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Doyle Laughlin

laughlinDoyle Laughlin, 78, of Bangs died Monday, November 24, 2014, in Brownwood. Visitation will be held Friday, November 28, from 5-7 p.m. at Blaylock Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 29, in the Trickham Cemetery, with the Reverend Pat McClatchy officiating. After graveside services, family and friends are invited to gather in the Trickham Community Center to share memories and refreshments. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home.

Doyle was born July 25, 1936, to Roy and Edna Cole Laughlin in Santa Anna, Texas. He grew up on the Laughlin family farm in Coleman County, graduated from Brookesmith High School in 1954, and attended Howard Payne. His childhood family church was Mountain View Methodist, and he remained a lifetime Methodist. In 1957, he married Wanda Rhodes, and they had two children. He retired from the U. S. Soil Conservation Service, ranched and dabbled in the oil business on the family ranch.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Edna Laughlin, and brother, Billy Roy Laughlin.
Doyle is survived by his son, David Laughlin and wife Virginia of Houston; daughter, Darla Barnum and husband Donnie of Brownwood; mother of his children, Wanda Barnes of San Angelo; four granddaughters, Kimberly Manglberger and husband Bobby of Leakey, Amy Reed and husband Cody of Cross Plains, Kassaundra Laughlin of Houston, and Alyxandria Laughlin of Dallas; four great grandsons, Carbyn Barnum, Mason and Tyler Manglberger, Kutter Reed, and a fifth expected this month; a sister-in-law, Mildred Laughlin of Brownwood; two nieces, Cheryl Campbell and husband Andy and Charlotte Laughlin and husband Billy Lee; four great nieces and nephews, and numerous cousins. His family is especially grateful to his cousin, Nona Lee Horner, who held his hand and talked with him several hours the morning of his death.

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Paul Walker

walkerGraveside services for Paul Keith Walker, age 46, of Bangs, Texas will be held 2:00 PM Monday, December 1, 2014 in Greenleaf Cemetery in Brownwood, Texas under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home in Early.

Mr. Walker passed away Monday, November 24, 2014 in Brownwood.

Paul was born on August 21, 1968 in Odessa, Texas to Randell Jean and Dixie Lea Meisenheimer Wallker. He was married Tameka Alva in Bangs. He had been a resident of this area for the past twenty three years moving here from Odessa.

Survivors include his wife Tameka Walker of Bangs; two daughters Misti Alva of Brownwood and Amber Walker of Bangs; four grandchildren Hatchet Brewer, Katanana Brewer, Cane Harvey and Milenko Jones; his mother Dixie Walker; four brothers Jerry Walker of El Paso, Danny Walker of Odessa, Tony Walker of College Station, Mark Walker of Odessa; two sisters Beverly Freeman of Odessa and Diana Richardson of Odessa and by numerous nieces and nephews.

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Alice Stembridge

StembridgeFuneral services for Alice Eldora Stembridge, 71, of Bangs, Texas will be held at 2 PM Saturday, November 29, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Bangs with Pastor Brian Hall and Pastor Bobby Evans officiating. Burial will follow in the Bangs Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-7 PM Friday at Davis-Morris Funeral Home. Alice passed away Sunday, November 23, 2014 in Brownwood.

Alice Cox was born in Brownwood, Texas to Noble and Blanche Cox on September 18, 1943. She later met the love of her life, Henry Stembridge who came here from Bakersfield, California. They were married on April 8, 1960 in Bangs, at her parents' house on her mother's birthday. They had two children, Lisa and Jerry. Henry precede her in death in 1972, and Jerry preceded her in death in 1996

Alice spent 28 years managing the Allsup's Convenience Store in Bangs. She was the only manager the store ever had until she became ill with cancer in 2010. She then began her long battle with cancer.

Survivors include her daughter, Lisa Stembridge of Bangs; two grandsons, Blake Stembridge and Levi Stembridge of Bangs and one great grandson. She also is survived by dear friends Jerry and Teresa Roberts and family and Barbara Vogel and family.
Alice is preceded in death by her husband, Henry Stembridge; son, Jerry Stembridge; parents, Noble and Blanche Cox and dear friends Herman and Greg Vogel.

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Mary Singleton

SingletonMary Sharleen Singleton, age 65, of Mercury, Texas passed away Sunday, November 23, 2014 at her residence. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Cox Cemetery in McCulloch County. Cremation was under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home in Early, Texas.

Sharleen was born on October 1, 1949 in Alvarado, Texas to Hence and Leona McCalaster Singleton. On October 9, 2000 she was married to Fredrick Louis Shadowens at Elysian Fields, Texas. She had worked at Brownwood Regional Medical Center for twelve years and had been a resident of Mercury for the past twenty five years.

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Arthur Raye Oglesby

OgelsbyArthurArthur Raye Oglesby was born on April 17, 1936, to Pascal Oglesby and Ethel Colburn Oglesby in Eastland, Texas. He married Barbara Ann Turvaville on October 8, 1959, in Littlefield Texas.  He had worked as a roustabout in the oil and gas industry before retiring.

Arthur is survived by his wife Barbara Oglesby of Bangs; one  son, Tracy  Oglesby  and  partner Wayne Williams of Fort Worth; two daughters, Tammie Turner and  husband John of  Bronte and  Tricia  Loman and husband Larry of Bangs.  He is also survived by five grandchildren; four great grandchildren and a host of friends.

