Esteban G. Menchaca, 81, died Wednesday, April 21, 1999, in a local
Rosary will be at 7 p.m. today in Johnson's Funeral Home Chapel. Service
will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cathedral Church of the Sacred Heart
with the Rev. Maurice Voity officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery
He was born Dec. 7, 1917. He worked at Shannon Memorial Hospital for
47 years until his retirement in 1983.
Survivors include his wife, Rose Hinojos Menchaca; two sons, Steve
H. Menchaca Jr. and Armando H. Menchaca, both of San Angelo; two daughters,
Sylvia M. Garcia and Diana M. Hogeda, both of San Angelo; three sisters,
Amalia M. Mejia, Amparo M. Ramirez and Belia M. Sanchez Aguirre; eight
grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
PECOS - John F. Fonville, 90, of Denton died Monday, April 19, 1999,
Service will be at 10 a.m. today in Pecos Funeral Home Chapel with
burial in Mount Evergreen Cemetery.
He was born Dec. 5, 1908, in Bowie. He was a retired jeweler and a
Survivors include his wife, Tene Fonville of Denton; a son, John Charles
Fonville of Denton; a daughter, Jo Cooksey of Pecos; five grandchildren;
and seven great-grandchildren.
JUNCTION - Alicia Valverde, 66, of Kerrville died Wednesday, April
21, 1999, in a local hospital.
Service will be at 10 a.m. today at the Hill Country Baptist Church
with burial in Junction Cemetery. Arrangements are by Graham Funeral Home.
She was born Dec. 21, 1932, in Rosita, Mexico, and had lived in Junction
for 25 years, before moving to Kerrville three years ago.
Survivors include her husband, Pedro Valverde of Kerrville; three sons,
Armando Valverde of Luling, and Roland Valverde and Samuel Valverde, both
of Kerrville; four daughters, Alicia Valverde and Alma Holland, both of
Junction, Esmeralda Camp of Austin and Blanca Valverde of Burnet; and nine
KERRVILLE - Josephine M. Thompson, 88, of Kerrville died Wednesday,
April 21, 1999, in a local hospital.
Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. today in Garden of Memories Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Kerrville Funeral Home.
She was born June 17, 1910, in Berclair and had lived in Kerrville
since 1977. She worked as a bank teller in Corpus Christi and was a member
of Motley Hills Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Gene Thompson Jr. of Kerrville; a daughter,
Norma Dean Francis of Texas City; two sons, Gaylon Eugene Smith of Harlingen
and Gerald Eugene Thompson of Eustace; nine grandchildren; 14 greatgrandchildren;
and a great-greatgrandchild.
OZONA - Maria Ramirez Perez, 77, died Wednesday, April 21, 1999, in
a local care center.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Templo Siloe Assembly of God
with burial in Lima Cemetery. Arrangements are by Preddy Funeral Home.
She was born April 5, 1922, in Sheffield. She was a homemaker and a
member of the Assembly of God Women's Ministries.
Survivors include four daughters, Jodie Newman of Odessa, Sheila Garmon
of Hokes Bluff, Ala., and Cynthia Gomez and Elsa Vasquez, both of Ozona;
a son, Richard Perez of Ozona; a sister, Felicita Ramirez of Ozona; three
brothers, Salvador Ramirez of Dallas, Joe Ramirez of San Angelo and Armando
Ramirez of Ozona; 18 grandchildren; and 16 greatgrandchildren.
KERRVILLE - Trevor Whayne, 75, died Tuesday, April 20, 1999.
Memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the First United Methodist
Church. Arrangements are by Overby Funeral Home.
He was born Aug. 18, 1923. An Army Air Corps veteran of World War II
and the Korean War, he worked for defense contractors in California and
Texas. He also worked in administration at the University of Houston. He
was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ruth Jones Whayne of Kerrville; two
daughters, Susan Whayne Turner and Barbara Whayne Eberly; and five grandchildren.
WICHITA, Kan. - Joyce West, 59, died Thursday, April 22, 1999.
Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Downing & Lahey Mortuary East
Chapel. Service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic
She was born April 10, 1940, in San Angelo. She was co-owner of Coldwell
Banker Dinning-Beard Realtors.
Survivors include her husband, Barry West of Wichita; two daughters,
Lesley Hayter of Springfield, Mo., and Amy Cameron of Dallas; her mother,
Olga Hoelscher of Dallas; a brother, David Hoelscher of Kerrville; and
ROBERT LEE - Zola Hatley, 93, of Robert Lee died Thursday, April 22,
1999, in a local nursing home. Services are pending at Shaffer Funeral
CRANE - Gertrude L. Cessna, 86, of Crane died Thursday, April 22, 1999,
in an Odessa hospital. Services are pending at Shaffer-Nichols Funeral
KERRVILLE - Maggie I. Hempel, 79, died Thursday, April 22, 1999, at
her residence. Services are pending at Kerrville Funeral Home.
BIG SPRING - Madge Rogers, 77, died Thursday, April 22, 1999, at her
residence. Services are pending at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home.
COLEMAN - Jessie Paul Morales, 58, of Coleman died Thursday, April
22, 1999, in Lampasas County. Services are pending at Stevens Funeral Home.
KERRVILLE - Anne Hafner, 87, died Thursday, April 22, 1999, at her
residence. Services are pending at Grimes Funeral Chapels.
KERRVILLE - Ruben Flores Martinez, 45, of Ingram died Thursday, April
22, 1999, in a Kerrville hospital. Services are pending at Grimes Funeral
COLEMAN - Earnest E. "Gene" Fenton, 73, of Coleman died Thursday, April
22, 1999, in a Brownwood hospital.
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Coleman Cemetery. Arrangements
are by Stevens Funeral Home.
He was born Oct. 8, 1925, in New Central and had lived in Coleman for
two years, moving from Amarillo. An Army veteran of World War II, he had
been employed by McCracken Electrical Co. in Amarillo, retiring in 1987.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the International Brotherhood
of Electrical Workers.
Survivors include his wife, Billye White Fenton of Coleman; a granddaughter,
Robin Ann Graham of Topeka, Kan.; three sisters, Agnes Armstrong of Perryton,
Pauline Smith of Big Spring and Juanita Jones of Santa Anna; and a brother,
Rex Fenton of Ozona.
C. LEE WILLIAMS
C. Lee Williams, 92, of San Angelo died Wednesday, April 21, 1999,
in Shannon Medical Center. Family visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday,
April 23, at Johnson's Funeral Home. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 24, in Belvedere Memorial Park on Arden Road with Mills
Lee was born Feb. 6, 1907, in Buda to Jasper and Laura Williams. He
had six brothers and two sisters.
He came to San Angelo in 1926. On June 16, 1936, he married Ruby Bell
in San Angelo. He was employed by the San Angelo Fire Department in 1930
and was a firefighter for the city of San Angelo for 15 years. Later, he
owned and operated the North Concho Airport for 10 years. Lee owned and
operated drive-in theaters for many years and closed the last drive-in
theater in San Angelo in 1993. He also owned and operated mobilehome parks
in San Angelo for many years and did some local cotton farming for several
years. At the time of death, he was retired. He was a longtime member of
the San Angelo Elks Lodge. Through the years, he made many valued and lasting
Lee is survived by his wife, Ruby Williams of San Angelo; one daughter,
Betsey and husband, Russell DeVore, of San Angelo; one son, Ronald and
wife, Debbie Williams, of Odessa; two grandchildren, Henry Lee and wife,
Lisa Garvin, of McAllen and Rebecca Williams of Odessa; two brothers, Fred
and wife, Doris Williams, of Rockdale and Willie Williams of Rockdale;
and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jasper and Laura Williams;
two sisters, Julia B. Williams and Thada George; and four brothers, Everett,
Zed, Cage and Owen Williams.
Howard Jackson, 64, of Miles died Monday, April 19, 1999, near San
Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 23, in Fairmount
Cemetery with the Rev. Eddie Tingle of First Baptist Church of Miles officiating.
