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Friday, October 4, 2002

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Almeda B. Blair

MUNDAY -- Almeda B. Blair, 84, of Munday, Texas, passed away Tuesday, October 2, 2002 at an Abilene hospital.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 4, 2002 at Munday Church of Christ with Reverend Larry Fitzgerald officiating assisted by Adrin Fletcher. Burial will be in Willow Creek Cemetery in Haskell directed by McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in Munday.

Almeda was born on June 8, 1918 in Carter County, Oklahoma. She moved to Odessa and then to Munday in August 1981. She was a homemaker and a member of Munday Church of Christ. Alemda drove a school bus in Odessa for 15 years for E.C.I.S.D. and also drove a church bus and taught bible classes. Almeda married Doyl Aaron Blair on December 25, 1934 in Haskell. Mr. Blair preceded her in death on July 22, 1995.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two children, Johnnie I. Blair and Gary Don Blair.

Survivors include two sons, D.A. Blair Jr. of Odessa and Elton Blair of Newcastle, Texas; one daughter, Zora Woods of Pittsburg, Texas; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Stanley Fredrick Ledbetter

ALBANY -- Stanley Fredrick Ledbetter, 68, of Albany, Texas, passed away Friday, September 27, 2002 at his home.

Mr. Ledbetter was born April 5, 1934 in Albany and married Frankie Jean Hicks on September 1, 1954 in Albany. She preceded him in death on May 2, 1992. He was a member of First Assembly of God and was an oilfield worker.

Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 6, 2002 at Albany Cemetery directed by Godfrey-Neese Funeral Home.

Survivors include two daughters, Fonda Jean Boggs of Graham and Twila Yvonne Sanders of Albany; one brother, Frank Henry Ledbetter of Hawley; five grandchildren; and six great- grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, J.A. Ledbetter and one grandson, Patrick Shawn Boggs.

Alice Mae Harvey

Alice Mae Harvey, 85, died Tuesday, October 1, 2002, at an Abilene nursing center.

Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday in Elmwood Memorial Park with Reverend H.B. Terry, Jr. officiating, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.

She was born to Hugh Henry and Alice Jensen Harvey on September 23, 1917, in Albert Lea, Minnesota where she graduated from high school. She received her nursing degree (RN) from Naeve Hospital in Albert Lea, and moved from there to Abilene in 1948. In Abilene she initially was a nurse in the polio ward at Hendrick Hospital (now Hendrick Medical Center) during the Polio Epidemic in the late 1940's. She was office nurse for Dr. Marshall Turnbull for 19 years, and worked for Abilene State School for ten years before retiring in 1985.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in Abilene, and a member of Alternate Curriculum Sunday School. She was also a member of American Business Women's Association – Ora Negra Chapter, and the Organ Club.

Ms. Harvey was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and one sister.

She is survived by a brother, Howard E. Harvey of Minnetonke, Minnesota, three nieces, and two nephews.

Cecil L. Copeland

EASTLAND- Cecil L. Copeland, 78, of Eastland, passed away Wednesday in the Eastland Memorial Hospital.

Services will be at 1:00 P.M. Friday at the Daugherty St. Church of Christ with Larry Roberts officiating. Burial will be in the Eastland City Cemetery, directed by Edwards Funeral Home.

Mr. Copeland was born on April 19, 1924 in DeLeon to Robert Lee and Maudie Lee (Reed) Copeland. He married Milabeth "Molly" Boggus on January 6, 1944 in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. He served with the 737 Tank Battalion during W.W.II. He was a Superintendent for R.M. Sneed Construction Company for 27 years. He was a member of the Daugherty St. Church of Christ, as well as a member of the "Dairy Queen Roundtable". He was preceded in death by one nephew.

Survivors include his wife, Molly Copeland of Eastland; two daughters, Cecilia Beth Murray of Cross Plains and Nancy Carolyn Brown of Plano; eight grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; and one niece.

