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November 2021

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Published November 28, 2021


Thelma Munson

Thelma Munson

Thelma Munson, age 100, passed away November 21, 2021, in Round Rock, Texas.

Thelma was born on January 26, 1921, to Ernest R. and Mancy (Stark) Anderson in Round Rock, Texas. She attended Palm Valley Lutheran Church in Round Rock, where she was baptized on February 22, 1921.  She was also confirmed there and presented her Bible in 1935. Thelma graduated from Round Rock High School in 1938.

On March 11, 1942, she married Wilbur Munson from Georgetown, at Palm Valley Lutheran Church. After his military service from 1942-1946, they moved to Georgetown, and she became a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church. Blessed with two children, Richard and Vernelle, she became involved with their church activities teaching Sunday School and Bible School classes and serving as Methodist Youth Fellowship sponsor.  She served as an officer in several positions in the United Methodist Women for many years and was also a member of the Adult Bible Class. Thelma was an original member of the Quilters group and enjoyed making quilts for the Harvest Fest every year.  She also served on the Evangelism, Visitation, and Heritage committees. Thelma and Wilbur received the “In His Steps” outstanding Christian Mission Award in 1999.

Thelma was active in her community over the years in the PTA, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts. In later years, she was a volunteer at The Caring Place for seven years and the Georgetown Visitor Center for 20 years. In 1999, Thelma and Wilbur received The Outstanding Volunteer award of the year from the Visitor Center.

Two of her special skills were sewing and baking.  Thelma enjoyed sewing dresses for herself and Vernelle and especially enjoyed baking cookies and Swedish brown bread. Special interests of hers were all of the friends in their domino groups for many years, and relatives’ birthday celebrations. She was especially proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and all their accomplishments. 

Thelma was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur Munson of 67 years, her parents, Ernest and Mancy Stark Anderson, sister, Laura Homeyer, and grandson, Patrick Elliott. She is survived by son, Richard Munson and wife, Peggy of Round Rock; daughter, Vernelle Elliott of Austin; grandchildren, Lisa Cobb and husband, Jason of Austin, Holly Hill and husband, Shane of Needville, and Collin Munson and wife, Caty of Pflugerville; great-grandchildren, Nora and Byron Cobb, Tyce, Haven, and Jaylin Hill, and Devin and Zoey Munson; and sister, Gladys Johnson and many loving family members and friends.

Services were held Saturday, November 27 at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Georgetown, Texas.

Memorials may be made in Thelma’s name to St. John’s United Methodist Church.  


Published November 24, 2021


Henry Lee Daniel, Jr. 

Henry Lee Daniel, Jr. 

Henry Lee Daniel, Jr. was born September 19, 1934, in Alexandria, Louisiana. On March 4, 2020, in Georgetown, Texas, he passed peacefully into the presence of all life, light, joy, love and peace. He was the oldest of three children born to Henry and Bessie Daniel, living in Cajun Country through college at Southwestern Louisiana Institute where he met his wife, Bethel Lowe Daniel, of 64 years. Together, they set out on their life adventure in the Air Force, serving the Country and raising a family. 

The Air Force took him around the world, including a combat tour where he was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy, and an executive tour at the Pentagon with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He retired in San Antonio, Texas, as a full bird Colonel, and went on to further work in service. 

He liked “seeing the world;” early in his career he brought his family to Germany; later. he served in southeast Asia; and later still served in Korea as the J1. He also served in various exotic locations in the Republic of Texas, one of his adopted home states along with New Mexico. He and Bethel spent many years enjoying life in the art community of Taos, New Mexico, while travelling to Hawaii, China, and Norway.

Along his journey, he reflected an innate sense of service, leadership, and appreciation of beauty. He loved the Lord, Bethel, his family, and art, including appreciating and creating, especially music and sculpture.

Henry is survived by his wife, Bethel, his children Dennis (Leslie), Adriane (Mark Fagan), and Benton (Helen), seven grandchildren, Elizabeth, Bradford, Michael, Katherine, Bonnie, Aubree, and Caylee and three great-grandchildren, Amelia,  Zoey, and Jasper. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Food Pantry at Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown, Texas.



Laura Ann Gick

Laura Ann Gick

Laura Ann Gick passed away in Austin, Texas, on November 11. She was a long-term resident at Parkplace Care Center and later Pflugerville Healthcare Center. She was born July 11, 1954, in Nuremberg, Germany, to Clarence and Glenna Gick.

Laura graduated from Wainwright high school in Lafayette, Indiana, in 1972. She served in the United States Army and got her dental hygiene license at Tyler Jr. College. She later worked with helicopters in Houston and Austin and co-owned the Georgetown Weekly, a local newspaper. Her most recent career was managing the marketing department at Georgetown Hospital. She was always involved in local community including chamber of commerce and political campaigns. She loved to read, run, and be in school learning. She also enjoyed being involved in hot air balloon events.

Laura is preceded in death by both of her parents and is survived by her daughter, Jill and son-in-law, Jacob, of Schertz, Texas, and grandchildren, Dillon, Dawson, Daniel, and Natalie. She is also survived by her siblings Kenny, Greg, Denise, Jeff, Debbie, Nancy, and Jennifer, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Laura’s family will receive friends at the Gabriels Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 393 North Interstate 35, Georgetown, from 6-8 p.m., Monday, November 29. Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 30, also at the Gabriels Funeral Chapel and Crematory. Burial will follow at Cook-Walden Memorial Hill Cemetery in Pflugerville.

 

 



Edward J. Porter

Edward J. Porter

Edward J. Porter passed away November 20 at the age of 92. He was born in Lubbock, Texas, and reared by his parents Mae and John Porter in Farewell, Texas. 

After graduation from New Mexico Military Institute high school division he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.  He returned to NMMI Junior College, graduating in 1950 and earning a commission in the U.S. Army Reserves.  

In 1951 he was ordered to active duty with the 82nd Airborne Division, followed by the 40th Infantry Division and finally with the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat team in Korea and Japan. On return to the Untied States he entered the U.S. Army Aviation School earning fixed and rotary wing aircraft qualifications.  

Colonel Porter’s next assignment was to Fort Ord, California where he met and married Mildred (Bunkie) Porter. The marriage lasted one month short of 62 years at her passing on December 22, 2018. This marriage was blessed with five children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  

Colonel Porter had a wide variety of assignments in his career in Airborne, Ranger and aviation units. His staff experience was at the division, corps and pentagon levels. He was a veteran of WW II, Korea and Vietnam where he served for thirty months in a helicopter battalion amassing over 800 hours of combat flying. 

Porter was a graduate of the Parachute and Glider School, Ranger School, The Command and General Staff College, The department of the State of Foreign Service Institute and the Army War College. 

He also earned a baccalaureate degree at the University of Omaha, a Master of Science at Shippensburg University and a Master of Business Management at Eastern New Mexico University.  Upon retirement form the army in 1976 he was appointed Director of Alumni Affairs and Secretary of the Alumni at New Mexico Military Institute. 

In 1982 he was inducted in the NMMI Hal of Fame, and in 1995 the governor of New Mexico appointed him to the NMMI Board of Governor serving until 2001. 

In 2007, Colonel Porter moved to Georgetown, Texas.  

Colonel Porter will be interned along side his wife in the Central Texas Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas with military honors. 

Memorials may be made to the NMMI Foundation Scholarship fund, 101 West College Avenue, Roswell New Mexico, 88201 



Thomas Allen Bible

Thomas Allen Bible, age 75, passed from his earthly home to his heavenly home on November 18, 2021. 

Tom was an avid collector of all thing’s trains. His biggest passion was baseball, he loved all aspects of the game. Tom could be found at the Georgetown Youth Baseball field most days and weekend either coaching, umpiring, or watching his grandkids play. A memorial bench will be placed at the baseball fields in his honor. 

Tom is preceded in death by his father, Jack Allen Bible. 

