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2007 Obituaries

 

 

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Robert Woolard

Funeral services for Robert L. Woolard, 65, of Salado, will be 10 a.m. Dec. 17 at the Temple Bible Church of Temple. Rev. Gary DeSalvo will officiate. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. in the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Dec. 16 at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen.


Woolard died Thursday, December 13, 2007 at his residence.
Robert Lee Woolard was born November 17, 1942 in Joplin, Missouri to Clovis F. and Mabel Woolard. He retired as a manager with the U.S. Postal Service in Killeen. He married Diana Hailey on October 4, 1981 in Harker Heights. They have owned and operated the Horse Feathers Store in Salado for the past eleven years. He was a member of the Temple Bible Church and was an avid golfer.
Survivors include his wife, Diana Woolard of Salado; two sons, Terry F. Woolard of College Station and Bradley W. Woolard of Little River; one daughter, Tona L. Johnston of Kempner; one brother, George E. Woolard of Belton; one sister, Linda Blair of Rhodelia, Kentucky; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The family requests memorials be made to the Temple Bible Church Bldg. Fund or Missions Fund, c/o 3205 Oakview Dr., Temple, TX 76502.

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Eddie Vale Sr.

Edwin “Eddie” Vale Sr. died peacefully at his home in Salado on Dec. 10, 2007 with his wife, Marilyn, at his side. They recently celebrated fifty-one years of marriage. Family visitation was held December 12 at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home 1615 Ft. Hood St., Killeen from 6 – 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Salado Church of Christ, 217 Stagecoach Road where Eddie and Marilyn have been members for many years. On-line memories may be contributed and viewed at www.mem.com.
Eddie Vale was born in Idana, Kansas on June 5, 1914 and was the oldest son in a family of eleven children, seven of them boys. As a child he worked to contribute to the family income by doing various jobs that included shining shoes on street corners, painting houses, delivering bread and milk, and selling magazines and tins of “salve” door to door. During these hard times he was able to complete part of high school and also play baseball; he enjoyed telling about playing against a Negro team whose pitcher was the great Satchel Paige. Eddie headed to Tulsa as a young man where he lived and worked for many years. He was particularly fond of going to dances in Tulsa that featured Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. He was drafted into the Army on December 7, 1942 while working as a salesman in the appliance department at the Brown-Dunkin Department Store in downtown Tulsa, and returned to this job after his discharge in 1945.
The Army assigned him to the 10th Mountain Division and trained him for snow ski patrol at Camp Hale, CO; the unit was also at Camp Swift, TX (near Bastrop) for a short time. His first battlefield mission was in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. From there it was on to Europe for intense infantry fighting in the Italian mountains during extreme winter conditions in 1945. His wartime honors included three Bronze Stars which he received in 2004 during a special ceremony arranged by family and friends. Eddie was proud to have served in the same unit as Bob Dole and got to meet him in 2004 at Ft. Hood. All seven of the Vale Brothers served in the military; the five oldest during World War II.
After marriage, Eddie and Marilyn continued to live and work in Tulsa for several years where their three daughters were born and then moved to Colorado Springs, CO for a short time. The family came to Texas in 1964 where their two sons were born. They owned and operated Furniture Factory Outlet in Killeen for 30 years and then Vales of Salado for four years. Other business ventures included events such as wrestling and concerts held at the “old boot factory” on Highway 190 where the furniture store was located in the 1960’s.
Vale was a major sponsor of youth activities in Killeen, including little league baseball. Furniture Factory Outlet was THE TEAM to beat with him as coach. He also enjoyed bowling, playing golf and watching football and baseball on TV.
Vale was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Peter Nash. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, and their five children: SuDonna Nash; Sandra Skinner and husband, Ronnie; Teresa Carter and husband, Steven; Eddie, Jr., and wife, Susie (all of Killeen), and Donny Vale of Salado. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and four brothers. Eddie’s legacy continues with the Ashley Furniture HomeStore and Patriot Furniture Stores which are owned by his children.
In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to: The American Cancer Society 800-227-2345 www.cancer.org or C. R. Clements Boys & Girls Club of Killeen, 304 West Ave B, Killeen, TX 76541 or Shriners Childrens’ Hospital 800-237-5055www.shrinershg.org.

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November 2007 Obituaries

Christy Lee Coleman

Raymond E. Maedgen

Harold H. Hill

Christy Lee Coleman

Memorial services for Christy Lee Coleman, 34, of Salado will be held 10 a.m. Nov. 29 at First Baptist Church. Rev. Brian Dunks will officiate.
Christy Lee Coleman died Nov. 26, 2007 at her home.
She was born at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, to Howard and Elaine Brunson. Christy was a registered nurse at Scott and White hospital.
Survivors include her husband Clifford Coleman, children Josh and Amy, her mother and father Howard and Elaine Brunson of Salado; her sister Lorie and husband Brent McCallum of Salado and nieces and nephews Allison, Aaron, Austin and Sean. In-laws Norma and Bill Maedgen of Salado and Darrell and Rosemary Coleman of Lubbock and an extensive list of aunts and uncles.
Flowers are to be received at Broecker Funeral Home, 949 W. Village Road, Salado, TX 76571, 254-947-0066.

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Raymond E. Maedgen

Memorial services were held for Raymond E. Maedgen Nov. 25 at First Baptist Church in Troy. The Reverend Kissa Vaughn officiated the service following a private burial.
Maedgen was born in Temple to Billie O. and Ruth Brown Maedgen on Oct. 13, 1955. He was a lifelong resident of Troy. He graduated from Troy High School, Texas A&M University and received a Masters Degree from Pittsburgh State College. he served four years in the U.S. Navy. He married Katherine Butts in Troy on Sept. 4, 1960. Mr. Maedgen retired in 1993, following 31 years of teaching math and physics at Troy High School. He was a lifelong member of Troy United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Katherine Maedgen of Troy; sons Mark Maedgen of Troy and Bill Maedgen of Georgetown, sister Janet Klement of Troy, brother William Maedgen of Salado and five grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Building Fund of Troy United Methodist Church or the Troy High School Scholarship Fund.

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Harold H. Hill

Harold H. Hill, 78 of Salado, died November 1, 2007 at his home. Funeral services were held Nov. 5 at Dossman Funeral Home in Belton. Rev. Elwyn Johnston of Bethel Assembly of God officiated. Burial was held at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.
Harold H.Hill was born in Ridgecrest, North Carolina on August 28, 1929 the son of William R. Hill and Lillie Mae (Stevens) Hill. He married Florence Champagne on January 5, 1948 in Fort Worth. Harold proudly began his service in the United States Air Force in 1945 and retired as a combat instructor in 1967.
Survivors are his wife; one son, Tommy H. Hill of Woodville, Tx; Three daughters, Karen Krambeck and husband Don of Davenport, Iowa, Brenda Parish and husband Robert of Hamilton, Texas, Debbie Hellberf of Antwerp, Ohio; one brother, Bobby Hill; two sisters, Frances Errowoob, Betty Whitaker; 13 grandchildren; 16 grandchildren.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials may be made to St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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October Obituaries

Ramah Lorraine Schleede

Lillian "Doodle" Bridges

Lavon K. James

Fern Vickrey

Billie Ann Agee

Susie Cabaniss

Dr. Charles Wesley Barrier, Jr.

