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Dorris Jayne Deal Childers

Childers_DorrisDorris Jayne Deal Childers, 85, went to her eternal home on February 3, 2016, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.  The daughter of WF and Nettie Louise Richardson Deal, Dorris Jayne was born March 6, 1930, in Coleman County, Texas.  She graduated from the Mozelle High School and furthered her education in Abilene, Texas, at Durham Business College. Professionally she was a bookkeeper and office manager, retiring from Wood Brothers in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dorris is survived by four children: Deonna Childers Williams and husband Tom, of Elgin, Texas; Donal Childers II and wife Deborha of Avondale, Arizona; David Childers and wife Karen, of Claremont, California and Dan Childers and wife Lynette of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Eight grandchildren: Donal Childers III and wife Jennifer, Delayna Childers, Douglas Williams and wife Angela, Tamara Fields and husband Chad, Meredith Schanen and husband Andy, Kesila Childers, Cody Childers and Analisa Childers and husband Alexander D’Amato; Eighteen great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, two sisters in law Judy Deal and Betty Deal and numerous nephews and nieces.

Dorris Jayne was preceded in death by her son Douglas Ray, her parents W.F. and Nettie Louise, and Brothers Billy Jack, Walter and Thomas Deal.

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Tommy Lee Kelly

KellyTommyLeeFuneral services for Tommy Lee Kelly, age 75, of Early, will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, February 6, 2016 in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel with Eddie Ailshie officiating.  Interment will follow in the Trickham Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6:00 until 8:00.

Tommy passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 in Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.

Tommy was born in Ira, Texas on February 17, 1940 to Martin and Dorothy (Brooks) Kelly.  He married Frances Talley on July 22, 1960 in Brownwood.  Tommy had a 33 year career with 3M Company before his retirement.

Tommy is survived by his wife of 55 years, Frances Kelly of Early; a daughter, Rhonda Kelly Petty, granddaughter, Megan Petty and great-granddaughter, Riley Kelly Anderson, all of Flower Mound; a son Matt Kelly and wife Dawn and three grandsons, Griffin, Harris, and Ryder, and a granddaughter Reagan, all of Austin.

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Bessie Hull

Bessie “Granny” Hull, 87, of Santa Anna, passed away Saturday, January 30, 2016, in her home in Santa Anna.  A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm, Saturday, February 6, 2016, at the Haven of Hope Church in Brownwood.

Lillie Bessie “Granny” (Slate) Hull was born November 19, 1928 in Cross Cut, Texas, to Charlie Maze and Maggie May (Johnson) Slate.  Bessie was a hard working woman who loved her family above all else.  She loved to cook and was always looking to help anybody in need.  They say Bessie never met a stranger.  Bessie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, and a “Granny” to everyone she met.  She will be dearly missed by all that knew her and loved her.  Her caregivers were Leona Carpenter and Trish Newton.

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A.J. Pepper

A.J. Pepper, age 85, of Brownwood passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2106, at a local nursing home.

Funeral Services for A.J. will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 6, 2016 at First Christian Church with Pastor Sterling Lentz officiating; burial will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be held Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Blaylock Funeral Home.

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Marjorie Ann Bodenhamer

BodenhamerMarjorieMarjorie was born in Brownwood on February 15, 1948 to James Ellis Seward and Connie Louise Seward. She graduated from Brownwood High School and went on to graduate from Howard Payne University, making the President's List. Marjorie was a follower of Jesus and always spoke of the two callings she received from the Lord, to be a mom and to be a teacher.

Marjorie had three sons, Jeff Ellis, James Bodenhamer and Jack Bodenhamer. Her children were her life and motivation. She rejoiced in teaching them in the home, in the church, and even in school. Marjorie never hesitated to sacrifice her own wellbeing for her children, and the love she shared was the love of the Lord lived out in her life. This love for her family was not reserved only for her children. Her parents, her daughters-in-law, her brother and her best friend and sister Becky Ceniceros were her world.

Being a teacher was Marjorie's second calling and the place where she became not only an educator, but also a surrogate parent to many. She taught English in the Mason, Shallowater, Duncanville, Rising Star, Comanche, and Sweetwater School districts, mostly to 8th graders. After retirement she continued to substitute teach in the Brownwood School district. She loved her students beyond the classroom and worked hard to open their minds to literature and culture.

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Claudia Carriger

CarrigerClaudiaMaeFuneral services for Claudia Mae Carriger, age 84, of Early, will be at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, February 2, 2016 in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel with Brian Hall and Rev. Dan Chapman officiating.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday evening from 6:30 until 8:00.  Interment will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park.

