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Today's Obituaries (Feb. 5, 1997)

 

Megan Marie Sharp

Megan Marie Sharp, infant daughter of Jackson Sharp and Shannon Adams of Abilene, died Monday in a local hospital.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today in Elmwood Memorial Park with Jack Sharp officiating, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.

Megan was born in Abilene.

Other survivors include one sister, Breanna Oler of Abilene; her grandparents, Jeannie Adams, Curtis and Glenda Adams, and Jack and Georgette Sharp, all of Abilene; and her great-grandparents, Ruben and Betty Adams, Ilene Witt, and Johnnie Ruth Sharp, all of Abilene.

Wanda Baize Gannaway

Wanda Baize Gannaway, 70, died Tuesday in a local hospital.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, 542 Hickory, with Paige Baize and Orlon Baize officiating. Burial will be in Hamby Cemetery.

Mrs. Gannaway was born in Tuxedo in Jones County and moved to Abilene in 1939. She graduated from Abilene High School in 1944 and was a homemaker. She moved to Pecos in 1952 and returned to Abilene in 1962. She formerly lived in the Hamby area. She was a member of 19th and Clinton Street Church of Christ and was the widow of Bill Gannaway, whom she married in 1944 in Abilene.

Survivors include one son, Lynn Gannaway of Big Spring; three daughters, Carole Hamilton, Lana Jenkins and Sharon Hale, all of Abilene; three brothers, Audie Baize of Tuxedo, Novel Baize of Baird and Gayle Baize of Coleman; one sister, Grace Box of Pecos; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be sent to Hospice of the Big Country, 3113 Oldham Lane, Abilene 79602; or a favorite charity.

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

Margaret Copenspire

Margaret Copenspire, 86, died Tuesday in a local nursing home.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Cedar Hill Cemetery with Bill Smith officiating, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.

Mrs. Copenspire was born in Pittsburgh and graduated from secretarial school. She moved to Abilene in 1976 from Port Charlotte, Fla., and worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 15 years. She was a volunteer at the St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and was the widow of Leroy C. Copenspire, whom she married in Baltimore.

Survivors include one daughter, Peggy Doidge of Abilene; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store, 1241 Walnut, Abilene 79601.

John Traylor

BANGS - John W. Traylor, 67, died Monday in a Fort Worth hospital.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Laurel Land Funeral Home Chapel of the Chimes in Fort Worth. Burial will be in Laurel Land Cemetery, directed by Heartland Funeral Home of Early.

Mr. Traylor was born in Gordon in Palo Pinto County and attended school in Fort Worth. He lived in Fort Worth most of his life and worked as a mechanic, carpenter and real estate agent for many years. He recently moved to Bangs and was a Baptist.

Survivors include two sons, Wesley William Traylor and David Howard Traylor, both of Fort Worth; one brother, Don Traylor of Joshua; three sisters, Mary Helen Young of Weatherford, Marjorie Stephens of Bangs and Dorothy Mason of Brownwood; five grandchildren; and three step grandchildren.

Dr. Dan Carnes

MIDLAND - Dr. Dan M. Carnes, 73, stepfather of a Ranger resident, died Monday in a local hospital.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Hope Lutheran Church with the Rev. David Herman officiating. Arrangements were made by Ellis Funeral Home.

Dr. Carnes was born in San Antonio and graduated from Baylor University Dental School. He completed his internship at St. Mary Hospital in San Antonio and, during the Korean War, was chief of oral surgery in Biloxi, Miss. He worked as a dentist in San Antonio and El Paso before operating an office in Midland from 1955-83. He was a member of Hope Lutheran Church.

Survivors include his wife, Norma J. Carnes of Midland; one son, Daniel M. Carnes Jr. of Fort Worth; one daughter, Cindy M. Watters of San Antonio; one stepson, Danny R. Meroney of Ranger; one stepdaughter, Linda J. Meroney of Dallas; one sister, Margaret Spence of San Antonio; and three grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to Hope Lutheran Church, 2003 North A St., Midland 79705.

Harold Gene Collins

BROWNWOOD - Harold Gene Collins, 44, died Monday in a local hospital after a sudden illness.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Church of the First Newborn near Sulphur, Okla. Burial will be in Dolberg Cemetery. Local arrangements were made by Heartland Funeral Home of Early.

Mr. Collins was born in Wynnewood, Okla., and formerly lived in Oklahoma. He moved to Brownwood in 1991 and worked as a carpenter.

Survivors include his wife, Cynthia M. Collins of Brownwood; one son, Justin Eugene Collins of Brownwood; one daughter, Shye Denise Ciccone of Mississippi; his parents, Ira Eugene and Mae Ruth Collins of Oklahoma; and two brothers and seven sisters.

