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October 2022

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Published October 30, 2022


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Norma Ann Evans

Norma Ann Evans passed away Saturday evening, October 22, 2022. She passed peacefully in her sleep at the age of 87. She was born in Fort Worth on September 15, 1935, to the parents of Raymond Leo Needham and Laura Mildred Norman. 

She was raised in Fort Worth where she met her first husband, Doyle Hinkle, and had three children, Melinda Waller, Melissa Hodgson, and Mitzi Myers. Norma began her career in law enforcement at Benbrook Police Department and Forest Hills Police Department in the 1960’s as a Dispatcher. She was later married to Thomas Evans Jr. and they relocated to Austin where they had two children, Thomas Evans III and Michele McLoud. Norma also served as Deputy for the Travis County Sheriff’s Department in the early 1970’s. She worked for a State Representative, ran a daycare, and later taught Defensive Driving for over 20 years. She lived in Pflugerville for over 30 years and then moved to Liberty Hill where she remained until her death. 

Norma is survived by her five children and sons/daughters in law, Melinda and Frankie Waller, Melissa and Mark Hodgson, Mitzi and Ron Myers, Tom and Sandra Evans, and Michele and Ronny McLoud. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Brad Schumann, Weston Balch, Marissa Dosser, Derek Hodgson, Cameron Hodgson, Robert Nickel, Kasey Holloway, Trey Evans, Dalton McLoud, and Megan McLoud and 16 great-grandchildren. 

Norma is survived by three sisters, Linda Havens of Victoria, Bishene Fisher of Victoria, and Robbie Rakowitz of Georgetown. 

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, November 3, 2022, at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home in Georgetown. The family will have a private burial service at Andice Cemetery following visitation. 

Norma’s grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

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



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Barbara Hoernis

May 3, 1933 - October 21, 2022

Barbara Hoernis, age 89, passed away October 21, 2022. We invite you to share a message or memory on our online guestbook at 

www.RamseyFuneral.com

She was born to Henry and Hilda Grau on May 3, 1933, in New Athens Township, Illinois. Barbara was one of three sons and six daughters. She was a homemaker, pharmacy technician, and travel agent, and loved cooking, baking, spending time with family, and playing bridge. 

She married the love of her life, Robert Hoernis, on June 30, 1951. They enjoyed 69 years of happy marriage and had four children, two sons and two daughters. She and Robert were members of Santa Rosa Catholic Church. 

Barbara is preceded in death by her father, Henry Grau; mother, Hilda Grau; brothers, Walter Grau, Charlie Grau, Nicholas Grau; sisters, Millie Steiger, Marie Procasky, Bertha Donley, Ida Miles, Regina Donley.

Barbara is survived by her son, Mark Hoernis and wife Pamela; son, Chuck Hoernis; daughter, Shelley Waterbury; daughter, Jean and husband John Lockwood; granddaughters; Jennifer Dixon, Melissa Eads, Stephanie Jordan, Hayden Coffman and Annelise Johnson; grandsons, Eli Waterbury and Kyle Coffman, and 10 great-grandchildren.

A time of visitation will be held on Sunday, October 30, 2022, from 3-5 p.m. at Ramsey Funeral Home with a Rosary beginning at 4:30 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, October 31, 2022, at 9 a.m. at Santa Rosa Catholic Church in Andice. Burial will follow at 11 a.m. at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.

Arrangements made under the care and guidance of Ramsey Funeral Home 5600 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas 78633 

512-869-7775.

You may leave a message or memory on the online guestbook at www.RamseyFuneral.com




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Ed Rogers

Ed Rogers, of Georgetown, passed away in the early morning hours of Sunday, October 23, 2022, at the age of 88. Although unexpected, Ed was able to spend his last day surrounded by family.

A man of incomparable wisdom, Ed is remembered as husband, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, pastor, and friend. All who knew him felt a special kinship to him. He is mourned not only by his family, but also by many whom he served in the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Born January 21, 1934, to Earl and Chrystelle Rogers, Ed lived as servant and leader from an early age. As the eldest of his siblings, he was affectionately admired — a trend that would follow him all his days. Ed earned a Bachelor of Arts from Howard Payne University in 1956, and in his time there he married his wife, Sylvia, and began pastoring part-time. Together, they served in ministry to both the church and their family for 67 years.

In addition to his bachelor’s degree, Ed went on to earn a Master of Divinity and a Doctorate of Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Additionally he was awarded the status of Alumnus Honori Causa by Baylor University and an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity by Howard Payne University.

As a genuine man of God, he cultivated men and women of God. Ed’s first full-time pastorate was in Manitou Springs, Colorado, and he went on to pastor First Baptist Church in Dumas for 34 years. During that time Ed also spread the Gospel on four continents. Over the years, he served faithfully in a variety of leadership positions within the Baptist General Convention of Texas and preached in over 60 churches in the state of Texas. Working in service to Texan and Mexican Baptist hospitals and children’s homes, he served as both Chairman and Director of the Human Welfare Coordinating Board. To his final day, Ed was actively involved in leading and serving others in the name of Jesus.

Ed is survived by his wife, Sylvia; his children, Janna Hill and husband, Mike, Susan Morrison and husband, Neil, Richard Rogers and wife, Sarah; his siblings, David (Carol), Loretta (Lee), Evelyn (Tim), Ernest (Terrye), along with their families; his grandchildren, Kimberly, Allyson (Jake), Libby, Ty (Kara), Luke (Amanda), and Andrew; and his two great-grandchildren, Bailey and Titus.

A service will be held in celebration of Ed’s life at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 28, at First Baptist Church Georgetown with a period of visitation with the family beginning at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to Children at Heart Ministries.

Ed’s was a life extremely well-lived. A recipient of blessing, he was a distributor of blessing. A true patriarch, he was attentive, affectionate, and kind. He was a monument of a man, a wellspring of wisdom, and source of immense blessing. He was intentional with his love, and he led his family by serving them faithfully — never failing to be present at any major life event. Most of all, Ed is remembered as a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, into whose hands he is now eternally given.

The service at First Baptist Church for Mr. Rogers will be available online at  https://vimeo.com/763796791



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Mary Sue Davidson

May 29, 1934 - October 10, 2022

Mary Sue Davidson, 88, passed away Monday, October 10, 2022, surrounded by the love of her children, in Plano, Texas. Known as Sue throughout her life, she was born to John Willis and Modena Fry on May 29th, 1934, in Hugo, Oklahoma. After moving to Freer, Texas, at the age of 14, she met her future husband, Billy Charles Davidson. They married in Corpus Christi, Texas, on her birthday in 1953, and started their family soon after, celebrating their 69th wedding anniversary this year.

Sue enjoyed her work life. She most enjoyed being the receptionist and bookkeeper for the first family business of Bill Davidson Photography in Midland, Texas, and later, working for about 20 years as the Dispatcher for Sperry-Univac Computers in the Dallas area.  After leaving Sperry, she worked as a teaching or library assistant for the Garland and Dublin school districts. 

Throughout her life, Sue was very active in local garden clubs and social service organizations, enjoyed card and domino games, and travelled as often as she could. She enjoyed European and Hawaiian vacations especially, but travelled to both coasts, as well. She spent many weekends over the years with friends traveling to casinos from Las Vegas to Biloxi. 

Sue is survived by her husband Bill, of Plano, and her children, Lynda Davidson of Plano,  Jon Davidson, of Granbury, and Thomas Davidson, of Garland. The family extends their thanks and appreciation to Heart to Heart Hospice and the many friends who have offered prayers, help and support during these last few months.

A memorial service will be held November 5th at 2:00p.m., in the Wildwood Chapel at Restland Cemetery in Dallas. The service will also be live-streamed.

Donald Collier

Donald Collier, 87, of Georgetown, died peacefully on October 25, 2022, surrounded by family. He was born in Brady’s Bend, Pennsylvania and was the son of the late Les and Anne Collier.

He graduated from Chicora High School and became a machinist at Westinghouse Electric Company. He married Norine Hilliard on August 24, 1957. After obtaining a degree in engineering from Carnegie Institute of Technology, he began his career as an engineer. A job transfer to build the Westinghouse facility in Round Rock brought Don and Norine to Georgetown in 1975. Texas immediately became their home.