M.L. Ragsdale

William Clyde Crews

Ramah Lorraine Schleede

Services for Ramah Lorraine Schleede were held at the Heartfield Funeral Home Chapel Oct. 26. Ramah passed away Oct. 23, 2007.
She was born May 25, 1926, in Salado, Texas, to Thomas F. and Lula Wood McGuyer. She graduated from Salado High School and married her high school sweetheart, Will R. (Bill) Schleede, on October 26, 1944. Ramah and Bill lived in the Bell County area for over 63 years. Ramah was a homemaker and worked at Britt’s Drug Store in Belton for many years. She was a member of the First Methodist Church in Bartlett.
Ramah will be greatly missed by her husband Bill; daughters Janis Allen of Temple and Cindy Clifton and husband Will of Salado; granddaughter Heather Hildebrand and husband Lyle of Zorn. She will also be missed by her sister, Frankie Parker and husband J.T. of Belton; brothers Glenn Curtis McGuyer and wife Mildred, of Reno, Nevada, and Maynard H. (Buddy) McGuyer and wife Pat of Fort Worth; and many nieces, nephews and friends. A brother, Roger Dalton McGuyer preceded Ramah in death.
The family requests donations to be made to the Scott and White Hospice, 2401 South 31st Street, Temple Tx 76508.

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Lillian "Doodle" Bridges

Funeral services for Lillian “Doodle” Bridges, 93, of Salado, were held Oct. 27 at the First Baptist Church. Rev. Brian Dunks, Rev. Billy Johnson, and Mike Bergman officiated. Lillian “Doodle” Bridges passed away, on Tuesday October 24, 2007.
Lillian Townsend Bridges, better known as “Doodle” was born to John William Townsend and Elva Grigsby Townsend June 26, 1914, in Salado and lived in Salado her entire life. She graduated from Salado High School in 1932 and married Norman E. (Bill) Bridges December 8, 1933. To this union was born one daughter, Geneva.
Doodle was active in her church and community. She became church pianist at Prairie Dell Baptist Church at age 13 and served there for 22 years, then became a member at First Baptist Church of Salado where she served for 42 years.
Through the years she served as a pianist for various functions including, Salado High School, Bell Baptist, Bell Baptist Association and Encampment and radio program. She also played for revivals, weddings, funerals, as well as civic activities.
Doodle served in many different capacities for Bell Baptist Association including two terms as Woman’s Missionary President. She was employed by Salado I.S.D. for several years as classroom and office aide, librarian and P.T.A. President.
She and Bill were elected as an honorary members of the Alumni and Ex-Students Association of the University of Mary Hardin Baylor in 1977.
She resided at the Garden Estates assisted Living Center for the past 8 years where she continued her ministry for the Lord by playing the piano for many activities.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, grandson Michael Andrew (Andy) Sharp, her parents, four brothers and one sister.
She is survived by her daughter and husband, Geneva and John (Butch), Baker III of The Woodlands and brother and Wayne Townsend of Salado and one brother and wife Kenneth and Ruby Townsend also of Salado, and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Salado Missions or Music Ministry.

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Lavon K. James

Memorial services for Lavon K. James, 80, of Salado, were held Oct. 30, at the Dossman Funeral Home Chapel.
Lavon K. James died Friday evening Oct. 26, 2007 in a Temple Hospital.
Lavon K. James was born in Spencer, Iowa, the son of Chester and Opal James. He was a graduate of Iowa State Teacher’s College. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He was a member of DeMolay, the Chisholm Trail Good Sam’s of Temple and the Heart of Texas Camping Squares. He was a lifetime member of the VFW. He married Catalina Cervantes Feb. 25, 1977 in El Paso.
Survivors include his wife Catalina James of Salado, four sons Michael A. James of Bellevue, Nebraska, Robert James of Ridgeway, Wisconsin, Ivan Cervantes of Kyle and George Cervantes of Austin; two daughters Bonita Kay Peavey of Plainview, Iowa, and Edna Marie Brown of El Paso. Also ten Grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the VFW or the Paralyzed Veteran’s of America.

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Fern Vickrey

Graveside services for Fern Vickrey, 81, of Salado were held Oct. 30, at the Salado Cemetery. Dr. Leroy Kemp officiated. Fern Vickrey died Oct. 25 in Salado.
Fern Vickrey was born January 9, 1926, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the daughter of Gordon T. Marple and Grace Evelyn Watson Marple. She married Granville N. Vickrey May 29, 1948 in Seguin. She worked for many years at Kelly Air Force base. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Salado.
Survivors include step son Ken Vickrey of San Antonio, 2 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Salado.

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Billie Ann Agee

Billie Ann Agee , 79, of Salado died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007 at her home.
A memorial service was held Oct. 24 at the Harper Talasek Funeral Home in Temple with Rev. Clyde Nichols officiating.
Mrs. Agee was born in Temple to Claude and Oma Smith Gilleland. She was a school teacher. She taught school for 40 years. She graduated form Temple High School and received a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from TCU.
She had been Art Director at Temple College and Art Coordinator for the Pasadena school district.
After teaching art for 20 years, she earned a teaching certificate and taught elementary school.She retired from teaching with the Temple school district. She was a founder of the Salado Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Agee Sr. of Salado; one son Robert Agee Jr. of Salado; three daughters Tina Alderman of Salado Jamie Lusk of Temple and Patsy Ewan of Wilson, N.C.: and seven grandchildren.
Memorials my be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation, Inc. Office of Development, 1501 NW 9th Ave./ Bob Hope Road, Miami, FL. 33136-1494.

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Susie Cabaniss

Susie Griffith Cabaniss died at 6 a.m., Oct. 16 in her home. She would have been 95 years old on Dec. 28 of this year. Services will be conducted by Aubrey Jones and Steven Ash at 10 a.m. Oct. 18 at the Church of Christ in Salado. Burial will be at Cedar Knob Cemetery immediately following the service. Heartfield funeral home is handling the arrangements.
Pallbearers are Brent Cabaniss, Benny Clement, Cecil Cosper, Jimmy Kitchen, Dr. Mark Morgan and Jonny Kendall. Honorary Pallbearer is Jay Titlow.
Susie was born on Dec. 28, 1918 to Edgar and Nannie Poteet Griffith. She attended Thomas Arnold Grammer School on Old College Hill and later Salado High School before graduating from Belton High in 1931. She was raised on the family farm near Salado where she helped with all the farm work using horses and mules for power, and milking two - four cows morning and night. Susie rode the reaper during grain harvest, shocked oats and wheat in the field and operated a bundle wagon during the thrashing season. She also chopped and picked cotton and gathered corn. She plowed and planted, hauled rocks and mended harnesses. Susie died on the land she loved and where she was born.
She married Earl Claude Cabaniss in Jan. 1934 While her children were young, she continued to help her dad on the farm while building a reputation as a paper hanger. She continued this occupation for over 20 years before working at Griggs Equipment Co. the last 10 years before retirement age. For several years after retirement, Susie played the piano and sang songs, along with several members of the Church, for the residents of nursing homes in the Belton area. She spent her life in joy and good work.
Susie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Earl in 1988; a still born daughter, Tina, in 1954; her younger sister, Doris Oswald and three older brothers Paul, Dennis and Louis Griffith. She is survived by one brother, Bill Griffith and his wife Marion of Dallas; three sons, Tempe Cabaniss and wife Lois, Dennis Cabaniss and wife Lyndal, all of Salado and Boyce Cabaniss of Austin; two daughters Leah Buzzard and Claudia Cabaniss of Salado. She is also survived by four granddaughters; Kari Stogner of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Lisa Clement and husband Benny of Salado, Megan Johnson of Los Angeles, California and Angie Cabaniss of Round Rock; one grandson Bret Cabaniss and wife Jackie of Hutto; and three great grandsons Dale and Sean Clement of Salado and Matthew Cabaniss of Hutto. Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Thelma Griffith of Salado and numerous nieces and nephews.
Susie was a long time member of the 15th and Ave. I Church of Christ in Temple.
Susie requested that instead of flowers, please make donations to the Salado Volunteer Fire Department and Martha’s Kitchen in Temple.

