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
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, 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.
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.
RISING STAR - Deariso Duensing, 82, died Monday in a Brownwood
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Higginbotham Funeral
Home Chapel with Helen McIver officiating. Burial will be in Wolf
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
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
Memorials may be sent to Winters First United Methodist Church.
Viola Waggoner Vestal
MORTON - Viola M. Waggoner Vestal, 99, formerly of Clyde, died
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 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
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