BROWNWOOD - B.F. Deere, 86, died Monday, April 5, 1999, in a local
Service will be at 2 p.m. today at the Fourth and Stewart Street Church
of Christ with burial in Greenleaf Cemetery. Arrangements are by Davis-Morris
He was born June 29, 1912, in Fluvanna and had lived in Brownwood since
1953. He was retired from the Exxon wholesale warehouse, where he was a
tank wagon salesman. He was a member of the Fourth and Stewart Street Church
Survivors include a daughter, Becky Hayes of Lake Brownwood; two sons,
Bruce Deere of Robert Lee and Doug Deere of Bedford; a brother, Toney Deere
of Kilgore; a sister, Esther McBride of Brownwood; eight grandchildren;
10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
STANTON - Oleta Reynolds, 84, of Stanton died Monday, April 5, 1999,
in a Midland hospital.
Service will be at 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church with burial
in Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements are by Gilbreath Funeral Home.
She was born Sept. 24, 1914, in Salem and had lived in Stanton for
more than 60 years. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist
Survivors include a son, Royce D. Reynolds of Stanton; two sisters,
Anna Lee Ledbetter of Buchanan Dam and Loreta Posey of Graham; nine grandchildren;
and 12 great-grandchildren.
STANTON - R.C. Stewart, 88, died Monday, April 5, 1999, in Stanton.
Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Trinity Memorial Park
in Big Spring. Arrangements are by Gilbreath Funeral Home.
He was born May 15, 1910, in Texas and had lived in Martin County since
1940. He was a farmer and a member of Tarzan Baptist Church.
Survivors include a stepdaughter, Mary Holloway of Stanton; three grandchildren;
eight great-grandchildren; and one greatgreat-grandchild.
R. Pershing Morton
BIG SPRING - R. Pershing Morton, 80, died Tuesday, April 6, 1999, in
a local nursing home.
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Trinity Memorial Park.
Arrangements are by Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home.
He was born June 6, 1918, in Howard County and was a lifetime resident.
He worked as the manager of Kimble Food Store for 23 years before retiring
in 1980. He was a member of East Fourth Street Baptist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Kathleen "Kaki" Morton of Big Spring;
two sons, Jeff Morton of Big Spring and David Morton of Denton; two brothers,
Harold Morton of Tucumcari, N.M., and Arlye Morton of Searchlight, Nev.;
six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
BIG SPRING - Billie Jo Chavera, infant daughter of Ramona Olivarez
and Billy Chavera, died Monday, April 5, 1999, in a Lubbock hospital.
Rosary will be at 6 p.m. today in Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood
Chapel. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Mount Olive Memorial
She was born Feb. 24, 1999, in Odessa.
Survivors include her parents and a sister, Marie Chavera, all of Big
Spring; her maternal grandparents, Pedro and Mary Rodriguez of Big Spring;
her paternal grandparents, Marcos and Carmen Chavera of Coahoma; and her
great-grandmother, Susana Moreno of Big Spring.
BIG SPRING - Jose Ontiveros, 68, died Monday, April 5, 1999, in a local
Rosary will be at 7:30 p.m. today in Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood
Chapel. Service will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church with burial in Mount Olive Memorial Park.
He was born Sept. 21, 1930, in Big Spring and was a lifetime resident.
He was a farm laborer and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Albrora Munoz Ontiveros of Big Spring;
two brothers, Guadalupe Ontiveros and Jose P. Ontiveros, both of Big Spring;
and two grandchildren.
Santos Soto Sr.
BRADY - Santos L. Soto Sr., 73, died Tuesday, April 6, 1999, in a local
Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Leatherwood Colonial Funeral
Home Chapel with burial in Rest Haven Cemetery.
He was born Feb. 2, 1926, in Karnes City and had lived in Brady since
1969. He was a rancher and a member of Central Baptist Church.
Survivors include three sons, Santos Soto Jr. of Rogers, Pete Soto
of Midlothian and Joe Soto of Brady; a daughter, Sandy Capps of Brady;
a brother, Jesus Soto of Idalou; a sister, Mary Garza of Brady; and 10
BIG SPRING - Mary Bell, 81, of Elysian Fields and formerly of Big Spring,
died Tuesday, April 6, 1999, in Longview. Services are pending at Nalley-Pickle
& Welch Funeral Home.
