, following almost a year of RV-ing, visiting National Parks, and a week at a time in significant U.S. cities.  

Those celebrating Chris will remember him as a kind, gentle and loving soul devoted to the Lord, his family and friends. Chris was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown, where he again made many special lifetime friends. He was a continuous learner and enjoyed Georgetown Senior University and playing golf.  

Chris thanks his loving wife Brenda for years of dedicated and excellently delivered care during his years of decline.  Chris leaves behind his wife, three sons, their wives, and their children, along with two brothers in Phoenix, Arizona; Peter and wife, Barbara and Ron and wife, Karen. Chris also leaves brother-in-law, Eric married to Ruth, and many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.  

Grace Episcopal will be the setting for his memorial service and celebration of life with his interment being in the Grace Columbarium. The service and reception will be held in the Parish Hall. The date will be announced at a later time due to Covid.  

Chris and Brenda would like to thank M.D. Anderson in Houston, and the Scott and White medical staff for their years of excellent treatment and Georgetown/Sun City’s “Most Outstanding,” caring, and supportive Firemen and women for all the “lift ups.”  The family thanks Hospice of Austin, Nurse Brandy and so many others for two plus years of care and practical care for the excellent daily service of Clarisse, Jessica, Ashley and Christina. The family applauds all the Sun City, Georgetown and Sugar Land friends who have carried us on their wings for years. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Hospice of Austin or Grace Episcopal Church.



James (Jim) Morris Missler

James (Jim) Morris Missler

James (Jim) Morris Missler passed away January 4, 2022, in Georgetown, Texas. He was 91 years old.

Jim was born to Morris Missler and Edith Griffin in St. Louis, Missouri, June 2, 1930, as their only child. He spent his early years in Bonne Terre, Missouri, and moved to St. Louis in 1940. His early jobs included selling newspapers (Post Dispatch and The Star Times) on a street corner in South St. Louis and a delivery boy/all-round flunky for a grocery store. At 16 years old he took a job as soda clerk (aka “jerk”).  Later, he was night fountain manager at a Walgreen drug store. In his senior year he took a $10 weekly pay cut to become a stock boy for the drug side.

Upon graduating from Roosevelt High School, Walgreen Company awarded him a four year scholarship to attend pharmacy school. Jim attended St. Louis College of Pharmacy graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree.  At age 24, he was promoted to manager-pharmacist of the store where he worked as a soda clerk, stock boy and drug clerk.

On March 22, 1952, he married the love of his life, Ralpha Shirley Horton, with whose love and loyalty produced four sons, James Michael, Stephen Randall, Richard Daniel, and Kenneth Neal — the boys all served as officers in the U.S. Army; Mike and Steve earned PhDs, Richard a B.S. and Ken an MHA.

While employed as the manager-pharmacist of the Walgreen store in Wichita Falls, Texas, Jim attended night school at Midwestern State University, earning an MBA in 1970. On June 15, 1972, he was employed as administrator of the Wichita Falls Clinic Hospital. As administrator he oversaw the construction of a new 53,000-square-foot facility, the re-opening of the new building after the 1979 tornado, the addition of physicians to the staff, and, in 1982, building an addition.

A position opened up in 1983 for an executive at the University of Texas Health Science to complete the construction of the James Aston Outpatient Clinic then initate its staffing and medical operations. He found the politics of such a large organization unsuited for his talents.  A six-physician orthopedic surgery group in St. Louis was more to his liking. He was employed as administrator of this group until his retirement on December 31, 1997. During his tenure, there he oversaw a new 17,000-square-foot addition and recruited four more physicians. His group became one of the largest free standing orthopedic groups in the St. Louis metropolitin area.

Jim was a Presbyterian during his adult life. His many activities included Boy Scouts, 32 degree Mason, sponsor for DeMolay, JCs, Kiwanis Club, church elder and fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives. Interests included chess, bridge, poker, pinochle, tennis, racquetball and travel.

After retirement, Shirley and Jim purchased a 36-foot class A motorhome. They visited all 49 states in North America, with multiple month visits to the north western states, Canada, Alaska and the north eastern states. They loved to cruise, both ocean and river ship cruises. They were fortunate to visit cities and countries on all continents except the Indian sub-continent and Antarctica.

Jim is survived by his wife of 69 years, his four sons, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Saturday, January 8, 2022, at 10 a.m. at Ramsey Funeral Home followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. A reception will be held after the service at noon.



