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Friday, June 14, 2002


Verland Pierson

WACO -- Verland Brooks Pierson, 83, formerly of Colorado City, TX passed away June 11, 2002 in Waco. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Friday, June 14, 2002 at Connally Compton Funeral Directors Chapel with Jerry Price, minister, as officiant. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held 6-8pm Thursday evening.

Verland was born June 26, 1918 in Randolph, Iowa to Harry and Hester Pierson. He served in the Army and was a veteran of WWII. He was also a member of the American Legion and a lifetime member of the VFW. Verland was employed with Haliburton, Inc. for almost 20 years.

He is survived by his wife, Maxene Pierson of Waco; children: Sandra Williams of Manor, TX, Debbie Fuller of Hobbs, NM, James Martin of Moody, TX, Howard Martin of Troy, TX and Troy Martin of Hewitt, TX; 12 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; brother, Keith Pierson and two sisters: Maurine Martin and Maxine McClanahan.

Govie Lucille Maberry

DENTON -- Govie Lucille Maberry died June 12, 2002 in Denton, Texas.

She was born September 15, 1913, in Sylvester, Texas. Ms. Maberry had lived in Andrews, Texas since 1953 and was a recent resident at Longmeadow Nursing Center in Justin, Texas. She was married to Luin C. Maberry, December 23, 1932 in McCauley, Texas. Mr. Maberry preceded her in death in 1972.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Lois Maberry of Shreveport, Louisiana; and two daughters and their husbands, Carla and Jimmy Mobley of Kermit, Texas, and Sandra and Perry Combest of Denton, Texas; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

There will be a memorial service for family and close friends at the home of Sandra and Perry Combest, 2414 Jacqueline Dr., at 7 a.m. on June 15, 2002, Denton, Texas. Graveside rites will be held at the Andrews County Cemetery at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 16, 2002. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to a Hospice of one's choice.

Members of the family will receive friends and extended family on Sunday afternoon, June 16, 2002, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the family home, 401 S.E. Second Street, Andrews, Texas.

David Olivarez

WACO -- David Olivarez, 38, of Waco, passed away June 8, 2002, at a local hospital after a lengthy battle with liver disease. Funeral services were 10 a.m. Monday, June 10, 2002, at St. Francis Catholic Church with burial following at Waco Memorial Park. Services were directed by BrookView Funeral Home of Waco.

David was born May 1, 1964 in Waco. He attended Waco schools and later McLennan Community College. He was employed by Continental Airlines. He moved to Abilene in 1985 where he worked for Blue Cross and Blue Shield and El Fenix Restaurant. He recently moved back to Waco.

He is survived by his life partner, Phillip Hill of Abilene; his parents, Pablo and Lilly Olivarez of Waco; five brothers, Mario Olivarez, Sr. of McGregor, Pablo Olivarez, Jr., Erasmo Olivarez, Robert Olivarez, Rubine Olivarez; and six sisters, Susie Dominguez, Angie Garcia, Christine Ybarra, Delia Davilla, Olga Garcia and Diane Huerta, all of Waco.

Nephews served as pallbearers. He gave us so much love. We will miss him dearly.

Don B. Stephenson

Don B. Stephenson, 70, of Abilene died Wednesday, June 12, 2002 at a local medical Center.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Elmwood West United Methodist Church with Reverend Rick Doyle and Reverend Richard Payne officiating. Burial will be in the Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

He was born on April 2, 1932, in El Reno, Oklahoma, to the late Glen W. and Ruby Finley Stephenson. He was a graduate of El Reno High School and married Shirley Lee Eichor in El Reno on April 12, 1952. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 12, 2002.

Mr. Stephenson retired with the rank of Master Sgt. from the U.S. Air Force after a 20-year career (1950-1970). He was a veteran of Vietnam. For twenty-three years he was employed by the City of Abilene. Since 1963, he had been a resident of Abilene.

