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Miscellaneous Bandera County, Texas Obituaries


Mary Regina (Jean) Wilkins Turner
Mary Regina (Jean) Wilkins Turner, 71, of Lakehills, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001 at her residence. She was born Feb. 25, 1930 in St. Petersburg, Fla. and was raised in Russellville, Ky. She had made her home in Lakehills for the past eight years. Mrs. Turner worked as a teacher under the name of Mary Regina Wilkins Barrow for over 30 years in various states: Kentucky, Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. She was one of the founding board members who began establishing the Lakehills Area Library in 1999. This endeavor was was among her favorite and proudest accomplishments. Memorial services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at the Lakehills United Methodist Church with Pastor Ellen Ely officiating. Inurnment will be in the Wilkins family cemetery in Russellville. Mrs. Turner is survived by her husband, Luther A. (Archie) Turner; one daughter, Deborah Jean Barrow of San Antonio; one sister, Joanna May Wilkins Shirley of Shepherd, Texas; and one brother, Robert Burr Wilkins Jr. of Russellville. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Burr Wilkins Sr. and Anna Regina (Gina) Etheridge Wilkins. Memorials may be made to the Lakehills Library and Community Association or the Lakehills United Methodist Church. Arrangements were made under the direction of Sunset Northwest Funeral Home in San Antonio.

I.C. Morris
I.C. Morris, 85, of Sulphur Springs, Texas, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001 in a Kerrville hospital. He was born Feb. 29, 1916 in Marshall, Ark. to I.C. Morris Sr., and Mildred Jackson Morris. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force after 21 years of service. Survivors include one daughter, Terry Teague of Fullerton, Calif.; sister-in-law Florence Thompson of Pipe Creek; two grandchildren, and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife Marjorie on Oct. 5, 1999. Graveside services will be held Friday, Jan. 18, at 2:15 p.m. at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, with the Rev. Wade Strother officiating.

Alice Gunter
Alice Gunter, 55, of Bandera, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001 at her residence. She was born Jan. 3, 1946 in Bell Flower, Ill. She was preceded in death by her father Robert Welch and her brother Bobby Welch. She is survived by her husband Paul of Bandera; her mother Alice Welch of Bell Flower, Ill.; two daughters, Annette Gunter and fiance Daniel Curtis of San Antonio, Paulette Santos and husband John of San Antonio; one son, Timothy Paul Gunter and wife Patricia of Jacksonville, Fla.; sister Sue Ella Eades and husband Gary; and brother Thomas Welch and wife Nancy. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Chloe Paulina, Joshua Paul, Taylor Kaye, Hannah Elizabeth Theresa, Madeline Francis, Rachael Loren, and Isaac Patrick. Funeral services were held Dec. 27, 2001 at Ft. Sam Houston National cemetery in San Antonio. A memorial fund has been set up in Alicešs name at Bandera Bank for the 'build grandma's garden' project.

James D. Exum
James D. Exum, 64, of Bandera died Friday, Dec. 21, 2001 in a Kerrville hospital. He was born Oct. 24, 1937 in Frederick, Okla. to Thomis Lanford Exum and Rena Hubble Exum. In Korea from 1957 to 1961, he served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was an aircraft mechanic. Survivors include a son, Al Exum and wife Cheryl, of Grand Prairie, Texas; a sister, Martha Bowman and husband Gary, of Wyoming, Dela.; several aunts and uncles, and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Thomas Exum, Al Exum, and George Goodman; and a sister, Rena Belle Goodman Caron. Services were held Thursday, Dec. 27, at Grimes Chapel, with Mr. Martin Smith officiating. Interment followed in Bandera Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Palliative Care Unit, Sid Peterson Memorial Hospital, 710 Water St., Kerrville, TX 78028.

Lenoir Contie
Lenoir Contie, born July 29, 1951, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2001, at her home in Vanderpool. She is survived by her husband, Richard Contie and daughter, Brittany F. Contie. Services were held Wednesday, Jan. 2 at Alamo Heights United Methodist Church in San Antonio. The Rev. Dinah Shelly officiated. Messages or memories for the family may be left in the guest book at by selecting the Sign and view Family Guestbook icon. Interment was in Mission Burial Park North. Arrangements where by Porter Loring of San Antonio.

