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November 2022

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Published December 2, 2022


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Glenn Junior Long

Glenn Junior Long, 92, passed away on November 26, 2022, at his home in Sun City, Georgetown. He was born on May 19, 1930, in East Salem, Pennsylvania. Glenn is survived by his devoted companion Rebecca Pawlak; his beloved children, daughter, Patricia Ann Hafernik and husband, Rob, son, Stephen Michael Long and wife, Susan; brother, Larry Long: sister-in-law, Catherine Long; nephew, Danny Long and extended Long and Gearhart family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and May P. Long, sister, Jo-Anne E. Sellers and brother, Harold Long.

After graduating from Fayette High School, Glenn attended Bible college in New York and graduated in 1953. After work in a Chevrolet factory and continued courses at the Detroit Bible Institute, he served in the U.S. Army where he was awarded a good conduct medal and marksmanship award. Upon discharge, his civil service employment at Olmstead AFB eventually led him to Texas. Glenn attended and graduated from the University of Texas with a civil engineering degree. This led to a career as an engineer for the Texas Water Rights Commission which lasted until his retirement. After retiring, Glenn obtained his real estate license and enjoyed selling real estate for some time. Glenn was a lifelong member of Mensa.

Throughout Glenn’s life, he had a deep love and devotion for his family. He enjoyed many opportunities to travel with friends and family within the U.S. and foreign lands such as skiing in Yugoslavia. Glenn especially enjoyed helping family and friends by sharing his gifts as a skilled craftsman in woodworking, carpentry, electronics and electrical work.

Glenn was very concerned about the plight of those less fortunate and loved helping others. He was involved in community services and volunteering such as elder care and literacy Austin. Glenn always set a good example for the value of hard work and physical activity. Overtime, Glenn’s spiritual faith had become an increasingly important part of his life.

Glenn truly enjoyed music and the performing arts. For years, he faithfully attended performances by the Austin Lyric Opera.

Glenn loved to dance and brought much joy to the dance floor for many years especially for his longtime companion Becky Pawlak.

The family would like to thank the medical and nursing staff of Baylor Scott and White Hospital in Round Rock, for their kindness and loving care of Glenn during his recent illnesses.

A memorial service/visitation honoring Glenn will be conducted at Beck Funeral Home, 15709 Ranch Road 620, Austin, Texas, 78717 on Saturday, December 3, at 10 a.m. Funeral services at Brown’s United Methodist Church will be held at a later date with burial at the Goodwill cemetery in Juniata County Pennsylvania.



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Betty Jo Teffeteller Phillips

Our G-Bay, Betty Jo Teffeteller Phillips, went to be with the Lord on November 25, 2022, at her home near Liberty Hill. She was born to James and Chloe Teffeteller in Maryville, Tennessee, on January 10, 1939. When Betty Jo became a grandmother, her request was to be called BJ. Her oldest granddaughter, Brynn, couldn’t say BJ, she would say G-Bay and that’s how she became G-Bay. She and Daddy Ray (we called him Raynie) were married 49 years and spent most of their adult married life in the Georgetown area.

Betty was very involved and active with many organizations, including the Williamson County Texas Master Gardner Club. This was her life, caring for plants. She also had her own accounting business and was active with her HOA.

Betty Jo is preceded in death by her parents, her son, Steven Lynn Ramsey, her sister, Nellie Teffeteller Foster, her husband, Raymond Luther Phillips.

She is survived by her brother, Jerry Teffeteller and wife, Sharon, of Plano; her daughters, Cynthia Elaine Ramsey, of Liberty Hill; Lois Ramsey Blum and husband, Chris, of Rockport; her son, Jim Ramsey and wife, JoAnn of Luling; Her grandchildren, Steven Lynn Ramsey, Jr. and wife, Brittnee of Tacoma, Washington; Jessica Brynn Lopez and husband, Justin, of La Grange; Jeremy Allen White of Seguin; Amy Jo Rundell of Burnet; Allison Anne Jaggard and husband, Jay, of Katy; Travis Scot Cunningham and wife, Erin, of Liberty Hill; Elaina Eliza Boyd of San Antonio; James Caleb Ramsey and wife, Gabby, of San Marcos; Brianna Ramsey of San Marcos, 16 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Like the disciple John said about the works of Christ in John 21:25, “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written, every one I suppose, that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.” G-Bay did so much good for so many. It would require volumes to record her deeds and influence.

We who are left behind will truly miss her loving and caring spirit. The memories we have of our Beautiful Betty Jo with forever be in our hearts.

Graveside funeral services will be at Liberty Hill Cemetery on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at 11 a.m. with Grandsons Pastor Justin Lopez and Pastor Travis Cunningham officiating.

Donations may be sent to the Williamson County Master Gardner Club.

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



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Gordon James Monson

Gordon James Monson, son of Wendell and Ethel Monson, was born February 19, 1942, in Fargo, North Dakota. He served in the Army at Ford Hood in Killeen where he served as an assistant chaplain; as well as in the Vietnam conflict. He remained in Texas for 52 years. On Friday, October 28, he passed from complications from myeloma.  

Godon was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Lou Alice (Schneider) and sister, Patricia Blegen, Gordon leaves behind sisters, Diane Chambers (Dan, deceased), Chari Honrud-Dorval (Gary), Donna Royal (Mike), Becky Ohnstad (Vern), brother, Ken (Julie) and sister-in-law, Linda (Johnny) Zuehlke. He is survived by his nephew, Frank Custer, and he also leaves many nieces and nephews.

His interment will be following worship (11:45 a.m.) at the cemetery at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Walburg. All are welcome to participate in the graveside service.



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Carolyn Joyce Anderson Johnson

Carolyn Joyce Anderson Johnson was born in Austin on April 14, 1939, and went to meet her Lord and Savior on November 23, 2022, at the age of 83. She is preceded in death by her husband, Shelby Clayton Johnson. She is survived by her four children, Truman Clayton Johnson, Tracy Renee Johnson, Terrell Kevin Johnson and Tricia Christine Johnson as well as one brother, two sisters, two brothers-in-law, one sister-in-law, two daughters-in-law, 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, other family members and friends. She passed peacefully at her home surrounded by loved ones.

Carolyn was the first of five children born to Oscar and Nina Anderson and raised on their farm in Hutto. She attended Hutto High School where she was the student council vice president, F.H.A. parliamentarian, Hippo staff typist, and a member of the pep squad. She was voted class favorite in 1956 and she played basketball all four years where today, she still holds records. After graduation, she married the love of her life on June 15, 1957. Her faith remained important to her, and she was always active with church where she taught Sunday school and sang in the choir.

She and Clayton attended church services and other social club events regularly, and she never missed a family event or special occasion. Even throughout her illness, she would still tap her feet in time to her favorite polka music. She was loved by many and will be missed very much.

The family would like to thank Heavenly Care Home Health and Choice Hospice for their service.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 6, from 5-8 p.m. Funeral service will be Wednesday, December 7, at 11 a.m. Austin Peel & Son Funeral Home 607 East Anderson Lane, Austin, Texas, 78752. Graveside service to follow at the Evangelical Free Church Cemetery in Georgetown.



E. Fred Fischer

E. Fred Fischer, 82, of Round Rock, formerly of Westlake Hills, passed away, on October 23, 2022. He is survived by his loving wife, of 58 years, Jeanne (Serur); son, Jason Fischer (Julia) of Los Angeles; brother: Don (Karen) of California; brother-in-law, Brigadier General John Serur, USAF, Retired (Judi) of Austin; grandchildren; Alex Ewart, Nina Ewart, and Jack Fischer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Margaret Fischer; brother, John Charles Fischer; and daughter, Charlotte Fischer Ewart.