Lorene Cribbs

THROCKMORTON -- Lorene Cribbs, 88, of Throckmorton, Texas, passed away Thursday, October 3, 2002 at a Throckmorton Health Care Center.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 5, 2002 at Church of Christ with Dr. Silas Short of Post, Texas officiating. Burial will be in Throckmorton Cemetery directed by Merriman- Archer Funeral Home.

Lorene was born to Claborn S. and Mattie Jane (Willingham) Gray in Comanche County, Texas. She and Marley M. (Jack) Cribbs were married on September 7, 1931 in Oklahoma. He preceded her in death on February 25, 1970. Lorene was a lifetime resident of Throckmorton County. She was a companion to Valda Brown for about 30 years. Lorene was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Marley on March 12, 2001 and Jody in April, 2001.

Survivors include one daughter, Jane Cook of Throckmorton; one sister, Ada Mae Parrott of Albany; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Alma Foster

ANSON -- Alma Foster, 93, died Wednesday, October 2, 2002, at an Anson hospital. Services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 5, 2002 at Avoca Baptist Church. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, directed by Lawrence-Adams Funeral Home.

Born June 11, 1909, in Madison County, Alma was a daughter of the late E.F. and Mollie (Batson) Simmons. She was the widow of Clifford Foster and moved to Anson from Avoca after his death. Alma was a member of the Avoca Baptist Church where she was very active for many years. She was a homemaker and a member of Texas Extension Education Association.

Two brothers (Scrap Simmons and Thurman Simmons), one daughter (Dorothy May Foster), and one son (Stanely Foster) preceded her in death.

Survivors include one brother and sister-in-law, Woodrow and Annetta Simmons of Anson; a sister-in-law, Juanda Simmons of Anson; and two nieces and their husbands, Judy and John Deatherage of Anson and Mary Elizabeth and Richmond Dorsey of Tyler.

Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 4, 2002, at the funeral home.

Frank T. Bailey

CLYDE -- Frank T. Bailey passed away October 2, 2002, at the age of 86. Services will be held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Bailey Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverends Riley Fugitt and Doug Mills officiating. Burial will be in the Clyde Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home.

The son of the late Dr. John H. and Cordie Bailey, Frank was born on July 24, 1916, in Clyde, Texas. He graduated from Clyde High School, attended McMurry College and graduated from Dallas School of Mortuary Science in 1938. He did post-graduate work at Landig College of Mortuary Science in Houston, Texas, before working at Kiker- Knight Funeral Home for three years.

Frank served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater from 27 February 41 - 10 July 45, including tours to New Guinea and Australia. He was a Staff Sergeant with three bronze stars, the American Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal at the time of his honorable discharge. Returning from overseas, he worked for Kiker-Warren Funeral Home for two years before returning to Clyde. Frank purchased what is now known as Bailey Funeral Home from L.F. Patterson in 1947 and married Billie Foster during the same year. Billie showed her support for Frank's career by agreeing to live in an apartment in the back of the funeral home the first two years of their marriage. She was his constant helpmate at the business for 43 years. Frank and his son Tom sold the funeral home to John and JoAnn Hamil Family in June of 1990.

Frank has served his community in many areas. He was a member of the Clyde School Board for twenty-one years, the longest tenure ever for the school board. He was a member of the Clyde City Council for two terms, and was the only charter member of the Clyde Lions Club still to attended the club regularly until July of 2002. He became a member of the First United Methodist Church at the age of eight when he and his older brother, Joe Bailey, joined the church together. Frank remained a faithful member of the Clyde Masonic Lodge #1056 where he received his sixty-year pin in 2001. The Texas Funeral Directors Association honored Bailey for fifty years of dedication as a licensed professional in funeral service in June of 1988. Frank was a charter member of the Clyde Chamber of Commerce and they honored him with Frank Bailey Day on June 17, 1987, in appreciation for forty years of faithful service to Clyde.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Agnes Kennard and Sue Barton and brothers, Dr. Van Bailey, John T. Bailey and Dr. Joe Bailey.

