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March 2022

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Business founder, philanthropic leader behind Garey Park, passes 

 

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Jack Garey at his home December 2, 2015. Mr. Garey donated his 525-acre spread, house included, to the City of Georgetown to be used as a public park, Garey Park. Sun archive photo

By NICHOLAS CICALE

Alan Jack Garey, a beloved Georgetown philanthropist, civic leader and business owner, passed away March 18 at the age of 92. 

The namesake of Georgetown’s Garey Park, Mr. Garey in 2004 donated his 525-acre Williamson County ranch to the city. His additional $5 million donation helped create the park the community uses today, which opened in 2018. 

Georgetown City Council Tuesday honored and remembered Mr. Garey, thanking him and his family for their local contributions to the Georgetown community. 

“He donated his wealth to various communities, leaving a legacy that will live on,” Mayor Josh Schroeder said Tuesday. 

Born January 20, 1930, Mr. Garey began his professional career as a trial lawyer. In 1978, he founded Garey Construction Company, a road, street and highway contractor. 

Success in both careers led to leadership opportunities. Mr. Garey was appointed by the governor to the Texas Workers’ Compensation Commission, serving as its chair during 1990-91 and 1994-95. In 1998, Mr. Garey served as the president for the Associated General Contractors of Texas.

Mr. Garey earned bachelors and law degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in the 1950s. However, later in life, he and his late wife Camille

Blackmore Garey had become some of Southwestern University’s most generous benefactors. 

A $15 million endowment gift in 2017 was the largest single cash gift in Southwestern’s history. It helped establish Southwestern’s Jack and Camille Garey School of Natural Sciences as one of the three named schools within the University.

He served on the Southwestern Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2015. In 2016, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree and was named a life trustee of Southwestern.

His current wife, Doris Breaux Garey, was by his side when he passed away at home after a brief illness March 18.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 3 at 3 p.m. at Garey House, located in Garey Park. 


 


Published March 30, 2022


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Elisabeth (Betty) Winnike

Elisabeth (Betty) Winnike was born June 25, 1933, in Bamberg Germany and died March 25, 2022.

Parents: Joachim and Anna Lieb.

Siblings: Traudel Schulz (Jorg), Gustav Lieb (dec), Barbara Schmidt (dec), Gudren Wolf (dec).

Husband: Richard Winnike. Married 59 years.

Children: Trish Currin (Cameron) Austin, Steven Winnike, Georgetown.

Grandchildren: Tyler ‘Winnike (Christine and great Granddaughter Annika) Omaha, Nebraska, Jacob and Maci Currin, Austin.

Born and raised in Bamberg, Germany. She was working for the U.S. Government at the Army housing area in Hanau, Germany and met future husband 1st LT Dick Winnike in the summer of 1961. She followed him to Omaha, Nebraska, in June 1962 and was married on November 2, 1962. Upon arrival in Omaha, worked as a nurse’s assistant for one and a half years at Clarkson Hospital before having her first child in September 1963. She was a stay-at-home Mom until the kids reached high school In the fall of 1987, she took a job as a directors assistant in the Omaha Montessori Schools and worked there for several years. She loved to play Skippo and UNO with the Grandkids. She was active at St. James Catholic Church as a greeter and with the bereavement committee and in the churches Rosary Groups. Worked Bingo nights at Roncalli High School to raise money for the school. She crochet, knitted, and made quilts, attended local sewing group meetings and attended the National Quilting Conference in Nashville. Tennessee, in 2002. She and her husband were partial owners in a ski condo in Dillon, Colorado, and she became a good snow skier. In May 2002, she and husband moved to a Del Webb Retirement Community in Georgetown, Texas, to be near family in Austin. She again became active in the St Helen’s Catholic Church. She counted church collection money, made and served meals in the Bereavement Committee and was a hospitality minister. She was a weekly hour adorer at the St. Helen’s Adoration Chapel.

Betty has donated her body to research and science. A memorial service will be scheduled for a later date. She was a devoted wife, Mom and Oma to her family.



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Jeanyce Feldner Hume

Jeanyce Feldner Hume began her journey on this earth Tuesday,

February 24,1942, in Helena, Montana. Her journey ended Friday, March 25, 2022.

Jeanie spent the first 34 years in her beloved Montana. While there, she enjoyed living and learning in Polson, Helena, Billings, Great Falls, and Missoula. Jeanie graduated from Helena High School in 1960. She studied at Eastern College in Billings from 1960 through 1962. She earned a Special Education degree from Carroll College 1973 in Helena, moving on to complete an EDS degree from the University of Montana Missoula in 1975. She also learned a degree in interior design through correspondence courses. She studied piano for many years, sang inquires, studied art. While she wasn’t studying, she married Marvin Ellis Holtz in 1966, and together they raised Suzanne Marie (1965), and Nicole Jean (1968). As a family, they cared for Catholic Charities newborns. Jeanie lovingly tutored Suzanne to be able to live as a non hearing person in a hearing world. This experience led her to an important juncture in her life. She decided to embark on a new life with her two little daughters in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She worked for AEA Area Agencies from 1979-1992 as Supervisor for Special Education Preschool. Her next move was to Des Moines Iowa where she discovered her favorite job selflessly working in a Womens’ homeless shelter and teaching piano. In most summers from 2003-2010 she returned to Montana with at least one of her four grandchildren to volunteer on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. In 2015-2017, she met and married the love of her life, Sidney Hillier. Jeanie felt blessed to share in the lives of Sidney’s four sons, Chris, Andy, Matt and Mike. Sidney and Jeanie moved from Ames, Iowa to Sun City Texas in 2017. Here she has loved her life with Sidney, their dogs, her newly discovered passion of learning to play the dulcimer with dear dear friends. She has spent her all too short life creating beautiful art, music and giving to all of us her huge spirit.

She is survived by her husband Sidney Hillier, her daughters Suzanne (Peter) Mannella and Nicole (Brian) Bradley, Sidney’s sons Chris (Holly), Andrew (LeAnn), Matt (Stasha) and Mike (Sheila), sister Sherry (Ken) Morrison, and grandchildren Trevor Mannella, Theresa Mannella, Nile Iverson, Gabrielle Iverson, Eileen, Cole, Adam, Sophia, Stephanie Hillier, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. at Ramsey Funeral Home on Thursday, March 31, 2022.



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Raymond Daniel Mokry

Raymond Daniel Mokry, 77, of Taylor, left this world to join the Lord on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

Raymond was born to Frank and Annie Mokry on February 23, 1945, at Swanson Hospital in Taylor, Texas. He was the second youngest child, raised on a farm in Granger, Texas, along with one sister and six brothers. He graduated from Granger High School in 1963 and married the love of his life, Nancy Malish, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on November 24, 1963. Nancy and Raymond were blessed with three children, James, Deana, and Janlyn. He cherished his family and worked hard to provide and take care of them. Raymond farmed and held several jobs in sales and manufacturing before starting his career as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service. He enjoyed his work, which allowed him to connect with so many people throughout the community. His kind demeanor and friendly nature was recognized by everyone he met. He retired from the Taylor Post Office in 2014 after 48 years of dedicated service.  

Raymond enjoyed dancing, taking care of the cars he loved, visiting casinos, and spending time at home with his family. He was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylor, Texas, served as a lector for many years, and loved the Lord faithfully his entire life.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, five siblings: Frank, Gertrude (G Ann), Gilbert, Sr., Alfred, a baby sister that died at birth and close beloved relatives: brother-in-law, Frank Krenek, Sr., sister-in-law, Mary Ann Mokry, and nephew, Robert Mokry.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Nancy; children, James Mokry and wife, Annette, Deana McLeroy and husband, Warren, Janlyn Reed and husband, Bill; four grandchildren, Hailey Heeke and husband, Brian, McKenna Mokry, Quade Mokry, Caleb McLeroy; and two great grandchildren, Wyatt and Rylie Heeke. He is also survived by his brothers, Bernard and wife Shirley, Andrew Mokry, Alfonse Mokry and wife Barbara, sister-in-law Linda Wentrcek and husband Jimmy, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Quade Mokry, Brian Heeke, Michael Wentrcek, Patrick Veselka, Nicholaus Mokry, Nathan Mokry, Andrew Mokry and Earnest Gardner, Jr.  Honorary pallbearers include Warren McLeroy and Caleb McLeroy.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rooted in Christ, Growing in Faith Building Campaign at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

 



Published March 27, 2022


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Alan Jack Garey

Alan Jack Garey, born January 20, 1930, passed away late Friday night, March 18, 2022, at 92 years of age. He was preceded in death by his wife, Camille Blackmore Garey. He later married Doris Breaux Garey, who was beside his bed when he passed away at home after a brief illness.

