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Rose Larremore
BRADY - Rose Larremore, 93, of San Angelo and formerly of Brady, died Friday, April 30, 1999, in San Angelo.
Graveside service will be at 4:30 p.m. today in Rest Haven Cemetery. Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home.
She was born Aug. 22, 1905, in Cleburne. She worked in food service for the Brady Independent School District and was a member of the Southside Church of Christ.
Survivors include two daughters, Ena Liverman of Carlsbad and Jean Lawrence of Belton; a son, Jack Larremore of Salado; 14 grandchildren; numerous greatgrandchildren; and several greatgreat-grandchildren.

Behrns Crabtree
LLANO - Behrns Leonard "Bert" Crabtree, 78, died Friday, April 30, 1999, in Llano.
Service will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Llano City Cemetery.
He was born Oct. 3, 1920, in Farris, Okla., and had lived in Llano since 1957. He was a grocery-store owner and operator and a member of the Hill Country Livestock Raisers Association, Southwest Cattle Raisers Association, Texas Farm Bureau and the Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife, Bernice Crabtree of Llano; a daughter, Marlene Lee Crabtree of Dallas; three sons, Marvin Crabtree of Junction, Vernon Crabtree of Austin and Bert E. Crabtree Jr. of Big Spring; a sister, Juanita Barton of Sherman; a brother, Hiram Crabtree of Holbrook, Ariz.; and two grandchildren.

Gerald Davis Sr.
LLANO - Gerald Preston Davis Sr., 72, of Pontotoc died Thursday, April 29, 1999, in Llano.
Service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Pontotoc Cemetery in Pontotoc.
He was born Sept. 26, 1926, in Colorado City and had lived in Pontotoc for 12 years, moving from Austin. A Navy veteran of World War II, he was an iron worker in construction and was a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Bennetta Davis of Pontotoc; two sons, Gerald Davis Jr. of Midland and Edward Cantu of Austin; a sister, Oretha Holloway of Snyder; a brother, Willie Davis of Snyder; and four grandsons.

Lawrence Hall
LAMPASAS - Lawrence Lester Hall, 69, died Saturday, May 1, 1999, in a local hospital.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Sheppard Memorial Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with burial in Kempner Cemetery in Kempner.
He was born Sept. 22, 1929, in Lampasas. He was a service-station manager and a member of the Broad Street Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife, Jo Ann Hall of Lampasas; a daughter, Charlotte Rogers of Palestine; four sons, David Brian Hall, Joe Arthur Treadwell and Larry Dewayne Treadwell, all of Lampasas, and Troy Lee Hall of Brownwood; two sisters, Emma Belle Bailey of Lampasas and Lola Mae Chaney of Kempner; a brother, Herman Harold Hall of Clute; 11 grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren.

Kyle Goodson
LLANO - Kyle Goodson, 51, died Saturday, May 1, 1999, in Llano.
Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. today in Llano City Cemetery. Arrangements are by Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home.
He was born March 16, 1948, in Houston and had lived in Llano since 1982, moving from Houston. He was owner and manager of Asphalt Paving and was a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Goodson of Llano; three sons, Douglas Kyle Goodson of Houston, and Brian Keith Goodson and Kelly Paul Goodson, both of Llano; a brother, Dr. Paul Goodson of Bremond; his stepmother, Ruth Goodson of Llano; and his stepfather, Harold Donnelley of New Caney.

Marietta Adams
SAN SABA - Marietta Adams, 69, died Friday, April 30, 1999, at her residence.
Service will be at 2 p.m. today in Howell-Doran Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Adams Cemetery.
She was born Dec. 31, 1929, in Grapeland and had lived in San Saba since 1970. She was a licensed vocational nurse and a member of the Second and Wallace Street Church of Christ.
Survivors include three sons, Billy Adams of Brady, Dan Adams of San Saba and Ellis Richey of Comanche; two daughters, Katherine Westfall of Mansfield and Kim McCain of San Angelo; a brother, J.D. Duff of Bryan/College Station; two sisters, Ruby Cook of Austin and Bess Keener of Mesquite; eight grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Rodolfo Zepeda
EDEN - Rodolfo "Rudy" Zepeda, 24, died Saturday, May 1, 1999.
Prayer service will be at 6 p.m. today in Eden Funeral Home Chapel. Service will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the chapel with burial in Eden Cemetery.
He was a lifetime resident of Eden and was maintenance supervisor for the Dr Pepper Museum.
Survivors include eight brothers, Freddie Zepeda of Waco, Michael Zepeda and Fermin Zepeda, both of Eden, and Roger Zepeda, Milton Zepeda, Abel Zepeda, J.B. Zepeda and Rocky Zepeda, all of Austin; and eight sisters, Rosa Pena of Eden, Sarah Cortez of Seattle, Wash., Mary Prieto of Deerfield, Kan., Belen Jackson of Baton Rouge, Eleanor Calamaco of Raleigh, N.C., and Teresa Gomez, Martha Perez and Bertha Perez, all of Austin.