He was a member of Elmwood West United Methodist Church. His other associations included Abilene Area Square and Round Dance Association, A-Team Square Dance Club, Shady Oaks Golf Club and Air Force Gunners Association.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Stephenson of Abilene; a son, Joe Stephenson and wife, Jenny, of Abilene; a daughter, Cassie Hughes and husband, Sam of Abilene; and grandchildren, Scott Hughes and Chelsey Hughes.

Memorials may be made to Elmwood West United Methodist Church, 1302 South Pioneer, Abilene, TX 79605; Meals on Wheels Plus, Inc., P.O. Box 903, Abilene, TX 79604; or the donor's favorite charity.

Alfred W. Reed

Alfred W. Reed, 55, of Abilene, died Wednesday, June 12, 2002, at a local medical center.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at North Park Assembly of God Church with Reverend Sam Earp officiating, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home,5701 Hwy 277 South. Burial will be in Midway Cemetery in Hodges.

Mr. Reed was born on January 28, 1947, in Jayton, Texas, and moved to Abilene from Jayton in 1953. He was a graduate of Hawley High School and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He was a route salesman for Cintas, a commercial laundry company, for 15 years.

He married Shirley Vaughn in Abilene on April 15, 1966. Alfred was a member of North Park Assembly of God Church in Abilene.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harvey W. Reed in 1991.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Reed of Abilene; two sons, Allen Reed and Eric Reed, both of Abilene; his mother and stepfather, Opal and Kenneth Collins of Abilene; a brother, Charles Reed of Nashville, Tennessee; and a sister, Elvie Rose of Wichita, Kansas.

Hazel Marie McCollum McKinney

MORAN -- Hazel Marie McCollum McKinney, 82, of Moran, Texas, died Wednesday, June 12, 2002, at the Canterbury Villa Nursing Center in Cisco.

Mrs. McKinney was born on October 19, 1919 in Callahan County near Moran and was the daughter of the late Pete and Rosa McCollum. She was a member of First Baptist Church and the Dorcas Sunday School Class in Moran. She was a homemaker and a waitress.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth W. McKinney of Moran; a son, Kenneth L. McKinney and wife, Diana of Ft. Worth; one daughter, Patricia Gross and husband, Ron; two grandsons, Michael and Ryan, one great-granddaughter, Savannah of Castle Rock, Colorado; two sisters, Opal Boyd and husband, Theo of Rising Star, Doris Star of Odessa; sister-in-law, Marie McCollum of Odessa; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mrs. McKinney was preceded in death by her sister, Jewel Harper of Moran; and her brother, Woodrow McCollum of Odessa, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 14, 2002 at the First Baptist Church of Moran, Texas, with Reverend Jack Clack and Reverend Cole Farmer officiating. Interment will be in Dennis Cemetery,directed by Godfrey-Neese Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Moran or your favorite charity.

Nell Cooper

RISING STAR -- Nell Cooper, age 93, of Rising Star, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2002, at the Rising Star Nursing Home.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Higginbotham Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Dick Williams officiating. Burial will be in Long Branch Cemetery.

Mrs. Cooper was born July 26, 1908 in Carbon. She married Ulysses S. Cooper on December 22, 1927 in Eastland County. He preceded her in death in 1988. She was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist Union Center.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Ginger and Albert Witcher of Waco; daughter, Gerri Cooper of Rising Star; sister, Bonnie Eckstine of Whitney; two brothers, Roy McAlister of Granbury and Bill McAlister of Whitney; six grandchildren, Mark, Leah, Melissa, Damon, David and Tucy; and fifteen great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and a son.

Grandsons serving as pallbearers are Mark Witcher, Phillip Jackson, Mark SoRelle, Damon Cooper, David Cooper and David Caster.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Carl Roddy Griffith Sr.

Carl Roddy Griffith, 77, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2002 in Torrance, CA. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. today, June 14, 2002 at Munday First United Methodist Church directed by McCauley-Smith Funeral Home. Burial will be in Brushy Cemetery.

