Dorothy Lee Smith

Dorothy Lee Smith passed away Saturday, August 22, 2015 in Perham, Minnesota. Graveside service for Dorothy Lee Smith, 90, of Perham, Minnesota formerly of Brownwood, Texas will be held on Friday, August 28, 2015, 10:00 AM at Eastlawn Memorial Park, Early, Texas with Pastor Richard Ivy officiating.

Mrs. Smith was born March 6, 1925 at Zephyr, Texas to Allen Grant Hanks and Susie Jane Morgan Hanks and had lived in Brownwood since 1970. She later moved to Perham, Minnesota to be with her daughter. She was married to Johnny W. Smith on October 19, 1946. She was a very faithful and active member of Avenue D Baptist Church for many years.

Mrs. Smith is survived by her daughter, Vicki Happel and son-in-law Chris of Perham, Minnesota; a grandson Theodore Happel; two nephews and four nieces.

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Margarita Estrada

EstradaMargarita died at home surrounded by her family and numerous friends, who adored her with all their heart on August 25, 2015.

Visitation will be held Friday August 28, 2015 at 6:00-8:00 with Rosary starting at 7:00 at Davis-Morris Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held Saturday August 29, 2015 at 10:00 am at St Mary’s Catholic Church with graveside to follow at Rocky Creek Cemetery.

Margarita was born December 1, 1942 to Emigdio and Beatriz Salcido in San Carlos, Coah, Mexico.  She married the love of her life Jose Luis Estrada on May 9, 1960 and together they raised seven children, five daughters Maricela Rodridquez and husband Heraclio of Stephenville, TX, Armandina Tobias and husband, Rudy, Ana Villarreal and husband Joe, Maria Cantu and husband, Joe, Martha Mares and husband Javier of Brownwood, TX two sons, Jose (Joey Luis Estrada Jr of Brownwood and Juan (Johhny) Estrada of Crandell, TX, ten granddaughters, six grandsons and six great grandchildren.

During her earlier years she worked at Brownwood Manufacturing.  She had a full time job and still came home to fix supper for her family.  She enjoyed gardening but most of all she loved dancing with her husband.  Together it was the most beautiful waltz.

Margarita was the oldest of twelve children, six sisters, Maria Avila, Ester Sosa, Lupe Barrera, of Del Rio TX, Martha Bastardo of Amarillo, TX, Ida Santillan of Virginia.  Six brothers, Donaciano (Chano) Salcido of Santa Anna TX, Gabriel Salcido of Houston TX, Jose (Pepe) Salcido of Amarillo TX, Pablo Salcido and Ernesto Salcido of San Antonio TX, Juan Salcido of Rancho Cucamonga, CA and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Curtis Ray Deeds

DeedsCurtisA memorial service for Curtis Ray Deeds, age 57, of Brownwood, will be held at 10:30 AM, Saturday in the Hope Class at the Austin Avenue Church of Christ.

Curtis died August 20, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family.  He was born on September 27, 1957 to John and Helen Deeds, the third of five children.  Curtis lived most of his life in Brownwood.  He married Misty Wakefield on August 18, 1986.  They had three children.  Curtis liked people and most of all, he wanted a motorcycle.  He dreamed of riding off into the sunset with the wind in his face to places unknown and living off the land.

Curtis is survived by two daughters, Joy Dillard and husband J.T. and Sarah Nuese; his mother, Helen Deeds of Brownwood, two brothers,  Randy Deeds and wife Sonja of Richardson and David Deeds and a sister, Pam Deeds; five grandchildren, Zayden, Xavier, Lance, Bralee and Jason; nephews, Danny Simcox  and Marcus Deeds, and very good friends, Chuck and Virginia.

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Gayland Snell

SnellGaylandGraveside funeral services for Gayland Snell, age 83, of Brownwood, Texas formerly of Kermit will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, August 27, 2015 at the Almeda Cemetery in Eastland County under the direction of the Heartland Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.  Mr. Snell passed away Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in a local nursing home.

Gayland Clyde Snell was born on February 23, 1932 in Eastland County to William Hollis and Gracie Pearl Strickler.  He grew up and attended school in Eastland.  He served in the United States Marines during the Korean War.  After being honorably discharged he moved to the Midland area in 1956 and began his career with El Paso Natural Gas as a surveyor. He retired in 1986 after 30 years of service and moved to Kermit, Texas.  Gayland resided in Kermit until 2015 when he moved to Brownwood to be near his son.   He enjoyed wood work, carpentry and restoring classic cars.

Survivors include his son Terry Snell and wife Lou Ann of Brownwood, Texas; adopted son James Snell and wife Susan; adopted daughters Jan and Laura; numerous grandchildren including Leslie Miller of Brownwood and Jason Snell of Sanger, Texas; great grandchildren Alyssa Miller of Brownwood and Colton Snell of May, Texas; sister Doris Bennett of Eastland, Texas; brother Johnny Snell of Rye, Texas and by numerous nieces and nephews.

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Judy Oxford

OxfordJudyGod chose another flower for his Heavenly bouquet.  Judy Oxford left this world to meet her Lord and Saviour who she loved and served on August 22, 2015. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Morris Funeral Home of Brownwood. Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 6 pm – 8 pm at Davis-Morris Funeral Home.  Her Pastor Kenneth Colgrove will be officiating the service on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 10:00 AM at the Brownwood Evangelism Center.

Her main goal in life was to see her family ready to meet God.  She was an intercessory prayer warrior. She loved gospel singing, taking pictures, quilting, sewing, fishing and gardening.  She will be missed by her family in a great way.

She was a faithful wife, loving mother, and grandmother, and a great help mate to her sister June.  She is now rejoicing in a new body free from pain.

