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Today's Obituaries (Feb. 25, 1998)

Wayne Douglas Carpenter Jr.

Wayne Douglas Carpenter Jr., 28, of Buffalo Gap, died Monday from injuries received in an automobile accident.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Buffalo Gap First Baptist Church with Steve Joiner and Graham Gutting officiating. Burial will be in Buffalo Gap Cemetery, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 U.S. Hwy 277 South.

Mr. Carpenter was born in Abilene and graduated from Cooper High School. He attended North Texas State University and worked as a carpenter and for A&M Acoustics. He was a member of Buffalo Gap First Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Katrinka Smithson Carpenter of Buffalo Gap; one son, Doug and Theda Carpenter of Buffalo Gap; one son, Owen Douglas Carpenter of Buffalo Gap; one daughter, Bionca Me-shell Carpenter of Buffalo Gap; his parents, Doug and Theda Carpenter of Buffalo Gap; one brother, Thomas Grimm Carpenter of Buffalo Gap; his grandmothers, Elsie Carpenter and Jackie Grimm, both of Abilene; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorials may be sent to Buffalo Gap First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 459, Buffalo Gap 79508.

George 'Bo' Henry Jr.

George "Bo" Henry Jr., 63, employed by Greyhound Bus Lines for 26 years until retiring, died Sunday at his home.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Ash Street Baptist Church with Dr. Robert L. Giles officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, directed by Curtis-Starks Funeral Home, 542 E.N. 7th.

Mr. Henry moved to Abilene from Pecos and was a member of Ash Street Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Henry of Abilene; two sons, Jimmy Henry and Kenneth Henry, both of Abilene; two daughters, Barbara Coplin and Ira Hall, both of Abilene; two sisters, Laura Willis of Abilene and Cora Pierce of Houston; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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

Eunice Tibbit

Eunice Tibbit, 76, died Tuesday in a local hospital.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Elmwood Memorial Park with the Rev. Donald Valenta officiating, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 U.S. Hwy 277 South.

Mrs. Tibbit was born in Eastland County and lived in the Abilene area most of her life. She was a retired salesperson of Zales Jewelers in Abilene and was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6873 auxiliary. She was a member of Military Order of the Cooties auxiliary and Caps Baptist Church and was the widow of Kenneth G. Tibbit, whom she married in 1983 in Big Lake.

Survivors include one brother, Allen Mayes of Eden Prairie, Minn.; and two sisters, Willena Woodard of Texarkana and Joyce Couch of Clyde.

Memorials may be sent to Hendrick Home for Children, 2758 Jeanette, Abilene 79602.

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

Johnny Walter Williams Sr.

Johnny Walter Williams Sr., 74, died Friday at his home.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today in Immanuel Church of God in Christ with the Rev. Mack Moye officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, directed by Curtis-Starks Funeral Home, 542 E.N. 7th.

Mr. Williams was born in Gonzales, where he graduated from high school, and moved to Taylor County more than 30 years ago. He retired from Mrs. Baird's Bakery and was a member of Immanuel Church of God in Christ.

Survivors include two sons, Danny Morris and Johnny Walter Williams Jr. of McKinney; one daughter, Helen London of Lake Charles, La.; one sister, Alfreda Williams of Austin; 10 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 8-10 a.m. today in the funeral home.

Susan Lynne Bacon Stearns

WIMBERLEY -- Susan Lynne Bacon Stearns, 39, formerly of Abilene, died Sunday.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today in Thomason Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Wimberley Cemetery.

Mrs. Stearns was born in Kingsville and grew up in Kingsville and Abilene. She married Michael Stearns in 1988 and worked at Cypress Creek Veterinary Clinic.

Survivors include her husband, of Wimberley; one daughter, Layla Price; her parents, Eloise and Carl Bacon; one sister, Carla Owens; one brother, Terry Bacon; and four nephews and one niece.

Memorials may be sent to Village Library, P.O. Box 1240, Wimberley 78676; PAWS Animal Shelter, 48 Hwy 150 E., Kyle 78640; or a favorite charity.

Douglas Kincaid

ROUND ROCK -- Douglas Kincaid, 50, formerly of Abilene, died Thursday.

Services were held Sunday in the Fine Arts Center at Pflugerville High School, directed by Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home of Pflugerville.

Mr. Kincaid graduated from Permian High School in Odessa and earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from West Texas State University in Canyon. He taught at Spring Branch near Houston for four years and then was the band director at Odessa Bowie Junior High School. He was a band director at Abilene High School in the 1980s before moving to Round Rock. He was the Pflugerville High School band director for the past 10 years. The Pflugerville band, in 1997, marched in the Orange Bowl parade and was recently invited to participate in the 1999 Fiesta Bowl parade.