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Dr. Charles Wesley Barrier, Jr.

A memorial service for Dr. Charles Wesley Barrier, Jr., 83, of Salado were held 2p.m. October 16 at the Salado United Methodist Church.

Dr. Barrier died Friday, October 12, at his home.

He was born in Rochester, MN on December 10, 1923.to Charles Wesley and Leanora Barrier. He grew up in Ft. Worth where he attended Arlington Heights High School. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire in 1942. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, he was active in the Medical Corp of the Navy and then pursued an education in medicine at the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston. He was an intern at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago and a neurological resident at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Dr. Barrier returned to Texas in 1961 to become one of the first neurologists in the State. He enjoyed teaching as much as practicing medicine at Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Baylor Hospital in Dallas and Harris Memorial in Fort Worth.

After retiring from medicine, he pursued a variety of activities in Central Texas. This included serving as a Medical Director at the VA Hospital in Waco, a Director for the Humanities Institute in Salado, a mentor at the Women’s Prison in Gatesville, a State appointed advocate for Child Services (CASA of Bell County), and a Board Member of the Cen-Tex Rehabilitation Center in Temple. In retirement, he enjoyed acting, golf, travel, and intellectual pursuits.

Dr. Barrier is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jeanne Pate Barrier; son Hunter Barrier and wife Pam; daughter Jeanne Little and husband Lew; daughter Sally Barrier; and daughter Ann Carter and husband Scott; his eight grandchildren, Bennett and Brett Barrier, Wesley, Anne and Elizabeth Little, Sarah Miller, Allison and John Carter. He is also survived by his sister Ann Barrier Hendrix and nieces, Ann Penn, Gretchen Patton, Gail Dyess, Brett Meekins and Alason Connell.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Salado United Methodist Church or Lighthouse Hospice in Georgetown.

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M.L. Ragsdale

Services for M. L. “Whimp” Ragsdale, 83, of Salado were held Tuesday, October 16, 2007 in the Heartfield Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Joe Bentley and Rev. Bobby Ellis officiated and burial was held in the Salado Cemetery.
M.L. Ragsdale died Sunday, October 14, 2007 at his residence.
He was born on December 15, 1923 in Bell County to Hoyt and Era Jackson Ragsdale. A graduate from Belton High School,
Ragsdale served in the United States Air Force. Whimp married the love of his life, Marilyn Lancaster on February 11, 1976 in Belton. He was a truck driver all of his professional life, retiring from Wilson Art after 23 years. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Roy Lee Ragsdale.
Survivors include his wife, Marily Ragsdale of Salado, two sons, Donald Ragsdale and James Ragsdale both of Gatesville, and one granddaughter.
Heartfield Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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William Clyde Crews

William Clyde Crews, of Sherman and formerly of Salado, passed away Oct. 12.
He was born November 20, 1929 in Jarrell to William Cleveland and Ella V. Haynes Crews. He grew up farming and working the field in Salado. He was a 1947 graduate of Salado High School. He served in the Army, 40th Division in Korea, 1951-52.
Crews worked for Republic National Bank in Dallas for 35 years. After retiring in 1988, he and wife Nelda enjoyed their country home in “Able Springs” outside of Terrell. They enjoyed 15 years of gardening, raising cows, and driving their John Deere tractor.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Nelda Bridges Dennis Crews; daughters Elizabeth Crews Miller of Frisco and Gayle Crews Zischkale of Sherman; son Weldon Crews of Mesquite; grandson Aaron Max Zischkale of Sherman; granddaughter Sarah Elizabeth Miller of Frisco; sister Selma Crews Watson of Pineville, LA; brothers David Crews of Dallas and James Crews of Bartlett.
In lieu of flowers, donations made be made to Trinity Baptist Church, 2627 Loy Lake Road, Sherman, Texas 75090.

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September 2007 Obituaries

Paulette Patrick


Paulette K. Patrick, 65, of Salado, passed away peacefully at home on September 14, 2007.
Graveside services will be held at Greenwood Cemetery in Ft. Worth, Texas on Sept. 17, 2007 at A memorial service was held on September 18, in Salado at the Salado United Methodist Church.
Paulette was born in Ft. Worth, Texas on April 1, 1942, to Paul and Vivian Ledyard. After attending college in Denton, Texas, she relocated to Houston where she worked at NASA for several years. She moved back to Ft. Worth, working for Color Tile as an Executive Secretary; in April 1980, she married Charles Patrick, where they resided in Ft. Worth for the next 11 years.
For the last 15 years she lived in Salado. She was an active volunteer at the Salado Public Library, the Ronald McDonald House, the Children’s Life Center at Scott & White Hospital, in Temple, Texas, and the Salado Humane Society.
She was proceeded in death by her husband and her parents. She is survived by two step-daughters, Barbara Wilkins and Linda Patrick, one step-son, Charles Patrick, III., and friend Bettye Patrick, all of Denver, Co., one brother, Gerald H. Ledyard and his wife Gayle, of Salado, four nephews, Kirk, Mark, Jeff and Jason Ledyard, all in Texas, one step-grandson, Weston Wilkins of Denver, Co., and 7 great-nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ronald McDonald House, 254-770-0910, Vista Care 254-742-2000 in Temple, Salado Humane Society at 254-947-0051.

