Rosemarie Healy, 80, of Carlsbad died Wednesday, June 9, 1999, in a
Service will be at 2:30 p.m. today in the All Faith Chapel in Carlsbad.
Arrangements are by Robert Massie Funeral Home.
She was born Sept. 10, 1918, and was a longtime resident of San Angelo
She is survived by a niece, Pat Pierce of Dallas.
MONAHANS - Deloris ``Dee Dee'' Wilks, 56, of Wickett died Tuesday,
June 8, 1999, at her residence.
There will be no services. Arrangements were by Harkey Funeral Home.
She was born March 29, 1943, in Colorado Springs, Colo. She was a homemaker
and a Baptist.
Survivors include her husband, Raymond Wilks of Wickett; two sons,
Larry R. Wilks and William R. Wilks, both of Wickett; a daughter, Donna
J. Barnes of Monahans; a brother, Charles Crippin of Colorado Springs;
two sisters, Grace Steffbon of Penrose, Colo., and Norma Jean Relford of
Colorado Springs; and four grandchildren.
KERRVILLE - Grace Wilburn Lester, 73, died Wednesday, June 9, 1999.
Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Grimes Funeral Chapels.
She was born in South Carolina. She was a homemaker, a member of Habitat
for Humanity and a Methodist.
Survivors include her husband, Herbert Lester of Kerrville; her children,
Lauranne Lester Glascock of Aubrey and David Herbert Lester of Harlingen;
a sister, Stacy Oswalt of Kerrville; a brother, Hiram Samuel Wilburn of
Granite Falls, Wash.; four grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
KERRVILLE - Susannah Miller, 78, died Tuesday, June 8, 1999, in a local
Service will be at 10 a.m. today in Kerrville Funeral Home Chapel with
burial at 2:45 p.m. in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.
She was born Dec. 8, 1920, in Silver City, N.M., and had lived in Kerrville
since 1979. She was a cosmetologist and a member of Trinity Baptist Church
and the Eastern Star.
Survivors include her husband, Lester Miller of Kerrville; two sons,
Bob Joiner of Goldsboro, N.C., and Charlie Stafford of Portland, Ore.;
five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
ARLINGTON - Jessie Mae Campbell, 90, died Wednesday, June 9, 1999,
Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. today in Moore Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements are by Moore Funeral Home/Bowen Road Chapel.
She was a San Angelo resident until 1998 and was a member of Antioch
First Missionary Baptist Church in San Angelo.
Survivors include a son, Charles Campbell of Arlington; a daughter,
Rose Mary Hughley of South Carolina; three grandchildren; several great-grandchildren;
and a nephew and great-nephew.
SWEETWATER - Virgie Lois Teston Richardson, 81, died Wednesday, June
9, 1999, in a local hospital.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in McCoy Funeral Home Chapel of
Memories with burial in Sweetwater Cemetery.
She was born Feb. 9, 1918, in Taylor County and was a lifetime resident
of Sweetwater. She was a waitress and a member of Broadway Baptist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Patsy Null of Sweetwater; twin sons,
Donald Richardson of Atlanta and Ronald Richardson of Dallas; a brother,
Jerry Teston of Sweetwater; six sisters, Wilba Walker, Loreta Lambert,
Dorothy Tollison and Mildred Chaney, all of Sweetwater, Roberta Newsome
of Abilene and Doris Musick of Noodle; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren;
and five great-great-grandchildren.
SWEETWATER - Charlie Leonard Strickland, 93, of Blackwell died Wednesday,
June 9, 1999, in an Odessa nursing home.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Blackwell
with burial in Blackwell Cemetery. Arrangements are by McCoy Funeral Home.
He was born Dec. 15, 1905, in Point and had lived in Blackwell since
1974. He was an oil-field mechanic, a farmer, a member of the Blackwell
Baptist Church and a deacon.
Survivors include a daughter, Kathryn Lynette Wallace, and a son, Michael
Leonard Strickland, both of Odessa; and four grandchildren.
BRADY - Ray Holt, 94, died Wednesday, June 9, 1999, in Brady.
Service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Heritage Funeral Home Chapel
with burial in Rest Haven Cemetery.
He was born Sept. 16, 1904, in Fredonia. He was a farmer, worked at
Bells Feed Store and Farmers-Ranchers Co-Op and was a member of the Sunset
Ridge Church of Christ.
