Obituaries

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Marjorie Collins McDowell

Marjorie Collins McDowell was born February 7, 1927 in San Saba County to W.J. and Ola Collins and passed away December 18, 2017 in Lampasas, Texas. Marjorie graduated from San Saba High School in 1944. She married Myles D. McDowell on June 6, 1948. They lived on the family ranch until Myles passed away in January 2005. Marjorie continued to live on and operated the ranch until shortly before her death. Marjorie is survived by daughter, Sheila Christian and husband, Jerry of Lampasas; sons, Tom McDowell and wife, Cathy of Bend, Mike McDowell and wife, Carolyn of Holland Hill, Steve McDowell and wife, Robin also of Holland Hill; ten grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren. Numerous nieces, nephews and many friends also survive her. Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, her husband and one grandson. Services for Marjorie will be held Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 2:00p.m. under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home of San Saba.

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13
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Elisa Huffman Draper

Funeral Services for Elisa Huffman Draper, age 57, of Richland Springs will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 16, 2017, at Greater Faith Community Church with Pastor Charles Lowe and Bro. Barry Fikes officiating; burial will follow at Bowser Cemetery in San Saba County. Visitation will be held prior to services from 1-2 at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home of Brownwood. Elisa went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, December 10, 2017. Elisa was born to J.C. and Joyce (Wilburn) Huffman on March 1, 1960, in Houston, Texas. Elisa married the love of her life, Gary Draper, on Sept 1, 1979 in Humble, Texas. She was a woman of great faith; she was a member of Greater Faith Community Church. She loved her family and grandchildren dearly.

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13
Dec
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Wanda Lee Smith Hobson

Wanda Lee Smith Hobson was born at home outside Rankin Texas in rural Ellis County to Golman and Willie Mae Kelsey on April 27th 1926, Wanda Lee Hobson passed from this life on December 10, 2017 in Bryan Texas with her loving husband by her side. In her youth she was Wanda Lee, later she was Wanda, and for the last 50+ years she has been Mimi to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and almost everyone else. Raised in farming and ranching country during the Great Depression, Wanda was taught to be thrifty and make things for herself that could not be afforded. As a result, she was a wonderful seamstress, creating beautiful quilts, afghans, and lace all completely by hand. She also was an exceptional cook, making the most delicious meals, complete with cakes, pies and desserts. Within her family she is probably best known for her chicken and dumplings, which she delivered anytime someone was ill, as well as her signature Jalapeno jelly.

Wed
06
Dec
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Coral- Louise Williams

Coral-Louise Williams, a few days shy of 89, died at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. The cause was respiratory failure. Born on December 31, 1928, in Dallas, Oregon, she lived in large cities and small towns all over the United States, and traveled around the world searching for family and her family history. As for work, she is most noted for starting her own business, “Bookkeeping By Coral” at an age when most folks are dreaming of retirement. She had previously held jobs as a copy writer for a major newspaper, wrote her own by-lined stories, established a pen-pal group for World War II soldiers, sailors and airmen, served in several roles typical for women in the 1950’s and ’60’s behind a desk or on her feet serving others. In every one of those jobs her heart was always focused on helping other folks. It was while working as a bookkeeper at the San Saba Cap Factory that she began to consider opening her own business.

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06
Dec
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Adeline Miller Ratliff

Adeline Miller Ratliff, 70 of Lampasas, Texas died Monday, November 27, 2017 at Rollins Brook Community Hospital. Adeline was born in San Saba, Texas on September 6, 1947 to Orlando Miller Sr. and Doris Luecill (Estes) Miller. Adeline was a homemaker. She loved shopping, Spring Ho, and lots of bling. She was a lifetime resident of Lampasas who loved and was devoted to her family. A viewing was held Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Sneed Funeral Chapel. Mrs. Ratliff’s body will be cremated. Survivors include husband, Oscar Ratliff Sr.; son, Oscar E. Ratliff Jr. and Troy Oestreich; daughters, Susan Ratliff Lewis, Lora Ratliff and James; brothers, Orlando Miller Jr. and Myra, Junior Moreno and Vickie, John Moreno, Raymond Moreno and Pam; sisters, Fritzi Dean, Suzie Miller and Bob, Linda Moreno, Betty Joy Beddow and Steve.

