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James L. (J. L.) Franklin

Funeral services for James L. (J. L.) Franklin, age 90, of Gardendale, formerly of May, Texas will be at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, September 28, 2016 in the May First Baptist Church.  Burial will follow in the May Cemetery under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00.

J. L. went home to be with the Lord on Friday, September 23, 2016, in Odessa, Texas.  He was born in Comanche, Texas on June 4, 1926 and lived in May for a number of years. Prior to moving to May, J. L. worked as for Sivalls in Odessa as a supervisor. Mr. Franklin was a veteran of World War II where he served in the U. S. Navy.

Mr. Franklin was preceded in death by his father, James Leslie Franklin, his mother, Audrey Rice Franklin, his wife, Inez Franklin, his son, Jimmy Levi Franklin, and a grandson, Jason Franklin.

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Belinda Olmsted

OlmstedBelindaA graveside funeral service for Belinda Olmsted, age 69, of Brookesmith, will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, September 27, 2016 in the Cedar Point Cemetery with David Williams officiating.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday evening from 6:00 until 8:00.  Heartland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Olmsted passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at her home.

Belinda Lynn Pilkington was born on May 23, 1947 in Brownwood to Marcus and Betty (Bennett) Pilkington.  She married Donald Olmsted.  Belinda loved birds, flowers and nature, but most importantly she loved all of her children and her Lord.

Belinda is survived by her children, Tammy Watkins of San Angelo, Wendy Newsom of Brookesmith, Larry Watkins and wife Jamie of Bangs, Cindy Knoll and husband Travis of Marble Falls and Lacy Cellebre and husband Anthony of Round Rock; her mother Betty Redwine; three brothers, two sisters, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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Weida Larremore

Funeral services for Weida Larremore, age 90, of Brownwood, will be held at 2 PM Sunday, September 25, 2016 at the Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel.  The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7 PM Saturday at the funeral home.  Mrs. Larremore passed away September 22, 2016.

Weida Mae Barclay was born October 11, 1925 to Robert Joseph and Annie (Rogers) Barclay in McCulloch County, Texas.  She started with nothing, but worked hard on the family ranch and home to take care of her family.  Weida was blessed to have two wonderful husbands in her life.  She married Everett Earl Mouser on May, 25, 1945 in Brady, Texas.  She later married Clayton E. Larremore on December 31, 1950 in Hall, Texas.   She was a member of Richland Springs Church of Christ and was currently a member of the Austin Avenue Church of Christ.  Weida was a good cook, and she loved being able to prepare meals for her family.  While she as a great mother, she absolutely loved spoiling the grandchildren!  She would do anything for her family, and was always involved in family activities.  Weida also loved going to garage sales.  She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

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Joe Dan Weedon

Funeral services for Joe Dan Weedon, age 90, of Lake Brownwood, will be at 2:00 PM, Sunday, September 25, 2016 in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will follow in the Weedon Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday evening from 6:00 until 8:00.

Joe Dan Weedon was born on the family ranch at Lake Brownwood on December 15, 1925.  Joe Dan passed from this life on September 23, 2016, at his home on Lake Brownwood at the age of 90 years.  Joe Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Anna B. Weedon, and two granddaughters, Julie Elaine Weedon and Anna B. Bunnell.

Joe Dan graduated from Grosvenor High School in 1943.  He served in the US Navy in World War II on the USS Owen (DD536) from 1945 to 1946.  Upon his honorable discharge, Joe Dan joined his father in the Polled Hereford business.  He served as a director and secretary for the Brown County Polled Hereford Association, director in the West Texas Association, Central Texas Association and director and President of the Texas Polled Hereford Association and the Federal Land Bank.

Joe Dan and his father showed their Polled Herefords at most of the major shows in the United States where they won several championships.

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Linda Butts

ButtsLindaOur beloved mother passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 in Brownwood, Texas.  She had bravely fought a 14-month battle with ALS.  Our mom was born on December 23, 1949 in Gorman, Texas to J.B. and Fanny Mae Scott.  She was a 1968 graduate of De Leon High School and attended Howard Payne University.  Mom was preceded in death by her parents and beloved husband, Gary T. Butts.

For those who knew our mother, you understand that no words can adequately describe how beautiful her spirit was.  She will forever be remembered for her kindness to others and for her sweet smile that warmed the hearts of everyone she met.  She cared and loved so very deeply, that I know she left her mark on all who loved her.  My brother and I have felt the legacy she has left behind by the many tributes received by those whose lives she touched.  We know that our loss is felt by so many and find comfort in knowing that she was received by our Heavenly Father, and she is finally at peace with our dad.  I know Daddy was so happy to greet her with a cocktail in hand, the Eagles playing, and the hot tub ready to go!

