Billie Ruth Alford

AlfordBillieBillie Ruth Whitaker Fletcher Alford (born July 1, 1930 in San Antonio, Texas) went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on July 17, 2014. She was predeceased in death by Oaklawn Park Thoroughbred trainer James P. ("Big Jim") Alford. A long-time member of Trinity Church and resident of Hot Springs, Arkansas, she was known as "Miss Billie" at local and West Texas venues for her musical talents at the piano, her engaging personality, and a voice akin to Patsy Cline.

Early career highlights include cutting records in the 1950s and 1060s and being inducted into the West Texas Country Music Hall of Fame for her extensive work and touring with “Jimmie Fletcher and the Drifting Ranch Hands” as well as many other Nashville recording artists. In recent years, she took great delight in playing the piano and singing at various retirement and nursing facilities, including The Atrium and Quapaw Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Alford leaves behind two daughters, Penny Alford and Debra Hurt; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 11:00 AM, Wednesday at Trinity Church 670 Panama Street with Brother Bob Thornton officiating.

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Jonathan Fitzgerald

Funeral services for Jonathan Fitzgerald, age 24, of Brownwood, will be at 2:00 PM, Saturday, July 26, 2014 in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel with Steve Polaski officiating. Cremation will follow the service.  Visitation and viewing will be held at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

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Carlton Lee Teague

teagueFuneral services for Carlton Teague, 68, of Bangs, will be held at 2 pm on Thursday, July 24, in Lamesa Memorial Park Cemetery in Lamesa Texas. Interment will follow, under the direction of Netherton Funeral Home.  No visitation has been set.

Mr. Teague passed away on Monday, July 21, 2014 at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.

Carlton Lee Teague was born on February 13, 1946, in Lamesa Texas to Judd Thomas Teague and Venita Jewell (Wilson) Teague. He served his country in the United States Army and had worked as a Consultant in the Oil and Gas Industry. Carlton was a simple man and spent a lot of time working on cars or building projects and helping family and friends with their projects as well.  Above all else, the thing that meant the most to him were his grandchildren, they were truly the light of his life. Carlton was also a member of the VFW and the American Legion and had lived in Brown County since 1982, moving here from Fort Stockton.

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Nancy Anne Croft Thibert

ThibertNancyAnnCroftNancy Anne Thibert of Austin, Texas passed away on July 14, 2014 at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center.  Nancy just celebrated her 70th birthday in June.  Nancy was born in Brownwood, Texas to John Bruce Croft and Doris Lapharne Croft (Krauskopf).

Nancy graduated Brownwood High School and attended Southwest Texas State University before she began her career with a technology company, Wireless Systems.  She continued to work in Austin at Digatex and Brock Consulting.  For the past 12 years Nancy expressed her talent and creativity as a florist for Randall’s Grocery Store in South Austin where she will be dearly missed.

Nancy enjoyed sewing as a hobby, which led to an arts and craft business with her sister under the name Dotchi Designs for 25 years.  Nancy also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren around the pool and fishing along the Llano River.

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Margaret Elaine Willson

WillsonMargaret Elaine Willson, 68 of Brownwood, passed away Wednesday July 16, 2014 at Oak Ridge Manor Nursing Home.  A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held Saturday July 19th, from 12-3 p at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1715 Ave I, in Brownwood.

Margaret was born April 13, 1946 in Salinas CA, to the parentage of Hal Briggs Sr. and Deane A. Briggs. Margaret attended Antelope Valley College, Lancaster, CA. Margaret was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and loved her church family. She was a very loving person and never met a stranger. Margaret loved to crochet, sing and read. Her favorite things included Angels, Unicorns, and Frogs. Her favorite color was Lavender and she loved yellow roses.

Left to cherish her memories are daughter Leslie E. Brisco of Brownwood, 2 sons Dennis E. Willson of McMinnville OR, and Sean E. Willson of Dublin VA. 3 sisters Carole Masengale (Alvin) of Reubens ID, Marsha Segler (Mel) of Arizona, and Karen DeLafuente (Luis) of Las Vegas NV, and brother Michael Briggs (Karen) of Lancaster CA. 7 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.Margaret was preceded in death by both parents, and brother Hal, S. Briggs Sr.

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David Manear

manearRet.  SSG. David Manear, 62 of Brownwood, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.

