Today's Obituaries (March 31, 1998)
Jessie Mae Burl
Jessie Mae Burl, 81, died Saturday at a local hospital.
Services will be at noon Wednesday at New Fellowship Baptist
Church with the Rev. James Webb officiating. Burial will be in
Cedar Hill Cemetery, directed by Curtis-Starks Funeral Home, 542
Mrs. Burl was born and attended school in Calvert. She was
a resident of Abilene for 54 years. She was a housekeeper in private
homes until retiring.
Survivors include her husband, Luther Burl of Abilene; three
sons, Tommy Willie Burl, Luther Burl Jr. and Tommy Ray Burl, all
of Abilene; four daughters, Patty Daughtery Lewis, Rosie Matthews
and Pearl Williams, all of Abilene, and Stella Thomas of Denver,
Colo.; one brother, Freda Lee Franklin of Hamlin; one sister,
Adell Thompson of Plainview; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The family will be at the funeral home from 5-7:30 p.m. today
and at 2121 N. 6th No. 107.
Paula Skipworth, 75, of Clyde died Sunday at her home.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Abilene Bible Church
with Dr. Tim Temple officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial
Park, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Hwy. 277 South.
Mrs. Skipworth was born in Bridgeport and had lived in Clyde
since 1964. She was a homemaker and had worked for Lankford's,
Grissom's and Dunlap's. She was a member of Abilene Bible Church,
where she also worked. She married Jack Skipworth in 1942 in Vernon.
Survivors include her husband of Clyde; one daughter, Sharon
Canada of Benbrook; one sister, Lucille Routh of Richardson; five
grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Hendrick Hospice Care, P.O. Box 1922,
The family will be at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. today.
Bernarda C. Tijerina, 82, died Monday at her home.
A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. today at Elliott-Hamil
Funeral Home, 5701 Hwy. 277 South. Services will be at 10 a.m.
Wednesday at St. Francis Catholic Church with the Rev. Joe Uecker
officiating. Burial will be in City Cemetery.
Mrs. Tijerina was born in San Luis, Mexico, and had lived in
Abilene for 60 years, moving from Charlotte, Tex. She was a homemaker
and a member of Rose Park Senior Citizens and St. Francis Catholic
Church. She married Esmerejildo Tijerina in 1937 in Charlotte;
he preceded her in death.
Survivors include seven sons, Raymon Tijerina, Cresencio Tijerina,
Isabel Tijerina, Domingo Tijerina, Jesus Tijerina, Esmerejildo
Tijerina Jr. and David Tijerina, all of Abilene; four daughters,
Julia Tijerina of Biloxi, Miss., Victoria Esparza and Ester Matlock,
both of Abilene, and Consuelo Ramos of Jourdanton; two brothers,
Jesus Calvillo of Seven Points and Martin Calvillo of Kerrville;
five sisters, Juanita Calvillo of Charlotte, Consepcion Ramon
of Martin, Ysidonia Gonzales and Jovita Mendez, both of Tyler,
and Polonia Calvillo of San Antonio; 39 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association,
Abilene Chapter, P.O. Box 214, Abilene 79604.
T.G. 'Bob' Deen
MERKEL - T.G. "Bob" Deen, 83, died Sunday at a local
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today in Rose Hill Cemetery
with the Rev. Jimmy Griffith officiating, directed by Starbuck
Mr. Deen was born in Quitman and attended school at Union Ridge,
Mount Pleasant and Blair. He farmed until 1942, then was an oil
field driller until retiring in 1980. He was a member of First
Baptist Church. He married Ruby Hass in 1933 in Merkel; she preceded
him in death.
Survivors include one son, Bob Deen of Abilene; one brother,
Harvey Deen of Merkel; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Charlotte McKinney Simpson
WICHITA FALLS - Charlotte K. McKinney Simpson, 87, died Sunday
at a local care center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Westside Baptist Church
with the Rev. Wade Hood and Eugene Dean officiating. Burial will
be in Highland Cemetery in Iowa Park, directed by Owens &
Brumley Funeral Home.
