Obituaries

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Wayne Powell

Wayne Powell, 91, of Richland Springs went to be with his Lord and Savior on March 1, 2019. Visitation was held on March 4th at Heritage Funeral Home in San Saba. The services were held March 5th at the First Baptist Church in Richland Springs.

Wayne was born April 23, 1927 to Reed and Robbie (Burk) Powell in Holt, Texas. He attended school at Bowser, Cherokee, and Holt. He graduated high school at Richland Springs in 1947, after serving in the Merchant Marines. He married Gladys Martin on May 21, 1948 in the home of the bride’s parents, Bert and Brittie Martin. They had two children: Kenneth Wayne and Frances Kay, and one foster daughter, Becky Crisp.

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Lela Lee (Ted) Conner

Lela Lee (Ted) Conner age, 92, passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Daybreak Nursing Home in San Saba, Texas, by her family in San Saba, Texas. Lela was born to Louie Oliver Myers and Lela Lee Graham on March 20, 1926 in Eastland, Texas.

Ted began school in Algerita, Texas by walking from Leonards Ranch where her father was employed. She later finished school in San Saba. Ted married Ernest Conner on October 20, 1942. They had two children, Larry Gene and Betty Tylene.

Ted was a homemaker and served as a secretary for the feed and pecan business she and her husband operated. Harvesting pecans was an exciting time of year for her. She enjoyed that very much.

Animals were another source of pleasure. She always had several dogs and/or cats to care for. In younger years she enjoyed playing 42 dominoes with her friends Ethyl Ivy, Blanche Nichols, and Wilma Spears. Ted was an excellent cook and provided many meals for family and friends.

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Bobby Warren Hall

Bobby Warren Hall, 58, died unexpectedly on February 19, 2019. He was born July 24, 1960, in San Saba, Texas, the son of Eugene Warren Hall and Kathey Light Hall. Bobby graduated from Alvin High School, Class of 1978. He attended Alvin Community College and Central Texas College and was an Honor Student. He married Lisa Barnett on June 22, 1995, and they settled on his ranch in Cherokee, Texas.

Bobby was preceded in death by both of his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Lisa; sons: Connor Warren Hall and wife, Nichole, of Pearland, Texas; Cameron Wayne Hall of College Station, Texas; and Christopher Sloan and wife, Melissa, of Cherokee, Texas; one daughter, Heather Baker of Temple, Texas; grandchild, Patience Rosaschi; loving aunt, Grace Forrester of Granite Schoals, Texas; numerous cousins; and many other relatives and cherished friends.

A private graveside service was held on Friday, March 1, 2019, in Cherokee Cemetery in Cherokee, Texas.

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John Ed Keeney

John Ed Keeney, age 84, of Cherokee, Texas passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Brownwood, Texas. John Ed was born on August 5, 1934 to Alva L. Keeney and Margie Mae Ray in Cherokee, Texas. John Ed attended and graduated from Cherokee High School. John Ed was in the turkey business for many years. The love of his life, Betty, preceded him in death in July of 2006. He retired from San Saba County Precinct 4 after many years of road maintenance. He loved the outdoors and spending time with family. He was a dad and mentor to many in his life.

Those left behind to cherish his memory are his children: one daughter - Karen and husband, Derick Finnigan, of Brownwood, Texas; one son - Al and wife, Elena, Keeney of Burnet, Texas; 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty, and one daughter, Kathy Mikol; two sisters and two brothers-in-law.

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Lucian Nell Fox Bynum

Lucian Nell Fox Bynum passed from this life to the next on February 21, 2019 at the age of 92. She was born in Ola, Kaufman County, Texas on March 2, 1926 to Lettie LaRoe Fox and Lucian Norwood Fox. She was the youngest of seven children.

She grew up on the family farm and graduated from Kaufman High School. Lucian married Otto Bynum on February 22, 1953. They remained married for over 61 years until his death on June 14, 2014.

