Allene Ballard Cope

Allene Ballard Cope, 90, of Coleman, died Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at Holiday Hill Nursing Home.  Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 30, 2016 at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel, 400 West Pecan Street, Coleman, with Rev. Courtney Ballard officiating, assisted by Rev. Jeff Dean.  Burial will be in the Coleman City Cemetery, under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

She was born Florence Allene Ballard on April 30, 1926 in Fisk to Chester Newton Ballard and Etta Amarentha Frazier Ballard.  She grew up in Fisk and graduated from Mozelle High School in 1943.  One October 28, 1944, she married V.V. “Jiggs” Cope in Coleman.  He preceded her in death on July 10, 1995.  She worked at Coleman County Medical Center as a nurse’s aide and also sat with patients in the hospital or their homes.    She was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary and a member of North Coleman Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Hayes and husband, Phillip, of Venus, Patsy Cope of Coleman; one son, Tommy Cope and wife, Tammy, of Brownwood; her chosen son, Ronald Baker and wife Maxine, of Pasadena; one brother, Chester Ballard of Brownwood; three sisters, Aleta Trigg of Corpus Christi, Clara Row of Midland, Joan Stanton of Silsbee; eight grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Addie Lee Hopper Hinds

Addie Lee Hopper Hinds, 88, of Glen Cove, died Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at Holiday Hill Nursing Home.  Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 29, 2016 at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel, 400 West Pecan Street, Coleman.  Burial will be in the Coleman City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Stevens Funeral Home.

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Bryson Ray Hyer

HyerBrysonRayBryson Ray Hyer, 15 of Coleman and formerly of Abilene, passed away on July 22, 2016.  Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016 at the Coleman High School Competition Gymnasium, 201 West 15th Street, Coleman.  Burial will be in the White Chapel Cemetery in Coleman County.  Services are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home, Coleman.

Bryson Ray Hyer was born on May 14, 2001 in Abilene to Mandy Marks Hyer Davidson and the late Eddie Ray Hyer, Jr.  Bryson grew up in Abilene and attended school there.  He moved with his family in 2015 to Coleman and attended Coleman Junior High.  Bryson was extremely athletic.  He loved playing football, baseball and running track.  He excelled in all sports.  He was a great student that was loved by all of his friends, teachers and coaches.  Bryson was always happy and ready to cheer up his friends.  He was a team leader that everyone looked up to, all the while being a very humble person.

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Gary Lee Joyner

Funeral services for Gary Lee Joyner, age 55, of Brownwood, Texas will be held 10 AM Thursday, July 28, 2016 at the Heartland Funeral Home with Pastor Tim Boykin officiating.  Interment will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.    Mr. Joyner passed away Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Brownwood.

Gary was born July 11, 1961 in Brownwood, Texas to Malcolm and Grace Ann McClung Joyner.  On October 2, 1999, he married Rhonda Gilbreath in Brownwood.  Gary had worked in the oilfields, was a truck driver, and loved the outdoors.  He enjoyed camping, fishing, riding his motorcycle but, most of all spending time with his grandchildren, and his dogs Buddy & Searge.

Survivors include his wife Rhonda Joyner; son Keven Lambert & wife Karen; daughter Maranda Lovell and husband Brandon; mother Grace Ann Joyner; mother-in-law Betty Gilbreath; sisters Sherry McIntire and husband John, Tammy & husband Gary Myers, Cylinda Musick and husband Dewayne, Terri Joyner; seven grandchildren Hayden Lambert, Cavan Lovell, Noah and Nicholas Lambert, Ellie Lovell, Norah Lovell,  Xylla Lambert; Nieces Leslie Ochoa & husband John, Kiesha & Jermaine, Kallie Joyner; and by nephews John McIntire, Taylor McIntire & wife Becca, and Chadley Musick; also by good friends Chris Englet, David Guthrie, Randy Wright, Danny Morney and many more.

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Alton M. Benge

BengeAltonBuddyAlton M. Benge, always known as Buddy, passed from this life on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Brownwood, Texas at the age of 81.

Graveside Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at Cleveland Cemetery with his grandson, Landon Collard officiating. Visitation will be held Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Blaylock Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home.

Buddy was born to Charles and Alta (Cheatham) Benge on October 18, 1934, and grew up in the small community of Whon, Texas, graduating from Santa Anna High School. Shortly after graduation, Buddy married his high school sweetheart, Eva Nell Hibbits.  Together they had made Santa Anna their home and had three children - Tim, Tammy, and Tracy.

