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Today's Obituaries (Feb. 14, 1998)

Hallie Cole, the 'Library Lady', dies at 69

Hallie Ruth Gindratt Cole, known as the "Library Lady" to the many people with whom she came in contact at the Eugenia Pickard Library for 37 years until retiring in 1990, died Friday in a local hospital. She was 69.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Mount Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Harry Gaston Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, directed by Curtis-Starks Funeral Home, 542 E.N. 7th.

A native of Waxahachie, Ms. Cole moved to Abilene at age 13. She graduated from Abilene Negro High School, later Woodson High School, in 1945 and Phillips Business College in Dallas. She worked as a part-time secretary and librarian at B.F. Darrell Elementary in Dallas before returning to Abilene.

To open the city's first branch library for the black community in 1953, Cole enlisted 25 people as its patrons. She transported them to and from the facility since many didn't have cars, and taught them how to utilize its resources, such as the Dewey Decimal System.

She taught three generations of A.C. Jackson's family at the library.

"She was like a mother figure for all the kids at Woodson High School," said Jackson, active in the black community. "Always willing to buy some kid lunch or bring them breakfast in the morning. Rain, hail, sleet or snow, she was always on the job at 7:15 every morning so the kids can come in.

"For the African-American community, she sacrificed her personal finances and personal life."

In recognition of her work, she was saluted by the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Black Chamber of Commerce.

"You have looked after kids after school who came to the library, and (you) saw to it that they have had enough to eat," Abilene Mayor Dale Ferguson said in a 1989 Abilene Reporter-News story about Cole. "We could never get anyone to replace you here at this library."

Upon retiring, she taught the Junior Buffalo Soldiers Reading Club at the main library for two years.

She was a past president of the Key City Business and Professional Woman's Club, treasurer of Hope Drug and Counseling Center and a director of Friends of the Library, American Heart Association and the Kidney Foundation. She co-founded the Abilene Heritage Committee, which was instrumental in getting a state historical marker to recognize Mount Zion Baptist Church as Abilene's oldest African-American congregation. She also was a volunteer at Hendrick Medical Center. She was a member of the Task Force on Public Relations for the city of Abilene; Queen Esther Chapter 917, Order of the Eastern Star; Texas Library Association and Mount Zion Baptist Church.

Survivors include her stepmother, Naulia Gindratt of Sacramento, Calif.; two brothers, Mack Gindratt of Sacramento, Calif., and Henry Maurice Gindratt Sr. of Abilene; one sister, Louise Gindratt of Abilene; one foster sister, Fairy Bell Miles of Portland, Ore.; one nephews and two nieces; two aunts; and many cousins and other relatives.

The family will be at 935 N. LaSalle Drive.

Visitation will be from 5-7:30 p.m. Monday in the funeral home.

Retired Senior Master Sgt. Ralph Huffman

Retired U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Ralph H. Huffman, 80, died Thursday in a local hospital.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Caps Baptist Church with the Rev. Donald Valenta officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Park, directed by Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 U.S. Hwy 277 South.

Mr. Huffman was born in Game, Ky., and worked for the Internal Revenue Service. He was a life member of Disabled American Veterans. He also was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Non-Commissioned Officers Association, Air Force Sergeants Association and Caps Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Marie D. Huffman of Abilene; two sons, Gary N. Huffman of Van Nuys, Calif., and Marcus B. Huffman of Simpsonville, S.C.; two daughters, Heleana M. Harvey of Blanding, Utah, and Debera J. Huffman-Harris of Abilene; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.

C.E. 'Kil' Kilpatrick

BALLINGER -- C.E. "Kil" Kilpatrick, 77, died Friday in a local nursing home.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday in Seventh Street Baptist Church with the Rev. Tony King officiating. Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. in Admiral Cemetery, directed by Rains-Seale Funeral Home.

Mr. Kilpatrick was born in Paradise and served with the U.S. Army during World War II. He married Goldia Mae Jones in 1945 in Abilene and was a retired auto mechanic. He was a member of Seventh Street Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, of Ballinger; three daughters, Jolene McBurney of Abilene, and Louise Kelly and Robin Burgess, both of Ballinger; two brothers, Billy Gene Kilpatrick of Abilene and W.C. Kilpatrick Jr. of San Angelo; three sisters, Gladys Chittum and Quida Snow, both of Abilene, and Ruth Graham of San Angelo; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Dave Houston Tharp

RISING STAR -- Dave Houston Tharp, 70, died Thursday in an Abilene hospital.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today in Higginbotham Funeral Home Chapel with Gary Adams and David Harris officiating. Burial will be in Rising Star Cemetery.

Mr. Tharp was born in Comanche County and lived in Eastland County most of his life. He served with the military in Korea and married his wife in 1953 in Abilene. He worked as an oilfield driller and was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Bessie Tharp of Rising Star; two sons, David Tharp of Rising Star and Gwynn Tharp of Abilene; one brother, Louie Tharp of Early; two sisters, Lorena Eastwood of Corpus Christi and Ramona Duds of Rising Star; and six grandchildren.

Bonnie Harris Kelley

MABANK -- Bonnie Harris Kelley, 87, formerly of the Big Country, died Thursday in an Athens, Texas nursing home after a long illness.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today in Gun Barrel City First Baptist Church with the Rev. Byron Jones officiating, directed by Eubank Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Roscoe Cemetery with the Rev. Oscar Fanning officiating, directed by McCoy Funeral Home of Roscoe.