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August 2007 obituaries

Peggy Barton Means

Peggy Barton Means, 71, of Salado passed away Friday August 31, 2007 at home surrounded by her family.
Services were held September 4, at Belton Church of Christ. Joe Baisden officiated. Burial followed at the North Belton Cemetery.
Peggy Barton Means was born in Iowa Park, Texas, on October 12, 1935, to Thomerson Pemsbrooke and Frances Cooksey Barton. She graduated from Belton High School in 1954 and on June 4, 1955 she married Victor R. Means, Jr. She and her husband spent 52 wonderful years together. Peggy was a faithful member of Belton Church of Christ.
Other than being a homemaker, Peggy was an owner of Salado Gallery in Salado for 20 years. She was a gifted artist and decorator and selected all the beautiful merchandise for sale at Salado Gallery.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Wanda Matlock. She is survived by her husband Vic (Buddy) Means of Salado; son and daughter-in-law Victor R. Means III and Sheila of Snyder; two daughters and sons-in-law Mary and Dr. Charles B. Owen II of Austin and Rebekah and Dave Jarratt of Belton. She is also survived by sisters Mary Durant of Granbury and Patsy Carr of Witchita Falls and nine grandchildren. Nickolas and wife Allison Means of Lubbock, Chad Owen of New Orleans, LA, Elissa Owen of Mailbu, CA, Brandon Jarratt of College Station, Anna Owen of Austin and Emily Jarrat of Belton.
Memorials may be made to M.D. Anderson Hospital of Houston, Belton Church of Christ or Bell County Museum.

Wynell Gillen Patterson

Wynell Gillen Patterson was born on April 15, 1930, in Blooming Grove, Texas, to Drew and Bertha Gillen. After graduating from Blooming Grove High School in 1947, she entered Baylor University where in 3 years she earned her BA degree in Elementary Education. At Baylor University, she began many friendships that remained strong and vibrant through the rest of her life. Ruth, Janine, Joyce, Eloise and later, Anna, were just a few of the Baylor friends that added so much to her life – they were treasured blessings.
Wynell married her sweetheart, Jim Williams Patterson, on August 4, 1950. They lived in Hubbard; Durant, Oklahoma; Fort Worth; Oklahoma City; Jackson, Mississippi; San Antonio; Dallas; and Salado. While Jim’s career scanned decades as a Petroleum Landman, Wynell’s calling was to be a teacher in elementary schools, including for many years in Carrollton-Farmers Branch where she shaped countless young lives through the years. Her teaching was not confined to public schools; she also taught young children in numerous churches throughout her lifetime, including Royal Haven Baptist Church in Dallas and later her beloved First Baptist Church of Salado. Wynell volunteered extensively at the Salado Library and encouraged many in the Village with her generous spirit and gracious actions. Her dear friends and church family were always important to her, especially after the passing of Jim in 2001.
Wynell and Jim were recognized as Alumni of the Year in 1996 by the Central Texas Chapter of the Baylor Alumni Association. One of her favorite activities each year was the celebration of the Jim Patterson Memorial Golf Tournament, benefiting the Scholarship Fund of the Central Texas Chapter of the Baylor Alumni Association.
Wynell was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Blake, Billy and Charles Drew. Her survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Phyllis Patterson of San Antonio; son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Lee Patterson of San Antonio; son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Shannon Patterson of Carrollton; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Greg Stapp of Frisco; grandchildren, Paul and wife, Dawn, Clint, Angela, Sam, Olivia, McKenzie, Reid, Zach, Mason and Drew; sister, Maxine Brown of Lamkin; sisters-in-law, Earldean Patterson, Doris Gillen, Wanda Gillen, Carolyn Gillen and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
More lasting than her many achievements, Wynell will be remembered as a dedicated Christian, a loving wife, a guiding mother, a nurturing grandmother and a trusted friend. Memorials may be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Building Fund of First Baptist Church of Salado,210 South Main, Salado, TX 76571, and to Baylor University, Cen-Tex Chapter Scholarship Fund, One Bear Place #97026, Waco, TX 76798.
Visitation will be held Thursday, August 30, from 6 p.m.–8 p.m., at Dossman Funeral Home, 2525 N. Main, P. O. Box 239, Belton, TX 76513.
A Memorial Service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, August 31, at the First Baptist Church of Salado with ministers Brian Dunks, Frank Wallace and Randy Carter Officiating. Graveside Service will precede at 10 a.m. in Salado Cemetery.
Dossman Funeral Home in Belton (254-933-2525) is in charge of arrangements.

Katherine Archer Tyson

Katherine Archer Tyson, 93, died in her home in Salado Aug. 6. Services are under the direction of Sheffield Funeral Home and will be 11 a.m. Aug. 10 at the Salado Methodist Church. Reverend Travis Franklin and her step-grandson, Reverend Andrew K. Tyson will officiate.
A descendant of Texas political pioneers, she was born to Texas Court of Appeals Chief Justice, Roy C. Archer and Kate Cocke Archer in Austin, the oldest of four children. She graduated from Austin High School, The University of Texas, B.A., 1935 and M.A., 1936. She became one of the first women in Texas to earn a Masters in Geology. She was invaluable on her father’s campaign trail with her “Please vote for my daddy” speeches. Her first job was with Continental Oil in Houston where she met her future husband Alfred Knox Tyson. A fellow geologist, they traveled the world over studying geology. They married Feb. 6, 1939 in Austin.
She was an active member of the Salado Methodist Church, the Houston Garden Club, River Oaks Country Club, Texas EX’s, a charter member of St. Luke’s Methodist Church of Houston, the Dallas Garden Club, the D.A.R. and Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and a board member of the Retina Research Foundation.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband (1975), a brother, Branch T. Archer, step-son Brady Tyson, and a nephew, Mark Voegeli.
She is survived by her son Knox and his wife Betsy, her daughter Tracey and her husband John Davis, of Salado and Elizabeth Kinnison and her husband Lt. Commander Liam Kinnison of Norfolk, VA. She is also survived by her grandchildren Dee Dee T. Hoak and her husband Hale and John K. Tyson all of Dallas; two great-grandsons, Henry and Alfred Hoak; also her step-daughter Harriet and her husband Bill Willcox; Harriet’s daughter Anne Voegele; all of Washington D.C.; and Brady’s children, Tim Tyson, Andrew Tyson, Janet Tyson-Sanchez; Janet’s children Cristina and Lorena of Tampico, Mexico, James Tyson, Ken Tyson, Tiago Tyson, and Debra Tyson; and her sisters Maude Ellis and her daughter Kathy Porter of Corpus Christy, Helen Brown and her daughter Katie Strohmayer of California.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Retina Research Foundation, 6560 Fannin St. #2200, Houston, TX 77030 or to the charity of choice.

Cile Robertson Ambrose

Private services for Cile Robertson Ambrose, 76, of Salado were held Aug. 2 at the Robertson Family Cemetery in Salado. Rev. Adrin Fletcher officiated.
Ambrose died July 30 at a Temple Hospital.
She was born in Belton to Sterling Robertson and Mary Lucile Armstrong Robertson. She attended Ward Belmont University in Nashville. She was an adviser to Chi Omega at Vanderbilt. She served as president of the Central Texas Area Museum, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the Confederacy, 1st Families of Tennessee and Colonial Dames.
Survivors are two sons, John Ambrose and Sterling Ambrose, both of Nashville; three daughters, Sarah Eddy of Atlanta, Ann Ambrose of Englewood, Calif., and Cile Cownan of Nashville: one sister, Ann Roberston of San Antonio; and 10 grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central Texas Area Museum, P.O. Box 36, Salado, TX 76571.

