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2008 Obituaries

2008 Obituaries

January 2008 Obituaries

Gail Attal

Dr. Betty Jane McConnell

Helen Ford Poppell

Zelma Wright Taylor

Katherine Wende

William Bratton

February 2008 Obituaries

Paula Lynn Peschel

Virginia Mae Flaugher

March 2008 Obituaries

Lloyd Welch

Martha Lynn Reynolds

Jimmie Lee Gidley II

Albert Tolbert

Alma Tweedle Hamrick

Glen Light

April 2008 Obituaries

Bill Griffith

Gerald Dean Dickinson

Alfred Lochlear

Monty Knight

Dan Hudnall

Dorothy Doudt

Robert (Bob) Simon

May 2008 Obituaries

Robert Vernon Holt

Robert "Bob" Hollis Smith

Lonnie Joe Peters

Murl Clinton Kelley

Dean Clemons

June 2008 Obituaries

Doris Lee Moore

Richard "Skip" Hatter

William E. "Sonny" Street

Julia R. Kemp

Rosemary M. Adams

Gail Attal

Gail Attal, wife, mother, grandmother and sister passed away on Jan. 31.
Born in Saskatchewan, Canada on January 10, 1939, Gail attended nursing school, and then moved to Hawaii where she met her beloved husband, Basil.
They moved with their children to Austin, Basil’s home town, in 1974 and then to Salado.
Gail worked at the Austin State School as a nurse for twelve years.
She touched many lives through her volunteer work, at Seton and Caritas with Basil.
She was a member of the St. Stephen Catholic Church, Salado, Texas and St. Stephen Women’s Society.
Gail is survived by husband, Basil, Sr.; children, Kathy Boyd and husband Jim, Brian Attal, Diana Oller and husband Frank, Basil Attal, Jr., Lisa Paschall and husband Thad of Salado, and James Attal; grandchildren, Jay Attal, Jenna Oller, Christa Oller, Caleb Paschall, Mason Paschall, Aubrey Paschall and Grace Paschall; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Elaine and Ron Ciani, George and Ann Attal and Charles “Lucky” and Cathy Attal.
A Catholic Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 24 at St. Stephen Catholic Church, Salado, Texas with Rev. Charles Davis officiating.
Service arrangements are being handled by Broecker Funeral Home, Salado, Texas.

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Dr. Betty Jane (Golter) McConnell

Dr. Betty Jane (Golter) McConnell, of Dallas after recently moving from Salado her home of more than 25 years, died on January 25, 2008 a dearly loved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. B.J., as she was called by so many, was born on September 28, 1923 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Feb. 2, at Christ Episcopal Church, 300 N. Main St. in Temple, Texas.. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Salado Public Library, P.O. Box 1178, Salado, Texas 76571.
A wife, a mother of six, a physician, an artist, a gentle friend - her family and her many friends associate all these with BJ.
There were fun dinners with friends of the supper club, duplicate bridge gatherings. BJ loved to travel, visiting England several times, Japan, Germany, Italy, and China. BJ was a sports enthusiast - loved to play golf and tennis. She was an avid artist, an active member of the Salado Village Artists. Two of her oils of Native American scenes, from a stay in Sante Fe with friends, were shown at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. She thoroughly enjoyed a month in Italy painting the countryside and studying art. BJ was a co-founder of the Salado Public Library, President of its board, and held several committee chairs. She belonged to several social organizations in Salado and Temple, among which were the PEO Sisterhood, Arno Art League and the Salado Historical Society.
BJ and her twin brother, Lowell (“Jim”), graduated from medical school at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. In the middle of her sophomore year, on July 1, 1944, she married a classmate, Robert McConnell (Bob). They all graduated with M.D. degrees on February 17, 1946. At the beginning of their junior year, she and Bob were recruited to the staff of the Cincinnati General Hospital, to the role of ‘extern’, involved with the direct care of patients, as most of the usual interns and residents were in military service.
BJ took her internship at Cincinnati General following graduation, from February 1946 until March 1947. On April 14, 1947 she gave birth to Barbara Ann McConnell. Over the next 13 years she delivered five more children: Patricia Ellen, Robert Glen, Marilyn Reed, Marcia Jean and Thomas Andrew.
Her husband Bob was asked to join the practice of a group of radiologists in Davenport, Iowa and the family moved there in January 1952. When their youngest, Tom, was three years old, BJ decided to learn about a new specialty in radiology, Nuclear Radiology (Nuclear Medicine). She and Bob were recruited to start a Nuclear Radiology department at St. Paul Hospital in Dallas, moving to Dallas in 1967. BJ undertook a year’s training in Internal Medicine and a year of further training in Nuclear Medicine at Southwestern Medical School. She became certified by the American Board of Nuclear Medicine in 1971.
Dr. McConnell was lauded by author Elizabeth Silverthorne in her book ‘Woman Pioneers in Texas Medicine’. She was on staff at Mercy Hospital in Davenport, Iowa, Parkland Hospital in Dallas, and was director of Nuclear Medicine at the Veterans Hospital in Dallas. In 1976 she became the Associate Director of the Nuclear Medicine at The University of Texas Medical School in Houston, and joined the staff at the Hermann Hospital in Houston. In 1982 she was asked to join the staff at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas, to enhance their program in Nuclear Medicine. In this regard she became an Associate Professor of Radiology of the Texas A&M University College of Medicine and was a member of its Admission Committee. She retired from the Scott & White Clinic in 1994.
As a member of the Texas Medical Association she was a delegate to the Interspecialty Society Council, Chairman of the ad hoc Committee on Volume Reduction of Radiation Waste and Chairman of the Nuclear Medicine Section. She was President of the Texas Association of Physicians in Nuclear Medicine and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Southwestern Chapter of the Society of Nuclear Medicine. She authored or co-authored 21 articles on Nuclear Medicine, particularly related to kidney transplants and trauma to the chest and heart. She had several special exhibits at scientific meetings both nationally and internationally.
BJ is survived by her husband Dr. Robert McConnell, six children, nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

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Helen Ford Poppell

Helen Ford Poppell, 84, of Belton, died Monday, January 21 in a Belton nursing center.
Mrs. Poppell was born to Wendell B. and Phyllis Symonds Ford in Columbus, Ohio on June 25, 1923. She married James William Poppell in New York City in 1950. She had been a resident of Bell County since 1971, moving here from Denver, Colorado. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as secretary for the Temple Cultural Activities Center for several years. She also owned and operated Helen’s Catering Service for several years. Poppell was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bell County.
Survivors include one son, James Ford Poppell of Calvert; two daughters, Carol Fleck and Anne P. Gibson, both of Belton; one sister, Marjorie Sethna of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by here husband in 1996 and one sister, Phyllis Symonds Ford.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Vistacare Hospice Foundation, 2626B South 37th Street, Temple, Texas 76504.

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Zelma Wright Taylor

Zelma Wright Taylor, age 95, passed away peacefully at home January 11, 2008.  Born near Elgin in Bastrop County, Texas on February 24, 1912, she was the daughter of Barney E. and Mae McClintock Wright.  Upon moving south of Robstown in 1917, they became one of Nueces County’s pioneer farm families.  She graduated from Robstown High School and attended Texas A&I College until the Depression sent her home.  She met her future husband of 52 years, Johnny Taylor, at his job at Boucher’s Drugstore in Robstown, and they married on October 31, 1932.  She and Johnny raised three children and moved to Salado, Texas upon retirement in 1979, where she lived for the next twenty-four years.  She lived in Lewisville near her sons during the last few years of her life.  Zelma was an accomplished artist and author, but she dreamed of acting.  In her later years, she realized those dreams when she performed in the annual Table Rock Festival production “Salado Legends”, and was an extra in the 1995 film starring Robert Duvall, “Stars Fell on Henrietta”.  She was an active member of the Robstown Art Colony, and at the time of her death, the bible study she had written during the past twenty years was being published.  She had been a member of the First Christian Church in Corpus Christi, and later in Temple.  Zelma was a friend to all, she was loved by all who knew her, and she was an inspiration and mentor to her children.  We will greatly miss her and doing things “her way”.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brother Horace E. Wright, and her daughter Zanda M. Boone.  She is survived by her son Mike Taylor and his wife Cheri of Highland Village, Texas, her son Lance Taylor and his wife Mary Jane of The Colony, Texas, her son-in-law Elmer E. Boone, her grandchildren Tommy Boone, Sabrina Stuckey and her husband Parker, John Taylor, Lauren Callahan and her husband Kevin, Michelle Taylor, and Creed Taylor.  Visitation will be Sunday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., January 13th, with services at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 14th at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.  Graveside services will follow with burial at Robstown Memorial Park.

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Katherine Wende

Katherine Jane Wende passed away on Jan. 8, 2008.
Memorial services for Katherine Wende will be held at Salado United Methodist Church 10:30 Jan. 19. Pastor Travis Franklin will officiate the service.
She was born July 31, 1925 to Leonard and Nana Cain, in Dallas, Texas. Growing up in different locations around the state, she graduated from Austin High School. She then went on to the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a degree in music education.
Following completion of her studies, she taught music at the University Junior High School and led its choir to numerous top music awards in music competition.
On December 27, 1947, she married William I. Wende, They were husband and wife for 60 years. They reared two sons.
Over the years, they lived all over the nation and eventually all over the world, as Bill was transferred with Mobil Oil Corporation. Wherever they went, Katherine continued her musical vocation. She sang as a professional soloist in choirs and an operatic company, served as director for a number of church and community choral programs, and conservatories such as Julliard and Hart, and performed in a variety of professional venues, including Broadway.
In addition, Katherine had a gift for writing and, while living in Indonesia, compiled the notes that became the foundation for her novel, The Kris Murders.
In 1993, Katherine and Bill Wende retired to Salado. During this time, Katherine along with Marge Kirkman a concert Pianist, organized the Salado Women’s Chorale. The chorale has now been expanded to include men and is renamed the Salado Community Chorus.
In her honor, her husband donated the bells for the new Katherine J. Wende handbell choir at Salado United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband William I. Wende and two sons Stephen Wende of Houston and David Wende of Ft. Worth.

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William Bratton

William Edward Bratton, 88, of Monarch Beach, California, passed away on January 6, 2008, surrounded by his loving family.

Bill was born on October 25, 1919, in Dallas, Texas, to William and Edna Bratton. Bill moved to Glendale, California, in 1932, where he graduated from Glendale High School and Glendale Junior College. Bill received a B.A. from Stanford University in 1940, and went on to attend Harvard School of Business in 1945 and 1946. Bill served as a Liutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Bill began his professional career in 1947, at General Precision's Librascope Division. He was named President in 1959. He is considered a pioneer in the electronics field. Bill joined Ampex Corporation in 1963, as Vice President. He became President of Guidance Technology, Inc., in 1967. In 1970, he was named Vice President of General Dynamics Electrodynamics Division. In 1975, he was named President of Theta Cable, where he remained until his retirement in 1981. From 1977 until 1990, Bill served as a director of Glendale Federal Savings.

Bill and his family resided in La Canada, California, from 1955 until 1972, where he was active at Oakmont Country Club and many community organizations. He moved to Monarch Beach, California in 1972. Bill is a Founder and Past President of El Niguel Country Club in El Niguel, California. He has always been an avid golfer. Bill also served as President of the Monarch Bay Association in Monarch Beach.

Bill purchased the historic Staqecoach Inn in Salado, Texas, in 1959. The Inn and its development became his passion for the next 40 years. Stagecoach Inn remains one of Texas' finest historic resorts. Upon his retirement in 1999, Bill and his wife Betty were named "Honorary Mayors" of Salado.

Bill was loved and respected by all who knew him. He molded and
influenced countless lives. Bill was the undisputed head and heart of his family. His love and generosity were beyond measure. He will be deeply missed.

Bill married Betty Thume on May 30, 1942, at the Church of the Angels in Pasadena, California. They enjoyed 65 beautiful years of marriage. Bill is survived by Betty, his beloved wife, and his three daughters: Dale Schumacher, Janet Gravette, and Donna Bratton-Kearns. He is also survived by seven grand children and six great grand children.

