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Brenda Jones
Brenda Lynn Jones, 43, of San Angelo died Wednesday, March 3, 1999, at her residence.
Graveside service will be at 2 HTMp.m. today in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are by Johnson's Funeral Home.
She was born Jan. 27, 1956, in Lawrence County, Ohio. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her children, Kristina Wilson, Larry Gene Wilson and Stephen Lynn Wilson, all of San Angelo; her parents, Oscar and Evelyn Jones of Springboro, Ohio; a sister, Juanita Jones of Abilene; and four brothers, Danny Jones of Oklahoma City, Randy Jones of Salado, Timmy Jones of Rantoul, Ill., and Lonnie Jones of Ohio. 

Georgia Autrey
Georgia K. Autrey, 94, of San Angelo died Sunday, March 7, 1999, in a local nursing home. Services are pending at Johnson's Funeral Home. 

Kacee Taylor
STEPHENVILLE - Kacee Lynn Taylor, 3, of Dublin died Saturday, March 6, 1999, in a Fort Worth hospital.
Service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Lacy Funeral Home Chapel with graveside service at 4.m. in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens in San Angelo.
Kacee was born Sept. 27, 1995, in Dallas.
Survivors include her parents, Kevin and Connie Taylor, and a sister, Kimberlee Taylor, all of Dublin; her paternal grandmother, Sharon Taylor of Ozona; her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Kruse of Odessa; and her greatgrandparents, Christine Cochran of Ozona, Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Chapman of Dallas and Thelma Ivison of San Angelo. 

Opal Kretzinger
TOPEKA, Kan. - Opal Etta Kretzinger, 82, of Topeka and formerly of Monahans, died Wednesday, March 3, 1999, in Topeka.
Service will be at 2 p.m Tuesday at Bethel Baptist Church of Monahans with burial in Ward County Cemetery. Arrangements are by Parker-Price Mortuary and Harkey Funeral Home.
She was born Feb. 12, 1917, in Roff, Okla., and had been a longtime resident of Monahans before moving to Topeka in December 1998. She was an emergency room nurse at Ward County Hospital in Monahans and was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Geraldine Redmon of Pusan, South Korea; three sons, Thomas Kretzinger of Anchorage, Alaska, Robert K. Kretzinger of Forestburg and Kenneth Kretzinger II of Gainsville; three sisters, Enola Buffum of Wichita, Kan., Bonnie Mills of Aztec, N.M., and Joyce Forester of South Bend, Ind.; two brothers, Byrl Smith of Gage, Okla., and Jep Anderson of Oklahoma City; eight grandchildren, including Tena Crenshaw; and 11 greatgrandchildren. 

Lee Dudley
OZONA - Lee Dudley, 84, of Sanderson died Sunday, March 6, 1999, in a local care center.
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. today in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Sanderson. Arrangements are by Preddy Funeral Home.
He was born June 20, 1914, in Ozona. He was a World War II veteran and a Methodist.
Survivors include a sister, Betty Munsell of Ozona; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Robert Middleton
BIG SPRING - Robert L. "Bob" Middleton, 58, died Saturday, March 6, 1999, in a local hospital.
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Trinity Memorial Park. Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
He was born Dec. 5, 1940, in Greenville, S.C., and had been a resident of Big Spring for 23 years. He was an Air Force veteran and retired from Trailways as a driver.
Survivors include his wife, Cindy Middleton, a son, Mike Middleton, and a daughter, Brenda Hamm, all of Big Spring; his mother, Mae Lipscomb of Greer, S.C.; a brother, David Lipscomb of Greer; a sister, Sharon of North Carolina; and two grandchildren. 