Survivors include two daughters, Virginia Nell Beatty and Barbara Colleen
Fields, and a sister, Ima Harvison, all of Brady; five grandchildren; seven
great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
FORT STOCKTON - Minyard H. Smith, 85, died Thursday, June 10, 1999,
in Fort Stockton.
Service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Apostolic Tabernacle with burial
in East Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are by Fort Stockton Funeral Home.
He was born April 6, 1914, in Sterling City and had lived in Fort Stockton
for 76 years. He was a rancher and a member of the Apostolic Tabernacle.
Survivors include his wife, Cecile Smith of Fort Stockton; a son, Jim
Bob Smith of Fort Stockton; two sisters, Leota Hart of Sonora, Calif.,
and Rosa Murray of Del Rio; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren;
and two nieces.
SWEETWATER - Ava ``Bush'' Waggoner Friend, 83, of Phoenix died Tuesday,
June 8, 1999, in Phoenix.
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Hylton Cemetery. Arrangements
are by Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
She was born March 24, 1916, in Hylton. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include three sisters, Gertrude Latham of Phoenix, Ruby Bridges
of San Angelo and Jean Montgomery of Abilene; and a brother, Harley Waggoner
BRADY - J.L. Farris, 74, of Brady died Wednesday, June 9, 1999.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Heritage Funeral Home Chapel
with burial in Cowboy Cemetery.
He was born Feb. 13, 1925, in Mercury and had lived in Brady since
1989. An Army veteran of World War II, he had worked as a mechanic and
was a member of Sunset Ridge Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Farris of Brady; two sons, Arthur
Farris of San Angelo and Jim Farris of Rowlett; a daughter, Glenda Hoffman
of Aledo; two brothers, Marvin Farris of Brady and Frank Farris of Victoria;
two sisters, Elvera Jones of Brownwood and Thelma McDowell of Brady; eight
grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
SONORA - Francisco Bianueba, 86, died Wednesday, June 9, 1999, in a
Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Ann's Catholic Church with
burial in Sonora Cemetery. Arrangements are by Kerbow Funeral Home.
He was born April 2, 1913, in Ruidosa and had lived in Sonora since
1952. He was a retired cowboy and a Catholic.
Survivors include his wife, Antonia Ramon Bianueba of Sonora; three
sons, Francisco Villanueva Jr. of San Angelo, and Manuel Villanueva and
Miguel Villanueva, both of Sonora; two daughters, Maria Soto and Belinda
Villanueva, both of Del Rio; 19 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren;
and one great-great-grandchild.
JUNCTION - Ida Belle Sykes Simon Barnes, 83, of Sonora died Thursday,
June 10, 1999, in a local hospital.
Memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Roosevelt Community
Center. Arrangements are by Graham Funeral Home.
She was born May 23, 1916, in Sutton County. She was a homemaker and
a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Junction.
Survivors include a son, Ilee Simon of Roosevelt; two daughters, Elizabeth
Miller of Yoakum and Barbara Weaver of Somerville; five grandchildren;
and three great-grandchildren.
Ralph M. ``Steve'' Stevens, 83, of San Angelo died Wednesday, June
9, 1999, in a local hospital.
Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Lawnhaven Memorial
Gardens with the Rev. H. Grosse Mohler and the Rev. Ellen Ely of the First
United Methodist Church officiating. Arrangements are by Robert Massie
He was born Sept. 14, 1915, in Ellettsville, Ind. He was an Army Air
Force veteran of World War II and retired from the Air Force in 1970.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Stevens of San Angelo; two sons,
Marc Stevens of Altus, Okla., and Craig Stevens of The Woodlands; and three
grandsons, Kent Stevens, Seth Stevens and Ryan Stevens, all of The Woodlands.
Pablo Torrez Sr.
MASON - Pablo G. Torrez Sr., 73, died Wednesday, June 9, 1999, in Fredericksburg.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church
with burial in Crosby Cemetery. Arrangements are by Mason Funeral Home.
He was born Jan. 18, 1926, in Fredericksburg and was a longtime resident
of Mason. He was a laborer and a Catholic.
Survivors include three sons, Pablo Torrez Jr. of Brady, Johnny Torrez
of Georgetown and Ernest Martinez of Kerrville; two daughters, Deborah
Morquecho of Brady and Maria ``Lupita'' Nelms of Kerrville; four brothers,
Cicilia Torrez of Uvalde, Nicolas Torrez and Ventura Torrez, both of Fort
Worth, and Vidal Torrez of Clintonville, Wis.; three sisters, Adela Sanchez
of Fredericksburg, Ramona Gonzales of Kerrville and Julia Torrez of Rio
Bravo, Mexico; 17 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
ROBERT LEE - Hattie Cobb Jeffery, 79, of Fort Worth died Tuesday, June
8, 1999, in San Angelo.
