Graveside services for Jimmie Smith, 80, of Brownwood, formerly of Bertram, will be held at 2 PM on Sunday, December 23, in the Burnet Cemetery with Daniel Matheny officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of Netherton Funeral Home of Brownwood. No visitation has been scheduled.
Mr. Smith died on Thursday, December 20, 2012, at a local nursing facility in Brownwood.
Jimmie Martin Smith was born on May 1, 1932, in Austin Texas to Tom Smith and Martha Viola Riley Smith. He married Naomi Ann Crawford on February 11, 1966, in Austin Texas. He worked as a Union Bricklayer and enjoyed working in his yard and gardening in his spare time. Not many people realized that Jimmie had a soft side to him, because that was reserved for his grandchildren, they were his world and he dearly loved them. Jimmie had lived in Brownwood since 2009, moving there from Bertram, and was a member of the 1st Baptist Church of Bertram.
Clifford “Pops” Bessette, age 87, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at his home in Brownwood.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at Davis-Morris Funeral Home, 800 Center Ave., Brownwood, with Brother Bill Slaymaker officiating. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday at Davis-Morris. Burial with Military Honors will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 24, at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene.
Clifford was born on May 1, 1925, in Burlington, Vt., to Ernest and Lena Lord Bessette. He was married to Essie Hughes on Feb. 14, 1973, in Milton, Vt., and they came to Brownwood in 1975. Clifford proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II and saw action in the Ardennes and the Rhineland. He was a member of Christ Chapel and a Lifetime member of the VFW.
He is survived by his son, Running-Deer Bessette of Bangs; daughters, Teki Cass of Burlington, Vt., Pale-Moon Winslow of Orleans, Vt., and Hazel Duelette and husband Charles of Lakeland, Fla.; step-daughters, Noreen Gilbert of Arvada, Colo., Lorie McWhirter and husband Michael of Brownwood and Sherrie Nix of Brownwood; step-sons, Carl Boivin and wife Terry of Brownwood, Charles Boivin and wife Sandie of Essex Junction, Vt., and Garry Boivin and wife Gloria of Marshville, N. C.; sisters, Lena Frazier of Colorado Springs, Colo., Nancy Bessette of Burlington, Vt., and Joyce Bessette of Burlington, Vt.; brothers, Ervin Bessette and wife Dianne of Florida and Donnie Bessette of Burlington, Vt.; grandchildren, Mark Hayden of Texas, Bradley Hayden of Vermont, Daniel Francis of Vermont, Jerrick Bessette and wife Heather of Bangs, Silvia Bessette and husband Mike of Odessa, Julie Pyle and husband Michael of Robinson, Jessica Galloway and husband Dustin of Brownwood, Amanda Wilkerson of Brownwood, Sarah McWhirter of Brownwood, Elizabeth McWhirter of Brownwood, Joseph McWhirter and wife Erika of Lubbock, Jayson Nix of Brownwood, Justin Nix of Brownwood, Michael Nix and wife Lavonna of Stephenville, Robert Funderburg of Brownwood, Scott Funderburg of Brownwood, Clifford Boivin of Vermont, Daniel Boivin of Vermont, Richard Tanner of Vermont, Joshua Boivin of Texas, Melissa Tanner of Texas, Naomi Boivin of Vermont, Angelica Boivin of Texas, Ashley Moore of Vermont, Kimberly of Texas; and Christopher Flowers of Brownwood; great-grandchildren, Leighe Anna Rittiner, Kylee Rittiner, McKenzee Bobo, Lexus Carroll and Johnny Raymond Wilkerson; and special friends, Liz and Bryant Martin and Donnie Bessette.
Dorothy Dean Lawrence Crutsinger, age 93, of Brownwood passed away Thursday, December 14, 2012. Formerly of Wichita Falls, she was born January 30, 1919, in Zephyr, Texas. In high school she enjoyed playing basketball. Mrs. Crutsinger married Harold D. Crutsinger on September 4, 1937, and they celebrated 64 years of marriage. They had two sons, Gerald and Harold Ray.
The family moved to Wichita Falls in 1946 where she was a housewife and devoted mother serving as Cub and Boy Scout den mother for her sons. During this time, she also became an avid Avon collector. When Harold retired, they moved back to Brownwood in 1976 where they would live in Harold’s original family home on Belle Plain until it was destroyed by fire in 1989. They both were long-time members of Belle Plain Baptist Church.
Alva Lois Smith, age 85 of Brownwood, passed away December 16, 2012 in a local nursing home. She was born in Deer Creek, Texas on November 9, 1927 to Walter Barclay and Helga Bush Barclay. She graduated from Richland Springs High School and married ‘Spud ‘ Smith on July 9, 1946.
