Eddie Ray Jowers

jowers_jEddie Ray Jowers, age 45, of Lake Brownwood passed away at his residence Monday March 18, 2013.

Eddie was born October 18, 1967 to Bobby and Jean Jowers in Sweetwater, TX. He attended school at Bangs. Eddie was a fighter; he was loved by many, and had numerous friends.

He is survived by his parents Bobby and Jean Jowers of Bangs; brother Robby Jowers of Bangs; sister Laura Dibrell and husband Shawn of Priddy; nephews Jeffery Jowers,  Andrew Jowers, Tanner Dibrell, Scott Dibrell and Kyler Dibrell; niece Danielle Dibrell; also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives and friends.

Eddie is preceded in death by his grandparents Frank and Edith Brinson, Envard and Gladys Jowers; uncles Bill Brinson and David Jowers; aunts Carroll Smith, and Linda Edwards.

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Shirley Ann Craigen West

WestShirley Shirley Ann Craigen West passed away Sunday morning March 17, 2013 at her home in Brownwood, Texas.  Visitation will be held at Heartland Funeral Home from 6-8:30 on Tuesday, March 19th.  On Wednesday, March 20th, graveside services will be held at Eastlawn Memorial Park at 11 o’clock. Memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at First United Methodist church at 2:30 pm.

Shirley is survived by husband Kenneth West, son and daughter-in-law Glen and Julie West of Brenham, Texas, daughter, Kay West Smith of Kennedale,Texas, brother George Wayne Craigen of Austin, Texas and granddaughters Gracie, Gretchen, Darby and Haley.   Shirley was an active member of First United Methodist Church and was membership committee chairman.

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Cloda Ann Stearns Taylor Grove

Cloda Ann Stearns Taylor Grove, age 77, of Haltom City and formerly of Brown County, died Saturday morning at her home in Haltom City.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel, with burial to follow in the Santa Anna Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

She was born May 2, 1935, in Coleman County, the daughter of the late Harley and Jewell James Stearns. She attended schools at Brooksmith and later graduated from Santa Anna High School. She attended college later. She was married to O. T. Taylor on June 9, 1952, and he preceded her in death on September 19, 1975. She later was married to Bud Groves in April of 1981 and he preceded her in death in 1991. She was raised in Coleman County and moved to Haltom City in 1952. She worked for AARP pharmacy and was a Baptist. She had attended the Trickham Community Church prior to moving from Coleman County. She was a former member of the Colbert Eastern Star.

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Larry Hogue

hogueLarry L. Hogue, 72, of Brownwood passed away Friday, March 15, 2013, at a local hospital.

Funeral services have been set for 2 p.m. Monday, March 18, at Davis-Morris Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Eastlawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Larry was born April 15, 1940, in Ralls, Texas, where he farmed cotton from 1958 to 1967. He was a loyal and passionate Brownwood Lions Football fan. He was a devoted member of the Emma Masonic Lodge 931 for over 50 years. He completed Brownwood Citizen's Police Academy and was a supporter of local law enforcement. Larry loved his family very much and took great joy in spending time with his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids.

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Emma Martinez

Emma Martinez, 70, of Brownwood, passed away Thursday, March 14 at her residence. Emma was born Dec. 1, 1942, in Eden, Texas.

Memorial services have been set for 2 p.m. Sunday at Davis-Morris Funeral Home, 800 Center Ave., Brownwood, Texas.

She is survived by her children, Jessie Martinez of Houston, Texas, Guillermo Martinez of Brownwood, Dickie Martinez of Brownwood and Marco Martinez of Amarillo, Texas; one sister, Irene Castanula of Brady, Texas; one brother, Joe Martinez of Houston, Texas; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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Ruby Baylus French Jr.

RB French Jr., 87, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2013, in Bedford, Texas.

Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday in the Cowboy Cemetery in Mercury, Texas, under the direction of Davis-Morris Funeral Home.

RB was born in Hamilton, Texas, Oct. 26, 1925. RB was married to June Edmondson French in 1944 and had two sons, Larry and Jim. R.B. was a veteran of World War II and served his country in the Pacific Islands from 1944-46.

RB was predeceased in death by his son, Larry Wayne French, in 1974 and second wife, Francis Calder in May 31, 1991.

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Amalia Constancio Martinez

Amalia Constancio Martinez, age 84, of Brownwood and formerly of Jimenez, Coahuila, Mexico, died Wednesday, March 13, at the Brownwood Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel, with her son, Jesus Martinez, pastor of Christ is the Answer Ministries of Bangs officiating. Burial will follow in the Eastlawn Memorial Park in Early. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home chapel.

She was born March 14, 1928, in Mexico, and had lived in Brown County since 1979. She was married to Jose Martinez in Mexico and was a homemaker. She was an active member of the Christ is the Answer Ministries (Ministerio Cristo Es La Respuesta) in Bangs and loved to sing.

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Lillie Mae Holder

holderLillie Mae “Crow” Holder was born on April 12, 1927, in Brownwood, Texas, to William “Bill” Thomas Crow and Mary Alice “Tinker” Crow. Lillie was the youngest of nine children.  On June 24, 1947, she married Alton Lee Kidd Sr., and together they had four precious children. Lillie later married Thomas A. Holder.

On March 11, 2013, Lillie departed this world and was greeted at the gates of Heaven by her parents, her husband Thomas, her son, Weldon Kidd, and daughter, Cheryl “Sherry” “Kidd” Garrett, her sister, brothers, nieces and nephews.

Lillie is survived by her sons Alton Lee Kidd Jr., and wife Barbara of Brownwood, Texas, Barry Lynn Kidd Sr. and wife Kimberly of Buckeye, Ariz. and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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Barbara Bounds Gray

Brownwood TX news grayBarbara Bounds Gray, 73, of Brownwood, passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 14, 2013, in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel in Early. Interment will follow in the Eastlawn Memorial Park. Ruben Packer and Terry Simmons will officiate. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Barbara was born Jan. 3, 1940, in San Antonio, Texas, and grew up in Brownwood. She was married to Glen Gray, the love of her life on Dec. 27, 1958, and was married for 53 years. During this time span, they raised three children, but she was known as a mother figure to all the neighborhood children, her children’s friends, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. Barbara always put everyone else before herself. She was the most caring woman and her legacy will live on in everyone’s lives she touched.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Allie and Walter Bounds; her brothers, Joe Bounds and Harvey Lee Palmer.

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Isayah Aiden French

Brownwood TX news frenchIsayah Aiden French, 3 month infant son, of Jolene French, died Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Brownwood.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in the Greenleaf Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

He was born Dec. 7, 2012, in Brownwood.

He is survived by his mother, Jolene French; brother, Damon Carillo; sister, Alexis French; grandmother, Sherry French of Brownwood; great-grandmother, Modell Kinsey of Brownwood; uncles, Jeremy Northcutt of Killeen, Anthony French and wife Angie of

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