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July 2007 Obituaries

William L. "Bill" Piper

Funeral services for William L. “Bill” Piper, age 90, of Salado were held July 21 at Dossman Funeral Home in Belton with Rev. Brian Dunks and Rev. Mike Bergman officiating.
Burial followed in Murphree Cemetery in Evant, Texas.
Piper died July 19 in a Temple hospital.
He was born February 17, 1917 in Lampasas Couny to James Virgil and Minnie (White) Piper on their ranch near the Mountain View Community.
He married Wanda Flatt December 14, 1938 in Lampasas, Texas. They have lived in Texas all their lives, moving to Victoria where he served the Texas Department of Public Safety for 15 years.
He entered the insurance business in 1952, moving to Beaumont and later settling in Salado. In Salado he was manager for Southland Life Insurance Company, retiring in 1985.
He was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Salado, serving in various capacities including interim choir director, usher and Deacon.
He was a member of the Salado Masonic Lodge #296, having served in many offices including being Master of the Lodge. He was honored with a 60-year Masonic pin last year. He was also a member of Masonic Lodge #550 in Evant, and a member of the Scottish Rite in Waco.
A member of the Kiwanis, Piper served as the Past Lt. Governor of the Texas-Oklahoma District of the Kiwanis Club.
He was an active member of the Salado Lions Club.
He is survived by Wanda Piper of Salado, son C. Trent Piper of McGregor and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers David L. Piper, James V. Piper and Marvin Luther Piper and two sisters Martha Lois Venable and Mary Pauline Garretson.
Dossman Funeral Home in Belton was in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Stoner McLean

Margaret Stoner McLean, 92, of Georgetown died July 12, 2007.
Born in 1915 in Victoria, Texas, she was the daughter of Thomas Royal Stoner and Mamie Victoria (Stoner) Stoner.
She obtained a bachelor of science in elementary education at The University of Texas then taught in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and Guayaquil, Ecuador.
She was married to Malcolm Dallas McLean on Feb. 11, 1939.
A lifelong archivist, Texas History researcher and family genealogist, she is survived by her husband Malcolm D. McLean, son John R. McLean, and grandsons Malcolm H. McLean and Douglas D. McLean.
Graveside services were July 16 at the Salado Cemetery.
Always a prodigious worker with unflagging interests in Texas history, research and family genealogy, her jobs included the following: Receptionist and Postmaster, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas, 1939-1941; Microfilm operator, Library of Congress, Washington, D. C., 1942. Bibliographical researcher, 1947-1953, for Thomas W. Streeter, BIBLIOGRAPHY OF TEXAS, 1795-1845 (5 vols., Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1955-1960). Teacher, elementary school, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 1954-1955. Elementary teacher, American School, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 1957-1958. Teacher of English, U. S. Binational Center and in the American High School, Guayaquil, Ecuador, 1959-1961.
Newspaper microfilm archivist, Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Fort Worth, Texas, 1963-1973. Microfilm research specialist, Spanish Texas Microfilm Center, Presidio La Bahía, Goliad, Texas, 1973-1974. Researcher, editorial assistant, PAPERS CONCERNING ROBERTSON’S COLONY IN TEXAS (19 VOLS.), Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas, 1975-1991. Bibliographical consultant, 1981-1982, for THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR OF 1846-1848, A Bibliography of the Holdings of the Libraries, The University of Texas at Arlington, By Jenkins Garrett, Prepared and Edited by Katherine R. Goodwin, Special Collections Publication No. 2. Published for The University of Texas at Arlington by the Texas A&M Press, College Station, 1995.
She was a Member, Chancellor’s Council of The University of Texas System, 1984-2007. She was also a member of Faculty Women’s Clubs at both Texas Christian University and at The University of Texas at Arlington. McLearn contributed articles to professional journals, and to the NEW HANDBOOK OF TEXAS.
She retired in 1991 with her husband to Georgetown..

Batista "Tista" Shaw

Funeral services for Batista “Tista” Shaw, 85, of Salado were held July 9 at the Salado University Methodist Church chapel with Rev. Travis Franklin and Rev. Brady Johnston officiating.
Batista Shaw died July 5 in a Temple hospital.
She was born June 14, 1922 in Fredonia, the daughter of Charles and Jane (McMillian) Simpson. She married William “Bill” Shaw IV on Aug. 10, 1944 in Akron, Ohio. The couple moved to Salado from Dallas in 1982.
The Shaws owned an antique and quilt shop and an art studio for many years known as The Granary in Salado.
Batista was a founder of the Salado Spring Art Festival. She was also a member of the Salado United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband Bill on Dec. 30, 2004.
Survivors include her two daughters, Sandy Johnston (and husband Terry), of Salado; and Billie Sue Scales (and husband Bill), also of Salado. She is also survived by two brothers, Jerry Simpson and Charles Simpson, both of Llano, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Joe L. Copeland

Funeral services for Joe L. Copeland, Sr., 65, of Salado, were held July 3 at Heartfield Funeral Home in Belton with Rev. Arthur Washburn and Joe Washburn officiating. Burial followed in Salado Cemetery.
Copeland died July 1 in a Temple hospital.
He was born in Salado to Roy L. and Eulalie Humphry Copeland, and lived all of his life here. He was married to Sharon Jungman on February 15, 1963 in Austin. He was a truck driver for several years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Salado.
Copeland was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Marlene Hogue.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Copeland, of Salado, a son Joe L. Copeland, Jr., of Salado, a sister Maxine Swaim, of San Diego, CA and three grandchildren.

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June 2007 Obituaries

Gene Hoelscher

Eugene (Gene) Louis Hoelscher, 75, of Salado, passed away June 11, 2007 at his residence. Services were held June 13 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Westphalia.
Born on Aug. 20 1931, in the Barclay community near Rosebud, he was the son of the late Emil and Katie Ocker Hoelscher.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Ray Hoelscher, of Killeen; step-mother, Katie Kleypas Hoelscher, of Barclay; step-brothers, Floyd Kleypas, of Houston, and Elmer Kleypas, of Temple.
He married Barbara Hesse on July 6, 1963 at St. Mary’s Church in Temple. They made their home in Killeen for 38 years before moving to Salado in 2001.
He was a 1948 graduate of Rosebud High School, and a 1952 graduate of North Texas State University, with a bachelor’s degree in education. After completing two years of service with the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he returned to North Texas State and earned a master’s degree in education in 1956.
He was a teacher and administrator with Killeen ISD for 37 years, retiring in Jan. 1992, as the assistant superintendent of elementary education. He continued to work in education after retirement, as a supervisor of student teachers for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and a supervisor of interns for Tarleton State University. He took time from these positions to become the principal of St. Joseph Catholic School in Killeen for three years, then returned to Tarleton State until May 2006.
Hoelscher participated in the Killeen Chamber of Commerce Adopt-a-School program, served on the board of the Boys Club of Killeen, chaired the Greater Fort Hood Area Communities in Schools committee, served on the City of Killeen Volunteer, Inc. committee and served on the Killeen ISD bond proposal committee for new construction. He was a member of the Rotary Clubs of Killeen, Harker Heights and Salado, and the Knights of Columbus of Salado. He was a member of the Elementary Principals Association, Texas Association of School Administrators, and the Killeen Retired Teachers Association. He served on the pastoral councils of St. Joseph in Killeen and St. Stephen in Salado.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Hoelscher, of Salado; daughters, Pat McBurnett, of North Richland Hills, and Pam Finley, of Round Rock; grandsons, Michael, Colin, Brian and Connor; one brother, Paul James Hoelscher of Rosebud and wife, Doris Hoelscher; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph School, 3901 East Rancier, Killeen, TX 76543; Holy Trinity High School, 418 North 11th St., Temple, TX 76501; Scott & White Cancer Research, American Heart Association or the charity of your choice.
Sheffield Funeral Home in Temple handled arrangements.