He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years Cathy Bible; his mother, Johanna Williamson Bible; daughter, Kelly Bible; grandkids, Ashlee Main, Stirling and Brilee Castleberry; son, David Bible and wife, Tanna; grandkids, Jack and Sam; brothers, Gary Bible wife, Linda and Keith Bible wife, Beth and various other family members.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on November 24, 2021, at IOOF cemetery in Georgetown. A celebration of life will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. November 29, 2021, at the Heritage Oaks Club House in Georgetown.

 

 


Published November 21, 2021


 

​​John T. King

John King sits in his desk on the Square. 

​​John T. King

John T. King, of Georgetown, died on November 10, 2021, at age 87.

John was born in Abilene, Texas, in September 1934, to Sallie and James (Jim) King, and was the youngest of three children. John grew up in nearby Anson, where one of his first jobs was being a “printer’s devil” (apprentice) in a local print shop.

After graduating from Anson High School, John married Della Glover of Abilene in June 1956. The newlyweds then moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas. John worked two or three jobs at a time to put them both through school. They both earned bachelor’s degrees, Della in business/accounting in 1960, and John in journalism in 1962.

John started his career as a newspaper man and photographer. After UT, he and Della relocated to Hondo, where John worked at the Hondo Anvil-Herald. The couple then moved to Sonora, where they owned the Devil’s River News and welcomed two daughters, Holly and Ellen. Finally they returned to central Texas, where John became managing editor of the Williamson County Sun in Georgetown.

Next door to the newspaper was a small print shop owned by Sun publisher Don Scarbrough. In 1974, John and Della’s next adventure was buying that shop, Heritage Printing and Office Supplies, on the Georgetown Square. They later purchased two historic buildings on Main Street to house the growing business. Together they owned and operated Heritage for over 30 years, and felt fortunate to have so many dedicated employees and longtime customers. Heritage finally closed in 2008, after Della’s passing.

​​John T. King

John King stands with his wife, Della King, in 1990 as a plaque honoring C.A.D. Clamp is placed on the Square.

In their later years together, John and Della found a piece of land abutting the San Gabriel River near Liberty Hill. They named their country place “Algerita Hollow.” There they built a cabin and delighted in hosting their children and grandchildren. John especially enjoyed caring for their cattle and goats and working on projects around the place.

John devoted himself to his work, but in his spare time he enjoyed photography, reading, music, gardening, and woodworking. He could fix almost anything, from a printing press to a flashlight, and if he needed something, he could often build it or make it from scratch. He also loved being near water, whether boating and fishing on Lake Georgetown, strolling on the San Antonio River Walk, or relaxing on the beach in Port Aransas. He dearly loved his wife and girls, his son-in-law, and his three grandkids.

John was preceded in death by Della, his wife of 48 years, as well as his parents, his sister Joyce, and his brother James. John is survived by his daughter Holly King and son-in-law Greg Crowley of Georgetown; his daughter Ellen Clint of Dallas; and his grandchildren Ben Crowley of Georgetown, Izzy Clint of San Antonio, and Joseph Clint of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

John’s family wishes to express deep gratitude to his devoted longtime caregiver, Mary Reyes. John lived at home until nearly the end thanks to Mary, who also cared for Della in her final illness.

John was a member of the Georgetown Rotary Club for many years. Those wishing to make a gift in his memory might consider the Rotary Scholars program, providing scholarships for local high school students (Georgetown Rotary Club, P.O. Box 921, Georgetown, Texas, 78627-0921).

Farewell, Dad/Grandpa John. We love you.

Services will be private.

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Doris Brunner

Doris Brunner

May 22, 1933 –October 29, 2021

Doris Brunner, age 88, passed away on Friday, October 29, 2021, in San Antonio, Texas. She was a former resident of Sun City, Texas. Doris was born on May 22 1933 in Brooklyn, New York, to parents Lila (Ida) and Thomas Sconzo . Doris worked in banking. She retired in the early 1990’s and traveled much of the world.  She volunteered with the USO in Seattle and was an honorary officer. Hosting little get-togethers, she enjoyed playing canasta and dominos with her friends. Always a priority, was her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband Leroy Brunner, parents Thomas and Lila Sconzo, sister Rita Westphal, brothers Tom and Robert Sconzo. Doris is survived by her daughter, Lisa (John) Miller; son Mark (Conny) Brunner, grandchildren Kristen, (Nikolas) Hartung, Keith (Lauren) Cranley, Katy Miller, Andrew Miller, Christopher (Sheena) Brunner, Thea Brunner, Matthew, Brunner, David (Rachel) Brunner and Bill Rolon and his family, great grandchildren, Jameson, Layla, Bradley and Amira.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to any animal shelter of your choice, Shriners Hospital, or any veterans organization.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 4 2021, 10 a.m. at Porter Loring West Chapel, 1710 West Loop 1604 North San Antonio, Texas.

You are invited to sign the Guestbook at www.porterloring.com Arrangements with Porter Loring West 1710 West Loop 1604 North San Antonio, Texas, 78251 – 210-891-0000



Linda Sue Sloan McCrary

Linda Sue Sloan McCrary

Linda Sue Sloan McCrary unexpectedly passed away on November 16, 2021, in Georgetown, Texas, at the age of 76. Linda’s loved ones will always remember her as a vivacious, generous, and loving woman that lived life tenaciously and blazed her own trail in this world. 

Born with an entrepreneur’s heart, she wore many hats in her lifetime; when she had an idea, she pursued it fiercely. She was an entertainer, realtor, home builder, chef, designer, and her greatest feat, her baby and pride and joy was as founder and owner of the realty magazine, New Home Update. She spent countless hours at her kitchen table, in front of a little Mac screen, pursing an idea that led to such great success and enabled her to empower many other women in pursing their dreams at a time when it was still a “man’s world.” Linda was a visionary, role model, and lover of life. She had a passion for learning, cooking, singing, sewing, and so much more. Linda had many great adventures and successes in her life, but for her the greatest of these was always her family that she treasured, adored, and loved unconditionally. 

Born on August 27, 1945, Linda was the youngest child of Virgie Luton Sloan and Theodore “Ted” Sloan. She had three older brothers, Johnny, Robert, and Dean Sloan. Born in Denison, Texas, she grew up in the Sherman/Denison area where she met her husband of 54 years, Jerry Wayne McCrary. Between them they had five children, Lisa, Bradley, Stacy, Jeffrey “Jeff,” and Michael. Soulmates, Linda and Jerry, took on the world together hand in hand.

Linda is survived by her children, Lisa Marshall and husband Frank and children Zachary, Joshua, and Cooper; Stacy McCrary and husband Keith; Jeff McCrary and his children Parrish and husband Michael and Jerry (Jay); Michael McCrary and wife Kelly and children Blake, Caroline, and Trevor; stepson, Bradley McCrary, and wife Valarie and daughter Brooklyn; great granddaughter Calista Adelaide McCrary; and her brothers Johnny, Robert, and Dean Sloan. She also leaves behind several beloved nieces and nephews. 

She is preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Wayne McCrary; parents, Virgie Luton Sloan and Ted Sloan; and granddaughters Lillian Faith McCrary and Sybil Alexis McCrary.

A celebration of Linda’s life will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at Cimarron Hills Country Club in Georgetown.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.



Martha Jo (Nee Coplen) Crawford 

Martha Jo (Nee Coplen) Crawford  

Martha Jo (nee Coplen) Crawford entered into eternal life on November 11, 2021. She passed peacefully, surrounded by her family, from complications of an aortic aneurism. Martha was born on March 3, 1937, in Warsaw, Indiana, to Earl and Doris (nee Kirkendall) Coplen.  She graduated from Warsaw High School and received her Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from Purdue University. During college, her roommate introduced her to another Purdue student, Tom Crawford. They were the love of each other’s lives and were married on June 16, 1957.  They enjoyed a blessed marriage of 63 years until Tom’s passing in 2020.  

Martha was a loving wife and stay at home mother to their two sons, Jay and Chris, focusing her attention on rearing her children and creating a wonderful home. She was an active volunteer at their schools, her church, several hospitals, and the Crisis Hotline. She was an avid reader, enjoyed playing bridge with friends, and relaxing on the beach with Tom. Her sons and grandchildren always knew there were fresh baked cookies on the kitchen counter.

