CHARLES M. GLIDDON
Charles M. “Buddy” Gliddon, 73, of Gordon and formerly of Waco passed away Monday, March 17, 2003, at a Fort Worth Hospital.
Services were Wednesday, March 19, in the First Baptist Church in Gordon with Rev. Brian Crittendon and Rev. Tom Poppins officiating. Burial was in New Gordon Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Strawn.
The family request memorials to the Tri City EMS or the First Baptist Church in Gordon.
Mr. Gliddon was born in Johnson City, Texas Jan. 21, 1930, to Reverdy and Stella (Klaerner) Gliddon. He was a graduate of Johnson City High School and earned a bachelors and masters degree in chemistry from Southwest Texas State University San Marcos.
He married Nell Hodges on June 17, 1953, in Fredericksburg. Buddy served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He worked as a chemist for the Celeanse Corp in Bishop from 1958 to 1968. Buddy became an instructor for Texas State Technical College in Waco from 1968 until he retired in 1985. While at TSTC, he taught math, chemistry and physics and served as program chair at various times. He lived in Axtell from 1980 to 2002 when he moved to Gordon.
Buddy was a proud member of the National Rifle Association and was an honorary NRA Whittington Center Founders Club member.
Mr. Gliddon was a member the First Baptist Church in Gordon. Prior to moving to Gordon, served as Deacon at First Baptist Church in Bellmead. He also taught Sunday School there.
His interests included competing as a clay target and rifle marksman. He was an avid sportsman. He excelled at fine woodworking with exotic woods and had his own business “Buddy’s,” which he and his wife Nell exhibited at statewide craft shows.
Mr. Gliddon is survived by his wife, Nell Gliddon of Gordon; son Tom Gliddon and wife Sue and sons Wesley and Kirk all of Huckabay; daughter Cheryl Chrisman and husband David of Fort Worth; and sisters Martha Schulze of Temple, and Roslyn Bustin of Austin.
He was preceded in death by brothers Reverdy and Frank Gliddon, sisters Sophia Odiorne, Inez Johnson, Merrill Molquin and Connie Gliddon.
Jack Hearn, 68, of San Marcos passed away Thursday, March 13, 2003.
He was born July 22, 1934, in Gonzales County to Johnie David and Naomi (Sherry) Hearn Cloud.
A graduate of Skidmore-Tynan High School, Jack retired from Pedernales Electric Co-operative after many years of faithful service.
An avid collector of Model-T cars, he was a member of the Cen-Tex Tin Lizzies Club and participated in many Model-T car tours. Jack was also a keen gardener. He spent many happy hours tending to his own garden and yard, which always looked immaculate. A devoted family man, Jack enjoyed spending time with his family, but especially his five grandchildren, who were the “light of his eyes.”
His father, and his sister, Letha Rust, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his adoring wife of 45 years, Jo Ann Hearn; his mother, Naomi Cloud of Yoakum; son, Ronny Hearn and wife, Carol of Staples; daughter, Beth Koen and husband, Mark of New Braunfels; three brothers, Elroy Hearn and wife, Betty of Georgetown, Jimmy Hearn and wife, Della of Flatonia and Johnny Hearn and wife, Melba of Westoff; four sisters, Ruby Herzog of Skidmore, Lois Foxell and husband, Ray of Yoakum, Jewel Spree and husband, Delton of Edna and Judy Barre and husband, Larry of Rockport.
He is also survived by five grandchildren, Tyler and Colby Hearn, Zachary, Garrett and Caitlynne Koen.
Family received friends Friday, March 14, at Pennington Funeral Home.
Funeral Services were conducted March 15 at the First Baptist Church in San Marcos, with the Rev. Mark Newton officiating. Interment followed at the San Marcos City Cemetery.
For those desiring, contributions in Jack’s name may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 330 W. Hutchison, San Marcos, TX 78666.
Arrangements under the care and guidance of Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche, San Marcos, TX, 512-353-4311.