In 1962, Fred earned a B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota; his M.B.A from the University of Texas in January of 1964. In the spring of 1964, he married Jeanne Serur. In January of 1966, Fred was drafted into the U.S. Army and was given a direct commission of First Lieutenant. After the Officers Basic Course, he was assigned to the Medical Field Service School at Fort Sam Houston where he taught health care economics for the Army-Baylor University Program. Within one year he was promoted to Captain. After leaving the Army, he worked for the American Medical Association in Chicago, and his family resided in Wilmette on the North Shore. Not too soon afterwards he was asked by Northwestern University to be the project director to consolidate their hospital laboratories. He was also a guest writer for Pathologist Magazine. Later he opened consulting offices in Lake Forest, Illinois.

In the fall of 2012, while he was on a business trip to Quebec he had a serious falling incident, which later became Parkinson’s.



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Beatrice Lorraine Baker

Beatrice Lorraine Baker Born December 19, 1928, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, passed away November 28, 2022.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 55 years Robert L. Baker, parents, Frank D. Pond and Johanna Velthouse, brothers, Carlton Pond, Delbert Pond, Lyle Pond, Jimmy Pond, Frankie Pond and sisters, Anna Kutz and Florence Sweet. 

 She is survived by her daughter, Margaret Rhoades, grandsons, David Robert Meyers spouse, Amy, Timothy P. Meyers, spouse, Sarah and great-grandaughter, Ella Jane Meyers, siblings, Dude Pond, spouse, Venice, Ethel Robbins, Alice Lambert, Dick Pond and Nancy Faurot, and many nieces and nephews.

We were blessed to have had her in our lives for almost 94 years. She was a devoted, wife, mother, grams and great-grams. Her family was everything to her and truly loved spending time with all of them.  

Graveside services will be held: Monday December 6, 10 a.m. at Andice Cemetery.



Robert “Bob” Eugene Beverly

Our world is a little smaller since the death of Robert “Bob” Eugene Beverly on November 22, 2022.

Bob was born on October 23, 1927, in Shawnee, Oklahoma, to Henry East Beverly and Florence Leona Cambron Beverly and his cherished sister, Karleta born 10 years later.

Bob graduated high school in 1945, married his sweetheart, Anita “Dolly” Goss in January 1946, and enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 1946.  Then a son was born in 1947.

Bob’s military service allowed him to travel to many countries as an equipment operator with the Engineers attached to the 65th Field Artillery.  Upon his honorable discharge he returned to the states and began his career in the retail clothing industry.

Bob was employed with Jack Morton (Plotsky) Store on Congress in downtown Austin.  A few years later, Bob and a partner opened Beverly Waterman Shop in Allandale Center selling clothing and accessories.

Bob decided to change jobs and found employment in the insurance industry, however quickly he returned to his favorite career, selling men’s clothing. For decades Bob serviced the north Austin area at The Men’s Warehouse, retiring in the late 1990s.  Bob had always been a very dapper — a dashing dresser and he truly enjoyed sharing this knack with customers and family.

Bob and Dolly’s son, Robert Earl, was born in January 1947 and Bob’s sister, Karleta, had a daughter, Kim, many years later, to which Bob was like a second father to.  Kim enjoyed her time with Bob because of his abundant generosity in all things, playing ball in the yard with her, riding the tractor in Elgin and allowing her to play in the boxes in which the worm breeding was happening. Bob always encouraged his nieces and nephews to visit with him.

Bob utilized his green thumb with his vegetable gardening, flower growing and tree planting. In the front yard of his home were oak tree, maple tree, peach tree, crape myrtles and cedar trees brought from Elgin. It was a delight for him to see things grow and flourish, and was expressed in the same as he nurtured his family. 

Bob’s home was always open for family holiday celebrations or helping an ailing relative. He wanted family and friends to surround him so he could express the love he held for them.  He, also, cherished having an entire neighborhood of cats, to feed, to pet, to enjoy and keep him company after the loss of his ‘Dolly’ in 2008 and Robert Earl in 1996. 

The caregivers that had the privilege of helping Bob during his transitions have memorialized how sweet, kind and caring he was, as he repeatedly apologized for making their day difficult while caring for him when he felt so bad.

Yes, our world is smaller since Bob is no longer with us. He will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, send donations to Ferallife Guards (a cat rescue).

3550 Lakeline Blvd Ste 170-1330 Leander, Texas, 78641. ferallifeguards.com 



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Avelina Mena Sandoval

Avelina Mena Sandoval, 100, born November 10, 1922, in Andice Texas passed away peacefully November 24, 2022, in her home surrounded by her beloved children.

Avelina’s proudest accomplishment was her 30 year service Award presented to her by the Georgetown Healthcare System for her employment at the Georgetown Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesus Mena and Ramona Gutierrez, her husband, Jose Sandoval; brothers, Evodio, Victor, Jesus, and sister,  Simona.

She is survived by son, Presciliano Sandoval, spouse, Isabell, their children, Deanna and Miguel; daughter, Francisca Barrera, spouse, Pedro, their children; Albert Barrera, spouse, Grace, Amy Barrera Deese, spouse, Danny, Pete Barrera Jr., spouse, Jeannie, Stephen Barrera, spouse, Stacy, Jesse Barrera, spouse, Gabriela; son, Jose Sandoval Jr., his sons, Jacob Scott Sandoval, Adam Sandoval; daughter, Mary Ann Vasquez, her sons, Philip Zavala and Michelle Flores; David Vasquez, Matthew Vasquez and Krista Schlumpberger; son, Samuel Sandoval and Cathy; their child, Nicole Sandoval.

Twenty-one great-grandchildren: Kade Michael Sandoval, Desiree Aguayo, Gabriel Barrera, Philip Zavala Jr., Pete G. Barrera , Jacob Barrera, Adam Sandoval Jr., Brieanna Barrera, Jayden Barrera, Aveeania Sandoval, Andrew Barrera, Olivia Barrera, Alexcis Sandoval, Danielle Barrera, Sofia Barrera, Jacob Scott Sandoval Jr.,  Stephen Barrera Jr.,  Arianna Ponce, Jonathan Sandoval, Isabelle Barrera and Andrew Ponce.

Eleven great-great-grandchildren: Aiylla Sandoval, Cj Curley, Mary Cervantes, Julian Barrera, Sylis Curley, Aaliyah Barrera, Alessaundra Romero, Amorette Martinez, Angelo Barrera Nathaniel Barrera and Victoria Cervantes.

A private memorial service will be at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel.

 



Published November 30, 2022


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Welborn Hayhurst

Welborn Hayhurst, 87, of Hutto, passed away at home peacefully on November 24 surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Pamela Hayhurst and celebrated 59 years of marriage. Welborn was born in Winters, November 9, 1935, to Leonidas and Mamie Hayhurst and raised in Central and South Texas. He graduated Abilene Christian University with a Master’s in 1963. After graduation he preached for the Church of Christ in Beloit, Wisconsin. He moved to New Zealand in 1968 where he preached for the Church of Christ in Invercargill and Dunedin for 40 years. Welborn retired to Georgetown in 2009, where he served as an Elder in the Georgetown Church of Christ, he was a farmer, hunter, fisherman and a jack of all trades who lived life to the fullest.

Welborn is survived by his wife, Pamela, son, Thane Hayhurst of Richardson, Texas wife, Julie, grandaughters, Adalie, Tilly, and Bronson, son, Mark Hayhurst of Austin, grandchildren, Hannah, and husband, Drew Dixon, Mya and Cole and daughter, Karissa Mayo of Sydney, Australia, husband, Andrew Mayo, grandchildren, Jack and Poppy, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Service of Celebration will be held a the Georgetown Church of Christ 1525 West University Boulevard, Georgetown, Texas, 78628 on Friday, December 2 at 3 p.m. 



