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Kenneth Don Gray

Kenneth Don Gray, 81, passed away November 25, 2017 in Round Rock, TX. Ken was born to Lewis and Estelle Gray on March 10, 1936 in San Saba, Texas. Ken graduated from Llano High School in 1954 and married the love of his life, Shirley Jean Barber, in Cherokee TX on May 24, 1952. He went on to attend Howard Payne University from 1954 to 1957 where he played football and earned All Lone Star Conference accolades and was named to the Little All-American Team. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History. Ken went Grayon to be a 6th round draft pick by the Green Bay Packers in 1958 and ultimately signed with the Chicago Cardinals that same year playing through the 1959 season before the Cardinals relocated to St. Louis in 1960. He continued his NFL career playing for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1960 to 1969 and ended with the Houston Oilers in 1970.

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Wilma Joe Byrd

Wilma Joe Byrd passed away Tuesday, November 21st, at the age of 86. She was born May 18, 1931 in Chappel, Texas to Shelby "Buck" and Bernice Millican. Wilma attended school at Bend and later graduated from Lampasas High School. She was married to John Richard Byrd and was a member of Church of God the Eternal. Wilma was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, farming, and most of all her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, John, and her parents. Wilma is survived by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. They include: children - Cathy Bob Dawson of Alaska; Bo and Red Hooten of El Dorado; Carolyn Kermit Mahanay of Junction; Paula Kothmann of Menard; Jon and Christine Byrd of Bend; and Pam Hurt of Lometa. Grandchildren include: Joe Pete Smith and wife, Dana; Jodie Dockey and husband, Dan; Amy Gray and husband, Mark; Cody Reavis and wife, Katie; Michael Allen, Stephen Byrd, PK. Sanchez, Mat Hurt and Cindy Hurt.

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William James Watkins

William James (“Bill”) Watkins was born May 21, 1951 in San Saba, Texas to R.G. (“Pud”) and Ruth Watkins. Bill left this life to join his mom and dad on November 9, 2017 in Waco, Texas. He spent his childhood days in San Saba and throughout life cherished his friends and teammates from those times. Bill was a tremendous high school athlete. He excelled in basketball, football, track and baseball. He was all-district in basketball, all-district in football and all state in football his senior year in high school. In his senior year the football team won district and went deep into the playoffs, finally losing in the state quarterfinals to Daingerfield. The team’s opponent in the regional game that year was Forney and their coach made some disparaging remarks about the San Saba Golden Armadillo team which won the game handily.

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Gertrude Smith

Gertrude Smith, 91, of San Saba, passed away on November 14, 2017 at Seton Medical Center in Harker Heights. Visitation was held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Heritage Funeral Home in San Saba from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Graveside services followed at San Saba Cemetery. Gertrude was born to William and Macey Miller on March 25, 1926 in Indian Gap, Texas. Her family moved to San Saba shortly after and she spent her lifetime in San Saba County. Gertrude married LaRue Smith and together they had two sons. She was a wonderful mother and wife and loved to sew, fish, cook and she loved baseball. She spent many hours quilting.

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Courtney Bobbitt

Courtney Bobbitt, of Fredonia, passed away on Monday, November 13, at the age of 37. Courtney is survived by her sons, Devon Bobbitt and friend Jayde, Joe N. Bobbitt, Gunner Bobbitt and Leroy Bobbit all of Fredonia, a daughter Chaston of Decatur, Texas, her parents Rodney and Valetta Purser of Brady, a sister Wendi Landeros and husband, Tony of Richland Springs a brother Matt Purser and wife, Sandra of El Paso, grandmother, Virginia Mann of Austin and Courtney’s fiance` Michael Prosise of Fredonia. She was preceded in death by her husband Joe Wayne Bobbitt in 2010. Courtney was born in Brady on April 18, 1980 to Rodney Purser and Valetta Bockelman Purser. She was a graduate of Mason High School and in 2000 she married Joe Wayne Bobbitt. Courtney worked as a concrete batcher for Lauren Concrete. She was known to be a hard worker on the job and “on the job” at home. Courtney was a great mom who took the time to make sure her children grew up to be loving, caring men.

