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George Arpino

Services for George A. Arpino, 80, of Killeen are pending with Killeen Memorial Funeral Home.

Arpino died Feb. 8, 2003, at an Austin hospital.
 
 

Gale Bestul

SALLISAW, Okla. — Services for Gale "Lucky" Bestul, 69, formerly of Copperas Cove, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Agent Funeral Home in Sallisaw. Burial will follow at Akins Cemetery near Sallisaw.

Bestul died Feb. 7, 2003, in a Sallisaw hospital. 

He was a longtime resident of Monclair, Calif., and moved to Sallisaw in 1999 from Copperas Cove. Bestul was a self-employed truck driver and most recently a security guard at Blue Ribbon Downs. He was a member of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include four sons, William Windle of Covina, Calif., David Cartwright of California, Steven Cartwright of Florida and Duane Bestul of Lawton, Okla.; five daughters, Diane Fowler of Cyrstal Lake, Ill., Elaine Thompson of Sallisaw, Nora Olson of Florida, Gayle Bestul of San Bernadino, Calif., and Robyn Kay Thompson of Midwest City, Okla.; four brothers, Larry Bestul and Bruce Bestul, both of Paris, Lawrence Bestul of Seattle, Wash., and Gregory Bestul of Sanger; two sisters, Barbara Smith of Paris and Sally Bestul of Sanger; 15 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Bestul was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Marie Benson Bestul.

The family will receive visitors from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Hermina Herzog

HARKER HEIGHTS — Services for Hermina S. Herzog, 90, will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Killeen Memorial Funeral Home with the Rev. Andrew Green officiating. Burial will follow at Killeen Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Herzog died Feb. 8, 2003, at a local nursing home.

She was born Feb. 7, 1913, in Lincoln.

Mrs. Herzog worked for the Killeen Independent School District as a food service specialist. She retired from KISD in 1978. She was a member of the Grace Guild and Altar Guild at Grace Lutheran Church in Killeen. She had lived in the community since 1945.

Survivors includes two sons, James M. Herzog of Killeen and Martin O. Herzog Jr. of Houston; two daughters, Lillian R. Cruddas of Killeen and Vere L. Thrash of Lawton, Okla.; two sisters, Erna Schroeder and Paula Wobus of Austin; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Herzog was preceded in death her husband, Martin O. Herzog Sr. on Dec. 18, 1967; her parents, Henry and Mary Kruemcke; and three brothers Arnold Kruemcke, Lothar Kruemcke and Edmond Kruemcke.

The family will receive visitors from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church or Vista Care Hospice.

M.C. Nelson Jr.

Services for retired Master Sgt. M.C. Nelson Jr., 67, of Killeen are pending with Killeen Memorial Funeral Home.

Nelson died Feb. 7, 2003, at a San Antonio hospital.

Bill Roberts

GATESVILLE — Graveside services for Bill Roberts, 56, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Pidcoke Cemetery with the Rev. Johnny Miller officiating.

Roberts died Feb. 8, 2003, at his residence.

He was born March 2, 1946, in Gatesville to L.C. "Slim" Roberts and Ruth Graham Roberts.

Roberts graduated from Gatesville High School in 1964 and earned an associate's degree at Central Texas College. He was a civil service employee for more than 20 years when he retired in 1999.

He married Bonnie Ford in 1970. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Gatesville.

Survivors include his wife of Gatesville; two sons, Burt Roberts of Stephenville and Bart Roberts of College Station; his parents of Gatesville; a brother, Larry Roberts of Gatesville; and two sisters, Kay Coward and Susan Archie, both of Gatesville.

The family will receive visitors from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Gatesville Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Let's Grow Learning Center, c/o First United Methodist Church at 2600 E. Main Street, Gatesville, TX 76528

Oscar Timms

Services for Oscar L. Timms, 58, of Killeen are pending with Killeen Memorial Funeral Home.

Timms died Feb. 7, 2003, at his residence.

Dee Ann Bales

LAMPASAS — Services for Dee Ann Bales, 38, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Lampasas with the Rev. Jack Shelton officiating.

Miss Bales died March 30, 2003, at a Temple hospital.

She was born in Lampasas, the daughter of John Bales and the former Martha Campbell.

Miss Bales, a 1982 graduate of Lampasas High School, had lived in Lampasas all her life.

She worked for several years for Dr. John Sherman as his assistant in his Lampasas office.

Miss Bales was also employed for 10 years as a clerk in the business office at Rollins Brook Community Hospital in Lampasas.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church and a past worthy matron of the Lampasas Order of the Eastern Star and the Firemen's Auxiliary.

