Obituaries

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03
Jan
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William Jack Grant

William Jack Grant, age 56, of Richland Springs, passed away peacefully in his sleep December 29, 2017 at his residence. William was born on July 21, 1961 in Houston, Texas to Grover Wayne Grant and Mary Elizabeth Garner. Jack and his fiancé' Jennifer Melin, moved to Panama Beach, FL for a few years but returned to what they called home, Richland Springs. Jack leaves many behind to cherish his memory; fiancé' Jennifer Melin of Richland Springs; mother, Mary and step-father Ken Eason, of Richland Springs; one son, William Robert, US NAVY, and wife, Renee' Grant; one daughter, Savannah Lynne Grant of Spring, TX; four sisters, Deborah and husband Bud Isbell, of Santa Anna, Karen and husband Michael Lapaglia, of Palestine, Dee Breeden of San Angelo, Cyndi Manuel of Lake Charles, LA; one brother, Larry Grant of Richland Springs and numerous nieces and nephews that he loved dearly. Jack was preceded in death by his father, Wayne Grant and one brother, George Howard Higginbotham.

Wed
20
Dec
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LaVerne Gregory Martin

LaVerne Gregory Martin of Plainview passed away on December 13, 2017. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on December 16, 2017 in the Family Life Chapel at First Baptist Church in Plainview with Dr. Travis Hart officiating. Private family burial will follow in Plainview Memorial Park under the care of Kornerstone Funeral Directors of Plainview. LaVerne was born on July 1, 1926 in Petersburg, Texas to Bess Mitchell and Marcus Jefferson Gregory. She married Charles B. Martin in 1944 and they established their home in Hart, Texas where they managed Nanny Farms for 30 years. In 1981, they retired to their ranch in San Saba, Texas. Mimi, as all who knew her, was a homemaker. The loves of her life were her husband and sons. She was especially adored by all her grandchildren. Mimi was a faithful member of First Baptist Church.

Wed
20
Dec
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Marjorie Collins McDowell

Marjorie Collins McDowell was born February 7, 1927 in San Saba County to W.J. and Ola Collins and passed away December 18, 2017 in Lampasas, Texas. Marjorie graduated from San Saba High School in 1944. She married Myles D. McDowell on June 6, 1948. They lived on the family ranch until Myles passed away in January 2005. Marjorie continued to live on and operated the ranch until shortly before her death. Marjorie is survived by daughter, Sheila Christian and husband, Jerry of Lampasas; sons, Tom McDowell and wife, Cathy of Bend, Mike McDowell and wife, Carolyn of Holland Hill, Steve McDowell and wife, Robin also of Holland Hill; ten grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren. Numerous nieces, nephews and many friends also survive her. Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, her husband and one grandson. Services for Marjorie will be held Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 2:00p.m. under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home of San Saba.

Wed
13
Dec
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Elisa Huffman Draper

Funeral Services for Elisa Huffman Draper, age 57, of Richland Springs will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 16, 2017, at Greater Faith Community Church with Pastor Charles Lowe and Bro. Barry Fikes officiating; burial will follow at Bowser Cemetery in San Saba County. Visitation will be held prior to services from 1-2 at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home of Brownwood. Elisa went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, December 10, 2017. Elisa was born to J.C. and Joyce (Wilburn) Huffman on March 1, 1960, in Houston, Texas. Elisa married the love of her life, Gary Draper, on Sept 1, 1979 in Humble, Texas. She was a woman of great faith; she was a member of Greater Faith Community Church. She loved her family and grandchildren dearly.

Wed
13
Dec
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Wanda Lee Smith Hobson

Wanda Lee Smith Hobson was born at home outside Rankin Texas in rural Ellis County to Golman and Willie Mae Kelsey on April 27th 1926, Wanda Lee Hobson passed from this life on December 10, 2017 in Bryan Texas with her loving husband by her side. In her youth she was Wanda Lee, later she was Wanda, and for the last 50+ years she has been Mimi to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and almost everyone else. Raised in farming and ranching country during the Great Depression, Wanda was taught to be thrifty and make things for herself that could not be afforded. As a result, she was a wonderful seamstress, creating beautiful quilts, afghans, and lace all completely by hand. She also was an exceptional cook, making the most delicious meals, complete with cakes, pies and desserts. Within her family she is probably best known for her chicken and dumplings, which she delivered anytime someone was ill, as well as her signature Jalapeno jelly.

