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Bonnie Jameson, 88
10/29/2006
Bonnie Jameson of Coleman passed away Friday, October 27, 2006 at 3:20 AM at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo, Texas. Services will be Sunday at 2:00 PM with Rev. Bill Roberts officiating. Interment will follow at the White Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Henderson Funeral Home of Coleman. Bonnie was born on January 27, 1918 in Sanger, Texas to the late Wiley and Mollie Vaughan. She was a lifetime resident of Coleman County where she attended Watts Creek Schools. On June 15, 1939 Bonnie married Woodrow Jameson in Coleman and he preceded her in death. During World War II she worked in the ship yard in California. Bonnie was a member of North Coleman Baptist Church and owned and operated City Cleaners in Coleman and Santa Anna retiring in 1985. SURVIVORS - 3 Daughters - Rebecca Richmond of San Angelo, Texas, Marie Stobaugh of Plano, Texas, Karen Jameson of Plano, Texas; Son - Randall Jameson of Abilene, Texas; 6 Grandchildren; 1 Great Great Grandchild; Bonnie was preceded in death by son Leonard Wiley Jameson in 1982.

Sammy Kenney, 59
10/28/2006
Sammy Kenney of Spur died at his residence in Spur, Texas on October 25, 2006. Funeral service will be held 4:00 p.m. Saturday, October 28, 2006 in Stevens Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Rocky Alexander officiating and eulogy given by Danny Menges. Interment will follow in the Coleman City Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home. Sammy Kenney was born August 30, 1947, a son of the late Eugene and Effie Kenney. He grew up in Ira and Snyder where he attended school. He lived in Eastland for several years, moving to Spur in July 2006. He was employed as an oil field truck driver. He was a member of Bible Baptist Church. Survivors include one daughter, Lee Ann Kenney of Snyder; five sisters, Doris Clinkinbeard of Cisco, Betty Menges of Longview, Patsy Alexander of Eastland, Louise and husband Leo Shields of Santa Anna, Shirley and husband John Taylor of O'Brien; one grandson; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins. He was preceded in death by one brother, Raymond Williams, and one sister, Dorothy Jackson.

Bettie Ruth Blue Henderson, 84
10/28/2006
Bettie Ruth Blue Henderson of Santa Anna passed away Thursday, October 26, 2006 at 4:01 PM at Bangs Nursing Home in Bangs, Texas. Services will be Monday at 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church with Rev. Bruce Hess and Rev. Raymond Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Santa Anna Cemetery with Dr. J. W. Sellers officiating under the direction of Henderson Funeral Home of Santa Anna. The family will receive friends Sunday from 1:00 till 2:30 PM at Henderson Funeral Home. Bettie Ruth was born June 7, 1922 in Santa Anna, Texas to the late Nathan Hardy and Mae Allen Blue. She was reared in Santa Anna where she graduated from Santa Anna High School and continued her education at Sul Ross and Northwestern University. On March 26, 1943 Bettie Ruth married Oran Clay Henderson in Cherokee, Oklahoma and they celebrated thirty-five years of marriage. Oran preceded her in death in 1978. Bettie Ruth has been a resident of Santa Anna since 1980 previously living in Flat, Texas and Snyder, Texas. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, DAR, Eastern Star and Self Culture Club. She retired in 2000 as a medical secretary with Dr. Chris Stephens and Scott and White Hospital. Survivors include - Daughter - Orabeth McIver of Santa Anna; 2 granddaughters - Betsy & husband Ray Jones of Santa Anna, Sally McIver of St. Louis, Missouri; 2 Grandsons - Reece & wife Kallie McIver of Brady, Grady Clay & Brandi McIver of Santa Anna; 7 Great Grandchildren - Genia, Jaylie, Mary, Will, Daniel, Chase and Ellie. She was preceded in death by her brother, John Hardy Blue, in 2004.

Barbara Farley, 66
10/24/2006
Barbara Farley, a lifetime resident of Coleman County and the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Clark, was born November 12, 1939, in White Chapel. She passed away in Abilene Regional Hospital on October 22, 2006. Barbara was a graduate of Coleman High School and a member of the Coleman Church of Christ. She was an assistant at the Bowen Drug Store. She married Bob Farley in Santa Anna, Texas, December 10, 1957. She is survived by husband Bob Farley of Coleman, two sons, Bret Farley of Coleman, and Scott Farley of Sonora, Texas; two grandchildren, Shyler Farley of Santa Anna, Texas, and Felicia Farley, of Sonora. Three sisters and brothers-in-law: Jean and Sherwood Downey of Coleman; Thelma and Cecil Hoggs, of Midland, Texas; and Dorothy Tunis of Selada, Missouri. Funeral services will be at 10:00am Tuesday, October 24, 2006, at the Walker Funeral Chapel in Coleman with Mr. Donald Williams officiating. Interment will follow in the Coleman City Cemetery under direction of Walker Funeral Home of Coleman.