Efren Hernandez
McCAMEY - Efren Brito Hernandez, 44, died Saturday, May 1, 1999, in a local hospital.
Rosary will be at 7 p.m. today in Richard W. Box Funeral Home Chapel. Service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial in McCamey Cemetery.
He was born June 18, 1954, in Ojinaga, Mexico, and had lived in McCamey since 1970. He was a Catholic.
Survivors include his wife, Olga Hernandez, his parents, Juan and Santos Hernandez, a daughter, Benita H. Esparza, and a son, Efren Hernandez Jr., all of McCamey; seven sisters, Maria Garcia and Sofia Hernandez, both of Seminole, Leticia Urias of McCamey, Anetali Chavez of Odessa, and Guadalupe Hernandez, Luz Aurora Hernandez and Wensesla Hernandez, all of Ojinaga; three brothers, Juan Hernandez of Coahoma, and Eliseo Hernandez and Aurelio Hernandez, both of McCamey; and a granddaughter. 

ROBERT WAYNE `BOB' MARTIN
Robert Wayne "Bob" Martin went to be with the Lord of his life on Tuesday, April 27, 1999. A service of praise for Bob's life will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, May 3, at Grape Creek Baptist Church and will be led by Bro. Brad Winchester, pastor of Grape Creek Baptist Church and Bro. George Cooper, pastor of Grace Temple Baptist Church. Arrangements are by Johnson's Funeral Home.
Bob was born Nov. 19, 1954, in Eunice, N.M., to Lonnie and Sybel Martin. He spent three-and-onehalf years in the Army, with most of that time being in Germany. After the service, Bob moved to San Angelo, where he and Cam met and were married on July 4, 1975, in San Angelo. On Aug. 17, 1977, the first pride and joy of his life, Randy Wayne, was born. When Bob was 30 years old, he gave his heart and life to Jesus and was reborn spiritually into the Kingdom of God. Bob's second pride and joy, Kristopher David, was born on July 19, 1982. The Lord added a third pride and joy to the Martin family when Renea Michelle came to live with Bob, Cam, Randy and Kris on June 15, 1992, and was formally adopted on Aug. 1, 1994.
Bob was a Christian and a member of Grape Creek Baptist Church. He was a 33rd Degree Master Mason, a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite, and a member of Miles Lodge 898. Bob was a plumber by trade.
Bob is survived by his wife, Cam; two sons, Randy and Kristopher; a daughter, Renea; his father and mother, Lonnie and Sybel Martin of New Mexico; his brother, Gene Martin and wife, Linda, of Illinois; his sister, Wanda and husband, Jerry, of New Mexico, and brother, Johnny and wife, Peggy, of New Mexico; and his mother-in-law, Trilvia Vines of San Angelo. There are many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and special friends that will miss him.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Grape Creek Baptist Church Youth Fund or The Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas through the Miles Masonic Lodge.
Bob was a very dedicated, loving father and friend to his wife and children. We thank God for the 44 years he was given to us. We don't know why God chose to take him from us in the prime of his life. One thing we do know - he is with the God he knew and loved, and those of us that share that God will join him someday. Bob's greatest desire in life was to know that those family and friends he loved so much would know God as he did. We praise God that because of this desire, there are many of these friends and family that will join him someday in Heaven.
Family and friends are invited to a visitation period beginning at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 2, in Johnson's Funeral Home Chapel. A prayer and praise service will begin at 7:30 p.m. to celebrate Bob's life with us and his new life with God.

