James D. “Hoot” Gibson

GibsonJames D. “Hoot” Gibson, age 58, of Bangs passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014.

Graveside services for James will be held at 4:00 P.M. Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Cedar Point Cemetery with Pastor Stan Roberts officiating. Visitation for the family will be held Wednesday evening from 6-8 P.M. at Blaylock Funeral Home.

James was born on December 14, 1955 to L.B. and Martha Ruth (Denton) Gibson in Lubbock, Texas. He graduated from Albany High School in 1974. After high school James attended and graduated from Tarleton State University in 1979 with a Bachelor and in 1985 with a Masters in Agriculture Education. James was an AG teacher for 12 years. James married his wife of 20 years, June, on July 31, 1993 in Brownwood. He retired from the Texas National Guard after 23 years as a Master Sergeant. He also farmed and ranched for 13 years.

James leaves behind his wife, June Gibson of Brownwood; sons, Matthew Gibson of Pennsylvania, David Gibson and wife Dawn of Richmond, TX, Russell Gibson of Plano, TX, Mackey Gibson of Brownwood, and Grayson Gibson of Brownwood; father, L.B. Gibson of Abilene; mother-in-law, Maryln Hanley and husband Michael of Bangs; two granddaughters, Alexandra Gibson and Lillanna Gibson; and brother, Roger Gibson of Missouri. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members.

He was preceded in death his mother, Martha Ruth Gibson.

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Billy Edward Jones


Billy Edward Jones, known as “Little Billy”, age 18 of Brownwood left this earthly life for eternal life on March 9, 2014.

A Celebration of Life for Billy will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Victory Life Church, burial will follow at Salt Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday evening from 5-8 P.M. at Blaylock Funeral Home.

Little Billy was born on September 21, 1995 to Billy Jones and Sabrina (Gowin) Morrison in Brownwood, Texas. From the time Billy was born he was always full of life and lived life to the fullest every day.  He had a smile that would light up the room, an infectious personality, and a heart of gold. Everyone that knew Little Billy knew he loved the girls, fast cars, girls, working out in the gym, girls, baseball from a young age, and did we mention, girls.  He was a senior at Brownwood High School.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his parents, Billy Jones and wife Telisha of Brownwood and Sabrina Jones Morrison and husband Tommy of Blanket; brother, Tanner Jones of Blanket; half-sister, Bralee Jones of Brownwood; step-sisters, Hailey Glass and Ashley Walls of Brownwood; step-brothers, Tyler Glass of Brownwood, Tohma Morrison and wife Heather of Pearland, Tanner Morrison and wife Robin of Midland, and Tory Morrison of Pleasanton; paternal grandparents, Lonnie and Debbie Crouch of Bangs; paternal grandfather, Joe Bob Jones of Brownwood; maternal grandmother, Glenda Gowin of Bangs.               He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

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Baleriano S. Rodriguez

Baleriano S. Rodriguez, age 92, of Brownwood passed away Monday, March 10, 2014.

Services for Baleriano will be held in San Carlos Coahuila, Mexico under the direction of La Nueva Funeraria.

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Bolton Day

BoltonDayFuneral services for Bolton Layne Day, 19, of Brownwood, will be held at 10 am on Thursday, March 13, at the Abundant Life Church with Pastor Brian Griffin officiating.  Interment will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park, under the direction of Netherton Funeral Home and Cremations.   Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 pm on Wednesday, March 12, at Netherton Funeral Home, 1412 Belle Plain in Brownwood.

Bolton Day died on Sunday, March 9, 2014, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

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Frank Wooldridge

WooldridgeGraveside Services for Frank Wooldridge, age 84, of Bangs, Texas formerly of Arlington, Texas will be held 1:00 PM Tuesday, March 11, 2013 at the Bangs Cemetery in Bangs, Texas.  The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 PM Monday at the Heartland Funeral Home in Early.  He passed away Saturday, March 08, 2014 in a local  nursing home.

Frank Wooldridge was born April 2, 1929 in Grandview, Texas.  He was married to Evelyn Virginia Tribble in Grandview and she preceded him in death.  He was a retired plumber for the University of Texas Arlington.  Mr. Wooldridge was a member of the National Rifle Assocoiation and was an avid coon hunter.  He won many trophie through hiscoon hunting adventures.  He had been a resident of Bangs since 1986.

He is suvived by three sons Ricky Steve Wooldridge and wife Paula of Granbury, James Henry Wooldridge and wife Barbara of Bangs and Tim Clay Wooldridge of Mansfield; by one daughter Judy Ann Lee and husband  Eddie of Mansfield; 11 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and by numerous nieces and nephews.

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Clois Marie Cox

CoxClois Marie Cox, 73, of Early, Texas passed away on Saturday March 8, 2014 surrounded by her family in Fort Worth, Texas.

Born June 16, 1940 in Coleman County to Alfred and Thelma Cullins, Clois is survived by her husband of 34 years Edwin D. Cox, her three children, Jerrilyn and Raymond Powell, Rick and Michelle Sparks and David Sparks of Fort Worth, by six grandchildren, Megan and Adam Richardson, Mandi Powell, Caleb and Anessa Sparks, Becky and Irene Sparks and four great grandchildren Reese Richardson, JJ Hernandez, Drew and Alan Barrera.  She is also survived by five siblings, Edmond Cullins of San Antonio, Texas, Joyce Ralston of Brownwood, Texas, Glenda Gassiot of Valera, Texas, Freddie and Ellen Cullins of Houston, Texas and Velda and Sam Johnson of Cleburne, Texas, as well as dozens of nieces and nephews.