She was immensely proud of her family, sons, Jay Crawford (Jeannine) of Mebane, North Carolina, and Chris Crawford (Kaye) of Austin, Texas.  Grandchildren; Angie (Brett) Nabors of Austin, Texas, Claire (Erick) Singh of Lexington, South Carolina,  Kellye (Brandon) Palmer of Charleston, South Carolina, Zach (Alyssa) Crawford of Austin, Texas,  and Noah Crawford of Austin, Texas. Great-grandchildren; Cade, Rowe, Eli, and Avery. She was predeceased by her husband, parents, and great-granddaughter, Kaylin.

Memorial donations may be made to Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep (NILMDTS) at nowilaymedowntosleep.org.  A private service is planned at Central Texas VA Cemetery in Killeen, Texas.



Kristopher Robby Draper

Kristopher Robby Draper

Kristopher (Kris) Robby Draper, 20 years old, of Liberty Hill, passed away on November 4, 2021 at his home in Liberty Hill.

Kristopher Draper was born in Georgetown to Robby and Crystal Draper on October 31, 2001. He went to school at Liberty Hill High School. He loved to play pranks on his family members, collect Pokémon cards and memorabilia, play poker, wrestle with his siblings, cousins, and grandpa. He also loved playing video games like Guitar Hero and Call of Duty. 

You meant so much to all of us
You were special and that’s no lie
You brightened up the darkest day
And the cloudiest sky

Your smile alone warmed hearts
Your laugh was like music to hear
I would give absolutely anything
To have you well and standing near

Not a second passes
When you’re not on our minds
Your love we will never forget
The hurt will ease in time
Many tears I have seen and cried

They have all poured out like rain
| I know that you are happy now
And no longer in any pain.

You are no longer limited 
And can run freely through the sky
Give bub and sis a hug from us
And let them know we miss them dearly

Kristopher Draper is preceded in death by his sister, Kirsten Draper and brother, Koby Draper. He is survived by his brother Kody Draper, father, Robby Draper, and mother, Crystal Draper.

Max Driggers will be officiating the graveside service at Baghdad Cemetery in Leander on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at 2 p.m. Pallbearers will be Robby Draper, Kody Draper, Ronnie Draper, Ronnie Dale Draper, Toby Draper, Pat Morin, Garrett Heinrich, Michael Ghasami.


 

Terrence Walter Swets

Terrence Walter Swets

Terrence Walter Swets, 79, of Georgetown, Texas, passed away on November 10, 2021. 

Terry was born on January 27, 1942, to Tunis and Elizabeth Swets in Downey, California.  After he graduated from Paramount High School, Terry enrolled in and graduated from barber college and immediately opened Terry’s Barber Shop in Paramount, California. After cutting hair for several years, he sold his successful business and went to work for Texaco. Never one to not have a backup plan, he kept his barber’s license renewed and active for the rest of his life “just in case.”

After working for Texaco, Terry got started in the elevator construction business, going to work for United Elevator in the Los Angeles area. He stayed in the elevator industry for the rest of his working career, first as a Safety inspector with the City of Los Angeles, and later the State of California. He retired at the early age of 55, and never worked another day in his life. 

Terry was physically active his entire life, and he constantly challenged himself, even up to his untimely passing. As a young man, he enjoyed fishing and water skiing, and later developed a passion for off road motorcycle racing. He was a three-time finisher of the famed Tecate 500 Enduro in Mexico, a two-day, 500-mile race, having finished in the top 10 twice, including second overall in 1977. Then, in his mid-30s, he quit smoking cold turkey and started running. He went on to run over 50 marathons in his life, including Boston, New York, and Los Angeles. Terry was one of only a handful of people to run the inaugural Long Beach Marathon, and then complete every year through its first 10 years. He ultimately went on to complete Long Beach a staggering 13 times. Not one to limit himself, Terry was also an avid bicyclist. He rode many major long distance cycling events such as Ragbrai (across Iowa) and Bran (across Nebraska), as well as rides across the Continental Divide, Rocky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway. 

In his later years, while Terry remained active at the gym and cycling, his passion was golf. Terry pursued his love of golf, having shot a round in the 80s while playing 18 holes, the very day before his passing, on one of his favorite Sun City Texas golf courses in the neighborhood where he lived. 

Terry’s greatest joy however, was spending time with his granddaughters. In 2008, his love for them led him to relocate from his native California to Georgetown, Texas. He spent the rest of his life watching them grow up, while supporting and encouraging their every effort. During this time, he saw them graduate both high school and college, while joining his family on numerous vacations, trips and holidays. He often shared with his friends and neighbors how lucky he felt to be part of their lives.

Terry was predeceased by his father, Tunis, his mother, Elizabeth, and his younger brother, Daniel. He is survived by his sisters, Carol, Beverly, and Kathleen, brothers Douglas and David. Also, his son, Terry, daughter-in-law, Gwen, daughter, Chris, grandchildren, Jessica, Jillian, Anthony, Jeremy and Jacob, as well as his extended family and an abundance of friends. We will all miss him more than words can say.



Lester Anthony “Tony” Raum

Lester Anthony “Tony” Raum

Lester Anthony “Tony” Raum was born January 16, 1945, in Taylor, Texas, the son of Maggie Pearl and Lester Otto Raum. He passed from this life at the age of 76 on Friday, November 12, 2021, in his home in Georgetown, Texas. With him at the time of his death was his wife of 51 years, Faye Raum.  

Tony worked for Austin State Hospital until his retirement. His interests included watching Nascar racing with his friends, riding on his Harley Davidson motorcycle, and boat racing, enjoying anything to do with speed.  Every Saturday he would go to the Harley Davidson shop to watch the Harley’s roll in and out. Tony was a rodeo bull rider in his younger days. His greatest life’s pleasure was his family, enjoying spending time with his wife, kids, grandkids, and also his dog, Harley. 

He was preceded in death by his parents.  

Surviving family members include his wife; his children, daughter, Kerrie Renee Knauth, and son, Nicholas “Nick” Keith (Laurie) Raum; stepson Gary  (Rebecca) Menley;  grandchildren, Cameron (Jennifer) Knauth, Kassidy Knauth (Cooper) Owen, Tristan Raum, Trevor Raum, Brandon Menley,  Makaela Menley, Kaylee Knauth, and one great-grandson Walker Owen.

Tony was laid to rest at Georgetown IOOF Cemetery. 

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





Published November 17, 2021


 

Phyllis Rowley Christiansen

Phyllis Rowley Christiansen

Phyllis Rowley Christiansen, 82, of Georgetown, Texas, passed away on November 2, 2021. She was born February 24, 1939, in Prescott, Arizona, to Clarence Marion Rowley and Adella Grey Portis Rowley. On June 5, 1959, she married Clyde Martin Christiansen in Salt Lake City, Utah, with whom she spent an extremely happy and adventurous 49 years. Clyde passed away on February 13, 2008.

Phyllis was giving, loving and compassionate with everyone she knew, and she loved serving others. She had an incredibly meaningful impact on the lives of many.  Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. She was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Phyllis is survived by daughters Carole Christiansen of Sandy, Utah, Marti Christiansen (Nora Medrano) of Georgetown, Texas, son Wade Christiansen (Kathleen), of Katy, Texas; grandchildren Cory Smith of Bountiful, Utah, Ashley Smith and Nicole Crocker of Sandy, Utah, Kevin Christiansen of Katy, Texas, Jason Christiansen of Georgetown, Texas, Katie Peaden of Layton, Utah, Brian Christiansen of Austin, Texas, Sarah Christiansen of Provo, Utah, and Joey Christiansen of Katy, Texas; brothers Allen Rowley and Stephen Rowley of Mesa, Arizona, sister SuZan Brown of Huntsville, Utah, nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  

Phyllis is preceded in death by her husband, parents, granddaughter Samantha Smith, sisters Catherine Taylor and Rebecca Heaney, brothers Edward Rowley, Tom Rowley and Ned Rowley, and stepmother Madeline Lisonbee.  

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to any charitable organization that serves the homeless.

