Obituaries

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Leta Merle Grumbles

Leta Merle Blodgett Grumbles, age 94, of San Saba went to sleep peacefully with Jesus, on March 13, 2017. Merle was born May 29, 1922 in Lampasas County to Charles Blodgett and Daisy Decker. She attended Lometa High School. She married Delma Grumbles in 1938, and they were married for 68 years before his passing in 2006. Merle was a homemaker and also held other jobs outside of the home. Merle and Delma loved to travel, she loved to garden, and she loved her family dearly. Her earthly body is healed and is in discomfort no more. We are going to miss her greatly. We do realize how very Blessed our lives have been by having her with us so long. What wonderful times we shared! The sweet memories are going to be with us the rest of our days; life is eternal for her, and all who believe, trust and obey our Savior Jesus Christ!

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Desmond A. Sagebiel

Desmond A. Sagebiel was born December 13, 1918, the sixth child of Alfred and Selma Sagebiel at their home in Eckert, Texas. He attended the community school, Mt. Nebo School at Eckert, founded by his father. At the age of 12, in 1931, he entered the ranching business with the acquisition of a heifer calf. This began a lifetime love of ranching and farming. Desmond married Maybeth Owen of Llano, in 1940. Desmond, being a member of America’s greatest generation, voluntarily relinquished his agricultural draft deferment in 1943, and joined The United States Navy, from which he was honorably discharged in 1946. During his long career in agriculture, Desmond was the first to commercially develop and plant thousands of acres of Coastal Bermuda Grass across the Hill Country for other like-minded forage producers. His custom farming enterprise grew to include custom hay production, grass conservation, and livestock forage opportunities for other producers.

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Joy Ann Bailey

Joy Ann Bailey, 80, of Stephenville, died Monday, March 6, 2017, in Stephenville. Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM Friday, March 10th at the Cowboy Church of Erath County with Brother Werth Mayes officiating. Burial followed at West End Cemetery. Joy was born on January 17, 1937, in Aransas Pass, to the late Harwood Lee and Edna Lucille Upton Gristy. Joy grew up in Aransas Pass and married Kenneth D. Bailey on April 8, 1955. She and Kenneth spent most of their lives in San Saba raising their family; Joy was a homemaker who enjoyed being actively involved in all of her daughters’ many activities as they grew up. Joy and Kenneth have lived the past 11 years in Stephenville.

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Orban J.T. Moorhead

Orban J.T. Moorhead (Mike), 89, of San Saba, Texas died March 1, 2017 in a local nursing home. Orban moved to the Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home, Big Spring Texas in October, due to a lengthy illness. He joined the Merchant Marines at 16 years old and then served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He retired from Local 428 of the Operating Engineers Union in Arizona. Later he purchased a ranch in San Saba, Texas where he raised cattle, hosted hunters, Moorheadloved fishing and spending time with family. The Moorhead Ranch welcomed The North American Hunters for Heroes San Saba Chapter in 2012. Texas Hunters for Heroes is a non-profit 501C3 who are dedicated to assisting our country’s veterans by introducing them to the joys of hunting, fishing and the great outdoors.

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Neba Jean (Grumbles) Priest

Neba Jean (Grumbles) Priest left her earthly home on March 3, 2017, to reside in her heavenly home with her husband, Noel Ray “Buddy” Priest. Jean was born Nov. 6, 1926 in the Florence area to Jesse Elijah and Dorsie Sexton Grumbles. She graduated from Florence High School. Jean married Buddy Priest Feb. 16, 1944, and enjoyed 61 years together before his death in 2005. They were blessed with four children, fourteen grandchildren, twenty-eight great-grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren. She had such an unconditional love for her children, grands, and great ‘grands and she will be greatly missed by all. Jean was a member of the First Baptist Church in Round Rock and the “Joy” Sunday School Class. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Buddy Priest; two sisters, Maxine Knauth and Jesse Lois Knight; and one brother, Jack Grumbles. She leaves behind to cherish her memories her sons, Noel Ray, Jr.

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Robert Wayne Collier

Robert Wayne Collier, 74, passed away on Friday, February 24, 2017 at Scott and White hospital. Visitation was held on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 6- 8 p.m at Heritage Funeral Home. Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home San Saba with interment at San Saba Cemetery. Wayne was born on January, 17, 1943 to Robert and Marie (Griffin) Collier in Fredericksburg, Texas. Wayne was a trucker all of his adult life and it became his way of life. He loved to hunt and fish and watch tv. He was an avid reader. He loved to read about history and read his bible.

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Homer Alverne “Buddy” Feild

Buddy Feild passed from this world and joined his Heavenly Father on February 17, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife of 22 years Rayma Lee.

Buddy was born in Lampasas, Texas on July 18, 1936 to Marcus Anderson and Annie Laverne Standard Feild. He was raised on his family’s ranch in Lake Victor where he developed a work ethic that would become a cornerstone of his life. He was a life-long member of the Lake Victor Baptist Church and was a Christian gentleman that always put the needs of others before himself.

Buddy graduated from Burnet High School in 1954, and then went on to graduate from Southwest Texas State University. He was employed by Brown and Root Construction and then Burnet Consolidated Independent School District before being elected Burnet County Commissioner in Precinct 2.

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Virginia Nell Yocham Bush

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

Funeral Services for Nell were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 18, 2017, at Blaylock Funeral Home Chapel with Bill Wells officiating; burial followed at Richland Springs Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home of Brownwood.

Virginia Nell Yocham was born April 21, 1929, to Joseph Harvey and Cordelia (Hughes) Yocham in Eden, Texas. She attended school at Evant and Pottsville, Texas. On July 6, 1947, she and Melvin Glen Bush were married at the First Baptist Church of Pottsville. God blessed them with three children, eight grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren.

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Jerry Simpson Graves

Jerry Simpson Graves passed away on “Valentine’s Day”, February 14, 2017 in Blanco, Texas at the age of 84. She was born April 25, 1932 in Brady, Texas to Sam Houston Simpson of Field Creek, Texas and Carrie Vonn (Bozarth) of Llano, Texas. Jerry was a resident of Blanco, Texas for 2 years and was a former resident of Llano, Pyote, and San Saba, Texas. She worked as a homemaker, and a food broker for Sysco Food Distribution.

She was a proud member of the “Lousy Leven” club in Llano, Texas along with Cherry Grant, Twinkle Payton, Martha Phillips, Carole Schroth, Montie Simpson, Patsy Stewart, Marilyn Talley, Annette Userry, Sis Virdell, and Jane Yates.

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Eddie Edwards

Eddie Edwards, 84, of San Saba, passed away peacefully in Decatur, Texas on Thursday, February 16, 2017. Visitation was held on Monday, February 20, 2017 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in San Saba. Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 1:00 at San Saba First Baptist Church with Bro. Sam Crosby officiating. Interment was at Harris cemetery.

Eddie was born in Shreveport, LA on May 13, 1932 to George E. and Armour Edwards. On August 18, 1977 he married the love of his life, Wilma Rae Ritzman in Las Vegas, NV. After living in Utah they retired to San Saba where he loved to golf at the San Saba Golf Course. He loved to spend time with his friends. Eddie was the lead guitarist for the Tommy Sands Band and spent many, many nights playing great country music. He loved his life with Rae for 44 years.

He is survived by his step daughter, Melissa Elliott and Gary Spalding of Decatur and one son, Eddie Jr.

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