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Today's Obituaries (Sept. 14, 1998)

R.L. Roberts

R.L. Roberts, 73, library faculty member at Abilene Christian University for 21 years and a prominent church historian, died Saturday at his home.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at University Church of Christ with Eddie Sharp and Carl Brecheen officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Park, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.

Mr. Roberts was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., and graduated from Hollis, Okla., High School in 1943. He graduated from ACU in 1947 and earned a master's degree in library science from North Texas State University in 1967. He preached for several Texas Churches of Christ, taught at Fort Worth Christian College from 1962-1965 and joined the library faculty at ACU in 1966. He retired in 1987. He was a member, deacon and elder at University Church of Christ. He was also chairman and coordinator of elders. He directed tours to numerous restoration sites and early church sites and assisted in video films of restoration history in the United States, Ireland, Scotland and England. He married Johne Garner in 1946.

Survivors include his wife of Abilene; three sons, Garner Roberts of Abilene, Dwight Alan Roberts of Austin and Dr. John Paul Roberts of San Antonio; one daughter, Carol Ann Campbell of Flower Mound; five sisters, Mrs. L.L. Shepherd of Burkesville, Ky., Mrs. J.B. Hayes of Scottsdale, Ariz., Mrs. Betty Blay of Abilene, Mrs. Bill Clovis of St. Mary's, W.Va., and Mrs. Jerry Hill of Pleasanton; one brother, Bill Roberts of Spur; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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

Memorials may be made to ACU Library or Christian Service Center.

Frank Gregory

Frank Gregory, 88, died Saturday at a local hospital.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Woodbury Forest Cemetery in Madill, Okla., with the Rev. Lyndol Adams officiating. Local arrangements were by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.

Mr. Gregory was born in Sadler and had lived at Abilene State School since 1974.

Survivors include one sister, Bessie C. Bell of Madill; several nieces and a nephew.

The body will be at the funeral home from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday.

Anna Bodnar Lillibridge

Anna E. Bodnar Lillibridge, 65, of Abilene died Sunday at a local hospital.

Prayer services will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel, 5750 Highway 277 South. Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Elmwood chapel with Msgr. Fred Nawarskis officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Park.

Mrs. Lillibridge was born in Cambridge, Ohio, and attended school in Coshocton, Ohio. She moved to Abilene from Goldsboro, N.C., in 1972 and worked as a telephone operator and gave music lessons. She was a homemaker and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. She married Robert Lillibridge in Coshocton in 1955.

Survivors include her husband of Abilene; two daughters, Lori K. Lillibridge of Abilene and Leslie A. Schneider of Aurora, Colo.; three sisters, Erma Miller and Zella Wilson, both of Coshocton, and Helen Carillon of Millerburg, Ohio; and two brothers, James Bodnar of San Diego, Calif., and Elmer Bodnar of Connecticut.

Memorials may be made to Hendrick Hospice Care, 1682 Hickory, Abilene 79601.

Jimmie Campbell

MERKEL - Jimmie H. Campbell, 72, died Sunday at an Abilene hospital.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Rose Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Greg Kennedy officiating, directed by Starbuck Funeral Home.

Mr. Campbell was born in Merkel and attended school in Blair. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and was production foreman for Crown Central Petroleum Company in Haskell and Merkel for 35 years. He lived in Merkel until moving to Haskell in 1951; he returned to Merkel in June.

Survivors include one son, Cliff Campbell of Canyon; two daughters, Brenda Williams of Clyde and Katie Williams of Abilene; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Jose Garcia Leal Sr.

KENEDY - Jose Garcia Leal Sr., 89, died Sunday in San Antonio.

Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. today at Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church with the Rev. Paschal Bergin officiating. Burial will be in Loma Alta Cemetery.

Mr. Leal was born in Karnes County and was a lifetime resident of Kenedy. He was a Karnes County deputy for 20 years and was a mechanic for Kauffmann Motor Co. for 36 years. He was a member of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. He married Victoria Morin Leal in 1928 in Wharton; she preceded him in death.

Survivors include four daughters, Mary Luna of Kenedy, Pauline Janssen of Portland, Mayme Vela of San Antonio and Elodia Guzman of Bakersfield, Calif.; two sons, Joe Leal Jr. of Abilene and Adelaido Leal of Houston; one sister, Leonor Alaniz of Pawnee; three brothers, Pablo Leal and Adelaido Leal, both of Kenedy, and Nabor Leal of Portales, N.M.; 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Jewel Ridley

THROCKMORTON - Jewel Ridley, 84, died Saturday at a Graham hospital.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Merriman-Archer Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. A.B. Martin officiating, assisted by the Rev. Darrell Martin. Burial will be in Woodson Cemetery.

Willard Jewel Ridley was born in Rossville, Ga., and moved to Throckmorton as a child. He attended school at Weaver-Pasture community and later in Throckmorton. He was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps and moved to Woodson about 1950. He was active with the Fort Griffin Fandangle and worked for Lee Atkinson on a ranch for several years. Later he was a self-employed carpenter-painter. He was a Baptist. He married Sibyl Harris in 1938 in Throckmorton.

Survivors include his wife of Woodson; one daughter, Linda Rhodes of Graham; one brother, Elmer Ridley of Junction City, Kan.; and three grandchildren.

Joyce Chaney

BROWNWOOD - Joyce F. Chaney, 66, of Early died Friday at a local hospital after a lengthy illness.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Heartland Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bob Riley officiating. Burial will be in Eastlawn Memorial Park.

Mrs. Chaney was born in Midland and moved to Brown County from Midland 21 years ago. She was a Baptist and a retired waitress, working for the Kettle restaurant for eight years. She married William ''Bill" Chaney in 1950 in Midland.

Survivors include her husband of Early; four sons, Robert Chaney of Austin, Weldon Chaney of Brownwood, Rodger Chaney of Havre, Mont., and Donald Chaney of Early; four daughters, Sandra Claxton of Austin, Wanda Cunningham of Big Spring, Betty Chambers of Wiley and Oleta Sherrill of Brownwood; one brother, Bobby Kuykendall of Midland; two sisters, Linda Diaz and Helen Thomas, both of Denver City; 28 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

The family will be at the funeral home from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday.

Zora Alice McPherson

DE LEON - Zora Alice McPherson, 85, of Granbury died Sunday at her home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at East Ridge Baptist Church in Granbury. A second service will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Nowlin Funeral Home Chapel.

Norma Wade

BIG SPRING - Norma Wade, 72, died Saturday at a Midland hospital. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, directed by Myers & Smith Funeral Home.

Guy Coleman Heffington

BIG SPRING - Guy Coleman Heffington, 42, died Sunday. Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home.

Elma Kobler

TOPEKA, Kan. - Elma H. Kobler, 73, formerly of Coleman, died Saturday at her home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Town and Country Christian Church, directed by Parker-Price Mortuary.

Guadalupe Chavez

SNYDER - Guadalupe R. Chavez, 59, died Sunday at a local care center. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. today at Wright Colonial Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be at 10 am. Tuesday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.

Concepcion Correa

GOLDTHWAITE - Concepcion Correa, 83, died Sunday at a Brownwood hospital. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Stacy-Wilkins Funeral Home Chapel.

Ruby Neel

SWEETWATER - Ruby Neel, 85, died Sunday at an Abilene hospital. Services are pending with McCoy Funeral Home.

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