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February 2022

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Published February 27, 2022


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Cecil “Bert” Mansfield

On February 8, 2022, Cecil “Bert” Mansfield, age 81, of Georgetown, went home to be with his Lord and Savior.

Bert was born on October 7, 1940, in Big Spring, Texas.  As a young child, he was raised on a farm in Vealmoor, Texas. In 1950, the family moved to London, Texas.  Bert graduated from Junction High School in May 1958, receiving a scholarship for being the highest ranking boy of his graduating class. He served as president of his senior class and was an outstanding half back with the Junction Eagles for three years receiving the honor of All District for two of the years. He ran track all four years and was captain of the track team in 1957.  

Bert was an assistant buyer for Hemphill Wells in San Angelo, and then became  a sales rep for Wamsutta taking him to Colorado and Dallas. When he left Wamsutta he started a new venture, Bert Mansfield & Associates, continuing as a sales rep.  In 1987, Bert decided he was tired of travelling and formed a new entity, Tru-Valu Home Concepts, and continued his business until he retired.

In 1988, Bert moved to Georgetown, where he resided for the remainder of his life.  Through the years, he raised emus, goats and sheep on his place outside of Georgetown and served on the Board of Chisholm Trail Special Utility District for many years. Bert never met a stranger and was always willing to help anyone in need  (especially his neighbors).

Bert was preceded in death by his parents Cecil and Beatrice Mansfield, his daughter, Sherrie Mansfield Mackey Walter, son, Tony Hanning, his sister, Ruth Mansfield Gibbs, brothers-in-law, H.B. Collins, Donnie Gibbs, and Allen Smith, Jr. 

Bert is survived by his wife, Billie Mansfield, her sons, John Stacy, Jr. (Kaye) of May, Texas, and Timothy Stacy (Christy) of Florence, Texas, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and his sidekick, Roscoe. He is also survived by his daughters, Gay Mansfield Dickson (Randy) of Hurst, Texas, Wendy Mansfield Herring (Jimmy Joe) of Whitewright, Texas, his grandchildren, Dr. Reagan Larsen (Doug) of College Station, Texas, Travis Mackey of San Angelo, Texas, Austin Dickson (Melissa) of Midland, Texas, Taylor Patton (Taylor) of Hendersonville, Tennessee, Heidi Herring of Whitewright, Texas, Haiden Herring of Allen, Texas, Halle Herring (fiancé, Connor) of Stillwater, Oklahoma, his great-grandchildren Avery Larsen, Claire and Caroline Dickson, and Sunny Patton, his sisters, Barbara Collins of Mullin, Texas, and Beth Smith (Keith) of Camp Wood, Texas, many nieces and nephews, and a host of other family and friends.

We would like to give a special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Round Rock for the amazing care given to our Dad.

Family and friends can send online condolences at www.gabrielsfuneralhome.com



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Wayne Louis Bokorney

Wayne Louis Bokorney, 92, was born at home in Guthrie, Oklahoma, on August 15, 1929, to parents, George Wayne and Edna (Baker) Bokorney and passed away peacefully at home in the early hours of February 21, 2022. It is said that a person’s life is made of two dates and a dash. “Pops,” as he was known to family and friends, made the most of his life’s “dash.”

He grew up in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he attended the local schools. After graduating from high school, he enrolled at Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College, now Oklahoma State University. While in school, he worked at Shuler’s Fruit Market, saving his money to buy a brand new 1951 Chevy Deluxe Fleetline which is still in the family. He also was a member of the school varsity track team running the high hurdles, and was proud of his lettering in the event which earned him membership in the “O Club”. He also was a member of the ROTC program.

Upon graduating, he went into the United States Army.  After basic training, he was shipped out to fight in the Korean War. At that time, the life expectancy of a Second Lieutenant was approximately six weeks. But while on a troop ship, the war was ended before he arrived. It wasn’t until years later that he realized that due to bad allergies as a child, he had to repeat 1st grade. And so, he was graduated one year later than his classmates, who were involved in combat during that war. In God’s great kindness, his delayed completion of his education protected his life.

During college, he met and married the love of his life, Norma Ruth Fitter. During their 65 years of marriage, they raised six children and were blessed to enjoy 14 grandchildren who grew into adulthood, and at present, eight great-grandchildren with three more on the way.

After his service in the Army, he went to work for Conoco where he spent the next 40 years, retiring in 1994. The company transferred him to Houston in 1960, where he worked until retirement. He was actively involved in the lives and training of his six children. Because there was no track and field program at the parochial school his daughters attended, he organized and established the Corpus Christi Girls Field and Track Relays. And it was important to him that every athlete that participated receive an award of recognition to proudly take home and show their families.

He was very proud of the fact that his three sons each earned the rank of Eagle Scout. And in recognition of his volunteer service as a Scouter, he was selected for the Boy Scouts of America’s highest recognition for adults, the Silver Beaver Award, which was presented to him by U.S. president Gerald Ford.

Upon retirement, he and Norma moved to Sun City,  where they spent their years traveling across North America in their motor home RV with family and friends. It was their grand and glorious adventure.

He was preceded in death by Norma, who died in 2018. He is survived by his brother, Baker Bokorney and wife, Nan, of Stillwater, and sister-in-law, Virginia Fitter of Oklahoma City. He also is survived by children: George and Cindy Bokorney of New Braunfels, Texas, Joe and Shirley Bokorney of Goliad, Texas, Beth and Bradford Sandman of Georgetown, Texas, Ann and Cal Young of Plano, Texas, Pat and Susan Bokorney of Rio Verde, Arizona, and Ellen and Robert Beeson of Clear Lake, Texas.  He also is survived by grandchildren: including Hank Bokorney, Silas Bokorney, Bo and Katie Bokorney, Tell and Crystal Bokorney, Keegan and Allison Sandman, Colton Sandman, Molli and Micah Bradly, Maci and Travis Jones, Riley and Ryo Kurita, Carson Young, Clint and Cinnamon Bokorney, Brooke Beeson, Meredith Beeson and Cassidy Beeson.

The recitation of the rosary will be held from 5:30 - 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, 2022, in the Chapel of Ramsey Funeral Home with Deacon Joe Ruiz will be presiding. The time of Visitation will follow from 6 - 7:30 p.m. 

The memorial mass will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March 7, 2022, at St. Helen Catholic Church with Friar Joven Saavedra presiding. 

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in honor of Wayne to a charity of your choice. 

Mr. Bokorney will be laid to rest at Hess Cemetery in Altus, Oklahoma at a later date. 



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Prudy Smulczenski

Prudy Smulczenski of Georgetown, Texas passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 3, 2022, at age 79 with her husband and daughters at bedside. She was born on October 6, 1942 in Madison, New Jersey, the daughter of William and Ethel Brown and younger sister to Susan. 

Prudy attended Madison High School and graduated from Green Mountain Community College in Vermont. She married an Air Force fighter pilot who was shot down over North Vietnam and incarcerated in Hanoi for seven years. In his absence, Prudy raised her daughter, Kimberly, who was born before his departure from the United States. After his repatriation, they had Cynthia, but shortly thereafter, they separated. Prudy packed up the two girls and moved to Fort Walton Beach in Northwest Florida where many of the women lived that had military husbands that were Prisoners of War (POW), Missing in Action (MIA), or deceased. These girls all had the same problems, understood how each other felt, and were willing to help one another, so Prudy fit right in. 

This is where Prudy and Larry met and courted during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Prudy loved to dance and could make up for all of Larry’s missteps, so they followed their favorite small band dancing across the Florida Panhandle. They married in November. 1980 and observed their 41st anniversary this past year. Prudy had to make a quick adjustment in her lifestyle as her family of three suddenly became six with the addition of a husband and two older children, Larry, Scott, and Sherrie. Prudy loved the new house, the proximity of the beach and all the new acquaintances from Larry’s organization. Yes, she definitely loved life, but ultimately, loved her family. However, as with all military families, transfers and moving come frequently, and in this case, it was off to Austin and the University of Texas where Larry was assigned as head of the Air Force ROTC program. Again, Prudy adjusted to being around thousands of college students and loved the football games, the Broadway shows on campus, and the college lifestyle. 

Four years later, it was time to move again, this time with only three family members. Scott and Sherrie had graduated from the University of Texas and Kim was to start at Texas State in the fall. Cindy was still in grade school when Larry was offered a position in the Philippines. Prudy stayed in Texas until Kim was established in college, and then she and Cindy flew to join Larry. The Philippines was a garden paradise to Prudy with avocados, bananas, coconuts, papayas, and pineapples plus dozens of flower varieties growing in the backyard. She had a live-in maid that took care of the cleaning, cooking, and other household duties, so Prudy seriously took up golf with the other officers’ wives. The girls played golf nearly every day, and Prudy quickly joined them. She found out from the girls that there were other things to do in the Philippines other than playing golf. There were weekend training flights for the pilots to Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Japan that left on Friday and didn’t return until Sunday night or Monday, which were fantastic shopping trips. The girls could sign up and go on these flights. On these trips, Prudy learned about the Orient, and developed a love of travel. She established a lifelong friendship with the girls stationed in the Philippines. 

Retirement came after the Philippines, and Prudy, Larry, and Cindy came back to Austin. When the nest emptied with Cindy going off to college, Larry and Prudy returned to the Florida house that they left shortly after getting married. Prudy’s girls all married Texans and remained in the Austin area. She started making trips back to Austin to see the grandbabies, so travel and golf were the main activities. As the trips increased, the Smulczenski’s agreed it was only wise to move back to the Austin area. They were very fortunate to find the house that Prudy adored among the garden homes in Berry Creek adjacent to the golf course just north of Georgetown.