Known as “Jack” by all his friends and associates, he was a business and civic leader, rancher and philanthropist. In 1978, he founded Garey Construction Company, a road, street, and highway contractor, and served for many years as its president. Under his leadership, Garey Construction was recognized by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest-growing, privately owned companies in the United States. In 1998, Mr. Garey served as the president for the Associated General Contractors of Texas.

Mr. Garey began his professional career as a trial lawyer, specializing in personal injury and workers’ compensation law. He is the author of Handling Workman’s Compensation Case for the Plaintiff, published by the State Bar of Texas. In the 1990s, he was appointed by the governor to the Texas Workers’ Compensation Commission, serving as its chair during 1990-91 and 1994-95.

A longtime rancher, Mr. Garey has actively managed large cattle ranches in Williamson, Falls, and Runnels Counties. He also enjoyed horse racing and was fortunate enough to have a big winner in Heritage of Gold which won a Breeder’s Cup race.

Mr. Garey has been extraordinarily generous to Central Texas generally and to Georgetown in particular. In 2004, Mr. Garey donated his 525-acre ranch, which is located along the South San Gabriel River, along with $5 million for the development of a city park. Garey Park opened in 2018 as Georgetown’s flagship park, roughly 1.5 times the size of Zilker Park in Austin.

Mr. Garey also has been one of Southwestern University’s most generous benefactors. His landmark contribution was a trans-formative $15 million endowment gift in 2017 to underwrite need-based student financial assistance and endowed chairs in the natural sciences. The gift, which was the largest single cash gift in Southwestern’s history, established Southwestern’s Jack and Camille Garey School of Natural Sciences as one of the three named schools within the University.

Mr. Garey earned a bachelor of business administration degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 1955 and a law degree from that institution in 1957. He served on the Southwestern Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2015. In 2016, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree and was named a life trustee of Southwestern.

A memorial service, open to all who wish to attend, will be held on Sunday, April 3 at 3 p.m. at Garey House located in Garey Park, 6450 RM 2243, Georgetown. www.parks.georgetown.org/gareypark

Services under the direction of Cook Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home. For more information about services, or to send flowers or share fond memories or expressions of sympathy, please visit www.cookwaldencapitalparks.com



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James Lee  “Jim” Chapman

Loving spouse, father, and grandfather James Lee  “Jim” Chapman, 81, of Georgetown, passed away peacefully on March 17, 2022, in Austin, Texas, surrounded by his family members.

Jim was born March 17, 1941 in Tipton, Indiana, to Orris Maxwell Chapman and Alice Lucille Teter Chapman, and is the older brother to Mark Chapman. He graduated from Western High School in Russiaville, Indiana, in 1959 and San Diego State University in 1963. He then joined the Air Force and married Karen Sue Cole Chapman, June 23, 1963. 

During their marriage of 59 years, they moved many times around the country with his job in the pharmaceutical industry. Upon his retirement in 2001, they lived in Sun City Palm Desert, California, before moving to Sun City Georgetown, Texas, in 2006.

While living in Sun City, he enjoyed being active and participating in various clubs such as the Computer Club, and traveling with Zoomers. He and Karen enjoyed travels that took them all over the world. He was very active with the Sun City Eagle Booster Club, and it gave him great joy to support the various athletic teams at Georgetown High School. 

Throughout his life, Jim enjoyed playing various musical instruments, was in several bands, and sang in many choirs. He was always very active in the community through the Masonic Lodge, the Order of the Eastern Star, and was a Shriner.

Jim is survived by Karen S. Chapman of Georgetown, Susanne Hutchinson (Jeff Hutchinson) of Bainbridge Island, Washington, Michael Chapman (Cheryl Chapman) of Georgetown, grandsons, Adam Hutchinson of Brooklyn, New York, and Nolan Chapman of Georgetown, Texas, and brother, Mark Chapman (Rebecca Chapman) of Mason, Ohio.

Please join us in celebrating Jim’s life at a memorial service to be held at San Gabriel Presbyterian Church, 5404 Williams Drive in Georgetown on Wednesday, April 27 at 10 a.m. His remains will be interred at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen with family present.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at michaeljfox.org 



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Rodalfo “Rudy” Hernandez, Sr.

Rodalfo Hernandez Sr., who was known to many as “Rudy,” passed to his Eternal Rest on Saturday, March 19, 2022, at the age of 59, at Ascension Seton Medical Hospital in Round Rock.

Some of his adult life, he worked Pipeline Construction as a Laborer, then later in landscaping and maintenance. His pastime passion was strumming his guitar and singing.

A “celebration of life” service was held Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at Pentecostal Lighthouse Church of Jarrell. His burial will take place in Stanton, Texas at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery at a later date.

Rodalfo was preceded in death by his only son, Rudy Jr.; his parents, Hilario Hernandez Sr. and Consuelo Ramirez Hernandez; a sister, Teodora Diaz; and a brother, Hilario Hernandez Jr.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Patricia Kay Hernandez, and numerous family members and friends whom he loved very much.

To share memories and words of comfort with the family, please visit our website at www.cookwaldendavisfuneralhome.com.



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Jerry (J.D./Hippie) Thomas

Jerry (J.D./Hippie) Thomas, 73, of Lometa, passed away on Thursday, March 17, 2022, in Temple, Texas.

A viewing will be held anytime between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2022, at Sneed-Carnley Funeral Chapel. Graveside services will be held at Senterfitt Cemetery in Lometa on Saturday, April 2, 2022, at 11 a.m. with military honors.

After the service, the family invites everyone back to the Thomas’ residence located at 2839 Hwy 190 West, Lometa, Texas, 76853, to continue celebrating Jerry’s life with a meal and stories. 



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William Lee Denman

William Lee Denman died peacefully at home on March 15, 2022.

 Bill was 94 years old. He was born to Elmer L. and Mary Elizabeth Oberlin Denman in Hoopeston, Illinois. When he was two his family moved to Bloomington, Illinois, to enroll the growing family in better schools, where he attended and graduated from Holy Trinity Catholic School.  Bill was a World War II veteran, serving on the Navy troop carrier USS Sandoval (APA-194) in the Pacific theater.

 Bill had a number of jobs over time, all of them related to sales. He was a natural, from regional hardware sales representative with W.A.L. Thompson Hardware Co., to interviewing and evaluating prospective franchise buyers for Western Auto, to selling new homes in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where Bill lived for 34 years. 

He enjoyed many hobbies and interests, including bird and deer hunting; both stream and lake fishing; and painting. He built and played mountain dulcimers. One unusual experience was the acquisition of a buffalo. The state of New Mexico needed to reduce their herd and held an auction, and Bill was the lucky recipient of a handsome specimen. The mounted head graces the family home and his family and friends enjoyed the lean and tasty meat.

Despite the pleasures of living in New Mexico, Bill wanted to experience life in an active adult community. He explored the possibilities on the internet and in 2007, he and his wife selected Sun City, Georgetown, for their final retirement. His favorite pastime in Sun City was playing billiards with his friends in the Billiards Club. He made friends easily, with a warm smile that lit up his entire face and extended to his eyes.

 Bill was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy; two daughters, Josephine and Barbara; brothers, Robert and Tom; sisters Mary Esther, Delores, and Margaret Ann. He is survived by his second wife of 49 years, Glenna C. Denman of Georgetown, one daughter, Kay, and sons, Michael, Phillip, David and Ed, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and brothers, Richard and Jim.

There will be a funeral mass at 11 a.m. on March 31, at Santa Rosa Catholic Church in Andice, visitation from 10 - 11 a.m., reception to follow. Burial will be at a later date at the Texas State Veterans’ Cemetery in Killeen. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, or a charity of one’s choice.

 



Published March 23, 2022


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Benedict Odiromiwe Chukwumah

In loving memory of Benedict Odiromiwe Chukwumah

October 8, 1944- February 21, 2022.

Benedict Chukwumah of Georgetown, passed away on February 21, 2022. 

Sir Ogbueshi Dr. Benedict Odiromiwe Chukwumah (fondly known as BOC) from Umuezei Quarters of Asaba, Nigeria, was born October  8, 1944, to the family of Mr. Robert Chukwumah and Mrs. Maria Nwaka Chukwumah (nee Ibuzo).

