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Mike Eckerman
Mike Eckerman, 51, of San Angelo died Sunday, May 23, 1999, in a local nursing home.
Service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Johnson's Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robert Sawall officiating. Burial will follow in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens.
He was born May 6, 1948, in San Angelo.
Survivors include three sons, Curtis Eckerman of Jewell, Iowa, and Michael Eckerman and Wesley Eckerman, both of Edna; three daughters, Rachael Brown of San Angelo, Ivy Eckerman of Washington, D.C., and Talitha Eckerman of Corpus Christi; his parents, Melvin and Betty Eckerman of San Angelo; a sister, Sharon Eisenbach of San Angelo; and seven grandchildren.

Cliff Crawford
ODESSA - Cliff E. Crawford, 63, died Saturday, May 22, 1999, at his residence.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors Chapel with burial at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Holt Cemetery.
He was born May 1, 1936, in Menard and had been a resident of Odessa since 1961. He was a member of the Bible Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife Andrea Crawford of Odessa; two sons, H. Wayne Crawford of Iraan and John C. Crawford of Odessa; three brothers, Wayne Crawford of Arkansas, Ray Crawford of Brownwood and Dale Crawford of Brady; a sister, Marie Beasley of San Saba; and four grandchildren.

Burney Duke
KERRVILLE - Burney Duke, 76, died Friday, May 21, 1999, in a local hospital.
Service will be at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Many, La., with burial in the church cemetery. Arrangements are by Grimes Funeral Chapels.
He was born April 26, 1923, in Marshall and was a resident of Kerrville for more than two years. He was a retired mechanical engineering and a Navy veteran.
Survivors include a daughter, Ginger Schreckenbach of Kerrville; two sons, Ron Duke and Walker Duke, both of Lake Jackson; a sister, Norma Duke Russell of Leesville, La.; a brother, Charles Duke of Livingston; and eight grandchildren.

Barbara Moose
KERRVILLE - Barbara Jean Moose, 64, died Friday, May 21, 1999, in a local hospital.
Graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Hunt Cemetery. Arrangements are by Grimes Funeral Chapels.
She was born July 12, 1934, in Benton, Ark., and had been a resident of Kerrville for 40 years. She was a member of Sunrise Baptist Church and the American Legion Auxiliary.
Survivors include two daughters, Wanda Sue Pace of Cape Coral, Fla., and Mary Ann Winskey of Marble Falls; two sons, Tommy Edward Moose and John Calvin Moose, both of Kerrville; a brother, Wendell Worthen of Kerrville; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Margaret Cox
KERRVILLE - Margaret L. Cox, 88, died Sunday, May 23, 1999, in a local care center.
Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Garden of Memories. Arrangements are by Grimes Funeral Chapels.
She was born April 19, 1911, in Kerr County and was a lifetime resident. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Charles Cox of Kerrville; a son, Louie Wooten of Kerrville; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

Joy Harlow
BROWNWOOD - Joy C. Harlow, 20, of San Angelo and formerly of Brownwood, died Friday, May 21, 1999, in San Angelo.
Service will be at 2 p.m. today at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church.
She was born June 1, 1978, in Carrizo Springs. She was a clerk in the radiology department at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo and was a member of Coggin Avenue Baptist Church.
Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Janie and Bill Stewart of Corpus Christi; her father, James Harlow of Brownwood; a brother, Jeremy Harlow of Stephenville; a sister, Jocelyn Keeney of Coleman; two half brothers, Taj Harlow and Tanner Harlow, both of Brownwood; and her grandparents, Dale and Dorothy Harlow of Brownwood.

