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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 E.N. 7th.

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

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, Abilene 79604.

The family will be at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. today.

Bernarda Tijerina

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 nursing home.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today in Rose Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Jimmy Griffith officiating, directed by Starbuck Funeral Home.

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.

Elsie Tate

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 Home.

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.

Ruth Holman

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 Home.

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.

Johnny Pirkle

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.

D.W. Craghead

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 in Dunn.

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.

L.V. Reeves

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.

Lonnie Hampton

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 Hampton.

Survivors include one daughter, Joy Grimm of Arlington; one brother, Royal Hampton of De Leon; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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.

Mildred Clegg

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 Cottonwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Clegg was a member of Cooper Creek United Methodist Church in Denton. She married Jack Clegg in 1944; he preceded her in death.

Survivors include one sister, Mirvelene Williams of Stephenville, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Helen Weaver

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.

Ruby Kinsey

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.

Hubert Brewster

MORAN - Hubert A. Brewster, 89, died Sunday at a Breckenridge hospital. Services are pending with Godfrey-Neese Funeral Home of Albany.

Etoile Hall

BRECKENRIDGE - Etoile Hall, 101, died Monday at a Fort Worth nursing home. Services are pending with Melton Funeral Home.

Martha Cortez

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.

Charles Firestone

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.

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