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JW Warren

J W Warren, 94, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 18, 2017 at his home in San Saba. Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in San Saba. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home with interment at Linn Cemetery. J W was born to John Willie and Fannie (McCants) Warren on April 11, 1923. After High School he entered the Army/Air Corp and served in the Pacific as a Glider Mechanic. He married Jewel Ewell on November 18, 1949 in Conroe, Texas. After the war, J W worked at several jobs until he got a job at Superior Oil Company, working there for 34 years and rising to a position of Chief Clerk. He loved to fish, hunt, go camping with his family and loved to watch the Astros and Rangers baseball. He was a very accomplished carpenter and handyman, learning from his father.

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Katherine Ann Bates

Katherine Ann Bates, age 73, of Eldorado, Texas went to her eternal home Tuesday, November 14, 2017 in San Angelo, Texas. Katherine was born on June 28, 1944 to Deward and Rosalie (Corley) Gilstrap in San Saba, Texas. Katherine was a L.V.N and worked in San Saba at the Eventide Nursing Home and San Saba Nursing Home. She married Floyd Grey Bates on June 3, 1988 in Baycliff, Texas. Katherine was a loving mother,grandmother, and great-grandmother. Katherine enjoyed fishing, drawing and painting. Her loving smile and caring nature will be solely missed by all those who knew her. Katherine leaves behind to cherish her memory three sons: Kevin and wife, Martha Pinney of Palestine, Texas, Craig Pinney of Huntsville, Texas, and Shawn and wife, Jennifer Pinney of Huntsville, Texas. Two step-children: Amy and husband Simon Gonzales of Dickinson, Texas and Floyd G. Bates, Jr. and wife, Amanda of Denver, Colorado. One brother, Jimmy Gilstrap of Eldorado, Texas.

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James (Jim) Farley

James (Jim) Frederick Farley passed away on November 9, 2017, in Conroe, Texas. He was born on October 1, 1926, to Kathryn Hudson Farley and William Hargrove Farley, Jr., in Taylor, Texas, and lived the first four years of his life in Hutto, Texas. Jim married Gwendolyn Vee Mann on October 23, 1953 in Houston, Texas. Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Gwendolyn Vee (Mann) Farley; his daughter,Kathryn Jane (Farley) Chevis and husband, Peter Paul Chevis; and daughter, Carol Ann (Farley) Kincannon. He is survived by his daughter, Sarah Ellen (Farley) Little and husband, Lowell Dawson Little; his son, William Hunt Farley and wife, Laura Beth (Johnson) Farley; his son-in-law, Charles Victor Kincannon; his granddaughter, Sarah Taylor Little; his granddaughter, Kathryn Christine Chevis; and his grandson, James Wesley Little. His freshman and sophomore years, Jim attended Sherman High School in Sherman, Texas, where he played clarinet in the school band.

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Rila Roberds

Rila Roberds, 57, passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2017 in Brownwood, Texas. Visitation was held on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at Heritage Funeral Home in San Saba. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home with interment to follow at Varga Chapel Cemetery. Rila was born to Ervin “Bud” and Wanda (Till) Roberds on November 20, 1959 in Brady, Texas. Rila graduated from Richland Springs and went on to graduate from Angelo State University with a Bachelor’s Degree. Although Rila taught some, his passion was ranching. Rila.married Brenda Patrick in Bowser on February 14, 1987. Together they had two girls, Toni and Lindsey. He was a member of the Richland Springs School board, Richland Springs Rodeo Association and Elm Grove Fire Department. Rila always loved history, and was a music buff. He could do anything, whether it be welding, electrical, carpentry, automotive, etc.

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Jordan Ray Watson

Jordan Watson, 22, was taken from his loved ones much too soon on November 13, 2017. He is now reunited with his Dad, Mom and Sissy. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in San Saba. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.at Heritage Funeral Home with interment to follow at San Saba Cemetery. Jordan was born on August 14, 1995 to Johnny Ray Watson and Debra Linn (Taff) Watson in Brownwood, Texas. He attended San Saba High School and graduated with honors in 2014 and then attended Southwest Texas State University where he was currently attending as a full time student. He worked part-time for 4 years at Fairmont Santrol where he was a dry operations hand and trained in multiple positions. He was on the Dean’s list in 2016. Jordan, along with his close friends, joined the Sigma NU fraternity while at Texas State. Jordan loved to fish and hunt.

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