Service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Robert Lee Baptist Church
with burial in Robert Lee Cemetery. Arrangements are by Shaffer Funeral
She was born Oct. 11, 1919 in Robert Lee. She had worked as a ladies'
clothing-store manager and was a Baptist.
Survivors include a daughter, Jenell Mitchell of Fort Worth; a sister,
Cora Wisdom of Denton; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
EUGENE CLIFTON `GENE' CASTLEBERRY
Eugene Clifton ``Gene'' Castleberry, 86, went to be with the Lord on
Wednesday, June 9, 1999, in a local hospital.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 11, in Johnson's Funeral Home
Chapel with the Rev. Lakan Mariano officiating. Burial will be in Belvedere
Memorial Park with graveside military rites.
Gene was born Aug. 7, 1912, to Earl and Maud Castleberry in Hillsboro.
He was a Navy World War II veteran, owned and operated Castleberry Paint
Co. and was a charter member of College Hills Baptist Church, where he
was a deacon and Sunday school teacher for many years. Gene was a former
grand master of the Knights of Pythias, a former noble grand and district
deputy grand master of the Odd Fellows Lodge and a member of the American
Gene married Gertrude Scott on July 29, 1943. She preceded him in death
on April 2, 1977. He married Bessie Asbill on June 23, 1979.
A daughter, Ellene Virginia Castleberry, and a granddaughter, Amy Celeste
Clayton, also preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Bessie Castleberry of San Angelo; a son,
Eugene Earl Castleberry and his wife, Norma, of Coppell; a daughter, June
Clayton and her husband, Glenn, of Lubbock; a son, Marvin Asbill and his
wife, Carol, of San Angelo; and a daughter, Mollie Wright of San Angelo.
Gene also is survived by his grandchildren, Thomas Castleberry of Coppell,
Jean Asbill of San Angelo, Scott Asbill and his wife, Jennifer, of San
Angelo, Melissa Jacoby and her husband, Randal, of Melvin, Julie Wright
of San Angelo, John ``Trey'' Wright of San Angelo, Ashley Wright of San
Angelo and Stephanie Emfinger and her husband, Steve, of Bronte.
Also surviving Gene are his great-grandchildren, Kaid Asbill of San
Angelo, Kristyn Cash and Beau Jacoby of Melvin, Kaitlyn Asbill of San Angelo,
Stetsen and Stacia Emfinger of Bronte, and Wayd Russler of Canyon; many
nieces and nephews; and numerous friends.
Pallbearers will be Thomas Castleberry, Scott Asbill, Randal Jacoby,
Trey Wright, Jim Lombardo and Steve Emfinger. Honorary pallbearers will
be the deacons of College Hills Baptist Church.
The family suggests memorials be made to College Hills Baptist Church
or a favorite charity.
FRANKIE BETH NELSON
Dr. Frankie Beth Nelson died of cancer at her home in San Angelo on
June 9, 1999. She was born May 27, 1926, to Frank Strom, a third-generation
Swedish-American, and Zelma Hayley Strom, a descendant of early West Texas
settlers. She grew up in Robert Lee and Snyder. Education was a central
focus in Dr. Nelson's life.
She attended Wildcat School near Robert Lee and graduated from Ira
High School in Ira, Texas. She attended Texas State College for Women (now
TWU) and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas (Austin).
She taught in public schools in Bronte, Austin and San Antonio and in Vallejo,
Calif., and Tulsa, Okla. She later studied educational anthropology at
Teachers College, Columbia University, where she obtained her doctorate
Dr. Nelson's career included work as a research assistant with Teachers
for East Africa Project in Uganda, Kenya and Tanganyika; as a trainer for
community development workers at Action for Appalachian Youth in Charleston,
W.Va.; and a long tenure as assistant professor at Queens College of City
University of New York. While there she participated in the School-University
Teachers Education Program. She worked with the BUILD Academy in Buffalo,
N.Y., and she held various terms as a consultant to the Teachers Education
and Professional Standards Committee of the National Education Association.