A Private family service will be held and the Church of the Angels in Pasadena, California, on Saturday, January 12, followed by interment at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association

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Paula Lynn Peschel

Services for Paula Lynn Peschel, 36 of Salado, will be held at Dossman Funeral Home in Belton Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Brian Dunks officiating. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Cemetery.
Mrs. Peschal was born in California. She married David Lynn Peschel Nov. 16, 1988 in Belton. She worked in the Dining Room of Stagecoach Inn.
She is survived by her husband David Peschel of Salado; 3 sons Justin Lynn Peschel of Belton, Jacob Logan Peschel of Salado and Joshua Lucas Peschel of Salado; parents Jim and Linda Gauhn of North Richland Hills and brother Michael Gaughan.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Salado.

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Virginia Mae Flaugher

Virginia Mae Flaugher, of Salado passed away Feb. 15,2008 in a Temple Living Center.
Virginia Mae Flaugher was born in Louisville, Illinois to Pearl McCollum and Gertrude Franklin McCollum. She graduated from Southern Illinois University. She married James Flaugher October 20, 1951. They lived in Chicago until the mid seventies, then moved to Michigan and moved to Salado 10 years ago. She taught High School and worked for the Air Force during World War II. She worked in Public Relations at Evanston Hospital and last worked at the Director of Public Relations at Evanston Hospital and last worked at the Director of Public Relations for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Flaugher was an officer and editor of the newsletter for the Scottish Clan Malcalm/McCollum and was the link to their Chief in Scotland. She was protestant.
Survivors include her husband James Flaugher of Salado and her brother Robert McCollum of Cranfills Gap, Texas, four nephews, Les McCollum of Salado, Texas, Winston McCollum of Plano, Texas, Robert Flaugher of Los Angles, California, and Richard Flaugher of Hinkley, Illinois.
Scanio Harper Funeral Home of Temple is in charge of arrangements.

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Glen Light

Graveside services were held March 28 for Glen Light, 71 of Salado at Salado Cemetery. Minister Joe Keyes of the Salado Church of Christ officiated.
Mr. Light died on March 24 at a local nursing home.
Glen was born in North Nolan Valley, Texas (west of Belton) to Erba Wiseman and John Hudson Light. He attended Sparta Elementary School and graduated from Belton High School in 1955.
He was a custom home builder and president of GoldStar Builders, in Beaumont. He was a member of the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce and President of the Home Builders Association. He was a realtor in Dallas/Ft. Worth before retiring to Salado in 2004. He served in the Texas National Guard.
He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Pat Self of Belton, brothers John Light of Temple and Phillip Light of Salado and daughter Cindy Lynn Horton of Temple.
Survivors include a sister, Elizabeth Carwright of Chattanooga, Tn., brothers Curtis Light of Salado, daughter Stephanie Coughran of Belton. Grandchildren include Ryan Breaux and Lindsey Horton of Temple, and Wesley Coughran of Belton.
Broecker Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Lloyd Welch

Memorial services for Lloyd Welch, Jr., 91, of Salado were held Sunday, March 30 at the First Baptist Church of Salado with Rev. Max Copeland and Rev. Leroy Kemp co-officiating.
Mr. Welch passed away March 18, 2008 at a local hospital.
He was born in San Antonio, Texas to Katherine Wagley and Lloyd B. Welch, Sr.
He worked for the TN&N railroad for many years and retired as Yardmaster for the Southern Pacific Railroad.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Lewis Welch.
Survivors include his wife, Hazel Burgess Welsh of Temple, a daughter, Suzanne Schnitz of Salado, son, Michael Welch of Ft. Worth, brother Earl Welch of Rosenburg, and sisters Katherine Lidwin and Maxine Benson, both of San Antonio. Grandchildren include: Julee Manley of Salado, Steven Schnitz of Austin, Kent Welch of Linn, Kansas and Kathryn Welch and her mother, Lela Welch of Coppell.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to:
Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., F1. 17,
Chicago, Ill. 60601-7633.
Broecker Funeral Home in Salado is in charge of arrangements.

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Martha Lynn Reynolds

Memorial services for Martha Lynn Reynolds, 69, of Salado will be held 2 p.m. March 21, at First Baptist Church in Salado. Rev. Doug Young officiated. Burial followed in Salado Cemetery.
Mrs. Reynolds died March 18, 2008 in a Temple Care Center.
Mrs. Reynolds was born in Plainview to Henry Lynn Milburn and Edlth Lynch Milburn. She married Bill Reynolds January 25, 1959 in Lubbock. She graduated from Lubbock High School and attended Texas Tech University and Lamar University. She lived in Lubbock Texas, Big Spring and Port Noches before moving to Salado seven years ago. She was the children minister at First Baptist Church in Port Noches for seven years having retired in 2001. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Salado; the Ladies Auxiliary of Salado, member of the PTA in Big Spring and Port Noches and was a Children’s Conference Leader with Southern Baptist Convention and Baptist General Convention of Texas.
Survivors include her husband Bill Reynolds of Salado; three daughters Debbie Rice of McKinney, Donna Hodge of Amarillo and Danna Gallegos of Midland; one sister Judith Milburn of California; three brothers Roger Milburn of Plano, Gary Milburn of Plano and David Milburn of Flint and five grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Children’s Division of First Baptist Church of Salado or to Scott and White Hospital Pulmonary Division.

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Jimmie Lee Gidley II

Jimmie Lee Gidley II, 59, of Salado died March 12 in a Temple Hospital. Services were held March 15 at Heartfield Funeral Home in Belton with the Rev. Joe Bentley officiating. Burial followed in the Salado Cemetery.

He was born Dec. 18, 1948 to Jimmie Lee and Doris Mae Hughes Gidley in Belton and lived in Bell County most of his life. He graduated from Salado High School in 1967 and served in the U.S. Navy submarine service from 1970 to 1972. He was a member of the Prairie Dell Baptist Church. He was an electrician from 1969 to 1998.

He is survived by a son, Jimmie Lee Gidley III of Santa Fe, Texas; a daughter, Rebecca Michelle Gidley of Salado; a sister, Sheryl Ruth Yauk of Temple and two grandchildren.

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Albert Tolbert

Albert Marion Tolbert, 85 of Salado died March 10, 2008 in a Temple nursing home. Services will be 2 p.m March 12 at the Presbyterian Church of Salado with Rev. Carl Thompson and Rev. Calvin Vanderwerf officiating. Burial will follow at the Salado Cemetery.
Albert Marion Tolbert was born November 20, 1922 to Marion Forrest Tolbert and Ida Sarah Caughman in Stephenville, Texas.
He met his wife, Teresa Aline Lewis in 1942 and was drafted into the Army Air Force in 1943. He trained and served as ball turret gunner and made 30 maximum effort missions. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star.
He returned to the U.S in 1944. He and Teresa married Nov. 4, 1944. He entered Texas Christian University in late 1945, graduating with honors as a geologist two years and 11 months later in 1949. During his college years he became a Mason entering the Panther City Lodge #1183 in Fort Worth in 1946 and was raised to Master Mason in December of that year. They moved to Houston where Al worked for major oil companies until he went independent at the age of 40. He discovered several oil fields during his career and at this moment there are plans that he just completed in late 2007 for more drilling according to his geological recommendations.
Al and Teresa have been members of the Presbyterian Church of Salado for many years. Al has been a devoted husband for 63 years, a great father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He has had leukemia for 6 years.
Survivors include his wife Teresa Lewis Tolbert of Salado; one son, John Edward Tolbert of Martindale; one daughter, Dr. Marion Tolbert Coleman of Austin; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Presbyterian Church of Salado Building Fund, P.O. Box 865, Salado, TX 76571

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Alma Tweedle Hamrick

Alma Tweedle Hamrick, 89 of Salado died March 6 in a Bartlett Nursing Home. Funeral services were held March 8 at Heartfield Funeral Home in Belton with Rev. Billy Johnson officiating. Burial followed in Resthaven Cemetery.
She was born March 22, 1918 in The Grove, Texas to T.A. and Myrtle Vaden Adams and lived in Bell County all her life. She married Verlon Tweedle Aug. 4, 1935 in Bell County. He preceded her in death in 1968. She married J. W. Hamrick Dec. 22, 1987 in Salado. He preceded her in death in 1991.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Salado and the Heritage Travel Club. She owned and operated Main Street Beauty Shop in Belton from 1959 - 1983.
She is survived by one son, Verlon Tweedle of Salado; seven grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and one great grandchild.

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Bill F. Griffith

Bill F. Griffith, 89, of Dallas and a native of Salado, passed away on April 15, 2008.
He was born in Salado, on August 18, 1918, the youngest of six children born to Edgar Eugene and Nannie Poteet Griffith.
He was a member of the US Army during World War II, stationed in San Diego, CA.
In 1943 he married Marion Loretta Cullum, and they spent their 64 years of married life in Dallas, where he was Vice President of Cullum Construction Company.
Griffith was active in the Boy Scouts of America, and earned his Wood Badge award as an adult leader.
His years of service in the Downtown Dallas Rotary Club included 47 years of perfect attendance, where he was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow Award, as well as serving as its President from 1985-1986.
He was an active member of the Oak Lawn United Methodist Church for over 60 years, serving in almost every capacity of leadership.
He was a sports enthusiast and was an avid supporter of SMU.
He enjoyed volunteering at C. C. Young Memorial Home and at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, where he was known for one of his great loves, rocking babies.
He was preceded in death by his parents and all of his siblings, and infant son, Gary.
In addition to his wife Marion, Griffith is survived by son Steve and wife Helen, son Neal and wife Judy, all of Dallas, and daughter Jean and husband John Budd of Tulsa, OK.
He is also survived by three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held April 18 at Oak Lawn United Methodist Church in Dallas.
If desired, donations may be sent to Rotary International, 1 Rotary Center 1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL. 60201; Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, 1935 Motor Street, Dallas, 75235; or Oak Lawn United Methodist Church, 3014 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas 75219.

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Gerald "Jerry" Dean Dickinson

Memorial services for Gerald “Jerry” Dean Dickinson, 73, of Valera were held April 19, at Eastwood Baptist Church in Gatesville. Rev. Charles Grossman and Rev. Jack Vick officiated.
Dickinson passed away Thursday, April 17, in a Temple hospital.
Jerry was born May 25, 1934 in Leaday, the son of Ernest and Addie Mae (Stewart) Dickinson. He married Shirley Patterson on September 1, 1956 in Great Falls, Montana.
Dickinson owned many businesses in central Texas. He was a former member of the Salado School Board and the Salado Water Corportaion Board. Jerry proudly served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Dickinson of Valera; one son, Jason Dickinson of Harker Heights; three brothers, Johnny Dale Dickinson of Valera, Richard Grossman of Montgomery, Rev. Charles Grossman of Gatesville; two sisters, Jackie Vick of Georgetown, Barbara Weatherby of Lancaster.
Dossman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Alfred Lochlear

Alfred Lochlear of Lumberton, North Carolina died April 15, 2008, at the age of 83.
Lochlear was a veteran of World War II.
He was the father of Lafon Ditzler and her husband John of Salado.
Funeral services will be April 18 in Lumberton, NC.
The family requests that memorials be made to the donor’s favorite charity in lieu of sending flowers.

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Monty Knight

Graveside services for Monty Knight, 49 of Prairie Dell, were held April 12, at the Salado Cemetery. Rev. Joe Bentley officiated.
Mr. Knight passed away April 10, 2008 in a Temple Hospital.
He was born October 25, 1958 in Belton, the son of George Troy Knight and Eleanor Inez Buford Knight. He graduated valedictorian of Salado High School and went on to earn an associates degree from Temple College. He attended Texas A&M University before working in research for a few years at Wilsonart.
Mostly he farmed with his family in Prairie Dell. He was a member of the Prairie Dell Baptist Church.
He is survived by an aunt and four cousins.
Dossman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Dan Hudnall

Funeral services for Dan Hudnall of Georgetown will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 at Church of Christ in Salado with Rev. Billie Hudnall officiating. Burial will follow at Salado Cemetery.
A visitation will be at the funeral home from 11 a.m. to 1 p. m.
Mr. Hudnall died in Dallas, Texas on April 1 at the age of 62.
He was born in Rotan, Texas to Anabel Parker and George Afra Hudnall.
He studied at North Texas State University before entering the U. S. Navy in 1965 and served as a Navel Air Controller until 1969.
He was in the oil exploration industry in West Texas for a number of years.
Mr. Hudnall is preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Eugene and Seaman.
He is survived by his wife, Karen of Georgetown, son Chris Hudnall of Salado, brother Billie Hudnall of Austin and sister Anelle Huffman of Odessa as well as 2 grandchildren.
Broecker Funeral Home of Salado is in charge of arrangements.