E.L. Watson
CRANE - E.L. Watson, 92, of Crane and formerly of Odessa, died Saturday, March 6, 1999, in a local hospital.
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Odessa. Arrangements are by Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home.
He was born Sept. 12, 1906, in Kaufman County. He worked as a gauger for 38 years for the Texas New Mexico Pipeline Co. and was a member of the Eisenhower Church of Christ in Odessa.
Survivors include two sons, Gary Watson of Mexico and Ed Watson of Midland; a daughter, Donna Pahl of Crane; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 

G.E. Wolfrum
McCAMEY - G.E. "Dick" Wolfrum, 85, died Friday, March 5, 1999, in a local care center.
Service will be at 2 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church with burial in Resthaven Cemetery. Arrangements are by Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home.
He was born Jan. 1, 1914, in Wichita Falls and had been a resident of McCamey since 1940. He was a butcher and owner and operator of Day and Night Grocery before retirement. He was a member of the McCamey Lions Club, the Odd Fellows Lodge and the First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Clydine Wolfrum of McCamey; three daughters, Sarah Tucker of McCamey, Carol James of Midland and Becky Gryder of Keller; a sister, Ida Owens of Brady; five grandchildren; and five greatgrandchildren. 

Edgar Smith Jr.
LAMPASAS - Edgar Babe Smith Jr., 93, died Saturday, March 6, 1999, in Victoria.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are by Sheppard Memorial Funeral Home.
He was born March 6, 1906, in Oakalla. He served as president of the Pedernales Electric Cooperative from 1942 to 1975 and was in the banking industry. He was a member of Mount Horab Masonic Lodge 137 and was a Methodist.
Survivors include a daughter, Helen Marie Williams of Victoria; a stepdaughter, Carolyn Parman of Justin; two sisters, Lucille Rowntree of Grand Prairie and Dorothy Lewis of Austin; three grandsons; and seven greatgrandchildren. 

Bess Taylor
CRANE - Bess Taylor, 78, of Lubbock and formerly of Crane, died Saturday, March 6, 1999, in a Lubbock hospital.
Service will be at 2 p.m. today in Richard W. Box Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Crane County Cemetery.
She was born April 6, 1920, in Woodson and had been a longtime resident of Crane before moving to Lubbock in 1984. She worked as a clerk at the Mar Dell Style Shop and was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include a daughter, Marva Lee Hughes of Lubbock; a sister, Frankie Faulkner of Odessa; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

Margaret Behler
KERRVILLE - Margaret Behler, 85, died Sunday, March 7, 1999, at her residence. Services are pending at Grimes Funeral Chapels. 

Rex LeBleu
RISING STAR - Rex G. LeBleu, 84, died Sunday, March 7, 1999, at his residence.
Service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Higginbotham Funeral Chapel with burial at 3 p.m. in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens in San Angelo.
He was born Jan. 11, 1915, in Holt and had been a longtime resident of San Angelo before moving to Rising Star. A Navy veteran of World War II, he worked for a natural gas company and was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife, Jackie Powell LeBleu, a daughter, Sherry LeBleu and a brother, E.D. LeBleu, all of Rising Star; a grandson; and several nieces and nephews. 

JAMES W. `DUB' CONNER
James W. "Dub" Conner, age 77, of San Angelo died Saturday, March 6, 1999, at his residence.
Masonic graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, March 8, in Fairmount Cemetery with Bill Campbell officiating. Arrangements are by Johnson's Funeral Home.
Mr. Conner was born Jan. 17, 1922, in Throckmorton, to Bert and Janie Conner. He married Lillian Martin Sept. 11, 1941, in Breckenridge. He served in the Navy during World War II as a submariner. He was a drilling superintendent for Gilchrest Drilling for many years and retired from Ethicon as a machinist.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Sammy Conner.
Survivors include his wife, Lillian Conner of San Angelo; one daughter, Burma Lee Hodges and husband, Ron, of San Angelo; one sister, Sybil Qualls of Pampa; two grandchildren, Susan Howell and husband, Walter, of San Angelo and Tim Conner and wife, Theresa, of Abilene; and five great-grandchildren.
Mr. Conner was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1815 and a 32nd Degree Mason.
The family requests memorials be made to the American Heart Association.

