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Walter Randel ' Banjo ' Smith

SmithWalterBanjoWalter Randel Smith passed away February 6, 2016. A visitation for Mr. Smith will be held on February 12, 2016. The family will receive friends from 6 pm to 8 pm at Davis-Morris Funeral Home. Graveside service will be held at Cedar Point Cemetery, February 13, 2016, 11:00 AM with Chaplain David Williams officiating.

Walter Randel Smith was born in Brownwood, Texas, January 11, 1942 to Walter Randel and Luene Smith. He lived at Brookesmith, Texas. Randel was a member of Victory Baptist Church. He graduated from Brownwood High School in 1960. He played football for the Brownwood Lions during his high school days. He worked at 3M Company for 32 years. He attended Tarleton University for 2 years. Mr. Smith attended Texas A & M University and was a member of the Texas National Guard for 6 years.

Mr. Smith is survived by two step-children, James Roy Bradley and wife Sherry Beth of Brookesmith, and Oneta Denise Burch and husband Randy of Thermopolis, Wyoming; also left to cherish his memory are his grandchildren, Jim Bob Bradley and wife Angie of Brookesmith, Texas, Jamie Tunnel and husband Curt of Blanket, Texas, Sybil Frances Mitchell of Tecumseh, Oklahoma, Juston Bien and wife Heather of Tecumseh, Oklahoma; great-granchildren, Cody Mitchell , Sharon ' Shu Shu' Bradley, Caleb Bradley, Hayden Tunnell, Brayson Tunnell, Travon Bien and Kaitlyn Bien.

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Darrell Wayne Mobley

MobleyDarrellDarrell Wayne Mobley our beloved father, husband, paw-paw, grampi, Comanchero, Derail and friend;passed from this earth to be with Jesus on February 7th, 2016.  He will be dearly missed.  He spent his whole life working and he was a man of many talents.  He was our cowboy with a heart as big as Texas.  No matter where he went he never met a stranger.

He was born September 11, 1945 in Brownwood and lived most of his life in Bangs, Texas.  He was preceded in death by his father, J.C. (Jake) Mobley and mother Juanita Martin.

He is survived by his wife Brenda Mobley, sons Danny Mobley and wife Janie of Bangs; Jeff Mobley and wife Kelly of Brownwood; Hollis Waddle and wife Cindy of Brownwood; daughter Brandi Sterry and husband Monty of Maple Grove, MN; grandchildren Kacy Sterry, Jessica Sterry, Misty Mobley, Jacob (Jake) Mobley, Emma Mobley, Colt Waddle, Kayli Waddle, Larry Miller, Brittany Miller, Loran Neece, Travis Williams, Jayden Williams and 8 great grandchildren.

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David Jackson

JacksonDavidDavid R. Jackson, 84, of Brownwood, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Friday February 5, 2016. Funeral services, under the directions of Heartland Funeral Home of Comanche, will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday February 11, 2016, at the Heartland Chapel.  The family will greet friends from 10:00 AM until service time on Thursday.  Interment will follow at the Stagg Creek Cemetery with military honors. Condolences to the family can be left online at www.heartlandfuneralhome.net.

David was born January 30, 1932, in Brownwood, TX, to Whaley Wagnon and Velma (Barr) Jackson, the oldest of three children.  He graduated from Rising Star High School.  After graduation, David began his studies at Tarleton University and later transferred to the University of Texas in Austin where he graduated with a Business degree.  Following college, David joined the United States Air Force and was stationed in Japan.  After his military service, David began working for Sears Roebuck and Company and remained until his retirement.  In the early 70s he began ranching operations on a place east of Austin and then in 2000 moved to Brownwood and continued ranching in Comanche County.  He enjoyed hunting for the sport and camaraderie, often going to Colorado to hunt elk with family and friends.  He also enjoyed fishing and won several awards and trophies for his fishing contests.  David was a faithful Christian and worshiped most recently at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church in Brownwood where he was an active member of the Gideon organization.

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A.J. Pepper

PepperAJA.J. Pepper, age 85, of Brownwood passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at a local nursing home.

Funeral Services for A.J. will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 6, 2016 at First Christian Church with Pastor Sterling Lentz officiating; burial will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be held Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Blaylock Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home.

A.J. was born to A.C. and Veda (Snipes) Pepper on June 18, 1930 in Littlefield, Texas. A.J. joined the United States Army in 1948, he was a Sergeant First Class in the 1st Cavalry during the Korean War; he received a Purple Heart with Oak Leaf, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, 2 Presidential Unit Citations with Clusters, and numerous other medals. He attended Texas A&M for 2 years after his stint in the Army. A.J. was passionate about the Boy Scouts of America, he loved being involved with the youth of Brownwood and supporting them. He raised show goats and was involved with the Brown County Youth Fair. He raised the Texas State Champion Goat at one time. A.J. was a member of Kiwanis and V.F.W Post 3278.

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Blanche H. Byrd

Blanche H. Byrd, age 88, of Brownwood passed away, Tuesday, February 2, 2016 in Brownwood, Texas.  Graveside services will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 13, 2016 at Cross Cut Cemetery in Brown County, Texas with Kevin Morton officiating.