RANDY TONN
Randy Tonn, 43, of San Angelo died Thursday, April 29, 1999, in Shannon Medical Center.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 3, in Johnson's Funeral Home Chapel with Arnold Tonn, pastor of Spring Tabernacle, officiating. Graveside service will be at 3 p.m. in Trinity Memorial Park in Big Spring.
Randy was born Dec. 17, 1955, in Big Spring to C.A. and Jean Tonn. He was a resident of San Angelo for 10 years and graduated from Big Spring High School in 1974. He was a salesman for Austin Pump Co. and was a member of Edmund Boulevard Baptist Church.
Randy was married to Patty Webb on June 17, 1983, in Big Spring.
Survivors include his wife, Patty Tonn of San Angelo; his son, Seth Tonn of San Angelo; his parents, C.A. and Jean Tonn of Big Spring; his brother, Jack Tonn and wife, Regina, of Big Spring; two sisters, Sandy Wegman and husband, Stan, of Big Spring and Tammie Walker and husband, Todd, of Fort Worth; sisters-inlaw, Norma Walker and husband, Johnny, of San Angelo and Kathy Kemper of Lamesa; brothers-inlaw, Larry Webb and wife, Tessa, James Webb and wife, Sandy, and Norman Webb Jr., all of Big Spring, and Bobby Webb and wife, JoAnn, of Stanton; and his mother-in-law, Pat Webb of Big Spring.
Pallbearers will be Nathan Phillips, Donald Robertson, Ron Wheeler, Todd Walker, Robert Lassater and David McMillian.

BOBBY WELDON RANSBARGER
BALLINGER - Bobby Weldon Ransbarger, 64, of Miles died at 9:50 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, 1999, in Heritage Oaks Estate.
Service was Saturday, May 1, at Miles United Methodist Church with the Rev. Sandy Robinson officiating. Burial was in Miles Cemetery in Miles. Arrangements were by Rains-Seale Funeral Home.
He was born March 22, 1935, in Runnels County. An Army veteran, he was an electrical engineer for GTE for 25 years, retiring in 1988, and was a member of the Miles United Methodist Church.
He married Judy Stanford Ransbarger on June 22, 1968, in San Angelo.
He was preceded in death by his father, Willard Delmore Ransbarger.
Survivors include his mother, Elizabeth Gann Ransbarger of the Bethel community; his wife, Judy Stanford Ransbarger of Miles; two sons, Weldon Ransbarger of San Angelo and Russell Ransbarger of College Station; a brother, Billy Mack Ransbarger of Tampa, Fla.; a sister, Elizabeth Ann Ransbarger of the Bethel community; an aunt, Anna Lee Baker of Junction; and numerous cousins.
The family requests memorials be made to the American Heart Association, Miles United Methodist Church or a charity of choice.

Nicola Cawyer 
Nicola Cawyer, 77, of San Angelo died Sunday, May 2, 1999, in a local hospital.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Southgate Church of Christ with Paul Shero officiating with graveside service at 4:30 p.m. in Cox Cemetery north of Brady. Arrangements are by Johnson's Funeral Home.
She was born Feb. 4, 1922, in Placid.
Survivors include her husband, J.R. Cawyer of San Angelo; her mother, Jessie Adams of Brady; a brother, Joe Adams of Houston; a sister, Wanelle Lowe of Pineville, La.; two grandsons; and numerous nieces and nephews.
 
Ismael Chavez 
Ismael Bustamantez Chavez, 76, of San Angelo died Friday, April 30, 1999, at his residence.
Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. today in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Robert Cuellar, pastor of Primera Iglesia Bautista, officiating. Arrangements are by Robert Massie Funeral Home.
He was born March 1, 1923, in Alpine. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a Baptist.
Survivors include four sons, Ismael Chavez Jr. of Fresno, Calif., Albert Chavez and Joe Chavez, both of San Angelo, and Freddie Chavez of Dallas; a brother, Tava Chavez of San Angelo; a sister, Carmen Hinojos of Amarillo; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Mae Andrews 
Mae McCoy Andrews, 96, died Sunday, May 2, 1999, in a local nursing home.
Memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at College Hills Christian Church with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth. Arrangements are by Johnson's Funeral Home.
She was born Nov. 11, 1902, in Fort Worth and had been a resident of San Angelo for six years. She was an administrative assistant to Troy Post of Dallas for more than 30 years.
Survivors include a daughterin-law, Gillene Andrews Swain of San Angelo; and five grandchildren; Kathi Penrod, Denise Gregory, Eric Castleberry, Jim Andrews and Ken Andrews.

