Gary Townsend Butts

Our dad, Gary Townsend Butts, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and closest friends on Saturday, July 18, 2015.  He left for his very much deserved Heavenly home to the sound of our I love yous and his favorite songs.  His wishes were to grieve him a little but to move on.  We will always look for the brightness of each day with his favorite Beatles song in our ears-Here comes the sun ….here comes the sun and I say, it’s alright.

Our dad had very bravely battled a severe case of rheumatoid arthritis and COPD over the last decade.  We thing we can safely say that his strength and courage was an amazement to anyone he encountered.  We know he was many a person’s hero.

Our dad was born June 30, 1947 to Townsend and Mildred Butts in Lampasas, TX.  He met the love of his life (our momma), Linda Ann Scott while attending Howard Payne University.  Upon his graduation with a Bachelor of Business Administration, they were married.  Shortly thereafter, their love story began in San Diego, CA where my dad proudly served his country for the next four years in the United States Navy.  Upon their return to Brownwood (where our dad said he couldn’t wait to get back to), he began working at Weakly-Watson before starting his career with the City of Brownwood in the finance department.  He tirelessly worked his way from Finance Director to Deputy City Manager.  Upon the retirement of Virgil Gray, whom he greatly admired, he was appointed City Manager until his retirement in 2005.  While working for the city, he also served for 31 years as a board member of TML Intergovernmental Employees Benefits Risk Pool.

Our dad loved fishing, boating and time with his family and friends.  And anyone who knew him knew how much he loved Sci-Fi movies, especially Star Trek.  No telling how many times we had had to listen to the sound track at the beginning of Star Trek at full blast on the stereo.

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Freda Loveta Campbell

CampbellFreda Loveta Campbell, 80, of Bangs Texas, passed away Monday July 27, 2015, in Brownwood, Texas. Funeral services, under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home of Early, will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday July 30, 2015 at the Heartland Chapel in Early, TX. Interment will follow at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Christine Cemetery in Christine, TX. The family will receive friends 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday July 29 at the Heartland Funeral Home. Online condolences to the family can be left online at

Freda Loveta was born December 6, 1934, in Coleman County Texas, to Samuel Joseph and Matilda (Kincaid) Morrison. Following graduation from high school in Talpa, Texas, Loveta began college at Howard Payne in Brownwood, Texas. Upon graduation from Howard Payne as a teacher, she began her career as an educator at Forsan Schools near Big Springs, Texas. Loveta taught at numerous locations including Corpus Christi, Pleasanton, Sacramento and Mt Shasta, California.

Loveta married Harold Campbell May 27, 1961, in Crews, Texas. She was a volunteer in numerous capacities, the Bangs Food Pantry, teaching in Sunday School at the many churches they attended, and musical accompanist. Loveta was a member of Delta Kappa Gama and most recently the Concord Baptist Church. She loved sharing the story of Jesus with every neighbor kid (and parent) who was endeared to her kindness.

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Donna Anderson Lancaster

Graveside services for Donna Anderson Lancaster, 67, of May, Texas will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, July 30, 2015 at the Heflin Cemetery with Barry Ezra officiating.  The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 PM Wednesday at the Heartland Funeral Home.  Mrs. Lancaster passed away Monday, July 27, 2015 at her residence.

Donna Marie was born in Brownwood, Texas to Luther Herman and Kathryn Ezra Anderson.    She was a 1966 graduate of May High School and attended Brownwood Commercial College.  Marie had lived the majority of her life in May and was a homemaker.

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James Paul Bendt

A private family memorial service for James Paul Bendt, age 56, of Brownwood formerly of California, will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home.

James passed away Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Brownwood Regional Medical Center. He was born April 30, 1959 in Pasadena, California.

James is survived by his father, Larry Dean Bendt, Sr; mother, Sandra Bendt-Aguilar; one brother, Jesse Bendt; and one niece; Melanie McCutcheon. He is also survived by other family members.

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Charla Greene

Graveside services for Charla Greene, infant daughter of Courtney and Curtis Greene will be held 10:00 AM Monday at Greenleaf Cemetery under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home.

Survivors include her parents; one brother Cayden Greene; Grandparents Donna Greene and David Lehman, James and Christina Greene, Monte and Tammy Doss; Great Grandparents Jessie Greene, Miles and Charlene Massey, Kenneth Doss, Stormy and Juanita Barnum. Numerous Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.  He was preceded in death by a brother Cevin James Greene.

