Patsy Lou Beard

BeardPastyLouGraveside Services for Patsy Lou Beard, age 62, of Brownwood will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at Eastlawn Memorial Park with Bobby Machen officiating. Visitation will be Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home.

Patsy went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 27, 2015.

Patsy was born on July 18, 1953, to Francis and Dessie (Foster) Burditt in Holdenville, Oklahoma. She attended Milton Ave Baptist Church. Patsy managed numerous convenience stores in and around Brownwood. Patsy worked at T.R. Havins Unit as a Correctional Officer for 9 years. She was a member of Correctional Peace Officers Foundation.

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Elvie Lee Cassidy

Cassidy_ElvieElvie Lee Cassidy, age 78, passed away on Friday, September 25, 2015 in New Braunfels, Texas.  She was born on September 5, 1937 to Samuel Walter and Susan Elizabeth James in Madisonville, Texas where she was brought up with strong Baptist roots. A loving wife and mother who dedicated her life to supporting her family, including her extended family.

After her husband’s retirement, they traveled extensively to visit family around the country. She was preceded in death by her parents and a granddaughter, Amanda Michelle Baker. Elvie is survived by her husband, Ernest Leo Cassidy; children, Sammie Wayne Baker “Bo” and wife Laurie, Loyce Griffin and husband Kenny, Susan Elizabeth Taylor (Cassidy), Ernest Elton Cassidy Jr. and Edward Wayne Cassidy and wife Anita; as well as numerous grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Friday, October 2, 2015, at Porter Loring Mortuary North.

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Charles Michael “Mike” Carey

CareyMikeCharles Michael “Mike” Carey was born October 20, 1949 in Brownwood, Texas to Earvine B. and Sarah Laverne (Redwine) Carey.  He went to school in Brown County.  Mike passed away September 23, 2015 at home surrounded by his family at the age of 65.

In his early years he worked for L & A Machinery and later worked for Roberts & Petty. In 2010 he married Pam Perkins.  They had known each other since the first grade.  Mike and Pam made their home in Ebony, Texas.  Together they raised cattle and spent time working on the ranch.

Mike loved to garden, ride his John Deere Gator, and spending time with family and friends.  He spent many hours sitting on his back porch watching the deer and turkey.  He was a tender hearted, quiet, private man who enjoyed all the simple things in life.  He had a strong love for his family and friends and showed respect to everyone.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents.  He is survived by his wife, two brothers Randall Carey and Danny Carey, a daughter Melanie Wingo and husband Thomas, four stepchildren, Tammy Busby and husband James, Joey Mazurek and wife Beth, Shawn Hohertz and wife Renea, Robby Smith and wife Cissy, three grandsons, eleven stepgrandchildren, his mother-in-law Bettie Perkins and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

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Jodell Fairrow

FairrowFuneral services for Jodell Fairrow, age 78, of Brownwood, will be at 10:00 AM, Friday, September 25, 2015 in the Heartland Funeral Home chapel.  Burial will follow in the Salt Creek Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6:00 until 8:00.

Mr. Fairrow died Tuesday, September 22, 2015 in Brownwood.

Jodell Fairrow was born on March 29, 1937 in Brownwood to Johnnie and Myrtle (Pittman) Fairrow.  Jodell married Owetia Rush on March 29, 1956 in Brownwood.  He worked for Texas Feathers for many years before retiring.  He then went on to work for City of Brownwood, Senior Citizen Center, delivering Meals on Wheels for 10 years.  He was a member of Grace Baptist Church. He enjoyed gardening, working with his hands, and always found great pleasure in telling stories to his grandchildren.

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Martha Rasmussen

RasmussenMartha Elizabeth Mertz High (Beth) Rasmussen, 77, of Brownwood, passed away Monday, September 21, 2015, at her home in Brownwood.

Services will be held at Davis-Morris Funeral Home on Thursday, September 24, 2015, 10:00 AM.  Burial will follow in Greenleaf Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Martha Elizabeth Mertz High (Beth) Rasmussen was born on November 22, 1937, in Danville, Illinois, to Jacob Harlan and Elizabeth Audra Trueman Mertz.  Her mother died at Beth’s birth and she was raised and later adopted by Jesse and Grace Iva Trueman High.  Beth was attending Eastern Illinois University when she met and married Donald Allan Rasmusse, whom she loved for almost 59 years.  She later earned her Bachelor’s Degree from McNeese State University.

Beth was a school teacher for many years and later stayed at home to raise her children.  Her passion was researching family genealogy and taking genealogy trips.  She also enjoyed working in the yard, gardening, reading, and spending time with her grandchildren.

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Rebecca “Becky” Self

Rebecca “Becky” Self, age 63, of Lake Brownwood passed away Monday, September 21, 2015, at Oak Ridge Manor. Becky’s wishes were to be cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date in California.

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Alice Louise Early Horn

HornAlice Louise Early Horn, 1939-2015

Born in Brownwood, Texas on December 13, 1939, Alice Early Horn passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home, going home to our precious Lord and Savior.

Alice attended grade school in the Paint Creek ISD followed by the Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas. After graduating from Trinity University in San Antonio, she earned her M.Ed. from East Texas University Dallas. Alice devoted a meaningful part of her adult life to teaching special education. She never stopped learning and teaching in any and every possible way.

Alice and her husband Allan Horn, moved to Houston in 1994wher she resided until her passing. Alice easily made numerous friends upon her arrival to Houston and was the quintessential Texas lady in every way. She had a fun sense of humor and a variety of interests. Because of her love of people it made her a natural greeter and she welcomed many newcomers to any group of which she was a part, including new residents to her beloved Bayou Bend Towers.

She also enjoyed being a greeter at the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens Museum.

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Michael Reed

ReedMichaelMichael Reed, 58, of Brownwood, TX, passed away Saturday, September 12, 2015, in Brownwood.  A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 19, 2015, in the Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel.

Michael Reed was born January 7, 1957 in Dallas to Glenn and Charlsie (Huckabee) Reed.  Michael served 3 years in the United States Army.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Charlsie Reed.

Michael is survived by his 3 children, Adam Funderburg of Zephyr, TX, Heather Reed of Santa Anna, TX, and Michael Reed of Abilene, TX; his brother, Frank Reed and wife Belinda of Brownwood, TX, and 10 grandchildren.

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Alana Camille Barron

A graveside funeral service for Alana Camille Barron, infant daughter of Cortney Dewell and Xavier Barron, will be held at 4:00 PM, Saturday, September 19, 2015 in Greenleaf Cemetery under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home.

Alana passed away on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 in Brownwood Regional Medical Center.

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Elizabeth Gail Baskin Skinner


A graveside funeral service for Elizabeth Gail Baskin Skinner, age 46, of Bangs, will be at 10:00 AM, Saturday, September 19, 2015 in the Bangs Cemetery under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 at the funeral home.

Mrs. Skinner died Monday, September 14, 2015 at her home.

Elizabeth was born on July 13, 1969 in Munford, Tennessee to Glen and Juanita Baskin.  She was a homemaker.

Elizabeth is survived by her husband, James Skinner of Bangs, two sons, Stephen Butler and his significant other, Larissa Garcia, and Hunter Butler; a brother, Billy Baskin, and two sisters, Diane Witt and her husband Daryl and Rose Griffin and her husband Jesse; her mother, Juanita Baskin; three nieces, three nephews, seven great-nephews and two great-nieces.

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