Henry Lee Emison

EmisonHenryLeeHenry Lee Emison passed away on December 25, 2014 at age 68. He was born to Oscar and Reva Emison in Socorro, NM on November 4, 1946.

Henry was a simple yet very intelligent man who struggled in his life with physical and mental disabilities. The family finds comfort in knowing that he is now perfectly healed, and has found peace in eternal life. He was a Christian who attended church regularly.

He is survived by his father Oscar and wife Linda Emison of Brownwood, Sister Kay and husband Norman Smith of New Braunfels, TX, brothers Steve and wife Darla Emison of Midland, TX, Ross and wife Margie Emison of Las Cruces, NM, and Doug Emison and spouse Susan Perkowski of Ocean Grove, NJ. He is also survived by a number of other relatives and friends. Those of us that knew and loved him will miss him very much. He was preceded in death by his mother Reva Emison and sister-in-law Rhonda Emison.

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Dorothy Mae Painter

painterFuneral services for Dorothy Mae Painter will be Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 10:00 AM in the Heartland Funeral Chapel Early, Texas. Interment will follow at Zephyr Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 6-8 PM at the funeral home. Mrs. Painter passed away Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at the Brownwood Regional Medical Center at the age of 90 surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born March 1, 1924 in Breckenridge Texas to Viron and Zuella Golden. She has lived in the Zephyr area for 57 years. She was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Her hobbies were gardening, canning, sewing, plants and flowers.

Dorothy is survived by one son Eugene and wife Judy Painter of Zephyr, two daughter’s; Lynda and husband Bob Hallum of Early, Shirley and husband Jack Miller of Zephyr, one brother Claude Golden of Phoenix, Arizona and one sister Joy Cornelius of Zephyr. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren and one great great- grandchild.

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Elsie Mae Smart

Elsie Mae Smart passed away Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at Hendrick In House Hospice in Abilene, Texas. She was 71 years old. She was born May 27, 1943 in Gorman, Texas to Herbert and Willie Mae Cain. She was a member of Rocky Creek Baptist Church. She loved her Sunday School peers and friends. She enjoyed being a part of this church and volunteering for various functions. She enjoyed sewing, crafts, crocheting, and loved our family reunions at Proctor Lake each and every year.

Elsie is survived by her husband Coley F. Smart from Cross Plains, Texas. They were married 55 years. She is also survived by a daughter Tonya and husband Roy Denton of Thebes, Il., three sons; Tony and wife Opal Smart of Abilene, Texas, Waylon and wife Wendy Smart of Lake Jackson, Texas, and Markus Smart. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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Wanda Young

Young2Wanda Faye Sowers Young, age 73, the widow of Dr. Thomas R. Young, passed away early Sunday morning, December 21, 2014 at her home in Richmond, Kentucky.

Mrs. Young was born on March 7, 1941 in Madison County, Kentucky, the daughter of the late William Sanford and Lille Candice Durbin Sowers.  She and her late husband had resided in Texas, where she considered herself a rancher and a homemaker.

Survivors include three sisters:  Ann Katherine Barnes, Lena Frances Barnes and Nannie B. Lynch House (Billy); three brothers:  Reverend Gilbert “Tommy” Sowers (Betty), Ronald Gene Sowers and Donald Lee Sowers as well as several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.  She also leaves her beloved dogs:  Brindle and Smiley.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM Monday, December 29, 2014 at the Davis-Morris Funeral Home chapel with Brother Bill Wells officiating.  Burial will follow in Bangs Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to the service from 11 AM until service time.

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Ruth Pursley Beyers

BeyersRuthGraveside services for Ruth Pursley Beyers, age 92, of Kerrville, formerly of Zephyr, will be at 1 PM Friday, December 26, 2014 at the Zephyr Cemetery.  Mrs. Beyers died Tuesday, December 23, 2014 in Kerrville.

Ruth was born on April 26, 1922 in Sylvester, Texas to Leonard and Anne Pursley.  She was married to William “Dub” Beyers on April 11, 1948 in Roby.  She was a member of Zephyr United Methodist Church.

Ruth is survived by a daughter, Lee Ann Allen and husband John of Kerrville; a son, William A. Beyers III and wife, Debbie of Gainesville, Florida; a daughter, Noretta B. Lovell and husband Toby of Pearland; two grandsons, Scott Allen of Kerrville and Matthew Beyers of San Diego, California; a granddaughter, Brittney Lovell of Pearland,  great-grandchildren, Cash Allen of Kerrville, Jackson Beyers of San Diego, California and Wyatt Beyers of San Diego, California; and brother Cadmus A. Pursley of Andrews.