A lifelong Catholic and follower of Jesus Christ, Don was active in the life of St. Helen’s Catholic Church. He led the committee that built the present church on University Avenue and served on its pastoral and finance councils. He also actively volunteered for the Diocese of Austin and chaired its building committee. Don was instrumental in the construction of Eagle’s Wings Retreat Center in Burnet.

Following his retirement from Westinghouse, he became active in a number of community groups including Faith in Action, an organization that provides transportation to seniors.

Don enjoyed his family and had a deep love of nature, spending some of his favorite times simply looking out on the deer that grazed on his property.

Don was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and uncle. He leaves behind son, Tom and his wife, Pat of Midland; son, Mike and his wife, Suzanne, of Houston; daughter, Patty of Austin; and son, Jim and his wife, Jennifer of New Braunfels. He is survived by his brother, Art Collier of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He was a loving grandfather to eight grandchildren — Nick Collier, Mike Collier, Susanna Stewart, Caitlin Foley, Michael Collier, Christopher Collier, MJ Collier, and Heyden Collier. He also leaves behind four great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Norine Collier.

Visitation will be held at the Ramsey Funeral home in Georgetown at 6 p.m. on October 30, 2022, with a funeral vigil service starting at 6:30 p.m. There will be a funeral Mass at St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Georgetown the following day, October 31, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. Arrangements are under the care of the Ramsey Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family would be pleased with donations to the Eagle’s Wings Retreat Center or Faith in Action.



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David A. Lingo

David A. Lingo of Georgetown, passed away on September 30, 2022, following a stroke and suffering from Parkinson’s Disease for seven years. 

David was born on November 9, 1948, to Charles L. and Anna Marie Lingo in Portland, Indiana. David graduated from Indiana University Kelley School of Business with a degree in Finance in 1972.

David proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam conflict and with an Honorable Discharge in February, 1971, as Sargent.

David is survived by his wife of 22 years, Patty Rooney, his sister, Deb Eggert (husband Steve Eggert) of Webster, New York: Niece, Shannon Renauto (husband, Tom Renauto) and grand nieces, Elena and Lia Renauto, and grand nephew, Jackson Renauto of Webster, New York; and, nephew, Derek Eggert of Columbus, Ohio, and grand-nephews Logan, Jonah, Maddox and Ian Eggert, and grand-niece- Kassydi Eggert of Columbus, Ohio.

David’s career was that of a Bank Examiner in the Supervision and Regulation Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago where he worked for 31 years. Dave’s career included assignments in Europe and Asia working with U.S. Banks with Overseas Operations.

Dave was a lifetime supporter of his alma matter, Indiana University cheering on his Indiana Hoosiers at football and basketball over many years. Dave was a proud member of the Indiana University President’s Circle.

Dave was also a proud member of the San Gabriel Masonic Lodge #89, Georgetown; the Lewis and Clark Heritage Foundation, The Sun City Nature Club, Indiana Club, Democratic Club and the Georgetown Area Parkinson’s Support Group. 

We will always remember Dave for his dry sense of humor, his intelligence, kindness and generosity. 

Contributions in memory of Dave can be made to the Georgetown Area Parkinson’s Support Group. 



In remembrance of Don Greenway, we will hold a memorial service for him on Saturday, November 5 at 10 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, Georgetown. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall.



Robert Jerome Maher, 70, Died October 14, 2022. Services are November 3 at 2 p.m. at Coastal Bend State Cemetery. Services entrusted to Memory Gardens Funeral Home, Corpus Christi, Texas.

 



Published October 26, 2022


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Karen Leigh Phillips

On Monday, October 17, 2022, Karen Leigh Phillips was called to heaven at the age of 77. She is survived by her loving husband Richard Charles Phillips, her two children, Richard James Phillips and Stacy Zellner, her sister, Melanie Myers, brother, Kevin Davis and her six grandchildren, Ethan, Gavin, Mikayla, Kaitlyn, Collette, and Dylan.

Born in Coeburn, Virginia on August 11, 1947, Karen was the daughter of Ruth and Carl Davis, and sister to Melanie, and her two brothers, Kevin, and Wayne. Her family moved to Pacific Grove, California, and later Santa Clara where she attended Wilcox High School and was proud to serve on the homecoming court.

In June of 1966, Karen worked as a secretary in Sunnyvale, California, where she met Richard, her future husband. Karen and Rich married on August 6, 1967, five days before her 20th birthday. She was a devoted mother to her son, Richard and daughter, Stacy, whom she loved, supported, defended, and celebrated throughout her life.

Karen and Rich moved to Austin in 1997, soon after the birth of their first grandchild. She would later be blessed with five additional grandchildren, and she cherished her role as Grammie, above all else.

Karen was filled with the holiday spirit and loved decorating for all the holidays but especially Independence Day, Halloween, and Christmas. Karen was a proud Texan and was a true patriot who loved her country.

A breast cancer survivor, Karen was a fighter who fought to protect her loved ones and her values. If Karen was your friend, you could count yourself lucky, as she would embrace and support you with loyalty and love.

Karen loved peacocks and swans and marveled at the beauty of the ocean, the clouds above and the vibrant sunsets over the Texas Hill Country. She was happy both on a crowded dance floor or curled up on the couch with slippers and a cup of coffee.

Karen’s life was defined by those she loved, and she never surrendered to any challenge. She believed that miracles were possible, and that fairy tales were real, if you were willing to make a wish and follow it up, perhaps, with a pinch of glitter.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2022, at 1 p.m. at Ramsey Funeral Home in Georgetown, followed by a reception at 2 p.m. She will be laid to rest at the IOOF Cemetery at 1117 East Seventh Street, Georgetown, Texas.



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Wanda Jean Woody Wallace

Wanda Jean Woody Wallace, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Monday, October 17, 2022, at the age of 90.

A viewing to honor, her life will be held on Sunday, October 23, 2022, at Cook-Walden Funeral Home in Georgetown, Texas from 3-5 p.m. 

Wanda was born July 24, 1932, in Lubbock, to O.A. and Lilian Woody, the oldest of three kids. 

After graduating from Lubbock High, she married James (Pat) Wallace on March 7, 1952, and together they raised two children. She was a devoted mother, and a lover of all things antiques. Once her children were raised, she used that passion to open “Windfalls by Wanda” and split her time between both locations in New Mexico and Texas. 

Wanda was known to all for her giving nature and sweet smile. She found many charities that were close to her heart and had a long list of people she prayed for daily. 

Wanda was preceded in death by her son Russel, and her greatest love, Norman Dickason.

She is survived by her two children Rick Wallace (Jacque) and Randa Toungate; Grandchildren,  Casey Ripa (Tony), Jayce Wallace (Emily), Kaylan Sukhendra (Joseph), Kensley Granados (Alex); and six great-grandchildren. Her siblings Dwayne Woody and Kay Gibert and her nieces and nephews who she was affectionately referred to as “Anie.”

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



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Ed Rogers

Ed Rogers, of Georgetown, Texas, passed away in the early morning hours of Sunday, October 23, 2022, at the age of 88. Although unexpected, Ed was able to spend his last day surrounded by family.

A man of incomparable wisdom, Ed is remembered as husband, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, pastor, and friend. All who knew him felt a special kinship to him. He is mourned not only by his family, but also by many whom he served in the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Born January 21, 1934, to Earl and Chrystelle Rogers, Ed lived as servant and leader from an early age. As the eldest of his siblings, he was affectionately admired—a trend that would follow him all his days. Ed earned a Bachelor of Arts from Howard Payne University in 1956, and in his time there he married his wife, Sylvia, and began pastoring part-time. Together, they served in ministry to both the church and their family for 67 years.

In addition to his bachelor’s degree, Ed went on to earn a Master of Divinity and a Doctorate of Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Additionally, he was awarded the status of Alumnus Honori Causa by Baylor University and an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity by Howard Payne University.

As a genuine man of God, he cultivated men and women of God. Ed’s first full-time pastorate was in Manitou Springs, Colorado, and he went on to pastor First Baptist Church in Dumas, Texas for 34 years. During that time Ed also spread the Gospel on four continents. Over the years, he served faithfully in a variety of leadership positions within the Baptist General Convention of Texas and preached in over 60 churches in the state of Texas. Working in service to Texan and Mexican Baptist hospitals and children’s homes, he served as both Chairman and Director of the Human Welfare Coordinating Board. To his final day, Ed was actively involved in leading and serving others in the Name of Jesus.

