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.
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.
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
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
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.
KERMIT - Ygnacio Chavez, 85, of Wink died Thursday, May 20, 1999, at
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.
KERRVILLE - Leatha Mae Goldman, 91, died Thursday, May 20, 1999, in
a local hospital
Graveside service was Friday. Arrangements were by Kerrville Funeral
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.
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.
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.
JUNCTION - Faye Blaylock, 87, died Friday, May 21, 1999, in a local
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
KERRVILLE - Thomas Howard Dommert, 63, died Friday, May 21, 1999, at
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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, 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.