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Dorothy Doudt

Services for Dorothy Doudt, 84, of Salado were held April 5 at First Baptist Church of Salado. Dr. Leroy Kemp officiated. Burial followed at Salado Cemetery.
Doudt passed away April 3, 2008, in a local nursing home.
She was born on Oct. 18, 1923, to Irving Chesley and Marion Howarth Downs. She was a secretary. She moved to Salado in 2000 from Sugar Land and was a member of the First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Rice Doudt.
Survivors include a son, Gordon Doudt of Tulsa, Okla; a daughter, Debbie Harrison of Salado; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Salado Building Fund.
Broecker Funeral Home in Salado was in charge of the arrangements.

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Robert (Bob) Simon

Robert (Bob) Simon, 47, of Salado, died April 30 at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.
Funeral services and visitation were both held at Broecker Funeral Home. Visitation was May 7 and the funeral was on May 11, 2008.
Simon was born June 24, 1960 in Buffalo, N.Y..
He was employed by NFI Industries, Vineland, N.J., one of the largest logistics companies in the U.S..
He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Fredrick Simon and mother, Lois Virginia Parson Simon.
He is survived by his wife Sandra Simon of Salado, daughter Amy of Salado and son Matt of Portsmouth, Va.; two sisters: Carol Simon of Portland, Or. and Janet Oakes of Lake City, Fl. and his stepmother Ellen Anderson of Leesburg, Fl.
Broecker Funeral Home of Salado was in charge of arrangements.

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Robert Vernon Holt

Robert Vernon Holt was born Feb. 12, 1923 in Ft. Worth, Tx to Ollie and Nina Holt. He died May 3, 2008 at the William R. Courtney Texas State Veterans Home in Temple, Texas at the age of 85. A memorial service was held May 6 at First Baptist Church in Salado. Dr. Leroy Kemp, Larry Holt and Rev. Randy Carder officiated. A military burial in the Salado Cemetery preceded the memorial service.
Vernon Holt graduated from Northside High School in Fort Worth in 1941. He was a three-year letterman in baseball and football. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942. After basic training in San Diego, CA he was was assigned to the 4th Marine Division and fought in battles at Kwajalein Atoll, Roi Namur, Saipan and Iwo Jima. He was discharged from the Marine Corps in 1946 in Washington, D.C. He worked at the FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. After enrolling at Texas Christian University in the fall of 1946, he married Anna M. Matthews on July 19, 1947 in Fort Worth. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2007. They have a son, daughter, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Following graduation from Texas Christian University in 1950, he worked as a Petroleum Landman for Stanolind Oil Co., British-American Oil Co., Lone Star Gas (Enserch) in Oklahoma City and Dallas. He concluded his landman’s work with AA Energy in 1981 and retired to Salado in 1990. Vernon is remembered as a man who had a passion for coaching boys in baseball and football, and was an avid Dallas Cowboy fan. He was a man of integrity and faithfulness throughout his life and enjoyed humorous exchanges with friends and family members.
His survivors include his wife, Anna Holt, Salado, Tx, son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Diana Holt of Mission Viejo, CA, daughter and son-in-law Linda and Mark Harrison of Dallas, Tx. Grandchildren include Amy and husband, Dr. Tim Ramirez and Great-granddaughter, Alex Ramirez; Wendy and husband, Tod Schellinger of Los Angeles, CA, Andy Holt of Huntington Beach, CA., Gray Harrison and wife, Maddie and great grandson Keegan Holt Harrison of Plano, Tx. Vernon was preceded in death by his parents, Ollie and Nina Holt.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to COTA-Keegan Holt Harrison (Children’s Organ Transplant Association), 2501 West COTA Drive, Bloomington IN 47403 and/or to the Building Fund of First Baptist Church in Salado, 210 South Main, Salado, Tx 76571.

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Robert "Bob" Hollis Smith

Robert “Bob” Hollis Smith, 67, was a San Angelo native son who passed away May 8, 2008 in Salado. Bob was born March 14, 1941 to Winnie Wright and Robert C. Smith in San Angelo. He graduated from a San Angelo High School in 1959 and from Texas Tech with a BBA in 1963.
Bob served three years active duty in the Navy. After his service to his country, he lived and worked in El Paso helping to start one of the first Junior Achievement programs at Ysleta High School.
In 1994 he married Barbara Jean Alexander of Belton. They eventually settled in Salado where he became a successful agent in the real estate business.
He is survived by his wife Barbara Jean; a sister and brother-in-law Marlyn and Bill Taylor of San Angelo; a niece Rebecca Harrell of Plano and a nephew Robert Cobb of Plano; brothers and sisters in-law Betty and Donald (Butch) Staid of West Virginia, and Chris and Bill Alexander of Belton.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Cedar Knob Cemetery Association P.O. Box 112 Belton, Texas 76513.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.Broecker Funeral Home of Salado is in charge of arrangements.

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Lonnie Joe Peters

Lonnie Joe Peters,71, of Cleveland, Texas, passed away May 22, 2008, He was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma, June 25, 1936 to Elijah Joe Winfield and Naomi Crain who preceded him in death along with his brother, Jeff Winfield; step-mother, Rose Winfield.
Survivors include his loving wife, Juanita Peters; daughters, Darlene Lummus and husband, Billy, Robin Minchew and husband, Rusty, Sandy Robertson and husband, Bruce, Lois Iams and husband, David, Annette Campbell and husband, Gary; sons, Charles Peters and wife, Lisa, Jeff Peters, David Keene and wife, Debra; sisters, Lenora Miller and husband, Ray, Ruthie Ellis and husband, Jim, Donna Williams and wife, Barry; grandchildren, Heather Harris, Ashley McGinnis, Erin Rider, Jolee Peters, Crystal Doucet, Leslie Raub, Brandi Lucas, Austin Peters, Jessica Schwart, Justin Minchew, Holly Robertson, Christi Robertson, Ricky Keene, great-grandchildren, Cameron Doucet, Kaylie Raub, Madison Raub, Nolan Harris, Khai Pormprasong, Hayden Harris with numerous nieces, nephews, and other cherished family members and caring friends.
Memorial Services were held May 24 at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel, in Cleveland, Texas.

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Murl Clinton Kelley

Funeral services for Murl Clinton Kelley, 23, of Belton will be held 10 a.m. May 29 at the Dossman Funeral Home Chapel with minister Craig Wortham officiating. Burial to follow at the Salado Cemetery.
Murl Clinton Kelley died May 25, 2008.
Murl Clinton Kelley was born May 2, 1985 in Gatesville, the son of David and Leslie Kelley. He was a graduate of Salado High School. He attended technical college before going to work for Gidden Distributing for the last two years.
Survivors are his parents David and Leslie Kelley of Salado; wife Karen Goolsby of Belton; three daughters Abbi Lexi, and Kati all of Belton; five brothers PFC Roddy Kelley stationed in German, Courtney Kelley of Jarrell, Kyle Atkinson of Temple, Brett Kelley and Justin Kelley of Salado; one sister Kayla Cehand of Morgan’s Point Resort and grandfather Horace Kelley of Salado.

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Dean Clemons
Dean Clemons, age 83, of Pleasanton, Texas and formerly of Salado for many years, passed away May 27, 2008, in Pleasanton.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Clemons of Pleasanton and daughter, Deana Steinle and husband Al of Jourdanton.
He is also survived by his sister, Evelyn Curci of San Augustine as well as grandchildren, Marci Steinle and husband Tim of Fair Oaks Ranch and Dusty Steinle and wife Miranda of Austin.
He will also be missed by his loving great-grandchildren, Aiden and Owen Steinle.
Visitation was held at Hurley Funeral Home in Pleasanton on May 29.
A graveside service was held at Jourdanton City Cemetery in Jourdanton, Texas on May 30.
The Clemons were long-time residents of Salado, living in the historic Fowler House on the north end of Main Street. Dean operated an antique refinishing business out of the barn on the property. The Clemons were also active in the community, particularly in the Salado Historical Society.
Anyone wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so atwww.hurleyfuneralhome.com

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Doris Lee Moore

 Graveside services for Doris Lee Moore, 79 will be held 10:00AM Monday, June 23 at Salado Cemetery.  Mrs. Moore passed away June 18, 2008 at her home in Salado.

The family will receive friends for visitation at 4:00PM Sunday, June 22 at Broecker Funeral Home in Salado.

A long time resident of Bell County, Nanny was born Doris Lee Grant, December 23, 1928 in Richland Springs, Texas to Monroe and Birdie Grant.  She married Allen “Sonny” Moore March 17, 1945 in Belton.  The family lived in Keyes Valley prior to the building of Stillhouse Hollow Dam.

She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, a brother and two sisters.  She is survived by her children: Monroe and Linda Moore and Kathey and Dennis Farr all of Salado; sister Johnnie Young of Burnet and three brothers: MW Grant and Bobby Grant of Killeen and Odell Grant of Austin, plus seven grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and one great great grandson.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Salado Education Foundation P.O. Box 98 Salado, TX 76571.

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Richard "Skip" Hatter

Richard “Skip/Dick” Lloyd Hatter 81 of Salado, died on June 16, 2008 at a nursing home in Temple, Texas. The youngest son of Lloyd and Hattie Evelyn Rutherford Hatter, Skip was born in the home of his grandparents Rutherford in Moody, Texas. Preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Skip leaves behind his wife Barbara of Salado; three sons: Paul Thomas, Richard Michael, and Lloyd Lee; three daughters: Janice Lynn, Susan Lee and Karen Anne; and, twelve grandchildren.
Honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army, Hatter’s service to his country spanned three major wars: World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War. His service at sea was served in the Atlantic on the U.S.S. Charger and the USS Hancock; in the Pacific on the U.S.S. Shangri La. His combat tours numbered: World War II Pacific War Zone; Korean Conflict 3 tours in the Korean War Zone; and Vietnam 2 tours in the Vietnam War Zone. Hatter also flew a Bell, Hiller and Sikorsky Helicopter and in two combat tours in Vietnam as a helicopter gunship pilot, he flew 193 combat missions with 507 combat flight hours. In his military service he earned a number of badges, decorations, and medals. Badges: Army Aviator (silver pilot’s wings), Sharpshooter with Pistol Bar, Marksman with Pistol Bar. American Decorations: Bronze Star (Vietnam), Air Medal (heroism Vietnam), Air Medal (18 awards for combat missions Vietnam, Army Commendation Medal (Vietnam). Foreign Decorations: Korean War Medal, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry Unit Citation with palm. Service Medals: American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2 bronze battle stars), Victory Medal (World War II), Navy Occupation Medal (Asian Clasp) United Nations Service Medal (Korea) Korean Service Medal (8 bronze battle stars) Navy Good Conduct medal, National Defense Service Medal (Korea and Vietnam) Vietnam Service Medal (4 bronze battle stars), Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (with 1960 clasp).
Hatter retired from the U.S. Army in May 1968. He accepted a position with Bell Helicopter International as Registrar of the Iranian technical training center for pilots and maintenance personnel in Isfahan, Iran.
A memorial service will take place at Broecker Funeral Home Salado, 1 p.m. June 24, preceded by a private graveside memorial with military honors.
Donations may be made to: The Fisher House Foundation 1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 600 Rockville, Maryland 20852 www.fisherhouse.org This organization is in support of the Intrepid Center San Antonio, Texas.


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William E. "Sonny" Street

Funeral services for William E. “Sonny” Street Jr. 83, of Heidenheimer will be held 10 a.m. June 20 at the Dossman Funeral Home. Burial will follow at the Salado Cemetery.
The family will receive friends for visitation 1 p.m.- 3 p.m. June 19.
William Street passed away June 16, 2008 in the Temple Nursing Center.
William E. ‘Sonny’ Street was born June 30, 1924 in Bell County the son of William E. Street Sr. and Fannie Mae Hodges Street. He married Mamie P. Melvin June 28, 1947 at the Salado United Methodist Church in Temple. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II serving in the Pacific at Hawaii, Marshall Islands, Guam and Okinawa.
He was preceded in death by his wife on January 10, 1997.
Survivors include two sons Charles Humphrey of Temple and John Michael Street of Tennessee Colony and one daughter Gayla Avant of Lockhart two sisters Elizabeth Mosley and Emma Jane Fuller both of Temple. Seven grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

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Julia R. Kemp

Julia Ruth Whatley Kemp, age 98, of Belton died Wednesday, June 11, 2008 in a local nursing home. Services were held June 13 at First Baptist Church in Belton with Rev. Paul Kemp, Rev. Mark Kemp and Rev. Carroll Davis officiating. Burial followed at Bellwood Memorial Park. Visitation was held at Scanio-Harper Funeral Home.
A lifelong resident of Bell County, she was born December 5, 1909 to Benjamin Bowles and Johnnie Ruth (Shapard) Whately of Stringtown. She attended schools in Rockdale, her birthplace home of maternal grandparents, and Gindale where she was on Sisters Basketball Team. In 1926, she married Ernest Lee Kemp. They were members of Dyess Grove Baptist Church and later Immanuel Baptist Church in Temple and finally First Baptist Church in Belton. In Belton, she worked with School District Food Services for 20 years. She prepared Wednesday meals at First Baptist Church where she worked with children and was a member of Friendship Class and Golden Age. She was an honorary alumna of Mary Hardin-Baylor and a member of Belton and Salado Chapters of Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
She was preceded in death by her husband and three sisters. Survivors include one son, Leroy Kemp, four daughters, Doris, Joyce, Betty Kemp and Carolyn Roberts, five grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and one brother, Frank Whatley.
In Lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to one’s favorite charity.

