Gary Leon Harrell

Gary Leon Harrell, age 62, of Lake Brownwood, Texas passed away Sunday, May 11, 2013 at his residence.  There are no services planned and cremation is under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home.

Gary was born on August 20, 1950 in Brownwood, Texas to Howard and Katie Smith Harrell.  He was a lifetime resident of this area.

Survivors include one daughter Melissa Anderson and husband Michael of Rising Star; two brothers Don Southern and wife Latricia of Coleman, Jimmy Harrell and wife Linda of Brownwood and by a sister Beverly Ham of Lake Brownwood.

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James Erwin Scott

scott2James Erwin Scott, age 77, of Brownwood went to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 10, 2013 with his family by his side.

Please bring you instruments for jam session visitation at Blaylock Funeral Home between 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, August 13, 2013. Followed will be a rejoicing of my life on Wednesday 8/14/2013 at 5 p.m. at Blaylock Funeral Home Chapel.  The service will include a rejoicing of life, military, and masonic ceremonies, so please allow time.  Interment will follow at Greenleaf Cemetery at sunset.

My body dies but my spirit lives on through grace and faith in Jesus Christ and each of you who knew me.  I’ve served my country, family, community, students, and friends to the best of my ability and proudly.  I spent my last days walking closer with my Lord.

As a retired teacher, I have one more lesson for you.  If I told you that you would extend your life by completing one simple exam, would you do it?  I sure wish I had done it a lot sooner, but then you wouldn’t be learning from my mistake.  I died from a preventable and treatable disease, colorectal cancer. Please consider taking the time to think of yourself and those you might leave behind prematurely and have yourself checked.  If I had my colonoscopy sooner, I would still be playing music for your listening pleasure.

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Odus Stokes

stokes BrownwoodOdus Fred Stokes, longtime proprietor of Stokes Brothers’ Garage, died Early Sunday morning at Oak Ridge Manor after a brief struggle with cancer.

Odus and his twin brother Orus were born June 2nd, 1925 in Eastland County to Arthur Neal “Dood” Stokes and Eria Geneva Reese Stokes. They attended school and grew up near the community of Carbon. In 1941, the brothers moved to Brownwood to seek employment in the “Camp Bowie boom” and soon found work with Marvin Flowers at his garage and service station. The brothers eventually bought the business and remained at that location for the next 72 years, building a reputation for hard work, long hours and exceedingly honest business practices.

Odus married his wife, Winnie Holder Stokes, on June 13th, 1943. The couple raised three children and children-in-law: Betty White and her husband William W. White of Garland, Brenda Ezzell and her husband Willie Ezzell of Rising Star and Fred Stokes and his wife Brandi Messerla Stokes of Brownwood. The couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in June of 2013.

Odus was preceded in death by his parents and beloved brother. He is survived by his wife, three children and his sister Doris “Dot” Johnson of Brownwood. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Wesley White of San Angelo, Mechelle Bill and husband Cody of Lubbock, Will Ezzell of Parker, Arizona, Courtney Bridges and husband Glenn of Ladson, South Carolina, Brenae Leverton of Abilene, Tiffani Rader of Brownwood and Felicity Stokes of Brownwood. Also surviving are eight great-grandchildren:Payton White; Gatlin, Sarah, Garrett and Avery Bill; Cole and Lane Bridges and Aayden Camden. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Odus and Winnie Stokes were long-time members of Belle Plain Baptist Church.

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Terressa M. Swafford

swaffordTerressa M. Swafford, age 73, of Santa Anna passed away Friday, August 9, 2013 at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.

Services for Terressa will be private by invitation only.

Terressa was born on December 10, 1939 to William and Francis (Cargill) Sharp in Santa Anna, Texas. Terressa became a certified minister to help share the word of the Lord. She attended The New Testament of Holiness Church in Bangs. Terressa had a passion for writing songs, she even published a couple of songs she wrote.

She leaves behind sons, Larry Fry of Santa Anna, Ronnie Fry of Brownwood, Charlie Fry of Santa Anna, and Robert Fry and wife Eve of Brownwood; daughter, Tessie Hilton of Amarillo; five grandchildren; sister, Barbara Wedgeworth of Amarillo. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

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Gloria Carver

CARVERA memorial service for Gloria Jean Carver, age 73, of Brownwood, will at 11:00 AM, Saturday, August 10, 2013 at St. John’s Church with The Rev. Michael Mobley, The Rev. Nelson Koscheski, and Deacon Patricia Banks officiating.

Gloria passed from this life on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Zale Lipshy University Hospital in Dallas following a brief illness.  “Granny Glo”, as she was known by many, leaves behind a legacy of love.

Gloria was born on June 23, 1940 in San Antonio to Jennie V. (Cheatham) and Lynn D. Carver, Jr., the eldest of three children.  She was a great lover of animals and would adopt any dog, cat, or other creature in need of a home.  Sometimes called “the dog lady,” Gloria could often be seen driving through town with her “herd of pups.”

Most of all, Gloria loved her Lord and her church.  A long-time dedicated member of St. John’s Church, she served many terms as Junior Warden and worked valiantly to keep the buildings and grounds in good order.  She will be greatly missed by so many.

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Robert Earl Brice

briceRobert Earl (Bobby) Brice died peacefully on Sunday, August 4, 2013, at Oak Tree Assisted Living Facility in New Braunfels, TX. He was born in Brownwood, TX on April 1, 1929. His wife of 59 years, Maxine, preceded him in death in March, 2011.

