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Monday, May 6, 2002

Obituaries

Jim Sellers

COLEMAN -- Jim Sellers, 82, died Thursday, May 2, 2002 at his home. Services will be 2 p.m. Monday in the Walker Funeral Home Chapel with David Jenkins officiating, assisted by Rickey Rister. Burial will follow in the Coleman City Cemetery.

Mr. Sellers was born January 9, 1920 in Eastland to the late Solomon R. and Meedie M. Huffman Sellers. He had lived in Coleman County 25 years and was a retired farmer. Mr. Sellers was a veteran of WWII and a member of the Baptist Church.

He is survived by two daughters, Lillie Jo Oxford and Betty Jo Johnson, both of Coleman; three sons, J.D. Sellers of Noodle, Melvin Sellers of Abilene and Randy Aaron of Coleman; three sisters, Teddy Gilliam and Betty Jo Simmons, both of Midland and Lucille Rudd of Olive Hurst, California; and 15 grandchildren.

Helen Dunagan Reeves

McALLEN -- Helen Dunagan Reeves was born April 5, 1917 to John Claiborne and Ada Lois Hicks Dunagan in Gaines County, Texas. She passed away in her home on May 4, 2002 in McAllen, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Robert L. Dunagan and J. Conrad Dunagan and her husband, Ollie M. "Bud" Reeves, Jr.

Survivors include four daughters, Rebecca Ford (Jeffrey), McAllen, Texas, Judith Heatly (Gene), Vernon, Texas, Susan Moore, Dallas, Texas and Deborah Smith (Jerome), Virginia Beach, Virginia; and two sisters, Lorena Jones (Poosty) Midland; Virginia Hardy (Ralph), Abilene, Texas; and lifelong friend and sister-in-law, Kathlyn Dunagan, Monahans, Texas. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Helen graduated from Midland High School in 1934 and from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas in 1938. She attended graduate school at the University of Texas in Austin. Helen was a dedicated first grade teacher in Monahans, Texas for 24 years. She was active in the First Baptist Church in Monahans and several teacher organizations. First and foremost she was a devoted family member treasuring those relationships above all other. She provided a vacation house in Ruidoso, New Mexico for her children and grandchildren. "Granny Helen" will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Monahans, Texas on Tuesday, May 7, 2002, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at the Monahans Memorial Cemetery. Officiating at the service will be family members Reverend Jerome Smith of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Reverend Randy Shoulders of Cave Creek, Arizona, and Reverend Paul White of Gainesville, Florida. Services are under the direction of Family Funeral Services/Jackie Harkey of Monahans, TX.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, 504 S. Alice, Monahans, TX 79756 or the Monahans Sandhills State Park, P.O. Box 387, Monahans, TX 79756.

Mrs. Beady Ann Nealy Titsworth

COLEMAN -- Mrs. Beady Ann Nealy Titsworth, 89, died Saturday, May 4, 2002 at Coleman County Medical Center. Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Walker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend John Stanislaw officiating. Burial will be in the Glen Cove Cemetery.

Mrs. Titsworth was born January 11, 1913 in Coleman County to the late Phillip U. Nealy and Edna E. McQueen Nealy. She was a lifetime resident of Coleman County. She married Ralph Everett Titsworth in Valera. He preceded her in death in 1984. She was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors are two sons, Marvin Everett Titsworth and Larry Neal Titsworth and wife, Sue, all of Coleman; and three brothers, J.T. and wife, Nancy Nealy of Clute, Olan and wife, Willie Nealy of Wills Point and Lloyd and wife, Nell Nealy of Wacahachie.

She was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.

Jessie Aline Landers

Jessie Aline Landers, 86, passed away May 4, 2002, at a local medical center.

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, at the Elliott-Hamil Chapel of Memories, 542 Hickory with Reverend Rickie Rister officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home.

Mrs. Landers was born on February 26, 1916 in Booneville, Arkansas to R.F. McCoy and Nancy Cobb McCoy. Mrs. Landers worked at the Drake Hotel in Baird, Texas.