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August “Pete” Pope

PopeAugustPeteAugust “Pete” Pope, age 74, of Brownwood passed away November 21, 2014, in Abilene.

Pete was born January 3, 1940, to Everett and Ann Pope in Ballinger, Texas.  Pete married Helen Whitlock on January 24, 1963, in Las Cruces, N.M. He was a longtime resident of Brownwood and worked for the Brownwood Waste Water Treatment Facility before retiring as manager from the Richland Springs Water Treatment Plant.  Pete loved building hot rods, pulling trucks, and taking care of his cows.

Pete is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Helen; his 3 daughters, Sheila Tedder and husband Tim of Bonham, Sandra Franklin and Johnny Garcia of Brownwood, Heather Downs and husband Jason of Lake Hills; 9 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; his brother, T.D. Pope and wife Sue of San Angelo; and a sister, Barbara Reeves and husband Larry of N.M. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

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Mark Walston

walstonMark Evan Walston, 54, of Brownwood, passed away on November 21, 2014, at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 pm on Tuesday, November 25, at Heartland Funeral Home and a memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, November 29, at the Freedom Fellowship Church in Early with Jim Maxwell and Dan Chapman officiating.

Mark Evan Walston was born on July 20, 1960, in Corpus Christi Texas to Ray Walston and Joyce Cuban Walston. He grew up and attended school in Bryan Adams High School in Dallas and married Diana Lynn West in Gun Barrel City. He was a sales associate with Walmart and attended Freedom Fellowship church.

Mark was a very caring and loving man. His family always came first before anything else. He was a hard worker and providing and caring for his family was something he took pride in. Mark was always the life of the party and he could make you laugh, whether you wanted to or not. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and he loved barbecuing for those around him. Mark was a very talented man and had loved building things with his hands as well.

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Naomi King

King2Funeral services for Naomi Bostick "Sis" King, age 90, of May, will be at 10:30 AM, Monday, November 24, 2014 in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will follow in the May Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday evening from 5:00 until 7:00.

Naomi Bostick King, 90, passed away Thursday, November 20, 2014, surrounded with love by her daughters.

Naomi was born November 17, 1924 in Mineral Wells, Texas.  She was the only daughter among seven brothers, so she quickly acquired the nickname “Sissy”.  All of her life friends and family called her Sissy or Sis.  Naomi was for legal purposes only.

The family moved frequently when she was a child so she attended many schools.  She last attended Amon Carter High School in Fort Worth.

During her working career, she worked for some time at the Fort Worth Stockyards during its heyday.  She was fond of sharing memories of those times with family.

Sis married V. O. King in Ft. Worth in 1949.  He brought to the marriage a 10 years old daughter, Geraldine.  Known as “Gerry”, she became Sis’ first daughter.  The three moved to the “farm” near May, Texas in 1951, where daughters Fran and Kathy were born.  They ran a dairy for over ten years then ran beef cattle for 30 years until V.O.’s death in 1993. Farm life was confining since animals needed constant care, so they spent most of their time on the farm and nearby.

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Wesley “Wes” Hillhouse

hillhouseWesley “Wes” Hillhouse, age 60, of Brownwood went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.

Wes was born on November 9, 1954 to Wesley L. and Luvena (Renfroe) Hillhouse in Brownwood, TX. Wes was a loved Husband, Father, Brother, and Grandfather. He served in the United States Navy for four years, and then became a truck driver. He enjoyed being outside, spending time with his grandchildren, and had a passion for driving trucks.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wesley L. and Luvena Hillhouse; and a sister, Ima Jean Bible.

Wes is survived by his wife, Pamela Hillhouse; step-children, Michael Caraway and wife Monica, Brittany Reyes and husband Phillip of Waxahachi, TX, Courtney Bilbery and husband Jermey of Bedford, TX, Haley Pilkington and fiancé Bralee, and Jessika Waltson; two sisters, Lois Barnett, Joy Bible and husband Raymond Sr.; two granddaughters; three grandsons; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and beloved family. Wesley will be missed dearly.

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Betty Joyce Pierce

PierceBetty Joyce Pierce, age 81, of Crews, Texas, passed away from this life surrounded by loved ones to be with her Lord and Savior on November 18, 2014 in Bangs, Texas.

A memorial service will be at 2 PM on Monday, November 24, 2014 at the Hopewell Baptist Church in Crews, Texas

Betty was born in Flint, Texas on March 4, 1933 to Vincent and Buna Williams.  She was the youngest of five children.  She married the love of her life, Joe Eldon Pierce on December 21, 1968.  As a young women living in Midland, Texas she worked as a teller at First National Bank.  Betty later worked for Monarch Tile as a sales associate before becoming a Real Estate agent and eventually retiring from Remax Reality.  She and Joe also farmed and ranched for many years in Tom Green and Runnels Counties. 
She is survived by her son Richard McCullough and wife Anna of Bangs, Tx; two step daughters, Deborah Ticer and husband John of Midland, Tx, and Jenny Kading and husband Todd of Coleman; six grandchildren, Heather, Mindy, and Kayla McCullough, Debi Masters and husband Mick, Zachary "Pierce" Doyle and Kaeli Kading; seven great grandchildren, two neices and some very dear friends.

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