Worth Wendell Franke

frankeFuneral services for Worth Wendell Franke will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2013, in the St. Mary’s Queen of Peace Catholic Church Brownwood, Texas. Interment will follow at the Millersview Cemetery in Concho County. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Heartland Funeral Home Early.

Wendell was born January 26, 1937, in Millersview, Texas, to Dallas Worth and Jesse Maude McClure Franke. He passed away Monday June 3, 2013, in Brownwood, at the age of 76. His hobbies were hunting, fishing, golf and anything that allowed him to be out with nature. He and Jo Ann Strube Bruchmiller were married November 3, 1982. He served as a deacon in the Paint Rock Baptist Church. Wendell was a member of the St. Mary’s Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Brownwood. He and Jo Ann served on the Parish Council at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Brady. He was engaged in farming and ranching for a number of years. He was a member of the Early and Paint Rock Lions Club and the Brady Rotary Club. Wendell was active in youth livestock shows. He was active in volunteer work in each community he lived in. He was owner and operator of a Texaco gas station in Ballinger. His career was primarily in the banking industry for over 35 years. He served in Abilene, Dallas, Paint Rock and Brady. He was president of the First State Bank in Paint Rock and senior vice-president of the Brady National Bank in Brady. After his banking career he was employed at Leatherwood Funeral Home in Brady, he was the pro shop manager of the Brady Golf Course, Higginbotham Lumber Company in Early and Heartland Funeral Home of Early.

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Donald Willis

WillisDonaldA Memorial service for Donald Willis, 81, of Zephyr, will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, June 7, in the Netherton Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Brian Hall officiating. In keeping with his wishes, his body was cremated under the direction of Netherton Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Mr. Willis passed away on Friday, May 31, 2013, in San Angelo, Texas.

Donald Lloyd Willis was born on January 23, 1932, in Elizabeth Louisiana, to Joseph Willis and Martha Johnson Willis. He served his country in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953, deploying for 8 months to Germany and discharged from the 4th Army Infantry at the rank of Corporal.

He married Frances Harris in 1953, and together, they raised six children who loved and respected him greatly. Donald had worked for the Texas Brick Company in Brownwood for several years, before moving to Belton. He later retired from Santa Fe Railroad in the mid 90’s, and moved back to Brown County. One of “Pops” greatest joys was spending time with his children and grandchildren. He loved to fish, and looked forward to the family vacations at Padre Island and various lakes in Central Texas.

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Gene Drennan

drennon Brownwood TX Elvie Eugene “Gene” Drennan passed away peacefully on June 1, 2013, at Harris Methodist Hospital in Ft. Worth, Texas.  He was 73 years old and loved by many for his humor, kindness, and work ethic.  He was a loving husband, father, son, brother, “Papa Gene,” and friend.

Funeral services for Gene will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday June 6, 2013 at Central United Methodist Church with John Beckling officiating, a private interment will follow at a later date. Visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Blaylock Funeral Home, in Brownwood, TX.

Gene was born on January 12, 1940, to Buddy and Clydie Drennan in Sydney, Texas.  He graduated from Odessa High School in 1958,  where he was involved in cheerleading, choir, and many social activities.  He was a member of Highland United Methodist Church and had a love for music and God.

He faithfully served his country for six years as an Aircraft Mechanic for the US Navy.  He could tell colorful stories of his time overseas in Guam, Newfoundland, and other countries.  In fact, he traveled so much during his time in the Navy that he had no desire to travel again, especially not on a boat!

After his time in the Navy, he returned home to Odessa and courted Jennie Winn Jackson.  Even though her mother warned her about Gene, they dated and married six months later on July 5, 1968.  He was quite the charmer!  They became the “Grinnin’ Drennans” because they were always smiling and laughing.

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Bonita Petty


Bonita Petty - beautiful, loving, talented, witty, giving, kind, caring, loved life, saw beauty in everything and everyone.  Jesus was her best friend and her children called her blessed!

Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM Monday, June 3, 2013 at the Heartland Funeral Home with Tom Washburn officiating.  Interment will follow in the Greenleaf Cemetery.  The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Sunday at the funeral home.  Mrs. Petty passed away Thursday, May 30, 2013 in a local nursing home.

