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Kathy (Roberds) Cox

Mary Katherine (Roberds) Cox passed away at her home on Thursday, January 18, 2018. Visitation was held on Monday, January 22, 2018 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Richland Springs Cemetery in Richland Springs with services following at 2:00 p.m. Services under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home in San Saba. Kathy was born to Ervin Roberds and Grace (Adams) Roberds on April 13, 1934 in Algerita, Texas. She graduated from Richland Springs High School and Sul Ross University with a Masters Degree. At College, Kathy met C. W. Cox and they later married in 1953 at the First Christian Church in Richland Springs. Kathy taught 4th grade in Monahans for 30+ years. She was a ranching woman in Pecos, San Saba, Terrell and Brewster counties. She was a member of the Historical Society, also being the family’s personal historical ancestry researcher. She was a great cook and a very loving Mother. She will be greatly missed.

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Malea Bunnell Hartley

Malea (Bob) Bunnell Hartley, age 48 of Gatesville passed away January 14, 2018 in a Temple Hospital with her family at her side. Malea was born June 29, 1969 in Killeen, Texas to Charles Bunnell and Tana (Rainbolt) Bunnell. Malea attended and graduated from Killeen Baptist Temple with the Class of 1987. After graduation she attended Central Texas College and began working for Texas Department of Corrections where she worked for 25 years until retiring in 2014. She enjoyed pestering people, riding horses, arts and crafts spending time with her family, hunting for arrowheads, and the outdoors. She spent many hours taking her children to Rodeos, livestock shows and any event they wanted to be a part of. She was the biggest cheerleader they had. She was preceded in death by both her paternal grandparents and her maternal grandparents and an uncle.

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Dorothy Louise Bowers

Dorothy Louise Bowers, 91, passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Born in Austin, Texas on June 5, 1926, she was the daughter of Walter and Vada Brown Grumbles. On June 11, 1944, Louise married Russell Bowers and moved to Ballston Spa, while Russell served in World War II. Louise stayed at home raising her children and began working after they had grown. She worked at many local businesses, retiring from UMI in Malta. Louise enjoyed cross-stitching, gardening and camping. She was a great cook. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren. She was predeceased in death by her husband, Russell; siblings Vada Ernestine Grumbles, Patsy Nan Muholland and Walter Michael Grumbles, and her stepmother Thelma Edwards Grumbles. Louise is survived by her children Russell R. Bowers, II (Trudy), Glenn E.

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Betty Parks Townsend

Betty Jean Townsend, of Burnet, Texas passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2018 surrounded by her family. Betty was born in San Saba, Texas on May 4, 1941 to Dailey B. “Cooter” and Frances Stewart Parks. She graduated from San Saba High School in 1959 and went on to graduate from Austin Beauty School in 1960. In that year, Betty began her career working for Margaret Ann O’Neill in Lampasas. She was a hairdresser for over 40 years and owned her own salon prior to her retirement in 2010. On September 16, 1961, Betty married Dwayne Taylor. They made their home in Lampasas for the next 25 years, raising three children. Betty and Dwayne remained lifelong friends after their divorce in 1985. On April 29, 1989, Betty married Jimmy Lee Townsend in Richmond, Texas. They lived in Houston and Brenham several years before finding their way back to Betty’s beloved hill country. They built their beautiful home in Burnet and lived happily together there until his death in 2014.

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Catalina Comparini Luna

Mrs. Catalina C. Luna age 92 passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 in Round Rock, Texas. Mrs. Luna born in Guatemala City, C.A. on January 11, 1926 resided in San Antonio, TX for 34 yrs, then Richland Springs, TX for 37 yrs. She was a loving wife and mother of seven children who worked unceasingly until 88 yrs of age by giving unselfish service to family, relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death comby her husband, Francisco E. Luna of 55 years of marriage; her grandsons, Aaron Christopher Luna, Brandon Anthony Luna, Kent Forrest Dudley II, Richard Devane Wallace; and great grandson, Casey Ryan Ramirez. She is survived by her children: Charles (Patricia) Luna, Mary Louise (Frank) Hollen, Frank (Susan) Luna, Johnny (Eileen) Luna, Lucille (Kent) Dudley, David (Laney) Luna and Salvador (Robyn) Luna; fifteen grandchildren, twenty-one great grandchildren and eleven great great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Salvador Comparini and spouse Nydia.