Joe Bannert Jr. 
Joe Bannert Jr., 84, of Christoval died Sunday, May 2, 1999, at his residence.
Graveside service was Monday at the Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Buddy Trull officiating. Arrangements were by Robert Massie Funeral Home.
He was a house builder and a member of the Christoval Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Faye Bannert of Christoval; a daughter, Clara Bannert of San Angelo; two sons, Joe Wayne Bannert of Sulphur Springs and Jimmy D. Bannert of Greenville; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
 
Zula Gayle 
Zula Gayle, 87, of San Angelo died Monday, May 3, 1999, at her residence. Services are pending at Johnson's Funeral Home.

Brenice Featherstone 
Bernice Featherstone, 84, of San Angelo died Monday, May 3, 1999, at her residence. Services are pending at Robert Massie Funeral Home.

Marian Rodgers 
TYLER - Marian O'Dell "Memaw" Rodgers, 65, died Friday, April 30, 1999, in Tyler.
Service was Monday with graveside service at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Monahans Memorial Cemetery in Monahans. Arrangements are by Lloyd James Funeral Home.
She was born Nov. 28, 1933, in Fox, Okla., and had been a resident of Tyler since 1995 and a prior longtime resident of Monahans. She had worked at The Monahans News, receiving numerous awards from the Texas Press Women's Association for personal column writing, editorials and top news stories. She was co-owner of Rodgers Photography. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Ferna Hagan of Tyler; a son, Wayne Lary of Windsor, Conn.; her mother Audria O'Dell of Monahans; a sister, Teresa Spann of Monahans; two brothers, James O'Dell of Malakoff and Robert O'Dell of Deer Park; three grandchildren; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Patrick Wallendorf 
FREDERICKSBURG - Patrick Neal Wallendorf, 55, formerly of Austin, died Sunday, May 2, 1999, in a local hospital.
Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Arrangements are by Schaetter Funeral Home.
Survivors include his wife, Carrie Cockrell Wallendorf, a daughter, Sydney Wallendorf, his parents, Reuben and Alice Wallendorf and a brother, Steven Wallendorf, all of Fredericksburg.

Theresa Thompson 
ODESSA - Theresa Noles Thompson, 56, died Friday, April 30. 1999, at her residence.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors Chapel with burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
She was born March 23, 1943, in San Angelo. She was a teacher.
Survivors include her mother, Virdie Martin of Houston; her husband, John Thompson of Odessa; a son, John Lee Thompson of Odessa; two brothers, James Olton Noles and Thomas Elwin Noles, both of Houston; and three grandchildren.
 
H.A. Velasquez 
McCAMEY - H.A. Velasquez, 82, died Sunday, May 2, 1999, in a local hospital.
Rosary will be at 7 p.m. today at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church with burial in the Crane County Cemetery. Arrangements are by Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home.
He was born April 13, 1917, in Fort Stockton and had been a resident of McCamey for 40 years. An Army veteran of World War II, he worked for the Texas Department of Transportation and the city of McCamey. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Cursillistas.
Survivors include his wife, Ofelia Velasquez of McCamey; two sons, Ernesto B. Velasquez of Crane and Oscar Velasquez of Levelland; four daughters, Lydia Tovar of Crane, Rosaelva Villegas of Houston and Florinda Zarate and Eva Marquez, both of McCamey; two sisters, Eusebia Rodriquez and Juanita Velasquez, both of Fort Stockton; 28 grandchildren; and 39 great-grandchildren.

Helen Schindler 
KINGSLAND - Helen Louise Jordan Schindler, 78, of Austin died Saturday, May 1, 1999, in Austin.
Service will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church with burial in Lakeland Hills Memorial Park in Burnet County. Arrangements are by Waldrope-HatfieldHawthorne Funeral Home.
She was born May 2, 1920, in San Antonio and had been a resident of Austin for five years, moving from Kingsland. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.
Survivors include a sister, Ruth E. Powell of Austin; three brothers, Virgil Jordan, Harold Jordan and Charles Jordan, all of San Antonio; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
 
Henry Edwards 
BIG SPRING - Henry Edwards, 91, of San Angelo died Monday, May 3, 1999, in a San Angelo hospital.
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. today in Trinity Memorial Park. Arrangements are by Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home.
He was born Sept. 25, 1907, in Henrietta. A Navy veteran of World War II, he worked at the Nu-Grape Bottling Co. and in real estate. He was a Methodist.
Survivors include his wife, Winona Taylor Edwards of San Angelo; a sister, Virginia Landgraf of San Diego; and numerous nieces and nephews.
 
