Today's Obituaries (Sept. 23, 1997)
James Thomas Phillips
James Thomas Phillips, 63, died Saturday in Dallas.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at 17th and Mesquite Church
of Christ with Curtis Johnson officiating, directed by Curtis-Starks
Funeral Home, 542 E.N. 7th.
Mr. Phillips was born in Haskell. He attended school in Haskell
and was employed by Duck's Real Estate Co.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Phillips of Lubbock
and Yolanda Phillips of Lamesa; four brothers, Jalil Hakim of
Milwaukee, Wis., Robert Henny of Abilene, Vernon of Los Angeles
and Douglas of Kansas; four sisters, Bessie Samuel, Vernece Hunter
and Ethel Bryant, all of Abilene, and Lathita Ahmod of Milwaukee;
three stepchildren, Debra Butler, Charles Hunter and Delwayne
Hunter, all of Lamesa; five grandchildren and a host of other
The family will be at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m. today.
Thomas L. Yarbrough, 70, of Abilene died Saturday.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today in Oplin Cemetery
in Oplin with Doyle Pruitt officiating, directed by Elmwood Funeral
Home, 5750 Hwy. 277 South.
Mr. Yarbrough was born in Oplin and was a veteran of World
War II and the Korean Conflict.
Survivors include one son, Elvey Yarbrough of Abilene; two
daughters, Carol Cristadoro of Frisco and Rhonda Jaso of Wylie;
one brother, Bailey Yarbrough of Brownfield; six grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren.
Ernestine Tucker Verner
PALESTINE, Tex. - Ernestine Tucker Verner, 72, formerly of
Abilene, died Sunday.
Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. today in Muse Cemetery
with the Rev. David Darst officiating, directed by Bailey &
Foster Funeral Home.
Mrs. Verner was born in Kaufman County and was a nurse's aide.
She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. She was the widow
of Charles Briscoe Verner.
Survivors include two daughters, Kathy Franklin of Neches and
Iris Hodges of Lubbock; seven sons, Charles Patrick Verner of
Orlando, Fla., Richard Greg Verner and Michael Eugene Verner,
both of Abilene, Robert Briscoe Verner of Waco, Roger Dale Verner
and Thomas Franklin Verner, both of Lebannon, Ore., and Dennis
Randall Verner of Hawley; one sister, Vera Nelson of Albany, Ore.;
21 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Hattie Bell (Key) Jones
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Hattie Bell (Key) Jones, 79, died Saturday.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today in East Lawn Cemetery,
directed by W.F. Gromley & Sons Funeral Home.
Mrs. Jones was born and attended school in Potosi. She moved
to California and worked at Mare Island Naval Yard. She retired
from Weinstocks Department Store in 1976. She married Frank A.
Jones in Abilene; he preceded her in death.
Survivors include one daughter, Carol Ann Jones of Sacramento;
one son, William "Bill" Jones of Roseville, Calif.;
one brother, Horace Key of Potosi; and two grandchildren.
Frances Livingston Rush
COLEMAN - Frances Livingston Rush, 84, of Talpa died Monday
at a local hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at First United Presbyterian
Church with the Rev. Jeff Robinett officiating. Burial will be
in Talpa Cemetery, directed by Walker Funeral Home.
Mrs. Rush was born in Coleman County and lived all her life
in western Coleman County. She graduated from Coleman High School
and attended Texas Tech University. She was a homemaker. She was
a member of Town and Country Garden Club, Talpa Home Demonstration
Club, First Presbyterian Church and Women of First Presbyterian
Church. She married Raymond Rush in 1930 in Dallas; he preceded
her in death.
Survivors include two daughters, Peggy Blake of Midland and
Ginger Sneed of Talpa; two sons, Tommy Rush of Talpa and Mike
Rush of Odessa; one sister, Virginia Gustavus of Abilene; seven
grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church Building
Fund, Coleman 76834; or West Texas Rehabilitation Center, 4601
Hartford, Abilene 79605-9989.
Lavonia Ruth Perry
BROWNWOOD - Lavonia Ruth Perry, 69, of Brookesmith and formerly
of California, died Monday at a local hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Heartland Funeral Home
Chapel in Early with the Rev. Ruben Packer officiating. Burial
will be in Greenleaf Cemetery.
Mrs. Perry was born in Voss and grew up and attended school
in Coleman County. She was a homemaker and a member of Victory
Baptist Church. She married Willard Alton Perry Sr. in 1946; he
preceded her in death.
Survivors include two sons, Larry Gene Perry of Abilene and
Randall Perry of Brookesmith; one brother, Curtis Crenshaw of
Georgia; one sister, Maude Kurkend of Haskell; five grandchildren,
two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The family will be at the funeral home from 6-7 p.m. today.
Candace Nealie Moore
BROWNWOOD - Candace Nealie Moore, 98, died Sunday.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church with
Dr. Ron Cook officiating. Burial will be in Greenleaf Cemetery,
directed by Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
Mrs. Moore was born in Mills County and graduated from Howard
Payne and Hardin-Simmons universities. She also attended Columbia,
Colorado and Texas Tech universities. She taught 41 years in Brownwood
schools. She was a member of First Baptist Church (since 1914),
Mary Garland Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution,
Daughters of the 17th Century, National Society of Magna Carta
Dames and Brown County Retired Teachers, a charter member of Welcome
W. Chandler Daughters of the Republic of Texas and a life member
of the National Education Association.
Survivors include one niece; four nephews, including Harold
Dee Roberson of Brownwood and Robert Lee Roberson of Goldthwaite;
and a number of great-nieces and -nephews and cousins.
