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Sharlene Wilkins

WilkinsSharleneSharlene Wilkins, 58, of Brownwood, passed away Saturday, August 16, 2014 in Brownwood.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00am, Friday, August 22, 2014, in the Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel, with David Barnum officiating.  Burial will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park.  Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, August 21, 2014, from 7:00pm until 9:00pm, at Davis-Morris Funeral Home.

Sara Sharlene (Norris) Wilkins was born August 12, 1956, in Brownwood, TX, to Charles Douglas and Sara Bess (Dewberry) Norris.  She married Robert Eugene Wilkins on April 2, 1973, at her grandparents’ home in Brownwood.  Sharlene enjoyed playing bingo and was good at sewing, but her greatest love was caring for her family, and she took her role as their caregiver very seriously.  She also had two pets she adored as well, Marley and Mia.  Sharlene was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and friend.  She will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved her.

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Jodi Sedam

SedamJodiFuneral Services for Jodi Sedam, age 73, of Lake Proctor will be held 4:00 PM Saturday at the Heartland Funeral Home in Early.  Interment will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 PM Friday at the funeral home.  Jodi went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, August 18, 2014 in Brownwood.

Theda (Jodi) Owen Sedam was born on September 3, 1940 in Coleman, Texas to O.B. and Thelma Doris Smith Owen.   She was married to Tommy Alan Sedam, Sr. in Bay City, Texas on March 8, 1981.  Jodi was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary where she had served as the Chapter President in Brownwood and was in charge of the cancer aide and research for the VFW.   During her working career she had been a circulation manager for their family owned newspaper, was a volunteer firefighter for Promontory Park at Lake Proctor.  She had worked as an administrator for several funeral homes in the area, was a paramedic, was an ambassador for the Bar X Ranch in Angleton, Texas and also was a social worker/physical therapist for the State of Texas in Bay City.

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Walter Sutton Gable

gableWalter Sutton Gable, 90, of Early passed away August 16, 2014, at Songbird Lodge. Graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at Jordan Springs Cemetery in Brownwood with Bill Slaymaker officiating.

Sutton was born January 6, 1924,to Walter and Cleo (Sutton) Gable. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1940 -1945. He married the love of his life, Corine Parker, on June 23, 1945. They traveled the world with his work in off-shore drilling.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one grandson and his wife, Corine. He is survived by one sister, Ann De Vere of Comfort, Texas; his son, Philip Gable of Early, Texas; his daughter, Gail Love of Early, Texas; five grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

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Jo Spradlin Thomason

Funeral services for Jo Spradlin Thomason, age 81, of Brownwood will be at 11:30 AM, Monday, August 18, 2014 in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel with Michael Light officiating.  Burial will follow in the Brown Ranch Cemetery in Coleman County.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to the service from 10:00 until 11:00.

Mrs. Thomason died Friday, August 15, 2014 at her home in Brownwood.

Wanda JoDean “Jo” Sparadlin Thomason was born in Coleman to Jessie and Jennie (Field) Owen on September 30, 1932. She attended Coleman schools where she was involved in the homemaking program and was a member of the honor society.

She married Billy Gene Spradlin on January 5, 1950 and later moved to Lubbock where they lived for 30 years. They had two daughters, Deborah Gayle and Laurie Lynn and a son Stephen Dale.

Jo was employed by the City of Lubbock at Meadowbrook Golf Course and later owned the snack bar and practice range at the golf course. The Spradlins were in business in Lubbock until moving to Lake Brownwood in 1983. Shortly after moving to Brownwood she was employed at CARE Nursing Center as an Administrative Assistant until retiring in 1991 due to health reasons.  She later became active in the volunteer program for the State of Texas known as the Ombudsman program, visiting nursing homes and helping the residents in any way needed.

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Joe A. Robertson

Joe A. Robertson, 78, of San Saba passed away August 15, 2014 at a local nursing home.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday at Wallace Creek Cemetery with Bro. Sam Crosby officiating.

Private interment will follow on his ranch. The family will receive friends from 3:00 – 5:00 P.M. Sunday at Blaylock Funeral Home of San Saba.

Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home of San Saba.

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Winston Warren Boulware

Winston Warren Boulware, 69, a resident of Millbrook, AL, went to be with the Lord on Friday, August 15, 2014. Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. from the Chapel of Prattville Memorial with Dr. Jay Wolf, Reverend Kenny Hoomes, and Reverend Robert McMicken officiating. Burial will follow in Prattville Memory Gardens with Prattville Memorial directing.