A visitation will be held at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel on Saturday, November 20, 2021, beginning at 9 a.m. and the funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Burial at IOOF cemetery will follow.


 

Lt. Col. Maynard R. Myers, retired

Lt. Col. Maynard R. Myers, retired

Lt. Col. Maynard R. Myers, retired

 

Lieutenant Colonel Maynard R. Myers, retired, entered into eternal rest on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2021, two months shy of 90 years old, surrounded by his loving family.

Maynard was born January 14, 1932, in Hall, Texas, to George and Ollie Myers, the eldest of four children.  Maynard, from early life developed an intense passion for the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing and would you even believe Tennis? He graduated from Rochelle High School in 1949. He chose his career in life to be the U.S. Army.

Maynard was a veteran of the Vietnam war, where he earned the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and various other medals. He was a Forward Observer for the Artillery and saw action over the whole peninsula.  He survived two helicopter crashes, multiple engagements including the Tet Offensive and was reported missing in action three different times. Maynard was a tough tenacious country boy.

His home was wherever the Army decided to send him.  While stationed in Germany, he met and married the love of his life, Diny, and married her in Amsterdam, Holland.  Two children later, the family returned to the states. He continued his career in the Army for a total of 32 years with an honorable discharge.  He spent the remainder of his days reading, hunting, fishing and keeping up with his three grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was an active member of the Masons, affiliated with the San Gabriel Lodge No. 89 and was recently pinned with his 40 year membership pin.

Maynard is survived by his two daughters Ollie Ann and Buzzy Pool, Frances and Leonard Scott; three grandchildren Haley Pool, Hillary Lidell (David), and Hanna De Faria (Ricardo); three great-grandchildren Rhyder, Mason, Mackenzie; three siblings Christine Pulsifer, Willie Myers (Sarah) and Gloria Barr (Kenneth), along with numerous extended family.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Gerdina “Diny,” and his parents.

A visitation will be Monday, November 22, 2021, from 5-7 p.m. at Ramsey Funeral Home in Georgetown. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at 10 a.m. at Ramsey Funeral Home with internment at 1 p.m. in the Central Texas Veteran’s Cemetery in Killeen/Ft. Hood, Texas.


 

Carolyn “Beth” (Lollar) Steelman

Carolyn “Beth” (Lollar) Steelman

Carolyn “Beth” (Lollar) Steelman, 78, of Georgetown, passed away on Friday, November 12, 2021. Beth was born on May 31, 1943, in Columbus, Mississippi, to Larry and Margaret Lollar.

Beth moved to San Angelo, Texas, at a young age where she went to school and was a member of the Tex-Anns. She also won several beauty contests, including local, state, and runner-up to the National Miss America. Beth attended the University of Texas and retired from AT&T in management. She worked after retirement for several companies in sales, including her husband John as an office manager for several years.

Beth is survived by her husband, John Steelman; her brother, Lynn Lollar; and several nieces and nephews.

Beth put up a good fight against dementia and eventually lost. She will be missed by everyone who knew her.

A visitation for Beth will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2021, from 5-8 p.m. at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home, 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas, 78633. Funeral service will be held on Friday, November 19, 2021, at 1 p.m. at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville, Texas. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the West Texas Boys Ranch, located at 10223 Boys Ranch Road, San Angelo, Texas, 76904: https://www.wtbr.org/donate

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


 


Published November 14, 2021


 

Patricia Louise Poole Helferich

Patricia Louise Poole Helferich

Patricia Louise Poole Helferich

Patricia Louise Poole, 83, passed away peacefully November 5, 2021, due to metastasized lung cancer and COPD. She was born in Toledo, Ohio, on November 19, 1937, the day before her parents’ first wedding anniversary. Her parents were Nelson Monroe Poole and Myrl Martha Rosser. When Pat was 2 1/2, her father was transferred to South Bend, Indiana. During Pat’s high school years, she and her parents went to the YMCA on family nights to play table tennis, a pastime that often required tournament trips to Chicago. 

She attended Muessel Junior High, followed by Central High School, whose basketball team won the Indiana state finals in 1953. Pat remembered going to Indianapolis for the tournament and “screaming our heads off until we lost our voices.” In high school, Pat belonged to the Handy Andy social and service club. The club ran a charity rummage sale to donate money to the less fortunate. They also held social events and parties. 

Pat graduated from high school in 1955 and entered Purdue University in the fall of that year. During her time at the university, she worked in the histology lab at the hospital in South Bend, as well as the university’s biological plant research department. Pat joined the Alpha Xi Delta sorority while at Purdue and moved into the sorority house, where young women learned social skills, as well as etiquette for formal dinners, suitable for well-rounded women in 1950’s culture. 

Shortly after earning her Bachelor of Science degree in bacteriology, Pat married Peter Helferich in June 1959. To celebrate, the couple embarked on a three-month European honeymoon, using her college French and his college Spanish to make their way across France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, and England. 

Pat joined the National Organization for Women (NOW) when a chapter started near her home in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. She moved to Milwaukee in 1985, where she met her lifelong friend, Kristin, and became a social worker for Milwaukee County, working with children and the elderly. Pat retired in 2000 and relocated to Sun City in Georgetown, Texas, where she joined several groups and participated in various activities, including bridge, the Ticker Tape Tycoons Investment Club, tai chi, and spirituality study and discussion. Other interests included yoga, politics, movies, and socializing with friends.

Although she had some difficult times, Pat said that overall, she felt she lived a life of good fortune and was glad she had so many opportunities available to her. She said that her greatest achievement was raising four healthy, happy, successful human beings. To those who called her “Mom,” including her daughter- and sons-in-law, she listened tirelessly to the tales of their lives, offering an enlightened, wise perspective. 

Pat is predeceased by her parents, Nelson Monroe Poole and Myrl Martha Rosser Poole; her son-in-law, Patrick Lees; and her grandson, Brandon Urban. She is survived by her four children: Diana Urban (Paul), Andra Lees, Brant Helferich, and Dirk Helferich (Kelly); eight of her grandchildren: Ryan Urban, Jesse Urban, Jeran Urban, Anwyn Lees, Jeanette Helferich, Ryan Helferich, Nathan Helferich, and Paige Helferich; one great-grandchild due in early 2022; five cousins, Richard Butler, Sally McNeely (Rod), Robert Butler, Charlie Butler, and Jeanette Walker (Mike); and her niece Christy Viviano (Jim). 

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, December 4, at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home, 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown. In lieu of flowers, donations to the following charities are appreciated: The American Lung Association, www.lung.org, and The Caring Place, www.caringplacetx.org. 



Kenneth Glenn Martin

Kenneth Glenn Martin

Kenneth Glenn Martin died in Vincennes, Indiana, on November 6, 2021, just shy of his 85th birthday.  With him at the time of death was his wife of 30 years, Karen Jo Mangiaforte Martin.  

Ken was born on November 11, 1936, in Pontiac, Illinois, the son of Morris Glenn “Abe” and Elise French Martin. He grew up in Carbondale, Illinois, and graduated from Carbondale Community High School in 1954 where he was student council president, a member of the National Honor Society, co-captain of the football and baseball teams, and awarded ten letters in athletics. In 2018, Ken was inducted into the CHCC Athletics Hall of Fame.

Ken earned a B.S. in geology from Louisiana State University in 1959. While at LSU, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, played starting guard on the varsity basketball team, and lettered in basketball. In 1961, Ken earned his M.A. in geology from the University of Texas.  Ken later served as a guest lecturer in petroleum geology at LSU, UT, and SMU.

Ken began his petroleum geology career with Amoco in San Angelo, Texas, and then moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1963 where he spent his entire oil and gas career. In 1968, Ken formed an independent oil company, Kenmore, with two partners which eventually became one of the fifty most successful domestic oil and gas companies in 1972. In 1973, Ken founded Martin Exploration Company where he was honored as one of the top entrepreneurs and business leaders of New Orleans and was recognized for exceptional service to the American petroleum industry.  In 1982, Ken was inducted into the American Academy of Achievement at the Banquet of the Golden Plate. He was a former member of Metairie Country Club and the Krewe of Bacchus as well as a supporter of the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Boy Scouts of America, and St. Martin’s Episcopal School where he named the Martin Family Library.  