Alma Lee Scranton, 85
10/24/2006
Alma Lee Scranton of Federal Way, Washington passed peacefully on Thursday, October 19, 2006 in Federal Way, Washington. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 28, 2006 at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel in Coleman, Texas. Burial will be in the Rough Creek Cemetery in Novice, Texas, under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home. Family visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. She was born Alma Lee Cooper on May 22, 1921 in Coleman, Texas, the youngest of 12 children of Albert and Ida Cooper. She graduated from Howard Payne College in 1944. In 1950, she moved to Longview to work at First Baptist Church where her brother, J.M. Cooper, was pastor. She served for many years in various capacities in the church and in its Day Care. She met Art Scranton on a blind date after being an "unclaimed blessing" for 37 years, and they married in 1958. Alma Lee was always a sports fan, with a special interest in college football and her beloved Mariners. Alma Lee is survived by her son, Steve and his wife Debbi; her two grandchildren, Kate and Maddie; brother Mel Cooper and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Art Scranton in 1992.

Lora L. Russell, 95
10/23/2006
Lora L. Russell of Santa Anna passed away Sunday, October 22, 2006 at 12:05 AM at the Holiday Hill Nursing Home in Coleman. Services will be Wednesday at 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church with Rev. Bruce Hess officiating. Interment will follow in the Santa Anna Cemetery under the direction of Henderson Funeral Home of Santa Anna. She was born Lora Lois Early in Collin County, Texas on June 10, 1911 to the late John Andrew and Eula Tackett Early. Lora was reared in Brown and Coleman Counties and attended the Woodland Heights and Buffalo Schools. On May 26, 1931 she married Leonard Eugene Russell in Coleman County and they celebrated forty-two years of marriage. Leonard preceded her in death in 1973. Lora resided in Crane for 46 years working for Crane ISD then moving to Santa Anna in 1983 She was a member of the First Baptist Church and a homemaker. SURVIVORS - 2 Daughters - Billie Haught of Coleman and Carmaleta and husband Donald Johnson of Irving; Son - John Frank and wife Ronni Russell of Brady; Sister-in-law - Joe Early of De Soto. 10 Grandchildren; 16 Great Grandchildren; 2 Great Great Grandchildren Lora was preceded in death by a daughter - Lois Havner in 1998 and Son - Bobby Jack Russell in 2000. Family requests memorials be made to Holiday Hill Nursing Home of favorite charity. Pallbearers - Deacons of First Baptist Church Santa Anna.

Sherry Teressa Isom, 58
10/22/2006
Sherry Isom of Abilene died Thursday, October 19, 2006, at a local medical center. No services will be held due to her body being cremated. Sherry was born on May 21, 1948 to Mr. and Mrs. Cullen in Coleman, Texas. She was married to Gordon Isom for twelve years. Sherry was a private family caregiver. Sherry was preceded in death by her parents; her grandparents; her husband {March, 2006}; her uncles, and her aunts. She is survived by her mother-in-law, Alberta Isom, of Abilene, Texas. Special thanks to all of the Professional Health Care Providers at Hendrick Medical Center, Dr. Torres, Dr. Heaven, Dr. Hudman, and their staff. Memorials may be sent to the donor's favorite charity.