Prudy was happy and she frequently said she had lived a great life. She had her girls and grandkids close by, and she could play golf year round. Even when she wasn’t playing, she could sit on the porch, read, and wave to her friends as they played the fifth hole behind the home. Prudy had a hole-in-one during monthly Couples play during 2007, and in 2011, she and Larry somehow won the Couples Golf League Championship. She even smiled at the simple things in life like her morning K-cup of coffee or that one glass of box wine that she had after the evening meal. Prudy loved animals, and in later life when she couldn’t remember the neighbors’ name, she would cross the street or hustle down the block to pet their dogs. Prudy and Larry went on ten cruises, a bus tour of Poland, and a self-tour of Italy, plus numerous weeklong trips throughout the United States. Prudy was thrilled to see the small joey in the mother kangaroo’s pouch in Tasmania or the multiple waterfalls and geysers in Iceland. She marveled at the beauty of the Vatican and the craftsmanship of the builders of the Panama Canal. The yearly trip to Port Clinton, Ohio to join with a group of women affectionately known as Tiger Lillies, visiting interesting sites throughout Ohio while the guys met to discuss hobby interests, was a trip that Prudy really looked forward to. Yes, life was good. 

The family would like to sincerely thank the devoted staff at Baylor Scott & White Hospice Georgetown for the quick response, the incredible care, and compassion during these difficult days.

Prudy is preceded in death by her father and mother, William and Ethel Brown. She is survived by her loving husband, Larry; her sister, Susan Coe; her daughters, Kimberly Morrow (Todd) and Cynthia Garza (Ernesto); her stepson, Scott Smulczenski (Kelly); her stepdaughter, Sheryll Ann Ischy (Kevin); and her grandchildren, Sterling (Courtney) and Brianna Morrow, Daelyn and Bryleigh Garza, Danielle and Hanna Smulczenski, and Caleigh Ischy.

In lieu of flowers, any donations may be made to Baylor Scott and White Hospice Georgetown, mailed to BSW CTX Foundation, MS 20-S103, 2401 South 31st Street, Temple, Texas, 76508, or A Gift of Time, P.O. Box 427, Georgetown, Texas 78627 (a Dementia Organization).

A celebration of life will be held at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home, 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas 78628, on Sunday, March 13, 2022, at 1 p.m., with interment at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery on Monday, March 14, 2022. The dress for the celebration of life is informal. Prudy always said she did not recognize people when they dressed up formally, so let us have her recognize all that attend.

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



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Kenneth Ray Lewis

Kenneth Ray Lewis, age 77, passed away February 18, 2022, in Georgetown. Ken was born to parents Flora Lemon and Marvin A. Lewis on December seventh, 1944, in Mena, Arkansas. He attended the local Mena schools, graduating in 1962. His great love was playing sports, especially basketball, baseball, and football. He was offered basketball scholarships at several colleges, but chose to play at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He was the first in his family to attend college and he wished to play games close to Mena so his parents could attend.

After graduation, Ken joined the Army in 1966. While in the Army he served in the Vietnam War and the Iraq war and was a part of the Green Berets. Of some of his assignments, the two most notable were Bangkok, Thailand and Okinawa, Japan. He retired after 30 years of service as a Command Sergeant Major. During his career, he was decorated with the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star medals. Then he moved to Georgetown to pursue a career in real estate where he served his community for another 25 years.

Ken is preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 35 years, Dinah Gregg Lewis, his daughter-in-law, Tatia Lewis and brother, Stelvin Lewis.

He is survived by his partner, Miriam Hussey of Georgetown, son, Marvin S. Lewis of Pflugerville, granddaughters, Aleena and Juliet Lewis of Pflugerville, sister, Melba Davis of Mena, Arkansas, and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be given to the charity of your choice. A private burial service will be held at a later date.

 



Published February 23, 2022


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Donald Clay Pfiester

1949-2022

Donald Clay Pfiester, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend passed on February 17, 2022. His sudden passing is a reminder that tomorrow is never promised and every minute with those we love is a gift. Don certainly lived that and was a gift to us all.

Don was born on January 20, 1949, to Roy Edward (Bunk) Pfiester and Sammie Warnock Pfiester in Fort Stockton, Texas. He loved the wide-open spaces growing up in a small West Texas town. Hunting and fishing were natural to Don, two passions he continued to have all his life and eventually passed on to his grandchildren.

Don met the love of his life, Karen Ann Bryce, when he was just 14 years old. He once described Karen as “the sweetest girl who immediately stole my heart.”

After dating for eight years, they married in 1971 and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last summer. Together, they built a life full of love, fun, adventure, and family.

After graduating from Fort Stockton High School, Don attended the University of Texas at Austin. Don enjoyed his time with his brothers and witnessed with pride as his Longhorns won consecutive national titles in football. Don earned his degree in Mathematics in 1971, and graduated with ROTC honors. Always highly goal oriented and disciplined, Don would often say, “You have to be thinking all the time.” The tight confines of the city of Austin and even the vastness of West Texas were never quite enough space to satisfy Don.

He had taken to flying at the age of 16 and earned his pilot license at 17, a passion that would quickly become a lasting fixture in Don’s life. His drive and desire to serve the country that he loved propelled him from ROTC into a career in the Air Force. Don became a member of the famous Black Sheep squadron and one of a select group to initially fly and train pilots in the F-15 fighter. Many future Air Force pilots benefited from Don’s instruction, sometimes direct, but always with a purpose.

While in the Air Force Don and Karen started their family with the birth of their daughters, Jaybie and Rachel. Don took extreme pride in his two girls and earned two bonus sons in their husbands, whom he adored as well. The absolute lights of his life were his five grandchildren who he could never spend enough time with.

Don’s devotion to family and his desire to share more time with them, led him to retire from Air Force service in 1979. Always craving a challenge and a quintessential Texan, Don turned his talents to oil and gas development. Without formal training, Don quickly became a trusted leader within Clayton Williams Oil and Gas company. He was always grateful for the friendship and mentorship of so many that he worked with in those early years.

Ever the entrepreneur, Don and Karen moved the family to Colleyville, Texas, in 1984, so that Don could continue along a path to starting his own oil and gas company. Once again, many life-long friends were made both in the community and among those that worked along-side Don. Both Jaybie and Rachel graduated from L.D. Bell High School, Don the proud father of a dance team captain and lead cheerleader.

Though extremely successful in his life’s work, Don’s true happiness derived from his time spent with family and friends. Along with his two brothers, Sam and Eddie, and a handful of close friends, Don was a founding member of the sometimes maligned, but always well-intentioned, River Ratus Americanus. The River Rats made expeditions all over the world and Don touched the lives of so many friends both old and less-old. In his later years, Don was blessed to spend true quality time with the love of his life, Karen. Together, they enjoyed adventures, a growing family, and simple pleasures, like a quiet night at home.

As a lasting legacy, a place to always call home and for friends to gather, Don purchased property in the rolling hills of Limestone County, affectionately dubbed the “Pfranch” by family. Holidays were always joyful and the stocked fishing pond provided ample grounds for Don to make sure his grandchildren could handle a fishing rod and identify a good fishing hole. Many days were spent improving the grounds, fixing things that broke or training his sons-in-law to more properly start a fire. Priceless hours passed surveying for wildlife, teaching grandchildren to drive ATV’s, and sometimes how to get them unstuck from creeks and mud holes.

Don will be laid to rest on those grounds that he loved. While he will be missed dearly, he will always be present with the family that he loved and joyfully worked so hard to provide for.

Don is preceded in death by his mother and father and infant twin sons, Donald Keith and Samuel Boyd. He is survived by his high school love, 58-year date companion and wife, Karen. He is also survived by his two daughters, Jaybie Thurmond and husband, Tom, of The Woodlands and Rachel Miller and husband, Jon (Matt) Miller, of Keller; grandchildren that were the joy of his life Clayton, Emmy, Matthew, Max and Mason; his life-long fellow adventurers and brothers, Sam and wife, Rebecca, and Eddie and wife, Cyndy; his sister-in-law, Julie and husband, Mike, and nieces and nephews that he adored and cherished spending time with, Winston, Austin, Abigail, Brooksie, Lauren and their families.

Don made so many close and dear friends along the way, from his hometown to the Air Force to his oil field compatriots and neighbors from the San Antonio, Fort Worth and Georgetown communities. He enjoyed mingling with friends and sharing a meal out where it was always handy to have Don’s math skills to divvy up the check. Don treated his friendships the same way he treated his life, with care, purpose and love. We will miss you, Don.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, 2022, at Ramsey

Funeral Home, 5600 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas, 78633. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in his honor to the American Heart Association.

In the wisdom of his father, Bunk, and in words that Don would often share, time marches on …



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Cleo Arlene Ramsey

We regretfully announce that Cleo Arlene Ramsey, 81, passed away peacefully on February 17, 2022, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s at the Memory Care Unit of the Delaney at Parkway Lakes in Richmond, Texas. 

Cleo was born on January 10, 1941, to Richard Wayne Marsh and Opal Marsh in Grand Island, Nebraska. After graduating from Grand Island Senior High School in 1959 she went on to get her Bachelor of Arts in Education at Hastings College. Later, she completed her master’s in education at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

At Hastings College, she met Jerold Ramsey, and after graduation they wed in 1964, and had their son Timothy. Cleo and Jerry were married for married for 56 years until Jerry’s passing in 2020.

Cleo began her teaching career in Omaha, Nebraska, but due to Jerry’s military career, she also taught in Illinois, Michigan, Texas, and overseas in Turkey.  She spent 26 years of her 38-year teaching career at Wood River Elementary School, where she was the president of the national teacher’s organization Delta Kappa Gamma.

Upon retirement, Jerry and Cleo relocated to Sun City, Texas, where they were active members of local bowling and golf leagues and joined Crestview Baptist Church.  Cleo led a women’s Bible study group for many years. They also enjoyed hosting and attending parties for the local Nebraska fan club. 

Cleo is survived by many loving family members including her brother, David Marsh, and her son, Timothy Ramsey. 

Funeral services will be held at Apfel Funeral Home, 1123 West Second Street, Grand Island, New England, 68801, on Monday, February 28 at 1 p.m. 