Doreen Dagmar Tormala Lockwood

Doreen Dagmar Tormala Lockwood

Doreen Dagmar Tormala Lockwood of Dallas, and previously Georgetown, entered the Kingdom of God on January 1, 2022, at the age of 90. Doreen is survived by her sons, Paul (Patricia) of San Antonio, Alan (Flavia) of Covington, Louisiana, and daughter, Carol (Rodney) Sowards of Dallas, brother, Ken (Susie) Tormala of Bath, Michigan, sisters-in-law, Marilyn Harkness of Sugar Land and Kathy Tormala of O’Fallon, Missouri, as well as eight grandchildren; Travis Sowards, Matthew (Brittany) Sowards, Winslow and Claire Sowards, Eric and Emma Lockwood, Samantha (Mike) Trezek and Nathan Lockwood.  Doreen was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 65 years, Lloyd Lockwood, her parents, Aldrick and Aili Tormala, her father- and mother-in-law, Wilber and Emma Lockwood, her brother, Alden Tormala, her brothers-in-law, Robert and Edmond Lockwood, and Llewellyn Harkness III, and her daughter-in-law, Katherine Lockwood.

Doreen was born in Hancock, Michigan, on August 22, 1931, and grew up in nearby Chassell (Portage Entry) where she graduated high school. She then attended Michigan Tech University where she soon met her future husband, Lloyd. Doreen graduated 1953 with a B.S. in General Science (Medical Technology major). Doreen and Lloyd were married September 5, 1953. 

In 1955, the couple moved to Midland, Michigan, and began concurrent careers with Dow Chemical, with Doreen employed in their Toxicology Department. In 1960, Doreen left Dow to become a wonderful mother to her children Paul, Carol and Alan. Lloyd’s career brought the family to St. Louis, Missouri, in 1969, Russellville, Arkansas, in 1970 and back to Midland in 1975.  In 1977, she rejoined Dow’s toxicology group where she worked until the family transferred to Lake Jackson, Texas, in 1979.    Shortly thereafter she joined Dow’s toxicology group in Freeport, where she worked until her retirement in 1992.

Lloyd and Doreen moved to Georgetown, Texas, in 1994. They enjoyed visiting with children and grandchildren, going on frequent cruises and spending parts of each summer back at Doreen’s childhood home in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.   They were very active in their home congregation of Faith Lutheran Church where Doreen was a member of Faith’s Helping Hand LWML group and was one of the founders of Faith’s OWLS (Older, Wiser Lutherans). Doreen also regularly volunteered at the Georgetown’s The Caring Place. In late 2013, Doreen suffered a stroke that left her in a wheel chair and forced her to relearn speech. With Lloyd at her side, she was soon smiling, talking and sharing laughs again. Doreen lived at home until 2016, when the onset of dementia necessitated a move to memory care facilities where Lloyd remained her daily companion until the Lord called him home in 2019.  Doreen then moved to Dallas, where the Lord blessed her and her family with over two more years together before she too was peacefully called home in the morning of the first day of a new year.

Doreen’s funeral service will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, Georgetown, 2 p.m., Saturday, January 15. Burial will be at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery and Mausoleum, Pflugerville, Texas.  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to Faith Lutheran Church, The Caring Place (Georgetown), or a charity of your choice.



Joseph Henry Weir

Joseph Henry Weir

Joseph Henry Weir passed away the morning of December 21, 2021. He was the only child of Joseph Weir and Robbienett (Fake) Weir. Joseph was born on August 16, 1944, in Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Joseph was survived by his wife, Beverly, of 58 years, son, Lance Weir (Keva) of Burnet, daughter, Julie Larsen (Daniel) of Morgan’s Point Resort, grandchildren, EN2SW Larsen Dakota, Ashley Larsen, Jacob Weir and Rebekah Weir. 

He was preceded in death by his parents. Private family service to be set at a later date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Della Coriene Vickers

Della Coriene Vickers

Della Coriene Vickers, 84, passed away on Thursday morning, December 9, in her home in Georgetown.

