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Sunday, September 1, 2002


Jack R. Martin

ABILENE -- Jack R. Martin passed away August 28, 2002 in an Amarillo hospital. Mr. Martin attended Wylie High School (class of 1962) and served in the Navy during the Viet Nam war. Surviving brothers and sisters include Jean, Dawn, Hubert, Lee, Ronny, Dorothy, and Angel (Shirlene). Preceded in death by a sister, Betty Jo, Emma Lee Cargill (mother), Donald J. Martin (father). Surviving children include Kenneth, Michael, and Marcy. We loved and will continue to keep him in our prayers. Girdner-Brown Funeral Home Abilene, Texas

Austin McKinney

Austin McKinney, 74, of Rotan passed away Friday morning in a Lubbock hospital. Services will be Sunday, September 1, 2002 at 2 p.m. in the First Baptist Church of Rotan with Brother Jerry Vincent officiating. Burial will follow in Belvieu Cemetery under the direction of Weathersbee Funeral Home of Rotan.

Austin was born June 8, 1928 in Rotan, TX where he built, owned and managed Rotan Delinting Plant for 36 years. He served in the Army and was a Past Quartermaster and Commander of the V.F.W.

He is survived by his wife, Lue Ann of Rotan; two step-sons, Rowdy and wife Vicky Rasberry of Roby, TX and Chad Templeton of Rotan, TX; two step-daughters, Rachel and husband Kelly Halstead of Roby, TX and Misty and husband Chas McGlothlin of Sweetwater, TX; two brothers, Murl and wife Francene McKinney and B.B. and wife Bobbie McKinney of Rotan, TX; nine step- grandchildren; and one step-greatgrandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Scott and Joe McKinney; his first wife, Jean McKinney; and one step-daughter, Jeannie Rasberry.

Richard Lynn Scott

CLYDE -- Richard Lynn Scott, 52, of Clyde, died Friday in an Abilene hospital. Graveside services will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in the Clyde Cemetery, under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home.

Richard was born December 23, 1949 in Gorman to Jimmie and Helen Rogers Scott. He had lived in the Clyde area since moving from Wylie in 1957. He attended school in Clyde. He was a horse ferrier and a horse trainer.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Jamie and Kim Scott of Arlington; one daughter and son-in-law, Shannon and Billy Phillips of Clyde; parents, Jimmie R. and Helen Scott of Clyde; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Kyle and Minnie Scott and Maurice and Linda Scott all of Clyde; four grandchildren, Kayla, Dustin, Brandi, and Breonna; two nephews, Dow Scott of Clyde and John Bryan of Houston; three nieces, Lee Ann Scott of Clyde, Jay and Terri Alba of Abilene, and Jori and Greg McNew of Houston; one special friend, Mary Moore of Clyde; and two great-nieces, Chelsy and Tabitha Alba.

Norris "Weldon" Bailey

Norris “Weldon” Bailey, 65, went home to be with his Lord on Friday, August 30, 2002, with his wife by his side in Abilene, Texas.

Weldon was born August 7, 1937, in Chillicothe, Texas, to Carl Henry Means Bailey and Carrie “Ethel” Bailey Hines. Both preceded him in death.   He had one sister, Margie Means Bailey, who passed on before Weldon was born. In March of 1991, he married Ronda Lee Menasco, whom he loved and adored.

He leaves one son, Jonathan Peter Weldon Bailey of Bovey Tracey, England; and two stepchildren, R. Jason McBride and wife, Jennifer, of Plano, TX, and Ranett Clayton of Wichita Falls, TX. He was PaPa Weldon to four grandchildren, Jessi, Mikki, Collin, and Maddison. He was also blessed with a wonderful mother-in-law, Francis Menasco and two of his cousins that were more like sisters to him, Sandra Smithwick and husband, Aubrey, and Glenda Sue Downes and husband, James, all of Vernon, TX.

He served 27 years in the United States Navy Submarine Force, having served on the Odax, Spadefish, Baton Rouge, and Thrasher to name a few. He loved his country and the sea, but Weldon's heart always belonged to Texas. He moved to Abilene in 1991, and was known as “the credit man”. He worked for Credit Data of West Texas and was the manager of the Central Division. He attended and taught at Texas A & M University, and was always an Aggie.

The family will receive friends at a visitation from 5:30 to7 P.M. Tuesday at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory, in Abilene. A graveside service for family and friends will be held at 12 Noon on Wednesday, September 4th, in Crestview Memorial Cemetery in Wichita Falls, TX.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hendrick Hospice Care, P.O. Box 1922, Abilene, TX 79604; Rescue the Animals, Inc., 4620 N. 1st, Abilene, TX 79603; or Make-A-Wish Foundation of West Texas, P.O. Box 14988, Odessa, TX 79768.

Weldon and I want to tell Dr. Hirsch, the nurses in his office, all the nurses and aides in SE7 Oncology Floor, and the nurses at Hospice Home Health and 7th Floor how much we appreciated their support, care, and concern. God has his angels everywhere.  Thank you.

Donald M Wilkerson

Donald M Wilkerson, 58, went home to be with the Lord Friday, August 30, 2002 at a local hospital. Services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 3, 2002 at the Elmwood Funeral Home with Reverend Kevin Kennedy officiating. Burial will follow with full military honors under the direction of Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Hwy 277 South. A visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Monday, September 2, 2002 at Elmwood Funeral Home.