Mrs. Landers moved to Abilene in 1952 from Arkansas. She married Clyde Ray Landers in Baird, Texas on May 11, 1957. Mrs. Landers was a member of Elmwood Baptist Church. She was an avid gardener and loved making flower arrangements.

She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include her husband, Ray Landers; four sons, Dr. Sam R. Landers and wife, Alice Faye of Germany; John C. Landers and wife, Katherine of Marana, AZ; Jimmy Cabe and wife, Vickie of Augusta, GA; Floyd Cabe and wife, Betty of Jonesboro, AR; nine grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 41, Abilene, Texas 79604.

Harold D. "Ace" Prescott

CISCO -- Harold D. "Ace" Prescott passed away Saturday, May 4, 2002 at his home after a lengthy battle with cancer at the age of 81. He was with his family when he reunited with his Lord. "Ace" was born on October 18, 1920 in Abilene, Texas to Justice and Ruth McDougal Prescott. He attended school in Abilene, graduating from Phoenix High School in 1939. He attended Hardin- Simmons where he played football and was captain of the 1942 team.

After college, he served in the Army during WWII. He was wounded at the Battle of the Bulge. During his service to our country, he was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. After the war he played professional football for the Green Bay Packers (1945-1947) and the World Champion Philadelphia Eagles (1948-1949). "Ace" returned to Hardin-Simmons in 1950 and received his master's degree in 1951.

"Ace" married Bernice Odell Bush on November 28, 1949. She preceded him in death in 1991. "Ace" coached football for 37 years, 14 years in high school sports at Falfurrias, Raymondville, Ranger and Burkburnett. He then coached 23 years at Cisco Junior College where he retired as Athletic Director in 1987. "Ace's" greatest joy was fishing for largemouth bass, believing that the only good lure was a 6-inch Creme Purple Worm on a Texas Rig.

Survivors include a daughter, Denise Avants and husband James of Cisco; two sons, Harold Prescott Jr. and wife Jill of Cisco, J.D. and wife Sherry of Paradise; seven grandchildren; six great- grandchildren; and many friends.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at First United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. with Gary Turner officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery under direction of Chambers-Wilcox Funeral Home. Family will be receiving friends at the funeral home Tuesday evening from 5 to 7 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Hardin-Simmons University, Cisco Junior College or Hospice of the Big Country.

Florence (Burnes) Carter

Florence (Burnes) Carter died Friday, May 3, 2002 at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at the Landmark Nursing Home. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2002, in Elmwood Memorial Park Cemetery, with Borden Manly officiating. Services will be directed by North's Funeral Home, 242 Orange Street.

Florence Carter was born in Lueders where she graduated from high school. She married Leroy Carter and they moved to Abilene. Mr. Carter died in August of 2000. Mrs. Carter graduated from (then) Abilene Commercial College. She worked as a secretary (then) at ACC Psychology Dept. and then as secretary at 16th & Vine Church of Christ where she was a member for 36 years before joining Woodlawn Church of Christ.

She is survived by her daughter, Carol Carter and a grandchild, Katherine Doherty of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; a brother-in-law, Jack Hornsby of Abilene; and a nephew and niece, Bob and Chico Burnes of San Antonio, Texas.

Jean Hall

Jean Hall, 92, of Abilene went to be with her Lord early Sunday morning on May 5, 2002.

Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2002 at Harpersville Cemetery near Breckenridge with Leo Scott officiating, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Jean was born on January 13, 1910 in Celeste, Texas, to Will and Lula Murley. On July 13, 1927, Jean married Thad Hall in Best, Texas, in the old jail by a nervous minister who was performing his first wedding. The marriage "took," lasting 53 years and producing four daughters.

Jean was retired from the credit department of Sears where she worked for many years. She was a longtime member of Belmont Baptist Church.

Jean lived in the Old Windsor Hotel Apartments for seven enjoyable years where, with many friends, she had fun playing cards, listening to the Memory Men, watching parades from her window, admiring all the beautiful bridal parties coming and going, and most all --- dancing in the elegant old ballroom.

Jean was a beautiful woman who was a class act. Even as a 92-year-old great-great-grandmother, she continued to turn heads with her elegant beauty.

