Esperanza Espinosa Alcorta left this earthly world to be with our Father in Heaven on Saturday, April 27, 2013.
Funeral services for Esperanza E. Alcorta will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Rosary will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Davis-Morris Funeral Home, with visitation to follow until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Esperanza Espinosa was born on July 12, 1949, to Desiderio and Margarita Espinosa in Bustamante, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Esperanza was married to Jose V. Alcorta on Nov. 9, 1968.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her husband; her son, Jose Alcorta Jr. and wife Becky of Early; and daughters, Norma Alcorta of Pflugerville, Patricia Sanchez and husband Jose of Brownwood and Maggie Alcorta of Pflugerville. Esperanza is survived by her grandchildren, Alexis Sanchez, Amber Sanchez, Aaron Sanchez, Nicolas Alcorta, Christian Alcorta, Danielle Alcorta and Christopher Fernandez. Esperanza is survived by her sisters and brothers, Nohemi Cavazos, Leticia Gamboa, Margarita Torres, Maria Elena Medina, Guadalupe Torres, Desiderio Espinosa, Leonel Espinosa; and several nieces and nephews.
Mary Lou Belvin, age 86, of Brownwood went to be with the Lord on Sunday April 28, 2013 at Oakridge Manor.
Graveside services for Mary will be held at 3:30 on Wednesday May 1, 2013 at Bangs Cemetery with Richard Hetzel officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-7:30 P.M. Tuesday evening at Blaylock Funeral Home.
Mary was born to Lee and Georgia Yarbrough on October 11, 1926 in Bangs, Texas. Mary was the Bangs High School Class of 1944 Valedictorian and graduated from Howard Payne University. She worked as a bookkeeper for many different organizations throughout Texas and was a member of Lake Brownwood United Methodist Church. Mary married Homer Belvin on June 3, 1949, together they had two children. She was a loving wife and mother.
Survivors include her son Ricky Belvin and wife Bonnie of Brownwood; daughter Helen Lacy and husband Mark of Early; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A graveside service for George Lovelace, age 93, of Blanket, will be at 2:00 PM, Monday in the Blanket Cemetery with Bill Slaymaker officiating, under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home.
He died Saturday, April 27, 2013 in a Brownwood nursing facility.
George Holmes Lovelace was born on October 27, 1919 in Brown County to George Thomas and Katie Sandol (Martin) Lovelace. He attended Woodland Heights and Indian Creek schools before graduating from Buffalo High School in 1939. He went to work for the US Army Corps of Engineers in the construction of Camp Bowie. He also worked for Crystal Ice. George married Ila Mae Damron of Blanket on September 11, 1943. In that same year, George and Ila moved to Irving where he went to work for Sperry Rand Corporation. He was a member of the Zephyr United Methodist Church.
Andrea Rene Romero, 37, of Arlington, Texas, peacefully ascended into Heaven on Sunday, April 21, 2013, surrounded by her family.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, April 29, 2013, at Davis-Morris Funeral Home. Pastor Stan Roberts of Victory Life Church will be officiating.
Andrea was born in Brownwood, Texas, on May 19, 1975. She graduated from Brownwood High School in 1993 and continued on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree from University of North Texas. Andrea’s passion was to help and teach others. She worked as a teacher for Grand Prairie ISD for 14 years, teaching various grades including Special Ed inclusion. She enjoyed spending time with her family, her beloved pet, Bentley, and rooting for her Dallas Mavericks basketball team.
Andrea is survived by her parents, Robert and Norma Romero of Arlington; brothers, Nick Romero of Arlington and Marcus Romero and wife Cynthia; nieces, Adriana and Jennifer of Brownwood; grandmother, Maria Antonia Garcia of Brownwood; her beloved pet, Bentley; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, family members and friends.
A graveside funeral service for Juanita Murray, age 79, of May, will be at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at Pleasant Valley Cemetery with Dick Williams officiating.
She died Friday, April 26, 2013 in Brownwood.
Juanita Clements Murray was born on Nov 24, 1933 in Gustine to Jerry and Linnie (Jackson) Clements. She attended Gustine schools and graduated from Gustine High School. She moved to Midland and later married Ralph Murray and began raising her family prior to moving to Brownwood in 1981. In that same year she opened a café in May. She loved watching the May Tigers and wearing her Kelly green. She had her beloved dog Bubba that became her constant companion. She enjoyed bowling, bingo, scrabble, and Jeopardy.
Nita was preceded in death by her parents, husband, siblings, and children.
Avis Jane Cooley, age 51, of Blanket passed away Friday April 26, 2013.
Funeral services for Avis will be held Wednesday May 1, 2013 at 11:00am at the Blaylock Funeral Chapel of San Saba with Sam Crosby officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in San Saba. The family will receive friends from 5-7pm Tuesday evening at Blaylock Funeral Chapel of San Saba.
Avis was born on July 14, 1961 to Albert and Rosa Lee Clopton in San Marcos, Texas. She married Oran Bates and together they had a son and two daughters.