Coriene was born on October 27, 1937, in Lampasas County, Texas, to H.W. “Dub” and Ima Faye Yates. She grew up on a farm and often helped her dad with the farm work, learning to drive a truck and tractor by the age of seven. Instead of being stuck up on the tractor, Coriene wanted a piece of the action picking corn with her dad and the other men. After finally convincing her dad that she was up to the job and hopping down to help, a scorpion hiding in the corn promptly stung her on the palm of her hand. It was at that moment that she decided she was okay with just driving the tractor. Coriene acted in school plays and enjoyed playing baseball. She continued to play in recreational baseball leagues coached by Cleddie Henderson “Vic” Vickers, who she married in 1950. 

They later moved to Georgetown to raise their three children, Danny, Randall, and Jan. Coriene worked for the Railroad Commission for over thirty years. After retiring, she enjoyed her part-time job at Bealls. She was active in the Church of Christ, and greatly enjoyed volunteering with the Jail Ministry, delivering soup to the elderly, and helping with various church projects. She loved visiting with friends, playing cards, spending time with her family, and baking her famous oatmeal cookies.

Coriene is survived by a daughter, Jan Maxim, her husband, Greg, and their children Marissa, Macey, and Matthew, of Round Rock; by a daughter-in-law, Linda Vickers, of Marlin and her children Scott Vickers of Keller, Lauren Wilson of Temple, and Allison Wolfe of Temple, and their families.

Coriene was predeceased by her parents, H.W. “Dub” and Ima Faye Yates; by her brother, Elton Owen Yates; and by her two sons, Randall Houston Vickers and Danny Duane Vickers. 

The services were held at Gabriel’s Funeral Home in Georgetown on Monday, December, 20, at 11 a.m. Pallbearers are Matthew Maxim, Greg Maxim, Scott Vickers, Joe Wilson, Andrew Wolfe and Gilbert Vickers. Visitation prior to the funeral at 10 a.m. Graveside services will be held in Kempner, Texas, at Kempner Cemetery immediately following the funeral. Please call Gabriel’s Funeral Home at 512-869-8888 for additional information. 



Bernice Szostak

Bernice Szostak

Bernice Szostak of Austin, died December 1, 2021, at the age of 84.

She was born March 21, 1937, in Chicago, Illinois, to Peter and Mary Bleskan. She met her husband, Richard, in Chicago, and they moved to Texas after they were married in 1958.  She worked many years as an administrator in the defense technology industry and retired from Lockheed Martin in 1997.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Richard. Also preceding her in death was a son, William, and brothers, George, Peter, Bob, Ralph, and Tom, and sisters, Emily, Eleanor, and Rose.

Survivors include a brother, John Bleskan, of Dahlonega, Georgia; a sister, MaryAnn McCammon, of Jacksonville, Florida; son, Paul Szostak and wife, Teresa of Austin, Texas, and grandchildren, Matthew Szostak and Kerry Szostak; son, Tom Szostak of Irvine, California; son, David Szostak and companion, Paula Baker of League City, Texas; and daughter-in-law, Teresa Szostak of Cypress, Texas, and her children, Amy Barrett and Shannon Smith and great-grandson, Dade Smith.

Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, January 15, 2022, at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home, 14501 North Interstate 35, Pflugerville, Texas, followed by graveside service at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution are suggested to be made to the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago.

 

 



Ralph Peyton Briggs

Ralph Peyton Briggs

On Monday January 3, 2022, Ralph Peyton Briggs, 81, entered into Heaven. He lived the last six years in the Philippines but he had been in Texas for several weeks visiting family.

Ralph was born September 8, 1940, in Fort Worth to Mr. and Mrs. Merle Briggs. He was baptized in Emmanuel Baptist Church at the age of seven. He attended Trimble Tech High School until joining the U.S. Navy the day after his 17th birthday.

He served in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1968. He attended Texas Wesleyan College in Fort Worth, graduating with a Bachelors of Arts in 1973. He started his 23 year career with the State of Texas, working for the Texas Employment Commission.

Ralph is preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 34 years, Alice, his brother, Eddie, his first-born son, John, and his grandsons, Jeffrey and Walker.

He leaves behind many who love him and will miss his sense of humor, his mischievous grin, and his companionship, including his sister, Sharon Hart of Fort Worth, his brother, Mike Briggs of Houston, his sister-in-law, Elizabeth Briggs of El Lago, Texas, his son, Joey Briggs and Peggy Braun of Jarrell,  his son, Gerald Briggs and Loretta Edillo of the Philippines, his daughter, Cathy and her husband, Tony Matta, of Texas, along with 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and close friends that he cherished and has remained in contact with over his lifetime.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, January 9, 2022, at 11 a.m. at the American Legion Hall, 201 FM 487 in Jarrell. There will be time to swap stories, laugh, visit with family, and honor Ralph after the service.



