Obituaries

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Karen Erby

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of our beloved mother, Karen Ford Erby. Karen passed from this life into heaven on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, after a short battle with cancer. She was born in Brady, Texas on December 13, 1939, to Jack and Norma Lee Ford, and grew up in Richland Springs, Texas.

Karen held a variety of accounting jobs until she found her life’s work in the Fort Worth Police Department working in Jail Operations and as an Intoxilizer Operator.

Karen lived a life of meaning and purpose. She was the heart and soul of her family, to whom she dedicated her life. She raised two young daughters as a single parent during hard times with strength and grace. In addition to her daughters, she was known as “mom” and “grandma” to so many more! Her heart was huge with love and she shared that love with everyone she met.

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Richard Robert Smith

Rick Smith, 70, passed away peacefully on January 29th in Springfield, Oregon, with his family by his side after a valiant, three-year battle with cancer.

He was born on June 6, 1947 in Santa Monica, California. Rick attended school in Ralls, Texas, graduating from Ralls High School in June of 1965. He served in the Atlantic fleet of the U.S. Navy from 1966 until 1970. Rick moved to Oregon in the mid-70s, living in the Eugene Faith Center Mens' Houses, making lifelong friends and memories.

In 1977, Rick married Cindy Brown. They lived in Springfield and two beautiful daughters, Melody and Amanda, before divorcing in 1990. Rick and Cindy remained friends throughout his life.

Rick moved to San Saba, Texas in 2001 and built a gallery to display his unique photography. He was a gifted artists, designing and fabricating is own exotic hardwood frames. During this time, he traveled the world and checked many items off of his "bucket list."

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Gary Zack Sanderson

On Saturday, February 3, 2018, Gary Zack Sanderson of San Saba, Texas passed away at his residence. Gary was born November 24, 1952 to Edgar T. and Hope (Means) Sanderson in San Angelo, Texas. He was the youngest of four brothers. Gary graduated from Cherokee High School, class of 1971, where he excelled as an athlete on the football field. Gary went on to TSTC in Waco and would eventually develop a love and understanding for business. Gary was best known for his convenience store in his hometown of San Saba, “Zack’s One Stop”, which he owned and operated from 1994-2004. He also owned two other convenience stores over the years. Gary loved to visit and be around people, so in this business he never met a stranger. A family man at heart, he cherished the time he spent with loved ones. No matter what the situation, everyone knew they could count on him to be there. He was a man of integrity and honor, which will carry on for generations.

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Kennith Stewart

On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, Kennith Stewart of San Saba, Texas, entered his heavenly rest after brave but lengthy struggle with cancer. Kennith was born April 16, 1939, in Cherokee, Texas, to Paul and Faye Ballenger Stewart. He married Patsy Marschall Stewart on August 6, 1974. He passed away in San Saba, Texas. Kennith is survived by his wife of forty-three years, Patsy Marschall Stewart. Other survivors include his son James Stewart (Phyllis), Pat Pool (JoNell), Laura Pool Behrens (Carter) and Christine Pool Bessent (Keith). He is also survived by grandchildren Wesley Paul “Tac” Stewart, Tod Stewart, Alicia Behrens Cole, and Chris Pool and two great-grandchildren. In addition, he is survived by his brothers and sisters: Shirley Ellis, Butch Stewart, Bert Stewart (Kay), Linda Dellis, Gene Stewart (Sylvia), Debbie May (Carl), Gary Stewart (Jamie), and Ronnie Stewart (Janet).

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Willie (Hicks) Morgan

Willie (Hicks) Morgan of Tow, Texas passed away Friday, February 2, 2018 at the age of 82. She was born to Jennie May (Towerton) and Robert Hicks September 5, 1935. She married Gayleon Morgan July 16, 1956 in Bluffton, Texas. She worked for the United States Postal Service until she retired. Willie was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Tow, Texas. She loved her church and church family. Willie is survived by her daughters, Patricia Smarr of Buda, Helen Ellis and husband Larry of Manor; sons, Rickey Morgan and wife Tina of Tow, Randy Morgan and wife Brenda of Tow; five grandchildren, two great grandchildren; sisters, Shirley Hicks of Burleson, Pam Hicks, Kathy Carroll and husband, Robert of San Saba, Roxie Schlegel of Burnet; brothers, Raymond Hicks and wife Lewvon of Bend, Jim Hicks and wife Orabeth of Bend, Roland Hicks and wife Jo of Clifton and Paul Hicks of Lometa.

