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Montez Rhodes Jones

Montez Rhodes Jones died peacefully April 11, 2019 in her home of 67 years in Rockdale, Texas. She was surrounded by her children, caregivers, and had been visited by grandchildren and some great-grandchildren earlier in the week. She was born October 22, 1922 in San Saba, Texas, the only daughter of George H. Rhodes and Sweet Ora Walker Rhodes. Her mother died when she was fiveyears-old; she was raised in San Saba by her father and his second wife, Josephine “Josie” Gay Rhodes.

She graduated from San Saba schools and Durham Business College in Austin, Texas. She married Lieutenant James Vance Jones of Lampasas, in Lubbock, Texas on January 10, 1943. He preceded her in death. After the end of World War II, they lived briefly in Lampasas, Burnet, and Marble Falls, Texas, moving to Rockdale in 1952.

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Walter Dave Lewis

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Walter Dave Lewis was born August 2, 1964 in San Saba. We lost Dave earlier this week as a result of complications from a liver condition he had battled with courage and quiet dignity for the last seven (7) months.

Dave was a loving son and best friend to his mother, Billie Fay Fitzgerald Lusty of San Saba, and his father, Walter A. Lewis, a native of San Saba but now living in Cross Plains. He was a loving brother and best friend to Teresa Hardman and Glenna Boyd of San Saba.

Dave was a loving father and is survived by his three beautiful boys: Dustin Dave Lewis, Stephen Blake Lewis and Samuel Bryce Lewis. A special thank you goes to Dana Holland and Paula McCall for mothering his three boys who were Dave's life. His sons and their families include: Dustin Dave and wife, Sammie Jo, with two daughters, Skylar and Paige, of San Saba; Stephen Blake and wife, Danielle, Kerrville, Texas; and Samuel Bryce Lewis of San Saba.

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Ruben Almaguer, Sr.

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Ruben Almaguer, Sr. was called by his creator on April 9, 2019. He was born on February 12, 1936 to Jesus and Leonora (Esquivel) Almaguer and was a life-long resident of San Saba County. After graduation from San Saba High School, he became a truck driver but always remained close to the family’s venture for hay farming and share cropping in the Wallace Creek community. Ruben joined the U.S. Air Force in the late 50’s and returned to San Saba subsequent to his honorable discharge.

Ruben married Alicia Talamantez in 1961, and they established residence in San Saba while continuing farming and pursuing a custom hay baling business, as well. He became an avid competitor in tractor pulling contests, not only throughout Texas but also in New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. He also enjoyed watching football, especially the Richland Springs Coyotes, his favorite team for years.

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Mary Lou (Adair) Grim

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Mary Lou (Adair) Grim, 85, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Born in Clovis, NM, to Ray Newton Adair and Ruth Bertice (Dotson) Adair, Mary Lou spent her childhood on her family's ranch in Texas. As a girl, she was an adventurous child, climbing windmills and riding the trains with her father.

She grew up in Tucson, AZ, in her family home on Yavapai Road. She attended Amphitheater High School and met the love of her life, Lawrence David Grim, Sr., as she was shaking rugs on the porch one fall day in 1949. When her father gave permission for her to marry her "Yankee beau" in 1952, Mary Lou and Larry moved where the Air Force sent them: to Louisiana and New Mexico.

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Dayton Boren

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Dayton Lee Boren, age 92, of Brady, Texas passed away Saturday, March 30, 2019 in Brownwood, Texas. Dayton was born June 5, 1926 in Burnet County, near Lampasas, Texas. He was the middle child of Lois (Parker) Boren and Lee Roy Boren, a sheep rancher.

He grew up in the Elm Grove, Milburn, Bowser and Richland Springs area while attending school. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II where he was based in Italy, he met and married Virginia Ruth Howard of Goldthwaite, Texas on October 18, 1948.

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George Franklin Stiefel

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George Franklin Stiefel, 73, of Cherokee, Texas, passed away on April 11, 2019. The memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17th, at Cherokee Church of Christ. Doug Suggs of Cherokee Church of Christ will be officiating. Visitation immediately following the service at the Church of Christ Annex.

George was born in Aiken County Hospital, Aiken, South Carolina, on December 7, 1945. He graduated from Leavelle McCampbell High School in Graniteville, South Carolina, and continued on to The University of South Carolina.

George enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1966. He served in the Air Force from 1966-1970 where he was trained to be an Electrical Engineer, working on the planes that flew in Vietnam. After four years of service, he went on to receive an Associate Degree from San Antonio College in Texas.

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Tommy Glenn Creek

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Tommy Glenn Creek, age 64, passed away on Monday, April 1, 2019 in LaPorte Texas. Tommy was born on June 8, 1954 in San Saba, Texas to Aubrey and Whanee (Taylor) Creek. He attended San Saba High School and graduated. He then attended TSTC in Waco for diesel mechanic school.

He loved and adored his wife, Veronica. They were married for 32 years. They made their home in Houston, Texas where Tommy worked in the oil business.

Tommy loved to fish, dance, and to trade anything but the grandchildren. He loved family and spending time with them.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Whanee, and one brother- in- law, Mike Dupre; his grandparents, W.B. and Velma Taylor; and one nephew, Justin Stooksberry.

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Abram V. Martinez

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Abram V. Martinez, age 94, passed away surrounded by his family on Friday, April 5, 2019, in San Saba, Texas. Abram was born in San Saba, Texas on August 3, 1924 to Donatello and Sacorro (Jimenez) Martinez. He made his home in San Saba and married the love of his life, Mary Lena, in 1946. Abram enjoyed the outdoors, especially going fishing. He worked for the San Saba Housing Authority from 1974 until 2005. He liked to garden and spend time with his family, including his dog, “Saddie.”

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Louis M. Crump

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Louis M. Crump, age 102, of San Saba went to his eternal home, with his family by his side, on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Louis Crump was born in the Coleman Junction Community in Coleman County Texas. Louis was born on May 21, 1916 to John L. Crump and Patty Wheeler Crump on their family farm. He graduated from Santa Anna High School.

He married the love of his life, Lurline Langston, in 1939. She preceded Louis in death in 1987.

Louis obtained his law degree at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee, where he had relatives he could live with while attending school. Louis returned to Texas to practice law. His first political office was as the Coleman County Attorney in 1940 in Coleman, Texas.

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Gerald Ray Gage

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Gerald Ray Gage, 72, passed away in Austin, Texas, on March 23, 2019. His service was held at Heritage Funeral Home chapel on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at 2:00 PM. Interment was held at Wallace Creek Cemetery.

Gerald could be viewed as a person who loved the outdoors, bird watching, searching for and collecting arrowheads and making every air show within traveling distance. If a military aircraft flew overhead you could only continue your conversation after it had left the area.

After retiring from the City of San Saba, Gerald made many trips out to the Big Bend area and to New Mexico taking in the sites by himself or with someone.

Later he spent time with his friend, Tom Allen Sloan, talking politics, solving the world’s problems and getting in the way while everyone else was working cattle.

To his immediate family, Gerald was known as Jelly Bean or Bird Man. He will be missed!

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