GOLDTHWAITE - Cleo Taylor of Goldthwaite died Tuesday, April 6, 1999,
in a Brownwood hospital. Services are pending at Stacy-Wilkins Funeral
EMILLE OLSAK ZAK
Emille Olsak Zak, 93, of San Angelo died Monday, April 5, 1999, in
a local hospital.
Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, in Johnson's Funeral Home
Chapel. Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 7, at St. Joseph Catholic
Church in Rowena with Father Maurice Voity officiating. Burial will be
in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
Mrs. Zak was born April 15, 1905, in Kristoff community to Ignatz and
Francis Olsak. She married John J. Zak in 1925. She was a homemaker and
a member of Cathedral Church of the Sacred Heart.
She is survived by two daughters, Grace Smith and Susanne Acree, both
of San Angelo; two sons, John Daniel Zak of San Angelo and Ray Zak and
wife, Hazel, of Hurst; 13 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and
great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
WILLARD D. WELCH
Willard D. Welch died Easter Sunday, April 4, 1999, at the skilled
nursing facility at St. John's Hospital campus.
Born Jan. 2, 1922, to Clarence E. and Alma Welch of Mitchell County,
he graduated from Colorado City High School with honors in 1939. He married
Maizie West of Commerce on Sept. 22, 1942.
Willard entered the Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet training program
on March 22, 1943, in Dallas. He was sent to California for training and
received his wings and commission at Douglas, Ariz., in February 1944.
He then served as an advanced pilot school instructor and a B-17 pilot.
He remained in the service after World War II, spending most of his time
in the Air Rescue Service. He retired from the USAF on Sept. 30, 1969,
at the Pentagon, where he was director of plans and programs for the Air
Force Reserve. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for his service there.
Following retirement from the Air Force, Willard worked as a stock
broker in Winter Park, Fla., and retired from Dean Witter as an associate
vice president in 1987. He and his wife, Maizie, then moved back to West
Texas (San Angelo) in 1989. He was an active member and an elder in the
First Christian Church. He was president of the Henson Class and chairman
of the stewardship committee during his membership there.
He is survived by his sons, Willard Douglas Welch Jr. of San Antonio,
Stephen Mark Welch and his wife, Kathy, of Dallas and David Eugene Welch
and his wife, Ashley, of San Angelo. He is also survived by his grandchildren,
Heather, Mary Kathryn and Austin Welch.
Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 7, at the First
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) following a private graveside service,
with the Rev. Ben Hubert officiating. Arrangements are by Johnson's Funeral
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of San Angelo.
VELMA C. THOMPSON
Velma C. Thompson, 85, of San Angelo died Tuesday, April 6, 1999, at
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in Lawnhaven
Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are by Johnson's Funeral Home.
Mrs. Thompson was born Aug. 1, 1913, in Van Zant County. She married
R.R. Thompson on May 21, 1931, in San Angelo. They lived in Texon until
1961, then moved to Lake Nasworthy. She was preceded in death by her husband,
Raymond; one son, Larry Thompson; and one grandson, Kyle Burton Thompson.
Survivors include one son, Jerry Thompson and wife, Patty, of Jewett;
one daughter, Sondra Sue Smith and husband, Larry, of San Angelo; six grandchildren,
J.R. Thompson of Tomball, Cheryl Thompson of Houston, Connie Grubaugh of
San Angelo, Trudy Hennings of Christoval, Judy White of Big Lake and Casey
Smith of Arlington; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and
several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Thompson enjoyed fishing, gardening, bridge, cooking and entertaining.
She loved children, youth and the elderly. She was a friend to everyone.
She never judged others, never worried and never complained. Nannie was
adored and will be dearly missed by all of us.
WINTERS - Mary Ella Edging, 51, of Winters died Thursday, April 15,
1999, in Fredericksburg.
Service will be at 2 p.m. today at Winters Funeral Home with burial
in Blackwell Cemetery.
She was born Dec. 10, 1947, in Palava and was a lifetime resident of
the Winters area. She was an employee of Dry Manufacturing and a member
of Blackwell Baptist Church.
