Betty Ann Childers

ChildersBettyAnnBetty Ann (Kizer) Childers was born on May 28, 1953 in Baird to Ralph and Beth (Warfield) Kizer. She attended Rising Star schools and graduated from Rising Star High School in 1971. She married Harry “Chilly” Childers on June 24, 1990 in Rising Star. Betty was a member of the Pioneer Baptist Church.

Betty is survived by her husband Chilly Childers of Rising Star; two daughters, Robin Griffin Smith and husband Chris of Abilene and Kelly Griffin Runyan and husband Clayton of Abilene; four grandchildren, Benjamin and Grayson Smith and Jack and Kizer Runyan of Abilene; a sister, Mary Jane Ellis and husband Steve of Brownwood; a nephew, Justin Pittman and niece Lindsey Pittman; aunt, Dorothy Schlinker, and cousins, John Schlinker, Margie Smith, and Peggy Edwards.

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Ronnie Ray McAnear

Ronnie Ray McAnear, 73 of Early passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 21, 2015.

Visitation for Mr. McAnear will be Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 6 pm to 8 pm at Davis-Morris Funeral Home. A graveside service for Mr. McAnear will be held Thursday, June 18, 2015, 10:00 AM at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in May, Texas.

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Charlie Heather

HeatherA celebration of the life of Charlie Heather, age 90, of Brownwood, will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church.  Burial with military honors will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 5:00 until 7:00.

Charlie passed from this life on Saturday, June 13, 2015 in Brownwood.

Thomas Charles “Charlie” Heather was born to William J. and Maud E. Heather on November 27, 1924, in Brownwood, Texas. Charles was a 1942 graduate of Brownwood High School. He received his undergraduate degree from Howard Payne University and completed his graduate studies at Southwest Texas State University. In 1947, he married Ronda Cox of Brownwood.  Together they had two beautiful daughters.

Charlie proudly served the United States Navy in World War II in the Southwest Pacific, Asia and European Theaters. He then spent the next 44 years in Texas public schools as a teacher principal, and business manager. He worked in Johnson City, Gatesville, Port Lavaca and then spent eighteen years in the Brownwood Independent School District where he retired. He was a faithful member of Coggin Avenue Baptist Church and a very proud “Pawie” to his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Stephen J. Heather.

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Donnie Burl Gifford

GiffordDonnieDonnie Burl Gifford, age 74, of Brownwood passed away Saturday, June 13, 2015 at his residence with his family by his side.

Burl was born May 14, 1941 to Joe William and Lora Mae (Keel) Gifford in Eastland County. He was baptized at May Calvary Baptist Church when he was in his teens. Burl married his lifetime soul mate, Linda Carol Gill, on December 22, 1959. He worked as a Maintenance Coordinator for Texas Department of Transportation, until retiring in 2003. Burl had a passion for antique and military cars; which he turned into his hobby of restoring antique cars. Although Burl had a passion for cars, his greatest was his family. He deeply loved and cared for his family and enjoyed family get-togethers.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Linda Gifford of Brownwood; daughters, Bonnie Belvin and husband Ricky of Brownwood, Donna Hair and husband Tully of Early; sons, Donnie Gifford of Brownwood, Ray Gifford and wife Jeannie of Brownwood; 9 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; mother, Lora Gifford of Zephyr; sisters, Verle Rice and husband Eddie of Brownwood, Silla Grice, and Sheyrl Myrick both of Brownwood; brother, Sam Spurlock of Brownwood. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members.

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Jacqueline Ann McClure

McClureJacquelineJacque was born May 2, 2008 in Fort Worth, Tx.  She went to be with the Lord on June 12, 2015.  Her family had seven wonderful years with her.  Jacque enjoyed painting, going to her siblings’ ball games, watching movies in fast forward, and being with her family.  She would hold your hand not let it go, as she was stealing your heart.  Jacque was a fighter from the very beginning of her short life.  She was born with Spina Bifida and underwent her first surgery shortly after birth.  Following surgery Jacque endured many medical issues and kept on fighting.  Jacque far surpassed any doctors' expectations they had for her.  She was a loving child who touched many hearts.

Jacque was an inspiration to all who knew her.  She taught so many people about love, strength, and most of all hope.  From the beginning, Jacque was a true angel on Earth.  Jacque is loved by many and there isn't a heart she did not touch.  She will live forever in the hearts of all who love her, but her passing will be deeply mourned.

