Obituaries

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11
Oct
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Betty Jo Davis

Betty Davis, 71, wife of Dale Davis of Fort Worth, passed away Friday, October 6, 2017 at home. Visitation was held from 5-7:00 p.m. Tuesday October 10 at Lucas Funeral Home. Funeral Services are being held on Wednesday Ocober 11, at 10:00 a.m.. at Lucas Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. at Richland Springs Cemetery. Graveside services under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home of San Saba. Betty was born on January 27, 1946 in Brady, Texas to Wilburn and Cliffair Lummus. Betty’s family roots are tied to Richland Springs and San Saba, TX. She met her husband, Dale Davis, at State Farm Insurance and they were married for 29 years. She was a proud G-maw who cherished every second spent with her grandchildren and never missed a chance to hug them and show them unconditional love. Her most precious moments were spent giving hugs and showing love to those who meant the most to her.

Wed
11
Oct
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Dortha "Nelda" Green

Dortha “Nelda” Green, 88, of College Station, passed away Friday, October 6, 2017 at her home. Nelda was born in San Saba County, Texas, the only daughter of David Lee Smith and Gladys Patton Smith. Her parents preceded her in death in 1955 and 1963 respectively. She was also preceded in death by her two brothers, David Lee Smith, Jr. and Gailyian Patton Smith and a great niece. Mr. and Mrs. Mark Oliver Patton and Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Smith were her grandparents. Nelda graduated from San Saba High School in 1946 at age sixteen. Unable to attend a four-year college, she completed a year of business study in Austin, Texas and began her career immediately at the Texas Highway Department (now TXDOT). By age twenty she had become Administrative Clerk for Dewitt C.

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11
Oct
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Woodson Charles Carroll

Woodson Charles Carroll, age75, of Weatherford, Texas passed away on Thursday, October 5, 2017. Woodson was born on November 26, 1941 in Houston, Texas. His parents were J.L. and Velva (Moreland) Carroll. He attended college at SAC in San Angelo, Texas. Woody married Jo Ann Thompson on October 26, 1968 in San Angelo, Texas. He worked at Del – Tex Candy Company over twenty years. Woody was facility manger for Second Baptist Church Houston, Texas under Dr. Edwin Young for over twenty years. They were blessed with six children. He loved spending time with people especially his children, grand children and great-grandchildren.

Wed
27
Sep
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Glenn Rayburn Burkman

Glenn Rayburn Burkman, age 69, born on August 31, 1948 to Henry and Georgia Burkman in Leuders, Texas, the oldest of three children. Glenn passed away Friday, September 22, 2017. Glenn graduated from Leuders High School. After high school, he attended and graduated from Tarleton State University. Glenn married Annette Duncan on September 22, 1973 in Stamford, Texas. Soon after they married they moved to Brownwood to begin their life. He was a hard worker and had many jobs throughout his life, including working for Wayne May-Brownwood Cattle Auction, Vernon Hogg’s Cattle Auction, and Jordan Cattle Auction both in Brownwood and San Saba. He also worked for the City of Brownwood, and his latest job at TX Dot. As a sign tech. Glenn really liked his job and his friends he made there. Glenn was happiest when he was at home. He learned to be a good ranch hand, cowboy and roper. He loved his family, animals, and pets.

Wed
20
Sep
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Howard Lewis Young

Howard Lewis Young, age 70, of Winnsboro, formerly of Big Lake and San Saba, passed away in the mid-afternoon hours of Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at the Texoma Medical Center in Denison, with his beloved family by his side. Howard was born on October 20, 1946 in Big Lake, Texas, to the late Elbert and Ruth Burditt Young. Following high school, Howard began his life dedicated to his work. He was a skilled carpenter and hard-working hand in the oil field where he earned his way to pumper. Howard was a faithful Christian who spent his life in Big Lake, San Saba and eventually Winnsboro. In his free time, Howard enjoyed hunting, fishing and could deliver the best jokes. He also enjoyed cooking but his real love and favorite pastime was reading books. He had a love for reading that very few possess in today's world. Howard was particularly worried with making sure his books were always returned to the library on time and then renting the latest arrival.

