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Rosemarie Healy
Rosemarie Healy, 80, of Carlsbad died Wednesday, June 9, 1999, in a local hospital.
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 State School.
She is survived by a niece, Pat Pierce of Dallas.

Deloris Wilks
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.

Grace Lester
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.

Susannah Miller
KERRVILLE - Susannah Miller, 78, died Tuesday, June 8, 1999, in a local care center.
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.

Jessie Campbell
ARLINGTON - Jessie Mae Campbell, 90, died Wednesday, June 9, 1999, in Arlington.
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.

Virgie Richardson
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.

Charlie Strickland
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.

Ray Holt
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.

Minyard Smith
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.

Ava Friend
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 of Garland.

J.L. Farris
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.

Francisco Bianueba
SONORA - Francisco Bianueba, 86, died Wednesday, June 9, 1999, in a local hospital.
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.

Ida Barnes
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 Stevens
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 Funeral Home.
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.

Hattie Jeffery
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 Home.
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 Legion.
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 degree.
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 of Amarillo.
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 Angelo.
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 family there.

JIMMY EARL WATTS
Jimmy Earl Watts, 56, of San Angelo died Wednesday, June 9, 1999, at his residence.
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 Home.
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 of Oklahoma.
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 and nephews.
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 Home.
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 Funeral Home.
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.


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