Obituaries

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Dr. Lillie Ruth Thomas

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Dr. Lillie Ruth Thomas passed away on Monday night, November 26th, at the age of 91, due to complications from pneumonia. She was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico on October 30,1927 to Lillie and Virgel Thomas. She is survived by her son, Frank, and daughter-in-law, Valerie Thomas, and grandson, Jack. Dr. Thomas is preceded in death by her husband, Jack Thomas.

Known as Lillie Ruth to her family and Ruth to her friends, she held many prestigious jobs in her lifetime and was the forerunner of women being allowed to work in Government. She was a teacher, a professor, a government auditor, a volunteer teacher, a wonderful cook, a traveler with her husband, Jack; and a wonderful, kind person.

Her grandfather and many relatives helped to establish San Saba, Texas, where she still has family members.

Thu
29
Nov
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Paul Christopher Karrais

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Paul Christopher Karrais, prominent machinist for Karrais Machine and Tool died Saturday morning November 24th in the early hours. He was 61 years old.

Paul Christopher Karris was born on a cold rainy day on November 10th 1957 to Paul Franz Karrais and Jaqueline Small Karrais. Soft spoken and obsessive by nature Paul could build anything he put his mind to. He was a rancher, caregiver, machinist, brother and a son. Paul was also someone who loved to see what was always on the other side of the fence. Traveling every chance he could get; meeting new people along the way.

Paul clung to the notion that life was not a series of meaningless accidents or coincidence rather, its a tapestry of events that culminate in an exquisite, sublime plan.

Thu
29
Nov
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Bill Gene Eller

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Bill Gene Eller, age 71, of San Saba, Texas passed away in San Saba, Texas on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was born in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma on January 1, 1947, the second of three boys. They later moved to Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where he learned to love the outdoors, basketball and football.

Bill was an avid reader all his life and he enjoyed novels, westerns, and the Bible. Some of his greatest gifts were books. Bill volunteered for the Navy after graduating high school and served three tours in the Vietnam War. He attended Northeastern State University after his return home from the Navy where he earned his BA degree in Economics. He returned to the military service as an officer in the Marine Corps. Bill was very proud to serve God and his country.

Thu
22
Nov
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Malcolm Eugene “Red” Warren

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Malcolm Eugene “Red” Warren, 81, of Buchanan Dam, Texas passed away November 14, 2018. He was born to James Malcolm and Velma L. (Smith) Warren on April 30, 1937 in Richland Springs Texas.

Red was a career Navy man and served from 1956-1979 as an Aviation Electronics Technician. Early in his career Red was stationed on the U.S.S. F.D.R. aircraft carrier. During Vietnam War, he served on the U.S.S. Ranger and was responsible for keeping the planes in the air. During his Navy career he was stationed in Newfoundland, Puerto Rico, Japan, and Midway Island. While on Midway Red loved to fish for the various species of fish that could be found around the Island. After retirement from the Navy, Red became a local Realtor in the Highland Lakes area of Texas. He was an active bird hunter and enjoyed raising Brittany hunting dogs and traveling to West Texas to hunt birds.

Thu
22
Nov
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Felipe Ontiveros Romero

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Felipe Ontiveros Romero, age 67 passed away with his family by his side on Monday, November 12, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. Felipe was born on October 14, 1951 in Los Rodriguez, Mexico to Concepsion and Tranquilina Ontiveros. He worked for the Wood brothers on their ranch in Richland Springs, Texas for over 20 years. He loved the outdoors and was an early riser. Felipe was a loving husband, father, and grandpa.

Thu
15
Nov
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Andrew Jackson “Jack” Berryhill Jr.

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Andrew Jackson “Jack” Berryhill Jr. departed this life on 10 November 2018 at the age of 80. He was surrounded by his beloved family and dog Little Man.

Jack was born May 21, 1938 to Mary (Tutor) and Andrew Jackson Berryhill Sr. in Tupelo, Mississippi. He married the love of his life JoAnn Buchanan September 8, 1961.

Jack worked for Llano Independent School District for numerous years and retired from the City of Llano. He enjoyed driving trucks working as a mechanic, camping, fishing and hunting.

Wed
07
Nov
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James C. “J.C.” Hutson

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James C. (“J.C.”) Hutson, age 86, of Sunrise Beach, TX, passed away on October 31, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jean Hutson; sons, Mark and daughter-in-law, Jackie, of Austin, TX, and Paul Kirk and son-in-law, Rick, of Rancho Santa Fe, CA; brother, Don Hutson; and many loving grandchildren and friends. He was preceded in death by his son, James Wade Hutson. J.C. was a loving father, husband, grandfather, and friend to everyone. James C. “J.C.” Hutson J.C. was born in Rising Star, Texas in 1933. After graduating from Cross Plains High School in 1949, J.C. moved to Austin, where he attended the University of Texas. In Austin, J.C. met and fell in love with Ova Jean McDaniel and they were married in 1951. Shortly after moving to Austin, J.C. was called up by the Naval Reserve and was deployed to the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific. While serving in the South Pacific, J.C. was part of the U.S.

Wed
31
Oct
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Frances Hammond Little

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Frances Hammond Little, 68, was born on October 7, 1950 in Goldthwaite, Texas. She passed away in Brownwood, Texas on October 28, 2018. Frances' parents were Dee Albert Hammond and Vivian Merlene (Stark) Hammond. She married Richard "Dick" Little on December 18, 1971 in Goldthwaite. Frances and her husband later moved to San Saba, Texas, where she was Chief Financial Officer for Hill Country Community Action Association. She and her husband later returned to live in Goldthwaite until her death. Frances truly lived life to the fullest through the simplest pleasures. Whether it was cooking, camping, golfing or working, as long as she was around family and friends, she was smiling. Her laugh was contagious. She had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way.

Wed
31
Oct
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Johnnie Irene Hammett

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Johnnie Irene Hammett, age 96, of San Saba, Texas passed away surrounded by her family on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 in San Saba, Texas. Irene was born on August, 5, 1922 in Stephenville, Texas to John Smith Freeman and Iris Irene (Watson). Irene married J. B. Hammett on August 10, 1940 in Bluff Dale, Texas. She was a homemaker and worked part-time for Kent Oil in Midland, Texas. Irene enjoyed and made many quilts for different fundraisers within the community. She was a member of the San Saba County Extension Education Club. Irene was a member of the Pecan Grove Baptist Church and a part of the community here in San Saba since 1990. Irene loved her family and she will be missed by all.

Wed
24
Oct
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Elena Gomez

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Elena Gomez, age 91, of San Saba, went to her eternal home on Monday, October 15, 2018 in San Saba surrounded by her family. Elena was born on January 15, 1927 in San Saba, Texas to Carlos Flores and Conception (Garcia). She married Domingo Jose Gomez, on March 12, 1948 to this union there were ten children born. Elena worked at the San Saba Nursing Home as a nurse’s aide until her retirement. Elena loved her family and spending time with them. She was a devout Christian Lady. She will be solely missed.

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