Ira Bishop 
JUNCTION - Ira Vernon Bishop, 74, died Monday, May 3, 1999, in a local hospital.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church with burial in London Cemetery. Arrangements are by Aubrey Fife Funerals.
He was born Sept. 29, 1924, in Karnes County. An Army veteran of World War II, he was an air conditioner service engineer and a member of the First Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Alta Fay Bishop of Junction; a son, Wayne Bishop of San Antonio; a daughter, Joyce Fowler of San Antonio; four brothers, Thomas Bishop of Junction, William Bishop of Goldthwaite, Preston Bishop of Corpus Christi and Clifton Bishop of Von Ormy; a sister, Ollie Smoot of San Antonio; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
 
Emily Pike 
BIG SPRING - Emily Pike, 84, died Sunday, May 2, 1999, in a local hospital. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.

Ezell Brewer 
BIG SPRING - Ezell W. Brewer, 83, died Monday, May 3, 1999, in a local hospital. Services are pending at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home.

Frederic Deily 
KERRVILLE - Frederic H. Deily, 72, of Kerrville died Monday, May 3, 1999, in a San Antonio hospital. Services are pending at Overby Funeral Home.

JOYCE WESTBROOK 
Opal Joyce Westbrook, 62, of San Angelo died Saturday, May 1, 1999, in San Angelo Community Medical Center.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, at Southgate Church of Christ with Paul Shero, minister of Southgate Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will follow in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are by Johnson's Funeral Home.
Joyce was born May 2, 1936, in Runnels County to Barney D. and Josephine Westbrook. She was a resident of San Angelo since 1958 and was a member of Southgate Church of Christ. She was human resources manager for the San Angelo Standard-Times.
Joyce began working at the San Angelo Standard-Times in 1960 as a Teletype operator. She was named assistant supervisor in 1971 and was promoted to supervisor in 1976. In 1987 she was named personnel manager with the responsibility of all personnel functions of the newspaper. She was later named human resources manager.
She was a member of the Mayor's Committee for Persons With Disabilities, the San Angelo Personnel Association and was a volunteer for the American Cancer Society, Texas Association of Business and the Job Service Employer committee.
Survivors include her parents, Barney D. and Josephine Westbrook of San Angelo; her brother, Edward Westbrook and wife, Linda, of Wingate; three nieces, Connie Ross of San Angelo, Diana Burns of Bangs and Brenda Carpenter of Brownwood; one nephew, Edward G. Westbrook of Mesquite; five great-nephews; four great-nieces; one great-greatnephew; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Pallbearers will be Kevin J. Barry, Jim Neary and Don and Rodney Gordon, J.C. and Tony Westbrook and her other first cousins.
Honorary pallbearers will be employees of the StandardTimes.
Memorials may be made to the West Texas Rehabilitation Center, 3001 S. Jackson St., San Angelo, TX 76904.

MELVIN G. `SHORTY' LAWRENCE
Melvin/Dad/Shorty/G-PawPaw Lawrence went home Saturday evening, May 1, 1999, to be with his friend Jesus. Melvin was 91 years old and had been a resident of San Angelo since 1926.
He was born in 1908 in Gatesville and moved to San Angelo, after graduating from high school, to become a pharmacist. He owned and operated the Lawrence Drug Store on Beauregard Street in San Angelo for 51 years, retiring in 1984 after suffering a massive stroke that left him partially disabled.
His last few months were spent with his wife of 63 years, Leona Elizabeth Lawrence, at the Riverside Nursing Home in San Angelo.
Melvin is survived by his wife, Leona; two daughters, Kathie Johnson and husband, Paul, of San Angelo and Deta Hampsch of Phoenix; a sister, Eloise Classing of Waco; a brother, Desmond Lawrence and wife, Evelyn, of Gatesville; six grandchildren, Cindy Chandler and husband, Tom, of Boise, Idaho, Mark Hampsch of Boise, Kristie Mason and husband, Jay, of Herndon, Va., Anthony Johnson and wife, Patricia, of Darmstadt, Germany, Shannen Schuler and husband, Jim, of San Antonio and Michelle Morris and husband, Gene, of San Angelo; and 21 great-grandchildren.
Melvin, Shorty as he was known to many of his friends and customers over the years, was a longtime friend and servant to the San Angelo community over his 51 years in the pharmacy. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church almost from its beginning and even though in later years he was unable to physically attend services he remained a loyal and dedicated member in faith and spirit.
Melvin was preceded by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Lawrence; two sisters, Rhea Englert and Bonnie Aldren; and a brother, Raymond Lawrence. There surely has been a reunion in heaven this weekend.
Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 4, at Trinity Lutheran Church. Interment will follow in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens. Services will be conducted by Pastors Chester McCown and Kenneth Holdorf. Arrangements are being handled by Johnson's Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Mr. L.A. Gotcher of Brady, Mr. Donald Hudgins of San Angelo, Mr. Gene Morris Sr. of San Angelo, Mr. Gene Morris Jr. of San Angelo, Mr. James Schuler of San Antonio and Mr. Charles "Buddy" Lewellen of San Angelo.

