Melba June Ballard Wesson

wessonFuneral services for Melba June Ballard Wesson will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2013, at the Coleman Church of Christ. Interment will follow in the Coleman City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Heartland Funeral home in Early. A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until service time Friday at the Coleman Church of Christ.

Melba was born to Chester and Etta Ballard in Coleman County. She was one of 14 children. She graduated in 1942 from Mozelle High School. She was married to J.R. Wesson in 1946. They were married 56 years before he preceded her in death in 2002. They had three children, Nita Meador, Larry Wesson and Kenny Wesson.

Melba was a homemaker who made a wonderful home for her husband and her children. She was a dedicated wife and lived for her family. She had a strong Christian faith and became a member of the Church of Christ in Coleman in 1954. She was a dedicated member of the Austin Avenue Church of Christ in Brownwood from 1969 until her death.

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Michael Shaw

Funeral services for Michael Shaw, 33, of Dallas and formerly of Brownwood, will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Cathedral of Hope Church in Dallas. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Greenleaf Cemetery, under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home of Early.

He died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in Dallas.

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Lola Mae Lafferty

LaffertyLolaLola Mae Lafferty, age 94, of Brownwood went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. Graveside services will be held at 10 AM, Friday, March 1, 2013 at Greenleaf Cemetery with Pastor Alan Morris officiating. Visitation will be from 6 PM to 8PM, Wednesday at Davis-Morris Funeral Home.

Lola was born on March 19, 1918 in Brownwood to Robert and Ella Mae Russell. She married Thomas Jewel Evens Lafferty on December 26, 1923, in Brownwood and together they operated Tom Lafferty Electric . Lola lived her entire life in Brownwood and was a member of Southside Church and a former member Coggin Avenue Baptist Church.

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Charles Parrish

parrishCharles Albert Parrish, age 83, of Mullin died Tuesday in the Hamilton Medical Center.

Graveside services will be held at 2 PM Friday in the Goldthwaite Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Benny M. Allcorn officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home of Early. Visitation will be held from 6 - 8 PM on Thursday at the funeral home.

He was born November 15, 1929 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the son of the late Albert and Ethel Alden Parrish. He was married to Barbara Brownwell in 1948. He served in the U. S. Air Force from 1947 until 1953.

He is survived by his ex-wife, Barbara Parrish of Mullin

A daughter, Linda Arnold of Big Spring

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Bettye Burroughs Justis

justisobitphoto_nBettye Burroughs Justis, our sweet mother, went to heaven to be with our dear father. She left this earth on February 24, 2013, at 7:52 am peacefully and without pain.

Mom was born on December 25, 1941, to George Haley Burroughs and Marie Olivea Jones Burroughs in Brownwood, Texas. She graduated from Brownwood High School in 1959.Shortly after graduation, she married Charles G. Justis, Jr. December 29, 1959, after she turned 18.

Mom aspired to be a Nurse but ended up taking a job to help get dad through Southwestern Seminary to be a Baptist Minister. They landed a job in Warren Texas at Bethel Baptist Church and started a family. After several years in Warren Texas, they moved to Mason Texas to Minister the First Baptist Church of Mason where another child was born. She worked at Davenport Pharmacy as a secretary to help support the family on a minister’s salary. Following Dad to Cedar Creek to start a new Church, she took a job at the Department of Human Services and then transferred to the Texas School for the Deaf where she retired after 25 years of Service.

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James W. Womack

WomackJamesFuneral services for James Womack, 73, of Brownwood, will be held at 2 pm on Thursday, February 28, in the Netherton Funeral Home Chapel with Randy Hardin officiating. Interment will follow in Cedar Point Cemetery under the direction of Netherton Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 pm on Wednesday, February 27, at the funeral home.

Mr. Womack passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.

James W. Womack was born on December 4, 1939, in Bangs, Texas, a son of Jeb Womack and Delia Donnell Womack. He married Freda Graves on October 19, 1957 in Brownwood.  She preceded him in death on August 26, 2012.

Mr. Womack had worked at the Brownwood Woolen Mill until his retirement and had also coached little league baseball in Bangs for over 25 years.  He was a lifetime resident of Brown County and a member of the Fourth and Stewart Street Church of Christ.

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Coach Bill Anderson

anderson_billLegendary football coach Bill Anderson, 87, passed from this life, surrounded by family, on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013.