ELLEN WIEDEBUSCH NORTON
Ellen Wiedebusch Norton was born in Dallas Dec. 25, 1912, to John Kelley and Effie Holbrook.
During Ellen’s life, she became a mother of two children — one son, Pete Wiedebusch and one daughter, Shirley Ann Wiedebusch.
Ellen passed from this earth to be with the Lord Friday, March 14, 2003, in Johnson City at the age of 90.
She is survived by her daughter, Shirley of Georgetown, and two sisters, Kate Till of San Angelo and Mildred Withers of Johnson City. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Heather Twidwell and Courtney Wiedebush, one sister-in-law Doris Kelly of Johnson City and a daughter-in-law, Pat Wiedebusch.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jim Norton, son Pete, sister Doris Danz and brother, Neal Kelly.
Funeral services were held at Crofts Funeral Home Monday March 17. She was laid to rest at the Masonic Cemetery in Johnson City. Bro. Ernest Topper officiated the service.
Pallbearers were George Danz, James Holbrook, Jason Holbrook, Butch Till, Sonny Till and D.R. Bushnell.
GARY WAYNE GUTHRIE
Gary Wayne Guthrie, 49, died March 13, 2003, at Roanoke. He was born July 2, 1953, in Fairbanks, Alaska, to Albert Bert Guthrie and Elva Jean Goble.
Gary is survived by one son, Josh Guthrie and one daughter, Shannon Guthrie, both of Roanoke, one brother; Ricky Guthrie of Johnson City and one sister, Sandy Stieler of Cypress Mill.
Services were held Monday, March 17, at Crofts Funeral Home in Johnson City. Bro. Greg Steele of Johnson City officiated.
Interment was held in Post Mountain Cemetery in Burnet.
Pallbearers were Dean Wagoner, Stan Gilbert, Jesse Sublett, Charlie Sanchez, Mark Marksbary, Spiro Barouxis and Donald Kracke.
Gary is a former resident of Johnson City, where he made many friends who will miss him.
RANSOM ALLEN RICHARDS JR.
Ransom Allen Richards Jr., known as “Allen,” born Feb. 25, 1915, passed away March 2, 2003, enroute home after having celebrated his 88th birthday with friends.
Allen died happily, at peace with his life and ready to meet his Lord.
Allen is survived by his wife, Margaret; two sons, Byron and Gary; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; godson Rai Stamps, stepdaughter, Gail Smith and husband Ken of Silver City NM; sisters Edith McNeill and husband Mac, and Lucille Culpepper and husband Fred, both of Houston; nephews Don Beckner and wife Linda, of Houston, Fred Beckner and wife Carolyn, of CA; nieces Amanda Bandy of Cortez, CO, Dr. Mary Lou Rogers and husband Charles of Atlanta, GA, Laurie Williams and husband Maurice of Devonshire, England. Allen was born to Amanda Culp Richards and Ransom Allen Richards Sr., of Bearden, Arkansas.
A graduate of Ball High School in Galveston at the age 15 years, Allen graduated early because of his intellect and as a result of numerous family moves. It seems every time Allen’s father, a railroad man, had to relocate the family, Allen skipped a grade. Allen’s first career was as a computer technician at IBM in the day of punch cards and paper tape. Allen later co-founded General Electronics of Houston, (now Spectrum Corporation) a company that pioneered electronic score boards and display devices. Allen maintained ties with the company management many years after his retirement.
Allen’s affinity for the technical was also manifest in his skill as an amateur radio operator. An avid ham, Allen held a general license (WA5JEC) and remained active as a member and director of Intertie, a local non-profit organization that promotes cooperation among radio amateurs.
Prior to his retirement to San Antonio, Allen was a rancher and 30-year resident of Blanco. Allen was passionate about many things: his wife Margaret, his church, St. George Episcopal, his hobby, amateur (“ham”) radio, his music (piano and organ), and most of all, his faith.