She served as adjunct professor at the University of Kentucky, the
University of Hawaii and Adelphi University. She was a Fellow of the Society
of Applied Anthropology and a member of the American Anthropological Association,
Pi Lambda Theta and Kappa Delta Pi. After retiring from Queens College
in 1985, she moved to San Angelo, where she began a new research interest
in Native Americans. She shared this interest with schoolchildren and interested
adults. She participated in the organization of the Tom Green County Adult
Literacy Council, tutoring six students and training many tutors and tutor-trainers.
She served as a volunteer at the San Angelo Nature Center and Fort
Concho Museum, the Children's Art Museum and the San Angelo Museum of Fine
Arts. She served on the board of the Tom Green County Library and was its
lay representative to the Big Country Library System. She was a member
of Readers P.S. and the Sierra Club.
Survivors are her daughter, Kristina Chandler, and her grandsons, Frank
and Robert Chandler, all of San Angelo; her sister, Carol Hodge and husband,
Michael, of San Antonio; brothers, W.L. ``Bill'' Strom and wife, Nancy,
of Copan, Okla., and Hubert Strom and wife, Mary, of Fort Worth; nieces
and nephews, Jeanne Poulten, John Strom, Marcy Smith, Bruce Strom and Scott
Strom; and many cousins, among whom are Mary Love Berryman of Tyler, Zelma
Rodgers of Dallas, Dot Horcher of Diamond Bar, Calif., and Vivian Fields
of San Angelo.
Long-lasting friends who enriched her life were Drs. Rachel and Mark
Schwartz of Chevy Chase, Md., Dr. Phyllis Wilson of Hanover, N.H., Drs.
Regina and Bill Krummel of Norwalk, Conn., Dr. Deborah Elkins, Dr. Mildred
Hardeman and Joan Weinberger, all of New York City, Dickie Ferro of Iraan,
Ollie Lou Cole of Ballinger, Carol Weaver, Tommie North, Donna Hughes,
Sue Lamb and Fanny Scurlock, all of San Angelo, Scottie and Tom Hubbard
of Richardson, Harriett and Myers Bergman of Port Arthur, and Nell Knox
Dr. Nelson continues to teach after death. Her body was donated to
the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The family
wishes to express great appreciation to Dr. Fazlur Rahman and Hospice of
San Angelo for care and support during the last weeks of Dr. Nelson's life
and requests that any tributes in her memory be given to Hospice of San
In accordance with Dr. Nelson's wishes, there will be no formal funeral
service, but a memorial service will be at 5 p.m. June 26 in the Conference
Room of St. Paul Presbyterian Church. Her friends are invited to join her
JIMMY EARL WATTS
Jimmy Earl Watts, 56, of San Angelo died Wednesday, June 9, 1999, at
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 11, in Belvedere Memorial
Park with Paul Shero officiating. Arrangements are by Johnson's Funeral
Mr. Watts was born Oct. 9, 1942, in Big Spring to Slats and Annie Reid
Watts. He married Brenda McMeekin on July 6, 1962, in Big Spring. He was
a member of the Church of Christ.
Mr. Watts was retired. He had worked for the Midland Fire Department
and had been employed at the Bloys Church Camp at Fort Davis.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda Watts; two sons, Jerry Watts of
Carlsbad and Randy Watts and his wife, Lilly, of Stanton; five grandchildren,
Scott Ferguson of Brookesmith, Brandy Watts of Midland, and Valerie Mendoza,
Alexis Mendoza and Casee Mendoza, all of Stanton; a brother, Lynwood Watts
of Midland; a sister, Beverly Chapmond of May; two sisters-in-law, Betty
Hardegree of San Angelo and Jean Little of Sweetwater; and one brother-in-law,
James McMeekin of Arlington.
The family requests memorials be made to Hospice of San Angelo.
EDWIN SMITH DRAUGHON SR.
Edwin Smith Draughon Sr., 71, of San Angelo died Friday, June 4, 1999,
of lung cancer.
Mr. Draughon attended Southwestern State University and Southern Methodist
University. He received a bachelor's degree in general business in 1959
and pursued graduate studies in public administration at the University
After completing military service with the Navy, Mr. Draughon worked
for the MK&T Railroad. In 1965, he began a long and distinguished career
with the Social Security Administration. He was the assistant district
manager of the San Angelo Social Security office for more than 20 years,
during which time he received numerous awards for sustained superior performance.
Mr. Draughon served as a member of Rotary International for more than
40 years. He also was a member of Toastmasters International and a devout
member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church.
Mr. Draughon was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Ellen,
as well as two brothers, Drs. William and Eugene. His beloved daughter,
Catherine Diane Draughon, also preceded him in death.
