Samuel Kenneth Sikes, 85, of Brownwood Texas was called to be with the Lord, May 25 2015 from Brownwood Regional Medical Center at 4:20 am surrounded by his loved ones.
Visitation will be on Thursday May 28th from 6-8 pm at Heartland Funeral Home in Early, Texas. Funeral Services will be held on Friday May 29th at 2:00 pm. Burial will follow at Indian Creek Cemetery.
He was born in Brownwood, Texas on March 12 1930 to Samuel and Laura Sikes. He graduated from Brownwood High School and shortly after joined the United States Navy, where he served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He proudly served his country for 30 years, 20 active and 10 reserved.
Sam also had a great love for music, sports, and all of his grand kids. He shared a special bond with each and every one of them, and especially loved his huggie, huggie, Huggies!!! He was always there helping anyone who needed someone to talk to and always shared his words of wisdom and his great love for the Lord.
Walter Eudean Rayburn was born in Albany, California to John and Martha Rayburn on May 29, 1952. He went back to God on May 24, 2015. He was a Dad, Grandpa, Great-grandpa, Brother, and Son. He is greatly missed.
"Walt" or "Eudean" grew up in California. He learned the drywall trade from his father at a very young age and worked in drywall his entire life.
He is survived by his father and step-mother John and Jean Rayburn of California; his daughter, Traci Thacker and her husband Michael of Brownwood; his son, Damon Rayburn and his wife Krishawna of Brownwood; siblings, Bill and Devra Rayburn of Houston, Linda and Kenny Cowan of California, Mike and Kathy Rayburn of California, and Ben Davis of California. Grandchildren, Amber Barrow, Kara Rayburn, Kelsey Elliott, Michael Damon Thacker, and Amber Smith. Great-grandchildren, Kaci and Staci Barrow; numerous nieces and nephews and, former wives and friends, Sherrie Ivey and Trish Andrues.
Ernesto Martinez Delgado “Ernie” 52 of Brownwood passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Brownwood Regional Medical Center. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 11:00 am at Abundant Life Church located at 585 W. Commerce in Brownwood. A visitation will be held at the Brownwood Funeral Home located at 2512 Belle Plain, Tuesday from 6-8pm.
Ernesto Martinez Delgado was born in Brownwood TX on November 7, 1962 to Chris & Biolanda Delgado. Ernie received his primary education from Brownwood schools, graduating from Brownwood High School in the class of 1980. In 1989 Ernie enlisted in the US Navy and served his country until 1997. Ernie served in Desert Storm, and Desert Sweep on the largest US Navy Ship, the USS Nimitz. While in the Navy, Ernie received several accolades which included, National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Medal w/Bronze Star, and South West Asia Service Medal w/Bronze Star. Ernie loved Music, playing dominoes. He also loved to watch Baseball and his favorite football team, the San Francisco 49ers. Ernie was employed at 3M for 18 years and worked as a production operator.
Richard Clifton Allen passed away at home on Monday, May 25th surrounded by family. Richard was born November 11th 1946 in Jefferson City, Missouri to Fred and Lurley Whitmire Allen. He moved to Texas at age 2 and lived most of his life in Brownwood and Early. Richard served in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1970. He married Mary Kay Russell Crawford on October 6th 1983.
Richard was known for his many jokes and would never tell the same on twice. Richard enjoyed going to Whataburger every morning to “shoot the bull” with his friends and then going to Walmart to check on the books and spoiling his grandkids. He was a wealth of knowledge of Brownwood history. Richard would never pay full price for anything at a garage sale or flea market. He would sweet talk until he got a deal.
Harold Bragg, age 84, of Coleman County, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at his residence. Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 28, at the North Main Church of Christ, 502 North Main, in Winters. Burial will follow in the Glen Cove Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home, Coleman.
Harold Bragg was born September 26, 1930 in Runnels County, Texas, a son of Owen Bragg and Hazel Mae Grounds Bragg. He grew up in the Talpa area and graduated from Talpa High School in 1948 and from Texas A & M University in 1952. He served in the United States Army as a 1st Lieutenant and received an honorable discharge on May 27, 1954.