Billy Joe was born in Smith Springs, Texas, in Erath County on July 20, 1925, to Madera Maude (Crunk) and Fred Anderson. His early years were shaped by life on a family farm during the Great Depression. His family worked to subsidize the farm at a feed mill in Stephenville, and, after his father bought the mill, the family moved into town where Billy Joe “Blub” attended high school and played football. Joining countless other young kids from farms, small towns, and cities across America in the war effort, Blub enlisted as soon as he was eligible in 1943. The war ended before “Tex” was sent overseas, but those years in the Army Air Corps — training in West Virginia, Wisconsin, Florida, and finally California as a tail gunner on the B-29 — were some of his most memorable. After the war, Bill came home with his new wife to attend Tarleton Junior College. Offered a chance to play football at what was then George Pepperdine College in Los Angeles, Bill was happy to return to California and renew many of his war time friendships. In his first season, the fledging Pepperdine team, composed largely of ex-GIs, was named the 1947 National Small College Champions.

After three seasons and his graduation in 1950, Bill brought his family back to Texas and began a coaching career that spanned more than half a century. Greatly loved and highly respected, Coach molded young lives with tenures at Stamford, Rising Star, South Taylor, Graham, Palestine, Riviera and Hereford. In his 11 years as a high school head coach, he coached four district champions and three runner-up teams. People knew him as a superb educator, mentor, motivator, role model and coach. He especially loved the people of Stamford and his beloved Bulldogs. Big Bill Anderson was a major force in Stamford’s four state championships and multi-playoff wins in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Colleges recruited him and he coached at Abilene Christian, West Texas State, Cisco Junior College, Howard Payne and Tarleton. At Howard Payne, he was blessed to be able to coach with his son, Bobby.

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Dannie Lee Seward

Dannie Lee Seward, 90, of Crane passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at the Crane Nursing Center.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel in Early, with the Rev. Ruben Packer officiating. Burial will follow in the Bangs Cemetery.

Dannie was born on Dec. 10, 1922, in Christoval, Texas, to Willie and Sleety Chaffin. She was a graduate of Crane High School. Dannie retired as the admissions supervisor at the Brownwood Regional Hospital. She had lived in Crane for the past 15 years, moving from Thrifty, Texas. She was a Baptist, and attended the Victory Baptist Church in Brownwood.

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Coleita Helen Smith Morris

morrisA memorial service for Coleita Helen Smith Morris will be held  2:00 PM, Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church of Brownwood with Dr. Don Scroggs officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 PM to 5:00 pm, Saturday at Davis-Morris Funeral Home, 800 Center Ave., Brownwood.

Colieta was the daughter of Will C. and Floy Jane (Greenstreet) Smith, born March 15, 1925, in Brownwood.

She was a 1942 graduate of Brownwood High School and was chosen “ Coming Home Queen” in 1992. She attended Daniel Baker College as a voice student of Miss Mavis Douglas.

Coleita was married to Wendell Phillip Morris on June 10, 1946, and two daughters were born to this marriage.

She worked for the U.S. Government for 35 years at the Draft Board and the Soil Conservation Service. She also worked as the secretary for the Brownwood District, United Methodist Church, and secretary to the Pecan Bayou Soil and Water Conservation District for 20 years. Her life was one of service to others.

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Gene Smith

smith_geneFuneral services for Codie Eugene “Gene” Smith, 72, of Brownwood will be at 10am Saturday February 23, 2013 at Heartland Funeral Home Chapel.   Burial will follow in Greenleaf Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday February 22, 2013 from 6-8pm at Heartland Funeral Home.

Gene died Tuesday Feb. 19, 2013 at his home in Brownwood.

He was born September 10, 1940 and was the only child of Johnnye Brannan and Codie Erwin Smith of Brownwood.  Gene was born and raised in Brownwood, TX and graduated from Brownwood High School in 1958.  He married Susie Stewart in 1968 and went on to work and raise his family here.  Gene retired in September 2012 from Janie Clements Industries with 20 years of service.  He is survived by daughter Shae Smith of Corpus Christi, TX and son and daughter-in-law Codie and Angie Smith of Brownwood along with 4 grandchildren Codie and Connor Smith of Corpus Christi and Cate and Evan Smith of Brownwood, and a cousin Billie Johnson of Abilene, TX

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