Otto and Lucian moved to the Central Texas area in 1953, where she lived for most of her life. She was a Christian, a student of God’s Word and a longtime member of the 2nd and Wallace Street Church of Christ, where she taught both children and adult Bible classes.

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Nona Inez McMilllan Evans

Nona Inez McMillan Evans, 88, most recently of San Saba, Texas, passed over to be with the Lord on February 10, 2019. Nona was born February 18, 1930 in London, Texas to Jack and Odell Solomon McMillan. She graduated as Salutatorian of her London High School Class in 1947. She played piano for revival and church in Brownwood, Mason and London. Nona was a member of the First Baptist Church in Fredericksburg.

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James Don "JD" Gray

James Don “JD” Gray was born, November 23, 1931, nine miles west of Cherokee. He died at home in Llano on February 21, 2019. JD was preceded in death by his father, Charles Frank Gray, and mother, Eula Pankey Gray.

He married Doris Lee McLerran on May 25, 1951. He was preceded in death by Doris Lee in 1969. On March 11, 1971, JD and Towanna Jones were married. She stood beside him for the following 48 years.

Jimmy Don is survived by his loving wife Towanna of Llano; his sister, Frances Ann Ellison, of Batesville Arkansas; one son,

Charles Frank, of Fairbanks, Alaska; three daughters: Lynda Ann (and husband, Michael Randolph) of Cherokee; Jimma Lee (and husband, John Byrd) of San Saba; and Tonya Levette Gray of Llano. His grandchildren are: JD Gray, Dawn Ball, Jason Randolph, Charles Daniel Gray, Nick Gray, Colton Gray and Kellen Everett. He is survived by eight great-grandchildren.

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Jimmie Lee Rawls

A memorial service for Jimmie Rawls, age 81, of Brownwood, TX, will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Shiloh Bible Church. He passed away February 3, 2019 at his residence.

Jimmie Lee was born March 1, 1937 in San Saba, Texas to Henry Eli and Dovie Lee Smith Rawls. He moved to the Houston area and worked as a carpenter before being employed by Monsanto Chemical Plant for 13 years. The welding bug eventually got him and he joined the 211 Union, and later the Plumber – Pipefitting Union 522 in Kentucky.

When the construction work in Houston got slow, Jimmie went to Alaska and worked on the pipeline. He always said “If I’d been a young man when I went to Alaska, I would never have come back to the lower 48.”

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Dawn Sharon Lewis Felts

Dawn Sharon Lewis Felts, age 77, of San Saba, Texas, passed from this life cradled in the arms of her husband on Saturday, January 26, 2019 –– two days after their 60th wedding anniversary. We will always remember her as a beacon of Christian faith with a smile in her heart and a twinkle in her eye.

The vibrant, sunny Dawn was born to the late Russell Austin and Esther (nee Deveny) Lewis on June 27, 1941, in Austin, Texas. She graduated from San Saba High School in 1959, where she was Band President, an avid drummer, and musician.

At the age of 17, Dawn married her high school sweetheart on January 24, 1959, and they made their first home in Abilene, Texas, where they attended Abilene Christian University together. Dawn’s passion for teaching spanned a 37-year career. She served 18 years at San Saba ISD from 1984 until she retired in 2002. She treasured the friendship and ongoing socialization with the colleagues she befriended there.

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Reva Hazel Edgerton

Reva Hazel Edgerton died on February 6, 2019 at the age of 91 in Kerrville, Texas. Born in San Saba, Texas on August 30, 1927, Reva graduated from San Saba High School in 1944. As a child growing up during the Great Depression, she developed a lifelong perseverance and work ethic that defined her entire life. She married J.R. Edgerton on January 19, 1946 and together they made their home in San Saba for the next 41 years. She was a lifelong member of the Baptist Church.

Reva was a selflessly devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, aunt and friend.

She was employed with the San Saba ISD for many years serving both as the elementary librarian and in the special education department. Many of her students experienced her great love and compassion for them even beyond the classroom.

Reva prided herself as a homemaker, a wonderful cook and expert seamstress.

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