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Brother Richard “Dick” Williams

Funeral Services for Brother Richard “Dick” Williams, age 90, of Brownwood will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 27, 2016, at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church with Bro. Tim Skaggs and Bro. Alan Wallace officiating; burial will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be held Friday evening from 6-8 at Blaylock Funeral Home.

Dick passed away August 23, 2016, at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.

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Troy Sawyer

A memorial service for Troy Sawyer, age 73, will be held at 10:00 AM, Friday, August 26, 2016 in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Brian Hall officiating.

Mr. Sawyer passed away on Thursday, August 18, 2016 in Brownwood. He was born on July 8, 1943 in Cross Plains to William Roy and Pauline (Regian) Sawyer.  He was a longtime resident and client of ResCare.

Troy is survived by his ResCare family.

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Eva Doris Brown

Funeral services for Eva Doris Brown, 83, of Brownwood will be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, August 25, 2016 in the Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Eastlawn Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends from 6-7 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.  Mrs. Brown passed away Monday, August 22, 2016.

Eva was born August 28, 1932 to Luther S. and Johnnie (Dykes) Henderson in Early, Texas.  She had been a life-time resident of Brown County.  Eva loved to read and loved music; but her true passion was in God’s Word and in serving her church, Southside Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years.

Eva leaves to cherish her memory her three sons:  Kurt Brown and wife, Julie, of Bangs, Kyle Brown of Brownwood and Kip Brown and wife, Melissa of Early; grandchildren:  Amanda Brown, Deedra Cole, Amanda Olvera, Bradley Brown, William Brown, Christopher Williams and Jeremy Brown; four great grandchildren, Jack Field, Sara Field, Jaxson Olvera and Penelope Brown; sister, Lois Neal, two special nieces who were like daughters to her, Charisse and Arlene; and a niece more like a sister/best friend, Dolores.

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Jeanette Dunn

DunnJeanetteFuneral Services for Jeanette Dunn, age 90, of Brownwood will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Curt Schneider officiating; burial will follow at Greenleaf Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 6-7 at Blaylock Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home.

Jeanette went to be with the Lord Saturday, August 20, 2016.

Jeanette was born to Harold and Emma (Davis) Pfohl on March 26, 1926, in Chicago, IL; she was the last of 10 children. She was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Chula Vista, CA. for 40 years prior to moving to Brownwood and joining Grace Lutheran Church. She was a “Jeanette of all trades”; she could build, sew, and change her own oil in her car.

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Irene Slayton Matthews

MatthewsIreneSlaytonIrene Slayton Matthews was born March 5, 1935 at home in Coleman County to G.J. Slayton and Gladys Keeney Slayton.  She grew up and attended school in Coleman.  On July 24, 1953, she married Willie Matthews in Artesia, New Mexico.

Survivors include her husband, Willie Matthews of Coleman; four children, Billy Matthews and wife, Becky of Early, Darlene Matthews of Coleman, Frankie Matthews of Coleman, Rose Mary Rollins of Granger; special niece Debra Horton Dean and husband Roddy of Santa Anna.  Irene also considered special friends Becky Brooks, Cheryl Brooks, and Jamie Lundgren as her daughters; five sisters, Louise Strength of Coleman, Fredna Horton of Santa Anna, Frances Smith and husband Charlie of Waldrip, Sandra Wilson of Coleman, and Delores Fenton and husband, Bobby of Johnson City; five grandchildren, Guy McElrath of Coleman, Dana McElrath Herrington and husband James of Miles, Barbi Balliet and husband Mike of Corpus Christi, Brooke Newman and husband Josh of Rio Rancho New Mexico, Sage Brooks of Coleman; five great grandchildren, Mikayla Mayo of Abilene, Zeke Mayo of Coleman, Jaysie McElrath of Cross Plains, Cole Balliet of Corpus Christi and Kynlee Brooks of Coleman and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Raymond Parsons

ParsonsRayRaymond Parsons, age 57, passed away from complications of a motorcycle accident on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 in San Angelo, Texas.

Mr. Parsons was born on June 4, 1959 in Naples, Florida to Raymond & Frances Parsons.

Ray was a devout Christian, and never doubted for one second that Jesus was his brother and took care of him. He never hesitated to testify his Love of Jesus and his salvation. He never met a stranger, and loved life and everyone.

He was God’s sparrow, because no matter what, God took care of him in every way. Ray knew where he was headed when he passed away. He had no remorse, no sadness, and no tears.