Survivors include his wife, Cathy Kincaid of Round Rock; one daughter, Tiffany Jenkins of Wichita Falls; one son, Christopher Kincaid of Oakland, Calif.; his mother, Luestell Kincaid of Abilene; and one sister, Lanice Miller of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Memorials may be sent to Doug Kincaid Scholarship Fund, Pflugerville High School, Pflugerville 78660.

Ernestine Chapa Benitez

SLATON -- Ernestine Chapa Benitez, 62, mother of two Abilene residents, died Monday in a Lubbock hospital.

Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. today in White Funeral Home Memorial Chapel in Lubbock. Mass will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with the Rev. Jim O'Connor officiating. Burial will be in Peaceful Gardens Memorial Park in Woodrow.

Ms. Benitez was born in Taylor and attended school in Tahoka. She was a homemaker and moved to Lubbock in 1975 and in Slaton in 1998. She was a member of Guadalupanas and Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

Survivors include three sons, Leonard Benitez and Joe Benitez, both of Lubbock, and David Benitez of Abilene; three daughters, Mary Hernandez of Lubbock, Idilia Saldana of Jacksonville, Ala., and Andrea Hufford of Abilene; two brothers, John Chapa Jr. of Tahoka and Ramon Chapa of Chicago; three sisters, Emily Marez of Tahoka, and Mary Farris and Olivia Hernandez, both of Lubbock; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to American Cancer Society, 3411 73rd, Lubbock 79423.

F.S. Gainey Jr.

ANSON -- F.S. Gainey Jr., 80, lifelong Jones County resident, died Tuesday in a local hospital.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Anson First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Loren Gardner officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, directed by Lawrence-Adams Funeral Home.

Mr. Gainey was born in Jones County and graduated from Neinda High School. He worked in the grocery business and at Gibson Department Store in Abilene. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and was the widower of Mavis Tarver Gainey, whom he married in 1938 in Anson.

Survivors include one daughter, Judy Bruner of Houston; and two grandchildren.

Ora Childress

HASKELL -- Ora Childress, 86, lifelong local resident, died Monday in a local nursing home.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today in Haskell First Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Turner and Dr. Troy Culpepper officiating. Burial will be in Willow Cemetery, directed by Holden-McCauley Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Childress was born in Haskell and was a member of Brazos Valley Art Association and Baptist Women's Missionary Union. She taught Sunday school at First Baptist Church for more than 60 years and was the widow of C.C. Childress, whom she married in 1929 in Rule.

Survivors include one daughter, Patsy Billington of Coos Bay, Ore.; one son, Charles C. Childress of Abilene; four sisters, Cleo Scott of Temple, Maxie Inglis of Houston, and Pauline Norman and Leta Norman, both of Haskell; one brother, Vernay Burson of Haskell; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Hazel Pratt

LORAINE -- Hazel Pratt, 85, lifelong local resident, died Monday in a local nursing home.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today in Loraine Cemetery with the Rev. Dan Marshall officiating, directed by Kiker-Seale Funeral Home of Colorado City.

Mrs. Pratt was born in Roscoe and was a homemaker. She was a member of First Baptist Church and was the widow of Jess Woodrow Pratt, whom she married in 1931 in Oklahoma.

Survivors include one daughter, Sarah Zetzman of Dallas; three sisters, Mary Coffee and Virginia Hallmark, both of Loraine, and Mattie Neely of Houston; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to Loraine First Baptist Church, Loreine Senior Citizens or a favorite charity.

Jarratt Jay Hicks

GORMAN -- Jarratt Jay Hicks, 2, died Tuesday from injuries received in a fire at his home.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Higginbotham Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dane Gressett officiating. Burial will be in Desdemona Cemetery.

Jarratt was born in Brownwood.

Survivors include his parents, Troy and Rachell Hicks of Gorman; two sisters, Brittanny Cheyenne Rainey and Charlsa Brooke Hicks, both of Gorman; his paternal grandparents, Raymond and Rebecca Hicks of Comanche; and his maternal grandparents, Charles and Irene Barfield of Desdemona, and David and Elizabeth Rogers of Sidney.

Richard White

COLORADO CITY -- Richard White died Tuesday in an Abilene hospital. Services are pending with Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.

Merle Smith

EASTLAND -- Merle A. Smith, 84, died Monday in a local hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Edwards Funeral Home Chapel.

Dale Walker

COMANCHE -- Dale Walker, 74, died Tuesday at his home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Comanche Funeral Home Chapel.

Orvil White

VERNON -- Orvil L. White, 74, brother of an Abilene resident, died Monday in a Waco hospital after a lengthy illness. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel.

Betty Jean Rudd

SNYDER -- Betty Jean Rudd, 67, died Tuesday at her granddaughter's home in Odessa after a lengthy illness. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today in Hillside Memorial Gardens, directed by Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home.

Eva Browning

BIG SPRING -- Eva Browning, 79, died Monday in an Odessa hospital after a brief illness. Services will be at 2 p.m. today in Myers & Smith Funeral Home Chapel.

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