Arrangements are by Robert Massie Funeral Home.
Howard was born July 14, 1934, in Seymour. He was a veteran of the
United States Navy, was a member of the San Angelo Emergency Corps and
worked for Baptist Memorials Hospital. Howard touched the lives of many
people during his stay on this earth.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann Jackson, in 1989; and
his parents, Brackston and Leonia Jackson.
He later married Patty Timm on June 26, 1993, in Miles. They were members
of the First Baptist Church of Miles.
He is survived by his wife, Patty Jackson of Miles; five sons and daughters-in-law,
Jessie and Jeannine Jackson, Howard and Donna Jackson, Jerry Don and Liz
Jackson and Bernie Timm, all of San Angelo, Brack and Kathy Jackson of
Houston; two daughters and son-in-law, Brenda and Eddie Goff of San Angelo
and Tyree Timm of Veribest; a sister, Dorothy Banty of Belton; two sisters-in-law,
Barbara Bain and Ima Gene Willeford, both of San Antonio; one brother-in-law,
Calvin Miller of Miles; 20 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and
several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Pallbearers will be the members of the San Angelo Emergency Corps.
BESSIE CLICK McGINNIS
Bessie Click McGinnis, 63, of San Angelo died Thursday, April 22, 1999,
at her residence.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, in Johnson's Funeral
Home Chapel with the Rev. Roy Ramon of Beacon Baptist Church officiating.
Burial will follow in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens.
Bess was born Nov. 2, 1935, in Paint Rock to Roy E. and Lela Mae Click.
She married Bill McGinnis on May 3, 1958, in San Angelo.
Mrs. McGinnis was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother,
Survivors include her husband, Bill McGinnis of San Angelo; two daughters,
Sherrie Lee Jones and Jerry Long, both of San Angelo, and Sandra Jackson
and husband, Byron, Grape Creek; two sons, Billy McGinnis and fiancee,
Kathy Dollgener, of Dallas and Dennis Snyder of Snyder; grandchildren,
Tracy, Beverly, Kimberly, Eric, KayLee, William and Vanessa; five sisters,
Faye Moseley of San Angelo, Avis Sheffield of Brownwood, Ann Haile of Clyde,
Earlene Williams of Vidalia, La., and Stella Harris of San Angelo; two
brothers, J.D. Click of Ona, Alaska, and Roy Elgin Click of Cypress; and
numerous nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to express its deep appreciation to Hospice of San
Angelo, Dr. Kenneth Leckie and special friend, Evelyn Hanson.
There Are No Words
There are no words; what can I say?
At last her sweet soul winged its way
To peace and freedom in the sky
Where never again will she suffer or cry.
It's all a part of God's great plan
Which remains a mystery to man.
We cannot understand His ways
Nor can we count our earthly days.
But who are we to question and doubt?
God knoweth well what He's about;
He knew she longed to go to sleep
Where only angels, a vigil keep.
The pain of living grew too great;
No longer could she stay and wait.
She did not want to leave her special dear,
But she had finished her work down here.
So she closed her eyes and when she awoke,
These are the words the Master spoke . . .
"Welcome, my child, you are home at last,
And now the burden of living is past."
So weep not, she has just gone ahead.
Don't think of her as being dead.
She's out of sight for a little while,
And you'll miss her touch and her smile,
But you know she is safe in the home above
Where there is nothing but peace and love.
And, surely, you would not deny her peace . . .
And you're glad that she has found release.
Think of her there as a soul that is free,
And home at last, where she wanted to be.
Joe Wayne Poteet
Joe Wayne Poteet, 59, of San Antonio died Saturday, April 24, 1999,
in San Antonio.
Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Glen Rest Cemetery
in Big Lake with the Rev. Kent Kepler of the First United Methodist Church
officiating. Arrangements are by Johnson's Funeral Home.
He was born Feb. 14, 1940, in Big Lake.