Wed
20
Sep
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Wanda Jean Bessent

Wanda Jean Bessent, 88 passed away September 9, 2017 in Lampasas. She was born October 25, 1928 in the Sloan Community of San Saba County to George Barrom and Thelma Langham Yarbrough. She married Willard Gorman Bessent in 1946 and he preceded her in death in 1989. Being the oldest of 8 children, she worked hard helping her dad on the Sloan Sisters Ranch where they lived and worked. When she was in her 30’s, she decided to go to nursing school and graduated in 1963. She worked in this field until she was in her 70’s, retiring from Sid Peterson in Kerrville. She suffered a stroke in 2007 and her health began to deteriorate. Wanda was a wonderful Mother, doing whatever she could to help her children. She was also a fantastic cook and no one ever left her house hungry. She also loved to fish and hunt and went on several hunting trips to Colorado where her family got to enjoy her camp cooking.

Wed
13
Sep
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Calvin Henry Taylor

Calvin Henry Taylor, age 77, of Bastrop, Texas passed away on Sunday, September 10, 2017. He was born June 30, 1940 to Elbert and Ethel Taylor in Richland Springs, Texas, San Saba, County. Calvin is preceded in death by his parents Elbert and Ethel Taylor; brother, Thomas Neal Taylor, and sister, Eula Maureen Johnson. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Ann Taylor of Bastrop; sons, James Elbert Taylor, Richard Henry Taylor and wife ,Cindy ; stepdaughters, Marsha Renee Linhart; Diana Kay Moncure; grandchildren Brady Taylor, Neil Taylor, J.R. Taylor, Cody Taylor, Shelby Taylor, Courtney Allen, Lane Linhart and Christian Moncure; and numerous great grandchildren. Funeral Service will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the Elgin Newlife Baptist Fellowship Church, 175 Hwy 95 S., Elgin, Texas Graveside Service will be held at 4:00 p.m. at Richland Springs Cemetery in Richland Springs, Texas.

Wed
30
Aug
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Jimmie Doran Shahan

Jimmie D. Shahan, lifelong resident of San Saba County, passed away on Friday, August 25, 2017, peacefully in his home in the presence of his wife. Visitation was held on Monday, August 28, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m at Heritage Funeral Home in San Saba. Funeral Services were held at First Baptist Church San Saba with interment at Harris Cemetery. Pat Riley, Stuart Beckwith and Sam Crosby officiated: Jimmie was born on April 18, 1928 to Horace and Linnie (Wood) Shahan on the Mark Oliver Place in San Saba County. He attended grammar school at Pecan Grove School, finishing 7th grade and going directly into San Saba High School graduating in 1945. Jimmie and his brother, Roy, were in Golden Gloves Boxing. After graduation, he continued to assist his dad on the ranch and worked for Texaco Company owned by Jack Owens and William Kuykendall. On January 2, 1947 he married Marjorie Ione Taylor. In 1949 Jimmie and his brother, Roy bought the Huckabee Auto Parts store.

Wed
30
Aug
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Eva Faye Altom

Eva Faye Altom, of Cherokee, Texas, passed away on Saturday, August 19, 2017 in Louisianna. Graveside services were held on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at Kuykendall Cemetery. Services under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home of San Saba. Eva was born in Bossier Parish, LA to Henry Collins and Thelma (Bonnette) Collins on December 22, 1944. Eva graduated from the Nursing School at Chester Hospital in 1976 and spent the next 15 to 20 years caring for Home Health patients in San Saba County. She loved her plants, antiques, old movies, reading and loved her family. She loved being home with her cat, Baby. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints.

Wed
23
Aug
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John M. Clark

John M. Clark, 88, of Cherokee, Texas, passed away on Sunday, August 20, 2017 in Llano, Texas. Visitation will be held at Heritage Funeral Home in San Saba, Texas on Friday, August 25, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Services will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Cherokee Church of Christ at 10:00 A.M. with interment at Cherokee Cemetery.

John was born on January 31, 1929 in Pleasant Valley, Texas to John M. Clark and Nora (Seay) Clark. He spent most of his life in sales. He was known as Doodle or the Jokester to most of his friends and family. John married Margie Carpenter Fry on August 25, 1984 in Bertram, Texas. He loved to hunt and fish and enjoyed a simple life in Cherokee with his family. He was known as Papa Doodle to his grandchildren.

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