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Olidio Cantu

Funeral Services for Olidio Cantu, age 55, of Brownwood, Texas was held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at Heartland Funeral Home with Pastor David Barnum officiating. Interment followed at Eastlawn Memorial Park. The family received friends 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Mr. Cantu passed away Saturday at his residence surrounded by his loving family. Olidio was born on October 9, Olidio Cantu 1962 in San Saba, Texas to Balerino and Rosa Henry Cantu. He was a 1982 graduate of San Saba High School where he had excelled in sports, especially football. He broke several football records there and was also voted class favorite. At the age of eighteen he moved to Brownwood and worked at Superior Cable. Always having a passion for fitness especially weight lifting Olidio purchased Flexit Gym in 1995. He also helped run Austin Avenue Auto Sales for many years and ended his career at Hawkhill Sales as a consultant.

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Hudson Lee Long

Hudson Lee Long finished his course on this side of Heaven on January 24, 2018. He was born in Llano, Texas on April 4, 1933. He was many things: husband, father, grandfather, friend, Sunday School teacher, civic volunteer, historian, cowboy poet, actor, postman, rancher, lover of puzzles and games, dedicated sports fan, runner, rafter, and sailor. Most importantly, he loved his family, neighbors, and fellow sojourners in this life. Hudson believed in the Longpromises of God. “For I know the plans I have for you” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. The plans for Hudson included finding the love of his life, Martha Royce Gilliland, and marrying her on his birthday, on April 4, 1958. He was blessed with three children: Patricia Long Weaver, Pamela Baker, and Paul Roy Long.

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Melvin Pierce

Melvin Pierce, of Goldthwaite, passed away in Goldthwaite on January 22, 2018. He was 90 years old. Melvin was born February 19, 1927 in Lometa, Texas, to Charlie B. and Ada Sutton Pierce. He served in the Army and later worked for Ingram Concrete as a driver. Melvin was of the Baptist faith. Visitation was held Friday, January 26th at Stacy-Wilkins Funeral Home in Goldthwaite. Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 27th, at Stacy-Wilkins Funeral Home with Butch Foster, officiating. Burial followed at San Saba Cemetery, San Saba, Texas. Pallbearers included Melvin's grandsons: Jeremy Garcia, Scott Geeslin, David Williams, Jordan Tully, C.W. Green, Colton Green, Justin Guimbellot and Weston Hooker. Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie B.

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Grafton Wain Seale

Grafton Wain Seale, 79, of Adamsville, TX passed away at Spring Oaks Nursing Home on January 27, 2018. Grafton was born April 2, 1938 in Lampasas County the son of Grafton Richard Seale and Joyce Mae (Bynum) Seale. He grew up in the area and graduated from Copperas Cove High School in 1958. He was a firefighter for Copperas Cove FD and later Ft Hood FD. He was the first paid Fire Chief Copperas Cove had. Before becoming a firefighter, Grafton was a butcher at Allen’s Grocery in Cove, he was also the Butternut Bread man. After retiring from Ft Hood FD, he hauled cattle for the public and was a farmer and rancher. Grafton was a member of Evant United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Seale; four children; Doyle Seale, Anthony Seale, Janice Seale Allen all of Lampasas and Joyce Seale Statzer of Graham; two brothers, W.T.

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Mary Petty

Mary Petty, age 81, of Brownwood passed away Saturday, January 27, 2018, at her residence. Funeral Services for Mary will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 1, 2018, at Coggin Ave. Baptist Church with Bro. Tim Skaggs officiating, interment will follow at the Zephyr Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Blaylock Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home of Brownwood. Mary was born on June 8, 1936, to James and Quida (Upchurch) West in Hillsboro, Texas. She married Ted Petty, on March 22, 1980 in Brownwood. Together they were part owners of Roberts and Petty Heating and AC for many years. Mary worked at 3M for 27 years as a Supervisor before retiring. Mary was an avid tennis player. She loved doing yard work, Sunday crossword puzzles, and traveling and seeing new places. She was a member of Coggin Ave. Baptist Church.

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