Billie Ennis
Billie Ennis, 73, of Bandera, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2001 at her residence. She was born Aug. 31, 1928 in Dayton, Texas to James H. and Gussie M. Ratcliff Bumstead. On March 28, 1946, she married James Ennis in Port Neches, Texas. He survives. Mrs. Ennis was a member of the Flying L Chapel, a homemaker, mother, and grandmother.
In addition to her husband James of Bandera, survivors include two daughters, Sydney Silvertooth and husband Bobby of Arlington, Texas, and Terri Fauks of Bandera; one son, Ben Ennis and wife Tina of Arlington; one brother, James Bumstead of San Antonio; five grandchildren, Bradley Walden, Jamie Conley, Jeff Fauks, Justin Fauks, Jenna Fauks; and one great-granddaughter, Emily Conley. Services were held Monday, Dec. 31 at Grimes Chapel with Rev. Malcolm Grainger officiating. A private family interment followed at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. Memorials be made to the American Cancer Society and/or the American Heart Association.

Roger Heinen
Roger Heinen, 53, of Bandera, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2001 in a motor vehicle accident. He was born Dec. 9, 1948 in Port Arthur to Charles Wayne and Fay Barnett Heinen. Roger was a musician and played with local bands.
Survivors include his mother, Fay Barnett McConnell of Lake Jackson; daughter, Heidi Heinen and companion, Jeffrey Eddins of Austin; two sisters, Sharon Gibson and husband Randell of Brazoria, and Rhonda Bratton and husband Billy of Bandera; and two brothers, Charles Heinen of Palmer, Ala., and Michael Heinen of West Columbia, Texas. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Wayne Heinen and his step-mother, Margie Lee Heinen. A memorial service was held Monday, Dec. 12, 2001 at Grimes Chapel in Bandera. A private family interment is to be held at a later date. Arrangements were under the direction of Grimes Funeral Chapel of Bandera.

George Whitehead
George Whitehead, 91, of Medina died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001 in a Kerrville hospital. He was born Sept. 16, 1910 in Medina and was a lifetime resident. He was a retired rancher and a member of First Baptist Church in Medina. He was also a member and Past Master of Medina Lodge No. 1319, A.F. & A.M. Survivors include a daughter Janie and her husband Ken Whitewood of Kerrville; two sisters, Gertrude Krienke of San Antonio and Eva Grace Keese of Medina; two grandsons, Todd Whitewood and wife Serena of Bandera and Randy MacNaughton and wife Betty of Medina; and two great-grandchildren, Whitley Whitewood and Scott MacNaughton. Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 31 at First Baptist Church in Medina with Dr. Allie Balko officiating. Interment followed in Oakrest cemetery in Medina. Pallbearers were Jerry Mayfield, Larry Kirk, Gary Stokes, Tom Carpenter, John Derry and Gerald Long. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of onešs choice.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Grimes Funeral Chapels of Bandera.

Milton H. Culley
Milton H. Culley, 90, of Kerrville, Texas, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002, in Kerrville. Culley, a resident of Kerrville since 1993 and a prior resident of Bandera for over 20 years, was born on July 21, 1911 in Austin, to Charles Allen Culley and Jennie Hutton Culley. Mr. Culley was a retired United States Navy Commander, serving during World War II. He also retired from the City of Austin as an electrical engineer. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Kerrville. Survivors include a daughter, Magi Starwoman of Kerrville; two sons, Milton H. Culley Jr. of Seguin and the Rev. Ernest Charles Culley of Canada; a sister, Dorothy Anderson of Dallas; four grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Memorial services were held Jan. 8 at the First Presbyterian Church in Kerrville, with Rev. Vicki Yates officiating. Interment was held in Oakwood cemetery in Austin.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.

Edna Welch Kalka
Edna Welch Kalka, 85, of Bandera, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2001 after a short illness. Edna was born on Aug. 26, 1916 in Pipe Creek to the late Ed and Minnie Welch. She was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints of Bandera. She loved quilting and spent most of her days watching the Bandera community drive by her window. Survivors include two sisters, Lucille and Imogene; and one brother, Clayton Welch. Some special people in Ednašs life were her very dear friends and care givers, members of her church, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her soul mate, Joe Kalka. Funeral services were held at Grimes Funeral Chapel of Bandera on Jan. 8. Burial followed at the Bandera Cemetery. Memorials may be made in memory of Edna to the Peterson Hospice, 1121 Broadway, Kerrville, TX 78028.