Bobby is survived by his sons, Don and wife Karen of North Richland Hills, TX and Dan and wife Barbara of Spring Branch, TX; and sister Wilma Joyce of Fort Worth, TX. "Daddy Bob" is also survived by his grandchildren Jonathan Brice and wife Amy of Hutto, TX; Kenton Brice and wife Ashley of Denton, TX; David Brice of North Richland Hills, TX; Kimberly Brice of London, England; and Michael Brice of San Antonio, TX, and great-grandchildren Cadence and Jackson Brice of Hutto, TX. Bobby is also survived by several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law that were very special to him, along with aunts and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Bobby grew up in Brownwood and was a proud 1947 graduate of Brownwood High School, where he was a three-sport letterman. He married Maxine Harris of Brownwood in 1951 and they moved to Bay City, TX, where he worked as a watchmaker for Tett's Jewelers for 47 years. He was a member of the Bay City Jaycees, and a member of the Bay City Kiwanis Club, where he had perfect attendance for 55 years, He was designated "Life Member" in Kiwanis and was also a member of First Baptist Church of Bay City, TX. He was also very involved with the Matagorda County 4-H Club.

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Johnny Sosa Jr.

Visitation for Johnny Sosa Jr. will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at Heartland Funeral Home Early, Texas. Cremation will follow.

Johnny passed away Monday, August 5, 2013, in Abilene.

He was born May 4, 1961, in Denver City, Texas, to Johnny and Gloria Sosa He had lived in the Brownwood area for the past 25 years. He loved to fish, play basketball and football.

He is survived by his mother, Gloria Reasnor of Brownwood, Texas; three daughters, Tonya Sosa of Brownwood, Texas, Tamara Sosa of Brownwood, Texas, and Amber Sosa of Oklahoma; two step-sons, Christopher Garcia and Sean Garcia, both of Comanche, Texas; and one brother, Richard Sosa of Lometa, Texas. Johnny is also survived by his fiancé, Lorri Garcia.

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Etta Alene Tucker-Drinkard

DrinkardAleneEtta ‘Alene’ Tucker-Drinkard, 85, passed away peacefully on August 4, 2013, in Midland, Texas, after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s.

Visitation will be Wednesday, August 7th at the Heartland Funeral Home from 6:00 until 8:00PM. Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church in Early, Texas,  Thursday August 8th at 2:00 PM with Jayson Hart of Odessa, Texas officiating.

Etta ‘Alene’ Tucker-Drinkard was born August 13, 1928, to James Edward Tucker and Janie Pugh-Tucker on a farm in Brown County.  Soon after her birth, the family moved to the Pugh home place in the Fry Community northwest of Brown County.  Alene attended Buffalo School just over the Coleman County line until her family moved to Early in 1945. She graduated from Early High School in 1946, and after graduation, she attended Brownwood Business College where she met a returning sailor and fell in love.  She and Jerry Drinkard, Jr. were married in her parents’ home in Early on November 27, 1947. Two daughters were born into this matrimony, Linda Sue and Patricia Kay.

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Robert Ellison Carlton

Graveside services with military honors for Robert Carlton, 79, of Brownwood, will be held at 10 am on Wednesday, August 7, at Greenleaf Cemetery with Bishop Michael Fuqua officiating.  Interment will follow under the direction of Netherton Funeral Home.

Robert Ellison Carlton was born on May 30, 1934, in Guthrie, Oklahoma to Henry E. Carlton and Stella Mildred Baker Carlton.  He served his country in the United States Army and in 1962, he married Annora Reed.  He had worked as a truck driver and later in life, had loved to build toy trucks.  Mr. Carlton had lived in Brownwood for most of his life and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

He is survived by his wife, Annora Carlton of Brownwood and his children, Robert L. Carlton, Anita Kay Ferrer and Jesse Carlton, all of Brownwood.  He is also survived by seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

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Dixie Craft Griffin


Funeral Services for Dixie Craft Griffin will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at the Grace Fellowship Church in Lampasas with Minister Reid Schaub officiating.  Interment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery.  The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 PM Tuesday at the Sneed Funeral Chapel.  She passed away Sunday, August 04, 2013.

Dixie Lynn was born May 27, 1933 to Lynn Irskin  and Nona Mae Duke Craft.  She was born and also died on her familes ranch near the Rumley Community in Lampasas County.  Her family was one of the early settlers in the county in the middle 1800’s.  Having been born with God’s Gift of music she started singing as a small child.  Living in the country she would ride her bicycle to take piano lessons.  Her early years were spent in a one room school house and she was a 1951 graduate of Lampasas High School.  After graduation she attended Jackson Business College and then went to work for the First National Bank.  During her working career she also worked at Ft. Hood, the Lampasas ISD, Lampasas Cattle Auction and her last employment was with Briggs-Gamel Funeral Home for over 20 years.  Dixie’s love for music, especially gospel music was a way she shared God’s love everywhere she could. She played for several churches and was the organist at the Adamsville Baptist Church for 20 years.  Over the years she played and sang  for numerous funerals, weddings, singings  and volunteered many years playing for the patients in local nursing homes.   Dixie was a lifetime member of the Methodist Church and on July 31, 1951, she married Ed Griffin in Lampasas where they raised their family.

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