Survivors include his mother, Frances Poteet of Big Lake; a brother,
Stanley Poteet of Houston; a nephew; a niece; two [cc20]great-nephews;
and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
PECOS - Amparo Gallego, 70, of Saragosa died Saturday, April 24, 1999,
Service will be at 2 p.m. today at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church
in Saragosa with burial in Saragosa Cemetery. Arrangements are by Martinez
She was born Nov. 14, 1928, in Terlingua and was a lifetime resident
of Saragosa. She was a homemaker and a Catholic.
Survivors include her husband, Joe Gallego of Saragosa; seven sons,
Billy Joe Gallego and Jimmy Gallego, both of Saragosa, Joe Gallego III
of Corona, Calif., Freddy Gallego and Alan Gallego, both of Pecos, Tony
Gallego of Presidio and Sammy Gallego of San Angelo; three daughters, Nora
Briceno of Pecos, Linda Briceno of Saragosa and Alexa Gallego of San Angelo;
three brothers, Victoriano Molinar Jr. of Alpine, Raul Molinar of Pecos
and Joe Molinar of San Antonio; two sisters, Alicia Portillo of El Paso
and Elva Molinar of Odessa; 20 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
BIG SPRING - Billie Maxine Roper, 70, of Sand Springs died Saturday,
April 24, 1999, in a Lubbock hospital.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Living Water Church of Big Spring
with burial in Coahoma Cemetery. Arrangements are by Myers & Smith
She was born Oct. 25, 1928, in Decatur and had been a resident of Howard
County since 1965. She was a private duty nurse and co-owned Roper Fire
Extinguisher Service. She also was a foster parent and a member of Living
Survivors include two daughters, Diane Roosenfeldt of Levelland and
Patty Floyd of Odessa; fours sons, William Roper and Tommy Roper, both
of Big Spring, Ricky Roper of Crookston, Minn., and Jimmy Roper of Sand
Springs; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and
BRADY - Nettie Johanson Fortune, 77, of Pontotoc died Saturday, April
24, 1999, in Llano.
Service will be at 4:30 p.m. today in Heritage Funeral Home Chapel
with burial in Rest Haven Cemetery.
She was born May 1, 1921, in Eckert. She was a homemaker and a Methodist.
Survivors include her husband, J.C. Fortune of Pontotoc; three sons,
Robert Moran of Kerrville, Thomas F. Moran of Junction and Dan Moran of
Brady; two daughters, Rebecca Black of Wimberley and Helen Dockal of Fredonia;
three brothers, Raymond Johanson of Missouri, Herbert Johanson of California
and Milton Johanson of Dickinson; two sisters, Ola Mae Clason of Deer Park
and Lillie Burger of Denton; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren;
and numerous nieces and nephews.
SAN SABA - Bertie Mae Spruell, 91, of Temple died Saturday, April 24,
1999, in Gatesville.
Service will be at 2 p.m. today at Buchanan Dam Church of Christ in
Buchanan Dam with burial in Bluffton Cemetery. Arrangements are by Howell-Doran
She was born Dec. 20, 1907, in Mills County and had been a resident
of Temple for 10 years. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church
Survivors include two sons, George Ervin Spruell of Mesquite and James
Darrell Spruell of Goldthwaite; two daughters, Barbara Dell Lowrance of
San Angelo and Gloria Gwin of Rio Rancho, N.M.; a sister, Bernice Plumley
of Ballinger; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren;
and several nieces and nephews.
KERRVILLE - Mildred Wheeler Johnson, 94, die Saturday, April 24, 1999,
in a local care center. Services are pending at Grimes Funeral Chapels.
DAVID RAY PAYNE
David Ray Payne, 50, of San Angelo died Saturday, April 24, 1999, in
a Houston hospital after a long and courageous battle with leukemia.
Service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 28, in Johnson's Funeral
Home Chapel with burial in Ben Ficklin Cemetery.
He was born March 13, 1949, in San Angelo to D.O. and Itha Mae Payne.
After graduating from Lake View High School, David spent 24 years operating
Payne Construction. He married Charlene McDonald on Sept. 16, 1972. His
wife, children and family were his number one priority in life.