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May 2007 Obituaries

Shirley Arnold

James "Chief" Daniel

Dr. Ceri Morgan Griffiths

Shirley Arnold

Graveside services for Shirley Arnold, 70, of Salado, were held May 29 at Salado Cemetery with Rev. Joe Bentley officiating.
Arnold died May 26 in a Temple hospital.
She was born July 12, 1936 in Praire Dell, the daughter of Jesse James Warrick and Leah Elizabeth (Reid) Warrick. She married James (Joe) Arnold on December 19, 1953 in Salado. She was a waitress at the Stagecoach Inn for 47 years. She was a Baptist.
Shirley Arnold was preceded in death by her husband January 31, 1996.
Survivors include: three sons, Gaylon Arnold, of Salado, Kirk Arnold of Belton and Joe Arnold of Salado; one daughter, Pam Arnold Brown of Port Lavaca; and one brother, Buck Warrick of Youngsport. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

James "Chief" Daniel

Services for James “Chief” Daniel were held at Dossman Funeral Home May 26 with the Rev. Joe Bentley officiating. Burial followed at the Salado Cemetery. Daniel died in Salado on May 24.
He was born September 25, 1935 in Milford, Texas to Clarence David and Ollie Edith (Moore) Daniel. He grew up in Itasca and was a graduate of Itasca High School. He attended East Texas State University, where he received his Master of Education degree in 1960.
He married Phyllis Kerr on January 29, 1964 in Marlin, Texas. He taught school in Turnersville, Moody, Orangefield and Salado, retiring in 1991 after 31 years as a Vocational Ag teacher.
Daniel was active with the Bell County Youth Fair, serving two years on the board of directors and one year as its president. He was an active member of the Salado Youth Fair Booster Club for 15 years.
A renowned hog breeder, he was instrumental in getting the Swine Type Conference brought to Bell County several years ago. The genetics of his swine program are the foundation of many of the local breeders today.
He was honored this February by having his name added to the Plaza of Honor at the Bell County Expo Center.
Daniel is survived by his wife Phyllis, of Salado; three sons, Clarence Daniel of Austin, Marrion Daniel and his wife Laura of Salado, Clayton Daniel and his wife Monica of Youngsport; a brother, William Daniel of Hillsboro; and seven sisters: Mildred Watson of Iowa Park, Jessie Dial of Lone Oak, Vera Mae Woodley of Alvarado, Sylvia Wallace of Cleburne, Inez Kerby of Cleburne, Edith Minor of Burleson and Patricia McClendon of Midlothian. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Jessica and David, and a host of friends and swine producer buddies.
Pallbearers were Randy Britt, Peanut Campbell, Don Engleking, Bill Owen, C.A. Smith, Jason Medlin, Don Kennedy and John Brown. Honorary pallbearers were the Heart of Texas Feed Store Gentlemen, Jack Allen, Joe Bozon, Arthur Wade Capps, R.L. Copeland, Ben Dunnahoo, Dana Eddlemen, Jack Oliver, Wimpy Ragsdale, Paul Sandford, C.A. Smith, Kevin Spurlock, Don Thweatt and Bobby Ward.

Dr. Ceri Morgan Griffiths, 66, of Salado, passed away May 10, 2007. He was born March 9, 1941 in Cardiff, Wales to the parents of Rev. William John Griffiths and mother Gwenhwyfar.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister. Survivors include his wife, Debra Griffiths; two daughters, Rhiannon Thornburg and husband Jon, and Catrin Glynn and husband Sean; two daughters by marriage, Sarah and Corey; one son, Rhys Griffiths and wife Dawn; one grandson John Caradoc Griffiths; two grandsons by marriage, Blake and Jacob; one granddaughter by marriage, Isabell Kate; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Griffiths graduated from St. George’s Medical Center in London, England in 1967. He was chief resident at Winnipeg General in Canada. After completion of another residency in St. Louis, MO, he went on to live and raise his family in Galveston.
He was associate professor in the department of Otolaryngology at University of Texas Medical Branch. While in Galveston, he was president of the American Cancer Society, Galveston Branch. Dr. Griffiths then went into private practice in Clear Lake City, TX, for 16 years, where he also served as Chief of Surgery at St. John’s Hospital. He last served at Darnall Army Hospital at Fort Hood, as a civilian surgeon.
He was a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, a member of the AMA, American College of Surgeons, American Board of Otolaryngology, Harris County Medical Society and Bell County Medical Society.
He was a member of Salado United Methodist Church and sang in the choir.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. May 27 at Salado United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Histiocytosis Association of America, Houston Humane Society and Salado Humane Society in the name of Dr. Ceri M. Griffiths. Visitwww.mem.com for an online memorial.

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April 2007

Odessa Marie Smith Dunnahoo

Sally Margaret Cawthon Maddux

Donald F. Logan

(Sally) Margaret Cawthon Maddux

Lesta Cleo Cockrell Sutton

Odessa Marie Smith Dunnahoo, 72, born Oct. 24, 1934, passed away April 28, 2007.
Marie Smith Dunnahoo is survived by her children Rick and Missy Dunnahoo, Robert andCarrice Dunnahoo, Dee Ann and Tim Driver, Matt and Melinda Dunnahoo, Anndra Mulholland, 16 grandchildren, two great grandchildren, two sisters and two brothers.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Luther Edger Smith and Essie Olene Benton Smith, her husband of 48 years, Robert Dunnahoo Sr. and by her grandson Jared Dunnahoo.
Services were held May 1 at the Salado Church of Christ. A short grave-side service will follow at the Bell Plains Cemetery.
Arrangements were in the care of Harper-Talasek in Temple.

(Sally) Margaret Cawthon Maddux, age 91, of Victoria, passed away on April 21. Her service was held in Houston and she was buried there at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.
She was born March 3, 1916 in Salado, the daughter of John H. (Hub) Cawthon and his wife Pearl. She and her siblings grew up in Salado. She married Emmitt Maddux of Holland. They and their children resided in Houston for many years. After retiring, she and Emmitt moved to Seadrift and were members of the First Baptist Church. For the past few years, she had resided at Twin Pines Nursing Home in Victoria.
Survivors are her sons: Clayton Maddux, of Katy, Tom Maddux, of Victoria; daughter, Carol King, of Stafford; brother Joe Cawthon, of Eureka, CA. She is also survived by five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmitt Maddux, son, David Maddux, and grandchildren, John Maddux, Shane Maddux, Amanda Maddux and Baby Knostman.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hosptial (Attention Memorial Department Tribute Account # 186409122), 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Donald F. Logan, 85, of Belton died peacefully at home Monday evening, April 23 after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer.

