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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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Martin Don Gray

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Marty Gray was born May 10, 1949, to Sammye Williams Gray and Dudie Gray. He grew up on the family ranch established in the 1860’s, proud of being fifth generation of a ranching heritage. He claimed that he never wanted to be a cowboy, but as a young boy, he and his black dog roamed the pastures. He and his horse rode beyond the boundaries of the family ranch to visit neighbors who had kind words, cowboy wisdom, and cookies always waiting for him. He rodeoed in junior rodeos, he hunted, he fished, he understood livestock, and he delighted in the sight of a new Hereford calf lying on the spring-green grass. His dad said that he lost Marty as a cowboy to team sports when Marty joined a little league team at eight years old. Being a real cowboy was never lost in Marty—it was merely redefined. In later years, he called himself a country gentleman.

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Wilton Martin

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Wilton Martin, age 90, of San Saba, TX, passed away at home surrounded by loved ones on Thursday, March 14, 2019.

Wilton was born on January 17, 1929 in Richland Springs, TX, to Buck Martin and Viola Wilton Martin. He served in the United States Army from 1951-1953. He married Betty Carrell on September 5, 1953 in San Saba, TX.

Wilton was known as Granddaddy, Gigi, and Fuzzy to his family and friends. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of San Saba, TX, and farmed and ranched his entire life. He always said that “all it takes to keep a ranch going is a strong back.”

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Mopsy Locklear

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Mopsy Locklear (Stella Ann Oestreich), 78, of Brownwood, Texas, passed peacefully on March 9, 2019, in the home she helped build with the pure and unconditional love of a wife and mother.

She was born August 8, 1940 in Fredericksburg, TX to the late Marvin and Londa Oestreich. She graduated from Fredericksburg High School in 1959 and moved to Austin, TX to attend cosmetology school.

While in Austin, she met Marjorie Nell Locklear. Margie quickly introduced Mopsy to her son, Ward. With little hesitation, the love of a lifetime began, and Mopsy and Travis Ward Locklear were married on June 10, 1960.

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Olon R. Crockett

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Olon R. Crockett age, 83, passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Hamilton, Texas. Olon was born on August 30, 1935 in San Saba, Texas, to Clell and Lora May (Johnson) Crockett. He attended San Saba High School and graduated. He worked for RB Bagleys and Sons for 40+ years, until his retirement, running the pecan house in Hamilton. He married the love of his life, Dorothy (Vigil), on January 16, 1957 in Fort Worth, Texas. They made their home in Hamilton, Texas. Olon loved deer hunting and spending time with his family and friends.

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Wayne Powell

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Wayne Powell, 91, of Richland Springs went to be with his Lord and Savior on March 1, 2019. Visitation was held on March 4th at Heritage Funeral Home in San Saba. The services were held March 5th at the First Baptist Church in Richland Springs.

Wayne was born April 23, 1927 to Reed and Robbie (Burk) Powell in Holt, Texas. He attended school at Bowser, Cherokee, and Holt. He graduated high school at Richland Springs in 1947, after serving in the Merchant Marines. He married Gladys Martin on May 21, 1948 in the home of the bride’s parents, Bert and Brittie Martin. They had two children: Kenneth Wayne and Frances Kay, and one foster daughter, Becky Crisp.

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Lela Lee (Ted) Conner

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Lela Lee (Ted) Conner age, 92, passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Daybreak Nursing Home in San Saba, Texas, by her family in San Saba, Texas. Lela was born to Louie Oliver Myers and Lela Lee Graham on March 20, 1926 in Eastland, Texas.

Ted began school in Algerita, Texas by walking from Leonards Ranch where her father was employed. She later finished school in San Saba. Ted married Ernest Conner on October 20, 1942. They had two children, Larry Gene and Betty Tylene.

Ted was a homemaker and served as a secretary for the feed and pecan business she and her husband operated. Harvesting pecans was an exciting time of year for her. She enjoyed that very much.

Animals were another source of pleasure. She always had several dogs and/or cats to care for. In younger years she enjoyed playing 42 dominoes with her friends Ethyl Ivy, Blanche Nichols, and Wilma Spears. Ted was an excellent cook and provided many meals for family and friends.

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Bobby Warren Hall

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Bobby Warren Hall, 58, died unexpectedly on February 19, 2019. He was born July 24, 1960, in San Saba, Texas, the son of Eugene Warren Hall and Kathey Light Hall. Bobby graduated from Alvin High School, Class of 1978. He attended Alvin Community College and Central Texas College and was an Honor Student. He married Lisa Barnett on June 22, 1995, and they settled on his ranch in Cherokee, Texas.

Bobby was preceded in death by both of his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Lisa; sons: Connor Warren Hall and wife, Nichole, of Pearland, Texas; Cameron Wayne Hall of College Station, Texas; and Christopher Sloan and wife, Melissa, of Cherokee, Texas; one daughter, Heather Baker of Temple, Texas; grandchild, Patience Rosaschi; loving aunt, Grace Forrester of Granite Schoals, Texas; numerous cousins; and many other relatives and cherished friends.

A private graveside service was held on Friday, March 1, 2019, in Cherokee Cemetery in Cherokee, Texas.

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John Ed Keeney

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John Ed Keeney, age 84, of Cherokee, Texas passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Brownwood, Texas. John Ed was born on August 5, 1934 to Alva L. Keeney and Margie Mae Ray in Cherokee, Texas. John Ed attended and graduated from Cherokee High School. John Ed was in the turkey business for many years. The love of his life, Betty, preceded him in death in July of 2006. He retired from San Saba County Precinct 4 after many years of road maintenance. He loved the outdoors and spending time with family. He was a dad and mentor to many in his life.

Those left behind to cherish his memory are his children: one daughter - Karen and husband, Derick Finnigan, of Brownwood, Texas; one son - Al and wife, Elena, Keeney of Burnet, Texas; 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty, and one daughter, Kathy Mikol; two sisters and two brothers-in-law.

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Lucian Nell Fox Bynum

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Lucian Nell Fox Bynum passed from this life to the next on February 21, 2019 at the age of 92. She was born in Ola, Kaufman County, Texas on March 2, 1926 to Lettie LaRoe Fox and Lucian Norwood Fox. She was the youngest of seven children.

She grew up on the family farm and graduated from Kaufman High School. Lucian married Otto Bynum on February 22, 1953. They remained married for over 61 years until his death on June 14, 2014.

Otto and Lucian moved to the Central Texas area in 1953, where she lived for most of her life. She was a Christian, a student of God’s Word and a longtime member of the 2nd and Wallace Street Church of Christ, where she taught both children and adult Bible classes.

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