Evelyn Poteet

Evelyn Poteet, 87, left this world to her eternal home Thursday, June 19, 2014, in Poplar Bluff, Mo. She had been a resident of Brownwood since 1993. She was born February 13, 1927, in Brownwood, Texas, to Charles and Noddie Rex Hester.

Evelyn and Marvin Poteet were married in Brownwood, Texas, on August 11, 1994. Marvin passed away January 8, 2014.

She is survived by her children, John W. Leist of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Larry D Leist of Springville, Ariz., Marilyn Lopez of Pearsall, Texas, Patricia Kermode of Kaufman, Texas, and Carolyn Towery of Spring, Texas; step-children, Jess Poteet of Wichita, Kan., Stephen Poteet of Weatherford, Texas, and Lynn Parton of Westminster, Colo.  She has 48 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her brothers and sister except for Johnny Hester of Lewisville, Texas.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and extended family.

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Buddy Gene Reeder

ReederBuddy Gene Reeder, 75 of Thrifty, formerly of Sidney and Blanket, passed away at his home in Thrifty, on Wednesday June 25, 2014. Funeral services, under the direction of Netherton Funeral Home in Brownwood, will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, June 28, 2014, in the Netherton Chapel. Interment will follow in Blanket Cemetery with Bro. David Barnum officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Friday, June 27, 2014, at the funeral home. Condolences to the family can be left online at

Buddy was born January 7, 1939, in Sidney, Texas, to George and Janie Odell Reeder. He attended and graduated from Sidney High School. After school, he went to work for a construction company building roads. Buddy later decided to start his own company and began working in home construction. He started Reeder Dry Wall and was self-employed, working for 50 years. Buddy married Kathryn Sue Bridges in Comanche May 31, 1959. Buddy loved to fish, mostly trotlines, and was always coming home with a lot of fish. He played fast pitch softball for area teams for many years and was well known for his fast pitches. Buddy loved music, playing and singing, leading this band the Texas Country Buddies. He played both lead and rhythm guitar. Buddy really loved his church. He attended and was a member first at Brownwood Evangelism Center and later Grosvenor Baptist Church.

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Darold Beck, Jr.

BeckDarold Beck, Jr., 47, of Brownwood, passed away Monday, June 23, 2014, in Brownwood.  Funeral services will be held at 12:00pm, Friday, June 27, 2014, in the Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel.  Darold will be laid to rest in Eastlawn Memorial Park, following the funeral service.  The family will receive friends and guests during visitation, which will be Thursday, June 26, 2014, at Davis-Morris Funeral Home, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm.

Darold Weyman Beck, Jr. was born on September 30, 1966, in Brownwood, TX, to Darold Weyman Sr. and Nancy Marie (Myers) Beck.  Darold worked as a foreman with Ross Company, he was part of a disaster relief response team, and most recently as an equipment operator for Total Construction.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman; Darold also enjoyed playing softball.  He enjoyed coaching soccer and t-ball for his sons.  One of his greatest joys was to cookout at the lake with his friends and family or head down to the coast to go deep sea fishing.  Darold was a loving husband; father, brother, uncle and friend.  He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Darold was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy Marie Beck.

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James Dee Wilson

JWilson2ames Dee Wilson, 88, passed away Monday morning June 23, 2014 in his home in Early, TX.

A memorial service will be held Thursday June 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Heartland Funeral Home - 303 Early Blvd in Brownwood with Johnny McCaghren officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 1:00 pm prior to the service. Heartland Funeral Home will direct the service and burial immediately following at Amity Cemetery, southeast of Rising Star at the intersection of Comanche CR 127 and Comanche CR 131.

Dee was born in Hawley, TX to Grady and Bessie Wilson. He graduated from Anson High School and served our country in WWII in the US Navy as a signalman on a tanker stationed in Guam. After the war, he attended Abilene Christian College where he met and married Margaret Landreth in 1948. After Dee received his BS degree from ACC, they moved to Van Horn, TX in the early 50’s. Dee was a coach for a short time and then a farmer/rancher for over 20 years. With a career change in the early 70’s, as an insurance agent for Texas Farm Bureau, they moved to Cisco. A few years later, they owned and operated the Montgomery Ward catalog store in Eastland until retirement to their ranch southeast of Rising Star in 1991. In 2008, for health reasons, they moved to their current home. As a faithful Christian and member of the church of Christ, Dee served as a song leader, teacher, and elder for several decades always living his faith in his daily life.

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Willie Mae Jacobson Turner

turner4Willie Mae Jacobson Turner, 93 completed her walk here on earth Sunday, June 22, 2014 in Bedford, Texas.

She was born in East Sweden, Texas in McCulloch County on November 27, 1920 to Alvin and Ora Dee Jacobson.

On December 18, 1938 she married Oscar Harold Turner and moved to Brady, Texas in 1954. She was a member of the Early Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by both her parents, her beloved husband of 66 years on April 30, 2004, two brothers and her son, Harold Dean Turner in February 1996.