Wed
06
Dec
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Coral- Louise Williams

Coral-Louise Williams, a few days shy of 89, died at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. The cause was respiratory failure. Born on December 31, 1928, in Dallas, Oregon, she lived in large cities and small towns all over the United States, and traveled around the world searching for family and her family history. As for work, she is most noted for starting her own business, “Bookkeeping By Coral” at an age when most folks are dreaming of retirement. She had previously held jobs as a copy writer for a major newspaper, wrote her own by-lined stories, established a pen-pal group for World War II soldiers, sailors and airmen, served in several roles typical for women in the 1950’s and ’60’s behind a desk or on her feet serving others. In every one of those jobs her heart was always focused on helping other folks. It was while working as a bookkeeper at the San Saba Cap Factory that she began to consider opening her own business.

Wed
06
Dec
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Adeline Miller Ratliff

Adeline Miller Ratliff, 70 of Lampasas, Texas died Monday, November 27, 2017 at Rollins Brook Community Hospital. Adeline was born in San Saba, Texas on September 6, 1947 to Orlando Miller Sr. and Doris Luecill (Estes) Miller. Adeline was a homemaker. She loved shopping, Spring Ho, and lots of bling. She was a lifetime resident of Lampasas who loved and was devoted to her family. A viewing was held Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Sneed Funeral Chapel. Mrs. Ratliff’s body will be cremated. Survivors include husband, Oscar Ratliff Sr.; son, Oscar E. Ratliff Jr. and Troy Oestreich; daughters, Susan Ratliff Lewis, Lora Ratliff and James; brothers, Orlando Miller Jr. and Myra, Junior Moreno and Vickie, John Moreno, Raymond Moreno and Pam; sisters, Fritzi Dean, Suzie Miller and Bob, Linda Moreno, Betty Joy Beddow and Steve.

Wed
06
Dec
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Bertha Lee Bryant

Bertha Lee Bryant, 80 of Lometa, TX died Wednesday November 29, 2017 at Scott and White Hospital in Temple. Bertha was born March 3, 1937 in San Saba County the daughter of Leon Harrell Farr Sr. and Lela Vivian (Williams) Farr. She married Jimmy Ray Bryant Sr. and he preceded her in death in 2004. Bertha lived in Ft. Worth for many years and was employed by National Biscuit Co.(now Nabisco) for over 25 years. The family moved to Lometa in 1971 and Bertha worked for Kempner Water Supply, Producer’s Produce. She was a member of Family of Faith in Lometa, where she was a Sunday School teacher and very active in all parts of church work. Bertha’s body will be cremated and a memorial service will be planned. Survivors include granddaughter, Jessica Bryant; brothers;, Charley Farr (Jenny), Howard Farr (Roxie); two great grandsons and one great-granddaughter. Bertha was also preceded in death by her son Jimmy Ray Bryant Jr. Arrangements by Sneed Funeral Chapel of Lampasas

Wed
06
Dec
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Ray Dean Barefoot

Ray Dean Barefoot, 77, of Boerne, Texas passed away November 12, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. Ray will be put to rest at Wallace Creek Cemetery on December 9, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Services under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home in San Saba. Ray was born to Birdine and Nettie Mae Lusty Barefoot on May 13, 1940. His public schooling starting in Lometa and then moving to San Saba where his grandparents, Maurice and Cora Lusty lived in Wallace Creek Community. He attended school in San Saba until the 8th grade then onto San Angelo, Texas where he completed public school. Ray attended cosmetology college in Globe, Arizona and after graduation, he moved back to San Angelo where he owned three hair salons. After a few years he moved to the Hill Country in Kerrville, Texas, where he owned and operated the hair salon, Barefoot Hair Designs. Ray had sons, Tim and Angel Barefoot and his sister, Thed Birge all working together at Barefoot Hair Designs.

Wed
06
Dec
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Roy Woodward

Roy Woodward, age 75 of San Saba passed away surrounded by his family on Sunday, November 26, 2017. Roy was born on June 7, 1942 in San Saba, Texas to Ivan (Bud) and Lillie Belle (Sutton) Woodward. Roy was raised in San Saba and married the love of his life Flossie (Kelley) Woodward on July 14, 1962 in Lampasas, Texas. This union was complete after the births of three daughters. Roy was a carpenter and a jack of all trades. He was most known for helping build many of the houses in San Saba with his dad. Roy loved to play golf, fish, and spend time with his family.

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