In recent years, Allen chose to give of his time to numerous charitable causes, most notably Morningside Ministries of San Antonio where he participated in regular music ministry playing ’30s and ’40s tunes to the residents (a skill learned by virtue of a $1 how-to book he purchased as a teenager).
As an active member of his church, Allen took great pleasure in being the anchor contributor to “The Fund for St. George,” which culminated in the completion of a new facility named “The Richards Christian Learning Center” in honor of his and Margaret’s support of that endeavor.
A service of thanksgiving for the life of Allen Richards was held Saturday, March 8, at 10 a.m. at St. George Episcopal Church in San Antonio with the Rev. Raymond Cole officiating. Flowers are appreciated, but the family asks friends and loved ones to consider their expression of love for Allen by making a contribution to the fund for St. George or Morningside Ministries, both of San Antonio. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in the guest book at www.porterloring.com by selecting the Sign and View Family Guestbook icon. Arrangements with Porter Loring Mortuary North, 2102 North Loop 1604 East, San Antonio 78232; 210-495-8221.
ELSIE EDNA SMITH
Elsie Edna Smith was born in Blanco County, Nov. 27, 1921, to Willie Newman Greenhaw and Ottlie Frieda Beckmann. Elsie left this world to be with the Lord Tuesday, March 4, 2003, in Johnson City.
Elsie leaves behind two sons, J.W. “Sonny” Smith III and Owen Smith, both of Johnson City. She also leaves four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Thursday, March 6, at Crofts Funeral Home. Elsie was laid to rest at Miller Creek Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Bobby Uecker, Johnny Haas, George Pearce Jr., Dwayne Hoppe, Jim Odiorne, and Charles Matus. Honory pallbearers were George Weirich and Marvin Haas.
EDITH BRINKMAN SMITH COTTRELL
Edith Cottrell died on April 1, 2003, at her home in Austin.
Edith was born Jan. 20, 1921, in Terre Haute, Indiana, where she lived until 1947. She graduated from Wiley High School in Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1938. She attended Indiana State Teachers’ College and Brown Business College in preparation for her career as a professional secretary.
Edith’s first husband, Lt. John C. Smith, Jr., was killed in the Battle of the Bulge while serving in the U.S. Army—leaving her a widow with two young daughters, Carolyn and Sarah.
On Dec. 13, 1947, Edith married Bert M. Cottrell Jr. in Santa Barbara, California. Together, they had three children: Kenneth, Mary, and Christina.
The family moved to Austin in June 1961. Edith managed Bert’s business office for 13 years before becoming a secretary at Tracor Inc. in 1967. She was executive secretary to Tracor senior vice president Marcel Gres for 14 years before retiring in May 1988.
Her mother, father, four brothers, two sisters, and one step-son preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, Colonel Bert M. Cottrell Jr. USAF (Ret.); daughters Carolyn Anne and husband Morse Craig (Hot Springs, AR), Sarah Jane and husband John McLean (Bryan), Mary Katherine and husband Michael Redshaw (St. Leonard, MD), and Christina Marie (Tina) and husband Tom Gourley (Blanco); son Kenneth Jefferson Cottrell (Austin); step-son B. Max Cottrell, III, and wife Judy (Houston); three grandchildren, one step-grandson, four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Edith was a long-time parishioner at Saint Austin’s Catholic Church. Her funeral mass was celebrated at St. Austin’s, 2026 Guadalupe St., Thursday, April 3, at 9:30 a.m. Burial was at 2 p.m. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.
Pallbearers were Edith’s sons-in-law Morse Craig, Tom Gourley, and Michael Redshaw, her grandson Trey Gourley, and very dear friends Don Heller and Ben Trotter.
Heartfelt thanks go to Don Brode MD, to the Hospice “team” and to the loving caregivers at The Park at Beckett Meadows, who all helped her family nurture Edith until her good Lord was ready for her. God bless you all. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial contribution to Hospice Austin.