Survivors include his wife, Billie Bailey of the home; son, Tom and wife, Shelley of Clyde; daughter, Ginger and husband, Jimmy Hunter of Abilene. One sister, Alice Harris of El Paso; sister-in-law, Mrs. John (Ellen) Bailey of Clyde and sister-in-law, Mrs. Joe (Margaret) Bailey of Austin. Grandsons include Weldon Bailey of Houston, Jake Bailey of West Point, NY, David Bailey of Abilene and Scott Hunter of Lubbock; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Frank's greatest joys were his four grandsons and the times shared with each one. Whether they were playing a lively game of 42 or listening to war stories, the grandsons loved their granddad and the lifelong lessons they learned from him.

He has always been rich in friends because he was more than willing to go the extra mile for anyone who needed him. He treated everyone he met with respect, heart-felt interest and patience. From the time he accompanied his father on house calls throughout his years of owning his own funeral home, he dedicated his life to serving others.

Pallbearers will be Jim Berry, Eddie Craig, Murray Edwards, Word Estes, Steve Kniffen, Fred McIntosh, Jim Paylor and Dr. Bill Walton.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 217 Oak Street, Clyde, Texas 79510. Visitation will be at the funeral home Friday from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

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Preston Couch

HAMILTON -- Preston Couch, 94, died Wednesday, October 2, 2002. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Comanche Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Evergreen Cemetery.

Mozelle Ford

SWEETWATER -- Mozelle Ford, 76, died Wednesday, October 2, 2002. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at McCoy Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, with burial in Sweetwater Cemetery.

Bill Goodwin

BRECKENRIDGE -- Bill Goodwin, 68, died Thursday, October 03, 2002. Arrangements are pending with Morehart Mortuary.

Byron Green Jr

MORGAN MILL -- Byron Green Jr, 79, died Wednesday, October 2, 2002. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Morgan Mill Cemetery.

Clayton E. Larremore

BROWNWOOD -- Clayton E. Larremore, 80, died Thursday, October 03, 2002. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Rochelle Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 - 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Mary Tom Lawson Davis

Mary Tom Lawson Davis, 76, died Thursday, October 3, 2002. Arrangements are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.

Stacey Lippott

RULE -- Stacey Lippott, 34, died Tuesday, October 1, 2002. Arrangements are pending with McCauley-Robinson Funeral Home.

Rosa Rodriquez

ANSON -- Rosa Rodriquez, 67, died Thursday, October 03, 2002. Arrangements are pending with Lawrence-Adams Funeral Home.

Iona Faye Sellers

RULE -- Iona Faye Sellers, 84, died Thursday, October 03, 2002. Arrangements are pending with McCauley-Robinson Funeral Home.

J.B. Herrington

BRECKERIDGE -- J.B. Herrington, 87, died Thursday, October 03, 2002. Arrangements are pending with Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home.

Halley Sims

WINTERS -- Halley Sims, 86, died Thursday, October 03, 2002. Arrangements are pending with Winters Funeral Home.

Alice Louise Warren

DE LEON -- Alice Louise Warren, 79, died Thursday, October 03, 2002. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Northside Baptist Church, with burial in De Leon Cemetery, directed by Nowlin Funeral Home.

R.L. Wilson

CROSS PLAINS -- R.L. Wilson, 68, died Wednesday, October 2, 2002. Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Higginbotham Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Cottonwood Cemetery.

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BLACKWELL -- Frances L. Green, 77, 10 a.m. at McCoy Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, with burial in Sweetwater Cemetery.

Edna Earl McGlothlin, 91, 2 p.m. at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, with burial in Potosi Cemetery.

Guyn Moore Pannell, 78, 10 a.m. at Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Elmwood Memorial Park.

Ruby Williams Watts, 81, 4 p.m. at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, with burial in Hamby Cemetery.

 


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