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Today's Obituaries (Jan. 6, 1999)

Joe Montgomery

Joe Montgomery, 82, died Monday.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in North's Funeral Home Memorial Chapel, 242 Orange, with the Rev. Louis Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Park.

Mr. Montgomery was born in Slaton and moved in the early 1920s to Abilene, where he attended school. He farmed from 1931-40 and married Mary Gertrude Adams in 1937 in Abilene. He served with the 131st Field Artillery before being transferred to the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942. He was a bombardier instructor at Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho, and was in the Air Force Reserve until retiring in 1976. He worked in the refrigeration service business until retiring in 1983. He was a member of Knights of Pythias, Abilene Lodge 42; and North Park Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, of Abilene; two sons, Gerald E. Montgomery of Houston and David Montgomery of Fort Worth; three grandchildren; three step grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; one nephew; and several cousins.

Memorials may be sent to Hospice of the Big Country, 3113 Oldham Lane, Abilene 79602.

 

Maxlee Ravenscraft

Maxlee Ravenscraft, 74, died Monday in a local nursing home.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, 542 Hickory, with the Rev. Mike Martin officiating. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. in Evergreen Cemetery in Lipan.

Mrs. Ravenscraft was born in Roswell, N.M., where she attended school, and moved to Abilene in 1987 from Stephenville. She worked as a seamstress and also delivered flowers for Wild Rice Flowers and More for two years. She was a member of South Side Baptist Church and was the widow of Ora B. Ravenscraft.

Survivors include two daughters, Faye A. Smith of Abilene and Donna Nelson of Stephenville; one brother, Hubert Helms of Stephenville; one sister, Mary Lou Lane of Abilene; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to a favorite charity.

The family will be at 1718 Sandpiper.

 

Hassie Hollis

ANSON -- Hassie Hollis, 95, died Tuesday in a local hospital.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Anson First Baptist Church with the Revs. Lee Welch and Rick Hargrave officiating. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery, directed by Lawrence-Adams Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hollis was born in Munday and moved to Hawley as a teen-ager. She worked as a supervisor of the Hawley school cafeteria for many years and moved to Anson in 1979 from Hawley. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star, Anson Hospital Auxiliary and First Baptist Church. She was the widow of Charles T. Hollis, whom she married in 1921 in Abilene.

Survivors include three daughters, Mildred Neas of Perryton, Charlene Berry of Dallas and Tommie Nix of Anson; one brother, W.D. Earnest of Breckenridge; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

 

Buster Thompson

MERKEL -- Buster Thompson, 81, lineman for Taylor Electric Co-Op for 25 years until retiring in 1982, died Monday in an Abilene hospital.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today in Merkel First Baptist Church with the Revs. Jimmy Griffith and Larry White officiating. Burial will be in Trent Cemetery, directed by Starbuck Funeral Home.

Mr. Thompson was born in Limestone County and married Zoe Wade in 1946 in Merkel. He was a volunteer firefighter for more than 20 years. He was a deacon at First Baptist Church and also was a church custodian for 15 years.

Survivors include his wife, of Merkel; one daughter, Sandra Doan of Merkel; one brother, Durie Dell Thompson of Jacksonville, Fla.; two sisters, Murel Thompson of Merkel and Bethlee Walker of Abilene; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorials may be sent to Hendrick Hospice Care, P.O. Box 1922, Abilene 79604.

 

Weldon Minzenmayer

WINTERS -- Weldon Minzenmayer, 61, of Santa Fe, N.M., and formerly of Winters, died Sunday in a Santa Fe hospital.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today in St. John's Lutheran Church with the Rev. Mel Swoyer officiating. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery, directed by Winters Funeral Home.

Mr. Minzenmayer was born in Winters and ranched in Winters and Chama, N.M. most of his life. He married Cassie Barron Perry in 1976 in Abilene and was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Winters.

Survivors include his wife, of Santa Fe, N.M.; two sons, Curtis Minzenmayer of Abilene and Scott Perry of Fort Worth; one daughter, Malinda Minzenmayer of Dallas; his parents, Bill and Katie Minzenmayer of Winters; one brother, William Minzenmayer of Ruidoso, N.M.; two sisters, Barbara Frierson of Tulsa, Okla., and Serena Miller of Cleburne; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Bonnie Mae Clark

BALLINGER -- Bonnie Mae Clark, 88, died Tuesday at her home.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Ballinger First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Hughes officiating. Burial will be in Crews Cemetery, directed by Rains-Seale Funeral Home.

Miss Clark was born in Crews and moved to Ballinger at age 19. She worked as a caregiver to Nettie Curry for many years. She donated land to the Ballinger Soccer Association and it is now called Bonnie Clark Field. She supported the West Texas Rehabilitation Center. She was a member of the Virginia Douglas Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her caregiver, Wanda Batts of Ballinger; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be sent to West Texas Rehabilitation Center, Ballinger First United Methodist Church or a favorite charity.

 

Aerial Renee Quillen

MINGUS -- Aerial Renee Quillen, 16, sophomore at Gordon High School, died Monday from injuries received in an automobile accident.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Gordon First Baptist Church with David Milmo and Mark Carrillo officiating. Burial will be in New Gordon Cemetery, directed by Edwards Funeral Home of Strawn.

