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Raymond Fulton Barker

Raymond Fulton Barker died peacefully on August 11, 2018 in Kerrville, Texas at the age of 88. He was preceded in death by mother, Martha Starr Barker; father, Bob F. Barker; sisters: Nila Ruth Barker and Mildred McIntosh; and mother of his children, Naomi Barker. Born into a San Saba, Texas farming family, he used this knowledge in his early banking career to guide farmers in building their businesses. He spent 20 years in banking in the Lubbock, Texas area, at American State Bank of Lubbock and First State Bank of Shallowater. In 1971, he moved to Kerrville, Texas to become President of Chas. Schreiner Bank and Schreiner Bancshares multi-bank holding company. He served on the Boards of James Avery Craftsman and Schreiner College. He was appointed by Governor Clements in 1987 to the Board of the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) where he brought his personal knowledge of the needs of rural residents to improve LCRA’s services.

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Louise Williams

Louise Williams, 93, of San Saba died Tuesday, July 31, 2018 in Brownwood following a year's struggle to regain her mobility from a broken hip. A determined native Texan, she simply could not overcome a recent diagnosis of bone cancer. A private graveside service was held Thursday at San Saba Oddfellows Cemetery where she now lies adjacent to her late husband, Joe Royce Williams. She was born on March 7, 1925 in Graham, Texas. Her parents were Samuel D. Crow and Bana Mae (Simmons) Crow, and she spent much of her formative years during the Great Depression on Crow Mountain and Rock Creek in southern Young County with her older sister, Dorothy Mae, and younger brother, Joe Donald, on a place to which their grandfather, a founder of the Texas & Southwest Cattle Raisers Association, had returned after being an early Texas trail driver.

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Barbara C. Bourke

Our beloved wife and mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Barbara Carol Bourke, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on August 8, 2018. Barbara was born July 18, 1944 in San Saba, TX to Oliver Odell Grumbles and Thelma Pauline Ridings Grumbles. Her family left San Saba in 1953 for Dallas so that her father could attend Mechanic school. Later they settled in Midland, Texas. It was there Barbara married her husband, Glen Stallings, in 1959. Through this union, they had three children: Kathy J Lee, Donna Sue Streun, and Rodney D Stallings. Barbara met her soul mate, John Dennis Bourke, and they married Dec. 30, 1994. Barbara loved her Lord and was a member of Church of the Open Door. An accomplished musician, she loved to play music for her church family and have jam sessions with her uncles, aunts and cousins. Barbara worked for Bank of America for 25 years until she retired and moved back to San Saba.

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Donald D. Burnham

Don Burnham, age 91, of San Saba, Texas passed away surrounded by his family, in San Saba, Texas on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Don was born on July 8, 1927 in Brownwood, Texas to Leslie D. Burnham and Myrtle (Lane.) Don was raised in San Saba County. As a young man of 17, he left high school to serve in the Navy during WWII. Upon returning from the service he finished his education. He then began farming and ranching until the drought forced him to take a job in an aircraft plant. But, when the first substantial rain finally came, Don returned to what he loved the most—working the land where he grew up. He married Martha Rae Owen in 1957 and continued this country way of life for over 60 years. They shared this legacy with their children and grandchildren who are now continuing a tradition spanning five generations. It’s only befitting that he be buried on the very land that sustained his life.

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Billie Louise (Crow) Williams

Louise Williams, 93, of San Saba died Tuesday, July 31, 2018 in Brownwood following a year's struggle to regain her mobility from a broken hip. A determined native Texan, she simply could not overcome a recent diagnosis of bone cancer. A private graveside service was held Thursday at San Saba Oddfellows Cemetery where she now lies adjacent to her late husband, Joy Royce Williams. She was born on March 7, 1925 in Graham, Texas. Her parents were Samuel D. Crow and Bana Mae (Simmons) Crow, and she spent much of her formative years during the Great Depression on Crow Mountain and Rock Creek in southern Young County with her older sister, Dorothy Mae, and younger brother, Joe Donald, on a place to which their grandfather, a founder of the Texas & Southwest Cattle Raisers Association, had returned after being an early Texas trail driver.