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Rosemary M. Adams

Belton- Services for Rosemary M. Adams, 96, of Salado were held July 3 at Heartfield Funeral Home in Belton. Rev. Barton Carter and Rev. Billy Borho officiated. Burial followed in Resthaven Cemetery. She passed away June 30 in a Taylor Hospital.
She was born December 17, 1911 in Oglesby, Texas to Edward S. and Mary Alice Russell Fellers. She married Marshall Adams December 18, 1936 in Moffatt, Texas. She was a homemaker and member of the Victory Baptist Church in Cedar Valley. She was preceded in death by her husband and one son Michael Adams.
She is survived by three daughters, Barbara Joann Walker of Temple, Pansy Lange of Bartlett and Gale Sellers of Salado; one brother, Walter J. Fellers of Salado; eight grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

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uly 2008 Obituaries

August 2008 Obituaries

September 2008 Obituaries

October 2008 Obituaries

November 2008 Obituaries

December 2008 Obituaries

July 2008 Obituaries

Lorraine Beckwith

Amanda Jo Elmore

Jennifer Kelly Lenis

Sharon Love Dixon

August 2008 Obituaries

Virginia Bryan

Eva Peters

Eva Juanita Warrick

Mary Ellen Parks

September 2008 Obituaries

Robert McHaney

Helen K. Norwood

Pvt. Joseph Francisco Gonzales

Staff Sgt. Brandon Wade Farley

Spc. Marques Irving Knight

Private Michael Wayne Murdock

Bobby Norwood

Douglas Keith Wujcik

Sgt. Marcus Limon

Capt. Michael J. Medder

Spc. Jared Arnn

October 2008 Obituaries

Pfc. Willie James Wiley Jr.

Jimmy Jackson

Pfc. Matthew Sandberg

Pfc. Tavarus Danard Setzler

Cpl. Scott Vickrey

Joe Bailey Sanders

Mary Whitaker Hill

Larry Lilly

Cpl. Reuben Marcus Fernandez III

Spc. Geoffrey Golden Johnson 

Sgt. Preston Ray Medley 

Spc. Stephen Robert Fortunato

Spc. Cory Joseph Bertrand

November 2008 Obituaries

Sgt. 1st Class Miguel Antonio Wilson

Dr. William McLellan Ashe

Hollis Vasser

Leonard R. Gerstenberg

Col. (USAF-R) Gerald Byron Bunker

Leo T. “Pete” Peterson

Spc. Corey Michael Shea

Sgt. Jose Regalado

Pfc. Theron Vondameir Hobbs

Sgt. Kevin Wayne Thomas

Julie Kay Coker

December 2008 Obituaries

James Alexander Pringle III

Pfc. Jordan T. May

Pvt. Colman J. Meadows III

Christi Hanna Spradley

Jewell Elizabeth Lang

Ward Carroll

Sam Price Gullatt, Jr.

Linda Billingsley McCaleb

Jim Reed

Capt. Robert Jose Yllescas

Sfc. Pablo Colon-Vega

Lorraine Beckwith

Lorraine Beckwith, 71, of Salado passed away July 7, 2008 in Temple, Texas.
A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church in Salado July 10 at 4 p.m. with her longtime pastor, Gary DeSalvo officiating.
Beckwith was born in 1937 in Waite Park, Minnesota. She lived in Central Texas for the past 22 years and was a member of Temple Bible Church.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Phil Beckwith; her brother, Jimmy Schneider; her daughter, Allison Putney and husband Chris; her son, Mark Beckwith; and her three grandchildren: Sadie, Audrey, and Joseph Putney.
Memorial arrangements were handled by Broecker Funeral Home of Salado.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Temple Bible Church Missions Fund or Grace Academy Classical School of Georgetown.

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Amanda Jo Elmore

Amanda Jo Elmore passed away at Scott & White hospital on July 11, 2008 as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident on June 29, 2008.
She was born on September 24, 1985 in Springfield, IL. She moved to Texas in 2004 and was employed by Weston Inn Health Center, Temple as a Certified Nursing Assistant.
She is survived by her mother, Becky Day of Salado, step-mother Joyce Long of Salado, her father Doug Hurley and step-mother Carol Hurley of Greenview, Il., sister and brother-in-law Jamie and David Dollens, a sister Rachel Simmons of Virden, Il, 3 step-sisters Heather Long, Diedra Hicks and Chantelle Long all of Roodhouse, Il., and her grandparents June and Jim Lamsargis of Springfield, Il.
Visitation was at the funeral home 6-8 p.m. July 16.
A private burial will take place at Rest Haven Cemetery in Belton on July 17.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Amanda Jo Elmore Fund, c/o First Salado Horizon Bank, 815 N. Stagecoach Road, Salado, Texas, 76571.
Broecker Funeral Home of Salado is in charge of arrangements.

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Jennifer Kelly Lenis

Jennifer Kelly Lenis, formerly of Salado, passed away on July 28, 2008.
Jennifer Kelly Lenis was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on March 6, 1979, to Armando Lenis M.D. and Barbara (Winters) Lenis. Jennifer was welcomed in birth by her parents and older brother, Allen. The Lenis family welcomed another baby girl, Michelle, the following year. The Lenis family moved from Ohio to Texas in March of 1982.
Jennifer attended school at Holland, Salado ISD, and the Academy Special Education School before proudly graduating from Burnet High School in 2000. Jennifer lived at the Bluebonnet Community Residence Home in Bertram from 1997 until 2001, when she moved to the Marble Falls Bluebonnet Community Residence Home.
Jennifer is survived by her parents, Barbara and Armando Lenis of Salado, her brother, Allen Lenis and wife Ana Lenis of Arlington, VA., her sister, Michelle Lenis of Salado, and her grandmother, Nelly Lenis of Cali, Colombia. Other close relatives include her uncle and aunt, Dr. Elias and Eleonora Ghandour, and cousin Maia, of Lubbock, Texas, Mona and James Jackson of Dallas and Eduardo Gonzalez of Houston, TX. Relatives in Cali, Colombia, include uncles Andres Lenis, Dr. Richard Lenis, and Dr. William Lenis, aunt Elizabeth Lenis, and cousins Alvaro Jose Lenis. Jennifer is preceded in death by her grandfather, Alvaro Lenis of Cali, Colombia.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to Scott and White Hospital in the name of Jennifer Lenis for Pediatric Cancer 1-800-293-4483
Private family services will be held at a later date.

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Sharon Love Dixon

Funeral Services for Sharon Love Dixon, 74, of Salado, were held Saturday Aug. 2, at the Grace Baptist Church in Salado. Rev. John Warden officiated burial followed at Salado Cemetery.
Mrs. Dixon died Thursday morning, July 31, in a Temple Hospital.
Sharon was born April 10, 1934 in Arkansas, Kansas, the daughter of C.F. Moore and Alicia (Love) Moore. She married Jerry Dixon December 26, 1953 in Vinita, Oklahoma. They made their home in Salado in 1997 moving from Conroe. She was a homemaker and a member of Grace Baptist Church in Salado.
She was preceded in death by her husband January 31, 2001.
Survivors include one son Larry Dixon of Spring and daughter, ,Lisa Eckstrum of Magnolia; one sister Jeannie Dodson of Santa Ynez, California and four grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Church in Salado or Vista Care Hospice.

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Virginia Bryan

Virginia Bryan, age 84, of Temple passed away Aug. 26, 2008. Broecker Funeral Home of Salado is in charge of the arrangements.
A visitation was held for friends and family at the funeral home Sept. 1 with a family celebration of her life at Broecker’s Sept. 2 with burial to follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Temple beside James, her husband of almost 60 years.
She was born Patricia Virginia Stroup on October 28, 1923, youngest daughter of Herbert Ainsley Stroup and Ida Belle McKinley Stroup in Tahoka, Texas. She grew up in nearby Brownfield and on November 22, 1942, married her high school sweetheart James Everett Bryan. World War II had begun and James enlisted in the Army. Virginia worked for the Red Cross and was able to work in that capacity at Fort Knox, Kentucky while James was stationed there. She returned to Texas when he was sent to Okinawa, and their first child Patricia Elaine was born in Brownfield while he was overseas. After the war ended and he returned home, a second daughter Constance Sue was born.
Her husband James worked for Texas Pipeline Company at several places in West Texas before the family relocated to Houston in 1953, where he was employed by Texaco. A son, Jonathan Marshall, was born in Houston in 1959. They moved to New Orleans, Louisiana in 1973 and lived there until James retired in 1984. Wanting to return to Texas, they chose Temple as their retirement home and greatly enjoyed the years they shared there until James died in June 2002, just four months shy of their 60th anniversary. After being diagnosed with Alzheimers in late 2002, Virginia lived at Hearthstone Assisted Living and then for the past 2 1/2 years at the home of her devoted caretaker Karen Richman in Hewitt.
Virginia was a member of First Christian Church in Temple, and participated in the Women’s Circle there and also in Kiwanis.
She is survived by her three children, Pat Ash of Tarzana, California, Connie Bryan of Salado, and Jay Bryan and his wife Jo of Richardson, Texas. She leaves behind eight grandchildren: Erin Mallen, Ellie Ash, Andy Klunder and wife Michelle, Mike Klunder and wife Jena, Melissa Klunder, and Jonathan, Jake, and Jacey Bryan. She is also survived by six great-grandchildren: Bela, Jadyn, Sofia, and Judah Klunder and Madelyn and Jackson Mallen.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to her caretaker Karen Richman for her loving care, to all the wonderful people of Hillcrest Hospice, and to Pat and Dave Broecker of Broecker Funeral Home for what they have meant to the family at this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association in her honor at 3429 Executive Center Drive, Suite 100, Austin TX 78731.

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Eva Peters

Eva Peters, formerly of Rogers, passed away on August 12, 2008 in Mesquite, Texas. She was born October 17, 1921 in Coffeeville, Mississippi. She married R.L. Peters on June 25, 1948 in Memphis, Tennessee. They celebrated 58 years of marriage before his passing in 2007. She was a retired civil service employee with the Air Force Logistics Command. She was politically active and was a delegate to the State Republican Convention numerous times.

Eva was an active member of the Church of Christ and taught Sunday school for many years. She was most recently involved in the CPR (Care, Play, Read) and visitation programs at the Saturn Road Church of Christ in Garland, Texas.

She is survived by her daughters: Annette Parker and husband Dwight of Grandfield, Oklahoma; Dorothy Peters of Mesquite, Texas and Linda Smith and husband Clyde of Rockwall, Texas. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Geoff Parker of Grandfield, Oklahoma; Robert Smith and Michael Smith of College Station, Texas and Jenny Bates of Lawton, Oklahoma and her husband, Spc. Phil Bates, currently serving with the U.S. Army in Iraq and her great-granddaughter, Kalyn Bates. Also surviving are her sisters: Ella Ruth Perkins of Mesa, Arizona and Dorothy St. John of Coffeeville, Mississippi. She was preceded in death by her parents Rue and Viona Helm; her husband, R.L. Peters; a brother, Herschel P. Helm; and sisters: Mary Frances Butts and Betty Richey. She is also survived by her beloved sister-in-law, Mary Belle Brown and her husband Tom of Salado.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 16, 2008 at the Saturn Road Church of Christ in Garland, Texas. Private burial services will be at the Central Texas Veterans Cemetery in Killeen. Memorial donations may be made to the A. Hugh Graham Memorial Endowment at Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, Texas or Lifeline Chaplaincy.