Elizabeth Usener
FREDERICKSBURG - Elizabeth Frederich Roeder Usener, 88, died Sunday, May 23, 1999, in a local hospital.
Service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Schaetter Funeral Home Chapel with burial in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.
She was born May 4, 1911, in Gillespie County. She was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Harper.
Survivors include her husband, Arthur Usener of Fredericksburg; two sons, Kermit Roeder of Johnson City and Billy Roeder of Fredericksburg; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

C.F. Giles
BIG SPRING - C.F. ``Chuck'' Giles, 73, died Saturday, May 22, 1999, in a local hospital.
Graveside service will be at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Bronte. Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
He was born Oct. 11, 1925, in Plattsburg, N.Y., and had been a resident of Big Spring since 1988 moving from Weslaco. An Air Force veteran of World War II, he was manager of the chamber of commerce in Alice, Gallup, N.M., Weslaco, and he owned and operated Bearclaw Tool Sharpening Co.
Survivors include his wife, Trilby Giles of Big Spring; two sons, Scott Giles and Gary Giles, both of Big Spring; two daughters, Marilyn Giles of Huntsville and J. Linda Cypert of Garden City; a brother, Harry Giles of Bellevue, Wash.; two sisters, Mary Darrell of Lake Dallas and Carolyn Cizek of San Antonio; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Kenneth Furlong
BIG SPRING - Kenneth Furlong, 69, died Saturday, May 22, 1999, in a local hospital.
Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Trinity Memorial Park. Arrangements are by Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home.
He was born Jan. 23, 1930, in Lubbock and had been a resident of Big Spring since 1968. He worked in the oilfield as a pumper for Wood McShane Co. retiring in January 1992 and was a Baptist.
Survivors include two daughters, Lisa Coates of Big Spring and Patsy Ritchey of Colorado City; two sons, Ricky Furlong of Kent and Kenneth R. Furlong of Crawford; three sisters and a brother; and seven grandchildren.

Alene Smith
PECOS - Alene Smith, 71, died Thursday, May 20, 1999, in a local hospital.
Service will be at 2:30 p.m. today in Pecos Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Eastside Cemetery.
She was born Feb. 29, 1928, in Nacogdoches County and was a lifetime resident of Pecos. She was retired and a Baptist.
Survivors include a son, Jesse Lee Ephriam of Pecos; a daughter, Lawanda Lamb of Kennard; two brothers, Robert Lee Walker of Stafford and Preston Wilkins of Lubbock; two sisters, Van Faye Terry of Pecos and Velma Jane Hundley of Killeen; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Sonja Johnson
HEREFORD - Sonja Latham Johnson, 38, died Saturday, May 22, 1999, at her residence.
Service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Frio Baptist Church with burial in Rest Lawn Memorial Park. Arrangements are by Parkside Chapel Funeral Home.
She was born Nov. 14, 1960, in San Antonio. She was a secretary and bookkeeper and was a member of Frio Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Larry Johnson, a son, Heath Johnson and a daughter, Talena Johnson, all of Hereford; two brothers, Kevin Simmons of Austin and Keith Latham of Corpus Christi; eight sisters, Brenda DePaul and Rhonda Pearson, both of Junction, LeLonnie Morgan, Ann Johnston and Cheryl Blackwell, all of San Angelo, Stacy Bridwell and Kim Smith, both of Hereford, and Zaylee Latham of Amarillo; her father and stepmother, Lonnie and Linda Latham of Hereford; her stepfather, Dan Blackwell of Colorado City; and a grandchild.

Carlos Fierro
PECOS - Carlos C. Fierro, 82, died Saturday, May 22, 1999, in a local hospital.
Rosary will be at 7:30 p.m. today in Pecos Funeral Home Chapel. Service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Santa Rosa Catholic Church with burial in Barstow Cemetery.
He was born July 5, 1916, in Pecos and was a lifetime resident. He was a Catholic.
Survivors include his wife, Reynalda D. Fierro of Pecos; two sons, Manuel Fierro and Victor Fierro, both of Odessa; three daughters, Mary Brown of Tucson, Ariz., Elena Fierro of Pecos and Vickey Munoz of Odessa; 13 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.