Deariso Duensing

RISING STAR - Deariso Duensing, 82, died Monday in a Brownwood hospital.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Higginbotham Funeral Home Chapel with Helen McIver officiating. Burial will be in Wolf Valley Cemetery.

Mrs. Duensing was born in Brown County and was a homemaker. She moved to Rising Star in 1972. She was a Methodist and was the widow of Ed Duensing, whom she married in 1944 in Greenville.

Survivors include one daughter, Debra Manning of Clear, Alaska; and four grandchildren.

Corra Mae Petrie

CREWS - Corra Mae Petrie, 94, died Monday in a Winters nursing home.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today in Winters First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jeff May officiating. Burial will be in Crews Cemetery, directed by Winters Funeral Home.

Mrs. Petrie was born in Burnet County and graduated from Ballinger High School. She attended Tyler Business School and worked as a bookkeeper for several years. She was a member of the Ballinger Home Demonstration Club and Friendly Ladies Class. She also taught a Ladies Bible class and served on the executive board at Winters First United Methodist Church. She was the widow of M.R. "Pete" Petrie, whom she married in 1925 in Crews.

Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Hambright of Winters and Neysa Sommerville of San Antonio; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to Winters First United Methodist Church.

Viola Waggoner Vestal

MORTON - Viola M. Waggoner Vestal, 99, formerly of Clyde, died Jan. 1.

Services were held Jan. 3 in Taylor Street Church of Christ with Bill Schlaback and Albert McSpadden officiating. Burial was in Littlefield Memorial Park.

Mrs. Vestal was born in Oplin and grew up in Clyde. She moved to Buela in the early 1940s and Morton in 1961. She was the last survivor of the J.K. Waggoner family in Clyde.

Survivors include two sons, B.B. Vestal of O'Donnell and B.A. Vestal Jr. of Morton; five daughters, Valera Young of Olton, Florence Hancock of Roswell, N.M., Vivian Nebbut of Morton, Janet Sikes of Valley Center, Calif., and Dolores Drake of Littlefield; 28 grandchildren; 67 great-grandchildren; and 23 great-great-grandchildren.

Alvis Lynn Sewalt

BROWNWOOD - Alvis Lynn Sewalt, 69, Brown County's first chief tax appraiser, died Tuesday in a San Angelo hospital.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Arnold officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Point Cemetery in Brown County.

Mr. Sewalt was born in Brookesmith and lived most of his life in Brown County. He served with the U.S. Navy aboard the battleship New Jersey in the Pacific during World War II and married Maxie Brown in 1950 in Brownwood. He was a rancher and also formerly was self-employed. He was a member of American Board of Realtors, Texas Assessing Officers Association and the Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, of Brownwood; two sons, Jeff Sewalt of Brownwood and Sambo Sewalt of Athens, Texas; two daughters, Bonnie Burrus of Stephenville and Teddi Morrow of Lampasas; one sister, Alva Lee Crow of Reno, Nev.; nine grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be sent to Arthritis Foundation, Northwest Texas chapter, 3145 McCart Ave., Fort Worth 76110.

Alta Mae Jarred

HASKELL - Alta Mae Jarred, 74, died Tuesday in an Abilene hospital.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in East Side Baptist Church with the Rev. David Page officiating. Burial will be in Willow Cemetery, directed by Holden-McCauley Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Jarred was born in Haskell, where she married Jack Jarred in 1940. She was a homemaker and worked as a seamstress. She attended the Ruth Sunday School Class and taught Sunday school for many years at East Side Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, of Haskell; one son, Kenneth Jarred of Haskell; two sisters, Jean Wadlington of Belton and Patsy Decker of Rockdale; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to East Side Baptist Church Building Fund, 600 N. 1st East, Haskell 79521.

Elwood Webb

Elwood B. Webb, 90, died Tuesday in a local hospital. Services are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.

Fred 'Fritz' Ernst

BIG SPRING - Fred "Fritz" Ernst, 75, of St. Lawrence, died Sunday in Florida. Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home.

Mack Ray Cooper

SNYDER - Mack Ray Cooper, 80, died Monday in a Midland hospital after a lengthy illness. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home Chapel.

Judy Gay Lund

ROBY - Judy Gay Lund, 42, died Tuesday in a Sweetwater nursing home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in McCoy Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Sweetwater.

Archie Lee Scott

CAMERON - Archie Lee Scott, 94, brother of two Big Country residents, died Monday in a local hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Tow First Baptist Church, directed by Green Funeral Home.

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