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06
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Bertha Lee Bryant

Bertha Lee Bryant, 80 of Lometa, TX died Wednesday November 29, 2017 at Scott and White Hospital in Temple. Bertha was born March 3, 1937 in San Saba County the daughter of Leon Harrell Farr Sr. and Lela Vivian (Williams) Farr. She married Jimmy Ray Bryant Sr. and he preceded her in death in 2004. Bertha lived in Ft. Worth for many years and was employed by National Biscuit Co.(now Nabisco) for over 25 years. The family moved to Lometa in 1971 and Bertha worked for Kempner Water Supply, Producer’s Produce. She was a member of Family of Faith in Lometa, where she was a Sunday School teacher and very active in all parts of church work. Bertha’s body will be cremated and a memorial service will be planned. Survivors include granddaughter, Jessica Bryant; brothers;, Charley Farr (Jenny), Howard Farr (Roxie); two great grandsons and one great-granddaughter. Bertha was also preceded in death by her son Jimmy Ray Bryant Jr. Arrangements by Sneed Funeral Chapel of Lampasas

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06
Dec
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Ray Dean Barefoot

Ray Dean Barefoot, 77, of Boerne, Texas passed away November 12, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. Ray will be put to rest at Wallace Creek Cemetery on December 9, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Services under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home in San Saba. Ray was born to Birdine and Nettie Mae Lusty Barefoot on May 13, 1940. His public schooling starting in Lometa and then moving to San Saba where his grandparents, Maurice and Cora Lusty lived in Wallace Creek Community. He attended school in San Saba until the 8th grade then onto San Angelo, Texas where he completed public school. Ray attended cosmetology college in Globe, Arizona and after graduation, he moved back to San Angelo where he owned three hair salons. After a few years he moved to the Hill Country in Kerrville, Texas, where he owned and operated the hair salon, Barefoot Hair Designs. Ray had sons, Tim and Angel Barefoot and his sister, Thed Birge all working together at Barefoot Hair Designs.

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06
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Roy Woodward

Roy Woodward, age 75 of San Saba passed away surrounded by his family on Sunday, November 26, 2017. Roy was born on June 7, 1942 in San Saba, Texas to Ivan (Bud) and Lillie Belle (Sutton) Woodward. Roy was raised in San Saba and married the love of his life Flossie (Kelley) Woodward on July 14, 1962 in Lampasas, Texas. This union was complete after the births of three daughters. Roy was a carpenter and a jack of all trades. He was most known for helping build many of the houses in San Saba with his dad. Roy loved to play golf, fish, and spend time with his family.

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29
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Kenneth Don Gray

Kenneth Don Gray, 81, passed away November 25, 2017 in Round Rock, TX. Ken was born to Lewis and Estelle Gray on March 10, 1936 in San Saba, Texas. Ken graduated from Llano High School in 1954 and married the love of his life, Shirley Jean Barber, in Cherokee TX on May 24, 1952. He went on to attend Howard Payne University from 1954 to 1957 where he played football and earned All Lone Star Conference accolades and was named to the Little All-American Team. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History. Ken went Grayon to be a 6th round draft pick by the Green Bay Packers in 1958 and ultimately signed with the Chicago Cardinals that same year playing through the 1959 season before the Cardinals relocated to St. Louis in 1960. He continued his NFL career playing for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1960 to 1969 and ended with the Houston Oilers in 1970.

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29
Nov
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Wilma Joe Byrd

Wilma Joe Byrd passed away Tuesday, November 21st, at the age of 86. She was born May 18, 1931 in Chappel, Texas to Shelby "Buck" and Bernice Millican. Wilma attended school at Bend and later graduated from Lampasas High School. She was married to John Richard Byrd and was a member of Church of God the Eternal. Wilma was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, farming, and most of all her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, John, and her parents. Wilma is survived by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. They include: children - Cathy Bob Dawson of Alaska; Bo and Red Hooten of El Dorado; Carolyn Kermit Mahanay of Junction; Paula Kothmann of Menard; Jon and Christine Byrd of Bend; and Pam Hurt of Lometa. Grandchildren include: Joe Pete Smith and wife, Dana; Jodie Dockey and husband, Dan; Amy Gray and husband, Mark; Cody Reavis and wife, Katie; Michael Allen, Stephen Byrd, PK. Sanchez, Mat Hurt and Cindy Hurt.

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