Meda Myers
LLANO - Meda Ray Myers, 88, died Sunday, May 23, 1999, in Llano.
Service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Llano City Cemetery.
She was born Oct. 16, 1910, in Lone Grove and was a lifetime resident of Llano. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sons, Wilson Myers of Weatherford and Dayton Myers of Laredo; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

IVA DELL OWEN
TYLER - Mrs. Iva Dell Owen, 80, of Whitehouse died Saturday, May 22, 1999, in a Tyler hospital.
Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 24, in Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery with Carolyn Rinehart officiating. Arrangements are by Lloyd James Funeral Home.
Iva Dell was born Aug. 2, 1918, in Bronte. She started her career as a home economics teacher in Melvin. Then she met her husband and married in 1942. After World War II, they moved to Houston where they lived for 47 years, moving to Whitehouse in 1995. She was a homemaker and retired from the Houston Independent School District after 20 years as a home economics teacher.
She was preceded in death by a son, Michael Wayne Owen in 1990.
She is survived by her husband, Willard Wayne Owen of Whitehouse; a daughter and son-in-law, Yvonne and Nick Bledsoe of Tyler; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Wayne and Marilyn Modgling of San Angelo and Don and Kiki Modgling of Houston; two grandsons, David and Becky Bledsoe of Allen and Brian Bledsoe of College Station; and two nieces, Susan Modgling and Nanci Economidis, both of San Angelo.
Memorials may be made to the International Myeloma Foundation, 2129 Stanley Hills Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90046.

EULOJIO `GEORGE' RIVERO GARCIA
Eulojio ``George'' Rivero Garcia, 82, of San Angelo went to be with the Lord Saturday, May 22, 1999, at his residence.
A Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Monday, May 24, in Johnson's Funeral Home Chapel. Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 25, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with burial in Eldorado Cemetery.
Mr. Garcia was born March 11, 1917, to Alvino and Jesusita Rivero Garcia in San Carlos, Coahuila, Mexico. He married Inocencia S. Alvarado on Sept. 22, 1956, in Eldorado. From this union they had six children. Eulojio worked on various ranches in Schleicher County. He worked as a heavy equipment operator in several areas in Texas. He was a foreman on the Pfluger farm and before his retirement he was employed by Jimmy West as a dozer operator. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvino and Jesusita Garcia; two brothers, Jose R. and Samuel R. Garcia; and two sisters, Juanita Garcia and Angelita G. Martinez.
He is survived by his wife, Inocencia A. Garcia of San Angelo; four sons, Narciso A. Garcia and Sue Roby, Ray and Betty Garcia, David A. Garcia and Tony A. and Cindy Garcia and two daughters, Martha A. and Paul Reyes and Juanita Garcia Ramirez, all of San Angelo; four brothers, Antonio R. Garcia of Midland, Martin R. Garcia of Eldorado, Matilde R. Garcia of San Angelo and Guadalupe R. Garcia of Killeen; one sister, Santiaga Chavez of San Angelo; seven grandsons; two granddaughters; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Leon Garcia, Vincent Ramirez Garcia III, Paul Reyes, Albert Garcia, Edward Martinez, Freddie Chavez, Carlos Garcia and Juan Garcia. Honorary pallbearers are Raymond Garcia, Lupito Garcia Jr., Danny Villarreal and Trinidad Garcia.
Special thanks to Betty Garcia, Sue Roby, Minnie Rodriquez, Carmen Cararubio, Dora Rodriquez, Hospice of San Angelo, Jessie Salcedo, Baptist Memorials, Dr. Heare and Dr. Hewell.
Eulojio will be greatly missed and he will remain in all our hearts. He was a great example to everyone with his patience, determination and ingenuity. He will be remembered for his unselfish actions, his quick wit and sense of humor. He had a heart of a giant, with love for all. His love was like the Bible story when Jesus fed 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish. He gave his love to everyone.

