Obituaries

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Jimmie Lee Rawls

A memorial service for Jimmie Rawls, age 81, of Brownwood, TX, will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Shiloh Bible Church. He passed away February 3, 2019 at his residence.

Jimmie Lee was born March 1, 1937 in San Saba, Texas to Henry Eli and Dovie Lee Smith Rawls. He moved to the Houston area and worked as a carpenter before being employed by Monsanto Chemical Plant for 13 years. The welding bug eventually got him and he joined the 211 Union, and later the Plumber – Pipefitting Union 522 in Kentucky.

When the construction work in Houston got slow, Jimmie went to Alaska and worked on the pipeline. He always said “If I’d been a young man when I went to Alaska, I would never have come back to the lower 48.”

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Dawn Sharon Lewis Felts

Dawn Sharon Lewis Felts, age 77, of San Saba, Texas, passed from this life cradled in the arms of her husband on Saturday, January 26, 2019 –– two days after their 60th wedding anniversary. We will always remember her as a beacon of Christian faith with a smile in her heart and a twinkle in her eye.

The vibrant, sunny Dawn was born to the late Russell Austin and Esther (nee Deveny) Lewis on June 27, 1941, in Austin, Texas. She graduated from San Saba High School in 1959, where she was Band President, an avid drummer, and musician.

At the age of 17, Dawn married her high school sweetheart on January 24, 1959, and they made their first home in Abilene, Texas, where they attended Abilene Christian University together. Dawn’s passion for teaching spanned a 37-year career. She served 18 years at San Saba ISD from 1984 until she retired in 2002. She treasured the friendship and ongoing socialization with the colleagues she befriended there.

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Reva Hazel Edgerton

Reva Hazel Edgerton died on February 6, 2019 at the age of 91 in Kerrville, Texas. Born in San Saba, Texas on August 30, 1927, Reva graduated from San Saba High School in 1944. As a child growing up during the Great Depression, she developed a lifelong perseverance and work ethic that defined her entire life. She married J.R. Edgerton on January 19, 1946 and together they made their home in San Saba for the next 41 years. She was a lifelong member of the Baptist Church.

Reva was a selflessly devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, aunt and friend.

She was employed with the San Saba ISD for many years serving both as the elementary librarian and in the special education department. Many of her students experienced her great love and compassion for them even beyond the classroom.

Reva prided herself as a homemaker, a wonderful cook and expert seamstress.

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Patricia Gray Senterfitt

Patricia Gray Senterfitt died on January 30, 2019 at the age of 90 in Austin, Texas from a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. Born in San Saba, Texas on March 17, 1928, Patricia graduated from San Saba High School and attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority.

She was married on October 3, 1959 to the Honorable Reuben E. Senterfitt, who served two terms as Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1951 to 1955. Patricia served for several terms on the San Saba City Council and was an Elder and Deacon in the First Presbyterian Church of San Saba, where she also served on numerous committees.

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Yoko Lackey

Yoko Lackey, age 79, of San Saba, Texas, went to her eternal home on Sunday, January 20, 2019. Yoko was born on February 1, 1939 in Kanagawaken, Japan, to Sabaru and Hirozo Komi. Yoko graduated from high school and met the love of her life, Fletcher Lackey. They married and to this union five children were born. Yoko owned and operated the “Little Kitchen” in San Saba for over 20 years. She was best known for her egg rolls and tacos. Yoko was an excellent cook and she loved seeing all the people and visiting. She never met a stranger in her taco shop and you were always greeted with a smile. Yoko loved her family and spending time with them, especially when they were fishing. She will always be remembered as the little lady at the Little Kitchen. . . “Yoko.”

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Kay Francis Farquhar Keele

Kay was born January 9, 1936 at Rollins-Brook Hospital in Lampasas, Texas. She passed away on January 8, 2019, in Lampasas, one day short of her 83rd birthday, leaving a number of devastated family and friends. She was the second of five children born to Cecil Edward Farquhar and Geneva Gladys Barrett Farquhar who were both descendants of pioneers in the area.

She was married to H.W. Junior Keele on April 8, 1960 in San Saba, Texas, her home at the time of her passing. They met at a country dance at Izora schoolhouse in Lampasas County. Her Uncle Red Barrett had a band and he introduced Junior and Kay at that time. Kay loved to dance and attended every dance she could. Kay liked Jimmy Heap and the Melody Masters, and her Uncle's band, The Drifters. She would have danced across Texas if she could. Kay and Junior were the parents of two daughters: Vicki Laine Keele Brown and Stacey Lynn Keele Dame.

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Shirley Jean Barber Gray

Shirley Jean Barber Gray, 83, passed away January 13, 2019 in Georgetown, TX. Shirley was born to Harold and Voncile Barber on December 6, 1935 in Lone Grove, Texas.

She fell in love and married her soulmate, Kenneth Don Gray, in Cherokee, TX on May 24, 1952. She was a loving and doting wife and mother and, even though her husband’s career took her to many new places, she always managed to create a loving home filled with laughter for her children and husband.

Shirley also excelled in creating art with her hands. She was well-known for painting pictures, crafting angels, and personalizing gifts for her family and friends. She even went on to open her own art studio, along with her daughter Sherry, where she could hone her skills and give a smile to anyone that happened to benefit from the beauty of her work.

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Ronnie S. Gilbert

Ronnie S. Gilbert, 67, of Lometa, TX died Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Rollins Brook Community Hospital in Lampasas.

He was born November 21, 1951 in Abilene, TX, the son of Lowell B. Gilbert and Marjorie Lee (Isenburg) Gilbert. He moved to Lampasas when he was a sophomore in high school and had remained in the area since. Ronnie was a diesel mechanic by trade, a Licensed to Carry Instructor, woodworker, knifemaker, avid outdoorsman, active in youth mentorship through Royal Rangers, and enjoyed historical pioneer camping and re-enactment. He was an ordained minister of the Assemblies of God, where he served churches throughout Central Texas.

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Buster D. Barree

Buster D. Barree age 59 of Meridian, passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2019 in Meridian, Texas.

Per his wishes he will be cremated.

Buster D. Barree was born on September 26, 1959 in Port Lavaca, Texas to Albert and Mary Harvell Barree. He graduated from San Saba High School in San Saba, Texas. He worked in the construction business most of his life. Buster was a great son, brother and uncle but above all of these he was an amazing father and grandfather. Buster loved being outdoors. His favorite hobby was fishing with Uncle Willie. Buster never complained about anything and was always offering a helping hand. He loved life and enjoyed doing things with his family. He was a genuis when it came to playing cards (he always won). Buster became friends with Carlos Ellis of Meridian and they were like brothers. They always watched wrestling and ball games together. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

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Willard Linn Moore

Willard Linn Moore, age 86, of Willis, TX, passed away January 6, 2019. He was preceded in death by his wife, Susie Moore, and sister, Mary Beth Moore. Willard is survived by his sisters, Margaret Holcomb and Jeanie Gage; children, Diane Hibler and husband, Keith, and Wayland Moore and wife, Betty; grandchildren, Dwain Hibler and wife, Sheryl; Brandon Moore and wife, Lupe; DeeDee Pearon and husband, Jason; and Eric Moore and wife, Brooke; and numerous great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, January 9th, at 10:30 a.m. at Smith Memorial Park in Willis, TX. Condolences may be left at www.shmfh.com.

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