Mrs. Simpson was born in Deadwood, S.D., and lived in Wichita
Falls most of her life. She graduated from Iowa Park High School.
She was a homemaker and a member of Westside Baptist Church, where
she was active in Sunday school and W.M.U. She was church pianist
for various area churches, including Pleasant Valley Baptist Church,
and a member of A.A.R.P. She was the widow of William Oscar Simpson.
Survivors include three sons, Charles William Simpson of Falls
Church, Va., Samuel "Sam" Simpson of Abilene and James
Clarence "Jim" Simpson of Wichita Falls; one daughter,
Charlotte Annette Jeffress of Wichita Falls; eight grandchildren,
10 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
COLEMAN - Elsie Tate, 89, died Sunday at a local hospital.
Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. today in Coleman City
Cemetery with the Rev. Kermit Sorrells officiating, directed by
Walker Funeral Home.
Mrs. Tate was born in Fort Worth and moved to Coleman in 1982
from California. She was a homemaker
Survivors include one son, John Hall of Brazil; and one sister,
Florence Jackson of Coleman.
Joe Bailey Hunt
RISING STAR - Joe Bailey Hunt, 85, of Cisco died Sunday at
a Brownwood hospital.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Higginbotham Funeral Home
Chapel with Harold Hunt officiating, assisted by Mike Moore and
Arley Bibby. Burial will be in Wayside Cemetery.
Mr. Hunt was born in Stephens County and lived in the Cook
community all his life. He was a farmer-rancher and a member of
the Church of Christ. He married Dorothy Bibby in 1938 in Cook.
Survivors include his wife of Cisco; one son, Ronald Hunt of
Cisco; two daughters, Carolyn Walker and Pam Cook, both of Rising
Star; one brother, Elbert Hunt of Texarkana, Ark.; one sister,
Georgia Moore of Cisco; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren
and several stepgrandchildren.
Alice Elvira Murphy
COLEMAN - Alice Elvira Murphy, 89, died Sunday at a local hospital.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Coleman City
Cemetery with Bill Evans officiating, directed by Walker Funeral
Mrs. Murphy was born in Pilot Grove and lived in Fannin County
most of her life before moving to Coleman three years ago. She
was a Baptist. She married Charles Wesley Murphy in 1942 in Ector;
he preceded her in death.
Survivors include one daughter, Mary Evans of Taft, Calif.;
one granddaughter and four great-grandchildren.
The family will be at the funeral home from 7-8 p.m. today.
COLORADO CITY - Ruth Holman, 94, died Saturday at a local hospital.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Calvary Baptist Church
with the Revs. Sammy Elliott and Fred Smith officiating. Burial
will be in Colorado City Cemetery, directed by Kiker-Seale Funeral
Mrs. Holman was born in Fannin County and grew up in Windom.
She was a homemaker and active in Home Demonstration Clubs, FCE
Clubs and Calvary Baptist Church. She married T.L. Holman in 1922
in Honey Grove; he preceded her in death.
Survivors include one son, Bobby Holman of Conover, N.C.; one
daughter, Donna Holman of Austin; one sister, Ollie Harding of
Byers; four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren
and numerous nieces and nephews.
RANGER - Johnny Pirkle, 55, of Arlington died Saturday in Arlington
after a traffic accident.
Services were Monday at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel with the
Rev. Richard Russell officiating.
Survivors include his mother, Alberta Pirkle of Arlington,
and several aunts, uncles, great-aunts and great-uncles.
COLORADO CITY - D.W. Craghead, 53, died Monday at a local hospital.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Kiker-Seale Funeral
Home Chapel with Dr. Bentley Gwyn officiating. Burial will be
in Colorado City Cemetery.