His outstanding primary school leaving certificate earned him the Western region scholarship to St. Patrick’s College, Asaba, where he excelled. His performance in the preliminary exam earned him the Western region and University scholarship to study medicine in University of Ibadan. He graduated in 1969, followed by a qualification in anaesthesia and was accepted into the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1971. 

He worked as a gynaecologist at the women’s maternity hospital and the Royal Infirmary Liverpool, United Kingdom. He returned to Nigeria in 1975, and worked briefly in Benin General Hospital and was later posted to head the Agbor General Hospital. 

He relocated to Warri to work for Shell BP as a gynaecologist from 1976-1981. 

He made Warri home. Benedict was a faith-filled man who loved his family above all. He was always present, loving, generous to a fault with his family and they will forever be grateful.

By 1984, he had built St. Mary’s Hospital, dedicated to our Mother Mary, Airport Road, Warri. 

His outdoor hobbies were playing golf, tombola, badminton and traveling round the world with the family. He won many golf tournaments at Shell BP Warri and Warri Club.

For those lucky enough to witness, he was a great dancer!

For his services to medicine, he was honoured by the West African College of Surgeons in Ghana in 1995. He also served as the honorary treasurer of SOGON (Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics). 

BOC firmly believed that every gift was from God and our role in life is to serve others and humanity at large.

He put this into practice by his lifelong service to the Church.

He organized the Sons and Daughters of Isele-Uku organization Warri and was the Chairman of the Isele-Uku Church Development committee.

As a diocesan patron of the confraternity of the Holy Rosary, he worked tirelessly under Bishops Gbuji, Otte and Elue to realise the completion of the Isele-Uku Cathedral.

He has been a Friend of the Illah Monastery since it was founded by Friar Ojefuah in 1982.

He was an active member of the Laity council of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Ugborikoko. Warri. He has been a member of the Association of Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary since 2000.

At his parish of St. Patrick’s Catholic Norcross, Atlanta, U.S., he was a eucharistic minister. He was a daily adorer of the blessed sacrament.

In January 2022, he received the Papal Knighthood of Saint Sylvester de Pope. The honor was bestowed by Pope Francis for his services to the Isele- Uku diocese.

In the evening of Presidents’ Day, February 21, 2022, after a well lived life filled with love, family and friends, Benedict went to his eternal rest. 

Benedict is survived by his wife, Chief Dr. Maureen Chukwumah, his five children and their spouses, 10 grandchildren, nephews, nieces and his twin sister Bridget Ilolochukwu Chukwumah. 

The void he leaves behind cannot be filled, he will be greatly missed but we take solace that he lived a full life, filled with love.

The burial will be private, and the family would appreciate all well wishers. In lieu of flowers, please consider the needs of the family.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.gabrielsfuneral.com/obituary/benedict-chukwumah for the Chukwumah family.



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Mildred Jean Pierce Harris (Rogers)

Mildred Jean Pierce Harris (Rogers) was born in Georgetown, Texas, on February 4, 1928, to Lott and Effie Rogers. She spent her childhood years growing up in “Old Georgetown,” graduating from Georgetown High School in 1945, and Southwestern University in 1948.  At Southwestern, she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority and Pi Gamma Mu national honor society.

Mildred left Georgetown during her early parenting years but returned in 1967 to continue her career as an elementary school teacher for GISD. She had many fond memories of her profession, building lasting relationships with students and staff. She cherished her time in the classroom and was a dedicated role model teacher. In 1978, she obtained a Master of Education degree from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos. Although she devoted her life to teaching, she found time to enjoy outdoor and social activities with friends and an occasional game of golf or tennis. She retired from teaching in 1986, when she married Sam Harris (formerly of Georgetown), and moved to Burnet, Texas.

While in Burnet, she enjoyed ranch activities such as horseback riding, bird watching, and gardening, as well as being a grandmother to her six grandchildren. Mildred valued her time as a volunteer at the Seton Hospital, the Burnet public library, the local Burnet thrift store, and First Methodist Church of Burnet. She loved her life in the country. In 2010, Sam and Mildred returned to their hometown of Georgetown. They spent their remaining years together at the Wesleyan Estrella Independent Living Center, meeting new friends, enjoying new hobbies and activities, as well as spending time with old friends. They attended First United Methodist Church of Georgetown, the same Church where Mildred grew up as a child. 

On March 16, 2022, at the age of 94, Mildred passed peacefully in her home at the Wesleyan, receiving the final Peace of her new Heavenly Home. The family extends their thanks and appreciation to all the wonderful Wesleyan staff and the loving caregivers of home health and hospice. 

Mildred is survived by her two daughters, Priscilla Lester with her husband, Terry, and Penny Mickan with her husband, Danny. She was proud of her family and thankful that her two daughters resided in Georgetown and provided her with such loving care. She adored her grandchildren Jeff Lester (wife, Bobbie), Brandon Lester (wife, Jenna), Cody Lester (wife, Peggy), Morgan Mickan, Madison Schaefer (husband, Sean), and Murphy Mickan. She is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Sam, her two sisters, Mary Cathryn Gossett along with her husband, Tommy, Marjorie A. Scarbrough, along with her husband, James, and her niece, Elizabeth Gossett Holmes.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wesleyan Benevolent Fund, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, or the charity of your choice.

A graveside service is planned for 11 a.m., Saturday, April 2, at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Georgetown. The Gabriels funeral home in Georgetown is providing for the arrangements.

 



Published March 20, 2022


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Bobby Charles Hill

Bobby Charles Hill, 83, passed away unexpectedly on February 24, 2022, in Georgetown.

Bobby was born on July 3, 1938, to Charles and Ethel Hill in Stamford, Texas. He attended schools in Stamford and joined the Navy in July of 1955. He was a seaman in the Navy and was stationed in San Francisco and San Diego, California, as well as, being on a naval destroyer that serviced the Pacific region. He really enjoyed being in the service and loved to tell stories about his adventures in the South Pacific. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1959.

After his naval service, he, and family, moved to Abilene, Texas, and then to Lubbock, Texas, where he worked at Farm Pac for 30 years. Bobby then obtained his real estate license and worked as an agent with Century 21 until his retirement. In 2008, he and his wife moved to Sun City in Georgetown, Texas, where he volunteered at the Caring Place and was a member of the Worship Place in Sun City. He was a member of the billiards club for several years and enjoyed outdoor activities, especially walking his dogs. He enjoyed participating in many Sun City activities, but most of all, he loved time with family and friends.

Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Ethel; his sister, Nelda Johnson, Bonnie Tabor, and Thelma Dalton; as well as his brother, James Hill.

He is survived by wife, Sandra King Hill of Georgetown, Texas; daughters: Leza Jay Willams and husband Kip of Grand Saline, Texas, Amber Beth Inglett and husband, James of Tulsa, OK; stepchildren: David Tucker of Sierra Vista, Arizona, Britt Sadler and wife, Julie Isaac Sadler of Austin, Texas, and Julie Sadler and partner, Kristi Hearne of Austin, Texas. He has seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please donate on Bobby’s behalf to The Caring Place, caringplacetx.org in Georgetown, Texas, Humane Heroes, humaneheroes.org, or The Worship Place in Sun City.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 25, 2022, at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas. 

A reception will be held following the graveside service at 11:30 a.m. at Mulligans Restaurant in Sun City.



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Chris Kilgard

Chris Kilgard’s life will be celebrated on March 26, at 1 p.m. The event will be held at Grace Episcopal Church, 1314 East University. The worship service will be in the Sanctuary followed by “A Celebration of Life” reception in the Parish Hall. Those who knew Chris are invited by the family to attend. Casual dress.

Our loved ones never truly leave us ... they live on in kindness showed, the comfort they shared and the love they brought into our lives. 



Carolyn Jean Bucchorn Schubert

Carolyn Jean Bucchorn Schubert, 82, went to be with the Lord on March 9, 2022. She was Born April 1, 1939 in Walburg, Texas, to Alvina (Miersch) and August Buchhorn. She married Ray Schubert at Zion Lutheran of Walburg in November 1960. 

Carolyn was a devout Lutheran and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She enjoyed serving the Lord and was an active member at Zion Lutheran in Walburg where she received the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and marriage. 

A few of her favorite pastimes were square dancing and listening to polka with Ray, and spending time in the company of family and friends. She loved gardening, baking, reading and farming and ranching. She was known for her German noodles and peanut brittle.