MARY THOMAS DARNELL
Mary Thomas Darnell, 78, of San Angelo went to be with the Lord 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 Oct. 5, 1924, in Miami, Okla., and moved to San Angelo in 1925.
Evelynn was preceded in death by her husband in 1975; by her mother and father, two brothers and two sisters.
Survivors include one brother, George Ervin of Las Vegas; five nieces and two nephews.

E.D. Simpson
E.D. Simpson, 79, of San Angelo died Monday, May 24, 1999, in a local hospital.
Service will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Johnson's Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dan Williams of Southland Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens.
He was born Oct. 28, 1919, in Beaver County, Okla. A Marine veteran of World War II, he was retired from Consolidated Freightways in San Leandro, Calif., and was a member of Southland Baptist Church and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include his wife, Gwen Simpson of San Angelo; a daughter, Jeannie Moura of Phelan, Calif.; two stepchildren, Beverly Nickel of San Angelo and Troy Abell of Indiana; three brothers, Frank Simpson of Plainview, Otis Simpson of Denver and Bill Simpson of Levelland; eight grandchildren; and four great-granddaughters.

Sylvia Poynor
Sylvia Fambrough Poynor, 63, of Big Lake died Thursday, May 20, 1999, at her residence.
Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Reagan County Care Center in Big Lake. Arrangements are by Johnson's Funeral Home.
She was born Feb. 19, 1936, in Brownwood. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include three daughters, Cynthia Buie of Hobbs, N.M., Cathy Truelove of Red Oak and Tracy Hahn of Carrollton; her mother, Laveda Fambrough of Big Lake; two sisters, Katherine Allgood of Lubbock and Bonnie Engdahl of Fort Worth; a brother, W.J. Fambrough of Big Lake; and six grandchildren.

Lena Hammett
BALLINGER - Lena Lucille Humphrey Hammett, 98, died Monday, May 24, 1999, in a local nursing home.
Graveside service will be at 3 p.m today in Oakwood Cemetery in Cisco. Arrangements are by Rains-Seale Funeral Home.
She was born June 15, 1900, in Blue, Okla., and was a longtime resident of Ballinger. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Survivors include a son, Capt. A. Dee Humphrey of Hico; three daughters, Juanita Justice of Lubbock, Corean Carlile of Weatherford and Doris Trimble of Miles; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.

Amber Bucy
BRADY - Amber Bucy, 4, of Brady died Monday, May 24, 1999, in Fort Worth.
Service will be at 2 p.m. today at St. Paul's Episcopal Church with burial in Rest Haven Cemetery. Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home.
Amber was born Nov. 2, 1994, in San Angelo.
Survivors include her parents, Dale and Tina Bucy, a brother, Kevin Bucy, her maternal grandmother, Shirley Dotson, her paternal grandparents, John and Merlyn Bucy, and her two great-grandmothers, Geraldean Pitcox and Lucille Helm, all of Brady; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and her caregivers.

Salomon Hernandez Sr.
OZONA - Salomon Hernandez Sr., 63, died Monday, May 24, 1999, at his residence.
Service will be at 2 p.m. today in Preddy Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Lima Cemetery.
He was born March 25, 1936, in Mexico and had lived in Ozona for 30 years. He retired from the Crockett County Water Department.
Survivors include his wife, Rosa Ofelia Hernandez of Ozona; four daughters, Idalia Favila of Arlington, Sbea Hernandez of Mexico, and Inez Ortiz and Andreita Borrego, both of Ozona; four sons, Salomon Hernandez Jr. of Temple, Salomon Hernandez III of Mexico, and Jesse Ortiz Jr. and Jimmy Ortiz, both of Ozona; five sisters, Herminia Ramos, Maria Hernandez, Petra Hernandez, Idalia Perez and Elizabeth Hernandez; six brothers, Augustin Hernandez, Pedro Hernandez, Leonardo Hernandez, Jose Hernandez, Zabulion Hernandez and Ignacio Hernandez; and 18 grandchildren.

