Blanche McKee, 89, formerly of Rockdale, died Saturday, March 3, 2007. A pre-celebration service will be held from 7-8 p.m. Friday, March 9, in the chapel of King-Tears Mortuary. Funeral service will be at 12-n oon Saturday, March 10, at St. James Baptist Church of Austin. Burial will follow at Cook-Walden Capital Park in Pflugerville.
She is survived by her seven children, Agnes Molden, Phyllis McKee, Darwin McKee, Donald McKee, Lola McKee-Powell, Warren McKee and Bridgett Bosier; sister, Arvis Fullylove of Temple; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Paul R. Miller, 62, of Enid, Oklahoma, died Tuesday morning, Feb. 27, 2007 at his brother’s residence. Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Friday, March 2 at Brown-Cummings Funeral Home in Enid, OK, with Rev. Bill Springer of the Church of Church in Helena, OK, officiating. Graveside services were held at noon Monday, March 5, at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Rockdale.
Mr. Miller was born Nov. 2, 1944 in Rockdale to Isaac and Lucile (Maxwell) Miller.
He worked for the railroad for many years and later owned and operated a bar and the Paul R. Miller Demolition Service in Enid for several years.
Mr. Miller was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and three sisters.
Survivors include two sons, Isaac Martson of Palmdale, California and Terrance Miller of Enid, OK; step-daughter, Jamila Martson of Palmdale, California and a host of step-children; five brothers, Johnny “Pete” Miller of Enid, OK, Henry Miller of Rockdale, Don Miller of San Antonio, Elmo Miller of Rockdale and Wilbert Miller of Oklahoma City, OK; four sisters, Irene Johnson of Rockdale, Mary Allen of Rockdale, Linda Ford of Rockdale and Sandra McNeal of Tennessee.
Memorials may be made to Ross Healthcare c/o Brown-Cummings Funeral Home, 400 W. Maple, Enid, OK, 73701.
GEORGETOWN – Services for Donald Bret Key, 41, of Georgetown were held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 2, 2007, at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel in Georgetown with Dr. Everett Schrum officiating. Graveside services were held at Our Lady of the Rosary.
Mr. Key died Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Cedar Park.
He was born Oct. 9, 1965, in Rockdale to Joyce Tuma Key and Doug Key.
He married Tammy Lynn Hoke on Nov. 14, 1992, in Austin.
Mr. Key had loved his family and enjoyed participating in activities with his children. He enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. He had many friends, never met a stranger and viewed his fellow co-workers at 3M and Alcoa as special friends.
Mr. Key was preceded in death by his brother, Bradley Key.
Survivors are his wife of nearly 15 years, Tammy; two daughters, Sierra and Shelby; a brother, Colt Key of Rockdale; a sister, Cambi Bruegger and husband Todd of College Station; two sisters-in-law, Sue Beth Westbrook and husband Gerry of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April Hoke of Dallas; his mother, Joyce Key Skinner of Rockdale; his father, Doug Key of Austin; parents-in-law, Rev. Walter and Carol Hoke of Seadrift; and four nephews, Spencer and Bradley Bruegger of College Station, Travis and Trenton Key of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Pallbearers were Bruce Johnson, Jim Scott, John Shell, Bobby Moore, Colt Key, Todd Bruegger, Travis Key and Trenton Key.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial scholarship fund for his daughters has been established at United Heritage Credit Union, c/o Tammy Key/Sierra and Shelby Key Educational Fund, attn: Georgetown Branch, PO Box 1648, Austin, TX 78767.
Elton “Buddy” Cuthrell Wren was born on Aug. 15, 1927 in Carlos to Cuthrell Elton Wren and Allie (nee Kolbachinski) Wren. Elton graduated from Livingston High School in 1944 and joined the U.S. Navy at age 17. He served on the USS Agenor, an LST, in the Pacific Ocean. He received an honorable discharge in August 1946.
While attending Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Elton supplemented his income by driving a taxi. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1950. He did his graduate work at Texas A&M University in College Station. Elton accepted the job of veteran’s coordinator in Sweetwater. He later became a public school teacher and taught in Goodrich, Smithville and Lexington.
On June 15, 1952, Elton married Doris Beatrice Knippa at St. James Lutheran Church in Lexington with Rev. Ludwig Karcher officiating. This union was blessed with four sons: Curtis Elton, Michael Alan, Rodney Wayne and Byron Eugene. While living in Smithville, Elton took instructions in the Lutheran faith and was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran church on May 24, 1953 under the leadership of Rev. H.L. Wiederanders.