Rosary will be held at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Salado, 7 pm Friday, April 27 followed by an Irish Wake at the home of Susan Terry.  Funeral Mass at St. Stephen will be 10am Saturday, April 28, under the direction of Cole Funeral Home, 1113 West Fifth Street, McGregor, 254-840-2880.  Interment will be at 2 pm in the Tadlock family plot in Crawford, Texas. Services will be conducted by Msgr. Arthur Michalka, Fr. Charles Davis and Msgr. Louis Pavlichek.

Born October 4, 1921, in North Platte, Nebraska to Albert J. (Bert) Logan and Irene Hubbard Logan, Don was raised in San Antonio, Texas. He was the oldest of five boys. A graduate of Central Catholic High School in 1938, Don attended St. Mary’s University before enlisting in the Army Air Corps, he was part of the 504 Bomb group on Tinnean Island.  Discharged a 1st Lieutenant in 1946, Don enrolled at the University of Texas and earned his degree in Engineering.  He was recalled for the Korean War and served stateside.  He married Betty Harris in San Antonio February 1951and adopted her two daughters Curtis Tadlock and Susan Elizabeth.  A son, Grady Albert, was born in January 1952.

He used his Structural Engineering license in San Antonio, Beaumont and finally settled in Houston where he worked for Southern Pacific Railroad and Anderson Clayton.  In 1970 he enrolled in the University of Guadalajara where he earned a degree in Architecture.  He consulted as a licensed professional Architect and Engineer before retiring to Belton in 1986. In his retirement, he consulted and volunteered his professional service to the Diocese of Austin to design and construct numerous church projects including St. Stephen, (where the services are being held), Eagles Wings Retreat Center, and Holy Trinity in Corn Hill. He also volunteered for many civic organizations in Temple and Belton.  He taught math at Holy Trinity Catholic High School in Temple.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Betty Harris Logan, and brothers Bob and Tom.  He is survived by Taddy Maddox of Austin, her children Jimmy and Bobby, his wife Katherine, great-granddaughter Gemma; Susan Terry of Salado, her husband Gene, children Mariah Grazioplene, her husband Jeff, and great-grandchildren Dylan and Kate, David Terry, and Sarah Hussey and her husband Wade; Grady Logan of Oklahoma City and his wife Kathy, children Rebekah and Margaret; two brothers Jack Logan and Larry Logan.

 Memorials may be made to Eagles Wings Retreat Center, PO Box 248, Burnet, TX 78611 or a charity of choice.

(Sally) Margaret Cawthon Maddux

(Sally) Margaret Cawthon Maddux, age 91, of Victoria, passed away on April 21. Her service was held in Houston adn she was buried there at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

She was born March 3, 1916 in Salado, the daughter of John H. (Hub) Cawthon and his wife Pearl. She and her siblings grew up in Salado. She married Emmitt Maddux of Holland. They and their children resided in Houston for many years. After retiring, she and Emmitt moved to Seadrift and were members of the First Baptist Church there. For the past few years, she has resided at Twin Pines Nursing Home in Victoria, Texas.

Survivors are her sons: Clayton Maddux of Katy, Tom Maddux of Victoria; her daughter Carol King of Stafford; her brother Joe Cawthon of Eureka, California. She is also survived by five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband Emmitt Maddu, her son David Maddux, and her grandchildren John Maddux, Shane Maddux, Amanda Maddux and Baby Knostman.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hosptial (Attention Memorial Department Tribute Account # 186409122), 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


Lesta Cleo Cockrell Sutton

Services for Lesta Cleo (Cockrell) Sutton will be held 11 a.m. April 13 at Dossman Funeral Home in Belton. Interment will follow at Salado Cemetery. A visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. April 12 at Dossman. Sutton passed away April 9, 2007, in a Temple nursing home at age 98.
She was born in Bell County in 1908, to one of the county’s oldest pioneer families. She was the youngest of 12 children born to Gaston Armstrong Cockrell and Mary Frances (Ingram) Cockrell. She attended Brookhaven and Willowsprings schools before graduating from Killeen High School.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Sutton, and a son D.L. Sutton. Survivors include son Elwood Sutton and wife and Beverly, of Salado, daughter Bettie Sue and husband Bill Pinkham, of Lyman, SC, daughter Linda and husband Monroe Moore, of Salado; daughter-in-law, Theresa Sutton, of Salado; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
As a longtime Salado resident, Sutton raised her family here. In 1959 she began working for Stagecoach Inn, baking pies and making the famous hush puppies.
She retired in 1972 and moved to Belton, where she was active in church and the Golden Age Club. At the age of 96 she moved to Hearthstone at Cottonwood in Temple.
She was an avid outdoorswoman, gardener, quilter, doll collector, loved to play dominos and was a fan of the local sports.

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February 2007 Obituaries

Wilma Hodge Capps

Coopwood Smith

Peggy Bonner

R.L. Peters

Wilma Hodge Capps

Wilma Hodge Capps, 83, of Salado, passed away Feb. 17, 2007.
Services were held Feb. 19 in the Historic Chapel of the Salado United Methodist Church, with Rev. Grady Brittain and Rev. Joe Bentley officiating.
Burial followed in Salado Cemetery.
She was born June 10, 1923, in Prairie Dell, TX, to Robert and Mae Street Hodge. She married Clyde Capps on Nov. 7, 1942 in Belton. Their 64 years of marriage were spent in Salado, where she was a homemaker, rancher, lifelong member of Salado United Methodist Church and a Yellow Bird volunteer for Scott & White Hospital.
Survivors include her husband, Clyde Capps, of Salado; brother, John Robert Hodge and wife Tina Lee Hodge, of Menard; two daughters, Elizabeth Foster, of Houston, and Virginia Cosper and husband Cecil Cosper, of Salado; three grandchildren, Lanna Domangue and husband Scott Domangue, of Austin, Janna Russell and husband Chris Russell, of Houston, and Jenny Medlin and husband Jason Medlin, of Salado; six great-grandchildren, Derek Russell, Taylor Domangue, Collin Russell, Nicole Domangue, Colby Medlin and Trace Medlin.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salado United Methodist Church Building Fund, 650 Royal St., Salado, TX 76571.

Coopwood C. Smith

Services for Coopwood C. Smith, 95, of Salado, were held Feb. 17 in the Salado United Methodist Church, with Rev. Grady Brittain officiating. Burial followed in the Killeen City Cemetery.
Smith died Feb. 15, 2007 in a Temple hospital.
He was born Jan. 15, 1912 in Lockhart, to Rafe Smith and Daisy Duke Smith. He married Wilma McClung on Oct. 12, 1940, in Schulenberg. Smith owned Smith Cleaners in Killeen in the 1940s and 1950s. In 1974 he became a salesman for B&K Buick, where he worked until his retirement. He was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Shriners and a member of the Salado United Methodist Church. He also built P51 Mustang Aircraft at North American in Dallas during World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Wilma Smith, of Salado; two daughters, Betty Anne (Smith) Luxton, of Leakey, TX, and Peggy Lynne (Smith) Hilburn, of San Marcos.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salado United Methodist Church memorial fund.
Heartfield Funeral Home in Belton handled arrangements.