Carolyn spent her early years working for Scottish Rite Dormitory. After marriage she was a switch board operator at Cabiness Brown. She spent the majority of her career working in education at Zion Lutheran School as a teacher’s aide and bus driver and Georgetown ISD as a cafeteria manager and teacher’s aide. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Ray, who passed away in January, daughter, Rebecca Brabandt, and brother, Harlan. She leaves behind, two children, John and Kim Schubert of Terrell, Scott and Tonya Schubert of Fedor and son in-law, Johnny Brabandt of Georgetown, seven grandchildren, Ty and Cheyenne, Shelbie, Cassidy, Stihl, Grainger, Jaeger, Sterling, great granddaughter MacKenzie, sister, Fayrenne and Harlan Tonn of Jarrell, numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws. 



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Robert (Bob) Homer Leslie, Jr.

Robert (Bob) Homer Leslie, Jr., passed away on March 13, 2022, in Cedar Park, Texas. Born in Jacksonville, Florida, on July 31, 1934, to Robert Homer Leslie, Sr., and Laura Strunk Leslie and he grew up in Tallahassee, Florida. He attended Florida State University (FSU) and received his Bachelor of Music cum laude with a double major in piano and organ performance in 1956. While at FSU, he met his beloved wife of sixty-five years, Candace Drummond Jones. 

He attended Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and received his Bachelor of Divinity in 1959. He received his Ph.D. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, with his dissertation concentrated on Calvin studies and Reformation thought and history. He was a member of Phi Mu Alpha; Phi Kappa Phi; Pi Kappa Lambda; and American Guild of Organists.

He was ordained by Brazos Presbytery, Presbyterian Church in the United States on July 12, 1959. He served Presbyterian congregations in Texas, Montreal and New York retiring from First Presbyterian Church in Bryan, Texas where he was elected pastor emeritus in 2003. While in Bryan, he founded Concerts on Carter Creek, wrote a regular column on religion for the Bryan/College Station Eagle and served on and the Housing Board of the City of Bryan and the Board of Directors Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra. He was active in numerous community organizations throughout his career.

Reflective of his curiosity, love for learning and international engagement, Bob taught at Texas A&M University, lectured at the Florida Chautauqua Assembly, directed music conferences at Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly, and designed and led a myriad of classes and seminars at the congregations he served. He was well-traveled and in 1969, he did a pastoral exchange in Scotland at West Kirk, Rothesay, Isle of Butte, followed by a second at Lochalsh Parrish, Ross-shire in 1985, which launched a decades-long interest in “all things Scottish” including playing the bagpipe, wearing a kilt and Leslie tartan trousers, drinking good Scotch, and supporting Candace’s Scottish travel writing including taking regular pilgrimages to the Scottish Highlands. He played the bagpipes at numerous life cycle events, and was always ready to give a piano or organ recital. He loved the mountains and camping, and while in “retirement,” he and Candace spent several summers volunteering as camp hosts and guiding lighthouse tours at state parks in Oregon and Washington. He was a composer, avid reader and born entertainer and elocutionist who was always ready to tell a story and engage an audience no matter the size or age.

Of the many things Bob valued, family was his greatest joy including being able to spend time with his great-grandson, Layton Leslie, this past Christmas. In addition to his wife, Candace, he survived by his children, David and daughter-in-law, Leigh (Mohney); Charles and daughter-in-law, Denise (Smith); and Mary and husband, Ernie China; grandchildren, Ian, Ryan, Julia and Michael; brother and sister in-law, Grant and Mary Jones; sister-in-law, Jewell Leslie; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Larry Leslie. 

The family gives gratitude to all who cared for Bob over the past few years as he recovered from a major traumatic brain injury and then addressed the challenges caused by progressive dementia. Throughout all of life’s ups and downs, he never lost his sense of humor and interest in the needs and happenings of others. Remembrances may be made to The Caring Place, Georgetown, Texas; Mo-Ranch, Hunt, Texas; or a charity of your choice. A celebration of life memorial gathering will be held on Friday, March 25, 2022, at 11 a.m.  at the The Wesleyan Independent Living-East, 210 White Heron Drive, Georgetown, Texas.


 


Published March 16, 2022


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Daniel Cruz

Daniel Cruz was born in Laredo. Texas, on June 29, 1974.

He passed from this life in Bartlett, Texas, on October 9, 2021.

He is survived by his father, Hilario Roberto Alcala. Mother Ignacia Cruz de Alcala. Brothers, Jesse Cruz, Valentine Cruz, and Hilario Cruz. From his brother, Jesse Cruz, nephews and nieces, Jesse, Desiree, Matthew and Mercedes Cruz. From his brother Valentine Cruz nephews and nieces, Jacob, Isaiah, Alexandria Cruz, Megan Cruz and Carly Mouser. Daniel was a handyman and was always happy to help in any job. You could always depend on him. He grew up in Georgetown for most of his life. He also lived in Granger and Bartlett. He will be truly missed. Say hi to grandma, bro.

Saints of God, come to his aid.

Come to meet him, Angels of the Lord!

Receive his soul and present him to God the Most High.

A visitation and rosary will be held March 12, 2022, at the Gabriels Funeral Chapel. Visitation to begin at 6 p.m., Rosary to be read at 7 p.m. A memorial mass will be held March 14, 2022, at St. Helen Catholic Church at 2 p.m., burial at IOOF Cemetery to follow. 



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Sherry Leigh Stevenson

Sherry Leigh Stevenson, age 76, of Georgetown, passed away Monday, February 28, 2022, in an Austin hospital. 

Sherry was born February 2, 1946, in Stephenville, Texas, to Carl Rex Anderson and Billie Ruth Moser Anderson. She grew up in Seymour and Bartlett and graduated from Bartlett High School in 1963. Sherry met Bruce, the love of her life, in high school. They were married September 10, 1963, in Belton, Texas. For many years she was employed as a legal secretary in Temple and Belton. She and Bruce owned and operated Bell County Security. They moved to the Austin area where Sherry began a career with the State Pharmacy Board in the enforcement division. Upon her retirement in 2009, she enjoyed their home in Georgetown. She was a kind, caring, soft spoken person who will be greatly missed by her friends and family. She was a member of the Church of Christ. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather, Joe Tate and son, David Stevenson. Sherry is survived by her husband, Bruce, of Georgetown; son, Darrell of Kyle; sister, Jan Pack (David) of Tolar; sister, Carla Wolf (Mark) of Oenaville; sister, Lynn Young (Edwin) of Stephenville; and brother, Mike Tate (Pam) of Stephenville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sherry’s name to your charity of choice or the Susan G. Komen Foundation. 13770 Noel Road, Suite 801889, Dallas, Texas, 75380.

A private family service was held.

Arrangements are entrusted to Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home, Pflugerville, Texas.



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Charles Glenn McVey

Charles Glenn McVey, 83, of Georgetown, Texas, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Friday, March 11, 2022. 

Glenn was born on July 24, 1938, in Anadarko, Oklahoma, to Charles and Elsie McVey. He grew up with younger sister, Doris, and younger brother, Max. As the big brother, he offered his siblings guidance and support, particularly regarding mischief-making. 

Glenn graduated from Anadarko High School in 1956 and attended the University of Oklahoma, earning a degree in Civil Engineering. He was active in the ROTC during high school and college and served in the National Guard. One weekend, while home from college, Glenn met Evelyn Shearrer, who became the love of his life. They married in 1958 on Thanksgiving Day, and moved to married student housing in Norman, where their first child, Barbara, was born.  

After college graduation, Glenn was employed by the Federal Highway Administration (F.H.A.). Moving from state to state as an engineer trainee, the family grew with the birth of Laura in Tennessee and Charles Jr. (Chuck) in Arkansas. The family settled in Austin in 1965, before moving to a small farm in Georgetown in 1973. 

Glenn worked for the FHA for 30 years, taking early retirement on a Friday before beginning a new career with the Texas Highway Department (TXDOT) the following Monday. At TXDOT, he trained many young engineers and enjoyed his public role as a liaison with the Austin City Council. An early riser and lifelong afternoon napper, TXDOT approved a cover for Glenn’s office skylight to provide a suitable napping environment. After his second retirement, he worked as a consultant in the private sector.

For Glenn, faith and family always came first. He and Evelyn raised their children in the Christian faith and he served for many years as deacon and Sunday School teacher at Main Street Baptist Church in Georgetown. He loved attending his grand and great-grandchildren’s sporting events and artistic performances. As teenager and later as an adult, he had a love for hot rods and racing, which he instilled in his son Chuck. Glenn was a lifelong Oklahoma Sooner fan and devoted many hours to family genealogy. 