David is survived by his loving wife, Charlene Payne, one son, Jason
Payne and one daughter, Katrina Payne, all of San Angelo; two brothers,
Rusty Payne of San Angelo and Jimmy Payne of Puerto Rico; four sisters,
Kathy Oliver of Bronte, Mary Kearney of Belgium, Janelle Massey of Azle
and Debbie Ott of San Angelo; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces
and nephews, including Shorty and Neoma Long of San Angelo.
The family requests memorials be made to Hospice of San Angelo or to
the Leukemia Foundation.
Pallbearers will be Gerald Bass, Larry Merriman, Jackie Hight, Gary
Hunt, James Bell and Steve Gauwain.
David will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
MIDLAND - Lora Clark was born Aug. 25, 1912, in San Angelo to John
and Myrtle (Schafer) Cunningham. She was reared in San Angelo and married
Truit Clark there on July 4, 1931. They moved to Midland in 1939. In 1948
they started The Clark's Wholesale Meat, retiring in 1976 when they sold
the business to their son, Larry. Mrs. Clark was a member of the First
Baptist Church and the Rebekah Sunday school class.
Mrs. Clark was preceded in death by her husband, Truit Clark in 1995.
She is survived by her son, Larry Clark of Midland; her daughter, LaVonne
Weber of Cozad, Neb.; her grandchildren, Chastel Clark of Midland, Carmen
Morse and her husband, Bernard, of Cozad, Clark Dell Weber of Scotts Bluff,
Neb.; five [cc20] great-grandchildren; her nieces, Mrs. J.W. Whitely and
Mrs. Marcus Loader; her nephew, Grady Lewis Clark; and two sisters-in-law,
Mrs. Fred Carter and Mrs. Edgar Clark, both of San Angelo.
Mrs. Clark died Friday, April 23, 1999, in a local hospital.
Graveside service has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, April 26, in
Resthaven Memorial Park with the Rev. Bob Porterfield officiating. Arrangements
are by Ellis Funeral Home.
The family requests memorials be directed to Hospice of Midland, P.O.
Box 2621, Midland, TX 79701.
ANNIE (SCHWARTZ) BERGER
Annie Schwartz Berger, 90, of San Angelo died at 10:46 a.m. Saturday,
April 24, 1999, in Shannon Medical Center.
Annie was born Jan. 31, 1909, in Moravia near Schulenburg to Joseph
and Sophia (Loika) Schwartz. Annie married Albert Berger on Nov. 20, 1928,
in Moravia. They moved to the Fairview community in 1936. She was a loving
wife and mother of four children. She enjoyed gardening and working alongside
her husband on the farm.
She was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Wall and also a
member of St. Helen's Altar Society and the Catholic Daughters of America
for 40 years.
Rosary will be at 6 p.m. Monday, April 26, in Johnson's Funeral Home
Chapel. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 27, at St. Ambrose
Church with Monsignor Larry Droll officiating. Burial will follow in St.
Survivors include one son, Eugene Berger and his wife, Ethel, two daughters,
Virgin Ann Block and husband, Robert H. Block, and Annabelle Powell, all
of San Angelo; 12 grandchildren, Dennis, Richard and Carl Block, all of
San Angelo, Carol Parker of Big Lake, Coleen Schnieder of Johnson City,
Tenn., Pam Backlund of San Angelo, Joan Schmidt of Tampa, Fla., Diane Berger
of San Antonio, James Berger of Salt Lake City, Kellye Patzer of Austin,
Gina Edmiston of Grapevine and Lance Powell of Sonora; 22 great-grandchildren;
three sisters, Ottilia Bucek of Schulenburg and Willa Mae Braden and Hilda
Mikulik, both of Wall; one brother, Alfons Schwartz of Schulenburg; and
many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Albert Berger;
one son, James Allen Berger, and several sisters and brothers.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Dennis, Richard and Carl Block, Lance
Powell, James Berger and great-grandson, Ben Backlund.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to John and Ceil Alegre
and their children for their loving care of our mother for the last three
The family requests memorials be made to a favorite charity.