Avis leaves behind son Greg Cooley of Blanket; daughters Laura Bates and Crystal Bates of Blanket; Six grandchildren; Sisters Shirley Kemmitz and husband Michael of Early, Sheila Smith and husband Sonny of San Saba, Dale Lopez and husband Joe of San Saba, Gale Clopton and Armen Norman of Abilene, Wanda Woods of San Saba; Brother Nathan Daughtery of San Saba; and numerous nieces, nephews, and family members.
Jean Miller, 79 of the Kurten-Edge community passed away Tuesday morning April 23, 2013 in her home. Jean was the wife of Dr. Frederick Miller, professor-emeritus, Department of Soil & Crop Services, Texas A&M University. A time to visit with family will be Thursday, April 25, at Hillier Funeral Home in Bryan from 5-7:00 p.m. Services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 26, at Zion Church in Kurten, Texas, with interment to follow at Kurten Cemetery.
Jean was born April 1, 1934 in Bangs, Texas to Charley William and Myrtle Ann Sparks. She married her loving husband, Fred Miller August 24, 1958 at the First Methodist Church in Bangs, TX. She was a member of the Zion Church of Kurten. Jean was a dedicated homemaker and guide for her family.
Jean grew up in Bangs, TX, graduating High School there and subsequently attended University of North Texas in Denton. She worked in banking prior to the birth of her first child. Jean accompanied her husband to Texas A&M University and helped put him through college. Jean and Fred took a Texas A&M assignment to work sorghum research in Puerto Rico from 1965-70. She was active in the English speaking church in Mayaguez, where she taught Sunday School and led many activities for women. Jean’s second son was born while residing in Puerto Rico. Upon returning to Bryan-College Station, Jean became a teacher and manager of Kinder Care Daycare, where she had a long and loving impact upon hundreds of children and their parents.
Jean enjoyed her retirement in her country home where she raised beautiful flowers and gardens which she shared with neighbors and friends. She truly had that unique ability to stimulate love and compassion with those she met in life and was a strength to those around her.
Funeral service for Jodie Haynes Peavey, 36, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2013, at Greater Faith Community Church. Burial will follow in Greenleaf Cemetery.
Jodie was born April 1, 1977, in Seoul, Korea, to the parentage of Velma Haynes and George Manigo Jr. She grew up a military child and attended high school in Walterboro, S. C. At the age of 17, with her mother’s consent, she enlisted in the U.S. Army in Alamargordo, N. M. She served for two years. She was married to James Peavey in Alexander City, Ala. She moved with her husband from Alexander City to Brownwood in 2007.
Jodie had worked for Texas Juvenile Justice Department and Burkes Outlet. At the time of her death, she was working as Patient Service Coordinator for Cross Timbers Health Clinic. She was a loving wife and caring mother.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, James Peavey; son, Jaelen Peavey; daughter, Jaedice Peavey all of Brownwood; daughter, Alyssa Haynes of Kansas; step-daughter, Apryl Peavey also of Brownwood; one brother, John Haynes and wife Donna of Alamorgordo, N. M.; and one sister, Jamie Haynes of El Paso, Texas.
Jasper “Jack” Nelson Vest, age 80, passed away Sunday April 21, 2013 at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.
Graveside services for Jack will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday April 26, 2013 at Locker Cemetery with Bill Slaymaker officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home.
Jack was born to Melvin and Nellie (Nugent) Vest on October 21, 1932 in Locker, Texas. He married Louise on February 10, 1981 and they were together for 32 years.
He left behind wife Louise Vest of Lake Brownwood; two children Loetta and Lanny of Lake Brownwood; Grandchildren Marvin Thompson of Brownwood, Katrina Roy of Brownwood, Jennifer High of Sweetwater, Nicole Slaughter of Brownwood, Logan Bush of Stephenville, and his special girl, Ellen White of Lake Brownwood; eleven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Carolyn Leonard, beloved mother, nana, sister, aunt and friend went to rest in the arms of her Savior on Monday, April 22, in Abilene, Texas. Services will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday April 25, 2013, at Davis-Morris Funeral Home, 800 Center Ave., Brownwood. Visitation will be from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Wednesday at Davis-Morris. Her final resting place will be at Eastlawn Memorial Park in Early.
Carolyn Jo Baker was born the oldest of seven children to R.L. and Jo Ann Baker in Coleman, Texas. She grew up in Valera and graduated from Talpa Centennial High School in 1963. She married James Leonard on December 23, 1976. Carolyn graduated from nursing school as an LVN in 1978 and her first nursing job was at BRMC in the nursery. She then worked for Dr. Seale Cutbirth for many years, and then later for Oak Ridge Manor as documentation nurse.
James and Carolyn have been long time members of Calvary Baptist Church where Carolyn sang in the choir. She was known for her love of Elvis Presley and has an extensive collection of Elvis memorabilia.