Obituaries

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23
Dec

Martin E. Edmondson

Martin E. Edmondson, a resident of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, was born March 20, 1944 in San Antonio, Texas, a son of Henry David and Mable Susan (Wallace) Edmondson. He departed this life Thursday, December 03, 2015 in his home in Holiday Island, at the age of 71 years. Martin worked as the U.S.A. Olympic Shooting Coach. He was a two time Olympian in 1976 and 1980 and coached the U.S.A. Team in the 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympics. He was a life member of the U.S.A. Shooting and the N.R.A. He  was also a member of the Masonic Lodge #612 in San Saba, Texas and an avid hunter and fisherman. Martin also proudly served his country in the United States Army (MSGT Retired) during the Vietnam War. On August 29, 2015, Martin was united in marriage with Rosemary (Miller) Edmondson who survives him of the home.

Wed
23
Dec

Ramonalene Reavis Hempel

Ramonalene Reavis Hempel, 80, passed from this life on Monday, December 21, 2015 in the presence of her daughters. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in San Saba. Graveside services to follow at Locker Cemetery, FM 500, San Saba, Texas at 2:00 p.m. with Dr. Barry Fikes officiating. Ramonalene was born to Raymond (R.D.) Reavis and Arba (Solsbery) in Locker, Texas on May 30, 1935. Ramonalene graduated from San Saba High School in 1953. She met her husband of 39 years in Austin, Texas. Harold Christian Hempel married Ramonalene in Austin, Texas in 1954. Ramonalene worked at the State Capital for years for numerous State Representatives while Chris worked for the State as a Civil Engineer. Together they had two daughters, Michelle and D’Ann. They lived in Austin until 1976 when they moved to San Saba to raise their two girls.

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17
Dec

John Ray Perry, Jr.

John Ray Perry, Jr., 50, of Buna, died Sunday, November 29, 2015. He was born on November 3, 1965, in Orange, to Mary Jane Ray Perry and John Perry, Sr. He worked as the Ranch Manager for Los Valles Ranch, Cherokee, Texas. John loved the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping. He was also a wonderful carpenter. However, none of that compared to spending time with his family; they meant the world to him. Survivors include his wife, Maria Perry of Cherokee; daughters, Jessica Lynn Perry and her fiancé, Tyler Coleman, of Port Allen, and Grace Perry of Cherokee; grandchild, MacKenzie Renee “Puddin” Coleman, Port Allen; stepson, Rolando Davis of Cherokee; parents, Mary and John Perry, Sr. of Goldthwaite; sister, Donna LaFosse and her husband, Boogie, of Buna; nephew, Josh LaFosse of Buna; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. A gathering of Mr. Perry’s family and friends was held from 5:00 p.m.

Thu
17
Dec

Henry C. Fitzgerald, Sr.

Henry Clay Fitzgerald, Sr. of Killeen, Texas, passed away Dec. 5, 2015, at his home in Killeen. A Memorial was held at Southside Church of Christ in Killeen by Terry Harrison and Keith Cormier. Henry was born to Curtis and Lura Sampson Fitzgerald Nov. 7, 1937 in San Saba, Texas. He married the love of his life Bertha Ruth Stevenson Aug. 24, 1956. They celebrated their 59 year Anniversary in August 2015. Bertha went to be with her Lord Oct. 22, 2015. Henry worked in construction, building bridges all his adult life. He loved working around his home and taking care of his family. He loved music--Gospel, Bluegrass, and Country--playing his guitar. Henry is survived by his three children, Naomi Green, Kay Connell, and Henry Clay, Jr., all of Killeen; siblings, Howard C. Fitzgerald, of La Porte, TX; Katie Jo Simmons, of Kennedale, TX, and Billie Fay Lusty, of San Saba, TX.; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

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17
Dec

Elias Franco

Elias Franco, 72, of Richland Springs, passed away in his home on Sunday, December 6, 2015. Rosary was on Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home San Saba. Mass was held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. Interment followed at Richland Springs Cemetery. Elias was born on July 16, 1943 in Los Rodriguez, Guanajuato, Mexico to Tanislado Franco and Atanacia Gutierrez. He married Remedios Ontiveros Romero in Mexico. Elias came to this country in the early 60’s to give his family a better life. Elias was a dedicated Ranch Hand for many, many years. Elias has loving memories of his children, grandchildren and all his family.