Nelma Crump, 79
10/20/2006
Nelma Crump of Coleman died Thursday, October 19, 2006 at Clyde Nursing Home in Clyde. Graveside services will be 4:00 p.m. Sunday, October 22, 2006 at the Coleman City Cemetery Pavilion with Reverend Bill Schoneman officiating. Services are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home. Mrs. Crump was born February 22, 1927, the daughter of Luther O'Shields and Mary Bessie Dawson O'Shields. She grew up and attended school at Lawn. On January 27, 1951, she married J.L. Crump in Coleman. She worked as nurse's aide at Holiday Hill Nursing Home for 17 years and was a member of Central Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, J.L. Crump of Clyde; one daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Dwayne Justice of Abilene; one son and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Debora of Clyde; one sister, Neoma Collins of Clyde; one brother, Vaughn O'Shields and wife, Ruth, of Lawn; five grandchildren, Lauren Sherrod of Abilene, Jared Justice of Abilene, Nathan Justice of Abilene, Corey Turnell and wife, Susan, of Clyde, Tyler Crump of San Angelo; two great-grandchildren, Aiden McCann of Clyde, Julie Sherrod of Abilene and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by five brothers and sisters. Family visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Lela Bynum, 92
10/23/2006
Lela Bynum of Santa Anna died Thursday, October 19, 2006 at the Bangs Nursing Home in Bangs. Graveside services were at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 22, 2006 at the Coleman City Cemetery with Sam Wilson officiating, under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home. Mrs. Bynum was born on April 11, 1914 in Colt, Arkansas, the daughter of John Austin Moore and Mattie E. Ford Moore. She grew up in Arkansas and moved to California in 1942, where she worked in a factory, making water and gas meters. She moved back to Arkansas in 1999 and to Santa Anna in 2000. She married Charles Bynum in June, 2001 in Coleman and was a member of the Full Gospel Church. Survivors include her husband, Charles Bynum of Santa Anna; one son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Sharon Isbell of Bangs; one brother, Bud Moore of Turlock, California; two sisters, Doris Turley of Mt. Ida, Arkansas, Kathleen Faulk of Springfield, Missouri; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two sisters and five brothers.

Mrs. Esther Slate, 93
10/19/2006
Esther Slate, the daughter of the late Rev. Brady and Dessie Slate, born May 31, 1913 in Gouldbusk, Texas, passed away in Holiday Hill Nursing Home Wednesday, October 18, 2006. Esther was a graduate of Gouldbusk High School and of Southwest Teachers College, receiving a B.S. degree from Howard Payne and a Masters Degree from North Texas State College. She taught at Hardin, Gouldbusk and Mozelle schools. In 1948 she moved to White Settlement and was in the school systems there for 30 years, retiring as a school system supervisor. She was a member of the Congregational Methodist Church of Gouldbusk, Texas. Esther is survived by three brothers: Brady Slate, Jr., of Dallas, Texas; Johnny Slate, of Texas City, and Archie Slate, of Coleman. The family will receive friends at Walker Funeral Home Friday evening from 6:00pm to 8:00 pm. Funeral services at 2:00pm Saturday, October 21, 2006, in Walker Funeral Chapel with Rev. Kermit Sorrells officiating. Burial will follow in the Gouldbusk Cemetery.

Joseph Scott Knight, 79
10/18/2006
SANTA ANNA, TEXAS -- Joseph Scott Knight, a retired carpenter, passed away Thursday, October 12, 2006, at his daughter's home in Arlington. A private funeral service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Coleman County Medical Hospital or Pottsboro Church of Christ. Joseph Scott Knight was born February 12, 1927, in Terrell, Texas. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War. Joseph retired from Civil Service as foreman of the carpentry shop at Webb Air Force Base. He was a member of Santa Anna Presbyterian Church and Big Spring Presbyterian Church where he was also an elder. Joseph was also a member of the Masonic Lodge in Santo. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Ollie and W.B. Knight, and brother, Barton Knight. Survivors: Wife, Marilyn Scott; sons, Scott Knight and wife, Hilde, and Gregg Knight and wife, Karen; daughters, Joan Ridgeway and husband, Fred Fielder, and Ruth Knight; grandchildren, Jennifer Fielder, Matt and Mark Ridgeway, Lisa Pina, and Megan and Landon Knight; niece, Pamela Jordan and husband, J.D.; and, cousins, Robbie Ellis, James Ellis, Ida Sue Stephenson, Betty Ruth York and Mary Jo Maddox.

Mrs. Joe (Aletta) Hammonds, 88
10/17/2006
Mrs. Joe (Aletta) Hammonds of Brownwood, Texas passed away Monday October 16, 2006 at Songbird Lodge in Brownwood. Graveside Services will be 2:30 P.M. Thursday at the Coleman City Cemetery Pavilion with Rev. Ken Cunningham officiating. Interment will follow in the Coleman City Cemetery under the direction of Henderson Funeral Home of Coleman. Family Visitation will be Wednesday from 7:00 -8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. She was born Aletta Mae Eddy in Aldon, Oklahoma on July 6, 1918 to the late Hiram and Sarah Marks Eddy. Aletta was raised in Oklahoma where she attened the Apache, Oklahoma schools. On June 15, 1948 Aletta married Joe T. Hammonds in Coleman and they celebrated forty-six years of marriage. Joe preceded her in death in 1994. She has been a resident of Brownwood since 1966 moving there from Coleman and a member of the First Baptist Church of Santa Anna. Aletta was a housewife. Survivors include: 4 Daughters - Pat & Husband Del Stacy of Mansfield, Texas, Betty Jo & Husband Sonny Doden of Dallas, Texas, Betty Lee & Husband Price Buchanan of Meridanville, Alabama, Brenda & Husband Brad Wilkinson of Coleman, Texas; 1 Son - Lloyd Hammonds of Brownwood, Texas; 15 Grandchildren; 11 Great Grandchildren; Several Nieces and Nephews. Aletta was preceded in death by a son Glen Hammonds in 1986.

