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.
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.
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.
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.
SAN SABA - Marietta Adams, 69, died Friday, April 30, 1999, at her
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.
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.
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
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
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, 43, of San Angelo died Thursday, April 29, 1999, in Shannon
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
The family requests memorials be made to the American Heart Association,
Miles United Methodist Church or a charity of choice.
Nicola Cawyer, 77, of San Angelo died Sunday, May 2, 1999, in a local
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 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 McCoy Andrews, 96, died Sunday, May 2, 1999, in a local nursing
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
Graveside service was Monday at the Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens with
the Rev. Buddy Trull officiating. Arrangements were by Robert Massie Funeral
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, 87, of San Angelo died Monday, May 3, 1999, at her residence.
Services are pending at Johnson's Funeral Home.
Bernice Featherstone, 84, of San Angelo died Monday, May 3, 1999, at
her residence. Services are pending at Robert Massie Funeral Home.
TYLER - Marian O'Dell "Memaw" Rodgers, 65, died Friday, April 30, 1999,
Service was Monday with graveside service at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Monahans
Memorial Cemetery in Monahans. Arrangements are by Lloyd James Funeral
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.
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.
ODESSA - Theresa Noles Thompson, 56, died Friday, April 30. 1999, at
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.
McCAMEY - H.A. Velasquez, 82, died Sunday, May 2, 1999, in a local
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.
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.
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
Survivors include his wife, Winona Taylor Edwards of San Angelo; a
sister, Virginia Landgraf of San Diego; and numerous nieces and nephews.
JUNCTION - Ira Vernon Bishop, 74, died Monday, May 3, 1999, in a local
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.
BIG SPRING - Emily Pike, 84, died Sunday, May 2, 1999, in a local hospital.
Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
BIG SPRING - Ezell W. Brewer, 83, died Monday, May 3, 1999, in a local
hospital. Services are pending at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home.
KERRVILLE - Frederic H. Deily, 72, of Kerrville died Monday, May 3,
1999, in a San Antonio hospital. Services are pending at Overby Funeral
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
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
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
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,
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 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
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
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
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
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.