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James William Montgomery, Jr.

July 19, 1927 - November 14, 2022

Jim was born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He lived there with his father, Reverend Dr. J.W. Montgomery and mother, Lora R Montgomery and two older sisters, Lora Lee Parrott and Irma Ruth Schmidt all of which have past away. He described growing up in a parsonage as a very happy childhood.

He leaves behind his wife, Sandra Kendall Montgomery and a daughter, Cheri Ann Harrison along with a grandson, Michael Harrison (Crystal) and his two great-granddaughters, Eve and Sophia and great-great-grandson Carter. Also a son and a daughter by marriage Taylor and Aileen Wadley.

After the Navy and College and some retail experience, he was asked to manage a new Motor Hotel called The Gerber-haus in Fort Wayne where he was just to have the hotel part but then had to take over the restaurant and bar also. This started a 50 year career in the commercial food service industry. He leased a building in Fort Wayne and started The Carriage Inn Supper Club. and while operating this he obtained the second franchise outside the State of California for International House of Pancakes (now called IHOP) where he built and operated one in Ft. Wayne and another in Toledo, Ohio. He a lso had two restaurants called Betsy Ross Coffee Shops. He had two fast food restaurants in Houston, called Mi-T-Bite. He sold his interests in Ft. Wayne and moved to Houston to be District Manager for General Electric commercial restaurant equipment division. Next he was the Commercial cooking consultant for Houston Lighting and Power. He became a consultant helping food service company’s work out their problems. After this, he became an independent manufacturer’s representative for a number of lines of commercial restaurant equipment and supplies.

After retiring in 2002, he and Sandra moved to Sun City Georgetown where he has been President of the Sertoma Club, active in Sun City Kiwanis, President of his Sunday School class at the First United Methodist Church. Commissioner on the Civil Service Commission for the City of Georgetown Police and Fire Departments for over eleven years and on the Board of Directors of The Caring Place for six years.

A memorial service honoring Jim will be held at 10 a.m., December 8, 2022, at First United Methodist Church Georgetown, 410 East University Avenue, Georgetown, Texas, 78626. Burial Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, 11463 State Highway 195, Killeen, Texas, 76542, at 2 p.m.



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Helen T. Cross

Helen Theresa Cross passed away peacefully on November 20, 2022, in Georgetown, Texas.

Helen was born on October 15, 1925, in Augusta, Kansas. She lived most of her life and raised her family in Bethany, Oklahoma.

She was preceded in death by her sons, Michael and Jim Erwin in 1974. Her marriage to her first husband, David Erwin, ended after 29 years.

She married Norm Cross in May, 1979 and they celebrated life very happily together for 30 years until his death in 2009.

Helen graduated from the Augusta, Kansas, high school. She then went on to establish a career as an administrative secretary. She was an amazing homemaker and a talented artist. She enjoyed painting, reading and writing. She and Norm enjoyed traveling and spending time with family.  Helen’s primary focus was always her family and her faith in the Lord. 

Helen leaves behind a loving family.  She is survived by four daughters and their spouses, one son and spouse, and all their children and grandchildren; Teresa and Al Hollis, Anita and Don Bell, Kathy Weiner, Dana and Bruce Sparks, Ryan and Shannon Cross, also a wonderful sister-in-law, Joyce Fischer and family. 

Helen was blessed with 12 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren, many loving nephews and nieces.  

Helen’s family wishes to thank the staff of Tiffin House Assisted Living and Memory Care for the incredible, never-ending supportive, loving care they provided each moment throughout the last nine months of Helen’s life. Their kindness and compassion will never be forgotten.

Helen’s family also wishes to thank Suncrest Hospice, especially Carrie, Nina and Paulette. The Suncrest Hospice team of knowledgeable, caring staff generously provided direction and support to allow Helen the comfort and peace to enjoy each day of her life and her family. Her family will always be grateful to this exceptional hospice provider. 



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Theophil “T.C.” Pfennig

Theophil “T.C.” Pfennig, age 91, of Georgetown, passed away in Round Rock on November 15, 2022, following a short illness. He was born in Pflugerville to Theophile Sr. and Meta Pfennig on October 25, 1931.

Family members preceding him in death were his parents, brothers, Armin, Victor, and Paul; sister, Madeline, and nephew, Terry.

T.C. is survived by his wonderful wife of 51 years, Carole, sister-in-law, Ruth Pfennig, nieces, Rachel Cauley, Karen Petty (Don), and nephew, Barry Pfennig (Marian). Also left to cherish his memory is great-nieces and nephews that he enjoyed at large family gatherings over the years.

Following graduation from Pflugerville High School, T.C. went on to attend Texas Lutheran College. He then enlisted in the Army and served from January 1953-1955 in Chicago. After the service, T.C. was employed as a deputy tax collector for Travis County. He went on to work 15 years as assistant treasurer for the city of Austin Credit Union. He then worked at First State Bank of Pflugerville for several years. For the next 18 years, he served as President of the Austin Texas Employment Commission Credit Union. T.C. enjoyed all of his years of employment because he enjoyed helping people. T.C. was an active member of St. John’s United Methodist Church and held various jobs. Being a member of the Seekers Sunday School Class was very special to him and he made lifetime friendships. T.C. and Carole enjoyed their retirement by traveling and loved their RV trips with friends in the U.S. and Canada.

A memorial service to honor T.C.’s life will be held Friday, December 2, 2022, at 2 p.m. at St. John’s UMC, 311 University Avenue, Georgetown, Texas, 78626. A private family burial will occur at a later date.

Those wishing to honor T.C.’s life may make memorials to St. John’s United Methodist Church or to the charity of their choice.




Published November 20, 2022


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George Anthony “Tony” Chmielewski

George Anthony “Tony” Chmielewski, 84, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many passed away on November 3, 2022, after a long battle with ALS. He fought with strength, courage, and grace throughout his bout with the awful disease.

Born in Canton, Ohio on January 11, 1938, to George Seubert and Helen Judin Chmielewski, Tony was adopted as a teenager by Stanley Chmielewski. He graduated in 1956 from Poland High School in Poland, Ohio, where he played football, participated in band, and was president of his senior class. After graduation, Tony attended Youngstown State University where he graduated in 1960 with a Bachelor of Engineering degree. After college, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served overseas in South Korea until he was honorably discharged in 1964.

Upon completing his military service, Tony returned to civilian life and began his career as a civil engineer for the Ohio Department of Transportation. He met and married the love of his life, Phyllis DeBacco, in 1965. Together they had two children, Sharyn and David. In 1979, Hunt Oil Company hired Tony, and he moved the family to Minden, Louisiana, where he worked on several offshore projects in the Gulf of Mexico. After a few years in Louisiana, he was promoted to a position at Hunt’s corporate office in Dallas, and later took an assignment in Midland as District Superintendent. In 1990, Tony and Phyllis relocated to Sana’a, Yemen where he worked an overseas assignment lasting 10 years before he retired in 2000.

Valuable and competent in his field, Tony held professional engineering certifications in Ohio, Louisiana, and Texas. He was also a member of several professional organizations, including the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, the American Society of Highway Engineers, and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

In retirement, Tony and Phyllis relocated to Sun City in Georgetown. They loved to travel and to spend time with family and friends all of whom viewed him as kind, caring, and always willing to help.