Bonita was born April 6, 1922 in Mena, Arkansas to Louvenna and Samuel Dodson She was married to Roscoe Petty on October 15, 1938 in Brown County.  Mrs. Petty was a member of the Austin Avenue Church of Christ and had lived in Brownwood for several years.

Survivors include one son Larry Petty and wife Jean of Brownwood, one brother Roy Dodson, 10 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and 53 great great grandchildren.

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Glenda Carpenter

Graveside services for Glenda Carpenter will be held Sunday, June 02, 2013 from 2:00pm - 3:00pm at Eastlawn Memorial Park -1921 Early Blvd
Early, TX.

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Anna Marie Holland

Graveside services for Anna Marie Holland, 89, of Brownwood will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in Greenleaf Cemetery in Brownwood.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Morris Funeral Home.

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Racel Nickerson

Funeral services for Racel Nickerson, 68, will be held at Saturday, June 1, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, with the Rev. Charles Malone officiating. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Brownwood Funeral Home and Cremations.

She passed away Sunday, May 26, 2013, at her home.

Racel was born Nov. 28, 1944, in Smithville, Texas, to the parentage of Charlie Montgomery and Katheran Issac Montgomery. At an early age she was married to Dan Lee Nickerson, and to this union seven children were born. She was a stay at home Mom, and loved her children very much. She was a woman of strong faith and had a determination to live beyond imagination. She fought a good fight and never let her illness defeat her up until the very end.

Proceeding her in death were her parents, Charles and Katherine Montgomery; two children, Dan Nickerson Jr. and Sherry Dale Nickerson; four sisters, Florence Thomas, Raydell Tony, Irene Mills and Charlin Crawford-Montgomery; one brother, Howard Montgomery; father and mother-in-law, Charlie and Virginia Nickerson; three brothers-in-law, Allan, Joe Wayne, J.W. Nickerson; one sister-in-law, Tommie Dale Martin.

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Naomi Inman

inman Brownwood TX

A memorial service for Naomi “Gomi” Inman, age 57, of Early, will be held at 3:00 PM, Sunday, June 2, 2013 at the Lehnis Train Museum in Brownwood.

Naomi died Tuesday, May 28, 2013 in Brownwood.

She was born on May 30, 1955 in Coleman to Thomas and Lucille Rushing.  Naomi graduated from Brownwood High School in 1973.  She worked as a pharmacy technician for many years in Abilene.  She married her high school sweetheart, Joe Inman in 2002.

She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Rushing and a brother Bobby Wayne.

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Russell Boyd

Boyd001 Brownwood TX Graveside services for Russell Boyd, age 80, of Star, will be at 10:00 AM, Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Hurst Ranch Cemetery, with Doyle Combs officiating.

Russell passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Goldthwaite Senior Health Center after a lengthy illness.

Russell Truman Boyd was born in Loraine, Texas on June 16, 1932 to Willis and Beulah Boyd.  He attended Loraine schools and served his country in the US Air Force during the Korean War. He was a gunner on a B-29.  He married Jane Kersenbrock on September 15, 1955 in Colby, Kansas.
He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1960 with a degree in Ag Education. He taught Ag at Star from 1961 through 1971 then at New Horizons Boys Ranch.  He was a ranch manager for many years and retired in 1991. He was a great family man and loved the Lord.

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Gregorio S. “Greg” Rodriguez

rodriquezGregorio S. “Greg” Rodriguez, 85, of Brownwood went to be with the Lord on Saturday May 25, 2013. A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM, Friday May 31, 2013, at St. Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Brownwood. Burial will follow at Greenleaf Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Thursday with a Rosary at 6:00 pm at Davis-Morris Funeral Home in Brownwood.

Greg was born on January 17, 1928, in Joppa, Texas to Doloris and Adelina Valdez Rodriguez. He married Mary Louise Solis in Littlefield, Texas on October 8 1954 and together they moved to Brownwood that same year. They renewed their vows in 1977 in Ranger, Texas at Santa Rita Catholic Church Greg worked for the Union Pacific Railroad, retiring in 1991. As a young man Greg began working in his spare time on sheep ranches and soon learned the art of sheep shearing and his travels doing it took him to as far away as Montana, Colorado, Wyoming and Utah. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church. He loved the outdoors, fishing, cookouts and family gatherings.

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