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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 relatives.

The family will be at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m. today.

Thomas Yarbrough

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 in Andrews.

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.

Charles Thomas

BROWNWOOD - Charlie J. Thomas, 79, of Lake Brownwood died Sunday in Austin.

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 Merkel.

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.

Margie Boatright

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.

Pilar Marquez

BIG SPRING - Pilar Marquez, 86, of Crosbyton and formerly of Big Spring, died Sunday in Crosbyton. Services are pending with Myers & Smith Funeral Home.

John Lopez

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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