Memorials may be made to Howard Payne University library or
First Baptist Church of Brownwood.
L.P. 'Pete' Alexander
BROWNWOOD - L.P. "Pete" Alexander, 65, of Bangs died
Sunday at a local nursing home.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Davis-Morris Funeral
Home Chapel with the Rev. James Gibson officiating. Burial will
be in Bangs Cemetery.
Mr. Alexander was born in Brown County and lived in Andrews
for 40 years before moving to Bangs 25 years ago. He was an Army
veteran, a bank vice president and a member of the Baptist church
Survivors include two sisters, Ida Poprick of El Paso and Lee
Davenport of Dallas; four brothers, Guy Alexander of Brownwood,
Marion Alexander of DeSoto, Clyde Alexander and Charles Alexander,
both of Bangs; seven nieces and 10 nephews.
The family will be at the funeral home from 7-8 p.m. today.
Velma Elizabeth Glasscock
BROWNWOOD - Velma Elizabeth Glasscock, 86, died Friday at a
local nursing home.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Songbird Lodge
with the Rev. Chas Christian officiating. Burial will be in Greenleaf
Cemetery, directed by Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
Mrs. Glasscock was born in Odessa and had lived in Brownwood
for 15 years. She was a homemaker. She married Robert Glasscock
in 1953 in Odessa; he preceded her in death.
Survivors include three grandchildren, including David and
Bobby Baugh of Brownwood; five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
BROWNWOOD - Charlie J. Thomas, 79, of Lake Brownwood died Sunday
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Heartland Funeral
Home Chapel in Early with Mark Bryant officiating. Burial will
be in Eastlawn Memorial Park.
Mr. Thomas was born in Roby and was retired from Intercontinental
Mfg. Co. in Garland, where he was an aircraft machinist. He was
a member of Lake Brownwood Dam Fire Department and Belle Plain
Baptist Church. He married Amelia "Millie" Johnson in
1955 in Carlsbad, N.M.
Survivors include his wife; one son, Roy Bray of Beaumont;
two daughters, Barbara Smith of Austin and Patricia White of Williston,
N.D.; three brothers, Carl Ray Thomas of Celina, Richard Thomas
of Fort Worth and P.D. Thomas of Allen; six sisters, Kathleen
Howell of Chula Vista, Calif., Josie Raines of Plano, Faye Morgan
of Garland, Jean Loftice of Nashville, Ark., Ann Burden of Gunter
and Elaine Hooper of Frisco; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Ruby Audry Wedeking
ANSON - Ruby Audry Wedeking, 89, died Saturday at a local hospital.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's United
Methodist Church in Stamford with the Rev. Loren Gardner officiating.
Burial will be in the Wedeking Family Cemetery in Jones County,
directed by Tankersley Funeral Home of Stamford.
Mrs. Wedeking was born in Jones County and lived in the area
all her life. She was a Baptist and a homemaker. She married John
Wedeking in 1927 in Haskell; he preceded her in death.
Survivors include two sons, Arnold Wedeking and Bobby Wedeking,
both of Stamford; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Catherine Marie 'Cathi' Bailey
TUSCOLA - Catherine Marie "Cathi" Bailey, 35, who
owned and operated All My Friends Day Care Center in Tuscola,
died Sunday at an Abilene hospital after a traffic accident near
Services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Tuscola Church of Christ
with Tom Bailey officiating. Burial will be in Tuscola Cemetery,
directed by Fry-Bartlett Funeral Home.
Mrs. Bailey was born in Breckenridge and graduated from Follett
High School. She moved to Tuscola in 1991 from Rogers, Ark., and
was a member of Lawn Church of Christ. She married Randy Bailey
in 1979 in Darrouzett.
Survivors include her husband, of Tuscola; two sons, Zachary
Bailey and Joshua Bailey, both of Tuscola; two daughters, Cari
Bailey and Cati Bailey, both of Tuscola; her parents, Joe and
Wanda Fonville of Granbury; one brother, Joseph Fonville of Arlington;
two sisters, Sandra Criswell of Granbury and Tammy Johnson of
Kermit; grandparents, Mary Jane Pannell of Granbury and Katie
Fonville Ball of Breckenridge; a stepgrandfather, Ralph Ball of
Breckenridge; and 11 nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Cathi Bailey Memorial Fund at
First State Bank,Tuscola 79562.
The family will be at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. today.
CORPUS CHRISTI - Margie Boatright, 85, died Sunday at a local
hospital. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Sawyer-George
Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday
in Cross Plains Cemetery in Cross Plains.
Verma Simmons Sanders
STEPHENVILLE - Verma Simmons Sanders, 91, died Saturday at
a local hospital. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at First
Baptist Church, directed by Lacy Funeral Home.
BIG SPRING - Pilar Marquez, 86, of Crosbyton and formerly of
Big Spring, died Sunday in Crosbyton. Services are pending with
Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
BIG SPRING - John Lopez, 40, of Tucson, Ariz., and formerly
of Big Spring, died Saturday in Tucson. Services are pending with
Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home.
Pablo Soto Jr.
KNOX CITY - Pablo Soto Jr., 63, of Goree died Saturday at a
Wichita Falls hospital after a brief illness. Services will be
at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. George Catholic Church in Haskell,
directed by Smith Funeral Home.
Jose 'Angel' Hernandez Sr.
BROWNWOOD - Jose "Angel" Hernandez Sr., 83, died
Sunday at a local hospital. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Wednesday
at Heartland Funeral Home Chapel in Early. Mass will be at 10
a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Claudine Juliette Olsen
Claudine Juliette Olsen died Monday in Abilene. Services are
pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
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