Obituaries

Wed
19
Apr

Ethel Faye Stewart “Mamaw”

Ethel Faye Stewart, age 99 of San Saba, Texas passed away with her family by her side on Saturday, April 15, 2017 in San Saba, Texas. Faye was born on July 4, 1917 in Covington, Texas to Chancey and Zella (Warren) Ballenger. She was the eldest of three children. Faye married Paul F. Stewart on August 9, 1938 they had nine children. She was a homemaker, devoted Christian, and loved her family dearly. She will be dearly missed and her smile will never be forgotten.

Wed
19
Apr

Milton Nicks

Milton Nicks, retired Verizon/GTE employee, passed away on April 1, 2017. He was 71 years old. He was born Jan. 30, 1946 in San Saba, Tx to Raymond Nicks and Ruth Mabry Nicks. He grew up in San Saba and Graduated from San Saba High School. He later earned a degree in Psychology from University of Texas Arlington.He served in the US Army in Oberammergau, Germany. Following his service he moved to San Angelo, Texas where he was employed by GTE. He served in various positions at GTE/Verizon in San Angelo TX, Irving Tx, Tampa, Fl, Caracas, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico. He retired in 2013 with 27 years of service. He was an avid golf and football enthusiast. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Danny Nicks and first wife Jan Van Zandt.

Wed
12
Apr

Blanche Eudell Biggs

Blanche Eudell Biggs passed away peacefully in San Saba, Tx, on April 7, 2017 at the age of 88. Funeral Services were held at Heritage Funeral Home in San Saba on April 9, 2017 at 3p.m. with interment at San Saba Cemetery. She was born on October 8, 1928 to Alvie Jim and Nina Lora (Huges) Cook. Blanche was preceded in death by her husband, James E Biggs, son, James Biggs Jr, and her daughter, Marilyn Biggs. Also preceding her in death were her parents, a brother, James Franklin Cook, and two sisters, Minnie Windham and Wilda Harvell. She married James Biggs on November 1, 1947 shortly after her mother had died. They helped her father raise the five younger siblings that were left without a mother. All of her family looked to her for guidance as she was the mother figure in their lives even after they were adults. James and Blanche made many sacrifices for her siblings, especially the younger ones. Blanche graduated from Goldthwaite High.

Wed
12
Apr

Shirley M. Smithhart

Shirley Maurine Parker Smithhart passed away Monday, April 10, 2017. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 15, 1:00 P.M. at Heritage Funeral Chapel, 1901 W. Wallace, San Saba, TX. Shirley Smithhart was born in Healdton, Oklahoma on February 16, 1941 to parents Jeptha and Ethel Parker. Shirley and her parents moved to Fort Worth, TX when she was a small child where she lived until 1996 when she and her husband, J.T. Smithhart, moved their home to San Saba. She was married to J.T. Smithhart on March 30, 1957. She was a devoted wife to J.T., always expressing her love for her husband for all to see throughout their years together. Shirley was a caring mother to her four children raising them to know God's love and lean on his strength. Her extended family was important to her and she loved them all. She was always ready with an open heart for them. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Jeptha Parker and Ethel Mabry Parker. She is survived by her husband, J.T.

Wed
12
Apr

Helen Lundberg

On April 4, 2017, our very precious Mom, Granny, Aunt, friend, etc., went to be with her Lord in Heaven. Helen Pearl porter Lundberg was born in Dickens County, September 4, 1915, to Samuel Lewers Porter and Alice Pearl (Lea) Porter. She was the eighth of nine children, and the last to join them in Heaven. Each of the nine children only married once, so they called themselves "the 18." What fun they had together!! After high school graduation as Valedictorian of her class, Helen went to Texas Tech in 1933. Upon graduation in Elementary Education, she began her 30+ years teaching career. She later obtained her Master of Education degree. Not only did she teach primarily 1st grade, she was always teaching family members, friends, church members, and anyone who wanted to learn from her vast knowledge. She met the love of her long life, Russell Lundberg, in the mid-1930s, as he worked on the Matador Ranch, next door to her family ranch.

Wed
12
Apr

Joyce Fay Gaylor

Joyce Fay Gaylor gained her angel wings on March 30th, 2017. Her visitation was held at the Heritage Funeral Home in San Saba, Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Funeral Services were held Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 in the Chapel at Heritage Funeral Home in San Saba. Joyce Gaylor was born on August 29th, 1942 to her parents, Joseph Edwin Maultsby and Betsy (Manning) Maultsby in San Saba, Texas. She lived in San Saba from her birth year in 1942 to her graduation year from high school in 1961. She then moved to Austin, Texas and lived there for most of her life before moving to Abilene, where she had been currently residing. She was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church in Abilene. She was a health food fanatic and loved to cook for her family and friends anytime they visited. She loved her granddaughter. She was a simple lady and didn't like too many extravagant things.

Wed
12
Apr

Johnnie Louise Keeney

Johnnie Louise Keeney, age 88 of San Saba, Texas passed away with her family by her side on Monday, April 3, 2017 in San Saba, Texas. Johnnie was born on April 1, 1929 in Bend, Texas to William Nolan Clark and Jessie Earnestine “Swindell”. Johnnie graduated from San Saba High School. She attended Abilene Christian University and also obtained a Cosmetology Degree. She loved sewing, watching movies, and taking walks. Johnnie also did volunteer work and enjoyed doing alterations. She loved the Lord and was devoted to her family. Johnnie is survived by her children; Mitzi VanHuss and husband, Rody of Tuttle, Oklahoma; Mike and wife, Bunny Keeney of Shallowater, Texas: five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; one brother William Clark and wife, Jane; sisters Patsy and R.J. Henniger, Nancy Hicks, Carrie Keeney, Chee Chee Brockman, Toni and George Mayben, and Penny Pierce; numerous nieces and nephews.

Wed
05
Apr

Ned Bower Little

Ned Bower Little, 75, of Cherokee, Texas was born on May 25, 1941. He passed away in an automobile accident on March 28, 2017 near Fredericksburg, Texas.

He was born and raised in Jefferson, North Carolina, the son of Mont and Ruby Little. He was a resident of Texas for 41 years.

Ned was an entrepreneurial by heart and owned and operated Texas Spa Covers Inc. in Burnet, Texas where spa covers for all types of hot tubs were manufactured and shipped all over the world. Ned sold the business in 2012 and he and his wife, Ann, retired in 2014. They built a second home in Placitas, New Mexico on the wild horse mesa and enjoyed traveling, church and family.

Wed
05
Apr

Betty Jean Wiley Terry

Betty was born in Seminole County, Oklahoma, April 6, 1929, to Charles Emory Wiley and Hattie Mearl Howes Wiley, the only daughter of five children. After working at Harris Hospital as an RN for a few months, she met and married Thomas H. Terry, June 5, 1954, in Fort Worth, and they raised two daughters, Claudia and Linda.

Wed
05
Apr

Juan Romero

Juan Romero, age 57, of San Saba, passed away on March 27, 2017 in Lakeway, Texas with his family by his side. Juan was born on January 31, 1960 in Mexico to Pedro Romero and Eustolia Saavedra. Juan married Theresa Cooley on May 5, 1984 they were married for 32 years before his passing. Juan worked for the Barfield Ranch as the ranch manager for 32 years. Juan was an extremely hard worker and also enjoyed fishing, hunting, his garden and spending time with his family.

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