Glenn and Evelyn’s marriage of 63 years demonstrated the power of devotion, love, and mutual respect. Anyone who knew them knew that they were best friends. They were an anchor for their expanding family and circle of close friends. They aided those in need and, when you were in their presence, you knew that you came first. Glenn was always available, when asked, to give honest, caring, and wise counsel.

Glenn loved hunting and especially fishing. He and Evelyn traveled to Colorado every summer, setting up camp in their travel trailer for many months, escaping the Texas heat. They had an ongoing amicable trout-fishing competition between them. True to form, Glenn made many friends in their favorite campgrounds. 

Glenn is survived by his wife, Evelyn, and their three children and their spouses: Barbara and Darrell Agnew, Laura and Gary Shipman and Chuck and Suzanna McVey. They have 10 grandchildren: Trent Agnew and his wife Cori, Brad Agnew and wife Morgan, Todd Agnew and wife, Elizabeth, Kelsey Agnew and Jordi Shipman, Kadi (Shipman) and husband, Cade Dyal, Marci Shipman, Alan Shipman, and Patrick and Sawyer McVey. They have five great-grandchildren: Graham, Bennett, Parker, Pearl and Archer Agnew. He is also survived by nine nieces and nephews. 

Visitation will be held from 10 - 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, at the Providence funeral home in Taylor, Texas. The celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m., immediately after visitation, at the funeral home. It will be followed by a graveside ceremony at the Weir Cemetery in Weir, Texas. 

 


 


Published March 13, 2022


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Alex K. Munson, M.D.

Alex K. Munson, M.D., aka Jacob Alexander Kerr Munson, died March 9, 2022, from pneumonia. He was born December 13, 1932, in San Antonio, Texas, to Jacob Rescomb and Vera Bradbury Munson.  From his dad, he learned “to make the world a better place for your having been there,” work ethic, stamp collecting and the honor and responsibility of being a Chicago Cubs fan; from his mother, interest in history and in one’s heritage, a willingness to help those who want to help themselves, and the therapeutic value of Tex-Mex and of Southern cooking.  His attendance at Brackenridge High School in San Antonio was interrupted by contracting polio in June 1949.  After surviving 40 days in Robert B Greene Hospital, he was transferred to Gonzales Warm Springs Foundation where he began his rehabilitation.  With being fitted with a long-leg brace supporting his paralyzed right leg (the same brace he used for the remainder of his life), he migrated from wheelchair to crutches and later to the use of a cane.  He returned to his home in January 1950 and was able to graduate with his Brackenridge High School class of 1950 that May.

He began his higher education at San Antonio College.  The following year he was elected as President of the Student Assembly.  He continued his pre-med courses at UT in Austin and entered the UT Medical Branch, Galveston, as a ’90 hour wonder’.  He met and married Joan Naven in Galveston in 1955. After graduation from UTMB, he completed his internship and residencies in psychiatry and neurology and in child psychiatry at UTMB before starting his private practice in child psychiatry in Austin. His marriage to Joan was dissolved in 1971.  He served as medical director for Meridell Achievement Center, following which he established the child and adolescent program at St. Jude’s Hospital in South Austin.  In 1973, he remarried Patti Hix White.  Following St. Jude’s closing in 1976, he and Patti relocated to Lubbock, Texas, where, in addition to his private practice, he was a consultant in child psychiatry to Children Protective Services, several school districts and private child care organizations and provided forensic services to state and federal courts in Texas and New Mexico.  

He assisted in the development of Canyon Lakes Residential Treatment Center where he served as medical director from 1988 to 1998.  He had appointments as an assistant professor at both UT Austin and at Texas Tech University.  While in Lubbock, he became a West Texan and a ‘born again Red Raider’.  Upon his retirement, he and Patti moved to Sun City in Georgetown, Texas.  Towards the end of his life, activities became more limited due to post-polio syndrome difficulties.

Dr. Munson was a member of The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Association, Texas Association of Psychiatric Physicians and other state and local organizations.  He and his wife, Patti, were inducted in 1998 by the Chancellor John Montford into La Sociedad de la Espuela for their interest in and contribution to Texas Tech University.  Dr. and Mrs. Munson were recognized for their philanthropic support in the TTU Lady Raiders, the Red Raider Club, Methodist Hospital Nurses program and social agencies through the Lubbock Area Foundation.  In 2002, Dr. Munson was given the Distinguished Service Award by the TSPP in ‘Recognition of Sustained Contributions in Psychiatry’.  

In addition to Alex and Patti having a blended family of seven children, they created a partnership in love of companionship, caring and co-operation that lasted through 48 years of marriage.

He is survived by his wife, Patti Munson and their children:  Sandra Kay Munson of Independence, Missouri; Janet Carol Guerrant (Richard) of Horseshoe Bay, Texas; Jill Ann Ward of Georgetown, Texas; David Lee Munson (Rebecca) of New Braunfels, Texas; Bruce Edward Munson (Penny) of Cedar Creek, Texas; and Robert Lee Munson (Lisa) of Cedar Park, Texas; his brother, Dr. James Edward Bradbury Munson, DPhil, of Wheatley, Oxford, England; eleven grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Jeffrey Gene White.

He willed his body to UTMB, Galveston, for research. A memorial may be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Texas Foundation for Psychiatric Education and Research, 401 West 15th Street, Ste. 675, Austin, Texas, 78701, or the Sun City Rotary Foundation, c/o Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation, 116 West Eighth Street, Georgetown, Texas, 78626, or a charity of your choice.



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Frank Lee Bruno

Frank Lee Bruno transitioned from pain to heavenly perfection at 1:05 a.m. on March 3, 2022 at his home in Georgetown, Texas, at the age of 63. Lee loved and was loved here on Earth by his wife, Darlene Bruno of Georgetown, who mended his heart and stoked his soul, having exemplified the oft disregarded tenant of marriage, “In sickness and in health.” Lee loved and was loved by his daughter, Brittany Bruno with husband Austin Denson of Carrollton whom he treasured, adored, and exalted beyond measure. He loved and was loved by his siblings, Penny Bruno of Boerne, Randy Bruno, and sister-in-law Debbie of Fredericksburg who protected him and marveled at his consistent gentleness. Lee loved and was loved by his mother Barbara Kingsland Bruno of Leander to whom he will always be her Lee boy. Incredible love was also shared between Lee and his step-son Toby Brazeal and his wife Courtney, his step-daughter Melanie Bishop and her husband Stephen, as well as seven beloved step-grandchildren who loved and adored their Lee-Lee: Jordan, Kaiden, Grady, Jameson, Cadence (whom he and Darlene taught to take her first steps), Eden, and Faith. Last but never least is Duke, Lee’s staunch canine companion.

Now in Heaven, Lee loves and is loved dearly by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who most assuredly greeted him with those rare and hallowed words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Also at the gate for his arrival was his father Earl Randolph Bruno, Sr., his aunt Dorothy Conklin, and his loyal dog Satchmo. We who loved him not only mourn his passing, but celebrate a life well-lived. We strive to model the example of calm and kindness he left us, and we anticipate his joyful smile and affectionate eyes meeting each of us who loved him at God’s gate. A service of remembrance open to all will take place at 11 a.m., March 14, 2022 at The Worship Place located at 811 Sun City Boulevard in Georgetown, Texas, 78633. Reception immediately to follow on grounds. Flowers will be accepted at The Worship Place and welcome donations in Lee’s name be made to Hospice.



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Maria Joy Mirabella Sheffield

Maria Joy Mirabella Sheffield of Georgetown, Texas, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, in her home. She was 56 years old.

Maria was raised in the Mirabella family home in Mt. Vernon, New York. She was born on March 27, 1965. Although she and her family lived in Florida during her childhood, only Texas could hold a heart as big as Maria’s.

Maria’s love of music was evident from an early age, with her earning state title for her talents on the bass clarinet. If she was not marching in the Georgetown High School band, you could find her dancing to George Michael and crooning to Elton John. She expanded her musical repertoire to include 50Cent and Nelly in more recent years.

Upon earning her Bachelor’s degree in History from St. Edward’s University, Maria achieved her dream of working with children in various roles with Georgetown ISD for more than 10 years before working for Williamson County.

Maria’s sense of humor and witty timing met their match when she met her husband, Edgar Sheffield, in 2011. No matter where their ten years of marriage took them, humor and love bonded them together.

