HERK M. GILES
Herk M. Giles passed away at the age of 64 on June 12, 2004, in San Antonio. He was born Jan. 19, 1940, in Grand Island, NF. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Giles of Spring Branch; son, Gregory Giles of Denver, Co.; daughter, Laura Ely of San Antonio and five grandchildren.
A rosary will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, June 17, and memorial services will be Thursday 11 a.m. at St. Ferdinand’s Catholic Church, 29 Main Street in Blanco.
HAROLD EDWARD “DUKE” RUMPF
According to his mom, the birth of Harold Edward Rumpf sure messed up a good Christmas since he arrived Dec. 24, 1932, the first of four boys in the family.
Duke’s dad was a farmer in St. Marys, Ohio, when Duke was born. However, it was not long before a 5,000-acre ranch in West Texas was acquired, and the family moved. The ranch again changed hands when Duke’s grandparents became elderly.
Duke attended high school in Lima, Ohio. He loved sports and played football on the State Champion Lima High School team.
Duke did a lot of different things with his life. He was: a tree topper in Ohio for a utility company; spent a short time in the Marines; a crew boss or a road builder; a steel worker on the Merrimac Bridge between Michigan and Canada; and a long haul truck driver who drove from coast to coast and border to border.
When Duke and Pat met, he was a homebuilder and real estate manager in Burnet. Together, Duke and Pat were traveling managers for a national motel chain operating on both the East and West Coasts for a short time before managing Charles’s Motel in Johnson City for the owner. In 1995 they bought the original owner out and continued the business until Duke’s stroke in March 2001.
Duke died June 7, 2004. As he wished, Duke has been cremated. Please come and share your experiences with others whose paths he crossed at a memorial service at the First United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. in Johnson City, June 16, 2004.
Arrangements entrusted to Crofts Funeral Home of Johnson City.
Vinie Woods was born in Kendall County July 7, 1924, and passed away at Live Oak Medical Center in Blanco Sunday, June 13, 2004, at the age of 79.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 15, with Rev. W.B. Hiller officiating. Vinie was laid to rest in the Smith Cemetery in Bergheim.
Vinie is survived by two brothers, Arthur Woods of Hico and Jake Wood of Blanco.
Clara Beckmann’s spirit departed peacefully at the age of 103 with her niece Arlene Bayless at her side.
Clara joins her beloved sister and brother-in-law, Emil O. and Emma Schneider, brothers Reinhard, Hugo, and Alwin Beckmann, and sister-in-law Alexia Beckmann in their heavenly home.
Clara was born to William H. and Augusta Beckmann Jan. 30, 1901, near McCall Creek in Blanco County.
She grew up working on the ranch to help provide for the family. She became the caregiver of her parents and brother Reinhard until the time of their passing.
Clara was a member of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Blanco for more than 50 years. She will always be remembered for her kindness toward others, her love for life, and her devotion to family.
Clara is loved and remembered by her sister-in-law Eva I. Beckmann, nieces and nephews Wilma Arlene Bayless, Melvin G. and Lois Marlene Schneider, Emil E. and Medora Beckmann, Joe and Anita Smitherman, Rudolph A. Beckmann, Willard Schlameus, Edmond Hargett, Joseph Fazzio, Eugene and Irene Sloan, Donald and Dora Martin and numerous great nieces and nephews.
Nieces Edna E. Schlameus, Eleanor M. Hargett, Maxine M. Fazzio, her parents, and an infant sister preceded her in death.
Visitation was Wednesday, March 31, 2004, at Croft Funeral Home in Blanco. The funeral was held at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 1, 2004, at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Blanco with Rev. Dr. Anamae Storbeck officiating. Burial followed in the Blanco Cemetery.
BRUCE HOLTON BURLESON
Bruce Holton Burleson passed away June 5, 2004, in San Antonio at the age of 89.
Holton was a prominent rancher and 65-year member of the Johnson City Masonic Lodge. He served his community as Commissioner and Sheriff of Blanco County.
Holton is survived by his wife, Mabel; daughter, Melinda Burleson, and son, Pat Burleson, all of Cypress Mills, and son, Mike Burleson of Putnam, as well as one grandchild and two great- grandchildren.
Holton is preceded in death by his parents, Bruce Blakey Burleson and Lillie Mortimer Burleson.
Holton served in the Army during WWII.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 8, at Crofts Funeral Home. He was laid to rest at the Cypress Mill Cemetery in Cypress Mills.
Pallbearers were Ralph Combest, David Hicks, Jerry Hobbs, Lonnie Whitley, Glen Cook and Richard Grumbles.
Holton will be missed by those who had the pleasure of ever knowing him.
HERBERT L. McLERRAN
Mr. Herbert L. “Hub” McLerran age 85 of Paris, Texas passed away Friday August 20, 2004 in Paris Regional Medical Center.