Survivors include her father of Lometa; and a sister, Sherrie Hair of Lampasas.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

The family will receive visitors from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Dodson Funeral Home in Lampasas.

Eunice Breazeale

LAMPASAS — Services for Eunice Breazeale, 100, are pending with Dodson Funeral Home of Lampasas.

Mrs. Breazeale died March 31, 2003, at a Temple hospital.

Billy Joe Davis

ELM MOTT — Services for Billy Joe Davis, 68, will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Northside Church of Christ in Waco with Rick Cobb and Rex Tilly officiating.

Burial will be at 4 p.m. at the Masonic Cemetery in Gatesville.

Davis died March 30, 2003, at a Waco hospital.

He was born Aug. 27, 1934, in Temple, the son of the late Stell and Mary Joe Davis.

He graduated from Turnersville High School and attended Tarleton and Sam Houston State universities, receiving his bachelor of science degree in education. Later, he received his masters of arts in education from Baylor University.

Davis taught school at Star and Gatesville State schools for boys.

He then became the director of Boys at the Austin School for the Deaf.

Davis married his wife, Dolores, Dec. 22, 1962.

Survivors include his wife of Waco; two sons, John Davis of Arlington and Greg Davis of Elm Mott; and two grandchildren.

Davis was also preceded in death by four sisters, Waldene Davis, Evelyn Woods, Ruth Taylor and his twin, Mary Lou York.

Memorials may be made to the Northside Church of Christ, Meals on Wheels, the Providence Cardiac Rehab or the charity of one's choice.

The family will receive visitors from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the church.

Scott's Funeral Home of Gatesville is in charge of arrangements.

Roy Davis

LAMPASAS — A memorial service for Roy Davis, 61, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at his residence at 776 County Road 3489 with Reid Schaub officiating.

Davis died March 30, 2003, at his residence.

He was born April 28, 1941, in Midland, the son of Arthur Davis and the former Lecta Sikes.

Davis grew up in Bangs and graduated from Mertzon High School outside of San Angelo.

Davis worked for the Texas Department of Transportation, retiring in 1992.

Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth Davis Wiley of Lampasas and Karen Sewell of Grand Prairie; a sister, Dee Robensdorf of Colorado; and a grandson.

Memorials may be made to the VistaCare Hospice, 819 S. Fifth St., Temple, TX 76504.

Charles A. Hatfield

COPPERAS COVE — Service for Charles A. Hatfield, 61, will be at a later date.

Hatfield died March 31, 2003, at a local hospital.

He was born April 5, 1941, in Kirksville, Mo., where he was raised and educated.

Hatfield was retired.

He had lived in the Copperas Cove area since 1983.

Survivors include a son, Tony Hatfield of Silvis, Ill.; two daughters, Lisa Harvey of Copperas Cove and Kathy Olson of Silvis; two brothers, Richard Hatfield of Houghton, Iowa, and George Hatfield Jr. of Kirksville; three sisters, Linda Martin of Glenwood, Mo., Patti Walace of Edina, Mo., and Debbie Atchley of Nobinger, Mo.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Killeen Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Irene Brooks Langford

GEORGETOWN — Services for Irene Brooks Langford, 105, formerly of Florence will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Cook-Walden/Davis Funeral Home in Georgetown.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. at the Bandera Cemetery in Bandera.

Mrs. Langford died March 29, 2003 in Georgetown.

She was born Jan. 30, 1898, in Bay City,

In the 1920s, she earned a bachelor's degree in science from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.

Mrs. Langford became one of the first women pharmacists in the state of Texas. She studied pharmacy because her father, a physician in Baytown, did not want her to become a doctor or a nurse.

At the time, there were only three other women in the pharmacy class.

She met Cohen Hay "C.H." Langford at The University of Texas School of Pharmacy in Galveston. They married in Houston on Aug. 23, 1924.

As young pharmacists, the two of them worked for about a year in Mercedes. After that, they moved back to Houston so he could attend Baylor College of Medicine.

Mrs. Langford taught the fourth grade and later became the principal of an elementary school in Pelly.

In 1938, she and her husband adopted their daughter, Louise. Later they adopted a son, Wendell.

The family lived in Baytown until he retired in 1951 when they bought a ranch in Bandera. They moved there and lived until 1960 when they moved to Florence and became the first ranchers in the country to raise French Charolais cattle. In 1972, they moved to Georgetown.

Mrs. Langford was a lifelong member and Sunday school teacher in the Methodist church and also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

While in Baytown, she attended the Baytown Grace Methodist Church. In Bandera, she attended the Bandera United Methodist Church and in Florence, the Florence Methodist Church. She taught Sunday school classes, played the piano, and directed the choir until she was 98.

Survivors include a daughter, Louise Grapski; two granddaughters; and a great-granddaughter.