Mr. Boulware was owner and operator of Wireless Products for the life of the business. He was a lover of music, owner and founder of DixieRadio.net, and Big Wheel Recording Studio.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur “Bill” and Maurine Boulware; sister, Diane Mehaffey. He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Sandra Sims Boulware; daughter, Shellee Boulware (Will) Robbins; three grandchildren, Kilee, Aiden, and Mac Robbins; mother-in-law, Sara R. Sims; several nieces, nephews, and many friends.

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Bettie Lou Carpenter

carpenterBettie Lou Carpenter, age 82, of Brownwood went to be with the Lord Friday, August 15, 2014 at Songbird Lodge after a brief illness.

Services for Bettie will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at Blaylock Funeral Home Chapel with Bill Slaymaker officiating, interment will follow at Greenleaf Cemetery. Visitation for the family will be Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Blaylock Funeral Home.

Bettie was born on September 26, 1931 to James and Edna (Rutlodge) Teague in Brown County. She graduated from Bangs High School in 1949. Bettie married the love of her life, Kenneth Carpenter, on November 27, 1949. She was employeed at Coggin Elementary for over 20 years, after retiring from Coggin in 1991 she worked part time for Custom Floors up until recently. She was a member of Southside Baptist Church many years. Bettie was also a member of the Bluebonnet Chapter American Business Women’s Association and was named Woman of the Year in 1999 and Bluebonnet of the year in 1997. Her pride and joy were her son and grandchildren.

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Charles Clayton Barr

barrCharles Clayton Barr went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, August 15, 2014. He was at home in Owens, Texas surrounded by his loved ones when he passed away after a short, difficult battle with cancer. Charles was born January 22, 1946 in Coleman. He touched many lives through his two careers, retiring from Frito Lay and as Grounds Supervisor for Howard Payne University.

Charles was the son of Oren and Frances Barr. He grew up in Cross Plains and graduated from Cross Plains High School in 1964. Charles was the beloved husband of his high school sweetheart, Judy Cloud Barr; having recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Charles will forever be missed by his devoted family; his wife and daughters, Terri and husband, Toby Freyou of Grapevine and Stacey and husband, Robert Weber of Odessa; sister, Kay Foster of Abilene; mother and father-in-law, Wanda and Don Nelson of Early; sister-in-law, Bonnie Barr of Coleman; treasured grandchildren, Ryan and Amy Wood, Brett Freyou, Shelby Freyou, Justin and Brittani Weber, and Bailey Weber; great granddaughter, Olivia Wood, and several nieces and nephews.

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Jo Wanda Norris

NorrisA graveside funeral service for Jo Wanda Norris, age 86, of Early, will be held at 10:30 AM, Monday, August 18, 2014 in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Odessa.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday evening from 6:00 until 8:00.  Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements in Odessa and Heartland Funeral Home in charge of arrangements in Early.

Jo Wanda Norris went to meet her Lord and Savior on Thursday, August 14, 2014 in Early.

Jo Wanda is survived by her daughter, Tammy Ward and husband Chris of Early; two grandsons, Josh Ward of Odessa and Matt Ward of Edmund, Oklahoma, and numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace Norris, a son, Gary Nelson, her parents, and three brothers.

Jo Wanda, Mama, or Saint Jo as she was known, lived most of her life with a mission to reach people for Jesus Christ.  She had the heart of Christ and loved ministering to others.  Heaven greeted another angel and this world will not be the same without her.

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Leatrice Boler Waren

WarrenLetriceLong time Brown County resident passes away.  Funeral services will be in the Davis-Morris Funeral Chapel, Friday, August 15, at 11:00 A.M.  Burial will be at Eastlawn Memorial Park.  Leatrice was born in Mills County, Texas to Bertie Swindle Boler and Bertice Boler on August 24, 1918.  She met her husband, Ferrell Waren, at Bangs High School.  They were high school sweethearts.  They were married in Fredrick, Oklahoma in 1934.  They were married for sixty years at the time of Ferrel’s death.

To their union one son was born.  Leatrice started work a week before their son, Dwight, started to school.  She expressed many times how much she enjoyed each place she was employed, thirty years total.  In the beginning, she worked for some of Brownwood’s earlier fine doctors and at Medical Arts Hospital and Clinic.  She was appointed as the first lady in the sheriff’s office by Sheriff Ray Masters.  She opened and owned the Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio.  Leatrice was active civically having served on the board of directors of the American Cancer Society.

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