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Eva Juanita Warrick

Funeral services for Eva Juanita Warrick, 85 of Salado, were held Aug. 12 at Dossman Funeral Home of Belton with Rev. Derald Dugger officiating. Interment followed at Salado Cemetery.
Eva Juanita Warrick died Aug. 8, 2008 in a Bartlett care center.
Eva Warrick was born Feb. 8, 1923 in Prairie Dell the daughter of John F. and Gussie (Tisdale) Alexander. She married William Lynn Warrick on May 25, 1939 in Jarrell. Warrick was retired form Forth Hood where she worked as a Dental Assistant. She was a member of the American Dental Association, Salado Chamber of Commerce Auxiliary, and a member of the First Baptist Church of Salado for more than 20 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William Lynn Warrick and one grandson Scotty Tomlin.
She is survived by her daughter, Betty Kirkpatrick of Salado; one son, Donnie Warrick of Salado; one sister, Ruby Townsend of Salado; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Visitation was held Aug. 11, at Dossman Funeral Home.

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Mary Ellen Parks

Services for Mary Ellen Parks, age 80, of Salado were held Aug. 6. at the Salado Church of Christ. Minister Joe Keyes officiated. Burial followed at Salado Cemetery.
Mary died August 4, 2008 in a Temple hospital.
She was born January 27, 1928 in Denoya, Oklahoma to Wallace Gerald and Gertrude Elsa (Balch) Scott. She married Lloyd L. Parks on August 20, 1948 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They moved to Salado in 1992 from Houston and also lived in Denver, Indianapolis and Calgary, Alberta. She was a member of the Salado Church of Christ. She taught children’s bible class for 50 years. She was an accomplished artist and was a member of the Salado Village Artist group where she was selected Artist of the Month on more than one occasion.
Survivors include her husband, Lloyd L. Parks of Salado, 3 daughters, Connie Jo VanSchuyver of Houston, Karyn Ann Parks of Phoenix, AZ and Rebecca Lee Fritzson and her husband Jeff of Frisco, Texas; a brother Wallace Gerald Scott Jr. of Florissant, MO, 2 sisters, Majorie Jones of Broken Arrow, OK and Peggy Smith of Great Bend, KS.
Visitation was held Aug. 5. In lieu of flowers the family request memorials to the Salado Church of Christ, Children’s Fund.
Arrangements were handled by Dossman Funeral Home of Belton.

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Spc. Jared Arnn

Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died Sept. 27, as a result of internal bleeding from an existing medical condition.

Spc. Jared Arnn, 21, of Boonville, Ind. was admitted to Fort Hood’s Darnall Hospital after fellow Soldiers had found him unresponsive in his barracks room the afternoon of Sept. 27. He was evacuated to the Scott & White Hospital Neurology Department in Temple, Texas and died later that day.

Arnn entered the military in August 2006 as an avionics system repairman. He was assigned to the 615th Aviation Support Battalion, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division since July 2007, serving as an avionics repair specialist for the battalion.

Most recently Spc. Arnn was in support of 1st Air Cavalry Brigade as it conducted humanitarian relief flights to Texas’s Gulf Coast following Hurricane Ike. He performed maintenance and repair of aircraft in support of the mission to include UH-60 Blackhawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters.

Prior to serving with the 1st Cavalry Division he served in the Republic of South Korea, earning the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, and the Overseas Service Ribbon.

He is survived by his mother and father.

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Robert McHaney

A Mass of the Resurrection will be recited for Robert McHaney, 64, of Salado at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Sequin with full military honors.

Mr. McHaney died Thursday, Sept. 18, in Temple.

He was born Sept. 3, 1944, to Edward and Mary P. McHaney in Melvin. He was raised in Seguin. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army, serving two tours in Vietnam, receiving a Purple Heart. He retired in 2004, as a Master Sgt. He married Mary Judith De Leon on Oct. 24, 1968. He graduated from Texas Lutheran College receiving a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Webster University. He was a band director at Navarro, Nixon and Salado ISD’s. He later taught at Huston-Tillotson College as a music professor. He was an extra for movies filmed in Austin, including his most featured role as an umpire in “The Rookie”.

Survivors include his wife of almost 40 years; two sons, Dennis McHaney of Lacey and Jonathan McHaney of Denton; two daughters, Elizabeth Kriezcky of Hutto and Jennifer McGregor of Salado; four brothers, David McHaney and Jesse McHaney, both of Seguin, Richard McHaney of Dallas and Ben McHaney of Indiana; a sister, Simona Luna of Seguin; and eight grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salado Volunteer Fire Department, Salado, Texas, 76571.

Visitation – Monday will be 5-7 p.m. at Goetz Funeral Home in Sequin, with a rosary being prayed at 7 p.m.

Visitation- today will be 5-7 p.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Salado. Services will follow.

Broecker Funeral Home of Salado is in charge of arrangements.

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Helen K. Norwood

Helen K. Norwood, a loving and beloved wife, mother and grandmother passed away peacefully on Sept. 15.
Services were held at Heartfield Funeral Chapel. Burial followed in Salado Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Salado United Methodist Church.
Helen was born on Oct. 22, 1919 in a farm house near Praire Dell, Texas to Grainger and Ida Elizabeth Killingsworth. Helen had the honor of being chosen as Miss Salado for the Texas Centennial of 1936. She graduated as salutatorian from Salado High School. On Christmas day, 1938, she married her one and only love, Fred Norwood, a happy marriage for over 68 years until his death in 2007.
Helen’s focus was always on home and family, even while she had a working career. Fred’s employment with Texas Power and Light meant assignments to locations around central and east Texas and Helen made each of them a home. After Fred’s retirment, they happily returned to Prairie Dell to their passion for farming and ranching. Helen cooked the best chicken fried steak and chocolate pie in Central Texas- no question.
Helen is survived by her daughter Mary Esch and husband John Esch of Ft. Worth and by grandchildren Grainger Esch of Salado and Gregor Esch of Ft. Worth. She was preceded in death by Fred and her parents.
Heartfield Funeral Home handled arrangements.

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Staff Sgt. Nathan Matthew Cox

Fort Hood announced the death of Staff Sgt. Nathan Matthew Cox, 32, of Walcott, Iowa, who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The Soldiers died Sept. 20 in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when their vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.

Staff Sgt. Nathan Matthew Cox, 32, of Walcott, Iowa, joined the military in July 2002 as an Infantryman and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division since May 2007.


The Soldier deployed to Afghanistan July 2008.

Staff Sergeant Cox’s military awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and NATO Medal.

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Pvt. Joseph Francisco Gonzales

Fort Hood announced the death of Pvt. Joseph Francisco Gonzales, 18, of Tucson, Arizona, who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The Soldiers died Sept. 20 in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when their vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.
Pvt. Joseph Francisco Gonzales, 18, of Tucson, Arizona, joined the military in April 2007 as an Infantryman and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division since October 2007.
The Soldier deployed to Afghanistan July 2008.
Pvt. Gonzales’ military awards and decorations include the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

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Staff Sgt. Brandon Wade Farley

Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Staff Sgt. Brandon Wade Farley, 30, of Grand Prairie, Texas, died Sept. 18 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan of wounds sustained Sept. 17 when his mounted patrol was attacked by enemy forces using small arms and rocket-propelled grenades in Able Monti, Afghanistan.
Farley entered the Army in December 1999 as an Infantryman. He was assigned to the, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, since April 2007.
Staff Sergeant Farley deployed to Afghanistan in July 2008.
Farley’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Navy/Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Multi-national Force and Observers Medal and NATO Medal.

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Spc. Marques Irving Knight

Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Spc. Marques Irving Knight, of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., died Sept. 6 in Aliabad, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he received small arms fire while on dismounted patrol.
Knight entered the Army in August 2002 as an Infantryman. He was assigned to the, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, since August 2007.
Specialist Knight deployed to Afghanistan in July 2008.
Knight’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

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Private Michael Wayne Murdock

Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Private Michael Wayne Murdock, 22, of Chocowinity, N.C., died Sept. 11 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered at Combat Outpost Lybert, Afghanistan, when he was struck by enemy fire.
Murdock entered the Army in July 2006 as a Field Artillery Automated Tactical Data System Specialist. He was assigned to the, 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, since March 2007.
Private Murdock deployed to Afghanistan in June 2008.
Murdock’s awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

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Bobby Norwood

Bobby Norwood died August 18, 2008 after a lengthy illness.
Norwood was born Jan. 29, 1929 in Salado, Texas to J.H. and Pearl Norwood.
He worked 27 years for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., but his passion was music. Among his many talents was the knowledge to play guitar, piano and the fiddle.
He was preceded in death by his parents, J.H. and Pearl Norwood; brothers J.H. Jr., Gylnn and Hal Norwood; sisters Freida Norwood and Margaret Purgahn; one daughter, Cathy Norwood; brothers-in-law, Eddie Brown, E.C. Purgahn and Dr. Coleman Raley and on step-son Steve Breazeale.
He is survived by his wife Birdie Norwood, two sisters, Fern Raley of Shawnee, OK and Mildred Brown of Ft. Worth, TX; son Terry Norwood and wife Erica; stepson Mike Breazeale and wife Debra; stepdaughter, Diane Watson and husband James and Polly Wilson and husband Jimmy. Grandsons Robby Inman and wife Melissa of Lorena, TX; and Jody Norwood of Killeen, TX; granddaughters Kathy Wiktorek and husband Tim of NC, Kelley Lord and husband Josh of Nolanville, TX and Kimberley Norwood of Killeen, TX; 14 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services were held in Pasadena, TX, Aug. 21 at Grandview Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Salado United Methodist Church music fund or Salado Alumni Assoc. P. O. Box 791, Salado, TX 76571 Scholarship Acct.

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Douglas Keith Wujcik

Services for Douglas Keith Wujcik, 50, of Salado will be 3 p.m., Sept. 13 at Broecker Funeral Home.
Mr. Wujcik died Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at his residence.
He was born in Chaleroi, PA to Albert and Helen Praskavich Wujcik.
Mr. Wujcik joined the Navy after graduation from High School, became an amphibian specialist, serving 4 years from his base in San Diego. He left the service as a 3rd Aviation Boatsman and worked in the jet aircraft industry in Arizona, Oklahoma and Texas for 20 years.
His hobbies included woodwork and art which brought him to Salado.
Survivors include his parents, 2 sisters, Laurie Moore of Dallas and Mary Johnson of Cincinnati, Ohio: and a brother, Bruce Wujcik of New Haven, Ct.: a daughter Trisho of San Diego, Ca. and 2 nieces.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: American Cancer Society, 2433 Ridgepoint Dr. B, Austin, Texas 78754 and Salado Humane Society, PO Box 493, Salado, Texas 76571.
Broecker Funeral Home of Salado is in charge of arrangements.

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Sgt. Marcus Limon

Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier killed Sept. 27, as the result of an early morning vehicle accident.
Sgt. Marcus Limon, 32, of Fortson, Ga. was riding a motorcycle on U.S. Highway 190 near Nolanville, Texas when he ran into the back of another vehicle at a high-rate of speed. He was evacuated to Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas and died later that day following attempts to revive him.
Limon entered the military in January 2005 as a fuel handler. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division since July 2005, serving as a petroleum supply specialist for the battalion.
During his time with the 1st Cavalry Division, Limon deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom Rotation 06-08, earning the Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with Campaign Star and the Global War on Terrorism Medal, among many others.
While in Iraq, Limon contributed to his section making more than 1,300 fuel tanker re-supply missions. His section dispensed 3, 027,146 gallons of fuel without incident for various air platforms to include UH-60 Blackhawk, CH-47 Chinook and AH-64 Apache helicopters as well as providing fuel to aircraft from other military services to include the Navy and Air Force.
He is survived by his wife. 
The incident is under investigation.

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Capt. Michael J. Medder

The Department of Defense announced the death of a Soldier killed while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Soldier was killed on September 24, in Jisr Naft, Iraq.

Capt. Michael J. Medders, 25, of Avon Lake, Ohio, died of wounds suffered when a suicide vest detonated near him during combat operations. Captain Medders was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas.

Captain Medders’ military awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Combat Action Badge.