L. B. Shifflett, 60
10/16/2006
L.B. Shifflett, 60, of Novice died Monday, October 16, 2006 at his residence. Mr. Shifflett was born August 4, 1946 in Garza County, the son of Lawrence Bruce Shifflett and Oleta Mae Blassinghame Shifflett. He grew up in Loving County and married Rita Tidwell on January 21, 1966 in Mentone. He worked for Michael Shelby Oil as a production foreman and moved to Novice in April, 1987. He was a member of the Novice Volunteer Fire Department and Talpa Cowboy Church. He is survived by his wife, Rita Shifflett of Novice; two sons, Scott Shifflett and Greg Shifflett, both of Novice; one daughter Kelly Posey and husband Danny of Lingleville; two brothers, Joe Shifflett of Abilene, Wally Shifflett of Texas City; one sister, Mary Franklin of Kermit; one grandson, Parker Posey of Lingleville and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Iva Lee Murphy and Birdie Lee. Family visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 19, 2006 at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Atoka Cemetery, under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home. Memorials may be sent to the Novice Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary or the Class of 1966 Scholarship Fund, c/o Southwest Bank, Attn: Barbara Dudley, Wink, Texas.

Shelly Green, 28
10/16/2006
Comanche - Shelly Renee Green was born on October 27, 1977 in Eastland, Texas to Coy Green and Joy Maston Reid. She was a certified nurses aide and was employed at Forrest Ridge Care Center in Hamilton, Texas. She passed away on Friday, October 13, 2006 on Highway 281, six miles north of Hamilton. Survivors include: two sons - Dylan Wade Penn and Ethan Kyler Penn of Crane, Texas; father - Coy Green of Dublin, Texas; mother and step-father - Joy and Wallace Reid of Proctor, Texas; sister and brother-in-law - Tressie and Chris White of Decatur, Texas; brother and sister-in-law - Jess and Kim Green of Tolar, Texas; grandparents - Margie and Paul Green of Cisco, Texas and Wynell Maston of Eastland; four nephews - Kelby, Calvin, Kaleb and Colton White of Decatur, Texas; one niece - Prestyn Ann Green of Tolar; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Services were at 2:00pm (Monday) October 16 in Comanche Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Sardis Cemetery in Comanche County.

George A. Smith, 80
10/11/2006
George A. Smith of Coleman died October 7th in Cameron, Texas. Born May 16, 1926 in Coleman, he was a graduate of Coleman High School, the son of the late George and Grace Netherton Smith. He was a World War II veteran and retired road construction worker. He was a member of the Church of Christ. Survived by: One sister - Marguerite Taylor of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Funeral Services were at 2:00pm Wednesday, October 11, at Coleman City Cemetery Pavilion with Rev. Louise Strength officiating under the direction of Walker Funeral Home of Coleman.

Dale Kell, 66
10/9/2006
BAIRD - Dale Robert Kell of Baird died Saturday, October 07, 2006 at a local hospital. Visitation will be on Monday, October 9, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday in the funeral home chapel, with Leroy Mason officiating. Dale is survived by his wife, Kathryn Kell of Baird; two daughters, Brenda Mills (David) of Abilene, Penny Schumann (Rodney) of Novice, Texas; one brother, Roger Kell (Pat) of Wickenburg, Arizona; two sisters-in-law, Angene Trunnell and her family, Marilyn Benfield (Raymond) and their family; four grandchildren, Erin and Tara Notgrass of Abilene, Peyton and Morgan Schumann of Novice, and two nieces, Roberta Gaines and Rebecca Kell. Memorials may be made in honor of Mr. Kell to the Shriners Burn Hospital, 815 Market Street, Galveston, Texas 77550; the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1132, Fairfax, Virginia 22038; or to the donor's favorite charity.