Mary Jane Hooper Mueller
Mary Jane Hooper Mueller, 76, of Comfort, Texas died Friday, Jan. 4 in the Hermann Sons Retirement Home in Comfort. Mrs. Mueller is survived by her husband, Richard C. Mueller of Comfort; one son, one daughter and their spouses: Norman and Wanda Borth of Jourdanton, Texas, and Linda and Mark Ushman of Deanville, Texas; one step-daughter, Karen Hartsfield and husband Mike of Kennedy, Texas; three step-sons, Carl Mueller and wife Jackie of Odem, Texas, Curtis Mueller and wife Mary of Tuleta, Texas, and Newton Borth of Yorktown, Texas; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one sister, Betty Dugger of Cuero, Texas. Services were held Monday, Jan. 7 in the chapel of the Schaetter Funeral Home in Comfort with the Rev. Robert Braun officiating. Interment followed in the Hermann Sons Cemetery, Comfort. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Society.

Katherine Jones
Katherine L. Bocker Jones, 85, died Jan. 11, 2002 in Boerne, Texas. She was born Aug. 16, 1916 in Waring, Texas. She is survived by a daughter, Meta K. and husband David Henry of Lamesa, Texas; a son, August E. and wife Carol Jones of San Antonio; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild; a sister, Linda Shaw of Bandera, Texas; and a brother, Marvin Beckor of Boerne, Texas. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 15 from graveside in the Boerne Cemetery. Arrangements were with Ebensberger Funeral Home.

Buster Bruce
Hubert Lillard 'Buster' Bruce died on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002 at the age of 96 at River Hills Care Center. He was born in Bandera County at the Bruce Dude Ranch on Oct. 17, 1905, the second of three children, born to John Harvey Bruce and Mary Luella Mansfield Bruce. He married Wilobel Preston on Dec. 27, 1936. He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter Carolyn Fruge; his sister, Minnie Bruce Hayes; and his beloved wife of 61 years, Wilobel 'Wimpy' Preston Bruce. Survivors include his son, John Harvey Bruce and Lucie Sides of Bandera; grandsons, Thomas Hubert Courville and wife, Dana, of Lake Charles, La. and Brian Scott Courville and wife Robin of Arlington, Texas; great grandchildren, Clint Joseph Courville and Julia Ann Courville of Lake Charles; sister, Allene Storey, San Marcos, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on Friday, Jan. 18 at Grimes Funeral Chapel. Interment was in Bandera Cemetery. Pallbearers were Harold Bausch, Jay Hoskelis, Speedy Hutcheson, George Montague, Bobby Preston and Dr. Stephen Sells. Memorials may be made to VistaCare Family Hospice, 420 Water St., Kerrville, Texas 78028 or to the Bandera County Junior Livestock Show Association, P.O. Box 187, Bandera, Texas 78003.

Rick Sanders
Rick Sanders, 49, of Pipe Creek, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002 in a San Antonio hospital. He was born Dec. 24, 1952 in Houston to Arthur Sanchez and Cleo White Carfrey. On Aug. 28, 1982, he married Bethanne Pasquale in Bandera. She survives. Rick was employed as a machinist for Southwest Research Company in San Antonio. He was an avid hunter and loved to water ski. In addition to his wife Beth of Pipe Creek, survivors include his mother, Cleo White Carfrey of Bandera, mother-in-law and father-in-law, Reynold and Mary Ann Pasquale of New Brighton, Pa.; daughter, Michelle Sanders of Pipe Creek; brother, Robert Sanders and wife Carol of Bandera; uncle, Carle White; and special friends, Phillip Preston and Brenda Smith. Services are scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 24 at Grimes Chapel, with Mr. Martin Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Bandera Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jeff Antill, Ronnie Young, Barry Mangone, Pat Chenault, Robert Sanders, Steve Young, and Mike Pratts. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at Grimes Chapel. Memorials may be sent to Wells Fargo Bank, Rick Sanders Research, c/o Dr. Robert Nett.

