John Cronier

CronierFuneral services with military honors for John Cronier, age 79, of Brownwood, will be at 2:30 PM, Saturday, December 1, 2012 in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel with Alan Morris officiating. Cremation will follow under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home with internment to follow at a later date in the Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6:00 until 8:00.

Mr. Cronier died Thursday, November 29, 2012 in Brownwood Regional Medical Center.

John Marshall Cronier was born on June 11, 1933 in Montgomery, Alabama to Alfred and Sara (Blackwell) Cronier.  He attended Montgomery schools and the University of Alabama before joining U. S. Army.  He married Mary Ann Bowen on June 1, 1962 in Brownwood.

John made a career out of the Army, serving his country for twenty-three years.  After his retirement from the Army, John and his family moved to Brownwood.  He started a second career in office machine repair for Turner Office Supply.  John was a member of Melwood Baptist Church where he served as a deacon before Melwood Baptist merged with Woodland Heights Baptist Church, which later became Southside Baptist Church.  At Southside Church, John also served as a deacon, taught Sunday School, and assisted with the church services in the local nursing homes.  John served his community as a former board member of Good Samaritan Ministries and a former member of the Downtown Brownwood Lions Club.

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Nancy Smith

smith_nancyNancy Smith, age 74, of Brownwood went to be with the Lord on Monday, November 26, 2012. She was born on May 24, 1938 in Hanford, California to Frank and Lola Yancy. She was married to Billy Earl Smith, Sr. on November 5, 1955. Nancy has been a native of Brownwood for over 50 years. Calvary Baptist Church was her church home and family for over 35 years.

As a disciple of Christ and a long-time childcare provider, many children and parents have seen the love of Jesus Christ through our mother. Expressing her love and sharing her talents as a gifted seamstress, she often created children and baby doll clothes for friends and family. Mom had much joy in seeing her “granny dresses” in church. In her belief, “a house is a house, a home is what you make of it”, she was a loving wife and mother who lived a Godly example every day of her life, leaving a legacy of witness now and forever in the lives she’s touched.

Survivors include three sons: Billy E. Smith, Jr. and wife Cheryl, Melvin Smith and wife Patty, Jimmy Smith and wife Debbie; three daughters: Beth Smith, Nita Henderson, Rhonda Robbins and husband Daniel; daughter-in-law Jennifer Thompson; three brothers: Curtis Yancy, Larry Yancy, Randy Yancy; three sisters: Margaret West, Charel Davis, Ann Brown; 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, two brothers: Keller Yancy and Charles Yancy, son Karl Smith, grandson Billy Paul Smith.

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Nelda Gilbert

GilbertphotoNelda Joyce Wilson Gilbert was born December 7, 1937, in Brown County, Texas, to Bryant Bennett Wilson and Dorothy Towers Wilson.  The Wilsons were long time residents of Brown County with the first Wilson ancestors moving to Brown County in 1872, settling in the western part of Brown County near Bangs.  As a child, Nelda rode the school bus into Brownwood where she attended the old JR Looney School, Central and North Wards.  Later the family moved into town and Nelda graduated with honors from Brownwood High School in 1956.  In 1955 she married her high school sweetheart Billie Deen Gilbert. Bill enlisted in the Air Force in 1955 and his first permanent station after training was at the newly formed Abilene Air Force Base, later named Dyess Air Force Base.  As a career military family, the family lived in various states throughout Bill’s career, and when Bill’s tours took him overseas (including one tour in Viet Nam) Nelda returned to Brownwood to be near family.  Near the end of his military stent, Bill was again stationed at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene. It was while there that Nelda went to work for DOD Defense Logistics Agency.  During her stent with DLA she and Bill were able to travel with her job and lived in the Azores and later in Panama before returning to the states.  She retired in 1998 and they returned to Brownwood, moving into the Gilbert family home.    Nelda and Bill were blessed with four children, Bryant Eddie Gilbert, Doni Lea Gilbert Behney, Deena Joy Gilbert Canals, and Billie Deen Gilbert, Jr.

She and Bill were long time members of the Austin Avenue Baptist Church.

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Wanda Rosalie Ruple

RupleWandaRosalieFuneral Services for Wanda Ruple, age 78, of Brownwood will be held Saturday, December 01, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel with Ruben Packer officiating. Interment will follow at Weedon Cemetery in Brown County. Visitation will be held from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Friday evening at Davis-Morris Funeral Home. She passed away Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at her home in Lake Brownwood, Texas.

Wanda was born on September 06, 1934 in Meridian, Texas to D.L. and Wynona (Meyers) Adams.

Wanda is survived by her 3 sons; Roger Dale Ruple of Lake Brownwood, James Drew Ruple Jr. and wife Deborah of Crockett, Texas, Timothy Dee Ruple and wife Myra of Midland, Texas; 5 grandchildren, Eric Sean Ruple, Alicia Aaron Ruple, Timothy Ruple Jr., Christina Ruple, and Samantha Ruple; 2 great-grandchildren; 1 brother, Dallas Adams of Killeen, Texas; and 1 sister, Joann Baker of Brady, Texas.

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Linda Wade Eckols

Linda Wade Eckols, age 65 of Brownwood passed away Sunday, November 25 in a local hospital. She was born on January 2, 1947 in Dallas to Orval Lavon Wade and Juanita Ruth Wade. Ms. Eckols was a registered nurse and spent many years in health care. She was a great Nascar fan and loved her dog, Archie.

