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Billy Lawler
DALLAS, Ore. - Billy Cooper Lawler, 77, of Independence died May 8, 1999, in Independence
Graveside service was May 12, in Dallas Cemetery. Arrangements were by Bollman Funeral Home
He was born Oct. 5, 1921, in San Angelo and had lived in Dallas since 1985 and then moved to Independence. An Army veteran of World War II, he was a printer and a freight trucker. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in San Angelo
Survivors include five daughters, Rebecca George of San Angelo, Monique Langford of Independence, Suzanne Lawler of Dallas, Melanie Morris of Kent, Wash., and Jackie Ann of Plainview; three sons, Bobby Lawler and Billy Lawler, both of Dallas, and James Lawler of Temple; a brother, Joe Lawler of San Angelo; three sisters, Fern Duffy and Panzy Perkins, both of San Angelo, and Rosemary Blum of Milsap; and 19 grandchildren.

Gail Jackson
PECOS - Gail B. Jackson, 80, of Pecos died Wednesday, May 19, 1999, in an Odessa hospital
Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. today in Mount Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements are by Pecos Funeral Home
He was born Jan. 27, 1919, in Williford, Ark. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a Baptist
Survivors include his wife, Cora Jackson of Pecos; five daughters, Charlene Shaw of Phoenix, Carolyn Agee of Odessa, Margie Windham of Pecos, Maxine Garrett of Beaumont and Elain Gray of Big Spring; a son, Tommy Jackson of Pecos; 19 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren.

Eulogio Rodriguez
IRAAN - Eulogio ``Loy'' Rodriguez, 75, of Iraan died Friday, May 21, 1999, in Crane
Rosary will be at 7 p.m. today in Richard W. Box Funeral Home. Service will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the First Christian Church with burial in Restland Cemetery
He was born March 11, 1924, in Geronimo and had been a resident of Iraan since 1953. He was retired from the Iraan Independent School District after 16 years of service and was a Catholic
Survivors include his wife, Mary Rodriguez of Iraan; a son, Arthur Rodriguez of Crane; a daughter, Maggie Rodriguez-Nieto of Illinois; eight sisters, Antonia Rodriguez of Seguin, Elsa Lopez of Nixon, Lupe Rodriguez of Fort Stockton, Anita Salazar and Lupe Rivas, both of Iraan, Gloria Montez of Odessa, Janie Perez of Olton and Susie Rivas of San Antonio; four brothers, Francisco Contreras of Geronimo, Jose Rodriguez of San Antonio, Nick Rivas of Big Lake and Joe Rivas of Iraan; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Herman Walling
SAN SABA - Herman Cleo ``Jack'' Walling, 86, of San Saba died Thursday, May 20, 1999, in Austin
Service will be at 2 p.m. today in Howell-Doran Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Wallace Creek Cemetery
He was born Oct. 21, 1912, in Wallingville and had been a resident of San Saba since 1989. He was a retired police officer for Harris County and a member of San Saba Gospel Church
Survivors include his wife, Mary Frances Walling of San Saba; two sons, Larry Walling of Lake Livingston and Gerald Waling of Houston; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ygnacio Chavez
KERMIT - Ygnacio Chavez, 85, of Wink died Thursday, May 20, 1999, at his residence
Service will be at 2 p.m. today at St. Thomas Catholic Church with burial in Kermit Cemetery. Arrangements are by Cooper Funeral Chapel
He was born Aug. 31, 1913, in Presidio and had been a resident of Wink for 55 years. He was an Army veteran, retired laborer for Texas/New Mexico Railroad and a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Kermit
Survivors include his wife, Laurencia Chavez of Wink; a son, Jesse Chavez of Lubbock; three daughters, Ramona Hernandez of Wink, Ermalinda Chavez of Pecos and Gloria Gantz of Odessa; two brothers, Petroneelo Mendoza and Marcos Mendoza, both of Pecos; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Leatha Goldman
KERRVILLE - Leatha Mae Goldman, 91, died Thursday, May 20, 1999, in a local hospital
Graveside service was Friday. Arrangements were by Kerrville Funeral Home
She was born Dec. 26, 1907, in Harper and had been a lifetime resident of Hill Country. She was veteran of World War II and worked as a licensed vocational nurse for many years.