Dr. Lee Hemphill, 98
10/8/2006
Dr. Lee Hemphill, a longtime educator and Vice-President Emeritus of Hardin-Simmons University, died on Saturday, October 7, 2006, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas. The son of Charles Wade Hemphill, Sr. and Wagie Ellen Carter Hemphill, he was born on November 2, 1907, in Coleman, Texas, where his father was president of First Coleman National Bank. Lee graduated valedictorian from Coleman High School in 1925, and from Hardin-Simmons University, magna cum laude, in 1929. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1936, Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Howard Payne University in 1952, and Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Hardin-Simmons University in 1958. In 1935, he was ordained a Baptist minister, and served as pastor at Novice, Texas, Silver Valley, Texas, and Plainview Baptist Church in Colorado City. His first full-time pastorate was First Baptist Church, Dayton, Texas, where he served from August 1936 to January 1943. He served as pastor at First Baptist Church, Littlefield, Texas, from February 1943 to May 1959, leading the church to build a parsonage, a new sanctuary and an educational building. The chapel was named the Lee and Lunelle Hemphill Chapel in their honor. Dr. Hemphill came to Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene in 1959, serving as Vice-President for Development until 1975, and as Vice-President Emeritus until his death. In April 1993, Dr. Hemphill was named the Former Staff-Administration Member of the Year by the Former Faculty, Staff, Administration Fellowship at HSU, and in 1998, was named recipient of the Outstanding Philanthropy Award by the Texas Association of Development Officers. He received the Keeter Award for outstanding service to Hardin-Simmons University in 1967. He was a former member of the Abilene Rotary Club and was active in Habitat for Humanity of Abilene. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Abilene, and taught the Victory Bible Class for a number of years. Dr. Hemphill was preceded in death on March 22, 1987 by his first wife, Lunelle Nix Hemphill, whom he married on August 26, 1935, in Lamesa, Texas. He married Koreen J. Logsdon on February 18, 1989, in Abilene. Koreen Logsdon-Hemphill preceded Lee in death on January 26, 2002. Three brothers, three sisters and his son-in-law, Milford Prichard, also preceded him in death. Survivors include one son, Hilton Hemphill and his wife, Carolyn, of Dallas; one daughter, Rosa Lee Prichard of Abilene; and one sister, Ruth Wittenburg of San Angelo. Dr. Hemphill is also survived by six grandchildren, Lou Ann Draper and husband, Paul, of Abilene, Marlon Prichard and wife, Sherry, of Seminole, Harlton Hemphill and wife, Wendy, of San Antonio, Dr. Hayden Hemphill and wife, Misha'l, of Texarkana, TX, Carter Hemphill of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and Clayton Hemphill and wife, Theresa, of Raleigh, NC; ten great-grandchildren, Corban and Walker Hemphill of San Antonio, Aubrey, Caleb, Rachel and Mollie Hemphill of Texarkana, TX, Daniel Draper of Abilene, Grace Prichard of Seminole, and Avery and Parker Hemphill of North Carolina; and cousins, nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church, Abilene, with Dr. Jesse Fletcher and Dr. Craig Turner officiating. Interment will be in Elmwood Memorial Park directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hardin-Simmons University, P.O. Box 16100, Abilene, TX 79698.

Ruth Viola Maedgen
10/6/2006
Ruth Viola Maedgen was born December 12, 1921 and passed away on October 5, 2006, in Dallas at the age of 84. She was preceded in death by her parents and beloved husband, Howard Maedgen. Ruth is survived by three daughters; Jean Spears of Arp, Mary Newman of Terrell, and Sue Spears of Balch Springs; and one son, James Maedgen of San Angelo. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. The family invites friends to join them for a catered lunch Saturday from 12:00-1:30 at the Valera Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. A graveside service will follow at 2:00pm Saturday at the Valera Cemetery Pavilion with Loyd Hopper officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Walker Funeral Home of Coleman. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Valera Cemetery Association or the donor's favorite charity.

James A. Steffey, 84
10/6/2006
Mr. James A Steffey of Coleman passed away October 5, 2006 at Holiday Hill Nursing Home. Son of the late Arthur and Annie Kelley Steffey, he was born May 8, 1922 in Coleman. On May 21, 1968 he married Quilla Mae Swinford. A self-employed appliance repairman, he also worked in the oilfield and for a chemical plant before retiring in 1975. A resident of Coleman Co. most of his life, James was a member of the North Coleman Baptist Church and a veteran of WW II. He was a very active member of the VFW. Survivors include his wife Quilla Mae Steffey of Coleman; one son, Eddie and wife Mary Jane Steffey of Lake Coleman; three step-daughters, Doris and husband Jack Bradley of Pflugerfille, Deloria and Husband J. R. Hughes of Cross Plains, and Lenora and husband Glen Long of Early; three sisters, Wilma and husband Junior White of Coleman, Ruby Sumerour of Canyon, and Thelma and husband Robert Barkemeyer of Coleman; three brothers Jerry and wife Wanda Steffey, Richard and Wife Mary Steffey all of Coleman, and Arnold and wife Laura Lee of Golinda. Also surviving are 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. James was preceded in death by two brothers; Doyle and Arthur Steffey, and two sisters, Fannie Mae Calhoon and Hazel Snow. Funeral services will be Sunday at 2:00 pm at the Walker Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Bill Roberts officiating. Burial will follow at the Coleman City Cemetery with military honors under the direction of Walker Funeral Home of Coleman. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 6:00pm - 7:00pm at the funeral home.