Blanche was born on January 6, 1928 in Healdton, Oklahoma to Velmer Dean Howe and Anna Elizabeth Spires-Howe. Blanche went to elementary school at Fox, Oklahoma grades 1-6 then was double promoted when she moved from Oklahoma to Odessa, Texas where she completed grades 8-9. Then the family moved to Brady, Texas where she graduated from high school.  After finishing high school she went to college at Howard Payne University in Brownwood where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree & her Master of Education Degree. Blanche's employment as a teacher enabled her to teach at several different schools. She taught third, ninth and tenth grade English in Cross Plains, Texas. She taught ninth and third grade English in Brownwood, Texas. She taught ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade English and Art in Rising Star, Texas.

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Dorris Jayne Deal Childers

Childers_DorrisDorris Jayne Deal Childers, 85, went to her eternal home on February 3, 2016, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.  The daughter of WF and Nettie Louise Richardson Deal, Dorris Jayne was born March 6, 1930, in Coleman County, Texas.  She graduated from the Mozelle High School and furthered her education in Abilene, Texas, at Durham Business College. Professionally she was a bookkeeper and office manager, retiring from Wood Brothers in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dorris is survived by four children: Deonna Childers Williams and husband Tom, of Elgin, Texas; Donal Childers II and wife Deborha of Avondale, Arizona; David Childers and wife Karen, of Claremont, California and Dan Childers and wife Lynette of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Eight grandchildren: Donal Childers III and wife Jennifer, Delayna Childers, Douglas Williams and wife Angela, Tamara Fields and husband Chad, Meredith Schanen and husband Andy, Kesila Childers, Cody Childers and Analisa Childers and husband Alexander D’Amato; Eighteen great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, two sisters in law Judy Deal and Betty Deal and numerous nephews and nieces.

Dorris Jayne was preceded in death by her son Douglas Ray, her parents W.F. and Nettie Louise, and Brothers Billy Jack, Walter and Thomas Deal.

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Tommy Lee Kelly

KellyTommyLeeFuneral services for Tommy Lee Kelly, age 75, of Early, will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, February 6, 2016 in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel with Eddie Ailshie officiating.  Interment will follow in the Trickham Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6:00 until 8:00.

Tommy passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 in Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.

Tommy was born in Ira, Texas on February 17, 1940 to Martin and Dorothy (Brooks) Kelly.  He married Frances Talley on July 22, 1960 in Brownwood.  Tommy had a 33 year career with 3M Company before his retirement.

Tommy is survived by his wife of 55 years, Frances Kelly of Early; a daughter, Rhonda Kelly Petty, granddaughter, Megan Petty and great-granddaughter, Riley Kelly Anderson, all of Flower Mound; a son Matt Kelly and wife Dawn and three grandsons, Griffin, Harris, and Ryder, and a granddaughter Reagan, all of Austin.

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Bessie Hull

Bessie “Granny” Hull, 87, of Santa Anna, passed away Saturday, January 30, 2016, in her home in Santa Anna.  A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm, Saturday, February 6, 2016, at the Haven of Hope Church in Brownwood.

Lillie Bessie “Granny” (Slate) Hull was born November 19, 1928 in Cross Cut, Texas, to Charlie Maze and Maggie May (Johnson) Slate.  Bessie was a hard working woman who loved her family above all else.  She loved to cook and was always looking to help anybody in need.  They say Bessie never met a stranger.  Bessie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, and a “Granny” to everyone she met.  She will be dearly missed by all that knew her and loved her.  Her caregivers were Leona Carpenter and Trish Newton.

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A.J. Pepper

A.J. Pepper, age 85, of Brownwood passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2106, at a local nursing home.

Funeral Services for A.J. will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 6, 2016 at First Christian Church with Pastor Sterling Lentz officiating; burial will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be held Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Blaylock Funeral Home.

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Marjorie Ann Bodenhamer

BodenhamerMarjorieMarjorie was born in Brownwood on February 15, 1948 to James Ellis Seward and Connie Louise Seward. She graduated from Brownwood High School and went on to graduate from Howard Payne University, making the President's List. Marjorie was a follower of Jesus and always spoke of the two callings she received from the Lord, to be a mom and to be a teacher.

Marjorie had three sons, Jeff Ellis, James Bodenhamer and Jack Bodenhamer. Her children were her life and motivation. She rejoiced in teaching them in the home, in the church, and even in school. Marjorie never hesitated to sacrifice her own wellbeing for her children, and the love she shared was the love of the Lord lived out in her life. This love for her family was not reserved only for her children. Her parents, her daughters-in-law, her brother and her best friend and sister Becky Ceniceros were her world.

Being a teacher was Marjorie's second calling and the place where she became not only an educator, but also a surrogate parent to many. She taught English in the Mason, Shallowater, Duncanville, Rising Star, Comanche, and Sweetwater School districts, mostly to 8th graders. After retirement she continued to substitute teach in the Brownwood School district. She loved her students beyond the classroom and worked hard to open their minds to literature and culture.

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