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Harvey Singleton

singletonFuneral services for Harvey Joe Singleton, age 78, of Joshua, Texas formerly of Fort Worth will be held 2:00 PM Monday, July 27, 2015 at the Heartland Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in the Bangs Cemetery.  The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 PM Sunday at the funeral home.  Mr. Singleton passed away Friday, July 24, 2015 in Burleson, Texas.

Harvey Joe was born on July 28, 1936 in Mills County, Texas to Julius Lee and Annie Marie Henderson Singleton and lived there until the age of 9.  He then moved to Newburg for 3 years where he attended a small school that had 6 grades in one room. At the age of 14 the Newburg school closed and he attended school in Comanche.  Later he moved to Early and completed his schooling there. On, May 26, 1960 he married Emma Louise Johnson in Brownwood.  Harvey was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a member of the Primitive Baptist Church in Brownwood.  Harvey was an electrician for Lockheed Aircraft plant in Ft. Worth  and retired in 2000.  Later on he returned to being a regular electrician and worked many more years working for IBEW union retiring after 50 years of service.  He had resided in Joshua since 1980 and had previously lived in Fort Worth.   Harvey was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed spoiling his grandkids and great-grandkids.  He also helped people with his many talents.  Harvey will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

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Bobbie L. Bogar

BogerBobbie L. Bogar, 82, of Brownwood passed away Tuesday, July 21 at a local nursing home.

Funeral services have been set for 2:00 P.M. Saturday, July 25 at Davis-Morris Funeral Home in Brownwood, TX.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Friday, July 24. Burial will be in the Eastlawn Cemetery.

Bobbie was born August 10, 1932 to the late T.J. and Estelle Lee. She married Joseph Bogar on January 8, 1954.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph Bogar of Brownwood, children; Thomas Edward Bogar & wife Leslie of Denver, Co., Kathleen Renee Dilliard & husband Michael of Brownwood, Deborah Jean Cooper of Houston, Joseph Michael Bogar & wife Leigh of Denver, Co. & Laura Leah Highsmith & husband Eric of St. Augustine, Fl. Two brothers; Gerald Lee of Corpus Christi & Monte Lee of Calvert, TX. One sister, Ann Ruth Leddon of Ft. Worth. She is also survived by thirteen grandchildren.

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Maria Eva Martinez Villalpando

VillalpandoFuneral services for Maria Eva Martinez Villalpando will be Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 1:00 PM in the Heartland Funeral Chapel Early, Texas. Interment will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Park Early, Texas.

Visitation will be Saturday from 6-8 PM at the funeral home. Mrs. Martinez passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at the Brownwood Regional Medical Center at the age of 65.

She was born November 5, 1949 in Jimenez, Coahuila Mexico to Amalia and Jose Martinez.

Maria is survived by her husband Jorge Luis Villalpando, her children; Imelda and husband Juan Sanchez, Mario and wife Maria Magdalena Villalpando. She is also survived by her grandchildren; Jorge Israel Sanchez, Emmanuel Sanchez, Sari Sanchez, and Juan Daniel Sanchez.

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Dale Davis

DavisDale Davis, 72, of Beattie, passed away at his home Sunday July 19, 2015 after a lengthy illness.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 21st at 8 PM at Heartland Funeral Home.  Funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 22nd  at Broken Bronc Cowboy Church - 1900 FM 588 in Comanche.

Dale was born June 25, 1943 in Beattie, Texas, to Eugene and Odessa (Helm) Davis. He married Peggy Davis on January 4, 1964 and they had twin children, Bobby and Linda.

Dale was a man of many trades. He worked in the oil field, farmed, raised cattle and turkeys, and planted grass and vegetation on many government lakes and dams in Texas. He mowed highways and lake parks, owned a tractor and equipment sales store in both Brownwood and Comanche, and drilled water wells and installed water pumps.

Dale loved his family, friends, and church very much. He attended and was member of Taylor’s Chapel Church.

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Jose F. Varela, Sr.

VarelaJoseJose F. Varela, Sr. 89, passed quietly in his home on July 18, 2015 with loved ones at his bedside.  He was born on March 2, 1926.

Jose was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Varela; his brother, Gaspar (Lalo)Garcia; and his brother, Octavio Varela.  Two great grandchildren Mariza & Michael.

He is survived by six children; Nora Hall and husband Sonny; Jose F. Varela, Jr. and wife Ani; Ronny Varela and companion, Mary Delgado; Orfalinda Davis and husband, Micky; Gloria Kinzer and husband James; and Richard Varela and wife Anna.  He is also survived by seven grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.  He is also survived by two loyal pets; Chuy and Etta.

An avid reader, he also enjoyed gardening, tending to his flowers, garage sale shopping and spending time with his family.

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