Mrs. Kelley was born in Comanche and formerly lived in Abilene. She moved to Mabank in 1992. She was a member of Gun Barrel City First Baptist Church and was the widow of William C. Kelley.

Survivors include three children, Willie F. Millhollon, Donal Wayne Kelley and William C. Kelley Jr.; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three grandchildren; and many other relatives.

A.A. 'Tony' Donnell Jr.

GRAHAM -- A.A. "Tony" Donnell Jr., 83, of Eliasville, died Tuesday in a local hospital.

Graveside services were held Wednesday in Donnell Cemetery near Eliasville with Dr. Dan Sebesta and Larry Pratt officiating, directed by Morrison Funeral Home.

Mr. Donnell was born in Eliasville and attended Texas Tech University. He married Maxine Williams in 1939 in Albany and ranched in Eliasville for many years. He was a Presbyterian.

Survivors include his wife, of Eliasville; two daughters, Valda Kauffman of Arlington and Margaret Ann Lamkin of San Antonio; two sons, Bill Donnell of Berlin, Germany, and Tommy Donnell of Graham; one sister, Virginia Donaldson of San Antonio; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to Graham General Hospital or a favorite charity.

Clemmie Irene 'Tim' Roberts

SWEETWATER -- Clemmie Irene "Tim" Roberts, 87, died Friday in a local nursing home.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in McCoy Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Norman Archibald officiating. Burial will be in Palava Cemetery.

Mrs. Roberts was born in Palava, where she graduated from high school, and owned and operated Tims Cafe in Sweetwater for 22 years until 1962. She moved to Lubbock and worked in the Lubbock school system until retiring in 1980. She then returned to Sweetwater. She was a Baptist.

Survivors include one daughter, Temy Teel of Sweetwater; one brother, O.L. "Ted" Sharrock of Sweetwater; three sisters, Bess Caldwell of Mansfield, Goldie Caldwell of Mineola and Vida George of Dallas; and one grandchild.

Ruth Coffman

GOREE -- Ruth Coffman, 85, died Thursday in a Big Spring hospital.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today in Goree First United Methodist Church with the Rev. William Sterling officiating. Burial will be in Goree Cemetery, directed by McCauley-Smith Funeral Home of Munday.

Mrs. Coffman was born in Merit and was a homemaker. She moved to Knox County in 1931. She was a member of United Methodist Women at First United Methodist Church and was the widow of Melton Wood "Buster" Coffman, whom she married in 1930 in Clovis, N.M.

Survivors include one son, Don Coffman of Munday; one daughter, Carol Stovall of Midland; one sister, Edith Morris of Littlefield; two stepbrothers, Bill Duke of Fort Sumner, N.M., and Hollis Duke of Lubbock; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Michael Shane Johnston

KNOX CITY -- Michael Shane Johnston, 37, died Thursday in Fort Worth.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Knox City Cemetery with Bob Cameron, Don Taylor and the Rev. Barbara Arther officiating, directed by Smith Funeral Home.

Mr. Johnston was born in Waurika, Okla., and worked as a computer insurance specialist while living in Fort Worth for nine years. He was a member of Millsap Baptist Church.

Survivors include his parents, Jerry and Janice Johnston of Possum Kingdom Lake; two sisters, Kerrie Johnston-Hall of Mineral Wells and Sundee Crim of Weatherford; his grandmother, Winnie Johnston of Stamford; two nieces; and one aunt.

Memorials may be sent to Jessica Crim and Skye Hall, c/o Citizens State Bank, 110 N. 2nd, Knox City 79547.

Loretta Portwood Bowers

STAMFORD -- Loretta Portwood Bowers, 80, died Friday in an Abilene hospital. Services are pending with Kinney Funeral Home.

Notre Pauline Latham

EASTLAND -- Notre Pauline Latham, 82, died Friday in a Dallas hospital. Services are pending with Edwards Funeral Home.

Jean Jones

SWEETWATER -- Jean Jones, 59, died Friday in Sweetwater. Services are pending with McCoy Funeral Home.

Lena Daniel

BIG SPRING -- Lena Daniel, 60, of Lubbock, died Friday in a Lubbock hospital.Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home.

Emma Fuchs

ROWENA -- Emma R. Fuchs, 86, died Friday in a San Angelo nursing home. Services are pending with Rains-Seale Funeral Home of Ballinger.

Joe Sidney Logsdon

STEPHENVILLE -- Joe Sidney Logsdon, 63, died Wednesday in Stephenville. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in De Leon Cemetery, directed by Nowlin Funeral Home of De Leon.

Zachary Jacob Ramon

ROWENA -- Zachary Jacob Ramon, infant, died Thursday in San Angelo. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, directed by Rains-Seale Funeral Home of Ballinger.

Nelson Erick DeNoon

DE LEON -- Nelson Erick DeNoon, 81, died Friday in a Midland hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in De Leon Church of Christ, directed by Nowlin Funeral Home.

Leora Bean

CISCO -- Leora Bean, 96, died Friday in a local nursing home. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Oakwood Cemetery, directed by Kimbrough Funeral Home.

Adrion Gerald Kyle

DUBLIN -- Adrion Gerald Kyle, 45, died Friday in a Stephenville hospital. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Nowlin Funeral Home Chapel in De Leon.

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