WALLACE E. SIMS 
The Rev. Wallace E. Sims departed this life on Friday, April 30, 1999, in Midland.
He was born Oct. 22, 1922, in Williamson County to Elma Hubert Sims and Lee Sims Sr. He confessed a hope in Christ at a very early age and was called to the ministry when he was 20. He pastored many churches in various cities in Texas, Mexia, Lampasas, Roby, Honey Grove, Big Lake and Clifton. He last pastored at First Cumberland Presbyterian in San Angelo for 38 faithful years. He was very active in the community. He served the San Angelo Ministerial Alliance and the Legal Aide.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois, and a daughter.
He leaves to share his memories his children, Joyce Kanwai of Denver, Wallace Sims Jr. of Huntsville, Shirley Melton of Plano and Jewel Sims, Rose Beasley and Elma Sims, all of Midland; two stepdaughters, Glendale Starks and Willie Lois Bell; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a devoted sister, Mrs. Ruth Griner; a brother, Lee Sims Jr.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A Wake will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, at First Cumberland Presbyterian, 2237 Hudson. Homegoing service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 5, at St. Paul Baptist Church, 1011 N. Martin Luther King.

RAY RATLIFF 
Ray Ratliff died on Sunday, May, 2, 1999, in Eden after a short illness.
He was born May 12, 1903, in Mills County, one of 11 children of Ella Agnes and Joe Ratliff of Mullin. Ray was wed to Evelyn Summy for 73 years until her death three years ago. Together, they had three children, William Kent Ratliff and Carolyn Sue Ratliff, both of whom preceded him in death, and Gerald R. Ratliff of San Angelo; six grandchildren, William Kent Smith of Martindale, Kathy Goldapp of San Marcos, Heather Hartgrove Ferreyro of Dallas, Todd Hartgrove of Dallas, Merritt Ratliff of San Angelo and Jeff Ratliff of Dallas; and three great-grandchildren, Casey and Cameron Goldapp and Reynaldo Ferreyro survive.
Ray and Evelyn raised cattle, crops and children on their farm on Ray Ratliff Road, south of the San Angelo Country Club. Ray was a past president of the Tom Green Country Farm Bureau, an avid pecan horticulturist and an early developer of the dairy industry in Tom Green County.
Ray was a student of politics and sought to convert anyone who would listen to his beloved Democratic Party.
Ray was a member of Park Heights Baptist Church.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Teresa Boyd and the staff of Concho Nursing Center for their gentle care during his final months of treatment and the kindness of Wesley Wells and the staff of the Baptist High Rise where Ray and Evelyn lived these past five years.
Memorials may be made to the Baptist Memorial Hospital Alzheimer's Construction Fund.
Graveside service will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are by Johnson's Funeral Home.

RICHARD D. CASTRO 
Richard D. Castro, 60, of San Angelo died Monday, May 3, 1999, in Shannon Medical Center.
Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, in Johnson's Funeral Home Chapel. Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 5, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Joe Vasquez officiating, with burial in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens.
Richard was born April 15, 1939, to Raul and Estefana Castro in Mertzon. He married Zoila Martinez June 4, 1960, in San Angelo. He was retired from Ethicon.
Survivors include his wife, Zoila Castro of San Angelo; two children and spouses, Patricia and Michael Williamson and Richard and Patricia Castro, all of San Angelo; four grandchildren, Megan Gorski, Ashten Williamson, Ricky Castro and Michelle Castro; his father, Raul Castro of Mertzon; and two brothers, Mario Castro of San Angelo and Beto Castro of Mertzon.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter; a brother, Joe Castro; his mother, Estefana; and infant grandson, Garrett Williamson.
Pallbearers will be Harry Perez, Henry Guevara, Ernest Guevara, Michael Williamson, Tim Liner and Danny Martinez.
The family wants to extend its deep appreciation to the Shannon staff on 5 north and south and ICU and especially Dr. Westmoreland and Dr. Anderton.


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