Aerial was born in Ranger and played softball in high school. She was a member of Mingus First Baptist Church and also attended Gordon First Baptist Church.

Survivors include her father, Eddie Quillen of Mingus; her mother and stepfather, Linda and John Karwowski of Fort Worth; and her grandmother, Mae E. Salters of Buffalo, N.Y.

Memorials may be sent to Mingus branch of Santo First National Bank.

 

Glen Dee Largent Sr.

BRECKENRIDGE -- Glen Dee Largent Sr., 67, died Monday in Stephens County.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Morehart Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Rex Boggs officiating. Burial will be in Breckenridge Cemetery.

Mr. Largent was born in Lindsey, Okla., where he attended school, and moved to Breckenridge in 1966 from Monahans. He owned and operated Glen's Plumbing and Backhoe. He also worked as an oilfield roustabout. He was a member of Elks Lodge.

Survivors include one son, Glenn Jeffrey Largent of Breckenridge; five daughters, Barbara Mosley of Odessa, Judith Farmer of Albany, Patricia Warden of Pomona, Calif., Glenna Jackson of Breckenridge and Debbie Bridges of Lewisville; four brothers, Lee Largent, Kenneth Largent, Junior Largent and Troy Largent, all of Oklahoma City; two sisters, Pauline Hughes of Muskogee, Okla., and Doretha Potts of Oklahoma City; 21 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Elks Lodge and left at the funeral home.

 

Henry David 'Pete' Cochran

ASPERMONT -- Henry David "Pete" Cochran, 70, lifelong Stonewall County resident, died Monday in a local hospital.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Central Baptist Church with the Revs. Gary Lawrence and Lawrence Ballou officiating. Burial will be in Aspermont Cemetery, directed by McCoy Funeral Home.

Mr. Cochran married Arnetta Powers in 1951 in Altus, Okla., and worked in the oil field. He was a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife, of Aspermont; one daughter, Bessie Fay Wester of Potosi; two sons, Randy Cochran of Aspermont and Jim Cochran of Hamlin; one brother, Russell Dee Cochran of Aspermont; one sister, Juanita Powers of Aspermont; and 10 grandchildren.

 

Death Notices

Kenneth Barnett

Kenneth Barnett, 63, of Dallas and formerly of Abilene, died Tuesday at his home. Services are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.

Pablo Ramirez Jr.

BIG SPRING -- Pablo Ramirez Jr., 84, died Tuesday in a local hospital. Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home.

Mary Walker

EASTLAND -- Mary Walker, 96, died Tuesday in a local nursing home. Services are pending with Bakker Funeral Home.

Niles North Sobeck Jr.

GOLDTHWAITE -- Niles North Sobeck Jr., of Navasota, died Sunday in Navasota. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Oakview Cemetery in Mullin, directed by Stacy-Wilkins Funeral Home.

Gerald Duard Mathis

EARLY -- Gerald Duard Mathis, 64, died Sunday in Brown County. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Stephenville Funeral Home Chapel in Stephenville.

Martin Monroe Spinks

ZEPHYR -- Martin Monroe Spinks died Tuesday in a Brownwood hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Stacy-Wilkins Funeral Home Chapel in Goldthwaite.

Myrtle Irene Burdett

STEPHENVILLE -- Myrtle Irene Burdett, 98, died Tuesday in a local nursing home. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Dublin Liveoak Cemetery in Dublin, directed by Harrell Funeral Home of Dublin.

Olena Maye Latimer Price

BROWNWOOD -- Olena Maye Latimer Price, 85, died Monday in a local hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Comanche Funeral Home Chapel in Comanche.

Leroy Chambers

MAY -- Leroy Chambers, 68, died Tuesday in an Abilene hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Higginbotham Funeral Home Chapel in Rising Star.

 

Funerals Today

OMAHA, Neb. -- John D. "Driller" Lierman, 81, 10 a.m. at Westlawn-Hillcrest Funeral Home Chapel; burial in Westlawn-Hillcrest Memorial Park.

ARLINGTON -- William G. Baker Jr., 59, 10 a.m. at Richland Hills Church of Christ; graveside services 4 p.m. in Elmwood Memorial Park in Abilene, directed by Moore Funeral Home.

LUBBOCK -- Mabel Brock McCain, 90, 1 p.m. at First Christian Church in Eastland; burial in Elmwood Memorial Park in Abilene, directed by White Funeral Home of Lubbock and Edwards Funeral Home of Eastland.

LAWN -- Don E. Winters, 64, 2 p.m. at Lawn Baptist Church; burial in Buffalo Gap Cemetery, directed by Fry-Bartlett Funeral Home of Tuscola.

HAMLIN -- William H. "Pee Wee" Cranford Jr., 57, 2 p.m. at Hamlin Church of Christ; burial in Hamlin Memorial Cemetery, directed by Foster-Adams Funeral Home.

GLEN ROSE -- Orville "Hog" Reeves, 83, 10 a.m. at Wiley Funeral Home Chapel; burial in White Church Cemetery in Somervell County.

PEACOCK -- Tommy Ray Simmons, 69, 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church; burial in Double Mountain Cemetery, directed by McCoy Funeral Home of Aspermont.

MERKEL -- Odelia Ueckert, 84, 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church; burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, directed by Starbuck Funeral Home.

 

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