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Jimmy Jackson

Services for Jimmy Jackson, of Salado were held October 11 at Cedar Valley Cemetery, Salado.
Jimmy Jackson died October 8, 2008 at his residence. On October 6, 2008, Jimmy and Tony celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. A life long resident of Salado, Jackson attended Cedar Valley Elementary and Salado Schools.
He was born in Salado, to Claude Henry Jackson and Stella Ann Brooks.
Jackson was an auto mechanic for Penske Automotive, manager of K-Mart automotive division and a driver for a Killeen butane company. As a cattle rancher, his hobbies included fishing and hunting.
Jackson is preceded in death by his parents, two sons: Jimmy Jackson Jr., and Jimmy Jackson II; a brother Joe H. Jackson, and 3 sisters, Mary Jackson, Melba Sue Jackson and Levon Miller.
Survivors include his wife, Tony and daughters, Cheryl Beckham, Dallas, Carol Ann Ratliff of Belton, Sue Hreha of Killeen; brothers, Norman and Larry Jackson of Salado and sister, Kathy Phillips of Academy; 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Visitation was held October 10 at Cedar Valley Baptist Church, 12237 FM 2843 from 5PM to 8PM.
Broecker Funeral Home of Salado made arrangements.

Pfc. Matthew Sandberg

First Cavalry Division officials have released the name of a Soldier who was killed Oct. 9, in an accident at the post’s rail yard.

Pfc. Matthew Sandberg, 20, of Leadville, Colo. was ground guiding a military vehicle when he was crushed by a rack assembly. Fort Hood Emergency Services personnel responded to the accident and Sandberg was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sandberg entered the military in October 2007. He was assigned to 215th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division since March 2008, serving as a heavy vehicle driver for the battalion.

Sandberg was slated to go with his battalion to Iraq later this year. At the time of his death, he had just completed training at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif. in preparation for his upcoming deployment. While at NTC, Sandberg trained on combat logistics patrol operations, providing supplies to his fellow Soldiers.

His medals and awards include the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

He is survived by his father.

Pfc. Willie James Wiley Jr.

Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier killed Oct. 3 in a vehicle accident on Highway 190 near Nolanville, Texas.

Pfc. Willie James Wiley Jr., 20, of Mableton, Ga. was killed after the car he was riding in hit a wall at a high rate of speed and rolled over. Wiley, who was a passenger in the vehicle, died as a result of the trauma he sustained in the accident. The driver sustained minor injuries and is in stable condition at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas.

Wiley entered the Army in May 2007 as an M1 armor crewman. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division since September 2007. Upon his arrival to Fort Hood, Wiley was assigned as part of the 1st Bn., 12th Cavalry’s Rear Detachment while the battalion was in Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom Rotation 06-08. 

Wiley was slated to go with his battalion to Iraq later this year. At the time of his death, Wiley had just completed training at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif. in preparation for his upcoming deployment. While at NTC, Wiley trained on mounted combat patrol lanes, cordon and search lanes and a dismounted patrol lane. As a member of an Abrams tank crew, some of his training involved escort missions for route clearance teams. 

His medals and awards include the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

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Pfc. Tavarus Danard Setzler

Fort Hood announced the death of a Soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Pfc. Tavarus Danard Setzler, 23, of Jacksonville, Fla., died Oct. 2, of wounds sustained when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in Majar al Kabir, Iraq.

Setzler joined the military in November 2007 as a Combat Engineer and was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division since March 2008.

He deployed to Iraq June 2008.

Private Setzler’s decorations and awards include the Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

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Cpl. Scott Vickrey

A Fort Hood Soldier was found dead in his barracks room Sunday evening.

Cpl. Scott Vickrey, 23, a Fayetteville, Ark., native, was discovered unconscious by his squad leader at Vickery’s quarters in Rough Rider Village.

Vickrey’s awards include the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, and Global War on Terrorism Medal.

The squad leader alerted medical services, and the Soldier was declared dead at the scene.
The cause of death has not been determined yet.

A Memorial Service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at Fort Hood’s 17th Street Chapel.

Vickrey joined the Army in 2003. Vickery earned two Army Commendation medals during his tour in Iraq in Diyala Province, Iraq, from February 16, 2004 through February 15, 2005. The combat engineer distinguished himself while serving with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. He earned his first Army Commendation Medal for repelling a suicide attacker.

“PFC Vickrey’s quick and decisive actions saved the lives of numerous U.S. Military and Iraqi National Guard Soldiers,” according to the award citation.

Vickrey’s second ARCOM recognized him for thwarting an IED attack, and for “directly contributing to a 40 percent drop in IED emplacement by putting himself in harms way by identifying IED by visual means when no other means were available,” according to the second ARCOM.

During his tour, Vickrey participated in more than 200 combat patrols, 150 IED sweeps, two cordon and knocks, one raid and numerous escort missions. In addition he also served more than 500 hours of incident freed guard duty at the Diyala Media Center.

Vickrey’s awards include: the National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal and Global War on Terrorism Medal.

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Joe Bailey Sanders

Joe Bailey Sanders, 75, of Temple, and formerly of Salado, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, in a local nursing center.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Temple with Rev. Sam Callaway officiating. Graveside services will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Chriesman Cemetery, near Caldwell.
Mr. Sanders was born to Bryan and Bessie Richardson Sanders in Chriesman on Oct. 31, 1932. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He had been a resident of Bell County since 1962. Prior to his retirement in 1994, he was employed for 30 years with Santa Fe Railroad. Mr. Sanders was a 32nd degree Mason, and a member of Salado Lodge #296 AF&AM.
Survivors include one son, Gary Joe Sanders of Kingwood; three daughters, Kathy Sanders Smith of Beaumont, Karen Hollick of Kingwood and Dalia Sanders of Spring; one sister, Doris Osgood of Austin; and three grandchildren.
Visitation was held Wednesday at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home.

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Mary Whitaker Hill
Mary Whitaker Hill, a long-time resident and active member of the Salado community, died October 14, 2008 in Temple at the age of 97. 
She was a native of Cleveland, Ohio. In the late 1940’s Mary lived for seven years in Denver, Colorado. In 1948 she moved to Houston where she was employed by Sweeney Estates as secretary and office manager. 
Upon retiring in 1981, she and her late husband, John Hill, moved to Salado. 
During the 27 years Mary lived in Salado, she was a member of the Institute for the Humanities and served two terms on their board. She was an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary, the Salado Historical Society, the Salado Lions Club, the Living Room Theater of Salado and the Salado Public Library. 
While living in Houston, she sang in the Houston Symphony Chorale, and later she sang in the Salado Chorale.
Mary survived seven brothers and one sister. She had 14 nieces and nephews.
Her body was donated to science.
Memorials may be made to Unity Church of Temple or the Institute for the Humanities at Salado.
A memorial will be held in Salado at a later date. All of her many friends in Salado will be welcomed and encouraged to celebrate her life and memory at that time.

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Larry Lilly 
Services for Larry Lilly, 62, of Georgetown and formerly of Salado, will be Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. at the Salado United Methodist Church with Rev. Travis Franklin officiating.
Lilly died Oct. 20, 2008 at his home after a year long battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born March 10, 1946, in Knox City, TX. to John E. (Buster) Lilly and Margaret Louise Redwine.
He attended Throckmorton High School in 1964 and Texas Christian University in 1969 where he received his B.S. degree. 
In 1982 he married Linda Lee Porterfield.
Lilly was a prominent custom home/commercial builder in Central Texas. He was President of Larry Lilly Builders, Inc. for over 20 years. He was named Builder of the Year in Bell County, served as President of the Temple Belton Homebuilders Association and was instrumental in structuring building codes for Salado.
He served on the Board of Directors for Ronald McDonald House in Temple.
He had an active sports career starting with high school. He was named All State in Football and All Regional in Track. At TCU, Larry lettered in football from his position as defensive guard. He became a state amateur golfer winning numerous championships and tournaments. He was twice named president of the Mill Creek Golf Association in Salado and president- elect of Cimarron Hills Golf and Country Club Golf Association in Georgetown. He was also an active member of the Temple Elks Club.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Lee (Porterfield) Lilly of Georgetown; his mother Margaret Lilly of Georgetown; three daughters: Lisa Dawn Lux of Eldorado, Jennifer Lynn Lilly of Eldorado, and Emily Nicole Lilly of Dallas; brother, Bob Lilly of Georgetown, and sister, Ann Lilly of McKinney, and his three loving grandchildren: Karmi, Kyler and Kasey; all of Eldorado.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: The Larry Lilly Memorial Fund, c/o First State Bank, Main and Thomas Arnold Rd, Salado, TX. 76571 or the Salado United Methodist Church, 650 Royal St., Salado.
Broecker Funeral Home of Salado is in charge of arrangements.

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Cpl. Reuben Marcus Fernandez III
Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died Oct. 16 in Karangol Village, Afghanistan of wounds suffered from indirect fire.
Sgt. John M. Penich, 25, of Beach Park, Ill., an Infantryman, entered the military in March 2006. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division since February 2007.
Penich deployed to Afghanistan July 2008.
Sergeant Penich’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and NATO Medal.

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Spc. Geoffrey Golden Johnson 
Fort Hood officials announced the death of a Soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Spc. Geoffrey Golden Johnson, 28, of Lubbock, Texas, died on Oct. 12 of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident in Baghdad, Iraq.
Johnson entered the Army in August 2006 as a Terrain Data Specialist. He was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Division Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, since May 2007.
Specialist Johnson deployed to Iraq in November 2007.
Johnson’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the Overseas Service Ribbon.

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Sgt. Preston Ray Medley 
Fort Hood announced the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. 
Sgt. Preston Ray Medley, 23, of Baker, Florida, joined the military in October 2005 as an Infantryman and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division since June 2007.
The soldier died October 14, in Qazi Bandeh, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. Two other soldiers in the vehicle also were killed.
The Soldier deployed to Afghanistan July 2008.
Sgt. Medley’s military awards and decorations include the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon and NATO Medal.

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Spc. Stephen Robert Fortunato
Spc. Stephen Robert Fortunato, 25, of Danvers, Massachusetts joined the military in August 2005 as an Infantryman and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division since June 2007.
The soldier died October 14, in Qazi Bandeh, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. Two other soldiers in the vehicle also were killed.
The Soldier deployed to Afghanistan July 2008.
Spc. Fortunato’s military awards and decorations include the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Iraq Campaign Medal.

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Spc. Cory Joseph Bertrand 
Fort Hood announced the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. 
Spc. Cory Joseph Bertrand, 18, of Center, Texas, joined the military in January 2007 as an Infantryman and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division since June 2007.
The soldier died October 14, in Qazi Bandeh, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. Two other soldiers in the vehicle also were killed.
The Soldier deployed to Afghanistan July 2008.
Spc. Bertrand’s military awards and decorations include the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and NATO Medal.

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Sgt. 1st Class Miguel Antonio Wilson

Fort Hood announced the death of a Soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Sgt. 1st Class Miguel Antonio Wilson, 36, of Bonham, Texas, died Nov. 21 in Abu Sayf, Iraq, of injuries sustained during a rescue attempt of another Soldier while their unit was conducting a dismounted reconnaissance mission.

Wilson joined the military in January 1997 as an indirect fire infantryman and was assigned to, 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment since September 2006.

He deployed November 2007.

Sergeant First Class Wilson’s decorations and awards include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal and Overseas Service Ribbon.

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Dr. William McLellan Ashe
Dr. William McLellan Ashe, 94, of Salado died Nov. 25, 2008 at his home. He was born November 7, 1914, in Sharon, Pennsylvania to Carl Frederick Ashe and Katie McLellan.
Dr. Ashe graduated the University Of Rochester School Of Medicine in 1942 and just prior to graduating married his wife of 66 years Patricia Hope Hagaman. Dr. Ashe completed his internship at Passavant Memorial Hospital in Chicago and his residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He specialized in Thoracic Surgery and performed the first open heart surgery at Children’s Hospital Dallas, Texas.
Dr. William Ashe was a Navy Veteran of World War II, serving as a physician on the Battleship USS Wisconsin and a veteran of the Korean Conflict where he served as a surgeon. He remained in the Naval Reserves, serving his last duty at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Upon moving to Salado, Dr. Ashe worked at the VA in Temple, Texas. He was 1976 President of the Salado Chamber of Commerce which carried Mayoral duties before incorporation and the first President of the Salado Historical Society.
Preceded in death by his parents and daughter Sibby Slaton, Dr. Ashe’s survivors include: his wife Patricia of Salado; son Bill Ashe of Dallas, Texas; daughters Sue Wetsel of Pagosa Springs, Colorado and Kay Wood of Ft. Worth, Texas; brother John Ashe of Chicago, Ill.; sister Ruth Saparito of Florida; 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Donations may be made to: American Heart Association P.O. Box 841125 Dallas, Texas 75281-1125.
Broecker Funeral Home of Salado is in charge of arrangements.