In 1992, Ken and Karen moved to Horseshoe Bay, Texas, where Ken was a real estate investor and developer.  He was a member of Horseshoe Bay Golf Resort and Escondido Golf & Lake Club.  More recently, they lived in Georgetown, where they were active in Sun City before relocating to Vincennes, Indiana, this summer.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents as well as his brother, Russell W. Martin. He is survived by his wife, Karen, of Vincennes, Indiana; children, Elisabeth M. Armstrong of Dallas, Texas, Jeffrey G. Martin of Covington, Louisiana, and Taylor R. Martin of Fort Worth, Texas; grandchildren, Lindsey Strawn of Dallas, Texas, Jack Armstrong of Lompoc, California, Leigh Young of Dallas, Texas, Jillian, Ava, and Pierce Martin of Covington, Louisiana, and Owen and Charlie Martin of Fort Worth, Texas; great-grandchildren, James and Elsie Strawn, Peter, Davis, and Hanna Armstrong, and Cooper, Riley, and Mason Young; and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, step-children, step-grandchildren, and step-great-grandchildren.



Kenneth L. “Kenny” Fallwell

Kenneth L. “Kenny” Fallwell was born March 1, 1951, in Dallas, Texas, the son of Kenneth and Mary (Bowling) Fallwell. He passed from this life November 7, 2021, at the age of 70 years. Kenny had lived in Georgetown since 2006, moving here from Mountain Home, Texas. He served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam Era. Upon returning from Vietnam, he began his career in law enforcement as a police officer in the Dallas Metro area. Kenny later moved to Mountain Home where he lived at the Y.O. Ranch for several years before building his own ranch, the Broken Spur, where he raised Longhorns and exotic animals. Kenny enjoyed shooting and riding motorcycles. An avid motorcycle rider since the age of 11, Kenny loved to travel by motorcycle after moving to Georgetown.  He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his partner, Brenda Whorton and by his sister and brother-in-law, Jan and Ron Deaton of Smyrna, Georgia. Graveside services with honors will be held Thursday, November 18, 2021, at 11 a.m. Donations in Kenny’s memory may be made to any local Veterans of Foreign War Post.



June Lunsford Lincoln

June Lunsford Lincoln

June Lunsford Lincoln, beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend, passed away on November 10, 2021.

Born June 1, 1947, and the eldest of four children born to Macy S. Lunsford and Bernice Pate Lunsford, June possessed an independent streak from childhood. A lifelong resident of Central Texas, June attended Georgetown schools.

June is survived by her children, Bobby Gene Lincoln, Paula June Lincoln Flores (Ricardo), and Liana Lincoln, the beloved granddaughter June raised as a daughter; grandson Devin Miller (Carlie); great-grandchildren Hadley Miller and Rhett Miller; sister Bessie Lunsford; and brother Wesley Lunsford. June will also be missed by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Donald Lunsford.

A longtime home health care provider, June had great compassion for those in greatest need. She was often at her best when caring for young children and the elderly. “Aunt June” could be relied upon to introduce the little ones to treats their parents wouldn’t allow.

Visitation will take place November 16, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel in Georgetown, with a service at The Gabriels on November 17, at 11 a.m. She will be laid to rest amid generations of family at Whiteley Cemetery near Georgetown.

 

 

 



Irene B. Lay

Irene B. Lay

Irene B. Lay, age 97, of Liberty Hill, passed peacefully on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, surrounded by her two loving daughters, Lori and Lucy. She passed one day shy of her 98th birthday.

Irene was born in Creedmoor, Texas, to Archie and Bertie (Davis) Boothe on November 10, 1923. Irene married Harrell O. Lay Jr. on January 30, 1942. Harrell and Irene moved to Liberty Hill in 1947. Together they had several businesses, including Lay’s Layers and Lay’s Antiques. Irene was a lifelong member of the Liberty Hill Church of Christ.

Irene was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Harrell O. Lay Jr.; and her son, Lynn Lay. 

Irene is survived by her daughters, Lori (Ricky) Andrews of Llano, Texas, and Lucy (Jeff) Kemper of Liberty Hill, Texas; her six grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and several loving nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Traditions Hospice and the Legacy of Georgetown for their unconditional care, love, and support.

A family visitation for Irene will be held Tuesday, November 16, 2021, from 10 - 10:30 a.m. at Liberty Hill Cemetery, 16101 TX-29, Liberty Hill, Texas, 78642, followed by a graveside service from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. with Jason Dunn officiating.

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

 


Published November 10, 2021


 

John (Jack) J. Pellegrino

John (Jack) J. Pellegrino

John (Jack) J. Pellegrino, 78, passed away from complications of open heart surgery on October 27, 2021, in Round Rock, Texas.

On December 10, 1942, Jack was born in Hartford, Connecticut, to Francis J. Pellegrino and Nora Elizabeth (Dunn) Pellegrino. After graduation from Farmington High School, he served four years in the U.S. Air Force. During his time in the Air Force, he was stationed on the island of Crete where he copied Morse Code. Jack was self-employed for much of his professional life. However, the most important job to him was serving as a “Jack-of-all-trades” at New Life United Pentecostal Church, where he was a member for close to 25 years. Upon their retirement, Jack and his wife, Josie, traveled extensively in their motor coach throughout the United Sates visiting as many National Parks and Presidential Libraries as possible. They were members of and traveled with the Alpine Coach Association until settling in Georgetown, Texas, in 2014. After moving to Georgetown, Jack and Josie became members of Georgetown Country Club. In true “Jack-fashion,” he quickly made many new friends out on the course. He regularly played in weekly games with various groups, tournaments with his daughter, Marcie, and in late 2018, made a hole-in-one on Hole 17.

Jack was predeceased by his parents as well as his brother James F. Pellegrino.  

He is survived by his wife, Josephine (Josie) Pellegrino, his daughter, Marcie Leigh Schmidt, and son-in-law, Erik Peter Schmidt, all of Georgetown, Texas. The family would like to acknowledge the excellent level of care given to Jack during his two week stay in ICU at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center.

A memorial service for Jack will be held Saturday, November 13, 2021, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home, 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown.



Henry Dale Wakefield

Henry Dale Wakefield, age 85, of Georgetown, Texas, passed away on Thursday, November 4, 2021. Henry was born February 28, 1936, in Latham, Kansas, to Bernice Wright Wakefield and Manley Victor (Penny) Wakefield. 

He was an Army Specialist fourth class and was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany, from 1956-1958.He received his Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture and a Master’s of Science at Kansas State University. Henry later worked in sales and financial planning. His last employment was as a pit boss at the Coushatta Casino in Louisiana. He loved playing poker and won several big tournaments. 

Henry was preceded in death by his ex-wife, Kay Stevens Wakefield. 

He is survived by his wife Diane of 41 years; his cherished daughter Traci Ann Hoagland (Don Hoagland); his daughter Julie Ann Wakefield; and grandchildren, Chase Nugen of Wellington, Kansas, Makenze Bullins (J.W.) of Liberty, Missouri, Cody Wakefield (Sammie Jo) of Kenner, Louisiana, and great-granddaughter Waverly Rayn Bullins. 

Henry’s clubs, church, and lodge affiliations include: Lions Club (Crowley, Louisiana), Mason Lodge 101 (60 years), and Sun City Poker, Zoomers, Country & Western Dance Club, and The Worship Place.

Henry’s final resting place will be at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas, at a later date. 

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



Theresa Suzanne Andre Temmerman

Theresa Suzanne Andre Temmerman

Theresa Suzanne Andre Temmerman of Granger, Texas, died on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. She was born in Edegem, Belgium, on January 12, 1935. 

Theresa was preceded in death by her parents, Max and Martha Brasseur Temmerman, two sisters and two brothers. Survived by her loving daughter, Patricia Mercedes Temmerman, of Austin, Texas, whom she adopted at seven years of age, she is survived by two brothers and nieces and nephews, all of Belgium. 