Tony had a passion for shooting sports, particularly hunting with his son and friends. Being out in the woods or outdoor spaces brought him joy. He likewise enjoyed working around the yard and caring for his possessions, priding himself on an immaculate lawn and spotless vehicles. Tony adored his grandchildren and had special relationships with each of them, with inside jokes and songs, as well as mentoring through life advice and lessons. Tony was quiet and unassuming, but when he spoke, his words had substance, power, and meaning. He was well respected by professional colleagues and friends alike. He is already sorely missed but held deeply and forever in many hearts.

Tony is survived by his wife of 57 years, Phyllis Debacco Chmielewski; daughter, Sharyn Chmielewski Helm, and her husband, Christian of Decatur; son, David Chmielewski and his wife, Deni of Cypress; his grandchildren, Hunter Helm, Zoë Chmielewski, Quinn Helm, Anthony Chmielewski, Rubye Helm, and Van Chmielewski; sister, Judy Waid and her husband, Richard of Warren, Ohio; sister, Monica Latsko of Poland, Ohio; and a host of nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the ALS clinic at Houston Methodist for providing compassionate care, and Veterans Affairs for assisting during Tony’s struggle with ALS.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Tony’s name to the ALS Fund at Houston Methodist Hospital.

www.givingforms.houstonmethodist.org/GeneralGivingForm

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, November 21, 2022, in the Chapel of Ramsey Funeral Home with Reverend Jim McLendon officiating. Military honors will be rendered by the United States Army.



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Jo Ann (Lemon) Loper

Jo Ann (Lemon) Loper passed away on October 23, 2022.

Jo Ann was born on November 19, 1947, in Big Spring. She grew up on a West Texas cotton farm in Ackerly, and attended McMurray University in Abilene. She worked for IBM, and also worked in Real Estate. Ann enjoyed garage sales and having coffee with friends. She was a quiet, hardworking person, and if you were lucky enough to get to know her, she was a true friend.

Her life centered around her son and grandchildren. She loved them dearly and would do anything for them.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Martha Lemon, and a sister, Ruth Smallwood.

She is survived by her son, Ras Clayton (Clay) Loper IV; two brothers, Lee Lemon and James Lemon; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on November 19, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Ramsey Funeral Home, 5600 Williams Drive.



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Antoinette Theresa Kettle

Antoinette Theresa Kettle passed away on Saturday, November 5 at the age of 73, following a courageous battle with lung cancer. She was born in Dallas on November 27, 1948, to Peter Interrante and Josephine Rose Mentasana Interrante. 

Theresa was raised in Dallas where she attended Bishop Lynch High School. Following graduation she attended Texas Tech University where she met Randall (Randy) Kettle. Their long marriage was filled with movies, sporting events, music, and collie dogs which they enjoyed together. Upon Randy’s graduation they moved to Houston where she worked at Texas Instruments before taking on her greatest job, being a mom to their daughter, Christine Diane. Later, she began working for Spring Independent School District as library assistant and bookkeeper at Dueitt Middle School and then transitioned to the district level where she supported the Supplies unit. She also volunteered throughout Christine’s school years with the PTA and sewing costumes for the Starlettes drill team.

Nona, as her grandchildren named her, had a huge heart for family and loved to make connections between her immediate family and distant relatives as genealogy was her passion. She enjoyed digging in old archives to find a name, birth date or marriage license that would allow her to add another branch to the family tree. It was also her great joy to share information with anyone in the family who wanted to learn about their heritage.

Theresa was also incredibly creative–whether sewing or scrap booking. She enjoyed making t-shirt quilts for her children and grandchildren, sending homemade cards to friends and family at the holiday time or sending mail to her grandchildren while in college. She also used her sewing skills to bless others with angel wing memory gowns that she uniquely designed and sewed.

Following their retirement, Theresa and Randy moved to Georgetown (Sun City) to be closer to their children and grandchildren. When she wasn’t practicing genealogy or scrap booking you could find Theresa supporting her grandchildren’s activities, watching Southwestern men’s lacrosse, reading or playing mahjong. 

Theresa is survived by her husband of 53 years, Randall Kettle, her daughter Chrstine and son-in-law, Bill Bowman (Georgetown) and brother, Ross Interrante and wife Julie (Sacramento, California). She is also survived by much loved grandchildren, Savannah Bowman (Dallas) and Elijah Bowman (Austin). 

The family wishes to thank the medical professionals with the Baylor Scott and White Cancer Center, including the doctors and nurses in hematologic oncology, radiation oncology and the infusion center. Additional appreciation is sent to the staff at Bel Air at Teravista rehabilitation center and the amazing staff with the Concho Hearts Hospice team.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 10 at 1 p.m. at The Worship Place, 811 Sun City Boulevard, Georgetown, Texas, 78633. A brief reception will follow at the church. 

In lieu of flowers, the family would be pleased with donations to the American Cancer Society. 



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Casey Kenan Williams

Casey Kenan Williams, age 35, of Plano, passed away on Tuesday, October 25, 2022. Casey was born in Austin on December 10, 1986, to Terry Williams and Lynn Estes.

He is survived by his parents, Terry and Debbie Williams and Lynn and Wayne Merritt, his brother and sister-in-law Matt and Amber Williams and their four children, Piper, Knox, Townes and Finn, and his brother, Brett Williams.

Casey was born and raised in Georgetown, where he received all-district honors as a linebacker. He graduated from Georgetown High School in 2005 and went on to obtain his Radio, Television, Video & Film degree from the University of North Texas in 2009.

Casey was determined, dedicated and caring. He ran a successful insurance practice that he built from the ground up. Casey took pride in providing excellent service to his clients in the DFW area.

He was an avid hunter and outdoorsmen and loved to spend time in nature. Casey enjoyed exercising in his home gym, going on long bike rides, and practicing mixed martial arts. He was the life of the party and would have the entire room laughing when he told one of his many stories.

Casey was caring, thoughtful and loyal to everyone in his life. He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Casey often volunteered his free time to assist special needs children. Second only to his niece and triplet nephews, his Golden Retriever Buddy was his pride and joy.

There will be a celebration of life held for Casey on December 3 at 2 p.m. at Stonebriar Funeral Home in Frisco, located at 10375 Preston Road, Frisco, Texas, 75033.

Please make any donations in his memory to Rays of Light, Dallas raysoflightdallas.org.



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Lenore Carranco Buitron

Lenore Carranco Buitron passed away peacefully on November 15, 2022 at the age of 71, at Scott & White Medical Center in Round Rock. Her battle with health issues in recent years showed her courage in facing life challenges with a smile. Despite the pain, Lenore stayed strong until the end. 

She was born November 6, 1951, in Florence, to the late Balentin and Sabina Carranco. She was a graduate of Florence High School. She went to earn her associates degree from Central Texas College and worked as a contract administrator there for 22 years. Lenore was a spiritual woman and loved going to church. She was immersed in the catholic community that would be her lifelong support from an early age.

She is survived by her two daughters, Christina and Melissa Buitron. A brother Balentin Carranco Jr., three sisters, Pat Carranco, Anita Villanueva and Mona Mascarenas and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A visitation with the family will be held on Monday, November 21, 2022, from 6-8 p.m. with the rosary beginning at 7 p.m. at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel in Georgetown.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in memory of Lenore on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Santa Rosa De Lima Catholic Church in Florence with Father Stehling presiding. Burial will follow at Florence cemetery.

 



Published November 13, 2022


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Robert Hoke Hartzell, Sr.

Captain Robert Hoke Hartzell, Sr., U.S. Navy retired, age 94, peacefully passed away surrounded by his loving family on November 6, 2022. Bob was born on May 27, 1928 and reared in Royersford, Pennsylvania as the only child of the late Louise Hoke Hartzell and Carl George Hartzell. He graduated from Royersford High School in 1946.