Thu
17
Dec

Lillian T. (Marren) Adams

Lillian Marren Adams passed to eternal life on December 6, 2015, at St. Joseph Manor in Bryan, Texas. Lillian was born in Newport, Rhode Island, to Peter J. Marren and Gertrude Conlon Marren on April 12, 1925. She was a very unique person, born under unique conditions, at her home during a blizzard on Easter Sunday. She married Ranza J. (Rip) Adams at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Newport, Rhode Island, on April 15, 1944. They met during his tour as an instructor at the Naval Officers Candidate School and in 1946 moved to Texas where they lived for nearly 70 years. Her greatest joy was being a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Lillian always liked to do things her way and on her terms. Her caring, strong, and witty personality will be missed by all who knew her. Preceding her in death are her parents, one brother, four sisters, and her beloved husband, Ranza J. (Rip) Adams.

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17
Dec

Mary Ann Perry

Mary Ann Perry, 68, passed away on December 8, 2015 surrounded by her family at her home in Cherokee, Texas. Visitation was held on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Cherokee, Texas with services following at 2:00 p.m. Interment was at Cherokee Cemetery. Shannon Bond officiated. Mary Ann was born on April 14, 1947 to Amos and Anna (Beabout) Kollman in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating Cherokee High School she attended Beauty School and was a hairdresser for many years and also ran a greenhouse for 20 years. She married Wayland Perry on August 7, 1964 in San Saba. Mary Ann was a loving mother and absolutely loved children. After having three of their own children, they welcomed a family of six more children to their own family. She enjoyed traveling and her most precious time was spending time with her nine grandchildren. She loved them all dearly and loved going to all their activities.

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17
Dec

Marjorie Lucille Hicks

Marjorie Lucille Hicks, age 91, of San Saba passed away with her family by her side in Brownwood, Texas on Sunday, December 13, 2015. Marjorie “Maw Maw” was born on August 7, 1924 to Virgil Pafford and Rosa Lena Robbins Pafford in San Saba, Texas. Margie married J. D. Hicks on May 23, 1942 in Llano Texas. Margie was known to many for selling fishing worms to the Bend Camps and San Saba stores. She worked at the Eventide Nursing Home for many years until her retirement. Margie was a loving person and was always helping others. Margie loved her family and talking on the phone to everybody including her family members. Margie extended her family when she moved to her new home at Oak Ridge Manor of Brownwood; she loved all the residents and especially her care attendants.

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17
Dec

Jerry Covington

On December 7, 2015, Jerry Covington of Goldthwaite, Texas passed away in Brownwood, TX, at age 83. He was born on April 16, 1932 in Pleasant Grove Community in Mills County, TX, to Walter Covington and Lennie Warren Covington. Jerry married Anna Merle Epperson on May 5, 1950, in Center City, TX. He was a Baptist. Jerry worked for Central Texas Telephone Cooperative as a Telephone Lineman Supervisor. He loved horses, rodeos and spent many happy hours attending rodeos. Jerry is survived by his children, Mike Covington and wife Elaine; Richard Covington; Debra Ward and husband David; Jennifer Thompson and husband Terry, all of Goldthwaite, TX, and Cheryl Kohns and husband Butch, of San Angelo, TX; his brother, Earl Covington and wife Barbara of Goldthwaite, TX; and sister, June Ward and husband Red, of Hereford, TX. He is also survived by ten grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

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09
Dec

Cliffa Gene Cook

Cliffa Gene Cook of Pontotoc, Texas passed from this life on December 2, 2015 at the age of 92. She was proceeded in death by her husband Ezra Glen Cook, her son Charles Ezra Cook and son-in-law Donald Ray Henderson. She was born August 30, 1923 in Llano, Texas to Dawn (Spinks) Lange and Walter Lange of Pontotoc, TX. She graduated from Llano High School in 1940. While attending Sul Ross State Teaching College in Alpine she met and married Ezra Cook, July 31, 1942. During World War II she worked at the Marfa Air Force Base until her husband entered the U.S. Navy. She later joined him in San Diego, California. There she worked at Safeway Grocery Stores and at Rohr Aircraft where they made PB2Y Sea Planes. She and her husband entered the ranching business with her parents when he received his discharge from the U.S. Navy in 1946. During the severe drought of the 1950s she taught school 5years to supplement the family income.

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