Graveside services for Dorothy Oleta Shaw Becktold, 87, of Early, Texas will be held 11:00 AM Monday, December 2, 2013 at Eastlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 3:00 – 5:00 PM Sunday at the Heartland Funeral Home in Early. Mrs. Becktold passed away Saturday, November 30, 2013 in Brownwood.
Dorothy was born December 27, 1925 in Lubbock, TX to Marshall Roland and Cora Parker Shaw. She grew up in Elkhart, TX and graduated from Elkhart High School. She then came to Brownwood where she graduated from the business college and met Jessie Howard Becktold. They were married February 20, 1947. She was a member of Early First Baptist where she served as church secretary for many years.
Melvin Ellsworth Cunningham was born on July 21st, 1916 in Brown County, Texas and died at 97 after a short illness in Tucson, Az.
Parents were Dave Cunningham and Martha Evelyn Ribble Cunningham.
Melvin graduated from Early High School in the late 1930's. He married Mildred Beatrice Ezell and they were married for 71 years until her death in 2012 at age 93. After Bea's death Melvin moved in with his daughter Cheri and son-in-law Melvin Green after they moved to St. Johns, Az.
He is survived by his four children, Kathy Benson of Sacramento, California, Cheri Green of St. Johns, Az. Ron Cunningham of Tucson, Az. and Janet Wofford of Hurley, NM.
Dorothy Florence Cummins Bostick was born April 21, 1924 in Encino, New Mexico to Lawrence and Nimmie Cummins. She graduated from Lake Arthur High School where she met the love of her life, Cecil Bostick.
She married Cecil Bostick on July 21, 1946 in Lake Arthur, New Mexico until moving to Brownwood, Texas in 1969.
She was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Brownwood with involvement in the UMW and the Woman's Club until she moved to San Antonio in 1988. While there she was member of Windcrest United Methodist Church. Dorothy Exemplified Christian principles in the way she loved her husband and raised her children. You couldn't be fooled by her short stature because he personality and joy filled any room she entered. She was most proud of the honor of being a mother and she was blessed with the great joy of also being a grandmother and great-grandmother.
Jimmy Lee Dudley, 56, of Brownwood passed away on November 25, 2013. Jimmy was a life time resident of Brownwood. Visitation for Jimmy will be held Friday, November 29, 2013, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Davis-Morris Funeral Home. Services will be at 2:00 PM, November 30, 2013 in the chapel at Davis-Morris.
Jimmy Lee Dudley was born on May 17, 1957 to Bob and Connelle Dudley in Brownwood, Texas.
Jimmy Lee Dudley, is survived by his fiancee', Jeanette Thomas; three sons; Jimmy Lee Dudley, Jr. and wife Sunshine, Bobby Joe Dudley of Abilene, Texas, Larry Scott Dudley of Clyde, Texas; a daughter, Amanda Dudley , Cory Jones of Clyde, Texas; Michael McCann and Alice of Brownwood, Texas. Mr. Dudley is also survived by fifteen grandchildren and six nieces and nephews. Mr. Dudley is survived by three sisters; Margaret Keith of Blanket, Texas, Bobbie Petty and husband Steve of Zephyr, Texas, and Hazel Billings of Brownwood, Texas.
Funeral services for Homer Gibbs West, age 88, of May, will be at 10:30 AM, Saturday, November 30, 2013 in the May United Methodist Church. Burial with military honors provided by the United States Marine Corps will follow in the Amity Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6:00 until 7:00.
Heartland Funeral Home of Early is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. West passed away on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 in the Rising Star Nursing Center.
Homer was born on April 29, 1925 in Comanche County to Ernest Ray and Eva Gibbs West, the youngest of six children. He was a graduate of May High School. Homer served his country in the United States Marine Corps in World War II as a high speed radio operator in the South Pacific at Okinawa and other engagements, rising to the rank of Corporal. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science from Oklahoma A&M College (now Oklahoma State University.) He married Guy Nell Westerman on June 4, 1949 in Rising Star. Upon graduation from college, Homer worked for Lucerne Dairies in Oklahoma City and the Dallas area. In 1960, Homer returned to his roots in Comanche County first operating a dairy and continuing as a farmer and rancher until retirement. He was a member of the Sipe Springs Masonic Lodge #537, the Rising Star Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Rising Star First United Methodist Church. Homer is survived by his wife of sixty-four years, Guy Nell of May, a daughter, Susan West of Mineral Wells, three sons, Robert A “Bob” West of Austin, E. Ray West, III of Brownwood, and Thomas A. “Al” West of Dallas, eight of grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren; a brother, Horace West of Houston.