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Gloria Lucille Reitmann

Gloria Lucille Reitmann 93, went to be with our heavenly father on January 21, 2022. She passed peacefully surrounded by her loving family. Gloria was born on July 20, 1928, in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated high school and attended college at the University of Iowa. In 1944, she met the love of her life, Richard Reitmann, in Los Alamos, New Mexico. They were married in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on June 10, 1949. They were blessed to have 72 years together. In Gloria’s own words, “It is great to be able to say these years have been very blessed. Our cup runneth over! Life has been generous to be in good health and be able to enjoy two special children…” Gloria never stopped learning. She took watercolor classes at age 60. She became an accomplished artist and many of her pieces hang around the county with family, relatives, and friends. Her ability to express the beauty around her will be forever treasured.

Gloria leaves behind her beloved husband, Richard Reitmann (100), her son, Bill Reitmann (Susan) of Georgetown, daughter, Leslie Sonnier (Mike) of Albuquerque, New Mexico, four grandchildren, Amanda Owen (Ronnie) of Portland, Texas, Richard Reitmann of Portland, Texas, Robert Gowens (Liana) of Georgetown, and Laura Jones (Nick) of Humble, Texas. She also leaves behind three great-grandchildren Ella, Colt, and Liam Owen. Gloria loved to hold her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a master at putting them to sleep as she sang, You are My Sunshine. Gloria is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Ann DiGenarro and Helen Rommereim, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins who she adored.



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Daniel Albert Boone 

Daniel Albert Boone, 88, went home to be with the Lord on February 11, 2022. He passed peacefully at home, having been surrounded by family and love for many days.  

Danny was born January 12, 1934, in El Paso, Texas, to Charlie and Ruth Boone. He was the youngest of three brothers, and had one younger sister.  Ruth always said she named her son for the Daniel of the Bible, but having the name of a famous frontiersman led to many interesting and comical situations throughout Danny’s lifetime. 

When Danny was a baby his parents bought a new brick bungalow in El Paso. The next-door neighbors, Fred and Grace Marian Pound, adored Danny from the start and had a profound influence on his life. A rough and tumble boy, Danny was known for adventurous fun and imaginative play.  In elementary school, he was very aware of World War II and the role El Paso played through Fort Bliss and nearby White Sands, New Mexico. Like many children of that time, he had numerous memories of supporting the war effort with great enthusiasm.

Danny spent all his school years in El Paso, except for one year of Junior High spent in St. Charles, Missouri, where his father had been temporarily assigned. Experiencing Midwestern snow, ice skating, tornados and attending school where a memorial to Daniel Boone sat on the lawn was a very special time in his life.  He returned home to his native desert southwest and attended El Paso High School where he was quite the ladies’ man. Graduating in 1953, he then attended Texas Western College (now UTEP).

Danny married Ann Harrell on August 21, 1954, and they had three daughters in quick succession, Daniece, Marian, and Janet. Through his teen years, Danny had been Mr. Pound’s assistant while he served as building maintenance manager at the State National Bank, and Danny took over the job when Mr. Pound retired. He worked long hours at the bank and had many side jobs to make ends meet. He could fix anything, build anything, and always worked with integrity and honesty — whether in a vault filled with cash at the bank or on the roof of a widow’s home servicing her evaporative cooler.  As an ordained Baptist deacon, Danny took seriously his commission to help the members of his church congregation and family members as well.  

Danny was the best “Girl Daddy” ever!  He often brought one or all along on errands and small jobs, teaching them from an early age the names of all his tools. The girls were fearless — from riding on Danny’s motorcycle to holding wires and tools during car engine repair work. They trusted him to keep them safe. He attended the girls’ school programs, helped with Girl Scout outings, and in later years was a Band Booster, attending many ball games and parades. The girls learned to share his passion for baseball, football and basketball, as he was always listening to games on his transistor radio while working on projects for others. Danny was a loyal fan of the Houston Astros, the Dallas Cowboys, UT El Paso basketball, and after moving to Georgetown became a UT Longhorn fan.

Danny was very creative and used his skills in metal welding and woodworking to make furniture, cabinets, candelabras, and gifts. He and Ann totally remodeled their last home in El Paso, taking it from a rough fixer upper to the nicest house on the block, outside and inside. Most notably, the State National Bank commissioned Danny to make personalized branding irons for dignitaries who visited El Paso. One branding iron he made for John F. Kennedy resides in the Kennedy Library, and a personal thank you note from the president proudly hangs in his home. 

Danny enjoyed playing golf and flying radio-controlled model airplanes. He built his own RC planes, which — like all his handicrafts — were meticulously constructed and painted.  

In the 1990s, after complications from a surgical procedure required months of recovery, Danny decided to retire, and he and Ann moved to Georgetown to be closer to their daughters. They joined Main Street Baptist Church, and for many years Danny maintained the church facilities. He enjoyed being closer to the grandkids and the many family gatherings for birthdays and holidays.  

In 2017, after another serious surgery, Danny was diagnosed with Lymphoma. He faced chemo and radiation with courage and the family is very grateful for their extra years with Daddy, Grandpa, Great. The family will remember his tenacity and spirit through illness and failing health, all the while with his sweet little dog, Javi, by his side. Danny will be forever in our hearts.

Danny was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Jim and David, and sister, Elaine. Danny is survived by his wife, Ann, his daughter, Daniece (husband, Tom) Mulcahey of Georgetown, his daughter, Marian Kush, and daughter, Janet (husband, Mark) Nelson of Killeen. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held in Beeville, Texas, on February 18,  2022. A memorial service will be held on March 5, 2022, at 2 p.m. at Main Street Baptist Church, 1001 South Main Street, Georgetown.

The family gratefully acknowledges Dr. Benjamin Downie and the kind and caring staff of the Georgetown location of the Austin Cancer Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Danny’s honor to the building maintenance fund of Main Street Baptist Church, 1001 South Main Street, Georgetown, Texas, 78628.  



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Edward King

Edward King, 87, passed away on February 14, 2022, in Temple, Texas. Services for Edward are currently pending.

Edward King was born on May 23, 1934, in Georgetown, to Albert and Cora (Bohanan) King. Edward graduated from Georgetown High School in 1954. He honorably served for two years in the United States Army and he was honorably discharged from the Army reserves as a specialist Fourth class. He worked for Troy’s laundry and Wickes Lumber for many years. He lived most of his life in the Georgetown area and coached the Georgetown Pop Warner football team for many years when his children were young.

Edward married Minnie Lee Ellis on July 17, 1954. The couple had four children: Steve King and Yolanda of Rockport, Texas, Sharon Whitt of Salado, Texas, David King and Alicia of Lexington, Tennessee, and Sandra Elsey of Georgetown. He had nine grandchildren: Kelsea, LeAnn, Larry, Stephanie, Laura, Tammy, Kacie, Chris, and Krystal; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Minnie Lee King; and six siblings: Alvin (Pete) King, Irvin Lee King, Marie Catron, Ollie King Sr., Pearle Stanford and Robert King Sr. He is survived by all four of his children; sister-in-law, Wanda Vrabel (Daniel Vrabel); sister-in-law, Rita King; many grand and great-grandkids; his cousin, Eugene (Sweeney) Bohanon; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and many friends.

Edward, “E.T.,” and “Honest” King was best known for his love of his family and Christ our Savior. He loved to tell his friends and family about his track accomplishments while in the Army. At Fort Bliss attached to Second Training Battalion, Battery A, he won the 220 yard low hurdles and placed second in the 120 yard high hurdles. This accomplishment qualified him for the Fourth Army Track and Field Meet held at Fort Hood. He also loved to play Texas Hold ’Em and won a trip in 2018 to the Bar Poker Open held in Las Vegas at the Golden Nugget. Edward was also very proud to be a member of the San Gabriel Masonic Lodge #89 in Georgetown. He will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him.

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Published February 20, 2022


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Milo E. “Mike” Shobe

July 22, 1920 – January 28, 2022

Milo E. “Mike” Shobe, and his twin, Arlo, were born and raised on a farm outside Waverly, Kansas. His parents were Arthur and Edna (Bunge) Shobe. As the Great Depression ended he moved with his parents to South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. During World War II, Milo served in the Army Air Force as an airplane mechanic in China, India, and Burma. Although he never spoke of his war experiences, he was discharged as a Sargent receiving the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge GO 10 1944, Victory Ribbon 1, Service Stripe 4, and the Overseas Service Bar. After the war Milo returned to Waverly and married his beloved Dorothy M. Frank, with whom he had attended High School. They were married for 69 years before she passed in 2014. On Friday, January 28, 2022, Milo reunited with Dorothy in heaven.  

For over 50 years Milo farmed a variety of crops including citrus orchards, row crops, grains, and cotton in the San Juan-Alamo area of South Texas. Eventually they moved to Marble Falls, Texas, to be closer to their daughters and later moved near Walburg, Texas.

Milo is survived by daughters Tamela “Tami” Baker of Walburg, Texas, and Debra “Debby” Shobe of Austin, Texas, and son-in-law, Richard T. Baker as well as three grand-children Dean (wife, Kris), Dawn (husband, Gardiner) and Kenneth (wife, Anna), and seven great-grandchildren. Milo is also survived by his cousin and best friend, Melvin Bunge of Waverly, and several nieces and nephews.

Milo had celebrated his 101st birthday six months before his passage. Interment will be in Waverly, Kansas, where he will be beside Dorothy.

Condolences may be sent to the Jones Funeral Home in Burlington, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to organizations which support the independent farmer. The following are a few which you might consider:  

The Save Farm organization:  9680 North 52nd Street, Riley, Kansas, 66531

www.thesavefarm.org

The Farmer-Veteran Coalition:  farmvetco.org

Holistic Management International:  holisticmanagement.org/choose-where-you-give/

Thank you to The Gabriels Funeral Home in Georgetown, Texas, and the Jones Funeral Home in Burlington, Kansas for their kind assistance in laying Dad to rest.