MATTIE ESTER JORDAN DEATON
Mattie Ester Jordan Deaton, 96, of San Angelo died Saturday, March 6, 1999, in a local nursing home.
Mattie Deaton will be remembered for her laughing eyes and warm smile. As a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother she gave all of herself to her family and never asked for anything in return. Mattie was an artist, a painter and a seamstress, who found beauty in everyone. Her love will be treasured.
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, in Belvedere Memorial Park with the Rev. Lester Swan of Victory Bible Baptist Church officiating. Arrangements are by Johnson's Funeral Home.
Mattie was born Jan. 2, 1903, in Sawyers Mill, Tenn., to James Wightman and Theo Doshia Hicks Jordan. She was a member of the Baptist Temple and had been a resident of San Angelo since 1946.
Mattie was married to William Carl Deaton on March 10, 1922, in Tennessee. He preceded her in death on March 12, 1965. She was also preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and three sisters.
Survivors include her children, Mattie Enola White of San Angelo; Wilford C. Deaton and wife, Ruth, of San Angelo; Glendon Jerald Deaton and wife, Frances, of San Angelo and Carlton D. Deaton and wife, Vicki, of Fort Valley, Va.; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one sister, Hilda Cosette Melton of Paris, Tenn.; one brother, Newell Jordan of Buena Vista, Tenn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Grandchildren will be pallbearers.
The family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, Hospice of San Angelo or a favorite charity.

ROBERT C. LAWSON
MIDLAND - Robert C. Lawson, 74, of Midland passed away Sunday, March 7, 1999, at his home.
Service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 9, in Pipkin Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Bob Porterfield officiating. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park.
Robert was born Oct. 13, 1924, in Abilene to Bob and Vena Wilkerson. At the age of 3, he moved to Garden City where he attended school. He graduated from Garden City High School and soon joined the Army in 1942. He served in the 120th Evacuation Hospital Unit in the European Theatre during World War II.
He had retired after 25 years with Northern Natural Gas. He also was a rancher in Glasscock and Midland Counties and loved playing dominos. He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Deanie; one daughter, Mitzi Griffith and her husband, Terry, of Midland; one son, Patrick Lawson and his wife, Barbara, of Tucson, Ariz.; and six grandchildren, Stephanie Griffith, Mike Durmmond, Gabe Lawson, Gar Lawson, Regan Lawson and Michelle Gillio; two great-grandsons, Ryan and Weslie Gillio; and one stepbrother, Wyatt Lipscomb of Odessa.
His grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Artis Ratliff, Durwood Ratliff, Dale Cunningham, Boyd Bryans, Jim Robinson and Lester Ratliff.

JAMES G. HUCKABY
FORT STOCKTON - James G. Huckaby, 88, of Fort Stockton died March 7, 1999, in the Fort Stockton Nursing Center.
Service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 9, at the Presbyterian Church in Fort Stockton with the Rev. Dr. Jim Miles officiating. Burial will be in East Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are by Fort Stockton Funeral Home.
James was born April 14, 1910, in Dime Box to G.L. and Hallie Huckaby. After several moves he graduated from high school in San Saba.
After college at Shriner College and Rice University he became a teacher and later superintendent of school at Coupland. In Coupland he met and married Ruby Speckles in 1931.
In 1942 the family moved to Fort Stockton where he became high school principal. In 1953 he became superintendent of schools and he remained at that position until his retirement in 1975. On retirement James and Ruby spent many leisure years at home on the shore of Lake Buchanan.
In Fort Stockton he was active in civic affairs. He held several offices in the Noon Lions Club and was their president in 1959-1960. He was selected as outstanding citizen of Fort Stockton in 1967. He was an active member in numerous professional educational associations. He was a deacon, elder, Sunday school teacher and Sunday school superintendent in the First Presbyterian Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandchild.
Survivors include is wife, Ruby Speckles Huckaby of Austin; three sons, Robert Huckaby and wife, Claudel, of Fort Stockton., Jim Huckaby and wife, Clara Jo, of Austin and Doug Huckaby and wife, Darlene, of San Angelo; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Russ Huckaby, Kurt Huckaby, Trent Huckaby, Neal Huckaby, Michael Huckaby and Darren Huckaby.
Honorary pallbearers are E.F. Triplett, Delmon Hodges, Bobby Carter, Weldon Boggus, Gilbert Ray, Pat Mayfield and D.D, White.
Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.