Theresa was a member of St. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Granger, Texas. 

Her dreams as a teenager in Edegem were to graduate high school and begin working so she could save money to purchase a “Vespa” to use for travel in South American and eventually in the United States. 

Theresa had always been a very special, diverse and quite unique individual. In her many travels and adventures, she loves meeting people and learning about their cultures and customs. She traveled in Argentina, Chile, and Mexico, just to name a few locations, before she came to the United States. Theresa spoke several languages, including French, Flemish, Spanish and English. She became an American citizen on October 11, 1981. 

Theresa was no stranger to hard work. When she had dreams and goals in mind, she knew she would have to work hard to achieve them. Her first job in the United States was at the World’s Fair in New York City. During her travels throughout the U.S. she came upon Austin, Texas, where she made her home and raised her daughter. 

Theresa was very talented and artistically gifted. She was fascinated with electronics, a field in which she made successful career. She mastered many hobbies including sewing, woodworking, operating a spinning wheel, and loom and gardening. She was a generous person who cheerfully shared the fruits of her labor with friends and family. 

Theresa loved animals, moving to the country near Granger enabled her to raise many pets, including dogs, rabbits, chickens, goats and an abandoned fawn, Prince, which she bottle-fed until he could make it on its own. 

She cherished her visits from her daughter, Patty, and they enjoyed long walks, playing Dominoes and working in her gardens. Theresa Temmerman will be sincerely missed. 

A private service to celebrate her life will be held at a later date.



Joe McMaster

Joe McMaster

Joe McMaster was born on November 16, 1932, to Jack and Evelyn McMaster at Freeport, Texas.  He met his wife, JoNell at what was then Southwest Texas State University and they were married September 4, 1954 at Yorktown, Texas.

He graduated from the University of Texas on June 4, 1955 with a BBA, and then was drafted into the Army where he was stationed at Fort Ord.  Upon discharge from the Army, he resumed his education and graduated from the University of Texas School of Law on August 8, 1959.  He moved to Georgetown, Texas in 1962 and began long and successful careers in business, real estate and the Law.

His accomplishments were many professionally, but none made him prouder than his accomplishments playing quarterback for the “Freeport Exporters”.  He was a great athlete and always loved to tell football stories.  He was a passionate Longhorn Fan.  He was also for many decades an avid student and player of the game of golf. Joe was a life-long and devout Christian.

He loved his wife, JoNell, for 67 years before she predeceased him a year ago.  JoNell was his lifelong mate and they had lots of fun together.  All the children shared in the fun and always enjoyed bringing their friends over.  Our dad said that he had no direction in his life until meeting JoNell, and that she was the driving and planning force in his life.

He lived on his own terms without fear.  He died fearlessly, assured of his place with Jesus, and knowing he had taken care of his family.  We would expect nothing less, that is who he was.

He leaves a loving family to cherish his memory: son, John McMaster and wife Gina; daughter, Melanie McMaster and her life partner,as well as Joe’s dear friend, Tommy Worsham; and son, Haven Fox and husband John.  He also leaves behind eight grandchildren. 

A time of visitation will be held from 5-7 pm on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at Ramsey Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 10 a.m. at Ramsey Funeral Home. 



Jeffrey Lance Foster

Jeffrey Lance Foster

Beloved husband, father, son and friend, Jeff Foster, passed on October 28, 2021, after a long and brave fight against brain cancer. Though gone too soon, Jeff made the absolute most of his 58 years, living every day to the fullest.

Born on February 21, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, Jeff spent his younger years in Texas, California and Louisiana. He attended Clear Lake High School where he played football and went on to study at The University of Texas at Austin. As a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, he made life-long friends and memories in college. When it was time to hang up the toga, he went to work in the semiconductor industry for Technical Marketing, Inc., where he flourished for 30 years. Well known for his booming voice and gift of gab, he was the consummate salesman. His authenticity, charm and expert knowledge made him a favorite of his customers and brought him great success over the years. He retired from the industry in 2016 and founded Apex Shooting, turning his passion for shooting sports into a second career as a coach and target setter. His impact on his many students will be a living legacy and he was thrilled when they found success.

An avid outdoorsman, sportsman and athlete, Jeff spent untold hours enjoying his many passions. His grandfather taught him to shoot and ride motorcycles when he was a kid and he continued those pursuits for the rest of his life. Both the guns and the bikes got bigger and Italian but Jeff never lost his pure love for either. He was also a punishing mountain biker, as anyone who was foolish enough to ride with him found out. He both loved and hated golf with equal passion. He was an excellent fly fisherman and so appreciated and enjoyed the difficulty and beauty of the sport. In fact, that was the theme of Jeff’s life. The more difficult, the better. He didn’t just hunt with guns, he hunted with a bow for many years. And, not just any bow, but, of course, a recurve. And he didn’t just hunt deer or rabbits with that recurve, he hunted bears and mountain lions. He loaded his own shells, tied his own flies and tinkered endlessly with his toys. You would never catch Jeff with anything but the best gear. He always said, “If you have a ten dollar head, you buy a ten dollar helmet.” His pursuit of excellence in all things and his determination to reach the pinnacle of everything he did defined his character. 

Jeff spent many hours helping others in every kind of situation both formally and informally. He served as President of the Texas Sporting Clays Association (TSCA) from 2006-2010. He also served as President of Capitol City Trap & Skeet Gun Club for many years. His enduring dedication to clay shooting resulted in his induction into the TSCA Hall of Fame in 2019. Informally, Jeff could be counted on to go above and beyond whatever assistance was asked of him. Countless friends and acquaintances were connected through Jeff’s massive network. If you needed the best mountain bike, a gunsmith, some ammo, a custom boat, a job, a motorcycle part, a fishing guide…the list goes on and on…Jeff was the guy you called. You usually got more information than you wanted because he could turn a five minute call into an hour long discussion, but that ability is what made him a great salesman. His willingness to spend his time was a testament to how much he enjoyed helping others.

Jeff is survived by his wife, Christy; his two children, Jake and Jessie; his mother, Barbara Foster; his in-laws, Charlotte Dodwell, Steve and Karen Dodwell, and Brett and Traci Dodwell. He was preceded in death by his father, Deryl Foster.

The family would like to thank their many friends and relatives who were on Jeff’s journey every step of the way. Each one was a lifeboat in a stormy sea and their love and support carried them to the shore. A special thanks also goes out to all the professional caregivers that helped along the way, especially the amazing staff at Rocky Hollow Lake House and Suncrest Hospice.

If you are so moved, please consider a donation to the Flatwater Foundation in Jeff’s honor.

A celebration of life for Jeff was held at 4 p.m. on Friday, November 5, 2021, at the Milestone Georgetown. A reception will followed. 

You may share a message or memory in the online memorial guestbook at

www.ramseyfuneral.com.

 


 


Published November 7, 2021


 

Thomas (Tommy) O’Neal

Thomas (Tommy) O’Neal

Thomas (Tommy) O’Neal passed away on Saturday, October 23, doing one of his favorite activities: riding his bicycle. The sadness of his sudden passing is matched by the beauty of his life. An avid and skilled rider, Tommy was competing in a gravel race in Northwest Arkansas when he had an accident. Because he was alone at that moment, what exactly happened is unknown.

What is certain is that Tommy had a panache for life, a deep love for his family, and a longing to travel. With his quick wit and keen insight, Tommy would liven up the conversation and relished the opportunity to engage in a good debate. Beyond that wit and intelligence, what sparked his contributions to those conversations was his deep thought, sense of self, and a clear perception of how things could be. 

With a generally wild bushel of hair, a distinct gait, and a fantastic laugh, Tommy stood out even in a crowd. 

Tommy was born in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, on July 25, 1949. He grew up in Oak Hill, Florida and graduated from New Smyrna High School in 1967. He attended Stetson University in Deland, Florida.  When he was 20, he headed off to find adventure which took him to the famous Woodstock Festival in 1969. Ultimately, he made his way to Houston, where he raised his two daughters, Jenni and Sarah, and managed a popular Houston restaurant — Magnolia Bar and Grill — for almost thirty years. In that time, he met Cathy, the love of his life and his wife of 22 years. 