William Nicholson
William Anthony 'Sonny' Nicholson, 39, died on Monday, Jan. 21, 2002 in San Antonio. He was born Dec. 8, 1962 in San Antonio. He served in the United States Air Force for four years. Mr. Nicholson is survived by his children, Scott and Holly Nicholson and by the mother of his children, Lori Nicholson, all of Nebraska. He is also survived by his mother, Frankie Friend of Colorado; a grandmother, Elizabeth Monosmith of New Braunfels; a sister, Kim Burke and husband Bobby of Florida; his father, Walter Nicholson of Arkansas; and aunts and uncles including Dolly and Carlyn Potter of San Antonio; Joe and Penny Monosmith of Canyon Lake; Susan Monosmith of Tarpley; Mike and Peggy Cottle of Tyler; John and Debbie Monosmith of Gruene, Texas and Jim and Brenda Monosmith of San Antonio. Mr. Nicholson was loved and will be missed by his children and other family members including many nieces, nephews and cousins. His service was held on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. at Wright's Funeral Parlor in Bandera

David Peterson
David B. Peterson of Lakehills, Texas, 78, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2002. He was born May 7, 1923 in Dallas, Texas. He retired from the U.S. Army as a Sergeant Major with 21 years of service and then went on to retire from the U.S. Postal Service. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary E. Peterson, his son Paul Peterson and wife Betty, his son Roger A. Peterson and wife Julie; grandchildren Kevin, Lisa, Renee, Peggy, Cathy, Jennifer and his sister Mattie Jean Jones. He was preceded in death by his parents, his baby son, James Peterson, his grandson, Darin Peterson, his brothers F.C. and J.C. Peterson and his sisters LaVern Clark, Lebeth Lowe and Mary Pate. Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002 at Sunset Northwest Funeral Home Chapel in San Antonio. Internment will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Bennett Morris
Bennett Morris, 82, of Tarpley died Monday, Jan. 28, 2002, in a Kerrville nursing center. Mr. Morris, a resident of Tarpley for 15 years and a prior resident of Beeville, was born on April 11, 1919, in Tacoma, Wash., to the late Rastus Fulton and Nannie Elizabeth Taylor Fulton. Mr. Morris was a retired manager of Propane Sales Company. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II, a survivor of the Normandy Invasion. He married Susie Loleta Underwood in March of 1946, in Beeville. She preceded him in death on Sept. 5, 1996. Mr. Morris was a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors include three daughters, Helen Young of Kerrville, Susie Craig of Laguna Niguel, Calif. and Carole Morris of Napa, Calif.; one brother, Oliver Morris of Tuleta, Texas; six grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. Graveside services were held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the Tarpley cemetery with Rev. Richard Craig officiating. Memorial remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.

Julianne Hall
Julianne Newton Hall, 30, of Lakehills, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2002 at her residence. Arrangements are pending and when complete will be announced by Grimes Funeral Chapel of Bandera.

Jack Holloway
Services for Jack Holloway, 81, of Bandera, who died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, in a local care center, were held Friday, Feb. 1 at Kerrville Funeral Home. Burial followed in Forest Park Lawndale cemetery in Houston.

Annie Dickinson
Annie D. Dickinson, 82, of Bandera died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002 in a San Antonio hospital. She was born July 7, 1919 in Dewitt County to Teofel and Lucy Anne Warwas Pawvlik. She married Edwin Uriah Dickinson in Cuero on March 23, 1940. He preceded her in death on Nov. 8, 1970. Mrs. Dickinson faithfully served as the nursery attendant at the Bandera United Methodist Church for many years and was loved by children and appreciated by their parents. Survivors include one son, Samuel Edwin Dickinson and wife Sherry of Seguin, one sister, Catherine 'Katie' and husband Joe Winkler of San Antonio, two grandsons, one granddaughter, numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond and Leon T. Pawvlik. A rosary was held Monday at 7 p.m. at Grimes Chapel and the funeral mass was on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church with Father Stan Oleksy officiating. Interment followed in the Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers were Neal Dalton, Dr. Louis Dubose, Dr. Conrad Nightingale, Sully Woodland, Al Kindla and Kenneth Pawvlik. Arrangements were under the direction of Grimes Funeral Chapel of Bandera.

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