Obituaries

Wed
22
Feb

Clara Lanette Barber

Clara Lanette Barber was the daughter of Louise (Jackson) Barber and Hugh Bode Barber. She was born in San Saba on April 6, 1939 and passed away January 28, 2017, in San Antonio, after a lenghtly illness. Lanette graduated from San Saba High School and Tarleton College. She received her masters degree from South West State Teachers College in San Marcos. Lanette was an English Literature teacher at Holmes High School in San Antonio her entire career until retirement. She was proud to have been the Pep Squad sponser at Holmes for many years. She was an avid reader, hunter, and dog lover. Lanette was a lifetime member of the Cherokee Methodist Church.

Wed
15
Feb

Billie Lawrence Cates

Billie Lawrence Cates, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 at the age of 83.

Visitation was held at Heritage Funeral Home on Saturday, February 11th, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Masonic Graveside Services were held on Sunday, February 12th, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Cherokee Cemetery located on Hwy 16 in Cherokee, TX.

Billie was born on August 10th, 1933 to W.I. Cates and Anne Gertrude (Parisher) Cates in Cherokee, TX. He spent his younger years growing up in Cherokee where he graduated from Cherokee High School. On March 14th, 1953, he married the love of his life, Dorothy Simon in Cherokee. This wonderful marriage lasted nearly 64 years at the time of his passing on February 9th, 2017. Together they were blessed with three beautiful children.

Billie was a Master Mason for over 50 years. He was an active member of District 71 and Camp San Saba Lodge #555 located in McCulloch County, TX.

Wed
15
Feb

Melanie Koch

Melanie Koch, 62, passed away on Friday, February 10, 2017, at her home in Irving, Texas. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in San Saba. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Heritage Funeral Home with interment to follow at Richland Springs Cemetery.

Wed
15
Feb

Nell Bush

Nell Bush, age 87, of Brookesmith, passed away Saturday, February 11, 2017 at a local nursing home.

Funeral Services for Nell will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 18, 2017, at Blaylock Funeral Home Chapel with Bill Wells officiating; burial will follow at Richland Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Blaylock Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home of Brownwood.

Wed
15
Feb

Wanda Smith

On February 9, 2017 with her husband and five daughters at her side, Wanda Smith went to be with her Lord.

Visitation was held on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Heritage Funeral Home. Funeral Services were held on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in San Saba with interment at Richland Springs Cemetery.

She was born to John Elvie and Bertha Lou (Rawls) Deeds on July 1, 1940 in Brooksmith, TX.

Wanda graduated from Early High School and soon after married the love of her life, Roy Lon Smith on January 30, 1959. This wonderful marriage lasted 58 years at the time of her passing. Together they were blessed with five beautiful daughters.

She spent 33 years as a teacher in the Dallas Independent School District where she taught profoundly handicapped children.

Wed
08
Feb

Marjorie Victoria Munselle

Marjorie Victoria Munselle was born on October 14, 1920 in Richland Springs, Texas, to Charles Edward Bowersock and Nettie Vivian Lewis. She was called to her heavenly home at the age of 96, on January 27, 2017, in Boerne, Texas. Marjorie graduated from Richland Springs High School in 1938, and married the love of her life, Charles Andrew Munselle, on May 30, 1939.

They resided in Houston, Texas, where their daughter, Sandra, was born. After Charles went into the Army during World War II, Marjorie and Sandra moved to Temple, Texas, with her parents.

At the conclusion of the war, Charles joined them in Temple where they resided for the remainder of their married life of 58 years.

Marjorie retired in 1982 from Scott and White Hospital in Temple, where she was employed for 24 years. Much of her retirement was spent at their lake house on Lake LBJ, where she and Charles enjoyed fishing and lake living.

Wed
08
Feb

David Bruce Drews

David Bruce Drews, 60, of McAllen, Texas, passed away suddenly on January 29, 2017. Born in Harlingen and raised in San Saba, Texas, David was the son of Kenneth Drews and Lavern Teston. He was a graduate of San Saba High School; Howard Payne University, where he received a Bachelors of Science in Biology; and a member of the Texas A&M fighting class of 1983, where he received a Masters of Science in Horticulture.

In 1985, David began his professional career with Asgrow spending 15 years with them, moving on to Hazera Seeds, Syngenta, Nexus, and lastly with DeRuiter, a Monsanto Company.

Wed
08
Feb

Bobby Joe “BJ” Maxcey

Bobby Joe “BJ” Maxcey, age 86, of Richland Springs passed away Saturday, February 4, 2017, at a local nursing home. BJ was born on March 4, 1930, to Lester and Mallie Maxcey in Post, Texas.

Graveside services were held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at Richland Springs Cemetery with Bro. Barry Fikes officiating. No visitation will be held. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home of Brownwood.

Wed
01
Feb

Charles Murray Oliver, Jr.

Charles Murray Oliver, Jr., 85, member of a pioneer Texas family, business executive, historian and man of faith.

Wed
01
Feb

Wanda K. Garrett

Wanda K. Garrett of Euless, Texas went home to be home with the Lord on January 9, 2017, at her daughter’s home in Grapevine, Texas. Services were held at 10:00 am, Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Foust Funeral Home in Grapevine, Texas with graveside services and internment at Richland Springs Cemetery at 4:00 p.m. the same day. Pastor Johnny Kimberlin of South Euless Baptist Church officiated at both services.

Wanda was born in San Saba, Texas, May 15, 1936, to Marcus Glenn and Billie Ruth Patton. She graduated from San Saba High School after which she attended Durham Business College in Austin, Texas. On December 4, 1954, Wanda married Joe Bob Garrett of Richland Springs, Texas. They had two children and made their home in Euless, Texas.

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