Tommy is survived by: his wife, Cathy; sister, Susan O’Neal; daughters, Jenni O’Neal-Collins and Sarah Rodriguez; stepson, Jesse Reed and Danielle Reed; stepdaughter, Sara Headden and Todd Headden; grandchildren, Thomas, Henry, Maddox, Sam, RaeLynn, Kaia, Eva, and Cole; plus the feline Lenny, and two corgis, Dylan and Izzy. 

A celebration of Tommy’s life will be held on Saturday, November 13,, at the Sun City Legacy Hills Pavilion. 



Eudelia Garza Lozano

Eudelia Garza Lozano

Earth Birth February 1, 1945 

Heavenly birth October 26, 2021

Momma dee, parents both passed (Israel Garza and Mary A. Garza. )

Daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, best friend.

Eudelia Passed away at her home in Hutto, Texas, on October 26, 2021. She will be missed and is now with Jehovah and awaiting her heaven path to a everlasting peaceful life.

Loved by family, friends, she will always be remembered by her inspiring words of wisdom and encouraging words of strength and Love. Cremation ceremony was prepared per Affordable Cremations in Austin, Texas. No services were available per family Lozano.

 

 

 

 

 



Thomas Lee Barlow

Thomas Lee Barlow

(1929 – 2021)

Thomas Lee Barlow, 92, passed away in League City, Texas. He is predeceased by his father, Thomas Drury Barlow, and mother, Marion Virginia Hoagland Barlow, and by stepsons, James and Spencer Taylor. 

Tom was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and the family later settled in Houston, where he graduated from Lamar High School and then from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry/biology.  As a Cost Accountant and Project Controller and Scheduler, he worked for various engineering and petrochemical companies in Houston, Seattle, Denver and Saudi Arabia with his longest tenure at Brown & Root. He was proficient in various computer formats he learned from Primavera Systems, enjoyed sharing his expertise with others, and was respected for his knowledge and experience in the field. As a result, he delayed retirement and continued his career working on projects for Ensicon. Tom received the Life Membership award for his service to the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE International) and was a committee member for the Martini International Pipeline Golf Tournament for 25 years. Tom was active in his community serving over five years as Director of Mason Creek Utility District in Harris County, Texas. Additionally, he was an ardent supporter of the Boy Scouts of America. He achieved the rank of Life Scout as a youth and committed to sharing his love of scouting throughout his life, most notably by serving as Unit Commissioner and District Roundtable Commissioner for the San Gabriel District. He was especially proud to serve in Troop 151, Georgetown, with two of his grandchildren. While in Georgetown, Tom was a member of First United Methodist Church where he volunteered as an event photographer, a hobby he loved to share.

Tom is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Novice Rita Barlow of Webster, Texas.  He is also survived by their daughter, Michelle Klein and her husband, Erich of Houston; his sons, Chris Barlow and his wife, Patti of Richmond, Texas, and Jeff Barlow and his wife, Cindy of Corpus Christi, Texas; his stepdaughter, Cindy King of Stuart, Florida; as well as 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In addition, he will be remembered by many extended family members and friends who dearly loved him, especially his neighbor and dear friend Ron Bean who provided much assistance and support for both him and Novice for the past 10 years. The family also wishes to thank all the staff at the Crossings in League City and the Divinity Hospice staff for their excellent care and compassion.  

Funeral arrangements and interment are with Memorial Oaks Funeral Home and Cemetery, Houston, Texas, with a graveside memorial service and celebration of life conducted on Monday, November 15, at 11 a.m. The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Scouts of America or the charity of one’s choice. 



Gemma Haley Maddox

Gemma Haley Maddox

Gemma Haley Maddox, 25, of Georgetown, Texas passed away on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. Gemma was born on September 15, 1996, to Robert Maddox and Cara Moore.

Gemma was a beautiful woman with a smile that would light up the room. She was witty and funny. She was a talented artist and singer; traits she inherited from her parents. Gemma was a kind-hearted person who cared deeply about her friends and family. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is preceded in death by her loving father.

She is survived by her mother, Cara Moore; stepfather, Brandon Moore; stepmother, Katherine Maddox; siblings: Marissa Reynolds, Christian Reynolds, Layla Moore and Kennedy Moore;  grandparents, John and Iva Santos, Taddy Maddox, Jim Maddox and stepgrandparents, Alfred and Rosario Escoto and Brenda Davis, as well as, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and nephew.

A graveside service will be at Crawford Cemetery in Crawford, Texas, on Saturday, November 6, 12 p.m. with Fr. Sang officiating.

Arrangements are being handled by Broecker Funeral of Salado. 

Please sign the guestbook at: broeckerfuneralhome.com 

 


 

Sharon Ann Yesland

Sharon Ann Yesland

​Sharon Ann Yesland passed away on October 21, 2021. Sharon was born December 10, 1935, in Bremerton, Washington, where she was raised. She was married to Dave Yesland for 47 years and raised a great family. They traveled and loved life with friends and family.  Sharon was an interior designer for many years and had a successful career as an ASID credentialed designer. Later, she married Charles Rushing, and they enjoyed retired life together. She will be remembered for her fabulous style and bringing beauty to everything around her. She will be missed by her extended family and many friends. 

Memorial services will be held in springtime, in Washington state.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Memorial Service for Travis Thomas “Pop.” Saturday, November 13, 2021, at 1 p.m., San Gabriel Masonic Lodge, 992 North College, Georgetown, Texas.

 

 

 




 


Published November 3, 2021


Rebecca Lowe

Rebecca Lowe

Rebecca Lowe passed from this life on October 18. She was a beloved Montessori educator in Georgetown and Austin for more than 27 years. 

Rebecca’s life in children was deep and rich. In addition to teaching, she was a mother, a stepmother, a foster mother, a godmother, and a grandmother. While attending church in Cedar Park, she organized a children’s theater group and an arts-based Sunday school. In Georgetown and Leander, she taught spiritual lessons using Montessori-based Catechesis of the Good Shepherd materials. Later, she was instrumental in establishing a scholarship that continues to benefit first-generation college students in the Austin area.

A devoted daughter, Rebecca provided company and care to her father in his ninth decade and beyond, even moving to Kingsland for two years in order to extend his time at home. While fully committed to school and family, Rebecca still found time to volunteer with the Samaritan Sandwich Brigade, serve meals at the ARCH, tutor at Harris Elementary, and write letters for Inside Books.  

Rebecca loved planting butterfly gardens. She created lovely, whimsical art from objects she found along the roadside. A passionate Beatles fan, she never wavered — John was always her favorite. She was an avid reader who treasured a decades-long association with her dear Georgetown book club friends. 

Rebecca’s open arms welcomed a large chosen family, and her friends felt loved and celebrated. To be the object of her attention was to be illuminated, warmed, and affirmed. Rebecca’s sweetness, spark, and incomparable smile are greatly missed by husband, Sam, children, Cara and Jesse, stepdaughter, Juniper, and her husband, Erik, grandchildren, Neko and Walter, goddaughter, Dana, father, Philip, ‘second son,’ Josh, best dog, Buddy Willis, and countless friends, former students, and admirers. We will celebrate Rebecca on her December birthday and remember her forever. 

If you wish, you can honor Rebecca by treasuring the children in your life and by donating to the WPNA Scholarship via Austin Mennonite Church (Giving page at

www.austinmennonite.org or 5801 Westminster Drive, Austin, Texas 78723). 




Jean L. Sheadel

Jean L. Sheadel

Jean L. Sheadel, born May 20, 1958, in Longview, Washington, died October 29, 2021, in Georgetown, Texas.

Jean passed away surrounded by her family following a lengthy battle with cancer. Jean is survived by her mother, sister and brother, husband, two children, and grandson. 

Jean was an adventurous, fun loving, dedicated Christian woman who loved to ski, ride motorcycles, and go to weekly movies with close friends. 