Claudia passed from this world to her heavenly home to be with Jesus, her Lord and Savior on January 29, 2016.  She will be missed by her family and friends here.  In heaven though, a joyous day is going on.  We shall rejoice for her today.  She taught all her children all whom she knew about Jesus and living for him.

Claudia was born on October 23, 1931 in Van to Claud and Pauline (Strasner) Enos.  She graduated from Van High School and married Grady Ray Arnold in 1946 in Tyler.  He preceded her in death in 1971.  She later married Don Carriger.  He preceded her in death in 2015.  She owned Claudia’s Custom Drapery in Brownwood for 30 years.  Claudia was a member of Haven of Hope Church and she loved helping her husband minister to the youth weekly at the Texas Youth Commission campus.  She also enjoyed sewing and fishing with her family.  Claudia was always helping and giving to others.

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Walter Allen Williams

WilliamsWaltHusband, father, grandfather, friend, former professional baseball player, and mentor to all, Walter Allen Williams, 72, of Brownwood passed away Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Abilene Regional Medical Center.  Funeral Services will be held at Victory Life Church, located at 901 CC Woodson Road, on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 1pm, with burial to follow at Greenleaf Cemetery. A visitation will be held at Greater Faith Community Church located at 417 Wesley St. Friday, January 29, 2016 from 6-8pm. Services entrusted to Brownwood Funeral Home.

Walt Williams affectionately known as “No Neck” was born December 19, 1943 in Brownwood, TX to the parentage of Coleman and Pearlie Mae “Big Mama” Williams. 1 of 8 children, Walt at an early age became very competitive. Walt attended R.F. Hardin Elementary School. Walt began playing baseball, and was quiet talented at a young age. He started his Career in Baseball Playing for a multicultural team the Brownwood Bees.

“No Neck” later moved to San Francisco and graduated from Galileo High School, where he also excelled in football and basketball.  After high School he then attended San Francisco Community College. Walter “No Neck” Williams had a long career in professional baseball, playing with the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees. He also played a number of “off” seasons in Venezuela, Japan and Mexico.

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Wanda Nay Hardy

Wanda Nay Hardy, 84, of May, Texas passed away January 18, 2016 at her home of a sudden illness. Private memorial services for Mrs. Hardy will be held at a later date.

Wanda Ruth Nay was born April 2, 1931 to Harley Edwin Nay and Annie Ruth Earp Nay in Rising Star, Texas. She married Walter Jake Hardy and they made their home in Monahans, Texas. In 1985, she and her husband made their home in May, Texas. They were married for over 50 years. Mrs. Hardy was a Nurse’s Aide for several years. She is survived by her two sons, James Hardy of Odessa, Texas and Billy Hardy of Monahans, Texas; and two granddaughters, Desaree Hardy and April Dawn Hardy. She is also survived by three nephews, Mike, Stevie, and Jim Bob.

Mrs. Hardy was a member of the Rising Star Church of Christ. She had a love for hunting, fishing, gardening and caring for children. She worked at a children's home in the Monahans area and loved helping people.

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Dorothy Jean Newbury-Dodson

DodsonDorothyJeanDorothy Jean Newbury-Dodson, a native of Tucumcari, New Mexico and resident of Denham Springs, passed away at her home on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at the age of 67. Graveside service will be held in May Cemetery, May, Texas on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 2:00pm.

She is survived by her husband of fifty years, Jerry Dale Dodson, Sr., three sons, Jerry Dale Dodson, Jr. and wife Amy of Cisco, TX, Jeffrey Dean Dodson and wife Laura of Seguin, TX and Joseph Dane Dodson and wife Sarah of Early, TX, sister, Marie Aten and husband Bill of Prescott Valley, AZ, and twelve grandchildren.

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Tracie Gail Reed

Graveside services for Tracie Gail Reed, age 43, of Brownwood, Texas will be held 2:00 PM Friday, January 29, 2016 at the Greenleaf Cemetery under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home.  Mrs. Reed passed away Monday, January 26, 2016 in Brownwood Regional Medical Center.

Tracie was born March 24, 1972 to Mary Carroll and Ronnie Richardson in Dublin, Texas.  She had three brothers Donnie, Robert and David, two sisters Rachel and Audrey.  She was married to Mike Price and later to Terry Reed.  Tracy had attended Dublin High School and was a homemaker.

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