In 1960, Elton became a rural mail carrier in the Lexington area. He retired from his job in 1987 and devoted his life to raising cattle, quarter horses and registered miniature horses. As a member of St. James Lutheran Church, Elton served on many committees and held various offices including elder and president.
Elton is survived by his wife of 54 years; sons, Curtis and wife Charis of Brenham, Michael and wife Pamela of Austin, Rodney and wife Jessica of Dallas, and Byron and wife Karen of Lexington. Also eleven grandchildren; Callie Elizabeth, Caitlin Elaine and Cameron Elton of Brenham; Annette Eileen, Ellie Catherine and David Michael of Austin; Nicolas Aaron and Claire Marie of Dallas; Bailey Marie, Keldon Alex and Karley Ann of Lexington. One sister, Doris Jean Weiser and husband Elwood of Yoakum and their children: Lynetta Windsor and husband Cecil of Denver, Colorado; Peggy Weiser of Tomball; Vickie Kinder and husband David of San Antonio; William “Billy” Weiser and wife Lee Anne of Lexington. Also by numerous great-nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and friends.
Elton was preceded in death by both parents (mother in 1933 and father in 1977) and by two stepmothers.
Elton attained the age of 79 years, 6 months and 16 days. He went to sleep in Jesus at 12:40 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, 2007.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 6 at St. James Lutheran Church in Lexington with Rev. Leif Hasskarl officiating. Burial followed in Lexington Memorial Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Billy Weiser, Gary Knippa, Robert Stuckey, Tom Kleinschmidt, Nick Gabriel and Scott Sanders.
Memorials may be made to the Building Fund at St. James Lutheran Church in Lexington.
Frank Ponzio, 85, of Thorndale for the past 16 years, died Monday, March 5, 2007 at Richards Memorial Hospital in Rockdale. Funeral mass will be held 10 a.m. Friday, March 9, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylor with Father Lonnie Urban officiating. Burial will follow in Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale, NY.
Mr. Ponzio was born March 31, 1921 in Brooklyn, NY, to Bernard Ponzio and Gilorma DeMaio. He married Sophie Iannotti on April 4, 1943 in Westbury, Long Island.
He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II. He was also a retired bus driver after 20 years with Bee Line Bus Co. in Rockville Center, Long Island.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Sophie Iannotti on Dec. 11, 1976.
Survivors include three sons, Benny Ponzio of Westbury, NY, Frank Ponzio and wife Bridget of Orlando, FL and Robert Ponzio and wife Joan of Santa Fe; two daughters, Jo-Anne Flemming and husband Norris of Thorndale and Jean Dickmann of Palestine; sister, Emma Lamonica of Rockville Center, NY; 11 grandchildren, Benny and Shannon Ponzio, Cynthia Buscemi, Lisa Baker, Laura Fursa, Josephine Ponzio, Michelle Deary, Sean and Danielle Dickman, Crystal Jackson, Ryan Ponzio; 18 great-grandchildren, Ben Ponzio Jr., Arron, Randall and Jordon Schramu, Hannah and Samuel Baker, Aidan Buscemi, Mathew, Meghan and Natalie Deary, Zackary Dickmann, Christopher and Elizabeth Fursa, Joe Jr., Krystal and Dominick Ponzio, Peyton and Kayla Jackson.
CAMERON – Graveside services for Jack Curtis Baggerly, 84, of Gause were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2007, at the Old Cameron Pioneer Cemetery in Cameron with Rev. Tim Cheatham officiating.
Mr. Baggerly died Tuesday, Feb. 27, in a Temple hospital.
A retired air conditioning serviceman and mechanic, he was born Feb. 26, 1923, in Milam County to Wiley B. and Lula M. Baggerly.
Mr. Baggerly was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army.
Survivors include three sons, Jack Baggerly, Billy Baggerly and Donald Baggerly, all of Gause, and three grandchildren.
CAMERON – Noah Earl (Peanut) Barron, 86, of Cameron died Saturday, March 3, 2007 in a Cameron hospital. Funeral services were held Sunday, March 4, at the Oak Hill Pavilion with Rev. Jim Lafferty officiating. Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Barron, a lifelong rancher and cowboy, was born Feb. 14, 1921 in the Ad Hall community of Milam County to John Lee and Lilly (Kennedy) Barron.
He was a U.S. Army veteran and married Edith Walton in 1953.
Mr. Brown was a member of the Cowboy Hall of Fame. In addition to being a cowboy, he had worked as a cattle brand inspector.
Three children and three brothers preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Edith Barron of Cameron; son, John Barron and wife Kim of Cameron; granddaughter, Ashley Barron.