Olga Cloud
BRADY - Olga Lee Glover Cloud, 79, died Saturday, May 22, 1999, in Brady.
Graveside service will be at 1:45 p.m. Friday in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio. Arrangements are by Heart of Texas Funeral Home.
She was born Oct. 17, 1919, in Venus and had lived in Brady since 1984. She served in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II and was a nurse.
Survivors include a son, Vance Lee Cloud of Brady; a daughter, Elizabeth Cloud of Houston; a sister, Georgia Shupe of Irving; and a granddaughter.

Petra Garces
KERRVILLE - Petra Q. Garces, 88, died Monday, May 24, 1999, in a local care center.
Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in Overby Funeral Home Chapel. Service will be at 9 a.m. Friday at Notre Dame Catholic Church with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery.
She was born Sept. 10, 1910, in Kenedy and had lived in Kerrville since 1939. She was a member of Notre Dame Catholic Church.
Survivors include four brothers, Amado Garces and Eliceo Garces, both of Kerrville, Gilbert Garces of Eastland and Cilfredo Garces of Paradise; two sisters, Dominga Basaldua of Merced, Calif., and Juanita Ozuna of Kerrville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

James Worley
SWEETWATER - James B. Worley, 81, of Arlington died Monday, May 24, 1999, at his residence.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in McCoy Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with military graveside service in Sweetwater Cemetery.
He was born Sept. 15, 1917, in Eldorado, Okla., and was a longtime resident of Dallas-Fort Worth. An Army veteran of World War II, he worked for Straun Merchandise Co. and was the president of Straun Explosives. He was a member of Fielder Road Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Alene Worley of Arlington; a daughter, Anne Worley Phillips of Arlington; and three sisters, Dee Turner of Dallas, Jean Goodman of San Luis Obispo, Calif., and Bernice Stanshaw of Jamestown, Calif.

Robert Duran
FORT STOCKTON - Robert G. Duran, 62, of Fort Stockton died Monday, May 24, 1999, in an Odessa hospital.
Service will be at 2 p.m Thursday in Fort Stockton Funeral Home Chapel with burial in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
He was born Feb. 15, 1937, in Fort Stockton and was a longtime resident. He was a general laborer.
Survivors include his wife, Lupe Duran of Fort Stockton; three brothers, Fred Duran and Joel Longoria, both of Fort Stockton, and Juan Duran of Midland; and six sisters, Lucila Ramirez of Fort Worth, Mary Helen Avila, Isabel Acosta and Eva Quintela, all of Fort Stockton, Connie Tamayo of San Jose, Calif., and Anita Valenzuela of San Angelo.

Mary Freeman
LUBBOCK - Mary Joyce Freeman, 69, died Tuesday, May 25, 1999.
Service will be at 2 p.m Thursday at Primitive Baptist Church with burial in Abernathy Cemetery. Arrangements are by Chapel of Angels.
She was born Sept. 12, 1929, in Lubbock County. She was a public-school teacher and a member of Primitive Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, John Garlon Freeman of Lubbock; her children, Dale Freeman of Abilene, Leon Freeman of Lohn, Jesse Freeman of Lubbock and Jennifer Priestley of Plymouth, Minn.; a brother, W.R. Flinn of Abernathy; three sisters, Vee Flinn and Wilda Myers, both of Lubbock, and Donnell King of Atlanta; and several grandchildren.