Ed is survived by his wife, Sylvia; his children, Janna Hill and husband Mike, Susan Morrison and husband, Neil, Richard Rogers and wife, Sarah; his siblings, David (Carol), Loretta (Lee), Evelyn (Tim), Ernest (Terrye), along with their families; his grandchildren, Kimberly, Allyson (Jake), Libby, Ty (Kara), Luke (Amanda), and Andrew; and his two great-grandchildren, Bailey and Titus.

A service will be held in celebration of Ed’s life at 11a.m. on Friday, October 28, at First Baptist Church Georgetown with a period of visitation for the family beginning at 10. In lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to Children at Heart Ministries.

Ed’s was a life extremely well-lived. A recipient of blessing, he was a distributor of blessing. A true patriarch, he was attentive, affectionate, and kind. He was a monument of a man, a wellspring of wisdom, and source of immense blessing. He was intentional with his love, and he led his family by serving them faithfully — never failing to be present at any major life event. Most of all, Ed is remembered as a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, into whose hands he is now eternally given.


Torivia Zavala, age 86, of Georgetown died Tuesday, October 18, 2022. Visitation will be  Wednesday, October 26, 2022 from 5 - 7 p.m. with a reciting of the Rosary at 7 p.m. in the chapel of the Cook Walden Davis Funeral Home in Georgetown. A Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2022, at St. Helen Catholic Church in Georgetown followed by burial at Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery in Georgetown.



Published October 23, 2022


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Lona Lenora Bullin

December 29, 1934 - September 23, 2022

Lona Lenora Poff Bullin, 87, of Georgetown, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 23, 2022. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 29, 2022, at 10 a.m. at Ramsey Funeral Home in Georgetown, 5600 Williams Drive.

Lona was born on December 29, 1934, in Kansas City, Missouri to Millard Poff and LaVerna (Poff) Elder. She spent her childhood growing up on her maternal grandparents farm surrounded by aunts, uncles and cousins. She graduated from Lafayette High School in St. Joseph, Missouri where she fell in love with her beloved husband, Jack Bullin. Lona and Jack actually met at a family’s birthday party when she was just six years old, however, their story together didn’t begin until after high school.

On January 31, 1954, Lona married the love of her life, Jack Bullin. She spent the next 20 years raising her family and traveling the world with Jack’s Naval career. Lona lived in six states, as well as Bermuda and Japan during those years. They retired and settled in Corpus Christi in 1973, where she spent the majority of her time cooking big meals for family, throwing parties for all their friends, square dancing with the Circle Up Squares, traveling the U.S. in an RV with Jack, and spending as much time as possible with her children and grandchildren.

In 2015, Lona and Jack moved to Sun City in Georgetown, Texas. She immediately made friends and soon became the street captain of Salado Creek Lane. She spent her time in Sun City baking cookies for her neighbors and friends and planning her next party to host. Lona was at home wherever she went, she never met a stranger. She was a believer in Christ and was an active member of the Worship Place.

Lona is survived by her husband Jack Bullin, their three children, Terri Burger and her husband Christopher of Bertram, Gary Bullin and his wife Mary of Cedar Park, and Rebecca Walker and her husband Curtis of San Antonio. Always in her heart were her grandchildren Bryan, Kimberly, Halie, Heather, Samantha, Sara, and Amanda. She is also survived by 16 great-grandchildren and many neighbors and friends.

The family has requested contributions in her memory be made to the Caring Place.



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John Ray Kotson

John Ray Kotson passed away on October 7, 2022, at home in Georgetown at the age of 88. He was born and raised in Moundsville, West Virginia.

He is survived by his wife Sharon (Wheatley); children John Kotson (deceased), Peggy Morse, James (Catherine) Kotson, and Michael (Stacey) Kotson; brother Thomas (Linda) Kotson; 11 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Thomas (Mary) Wheatley.

He is predeceased by his father, mother, sister, and three brothers.

John graduated from Moundsville High School in 1951. He served in the U.S. Navy Air Force from 1951 to 1954, during the Korean War. He attended West Virginia University under the GI Bill and graduated in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. From 1959 to his retirement in 1989, John was employed by the IBM Federal Systems Division. Throughout his career, John designed and managed the development of electronics for the U.S. Military. He enjoyed the challenges of engineering management. With IBM, he was awarded a FSD Presidents Award, three Outstanding Achievement Awards and four Golden Circle Marketing Awards. After retirement, John consulted for IBM, Link Aviation, TRW, and Coleman Research.

He resided in Owego, New York; Las Cruces, New Mexico; Clear Lake; Fort Collins, Colorado; Longmont, Colorado; and Georgetown. 

John and Sharon have remained married for 51 years. They enjoyed boating, dancing, traveling, spending winters in Florida, and attending Colorado State University football games. John enjoyed cooking for his friends and family. He was a devoted fan of Pittsburgh and West Virgina football.

John was an avid fly fisherman. One of his favorite locations to fish (catch and release) was along the North Platte River in Wyoming, which he did for over 25 years. Tying flies was an art John mastered.

John spent the past several years writing opinion/editorials in local newspapers regarding politics and issues concerning our national defense. He will be remembered as a proud U.S. veteran, a great outdoorsman, and a person who contributed 38 years of his life to the nation’s defense.

“What I do is the greatest thing that I have ever done. I go to the greatest peace that I have ever known.” - A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens, 1859   

Services will be held October 24, 2022, at Howe Mortuary in Longmont, CO, at 10:30 a.m., with visitors welcome beginning at 9:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, at 1:15 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a charitable donation to Wild Warriors (Healing veterans through outdoor adventure) www.wildwarrioradventure.org/john-ray-kotson or The American Heart Association. 



Blynn Conway McGrath, 95, of Georgetown passed away on September 26, 2022. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, in the Chapel at Estrella. 139 Estrella Crossing, Georgetown. Chaplain Michael Bartley will be leading the service. 



Published October 19, 2022


William Edward Ferrell

William Edward (Eddie) Ferrell passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 21, after a long bout with Alzheimer’s disease. Eddie was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on September 18, 1939, and spent most of his life in Springfield, Missouri, where he raised his family and worked the majority of his career in oil distribution prior to his retirement and move to Georgetown. He was a founding member of the Springfield Ballet serving as the first board president; and was an active member of Wesley United Methodist Church.

Eddie loved being around people, was a big sports fan and avid golfer, and especially loved spending time with his four grandkids. Ever upbeat and ready with a smile, he took great pride in his yard and liked being outdoors and especially loved firing up the grill to cook burgers or steaks for family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dola May, two children, David Ferrell and his wife, Laurie of Georgetown, and Traci O’Bryan and her husband, Mark of St. Louis, Missouri, four grandchildren, Leah Ferrell, Lane Ferrell (wife Emma), Hayden O’Bryan, Tessa O’Bryan and three great-grandchildren, Tucker, Sam and John David. 

A memorial service will be held at Ramsey Funeral Home in Georgetown on October 22 at 2 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, family and friends are encouraged to make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association on his tribute page.



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Claude Alfred Hays, Jr.

Claude Alfred Hays, Jr., beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend died peacefully on Friday, October 13, 2022. 

Claude was born on December 26, 1932, in Kisatchie, Louisiana and eventually moved to Sulphur, where he remained until he graduated from Sulphur High School in 1950. His quiet determination was on display even as a young high school graduate, as he hitchhiked to McNeese Junior College, and worked nights in order to put himself through school. He ultimately graduated with a business degree from Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) in 1954. 

After graduating from college, Claude was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, and left his beloved Louisiana pines and accompanying humidity in order to train as a navigator at Ellington Air Force Base in Houston. While stationed in Houston, Claude met Barbara Slaid, a blonde and gregarious X-ray technician in the singles department of South Main Baptist Houston. The two were married in Barbara’s home town of Port Arthur on October 7, 1956. Claude graduated from navigator school and was transferred to Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin. 

Upon completing three years in the United States Air Force, Claude attended the University of Texas School of Law, where he developed a love for all things burnt orange which only grew stronger upon his graduation in 1960. Claude and Barbara welcomed their son, David, during Claude’s final year of law school.

Upon graduating from law school with Honors, Claude worked for Shell Oil Company in the land department for ten years. His work for Shell Oil took the family to Houston, Corpus Christi, Tyler, and Conroe. While the family was living in Corpus Christi, Claude and Barbara welcomed their daughter, Karen.