Jesus Salas
Jesus Salas, 77, of San Angelo died Saturday, March 6, 1999, in a local hospital.
Service will be at 11 a.m. today at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Joe Vasquez officiating. Burial will be in Grape Creek Cemetery. Arrangements are by Gutierrez Funeral Chapels.
He was born Sept. 20, 1921, in Zacatecas, Mexico.
Survivors include a brother, Victorio R. Salas of Dallas; three sisters, Maria Meza of San Angelo, Francisca Flores of Mexico City, Mexico, and Nancy Jalomo of Carlsbad.

Alma Maynard 
Alma Lee Maynard, 89, formerly of San Angelo, died Sunday, March 7, 1999, in El Paso.
Service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Johnson's Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens.
She was born Sept. 7, 1909, in Waurika, Okla.
Survivors include two daughters, Willette Kolster of El Paso and Norma Anderson of San Angelo; 11 grandchildren; and 20 greatgrandchildren.

Arlena Walker 
KERRVILLE - Arlena L. Walker, 75, died Sunday, March 7, 1999, in a local hospital.
Graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Nichols Cemetery. Arrangements are by Grimes Funeral Chapels.
She was born Sept. 25, 1923, in Blanket and had been a resident of Kerrville for 20 years. She was manager of the Country Clean Laundry Mat and a member of the Nazarene Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Sue Mays of Ingram and Kathy Miller of Kerrville; two sons, Ronald Hill and Floyd "Shorty" Hill, both of Kerrville; four sisters, Lockie Mae Vaughan of San Antonio, Vada Sledge of Schertz, Elda Stevens of Seguin and Carolyn Allgood of Brownwood; a brother, Bill Gunn of San Antonio; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Johnnie Looker 
KERRVILLE - Johnnie Lucille Looker, 87, died Sunday, March 7, 1999.
Service will be at 10 a.m. today in Kerrville Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery.
She was born Sept. 23, 1911, in Tahoka and had been a longtime resident of the area. She worked in real estate and was a member of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include nieces and nephews, H.B. McCord Jr., E.L. Short, Harry Lee Short, Billy Loren Thomas, Jo Ann Mock, Joseph McCord, Mary Jane McCord, Don Mac Edwards, Kay Haston, Pam Phillips and Mike Mott.
 