Bob joined the U.S. Navy in April 1946, while still a high school senior as part of the limited Mid-Shipman Aviation Program. He attended two years of his four-year undergraduate degree from Ursinus College, a private liberal arts college in Collegeville, Pennsylvania before beginning his military service. Bob attended pre-flight school in Pensacola, placing top of his class with further flight training at Whiting Field in Milton, Florida. He earned his wings as a Naval Aviator in February 1950. He volunteered for deployment and flew 64 combat missions in the Korean War.

In 1953, Bob met the love of his life, Jo Alice Osborne, at the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Millington, Tennessee. They were married on May 8, 1953. Bob finished his undergraduate degree from Ursinus College in 1972 and Master of Arts from Webster University in 1975. Bob loved flying and he flew more than 16 different aircraft, including propeller and jets. His favorite was the F3H Demon which he flew to Mach 1.27, faster than the speed of sound. Bob flew from eight different aircraft carriers making a total of 147 carrier landings. He served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. His military decorations include a Bronze Star, Air Medal with two gold stars, Naval Commendation Medal with Combat “V,” two National Defense Service Medals, three Korean Service Medals, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, two Vietnam Service Medals, a United Nations Service Medal, and Vietnam Campaign Medal. After 32 years of military service, Bob retired in 1978 as Captain, at his final duty station, NAS Corpus Christi.

Bob and Jo built a life together, raising their children living all over the country and deploying as a family to Japan where they completed their family of five children. Bob was a humble, compassionate, gentle man that was loved by all who knew him, most especially his wife and family. He was committed to his faith and providing for Jo and his children. Bob (and Jo) joyfully served on the Salvation Army Board of Directors in Corpus Christi and as part of the bell ringer Red Kettle Campaign each Christmas season. He was a faithful church member and usher at the NAS Corpus Christi Protestant Chapel for more than 45 years and most recently attended The Worship Place in Georgetown over the past six years. He enjoyed a lifetime of family gatherings, was an avid golfer, bowler, radio-control airplane enthusiast and motorcyclist.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents and maternal uncle and namesake, Robert Heinly Hoke, Corporal U.S. Army, killed in action, World War I, Battle in North of Montaucon France, the first and deadliest battle of the Argonne Forest. Bob is survived by his devoted wife of 69 years, Jo Osborne Hartzell; his five children, Lynn Davis and her husband Jesse Davis, Robert Hoke Hartzell, Jr. and his wife LuDonne Hartzell, Jan Rhodes and her husband, Michael Rhodes, Jennifer Harris and her husband, James Harris, and Valerie DeSantis Bechtel and her husband, Philip Bechtel; along with his 11 grandchildren, Jessica Childs, Claire Allison Arnold (Christopher),  Robert Hoke Hartzell, III (Briana), Christine Hackney (Jordan), Nicholas Holt, Dillon Holt (Mari Zavala), Charles Harris (Faythe), Wesley Harris, Samuel Harris (Andrea), George Harris (Claire), Joseph Osborne DeSantis; as well as eleven great grandchildren, Caiden, Colyer, Constance, Kaia, Reagan, Evelyn, Julian, Audrey, Piper, Cameron, and Malcolm.

Memorial gifts may be made in his name to the Veterans Program at The Salvation Army of the Coastal Bend, 1802 Buford St., Corpus Christi, Texas 78404 (361-884-9497).

A time of visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m., with the “Celebration of Life” to follow at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at The Worship Place, Sun City, 811 Sun City Blvd., Georgetown, Texas. Pastor Daniel Patrick will be officiating.

Cpt. Hartzell will be laid to rest at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at the Central Texas Veteran Cemetery, 11463 State Highway 195, Killeen, Texas, 76542, with Military Honors. 



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Jozie Belle Wilson

The Matthew Wilson family mourns the sudden loss of their daughter and sister Jozie Belle Wilson, 15, of Liberty Hill.

Survived by her father Matthew, mother, Marisa, and younger sister, Cassidy, the Wilsons are supported in their grief by friends, family, and co-workers in the communities of Liberty Hill and Georgetown. Mr. Wilson serves the city of Georgetown as a captain in the city’s fire department. Marisa is a dental hygienist at West Family Dentistry in Liberty Hill and Cassidy is an eighth grader at Liberty Hill Middle School.

Jozie — a sophomore animal science major at Liberty Hill High School — was JV captain of the Panther tennis team and played flute in the school’s marching band as a freshman.

Her passion for the outdoors and animal husbandry was evident through her active membership in the Liberty Hill FFA. Jozie showed market lambs and was a skilled animal and wool judge. She served as a camp creator and leader at Living Grace Canine Ranch in Bertram and also operated a pet and farm-sitting business with her 13 year-old sister. She enjoyed competitive shooting, and was active in gymnastics, martial arts, cheerleading, softball, and dance when younger.

Described as an introvert who preferred spotlighting the achievements of others rather than her own, Jozie was steadfast in her beliefs and unwavering in her grace-filled support of family, friends and others in need.

Family time was particularly meaningful to Jozie, and in addition to Matt, Marisa, and Cassidy, she is survived by the following members of the extended family: 

From St. Charles county Missouri, grandparents Ted and Jane Wilson; aunt, uncle and cousins Traci, Corey, Caleb and Olivia March; great-grandmother, Carol Wilson, preceded in death by great-grandfather, Paul Wilson and great-grandmother, Geraldine Sweares.

From Alvarado, aunt, uncle and cousins Robyn, Shawn, Avery, Dylan and Blake Fox.

From Milam County, grandparents, Butch and Lauri Ditto; grandmother, Donna Ditto; uncle, aunt, and cousins Daniel, Melanie, Jaxon, and Cooper Ditto; great-grandmother, Angie Menzel, preceded in death by great-grandfather, Curtis Huddleston and great-grandparents, Truman and Florence Ditto Sr.

Those wishing to celebrate Jozie’s life are asked to do so with donations rather than flowers. Contributions can be sent to Jozie’s FFA and Tennis teams:

FFA: Put “JBW LH FFA Donation” in comments. Two ways to donate:
Venmo: @LibertyHill-LHLA
PayPal: lhlivestockassoc@gmail.com

Tennis: Put “JBW donation” in the comments.
Venmo @LHTennis-BoosterClub
Or if mailing, address is: Liberty Hill Tennis Booster Club
P.O. Box 153; Liberty Hill, Texas 78642

John 11:35 reads “Jesus wept.”

While we are weeping as well, we take comfort in the knowledge that Christ smiled as He welcomed our tender-hearted, talented, much-loved Jozie to his kingdom. Jesus needed more help with the animals in heaven and He called the right girl home.

Services for Jozie were held at Rock Pointe Church in Liberty Hill on Wednesday, November 9, 2022.



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Alice L. Day

Alice L. Day, 91, passed away on November 5, 2022 in Georgetown.

Alice was born in Waukegan, Illinois. She was the daughter of Franklin and Iness Frey. She graduated from Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan. After high school, she attended Hiram College for two years. Later in her life she received an associate degree in art at Kent State University in Canton, Ohio.

After her husband’s death, Alice took a trip to Colorado, bought a cabin in Lake City, and spent extended vacations the next couple of decades enjoying the Rocky Mountains. She learned to fly fish and caught and ate trout to her heart’s content. Family and friends spent time with her at the cabin, enjoying skiing, sledding, fishing, and hiking in the beauty of God’s creation in the Rockies.