He is survived by his companion of 20 years, Donnetta Shelton of Brownwood, 2 Sons Henry Barton Parsons, and Raymond C Parsons III, and 1 daughter Jessica Elizabeth Parsons, all of Indian Creek, by 1 sister Sherri Boa, of Key West, Florida, and by his Grandmother Ruby of Naples, Fl.

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Clara Fuentes Vasquez

Clara Fuentes Vasquez, 76, of Coleman, died Friday, August 19, 2016 at Coleman County Medical Center.  Graveside service will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 21, 2016 at Brown Ranch Cemetery in Fisk.  The funeral procession to the cemetery will leave the funeral home at 1:15 p.m.  Services are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Clara Fuentes Vasquez was born August 12, 1940 in Asherton, Texas to Teodoro Fuentes and Isabel Espinoza Fuentes.  She grew up and attended school in Asherton.  On August 15, 1959, she married Felipe Vasquez in Ballinger.  He preceded her in death on June 27, 2005.  She was a homemaker and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Survivors include one son, Israel Vasquez of Coleman; four grandchildren, Abigail, Elijah, Rebekah and Rafael Vasquez all of Coleman and her beloved companion, Geronimo Hernandez of Coleman.

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Clinton E. Laws

Clinton E. Laws, 85, of Coleman died Wednesday, August 18, 2016 at the Olin E. Teague Veterans' Medical Center in Temple.  Funeral service with military honors will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 20, 2016 at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. James Posey officiating.  Burial will be in the Coleman City Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Clinton Eugene Laws was born March 20, 1931 in Coleman to Dewitt Clinton and Annie Martha Welty Laws.  He grew up and attended school in Coleman.  He served in the United States Army during World War II.  On July 24, 1952, he married Orphey Faries in Coleman.  He worked as an electrician and also worked for the City of Coleman at the Water Filtration Plant for 11 years.  After Clinton retired, he enjoyed fishing and traveling.  He never met a stranger and would start conversations with anyone.  He was a member of Concho Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Orphey Laws of Coleman; three children, Clinton Laws of Coleman, Vikki Wristen and husband, Lin, of Early, Nikki Guzy of Coleman; one sister, Alyene Trewitt of Coleman; eight grandchildren, Glen Donham and wife Kristen, Melody Butts and husband, J.C., David Laws and wife, Bethany, Melissa McCarty and husband, Adonis, Michael Donham and wife, Monica, Jesse Laws, Stephen Donham, Cindy Carpenter and husband, Dustin; 16 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

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Billie M. Ford

FordBillieBillie M. Ford, 92, was born September 17, 1923 and passed away August 15, 2016 at the Bangs Nursing Home.  Funeral services are set for 10 am, Friday, August 19, 2016 in the Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Tom Washburn officiating.  Burial will follow in Bangs Cemetery.  The family will receive friends and guests from 6 pm until 8 pm, Thursday, August 18, 2016, at Davis-Morris Funeral Home.

Billie was the daughter of Olin and Jewel Strange of Bangs, Texas.  She grew up on the family farm west of Bangs and attended the Bangs schools.  She married Clarence Ford on March 20, 1942 and they shared 70 years together before his passing in November 2012.

Survivors include a son, Royce and wife Susan Ford of Bangs, Texas; Gaynell and husband Leland Williams of Brookesmith, Texas; 4 grandchildren, Stephen Williams of Bentonville, Arkansas, Randy Williams and wife Sherry of Santa Fe, Texas, Kimberly Beaver and husband Ray of Round Rock, Texas, and Melissa Ford of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; 5 great-grandchildren, Bailey, Jarret, and Avery Williams of Santa Fe, Texas, and Mason and Jaxon Beaver of Round Rock, Texas.

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Roy Clifton Alford

AlfordRoyRoy Clifton Alford, age 91, of Brownwood passed away Monday, July 4, 2016, at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.

Memorial Service with Military Honors for Roy will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 19, 2016 at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home.

Roy was born on December 24, 1924, to E.C. & Viola (Sawyer) Alford in Brownwood, Texas.  He graduated from Brownwood High School in 1942. After high school, Roy joined the Army and then the Air Force at a later re-enlistment.  While in the Army, he served in the Philippines and was an amphibious tractor driver with the 672nd Amphibian Tractor Battalion in the Los Banos raid, which successfully rescued over 2000 American citizens from a Japanese internment camp.  Upon his return from that tour of duty, he married Helen Breazeale and they had two children, Maricia and Randy; their marriage lasted 33 years. They remained in contact and would even join for family celebrations.  Roy married Doris Hill Pierce and they were married for 22 years until her passing in 2001.  Her 3 children, along with their families, became part of his life.

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