Mr. Draughon is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jane Draughon; a
brother, Frank Draughon of Ardmore, Okla.; and children, Ellen Suzanne
Draughon of New York City, Edwin Smith Draughon Jr., M.D., of Vernon and
Joseph Alexander Draughon of Coral Springs, Fla. Mr. Draughon was blessed
with four grandchildren, Edwin Alexander Draughon, Andrew McGregor Draughon,
Emily Diane Draughon and Jillian Diane Draughon.
The memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 12, at
Emmanuel Episcopal Church with the Rev. Robert Hedges and the Rev. John
Loving officiating. Arrangements are by Johnson's Funeral Home.
The family requests memorials be sent in Mr. Draughon's name to Meals
for the Elderly, 310 E. Houston Harte, San Angelo, TX 76903.
ISAAC MONTEZ FLORES
Isaac Montez Flores, 77, of San Angelo died Monday, June 7, 1999, in
San Angelo Community Medical Center.
Rosary was at 7 p.m. Thursday in Johnson's Funeral Home Chapel. Mass
will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 11, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial
will follow in Calvary Cemetery.
Mr. Flores was born Oct. 11, 1921, in Sanderson to Francisco Flores
and Rumalda Montez. He served in the Army from 1942 to 1945, receiving
the following medals, Asiatic Pacific Theatre of War Campaign Ribbon, Bronze
Battle Star for Bougainville and Northern Solomons and the Good Conduct
Medal. He married Delores Francisca on March 24, 1954. He was a rancher
and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Ernestina Sedeno;
and a daughter, Shirley Jean Aviles.
Survivors include his wife, Delores Flores of San Angelo; seven daughters
and sons-in-law, Gloria and Jancinto Teniza of San Jose, Calif., Sylvia
and James Tinney of Junction, and Martha Evelyn and Jose De La Garza, Rachael
and Roger Philpot, Irene Mildred and Ron Snellgrove, Roselyn Stacy and
Gilbert Arteaga, and Elizabeth Marie and Juan De La Cruz, all of San Angelo;
three sons and daughters-in-law, Isaac and Sandra Montez Flores Jr. of
Abilene, Richard Edwin and Susan Flores of Huntsville, and David Gabriel
Flores of Austin; six brothers, Daniel Flores, Frank Flores, Eliseo Flores,
Isabel Bill Flores, Rosendo Flores and Richard Flores, all of San Angelo;
three sisters, Octavia Sedeno, Mary Flores and Olivia Batla, all of San
Angelo; 40 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces
Pallbearers will be Domingo Sedeno, Mac Sedeno, Andy Sedino, Rigoberto
Flores, Gilbert Ortega and Dorris Smith.
BESS PARKER ANDERSON
Bess Parker Anderson, 89, of San Angelo died Wednesday, June 9, 1999,
at her residence.
A memorial service will be at noon Saturday, June 12, at the Kingdom
Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday,
June 13, in Coleman City Cemetery. Arrangements are by Johnson's Funeral
Mrs. Anderson was born Aug. 30, 1909, in Coleman. She was a retired
telephone operator for GTE.
She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Jo Ann and Gene Eddleman
of Greer's Ferry, Ark.; two dear nieces, Shirley Thomerson of Minneapolis
and Jewel Lancaster of Fort Worth; other nieces and nephews; and many friends.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of San Angelo.
FRITZ WALTER SPIEKER
BALLINGER - Fritz Waler Spieker, 78, of Ballinger died at 1:43 p.m.
Thursday, June 10, 1999, in Ballinger.
Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 11, in Rains-Seale
Funeral Home Chapel. Service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 12, at the
First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Thomas Baden officiating. Burial
will follow in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Arrangements are by Rains-Seale
Fritz was born Feb. 13, 1921, in Hamilton County to Fred C. Spieker
and Alma W. Marwitz Spieker. He served in the Army Air Corps during World
War II and was a farmer. He was a former member of the Rowena Woodsmen
of the World, the Rowena Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
He married Frances A. Manske on July 22, 1942.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Gary Lynn Spieker.
Survivors include his wife, Frances A. Spieker of Ballinger; a son,
Donald Spieker and wife, Betsie, of Weatherford; two sisters, Dora Galloway
of Bronte and Elma Wanoreck of San Angelo; two grandchildren, Jason Spieker
of Weatherford and Jennifer Hill and husband, Marty, of Cedar Hills; and
a great-grandson, Zachary Hill.
Nephews will serve as pallbearers.