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Hollis Vasser
Hollis Vasser, 83, of Waco, passed away Nov. 25, 2008.
Services were held Nov. 29 at Meadowbrook Baptist Church with Pastor Cary Killough officiating.
Burial followed at Chilton Cemetery in Chilton. Hollis was born Nov. 30, 1924, to Charles Gibson and Julia Pearl Tull Vasser in Chilton.
He graduated from Chilton High School and entered the U.S. Army Air Force on May 13, 1943. He was a World War II veteran.
He married Eunice Anna Busse on Nov. 22, 1947, in Malone, Texas.
Upon his honorable discharge, he started a 37 year career with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company.
After retirement, he worked for Word, Inc. in Waco and repaired tape players through the Telephone Pioneers.
Hollis was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; two brothers; and one granddaughter.
Hollis is survived by his wife of 61 years; four children, Judy Stafford and husband Larry of Lorena, Bonnie Smith and husband Bill of Salado, Karey Patterson and husband Allen, of Woodway, and Leisa Gant and husband Michael of West; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Chilton Cemetery Association, 240 Hwy. 7, Chilton, TX 76632, or Meadowbrook Baptist Church, Bible Fund, 1207 N. Old Robinson Road, Waco, TX 76706.

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Leonard R. Gerstenberg
Graveside services for Leonard R. Gerstenberg, 99 of Belton were held Nov. 28. Joe Baisden, Pad Chaney, and Paul Gerstenberg officiated.
Gerstenberg died Nov. 24, in a Temple hospital. He was born in Weimar, Colorado County, Texas March 7, 1909 to William August and Helena Gerstenberg.. Leonard, at age 5, the youngest of seven children settled the land here on the Lampasas River in 1914. He married Ethel Huey, Nov. 22, 1931 who preceded him in death in 1985. He farmed all his life and was a pecan grower and expert in pecan grafting.
Survivors include his wife of 21 years, the former Louise Walker Reid; a son Kenneth Charles Gerstenberg and wife, Vera of Belton; five grandchildren Dennis C. Gerstenberg; David L. Gerstenberg, both of Montgomery, Tx; Mark Gerstenberg of Colorado Springs, CO.; Helena Gerstenberg Clark, of Highlands Ranch, CO and K. Paul Gerstenberg of Port Authur, Tx. 20 great grandchildren and six great, great grandchildren.
Visitation was held on Nov. 25 at Heartfield’s Funeral Home in Belton.
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Col. (USAF-R) Gerald Byron Bunker

Col. (USAF-R) Gerald Byron Bunker, 80, died November 21, 2008 at Alz-Care in Temple. Services were held Nov. 25 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Temple. Burial followed in Salado Cemetery.
Pastor Wilbern Michalk officiated the services.
Bunker was born November 11, 1928 at University Hospital, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Maxwell Byron Bunker and Velma Ardella Van Loh Bunker.
He graduated from Central High School in Oklahoma City in 1946 and then attended Oklahoma A&M in Stillwater for two years on a Chemical Engineering scholarship.
When his father retired and moved the family back to his hometown of Salado, Bunker transferred to the University of Texas and joined the Air Force ROTC program. He graduated from UT as a Distinguished Military Graduate in 1951 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.
He married Betty Henshaw Duckworth in Belton on January 28, 1951.
He accepted a Regular Air Force commission in March 1951 and was posted to Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi Mississippi.
Among the many assignments for Col. Bunker during his 29 year Air Force career were these: 106th A&E Maintenance Squadron; K-9 Korea 34th Bomb Squadron and 17th Bomb Wing; Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico as research and development project officer with the Air Force Special Weapons Center, with emphasis on nuclear weapons; RAF Station Bushy Park in England; Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama; Deputy Division Chief in Technical Application Center, Alexandria, Virginia; Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Ft. Lesley J. McNair and Washington, D.C.; Defense Intelligence Agency, Rosslyn, Virginia; Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts; National Security Agency at Ft. George G. Mead, Maryland; Headquarters, Electronic Command at Kelly Air Force Base, Texas.
He retired as the Deputy Chief of Communications Security at Kelly on June 30, 1980.
His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Air Force Commendation medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service with one bronze start, the Korean Service Medal with two bronze stars, the United Nations Service Medal and the RAF Missile badge (for his work installing the Thor missile throughout the British isles).
Col. Bunker was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Temple, the Lutheran Layman’s League, the Retired Officers’ Association, the Air Force Association, the National Rifle Association and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He is survived by his wife Betty and daughter Kathi and her husband John Nowosacki, of North Reading, Massachusetts, daughter Tina and her husband Casey Winters, of Belton, son Eric and his wife Laurie, of Monroe, Georgia.
He is also survived by his brother Frederick M. Bunker, of Tyler, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Lutheran World Relief, 700 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230 or Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Research, 200 First Street, S.W., Rochester, MN 55905.
Heartfield Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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Leo T. “Pete” Peterson

Leo T. “Pete” Peterson. formerly of Salado and aged 88, passed away November 12, 2008 in Cibolo, Texas. He was interred at Fort Sam Houston on Nov. 21.
He was born in Madison, Wisconsin on May 14, 1920 to Edward Walter Mayer and Mary Agnes Kehl, both of whom were form Wisconsin. His given name at birth was Leo Thomas Mayer.
His only sister, Carolyn, was born two years later. Shortly after her death, the family was separated due to the presumed death of Edward Walters Mayer.
After Mayer’s death, Leo was raised in an orphanage for a period of time, while his sister lived with another relative.
His mother later married William “Bill” Peterson. She reunited with her two children and she and her new husband raised the children.
Leo called himself Leo T. Peterson, and was known to family and friends as “Pete.” He legally had his name changed from Leo Thomas Mayer to Leo Thomas Peterson in 1977.
He married Lorraine E. Roinestad on June 21, 1941. The couple had five children before their divorce in 1986: Sheryl Russell, of Salado; Thomas “Tom” Peterson, of San Antonio; Virginia Robertson, of Jewett; Deborah Leonard, of Nacogdoches; and Susan Peterson, who died in infancy.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and transferred to the U.S. Air Force in 1944, where he served as a command pilot with 4,000 hours in flight, flying 30 B-17 missions ETO. He was honorably discharged in 1964.
He earned a B.A. in Economics from Notre Dame in 1958. After a 22 year military career, he became a stock broker for almost two decades before retiring in 1982.
He is survived by his children and former wife.
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Spc. Corey Michael Shea

Fort Hood officials have announced the death of a Soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. The soldier died Nov. 12 in Mosul, Iraq, when an Iraqi Army soldier wearing a uniform approached two soldiers and opened fire.
Spc. Corey Michael Shea, 21, of Mansfield, Massachusetts, a Cavalry Scout, entered the Army in March 2006. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment since August 2006.
Specialist Shea’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

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Sgt. Jose Regalado

Fort Hood officials have announced the death of a Soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. The soldier died Nov. 12 in Mosul, Iraq, when an Iraqi Army soldier wearing a uniform approached two soldiers and opened fire.
Sgt. Jose Regalado, 23, of Los Angeles, California, a Cavalry Scout, entered the Army in July 2003. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment since December 2007.
The Soldier deployed to Iraq November 2007.
Sergeant Regalado’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon.

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Pfc. Theron Vondameir Hobbs

Fort Hood officials announced Nov. 12 the death of a Soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Pfc. Theron Vondameir Hobbs, 22, of Albany, Ga., died Nov. 6 in a motor vehicle accident in Kirkuk, Iraq.
Hobbs was assigned to 572nd Engineer Company, 20th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, since April 2008, as an M1 Abrams Tank System Maintainer.
He deployed to Iraq April 2008.
Pfc. Hobb’s awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon.

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Sgt. Kevin Wayne Thomas

Fort Hood officials have released the name of a soldier after next-of-kin had been notified, who died Monday, November 10, in Temple from injuries received in a motorcycle accident in Florence.

Sgt. Kevin Wayne Thomas, 24, of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, an Ammunition Specialist, entered the military in May 2003. He was assigned to the 664th Ordnance Company, 180th Transportation Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) since February 2006.

Thomas, during the time of the incident, was the driver of a privately owned motorcycle. He was killed as a result of injuries sustained during the accident.

Thomas’ decorations and awards include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and NATO Medal.

The accident is under investigation.

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Julie Kay Coker

Graveside services for Julie Kay Coker, 41 of Belton were held Nov. 8, at Bellwood Memorial Park.
Mrs. Coker died Nov. 4 in an Austin care center.
Julie was born Dec. 10, 1966 in Belton to Hubert L. and Barbara Ann (McDonald) Chaney. She graduated from Belton High School in 1985 and attended Temple College. Julie married Kerry Coker June 9, 1990. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Belton.
Julie is survived by her husband, Kerry Coker of Belton; one son, Tyler Coker of Salado; one daughter, Kristen Holmes of Cedar Park; three brothers, Don Chaney of Moody, David Chaney of New Caney, Michael Chaney of Houston.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one child.
Arrangements are under the direction of Heartfield Funeral Home.
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James Alexander Pringle III

James Alexander Pringle III, a longtime resident of Salado, died December 26, 2008 at Park Place Manor Nursing Home in Belton.. He was born October 24, 1922. 
Upon retirement from the University Of Texas Drama Department in the late ‘80s Jim discovered Salado and decided to build a house there. 
He became active in the community serving on committees and bringing his expertise to the Art Fair, Highland Games and Central Texas Area Museum and was on the committee that developed the old school into the new Community Center. 
His passion was for the Salado Democrats, where he served for many years. He was well known throughout his adopted town. Jim was a devoted animal lover and over the course of his life rescued and loved many dogs and cats. His two best friends toward the end of his life were his cats Maude and Tom who slept with him every night until he moved earlier this month to the nursing home. He said that he always wanted to be remembered as a friend to animals.
Jim was born in Pittsfield, MA. He served in WWII first in the Veterinary Corps then in the Quartermaster Corp in France. He went to the Parsons School of Design and Fordham University in New York City, was recruited by Margo Jones to help start and run her theatre in Dallas, and was later brought to the University of Texas by Loren Winship in the 1950s.
Mr. Pringle, as he was known to just about everyone, left his greatest legacy in the form of the many students who passed through the Drama Department over the years. He was very proud of their accomplishments. He instilled a sense of responsibility, history and a strong work ethic. He believed in the power of a person’s reputation to carry one through life. He was a very private person who believed in minding his own business. He loved Scotland and took great pride in his Scottish heritage. He always dealt honorably with everyone.
Jim and his wife Rita Cohen Pringle were married in Brooklyn, NY after the war. Rita died in Austin in 1971. They loved each other very much and were well known in Dallas and Austin as a fun loving, entertaining couple. Jim always respected Rita as a fine judge of people. She could be intimidating; he could be almost pixyish. Together they made a fine pair. In his later years Jim became friend and benefactor to several gay men with AIDS who benefited greatly from his love and care.
Jim is survived by his sister Muriel Poulos, nephew James Poulos, dear friend Leslie Rollins and his partner Dave Bradley, and longtime friend Paul Coates. There will be a memorial service in Salado in late spring or summer. If you would like to honor Jim’s memory you may make a donation to any animal related charity of your choice; the Rita C. Pringle Scholarship Fund at the UT Law School; or to your local hospice care agency.
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Pfc. Jordan T. May

Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier that passed away at his family’s home Dec. 20 in Cuero, Texas.
Pfc. Jordan T. May, 25, of Cuero, Texas was on pre-deployment leave when a family member found him unconscious, and called for an ambulance. He was transported to a local hospital but could not be revived.
May entered the Army in August 2007 as a Cavalry Scout. He was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division since January 2007. His squadron was scheduled to deploy to Iraq early next year. At the time of his death May had completed a rigorous training regimen in preparation for deployment to include weapons training, vehicle gunnery and training simulating operations in Iraq at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La.
His medals and awards include the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.
He is survived by his mother and father.
The cause of death has not been determined and the incident is under investigation.

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Pvt. Colman J. Meadows III

Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died Dec. 16 at Forward Operating Base Ramrod, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.
Pvt. Colman J. Meadows III, 19, of Senoia, Ga., a Special Electronic Devices Repairer, entered the military in January 2008. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Hood,Texas since September 2008.
Meadows deployed to Afghanistan June 2008.
Pvt. Meadows awards and decorations include the, National Defense Service Medal, and Army Service Ribbon.