He was born on March 17, 1919 in Cameron, Texas, a son of Minnie Myrtle Humbles McLerran and Roy McLerran. He was married to the former Paula Gentry in Paris on January 28, 1983.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by Children: Charles Scott McLerran – San Antonio Howard Ross McLerran and wife Glenda – San Antonio Dr. Paul McLerran and wife Carolyn of San Antonio Judy Prehn and husband Kelly of Spicewood, TX. Grandsons: David McLerran, Brian Prehn and wife Amanda Granddaughters: Allison McLerran, Kendra Sherman, and Jennifer Ethridge and husband Allen Great Grandchildren: Alex and Megan Ethridge, Sister: Geraldine Ellis – Bridgewater, Mass.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, 3 brothers Roy McLerran Jr., Harrison McLerran, Ray McLerran and a daughter Barbara Gildersleeve
Mr. McLerran graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelors Degree and also attended Southwestern Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth. He began employment with Texas Rehabilitation Commission as a counselor in San Antonio and later worked as Program Specialist in Austin. In 1974 Mr. McLerran transferred to the Paris Field Office as manager and worked there until retiring in 1982. While living in Lamar Co., he also served as interim pastor for Honey Creek Baptist Church in Wolfe City and East Delta Baptist Church in Charleston.
Before starting with the Texas Rehabilitation Commission Mr. McLerran pastored the following Southern Baptist Churches; First Baptist Church in Giddings, East Side Baptist Church in Gonzales, Calvary Baptist Church in Rosenburg, and First Baptist Church in Johnson City. While pastoring in Johnson City during the presidency of Lyndon Baines Johnson he had the unique opportunity to preach on a Sunday morning to President Johnson.
Mr. McLerran also held various state offices with the Southern Baptist Assoc.. He was on the first committee that organized Highland Lakes Baptist Encampment in Spicewood, Texas, was a Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America for many years, and was a 60 year member of the J.D. Giddings Masonic Lodge # 280 where he served as Lodge Chaplain from 1948 – 1955.
Mr. McLerran was an avid outdoorsman and hunter. He loved people and being of service to others. He was always upbeat, congenial, and a wonderful husband, father, and son.
Funeral services were conducted Monday August 23, 2004 in the Fry-Gibbs Funeral Chapel in Paris, Texas with Rev. Kenneth Mills and Rev. Allen Phillips officiating. Burial follow at the Bellwood Memorial Park in Temple.
Pallbearers were Royce Vernon, Ted Thayer, David McLerran, Kelly Prehn, Brian Prehn, Gerald Faulkner.
Memorials may be made to Highland Lakes Baptist Encampment 5902 Pace Bend Road North Spicewood, Tx. 78669 (512) 264-1777.
CHARLES L. CULPEPPER
July 23, 1920 – August 22, 2004
Charles L. Culpepper was born in 1920, in Ft. Worth, Texas, where his parents, missionaries to China, were studying at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Charles went with them to China at the age of 3, and was schooled in a British boarding school in Tienjing, China. He then returned to Texas where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University and a Master of Theology degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. In 1944, he married Donal Jones of New Orleans, Louisiana, who was also a student at the seminary. During his training, Charles pastored several small churches in the area.
The Culpeppers were appointed missionaries to China by the Baptist Foreign Mission Board in 1944, but their departure was delayed due to World War II. During this time Culpepper was pastor of First Baptist Church in Eagle Lake, Texas.
At the end of the war, Charles and Donal began their mission work in China, boarding a ship which had just brought soldiers back from the Pacific theater, to start language study in Beijing. The advancing Communist army forced the young family to move several times until they sought refuge in the Philippines. There they continued their study of Mandarin until Charles volunteered to return to China to assist the few missionaries who had remained but finally were forced to leave. After a harrowing escape, Charles then rejoined Donal in New Orleans, where she had made a home close to her parents following her departure from the Philippines. At this time Charles completed his Doctor of Theology degree at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
After the Communist takeover of China, Charles and Donal were sent to serve on the mission field in Taiwan. Charles, a professor at the Taiwan Baptist Theological Seminary, prepared Chinese Christians for the ministry. He and Donal remained in Taiwan for the next 40 years, planting churches, pastoring congregations, organizing youth work, assisting in administrative duties of the mission, and overseeing many church construction projects. Charles also served as chairman of the mission, and president pro tem and bursar of the seminary.
After retirement in 1985, Charles and Donal made their home near Blanco, Texas, where Charles enjoyed the hill country life. Charles is survived by his wife of 60 years, Donal Jones Culpepper, his four children and their spouses: Tom and Susan Culpepper of Round Rock, Texas; Carolyn and Ed Neunuebel of Hong Kong; Richard and Dana Culpepper of Blanco, Texas; and Cathy Lee and Terry McGinnis of Wimberley, Texas. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren , 3 great grandchildren, and a sister, Mary Walker of Tyler, Texas.
Charles was known for his sense of humor, his peace-loving nature, and practical wisdom. He lived a life of selfless devotion to his family and his Lord. For the last 10 years of his life, progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) gradually limited his mobility but not his spirit.
The family requests that any memorials be given to the Taiwan Baptist Theological Seminary c/o First Baptist Church, Blanco, Texas.
The funeral will be held Saturday, August 28, 2004, at 2:00pm, at the First Baptist Church of Blanco, Texas. Visitation at Crofts Funeral Home, Blanco, on Friday August 27, 2004, from 5:00 pm to 8:00pm, family being present from 7:00pm to 8:00 pm.