 


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David Byron Lawrence

David Byron Lawrence, age 87, of Georgetown, Texas, passed away February 9, 2022. David was born to William Byron and Alta Davis Lawrence in Amarillo, Texas. He learned early the skills of “fix-it” and put them to use in the family home and the Soap Box Derby. He met his future wife, Joan Irwin, in high school senior English class. David graduated from Amarillo High School in 1953. He received a scholarship to Yale University where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering. David and Joan married in 1957, and moved to Brighton, Massachusetts where David earned a masters degree from the Sloan School of Industrial Management at MIT. He took a job in Boston with Colonial Management as an investment counselor before going to work at Millipore Corporation in Bedford, Massachusetts, where he worked for over 20 years, lastly as the corporate treasurer.

David was a fearless sailor. The family adopted a sailboat, Passport, a 35-foot sloop. The adventures ranged from Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts, the coast of Maine, and Nova Scotia to Newfoundland. David always had an answer to a question, a solution for a problem, a laugh to brighten the day, or a hug to soothe a hurt.

David and Joan returned to Texas after retirement and the adventures continued in Georgetown. They enjoyed the Third-Age Education programs (SAGE) at the University of Texas and Senior University in Georgetown. David had a lifelong love for music. He sang in church and school choirs and The San Gabriel Chorale. One of the highlights of SGC was going to and performing at Carnegie Hall in 2004. He was active in church, serving in choirs, member/chair of finance committees, and as a deacon. He worked on the Georgetown Playscape, served as mentor in robot competitions and taught at Camp Crestview. David enjoyed cooking and analyzing tastes, and made superb lox for the Lawrence family’s traditional Christmas breakfast.

David is predeceased by his parents, W. Byron and Alta Davis Lawrence and son James I. Lawrence. David is survived by his wife, Joan, a daughter, Suzanne and husband, Curtis Cain of Katy, sons, Edward of Georgetown and William of Seattle, Washington, and daughter-in-law, Philippa Lawrence of Georgetown. He also leaves two brothers, John and wife, Nancy Lawrence of Berkeley, California, and Benny Lawrence of Amarillo, six granddaughters, Alicia and husband, Collin Weiland of Lubbock, Texas, Margi McWherter of Frisco, Texas, Liesl Lawrence of San Antonio, Texas, Tessa and husband, Garrett Wynne, of Georgetown, Bonnie and husband, Gavin Roberts, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and Andie Lawrence of Georgetown, and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, you may donate to the W. Byron Lawrence Scholarship Fund that David and his brothers started in memory of their father at West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas, 79016, or your favorite charity. The family wishes to thank the staffs at Sedro Trail Assisted Living and Memory Care and SunCrest Hospice who gave David such loving care.

A celebration of life was held on Wednesday, February 16, at Crestview Baptist Church, Georgetown.

 


 


Published February 16, 2022


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Thelma Burnice (Burklund) Walston

Thelma Burnice (Burklund) Walston was born September 26, 1926, in Creedmoor, Texas, to Segfred and Jenny (Carlson) Burklund. She was raised on a farm in Creedmoor and graduated from Austin High School in 1944.

Burnice was working at the Texas Insurance Checking Office in Austin, Texas, when she met her future husband, Arthur Lee Walston, in 1946. They were married on July 26, 1947, and had been together for 59 years when Lee passed in March 2007.

She was extremely proud of being Swedish, her family, and being a military spouse. She and Lee helped establish a church while stationed in Puerto Rico.

Burnice was a resident of Florence, Texas, for 51 years, and a member of the First Baptist Church during this time. She taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and helped with various other areas within the church. In the later years, she enjoyed getting together with friends on Wednesday afternoons and playing dominos.

Burnice passed on February 12, 2022, after a brief illness. She is survived by son, Gary Walston (Vicki) and daughter, Carol Roll (Rick). Grandsons, Nicholas Walston (Katy), Nathan Walston (Lauren), Andrew Feazell (Jodi), and James Feazell. Great-grandchildren, Caden and McKenna Walston, Rylan, Avery, and Colby Feazell, and Gaje Bohnwagner. Sister, Marilyn Heckmann (Randy), sisters-in-law, Laura Homeyer, Alice Walston, and Jerry Burklund. Along with many nieces, nephews, and friends.

A visitation will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. on Thursday, February 17, with a funeral service at 11 a.m. at The First Baptist Church in Florence, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to The First Baptist Church, 106 College Avenue, Florence, Texas, 76527.



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Barbara Ann Meyer

Barbara Ann Meyer, 85, passed away on January 26, 2022, in Round Rock, Texas. She was a devoted and beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, with a passion for politics, gardening, and books.

Barbara was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on October 29, 1936. She graduated with a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Minnesota in 1958, and went to work as director of education at the Science Museum of St. Paul. In 1966, she married her college friend and fellow anthropology major George Meyer. His work for the Red Cross brought their young family to Oklahoma and then to Austin, where they decided to grow roots.

As the mother of a child with developmental disabilities, Barbara was deeply committed to improving opportunities for people with disabilities. In the 1970s, she served as one of two parents on a special study committee to write legislation ensuring education for children with disabilities. This work resulted in extensive revision of the Texas Education Code and earned her a “Volunteer of the Year” award from the Texas Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC). At the Austin ARC, she served as program director for Pilot Parents, a peer counseling program for parents of children recently diagnosed with developmental disabilities, and later took the helm as executive director.

Over her lifetime, Barbara maintained a keen interest in antique books and paper ephemera, which she collected ardently. Her hobby took a professional turn as she became a book dealer and then owner/manager of Southwest Book and Paper Shows, promoting (with her husband George) book sales in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and New Braunfels, which drew dealers and collectors from around the nation. 

In 1989, she and George purchased an historic home in Georgetown, Texas, which had fallen into disrepair. With considerable vision and hard work, they restored the home to its glory, a collaboration that they enjoyed for the next 25 years. One of Barbara’s greatest joys was her garden, and she devoted countless hours to tending and learning about plants. Barbara also developed an appreciation for local history, serving as a board member of the Williamson Country Historical Commission and the Georgetown Neighborhood Association, and as a volunteer with the Georgetown Heritage Society. Sharing her passion for books, she volunteered for many years at the Georgetown Public Library.

She is survived by her husband, George, sons, Dana (Andrea) and John, daughter, Elizabeth (Armond Gauthier), and grandchildren, Pearl and George.

A private interment will be held at IOOF Cemetery in Georgetown. In her memory, the family asks that donations be made to the Central Texas Foodbank or the Friends of the Georgetown Public Library.



Konnie Wolbrueck

Konnie Wolbrueck, 63, of Granger, went to be with her Lord and Savior on February 9, 2022.

Konnie was born to Thomas (Tom) and Billie Jennings on February 28, 1958. She attended school in Leander, Texas. She met her husband, Ronnie Wolbrueck while working together at IBM in Austin. They were married on September 3, 2005, in Georgetown.

Konnie loved her family fiercely. She was tenacious and known for her spunk and laughter that could light up a room. She had a steadfast faith in God that was unwavering in the midst of suffering during her seven-year battle with cancer.

Konnie was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Danny and Roger Jennings.

She leaves behind her husband of 16 years, Ronnie; her son, Seth Womack and his wife, Kristie, her son, Shelby Womack and his wife, Laura; her siblings, Steve Jennings and his wife, Patsy, Karen Jennings, Kathy Ponton, Tami Hawkins, and her husband, Dayne; her nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, all of whom she adored and affectionately called her “babies;” and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. 

Konnie’s family extends sincere thanks to Becky and Mitzi from Community Bible Church and the nurses and caregivers at Altus Hospice for their loving care.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, February 18, 2022, at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel in Georgetown. Funeral services will be held at Community Bible Church in Weir at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 19, 2022.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Konnie’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Ronald McDonald House Charities.



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Shirley Mary Shimota Revering

Shirley Mary Shimota Revering, age 79, of Denton, Texas, passed away February 8, 2022, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Shirley passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family.

She was born in Bertha, Minnesota, on September 12, 1942, to Octiva and Joseph Shimota. She graduated from Clarissa High School then moved to Minneapolis and worked at Honeywell. She met Bill Revering, and they were married on July 8, 1963, and celebrated 58 years of marriage last year. They first lived in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and then moved to Alexandria, Minnesota.

There they had three children, Brenda, Brad, and Jennifer. While in Alexandria, Shirley and Bill owned several businesses. She was very active in St. Mary’s Catholic Church and taught CCD for over 25 years. She enjoyed golfing and any outdoor activities. Fishing was her favorite.

The family moved to Texas in 1980, and called the Austin area home for several years ultimately settling in Georgetown. While living in Georgetown, Shirley started the annual kolache bake fundraiser at St. Helens Catholic Church. It was a huge success and it continues to this day. In 2015, Shirley and Bill moved to Denton, Texas, to be closer to family. Moving into Robson Ranch they immediately made friends and were active in the community. They joined several clubs such as the RV club, Women’s Club, Men’s Club, Golf, Bocce, Garden Club, Poker, Euchre, and Bible study and several other clubs. Shirley enjoyed entertaining at their home.

Christmas parties were their most famous.

Shirley has five grandchildren, Blake Winkley, Megan Converse, Nicole Kramer, Jack Revering and Emily Revering, and one great-grandson, Everett Converse. She was very excited to celebrate her mother’s 100th birthday on July 5, 2021, at which time the family captured a five generation picture. Shirley was always very busy, but never too busy for family. Her most precious moments were having everyone around and cooking meals together.

Shirley is preceded in death by her father, Joseph Shimota, and her brother, Joe Shimota. She is survived by her mother, Octiva Shimota, husband, Bill Revering, children, Brenda (Steve) Sherwood, Brad (Jennifer) Revering, and Jennifer Revering. Grandchildren, Blake Winkley, Megan (Jonny) Converse, Nicole Kramer, Jack Revering and Emily Revering, great-grandson, Everett Converse and sister, Beverly Geraets.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Bread of Life, St. Marks Catholic Church of Denton.

Visitation and Rosary will be held Wednesday, February 16, from 5 - 7 p.m. at Bill DeBerry Funeral Home in Denton.

