Obituaries

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16
Mar

Timothy W. Gates

Tim lost his battle with multiple myeloma on the evening of March 7, 2016, at his home in Joplin, Missouri. Timothy Wayne Gates was born September 16, 1955, in Baltimore Maryland, the youngest son of Francis E. Gates Jr. and Coral-Louise Raymond. After his father died suddenly in 1959, the family lived in several locations across the country. He graduated from McDonald County MO High School in 1973, then served his country in the US Air Force from 1974-75, and graduated from Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri in 1977 with a degree in math. Intending to continue his education, he moved to Iowa City, Iowa in 1977, and met Julie Connett in the fall of 1978. They married on July 21, 1979 in her hometown of Des Moines Iowa. They lived in Portland Oregon for the first year and a half of their marriage, then came back to Des Moines in early 1981. In 1982, they moved to San Saba, Texas, where they lived for the next 33 years.

Wed
09
Mar

Donald Eugene Skelton (Screwdriver)

Donald Eugene Skelton (Screwdriver), 74, of Richland Springs went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 6, 2016. Visitation was held Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. at Heritage Funeral Home in San Saba. Services were held Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at First Baptist Church in Richland Springs with interment following at Richland Springs Cemetery. Donald was born on September 20, 1941 to James and Opella (White) Skelton in Locker, Texas. He married Ginger Till in Richland Springs, Texas on October 20, 1962. Together they had two daughters, Laura Elizabeth and Kristy Lynne. Donald was City Water Superintendent for Richland Springs for almost 44 years. He was the longtime owner/operator of Don Skelton’s Welding and Hardware in downtown Richland Springs. Donald loved his church where he served as Deacon, loved his community and was very dedicated to his city job. He was a long time member of the San Saba County EMS.

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09
Mar

Beatrice (BeBee) Joy Kordzik Faught

Beatrice (BeBee) Joy Kordzik Faught passed from this life to be with her God and Saviour on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at the age of 86 years and 7 months, while at her home of over 60 years, surrounded by members of the family she so deeply loved. In the weeks prior to her death she enjoyed reminiscing with her family about their time together as well as her memories of her childhood and youth. Visitation was held at  Heritage Funeral Home in San Saba on Friday, March 4, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Services were held at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. Interment at San Saba Cemetery. BeBee was born on July 7, 1929 in Fredericksburg, Texas to Edgar and Margaret (Zoeller) Kordzik. She grew up as the only child of this farm family during the Great Depression. She and her parents faced many obstacles and setbacks during this time, as did many others.

Wed
24
Feb

Jesse Ray Roach

Jesse Ray Roach, 57, of Cherokee went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 16, 2016 at his home in Cherokee, Texas after his battle with cancer. Visitation was held on Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. at Heritage Funeral Home in San Saba. Funeral Services were held on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. at Heritage Funeral Home with interment at China Creek Cemetery. James Sanderson officiated. Jesse was born on June 20, 1958 to Poncie and Margie (Dixson) Roach in Fort Worth, Texas. After some college, Jesse went to work in the construction business and always gave 110% in whatever he did. Jesse  loved to read, work crossword puzzles and enjoyed working in the yard. He loved his family, especially enjoying his grandchildren and always had a great sense of humor.

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24
Feb

Mary Parker

Mary Parker, 79, of San Saba, Texas went to be with the Lord on February 21, 2016 in Temple, Texas. She was surrounded by her niece, Nancy and her husband, Toby. Services will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at Heritage Funeral Home in San Saba with interment to follow at Pontotoc Cemetery. Mary was born in Pontotoc, Texas to Wallace and Iva Edna (Clark) Durst on September 1, 1936. She married Bill Parker in Lometa, Texas on August 14, 1959. She had been a part of the Women’s Ministry in San Saba. Most everyone that knew Mary knew she loved to work. She loved working for the Hibler’s and the many jobs she had. She worked for the Holloway’s at Heritage Funeral Home for the last 5 years and enjoyed it so much and they loved having her there. She loved to make her zucchini and banana bread and deliver it to her loved ones.

Wed
24
Feb

Eva Louise (Berry) Yarbrough

Eva Louise (Berry) Yarbrough, 76, died Tuesday, February 23, 2016 around 7:50 a.m. in her home in Cherokee, Texas. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Cherokee Cemetery in Cherokee, Texas. Services under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home San Saba. Eva joins her soul mate, Lawton, in heaven. She leaves behind her children: two sons, Larry Yarbrough and wife, Lori, of Grand Prairie and Tommy Yarbrough and his girlfriend, Velva Adams, of Cherokee; one daughter, Donna Roberts and husband, Monty, of Cherokee, Texas; grandchildren: Clayton Yarbrough, Chase & Kelsey Yarbrough, Chelsie Yarbrough, Storm Yarbrough, Chan & Jose Valdes, Markie & J.R. Shaw, Duncan & Mysti Roberts, Amber Mungia and Kaitlyn Smith (adopted granddaughters).

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24
Feb

David C. Vela

David C. Vela, 72, passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2016. A Rosary was held on Sunday, February 21, 2016 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in San Saba. Mass was held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in San Saba on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. with interment at San Saba Cemetery. David was born in San Saba, Texas to Augustine and Anita (Cisneroz) Vela on December 10, 1943. After High School he joined his father, Augustine, in the pecan and sheep shearing business for many, many years. Later he worked as a security guard in the prison systems of Texas. David loved to play pool, winning many trophies along the way and enjoyed being at the lake. David was never married and had no children, but loved his nieces like they were his own. Survivors include one sister, Odelia Gonzales of Cleburne, Texas; two nieces, Irma Garcia of San Saba, Texas and Linda Bell of Cleburne, Texas. Many other nieces and nephews.

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24
Feb

Billy Wash

Billy Wash, 71, passed away Saturday, February 20, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. He is survived by his two daughters, grandchildren Justin, Corey, Chelsea, Harley and Haley. Visitation will be 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday February 26, at Wade Family Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at Wade Family Funeral Home. Burial will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday February 27, at Richland Springs Cemetery. 

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24
Feb

James Derrell Epperson

James Derrell Epperson passed away with family by his side on February 19, 2016 at the age of 92. James was born on August 20, 1923 in Llano County to Jim and Elizabeth Smith Epperson. He was raised on ranch land settled by his pioneer ancestors in the Valley Spring area. In his early years, James was a curious and adventurous young boy who loved exploring the land around him and predicating excitement amongst his siblings with their daily work. A horseman with multiple talents, James became a champion calf roper and rancher extraordinaire. James graduated from Cherokee High School in 1941 and then attended Tarleton State University and Texas A&M University. After completing 1 year of Veterinary Medicine, Uncle Sam called he spent the next 3 years in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Medical Technician. Upon his discharge, James returned to the land he loved in Llano County with his new bride Betty Evelyn Sifford where they lived and ranched for 70 years.

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17
Feb

Mike Gonzales

Mike Gonzales, 86, passed away on February 9, 2016 in San Saba, Texas. Rosary was held on Friday, February 12, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in San Saba. Mass was held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. with interment at San Saba Cemetery. Mike was born in San Saba, Texas on September 11, 1929 to Mike Gonzales Sr. and Amelia (Vela) Gonzales. He married Marta Reyes on August 25, 1951 in San Saba, Texas and spent 64 wonderful years together. Mike picked cotton in his younger years and then started shearing sheep for a living and continue to do the hard work for many, many years. His favorite football teams were the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Longhorns. He loved to play the lottery. Mike loved his family very much.

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