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Loy Miller

Funeral services for Loy Miller, age 84, of Zephyr, will be at 10:00 AM, Thursday in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David Medley and Bill Slaymaker officiating.  Interment will follow in the Zephyr Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00.

Mr. Miller passed away on Monday, April 25, 2016 in Brownwood, TX.

Loy was born on June 10, 1931 in DeLeon, Texas to Charles and Sadie (Nance) Miller.  He graduated from Comyn High School in 1948; and married Nelsie Pilcher in 1951 in De Leon, TX.  Loy went to work for Potters Industries in a career that spanned 33 years.

Loy was always active in farming and ranching.  He enjoyed raising and training border collies and even had a state champion.  Later he went into raising Boer Goats.  Loy served on the Zephyr ISD school board for 18 years and the Zephyr Water Supply board.  He was also an active member of the Zephyr United Methodist Church.

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Joe R. Tongate

TongateJoeRichardJoe R. Tongate, 70, of Midland, Texas, was born in Brownwood, Texas on January 1, 1946 to Willis "Clint" and Dorothy Tongate. He passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2016 in Midland, Texas.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Glenda Tongate, of Midland, Texas.

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Journey Dior Chairez

ChairezJourneyFuneral Services for Journey Dior Chairez, age 3, of Early will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 25, 2016, at Blaylock Funeral Home Chapel with Brian Holamon officiating; interment will follow at Jordan Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Blaylock Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home.

Journey was granted her angel wings on Friday, April 22, 2016, when she began her joyfully restored life with her Heavenly Father.

Journey was born February 6, 2013, to Joshua Chairez and Brittly Franklin in Austin, Texas. Though Journey’s life seemed too short to many, she touched and left a footprint on her family and friends’ lives. Her smile and constant laughter could melt the hearts of everyone around her. Journey’s energetic personality could not be slowed down, even during her brave battle.

Journey’s favorite movie to watch was Frozen or as she called it “Let It Go”; she also watched her favorite cartoons, Daniel the Tiger and Caillou. She loved kittens and the color purple.

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S. L. Mahan

A memorial service for Shirley Leroy (S. L.) Mahan, age 91, of Bangs, will be held at 11:00 AM, Sunday, April 24, 2016 in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel.

Mr. Mahan passed away on March 24, 2016 at his home.

S. L. was born on November 14, 1924 in Breckenridge to Wiley Leroy and Allie Mae (Davee) Mahan.  He graduated from Goldthwaite High School.  He attended Texas A&M for one and a half semesters before enlisting in the military in World War II.  He served in the Navy, Army and Merchant Marines.  He married Gladys Sadler on July 28, 1946 in Goldthwaite.  S. L. enjoyed family activities and his work.

S. L. worked in Civil Service, where he mapped the Badlands of North and South Dakota, as a mail carrier, a water treatment plant operator and lastly as a farmer and rancher.  He was a member of Bangs First Baptist Church and the Masonic Lodge.

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A.L. “Al” Murray

MurrayA memorial service for A.L. “Al” Murray, age 70, of Brownwood, will be at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at Victory Life Church.

Al passed away on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at his home.

Al was born on March 8, 1946 in Kingsville, Texas to Roy and Vivian (Barnes) Murray.  He graduated from Menard High School.  He worked for Brownwood Regional Medical Center as a maintenance technician for over 40 years.  Al was very gifted in art and music.  He also held several technical certifications through his occupation.

Al is survived by two daughters, Angela Bishop and husband Joey and Melissa Murray, all of Brownwood; two grandchildren, Seth and Caris Bishop of Brownwood; a sister, Donna B. Rogers and a brother, Roy L. Murray and numerous nieces and nephews.

Al was preceded in death by his parents.

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Darold Beck, Sr.

BeckjpgDarold Beck, Sr., 75, of Brownwood passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in Fort Worth. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00am, Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in the Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel; the services will be officiated by Todd King, with burial following in Eastlawn Memorial Park. Visitation is scheduled for Monday, April 25, 2016, at Davis-Morris Funeral Home, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm.