She is survived by a daughter, Angela Gaddis and husband John of Gun Barrel City, Tx., a brother Cody Wade and wife Pat of Indian Creek, as well as nieces and nephews Carla Edgett, Bubba Wade, Kristi Herrod and Jamie Richardson . She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Carl Wade.

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Melvin H. McCleery

mccleeryMelvin H. McCleery, age 89, of May went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 23, 2012 in Abilene, Texas. Visitation will be Sunday, November 25 from 5 pm to 8 pm at Davis-Morris Funeral Home, 800 Center Ave. in Brownwood. Funeral Services will be Monday, November 26 at 2 pm at the May United Methodist Church in May, Texas. Burial will follow at the May Cemetery.

Melvin was born on May 4, 1923 in Vici, Oklahoma to Lynn and Ellen McCleery. He graduated from Holliday High School, Holliday Texas in 1941. Melvin married Mary Lou Walker on September 13, 1945 in San Antonio. He served his country 3 times when it called, the first was with the US Army Air Corps during WWII. After his discharge he was called back to duty during WWII and again during the Korean War. After leaving the military he opened Melvin’s Clothiers in Odessa in 1956 and operated it with his brother until 1994. He and Mary Lou came to May on a full time basis in 1994 to run their ranch. Melvin was a 65 year Master Mason who grew up with his grandfather from whom he learned his work ethic. Melvin was a member of the May United Methodist Church and the “Chuck Wagon Gang” in Odessa.

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Clarence Grover Garrison

Graveside services with military honors for Clarence Garrison, age 85, of Abilene, will be at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, November 27, 2012, in the Jordan Springs Cemetery. The funeral procession will leave to go to the cemetery from Heartland Funeral Home at 10:30 AM. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at Belmont Baptist Church, 2113 Palm Street, Abilene.

Clarence Grover Garrison, husband of Evelyn June and father of Clarice Ann, died at home on Friday, November 23, 2012. He was born in Glasscock County on March 5, 1921.

Clarence was 16 years old when he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard on July 4, 1943. He boarded the APA 12 USS Leonard Wood in September, 1943. He participated in these landings in the Pacific theater: September, 1944 at Pelelieu; November 1943 at the Gilbert Islands; January-February 1944 at the Marshall Islands; June 1944 at the Marianas and Saipan: October 1944 at Leyte; and January 1945 at Lingayen Gulf and Mindora. He received an honorable discharge on March 26, 1946, with the rank of Carpenter's Mate First Class.

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Kristopher Allen Roe, Jr.

Graveside services for Kristopher Allen Roe, Jr., infant son of Kris and Elizabeth Roe of Brownwood will be held at 2 PM, Monday, November26, 2012 at Greenleaf Cemetery with Pastor Larry Deering officiating.  Visitation will be Sunday evening from 5-6 at the funeral home.

In addition to his parents, Kristopher is survived by his grandparents, David and Gracie Dolan of Brownwood and Wanda Roe of Brownwood; great grandparents Jim and Shirley Holland of Brownwood of Brownwood, Rudy Dolan of Big Springs and John T. Lumpkin of Odessa, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

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Clarence Orien Ford

Funeral Services for Clarence Orien Ford, age 94, of Brookesmith, Texas will be held Tuesday November 20, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Brownwood with Ryan Smithey officiating. Interment will follow at Bangs Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday evening at Davis-Morris Funeral Home. Clarence Orien Ford passed away November 17, 2012 at his home near Brookesmith, Texas. He was born September 17, 1918, to Audie and Dacie Ford, in Brownwood, and was a graduate of Bangs High School.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Billie Ford (married March 20, 1942 in Yuma, Arizona); son, Royce and wife Susan Ford; daughter, Gaynell and husband Leland Williams; 4 grandchildren (Stephen Williams, Randy Williams and Kimberly Williams Beaver; and Melissa Ford); and 4 great-grandchildren (Bailey, Jarret, and Avery Williams; and Mason Beaver). He is also survived by a brother, Cecil Ford, and a sister Onnie Newton. He was preceded in death by 1 granddaughter, Angela Williams, in 1973.

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Jeffrey Todd Plummer

Todd was born July 29, 1968, in San Angelo, Texas. He passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Friday, November 16, 2012.

Todd was raised in San Angelo and graduated from Central High School in 1986. He worked for GTE/Verizon for many years and was well liked by all of his friends and co-workers.

Todd enjoyed the outdoors. He loved dogs, swimming, surfing, fishing, dove-hunting, waterskiing, dirt bikes and camping. He was a Dallas Cowboys fan.

Todd was an excellent cook. He loved to barbecue and have fish-fries. He often volunteered to cook for department celebrations at work.

Most of all Todd enjoyed being with his children, Amanda and Aaron. Together, they had all sorts of adventures and created many wonderful memories.

Todd was preceded in death by his parents, Benny Plummer and Bobbie Bradshaw; Step-father, Neal Bradshaw; grandparents, Earl and Verba Plummer of Brownwood, Norma Janner of San Antonio and C.B. Babbitt; adopted grandmother, Charlie Mae Stewart; aunt, Mary Paul; uncle, Freddy Plummer; and niece, Gabriella Plummer.

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