Funeral mass will be Thursday, February 17, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Marks Catholic Church in Argyle. Reception to follow.

Bill DeBerry Funeral Home 2025 West University Drive, Denton, Texas, 76201, 940-383-4200

St. Marks Catholic Church, 6500 Crawford Road, Argyle, Texas, 76226

Donations for Bread of Life:
Online: breadoflife.org
Checks can be mailed to:
The Bread of Life Center
2019 Crawford Street
Houston, Texas, 77002



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Delores Taylor

Delores Taylor, of Austin, passed away on February 10, 2022, in Austin, Texas. 

Delores was born May 8, 1933, to Homer and Velma Anderson in Vienna, Illinois. After attending Vienna High School, she was married at the age of 17 to Herbert (Gene) Taylor in 1950. They both began careers in governmental service, and Delores went on to dedicate her working life to the department of Veterans Affairs as an Administrative Supervisor. 

Delores is preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Velma Anderson, brother, Bill Anderson, and sister-in-law, Esther Anderson, and sister, Delonda Robinson.

She is survived by her sister, Janet Billingsley and husband, Jerry, son, Kenneth Taylor and partner, Patty Harrah, son, Steven Taylor, granddaughter, Chisolm Taylor Cardwell and husband, Bill, great-granddaughter, Lena Cardwell, nieces, Karol Shaffer, Kristen Shaffer and Laura Shaffer, and nephews, James Robinson and Jason Billingsley.

Delores was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend; she was an expert quilter and enjoyed creating quilts for her entire family. Her spirit will live on in the beautiful things that she crafted for those she loved. 

A graveside service was scheduled to be held for Delores on Tuesday, February 15, at 11 a.m. at the Davilla Cemetery in Milam County, Texas. Services will be handled by the Gabriels Funeral Chapel of Georgetown, Texas.

 


 


Published February 13, 2022


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Mary Elizabeth Fenoglio

Mary Elizabeth Fenoglio passed away suddenly February 8, 2022, while being transported to the emergency hospital. She was born March 5, 1938, in Vernon, Texas, to her parents, James and Alma Rowlett.

Mary graduated from the Vernon High School, was provided scholarships to both Mary Hardin-Baylor and Howard Payne University based on her scholastic performance in high school and her winning poetry contest entry sponsored by Mary Hardin-Baylor. She chose to attend Howard Payne. She graduated from Howard Payne as of May 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in education and art. She received her teachers certificate following her graduation and secured a teaching position as an elementary teacher with a first grade class with the Keller Independent Schools. She loved teaching and working with the young children who were so impressionable and in need of attention and loving. 

Mary married her high school sweetheart, John Fenoglio, December 28, 1956, and was the primary source of income after she started her teaching career, providing her husband the opportunity to complete his masters degree and work toward his doctorate. 

Her teaching came to a halt when she announced her pregnancy with her first child. At the time teachers were not allowed to continue teaching once they were obviously pregnant. That situation ended not only the teaching job, but also terminated the pursuit of the doctorate program for husband John.

That pregnancy produced her first child, Elizabeth (Beth) Lee Fenoglio, born in Richland Hills, Texas. After Beth’s birth, the family moved to Amarillo, Texas, following John’s job there. The next major event in the family’s life came with the birth of the second child, John Albert Fenoglio, II, born in Canyon, Texas. 

Two children were thought to be all she would have and the plan was to return to teaching when the second child started school. That return never happened as her preference to dedicate herself to raising her own, being present as a parent during their school years became the driving force behind her decision about a career. 

A move from Amarillo to Austin was brought about because of a job change for husband John. The year 1971 brought another life decision to Mary and her family. Busing in the Austin ISD was a major issue for her as the children were to be bussed some 25 miles from home every day. That precipitated a move out of Austin.

Next to Mary’s love and devotion for her children was her love for animals. She was never without a dog or dogs, and she had a horse during her early teaching days in Keller. From that date, she always had several dogs, cats and horses. The love of animals and the move from forced busing caused she and her family to decide to move to a rural life preferable a acreage large enough to house her animals. Mary and family moved to an acreage located between Andice and Florence, built a home and started what was and is known as Keno Farms. 

Keno Farms became the beginning of a place for more and different animals. For over 50 years, Mary became the primary driver in the accumulation of registered milk goats, the recipient of countless “bummer” lambs that she could raise with her goat milk, hens, geese, guineas, peafowl, dogs, cats and horses. Most of the four legers have names thanks to Mary’s personal commitment to their uniqueness and requirements.

At her age of 83, and soon to be 84, she was making big plans for the impending goat kid crop that she had been heavily involved in breeding her herd for the spring kidding of 2021.

Mary is survived by her husband, John; daughter, Elizabeth Lee Fenoglio; son, John Albert Fenoglio, II; grandsons: Timothy John Fenoglio and John David Messineo; granddaughter, Sara Messineo; son-in-law, David Messineo; great-grandson, James; daughter-in-law, Shelly Fenoglio; sister-in-law, Terry Rowlett; and countless animals she loved dearly. 

Those who may wish to make some contribution to the remembrance of Mary Fenoglio are encouraged to contribute to the Williamson County Humane Society of the Williamson County Animal Shelter.

A private graveside will be held by the family.

A memorial gathering will be held for family and friends from 2 - 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at Ramsey Funeral Home.



Aline Annette Morton Renneberg

Aline Annette Morton Renneberg was born to Cilton and Lois Morton on July 2, 1946, in Deleon, Texas.

The memorial service for Aline “Annette” Renneberg will be held on Friday, February 18, 2022, at

10 a.m. at Faith Impact Church. Annette will be laid to rest at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 18, 2022, at Central Texas State Veteran Cemetery, Killeen, Texas.

Annette and her family moved to Ganado when she was a young child, and she especially loved the country life. Some of her favorite childhood memories were when her uncle would come visit and how he would call her “Annie Roonie,” which became her favorite nickname.

While working at a café in El Campo, she met Roland Renneberg and they were later married in El Campo on November 13, 1969. In 1980, they moved to Williamson County. Over the years, she worked some parttime jobs, including one of her favorite places, the K-Mart café. Her favorite times were spent making memories with her family, sharing music, a meal or a laugh and a hug.

She was gifted with a beautiful voice and talent to play piano. She played and sang for church at the age of 15 and continued to play throughout her life. She even decided to purchase a Hummingbird guitar and learned to play. She enjoyed making arts and crafts, and she enjoyed giving them even more. She always had her eye on a new craft, and later in life, she taught herself to crochet and made many blankets and potholders to give as gifts for loved ones.

Annette was a faithful wife to Roland for 50 years. She spent her last years with him at San Gabriel Rehabilitation and Care Center in Round Rock until he passed in July 2020. Annette continued to miss her husband, but always managed to continue with kindness and a sweet smile. Annette passed from this world to be with her Lord and to be reunited with her husband Roland on January 25, 2022. She is no doubt rejoicing in Heaven, free from any pain, making beautiful melodies once again.

Annette was preceded in death by her husband, Roland; parents, Cilton Thomas Morton and Lois Aline Hyatt Morton; her stepdaughter, Nancy Renneberg-Green; brother-in-law, Raymond Gray; and niece, Debra Morton. She is survived by her daughter, Marcy Renneberg; son, Elvan Renneberg; stepdaughter, Thelma Renneberg Creel and her husband, Dru; grandchildren: Alexander Ortiz, Heather McKee, Jonathan Renneberg, Autumn Renneberg, Joshua Renneberg, Zoee Renneberg, Alexis Renneberg; step-grandchildren: Antonio Lam, Jennifer Renneberg-Mahon, Jessica Renneberg, Elizabeth Renneberg, Christopher Lam; great-grandchildren: Landon McKee, Kelton McKee, Huntor Renneberg, and Aurora Ortiz; step-great-grandchildren Kara Arrington, Devan Laubach, Jacob Lam, Matthew Lam, Mary Mahon, Ashleigh Lam, Ashtin Laubach; sister, Barbara Gray; brother, Wayne Morton and his wife, Shirley; nephews and nieces: Jerrell Morton, Kathy Morton, James Morton, David Gray, Carolyn Rodriguez, Jeffrey Gray, Lisa Perilloux, and Linda Holmstrom.



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Ace Nathanial Jaxton Dale Elliott-Etherton

Ace Nathanial Jaxton Dale Elliott-Etherton was born at 12:38 a.m. on November 4, 2021. He was so excited to meet everyone that he came five weeks early. Ace grew his angel wings at 10:37 a.m. on February 6, 2022, leaving behind the most incredible imprint on everyone’s lives that he knew. Ace was wise beyond his years; he had an old, gentle soul. His blonde hair was as soft as it was light, and his eyes had a twinkle like no other. Ace was quiet and observant, and enjoyed being held by his parents, grandparents, and many aunts and uncles. Eating was his favorite thing in the world! He was always ready for a bottle! Ace’s gummy grin was so exquisite and bright, that it surely put off a light that could be seen for miles. If you have the privilege of hearing him laugh, you knew that angels on earth did exist, because his giggle was pure and angelic.  He was the epitome of perfection, from his head down to his toes. To know Ace was to know love. 

Ace is survived by parents, Annabelle Elliott and Alexander Etherton, brother, Axl Elliott-Etherton, grandparents, Lauren Castleberry and Robert Trevino, grandparents, Jerrell and Nathan Brazzeal, and Ryan Ramsey, great-grandparents, Kathryn Bolin, Stella Chamber, Danny Chambers, Keith Strough, great-great-great grandma, Sandra Bolin, great-aunt, Bella Garcia, aunts, Serena Elliott-Ramsey, Angelique Rodriguez, Alexandria Rodriguez, Danielle Rodriguez, Vivian Castleberry, and Noel Trevino. Uncles, Phoenix Rodriguez, Lyric Trevino, and Presley Trevino. Honorary grandparents, Alisha and Ashley Fivere. Cousins, Joseph Nieto, and Evangeline Saucedo. He is preceded in death by great-great-grandpa, Daniel Bolin, uncle, Brian Bolin, aunt, Melody Trevino, great-grandma, Donna Strough, and great-grandparents, Doug and Alice Ramsey.