Earnest Holt
WINTERS - Earnest Lafate Holt, 86, of Winters died Thursday, May 20, 1999, in a Ballinger hospital
Graveside service will be at 5:30 p.m. Sunday in Lakeview Cemetery. Arrangements are by Winters Funeral Home
He was born April 8, 1913, in Baird and had been a lifetime resident of Winters. He was a mechanic and a Baptist
Survivors include his wife, Alice Seller Holt of Winters; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Helen Chaffin
MARFA - Helen Briam Chaffin, 88, died Wednesday, May 19, 1999
Service will be at 10:30 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church with burial in Marfa Cemetery. Arrangements are by Memorial Funeral Home
She was born April 1, 1911, in Marfa and had been a lifetime resident. She was a rancher, and worked for McDonald Observatory and Fort Russell as a stenographer. She was district-county clerk for Presidio County, a member of Women's Chamber of Commerce and the First Baptist Church
Survivors include two daughters, Annette Hutto of Camp Wood and Margie Lee Langfitt of Odessa; a brother, Willie V. Briam of Willington, Nev.; two grandchildren, Dana Stumpf of Comfort and David Lee of Odessa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Faye Blaylock
JUNCTION - Faye Blaylock, 87, died Friday, May 21, 1999, in a local hospital
Service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the College Street Church of Christ with burial in London Cemetery. Arrangements are by Graham Funeral Home
She was born June 9, 1911, in Concho County. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ
Survivors include a son, Raymond Blaylock of Sanderson; four daughters, Nelda Carpenter and Patsy Sorrell, both of Junction, Leta Andrews of Fort Stockton and Kay Beam of Mountain Home; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Jere Richardson
BIG SPRING - Jere Jones Richardson, 63, died Friday, May 21, 1999, in a local nursing home
Graveside service will be at 4 p.m. today in Resthaven Cemetery in McCamey. Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home
She was born Dec. 15, 1935, in San Angelo and had been a lifetime resident of McCamey before moving to Big Spring. She was homemaker and was a Baptist
Survivors include a daughter, Darla Watson of Arlington; two sons, David Richardson of Greenville, S.C., and Brady Richardson of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; and two grandchildren.

Brooks Bentley
MARFA - Brooks David Bentley, 83, died Thursday, May 20, 1999, in a local nursing home
Service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church with burial in Marfa Cemetery. Arrangements are by Memorial Funeral Home
He was born March 21, 1916, in Claude. He was a high school coach, a special agent for the FBI, a rancher, and owned and operated Bentley's Radio and T.V. Service. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Bishop Bentley; a daughter, Mary Helen Peterson; three sisters, Anne Fails of El Paso, Sue Walker of Snyder and Neva Longnecker of Fort Worth; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Silvestre Holguin
FORT STOCKTON - Silvestre J. Holguin, 94, of Imperial died Friday, May 21, 1999, in Odessa
Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Sunday in Fort Stockton Funeral Home Chapel. Service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with burial in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery
He was born March 14, 1905, in El Mulato, Mexico, and had been a lifelong resident of Imperial. He was a truck driver and was a Catholic
Survivors include three daughters, Olivia H. Primera of Midland, Manuela H. Ruiz of Monahans and Ermelinda H. Valenzuela of Odessa; a brother, Luciano Holguin of Imperial; a sister, Juliana Bernard of Monahans; 27 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren. 

EDWARD F. WELCH
Edward F. Welch, 83, of San Angelo went to be with the Lord while he was in his son's arms on Thursday, May 20, 1999, at his home.
Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 22, in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are by Johnson's Funeral Home.
Mr. Welch was born May 30, 1915, in Hamlin to Otto and Allie Welch. He was a brakeman and a conductor for Santa Fe Railway. He married Doreen Scott May 29, 1939, in San Angelo.
Survivors include his wife, Doreen Welch of San Angelo; one son, Danny Welch of San Antonio; four grandchildren, D'Lynn Elrod of Blanco, Boyd Welch of San Antonio, Allen Welch of Dallas and Kristan Welch of San Antonio; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Nora Johnson of Big Spring and Wilma L. Little of Waco; one brother, Thomas E. Welch of Hamlin; and several nieces and nephews.

BRADY ODELL MILLS
Brady Odell Mills, 73, of San Angelo passed away Friday, May 21, 1999, in a local hospital.
Masonic graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 22, in the Fairview Cemetery in Bronte with James A. Scott officiating. Arrangements are by Robert Massie Funeral Home.
Mr. Mills was born Oct. 6, 1925, in San Angelo to J.G. and Lula Mills. A longtime resident of Bronte and San Angelo, Mr. Mills was a member of the Masonic Lodge 962 of Bronte and an Army veteran of World War II. He worked in the Coke County maintenance department for many years and several area service stations, including Car Quick.
He is survived by two daughters, Martha Carlisle of San Angelo and Glenda Barton and husband, James, of Sonora; grandchildren, Tammy Morrow, Crystal Carlisle, Jennifer and Steve Gartman, and Kelly Barton and Jessica Barton; three great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Wanda Pearl Rapp and husband, Jack; brother-in-law, Dee Horn; and a nephew and several cousins.