Mr. Craghead was born in Mitchell County and was a Baptist
and a truck driver for Sun Oil Co. He married Kay Putman in 1966
Survivors include his wife of Colorado City; two sons, Dale
Craghead and Curtis Craghead, both of Colorado City; his mother,
Jennie Craghead of Colorado City; one brother, Waylon Craghead
of Colorado City; and three sisters, LaVerne Sprow of Fort Worth,
GaNell Lemonds and Ouida Elder, both of Colorado City.
ODESSA - L.V. Reeves, 86, died Sunday at a local nursing home.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church
in Bradshaw with the Rev. Ed Bigham officiating. Burial will be
in Bradshaw Cemetery, directed by Frank Wilson Funeral Home.
Mr. Reeves was born in Parker County and grew up near Weinert
and Munday. He was a farmer and a Baptist. He married Flora Logsdon
in 1930 in Haskell.
Survivors include one daughter, Gay Oates of Odessa; two sons,
Harley Reeves and Jim Reeves, both of Odessa; one sister, Ruby
Douglas of Littlefield; one brother, Herman Reeves of Anson; seven
grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
GORMAN - Lonnie Hampton, 87, died Sunday at a De Leon hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Higginbotham Funeral
Home Chapel with the Rev. Craig Rhoton officiating. Burial will
be in De Leon Cemetery.
Mr. Hampton was a longtime resident of Gorman and was a retired
peanut farmer. He was a Mormon and the widow of Thelma Pittman
Survivors include one daughter, Joy Grimm of Arlington; one
brother, Royal Hampton of De Leon; four grandchildren and five
Janie Moreno Jaramillo
MERKEL - Janie Moreno Jaramillo, 50, of Abilene died Monday
at an Abilene hospital.
Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. today at Starbuck Funeral Home.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic
Church with the Rev. Mike Goode officiating. Burial will be in
Rose Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Jaramillo was born in Merkel and had been a hairdresser
at Paul's Barber Shop for 17 years. She was an aide at Abilene
State School for eight years and a member of Veterans of Foreign
Wars Ladies Auxiliary and Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church.
Survivors include her mother, Maria Garcia Moreno of Merkel;
two daughters, Maria Baca of Dallas and Tina Richardson of Merkel;
seven brothers, Jesse Moreno Jr., Hijinio Moreno, Robert Moreno,
Ramon Moreno, Mario "B" Moreno and Daniel Moreno, all
of Merkel, and Mauro "Ace" Moreno of El Dorado, Ark.;
and four grandchildren.
ROTAN - Mildred Clegg, 73, of Denton and formerly of Rotan,
died Saturday in Denton.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Weathersbee Funeral Home
Chapel with the Rev. Doug King officiating. Burial will be in
Mrs. Clegg was a member of Cooper Creek United Methodist Church
in Denton. She married Jack Clegg in 1944; he preceded her in
Survivors include one sister, Mirvelene Williams of Stephenville,
and numerous nieces and nephews.
BIG SPRING - Helen Weaver, 79, died Sunday at a local nursing
home after a lengthy illness. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday
at Myers & Smith Funeral Home Chapel.
STEPHENVILLE - Ruby Kinsey, 82, of Morgan Mill died Sunday
at a local nursing home. Services will be at 10 a.m. today at
Morgan Mill Church of Christ, directed by Lacy Funeral Home.
MORAN - Hubert A. Brewster, 89, died Sunday at a Breckenridge
hospital. Services are pending with Godfrey-Neese Funeral Home
BRECKENRIDGE - Etoile Hall, 101, died Monday at a Fort Worth
nursing home. Services are pending with Melton Funeral Home.
BIG SPRING - Martha Cortez, 74, died Sunday at a Midland hospital
after a sudden illness. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. today at
Myers & Smith Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be at 11
a.m. Wednesday at St. Thomas Catholic Church.
BALLINGER - Charles M. Firestone, 87, died Monday at a Sweetwater
hospital. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Evergreen
Cemetery, directed by Rains-Seale Funeral Home.