Evelyn Thorp
SAN SABA - Evelyn Thorp, 71, of Copperas Cove died Tuesday, May 25, 1999, in Killeen.
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m Thursday with burial in San Saba City Cemetery. Arrangements are by Howell-Doran Funeral Home.
She was born July 10, 1927, in Red Bluff community and had lived in San Saba. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include a brother, John Thorp of San Saba; a sister, Laura Ellis of Lampasas; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

BILL CHILDERS
MART - Asa ``Bill'' Childers, 94, of Mart died Thursday, May 20, 1999, in a Waco hospital.
Service was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 23, at the First Baptist Church of Mart with the Rev. Tim Watson and the Rev. W.H. Smith officiating. Burial followed in the Mart Cemetery.
Mr. Childers was born Aug. 27, 1904, in Jasper. He graduated from Jasper High School in 1924, and in 1928 he received a bachelor of science degree from Texas A&M University, where he served as captain of the Southwest Conference A&M track team and was a member of the Ross Volunteers.
As an agriculture teacher, Mr. Childers joined the Future Farmers of America in 1928, the year in which FFA was organized. He spent the next 50 years in FFA work as both a teacher and Area VIII supervisor. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mart, the Mart Lions Club and the Mart Chamber of Commerce. He was a former director of the H.O.T. Fair in Waco.
He and Kathryn Spencer were married May 4, 1929, in Coolidge.
Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Childers of Mart; two sons, Dr. Asa Bill Childers Jr. of Bryan and John R. Childers of San Angelo; one daughter, Mrs. Harry (Marion) Burleson of Mart; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were his grandsons, Russ Childers, Cody Childers, Randall Childers, Travis Burleson, Jonathan Burleson and Russell Bardin.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Mart Youth Fund, 601 Texas Ave., Mart, TX 76664.

ROBERT RICHARD THRASHER
LA GRANGE - Robert Richard Thrasher went to be with the Lord on May 19, 1999, in Fayette Memorial Hospital after a lengthy bout with complications because of diabetes. He was a rancher. He had lived in San Angelo for 33 years, moving recently to La Grange. He was born Aug. 5, 1930, in Cushing, Okla. He moved at an early age to Fort Worth, where he graduated from high school. He played football at Decatur Baptist University, attended Howard Payne University and graduated from Texas Technological University in Lubbock. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. After his retirement from Swift and Co., he went into full-time ranching. He had many interests, including a trucking business and an oil company, but his main interests were livestock and ranching.
Mr. Thrasher was a member of Park Heights Baptist Church for more than 30 years and taught Sunday school for a number of years. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a Shriner, and a member of Masonic Lodge 570 and Suez Temple of San Angelo.
Robert was a good Christian man, a beloved husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed dearly by family and friends. The many expressions of sympathy from friends and family are greatly appreciated.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde B. and Lucille Walker Thrasher. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Shirley, and their two precious daughters and their husbands, Vicki and Bobby Blair of Lubbock and Trenda and Donald James of La Grange. He also is survived by five wonderful granddaughters, Whitney, Mackenzie and Alexandra Blair of Lubbock, and Jessica and Kelsey James of La Grange. Surviving him also are a special cousin, Joe Mize of Denison, and twin aunts and their husbands, Velma and Bob Howerton of Tulsa, Okla., and Delma and Dr. Roy Ray of Overland, Kan.
He also is survived by four brothers-in-law and five sisters-in-law, Ocie Smith of Denver City, Leenez Reid of Lamesa, Irene Smith of Lubbock, Gale Pugh, Ralph and Ruby Pugh, all of Midland, Ray and Patsy Pugh of Fairborn, Ohio, and Alma McGinty of Sunnyvale, Calif.
He also is survived by a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be at 5 p.m. Friday, May 28, at the First Presbyterian Church with interment in Winchester Cemetery with Masonic rites. Pallbearers will be Allen Faldyn, David Schneider, Tim Schmidt, Bob Leach, Arvid Pfeiffer, Benny Simek, Bob Kellar and Charlie Jungmichel.
Arrangements are by Koenig-Peel & Strickland Funeral Home, 208 W. Pearl St., La Grange, TX 78945. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Gideons International or a favorite charity.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day ... and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. - II Timothy 4:7-8 (NIV) 


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