William "Bill" Rick Thomas Sr.

Memorial services for William "Bill" Rick Thomas Sr., 63, of Lake Brownwood, will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 30, at the Grace Lutheran Church, 1401 1st Street in Brownwood.

Pastor Curtis Schneider will be officiating.

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James William Johnson

James William Johnson, age 86, of Lake Brownwood, Texas passed away Monday, October 20, 2014 at his residence.

A memorial service will be held at a later date and cremation was under the direction of the Heartland Funeral Home in Early.

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Eugenia Diann Brandstetter

Memorial services for Eugenia Diann Brandstetter, 59, of Brownwood, will be held at a later date.

In keeping with her wishes, Mrs. Brandstetter was cremated under the direction of Netherton Funeral Home and Cremations.

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Irene Armendarez Heard

HeardIrene Armendarez Heard, age 45, of Early went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Care Nursing and Rehabilitation. “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. - 2 Timothy 4:7”

Irene was born October 10, 1969 to Joe and Doris (Diaz) Armendarez in Brownwood. She graduated from Zephyr in 1988. Irene married George Heard in Blanket on October 31, 1995. She was correctional officer at Ron Jackson Correctional Facility for many years. She was a former member of the Brown County Jr. Sheriff’s Posse. Irene was a member at High Mesa Cowboy Church. She loved her horses and the rodeos.

Irene is survived by her husband, George Heard of Early; daughter, Juakania Clark of Blanket; step-children, Tommy Heard of Agleton, Terri Heard of Brownwood, Faye Heard of Brownwood, and GiGi Lewis and husband Jerry of El Campo; grandson, Quayde Heard of Early; mother, Doris Calder and husband Eddie of Blanket; uncles, Simon Armendarez of Early and Lupe Armendarez of Gainsville; aunt, Maria Martinez of San Saba. She is also survived by numerous other family member and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Joe Armendarez; and grandparents.

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Thurman Warren

WarrenGraveside services for Thurman Warren, age 76, of Brownwood, Texas will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Duren Cemetery in Mills County under the direction of the Heartland Funeral Home of Early.   The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 PM Friday at the funeral home.  Mr. Thurman passed away Tuesday, October 21, 2014 in Brownwood.

Thurman Calvin Warren was born on March 15, 1938 in Mullin, Texas to Charlie Robert and Ida Jewel Ethridge Warren. He attended Mullin High School and moved to Brownwood shorty after graduation.   Mr. Warren  was a Master Plumber and owned Service Plumbing since 1976.  He was married to Jerri Roberts in Brownwood on November 5, 1993 and was a veteran of the United States Army.

Survivors include his wife Jerri Warren of Brownwood; four children Melinda Melton and husband Curtis of Early, Paul Warren and wife Becky of Salt Creek, Leann Hicks and husband Mark of Sweetwater and Lisa Warren of Comanche; two sisters Johnnie Wilcox of Brownwood and Charlene Golihare of Poteau, Oklahoma; ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. 

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Tammy Harris


Tammy Jolene Harris, age 54, of Brownwood passed away into the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday, October 24, 2014 at the Bangs Cemetery with Rev. Brian Hall officiating.  Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home.      Tammy was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 23, 1960 to James Evan and Barbara (Robertson) Harris. She was the second of two daughters, and later raised six children of her own.

Tammy attended Commercial College in Fort Worth, Texas and received a degree in Accounting. She worked some years filing income tax forms for many families. Tammy enjoyed art and crafts, decorating, her pets, and doing things for her family. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

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Daniel “Danny White” Blanco

Daniel “Danny White” Blanco age 90, of San Saba passed away October 20, 2014 in Irving.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday October 23, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Javier Toscano officiating.

Interment will follow in the San Saba Cemetery, Rosary will be held at 6:30 P.M. Wednesday evening at Blaylock Funeral Home.

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Johnny Ross Bates

Johnny Ross Bates, age 64, of Abilene, passed away Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at Hendrick Medical Center.  Visitation will be held from 12 Noon until 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 23, 2014, at Stevens Funeral Home, 400 W. Pecan, Coleman,  with the graveside service at 2:00 p.m., at the Midway Cemetery, Coleman County, with John Pricer officiating.  Interment will follow in the Midway Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Johnny Ross Bates was born December 13, 1949 in Santa Anna, Texas, the son of Fred and Esther Bates.  He grew up in Santa Anna and attended school there.  On June 8, 1968, he married Wanda Mason and she preceded him in death on April 13, 2008.  He had lived in Abilene for 46 years and was a truck driver for a fuel company.  He was a Baptist.  He loved to fish.

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Bobbie Lee Hamlett

Graveside family services for Bobbie Lee Hamlett, 61, of Brownwood, will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, October 21, in Fairview Cemetery at Grosvener.

Interment will follow under the direction of Netherton Funeral Home.

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Wade Parker

Parker2Services for Wade Parker, 83, of Brownwood will be held at 1:30 PM on Wednesday, October 22 at the Heartland Funeral Home in Early.  Reception will be from 12:30-1:30 with the service following.

Mr. Parker passed on Monday October 20 at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.

He was born March 21, 1931 in Unionville, N.C., to Lonnie and Jeanetta Parker. A Graduate of Eastern Carolina University, he was an accountant for 51 years. He is a veteran of the Cold War and served in the US Army as a Pistol Marksman and was an MP for the first Hydrogen Bomb project in Eniwetok Island.

He was the Business manager for the Galveston Daily News for 20+ years and retired in 1981 to become a professional newspaper consultant.  He traveled the US in assisting newspapers return to profitability. Wade was an avid farmer/gardener and had led active farming activities through this summer.

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