She was preceded in death by her husband and daughter, Lynn Gray.

Survivors include three daughters, Dody Stovall and husband Joe of Lindale, Jan Menkel and husband Ken of Buffalo Gap and Brook Davis and husband Sam of Abilene; twelve grandchildren; twenty-nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great- grandchildren.

We're going to miss you here on earth, Gamby, but we know that Heaven is a lot sweeter and funnier with you there. Bye, Mobber. We love you whole big!

Joseph William Wood

COLEMAN -- Joseph William Wood, infant newborn son of Kevin and Amber Wood of Abilene, died Friday, May 3, 2002, in Abilene. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Stevens Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Bill Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in the Coleman Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Joseph William was born May 3, 2002, in Abilene.

Survivors include his parents, Kevin and Amber Wood of Abilene; two sisters, Ashley Wood of Odessa and Kaitlin Wood of Abilene; one brother, Jacob Wood of Odessa; grandparents, Nita Wood of Coleman, Mona and Dennis Temby of Midland, Francis and Judy Kohn of Park Falls, Wisconsin; great-grandmothers, Dona Steinacker and Marie Temby, both of Park Falls, Wisconsin and Marjorie Kohn of San Benito, Texas; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Billy Joe Wood.

Family visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Death Notices

Glenn Boggs

BRECKENRIDGE — Glenn Boggs, 49, of Albany, died Sunday, May 5, 2002. Arrangements are pending with Morehart Mortuary.

F.L. ‘Buster’ Griffin

DUBLIN — F.L. “Buster” Griffin, 73, died Saturday, May 4, 2002. Graveside services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at Johnson Cemetery, Erath County, under the direction of Stephenville Funeral Home. Visitation is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Wanda V. Lawson

COLEMAN — Wanda V. Lawson, 74, died Sunday, May 5, 2002. Graveside services are 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Coleman City Cemetery Pavilion, under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Beatrice Smith

COLORADO CITY — Beatrice Smith, 80, died Sunday, May 5, 2002. Arrangements are pending with Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.

Victor Williams

GOLDTHWAITE — Victor Williams, 84, died Saturday, May 4, 2002. Graveside services are 10 a.m. today at Goldthwaite Memorial Cemetery, under the direction of Stacy-Wilkins Funeral Home.

 

Funerals Today

ROSCOE — Foy E. Wright Dooley, 91, 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church; burial in Roscoe Cemetery.

BRECKENRIDGE — Luis Alonso Duran Sr., 48, 4 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church; burial in Breckenridge Cemetery.

ROUND ROCK — Rosie L. Friske, 68, 1 p.m. at Cook-Walden Funeral Home Colonial Chapel; burial in Old Round Rock Cemetery.

EASTLAND — Juanita Mathiews Gephart, 86, graveside 11:30 a.m. at Eastland Cemetery.

OLNEY — Billy Mack Hughes, 71, 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church; burial in Restland Cemetery.

The Reverend Wayne A. “Larry” Lorensen, 82, 2 p.m. at Abilene Bible Church; burial in Elmwood Memorial Park.

BROWNWOOD — Dr. Joseph Tolbert McClain, 82, 11 a.m. at Early First Baptist Church; burial in Eastlawn Memorial Park.

EASTLAND — Thelma McDougal McKelvy, 83, 2 p.m. at Bakker Funeral Home Chapel in Eastland.

BROWNWOOD — Lois Faye Meador, 88, 3 p.m. at Lake Brownwood United Methodist Church; burial in Windham Cemetery.

SNYDER — Iris C. Powledge, 94, 3 p.m. at Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home Chapel; burial in Hillside Memorial Gardens.

SWEETWATER — Charlie Joseph Snapka, 91, military graveside, 10 a.m. at Mount Calm Cemetery.

RISING STAR — Robert E. “Bob” Sullivan, 73, 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church; burial in the Bates Family Cemetery in Brown County.

SWEETWATER — Wanda Kay Walton, 58, 2 p.m. at McCoy Chapel of Memories, burial in Sweetwater Cemetery.

ROWENA — Lillie M. Havlak Zak, 89, 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church; burial in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.


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