A visitation with the family will be held on Monday, February 14, 2022, from 6-8 p.m. at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel in Georgetown. The funeral service will take place on Tuesday, February 15, 2022, at 1 p.m., also at the Gabriels Funeral Chapel with the burial to immediately follow at Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery. 



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Ray L. Sansom Jr.

Ray L. Sansom Jr., age 88, died on January 14, 2022, in Georgetown, Texas.

He was born on March 14, 1933, in Georgetown. He married Anna Jane Jones of Weir, Texas, on July 2, 1960, in Georgetown. He is survived by his wife, Anna Jane, of Georgetown; one daughter, Andrea Rayell Sansom of Austin; one son, Shannon Macon Sansom of Weir; one granddaughter, Reagan Justine Sansom and one great-grandson, Macon Boyd Ryan of Austin. Also, Tracy Edlund, “honorary granddaughter” of Lumberton New Jersey.

Mr. Sansom was preceded in death by his sister, Rose Ellen Sansom, his father, Ray L. Sansom, and his mother, Beulah Rogers Sansom, all of Georgetown.  Mr. Sansom was a member of the Georgetown Seventh-day Adventist Church, where he was a co-founder, deacon, elder, and preached at times, for over 40 years.

He attended Georgetown public schools, Southwestern University, Baylor University, and the University of Southern California.  He was a member in the United States Marine Core during April 3, 1953, to April 2, 1956. His professional work was in the fields of psychology, mathematics, and motivational consulting.  He had been retired for a number of years.

A private, family service will be held at the Weir Cemetery. Cremains will be disbursed among his parents, his paternal grandparents, and his paternal great grandparents’ burial plats in the Georgetown I.O.O.F. cemetery, as well as within the plot reserved for his wife and plots for her parents, Macon Jones and Gladys Loreen Dill Jones in the Weir Cemetery.

His family would like to thank all friends, and church congregation for their thoughts and prayers. Also, we would like to thank the wonderful team at the Wesleyan Skilled and Rehab Nursing Home for their caring and loving support.



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Geraldine Evon Fikes Brown

Geraldine Evon Fikes Brown was born on August 18, 1954, in Fredericksburg, Texas, to Homer and Margaret Fikes. Geraldine became Gerry, as she did not want you to call her Geraldine, so when anyone desired her attention, using Geraldine spoke louder than a shout.

She joined her sisters, Sandy and Sharon, creating a trio of long-haired beauties. Three years later a little brother, Mark Dean, arrived and added to the chaos of trouble and joy and fun, challenging their parents’ skills with corn cob fights, perfumed cats, party hats, and on and on and on. A constant parade of animals: calves and cats, dogs and mice, goats and cotton-tailed bunnies; Gerry tried to save them and added children and adults to the mix as she became an adult. She loved them and they, whether animal or human, loved her. Christmas and Easter where her favorite times of the year and you would find her her hunting for Santa dolls, presents, bunnies, eggs, and crosses.

She graduated from Fredericksburg High School in 1972, continuing her education at the University of Texas in Austin and completing her B.A. in education at the University of Houston, at Clear Lake. On May 29, 1976, Gerry married her high school sweetheart, Edward Vincent Brown. Their family added Edward Jr. in September 1979, and Jenna in February 1987. Jenna married Mike (Griff) Griffin in March 2009 and in 2010 Jacob was born, then seventeen months later, Audrey.  Edward Jr. married Catherine Whitcomb in 2012 and Juniper Mae delighted Gerry with her birth in 2020.

The joy of teaching reading became her passion and the students of C.D. Fulkes middle school enjoyed the fruits of her labors. She was the first to arrive and often the last to leave.  

She sponsored many clubs, including a service club, Serteen, which benefited the community of Round Rock. She spent countless hours writing a grant to fund “HER” reading lab. She taught there from 1985 until 2010, retiring only because her grandbabies needed her, and she delighted in Jake, Audrey, and Juniper.

In 2005, Gerry discovered she had breast cancer. After surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, she beat cancer just like everyone knew she would. However, in 2007, the cancer spread to her bones. For 16 years Gerry battled this insidious disease with courage until the end of her life on earth. On January 31, 2022, Gerry left her earthly body and stepped into the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, leaving behind the many friends, students, and family that were lucky enough to know her and feel her love.

Gerry is preceded in death by her father, Homer Fikes. Those of us left behind miss, and will miss her greatly: her mother, Margaret Fikes; her husband, Edward Vincent Brown; her daughter and son-in-law, Jenna and Mike (Griff) Griffin; her son and daughter-in-law, Edward Jr. and Catherine Brown; her grandchildren, Jacob and Audrey Griffin and Juniper Brown; sister, Sandy and brother-in-law, Chris Bakke; sister, Sharon and brother-in-law, Phillip Kothmann; brother, Mark Fikes and sister-in-law, Julie; and all her nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Gerry’s honor to the Ronald McDonald House 1315 Barbara Jordan Blvd, Austin, Texas, 78723 or to Austin Hospice 512-342-4700.



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Armando Adams Sr.

Armando Adams Sr. was welcomed into Heaven at

11:55 a.m. on Monday January 31, 2022. He was born in Austin, Texas, on July 14, 1944, to Margaret and Batts Adams Sr.

Armando’s great sense of humor and kindness will be deeply missed. He was always willing to lend a helping hand. Armando was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. He will be missed by everyone that knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Lynda Adams, son, Armando Adams Jr., daughter, Kellie Adams Marez and her husband, Rodney. Grandchildren, Arianna, Rey, Annika and Nikolai. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 19, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. at Crestview Baptist Church. 2300 Williams Drive Georgetown, Texas. Pastor Dan Wooldridge will be officiating.




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Dorothy Jean Dezelle

Dorothy Jean Dezelle passed from this earth on January 18, 2022; surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was born January 10, 1928, to the late Walton Shoemaker and Vivian Shoemaker Ford in Fort Worth, Texas.

Dorothy attended Paschal High School. She fell in love with James, and they married in 1947. Dorothy always wanted to have a family, to be faithful to God’s scriptures, and to live a long life; and all these God granted her.

Dorothy graduated from Texas Wesleyan University with honors and enjoyed her time as a kindergarten teacher in Fort Worth. Doing most of the work themselves, the family built a home at Lake Granbury where they lived during the 1970s. During the 1980s she lived in Brussels, Belgium; traveled throughout Europe, Israel, Egypt, Turkey, and China. Although she enjoyed learning about history, art, and different cultures; she was a proud Texan and proud American. Dorothy and James moved to Sun City in Georgetown, Texas in 1997 and enjoyed making new friends and being closer to family.

Dorothy and James were founding members in The Worship Place. Dorothy enjoyed participating in Bible studies, volunteering for activities in the church, and sharing her faith with her family and others.

Dorothy was committed to her family. She loved being with her family and friends. She was very social, funny, had a great smile, and laughed to the end.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband James, her sister Gladys Faulkner, her great-granddaughter Kendall Dezelle, her sister-in-law Dorothy Wright and spouse Ed Wright.

Dorothy is survived by her three children and their spouses: Barbara Dezelle, James Dezelle and spouse Susan, and Susan Dorey and spouse Louis. Her seven grandchildren: Daniel, Cari, Jimmy and spouse Jenni, Caroline, Susie and spouse Jesse, Kellye Dorey and spouse Oz, Laura Egan and spouse Gregory. Her great-grandchildren: Daphne, Emma, Bella, James, Josie, Norah, and Claire. Her great-great-grandchildren: Mason and Daisy and numerous nephews and nieces.

Dorothy’s memorial service will be held at 1pm on Friday, February 18, at The Worship Place, 811 Sun City Boulevard, Sun City, Georgetown, Texas 78633. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of flowers or donations to The Worship Place or your favorite charity.



H. L. Farrell, Jr. 

July 17, 1943 -February 5, 2022

Hulon Leroy (H. L.) Farrell, Jr. peacefully passed from this world on Saturday, February 5, 2022. H. L. was born to Hulon and Billie Farrell on July 17, 1943, in Temple, Texas. He grew up and attended school in Rogers, Texas. He married his wife, Barbara, on September 14, 1982. 

H. L. was preceded in death by his parents, Hulon and Billie Farrell, and his sister, Linda Waggoner. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, brother, Don and wife, Vickie, daughter, Vicki Strmiska, his sons, Don Farrell and wife, Cindy, Bobby Martin and wife, Melanie, grandsons, Ryan Farrell and wife, Claudia, Heath Farrell, Corey Strmiska and wife, Megan, Knox Martin, granddaughter, McKenzie Martin, and great-grandson, Kai Strmiska. 

H. L. was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, and cherished spending time with his family and friends. H. L. never met anyone who he didn’t call his friend.

A celebration of life ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 13, at the Georgetown Church of Christ, 1525 West University Avenue, Georgetown. Memorial contributions may be made in honor of H. L. to Brookwood in Georgetown (brookwoodingeorgetown.org) or the Key2Free mission (www.thekey2free.org.)

 



Published February 9, 2022


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Mary Elizabeth Berryhill Whitehead

Passed with peace and grace, Mary Elizabeth Berryhill Whitehead entered eternal life on Thursday, February 3, 2022. 

Mary was born June 5, 1936, to James and Imogene Berryhill in Memphis Tennessee. Known for its rich music heritage, this must have been where her love of music started. Mary always had a melody in her heart and a lyric on the tip of her tongue. She was playing musical games long before “Name that Tune” and often encouraged others to give her a word and she would sing a song with it in it. 

Early on, Mary worked in insurance, but found success in the retail credit industry, working for Avco Financial and Lacks Furniture Company. In retirement, Mary volunteered at Handcrafts Unlimited in downtown Georgetown and served in the nursery schools for both Crestview and First Baptist Churches for many years where she was also known as the card lady - never missing an opportunity to mail a card to lift spirits and spread joy. 