Mr. Griffith was born July 2, 1924 in Haskell County, TX. He moved to San Diego, CA in 1963, and then to Torrance, CA in 1979. He was a retired heavy equipment operator, and a Gunner in the Air Force during World War II.

He is survived by three sons, Carl Roddy Griffith Jr. of San Antonio, TX, Herbert Jean Griffith of Torrance, CA, Chuck Griffith of Lufkin, TX; two sisters, Nettle Partridge of Munday, TX, Gena Beth Ard of Houston, TX; one brother, Jean Griffith of Trenton, TN; eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorials can be made to First United Methodist Building Fund or the Brushy Cemetery Fund.

Floyd Irlan Caraway

RANGER -- Floyd Irlan Caraway, 50, passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2002 in Ranger. Services will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Second Baptist Church with Reverend Adam Barker officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Ranger.

Mr. Caraway was born on August 7, 1951 to Floyd Earl and Bennye R. (Berryhill) Caraway. He attended school in Ranger and Olden, and was affiliated with the Second Baptist Church in Ranger. He worked at the family business, Caraway Auto Parts.

Mr. Caraway's survivors include his parents, Floyd and Bennye Caraway of Ranger; one son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Cynthia Marshall of Abilene; one granddaughter, Makala Marshall of Abilene; two special aunts, Wanda Porter of Ranger and Annie Doorman of Mabank; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Irlan will be remembered for his loyalty to his family and the family business. Those who knew him best knew his true heart.

Larry Neal Richardson

RULE -- Larry Neal Richardson was born in Haskell, Texas on November 25, 1952. He was 49 years old. Larry died on Monday, June 10th, in San Antonio, Texas. His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the First Methodist Church in Rule with the Reverend Shane Brue and J.R. Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Rule Cemetery, under the direction of McCauley-Robison Funeral Directors.

The family will be at McCauley-Robison Funeral Home in Rule for visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday.

Larry loved his grandparents Morris and Verna Neal or, as he called them, "Moss" and "Ninnie."

He was a good student and attended elementary school in Rule, TX, Middle School in Ferriday, LA, High School in Palestine, TX and College at the University of Texas at Austin.

Larry worked as a petroleum landman/oil and gas broker for 27 years for Charlie Hudson in Houston, TX. He loved his work and it was said by Greg Kane of SKH of Houston that Larry was one of the most talented landmen in the industry. Larry was working for Mr. Kane and SKH at the time of his death. He truly loved his job and was a workaholic.

Larry was a huge fan of all sports, especially the Texas Longhorns. He loved hunting and playing golf, and he really loved shopping and nice clothes.

Larry was introduced to Joanie by her brother, Ricki and his wife Shannon, in 1996 and it was truly love at first sight. Larry and Joanie were married in Abilene on July 2, 1997. July 2 was also Larry's grandparents' (Moss and Ninnie) anniversary. On the day Larry and Joanie were married, Morris and Verna Neal would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary had Morris still been alive.

Larry loved Joanie so very much. He was a wonderful husband. Joanie says a more honorable, kind, loving, caring man never existed. He was a beautiful human being. Larry was so full of life and everybody who knew him, loved him. Joanie's family fell in love with Larry and he loved them too. He enjoyed going to all of his new nieces and nephews sporting events.

Larry and Joanie adopted their son, Anthony Mark Richardson on August 13, 2001 after Anthony's mother passed away. Anthony and Joanie were Larry's life and he loved watching Anthony participate in all his sports.

Anthony has been particularly good in wrestling. He won second in State in folk style earlier this year and just before Larry died he was able to watch his son win second in State in freestyle and second in State in Grecco-Roman. The last pep talk Larry had with Anthony was to tell him how very proud he was to have him as his son, how proud he was of Anthony and how very much he loved him. Anthony hugged Larry and said "I love you,Dad." Larry died two days later while still in San Antonio.