Clois graduated from Santa Anna High School and worked at Safeway.  She owned Ma’s Closet in Brownwood, Texas for several years making friends with everyone she met along the way.  Never knowing a stranger, her big heart and generosity were known by everyone’s life she touched.  Her joy in life was being surrounded by her family and friends and being able to spread sunshine to everyone she met.

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Margarito Hernandez

HernandezMargarito Hernandez, age 79, of Rockwood, passed away Friday, March 7, 2014, at his residence.  Funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 9, 2014 in Stevens Funeral Home Chapel with Alonzo Hernandez officiating.  Burial will follow in the Rockwood Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home, 400 W. Pecan Street, Coleman.

Margarito was born June 9, 1934 in Obayos, Coahuila, Mexico, a son of Monico Hernandez and Leonides Gonzales Hernandez.  He grew up in Mexico where he attended school.  In 1966 he married Angelica Aguirre in Stephenville.  He was a ranch hand for the Carter Ranch near Rising Star and the Wise Ranch near Rockwood.  He became a naturalized citizen in 1988.

Survivors include his wife, Angelica (Angie) Hernandez of Rockwood; two sons, Alonzo Hilton Hernandez and wife Alisa of Santa Anna and Phillip Sidney Hernandez and wife Kristi of Santa Anna; two sisters, Victoria Leija of San Antonio and Catalina DeLeon of Obayos, Coahuila, Mexico; eight grandchildren, Korynne Hernandez, Remington Hernandez, Kourtnie Daun Hall, Krysta Hernandez, Katy Loeffler, Kylee Hernandez, Alex Hernandez, Kayli Hernandez; two great-grandchildren, Brailee Daun Hall and Jase Hall; mother-in-law, Petra Aguirre of Brownwood.

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William W. Bell

bellBillWilliam Woodward Bell, 75, of Brownwood passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Born May 15, 1938, to Charles Smith and Jane Woodward Bell, he was a descendent of one of Brownwood's pioneer families. He married Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Beniteau Bell May 31, 1969 in San Antonio. Mrs. Bell is a former CPA and county auditor.

Mr. Bell graduated in 1960 with a B.B.A. from Baylor University where he was a member of Taurus social club, and in 1968 he earned a J.D. from Baylor Law School. He served in the United States Marine Corps as a Tank Platoon Commander and Naval Aerial Observer Captain from 1960 -1963 at Camp Pendleton and in the Marine Corps Reserve Forces from 1969 -1972.

In 1968 Mr. Bell returned to Brownwood to practice law. He served as Municipal City Judge from 1969 – 1980 and City Attorney from 1980 – 1999 and was General Counsel of Brownwood ISD from 1975 – 1980. He was a Director of the Brown County Water Improvement District from 1974 – 1978 and its General Counsel from 1978 – 2013. He was a member of the Texas and Supreme Court of the United States Bars. Two of his most prominent cases included the successful defense of a local movie theater owner against obscenity charges for screening "Midnight Cowboy" and the murder trial of performer Rae Bourbon. He retired after 45 years of practicing law in May 2013.

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Sharron McDaniel Duncan

DuncanSharron McDaniel Duncan was born July 19, 1940 in Brownwood Texas to Sherman and Bill (Willie Mae) McDaniel. She graduated from Brownwood High School in 1958. She attended Business School in Abilene, Texas. She married her high school sweetheart Johnny Ray Duncan in Brownwood in 1959.

Sharron's lifetime career was as an Administrative Assistant in both the Medical and Insurance Fields. She loved working with people and helping them solve their problems. Cooking and spending time with her family were her favorite past times. Her grandchildren did no wrong. She always had their back and was in their corner.
She was a member of Central United Methodist Church.

She is survived by children: John Sherman Duncan and wife, Joy of Goldthwaite; Jana Copeland and husband, Greg of Brownwood; Jennifer Piper and husband, Allen of Blanket; Her beloved grandchildren Heather Proffitt and husband, Greg; Tyler Livingston and wife, Brooke; Clinton Copeland; Zach Duncan and wife, Trisha; and Britt Piper. Great grandchildren: Tyler Allan Livingston, Brynlee Proffitt, and Garrison Proffitt and the much anticipated arrival of John Taos Duncan in July 2014. Sister, Jeannette Chesser of Lake Brownwood.

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Richard A. Gardner

Richard A. Garner, 88, of Brownwood passed away on March 5, 2014. Born in Brownwood, Texas, September 21, 1925, he was the son of Carl and Eunice Garner. Richard spent many years as a resident of Brownwood. Richard married the love his life, Joyce, in Brownwood, Texas, on February 9th, 1944, separated by death May 5, 1991, and reunited together March 5, 2014. Richard owned and operated Coleman Auto Parts before retiring.

Richard is preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Eunice Garner: his wife, Joyce; son, Daniel J. Garner; and brothers, Hubert C. Garner and Henry A. Garner. Richard is survived by his son, Freddie Garner and his wife Brandy; one sister Judy Teague of Midland; and grandson Chris M.

Richard was a hospice volunteer for over twenty years at Brownwood Regional Medical Center where he received an award for over 20,000 hours of volunteer work for the hospital.

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