She is survived by a son, Ed Smith of Brownwood and two granddaughters, Kim Flores and husband Paul of Cisco, and Stacey Lamb and husband Robbie of Farwell, Tx. She is also survived by three sisters, Alma Blanche Miller & husband Pete of Ft. Worth, Nila Brown of Austin, and Shannon Morris of Tow. A sister-in-law, Betty Barclay of Thrifty survives her as well as great 5 grandchildren, Brooklyn Lamb, Chase Lamb, Brayden Flores, Katelyn Flores and Jaclyn Flores. She is survived also by numerous nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her parents, her husband ‘Spud’ Smith, brothers Thomas Barclay and Morris Barclay and a sister, Fern Simpson.
A memorial service for Tommy Bumpass, age 82, of Brownwood, will be at 3:00 PM, Sunday, December 16, 2012 in the Coggin Avenue Baptist Church Chapel with Dr. Mark Waters officiating.
Mr. Bumpass died Saturday, November 10, 2012 at his home, surrounded by his family.
Tommy was born on May 11, 1930 in Lubbock to J.C. and Ethel Bumpass. He married Billie Jean Cathey on June 4, 1949. At age 15, Tommy began a lifelong career in the linen, laundry and dry cleaning business. He owned and operated laundries and dry cleaners in Lubbock, Snyder and Brownwood.
Tommy is survived by his wife of 63 years, Billie of Brownwood, two daughters, Tommie Jean Wiggins and husband Mike of Denison and Rhonda Jo Wickline of Brownwood, a son Timothy David Bumpass of Brownwood, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a sister and a brother.
Miriam Coley, 87, passed away Thursday, December 13, 2012 in her home. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:00 PM at the First Baptist Church in Early, Texas. The family will receive friends 6:00 – 7:30 PM Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 at the Heartland Funeral Home in Early. Graveside services will be held Monday, December 17, 2012 at the Midlothian Cemetery in Midlothian, Texas.
Miriam was born on February 5, 1925 to Taylor and Effie Morris and was a resident of Early, Texas. Miriam was retired executive assistant with the Federal Aviation Agency.
She was an active member of her church and she cherished all her friends and family.
Funeral Services for Alfredo Fuentes Vasquez, age 63, of Brownwood will be held Monday, December 17, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brownwood with Father Francis Njoku officiating. Interment will follow at Greenleaf Cemetery. Viewing will be available for family and friends throughout Saturday and Sunday morning to evening. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday evening, with recitation of The Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel. He passed away Wednesday, December 12, 2012, in Brownwood, Texas. Alfredo was born on January 12, 1949, in Coahuila, Mexico to Bacilio and Matilda (Fuentes) Vasquez.
Alfredo married Dora (Gomez) Vasquez on December 16, 1968, in Brownwood, Texas. They were married for 44 years. He was a life-long member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and was very passionate about living LIFE to the fullest. He worked as owner of Fence Master, building fences for ranches in Brown County and surrounding areas. Alfredo loved all his family and friends. He was always willing to lend a helping hand. He was also very optimistic about the future. In his spare time he enjoyed working outdoors where he was most free.
Funeral Services for Maxwell “Max” Giddens, age 73, of Brownwood will be held Saturday December 15, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at Austin Avenue Church of Christ with Tom Washburn officiating; Interment will follow at Bangs Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday evening December 14, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel.
Max was born on April 9, 1939 in Harlingen, TX and passed away on December 11, 2012 in Brownwood, TX after a long illness. He was born to Charles Giddens and Eunice (Powell) Giddens. Max attended school from first grade through high school in Brownwood. He played the violin in the Brownwood High School orchestra and graduated in 1957. His love for music gave him and others great pleasure all his life. This love for music was handed down to his children and grandchildren. After high school, Max attended Letourneau Tech, where he increased his knowledge of electrical and mechanical skills. He also graduated from Parkland School of X-Ray in Dallas, TX.
Graveside Services for Mary Pierce, age 88, of Early, Texas, will be held Saturday, December 15, 2012, at 11:00 A.M. at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Brown County, Texas, with Chaplain Dick Williams officiating. No set visitation time will be held Friday evening at Davis-Morris Funeral Home. She passed away December 10, 2012, in Brownwood, Texas. Mary was born on June 21, 1924, in Blanket, Texas, to Edward Shaw and Alma Ellen (Porter) Thompson.
She married Dudley Pierce on February 16, 1946 in Coleman, Texas; they were married for 66 years. Mary was a member of Early First Baptist Church.