David Manear was born January 6, 1952 in Falfurrias, TX to the parentage of Raymond and Lorene Manear. David received his primary education from Falfurrias I.S.D. After graduating he joined the United States Army, protecting our country for 20 years. David received an honorable discharge from the United States Army in the late 80's and began his career in the correctional field. He worked in Huntsville, Beeville, Gatesville, and Brownwood and retired from TDC after 23 years of honorable service. David was always involved in a variety of projects with his family, consistently working and fixing things. David was a very giving man and was always willing to help anyone in need.

David was an avid outdoors man. Some of his hobbies included fishing, camping, reading and he loved watching old movies.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 23 years Shirley Davis, 3 daughters "Cupcake" Lorene Gogerty of Montana, Bobby K. Henderson of Iowa, and "Scooter" Carole Hill of Gatesville, TX,. 2 sons Richard Manear of Brownwood, TX, and David Ray Manear of Gatesville, TX. 3 step Children Ricky Davis of Brownwood,TX, Debbie Griffin of Early, TX and Helen St. Martin of Brownwood, TX. 2 brothers "Buddy" Raymond Manear of Belton, TX and Scotty Manear of Belton, TX and 1 sister Helen Easterling of Temple, TX. 17 grandchildren to include Ashley Gogerty, Matthew Gogerty, Tyler Henderson, Alyssa Henderson, Elizabeth Hill, Samantha Hill, Bethany Hill, Gage Hill, Mikey Manear, Shannon Manear, David Manear, Maddie Manear, Heather Davis, Ricky Davis, O'Brien Norris, Cody Mitchell, Gracie Schwarzbach.

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Mary Lucile Jarratt Frazier

Mary Lucile Jarratt Frazier passed gently into the next life on Thursday morning July 10, 2014, at home in Loraine, Texas, at age 99.

Lucile was born on May 21, 1915, in Loraine, to parents A. Ervin Jarratt and Mary Jena Norcross Jarratt. During her early life she was raised in Loraine attending Loraine High School and was of Christian faith joining the Methodist Church. On February 17, 1936, Lucile was married to John Wiley Frazier in Loraine. John and Lucile Frazier lived most of their married life in Brown County owning a photography studio in Brownwood, Texas. They were also involved in ranching and real estate. After John's death in 1994, Lucile spent the remainder of her life in Loraine with her sister, Marie Jarratt Hare. Lucile is survived by her dear sister, Marie Jarratt Hare of Loraine, Texas. She was also preceded in death by her beloved brothers, Irving Jarratt of Midland, Texas, William Jarratt of Ruidoso, N.M., John Jarratt of Loraine, Texas, and Dudley Jarratt of Houston.

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Jack Weedon

Funeral services for Jack R. Weedon of Early will be held at 2 PM Sunday, July 20, at Davis-Morris Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

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Otis Wade Stephens

stephensOtis Wade Stephens, age 69, passed away at home on Tuesday, July 15, 20l4, after a five and a half year battle with prostate cancer.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m Friday, July 18, 2014, at Davis-Morris Funeral Home, with Dallas Huston officiating. Interment will follow in the Eastlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:30-7:30 Thursday at Davis Morris Funeral Home.

Otis was born to Stafford and Mamie Stephens Dec. 23, 1944, in Coleman, Texas. Otis grew up in Trickham, Texas, graduated from Brookesmith High School and went to work that fall at TP&L Electric and continued to work through all the changes from TXU. He retired 46 years later from Oncor Electric.

Otis' hobbies were gardening, canning, and cooking. He raised some of the most gorgeous gardens in Brown County for many years.

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Laura Jeannette Reid Ledbetter

LedbetterLauraLaura Jeannette Reid Ledbetter of Brownwood, Texas passed away Monday, July 14, 2014 at the age of ninety six.  A private family service was held Wednesday at Eastlawn Memorial Park under the direction of the Heartland Funeral Home.

Laura Jeannette Reid Ledbetter was born on August 6, 1917, at home in Proctor, Texas, the youngest of three children.  After graduating from Dublin High School in 1935, she and her mother moved to Abilene so she could attend Draughn’s Business School.  While in Abilene, she married W.P. (Dub) Ledbetter on November 16, 1938. After Abilene, relocations included Hobbs (NM), Haskell, Sweetwater, Ballinger, Brownwood, El Paso and Lovington (NM).  They moved back to Brownwood in 1960 where both worked for TWT Molding Company.  They both retired in 1973 to enjoy their travel until Dub passed away in 1979.

Coggin Avenue Baptist Church was the total focus of both their spiritual and social lives.  Dub served as a Sunday school teacher, usher, and deacon.  Jeannette served long and faithfully as bereavement coordinator and much longer as a member of the choir.

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