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Juanita Reaneau Barnum

BarnumJuanitaFuneral Services for Juanita Reaneau Barnum, age 72, of Brownwood will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, September 23, 2016, at 4th and Stewart St. Church of Christ (3201 4th St.) with Michael Light and Johnny McCaghren officiating; burial will follow at Cedar Point Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Blaylock Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home.

Juanita Reneau Barnum was born on November 15, 1943, to Howard N. and Bessie (Whatley) Reneau in Shreveport, Louisiana, and passed from this life on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 in Brownwood, Texas. Juanita was married to Stormy Gene Barnum on October 25, 1958, and together they had three children. Juanita always put her family first, focusing her efforts on being a homemaker. She was also a long time member of the 4th & Stewart Church of Christ.

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William R. “Bill” Steiner

SteinerBillFuneral services for William R. “Bill” Steiner, age 69, of Brownwood, will be at 11:00 AM, Thursday, September 22, 2016 in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial with military honors will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park.

Mr. Steiner died Sunday, September 18, 2016 in Brownwood.

Bill was born in Buffalo, New York to William and Genevieve (Waddy) Steiner.  He served in the U.S. Army for fourteen years before retiring.  He moved to Brownwood and worked for West Texas Printing for twenty six years.  Bill married Myong Hye Mun on June 21, 1976 in Seoul, South Korea.

Bill is survived by his wife of forty years Hye Steiner of Brownwood, two sons, two sisters, Barbara and Beverly and a brother Donnie Steiner of Buffalo, New York.

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John Allen Campbell

John Allen Campbell, a good man who dearly loved to laugh passed from this life into his eternal home on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

John was born in New York City November 10, 1925. He was raised in Georgetown, British Guiana by his grandmother who was a missionary with the Church of Scotland.  He would tell wonderful stories of his childhood such as diving from anchor chains of ships in the Demara River, drinking coconut milk, and holidays on Trinidad.  Drafted into the army during World War II, he was stationed in Puerto Rico.  After the war he married Virginia Petty of Zephyr.  He was a roughneck in the oil fields of west Texas in the early years of their marriage, then a plumber for H&H Plumbing in Abilene, Texas and lastly was one of the first hires for 3M in Brownwood.  John loved his family, motorcycles and was deeply involved with the Masonic Lodge.  John was lovingly cared for the last two years by his daughter, Gloria.  Thanks also to Solaris Hospice.

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Charles Hood

Charles Hood, 51, of Coleman, died Sunday, September 18, 2016 at Coleman County Medical Center.  A memorial service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel, 400 West Pecan Street, Coleman.  His body was cremated and inurnment will be in the Coleman City Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

He was born Charles Wesley Hood on September 25, 1964 in Ellensburg, Washington to Dirl Dean Hood and Wanda Lee Jones Hood.  At a very young age, he moved with his family to Coleman.  He grew up in Coleman and graduated from Coleman High School in 1983.  Charles later attended Texas A&M University in College Station while pursuing an Engineering Degree.  Charles managed different restaurants in College Station, Dallas, Austin and Houston.  He also owned his own restaurant in Houston, before moving back to Coleman in 2014.

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John Franklin Walker, Sr.

John Franklin Walker, Sr., age 80, passed away on September 7, 2016 in San Angelo, Texas.

Mr. Walker was born on November 20, 1935 in Hermleigh, Texas to Robert and Loreta Walker. He married Judy Samples on January 26, 1968 in Crystal City, Indiana. John was a truck driver, and worked in the oilfield industry. He loved spending time with family and friends, watching Dallas Cowboys, BBQ, having a good time outdoors, fishing, loved having company, and had a heart of gold, he will be greatly missed.

Mr. Walker is survived by his wife of 48 years Judy Walker, 3 sons Robert Calbert Walker Jr., John Walker Jr., and James Otis Walker all of Brownwood; Son-in-law Ricky Rios, 2 Grandsons Robert Calbert Walker III, and James Walker; 3 Granddaughters Hailey Rios, Faith Rios, and Chelsea Walker, 2 Great-Grandchildren Bryce Walker, and Sophia Rios all of Brownwood, Texas; 2 sisters Wanda Johnson of Oklahoma, and Bobby Joyce of Coahoma, Texas; 1 Brother Royce Walker; as well as numerous other grandchildren, nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.

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