Mary was an artist and a poet. She loved country music, dancing, and old movies. Mary collected angels, loved watching Days of our Lives, and made the best chicken and dumplings. She was funny and witty but also stoic and headstrong. More than anything else, Mary was a kind and generous person who loved her family and friends.    

Mary is survived by son Raymond (Cherie) Cockrell of Killeen, Texas, daughters, Linda Dreher of Jarrell, Texas, and Susan (Philip) Weaver of Bartlett, Texas. Her spirit also lives on in her grandchildren: Lane (Sarah) Cockrell, Josh (Emeline) Cockrell, Kory (Krystal) Staton, Chris (Mihaela) Cockrell, Raelyn Cockrell, Courtney (Jared) Koppes, Lindsay (Matthew) Vaughn, Jami Dreher, Amy (Leon) Reynolds, Casey Weaver, Cody (Ariel) Weaver, 15 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Mary is reunited in heaven with her granddaughter Mandy Weaver — let the picking, grinning and mayhem begin!  

A memorial service will be held at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel in Georgetown, Texas, on Friday, February 11, beginning at 3 p.m. Family will be greeting guests starting at 2 p.m. 



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Bevie Jean Teague-Turner

Bevie Jean Teague-Turner, of Bertram, Texas, was called home to our Heavenly Father on Thursday, January 27, 2022, after living with an extended illness. She was born in Austin, Texas, on September 26, 1942, to Martha and Grathel L. Duke. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Juanita E. Duke Burgess, stepgrandson, Daniel Smith, and granddaughter, Michelle Becker. She is survived by her husband, Jim C. Turner, two brothers, George L. Duke and Joe Billy Duke. Her daughters, Lisa Addison, Cheryl Schneider, Rhonda Turner,and Deborah Maynard, stepdaughter, Kelly Chavis, eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, and numerous extended family whom she loved dearly. Bevie was known for her loving kindness toward people and all animals. She found joy in making people comfortable through kind humor. In her final days, she had calls and visits from family while receiving gentle loving care from the staff at Bertram Nursing and Rehab. The family would like to thank all of the very caring doctors and nurses that helped her with her care while there. Also, thank you to Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home for their care and concern. A celebration of Bevie’s life will be scheduled for a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be gifted to the Williamson County Animal Shelter and the Georgetown Animal Shelter.

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 Teague family. 



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Mary A. (Trombino) Somol

Mary A. (Trombino) Somol, 98, beloved aunt, sister and friend, passed away peacefully on February 3, 2022, in Georgetown. Born on January 6, 1924, she was raised in Bayside, New York.

Her father, who had immigrated from Italy as a youth, felt education was important and made sure all four of his children finished high school. After graduating, she worked as a secretary in New York City. For most of her career, Mary was the administrative assistant to the head of the New York State Bankers Association. She loved working in the city and she and her husband Joe enjoyed going to Broadway shows after work. Mary and Joe hosted many family gatherings at “The Bungalow” on Long Island. 

Upon retirement, they moved to Santee, Sout Carolina, where they enjoyed many rounds of golf and an active social life. After Joe’s passing, Mary moved to Sun City in Texas with her dear friends Jim and Ev Tintera. Mary had many skills — making cannolis, golf, bowling, bridge, reading, knitting, needlepoint, conversation, and praying. She logged many hours volunteering at the hospital in South Carolina and in her parish offices in Santee and Georgetown. At age 95, she was in her 16th year as a volunteer at the Georgetown Public Library and her 18th year as an Adorant in the Perpetual Adoration Chapel at St. Helen’s Catholic Church from 4-5 p.m. every Saturday before mass. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Joe, brother, Tony, sister, Jean, and friends, Jim and Ev.

Mary is survived by her sister, Josephine Botta; nieces, Judith (Jay) Marten, Karen (Chuck) Romani, Bonnie (Mike) Scalera; and nephews, Anthony (Cathy) Trombino and Anthony Michael (Mary Beth) Cecchini as well as their children and grandchildren. She also loved her Texas family, Jack and Jenna Tintera and their children and grandchildren. 

A private interment will be held at a future date. Memorial donations can be made in Mary’s honor to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation at www.helpfightra.org.

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



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Nancy Elizabeth Wells

October 10, 1939  – February 1, 2022

Nancy Elizabeth Wells of Sun City passed away quietly and comfortably in the presence of nursing staff and hospice caregivers at Ascension Seton Williamson Hospital in Round Rock on Tuesday, February 1.

Nancy was the youngest of three, children born to Eugene and Dorothy McCahan in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, on October 10, 1939. She was predeceased by her oldest brother, Malcolm, while Dave currently resides in College Park, Maryland. When Nancy was one year old the family moved to Hannibal, New York. When she was five, the family relocated to Port Royal, Pennsylvania, where Nancy resided until adulthood.

Nancy attended Maryville College, in Maryville, Tennessee. She transferred to the University of Pittsburgh after two years of study in order to enroll in nursing school. Nancy earned her nursing degree at Pitt and embarked on a lifelong career as a registered nurse.  

Nancy’s initial nursing assignments were in Cleveland, Ohio, and Los Angeles, California. She then entered a one-year geriatric nursing program in Washington, D.C.  On her way back from D.C. to California, Nancy stopped off in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she had a chance meeting with Dick Wells, who in Nancy’s words, “swept me off of my feet”. Dick was a divorced father of four children, Sally, Judy, Dick Jr. and Kitty. Nancy and Dick married in 1970. 

Eventually settling in the state of Connecticut, where Dick was a sales executive in the corrugated box industry. Nancy worked in a variety of nursing assignments. She was a visiting nurse and also assigned to several hospitals in Connecticut, at one time or another.  The couple moved to Foxboro, Massachusetts, in 1978, and then to Hamilton, Illinois, in 1985. While in Hamilton, Nancy worked in the Keokuk Area Hospital in Keokuk, Indiana, and also as a visiting geriatric care nurse for neighboring communities.  Her nursing credentials and selfless devotion to her husband inspired Nancy to care for Dick throughout his battle with Alzheimer’s. When her husband passed away in 2016, Nancy moved to Georgetown with her stepson, Dick Wells Jr., and daughter-in-law, Margo Chase-Wells. This final relocation ensured that Nancy would always be near family.  Nancy was blessed to be present for the arrival of two, Texas-born, great-grand-children. Nancy is survived by her brother, Dave, four stepchildren, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Nancy loved animals, enjoying the company of a variety of dogs and cats throughout most of her life. She had a beautiful singing voice, and participated in church choirs wherever her travels took her.  Nancy loved football, and traveled to St. Louis to spend the weekend with her husband for every Rams home game. Among her many talents, Nancy also excelled at cooking.  She was always patient and kind to her stepchildren and grandchildren, whom were frequent visitors … often for extended periods.  

Nancy lived humbly and virtuously and was dearly loved by family and friends alike. Family members find comfort in knowing that Nancy is reunited in Heaven with her husband, Dick ... no doubt enjoying watching football together again.

 



Published February 6, 2022


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James Michael Turley

James Michael Turley, born February 22, 1944, in San Pedro, California, went home to be with Jesus on January 24, 2022. He was surrounded by his family at his home in Georgetown, Texas. Jim, as he was known by colleagues and friends, Poppy to his family, practiced law, first as an associate, and then as a partner with Baker Botts L.L.P. in Houston, until the mid 1990s when he followed a calling to become a pastor in the United Methodist Church. Jim attended Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, and during his studies served as the Associate Minister of Evangelism and Congregational Care at Highland Park United Methodist Church. Jim became Rev. Turley and served as an Associate Pastor at Chapelwood UMC in Houston, and then as Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Henderson. Jim served on the board of the Texas Methodist Foundation for 15 years before he moved to Georgetown to join the TMF staff. This change gave him the opportunity to fulfill his passion and purpose in life, being a pastor to other pastors.  At TMF, Jim served as the Clergy Leadership Initiative Executive Director and helped implement the TMF Leadership Ministry, which provides leadership, self care and spiritual formation resources to pastors and laity. Jim retired from TMF in 2014 and continued to work on special projects for TMF, provided safe conversation spaces and prayer for pastors and leaders. He continued to serve with and support the discipleship staff of the First United Methodist Church of Georgetown, taught many Sunday school classes, primarily his Friendship Sunday School class. He truly shared his gifts of loving, supporting, praying, teaching and connecting with all he knew.  

Jim was often referred to as “Jesus with skin on,” as his walk-in life was to love, listen and pray with others.  He was a husband, father, friend, mentor, truth-teller, scripture loving man, who loved his Lord. As much as he loved Jesus, he loved his family. Jim was preceded in death by his parents Mona B Nelson Turley and Irene Kattes Turley. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Susan Tipton Turley, three daughters Angela Foster (Michael), Melanie Callender, and Jennifer Reilly (Tom); and seven grandchildren Audrey and Emily Foster, Case and Caitlin Callender, and Thomas, James and Will Reilly.

Jim’s Celebration of Life Service will be held on February 26, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Georgetown, Texas.  There will also be a Celebration of Life Tribute for Jim on March 5, 2022, at 11 a.m. in Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas. Both services will be live streamed and the information will be available on caringbridge.org (search Jim Turley).

In lieu of flowers, Jim would have loved for contributions to be made to First United Methodist Church Georgetown -  https://onrealm.org/FirstUnitedMeth91327/-/form/give/now; American Lung Association - https://www.lung.org/get-involved/ways-to-give; Baylor, Scott & White Hospice - https:// ctxfoundation.bswhealth.com/ways-to-give/donate and Texas Methodist Foundation - https://give.tmffdn.org/give-to-tmf.

If you are unable to attend the celebration of life in person, you can view the service live in Georgetown on February 26 at 1:30 p.m. at youtu.be/eMcTvc8qs7U, or in Houston on March 5 at 11  a.m. at www.chapelwood.org.