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Jimmy Clint Moseley


Jimmy Clint Moseley, age 77, of Bangs, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ July 24, 2016.

Jimmy was born to Cecil and Elizabeth (Windham) Moseley on August 14, 1938 in Santa Anna, Texas. Jimmy attended Bangs High School and spent the following four years serving in the U.S. Navy before returning to his home state to work as a plumber. He was a master plumber for 49 years and business owner for more than 30 years. He married the love of his life Emma Lou Mize-Moseley on June 28, 1963.

Jimmy was family oriented, quiet and private with a BIG personality that was loving, compassionate, giving and firm. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed bringing a smile to others. He loved to honor and worship his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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John Reed

ReedJohnFuneral Services for John Reed, age 72, of Brownwood, Texas were held 10:00 am Monday, July 25, 2016 at the Heartland Funeral Home with Pastor Bill Slaymaker officiating.  Interment will follow in the Ebony Cemetery in Mills County.  Mr. Reed passed away Saturday, July 23 2016 at his residence with his loving family by his side.

John Lynn was born on July 8, 1944 in Ft. Worth, Texas to Jesse and Mary Lee Reed. He graduated from Peaster High School in 1962 and then attended Weatherford, Texas Junior College. On September 16, 2000 he married Sandra Newsom in Reno, Texas. He was an active member of Lacy Game Association, raised Lacy dogs, state dog of Texas. His passions were broadcasting with Jason Lewis, the Richland Springs Coyote Football games. Another love, was calling & hunting varmints, and memorable trips with his wife Sandra to Old Mexico, Alaska, and the Caribbean.  He was a retired machinist and a member of Shiloh Bible Church.

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James W. (J.W.) Gilley

James W. (J.W.) Gilley, age 89, passed away Monday, July 18, 2016 at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.  At his request there will be no services and cremation was under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home.

J.W. was born on February 15, 1927 in Brown County to Hoyt and Eula Richardson Gilley and served in the United States Army during WW II.  He worked 36 years for GTE and after retirement, began farming and was a member of Central United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife Barbara Gilley, son R. Hoyt Gilley, daughters Brenda Chamberlain, Sheila Green and Kathy Lee, 13 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren.

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Gene L. Curry

CurryGeneGene L. Curry, age 69, of Brownwood passed away peacefully Sunday, June 12, 2016, after a 3-year battle with cancer.

Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016, at Victory Life Church with Pastor Stan Roberts officiating. Gene’s wishes were to be cremated; private family interment will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home.

Gene was born on December 3, 1946, in Broken Bow, Oklahoma to Reese and Thelma (Singleton) Curry. In high school in Nevada, he excelled in track and field and became a state champion pole vaulter. He worked as a butcher for many years alongside his father.

He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed archery, hunting and fishing in his spare time. Gene became a professional archer and was a pro shooter for Mathews Archery. He won the ASA World Championship in 2002 and 2003 and won dozens of other tournaments over the course of many years. Gene was the first inductee into the ASA Western Region Hall of Fame and was honored as the 2016 Texas ASA Sportsman of the Year. Due to his tireless work with young archers, the Gene Curry Mentor Program has recently begun operation. Over the last several years he worked as a ranch manager and outfitter for Jimmy Mitchell at the Red Oak Ranch in Blanket, Texas and as an outfitter for Bruce Heard at the Independence Ranch in Sibley, Mississippi.

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Bob Johnson

JohnsonBobFuneral services for Bobbie Ray “Bob” Johnson, age 84, of Early, will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, July 22, 2016 in Salt Creek Baptist Church under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Salt Creek Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6:00 until 8:00.

Bob passed away peacefully at home on July 19, 2016 after a short illness of cancer.

He was born in Taylor County at home to Clyde Johnson and Flossie Johnson Smith in Taylor County on September 14, 1931. He grew up in the Tuscola/Ovala area and attended Rogers and Jim Ned Schools. He started running a crane when he was 17 years old and had been in construction his entire life. Some major projects he worked on include, Dyess Air Force Base, Winters freeway, and Lake Fort Phantom Hill Pump Station. He also worked on numerous bridges, including the widening of the Pecan Bayou Bridge, and also the highway from the circle in Brownwood to Early in 1949. He was a member of the Operating Engineer Union since 1959. He was an avid mechanic and could fix or make about anything. He worked tirelessly until the end of his life.

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