Over the years, Maria created lasting friendships with just about everyone she encountered. A connoisseur of conversation, Maria truly enjoyed people. However, of all that Maria held dear, her family was her priority. Her children were the light of her life, and her grandchildren the apple of her eye. Maria would move heaven and earth for her family.

Her interment will be at a later date at Our Lady of The Rosary Cemetery, Georgetown, Texas.

Maria is survived by her husband, Edgar;  father, George Mirabella; siblings, Michele (Donald) Klepac and Michael (Sally) Mirabella; children, Jamie (Charles) Heeneman and Joe (Suzy) Mirabella; step-children, Marsha (Paul) Hove and David (Meredith) Sheffield; grandchildren Luke, Grey, Tucker, Asher and Lucy; step-grandchildren, Madison, Karsen, Larkin, Allison, Paisley, and Benjamin; nieces and nephews, Ashley (Chad) Smith, Matt (Jessica) Klepac, Amanda (Jordan Svoboda) Mirabella, and Michael Mirabella; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Cooper, Cambelle, and Barrett. She was preceded in death by her mother, Lucille Mirabella.



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Don Earl Dossey

Don Earl Dossey, 84, of Georgetown, Texas, passed away peacefully on March 2, 2022. Don was born on July 7, 1937 to Jessie Mae (Rose) Dossey and Clarence Dossey. He was born in Union High, Texas, near Coolidge, Texas. At the age of two, he moved to the town of Colorado City in West Texas. His dad had a welding shop in Colorado City and taught all six sons the trade. Don enlisted and served in the United States Marine Corps in 1954, and was a helicopter crew chief and was part of flight crews for operations of the Sikorsky Helicopters serving aboard the USS Princeton. He earned the National Defense Medal and Good Conduct Medal just to name a few. Don was honorably discharged in 1957, and was proud to be a Marine his entire life. After the Marine Corps he spent some time working in the oil fields of West Texas. Don was employed as a welding supervisor for Chicago Bridge and Iron working in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Louisiana and retired after 17 years. He then enrolled at Texas A&M University and obtained his certification to teach in the vocational area. He taught one year at Lamar University and then 16 years at Port Neches Groves High School in Port Neches, Texas. He and his classes built many projects for the benefit of PNG School District which some are still in use today.

Don married his beloved Emma Gean Dossey of Georgetown, Texas, in 1980, and spent nearly 42 beautiful years together. Don had a big heart and loved and enjoyed his grandchildren greatly and also loved to make them laugh. He retired in 1998, and in the year 2000, he and his wife Gean moved to Sun City. He loved to golf and enjoyed life so much there. He was a godly man who loved to read his Bible every day. 

Don is survived by two stepsons, Jeff Jordan and his wife Jennifer of Austin, Brian Jordan of Georgetown; five grandchildren, DJ Mahana, Brianna Jordan, Jessica Jordan, Julie Jordan, Jenna D. Jordan, and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Jessie Dossey, his son Steve Dossey, daughter Caye Mahana, daughter Teresa Dossey, five brothers, Curtis, Roland, Jack, and twins Billy and Bobby. 

A celebration of Don’s life will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2022 with visitation starting at 10 a.m. and funeral services will begin afterwards at 11 a.m. at Ramsey Funeral Home 5600 Williams Drive Georgetown, Texas, 78633. 

 


 


Published March 9, 2022


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Terry Lord

Terry passed away on February 20, in Georgetown, Texas, after a seven-year battle with Lewy Body Dementia. He was one month shy of his 77th birthday.

Born in Waco, Texas, in 1945 to Robert W. and Gloria Mavrakos Lord, Terry traveled the world during his father’s tenure in the Air Force, settling in Fairbanks, Alaska in 1963. He enrolled in and attended the University of Alaska, and in December 1967, he married Joan Johnson. Terry served in the Army 82nd Airborne in Ft Bragg, NC. He worked for Fish and Game as a warden in the wilds of Alaska, spent some summers working in gold mines, and gave more than 30 years of hard work to the City of Fairbanks/Golden Heart Utilities. Terry and Joan retired to Georgetown Texas in 2007, where his circle of friends grew; indeed, everyone will remember Terry for his offbeat sense of humor, adventurous nature, love of music, incredible work ethic, stubborn streak, honesty and unwavering love for and pride in his family. He will be dearly missed by all.

Terry is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joan of Georgetown, Texas, his daughters, Christine Lord and Stephanie Menard, his grandchildren, Grace Lord-Leutwyler, and Madison and Colin Menard of Las Vegas, Nevada, and his sisters, Deborah Lord Hannigan of Grand Junction, Colorado, and Leslie Lord Coffing of Homer, Alaska.

Remembrances of Terry Lord may be left on the Ramsey Funeral Home of Georgetown website or on Legacy.com.

In lieu of flowers, Terry’s family asks that donations be made in his memory to Lewy Body research: lbda.org



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Michael Gayle Clark

On Wednesday March 2, 2022, Michael Gayle Clark, loving husband, and father of four children passed away at age 82.

Mike was born March 16, 1939, to Cleo and Laurel Clark in Lubbock, Texas, where he attended Texas Tech University before serving his country in the U.S. Navy. On May 3, 1964, he married the love of his life, Perpetua S. Jacques in California, where they raised four children, Michael, Diane, Clifton and Melinda. He built a career at AT&T where he worked for 37 years and much like his marriage to Perpetua, his loyalty and passion to commitments were a cornerstone to his character. 

Mike’s unconditional love for his family was made known to anyone who met him and if you were lucky enough to be called family you felt an intensity and vigor with his hugs and “I love you’s.” His hobbies were always people driven as he loved to help anyone in need, “You Betcha” was a phrase that flowed from his mouth faster than most could ask for what they needed. He was a lifelong learner always reading and exploring history, science, and aviation books, that assisted him in becoming a mechanic, electrician, plumber, carpenter, and anything his family needed. Mike and his wife, Perpetua worked countless hours at the Caring Place in Georgetown, Texas, where they felt a strong connection to their community and a devotion to helping others.

Mike’s battle with serious medical conditions in recent years demonstrated his courage in facing challenges with a smile or joke. Despite the pain he suffered, he never passed the opportunity with his quick wit to make those around him laugh and smile, a trait that has been passed on to his children and grandchildren.

Mike was preceded in death by his father, Cleo, mother, Laurel, and brothers, Jim and Robert. He is survived by his wife, Perpetua, his four children, Michael, Diane, Clifton, Melinda, his grandchildren, Jake, Sydney, Mason, Joey, Collin, Lauren, Megan, his great-grandchild, Emery, his brothers, David, Bill and sister, Beth.

At Mike’s request there will be an intimate ash scattering ceremony with his wife and children at a later date. In lieu of flowers or food please send memorial donations to the Alzheimer’s Society at Alzheimers.org.



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Thelma Simons

Thelma Simons entered this world on August 21, 1938 and went home to be with her Lord on March 2, 2022. 

Thelma was often called “Dugans” by her large and fun-loving family after the 1930s Dixie Dugan cartoon character. 

While Thelma may have been small in stature, she was large in life. She was a woman who was known for her love of God and family, her good character and strong will, and her incredible hard work and tenacity. 

All her loves and character made her a wonderful wife of 51 years to Leo Simons, mother to four children, grandmother to eight, and great grandmother to 12. Whether you called her Thelma, Mom, Granny, Dugans or you were just lucky enough to call her a friend, she found fun no matter her circumstances. 

There are many stories of her working hard, but finding time for fun in the cotton patch or the cedar break and sharing time with family at the campgrounds on their many vacations. A story was told of her breaking her arm while fooling around and playing Tag with her kids, nieces and nephews. 

Maybe it was her years growing up in a family of migrant sharecroppers, but Thelma loved going places and finding new places to live. 

Thelma was fun, but Thelma was hardworking. While working for Texas Instruments in Austin, Thelma was honored with an award for her innovative ideas to make the production lines move more efficiently. 

Most importantly, Thelma Simons was a faithful Christian and shared her faith with family and friends. Knowing she is now with God brings her family the most comfort. 

Thelma is preceded in death by her husband Leo, her twin sister Velma, and four other siblings Opal, Frances, Wayne, and Bo. 

Thelma is survived by her brother A.C.; all her children Thelma, Steve, Chris and Jim, her children’s spouses Tasker “Buddy”, Virginia, and Suzanne; her grandchildren Jason, Jarred, Danny, James, Jonathan, Cody, Clay and Ben; and her many great grandchildren whom she loved so very much. 