In 1970, the family moved to Georgetown, where Claude became the owner of Georgetown Title Company, and served as President from 1971-2019. From 1974-2020, Claude was also an owner Longhorn Title. Which between the two companies, employed hundreds of people.

Claude cared deeply about those he worked with and poured his time, treasures, and talents into serving his church, his family, and his community where he saw a need and in whatever capacity he was called. Among other things, he served as a deacon and, later, trustee of First Baptist Church Georgetown, sat on the board of the Georgetown Healthcare Foundation, and was the recipient of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce’s Owen W. Sherrill Award. 

Perhaps most importantly, Claude consistently demonstrated what it looks like to exercise servant leadership. He was steady and patient, did not speak without first putting much thought into his words, and was a consummate listener. From time to time, he would surprise everyone around him with a witty and dry word. A delight to those fortunate enough to be in earshot.

Claude is survived by his wife, Barbara; his son, David Hays and wife Tammy; his daughter, Karen Cumberland and husband, Mike; grandchildren Rebecca Barho and husband, Ty; Andrew Hays and wife, Haleigh; Evan Hays and wife, Whitney; Benjamin Hays and wife, Amy; Allison Cumberland; and Madeline Cumberland; his sister, Mary Francis Trosclair; his niece, Linda Hewitt and husband Sam; his niece, Julie Breaux and husband, Billy. He is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law, Ruth Bailey, and myriad others whom he loved.

Visitation will be held from 6 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 20, at the home of David and Tammy Hays. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 21 at First Baptist Church Georgetown. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to 413 Fitness (Parkinson fund), Faith in Action and R.O.C.K.


 



Published October 16, 2022


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Margaret Ramirez Miranda

Margaret Ramirez Miranda, our loving mother, grandmother and sister completed her earthly journey on the evening of September 5, 2022, surrounded by her family.  She was born June 9, 1930, in Georgetown to Pedro and Amelia Ramirez. Margaret met the love of her life, John B. Miranda and they married July 3, 1945. Together they welcomed and raised 10 children. She worked hard alongside her husband at the Braun Dairy for many years and spent over 30 years caring for many residents as a certified nurses’ assistant; 18 of those years were alongside her daughter, Susie. After retirement most of her time and energy was spent caring for her family.

Her love of pearls, matched with her love of flowers filled her days with joy. You could find her giggling at her favorite TV show, The Golden Girls. She loved embroidering, especially the praying hands that she stitched on sets of pillowcases for each of her children. At 92 years young, she lived, she loved, she laughed and she labored with grace and dignity.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 50 years, John; daughters, Juanita Carter and Margaret Zotz; grandsons, Joe Ray Cisneros, Colt Miranda and Jonathan Patterson; and great-granddaughter, Charlotte Patterson, son-in-laws, Rufus Cisneros, Jim Sorenson and Otis Carter and daughter-in-law, Beatrice Miranda.

Left to cherish her memory is her children, Tina Sorenson of Mustang, Oklahoma, Linda Cisneros of Westminster, Maryland, Esther Dominguez (Sam) of Manchaca, Frank Miranda of Georgetown, Betty Jo Patterson of Georgetown, Susie Miranda of Georgetown, Johnny Miranda (Gwynda) of Lockhart, Amelia Hoerner (Todd) of Georgetown; son-in-law, Wes Zotz of San Antonio; grandchildren, Kelly Sorenson, Jaime Sorenson, Jon Sorenson, Miranda Bell, Chris Carter, Rita Lopez, Frank Miranda Jr., Isela Rafferty, Valerie Miranda, Wesley Zotz, Lisa Chandler, J.W. Patterson, Amanda Hauff, Joshua Patterson, James Patterson, Shelby Miranda, Briana Hoerner, Brooke Hoerner and Brandon Hoerner; sister, Josephine Ramirez of Georgetown; 40 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends.

Margaret has been laid to rest at Georgetown Memorial Cemetery.

The family would like to send a special thank you to Wesleyan Hospice and their very caring and compassionate staff.



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Carol Lynn Lazarus

Carol Lynn Lazarus of Georgetown died October 9, 2022, at home. She was born in Winfield, Kansas, on March 16, 1945, daughter of Helen Joyce (Young) Evans and the late E.W. Evans of Jackson, Tennessee, formerly of Winfield. 

In 1967, she began her career at Jardine Junior High School in Topeka, Kansas, teaching English, while also serving as the drama coach and sponsoring several student clubs. In 1970, she moved with her husband to Connecticut, where she taught English at Tomlinson Junior High School in Fairfield, serving several years as the department liaison. Later, she taught English at Fairfield High School where she was instrumental in establishing a writing lab program that integrated technology within the English curriculum. Likewise, she was a representative on various school and town committees for both English and technology. During this time, she completed university work on her Master’s Degree and certificates for both a sixth and seventh year in Advanced Studies. After her retirement in 2000, she divided her time between Georgetown, and Southbury, Connecticut. She and her husband enjoyed traveling, especially by car in the states and Canada and river boat throughout Europe. London and Paris were also favorite spots to visit. 

In Georgetown, she was an active member of the Bookophiles Book Club, Friends of the Georgetown Public Library, and Senior University. With her husband, she supported the Austin Chamber Society, the Blanton Museum, the Georgetown Symphony, and the James Dick Foundation of the Arts. In the Southbury area, she attended performances of the Heritage Village Concert Series, programs at the Southbury Public Library, Music Mountain, Tanglewood, and the Goodspeed Opera House. She is survived by her husband, Gary J. Lazarus; mother Joyce Evans of Jackson, Tennessee; sister, Sherrie Haynes of Rogers, Arkansas; and nephews, Matt Tyler of Jackson, Tim Tyler of Rogers, Arkansas, Phillip Tyler of Bradford, Tennessee, and Jon Lazarus of Salem, Oregon. All services will be private. Memorial donations may be made to the Gary J. and Carol L. Lazarus Scholarship in Education at Kansas State University, 2323 Anderson Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas, 66502-2909, or to the Gary J. and Carol L. Lazarus Scholarship Fund at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, 78627. 

The Prairie Rose Funeral Home of Harper, Kansas, will be in charge of arrangements for the burial at the Harper Cemetery. 



Published October 12, 2022


Robert Dabney (Bob) Lipscomb, Jr.

Robert Dabney (Bob) Lipscomb, Jr., accomplished model airplane enthusiast and father of three, grandfather of four, passed away peacefully September 29, 2022. Bob was born January 18, 1937, in Dallas to Robert Dabney and Viola King Lipscomb. He grew up in Kilgore, and graduated from Kilgore High School in 1955. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue University where he was a loyal member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. Following his service in the Air Force he worked as an engineer at General Dynamics in Fort Worth. He married his high school sweetheart, Sandra “Cissy” Gehlen in 1971. They moved to Houston where he started Lipscomb Engineering, Inc., a custom machine business designing and manufacturing parts for the oil and gas and other industries. In 1986, the family moved to Santa Rosa, California where he took up wine making as a hobby.

He was a devoted father and animal lover. Bob is survived by three daughters, Michele Lipscomb, Lacy Vain and Ashley Lewis and four grandchildren, Amelie Viola Flore Vain, Nicolas Dabney Thibault Vain, Dylan Carter Lewis and Marshall Dabney Lewis and two sisters, Lottie Guttry and Diane Kimmel. The family wishes memorial contributions go to Living Grace Canine Ranch. For additional details see Obituary | Robert Lipscomb of Georgetown, Texas | Ramsey Funeral Home & Crematorium.


 

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Thomas Ralph Rogers

August 23, 1931 - October 6, 2022

Thomas Ralph Rogers passed away peacefully on October 6, 2022, in Austin.

Tom was born in Stephenville, on August 23, 1931, to John Ralph Rogers and Dossie Viva (Gilbreath) Rogers. He graduated from Dublin (Texas) High School in 1948, and attended John Tarleton Agricultural College before transferring to the University of Texas at Austin where he was a five-year member of the Longhorn Band. After earning an M.A. in Analytical Chemistry in 1954, Tom moved to Corpus Christi, to begin a 40-year career with Columbia-Southern Chemical Company and PPG Industries, Inc. During his career, he embraced the emerging technology of computers, writing programs to complete complex calculations in the late 1960s and into the 1970s, working odd hours so as not to compete with the accounting department the computers were purchased for. He taught chemistry at Del Mar College and continued his education, earning a Master’s in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M Kingsville in 1981. In Corpus Christi, he was an active member of First United Methodist Church where he joined the choir and a young adults Sunday School class. Through those groups, he met many of his fondest friends, as well as Jane Hatley, whom he would marry in that same church on July 4, 1959.