Alice’s passion was for the Lord Jesus Christ. She immersed herself in daily Bible study and was a voracious reader of Christian authors. She was involved in her local church, Christ Presbyterian in Georgetown. Throughout her life she made many mission trips around the world; to Austria visiting local missionaries she supported, a couple of visits to Russia, and to a sister church in the Ukraine. Her most exhilarating trips were to a Hong Kong mission and from there smuggled Bibles into mainland China to spread the gospel to the Chinese people. In recent years until her death, she loved volunteering at the BIG campus in Georgetown, supporting and assisting the organization’s mission of helping the citizens at BIG find spiritual meaning and purpose, working and creating useful items to sell at their campus store and cafe.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 35 years, Paul A. Day, her daughter, Debra J. Dobransky, and her brother Gene Frey and his wife Joyce, and daughter-in-law Gail Day.

Alice is survived by her three sons, Daniel (Lee Anne), Douglas (Nancy), and David; her grandchildren, Jill, Adam, Jessica, Landon, Victoria, Zachary, Crystal, and Jonathon; and great-grandchildren, Alexis, Ava, Autumn, Abigail, Makayla, Jonathon, Jr., Mallory, Zack, Austin and Addison.

A “Celebration of Life” service for Alice will be held on November 19, 2022, at Grace Bible Church, 2100 Shell Road, Georgetown, Texas. Visitation will be at 10 a.m., service at 11 a.m. followed by a lite lunch and refreshments for all of Alice’s family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be mailed to: BIG, 905 North Church Street, Georgetown, Texas, 78626 or online at www.brookwoodingeorgetown.org.

 



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Adrienne Imogene Flynn Padfield

Adrienne Imogene Flynn Padfield was lifted to Heaven by the angels early in the morning of August 2, 2022.  

Adrienne was born November 3, 1937, in Louisville, Kentucky, to Josephine Luntzel Flynn and Nate Flynn. About the time Adrienne was finishing elementary school, the family moved to Texas. After graduating from Beaumont High School, Adrienne attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, and joined Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. Her sophomore year, she transferred to the University of Houston, where she studied home economics and Elementary Education. While there, she met Donald Padfield, a fellow member of the Wesley Foundation. Both she and Donald graduated, were married January 23, 1959, set up house in southeast Houston, and spent the next 65 years together. 

After their children Kathryn and Alan were born, Adrienne stayed home. Not long after the children finished college and moved on with their lives, Adrienne attended South Texas College of Law, and became a lawyer in 1991. Adrienne practiced family law for 10 years in the Clear Lake area near Houston. In 2001, Adrienne and Donald retired to Sun City in Georgetown. Over the next several years, they traveled the world. 

Although Adrienne’s last seven years of life were marked by Alzheimer’s, she left us smiling and at peace. The family is grateful for the wonderful caregivers at Autumn Leaves and The Wesleyan, all of whom helped to keep Adrienne smiling. 

Adrienne is survived by her husband, Donald Padfield, her son, Alan Padfield, her daughter, Kathryn Baffes, her son-in-law, Paul Baffes, her grandchildren, Russell Padfield, Vivian Baffes, and Sophia Baffes Foster and her husband ,John Foster. 

A memorial service honoring Adrienne will be held at 4 p.m., November 19, 2022, at First United Methodist Church Georgetown, 410 East University Avenue, Georgetown, Texas 78626. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in honor of Adrienne to First United Methodist Church Georgetown, The Wesleyan, or a charity of choice. 



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John Rush Pierce

John Rush Pierce Sr. of Georgetown, died on Thursday, October 27, 2022. Rush, affectionately known to friends and family as “Boss” was 93 and until, the last few weeks of his life, was independent, driving, living on his own, and making his own meals. Rush was a physician, clinical professor, Navy veteran, Boy Scout and church leader, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. 

Rush was born on February 4, 1929, in Dallas, to Graham L. Pierce and Elizabeth Weaver Pierce. He grew up in Dallas during the Great Depression. He attended Highland Park High School, where he was active in sports and excelled academically. He was an Eagle Scout. After high school, he attended Southern Methodist University, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and finished in two years by taking extra classes and going to summer school. He then enrolled in the newly formed Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He met Amanda Allen on a blind date and immediately they fell in love. They married on June 10, 1951 and remained married for 63 years until Amanda passed away. 

After graduating from Southwestern, Rush completed a fellowship and began a residency in internal medicine with Dr. Tinsley Harrison in Birmingham, Alabama. His medical training was interrupted by military service in Jacksonville, Florida, where he served as a lieutenant in the Navy. After two years, he and his young family returned to Dallas to complete his medical residency. 

In 1958, Rush, Amanda, and their sons moved to Arlington, a small, fast-growing community in north Texas. There, Rush opened a practice in internal medicine, which continued for 35 years and included up to five different partners. He served as Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, President of the medical staff at Arlington Memorial Hospital, and President of the Arlington Branch of the Tarrant County Medical Society. In 1993, Rush became Medical Director of a new Veterans Administration Clinic in Fort Worth and served in that role until his retirement in 1997.

In Arlington, Rush and Amanda raised their four boys, Rush Jr., Ben, Frank, and Scott. Rush was a leader in the Boy Scouts. He took scout groups on high adventure trips to the Quetico wilderness of Canada and to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. He and his family often spent their summers in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Red River, New Mexico, where they hiked. Rush was active in several churches and taught Sunday school for many years.

After retirement, Rush and Amanda moved to Granbury, and later to Georgetown. They spent their summers in the mountains of northern New Mexico, where Rush developed a passion for photography and nature. They were active in the Red River summer community and had many friends there. Upon Amanda’s death, Rush established the Amanda Pierce Nature Fund at the Red River Community House, which sponsored nature camps for children, wildflower walks, and other nature projects for the community.

Family was important to Rush. He and Amanda held an annual Cousin Camp for their grandchildren, where the kids slept outside, swam, did crafts, and had special events. Later, they held regular “Cousin Dinners” at their house for the grandchildren. Rush loved to write. He authored several books about northern New Mexico, including a hiking guide, a guide to mountain wildflowers, and a history of Red River. Later, he researched and wrote short essays on interesting people, places, and events, which he mailed to family and friends. He was an avid photographer, taking beautiful pictures of mountains, wildlife, and flowers.

Rush was preceded in death by his parents, Graham and Elizabeth Pierce, brother Graham Pierce Jr., sister Eugenia Pierce Krause, and his wife Amanda Pierce. He is survived by son, Rush Pierce Jr. and wife, Diane Goodwin, son, Ben Pierce and wife Marlene Tyrrell, son, Frank Pierce, son, Scott Pierce, and multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Amanda Pierce Nature Fund, Red River New Mexico Community House www.redrivercommunityhouse.org



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Lendol Diehl

Lendol Diehl, born March 8, 1937, passed away peacefully on November 2, 2022, with his family by his side.

He was born a poor farm child in Elkland, Missouri, and quickly became known as the orneriest of the six Diehl children. He struck out from his rural home after a cow-milking scandal that is still obscured by an iron-clad NDA. He journeyed in search of adventure, and he found it amongst innumerable experiences ranging from climbing the corporate ladder at an international vegetable canning conglomerate to scouring the foothills of Georgia for moonshiners during a long drive to Florida to collect his just dues for winning a sales contest designed to be “unwinnable.”

He even played lead guitar for a country and western band … or so he thought. He was, in fact, playing a ukulele in a Don Ho cover band, but none of his friends had the heart to correct him. Although it sounds apocryphal, all friends questioned about whether these events happened emphatically responded, “Most definitely. Yes!”

Lendol worked his way out of a litany of jobs all of which ended amicably… allegedly. His odyssey of employment was long and arduous, but he found his true calling in sales at Rockford Life Insurance, which took him to many exotic locales including Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Texas. 