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Christi Hanna Spradley

Memorial services for Christi Hanna Spradley were held Dec. 17, 2008, at Christ Episcopal Church with the Very Reverend M.L. Agnew, Jr. officiating. She died December 14, 2008.
Christi was born June 29, 1946 in Nacogdoches, Texas to Roy Smith Hanna and Neta Wagstaff Hanna. She attended Jacksonville Public Schools where she was a cheerleader, homecoming queen, and graduated second in her class. She then attended Stephen F. Austin State University where she met her husband, Randy. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Education, later earning her Masters of Education.
After Randy’s tour with the U.S. Army in Korea, the couple returned to Nacogdoches and soon Matthew Tucker was born. Christopher David arrived 2 years later. Christi served as the first president of the Nacogdoches Junior Forum, which later became the Junior League of Nacogdoches. The family relocated to the Tyler area in 1977.
In keeping with her love of the English language, Spradley taught English at both All Saints School and Tyler Junior College. She was a past president of the Mildred Floyd Garden Club and the owner of Biscuit Barrel Antiques in Tyler. She loved to read and was an active member of her book group. Sunday mornings were spent solving crossword puzzles, reading the paper, and watching Meet the Press. She enjoyed staying busy, bouncing from her nephews’ tennis matches and Red Hat events in Jacksonville with her mom to playing Mah Jongg and going to antique auctions. She always looked forward to visiting her sons and their families in Salado and Frisco
Even though she spent the last 19 months in a hard-fought battle against glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor, Christi insisted on staying active and independent throughout the duration of her illness, continuing her travels and spending many weekends entertaining friends and family on the shore of Salado Creek. She was grateful for the help and support of her exceptional physicians, Drs. Arielle Lee and Paul Detweiler.
Christi will be remembered for her good–natured personality and her devotion to her family and friends. She was a wonderful daughter, wife, mother and grandmother. Those who knew her will never forget her laughter and her generous hugs. Christi Spradley embraced life with remarkable courage and grace through adversity as well as joy, enjoying the rewards of a loving family and a host of devoted friends whose memory of all of the moments with her will be treasured forever.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tucker Randall Spradley.
Christi is survived by her mother, Neta Hanna, of Jacksonville; her son, Matt and daughter-in-law Kelly and her three beloved grandchildren, Parker Hanna, Tucker Jameson , and Jacquelyn McKinney Spradley of Frisco; her son, Chris and partner Will Lowery of Salado; her brother and sister-in-law, David and Becky Hanna and their sons Justin and Dylan , all of Jacksonville. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Linda Ray and her husband, Rex Ray of Pine Tree, and nieces Robin Carlton and Randee Ray; her sister–in-law, Carrol Spradley ,one nephew, Stephen Spradley, and many special cousins.
Honorary pallbearers are Joe Bill Belue, Jeff Buie, Wade Coody, Jim Denson, Mike Hopson, Cliff Hughes, Leonard Leifer, Chris Lindsey, Frank McClendon, Willie Redford, Preston Smith, Stan Smith, Tom Tyler, Mark Wagstaff, and Andy Wall.
At the family’s request, memorials in honor of Christi Spradley may be made in lieu of flowers to Hospice of East Texas.

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Jewell Elizabeth Lang

Services for Jewell Elizabeth Lang, 95, of Cedar Valley will be 10AM, December 12th at Cedar Valley Baptist Church. with Donnie Jackson and Richard Worden officiating.

Burial will be in Cedar Valley Cemetery.

Jewell Lang died December 7, 2008 at a nursing home in Belton.

She was born June 8, 1913 in Cedar Valley to Joe A. Jackson and Emmer Calder.

She attended the original Cedar Valley Elementary School, across from the current Cedar Valley Baptist Church.

Jewell married Walter H. Lang May, 1939. They were residents of Cedar Valley for 69 years.

One of the original members of the Cedar Valley Baptist Church and its oldest member, she was faithfully to the Friday Night Gospel Singing group.

She is preceded in death by her husband and daughter Alice Rachel Barnes.

Survivors include daughters, Mary Fay Hawthorne, Belton, Betty Ruth Shook, Temple, Ima Jewell McCoy, Belton and Dovey Marie Frtiz, Temple. Sons are Charlie Joe Yarbrough, Belton and Walter George Lang, Harker Heights.

Jewell was blessed with 22 grandchildren, 47 of great grandchildren and 13 of great great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Cedar Valley Baptist Church Building Fund, 12237 FM2843, Salado, TX. 76571.

Visitation will be 5-8PM, Thursday, December 11 at Cedar Valley Baptist Church, Salado.

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Ward Carroll

Salado- Funeral services for Ward Carroll, 71 of Salado were held Dec. 15 at Heartfield Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Joe Bentley officiated.
Mr. Carroll passed away thursday in a Temple hospital.
Ward was August 26, 1937 to William and Lillie Belle (Vann) Carroll in Gholson, Texas. He graduated from Salado High School in 1956 and attended a business college. Ward married Velda Buchanan on Christmas Eve in 1957. Mr. Carroll worked as a truck driver for more than 40 years before retiring in 1997. Ward was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved barbecuing and fish frying with friends and family.
Ward is survived by his wife, Velda Carroll of Salado; one son, Kevin Carroll and wife Jenny of Salado; two daughters, Vicki Hejl and hsuband Brad of Heidenheimer, Tammy Brooks and husband Steven of Temple; one brother, Earnest Carroll of Temple, two sisters, Opal Lawson of Coppers Cove, Mary Grimstead of Abiline; three granddaughters, Beverly Hejl of Heidenheimer, Helena Carroll of Salado, and Rebecca Carroll of Salado. 
Heartfield Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials can be made to the Salado Volunteer Fire Department of charity of choice.

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Sam Price Gullatt, Jr.

Sam Price Gullatt Jr., a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed on November 29, 2008 in Dallas. His integrity, moral strength, and love have been an inspiration to his family, his church community, and to students and colleagues.

Sam grew up in Ruston, Louisiana and was born Dec. 20, 1921 the son of Sam P. Gullatt Sr and Ruby V. Hornsby with his three sisters and two brothers: Marjorie Lee Barnes, Virginia Borchelt, Elizabeth Sehon, John H. Gullatt and Benjamin F. Gullatt. During World War II he met Dorothy (Dottie) Chrystine Minnick, whom he married in 1948. Dottie passed on in 1978 and they are survived by Patricia G. Johnsrud and her husband Richard (Kirkland, Washington), Dowe D. Gullatt and his wife Pat, Mary Lou Kingsbery and her husband Guy, and William P. Gullatt (all of Austin, Texas). They are also survived by his five grandchildren: Tanner M. Johnsrud (Boston, Massachusetts), Chelsea Brïe Palmer (Oxnard, California), Ryan D. Kingsbery (Anchorage, Alaska), Mattie C. Gullatt (Austin), Austin G. Kingsbery (Austin). Sam married Charline Edwards of Ruston, Louisiana in 1983 and they resided in Bryan/College Station and Lufkin. Upon Charline’s passing in 2002 Sam moved to Salado. He married Olive Lambert of Austin and Dallas in April 2003 and he and Olive have lovingly shared these last five years together.

Sam graduated from Louisiana Tech cum laude with a degree in electrical engineering in 1942. He subsequently became a commissioned officer in the Navy without having attended the Naval Academy. As Commander Gullatt, he served with valor and distinction as Executive Officer and Engineering Officer (second and third in command) aboard the submarines U.S.S. Haddock and U.S.S. Mapiro in the Pacific during World War II. He served as Staff Commander Submarine Force Pacific Fleet. Sam received a Bronze Star for his service during his six war patrols. His citation noted his “excellent judgment, resourcefulness, and coolness.” He was an expert in sonar and missile defense, whose work on the subjects stood for decades.

During the war years, he became a Christian Scientist, and served for many years in the Christian Science church as a reader, a Sunday school teacher, and church board member. Following the War, Sam obtained graduate degrees from Georgia Tech and had a successful career in electrical engineering with General Electric, Tracor, and Rehler Reitzer and Johnson, and he consulted for a number of other firms. His work, which was often classified, took him everywhere from Santa Barbara to Saudi Arabia and Ithaca, NY to Austin. He was professor of electrical engineering at Louisiana Tech and Texas A&M; he was Teacher of the Year numerous times at both institutions. Sam insisted his students understand and practically apply the subject matter, not just answer test questions. He retired from Texas A&M in 1992. Sam was also an avid golfer and gardener. He was president of the Louisiana Camellia Society, and developed unique strands of camellias.

He is remembered by many friends and family including his wife, children, grandchildren, stepchildren, siblings, nieces, and nephews, for his moral character, adherence to principle, humility, love, and joy. All were touched by his generosity, graciousness, and genuineness.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Louisiana Tech or the school of your choice in Sam’s name. The greatest honor one can pay Sam is to be kind to, love, and help one another. A celebration of his life will be held at 1:30, Saturday December 20th in the Garden Center Building at Zilker Botanical Gardens, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas.

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Linda Billingsley McCaleb

Belton- Funeral services for Linda Billingsley McCaleb, 64, of Temple will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18 at Calvary Baptist Church in Temple. Rev. Rick Reed, Rev. Ray Smith, and Rev. Tom Cordova will be officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Mrs. McCaleb died Friday, Dec. 12 in a Temple hospital.
Linda was born Aug. 8, 1944 in Temple to Earnest Abram and Lucy Bell Mayes Billingsley. Linda married Frank Lynn McCaleb, Sr. Dec. 1983. Mrs. McCaleb worked security for many years. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Temple.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Earnest Billingsley; one sister, Edna Mae Billingsley.
Linda is survived by her husband; three sons, Jack Burgess of Temple, Travis Burgess of Temple, Frank McCaleb, Jr. of Houston; two daughters, Linda Burgess-Zeigler of Temple, Frances Bowman of Wichita Falls; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are under the direction of Heartfield Funeral Home in Belton.

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Jim Reed

Visitation and services for Jim Reed, 58, of Salado will be 10:30 AM Saturday December 13 at Broecker Funeral Home.

Jim Reed died December 10, 2008 at a local hospital.

He was born August 7, 1950 in Galveston, Tx. to Dr. James Elmer Reed, Jr. and Martha Pearl Sparks. He graduated from Madisonville High School in 1968 and was president of the student body. He graduated from the police academy in 1970.

Nov. 19, 1993 Jim married Janie Flanagin in Houston and eventually settled in Salado.

Jim was an insurance adjuster for Pilot Catastrophic, Inc., the largest company of its type in the United States. Jim worked the major hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and other disasters around the country.

Prior to insurance adjusting, Jim owned a Fire and Water Restoration Repair business in Houston and was a member of the Bellaire Police and Harris Co. Constables Office for over 20 years.

Jim was a member of the United Methodist Church of Salado and the Rotary Club of Salado.

Jim is preceded in death by his mother and father.

Survivors include his wife and daughter, Kaitlyn Jane Reed of Salado; 2 sons: James Elmer Reed IV and Michael Patrick Reed, both of San Antonio; brothers: Lynn Reed of Madisonville, Tx. and Randy Reed of Sacue, Tx.; sister in laws: Michael Ann Spoor of Belton, Judy Ranley of Allen, Bette Patrica Nilson of, El Campo and brother in law John Thomas Flanagin of Friendswood, Tx.


Broecker Funeral Home of Salado is in charge of arrangements.

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Sfc. Pablo Colon-Vega

FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died Dec. 7 from causes unknown at this time.

Sfc. Pablo Colon-Vega, 36, of Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico was pronounced dead in Forth Worth after the Fort Worth Police Department was dispatched to his house.

Colon-Vega entered the military September 1992 and was assigned to the 120th Infantry Brigade, First Army West as a Healthcare Specialist since May 2007.

Sergeant First Class Colon-Vega’s decorations and awards include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon.

The incident is under investigation.

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Capt. Robert Jose Yllescas

Fort Hood officials announced today the death of a Soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Capt. Robert Jose Yllescas, 31, of Lincoln, Neb., died Dec. 1 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., of wounds suffered Oct. 28 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit at Combat Outpost Keating, Afghanistan.

Yllescas entered the military in May 2001 as an Armor Officer. He was assigned to the 6th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division since August 2007.

He deployed to Afghanistan May 2008.

Captain Yllescas’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon.

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