Tom expressed his love for his family through his dedication to his children’s lives and education. He never missed a theater, band or choir performance, was a Webelos leader in Pack 40, and Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 3 where his three sons each earned the rank of Eagle Scout.  He encouraged all five children to excel in music, scouting, and school, and assured they had the resources to graduate from college, earning a total of 12 degrees with eight from his beloved University of Texas at Austin. In 1983, Tom and Jane began a new adventure, following his career first to Wadsworth, Ohio, and later to Harrison City, Pennsylvania, before returning to Texas in 1997 to begin an active retired life in Georgetown. In his retirement, he continued his lifelong hobbies which included playing in community bands and the Longhorn Alumni Band; visiting the ballet, symphony, and opera; researching genealogy and family history including his grandfather’s Civil War Company; collecting books; watching football; and volunteering through church, schools, and the Democratic Party. His passions for all these hobbies continue through to his children and grandchildren.

Through his actions and his words, Tom taught his children the importance of doing the right thing, even when no one was looking; showing respect for people of all races, ethnicities, and religions; and taking care of those who are less fortunate. As a teenager, he played Taps at the funerals of World War II servicemen. He was ahead of his time, realizing the importance of feminism, recycling, and wearing seat belts in the 1970s. As a card-carrying member of the ACLU, and a member of Planned Parenthood since 1975, he believed in women’s rights, gay rights, gun safety, public education, science, freedom of religion, environmental protections, Dr. Pepper, and the Texas Longhorns. 

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Dossie Viva Gilbreath Rogers and John Ralph Rogers and his loving wife of 63 years, Laura Jane Hatley Rogers. He is survived by his children and their significant others: Lauralynn Rogers Mayfield (Ron) of Pearland; Ralph Rogers (Mary) of Corpus Christi; Thomas J. Rogers (Lori Custer) of Greensboro, North Carolina; Charles Rogers (Alison) of Houston; and Carolyn Rogers Beck (David) of Austin. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Samuel, Sean and Janelle Mayfield; Kate and Madeline Johnston; Jordan Rogers (Simone Pitre) and Jonathan Rogers; Emily and Blake Rogers; and Tabitha Beck.

A viewing and graveside service will be held in Dublin, Texas, on October 15, 2022. There will be a memorial service for Tom and his wife, Jane, at First United Methodist Church, Georgetown, at 2 p.m. on October 16, 2022. In lieu of flowers, you may make donations in his memory to the Dublin Historical Society, the Dublin Rodeo Museum, The United Methodist Church, or Planned Parenthood.

 



Published October 9, 2022


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Willis Leo Wood

Willis Leo Wood, 82, of Georgetown, passed away on October 2, 2022.

Leo was born on August 3, 1940, in San Saba to Ernest Lee and Allie Garrett Chaudoin Wood.

Leo was the second of eight children and a graduate of the San Saba High School class of 1957. One of Leo’s first jobs was working at Eman Perry’s gas station in San Saba. After graduating, he met and married the love of his life, Vivian Louise Homesley. Leo and Vivian married on August 12, 1961, and remained together until her passing on April 14, 2021.

Leo and Vivian moved from San Saba to Rosebud, where he started his career as a public servant when he accepted a position with the city of Rosebud. In 1969, Leo and Vivian moved with sons, Eric, Owen, and John to Georgetown where Leo served as city manager before being elected mayor in 1992. As city manager and as mayor, Leo played an integral role in the growth and development of Georgetown. Leo used his vision and entrepreneurial spirit to bring businesses to Georgetown and build the infrastructure that its residents still enjoy. His efforts led Georgetown to grow from a city of 5,500 people to the thriving community that it has become today.

Leo played many roles but none more important than being a friend to anyone that needed one. In his later years, after retiring from politics, Leo continued to be seen around town offering everyone a warm smile and a firm handshake. His welcoming personality and love for all was always evident. Leo and Vivian were recognized as Mr. and Mrs. Georgetown in 2021 for their many contributions to the community and Williamson County. Leo’s accolades are too many to list here, yet he remained humble and generous.

Leo was predeceased by his wife, Vivian; his parents; sisters, Helen and Dellia; father-in-law, Earl Homesley; mother-in-law, Imogene Bode Homesley; brothers-in-law, Robert “Buzz” Homesley and Wayne Homesley (surviving wife, Sheila Homesley). He is survived by sons, Eric Wood (Tonia), Owen Wood (Nancy Gilliam), and John Wood (Shannon); grandchildren, Madeline Wood and Caleb Wood; great-granddaughter, Evelyn Wood; sisters, Clara Crain (Lusty) and Angelene Vaughn (Billy); brother, Howard Wood; sister, Vivian Wood; sister-in-law, Debi Ramirez (Willie); brother-in-law, Tom Ed Homesley; many nieces and nephews; and a host of long-time friends.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12, at the Ramsey Funeral Home in Georgetown, and the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 13 at the funeral home. Those who wish to attend via livestream can do so here: www.ramseyfuneral.com/web-casting.

Burial will be held at the Llano City Cemetery following the service. Pallbearers will be Eric Wood, Owen Wood, John Wood, Caleb Wood, William Boughton, and Ron Garland. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.




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Albert (Al) Wayne Schoonover

Albert (Al) Wayne Schoonover, born May 1, 1939, in Nehalem, Oregon, passed away Sunday, October 2, 2022, at Cornerstone Hospital with his wife, Ann (Kay) Morgan and her daughter, Julia, by his side. Al had two careers during his lifetime with 22 1/2 years in the U.S. Army and afterward 27 years as an agent for New York Life Insurance. Even though a shorter span, Al was most proud of his military service where he received numerous commendations and medals. He was a member of the Million Dollar Roundtable with New York Life. In his earlier life, Al was active in his church, the Rotary Club and other civic organization.

Al was an avid collector of antique firearms and memorabilia and he and Kay frequently traveled to gun shows to display his collection. In 2010, the lure of leisure travel and desire to escape the Texas heat brought them to purchase the first of two 40’ diesel motorhomes and they traveled north to south and coast to coast. In Maine, they ate lobster until they couldn’t stand another bite and took many pictures throughout so as to relive some of their fondest memories.

In addition to his wife, Kay, Al is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Lester and Jo Schoonover, daughter, Gabi Toole and step-daughters, Julia Hostetter, husband, Jack, and Susan Morgan.

Grandchildren include Joshua Schoonover, Matthew Schoonover and wife, Sarah, Emma Crisp, and husband, Cris, Michael Toole and wife, Amber, and Jennifer Toole. Step-grandchildren are Jason Halbert and wife, Rachel, Joshua Moore and wife, Kasee, and Kyle Morgan. Great-grandchildren are Matthew’s daughters, Maddie and Caroline, Emma’s sons, Cayden, Rayden, and James and Michael’s sons, Torin, Liam, and Quinlan. Step-greatgrandchildren are Jason’s daughters, Maddie and Gennavie and Joshua Moore’s son and daughter, Damien and Lalani.

Al is also survived by his brother, James Schoonover and wife, Hilda, who live in Graham, Washington. They have two daughters, Linda Tevis and Dianna Lynch. Linda’s children, David Tevis and wife, Angela, have a son Reagan, and Ryan Tevis and wife, Ashley, are parents to Adn. Dianna’s daughter, Chantal, and son-in-law, Christopher have three children, James, Bailey, and Avery. Al’s sister, Ruth, and brother-in-law, John, live in Delta, British Colombia, Canada, along with their daughter, Heather, significant other David and daughter, Adrianna.

Visitation for Mr. Schoonover will be Sunday, October 9, at 1 p.m. followed by funeral services at 2 p.m. at Ramsey Funeral Home, 5600 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas.



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Blynn Conway McGrath

Blynn Conway McGrath entered into eternal life on September 26. 2022. She was born in Blackwater, Missouri. On April 8, 1927, to John Richard Conway and Florence P. Conway. She later moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, and attended Central High School. She graduated in 1945, and rode the train to California to attend Pepperdine University her first year of college. She finished her formal education at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, and earned a degree in Home Economics and Education. After her graduation from college she accepted a job with the gas company in Pittsburg, Kansas where she met her future husband, Harold McGrath. Harold and Blynn lived in Houston for 23 years before moving to Georgetown in 1982.