Given that he spent his high school career focused on subjects such as flushing cherry bombs down the toilet and moving neighbors’ outhouses, it was shocking to most when he earned his CLU, and not only passed Dale Carnegie’s Leadership Development course, but also returned as an assistant for future classes. Dale once showered praise on his star pupil, saying, “Lendol is seldom correct, but never in doubt!”

Somewhere in the middle of all this living, he married Patricia Merriman in 1959, and raised a family including three daughters and one son of questionable repute.

He retired his working life as Executive VP of Sales at United American Insurance, and quietly slipped out of Plano under the cover of darkness.

His retirement became an award-winning foray into the world of Morgan horse competitions where he won two World Championships with his horse, Elkland Oaks Connie, who he raised, trained and showed.

It was quickly established, after his arrival in Neighborhood 32 of Sun City in 2006 that Lendol had the ability to transform any gathering into a party ... or at least the ability to supervise others in the preparations for a party that he would inevitably try to emcee. A skill he honed over many decades and tried to use only for good.

Lendol is preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Mildred Diehl, his brothers, Gary, Rex and Jerry, his son-in-law, Frank, and his daughter, Sandra. 

Lendol is survived by his wife, Patricia; his children, Dianna (Terry), Cathy and Bill (Gracie); his grandchildren, Brian (Sara), Eric, Maggie, Greg, Stephen, and Isa; and his great-grandson, Jack. 

Papa has grabbed his hat and hit the trail for the last time and he will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, make donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, Lendol’s favorite charity.

A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2022, in the Chapel of Ramsey Funeral Home. Following the service, the family invites you to join them for a reception in the Reception Hall of Ramsey Funeral Home.



Judith Belle (“Judy Belle”) Clark Horick died on September 14, 2022. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 13 at 4 p.m. in the Lois Perkins Chapel at Southwestern University. Her obituary was published in the Sun on September 21.

 



Published November 6, 2022


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John Freeman Gibson

John Freeman “Thumper” Gibson, of Georgetown, Texas, was born September 6, 1964 in Sweetwater, Texas, and died October 30, 2022, in Georgetown. He is survived by his wife Amanda Gibson, daughter Savannah Gibson of Aurora, Colorado, Canyon Gibson of Georgetown, Texas, and stepson Walker Holmes of Santa Barbara, California and Austin, Texas. He is also survived by his mother Mila Gibson of Sweetwater, Texas, his father David T. “Hoot” Gibson Sr. (B.J) of South Padre Island, Texas and his brother David T. Gibson Jr. of Taos, New Mexico and Georgetown, Texas. He is also survived by an extended family of “brothers,” who he brought home as teenagers to join the family, including Kelly James (Lori) of Amarillo, Texas; Ellis Jones (Diane) of Tremonton, Utah; Frank Babich (Teresa) of Fort Worth, Texas and stepsister Suzie Losure of Thornton, Colorado. Other close friends who considered Thumper “a brother” include cousin John VanDever III, of Alvin, Texas, Danny Byrd of Canyon, Texas, Jerry Soliz of Amarillo, Texas, Laura Soto Schmoker of Burleson, Texas and sister-in-law Kylie Frye of Georgetown, Texas. He is also survived by his uncle John C. (Scissors) VanDever (Christine) of League City, Texas, Aunt Jane VanDever Collins (John) of Corsicana, Texas, and Jerry Pat Gibson of Colleyville, Texas as well as many cousins and a niece Josie Andrews of Georgetown, Texas. He is also survived by the mother of his children, Gayla Gibson, and her parents, Denny and Patricia Cranford of Round Rock, Texas. Surviving in-laws are Loura Frye of Natchitoches, Louisiana and Tommy Frye of Haughton, Louisiana. John is survived by a number of cousins and other extended family.

John owned and operated J. F. Gibson Enterprises, Inc. He considered his employees as family members and close friends. He never met a stranger or disliked anyone. He was known for his devotion to his family and friends, loyalty, hospitality, sense of gratitude, and capacity for joy and happiness. He loved his work as a horticulturist and landscaper. He said he “never worked a day in his life, because he loved what he did so much.” He made the world a more beautiful place!

John graduated from Canyon High School in 1984, attended Amarillo College and got his Associate Degree in Horticulture from Austin College. He founded his first company “Thumper’s Landscape” in his early 20’s and J.F. Gibson Enterprises, Inc. in 1992. John was a man of faith. He and his wife Amanda were members of St. Helen Catholic Church in Georgetown.



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Eula Ann Hatcher Witte

Eula Ann Hatcher Witte of Georgetown, Texas passed away on November 1, 2022, at the age of 83. She was born on March 25, 1939, in Goliad, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Virginia Hatcher; brother, Rusty Hatcher; and nephew, Todd Hatcher.

Ann is survived by her husband, Joddie Witte of Georgetown, Texas; son, Jeff Witte (Judy) of Burton, Texas; daughters, Tamra Spain (Mike) of Richland, Texas, and Donna Elmore (Mitch) of Fredericksburg, Texas; sister-in-laws, Doris Hatcher, Joann Morris, Juanita Sweet, Mary Witte; brother-in-law, Andy Witte (Rene); as well as 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Ann graduated from Goliad High School in 1957 and attended Southwest Texas State where she received her degree in Elementary Education. She taught kindergarten for 25 years at Kyle Elementary.

At the age of 18, Ann met Joddie in San Marcos at Texas State at the famous Manske’s. Joddie and Ann were married on June 28, 1958. In June of 2022 they celebrated 64 years of marriage. They raised their family on 2nd Street in Kyle, Texas.

All services will take place on Monday, November 7 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church of Corn Hill, 8626 FM 1105 Jarrell, Texas. A rosary will begin at

10:30 a.m., funeral mass at 11 a.m. and reception in the church hall at noon.



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James Joseph Diskin II

September 12, 1936 – October 26, 2022

How do you possibly describe in a few words an entire lifetime of a person? The truth is, you can’t. It’s impossible. We each fill in the story with memories all our own. Whether it was him being a wonderful father, a devoted husband, loving grandfather or trusted friend. It’s every thought gathered where a full picture can be seen.

Jim was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 12, 1936, to James and Ruth Diskin. He spent his youth riding the subways, swimming at the YMCA and basking in the sun and fun of Coney Island. He attended Montauk Junior High and finished his studies at New Utrecht High School in 1954. He always exceled in math and had a knack for numbers.

Later, he moved to Long Island where his first marriage yielded four children: Jimmy, Danny, Janet and Charlene.

Jim’s career eventually led him into the aerospace industry where he proudly became part of putting man on the moon. He traveled extensively and during one of his trips to Houston, met a new love in his life, Jo Harmon. He then moved to California and three years later proposed and moved Jo and her two children, Penny and Joey, to the San Francisco Bay Area where they lived for the next 11 years.

In his mid-40s, after working many years as a Quality Control Manager, he ‘quit the rat race’ as he called it and made a move to Texas. It was in those wide, open spaces he could shoot his gun whenever he wanted. Yankee Jim was now a Texan and loved it! He never however, lost his New York accent.

Jim and Jo owned a couple of businesses after their move; the last being Champion Racing Silks where they designed and produced apparel for the horse racing industry.

After nearly 33 years of marriage, Jo sadly passed away leaving Jim with a broken heart. During this sadness he found love again with Shirley Smith who had gone through the same loss he had. They formed a new life together for their golden years and were married for over 17 years. With Shirley came three stepsons, Lawrence, Gary and Byron who he adored. They grew to love Jim just as his own family grew to love her.

Jim grew up Catholic but later attended Lutheran churches where he served as an elder and president of his congregation. He held firm in his faith and led by example.

