Juanita Wade

WadeJuanitaJuanita Wade, 61 passed away peacefully at her home on January 26, 2015. Memorial services for Mrs. Wade will be on Friday, January 30, 2015, 2:00 PM at Davis-Morris Funeral Home.

Juanita Wade was born in Poteet, Texas, May 30, 1953 to Eloyd and Epifania Casias. Juanita was married to Randall Wade December 23, 1972 at Winters, Texas. She and her husband Randall have resided in the community for 14 years. Juanita worked for Brownwood Specialty Group in Medical Records.

Juanita is survived by her husband Randall Wade; two sons, Michael and Kimberly Wade of Brownwood, Mark and Amie Wade of Perris, California; two brothers, Joe and Martha Casias of San Antonio, Texas, Eloyd Jr. and Pauline Casias of San Antonio, Texas; two sisters, Helen and Leroy Castillo of Waxahachie, Texas; Rosalinda and Frank Arroyo of Abilene, Texas; six grandchildren, Makayla Wade, Abigail Wade, Alanna Wade, Savannah Wade, Hunter Wade and Haylee Wade. She is also survived by a number of brother and sisters-in-laws as well as a number of nieces and nephews.

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H. S. “Smitty” Ogletree

OgletreeHenrySmittyH. S. “Smitty” Ogletree, 92 of Comanche, passed away in Early, TX Tuesday 27, 2015. Funeral services, under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home of Comanche, will be held in the Heartland Chapel 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 30, 2105 with Bro. Jackie Auvenshine officiating. The family will receive friends 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will follow at Blake Cemetery at the Williams Community in Brown County. Condolences to the family can be left of line at or come by the funeral home to sing the register.

“Smitty” was born May 31, 1922 to H. T. and Gertrude Ogletree in Trent, TX.  “Smitty” was a member of St. Joe Baptist Church in De Leon.   He graduated from Trent High School and earned a track scholarship to Howard Payne, however circumstances required him to end his college career and enter the workforce. He was an Army Veteran and had worked for the Civil Service prior to becoming a business owner/operator.  He owned service stations in Wink, Kermit, and Monahans before “retiring” to Comanche.  He owned and operated Smitty’s Tire Service in Comanche until his health forced him to retire at the age of 82. Smitty was never one to bow down to obstacles, instead relying on his faith and tenacity to complete the task before him.  He was known as a dedicated and hard worker, as well as a very gentle and caring man.

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Kathy Keeney Mikol

Kathy Keeney Mikol, age 55, of Hoover Valley formerly of Cherokee, passed away Monday, January 26, 2015 in Round Rock, Texas.

Graveside Services for Kathy will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday, January 30, 2015 at Neal Cemetery in Spring Creek, Texas with Thomas Bowden officiating. No visitation will be held. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home of San Saba.

Kathy was born on January 19, 1960 to John Ed and Betty (Whitley) Keeney in San Saba, Texas. Kathy was a very loving person that loved her family deeply and in return everyone loved her. Kathy’s passion was cooking; she was very good at it.

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Mary Ann Ross

RossMaryA Memorial for Mary Ann Ross, 76, of Brownwood will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, January 31, in the Netherton Funeral Home.  No visitation has been planned.

Ms. Ross passed away on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.

Mary Ann Arnspiger was born on October 7, 1938, in Brownwood to Carl Arnspiger and Lillian (Norwood) Arnspiger.  She grew up and attended school here in Brownwood and went on to attend Southwest Texas State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in social work.  She had worked for 5 years in the San Antonio educational system and later for USAA Insurance as a senior analyst before moving back to Brownwood.

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Juanita Fay Lowe Reed

ReedGraveside services for Juanita Fay “Mama Fay” Reed, age 90 of Bangs, Texas will be held 1:00 PM Tuesday at the Bangs Cemetery with David Barnum officiating under the direction of the Heartland Funeral Home in Early.  Mrs. Reed passed away Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.

Fay was born on September 27, 1924 in Coleman County to Samuel Ira and Iva Myrtle Fletcher Lowe.  At age three Fay and her parents moved to the Dulin Community near Brookesmith.  Fay grew up on the family ranch there and attended the Dulin and Brookesmith Schools.  She then attended Tarleton and Howard Payne Universities where she received her Masters of Education Degree.  After graduation Fay taught school at Abilene, Brady, Brookesmith, Cresson, Tolar and Early public schools.  Fay was married to Jack J. Reed in 1948.  To this union two children were born Sheryl (Sherrie) Reed Doud and Jimmie Lowe Reed.  She is preceded in death by her parents and husband.