Blynn was passionate about many things and a lover of all. Harold and Blynn loved polka dancing and music of all kinds. Blynn had a beautiful soprano voice and enjoyed singing hymns, especially those she had learned growing up in the Church of Christ. She was a member of First Methodist Church in Georgetown where she helped to lead PALS and the Strong Bones Exercise group for many years. She was also a Stephen’s Minister and had several care receivers who she loved very much. The Red Poppy Club was also something she enjoyed and participated in for several years. Her love of reading, especially poetry, was a comfort to her.

Her love of children lead her to teach Kindergarten at Southwest Church of Christ in Houston. Later she taught Kindergarten and third grade at Briargove Elementary in Houston for many years, retiring from education when she moved to Georgetown.

Blynn was predeceased by her husband, Harold, her son, David, her sister, Kathleen Conway Powell, and her brother, James Richard (Dick) Conway. She is survived by her two daughters, one grandson, and three great-grandsons: Marilyn (husband, Waddy Wadkins, son, Jordan Wadkins, wife, Rachel, and Joel, Chase, and Laine) and Joyce McGrath (of Houston). She also has several nephews and nieces that she loved with all her heart.

A memorial service is to be scheduled at a later date and friends and family will be notified of the location and time. In Blynn’s memory donations may be made to Texas Lyme Disease Association, P.O.Box 363, Conroe, Texas, 77305. Make checks payable to Texas Lyme Disease Association. Donate with Venmo at: www.venmo.com/TexasLyme-DiseaseAssociation.



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Anthony Bernard “Tony” Thyen

Anthony Bernard “Tony” Thyen was born July 25, 1946, in Washington, Indiana, the son of Lois Judy Krodel Thyen and Bernard Anthony Thyen. He passed from this life at the age of 76 on October 4, 2022, in his home in Georgetown.  

Tony grew up in Jasper, Indiana, moving with his family to Lexington, Kentucky, at the age of 16. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1968, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 1973, he received a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Methodist University. He furthered his education at the University of Houston with a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 1978.  

Upon graduation from the University of Kentucky Tony married Mary Ann Heller and they moved from Lexington to Dallas where he began his career as a Mechanical Engineer with LTV Aerospace. In 1974, they moved from Dallas to Houston with their young son, Andy, where Tony was employed by Schlumberger until 1987, initially working as a Mechanical Engineer and later as Operations Manager. While in Houston, three more children, Adam, Katie, and Peter, were born to complete their family. Tony retired from Alcoa Fasteners in Waco in 2012 where he had served as Plant Manager, Vice President of Engineering, and Director of Health and Safety.

After 40 years of marriage, Mary Ann passed away in 2009. While this loss left a void in their family, retirement brought additional unexpected change and much happiness to Tony’s life. In 2014, he met Norma Sue Reed, and in 2015 they were married with their families present to jointly celebrate this union. Among Tony and Norma Sue’s pleasures was enjoyment of their large family, travel, church, and social activities. 

Joy in Tony’s life came from his faith, family, friends, reading, and love of sports. Participating in various sports including football, baseball, and diving were important parts of Tony’s youth and teen years. During adult years he played tennis recreationally, but he especially thrived on watching his children and later his grandchildren participate in their athletic activities. Tony enjoyed all kinds of sports but was especially faithful to follow his beloved University of Kentucky basketball team. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann; his parents; and two sisters, Judy Kay Murphy and Sylvia Ann Carson. Surviving family members include his wife, Norma Sue Thyen; son, Dr. Andrew Bernard “Andy” Thyen (Danielle); son, Adam Heller Thyen (Nikki); daughter, Catherine Elizabeth “Katie” Haas (Dudley); and son, Peter Allen Thyen (Kara); grandchildren, Brady Thyen, Tanner Thyen, Bella Thyen, Harper Haas, Emmy Thyen, Charlie Haas, Lily Thyen, Trainor Thyen, Hugh Haas, and Calvin Thyen; also surviving him are members of Norma Sue’s family including daughters, Reagan Roseberry Steppe (Peter) and Brooke Roseberry Zimmerman (Neil); as well as grandchildren Spencer Steppe, Rhett Steppe, Lila Rose Steppe, Hank Steppe, Clifton Zimmerman, and Fez Zimmerman; other survivors include his sister, Marilyn Morrow (Len); brothers and sisters in law; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be at Lakeshore Funeral Home on Monday evening starting at 4:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Woodway with interment immediately following at Oakwood Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society in Tony’s name at www.cancer.org. 



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Billy J. “Steve” Stephenson, Jr. 

Our beloved Billy J. “Steve” Stephenson, Jr., of Georgetown passed away on October 4, 2022 at the age of 72. He was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Steve was a faithful servant to his nation and community who lived his life with integrity, loved a good joke, was an avid sports fan and traveled the world. 

Steve was born in Norfolk, Virginia, to Barbara and Billy J. Stephenson, Sr. He graduated from Princess Anne High School with honors and attended Virginia Tech, earning a B.S. in Psychology. He was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force in 1972 and obtained his master’s degree in Personnel Management. He met his wife Patti shortly after college graduation and proposed after only five days, knowing immediately that she was the love of his life. 

Steve was known for giving 110 percent in everything he did. In his Air Force career, he achieved the rank of Colonel and several honors including the Top Action Officer Award from both Admiral William Crowe and General Colin Powell while he served at the Pentagon on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As the Director of Manpower for U.S. Forces in Europe and then the Deputy Director for Plans and Programs he helped direct the drawdown of 10 bases and 60,000 personnel in Europe following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Steve then became the Professor of Aerospace Studies at both Colorado State and Northern Colorado Universities. He led that unit to selection for the Right of Line Award as the Top AFROTC program in the northwest and one of the top four in the U.S.

After retiring from 26 years of active service, Steve’s passion for education led him to become the Department Head for the AFJROTC at Rockingham County High School in Reidsville, NC., which was in the top 10 nationwide before he retired from teaching. 

Following his final retirement, he moved to Georgetown. He was a strong believer in giving back and volunteered as a mentor to elementary school students, with Meals on Wheels and Helping Hands, and as a trustee of the St. John’s United Methodist Church.

Steve loved sports of all kinds and was a devoted New York Yankees, Virginia Tech Hokies, and Green Bay Packers fanatic. His mother and father were world travelers and passed this passion on to Steve, who visited more than 50 countries over his incredible life.

Steve lost his father in 2016 and his mother less than two weeks before his own passing. He is survived by his wife, Patti, who stood by his side during his five-year battle with cancer, as well as his sister, Linda (Keith) Wood, and brother Scott (Nancy) Stephenson. He had two children, Jeff (Stasia Hause) Stephenson and daughter Jenna (Jason) Pierce, and three grandchildren, Clara Stephenson, Valen and River Pierce. 

Steve’s legacy will live on in the indelible mark he left upon all who met him. He will always be with us in our hearts. 

A memorial service will be held on October 15, 2022, at 11:30 a.m. at St. John’s United Methodist Church (311 East University Avenue, Georgetown, Texas, 78626). For those that wish to honor Steve’s memory, flowers or memorials may be sent to the church, or the family suggests a donation to Helping Hands of Georgetown or Hospice Austin.

 



Published October 5, 2022


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Dean “DJ” Pruitt

On June 14, 2018, a mighty superhero was born, presented as a little boy named Dean Jacob. Despite his small stature, this hero had incredible super-human strength, able to endure much more than any little boy ever should. He was also wise and filled with love, so keenly aware of what made those around him most happy. We called him DJ.

In his four years, DJ grew to use his power of wisdom for good. He became an engineer and master stacker of blocks, building tall buildings in a single bound. An astronomer and scientist who could tell you anything you ever wanted to know about the planets and stars- understanding the mysteries of the universe. A chef who could make you the best pizza you ever tasted and who also happened to love French toast sticks and cheeseburgers with fries.

But more than a superhero, DJ was a child of God. He was a son, grandson, brother, nephew, cousin, neighbor, and a best friend. He loved people. He loved to show others love. Through him and the mission he was given as superhero, he helped show all who met him, who read about him, and who knew him what is most important in this life. To love others and to shine God’s light into everything we do. He loved his family, friends, dogs, dinosaurs, Blippi, fellow superheroes, leche, learning, music, and any-and-all types of Band-Aids.