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Joyce Roach Thompson

ThompsonJoyceOn Saturday, June 13, 2015, God welcomed his precious and humble servant, Anna Joyce Roach Thompson, to her heavenly Home.  Her husband, Milton Eugene Thompson, Sr. and her son, Gene Thompson, along with grandson, Tyler Anthony Thompson, were surely waiting for her with open arms.

Joyce was born in Brownwood, Texas, on December 7, 1935.  Her parents were D.T. (Bo) and Nora Mae Scales Roach.  She spent her life in Brownwood and only left for adventure with her husband, Milton, when they traveled with the United States Air Force.  Joyce graduated from Brownwood High School in 1954.  She played the trombone in band while at Brownwood High, and she frequently shared with her children her memories of high school and the fun she had.  Upon graduation from BHS, she attended Howard Payne College, where she thrived in the Bible and theology classes.

Joyce was a musician.  She began playing the piano at a very early age and cultivated her skills while playing piano at church.  She was a church pianist by the time she was a teenager and was well-known among church goers as an organist as well.  She played the organ for many years at Belle Plain Baptist Church and Early First Baptist Church. Her kids often chuckled with embarrassment over their mom padding around between the organ and the family pew in her bare feet!

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Lloyd Zowarka

ZowarkaLloydFuneral Services for Lloyd Zowarka, age, 96 of Brownwood, Texas formerly of Rockport will be held 2:00 PM Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at the Heartland Funeral Home.  Interment will be Thursday in Aransas Memorial Park in Rockport, Texas.  Mr. Zowarka passed away Saturday, June 13, 2015 in a local nursing home.

Lloyd Pressley was born on July 19, 1918 in Runge, Texas to Steve and Bertha Koch Zowarka and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.  Lloyd was married to Marie Faetche in Corpus Christi, Texas and she preceded in in death on July 17, 1993.  He was a retired CPA for the Mosher Steel Company in Houston, a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the AARP and the American Legion.

Survivors include a son AL Faetche of Brownwood; three grandchildren Albert Faetche III of Rockport, Jean Marie Collier of Haltom City and Chris Faetche of Brownwood and by numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

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Edward Ledbetter

Edward Glenn “Tooter” Ledbetter of Lake Brownwood passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at his residence. Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Saturday, June, 13, 2015 at Heartland Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

Edward retired from West-Tex Drilling Company after more than 28 years. He was an active member of The Ministry of God, volunteer of Lake Brownwood Fire Department, and the American Legion Post # 470.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years Kay Ledbetter of Lake Brownwood. His children David Ledbetter of Huntsville, Loretta and Quincy Garmon of Sonora. He is also survived by his grandchildren Heather and Jessie Cavin of San Angelo, Ryan and Justin Garmon of Sonora. His great-grandchildren Hayden and Jade. A sister Sharon Moreno.

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Marsha Jane Miller


Marsha Jane Miller, 61, of Georgetown, Texas formerly of Wimberley and San Marcos, Texas passed away on June 7, 2015 in Georgetown.

Marsha was born on December 3, 1953 in San Saba, Texas to Dean and Loretta Rozell Miller.  She is survived by her son, Michael Mc Queen and wife Jolene of St. Lawrence, TX; grandsons: James and Levi Mc Queen of St. Lawrence, TX;  brothers:  Danny Miller and wife Barbara, Wayne  Miller and wife Misty, and Frank Miller; sisters: Deloris Gage and husband Joel and Laura Shanklin and husband Lance. She also leaves behind her mother, Loretta Miller of Georgetown.  She is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunt and uncles and a host of loved ones. She was preceded in death by her father.

Marsha graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology/Anthropology. She was a member of the "Psychology Association" where she served as President for a year. She loved her time spent in college and always spoke fondly of the experience. After college she worked for several years for the State of Texas in child support enforcement.

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Leonard Verlee Hoffman

HoffmanLeonardLeonard Verlee Hoffman, 82, of Brownwood passed away on June 9, 2015. Visitation for Mr. Hoffman will be held Thursday, June 11, 2015, 5pm to 7pm at Davis-Morris Funeral Home. Funeral Mass for Mr. Hoffman will be held on Friday, June 12, 2015, 2:00 PM at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Brownwood with Military Honors to follow at the church. Interment will be Saturday, June 13, 2015, 2:00 PM at Schulenburg City Cemetery in Schulenburg, Texas.

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