Hilma Cortez 
KERRVILLE - Hilma Cortez, 71, died Friday, March 5, 1999, in a local hospital.
Rosary will be at 7 p.m. today at Grimes Funeral Chapels. Service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Notre Dame Catholic Church with burial in Guadalupe Cemetery.
She was born Aug. 21, 1927, in Kerrville and was a lifetime resident. She was a housekeeper and a member of Notre Dame Catholic Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Sylvia Morriss of Kerrville; three sons, Emilio Rosales of Yuma, Ariz., Eddie Rosales and Richard Rosales, both of Kerrville; two brothers, Jamie Cortez of Fresno, Calif., and Jesus Cortez Jr. of San Antonio; 16 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Mildred Ice 
MONAHANS - Mildred Ice, 95, died Sunday, March 7, 1999, in a local hospital.
Service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church with burial in Monahans Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements are by Harkey Funeral Home.
She was born June 16, 1903, in West. She was a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include two sons, C.O. Ice Jr. of Odessa and Lanny Ice of Monahans; a sister, Mary Baker of California; eight grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Wade Doyle 
De RIDDER, LA. - Wade Hampton Doyle, 84, of San Angelo died Saturday, March 6, 1999, in Big Spring.
Service will be at 11 a.m. today in Hixson Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Oakdale Cemetery in Oakdale, La.
He had been a resident of San Angelo for 50 years and was a retired master sergeant from the Air Force.
Survivors include a daughter, Lillian Dolores Padier of Carlsbad; a son, Billy Wade Doyle of San Angelo; a brother, the Rev. Henry Doyle of De Ridder; a sister, Anna Belle Myers of Merryville, La.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Myla Mankin 
GOLDTHWAITE - Myla Mankin, 89, of Mullin died Saturday, March 6, 1999, in Austin.
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. today in Mankin Family Cemetery in Mullin. Arrangements are by Stacy-Wilkins Funeral Home.
She was born Nov. 7, 1909, in Chicago and had been a longtime resident of Mills County. She was a schoolteacher, rancher and a Baptist.
Survivors include a son, Charles John Mankin of Norman, Okla.; a daughter, Carolyn Thompson of Austin; seven granddaughters; and five great-grandchildren.

Mildred Scott KERMIT
Mildred Scott, 75, of Kermit died Monday, March 8, 1999, in a Midland hospital.
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Kermit Cemetery. Arrangements are by Cooper Funeral Chapel.
She was born Dec. 19, 1923, in Brownwood and had been a resident of Kermit for 58 years. She was a homemaker, a Baptist and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Kermit Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6284.
Survivors include her husband, Bonnie L. Scott of Kermit; two sons, Joe L. Scott of Roswell, N.M., and Robert L. Scott of Odessa; a brother, Robert Garms of Las Cruces, N.M.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Alice Campbell 
BRADY - Alice Campbell, 89, of Brady died Monday, March 8, 1999, in San Angelo.
Service will be a 11 a.m. Wednesday in Heritage Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Rest Haven Cemetery.
She was born March 29, 1909, in Pontotoc. She was the co-owner and operator of Campbell's Oldsmobile and Cadillac and was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews, include Kay Hill of Brady; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

Ola Williams 
SWEETWATER - Ola Mae Williams, 51, of Sweetwater died Sunday, March 7, 1999, in an Abilene hospital.
Service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in McCoy Chapel of Memories with burial in Sweetwater Cemetery.
She was born July 6, 1947, in Brazos Valley and was a longtime resident of Sweetwater. She worked for Pace Packing Co. and U.S. Gypsum Co. and was a member of Canaan Baptist Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Regina Williams and Nicole Williams, her mother, Catherine Brown, and four sisters, Erma Williams, Zula Jackson, Bulah McIntire and Debbie Brown, all of Sweetwater; three brothers, Donnie Brown and Toby Brown, both of Sweetwater, and Howard Brown of Snyder; a stepson, Artie Lee Williams of Fresno, Calif.; and nine grandchildren.

Jack Aufill 
LUBBOCK - Jack L. Aufill, 64, died Sunday, March 7, 1999, in a local hospital.
Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are by Sanders Funeral Home.
He was born Aug. 12, 1934, in Hedley and was a longtime resident of Lubbock. He operated Aufill's Sports Arena, Arena Park Raceway, Lubbock Drag Way and Lubbock Horse Auction.
Survivors include his wife, Twila Aufill of Lubbock; his mother, Mildred Aufill of Lubbock; three sons, Ben Aufill, Lance Folsom and Jett Folsom, all of Lubbock; two daughters, Jennifer Fontenot of Buffalo Gap and Camille Aufill of Fort Worth; a sister, Janie Jones of Lubbock; and five grandchildren.