John “Jack” R. Sadler, Jr. 

John “Jack” R. Sadler, Jr. 

John “Jack” R. Sadler, Jr., was born on January 25, 1926, to John R. and Helen (Farrington) Sadler of Port Arthur, Texas. Jack passed away on December 9, 2021, in Austin, Texas.  Jack lived a life of integrity and honor and was a loyal husband and loving father.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Yvonne Huff Sadler, the love of his life.

Jack grew up in Port Arthur, Texas until he was called into the Army Air Corp in World War II. He had many stories to tell about his time in the service as one of a crew of four flying a B24 bomber out of Teshima in the South Pacific. He was extremely proud to be a WWII veteran.

After the war, he attended the University of Texas in Austin where he received his BBA. He remained an avid Longhorn fan for life.

Jack was an insurance agent with Employers Insurance Company for over 35 years in the Port Arthur area.  He worked primarily in business and industrial insurance.  He retired in 1988, and he and Yvonne moved to Sun City Georgetown in 1996.

He loved golf and played fort over 65 years making many dear friends on the golf course. Jack and Yvonne loved to travel the world, play bridge with friends and spend time with family and they fully enjoyed retirement.  

His surviving family includes daughter, Sharon Miller and husband, Brian of Austin, Texas; son, Lynn Sadler, of Kemah, Texas; granddaughter, Erin Gouldie of Cedar Park, Texas; grandson, Matthew Miller of Cedar Park, Texas; great-grandchildren, Miles and Harper Gouldie also of Cedar Park, Texas; brother, James Sadler and wife, Leiselle of Georgetown, Texas; sister, Suzanne Ferguson and husband, Kent of Nacogdoches, Texas.

Jack was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church and an active member of Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown, Texas, where he will be laid to rest next to his loving wife, Yvonne, in the columbarium.

In memory of Jack, and in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Episcopal Church Columbarium Fund or the Alzheimer’s Association.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 8, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 1314 East University Avenue, Georgetown, Texas.

 

 


Published January 5, 2022


Richard Albert Diaz

Richard Albert Diaz

Richard Albert Diaz (aka “Popo”) was called to Heaven December 24, 2021, at the age of 71. A lifetime resident/native of Georgetown, Texas, who lived in Lubbock, Texas, his last four years with his devoted granddaughter, Llauren Diaz, daughter, Stacy Diaz and great-grandchildren, Aidynn and Dylan Diaz. He was born on February 27, 1950. 

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Rebecca Valdez Diaz of 41 years, great-grandson, Noah. His mother Anita Z. Diaz, his father, Henry Peaslee, brothers, Thomas (Tommy) Z. Diaz, Jimmy (Santiago) Z. Diaz, sister, Anita Z. Jones, all from Georgetown.

Richard Diaz was a Marine Corps Reserve of six years in capacity of Machine Gunner. He received multiple awards, a Rifle Marksman Badge, as well as a National Defense Service Medal, Letter of Appreciation.  Richard obtained his Sheriffs’ Certificate as well. He was self-employed in masonry work for many years, then later moved in his career path to working with Central Texas Treatment Center (CTTC) and retired from Williamson County Juvenile Center in Georgetown. After retirement, it was to no surprise he found himself helping again with Lubbock County Community Corrections Facility.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories granddaughter, Llauren, son, Richard A. (Ricky), daughter, Stacy Diaz-Lay. Surviving sister, Martha Hurtado (husband, Ignacio), brothers, twin brothers, Robert and Randy Diaz, as well as Edward Diaz (wife, Robin). Richard’s grandchildren, Brandon Gutierrez, and Blake and Tabitha Diaz; Brian, Bruce, and Rebecca Lay; great-grandchildren, Aidynn and Dylan Diaz, and Brian Lay. 

By Richard’s request, memorial donations should be made to the Williamson County Juvenile Detention Center, 200 Wilco Way, Georgetown, Texas, 78626, in lieu of flowers. 