She is survived by a son Oscar Turner and wife Linda, of La Porte, Texas, daughter Ora Mae Turner Deere and husband Doug of Bedford, Texas, son Ronnie Turner and wife Cheryl of Brownwood, a brother Wayne Jacobson and wife Ann of Brownwood, and a sister Betty Jacobson Collins of Nacogdoches. She is also survived by twenty-four grandchildren, twenty-five great-grandchildren, and six great-great- grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews that were dear to her heart.

Funeral services will be Friday, June 27 at 11:00 AM in the Heartland Funeral Chapel Early, Texas. Visitation will be Thursday, June 26 from 6-8 PM.  Interment will be at Eastlawn Memorial Park Early, Texas.

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Jerry Wayne (J.W.) Cox

cox2A memorial service for Jerry Wayne (J.W.) Cox, age 66, of Brownwood, Texas will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, June 26, 2014 at the New Beginning’s Church in Brownwood. The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 PM Wednesday at the Heartland Funeral Home in Early. He passed away Thursday, June 19, 2014 at his residence.

J.W. was born on May 29, 1948 in Brownwood, Texas to Cecil Earl (Judy) and Lois Inez Banks Cox. On July 26, 1968 he was married to Judy Steele in Brownwood. He was a lifetime resident of Brownwood. Before retiring he had worked in the oil fields, for Johnny King House Moving and was also a welder.
Survivors include his daughters Melissa Day and husband Marshall of South Heart, North Dakota, Jackie McMullen and husband Mike of Corsicana; nine grandchildren Austin, Cheyenne, Matthew, Ethan, Myah, Cat, Mason, Faith and Peyton and by two brothers Jackie Cox and wife Juanita of Brownwood and Cecil Cox of Fairfield, Texas.

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Kenneth Robert “KB” Baker

BakerKenneth Robert “KB” Baker, 70, of Brownwood, Texas, died Sunday June 15, 2014, at Scott and White hospital in Temple. In keeping with his wishes, his body was cremated under the direction of Netherton Funeral Home and Cremations.  A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, June 27, at the Abundant Life Church in Brownwood.

KB was born on November 20, 1943, in Bakersfield, California to Cecil and Oleta Baker.
He joined the Army when he was 17 and was stationed in France. After an honorable discharge he returned to Texas and his family. His great loves were first his family, Harleys and vintage cars. His love for these cars turned into a living, after opening his own body shop in Oildale, California, “KB’s Frame & Body Shop”.

KB was a founding member of the Knights Motorcycle Club established in 1972 in Oildale, California. He was the last surviving founding member.

Survivors include, his sister Barbara Baehr, a daughter Charlee Baker and partner Michelle Pierce, daughter Kristie Brown, son, TJ Smith, one granddaughter Misty Kuramoto, one great grandson Payton Herbert, one great granddaughter Londynn Landry, Niece Kim Swingle and husband Tommy Swingle and their daughters, Heather Bondallion, Sarah McDermott and Delese Noble. Niece Christie Beene - Singleton, her sons Brady Beene and Bailey Beene. Niece Kellie Baehr, her sons Ryan Vaughan and Christian Vaughan and his MC brothers.

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Ruth Irvagean Twomey

Ruth Irvagean Twomey, 63, of Brownwood died on Sunday, June 8, at her home in Brownwood. She was cremated under the direction of Netherton Funeral Home and Cremations.  A private graveside service will be held at a later date.

Ruth Irvagean Loggins was born on December 26, 1950, in Crane, Texas to Irvin John Loggins and Ila Bean (Mobley) Loggins. She had worked as a seamstress, a beautician and a homemaker throughout her life. On December 8, 1990, Ruth married Wilburn Lester Twomey Jr., at the LDS Temple in Dallas. She had lived in Brownwood since 2009, moving here from San Angelo.

She is survived by her husband, Wilburn Lester Twomey, Jr. of Brownwood; a son, Mikah Newcomb of Mesquite;   two sisters, Kathy Newcomb of Mesquite and Deannie Newcomb of Breckenridge.

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Sammy Mullins

Graveside services for Sam Mullins, 71, of Bangs, will be held at 10 am on Wednesday, June 25, at Bangs Cemetery with Minister Michael Light officiating. Interment will follow under the direction Netherton Funeral Home. No visitation has been set.

Sammy Bryan Mullins was born on September 2, 1942, in Victoria, Texas to Worley Bryan Mullins and Willie Eloise (Gandy) Mullins. He graduated from Bloomington High School and had worked as a pipeline welder. Sam had lived in Bangs for over 40 years and was a member of the Bangs Church of Christ.

He is survived by a son, Wesley B. Mullins and wife Shanna Gayle of Mercury; daughter, Julie Ann Mulllins of Thrifty; one grandson and three granddaughters. He is also survived by his brother, Joe G. Mullins and wife Ruby, of Seguin.

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Steve McGarry

Steve McGarry, age 78, of Bangs passed away Monday, June 16, 2014 in Temple.

Memorial Services for Steve will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Bangs First Baptist Church with Dr. Pepper Dill officiating. Private interment will be Friday at Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene.

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