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Samantha Mae Burnett

Samantha Mae Burnett, infant daughter of Robert and Lisa (Click) Burnett passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2017 at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. Along with her parents, Samantha’s family includes her grandparents, Carol (Beans) and Carl Duke of Coopersburg, PA and Bobby and Marty (Lethco) Burnett of Cherokee, TX; great-grandparents, Betty and William Beans of Warminster, PA and uncles, Gordon Click of Quakertown, PA, Robbie Drumm (Mindy) of Germantown, OH, and Luke Burnett of San Angelo, TX. Samantha was preceded in death by her brother, Cooper Burnett, grandfather, Samuel Click of Dayton, OH and great-grandparents, Betty and Fred Click of Dayton, OH, Nelson and Ellen Lethco of Cherokee, TX, and Arch and Pauline Burnett of Mason, TX. Private memorial pending. Memorials may be made to Drew’s Faithful Feet, hopemommies.org, or your favorite charitable organization.

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Fred G. Huizar

Fred G. Huizar, age 74, of San Saba, Texas passed away in Llano, Texas on Friday, July 20, 2018. Fred was born on March 1, 1944 in San Antonio, Texas to Max Huizar and Anita (Guerro) Huizar. Fred attended and graduated from high school in San Antonio, Texas. He owned and operated his own business, which was called Style Flooring, until his retirement. Fred liked to go fishing and watch movies. He was always smiling and never met a stranger. He loved his family and spending time with them. Those left behind to cherish his memory are his wife, Connie Huizar, of San Saba; six children: Debbie Vasquez, Diana Gomez Huizar, and Freddie Huizar, all of San Antonio, Texas; Lenora Felan Salazar of Saginaw, Texas; Rudy and wife, Tracey, Sanchez of Lampasas, Texas; and Joey Huizar of San Saba, Texas. Fred had 55 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, three sisters, and one son-in-law, Joe Gomez.

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Richard E. Gibson

Richard E. Gibson passed away in San Saba, TX on July 23, 2018. He was born June 25, 1934 in Missouri. Richard is survived by his wife, Betty, of San Saba; five sisters: Juanita, Florence, Joyce, Pat and Marilyn, all of Quincy, IL; one daughter, Mitzi Holderby, of Burleson, TX; one grandson, Chris Holderby, of Burleson, TX; three great-grandsons; special nephew - Randy Hagerbaumer; three stepsons: Dee Edmondson, Roy Edmondson, Jr. and Scott Edmondson; and one stepdaughter, Karan Edmondson. Richard was preceded in death by his mother, Florence Young; stepfather, Wiburn Young; and one brother, Bob Young. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Celia Reyes

Celia Reyes, age 91, of San Saba, Texas went to her eternal home surrounded by her family on Friday July 27, 2018 in San Saba, Texas. Celia was born on September 2, 1926 to Miguel and Tomasa (Jimines) Calderon in San Saba, Texas. She was a lifelong resident of San Saba and worked for the public most of her life. Celia liked to sew and watch her favorite soap opera. She enjoyed cooking the best dish, which was her dressing, for Thanksgiving. She loved her family and spending time with them. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Those left behind to cherish her memory are her children: Olivia Valles and husband, Raymond, of Lampasas, Texas; Olga and Tony Cantu of San Saba, Texas; Oleta Behrens of San Saba, Texas; Alex and Karen Reyes of Richland Springs, Texas; Betty Sue Hardy Fernandez, of San Saba, Texas; 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other family.

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Charles Chester Cockrell, Jr.

Chet Cockrell of San Saba, Texas passed away in Lea Regional Hospital in Hobbs, New Mexico on July 19, 2018. He lost his battle with lung cancer. He was currently residing in Hobbs while he sought treatments. Chet was born in San Angelo, Texas August 20, 1960. He grew up in Lometa, Texas and graduated from Lometa High School in 1978. He joined the Navy and afterwards followed in his Dad’s footsteps as a carpenter. He resided in San Saba, Texas for the past 15 years, as his job took him in different locations throughout Texas and Mississippi. He was well known as a reputable carpenter, remodeling, and building new homes. Chet was preceded in death by his father, Charles Chester Cockrell, Sr. in 1999. He is survived by his mother, Peggy Cockrell Jones, of Hobbs, New Mexico and his step-father, Ron Jones. He is also survived by his siblings: Shawna Bell of Belton, Texas; Wayne Cockrell of Oakwood, Texas; and Tywila Kelley of Copperas Cove, Texas.

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