Thelma was truly loved and admired. She will be deeply missed. 

Visitation scheduled for Friday, March 11 from

6-8  p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday,  March 12 at

2:30 p.m. followed by interment at Liberty Hill Cemetery in Liberty Hill, Texas. Visitation and Funeral services at Ramsey Funeral Home in Georgetown, Texas. 



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Jerry L. Brown

Jerry L. Brown died March 4, 2022, in Georgetown, Texas.

Born on July 23, 1940, in Haskell, Texas; the first son of Joe Alton Brown and Goldie Ann Brown. Preceded in death by his stepson, Anthony (Tony) Fales; his parents; aunts; uncles; and cousins. 

Survived by wife of 31 years, Diana G. Brown of Georgetown, Texas; one son, Monte Brad Brown of Woodbury, Minnesota, one daughter, Kimberley Brock of Canyon Lake, Texas; two precious granddaughters, Megan Brown and Ashley Fales; one very special grandson, Mark Flores; first wife and mother of his children, Lynda K. Brown of New Braunfels, Texas; one brother- Randal Brown of Vernon, Texas; one sister, Joann Patterson of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; as well as numerous cousins, uncles and aunts.

Grew up in Goree, Texas; graduated from Goree High school in 1958. Attended McMurray College in Abilene, Texas, and the Air University at Maxwell AFB, Alabama.

Served in the U.S. Navy from 1961-1963 aboard the USS Lexington and USS Kitty Hawk in the Pacific.

Began a career as a meat cutter in 1964 and progressed rapidly in meat market operations in a number of retail grocery chains for a period of 20 plus years.

Following this successful career, began a career in Federal Service in 1982 at Sheppard AFB, Texas. Held various positions within the Air Force and Department of Defense with the Defense Commissary Agency. Held positions at military installations in Texas, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, and abroad in England and Germany. Culminated his career by reaching the top position in the Agency headquarters and was instrumental in developing the Central Meat Processing plant providing meat products to all military installations and American Embassies within the European theater.

Jerry and wife, Diana, had the unique opportunity to work together at the same locations and travel extensively within their job assignments for most of their careers. They both retired at Ramstein AB, Germany, in 2002, moved to Lampasas, Texas, and later to Georgetown in 2004.

After some years of retirement, returned to the workforce, working for the Georgetown ISD in the maintenance department. He loved physical work and finally realized his dream of an outdoors job.

He loved to sing and remembered lyrics from years ago, loved to nurture large vegetable gardens, had a passion for flying and most memorably, loved to laugh.

He cherished his family and his Catholic faith. Attended St. Helen Catholic Church and participated in various ministries there. Most special to him was his service as a Eucharistic minister (EME) to the homebound and sick of the parish.

Visitation will be held at 1 p.m., March 11, at St. Helen Catholic Church

Funeral Mass will be held at 1:30 pm, March 11,  at St. Helen Catholic Church 

Burial will be held at a later date at the Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery in Georgetown, Texas.

 



 


Published March 6, 2022


Mildred Lucile Roemer

Mildred Lucile Roemer was born July 26, 1925, in Copperas Cove, Texas, the daughter of Joseph and Hattie (Daude) Kunkel. She passed from this life February 28, 2022, in Round Rock, Texas, at the age of 96. Mildred had lived in Georgetown since 1990, moving from Lake Jackson, Texas. She was a member of St. John’s Methodist Church and selflessly volunteered many loving hours at Georgetown Hospital, which later became St. David’s Georgetown Hospital. Mildred also worked many years as a payroll clerk for the City of Lake Jackson.  She enjoyed working and being a mother to her daughters, Betty Sue and Deborah. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and always made Christmas sacks for her great-nieces and nephew.  Mildred and Lorenc Roemer were united in marriage on February 5, 1950, in San Antonio, Texas. He preceded her in death on October 31, 1998. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Betty Sue; her parents, Joseph and Hattie Kunkel, and her siblings, Walter Kunkel (Nettie), Hilda Kattner (Clarence), Trudy Clark (Grady), Joe Kunkel and Melton Kunkel (Carol). She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Robert Horn; sister-in-law, Billie Kunkel, six nieces, two nephews, other relatives, neighbors and friends.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.




Marie Kelley

Marie Kelley's memorial service will be held on March 12, 2022, 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 410 East University Avenue, Georgetown, Texas, 78626.

 



Published March 2, 2022


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Julie Ann Fuschak

Julie Ann Fuschak, age 80, of Georgetown, Texas, passed away on Sunday, February 20, 2022, surrounded by her loving family.

Julie was born to Bruce and Rhoda Curtis in St. James, Minnesota, where her father and mother owned the local newspaper. They moved from St. James to California when Julie was a toddler. She grew up in Los Gatos, California, and graduated with honors from Camden High School. She attended San Jose State University, Ozark Bible College and San Jose Bible College where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1979, she earned a Master of Education Degree in Counseling from Sul Ross State University. Julie spent seven years as a missionary living in Mexico City learning Spanish and Mexican culture. In 1994, Julie retired after 14 years as a logistics analyst for Lockheed Missiles & Space. A lifelong academic, Julie was a student of religion and history; she always had a book in hand and enjoyed teaching. Once a month, for over 20 years, Julie enjoyed rich conversation with her special “reading circle” friends. 

Julie was married to Frank Fuschak, whom she met while working for Lockheed, in 1982, in Los Gatos, California.They moved from San Jose, California, to Georgetown, Texas, to be near her daughters and their families. Family was very important to Julie, always expressing how proud she was to be the mother and grandmother to such a beloved crew. Frank and Julie hosted many large family and friend gatherings for BBQ’s, Easter Egg Hunts, welcoming parties for brother and wife from Aptos, California, and her second cousin from Oslo, Norway. They enjoyed many trips around the U.S. with her brother and sister-in-law.

She was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Georgetown since 1996, and the Contemporary Forum Sunday School class where on occasion she would teach. She enjoyed singing in the choir, served on the church committee and the United Methodist Women’s board at the district and conference level. A true community servant, she spent several years volunteering for the Georgetown Library, the Faith in Action “driving seniors” ministry, and the Justice For Our Neighbors organization, to name a few. Having a deep desire to build interfaith connection and foster understanding, Julie founded Daughters of Abraham. This interfaith women’s group gathers once a month to gain understanding and explore commonalities in each member’s faith. 

Julie is survived by her daughters Ann Haskins of Houston, Texas, Rhoda Perkins of Austin, Texas, Patty Evans of Liberty Hill, Texas, Cynthia Elliott of Roanoke, Texas, step sons David Fuschak of San Francisco, California, Kim Fuschak of Marina, California, and adopted daughter, Amy Rhine of Cedar Park, Texas. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

A memorial service celebrating Julie’s life will be held on March 5 at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Georgetown, Texas, 410 East University Avenue, Georgetown.

 



 

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Joanne Elaine Stephens Rosser

Joanne Elaine Stephens Rosser finished life’s race on February 26, 2022.

Joanne was born to Homer Carter Stephens, Sr., and Rosa Belle Herrington Stephens on January 16, 1935. Joanne was a devoted Christian whose belief in God carried her through many of life’s challenges. She was a loving and supportive mother, grandmother and caring friend.

Joanne was a long-time resident of Georgetown and a member of Gabriel Oaks Church of Christ. She taught many Bible classes and spoke at Ladies’ Days in years past. Joanne’s faith in God and her family were very important to her and always held a special place in her heart. She loved to cook, play games and spend time with family and friends.

Joanne was preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Rosa Stephens, brothers, Homer Stephens, Jr., and Charles Stephens, her sister, Mary Lee Fry and grandson, Michael Rosser. Joanne is survived by her sister, Carolyn Turner of Carlsbad, Texas, son, James Rosser and wife, Ada of Bertram, Texas, daughter, Rebekah Strain and husband, Steve of Nevis, Minnesota, daughter, Sherrill Thurber of Arizona, daughter, Teresa Horne and husband, Ricky of Georgetown, Texas. She is also survived by her grandchildren Shawn, Joshua, Amanda Thurber and Christopher, Stephen and RaeAnn Horne, and many nieces and nephews. 

Visitation will be at the Gabriels Funeral Chapel Wednesday, March 2, 2022, 5-7 p.m. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m., March 3, 2022, at IOOF, Georgetown.

 



 

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James Edwin Miles, Jr., N.D.

