Obituaries

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Jacqueline Doner

Jackie Doner went to her heavenly home on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017. Graveside services were held on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at San Saba Cemetery.

Jackie was born in Everett, Washington on October 19, 1939 to Barnett and Melba (Chrestensen) Elster. She married Reuben Doner on December 20, 1959 in Galveston, Texas. During their time in Galveston, Jackie was a legal secretary for a future judge while Reuben worked as a small engine salesman in the spring and summer months and in the pecan business with his father in the winter months. She was the secretary of the Women’s Major Bowling League in Texas City for 20 years. Together they had two children. The couple moved full time to San Saba in 1993 to operate Doner Pecan. Reuben worked in the pecan business while Jackie was a housewife and worked in the community. She was very involved with the Food Bank in San Saba. The couple were married for 55 years before Reuben’s death in 2015.

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29
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Justin Levi Germer

Justin Levi Germer, age 18 of Richland Springs, Texas passed away on March 19, 2017. Justin was born to Richard Gerner and Leslie Dupree on May 6, 1998 in Austin, Texas. Justin was sweet, very energetic and full of life. He loved being outside, listening to music, and drawing. Justin would talk your ears off and was always up for helping others. His heart was made of gold. Justin was working construction and loved being in the Hill Country. Justin is survived by his mother Leslie Meador of Abilene, Texas; father Richard Germer of Corpus Christi; Step-dad Gary Meador; sisters; Catherine & J.D. Turner, Robyn Germer, Michelle Germer; two brothers; Johnathon Meador and Gary Meador; one niece Emma Turner; one nephew Aidyn Turner; two aunts Loyce Renfro and Doris Dupree; uncle Dean King; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Justin was preceded in death by one aunt Susie Turner, one uncle Darrell Meador, and his best friend Robert Wayne Turner.

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29
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Malcolm “Mike” “Red” Underwood

Malcolm Lamar Underwood age 74, of Richland Springs, Texas went to his eternal home on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in Goldthwaite, Texas. Malcolm was born to Johnnie Floyd and Myrtle Ellie “Coonrod” Underwood on August 9, 1942 in Brady, Texas. He graduated from Lohn High School in 1961. Malcolm and Beverly “Irish” married on August 31, 1962. He was an avid deer hunter, fisherman and loved watching the Dallas Cowboys. Malcolm worked as a potash miner, welder, and farmer.

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29
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Edward (E.F.) Lewis, 1922 - 2013 and Bonnie J. Lewis

Edward (E.F.) Lewis, 1922 - 2013 and Bonnie J. Lewis, 1927 - 2017, will be laid to rest Monday, April 3, at the Richland Springs Cemetery. E.F. was preceded in death by his parents "Punk" and Hettie Lewis. He is survived by one brother Herbert Dale of Dallas. Bonnie and E.F. we're graduates of Howard Payne University. Prior to their deaths, they had been residing in Glendale, Arizona.

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22
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Leta Merle Grumbles

Leta Merle Blodgett Grumbles, age 94, of San Saba went to sleep peacefully with Jesus, on March 13, 2017. Merle was born May 29, 1922 in Lampasas County to Charles Blodgett and Daisy Decker. She attended Lometa High School. She married Delma Grumbles in 1938, and they were married for 68 years before his passing in 2006. Merle was a homemaker and also held other jobs outside of the home. Merle and Delma loved to travel, she loved to garden, and she loved her family dearly. Her earthly body is healed and is in discomfort no more. We are going to miss her greatly. We do realize how very Blessed our lives have been by having her with us so long. What wonderful times we shared! The sweet memories are going to be with us the rest of our days; life is eternal for her, and all who believe, trust and obey our Savior Jesus Christ!

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15
Mar
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Desmond A. Sagebiel

Desmond A. Sagebiel was born December 13, 1918, the sixth child of Alfred and Selma Sagebiel at their home in Eckert, Texas. He attended the community school, Mt. Nebo School at Eckert, founded by his father. At the age of 12, in 1931, he entered the ranching business with the acquisition of a heifer calf. This began a lifetime love of ranching and farming. Desmond married Maybeth Owen of Llano, in 1940. Desmond, being a member of America’s greatest generation, voluntarily relinquished his agricultural draft deferment in 1943, and joined The United States Navy, from which he was honorably discharged in 1946. During his long career in agriculture, Desmond was the first to commercially develop and plant thousands of acres of Coastal Bermuda Grass across the Hill Country for other like-minded forage producers. His custom farming enterprise grew to include custom hay production, grass conservation, and livestock forage opportunities for other producers.

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15
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Joy Ann Bailey

Joy Ann Bailey, 80, of Stephenville, died Monday, March 6, 2017, in Stephenville. Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM Friday, March 10th at the Cowboy Church of Erath County with Brother Werth Mayes officiating. Burial followed at West End Cemetery. Joy was born on January 17, 1937, in Aransas Pass, to the late Harwood Lee and Edna Lucille Upton Gristy. Joy grew up in Aransas Pass and married Kenneth D. Bailey on April 8, 1955. She and Kenneth spent most of their lives in San Saba raising their family; Joy was a homemaker who enjoyed being actively involved in all of her daughters’ many activities as they grew up. Joy and Kenneth have lived the past 11 years in Stephenville.

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08
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Orban J.T. Moorhead

Orban J.T. Moorhead (Mike), 89, of San Saba, Texas died March 1, 2017 in a local nursing home. Orban moved to the Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home, Big Spring Texas in October, due to a lengthy illness. He joined the Merchant Marines at 16 years old and then served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He retired from Local 428 of the Operating Engineers Union in Arizona. Later he purchased a ranch in San Saba, Texas where he raised cattle, hosted hunters, Moorheadloved fishing and spending time with family. The Moorhead Ranch welcomed The North American Hunters for Heroes San Saba Chapter in 2012. Texas Hunters for Heroes is a non-profit 501C3 who are dedicated to assisting our country’s veterans by introducing them to the joys of hunting, fishing and the great outdoors.

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08
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Neba Jean (Grumbles) Priest

Neba Jean (Grumbles) Priest left her earthly home on March 3, 2017, to reside in her heavenly home with her husband, Noel Ray “Buddy” Priest. Jean was born Nov. 6, 1926 in the Florence area to Jesse Elijah and Dorsie Sexton Grumbles. She graduated from Florence High School. Jean married Buddy Priest Feb. 16, 1944, and enjoyed 61 years together before his death in 2005. They were blessed with four children, fourteen grandchildren, twenty-eight great-grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren. She had such an unconditional love for her children, grands, and great ‘grands and she will be greatly missed by all. Jean was a member of the First Baptist Church in Round Rock and the “Joy” Sunday School Class. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Buddy Priest; two sisters, Maxine Knauth and Jesse Lois Knight; and one brother, Jack Grumbles. She leaves behind to cherish her memories her sons, Noel Ray, Jr.

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Robert Wayne Collier

Robert Wayne Collier, 74, passed away on Friday, February 24, 2017 at Scott and White hospital. Visitation was held on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 6- 8 p.m at Heritage Funeral Home. Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home San Saba with interment at San Saba Cemetery. Wayne was born on January, 17, 1943 to Robert and Marie (Griffin) Collier in Fredericksburg, Texas. Wayne was a trucker all of his adult life and it became his way of life. He loved to hunt and fish and watch tv. He was an avid reader. He loved to read about history and read his bible.

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