On September 30, DJ completed his mission here on earth, having proven so strong for so long. He leaves behind his loving parents, Roman and Amanda Torres and sisters, Gabrielle and Isabella of Georgetown; father and stepmom, Derek and Joanne Pruitt of Houston; grandparents, Norman and Brenda Carlsen of Georgetown, David and Deborah Pruitt of Bastrop, and Adolfo and Maria Torres Rusk; aunt Michelle Carlsen of Georgetown, uncles and aunts David Pruitt Jr., Alex Torres, Tony Torres, Maria Espinoza, and Francis Torrez; cousins William, Wesley, Matthew, Susy, Francisco, Lexi, Drake, Tessa, and Sophia. and countless other family members, friends, and neighbors whose hearts were touched greatly by this mighty superhero.

DJ also used his powers to uncover the discrepancies in pediatric cancer funding and research. He highlighted the work that is yet to be done and the priorities that so desperately need to be realigned so more superheroes like DJ get the opportunity to have more time here on earth. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please donate to www.childrenscancer.org and reach out to local and state legislature to allow DJ’s good work here to continue to motivate change for years to come.

A Memorial service will be held on Wednesday, October 5, at 10 a.m. at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel in Georgetown.



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William “Bill” Gayle Sagebiel

William “Bill” Gayle Sagebiel, 92, of La Grange, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 1, 2022.  

Bill was born on July 11, 1930, in Temple to the late Clemens Edward and Ruth Lee (Gayle) Sagebiel.

He graduated in 1948 from Temple High School and attended Temple Junior College. Bill then transferred to Texas Tech University in Lubbock, graduating with a B.A. in Economics in 1953. 

After college Bill served his country honorably during the Korean conflict in the United States Army. He met the love of his life, Vernell Louise Buchhorn, right before he went overseas. Upon his return from deployment in December of 1955, he knew she was the one and married her on January 1, 1956, in Walburg. The couple was blessed to have shared 66 years of marriage as husband and wife.

Bill and Vernell made their home in Houston where he worked as a Financial Analyst for Gulf Oil. Following the merger of Gulf Oil and Chevron, he retired from Chevron in 1986, with 30 years of dedicated service. In 1989, Bill and Vernell moved to La Grange where he worked for LCRA until his retirement. 

He was a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church where Bill served on the Board of Elders along with the Board of Stewardship. During their tenure in Houston, Bill also volunteered his time with St. Mark’s Lutheran Church where he held a position on the Board of Finance.

Bill was a devoted husband and father. He held a special place in his heart for his beloved grandchildren. Bill enjoyed spending time with his family at their weekend place outside of Georgetown, Nanny Goat Hill.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Vernell; two daughters: Vanessa Marek and husband, Jason of Bryan; and Stephanie Flinchbaugh and husband, Sean of Corpus Christi; one sister, Hazel Moses of Salado; brother-in-law, Calvin Buchhorn and wife, LaNell of Bartlett;  six grandchildren: Mykayla Marek of Denver, Colorado; Alyssa Marek of Bryan; Travis, Collin, Lauren, and Alex Flinchbaugh all of Corpus Christi; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and stepmother, Margaret Sagebiel.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, October 6, from 5 - 7 p.m. with family present at this time to receive friends at Koenig-Belvill Funeral Home & Cremations in La Grange.  

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, October 7, at 10 a.m. at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in La Grange. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Temple, at the Greathouse Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church of La Grange, a charity of your choice, or to a local food bank in your community.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Koenig – Belvill Funeral Home & Cremations 208 West Pearl, La Grange, Texas. Family and friends can view and sign the guestbook online at www.lagrangefunerals.com.



Published October 2, 2022


Dorothy Marcella Viktorin Klepac

Surrounded by her loving children, Dorothy Marcella Viktorin Klepac peacefully departed this life for her heavenly home on the evening of September 20, 2022.  She was born on June 14, 1934 in Jarrell, Texas, the youngest of four children born to Frank and Marcella (Zrubek) Viktorin.  She attended Holy Trinity Catholic School in Corn Hill, then graduated from Jarrell High School in 1952. She attended Incarnate Word in San Antonio for one semester, then moved to Houston to be closer to her brother, Jerry Viktorin. She attended St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Houston as her dream was to become a nurse. She worked as a nurse in Houston and Georgetown. Dorothy married Willie J. Klepac of Corn Hill, Texas, on September 25, 1954, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.  They lived in Houston for four years before returning to Jarrell to raise their children on their farm. They were blessed with nine children, 29 grandchildren, and 31 great grandchildren with four more on the way. 

Dorothy cherished her family and her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother with many of her best memories being the many family celebrations and gatherings. She and Willie J. were dedicated to their children and were their greatest supporters.  They drove a countless number of miles to attend and enjoy watching them playing various sports, sharing summer travels to many states with them, and rewarding them with frequent summer night swims at Stagecoach Inn Country Club. In their later years, they continued to enjoy watching the sporting and school events of their grandchildren. Dorothy was a homemaker and also worked alongside her husband, Willie J., as they owned a variety of businesses and farmed 100s of acres in the Jarrell area.  Her faith, family and friendships brought her great joy in life.  She and Willie J. enjoyed many visits with their best friends, John and Eva Silva, for almost 70 years.  Over these years, their family became an extension of our family.  Dorothy had special fun and was usually a lucky lady on her casino trips with her family or friends.  We will miss her sweet company, beautiful smile, and compassionate heart.  We will miss her love for hummingbirds, her gardening, and her incredible cooking, baking, and canning skills.  Her dill pickles will be missed, especially by all her grandchildren.

Dorothy was a life-long member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church.  She served as President of the local KJZT Family Life Society No. 15 in Corn Hill, Texas, for 31 years.  Throughout her many years of service within the local Society, Dorothy led the KJZT members in numerous service and volunteer projects and activities; including the annual Kolach Bake Sale for the benefit of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church Annual Bazaar.  Her recipes and culinary skills will be forever cherished by those who were able to work by her side, especially when cooking for senior citizen meals.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 55 years, Willie J., her infant grandson, Aaron Michael Klepac, her parents, and her brothers, Jerry and Frankie Viktorin, and her sister, Agnes Havran.  She is survived by her nine children, Patricia Ziegler and husband, Ed, of Jarrell; Mike Klepac and wife, Cindy, of Pflugerville; Andrew Klepac and wife, Susan, of Jarrell; Monica Sherek and husband, Bill, of Jarrell; Teresa Schwertner and husband, Andrew, of Jarrell; Missy Buckley and husband, Russell, of Evant; Sandy Garrett and husband, Jay, of Belton; Janice Tucker and husband, Danny, of Holland; and Loretta Runnels of Jarrell; 28 grandchildren, 31 (plus) great-grandchildren, her sister-in-law, Frances Friesenhahn, her Aunt Louise (Zrubek) Palousek, numerous nieces and nephews, and numerous cousins. 

A visitation was held on Monday, September 26, from 6-8 pm.  The Rosary was prayed at 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Corn Hill.  The Funeral Mass was held the following morning at 10 a.m., also at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

The family would like to thank Araceli Quintero for being Mom’s best friend while she provided excellent care to our Mom for three years.  Additionally, thank you to Charlotte Vancil, Linda Hernandez, and most recently the Brookdale staff for your loving care of our Mom.



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Howard Clyde Mertink

On Monday September 26, 2022, Howard Clyde Mertink passed peacefully in his home surrounded by family. He was 61. He was always a “family-first” man and made it his life’s devotion to provide love and care for his wife Becky and two sons Matthew and Thomas. 

Howard was born in Georgetown, Texas, on September 6, 1961, the youngest of eight children. He attended Zion Lutheran School in Walburg, where he built close ties with many friends in the Walburg community. He often told stories of playing flag football and being part of the annual Christmas program at Zion Lutheran Church. He attended Jarrell High School where he met his future wife Becky. He was a fullback and linebacker on the football team, played basketball and was a pitcher on the baseball team. While dating Becky, he began farming with his future father-in-law, working land in the Corn Hill area. He appreciated watching things grow, whether it was crops in the field, his garden or his relationships with family and friends. He enjoyed plowing and cultivating the land and operating the combine.  