Larry is survived by his parents, Tom and Wanda Richardson of Abilene, TX; his uncle, Charles B. Neal of Naples, FL; his wife, Joanie Skelton Richardson and his 11-year-old son, Anthony Mark Richardson of Henderson. Larry had five nieces and nephews, all of Henderson. They are Hunter and Haylee Skelton and Kelli, Clay and Katy Skelton. Larry also is survived by numerous cousins, aunts and uncles in the Richardson family.

The family requests memorials be made to Hendrick Medical Center Pulmonary Unit, Abilene, TX 79601 or First Baptist Church in Henderson.

Death Notices

Pearl Ashlock Beaird

Pearl Ashlock Beaird, 81, died Thursday, June 13, 2002. Arrangements are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.

Lorien Camp

RULE -- Lorien Camp, 89, died Thursday, June 13, 2002. Services are pending with McCauley-Robison Funeral Directors.

Jack Coleman

CISCO -- Jack Coleman died Thursday, June 13, 2002. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Kimbrough Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.

Raymond Eugene Holley

McCAULLEY -- Raymond Eugene holley, 69, died Thursday, June 13, 2002. Arrangements are pending with Foster-Adams Funeral Home in Hamlin.

David Jefferson Hostetter

GOLDTHWAITE -- David Jefferson Hostetter, 17, died Wednesday, June 12, 2002. Services are pending with the Stacy-Wilkins Funeral Home in Goldthwaite.

Mardelle Lancaster

ALBANY -- Mardelle Lancaster, 84, died Tuesday, June 12, 2002. Funeral services are pending with Godfrey-Neese Funeral Home.

Imogene Hunt Long

Imogene Hunt Long, 82, died Thursday, June 13, 2002. Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, 542 Hickory. Burial will be in Iberis Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

James Newton Odom

RISING STAR -- James Newton Odom, 91, died Wednesday, June 12, 2002. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday in the Higginbotham Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the May Cemetery.

Larry Richardson

RULE -- Larry Richardson, 49, died Monday, June 10, 2002. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15, 2002 at the Rule First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Rule Cemetery, under the direction of McCauley-Robison Funeral Home.

Kenneth Gene Willis

EASTLAND -- Kenneth GeneWillis, 67, died Thursday, June 13, 2002. Services are pending with Edwards Funeral Home.

Funerals Today

Melba Ruth Carlile, 78, 11 a.m. at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, 542 Hickory; burial in Midway Cemetery in Hodges.

SPUR -- Selbia Nelle Foreman, 85, 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church; burial in Spur Cemetery, directed by Campbell Funeral Home.

MUNDAY -- Carl Roddy Griffith, Sr., 77, 10 a.m. at Munday First United Church; burial in Brushy Cemetery, directed by McCauley-Smith Funeral Home.

Delmar Ray Harp, 69, 2 p.m. at Hodges Baptist Church; burial in Midway Cemetery, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.

SNYDER -- Evea Elizabeth McCarter, 82, 4 p.m. at Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home, burial in Hillside Memorial Gardens.

Bobbie Jean McCarty, 73, 10 a.m. at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Faith, 5701 Hwy 277 South; burial in Hawley Cemetery.

BANGS -- Maydelle Sadler Milner, 96, graveside 10 a.m. at Moorehead Cemetery in Eustace, directed by Thompson Funeral Home of Frankston.

BRECKENRIDGE -- Katherine Patterson, 78, 2 p.m. at Bethany Baptist Church; burial in Breckenridge Cemetery, directed by Morehart Mortuary.

COLORADO CITY -- Verland Brooks Pierson, 83, 2 p.m. at Connally Compton Funeral Directors Chapel in Waco. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

Marylyn L. Raza; rosary services 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church; memorial services 1 p.m. Saturday at the church, directed by Girdner-Brown Funeral Home.

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