Darold Weyman Beck, Sr. was born August 12, 1940, in Cleburne, TX, to his parents, Felbert and Ruby Doris (Gore) Beck. He attended Howard Payne University and met and married Nancy Meyers in September of 1961. In 1979, Darold started B&B Exterminating. He was an extremely hard worker and was involved in many different organizations including serving on the Brown County Water Improvement District board. Darold was also an active member of the Lake Dam Volunteer Fire Department and a longtime member of Coggin Avenue Baptist Church. He was also an avid sports fan; routing for the Rangers, the Cowboys, and the Mavericks. Darold also enjoyed being outdoors sitting on his dock and fishing; and had a great fondness for Blue Bell ice cream. He absolutely adored his grandchildren to whom he was known as “PawPaw”. Darold was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend; he will be dearly missed by all those who knew him and loved him.

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Paul Robert Bellinger

BellingerPaulOn April 20th, 2016, GOD called Paul home. Paul Robert Bellinger, a resident of Early, TX, was born to Sidney and Grace Bellinger on August 19th, 1957, in Schenectady, NY. When Paul was 20, he accepted our Lord JESUS CHRIST as his savior. Paul's life exemplified service to others as it is written “Submit to one another out of reverance for CHRIST,” Ephesians 5:21.

He served our country for 5 years in the Air Force before being discharged for kidney failure. Paul survived life-threatening health issues for the next 35 years, and after graduating McMurry University in 1986 he served the community as a social worker in the mental health field until 2003.  Paul was as a spiritual leader at Early First United Methodist Church, before following his true calling to serve as a licensed local minister for the United Methodist Church. Paul pastored Communidad De Fe in Ballinger, TX, and Gorman First United Methodist Church. The Epiphany Ministry held a special place in his heart as he could help incarcerated youth find GOD's love. He mentored the youth along with teaching faith based anger management at the Ron Jackson Unit.

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Dave Simmons

SimmonsDaveDave Simmons, age 79, of Lake Coleman, went home to the Lord on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at his residence.  Funeral service will be held at 12 Noon on Saturday, April 23, in Stevens Funeral Home Chapel in Coleman with Rev. Brad Slaten officiating.  Interment will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park in Abilene.  Services are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Dave was born December 9, 1936 in New Castle, Indiana, a son of Robert A. Simmons, Sr. and Lena Miriam Pfenninger Simmons.  He grew up in New Castle and graduated from New Castle Senior High School in 1955, where he was the bass drummer in the band.  In 1956 he joined the United States Air Force and retired after twenty years of service to his country.  On August 17, 1958 he married his high school sweetheart, Jean Smith, in New Castle, Indiana.  They lived in many places while he was serving in the Air Force.  In 1971, he was assigned to Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene and retired from there in 1976.

Following his retirement, he owned the Driftwood Restaurant at Lake Coleman.  He also enjoyed fishing and riding his motorcycle.  He was a member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association, where he was Chapter Director of Brownwood Chapter 02.  He and Jean were chosen Texas District Couple of the Year in 2010-2011.  He was living at Lake Coleman at the time of his death.

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J.T. Thompson

J.T. Thompson, 92, of Talpa, died Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Coleman County Medical Center.  Funeral service will be 9:00 a.m. Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel, 400 West Pecan Street, Coleman, with Rev. Brad Slaten officiating.  Burial will follow in the Talpa Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

J.T. Thompson was born November 27, 1923 in Talpa, to John Mark Thompson and Johnnie West Thompson.  He grew up in Talpa, where he graduated from high school.  He then attended Tarleton State University in Stephenville.  J.T. served in the United States Army during World War II in Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe.  On August 12, 1949, he married Louise Tate in Talpa.  J.T. was a rancher all of his life, was a member of the American Legion and First United Methodist Church in Coleman.

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Bobbie Jean Dwight

Bobbie Jean Sharp Dwight, 85, of Coleman, died Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo.  Funeral service will be 3:00 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel, 400 West Pecan Street, Coleman.  Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.  Services are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Mrs. Dwight was born February 25, 1931 in Wichita County, Texas to Harvey Sharp and Thelma Cowan Sharp.  She grew up in Harrell and attended school there.  On December 18, 1947, she married David Earl Dwight in Harrell.  He preceded her in death in 2006.  She worked as the assistant manager at Skillin’s Drug Store in Richardson for many years.  She also worked as a Med Aide at the nursing home in Bonham.

Survivors include one daughter, Delores Jean Barret of Stephenville; one sister, Doreen Wilson and husband, Jack, of Harrell; eight grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren; three nieces and one nephew.

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