As a member of Georgetown Church of Christ, a celebration of life will be held on Saturday, November 13 at 11 a.m. 

Honoring her many years of involvement in children’s ministries, we request donations be made to the Christian Relief Fund (CRF) through the GTCoC/CRF in lieu of flowers.

In honor of her miniature donkey, Shakey, Jean would be thrilled if you donated a goat, chicken, or cow through CRF.  

 

 

 

 

 



Donald (Don) Tutt

Donald (Don) Tutt

Donald (Don) Tutt was born December 8, 1952, to Paul Robert and Margaret (Peggy) Jane Tutt. He was predeceased by his parents and his wife’s parents, Jack and Mae Wyatt. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Shirlene Wyatt Tutt, his Uncle Marshall Draper (Joyce), his siblings; Paul Tutt (Barbara), Beth Guenther (Richard), Susan Tutt (Mike Ouimet) and Marshall Tutt; his nieces and nephews; Shawn Guenther (Melissa), Rebecca Jones (Chris), Seth Guenther (Ruthann), Dustin Tutt (Fran), Cory Tutt and Kimberly Tutt and four great nephews and four great nieces with another due soon and many cousins.

 Don was a favorite son and brother, a best friend, an excellent confidant, a problem solver, and was always ready to lend a hand to anyone and everyone in need. Don was best at making Momma laugh, and working on cars with Hemi. She never needed a handyman because Don could take care of everything around the house and in the garage. And at work, one of his supervisors remarked that “Don is as handy as a pocket on a shirt.” 

Don was a natural teacher — there are scores of people with stories of how he taught them to change a tire, gap a spark plug, trouble shoot a computer issue, repair an electrical device, create a solution for so many problems and the list goes on and on. He didn’t just show you how to do something but also when it may be needed and how a certain fix affected the overall car or network or device. Once Don taught you something, you were confident enough to teach others. Truly a perpetual gift. 

 Don loved to read and learn. He graduated from Reagan High School in 1971 and from Southwest Texas State University in 1982. He started a lending library wherever he was so he could share his books and enjoyed discussing the stories and authors. Once he learned something he couldn’t wait to share it with others that would benefit from it. He was ambidextrous and could draw, paint or work or handle tools with both hands. His brain worked that way too so he worked at understanding many sides of an issue and could explain his perspective on anything in a way that others would easily understand. 

He enjoyed all kinds of games and was especially good at dominos. He played some type of game every day at lunch with co-workers. He was good at pool because he could see all the angles needed to hit the pockets. He pitched for his softball team, the Sluggz, and never got hit. They didn’t win very often but they were lifelong friends enjoying their time together. We laugh at still using the nicknames he gave every player.

Cars were always Don’s zone. As a toddler, he would point at a vehicle and tell you the make and model. As he grew, he also knew the year and size of the engine as well as the pros and cons of owning each one. He only had a few cars, but two of them were Chevrolet El Caminos that he kept in top running condition. He and Shirlene enjoyed visiting many swap meets through the years.

He retired from TxDOT after 40 years of service that began when he was in high school cleaning the floors at Camp Hubbard. He worked his way up after college to IT positions. He served in the Texas National Guard for six years. He worked on airplane control panels and was offered a civilian position to continue that work after discharge. 

Visitation will be held Wednesday, November 3, 2021, from 4 - 8 p.m. at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home, 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown. Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Crestview Baptist Church, 2300 Williams Drive, Georgetown with Pastor Dan Woolridge officiating. Interment to follow at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery.



Darla Diane Elsik (Kocian)

Darla Diane Elsik (Kocian)

Darla Diane Elsik (Kocian), 56, of Georgetown, Texas, departed this world to join our heavenly Father on October 29, 2021. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Rita Kocian. She is survived by her loving husband of 21 years, Dewey Elsik; two sons, Ryan and Cooper; four siblings, Mike (Susan), Donna, David (Karen) and Debbie (Larry); and her nieces, nephews, in-laws, and friends.

Darla was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, on September 29, 1965, and graduated from Richard King High School in 1984. Darla was a successful travel agent for over 35 years, in addition to being a dedicated wife and mother. 

The youngest of five siblings, Darla learned to handle whatever was thrown at her. She brought love, laughter, and liveliness to her childhood home — energy she carried with her throughout her life. 

Darla was a kind and fun-loving person who could light up a room with her infectious smile and sense of humor, and always brought generosity and compassion to everyone around her. Darla was a devoted wife and mother whose family brought her great joy. She loved travelling with her family and taking an active role her sons’ education and activities. Darla will be remembered for always putting her family first and making sure they knew how much she loved them. 

Visitation for family and friends will be held at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel in Georgetown, Texas, on Saturday, November 6, 2021, from 5-7 p.m. 

 

 


 


Jay “Michael” Taylor

Jay “Michael” Taylor

Jay “Michael” Taylor died of Covid on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at age 39. He was a loving single dad, known for his amazing barbecue, strong political beliefs, and big heart. Michael was a quiet giant of a man, with a quick wit and saucy irreverent sense of humor. 

Michael was born in Bryan, Texas, to Jay Lee and Debbi Taylor on April 4, 1982. He grew up in Florida, Georgia, and in Georgetown, Texas. He was a difficult pupil in grade school, because the pace bored him. Debbi home-schooled the children for two years, which were Michael’s first and second grades. As he progressed in school, Michael tolerated school but didn’t really blossom until he had the freedom of the college environment. He enjoyed band in high school and graduated from Georgetown High School in 2000. He earned an Associate Degree in Entertainment Management from Austin Community College in 2003. 

During the years after high school, Michael and several friends, Scott Beavers and J. Rhodes, formed a band called the House of Id. Michael played bass guitar, keyboard, and did some vocals. They produced more than 40 songs of blues, industrial electronic, and horror core rap. Ironically, Apple iTunes approved the newest songs for release just two days after Michael’s passing. 

Michael met his wife in high school, but was reintroduced in 2003. Crystal Kemp became a part of the Taylor family, growing close to his sisters, Annelise and Damaris, and brother Alex. Michael and Crystal were married on September 7, 2007 at 7:07 a.m. in a wedding chapel in Las Vegas, officiated by an Elvis Presley impersonator. It was Michael’s style to add humor and irony to important events in his life. Michael and Crystal were blessed with a son, Evan, in 2008, and a daughter, Aniya, in 2010. 

Michael obtained a Bachelor of Science with high honors in Information Technology & Programming from Kaplan University in 2010. He worked for several consulting companies as Program Manager and Senior Cloud Architect, assigned to projects for the Veterans Administration. He earned his Master of Business degree in Information Technology from Texas A&M University in 2019. 

He was recently promoted to Commander of Alpha Company (AWS and Azure Cloud Solutions) by his current employer Cognosante, as part of the VA Cloud Operations and Migrations Services (COMS) Program, supporting Veterans throughout the USA. 

Over the course of just over three years on the program, he was promoted three times. By the time he became Alpha Company Commander, he was leading 14 of the most senior Cloud/IT Personnel in the program. Prior to this, Michael led four direct reports and more than 40 team members on various IT projects. In all his years of working with the Veterans Administration he was considered one of the most positive and high-impact results-driven people on the missions he supported. 

Michael divorced in 2020, and he and Crystal equally shared parenting responsibility. He was close to his children, always planning biking, walks, new restaurants, or trips to the ocean. Michael was a member of Hill Country Bible Church in Georgetown and served on the Praise and Worship team.

Michael is preceded in death by his sister, Damaris, and his step-father, Glenn Vance. His survivors include his mother, Debbi Vance, father, Jay Taylor, and step-mother, Catherine Jewell, children, Evan and Aniya, brother, Alex, and wife Ashlyn, sister, Annelise and husband, CJ Jones, and former wife, Crystal.

Michael will be remembered for his quiet strength, willingness to be there when needed, and dedication to his job, family and friends. It’s comforting to know he’s in heaven and we will see him again someday. 

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, November 6, 11 a.m. at Hill Country Bible Church, 600 Stadium Drive, Georgetown. Food and a reception immediately following at Berry Springs Park, 1801 County Road 152, Georgetown.