ANITA PONS, 62
10/2/2006
Anita Pons of Coleman, died Sunday, October 1, 2006 at her residence. A Memorial Service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, October 7, 2006 in Stevens Funeral Home Chapel with Brian Powers officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home. She was born on June 10, 1944 in Seattle, Washington and was raised in Washington state. On December 18, 1971 she married Alexandre C. Pons in Honolulu, Hawaii. She lived in Hawaii and Oregon and moved to Coleman in 1978. She was a homemaker and a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses. Survivors include her husband, Alexandre C. Pons of Coleman; one brother, Dennis Hitch of Rogue River, Oregon; an aunt, Frances Neese of Oregon; three cousins, Brad Schafer of Coleman, Calista Cettel and Sheli Cox both of Oregon. Memorials may be made to Jehovah's Witnesses, 123 Santa Anna Avenue, Coleman, Texas 76834.

Ida Grace Casey, 95
10/1/2006
Ida Grace Casey of Coleman, died Sunday, October 1, 2006 at Coleman County Medical Center. Funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 3 in Stevens Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Jeffrey Miller officiating. Burial will follow in the Coleman City Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home. Family visitation will be held on Monday from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Stevens Funeral Home. She was born Ida Grace Stevens on March 1, 1911 in Coleman, Texas, a daughter of Orval Lee Stevens and Mary Elizabeth Murphy Stevens. She grew up in Coleman and attended school at Indian Creek. On January 2, 1932 she married Richard A. Casey in Stanton, Texas and he preceded her in death on August 17, 1997. Mrs. Casey worked during World War II as a butcher at M System and Piggly Wiggly and later worked at Coulson's Drug Store and Hargett's Man's Shop. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Nichols Bible Class. Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Marie and Neil Hudson of Coleman; one son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Robena Casey of Seminole; one brother and sister-in-law, Clifford and Marie Stevens of Coleman; three nephews, Vernon Glaze of Abilene, Alan Stevens and wife Nancy of Flower Mound, Robert Stevens and wife Leslie of College Station; two nieces, Lynn Cooper and husband Jeff of Corinth, Rita Ann Berry and husband Dale of Goldthwaite; five grandchildren, Linda Thaxton and husband George of Stamford, Daniel Hudson and wife Shelby of Dallas, David Hudson of Bedford, Tracy Lee Casey and wife Jami of Brownfield, Richard H. Casey of Seminole; five great-grandchildren; great-nephews and great-nieces. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 852, Coleman, Texas 76834 or Holiday Hill Nursing Home, 245 Highway 153, Coleman, Texas 76834.

LOUIS JONES, 56
9/30/2006
PLANO - Louis Jones of Plano, Texas passed away Friday, September 29, 2006 at Medical Center Plano. Services will be Monday at 11:00 AM at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints in Plano with Bishop Brian Rast officiating. Interment will follow at Restland Memorial Park under the direction of Henderson Funeral Home of Coleman. He was born Louis John Jones on June 24, 1950 in Plainview, Texas where he was raised and attended the Plainview schools. Louis had been a resident of Coleman and Lewisville and resided in Plano since 1995. On September 5, 1995 he married Barbara Dyer in Ft Cobb, Oklahoma and they have celebrated 11 years of marriage. Louis was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ Ladder Day Saints and was a professional truck driver. SURVIVORS: Wife - Barbara Jones of Plano, Texas; 4 Daughters - Della & husband J. D. Delgadillo of Novice, Texas, Christie Zunica of Lewisville, Texas, Carla & husband David Shane of Mustang, Oklahoma, Tracy & husband James Martin of Sachse, Texas; 2 Sons - Jody & wife Alisha Byerly of The Colony, Texas, Brian Klein of McCloud, Oklahoma; Father & Mother - Billy Ray and Artie Bramblett, Sr. of Lewisville, TX; Sisters - Debbie Presley & Kayla Peno; Brothers - Billy Ray Bramblett, M J Presley, Paul Presley, Rusty Bramblett, Kenneth Bramblett; 15 Grandchildren; 1 Great Great Grandson; Several Nieces and Nephews.