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David Joe Pierce

David Joe Pierce, 70 of San Saba, Texas passed away January 10, 2018 in Llano, Texas. Memorial services will be held at the San Saba Civic Center on January 28, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Joe was born on March 9, 1947 in San Saba, Texas to Berry Pierce Sr. and Josie Young Pierce. Joe married Linda Darlene Peel on May 10, 1965 and had five children. Survivors include, daughters, Reta Hunt and Melvin, Sherry Berryhill and Tim; sons, Tommy Pierce, Pat Pierce and Paula, Jerry Pierce and Shauna; brothers, Bobbie Cordell and Samantha, Berry Pierce Jr. and Connie, Norman Pierce and Ann; grandchildren, Stefan Hunt and Kim, Sonni Hunt, Tabitha Berryhill, Sabrina Gage and Ryan, Billy Berryhill and Anabel, Justin Pierce, Wade Pierce, Destiny Pierce, Forrest Pierce; twelve great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and many friends. Joe is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, two sisters and one grandchild.

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Cherry Simpson Grant

Ms. Cherry Simpson Grant of San Saba, 85, passed away on January 12, 2018, with her children by her side in Austin, Texas. A visitation was held Monday, January 15, 2018 at the Heritage Funeral Home in San Saba. Immediately following, family and friends laid Ms. Grant to rest during a grave side service at Llano City Cemetery. Cherry was born on April 25, 1932 in Brady, Texas. Her parents were Sam Houston Simpson and Carrie Vonn Simpson of Llano, Texas. She was raised in Llano, was a life-long member of the Lousy Leven, and lived throughout the state of Texas while raising her four children and working as an administrative professional. She retired from her career in Houston in the early 90s, and moved to San Saba where she lived for the past twenty-five years. While living in San Saba, she enjoyed working as a part time Office Assistant with Farmers Insurance until her late 70s.

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Jay David Parr

Jay David Parr was born on March 13, 1942 in Houston, Texas to Jay David Parr Sr. and Edith Nordin Parr. He passed away on January 2, 2018, in Lakeway, Texas at the age of 75. Services were held at Cherokee Church of Christ on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. with interment at Restwood Memorial Park in Lake Jackson on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Jay attended Brazosport High School where he met his wife of 54 years, Vicky Perry. They were married on May 5, 1961 and had two daughters, Jalyn and Stacey. As a young boy, Jay enjoyed hunting, basketball, and baseball. He loved the outdoors through his life. He worked for Dow Chemical in Freeport, Texas for over 30 years in processing computer engineering before retiring and moving to enjoy the beauty of the Texas hill country. He lived in both Kingsland and then Cherokee, Texas. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and hearing about their academic awards and achievements.

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Bonnie Evans

Bonnie Evans, 87, of Elm Grove, Texas went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 in her home surrounded by loved ones. Bonnie was born on October 25, 1930 in Bowser, Texas to Edgar Johnson and May Burk Johnson. Bonnie married Junior Evans on October 1, 1950 in Elm Grove. Bonnie and Junior farmed and ranched their entire lives where Bonnie was known and loved for her cooking, sewing, flowers, and a willing gate opener when Junior needed one. Bonnie was a member of the First Baptist Church in Richland Springs where she also taught Sunday School for various classes. She was an active supporter of young people and Richland Springs ISD activities including the sports teams and drama department. Bonnie is survived by her daughter, Melissa Evans of Arlington, Texas; daughter-in-law Linda Evans of Brownwood, Texas; grandchildren, Nathan Evans of Austin, Texas and Emily Evans of Chicago, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.

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Wilton D. Jackson

Funeral services for Wilton D. “Pilt” Jackson, age 96, of Rochelle will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Richland Springs Cemetery. The family will receive friends form 6:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, January 12, 2018. Mr. Jackson passed away January 5, 2018. Pilt was born November 16, 1921 to J. D. and Bessie Ophelia (Wilton) Jackson in San Saba County. Wilt was a native son of Richland Springs, leaving only to join the U.S. Navy and the war effort, where he served in the Pacific theater. Upon his return, he met Virginia “Ginger” Reynolds, and they married in June, 1947, settling on a farm outside Richland Springs. With the advent of the 1950’s drought, he resettled his young family in San Antonio, where he worked in Civil Service doing aircraft repair at Randolph Air Force Base for nearly 30 years.

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