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Harry Taylor

TaylorFuneral services for Harry Taylor, of Bedford will be held at 2 PM Saturday, December 27, 2014 at the Davis-Morris Funeral Home chapel. Burial will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Friday at the funeral home.

Harry Lynn Taylor fell asleep in the arms of Jesus on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at his home in Bedford, Texas. Harry was born on October 19, 1939 to Wilda and Norris Taylor in San Marcos, Texas. The family moved to Brownwood, Texas where Harry grew up and graduated from Brownwood High School. He attended Texas Tech and Howard Payne University. He chose to pursue a career in the insurance industry where he worked for 50 years.

Harry's most important things in life were his family. He married Carolyn Sue O'Neal Taylor on February 12, 1966 and moved to the Hurst-Euless-Bedford area where they resided. Harry devoted his entire life to his wife of 48 years and their two boys Brian and Todd, until the arrival of his four grandchildren: Sydney, Ryan, Payton and Madison.

Harry enjoyed the outdoors waterskiing, fishing and golfing, but most of all watching his two boys. No matter what they were doing, whether it was skiing at the lake, football, basketball, track or golf, he was a proud Papa of the two. He loved being their dad and was their number one fan.

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George William Thompson, Jr.

ThompsonGeorgeGeorge William Thompson, Jr. passed from this life December 19, 2014. George was born in Galveston, Texas, on November 7, 1938 to George W. Thompson, Sr. and Ethel Mae McClung.. He was married to Peggy Morgan Thompson.

Mr. Thompson was a veteran of the United States Army where he served as a Military Policeman. George continued his law enforcement career and served on the Houston Police Department, the Spring Valley Police Department, Harris Co. Sherriff's Office and the Midland Co. Sherriff's Office. George was a member of the Masonic Lodge and a 32nd degree Mason.

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Ervin D. Grosshans


A graveside funeral service for Ervin D. Grosshans, age 92, of Brownwood, will be at 2:00 PM, Saturday, December 27, 2014 in the Rocky Creek Cemetery under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home.

Mr. Grosshans died Monday Dec. 22, 2014 in Brownwood.

Ervin was born on October 15, 1922 in Rowena to Walter and Louise (Hennecke) Grosshans.  He joined the US Navy and served his country in World War II.  He moved to Brownwood in 1947 and married Bernice Green on March 15, 1948 in San Saba.  He worked as a Machinist.

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Winnie Kendrick

KendrickWinnieFuneral services for Winnie Kendrick, of Brownwood, will be at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, December 23, 2014 in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home of Early.

Winnie Fay Brewer Kendrick was born a few years ago on September 11th in Brown County, TX to Harvey and Wilma Brewer. On December 21, 2014, she went to be with her Lord and Savior following a brief illness.

Winnie grew up in the Brownwood area and met and married the love of her life, Billy Howard Kendrick, in 1956. She was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ, a graduate of Central Texas Commercial College, and worked for many years as PBX Supervisor at Brownwood Regional Medical Center before her retirement in 1995.

It is impossible to sum up in a few short paragraphs who Winnie Kendrick was to the people who love her. In a nutshell, she was an artist, singer, a poet, a songwriter, a musician who could play any instrument she took a notion to pick up. She had a song for every occasion, and anyone fortunate enough to attend her family get-togethers can attest that these gatherings were always filled with laughter, guitars, singing.

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Annie Myrl Gober

Annie Myrl Gober went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at the age of 94.

Memorial services are scheduled for Monday, December 22, 2014 at 2:00 in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Richland Springs Cemetery.

She was born on December 23, 1919 in Richland Springs, Texas to Malcolm and Maggie Miller. She was the youngest of seven children. She married Robert Lee Gober and had two sons and four daughters. She lived in the Holt community for most of her adult life. She was a member of the Holt Baptist Church.

Annie Myrl had many virtues and outstanding qualities, but her dedication as a mother was what was most cherished by her children. She lived her life for her family and her home. She often said that her happiest days were when her children were little. Her life exemplified hard work, fortitude and faith. She was an avid gardener and tilled the soil until her late eighties. She was a talented seamstress and an excellent cook. Annie Myrl was of a generation who sacrificed and never complained, who were thankful for the simple things, and who never gave up when times were hard.

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