She is survived by her husband Pat Oxford of Brownwood; her son, Dusty Oxford; two grandchildren, Brittany and Brandon; one brother, James Calhoon of Brownwood; two sisters, June Hall of Brownwood, Dorothy Brake of Nashville, Tennessee; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Brett Ainsley Coulter

CoulterFuneral services for Brett Ainsley Coulter, age 61, of Brownwood will be held Wednesday, August 31, 2015 at 2 PM at the Davis-Morris Funeral Home.  Burial will follow at Greenleaf Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.  Dr. Coulter died Sunday 23, 2015.

Brett was born December 31, 1953 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska to Irwin Stanley and June Marie (Mow) Coulter.  He was raised in Colorado and lettered in both academics and gymnastics in high school.  Brett was an Aerospace Engineer in Los Angeles for most of his career; for the past 10 years Brett was a mathematics professor at Howard Payne University.  Recently, he served as the director of the Engineering Science Program at Howard Payne University.  Brett earned a BS of Engineering Mathematics from Colorado School of Mines in 1976; BS in Civil Engineering from University of Colorado in 1979; MS in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1981 and a PhD in Theoretical & Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois in 1988.  He married Laura Kaufmann on June 14, 2008 in Tennessee.

Brett came to saving faith in Jesus Christ as a college student at Colorado School of Mines through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ.  He loved his Lord, Jesus Christ.  He loved his family, students and playing chess.  He attended Concord Baptist Church

Those left behind to cherish her memories are his wife, Laura of Brownwood; sister Cindy Berner and husband, Randy of Littleton, Colorado; niece AshleyWatikai and husband, Orim and their son, Joshua; nephew, Colby Berner and wife, Natalie; several cousins, doting parents-in-law and many caring colleagues and friends.

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Billy Gene Smith

Smith_BillBilly Gene Smith, age 65, passed away Friday, August 21, 2015, in Abilene, Texas.

Billy was born in Plain View, Texas, May 25, 1950 to Parents Jack and Athalea Smith.

A Memorial Service is going to be held Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 2:00 pm at the Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel. Refreshments will be at 12:00 pm before service at the Funeral Home.

Billy married Paula Allen December 5, 1987 in Odessa, Texas. Billy graduated from Permian High School in 1968 and Odessa College July 12, 1995 as a Summa Cum Laude. Billy worked at Brownwood Regional Medical Center for the last 14 years.

Survived by: Wife, Paula Smith of Brownwood, Texas; Sons, Brandon and Wife Janet Pontremoli of Odessa, Texas and Trevor and Wife Carrie Smith of Odessa, Texas; Daughter, Amy Salazar of Rio Rancho, New Mexico; Mother, Athalea Smith of Odessa, Texas; Brothers : Neil and Wife Liana Smith of Fort Worth, Texas and Dennis Smith of Odessa. 14 Grandchildren and 8 Great-Grandchildren. Numerous Nieces and Nephews and many Friends.

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Rev. James B. Hogan

HoganJamesBRevFuneral services for Rev. James B. Hogan will be at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church.  Burial will follow in Greenleaf Cemetery under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday evening from 6:00 until 8:00.

Born in McGregor, TX, Reverend, James Booker Hogan, 91, son of Jim Thomas Hogan and Audrey Alberta Jackson and long-time resident of Brownwood, TX passed on to be with the Lord on Thursday, the 20th of August.

Reverend Hogan grew up in Morgan, TX and proudly served in the United States Navy. After his service in the military, Reverend Hogan married Frankie Brown Hogan on May 24, 1958 and began his life raising a family of a daughter and three sons. Answering his calling to serve the Lord, Reverend Hogan preached his first message on February 18, 1969 at the Little Zion Baptist Church and went on to pastor his own church at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Brady and the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Ballinger.

During his time of raising a family and pastoring, Reverend Hogan provided for his family working as a lineman for General Telephone and Electronics Corporation (GTE) and retiring after 33 years. He ran for the Brownwood ISD school board in the early 1970s and was a community activist, striving for the development and growth of the youth.

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Kenneth Dale Edwards

EdwardsKennethDaleOctober 18, 1971 - August 22, 2015

Ken joined his Father in Heaven on August 22, 2015, losing his battle to kidney disease. Ken was a devoted loving husband, father, son, brother and friend to all who knew him.

Kenneth Dale Edwards was born to Elaine Holmes Burleson on October 18, 1971 in Abilene Texas. Ken was raised by Elaine and Billy Baccus in Abilene. He grew up playing sports, fishing, hunting and wrestling with his brothers and cousins. He loved to watch John Wayne movies with his grandfather Weldon Holmes, his love continued to grow into adulthood. In 1996 Ken met and married his soul mate, best friend and angel Christy Joy Pafford. Ken and Christy welcomed two sons, Samuel Weldon Edwards and Canyon Hunter Edwards. Ken enjoyed teaching his boys to camp, hunt, and fish and coached their football teams through 6th grade. He continued to be their biggest fan and coach in life. Throughout Ken’s life he searched for opportunities to teach and care for others. Ken completed LVN school and enjoyed caring for babies in NICU. He loved all his “extra kids” in his life Ken loved all children who came in his life, unconditionally. He spent his past times singing, writing poems and spending time with family. Ken held a very special place for his nephews Colby (Cheesy Boy) and Ethan (Fred) Baccus who he always said “did my heart good.”

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Mabel E. Corbin

Mabel E. Corbin, age 94, of Brownwood, died Friday August 21, 2015 at Songbird Lodge.

She is survived by her son, Howard Corbin and wife Nancy of Bangs, step-granddaughter Misti and husband Stormy of Blanket.

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