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James Allen “Jim” Childress

James Allen “Jim” Childress, 69, of San Saba, Texas went to be with the Lord on December 9, 2016. Jim was born on November 22, 1947 in Waco, Texas to Marvin and Gloria Childress. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law, and life-long friend, Clyde Cockrum. He is survived by his wife, Marsha, and his three daughters whom he affectionately named “Jim’s Girls”: Kristen Oliver and her husband, Mark and their children, Lane, Landry and Kellan of Wall; Bethany Hart and her husband, Matt, and son, Caleb of Seattle, Washington; Bonny Hicks and her husband, David, and their sons: Ben, John and Luke of Lufkin.

He is also survived by his second mother, Maxine Childress; siblings, Sue Cockrum, Roberta Stegemoller and husband, Donnie; Beverly Harkey and husband, Don; Diana Spradley and husband, Danny; Steve Gist and wife, Kathy; Kathy Wheeler and husband, Gary; and Nancy West and husband, David; as well as numerous nieces and nephews that he loved dearly.

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Bessie Ann McLean Bennett

Bessie Ann McLean Bennett passed away Dec. 10, 2016, at the age of 89.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, at the Fort Stockton Church of Christ, with Darryl Scott officiating. Burial followed at East Hill Cemetery.

Born and raised on a dryland farm in San Saba County, Texas, on March 5, 1927, she was the second child of John Daniel McLean and Henrye Locker McLean.

She attended schools initially in a one-classroom school in Bowser and later at Richland Springs High School, where she graduated as the class valedictorian in 1944. She then earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas in 1948.

In the fall of 1948 in Orange, Texas, she started a teaching career that would span over the next 40 years and include subsequent stops in Balmorhea, Van Horn and finally, Fort Stockton.

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Faye Renee’ Maxcey

Faye Renee’ Maxcey, 83, of Richland Springs went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, December 11, 2016 in Abilene. Graveside services were held on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at Richland Springs Cemetery in Richland Springs. Services under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home in San Saba.

Renee’ was born in Richland Springs, Texas to Claude and Tempie (Hall) Newby. After graduating Richland Springs High School, Renee married B.J. Maxcey in September, 1951. Together they had 2 children. Renee’ loved being a homemaker to her family. She loved to cook and her garden was beautiful. She loved to raise African Violets. After retirement she and B.J. went all over Texas collecting antiques, most of all bottles, toothbrush holders and various items and thoroughly enjoyed spending that time together. Renee’ was tiny, but mighty.

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Lillie Eloise Smith

Lillie Eloise Smith, 74, of Richland Springs passed away on Sunday, November 6, 2016.

Services were held on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. at Heritage Funeral Home in San Saba, with burial following in the China Creek Cemetery. Visitation was held prior to the service from 1:00- 2:00 P.M.

Lillie was born on March 4, 1942 in Shamrock, Texas to Robert and Clara Bell (Brown) Patton. She had a love for the outdoors and animals. She enjoyed fishing, taking care of animals of all kinds and going to the sale barn. Lillie cherished her family, especially her husband, Johnny, her children and grandchildren. She will be forever missed by those who knew and loved her.

Lillie is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Clara Bell Patton; three brothers, Jack, Truman, and Ted Patton; as well as two sisters, Sue Reynolds and Alice Patton.

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07
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Evelyn Ann Doyle

Evelyn Ann Gage Doyle went to be with her Lord and Savior at the age of 77 on December 3, 2016, surrounded by her family. Visitation was held on Monday, December 5, 2016 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in San Saba. Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in San Saba with interment at San Saba Cemetery. Bro. Sam Crosby officiated.

Evelyn Ann Gage was born August 11, 1939 to Stafford “Buck” and Willene Gage in San Saba, Texas. On March 24, 1956, Evelyn married her husband of 49 years, Desmond Doyle. They enjoyed their life together, farming and ranching in San Saba. Evelyn was a homemaker, bookkeeper, and a full-time rancher’s wife. She was a member of the Pecan Grove Baptist Church and later, the First Baptist Church of San Saba. Church and fellowship with friends were an important part of her life.

Her faith was evident through the way she lived her life and influenced others.

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Delilah Jeanette Taff Collins

Delilah Jeanette Taff Collins passed into heaven on November 25, 2016, in the comfort of her home in Burnet, TX, surrounded by her loving family. Jeanette was born in San Saba, TX on December 27, 1929 to Charley and Elma Taff. On October 9, 1949, Jeanette married her devoted husband of 58 years, Melvin Gage Collins, also of San Saba. She was preceded in death by her husband Melvin, granddaughter Alison Ray, older sister Charliece Taff Parker and brother Hersel Taff.

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Michael R. Brown

Michael R. Brown, 76, was born in San Saba on January 17, 1940. He passed away on November 1, 2016.
 
Mr. Brown graduated from San Saba High School in 1958. He also graduated from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Michael worked for Curtis 1000 for 31 years. He loved his family, as well as hunting and fishing.
 
Michael Brown is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jean Crawford Brown; and his parents, Alvis Brown and Mary Irene Randolph. He is survived by his loving and devoted daughters: Lawren Hasten, Kim Jordan (husband, Bill), MichelleAllardyce (husband, Jeff); grandchildren: Sara Jiang, Colin Trevino, and Travis and Austin Jordan; one sister, Zudora Keele (husband, Max); and many nieces and nephews.
 
Funeral services and interment took place in SouthPark Funeral Cemetery in Pearland, Texas. Pastor John Mark Benson officiated at these services.
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Almola Clements James

Graveside services for Almola Clements James was held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15th, at Hurst Ranch Cemetery in Star, with Doug Holzclaw officiating under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home.

Mrs. James died November 11, 2016. She was born in Hamilton, Hamilton County, on June 16, 1933 to Dora Williams and Archie Rufus Clements. She moved with the family to San Saba in 1935 where she graduated from San Saba High School in 1951. While attending Howard Payne University, she married Joe N. James of Spur, Texas, on June 6, 1954. Later, in 2012, both she and Joe were honored as distinguished alumini.

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09
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Debra Jean Barree

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09
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Rubi Isabel Paredes Davila

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