Robert E. Stewart, age 76, of Early died Sunday evening at the Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene following a short illness.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM Saturday in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David Medley, pastor of the Early First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in the Eastlawn Memorial Park with a visitation following at the Early United Methodist Church fellowship hall.
He was born May 6, 1937 in Brown County, the son of the late Williard “Bill” and Ione Ashley Stewart. Following his graduation from high school, he attended Howard Payne College and later joined the U. S. Navy in 1956 and served as an Electronics Technician. He married Nancy Chesser in Brownwood on December 16, 1960. He operated Stewart Sales and Service for 18 years after working 33 years for GTE.
Robert served his community in a number of organizations having served on the Early School Board for 12 years, serving as President for 9 years, the Board of Directors of the Brown County Appraisal District, on the Appraisal revue board of the Brown County Appraisal District, and on the Board of Directors of Region 15 Education Service Center. He also served on many committees at the Early First United Methodist Church and helped to build the new activity center.
Our precious Sam is now at home with his heavenly Father, breathing in all the glories of heaven and smiling down on us.
He passed on November 23, 2013 at home surrounded by his family and faithful beloved Jaker.
Sam enjoyed his life spending time with family and friends. Some of his most enjoyable pastimes were playing the drums and guitar, fishing, and let’s not forget, going to breakfast with his dear friend Don. Sam said, “It was fun”!
God blessed us by bringing Sam into this world on December 6, 1954 in Bosier City, Louisiana, as a son of Stanley Jr. and Jacqueline Eaves
Those left behind to cherish his memory and miss him are his wife Marlene Cope Eaves; son Cassidy Eaves with wife Shannon and granddaughters Aubrey and Olivia of Killeen; daughter Shannon Eaves with granddaughter Sidney of Abilene; son Joe Roberson with wife Angela and grandsons Tyler, Kyler and Riley of Abilene; son Tye Cope with wife Kelley and granddaughters Carlie and Hannah of Coleman; son Cody Cope with wife Tara and grandchildren Sky, Brody, and Clayton of El Paso; brother Dale with wife Linda of Abilene; as well as his buddies from work and many friends.
Visitation for Linda Ferguson-Felkey, 57, of Brownwood, will be held from 2 pm to 5 pm on Saturday, November 30, with a Service of Remembrance beginning at 2:30 in the Netherton Funeral Home Chapel.
Linda passed away on Monday, November 25, 2013, at her home in Brownwood.
Linda Arlene Elliott was born on September 1, 1956, to Edwin Elliott and Sallie Jefferson Elliott in Fort Worth Texas. She married Ron Felkey in Washington State and together they made their home in Brownwood. She had worked as a waitress at Brownwood Café for many years before becoming an aid at Girling Health Care. Linda had a great love of birds and had a special talent for nursing and nurturing them until they could care for themselves.
Left behind to cherish her memory are her sons, Cody Cass and Charlie Cass and wife Jennifer, all of Brownwood and Blake Edwards of Eastland; daughters, Alina Collins and fiancé Justin Kilgore of Joshua Texas, Halley Felkey and Ashley and Jy Lutrick, all of Granbury, and Rachel and Denver Donaghe of Bastrop; brothers, Dewayne Elliott and wife Misty and Sam Elliott and wife Lori, all of Brownwood; Sisters, Doylene Davis and husband Danny, of Early and Brenda Edwards and husband Raymond, of Brownwood and Sandra Elliott, also of Brownwood.
Tommy Dean Snipes, age 68, of Early went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at home surrounded by loved ones. He was born June 25, 1945, in Brownwood, Texas, to Worth and Ileta Drinkard Snipes. He attended Early ISD before joining the U. S. Air Force in 1962. He proudly served his country until he was honorably discharged in 1966.
Tommy was married to Elaine Barrett on Jan. 1, 1964. They had one son, Warren Dean Snipes. He was later to married Susan Moore on June 4, 1977. They had one daughter, Dawna Snipes Fulton.
Tommy was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved sister, Wynell Winslett; nephew, Kenny Turney; and niece, Questie Turney.
Those left to cherish his memory are son, Warren; daughter, Dawna and son-in-law, Micheal Fulton; and four grandchildren, Aaron, Chevy, Brody, and Ilena. He is also survived by his brothers, Weyland Snipes and wife Patti, Jack Snipes and wife Brenda; his sister, Saundra Mayo and husband Benny; brother-in-law, Herman Winslett; aunt, Mickey Mathis; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.