BLANE GREGORY HULL, Infant
9/30/2006
Blane Gregory Hull, infant son of Bobby Hull II and Darla Traylor Hull, died September 29, 2006 at Coleman County Medical Center. Graveside funeral service will be held 2:30 p.m. Monday, October 2, at Coleman City Cemetery Pavilion with Sam Wilson officiating. Interment will be in the Coleman City Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home. Blane Gregory Hull was born September 29, 2006 in Coleman. Survivors include his parents, Bobby and Darla Hull of Coleman; grandparents, Dalton and Cyndi Traylor of Coleman, Bobby and Tammy Hull of Santa Anna; great-grandparents, Garnalee and James Marshall of Santa Anna, Rick and Jeanette Conklin of Menard, Tommy Sutton of Menard, Ruby Hull of Coleman, Mary Sawdon of Santa Anna; one aunt, Vanessa Hull of Oklahoma.

Fannie Mae Calhoon, 88
9/29/2006
Fannie Mae Calhoon of Coleman passed away September 28, 2006 at Abilene Regional Hospital. Daughter of the late Arthur Leonard and Annie Kelley Steffey, she was born August 28, 1918 in Collin Co., TX. On April 26, 1947 she married Mural Calhoon in Santa Anna. He preceded her in death February 21, 2006. Fannie Mae was a retired housewife and a member of the North Coleman Baptist Church. She is survived by one daughter, Nancy and her husband Urban Delima of Leander; one son, Robert and his wife Judy of Clyde; three sisters, Wilma White of Coleman, Ruby Sumerour of Canyon Lake, and Thelma Barkemeyer of Coleman; and four brothers, James, Jerry and Richard Steffey all of Coleman, and Arnold Steffey of Golinda. Also surviving are 3 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Fannie Mae was preceded in death by her husband, Mural; two brothers, Doyle and Arthur Steffey; and one sister, Hazel Snow. Funeral services will be Sunday October 1, 2006 at 2 pm at the North Coleman Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Roberts officiating. Committal services will follow at the Coleman City Cemetery Pavilion under the direction of Walker Funeral Home of Coleman. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 6-7 pm at Walker Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials are made to the North Coleman Baptist Church.

David L. Mercer, 88
9/28/2006
David L. Mercer of Coleman, Texas passed away Thursday, September 28, 2006 at 12:35AM at Coleman County Medical Center in Coleman. Services will be Saturday at 10:30 AM at Henderson Funeral Chapel with Rev. John Stanislaw and Rev. Jeff Dean officiating. Interment will follow at Coleman City Cemetery under the direction of Henderson Funeral Home of Coleman. The family will receive friends from 5:00 till 6:00 PM Friday at Henderson Funeral Home. David was born on January 26, 1918 in Talpa, Texas to the late Hayden Anderson and Bonnie Beatrice Huey Mercer. He was raised in Talpa graduating from Talpa High School in 1935. David was a veteran of World War II serving with the Army 8th Air Corp, 116th bomb wing. On June 5, 1954 David married Billie Maurine Stepp in Coleman and they have celebrated fifty-two years of marriage. David was an active member of the First Baptist Church and Coleman City Councilman serving for 16 years. He was an auto parts clerk with Clarks Auto Parks retiring in 1994. Survivors: Wife - Billie Mercer of Coleman, Texas, 3 Nephews - Tim and wife Lenora Mercer of Vancourt, Texas; Mac and Marion Mercer of Port St Lucie, Florida; Ray and wife Belliene Mercer of College Station, Texas; Niece - Dixie Mercer of Nacogdoches; Several Great and Great Great Nieces and Nephews. David was preceded in death by three Brothers - Elton, Herman & Dixie Mercer.