Peggy Bonner

Peggy Taylor Bonner, 88, of Salado, formerly of Temple, passed away Feb. 6, 2007 in a local hospital. Graveside services were held Feb. 8 at Hillcrest Cemetery.
She was born April 29, 1918 in Winnsboro to Wood County pioneers Horace C. and Mattie (Stanley) Taylor. She graduated from Winnsboro High School in 1936, and from the Scott & White School of Professional Nursing in 1940.
She married Jamie P. Bonner in 1940 and belonged to the First Christian Church of Temple for 70 years.
During World War II she worked for the American Red Cross in Norfolk, VA. She also worked in hospitals in Newport News, VA, Hollywood, FL, San Francisco and Los Angeles as a staff nurse. She held various offices in the Christian Women’s Fellowship and served as deaconess on the church board.
She worked with Temple Family Services, was a member of Texas State Teacher’s Association, the Scott & White Memorial Hospital School of Professional Nursing Alumni Association, and was chairman of School Health Section in the Texas State Teacher’s Association for three years for Temple public schools. She had post graduate courses in Public and School Health.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Jamie P. Bonner, Sr., and granddaughter, Kimberly R. Bonner, of Salado.
She is survived by son, Jamie P. Bonner, Jr., and daughter-in-law, Phyllis M. Bonner, of Salado; sister, Martha LaVerne Kraft, of Fircrest, WA; brother, H. Charles Taylor, of Athens; nephew, Dr. Charles Taylor, of Houston; nieces, Karen Kraft, of Newport News, VA, and Gail Brian, of Fircrest, WA; granddaughters, Jackie Bell Dezern and Marci Brentham, both of Salado; great-grandsons, Tanner Myers and Maddux Hunter Dezern, both of Salado; great-granddaughters, Baylee Bell and Chloe Brentham, both of Salado; and great-grandson, Cole Brentham, of Salado.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Temple or Scott & White Memorial Hospital. Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Temple handled arrangements.

R.L. Peters

R.L. Peters passed away in a Rockwell hospital Feb. 3, 2007. A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Feb. 10 at the Salado Church of Christ. Services will be conducted by son-in-laws Dwight Parker, of Grandfield, OK, and Clyde Smith, of Rockwall, nephew Tim Brown, of Salado, ministers Joe Keyes, of Salado, and Gene Greer, of Heidenheimer, and daughter Linda Smith, of Rockwall.
A private interment will be conducted at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.
R.L. was the oldest of four children born to Irl and Roxy (Graham) Peters on March 31, 1921 in Moody. He grew up in Lorenzo and Rogers, where he graduated high school. He served in the U.S. Naval Air Force from 1942-1950. He later received a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech and a master’s degree from Oklahoma State University.
He worked in Air Force Logistics for 20 years, retiring in 982. He was honored by President Lyndon Johnson with Presidential Citation in 1964 for outstanding job performance. He served as a Bell County Commissioner and as an election official. He received the first Pioneer Award given by the Bell County Republican Party.
He was an active member of the Church of Christ, and served as a deacon in three different communities, and as an elder. He was involved in Christian education, serving as a Trustee of Magic Valley Christian College in Albion, ID.
R.L. served as a member of the Bell County Historical Commission; Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of the Republic of Texas and Sons of Confederate Veterans.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Eva, three daughters, Annette Parker of Grandfield, OK, Dorothy Peters, of Mesquite, and Linda Smith, of Rockwall; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild; sisters MaryBelle Brown, of Salado, and Lou Nelle Merritt of St. Catherins, Ontario. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Billie, and a nephew, Dr. Stephen Merritt.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Peters-Merritt Memorial Scholarship Fund for Research of Tropical Diseases at Texas A&M Foundation, 401 Bush Drive, College Station, TX 77840.

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January 2007 Obituaries

Joe Ann Berry Stowell

Dr. Welborn Kiefer Willingham

Joe Ann Berry Stowell

Long-time New Orleans resident and native of Salado. Joe Ann Berry Stowell, died Jan. 8, 2007 after a long illness. She was 76.
Stowell graduated from the University of Houston summa cum laude in three years. She moved to New Orleans to start her own secretarial pool. After marrying and bearing two children, she returned to her position as manager of the New Orleans law firm Tucker and Schonekas. During her tenure, the firm built a successful case against one of New Orleans’ most prominent organized crime figures.
Stowell was an avid sportswoman, and sang in the a capella group the Sweet Adelines.
She was a member of the board of trustees of St. George’s Episcopal School in New Orleans and was a member of the vestry at St. George’s Episcopal Church.
She and her husband moved to Salado following Hurricane Katrina. This marked a return to her birthplace after more than 50 years.
She is survived by her husband, Colles C. Stowell; daughter, Joni Carpenter; son Colles C. Stowell, Jr.; sisters Barbara Sewell and Marla Sanders; brother Sonny Berry; two granddaughters, Emily and Hannah Schwartz; and dozens of cousins, nieces, and nephews.
The funeral was held Jan. 20 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Belton. Interment will occur in Lancaster, NH in the spring.

Dr. Welborn Kiefer Willingham

Dr. Welborn Kiefer Willingham, 78, of Salado, Texas, died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007, after a brief illness.
Willingham, known as “Will” by his many friends, patients and colleagues, was born March 12, 1928, in Fisher County, Texas. He was the son of W.B. Willingham and Madge Eason Willingham.
A 1949 graduate of Texas Tech University, Willingham received a Masters degree at The University of Texas and a Ph.D. at Tech. As an undergraduate, Willingham was sophomore class president, a member of and first pledge trainer of Saddle Tramps, Tech’s spirit organization, and a member of Socii Fraternity which later became Sigma Nu.
After a brief stint as an officer in the United States Air Force, from which he retired in later years as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Reserves, Willingham spent most of his working life in academia. He was a professor in the Department of Education at Texas Tech, an adjunct professor at Tech’s medical school, and retired with the distinction of Professor Emeritus.
A practicing psychologist, Willingham founded a counseling center in Lubbock. He was an active member of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology, in which organization he was a delegate and leader for many years. He founded that association’s Graduate Student Forum and served as its director, encouraging many young people in the profession.
In recent years Willingham enjoyed his retirement, while overseeing his ranching interests in Fisher and Scurry Counties
On Aug. 14, 1950, he married a Lubbock native, Maxine McCollum, following a campus romance. After his Air Force tour of duty, University of Texas studies and a brief period in Hale Center, as the youngest school principal in the state at that time, they made their home in Lubbock, where they raised their family.
In 2006, they relocated to Salado, where they had built a vacation home. Willingham’s ancestors were early settlers in Salado.
Will is survived by his wife of 56 years, Maxine; his three children: Sharon Willingham Harris of Garland, Dr. Douglas B. Willingham of Salado, and Sheila Willingham McBeth of Sarasota, Florida. He is also survived by six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Private graveside services were held Monday, at the Willingham Cemetery in Salado, officiated by the Rev. Thomas A. Wallace, Rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Belton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to one’s charity of choice.

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