Survivors include her mother, Ruthie Sparks of Blackwell; two daughters,
Deborah Rena Edging of Fort Worth and Adella Elizabeth Edging of Winters;
and three brothers, Frank E. Sparks of Robert Lee, Jerry W. Sparks of Blackwell
and John E. Sparks of Fredericksburg.
KERRVILLE - Stanford Robert Warren, 85, died Tuesday, April 13, 1999,
at his residence.
There will be no service. Arrangements are by Grimes Funeral Chapels.
He was born Nov. 16, 1913, in Eureka, Ill., and had lived in Kerrville
for 20 years. He worked for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad for 34 years,
retiring in 1978.
Survivors include his wife, Bernice "Bunny" Reagan Warren; a son, Robert
Warren of Springboro, Ohio; a daughter, Jill Warren Smith of Santa Fe,
N.M.; five sisters, Juanita Ryder of Michigan, Lorraine Alms of Oregon,
and Wilma Guido, Roberta Kalahele and Gloria Stafford, all of California;
four brothers, Vernon Warren of Oregon, Gene Warren of California, Herb
Warren of Florida and Gerry Warren of Ohio; four grandchildren; and three
KERRVILLE - Mercedes Torres Silva, 69, died Thursday, April 15, 1999,
in a local hospital.
Rosary will be at 7 p.m. today at Grimes Funeral Chapels. Service will
be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Notre Dame Catholic Church with burial in Guadalupe
She was born Jan. 10, 1930, in Cuernavaca, Morales, Mexico, and had
lived in Kerrville for 40 years. She was a homemaker and a Catholic.
Survivors include a daughter, Maribel Hernandez of Kerrville; and two
grandchildren, Cristal Hernandez and Ray Hernandez.
SAN SABA - Alta Virginia "Tootie" Eden, 81, died Wednesday, April 14,
1999, at her residence.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Howell-Doran Funeral Home Chapel
with burial in San Saba City Cemetery.
She was born March 21, 1918, in San Saba County and was a lifetime
resident. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include two sons, Jim Eden of Buchanan Dam and Jerry Eden
of League City; two daughters, Gloria Lowe and Sharon Grumbles, both of
San Saba; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.
BIG SPRING - Marie Wallace, of Canyon and formerly of Big Spring, died
Thursday, April 15, 1999, in Amarillo. Services are pending at Myers
& Smith Funeral Home & Chapel.
PECOS - Lucia Orona, 80, of Pecos died Thursday, April 15, 1999, in
an Odessa hospital. Services are pending at Pecos Funeral Home.
BRONTE - Otis Smith, 93, of Bronte died Thursday, April 15, 1999, in
a local nursing home. Services are pending at Shaffer Funeral Home.
JOHNNIE MARIE SMART-DAVIS
KERRVILLE - Mrs. Johnnie Marie Smart-Davis, 85, passed away Wednesday,
April 14, 1999, in San Antonio. Mrs. Davis was born Feb. 28, 1914, in Lohn
to John Moody and Ivy Lindsay Smart.
She graduated from Eden High School as valedictorian of the class of
1931. She attended McMurry College in Abilene, and after one year of college,
she taught in a small school in Brady. During this time, she was taking
many correspondence courses from several colleges to get her degree. She
is a graduate of Sul Ross University.
She came to Rocksprings in the fall of 1937 to teach school. She married
John Morgan Davis Sr. in 1942. They had two sons, John Morgan Davis Jr.
and Simeon Lindsay Davis. They moved to Sonora, where she taught for four
They moved back to the ranch located on the Del Rio highway, and she
began teaching social studies, which was her love. After 31 years of teaching,
she retired. Her main time was spent seeing that her children had a good
education, and her main interest was the love of her family and country.
Mrs. Davis was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and Sigma Kappa Gamma,
was president of the Edwards County Hospital Association and thoroughly
enjoyed the duplicate-bridge club in Rocksprings. Johnnie also was a member
of the Park Building Committee, Sonora Woman's Club and Texas State Teachers
Association and was very active in the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association.
