Obituaries

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Pat Edward Cavness

Pat Edward Cavness walked this earth for 75 years and four months, leaving behind much larger footprints than his size 10 shoes would suggest. The youngest of three children born to Damon Edward (“Bill”) Cavness and Bernice Parisher Cavness, Pat grew up in the small town of Cherokee, Texas, collecting a variety of life experiences that shaped the man he became. Cherokee was (and still is) a small town in San Saba County. All twelve grades of the school were housed in one building. Pat’s kids didn’t know he was joking when he bragged about graduating third in his class, until they found out there were only five students in his entire grade. Small as the Cherokee high school was, they played 11-man football when Pat was in school, and he played center — all 125 pounds of him. After graduating from high school in 1961, Pat moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas at Austin (UT), forming a lifelong attachment to his beloved Longhorns.

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21
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Michael Dean Crawford

Michael Dean Crawford, age 53, of Meridian, passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 in Clifton, Texas. Celebration of life will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Wallace Creek Cemetery in San Saba, Texas. Michael Dean Crawford was born on November 29, 1964 in Lampasas, Texas to Auydane (Dick) and Bonnie Woods Crawford. Michael and Loretta Crawford started their life together in November 1985. They were married on January 25, 1990 in San Saba, Texas. Michael was a hard working man who adored his family. He worked all of his life to provide for his family no matter how he felt. Michael loved his family, the outdoors, and riding his Harley. He was a man of many talents. Michael could do anything from repairing what needed to be repaired to making awesome homemade cakes and cinnamon rolls. He was a loving and caring man who would give his last dime to anyone who needed it. He was a man you could count on no matter what.

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14
Mar
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Elijah Alan Goertz

Our beloved Elijah Alan Goertz, born Sept. 30, 1995 passed away on March 4, 2018. Elijah lived a full life in a few short years. He graduated from high school and joined the military. After serving his country, he helped teach dance at the dance camps for deaf people. This combined his love of music, dance and working with the deaf. Elijah was full of life and loved to be the center of attention. He was also a very loving and giving person who chose to be an organ donor years before his death. He felt everyone had a purpose in life and now he has fulfilled his. He is survived by his father- Jose Goertz of Live Oak, Tx; mother- Amber Gallego of Houston, Tx; identical twin brother-Joshua Goertz currently stationed in Germany; brother –Isaiah Goertz and sisters- Layla-Marie and Serena all of Live Oak, Tx. He is also survived by his grandparents- Ben and Rosa Goertz of Live Oak, Larry and Marilyn McCulloch of Converse, Wiley Jr.

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14
Mar
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Elsidean Boyd

Services for Elsidean Boyd, 101and 10 months of Lometa, Texas was Tuesday March 13, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Lometa. Burial at Oak Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Boyd passed away Saturday morning March 10, 2018 at Scott and White Hospital in Temple. She was born May 9, 1916 in Burnet County, TX to John and Zula (Whitis) Carlile. She married Charlie Boyd February 1, 1934 in Lometa. They were married 74 years when Charlie died ten years ago. She was very active in her church at First Baptist Lometa until her health began to fail. She loved working in her yard and garden. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Mozelle, brother Bufard and nieces, Janie and Christy. She is survived by a sister, Verde Ola Henderson, nephews, Billy Carlile, Travis Wiley, Billy Carlile III, Jared Nuckles and niece, Britanny Nuckles. Visitation was held Monday March 12, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. at Sneed Funeral Chapel.

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07
Mar
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Mary Davis

On March 2, 2018, Mary Davis went to hunt deer in a different pasture with the Lord. Mary was born December 3, 1929 in San Saba County Texas to George Barrom and Thelma Yarbrough. Mary is survived by son James and wife Mary of Houston, son Randy and wife Jeanette of Ft. Worth, son Paul of Burleson, daughter Mary Lou Keating and husband Jerry of Alvarado, and Donald David Genz of Germany. She also has three surviving siblings June Davis of Alvarado, TX, Martha Tancre of Arkansas, and Nat Yarbrough of Tennessee. Mary has twelve grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and six greatgreat- grandchildren along with numerous nieces and nephews. She was affectionately known as Momma D by all her children’s friends and was treated as an extended member of their family. In other words, she was very much loved by family AND friends.