Mrs. Langford was preceded in death by her husband on April 6, 1977; a son, Wendell Brooks Langford on April 19, 1987; and her parents, William Nelson and Gertrude Johnson Brooks.

The family will receive visitors from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mrs. Langford may be honored with thoughts, prayers, and memories by visiting online at www.mem.com.

Patricia Ann Ream

TEMPLE — Graveside services for Patricia Ann Ream, 57, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Temple Garden of Memories Cemetery with the Rev. Charlie Davis officiating.

Mrs. Ream died March 31, 2003, at her residence.

She was born May 12, 1946, in Waco and lived all her life in Temple.

Mrs. Ream had worked for 12 years for the Temple Independent School District.

Survivors include her husband, Frederick D. Ream of Temple; four sons, Charles Ray Johnson of Menasha, Wis., Donald J. Ream of Austin, Thomas H. Ream of Texarkana and Fred A. Ream of Fort Worth; four daughters, Elizabeth A. Fox of Greenleaf, Wis., Rebecca L. Lucas and Marie F. Luna, both of Temple, and Sharon L. Barrow of Fort Worth; a brother, Donald W. Howell of Roy, Wash.; three sisters, Glinda J. Jones of Waco, Elizabeth Wilson of Roy and Sandra Ingram of Sheboygan, Wis.; and 15 grandchildren.

Mrs. Ream was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Frank and Gaynell Howell.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and the VistaCare Hospice of Temple.

Killeen Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Walter M. Tilley

Services for retired Master Sgt. Walter M. Tilley, 76, of Killeen will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at East Side Baptist Church in Killeen with Dr. John Hallum and the Rev. Weldon Hicks officiating.

Burial will follow at Killeen Memorial Park.

Tilley died March 29, 2003, at a Temple hospital.

He was born Dec. 17, 1926, in Rome County, Tenn.

Tilley married the former Doris Brent on Dec. 6, 1953.

He retired from the U.S. Army in 1968.

Tilley worked for the Fort Hood Sentinel for 20 years.

He had been a resident of Killeen since 1959 and a deacon and Sunday school teacher at East Side Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of Killeen; a son, Alan W. Tilley of Taiwan, Japan; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Tilley was preceded in death by a daughter, Sherra M. Mason; and three brothers, Arnold Tilley, Elmer Tilley and James Tilley.

Memorials may be made to the East Side Baptist Church Building Fund, 500 N. W.S. Young Drive, Killeen, TX 76543.

The family will receive visitors from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Killeen.

Cora Mae Young

COPPERAS COVE — Services for Cora Mae Young, 84, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mount Sanai Baptist Church in Prattville, Ala.

Burial will follow at Gibson Cemetery in Prattville.

Young died March 30, 2003, at a local hospital.

Mrs. Young was born Dec. 20, 1918, in Prattville.

She was a housewife and a member of Mount Sanai Baptist Church.

Survivors include three sons, Ralph Lee Brown, Joe Lewis Brown and Willie Thomas Brown, all of New York, N.Y.; and two daughters, Jerry D. Brown-Elmore of Copperas Cove and Erline Brown Duhaney of New York, N.Y.

Sheppard Funeral Home of Copperas Cove is in charge of arrangements.

Claudine Fegette Boyd

VICTORIA — Services for Claudine Fegette Boyd, 101, formerly of Gatesville, will be at 2 p.m. today at the Gatesville Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Steve Dominy officiating. Burial will follow at the Gatesville City Cemetery.

Mrs. Boyd died June 20, 2003.

She was born July 29, 1901, in Osage to the late W.A. and Pearl Shive Graham.

Survivors include a son, Lee Fegette of Henderson; a daughter, Pearl Gummelt of Victoria; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Jasper Lee Fegette in 1929; a second husband, Ruel Boyd in 1968; two brothers; and one sister.

Crisanta Briones

Services for Crisanta Briones, 75, of Killeen are pending with Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen. 

Briones died June 20, 2003, in Killeen.

Elva Hale

Services for Elva Hale, 84, of Killeen are pending with Heritage Funeral Home of Harker Heights.

Mrs. Hale died June 21, 2003, in Killeen.

Dorothy Hutcherson

LITTLE RIVER — Services for Dorothy Hutcherson, 81, of Little River will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Little River, with the Rev. Brian West and the Rev. Don McNeeley officiating. Burial will follow in the Wilson Valley Cemetery in Little River.

Mrs. Hutcherson died June 20, 2003, at a local hospital.

She was born in Jarrell on April 18, 1922, to Allen and Evelyn Cofield Stone. She married Charles Erwin "Hutch" Hutcherson on July 21, 1956, in Little River and lived in the area most of her life. She was an active member of the Little River chapter of the Bell County Home Demonstration Club.