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Claudia Felts

Claudia Felts, 61, of Jarrell, Texas, peacefully passed away on January 26, 2022.  She left this world and entered the next surrounded by loved ones.

Claudia Felts was born on July 5, 1960, to parents Robert Andrew Norman and Sally Josephine White in Hutcheson County in Texas.  Claudia Felts graduated from ITT Technical Institute with a diploma in Secretarial Office Technology. She worked 28 years for the state before retiring.

Claudia was passionate about caring for her loved ones. She loved to garden in her spare time.

She married her high school sweetheart, Jimmy Dale Felts on April 25, 1980. They proceeded to have three beautiful girls Elizabeth, Jenipher, and Kristina. She was widowed in 2011, when Jimmy Dale Felts lost a difficult battle with  cancer.  Soon after she lost one of her daughters, Jenipher Felts and then had some hardships with her oldest daughter Elizabeth where she proceeded to adopt her grandchildren Ethan and Hannah. She then helped her other three grandchildren

Brian, Ellie, and Luke find loving homes. Shortly afterwards she passed away in her home on January 26, 2022.

Services will be held at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel in Georgetown at 1 p.m., on February 4, 2022. 



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Gerald R. “Jerry” Ness

Gerald R. “Jerry” Ness, 88, a longtime Georgetown resident, passed away peacefully from pneumonia, January 28, 2022 at St. David’s Hospital, Austin, Texas.

Jerry was born August 26, 1933, in Superior, Wisconsin, the son of Bessie Hazel Block and George Melvin Ness.  Jerry was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church at Lampson, Wisconsin.  His faith was a stronghold of his long life.  Jerry grew up in the small town of Trego, Wisconsin, where the school house served multiple grades.  He played center on the football team of Spooner High School where he met the love of his life, a cheerleader, named Betty A. Tidler.  They married May 5, 1951 and celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2021. 

Jerry was a natural educator, always taking advantage of a moment to teach, to tell a story, or relay a joke.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially the family hunts in Wisconsin, later hunts with his son, grandson and co-workers from Texas, and fishing trips with Betty, his buddies and grandchildren.  As a teenager Jerry served as a fishing guide on the Namakagon River to many a Chicago businessman.  Jerry also enjoyed watching football, particularly Texas football, and attending Round Rock Express baseball games with family.  

Jerry joined the National Guard during high school serving two years.  Following graduation, he was commissioned into the USAF.  Jerry was proud to serve his country for twenty years in leadership positions, including NCOIC of multiple base command posts.  Following retirement at the rank of S/MSgt from Bergstrom AFB Austin, Texas, Jerry supervised the construction of homes in Serenada, Serenada West and Berry Creek in Georgetown.  He was a longtime member of the Totenlaget of America and a lifetime member of the NCOA of the United States of America.

Jerry valued many people in his life and often gave them nicknames.  Over the years he also received several nicknames of his own.  “Frog” came from being a center on the high school football team.  The nickname “Sarge” was given to him by his crews and stuck with him for his building career.  Jerry would tell you that his nickname, “Paca”, given by his grandson, meant the most to him.

Jerry is preceded in death by his parents.  Survivors include his devoted wife, Betty of seventy years, son, George A. Ness of Vancouver, B.C, daughter Rebecca A. Hull and husband, Jeff, of Waco, grandson Brian M. Hull and wife, Jill, of Austin, his “favorite” granddaughter, Elizabeth J. Moody and husband, Matt of Plano; two sisters-in-law, Jean Brigman (Earl) and Cam Olson (Mike); numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and his wonderful friends and neighbors, old and young, in Georgetown, Texas.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, February 7, 2022, at 2 p.m. at the Central Texas Veterans Cemetery, 11463 State Highway 195, Killeen, Texas with full military honors and the Rev. Thomas Beers officiating.

The family has requested in lieu of flowers that if a memorial is made, it be to one’s choice of church or veterans organization.  



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James E. “Butch” Holmes

James E. “Butch” Holmes, 79, of Georgetown, Texas passed away January 29, 2022 after a hard-fought battle with cancer. A grave-side service will be held February 12th, at Berry Creek Cemetery in Georgetown at 2 p.m.

Jim was born August 29, 1942, to Carlos and Bernice Holmes in Pearsall, Texas. He comes from a long line of Texans, dating back to the Battle of San Jacinto. Jim graduated from San Marcos Baptist Academy. He served in the U.S. Army from 1963-1966, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. After the Army he graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

In his early career, Jim worked at the USDA Soil Conservation Service and Texas Highway Department. Eventually, he started his own surveying firm in Georgetown and served as Williamson County Surveyor. Jim moved to Colorado in the 1970’s, continuing his surveying and purchasing a small ranch. He was a surveyor and rancher in Colorado until 2001, when he relocated to Wyoming to take up cattle ranching. In 2016, Jim gave up ranching and moved back to Georgetown. He spent his retirement managing his rental properties, restoring classic cars and traveling the country with his wife, Dona.

Jim is survived by his wife, one daughter, four step-children, two granddaughters and five step-grandchildren. Jim is preceded in death by an infant son, Byran “Bubba” Holmes.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Wounded Warrior Foundation in Jim’s name.

A full obituary can be found at ramseyfuneral.com/obituary/james-holmes.



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Alline Rose Harbison Jennings

Alline Rose Harbison Jennings was born on February 11, 1919, in Deutchburg, Texas and passed away in Round Rock, Texas, on January 30, 2022. She was 102 years old and within days of her 103rd birthday. It should be noted that she was born during a pandemic and lived over 100 years into another pandemic.

Alline’s early years were spent in Palacios, Texas, by the Matagorda bay. She was always an active, outdoor loving person and spent many happy hours swimming and playing in the bay. She attended church with her family as a child and at 9 years old made her confession of faith in Christ. One of her fondest memories was being baptized in the bay where she said her white dress floated on top of the water. The family moved to north Texas and while in high school she played singles tennis and won 2nd in the district. After graduating from Denton High School in 1936, she attended North Texas State Teachers College, majoring in Physical Education. While at a school dance she met a handsome man, V.L. Jennings, who swept her off her feet. They eloped and were married in a parsonage in Ardmore, Oklahoma on March 26, 1938.

For the next few years she and Lowell, who was an electrical engineer, moved all over east Texas and the Texas hill country where his job was surveying for power lines to take electricity to the rural homes and farms. In the late 1940s they moved to Walters, Oklahoma, where he became the chief engineer and assistant manager of the Cotton Electric Cooperative. Alline kept busy being a full time homemaker for the family which had grown to 3 children, Jim, Vicky and Patti, but from 1972-1974 she worked in the Walters Independent School District’s superintendent’s office. Living in a small rural community has many perks and one perk of living in Walters during those years before television was really getting to know your neighbors. Hours were spent sitting in the yard watching the kids play, playing cards and dominoes with friends, reading good books and listening to favorite radio programs. One thing that she loved to do was to dance with V.L. to Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. Always faithful and active in her church, her faith comforted her and carried her well through many hard times. Alline and Lowell lived in the Walters area until in 1980 they returned back to Texas to live on a ranch near Hico. They remained on the ranch until his poor health moved them into Stephenville, Texas, in 1994. After Lowell passed away in 1996 Alline declared she was tired of cooking, cleaning house and doing yard work. She decided to move into an assisted living in Stephenville where she was to live until she moved to Georgetown to be closer to her daughters.

Alline was preceded in death by her parents, James Jackson and Mary Edna Harbison, her sisters, Gladys Ward Kelly, Ermine Tate and Florence Harbison; her husband V.L. Jennings and son Jim Jennings. She is survived by her daughters Vicky Mullins and Patti Moore; grandchildren Bryant Boyd, Brad Boyd, Sam Nance, David Jennings, Wade Jennings, Sarah Jennings, John Jennings and Tom Jennings; and numerous greatgrandchildren.

 



Published February 2, 2022


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James Irwin Lawrence

James Irwin Lawrence of Georgetown went home to his Lord on January 26, 2022, at the age of 59. 

James was born to Joan and David Lawrence in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 2, 1963. He and his wife, Pip, lived in Zimbabwe for the first years of their marriage, then moved to Texas to raise their family. 

James was devoted to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and served as a deacon at his church for several years. Known as “Mr. Fix-It,” he ministered to those around him by repairing whatever was broken. He worked in various engineering positions at Chatsworth Products for 22 years alongside some wonderful people. Pip is thankful to God and blessed beyond words to have been married to such an exemplary man. 

James is survived by his parents, David and Joan, sister, Suzanne and her husband, Curtis, and brothers, Edward and William; his wife, Pip; daughters, Liesl, Tessa, and her husband, Garrett, Bonnie and her husband, Gavin, and Andrea; nieces, Alicia and her husband, Collin, and Margaret; and much-loved church family and friends. 

His memorial service will be held at Crestview Baptist Church in Georgetown on February 3 at 2 p.m. 



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Jack Terrence Pitts

Jack Terrence Pitts, died Sunday, January 23, 2022, at Christus Mother Francis Hospital in Tyler, Texas, after a brief illness. He was born in Marietta, Ohio, to Mildred Lucille Hammond and Sheldon Pitts. He moved to Houston, Texas, at an early age. He graduated from Milby High School and joined the U.S. Navy where he was a radioman on a submarine during the Korean War. A recent highlight for Jack was his participation in an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. as a Korean War veteran. He had a long career as a piping engineer which allowed him to travel to many places.  Jack and his wife, Sandy, lived for many years in Marble Falls, Texas. After the death of his wife, Jack moved to Georgetown, where he lived until his death. Jack was a member of the Blazing Star Masonic Lodge, No. 413. He wrote poetry, participated in activities with his submarine group, and was a talented wood carver. Jack is survived by his cousin, Patricia Scott, her two children, and their families. Jack will be interred at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas, on February 9 at 2 p.m.



James E. “Butch” Holmes

79, of Georgetown, Texas, peacefully passed away on Saturday, January 29, 2022. A full obituary will follow. You may share a message or memory in the online memorial guestbook at www.ramseyfuneral.com.