July 15, 1942 – February 3, 2022

James Edwin Miles, Jr., N.D. “Doc Miles” beloved dad, son, brother, uncle, friend, and naturopathic practitioner passed away on Thursday, February 3, 2022. By his side at the time of his passing, was his son, Jamie who played classical guitar and sang songs that were James’ favorites.

All who knew “Doc” well, will remember his love; for his family, for friends, to help folks heal and achieve greater health, making music, and for animals. We are thankful for all he taught us. James loved his family dearly and made sure to keep close contact with them.

James is survived by his mother, Betty Broyles Miles, sisters, Dr. Darlene Miles Callender Ed.D., and Janet Miles Chapman (Jim).

He is survived by his son, Dr. Jamie L. Miles, D.C. (Lejla) and their two sons, C.J. and Denis; daughter, Tara Moody (Trey) her three daughters, Kristin, Katie, and Kayla Miller, and daughter, Pamela (Steve), and their children, Lydia (Justin) Montan, and Stephen Batchelder.

“Uncle Bubba,” the moniker they gave him as children, is also survived by two nephews, Samuel Switzer, John M. Callender, and two nieces, Summer Sweitzer Knuth, and Beth Callender Parr. Also survived by great-nephews and a great-niece.

James is also survived by former wife and mother of Pamela, Rebecca Fisher.

Former wife and mother of Tara and Jamie, Penny Sweezey.

Former wife and dear caring friend of many years who helped him to the end of his life, Janice Miles. James considered her daughter, Lisa, as his own daughter. 

In lieu of flowers or plants, you may choose to make a donation to support the clinic in Georgetown where James was his happiest helping people. Jamie has pledged to keep the clinic open and Jamie will be part of a team continuing to provide alternative healthcare choices in the Georgetown area. 

Please join us for a celebration of life memorial service Saturday, March 12, at

11 a.m. at First Baptist Church Georgetown, 1333 West University Avenue, Georgetown, Texas, 78628.

 



 

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Wayne Raymond Hewitt

Wayne Raymond Hewitt of Georgetown, was called home to be with our lord on February 23, 2022. Wayne was born on May 12, 1951, in Caribou, Maine. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in his early childhood, and was a graduate of Reagan High School.

Wayne had a humble servant’s heart. He would always lend a helping hand to those in need. He had an infectious smile, a quick wit, and loved making people laugh. He had a gift for striking up a conversation with anyone and everyone. Each friend held a special place in his heart. 

Wayne had an adventurous free spirit. He had a passion for motorcycles and hot rods and riding his motorcycle across the open roads brought him joy. 

Wayne was also a devoted father, grandfather/great-grandfather, and uncle/great-uncle. One of his fondest memories was taking his daughter on a cross country road trip to Maine in a two-seater Pontiac Fierro, listening to a George Straight cassette the entire way. He was so proud of his four generations, and he always made sure his great-granddaughter was stocked up on Jello and chocolate pudding. Family was the light of his life.

Wayne’s mother, Ruby Hewitt, father, Raymond Hewitt, and sister, Lisa Hewitt-Byrd welcomed him to his heavenly home. He is survived by his daughter, Kelly Hewitt-McElmurry and partner, Scott Zucknick; three grandchildren, Ashlyn Wharton and husband, Cody, Alyson, McElmurry, and Colten McElmurry; one great-grandchild, Sophie Wharton; niece, Brittany Byrd Morrison and great-niece, Beckett Morrison. He is also survived by close family friends, Jim Connolly, and the Fredley family. 

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to neighbors and friends of the San Gabriel RV Park, the medical staff at Georgetown Fresenius Dialysis Center, and to Georgetown ISD for their unwavering support.

To our Daddy, Grandpa, Granddaddy, Uncle and Friend; until we meet again, you will live forever in our hearts. May your beautiful soul be shifting through gears on the highways of heaven. We love you.

Services will be private.

Arrangements entrusted to Providence-Jones Family Funeral Home.

 



 

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Mittie Ozena Maxey (Shug) Boatright

Mittie Ozena Maxey (Shug) Boatright, 90, of Georgetown, Texas, passed away on February 25, 2022, at 12:35 p.m. She was born in Leander, Texas, on January 23, 1932, to Edward Othella Maxey and Florence Verna (Henry) Maxey.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Florence Maxey and son, Teddy Edward Boatright in 1975 and loving husband of 66 years, John Thomas Boatright.

Children are Johnny Lee Boatright and wife, Mary of Cedar Park, Mitzi Ehrhardt and husband, Roger of Georgetown, Debbie Boatright Stewart and husband, Richard Cones of Georgetown and Dan Boatright and wife, Shanda of Cedar Park.

Grandchildren: Nicholas Boatright, Amanda Carrejo, Heather Townsend, Billy Ray Shelton, Teddy Dale Ehrhardt, Colby Ehrhardt, Emily Compean, Randa Kay Daniels, Kendra Stewart, Brynn Boatright and Braden Boatright, as well as numerous great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, 2022, at Beck Funeral Home, 1700 East Whitestone Boulevard, Cedar Park, Texas, 78613. (It is on FM 1431 next to the new Round Rock Donuts shop).

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 4, 2022, at Beck Funeral Home, Cedar Park, Texas, 78613. Interment will immediately follow in Liberty Hill Cemetery, Liberty Hill, Texas, 78642.

Honoring her as pallbearers are Nicholas Boatright, Teddy Dale Ehrhardt, Colby Ehrhardt, Emily Compean, Trent Boatright, Greg Boatright, Eddy Maxey, Billy Maxey and Dickey Roberts.

Mittie or Shug as most people called her, was one of a kind. She lit up every room she walked into. She immediately became the life of the party wherever she went. She always had a big smile on her face.

She was a hard working woman and she loved her family.

Mittie married the love of her life, John Thomas Boatright, on April 3, 1951. They celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary together on April 3, 2017.

 



 

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Ralpha Shirley Missler

Ralpha Shirley Missler (Shirley, nee Horton) passed away on February 21, 2022 after a short illness at Baylor Scott and White Hospital near her home in Georgetown, Texas. She was 87 years old.

Shirley was born in Flat River, Missouri (now Park Hills) on August 12, 1934, the daughter of Ralph Grider Horton and Monica Irene Horton (Irene, nee Mann). She had one sister, Monica, and one brother, Ralph. The family moved to St. Louis, Missouri, in 1943 during the war. Shirley worked part time in drugstores while in high school and at the Federal Reserve Bank after graduation. While working at a Walgreen’s Drug Store in 1951 (during her senior year in high school), she met a young pharmacist who became the love of her life - James Morris Missler (Jim).

Shirley married Jim on March 22, 1952, and they were blessed with four sons: James Michael (Mike, b. 1952), Stephen Randall (Steve, b. 1954), Richard Daniel (Rich, b. 1956) and Kenneth Neal (Ken, b. 1959). Shirley stayed at home until the boys were in school. Throughout her sons’ formative years, Shirley supported their many activities: She was a Cub Scout den mother; a Sunday School teacher and Superintendent; and active in Boy Scouts, DeMolay, PTA and Band Mothers. She proudly watched as they all became Eagle Scouts and then commissioned officers in the U.S. Army.

While the boys were at home, Shirley weathered several moves as Jim advanced in his career – from St. Louis they moved to several Texas locations starting in 1960 through 1986: first, San Antonio, then, Terrell, Abilene, and Wichita Falls. She worked hard to get her family and home settled quickly after each move and transitioned from a stay-at-home mom to a working mom. In Abilene she was a cosmetician at a department store and in Wichita Falls became a buyer for lingerie, sportswear and ready-to-wear at a family-owned department store, later opening her own dress shop. When Jim changed jobs in 1986, and moved back to St. Louis, Shirley changed careers. She studied real estate law and became a realtor after passing the licensing exam. She sold real estate for 13 years until her retirement in 2000. A few years later, Shirley and Jim moved to Sun City in Georgetown to be closer to family.

After retirement, Shirley and Jim purchased a 36-foot class A motorhome. They visited all 49 states in North America, with multi-month visits to many states, traveled along the Alaskan Highway into Alaska, and excursions to several territories in Canada. They loved to take cruises, both on ocean liners and river ships, and visited cities and countries on all continents except the Indian sub-continent and Antarctica.

Shirley and Jim were married for 69 years until Jim passed away on January 4, 2022.

Shirley is survived by her brother, four sons, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service was held on Saturday, February 26, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Ramsey Funeral Home on Williams Drive in Georgetown. Visitation was held at 10 a.m. with a reception following the service. Memorial donations may be made to each person’s charity of choice.