He relished his travel adventures and always defined a trip by what he ate, not by what he saw or did! His favorite destination was the Dominican Republic where he went no less than 20 times. Ireland was also at the top of his list. He loved to watch war and military movies, discuss politics, tell jokes and had great stories to share of his life’s adventures. There are wonderful memories of trips to the deer camps, hunting and sitting around a warm campfire. He also had a private pilot’s license, loved pizza with a passion, always found the best bargain and as some of you know, gave the best bear hugs and had the biggest laugh. He was a good and loving man who was larger than life. He left this world peacefully, in a circle of prayer, blanketed with the love of those surrounding him. Oh, how we will miss him...

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Jo Diskin, a son, Danny Diskin, and two sisters, Emily and Dawn. He leaves on earth his dear wife, Shirley Smith, his daughters Penny Sonnier (Bobby), Janet Castellano, Charlene Ludlow (Chris) and his son Joe Diskin. Stepsons Lawrence Smith (Gina), Gary Smith (Pam) and Byron Smith (Wendy).

In addition, on his side he leaves five grandsons: Jared Myers (Naomi), Brady Myers (Kasey), Josh Diskin, Nick Castellano and Gino Castellano. Also, granddaughters Tracy and Tatum Diskin.

And his great-grandsons: Noah, Owen and Aaron Myers who were able to be with him during his final hours.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Elgin, Texas, with luncheon to follow.

In lieu of flowers please bless the following with your donations: Hospice Austin (4107 Spicewood Springs Road | Austin, Texas, 78759) or Grace Lutheran Church (801 West 11th Street | Elgin, Texas, 78621). The family extends their heartfelt thanks to Nikki Hudnall from Hospice Austin who spread her love and whose tender hand guided Jim through his final days. She is truly an angel on this earth.

Jim’s beautiful singing voice now sings forever. in God’s Heavenly choir!

 



Published November 2, 2022


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Major Laurence Eugene (“Gene”) Linden

Major Laurence Eugene (“Gene”) Linden, age 87, passed away at Ascension Seton Williamson Hospital in Round Rock on Thursday, October 27, 2022.

Gene was born in Austin on September 22,1935, as the youngest child of Frank O. Linden, Jr. and Iris Erma (Spencer) Linden. He was a graduate of Austin High School (1953), Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science (1954), The University of Texas (1957) and Babson College (1968).

At his core, Gene was a servant leader who valued people for who they were, not for what they could give. As a young officer in the U.S. Army, he deployed to Germany as part of the Berlin Brigade during the Cold War and served as a company commander during the Vietnam War. After earning his MBA from Babson College, he served in Korea and again in Germany before taking his final assignment in Fort Hood. Throughout his twenty year military career, he achieved the rank of Major and earned several honors including; Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Berlin), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars.

Upon his retirement from military service, Gene embraced his love of accounting becoming a member of the Exchange Club and serving as the Tax Assessor/Collector for the City of Killeen. During this time he helped his loving wife (Robbie) and her sister (Melanie) launch their entrepreneurial adventure as owners of The Video Shop in Georgetown. Retiring a second time, Gene launched his third and final venture opening his own accounting business.

Gene was humble, kind, sincere and always had a smile on his face. As an empathic leader, he exemplified the tenants of stewardship and community. He was a devoted husband, loving father and loyal friend. He took immense pride in his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was an avid Texas history buff who also had an interest in military strategy. As the family historian, he tirelessly researched records to write the stories that brought to life his family’s immigration to the U.S. from Sweden.

Gene is preceded in death by his wife, Robbie Nell (Jaquysh) Linden who was, as he said, “the love of my life.” He is also preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Frank Linden. He is survived by his brother, Richard Linden, his children, Laurence Linden, Jr. (Laurie), Greg Linden (Lori), Jennifer Muller (George), his grandchildren, Devin Muller (Samm Swagler), Erin Peters (Nick), Conor Muller and great-grandchildren Declan Peters, Lincoln Peters and Riley Peters. In addition, Gene is survived by several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren who love him dearly.

A visitation for Laurence will be held Thursday, November 3, 2022, from 9 - 10 a.m. at Cross & Crown Lutheran Church, 3800 Shell Road, Georgetown, Texas, 78628. A funeral service will follow, beginning at 10 a.m., with a light reception from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.. The burial will follow at 1 p.m. at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, 11463 TX-195, Killeen, Texas, 76542, where full military honors will be rendered.

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



John Rush Pierce Sr.

John Rush Pierce Sr. of Georgetown, Texas, died on Thursday, October 27, 2022. Rush, affectionately known to friends and family as “Boss” was 93 and until, the last few weeks of his life, was independent, driving, living on his own, and making his own meals. Rush was a physician, clinical professor, Navy veteran, Boy Scout and church leader, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.

Rush was born on February 4, 1929 in Dallas, Texas, to Graham L. Pierce and Elizabeth Weaver Pierce. He grew up in Dallas during the Great Depression. He attended Highland Park High School, where he was active in sports and excelled academically. He was an Eagle Scout. After high school, he attended Southern Methodist University, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and finished in two years by taking extra classes and going to summer school. He then enrolled in the newly formed Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He met Amanda Allen on a blind date and immediately they fell in love. They married on June 10, 1951, and remained married for 63 years until Amanda passed away.

After graduating from Southwestern, Rush completed a fellowship and began a residency in internal medicine with Dr. Tinsley Harrison in Birmingham, Alabama. His medical training was interrupted by military service in Jacksonville, Florida, where he served as a lieutenant in the Navy. After two years, he and his young family returned to Dallas to complete his medical residency.

In 1958, Rush, Amanda, and their sons moved to Arlington, a small, fast-growing community in north Texas. There, Rush opened a practice in internal medicine, which continued for 35 years and included up to five different partners. He served as Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, President of the medical staff at Arlington Memorial Hospital, and President of the Arlington Branch of the Tarrant County Medical Society. In 1993, Rush became Medical Director of a new Veterans Administration Clinic in Fort Worth and served in that role until his retirement in 1997.

In Arlington, Rush and Amanda raised their four boys, Rush Jr., Ben, Frank, and Scott. Rush was a leader in the Boy Scouts. He took scout groups on high adventure trips to the Quetico wilderness of Canada and to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. He and his family often spent their summers in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Red River, New Mexico, where they hiked. Rush was active in several churches and taught Sunday School for many years.

After retirement, Rush and Amanda moved to Granbury, Texas, and later to Georgetown. They spent their summers in the mountains of northern New Mexico, where Rush developed a passion for photography and nature. They were active in the Red River summer community and had many friends there. Upon Amanda’s death, Rush established the Amanda Pierce Nature Fund at the Red River Community House, which sponsored nature camps for children, wildflower walks, and other nature projects for the community.

Family was important to Rush. He and Amanda held an annual Cousin Camp for their grandchildren, where the kids slept outside, swam, did crafts, and had special events. Later, they held regular “Cousin Dinners” at their house for the grandchildren. Rush loved to write. He authored several books about northern New Mexico, including a hiking guide, a guide to mountain wildflowers, and a history of Red River. Later, he researched and wrote short essays on interesting people, places, and events, which he mailed to family and friends. He was an avid photographer, taking beautiful pictures of mountains, wildlife, and flowers.

Rush was preceded in death by his parents, Graham and Elizabeth Pierce, brother, Graham Pierce Jr., sister, Eugenia Pierce Krause, and his wife, Amanda Pierce. He is survived by son, Rush Pierce Jr. and wife Diane Goodwin, son, Ben Pierce and wife, Marlene Tyrrell, son, Frank Pierce, son, Scott Pierce, and multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Amanda Pierce Nature Fund, Red River New Mexico Community House at www.redrivercommunityhouse.org.


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