Soon after graduation, Howard turned his passion for carpentry into a career of over 25 years at CSS General Contractors in Gatesville, Texas. He built some of his closest relationships and continued to carry those with him after the business closed in the early 2010’s. Afterwards, he was offered the opportunity to finish his career working with his oldest son Matt at Al Clawson Disposal, where he worked until a couple of months before his passing. In his later years, he turned his attention to woodworking and spent many afternoons in his shop inlaying crosses into oak and cedar from local farms and ranches. Howard was a devoted Christian, raised in the Lutheran faith, before converting to Catholicism after marrying Becky in August of 1983. It was in the church that he developed his love for music, listening to the harmonies sung at Zion Lutheran Church. He took those skills with him to Holy Trinity Catholic Church where he sang in the choir for Easter and Christmas masses. He enjoyed playing guitar and loved “cross-picking” his favorite bluegrass tunes. He passed his love of music on to his son Thomas and they spent many Friday nights and Sunday afternoons playing together. Howard always had a passion for the outdoors spending countless days on the water searching for the “honey hole” and cold winter mornings in his deer stand watching the world come to life with the dawn of the day. He loved spending evenings around the campfire with family and friends singing old country songs. He was a proud member of the Jarrell Bass Club and treasured the thrill of tournament fishing with his son Matt on the lakes of Central Texas always chasing the “Big Bass” to take him to the top of the leaderboard. 

Howard would never hesitate to say that his greatest achievement in life was building a home and family with his loving wife Becky who he cherished with all of his heart. Their bond provided an example for how to build a family to their two sons and everyone who saw them together. Four months before his passing, he had the joy of meeting his first grandchild Elaina, and while his time as “Pa” was short, nothing could brighten his day as much as his little “Sunshine.” Howard is preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Tusnelda Mertink, brothers in law Willie Kubala, Bill Wildenstein and Paul David Hustead, and nieces Jacquelyn Kubala and Robin Proctor. He is survived by his loving wife Becky of 39 wonderful years and his two sons Matthew (wife Amy) of Jarrell and Thomas of McKinney as well as his granddaughter Elaina Mertink. He is survived by siblings Clarice Thompson (Al), Mary Kubala, Joyce Manning, Ruth Wildenstein, David Mertink (Sylvia), Dorine Otteson (David), Doris Mertink and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Visitation and Rosary will be held at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Georgetown October 2, from 5-7 p.m., Rosary at 6 p.m.  Funeral service and burial will be at Holy Trinity Catholic Church of Corn Hill, Texas on October 3, 2022 at 10 a.m.



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Peggy Elizabeth Ball

Mrs Peggy Elizabeth Ball, 73 passed away September 9, 2022 in Round Rock Texas.

Peggy was born June 10, 1949, in Council, Idaho. She was married to Steve Ball for 46 years. After working as an administrative assistant for 40 years, she retired from the Austin American Statesman in 2014. Following retirement she found her calling and passion Volunteering at The Assistance League in Georgetown, Texas.

Per her request there will be no services or memorial.  Instead she can be honored with a donation of any kind to the Assistance League, 900 North Austin Avenue, Suite 115, Georgetown, Texas, 78626.



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Wess Arthur Cassens Jr.

Wess Arthur Cassens Jr. (Jerry) loving husband, father, Grandpa, Papaw and Great Grandpa passed away at the age of 89 on September 27, 2022. Jerry was born in Georgetown on May 17, 1933 to Wess Arthur and Hattie (Bartz) Cassens. Jerry married Helen (Bleeke) on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 1953. They were married for 68 years.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Helen (Bleeke) Cassens. Son’s John and (Robin) Cassens, Jeff and (Keri) Cassens and son in law John Richard Hall. Grandchildren Casey and (Michael) Wilburn, Calley and (Cedric) Tasselin, Caty and (Chris) Craig, Heather and (Mark) Bowman, Andrew and (Bailey) Cassens and Madison Cassens. Brother’s Jimmy and (Angie) Cassens, Curt and (Janis) Cassens. Nine great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He is proceeded in death by his daughter, June Cassens Hall, eldest grandson, Cole Douglas Cassens and brother-in-law, Howard Bleeke.

Jerry was baptized at St. Peters Lutheran Church on June 25, 1933, and was confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church in 1947. He attended Mount Prospect Elementary and graduated from Georgetown High School in 1951. For approximately 70 years, Jerry had been a farmer, farming over 1,200 acres with his brother Curt Cassens. Jerry worked at Westinghouse in Round Rock and retired in 1988. For several years, Jerry served on the Jarrell ISD School Board. He also served as the Director on the Soil Conservation District for 25 years. During his membership at Zion Lutheran Church, he served as an elder on various boards and worked diligently with Wurstbrauten since its inception.

Paul bearers will be Michael Wilburn, Cedric Tasselin, Andrew Cassens, Walker Wilburn, Gary Cassens, James Cassens, Mike Cassens and Mark Bowman.

Honorary Paul bearers are Howard Faske, John Faske, Albert Walthers, Harold Mickan, Dennis Schwausch, Billy Misner, Ronnie Pitts, Marvin Kelm, Sammy Kurio, Johnny Ortiz, Ray Braun, Faye Tonn in memory of Harlen Tonn, Beverly Herzog in memory of Frankie Herzog and Evangeline Daniell in memory of Aubrey Daniell.

Visitation was set for Friday, September 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ramsey Funeral Home in Georgetown. The funeral and graveside services will be at Zion Lutheran Church in Walburg on Saturday, October 1 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to Zion Lutheran School, Cole Cassens Memorial Scholarship (707 Cielo Georgetown, Texas. 78628) or a charity of your choice.



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Norma MaeField Funkhouser

Norma Mae Field Funkhouser, age 77, passed away on August 21, 2022, at home in Georgetown, Texas, with husband, Edward, and daughters Jennifer and Emily by her side.

Norma was born in Trenton, New Jersey, to Helen Powers Field and Norman Hart Field and grew up in Ewing, New Jersey. Norma and Ed where classmates in junior and senior high schools. After a hiatus during college years, Norma responded to a Christmas card from Ed. On Valentine’s Day they were officially engaged and subsequently married on August 10, 1968. They enjoyed 54 years together, raising a family and exploring the world.

Norma received a BA degree in biology from the University of Delaware and later an MLIS degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas. Early on she was a research assistant in the Department of Biology at Princeton University and in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at Wallace Laboratories during which time she earned a PHT (Pushing Hubby Through) as Ed earned his PhD. That was followed by time in Buffalo NY as a research assistant in the Allergy Research Laboratory at Buffalo General Hospital and in West Berlin, Germany as Haus Frau (housewife).

Back in the U.S.A. living in Bryan/College Station, she was the science teacher for St. Michael’s Academy. After receiving her MLIS degree, she became a Veterinary/Medical Reference Librarian at Texas A&M and taught first-year students in the Biomedical Sciences Program, retiring in 2012 as Associate Professor Emerita. She enjoyed working with students, many of whom she continued to keep tabs on via Facebook. She was extremely proud of being a Texas A&M Fish Camp Namesake.

Norma was active both professionally and personally. She received the Distinguished Librarian Award from the TAMU Association of Former Students, Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals, and a member of Beta Phi Mu Library Science Honor Society. She was elected to multiple positions in the Medical Library Association. She also served as deacon at First Presbyterian Church Bryan. One of her greatest joys was keeping up with her grandkids and their multiple academic and athletic activities.

Norma was preceded in death by her mother Helen Elizabeth Powers Field and her father Norman Hart Field. She is survived by husband Edward A. Funkhouser (Georgetown), daughters Jennifer and husband Larry Baker, III (Portland Texas), Emily and husband Stephen Wright (Denton, Texas), and sister Patricia Field Alfano and husband Bill Alfano Jr. (West Chester, Pennsylvania), and granddaughters Taylor, Kaylin, Jordyn Baker and Brooklyn Wright and grandson Garrett Wright.

It was Norma’s wish that there be no formal memorial services. Instead she wanted her family to gather at MoRanch when her ashes are interred.

The family appreciates the care and nurturing provided in Norma’s final days by Suncrest Hospice and Blue Water Home Care. Final arrangements were provided by Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Mo-Ranch (Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly, 2229 FM 1340, Hunt, Texas 78024) or to charity of choice.

 


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