Survivors include one son, Jimmy Hutcherson of San Antonio; three daughters, Beverly June Dudik of Academy, Charlotte Parker of Holland and Shirley Ganson of Sparks; one brother, J.W. Stone of Sulphur Springs; five grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

The family will receive visitors today from 3 to 5 p.m. and Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.

David J. Picciuolo

ST. LOUIS — Services for David J. Picciuolo, 50, formerly of Killeen, will be Monday at St. Aloysius Catholic Chuch in St. Louis, Mo., with the Rev. Geral Nienhaus officiating. Interment will be at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Joliet, Ill.

Picciuolo died June 20, 2003, in his home in St. Louis.

He was born April 26, 1953, in Syracuse, N.Y., to Margaret Lillian and the late Jules V. Picciuolo. He was an Eagle Scout, member of the Order of the Arrow and was formerly in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Hood. He worked at Scott & White Hospital from 1988 to 1997. He was a computer programmer.

Survivors include his wife, Vicki Picciuolo of St. Louis; a son, Dustin Picciuolo of St. Louis; two daughters, Rebecca Picciuolo and Amanda Picciuolo of St. Louis; and three grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the family to benefit the children and grandchildren.

Buchholz Spanish Lake Mortuary in St. Louis is in charge of arrangements.

Max B. Riemensnider

Services for Max B. Riemensnider, 86, of Killeen will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home Chapel in Killeen, with the Rev. Jimmy Myers officiating. Burial with full military honors will be at Killeen City Cemetery.

Riemensnider died June 20, 2003, in Killeen.

He was born Feb. 13, 1917, in Esbon, Kansas, to the late Samuel and Winifred Riemensnider. He was raised and educated in Penrose, Colo. He was in the U.S. Army for 27 years and was a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. He retired in 1972 as a master sergeant.

He received the Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation, the Croix de Guerre with Palm and the European Theater African Middle Eastern Service Medal with Bronze Service Star and Bronze Arrowhead Device.

He was an owner and operator of Rental Service in Killeen and San Antonio from 1973 to 1981.

Riemensnider was a member of Masonic Lodge 1125 of Killeen, Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts 9192 of Killeen and 3892 of Harker Heights, American Legion Post 223 of Killeen, the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar 041 of Temple, Disabled American Veterans Post 147 of Killeen chapter 484 and council 399 of Masonic Lodge, Temple. He was also a member of St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Killeen.

Survivors include his wife, Ethel "Becky" Stayton Riemensnider of Killeen; a son, Donald Max Riemensnider of San Antonio; a daughter, Linda Lee Goode of Killeen; two brothers, J.O. Riemensnider of Dundee, Fla and Samuel Riemensnider of Denver, Colo.; three sisters, Dorthea Cox of Redondo Beach, Calif., Betty Bean of Sunrise, Fla., and Jo Ann Silvermaster of Indio, Cal; and three grandchildren.

The family will receive visitors Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.s

Memorials may be made to Welcome Lodge of San Antonio and the American Cancer Society, Corbell Unit.

Allen Preston Shelton

FLAT — Services for Allen Preston "A.P." Shelton, 79, will be at 4 p.m. Monday at the Gatesville Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bob Phillips officiating. Burial will follow at Flint Creek Cemetery.

Shelton died June 21, 2003, at his home.

He was born Feb. 26, 1924, in Coryell County to the late Howard and Lucy Winbush Shelton. He was raised and attended school in the Hubbard Community and entered the U.S. Army in 1943. 

Shelton served in World War II in France and Germany and was a Purple Heart recipient. He was discharged from the Army in 1945 and re-entered for a year in 1950, serving in the Korean War. 

Shelton was a civil service employee at Fort Hood, working as a mechanic until 1961. He then worked for 20 years as a welder, retiring in 1981. 

He married Nellie Mae Altum in 1946. After her death, he married Aileene Bishop on March 14, 1989. 

Shelton was a member and deacon of Cold Springs Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Aileen Bishop of Flat; four sons, Preston Shelton and Eddie Shelton, both of Flat, Ricky Shelton of Belton and Billy Shelton of Gatesville; six daughters, Peggy Sue Pivowar of Gatesville, Betty Summers, Bonnie Webb and Connie Hodges, all of Flat, Sherrie Pickering of Seattle, Wash., and Sue Heard of Slocum; two sisters, Ruby Bay of Flat and Inez Hempel of Copperas Cove; 35 grandchildren; and 27 great–grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife; a brother, Jackie Shelton; and a granddaughter.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Memorials may be made to the Cold Springs Baptist Church.


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