Johnnie is survived by her two sons, John Morgan Davis Jr. of Rocksprings
and Simeon Lindsay Davis and wife, Laura Davis, of San Antonio; grandchildren,
John Morgan Davis III of Rocksprings, Jamie Marie Davis (her namesake)
of Rocksprings, Gabriel Lindsay Davis of San Antonio and Clinton Starley
Kinerd of San Antonio. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband,
John Morgan Davis Sr.; and her sister, Marjorie Smart.
Mrs. Davis will lie in state at Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church
in Rocksprings from 9 a.m. Friday until service time.
Mass will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 16, at Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic
Church in Rocksprings with Father Jose A. Villanueva celebrant. Interment
will be in Rocksprings Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the charity of
one's choice. Funeral arrangements are by Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.
Pallbearers will be J.L. Hankins, James E. Epperson Jr., Jimmy Lomax,
Ivan B. Smart Jr., Morrison Carpenter, N.M. Whitworth Jr., J. Ken Nunley
and S.J. Shanklin Jr.
ROBERT L. WEST
Robert L. West, 58, of San Angelo died Wednesday, April 14, 1999, while
hunting spring turkeys near Lufkin.
A brief memorial will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 17, in Johnson's
Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jim Carter officiating.
Robert retired in 1996 after 32 years with the Texas Parks and Wildlife
Department. He was an avid sportsman and collector of outdoor literature.
Survivors include his loving wife of 37 years, Joann Pedigo West; a
son, Robert Leon West Jr.; a daughter, Laurie L. West; his mother, Joan
West of Tucson, Ariz.; and his sister, Betty Gillihan and husband, Larry,
also of Tucson.
LILLIAN CARR ASHLEY
Lillian Carr Ashley, 98, died at 10:40 a.m. Thursday, April 15, 1999,
in a local hospital.
She was born Nov. 13, 1900, in Madison, Pa.
Survivors include one daughter, Mary Ashley Rose of San Angelo; one
grandson, Stuart Rand Benicky of Hemet, Calif.; one great-grandson, Ryan
E. Benicky of Orange, Calif.; and one niece, Jane Lee Lucia of Colorado
No services are scheduled. Interment will be in the Forest Lawn Cemetery
in Cypress, Calif. Local arrangements are by Johnson's Funeral Home.
VICTOR VAUGHN GILLY
Victor Vaughn Gilly, 77, of San Angelo died Thursday, April 15, 1999,
in San Angelo Community Hospital.
Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 17, in Fairmount
Cemetery with the Rev. Lynn Young officiating. Arrangements are by Johnson's
"Gilly" was born March 31, 1922, to Bennie B. and Roxie Bell Gilly
in Brownwood. His parents preceded him in death. He married Ina Tatom on
July 24, 1940. He had been a resident of San Angelo since 1940, and was
a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church. Gilly's joy in life was meeting
people, and showing and selling furniture at the Thrift Shop on East Fifth
Street, Shepperson's Downtown, and Shepperson's Southwest. He retired after
40 years. His early years were spent at Fairview School and on the family
dairy outside San Angelo.
He was also preceded in death by one son, Victor Eugene Gilly, and
one brother, Ben Gilly.
He is survived by his loving wife, Ina Gilly of San Angelo; one son,
Vaughn Gilly and wife, Kay, of San Angelo; a daughter, Vicki Maiden of
St. Charles, Ill.; five grandchildren, Lisa McCollum and husband, Kevin,
of Austin, Jennifer Stringer and husband, Michael, of Abilene, Jeffrey
Gilly of San Angelo, and Christopher Maiden and Caitlin Maiden, both of
St. Charles; two great-grandchildren, Tyler McCollum and Brittany Stringer;
his brothers, Jack Gilly and wife, Thelma, of Terminal, Connis Gilly and
wife, Doris, of Stephenville and James Gilly and wife, Sarah, of Crystal
City; two sisters, Velta Beth Stone and husband, Richard, and Marjorie
Jo Massey and husband, Norman, all of Stephenville; and one sister-in-law,
Mary Gilly of Sonora.
The family would like to thank all those at San Angelo Community Medical
Center and BakerBrame Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their
The family asks that donations be made to The American Diabetes Association,
St. Luke United Methodist Church or a charity of choice.