Susie Jones 
PECOS - Susie Jones, 85, died Monday, March 8, 1999, in a local hospital.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Harkey Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Kermit Cemetery.
She was born April 9, 1913, in Dike. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Survivors include three sons, James H. Jones of Hobbs, N.M., Jerald Wayne Jones of Jal, N.M., and Jimmy Jones of Baird; two daughters, Wanda Davis of Wickett and Linda Thurmond of Casper, Wyo.; 14 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

Mollie Ulmer 
STANTON - Mollie Ulmer, 81, died Monday, March 8, 1999, in a local care center. Services are pending at Gilbreath Funeral Home.

Gay Watson 
McCAMEY - Gay Watson, 68, of McCamey died Monday, March 8, 1999, in a Midland hospital. Services are pending at Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home.

George Wickham 
KERRVILLE - George Collins Wickham, 76, died Saturday, March 6, 1999, at his residence. Services are pending at Overby Funeral Home. 
 
GEORGIA KARIN AUTREY 
Georgia Karin Autrey, 94, of San Angelo passed away at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 7, 1999, at Baptist Memorials Center.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 10, at First Baptist Church of Santa Anna with the Rev. Raymond Jones officiating, and assisted by grandson, Carl Smith. Burial will follow in Santa Anna Cemetery. Arrangements are by Henderson Funeral Home of Santa Anna, with local arrangements by Johnson's Funeral Home.
Granny was born Nov. 12, 1904, in Jarrell to William and Leona Ragsdale. She married Carl D. Autrey March 27, 1927, in Coleman. She was preceded in death by her husband and all four children, C.W. Autrey, Mary Jo Autrey Ricks, Martin L. Autrey and Patricia Ann Autrey Smith, and one grandson, Wayne Autrey.
She is survived by sisters, Leta Parker of Denton, Arabell Conner of Frisco and Armenta and Durwood Hartsfield of San Angelo; daughters-in-law, Patsy Autrey of Lubbock, Velma Autrey of Cortez, Colo.; sons-in-law, George Ricks of Baird and Jackie Smith of Santa Anna; 12 grandchildren, Mike, Steve and Keith Autrey, Rita Smetana, Connie White, Theresa Lambert, Sharon Bridges, Darin and Mark Autrey, Carl Smith, Sheila Harless and Shane Smith; and a host of great-grandchildren, greatgreat-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
The family requests memorials be made to Santa Anna Cemetery Association or a favorite charity.
The family expresses its deepest appreciation to the staff of Division 6 at Baptist Memorials Center and to Hospice of San Angelo.

ROBERT C. LAWSON
MIDLAND - Robert C. Lawson, 74, of Midland passed away Sunday, March 7, 1999, at his home.
Service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 9, in Pipkin Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Bob Porterfield officiating. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park.
Robert was born Oct. 13, 1924, in Abilene. At the age of 3, he moved to Garden City where he attended school. He graduated from Garden City High School and soon joined the Army in 1942. He served in the 120th Evacuation Hospital Unit in the European Theatre during World War II until 1946.
He had retired after 25 years with Northern Natural Gas. He also was a rancher in Glasscock and Midland Counties and loved playing dominoes. He was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather, and one grandson.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Deanie; one daughter, Mitzi Griffith and her husband, Terry, of Midland; one son, Patrick Lawson and his wife, Barbara, of Tucson, Ariz.; six grandchildren, Stephanie Griffith, Mike Drummond, Gabe Lawson, Gar Lawson, Regan Lawson and Michelle Gillis; two great-grandsons, Ryan and Wesley Gillis; one stepbrother, Wyatt Lipscomb of Odessa; and several nieces and nephews.
His grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Artis Ratliff, Durwood Ratliff, Dale Cunningham, Boyd Bryans, Jim Robinson, Lester Ratliff, Jr. Shoemake and W.E. Cheaney.
The family requests donations be made in Robert's name to the First Methodist Church of Garden City, Midland High School Band or to a charity of choice.


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