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07
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Betty Sifford Epperson

Betty Evelyn Epperson of Valley Spring, TX passed away on March 3, 2018. She has found peace and is home with her Lord and Savior. Betty Evelyn was born in Brownwood, TX on March 13, 1926 to Harry Lee Sifford and Bess Gray Sifford. Shortly after she was born, the family moved to Kansas City, Missouri. As a young girl, Betty had many fond memories of attending school in both Kansas City and Laramie, Wyoming while her father and grandfather were involved with the Laramie-North Park Railroad Company. In later years, they moved to Cherokee, TX to be closer to family. Betty graduated from Cherokee High School in 1943. She then attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos where she graduated in 1946 with a Bachelor of Science in History with a Minor in English while also obtaining her Teaching Certificate. Betty met James Derrell Epperson while attending school together in Cherokee.

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07
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Neva Ray Karnes Hector

Neva Ray Karnes Hector, 96, of San Saba, passed away March 4, 2018 in the Pecan Valley Nursing Home in San Saba after a brief illness. Neva Ray was born in 1921 in San Saba. She was one of 12 children born to Cleveland (Cleve) and Mattie Karnes. All her grandchildren and great grandchildren knew her as “Ray Ray”. Over the years she attracted several additional nicknames because of her short stature: Little Bit, Half Pint, Short Stuff, etc. But she relished the attention that each name gave her and answered to all of them with a wink. On May 13, 1939 Neva Ray married Melvin Hector of San Saba. They made their home on the King/Hector place on the San Saba River in Sloan Community of San Saba County. At the time of her passing, Neva Ray had lived on this place for nearly 80 years. Neva Ray’s favorite things to do were fishing, dancing and playing games.

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07
Mar
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Louis Ward Plumley

Louis Ward Plumley, age 71, of Crowley, Texas, passed away on Friday, March 2, 2018 at Texas Health Huguley Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. Ward was born on September 3, 1946 in San Saba, Texas to Louis Melvin “Bunt” and Mildred Mae (Riggs) Plumley. Ward married Linda Raye Davis on August 12, 1967 in San Saba, Texas. They celebrated their 50th anniversary this fall. From a young age, Ward learned the meaning of living a Christcentered, family focused life from his parents. He started hauling hay with his daddy at 8-years-old. When Ward’s children were young, he worked as a driver for TAA and as the Gulf Station owner in San Saba. Then, he was employed as a financial consultant for American finance, which took his family for an adventure across Texas, including time living in Abilene, Houston, and Austin. Ward also worked for his uncle Marvin Riggs at Riggs’ Trucking for 17 years as a truck driver.

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07
Mar
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Ronald (Ronnie) Franklin Yates

Ronald (Ronnie) Franklin Yates, Senior went to be with the lord on March 3rd, 2018. He was born on November 30th, 1951 in Brady, Texas to Tommy Joe and Jane (Fowler) Yates. He lived in Cherokee for most of his youth until high school when he attended Texas Military Institute in San Antonio. He attended the University of Texas at Austin where he met the love of his life, Glena Wood. While at UT he was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Government in May 1973 and married Glena the next month on June 2nd in Ardmore, Oklahoma in the middle of a tornado. He attended Southern Methodist University Law School and graduated with his Doctorate of Juris Prudence in Dec 1975. He and Glena promptly relocated to Kingsland, TX to start work with Kingsland Abstract & Title. He went on to own and operate Central Texas Land Titles, Inc.

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Mary Beth Kuykendall

Mary Beth Kuykendall, 78, of San Saba, passed away on Sunday, February 25, 2018. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.. at Kuykendall Cemetery in Cherokee, Texas. Services under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home San Saba. Mary Beth was born on April 25, 1939 to William Wilford and Ila Mae (Smith) Kuykendall in San Saba County. Mary was a lifelong resident of San Saba County. She was a talented pianist, very kind, loving and giving soul. She loved the outdoors and taking long walks. Mary Beth loved to shop. She is survived by one sister: Polly Kuykendall; nephew: Joel Kuykendall of San Saba; sister-in-law: Mary Kuykendall and several cousins: She is preceded in death by her parents and brother: Billy Joe Kuykendall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Kuykendall Cemetery or Cherokee Home for Children. Please view Ms. Kuykendall’s online obituary at heritagefuneraltx.com

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