Rhoda Jane Singleton

Rhoda Jane Singleton

Rhoda Jane Singleton, a former resident of Sun City, departed this world on Christmas Day 2021 entering her eternal life with Jesus Christ our Lord. Born on St. Patrick’s Day, 1926, to Vernon and Ethel James in Norman, Oklahoma, she was preceded in death by her parents, in-laws, Benjamin and Gertrude Singleton, husband, Benjamin Clay Singleton Jr., brother, Richard James and first born son, Benjamin Clay Singleton III (wife Diane). She left peacefully surrounded by her loving family.  The Singleton’s remain forever grateful to Diane for her endless acts of love and kindness caring for Rhoda since her move to Austin.

Rhoda was a University of Oklahoma graduate and Kappa Kappa Gamma, loving and supportive wife, mother to three independent boys, fierce bridge card player, welcoming hostess, swim mom extraordinaire, antique collector, gardener, accomplished cook, keeper of family genealogy, secretary of the Mid-Central States Orthopedic Society, Red Cross blood donor, Meals on Wheels volunteer, Assistance League volunteer and world traveler with her husband of 54 years before moving to Texas in 2003 to settle down near family. 

She is survived by her son Brian Singleton (wife Kelly) of Fairfax, Virginia, Brett Singleton (wife Jen) of Potrero, Costa Rica, daughter-in-law Diane Singleton of Austin, Texas, eight grandchildren (Jillian Baker, Sarah Carroll, Ben Thomas, Kate Winsett, Darcy Smith, Will Singleton, Emma Singleton and Eloise Singleton) and eight great-grandchildren.  

Rhoda and Benny will be memorialized together in Norman, Oklahoma, in the future.

 

 



Ethan Ryan Skipper

Ethan Ryan Skipper

It is with deep sorrow and unbearable heartbreak that the family of Ethan Ryan Skipper announces his passing on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at the age of 24.

He will be always and lovingly remembered by his father and mother, Chad and Marie; sister, Savannah; grandparents, Shiela Skipper, Leland and Linda Lewis; uncles and aunts, Shaun and Allison Skipper, Eric and Kim Lewis; cousins; Amanda, Alexa, Sonya and Jovie; extended relatives and friends. 

Ethan was very recently preceded in death by his grandfather, Truett L. Skipper.

Ethan was raised in Georgetown, Texas, and was living in San Antonio, Texas, attending the University of Texas San Antonio, on the dean’s list, majoring in psychology. From the time Ethan was born he went full blast. He was larger than life and lived every moment to the fullest with a tender heart toward others. He burned so bright he couldn’t shine for long. He was our sunshine. 

A celebration of Ethan’s life will be held on Friday, January 7, 2022, 1 p.m. at The Gabriels, 393 North Interstate 35, Georgetown, Texas. He will be laid to rest at Berry Creek Cemetery alongside his ancestors, who were founding settlers of Georgetown, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to:

Berry Creek Cemetery Association 
Attention: Linda Salyer
4401 County Road 239
Georgetown, Texas 78633



Dora Lee (Lewis) Henry

Dora Lee (Lewis) Henry

Dora Lee Henry, 96, passed away peacefully in her sleep on the evening of January 1, 2022. She was born on the Rolling Plains in Stamford, Texas, on August 26, 1925, to Joe Ben Lewis and Dora Allyne Boyd.

Her early years in Hamlin were cut short when her father was killed by a lightning strike. She was three and her older brother, Joe Ben, was five. The Great Depression had just started, and her mother and extended family moved to Sweetwater, Texas, for work. Dora finished her junior and senior years of high school in Sweetwater and married her high school sweetheart, Bradley C Henry, on April 25, 1943. Bradley joined the Army Air Corp during World War Two and remained in the Air Force as a pilot after being recalled during the Korean War. Dora raised her family at stations in Alaska, Oklahoma, and Louisiana before they retired and lived many years in Georgetown, Texas. She returned to the Rolling Plains in 2013 after her husband’s death and lived her last years in Abilene.

Dora is survived by her son, Bradley C Henry Jr., her daughter, Carolyn Fagg, 5 grandchildren, Will Henry, Ben Henry, Shannon Henry, Christopher Fagg, and Amy Moreau, 10 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the Hamlin East Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 5.

 

 

 

 



John Sadler died on December 9, 2021. Services are  Saturday, January 8, 2022  at 11  a.m., Grace Episcopal Church, Georgetown, Texas.
See the full obituary in the January 9 Sun.