Don was born January 22, 1944 in Bell City, Missouri to John and Faye Wilkerson. He graduated from high school in Bell City May 1962, in June of that year he joined the USAF. August 18,, 1962 he married Bobbie Pry in Bloomfield, Missouri. He retired from USAF in 1984 as a Senior Master Sergeant. After retirement he spent his time working with the church and helping people in need. Mr. Wilkerson was an active member of Trinity Baptist Church for 23 years, and served as Deacon.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Laura Wilkerson.

Don is survived by his wife, Bobbie Wilkerson; two sons, Donald Gaylon Wilkerson and wife, Angela, their children, Kayla Hardwick, Ethan Wilkerson and Rebecca Wilkerson, Darrin Spencer Wilkerson and wife, Rebecca, their children, Ryan Langer and Cole Wilkerson; one brother, Rodney J. Wilkerson and wife, Brenda, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, their children, Michael, Dustin, and John Wilkerson; one uncle, Gene Heath and wife, Sue Heath of Memphis, TN; and numerous cousins.

Sylvia Bearden

Mrs. Sylvia Bearden, 81, of Abilene and formerly of Colorado City, died Friday night at her residence. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the Colorado City Cemetery with Kerry Cain officiating under the direction of Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.

Mrs. Bearden was born February 25, 1921 in Grand Saline, TX to J.D. and Mary Pate Yarbrough and lived in Colorado City most of her life before moving to Abilene four years ago. She married Claude Bearden on December 23, 1937 in Colorado City. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

She is survived by her husband, Claude Bearden of Abilene; a son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Paula Bearden of Abilene; three sisters, Ruby Honea of Abilene, Faye Root of New York and Leta Townsend of Lubbock; three brothers, Sewell Yarbrough, Seagall Yarbrough and Leland Yarbrough, all of Tucson, AZ; six grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and three great-great- grandchildren.

Jack H. McMinn, Jr.

NEWCASTLE, OK -- Jack H. McMinn, Jr., former Abilene resident, passed away at his home August 28 in Newcastle, Oklahoma. He was 55.

He is survived by his son, Jason and two granddaughters, Megan and Jessica all of Abilene; one sister, Glenda Zorn of Anson; nieces and nephews.

Mr. McMinn attended Abilene High and was a U.S. Marine serving in Vietnam in 1968.

Services will be Monday, September 2 in New Castle, Oklahoma and burial will be Tuesday, September 3 at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma with full military honors.


Death Notices

Peggy Jean Thrasher Beene
BROWNWOOD - Peggy Jean Thrasher Beene, 72, died Friday, August 30, 2002. Graveside services are 3:00 p.m. Tuesday in Eastlawn Memorial Park, under the direction of Davis-Morris Funeral Home.

Bonnie Brockman
LAKE COLORADO CITY - Bonnie Brockman died Saturday, August 31, 2002. Services are 11 a.m. Monday at Myers and Smith Funeral Home Chapel, with graveside services 3 p.m. Monday at Rose Hill Cemetery, Merkel.

Oliver Lee Cantrell
RANGER - Oliver Lee Cantrell, 87. Died Saturday, August 31, 2002. Arrangements are pending with Edwards Funeral Home of Ranger.

Manuel Chavez
LORAINE - Mr. Manuel Chavez, 87, died Saturday, August 31, 2002. Arrangements are pending with Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.

H.G. "Ed" Love
COLORADO CITY - H.G. "Ed" Love, 85, died Saturday, August 31, 2002. Graveside services are 4 p.m. Monday in Colorado City Cemetery, under the direction of Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.

H.D. Mason
BRECKENRIDGE - H.D. Mason, 90, died Saturday, August 31, 2002. Arrangements are pending with Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home.

Elizabeth Millerman
Elizabeth Millerman, 89, formerly of Abilene, died Saturday, August 31, 2002. Arrangements are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.

Ashley Nicole Moreno
BROWNWOOD - Ashley Nicole Moreno, 12, died Saturday, August 31, 2002. Funeral mass is 3 p.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with burial in Eastlawn Memorial Park, under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home. Rosary will be 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

W.H. (Buck) Rudd
SWEETWATER - W.H. (Buck) Rudd, 81, died Saturday, August 31, 2002. Arrangements are pending with Cate-Spencer and Trent Funeral Home.

T.R. "Sonny" Shultz
SNYDER - T.R. "Sonny" Shultz, 81, died Friday, August 30, 2002. Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Bell-Cypert-Seale Chapel, with burial in Hermleigh Cemetery.

Funerals Today

BRECKENRIDGE - Rena Walker Cozart, 81, 2 p.m. Elliott Street Church of Christ, with burial in Breckenridge Cemetery.

SAN SABA - Marion Clyde Johanson, 89, 3 p.m. Cherokee Church of Christ, with burial in Cherokee Cemetery.

SNYDER - Edward Roy McCarter, 91, 2:30 p.m. Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Hillside Memorial Gardens.

ROTAN - Austin McKinney, 74, 2 p.m. First Baptist Church, with burial in Belvieu Cemetery.

CLYDE - Richard Lynn Scott, 52, graveside 2 p.m. in the Clyde Cemetery.

GRAND PRAIRIE - Margaret Trinidad, 62, 2 p.m. Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Coleman, with burial in Santa Anna Cemetery.


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