Harold was a rancher and sheep farmer all of his life in Coleman County. On November 4, 1960, he married Helen Caruthers in Coleman and had celebrated 54 years of marriage.
Funeral services for Hetty Jenell "Nell" Templeton, age 87, of Brownwood, will be at 2:00 PM, Thursday in the Austin Avenue Church of Christ. Burial will follow in the Richland Springs Cemetery under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00.
Ms. Templeton died Sunday at her residence.
Hetty Jenell “Nell” Shirley was born on August 15, 1927 in Skeeterville, San Saba County, Texas to J.C. Shirley and Alma Justice Shirley. She married Royce A. Templeton on September 23, 1946 in Richland Springs. She was a stay at home mom most of their marriage. After the kids got older she and Royce went in as partners in their subcontracting business which included house painting and interior finish work.
Services for Pete Ferguson will be held on Tuesday, May 26th at 11 AM at the Davis Morris Funeral Home Chapel, 800 Center Avenue, Brownwood, TX.
Roy Pleasant "Pete" Ferguson was born November 30, 1927, in Bangs, Texas, to Richmond Harvey and Ida Jane (Guyer) Ferguson. Pete served his country in the United States Navy during World War II, aboard the USS Vincennes. He married the love of his life, Winnifred "Shorty" Winburne, on September 26, 1946, in Brownwood, Texas. Pete was a firefighter with the Brownwood Fire Department for 40 years; 22 of which he served as the fire chief. While working as a firefighter, he also helped train new recruits. Pete worked as an instructor for the Texas A&M fire school for over twenty years. He was also a member of VFW Post #3278 and an avid bingo enthusiast. Pete was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Funeral services for Gwen Beatrice White, age 91, of Early, will be held at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, May 26, 2015 in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the May Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday evening from 6:00 until 8:00.
Gwen passed away on Friday, May 22, 2015.
Gwen was born on October 13, 1923 in Stanton to Beatrice West Anderson and Hugh Bailey Anderson. She married H. Dean White on January 19, 1946. She was a much beloved Mother of six children. She was preceded in death by her only son, H. Dean White, Jr.
Gwen is survived by her husband, H. Dean White, Sr. of Early, her five daughters, Sharon Stradley and her husband, Paul of Wichita Falls, Rhonda Tanguma and husband, Noel of Elgin, Carolyn Davidson husband Charles of Austin, and Vanessa White of Elgin, Tina Crelia and husband Bobby Hoyt Crelia of Early. She is also survived by a sister, Jo Taff of Hull, and a brother, John Bailey Anderson of Dumas, 12 grandchildren, and numerous great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.
Gwen devoted her entire life to loving and taking care of her family, and she will be missed.
Arthur Ray “Buddy” Blocker passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.
Buddy was born on August 27, 1941 in Graham to Ford and Imogene Blocker. He graduated from Graham High School in 1960 and joined the United States Air Force. He was stationed in Minot, North Dakota where he was the base Judo instructor. Buddy was honorably discharged in 1966. He worked for General Dynamics for several years before becoming a top motorcycle mechanic for West Side Cycles in Fort Worth for 30 years before moving to Brownwood. He retired from Allsup’s Convenience Stores after managing the store on Coggin Avenue for 10 years. He loved racing motorcycles on a flat track. Prior to the death of his brother Billy, you could find them sitting in front of the Nintendo playing football. After retiring, you could always find him sitting in the sunshine reading a western novel and reminiscing with those around him. Buddy, like his brother, never met a stranger. He married the love of his life, Melinda, on November 12, 1975. Although the marriage didn’t last, he carried that torch for the rest of his days.
Buddy is survived by a daughter, Lisa Loop Starks of Fort Worth, sister, Rhonda Blocker of Lake Brownwood, niece, Misty King and husband Keith, a dear friend of over 20 years, Janeva Evans, and two grandchildren.