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Evelyn Queen Pierce

Evelyn Queen Pierce went home to be with the Lord early Monday morning, January 26, 2015. She was preceded in death by her dad, Daddy Bill Queen, her mom Katherine (Kitty) Brooks Queen, her sister Edna Patton, and brothers, Cecil, Bryce and Bud Queen.

Evelyn is survived by three children Elwyn (Pete) Pierce, Charlotte Pierce and Patsy Pierce all raised in Floydada. She has seven grandchildren; Dawn, Steve, Kirk, Sharla, Shelli, Tisha and Clint; eight great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Evelyn was born in Dill, Oklahoma in 1922. A few months after birth, the family moved to the Dougherty Community in Floyd County, where her dad worked for Francis Dougherty. Five years later they moved to the Lakeview Community.

After completing high school in Lakeview at the age of 17, she married JC Pierce from Crosbyton. During the war, JC was in the US Coast Guard serving for 3 1/2 years in Seattle, WA with Evelyn and son Elwyn and in 1949, they moved to Floydada.

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Loel Dene “LD” Cox

CoxLoelLoel Dene “L.D.” Cox, 88, of Comanche, TX, a survivor of the most tragic disaster in U.S. Navy history, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at Early, TX.   

Funeral services, under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home of Comanche, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday Jan. 29, 2015, at the First Baptist Church of Comanche with Dr. Van Christian and Gabriel Fisher officiating. Interment will follow at the Cox Cemetery in Sidney. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28.  Condolences to the family can be left online at or come by the funeral home to sign the register.

L.D. was born on April 12, 1926, in Sidney, TX, to Ottie Scott and Olene (McCarty) Cox. He graduated in 1944 from Sidney High School and played on their six-man football team. Right out of high school, L.D. joined the U.S. Navy at Norman, OK.

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Gumesindo “Gomez” Moreno

MorenoGomezGumesindo “Gomez” Moreno, age 89, of San Saba went to his eternal home Sunday, January 25, 2015 from Senior Care of Brownwood.

Funeral Services for Gomez will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Shiloh Bible Church with Bro. Bill Slaymaker officiating, interment will follow at Richland Springs Cemetery. Visitation for the family will be held Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Blaylock Funeral Home of San Saba. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home of San Saba.

Gomez was born on February 13, 1925 to Genaro and Margarita (Gonzales) Moreno in San Saba. Gomez was a lifetime resident of San Saba. He worked for Amthor Construction for 35 years and he also worked for the City of San Saba. He was a member of Shiloh Bible Church. Gomez loved his family dearly and loved to be around his kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids.

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Aaron Perry

PerryA.P. has left the building.

On January 24, 2015, Aaron Brice Perry escaped the confines of this natural world, ditching a broken and tired body for his new, forever suit and assumed his position in the Great Choir where all of heaven resounds with the voice of another warrior.

Aaron was our piece of heaven here on earth:  the golden strand intricately woven into the fabric of the lives of all who knew him.

The weaving is done, the shuttles are still but the tapestry left behind is alive with love and life and joy.  Aaron, your beauty continues on as we, your family, exclaim, “Free at last.  Free at last.  Thank God Almighty, you are free at last!”

Those left to cherish the journey are:

James and Christina Perry.  Jacob and Karissa of Bangs

Arvid and Susan Koopmann of Brownwood

Samantha Weeks of Dallas

A memorial and tree planting will be held at the Perry Estate in Bangs, Texas at a later date.

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Kenneth Day

DayKennethE. Kenneth Day, age 81, of Brownwood, Texas passed away Sunday, January 18, 2015.  A visitation will be held 2:00 – 5:00 PM Saturday, January 24, 2014 at the Heartland Funeral Home in Early. Cremation is under the direction of the Heartland Funeral Home.

Kenneth was born February 14, 1933 to Elmer Coy and Quincy Eland Day at home near Gouldbusk, Texas, he attended school at Gouldbusk Elementary and High School at Mozelle where he graduated in 1949.  Kenneth served his country with honor in Korea during the Korean War and eight years in the Reserves.

Kenneth leaves behind his wife Dianne and four children, Kenny of Waco, Texas, Monty of Dallas, Texas, Sari of Valley Mills, Texas and Jeff of Brownwood, Texas; three brothers Cecil Day of Coleman, Texas, Robert Day of San Angelo, Texas and Curtis Wayne Day of San Angelo; one sister Shirley Penn of Azle, Texas; and by numerous grandchildren.    He was preceded in death by one son, Barry in 1986.

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