Funeral services for LeRay Margaret Valdez, 47, of Lampasas, formerly of Brownwood, will be held at 10:00 am on Friday April17th, at the Netherton Funeral Home Chapel, 1412 Belle Plain in Brownwood, with Pastor Alan Wallace officiating. Interment will follow in Rockwood Cemetery under the direction of Netherton Funeral Home.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday April 16th at the funeral home.
Miss Valdez, with loved ones by her side, passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus, on Wednesday, April 14, 2015 in Lampasas, Texas.
LeRay Margaret Valdez was born on March 2, 1968, in Santa Anna Texas to Esteban Valdez and Catherine Dumas Valdez. She grew up in the Brownwood area and graduated from Brownwood High School. LeRay had worked at the Janie Clements Workshop in Brownwood before moving to Lampasas in 2002. One of her favorite activities was bowling and she always enjoyed participating in the Special Olympics. Anyone that spent time with LeRay, knew that she had a sweet spirit, a kind heart and she never missed an opportunity to dance. Her precious smile will forever be missed, but we take comfort in knowing that she is now dancing with the Angels in Heaven.
A memorial service for Michael Starrett, age 55, of Brownwood, will be held at 2:00 PM, Sunday, April 19, 2015 in the Rocky Creek Baptist Church.
Michael passed from this life on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 in Brownwood.
Michael Eugene Starrett was born on June 11, 1959 in Chaves County, New Mexico to Richard and Lea Starrett. He held certifications as a firefighter, EMT, and as a dispatcher for law enforcement. He worked for number of years as dispatcher and first responder until health issues forced him to retire.
Michael was a member of the Rocky Creek Baptist Church.
Funeral services for Winnie L. New, age 100, of Brownwood, will be at 2:00 PM, Friday April 17 in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Sipe Springs Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6:00 until 8:00.
Services for Rickey Dale Yeats, age 61, of Brownwood will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2015 at Blaylock Funeral Home Chapel with Ruben Packer and David Barnum officiating, private family interment will follow at Jordan Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Blaylock Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home.
Rickey went to be with the Lord Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Brownwood Regional Medical Center. He was a great husband, father, grandfather, and friend to all. He will be greatly missed.
He was born to Glen and Dixie (Hammer) Yeats on September 9, 1953 in Kermit, Texas. Rickey married his loving wife, Alta Marie Harvey, on June 10, 1978 at Olden Baptist Church in Olden, Texas. He worked at Sivalls and retired after 30 years. Rickey was a man of faith, who loved to serve his Lord; he was member of Victory Baptist Church and taught Men’s Sunday School Class. Rickey loved being with his family, fishing, and baseball.
“When Christ shall come with shouts of acclamation and take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.”
Melvin “Sonny” Bunyan Price, age 74, of Lake Brownwood Texas, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.
He was born to loving, Christian parents, Bunyan Sterling Price and Mollie Martin price on August 15, 1940 in Buffalo, Texas. He married the love of his life, Lou Ann Fuqua on June 18, 1961. Following his graduation from Andrews High School in 1959, Melvin went to work in the oilfields of West Texas until his retirement in May, 2006. He was a member of Coggin Avenue Baptist Church. Melvin was a principled, hard-working man with an exemplary work ethic and a great sense of humor. He was especially a blessing to his three children, raising them with what he had and showing them lessons through his own acts of respect, honor, faith, integrity, and love. He enjoyed the outdoors and gatherings with family to reminisce, tell stories, and share happy moments.
Melvin is preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Mildred Arnold. Those left to cherish his love and memories are his wife, Lou Ann Price; sons, Ricky and wife Connie Price of Gardendale, Texas, and Michael and wife Shannon Price of Bandera, Texas, his daughter, Lori and husband Terry Wilkerson of Lake Brownwood, Texas. He is also survived by his grandchildren; Casey Price, Heather and husband Trent Klein, Cassandra and husband Clinton Goodman, Blake Merrill, Hayden and Haylie Wilkerson; great-grandson Carson Klein and coming soon, great granddaughter Sunni Jane Goodman. Melvin is survived by his sister Wilma and husband Snub Goldston of Brownwood, Texas and a brother Jerry and wife Susan Price of Denton, Texas, brother-in-law Odell Arnold, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Elsie Oliver Millican was born on March 2, 1914 at Harmony Ridge in San Saba County to Robert E Lee Oliver and Norma Risien Oliver. She went to be with her Savior on April 12, 2015 at the age of 101.
On July 6th 1938 Elsie married Winston Edward Millican, a local rancher living in the Colony community. He preceded her in death on August 4, 1965. Elsie rejoined her husband, Winston, on his birthday 50 years after his passing. They are once again together as a couple. Elsie’s education started at Harmony Ridge School and continued to San Saba High school and from there to John Tarleton, Texas Tech, and finally to Howard Payne. Her teaching career included community schools at Colony, Live oak and San Saba where she retired. Her leadership influenced many young people to continue their education.
Elsie was very dedicated to her community, her church, and in helping others. She was a member of numerous civic and benevolent organizations. Her efforts toward the community and its citizens resulted in many awards and recognitions among them were the Heritage Life Time Achievement Award. Among all her achievements perhaps the most rewarding was her commitment to the Lord through her service to her church. She cooked many pecan pies as a welcome statement to newcomers to the community. She will long be remembered by all she reached out and touched by her dedication and service to her Lord.
She is survived by her three children, Mike Millican and wife Jerilynn, Kay Thompson and husband Deen; and Bob Millican and wife Debbie. Elsie shared her love with her grandchildren, Leyla Wagner, Jon Millican, Nicole Millican Grant, Kimberly Thompson Delgado, Monica Millican Shahan, Kelly Thompson, Winston Millican. Her blessings include sharing love with eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Linda Sue Dodd, age 66, of Early, will be held at 3:00 PM, Tuesday at the Early Church of Christ. Burial will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday evening from 6:00 until 8:00.
Linda passed from this life on Saturday, April 11, 2015 in Brownwood.
Linda Sue McCauley was born on February 25, 1949 in Seymour to Joe Frank and Mary Mildred (Brown) McCauley. She graduated from Olney High School in 1967. Linda married Bennie Dodd on June 24, 1967 in Olney.
Linda worked as a secretary for the Early Church of Christ for a number of years before joining the Early Independent School District as instructional aide. She worked for EISD for 24 years before retirement.
Linda was a longtime member of the Early Church of Christ where she taught Sunday School, volunteered with the Helping Hands ministry, and taught in the Tuesday School preschool program. Linda could be counted on for an encouraging word and helping where there was a need.
Thomas Wallace George, 85 of Brownwood, passed away Friday April 10, 2015.
A memorial service, with military honors, will be held Saturday, April 18th, beginning 2:00 p.m. at the Eastlawn Memorial Park in Early.
Services are under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home.
Thomas was born August 13, 1929, in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, to Bernard and Laura (Rohloff) George. After graduation, Thomas joined the United States Army and proudly served his country.
While in basic training at Fort Hood, Thomas met and married Betty Hinesly in February 1952. After his Honorable Discharge from the armed forces, they moved to Wisconsin for 4 years and then returned to Texas, where he stayed for the remainder of his life.
Thomas “Tom” Tenery, age 72, of Brownwood passed away Friday, April 10, 2015 at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.
Private Memorial Service for Tom will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Tenery Ranch.