Mary Lou Chambers, 87
9/27/2006
BROWNWOOD -- Mary Lou Chambers of Brownwood, passed away peacefully in her home with her loved ones present on September 25, 2006. Private Graveside services will be held in Cross Cut, Texas. Mrs. Chambers was born on January 30, 1919 to George and Rena Dibrell in Coleman. She married Clifton Harold Chambers on November 20, 1938 in Cross Plains, Texas. Nana was a loving wife, devoted mother, dedicated grandmother, and an enthusiastic great grandmother; but, she was so much more. Nana loved taking care of other people's needs above her own. She volunteered for many years as a "Pink Lady" in Monahans, Texas. She had a passion for all animals and no stray ever went unfed at Nana's house. Nana was the greatest listener and always had a way of making you feel you were the only one that mattered. Nana was preceded in death by: her parents, George and Rena; her husband, Clifton; her sister, Dorothy Stringer; and her brother, Frank Dibrell. Survivors include: her daughter, Jeana Moss and husband Reagan of Brownwood; her son, Ronnie Chambers and wife Betty of Abilene; her five grandchildren, Kevin Moss, Sam Moss, Cassie McQuitty, Chad Chambers, and Case Chambers; and her threee great grandchildren, Luke Moss, Matthew Moss, and Lance Moss.

Joe Riley Caldwell, 34
9/24/2006
Joe Riley Caldwell died Wednesday, September 20, 2006 in Anchorage, Alaska. Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 24 in Stevens Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Elwood Caldwell officiating and assisted by Rev. John Stanislaw. Burial will follow in the Santa Anna Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home. Joe Riley Caldwell was born August 3, 1972 in Abilene, Texas, a son of Jim and Linda Riley Caldwell. He grew up in Coleman and graduated from Coleman High School in 1990. He attended Alvin Community College. On May 21, 1994 he married Wynndi Watson in Angleton. He lived in Angleton until 2000, moved to Coleman for one year, and to Alaska in 2002. He was an electrician. Survivors include his wife, Wynndi Caldwell of Anchorage, Alaska; one son, Trevor Joe Caldwell of Anchorage, Alaska; his parents, Jim and Linda Caldwell of Coleman; one sister and brother-in-law, Cathy and Zac Allen of Coleman; one brother and sister-in-law, Jim B. and Kelli Caldwell of Arlington; four nephews and five nieces; aunts and uncles, Joe and Susie Riley of Brownwood, Elwood and Darlene Caldwell of West Columbia; mother-in-law, Sherry Watson of Anchorage, Alaska; sisters-in-law, Mitzi Watson of Brownwood, Tracy Rainer of Eagle River, Alaska. Family visitation was held on Saturday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Stevens Funeral Home.

MARIAN LUELLA BYNUM KENNEDY, 84
9/19/2006
Marian Luella Bynum Kennedy, born in Brownwood Texas on July 6 1922, and living in Coleman passed away on Monday September 18 at Holiday Hill Nursing Home. Marian was the 2nd oldest of nine children. Upon graduation from Brownwood High School at the age of 15, she entered Daniel Baker College. She later graduated with honors from Howard Payne University with a Degree in Education. In 1941 she married Leman Kennedy and began her first career as a farmer/rancher and later a mother. There was nothing she could not do. She told her children they could do anything if they wanted to do it. Many times, she repaired the plumbing, plowed the fields, sewed her children's clothes, made quilts, knitted sweaters and crocheted blankets. Marian taught herself , Leman and friends to play bridge, a game she played until she was no longer physically able. Forty-two was another venture she and Leman enjoyed with various relatives and friends. She enjoyed water skiing and snow skiing, which she took up at the age of 61. She was active in civic activities and organizations and donated her time and money to numerous causes in America. She began a second career teaching school after her children were grown, having taught in Coleman, Talpa and Mozelle schools. Her parents, Thomas Bynum Sr. and Doris Ridley Bynum , preceded her in death as well as her husband Leman who died in 1995 after 54 years of marriage. She was also preceded in death by 4 brothers, Thomas Jr., Thaddeus , Theodore and George and by two sisters, Theresa Bynum Green and Jean Bynum Schickram. Surviving are 4 children, Nancy Kennedy McDuffie and spouse Richard of Lexington , KY, Melton Kennedy and spouse Anna of Coleman, Carolyn Kennedy Yeatman, and Pamela Kennedy Freitag and spouse Jay of San Angelo; one sister, Joyce Bynum Sunnywale, CA; one brother, Richard Bynum of San Francisco, CA. She is also survived by 10 grand children, 16 great grandchildren, 1 brother-in-law, 1 sister-in-law several nieces and nephews and so many wonderful friends. Funeral services will be held at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel in Coleman on Thursday, September 21st at 3:00 pm with Rev. Kermit Sorrells officiating with burial in the Trickham Cemetary. The family suggests that memorials be made to Hospice of the Big Country, West Texas Rehabilitation Center, the Coleman Public Library or the charity of your choice. The family would also like to extend a special thank you to Marian's dear friend Val Garza and his wife Betty for their support and comfort to her for so many years. Family visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 20 at Stevens Funeral Home from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.


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