E.H. `TOP' TOPLIFFE
ELDORADO - E.H. ``Top'' Topliffe, 90, of Eldorado died Wednesday, May 19, 1999, in a San Angelo hospital.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 22, at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. George Lumpkin officiating. Burial will follow in Eldorado Cemetery with Masonic services. Arrangements are by Kerbow Funeral Home.
Top was born to Richard and Lila Topliffe Jan. 6, 1909, in Sour Lake, being the eldest of three sons. Top's father was an immigrant from England and Top was named after an English nobleman, Ewart Harvey. Top grew up along the Texas Gulf Coast and attended school in Houston. At an early age he went to work at a foundry in Houston as a machinist and then worked at various small refineries as an electrician. On July 3, 1938, he and Wilma Milligan were married at the Milligan ranch by the Rev. J.L. Ratliff. They resided at Baytown where Top worked at the Humble Oil Refinery as the head electrician. Top would often relate stories to his girls in later years about having to stay at the refinery during the hurricanes to operate big breaker switches to keep the refinery running. In 1944 Top bought the butane gas/electric business in Eldorado from Lark McClarey and with the help of his good friend, Slim Green, they delivered butane to people in five counties for many years. In the '60s, Top took night classes in San Angelo to learn the refrigeration business. Fishing and woodworking were his main hobbies through the years. He was active in the Methodist Church, the LPG Dealers Association and the Masonic Lodge. He was presented his 50-year Masonic pin in 1991. Top was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma, on Nov. 20, 1997.
He is survived by two daughters, Myrta Ann Overby and husband, Curt, of Plentywood, Mont., and Martha Ellen Tucker and husband, Roger, of Big Spring; two grandchildren, Rex Tucker and wife, Amy, and Keith Tucker. He had many friends and was particularly blessed in recent years to have Rosa Martinez as a caregiver.
The family requests memorials be sent to the First United Methodist Church of Eldorado, the Masonic Home for Boys in Waco or the Templo Getsemani of Eldorado.
Pallbearers will be Jim Martin, Richard Kent, Raymond Mittel, Robert Lovelace, David Powell, David Charboneau, Hal Whitten and Joe Charles Christian.

Marvin Davenport Jr.
FREDERICKSBURG - Marvin S. Davenport Jr., 77, of Stonewall died Friday, May 21, 1999, at his residence.
Service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Stonewall Baptist Church with military graveside service in Stonewall Community Cemetery. Arrangements are by Schaetter Funeral Home.
He was born May 10, 1922, in Greendale, Va. He was a member of Stonewall Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Catherine Davenport of Stonewall; three sons, Dr. Marvin A. Davenport of Hitchcock, the Rev. Alan D. Davenport of Beaumont and Charles M. Davenport of Nederland; a daughter, Cathy S. Brevell of Carrollton; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Thomas Dommert
KERRVILLE - Thomas Howard Dommert, 63, died Friday, May 21, 1999, at his residence.
Rosary will be at 7 p.m. today in Kerrville Funeral Home Chapel. Service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Notre Dame Catholic Church with burial in Greenwood Cemetery in Jennings, La.
He was born Dec. 29, 1935, in Jennings and had lived in Kerrville since 1994. He served as an Army captain and worked as a rice farmer in Jennings. He was a member of Notre Dame Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife, Anne Hinton Dommert of Kerrville; three daughters, Deborah Boggs of Jennings, Barbara Peckham of Lumberton and Mary Margaret Dommert of Lake Charles, La.; six grandchildren; and four nieces and nephews.

Paul Hickam
WINTERS - Paul Moxley Hickam, 85, of Kermit and formerly of Winters, died Friday, May 21, 1999, in a Kermit nursing home.
Graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Monday in Northview Cemetery. Arrangements are by Winters Funeral Home.
He was born Nov. 1, 1913, in Delta County and was a longtime resident of Winters. He was a farmer and a mechanic and a member of the Twenty First Eisenhower Church of Christ in Odessa.
Survivors include his wife, Ara Lee "Polly" Hickam of Kermit; two daughters, Priscilla Nelson of Kermit and Kay Scroggins of Odessa; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Bob Talbert
KERRVILLE - Bob Ned Talbert, 81, of Mountain Home died Friday, May 21, 1999, in a local hospital.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Sunset Baptist Church in Mountain Home with burial in Sunset Cemetery in Mountain Home. Arrangements are by Overby Funeral Home.
He was born Sept. 13, 1917, in Davilla and was a longtime resident of Mountain Home. He was a former member of the Mountain Home Volunteer Fire Department, Hung-Ingram Lions Club and Sunset Baptist Church of Mountain Home. He was a former constable of Precinct 4, Texas deputy game warden and member of the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association.
Survivors include a daughter, LaVerne Boles of Mountain Home; a son, Charles Talbert of Mountain Home; a sister, Ann Ruiz of Austin; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Alberto Garcez
SWEETWATER - Alberto Garcez, 79, died Saturday, May 22, 1999, in a local retirement center.
Service will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Sweetwater Cemetery.
He was born April 8, 1920, in Kenedy and had lived in Sweetwater for 15 years. He was a retired farmworker.
Survivors include his wife, Josephine Garcez of Sweetwater; three daughters, Cecilia Rivera, Esther Regalado and Hope Gonzales, all of Sweetwater; a son, Domingo Garcez of Kenedy; and 12 grandchildren.

