Obituaries

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Arnie Diaz

Arnie Diaz, age 56, of San Saba passed away on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at San Saba Rehabilitation. Arnie was born in Altus, Oklahoma on September 22, 1962 to Juan Diaz Sr. and Carmen Vasquez.

Arnie was an avid gardener and loved fishing. He watched the Dallas Cowboys faithfully and liked country music. He worked for Cactus Feeders in Cactus, Texas. Arnie also worked for Riggs Feed Store for 20 plus years until his health declined. He loved his daughter and spending time with his family and friends.

Arnie is survived by his daughter: Anjelica Diaz of San Saba, Texas; mother, Carmen Vasquez of San Saba, Texas; two brothers: Daniel Diaz of Amarillo, Texas, and David Diaz and wife, Ramona, of Dumas, Texas; three sisters: Diana Flores and husband, Edward, of San Saba,Texas; ElviraTrevino and husband, Alberto, ofAmarillo, Texas; and Enedina Diaz of San Saba, Texas; as well as numerous nephews, nieces, and great nephews and nieces.

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Perrie Jo Bode Edmondson

Perrie Jo Bode Edmondson passed away Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 9:30 p.m., after a lengthy stay at San Saba Nursing and Rehab facility.

PJ was born in Llano, Texas on January 29, 1937 to Vernell Kothman Bode and P.A. Bode of Fredericksburg. She graduated from Fredericksburg High School in 1955 and attended Tarleton State College, earning an associate degree in animal husbandry.

While at Tarleton, PJ met Clifton Dean Edmondson from San Saba and they were married December 21, 1957. For 25 years, she accompanied her husband and living all over the United States, including Alaska and several foreign countries, as he was assigned work by Fluor Engineering & Constructors International. Her latter years were spent in Georgetown and 12 years in Kingsland, Texas.

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Irene Gamboa Ross

Our dear Irene passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2019. She was born August 18, 1936 in San Saba, Texas to Antonio and Maria de Jesusa Gamboa.

Irene was a graduate of San Saba High School. She was married to James David Ross. Irene was a retired government employee and made San Angelo, Texas her home for several years.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a brother, Antonio Gamboa, Jr.

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Maximino Guerrero, Sr.

Maximino Guerrero, Sr., 95, of Brownwood, TX, formerly of San Saba, TX, passed away Friday, June 21, 2019, surrounded by his family.

A rosary and visitation will be held 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2019, in the Chapel at Heartland Funeral Home in Early TX, with services and burial next week in San Diego De La Union, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Maximino Guerrero was born June 1, 1924, to Florencio Guerrero and Salome Noyala, in La Presita, San Diego De La Union, Guanajuato, Mexico. He married Maria Cruz on March 19, 1973. As a young man, he worked with the State of Guanajato to build many dams and roads in the community. He later worked as a migrant worker throughout the Southwest United States. He ended working for TAA in San Saba. He enjoyed singing, dancing and having a drink with his family and friends. He was also a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

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Shirley Rose (Campbell) Amthor

Shirley Rose (Campbell) Amthor, age 91, of Brownwood, formerly of San Saba, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, June 20th, 2019.

A visitation for Shirley was held Sunday afternoon, June 23rd, at Blaylock Funeral Home of Brownwood. Funeral Services were held Monday, June 24, 2019, at First United Methodist Church of San Saba with George Amthor, III, officiating, with a visitation held prior to services at the church. Burial followed at San Saba Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home.

Shirley Rose was born on June 15, 1928, to Roland, Sr. and Grace (Isenberger) Campbell in Mound City, Illinois.

Through the course of life, Shirley Rose accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience, which she loved sharing with others. A genuine source of inspiration, she was an amazing wife, mother, expert grandmother “Ninnie”, sister, and devoted friend.

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Dr. Edgar Stockton Laird

Dr. Edgar Stockton Laird was born October 14, 1937, and died on June 19, 2019, of cancer. He was preceded in death by his first son Edgar Jr.; his first wife, Connie; his daughter, Mary Lou; and his parents, Sam and Mary Bob Laird. He is survived by his wife, Judith; his son, Brennus; his granddaughter, Keri; his brother, Ernest and wife, Sue, and their children: Roy, Eric, and Nana; as well as his cousin, John (Thumper) Millican.

Edgar, a Rutgers University PhD, was a Professor Emeritus at Texas State University who retired after 48 years in the English department. A San Saba boy called Roscoe, he embraced his small-town roots even as he achieved renown as a medieval scholar who specialized in the history of science with an emphasis on astronomy. Known on campus and off as a humble man who cherished his books and lived in his mind, he will be remembered as a man loved by his students, colleagues, friends and family.

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Jo Ann Rose Shanks

Jo Ann Rose Shanks passed from this life to eternal life on June 22, 2019, at her home in San Saba, surrounded by her loving family. Jo Ann was born on August 6, 1933 in Baytown, TX where she graduated from Robert E. Lee High School. She married her beloved husband of 59 years, Terry Lee Shanks, on April 4, 1952. They moved to San Saba in 1962 from Baytown with three young children, not knowing anyone there but determined to raise their kids with some country roots.

Jo Ann devoted herself to her family and was most joyful when surrounded by them. She was an incredible role model as she exemplified her strong work ethic. She worked tirelessly, full time outside the home in addition to taking care of the household, helping with homework, planning school parties, sponsoring extra-curricular activities, and more, to insure her kids could take advantage of every opportunity to pursue their dreams.

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Willis Richard (Dick) Landers, Jr.

Willis Richard (Dick) Landers, Jr., passed from this life to eternal life on June 10, 2019 at his home in Lampasas, one day short of his 95th birthday. Mr. Landers was born on June 11, 1924 in San Saba, Texas, to parents, Willis Richard Landers and Mary Edith Low Landers.

He spent most of his childhood living in Cherokee with his parents and three brothers, with the exception of fall harvest travelling to various communities to thrash and gather pecans. The boys attended country schools wherever they were working the harvest.

His family attended the annual Camp Meetings held each August on Cherokee Creek near the Bend. It was during one of those meetings when he was in his early teens that Mr. Landers was “dunked in the creek” and joined the Methodist Church.

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Down Memory Lane

36 Years Ago

June 30, 1983

A box filled with flammable material was apparently set ablaze adjacent to one of the locker room doors under Rogan Field football stands about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. San Saba Chief of Police Ray Riggs was one of the first to arrive on the scene and kicked the box and its contents away from the door.

The fire blistered some of the paint on the door and casing but did not cause any further damage as black smoke from the burning contents billowed up through the stands. San Saba VFD put out the blaze.

67 Years Ago

June 15, 1952

Thomas Stewart, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Stewart, appeared in the cast of The Cactus Opera Group at a stage performance of "The Marriage of Figaro," in Dallas at Scott Hall. Stewart, who played the role of Dr. Bartalo, was described in the Dallas Morning News as the best bass-baritone voice in the production.

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Russell Allen Walker

Russell Allen Walker, 78, went to be with his Lord, Friday, June 7, 2019, after suffering injuries in a car accident in Waco, Texas. He was surrounded by his loving family at the time of his death.

Russell was born on September 4, 1940 to Russell V. Walker and Helen K. Walker in Houston, Texas. He graduated from Refugio High School, where he played sports and built cars to drag race at sanctioned race tracks.

Russell attended Texas State University in San Marcos where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He received his BS degree in 1962 and a Masters in Counseling and Guidance in 1966. He was called to serve in education for 43 years as a principal, counselor, teacher and coach.

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