Ethel Thomas
BRADY - Ethel Mitchell Thomas, 97, of Brady died Friday, May 21, 1999, in San Angelo.
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Fife Cemetery. Arrangements are by Heart of Texas Funeral Home.
She was born June 1, 1901, in Fife and had lived in Brady since 1987. She was a homemaker and a Presbyterian.
Survivors include a sister, Gaye O'Neal of Brady; and numerous nieces and nephews.

MAUDIE FAYE BLAYLOCK
JUNCTION - Maudie Faye Blaylock was born June 9, 1911, to W.H. and Dane Cox in Concho County. She went to be with the Lord on May 21, 1999.
Faye was married to Raymond Blaylock for 64 years. From this union, five children were born. Faye helped Raymond work the ranches they lived on in Concho County, moving to the Pfluger ranches in Kimble County in 1939. In 1957 Faye worked as a school cook and bus driver for the London School District. Later, upon moving to Junction, she helped Raymond manage the Sun Valley Motel and TexPac Freight Lines.
Faye is survived by her five children, Raymond Blaylock and wife, Jeri, of Sanderson, Leta Andrews and husband, Albert, of Fort Stockton, Kay Beam and husband, Buff, of Mountain Home, Patsy Sorrell and husband, Charles, of Junction, and Nelda Carpenter, also of Junction; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Raymond and Faye opened their hearts to three very special children, Bill Sweeten, Ruth Sweeten Gibbs and Elzy Beam.
Faye was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond; her parents; a brother, Ray; and sisters, Willie and Maggie Lee; and by Bill Sweeten; and great-grandchildren, Brian Carpenter and Amanda Evans.
Faye was a member of the College Street Church of Christ for 60 years, and the funeral service will be held there at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 23, with Pastor Doug Brown officiating. Burial will follow in London Cemetery. Arrangements are by Graham Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be La Darrell Fillips, Radell Fillips, Ricky Wayne Carpenter, Tye Carpenter, Jay Rotge, Ray Rogte, Tom Warden and Josh Johnson.
Honorary pallbearers are Elzy Beam, Tommy Burney, Earl Dean Williamson, Milton Adams, grandsons Ricky Carpenter, Glenn Andrews, Barry Sorrell, Larry Sorrell, Colby Blaylock, Brian Hearn, Jim Heimann, Edwin Evans, Charles Stahl, Kevin Johnson and Albert Thorn, and granddaughters Lynne Heimann, Mollie Hearn, Christine Ferguson, Pamela Evans, Janelle Stahl, Sharlotte Johnson, Sheri Blaylock, Rachel Blaylock and Buffey Beam.

MARY THOMAS DARNELL
Mary Thomas Darnell, 78, of San Angelo went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 21, 1999, in a local hospital.
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, May 24, in Fairmount Cemetery. Arrangements are by Johnson's Funeral Home.
Mary was born June 12, 1920, in Kaufman to Thomas Rex and Carry Cates. She had three brothers and three sisters. She grew up in Coleman and finished grade school in Arden, where she was forced to quit school to care for her mother.
In 1944, she entered the Army and worked in a hospital and drove a truck. At this time, she met her husband, Vollie Lee Darnell, who was serving in the Marine Corps. She followed him to countless places throughout this career in the armed forces.
She is survived by one son, David Darnell of San Angelo; one brother, Charlie Cates of Waco; grandchildren, Cindy Richards, Jody Darnell and Monty Darnell of San Angelo; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorials may be sent to the West Texas Rehabilitation Center.

EVELYNN WHITESIDE
Evelynn Whiteside, 93, of San Angelo died Friday, May 21, 1999, in Meadow Creek Nursing Home.
Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, May 24, in Fairmount Cemetery. Arrangements are by Johnson's Funeral Home.
Mrs. Whiteside was born Aug. 25, 1905, to Allie Belle and Robert A. Ervin in Indian Territory, Okla. She grew up there and later attended school in Miami and Afton, Okla.
She married Elmer P. Whiteside on Oct. 5, 1924, in Miami, Okla., and moved to San Angelo in 1925.
Evelynn was preceded in death by her husband in 1975; and by her mother and father, two brothers and two sisters.
Survivors include one brother, George Ervin of Las Vegas; and five nieces and two nephews.


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