Billy Blue Cooley, age 74, of Brownwood passed away Sunday, May 22, 2016, at his residence.
Memorial services for Billy will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at Blaylock Funeral Home Chapel; private family interment will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home.
Billy was born to Willie and Opal (Storey) Cooley on May 31, 1941 in Brownwood. He was a lifelong resident of Brownwood.
Billy is survived by Billiejo Cooley of Stephenville; children, Lena Nunley and husband Bud of Springtown, Michael Cooley and wife Heather of Keller, Tena Kirk and husband Spencer of Stephenville, Nicholas Cooley and wife Jennifer of Stephenville; and Jeffrey Cooley of Stephenville; 14 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandson.
Long time Bangs resident Howard Lee “Rusty” Rambo passed from this life on May 25th, 2016 after a long illness. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016, at the Bangs Cemetery under the direction of Davis Morris Funeral Home with Reverend Michael Redmond officiating and Ben McCleery assisting. Family visitation will be held before the service at Bangs United Methodist Church from 1-2 PM.
Rusty was born in Brownwood on January 21st, 1940, to Roy Lee and Mildred Wagner Rambo. He graduated from Farmington New Mexico High School in 1958. He later proudly served his country in the United States Navy.
In 1966 he married Sharon Young and the couple would have celebrated their 50th anniversary on August 6th, 2016.
Rusty was an employee of the Santa Fe Railroad for 35 years and told many stories of his adventures “riding the rails”. He loved riding his Harley Davidson, collecting arrowheads and Bob Will’s music. He was a member of the Bangs Lions Club, Masonic Lodge and the Bangs United Methodist Church.
Harold Ray Starkey, age 89, passed away Saturday, April 30,2016 in Brownwood.
He was born November 16,1926 in Wheeler, Texas to Clint and Minnie (Robison) Starkey. Harold taught high school Building Trades in Brownwood, Fort Stockton, and Spur, Texas as well as Walters, Oklahoma. He was a carpenter for many years both before and after teaching. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in France. In 1952 Harold married Doris Eileen Mahaffey. The couple moved to Brownwood in 1972.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents, wife Doris, and sister Vondell (Starkey) Killingsworth. He is survived by his son Brett Starkey and Tammy of Brownwood, daughter Jill Garrett and Boyd of Pflugerville, grandchildren Dixie García and Clarissa of Austin, Leslie Starkey and Mykl Clark of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Hope Burnett and Brian of Lubbock, and Scott Locke of Austin.
Danny Lee “Woody” Wood of Rising Star, Texas ended a three-year battle for his health Monday night, May 23, at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas. He is finally at peace and pain free. He was 61. Family will gather in a private invitation-only service to celebrate his life.
There will be an open visitation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at Heartland Funeral Home, 303 Early Blvd., Early, TX 76802.
Mr. Wood was born July 21,1954 to Billy Mack and Elizabeth Ernestine Chapman Wood in Odessa, Texas and graduated from Big Spring High School in 1971 and continued with community college. He married Patti Jo Peck of Midland April 12, 1987. Together they made their life in Rising Star, Texas as ranchers and proud Texans expending great efforts to help the people around them as well as many charities.
Mr. Wood began a professional music career as a drummer at the early age of 10. Later he joined a touring band that played under several names through the years and opened concerts for a number of well-known bands such as ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Colt 45. One of his favorite memories was sitting in as drummer with Brooks and Dunn during a private party in Tennessee.
Funeral services for Jimmie Neal Moore, age 81, of Brownwood, will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Don Scroggs officiating. Burial will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6:00 until 7:00.
Jimmie passed from this life on Thursday, May 26, 2016 in Brownwood.
Jimmie was born on September 4, 1934 in Dallas Methodist Hospital to Vern and Margaret (Carr) Moore. He attended Bloomington High School in Bloomington, Texas. He married his high school sweetheart, Mary Ann Stubblefield in 1954. Jimmie attended the University of Texas and began a career with Union Carbide. After 36 years, he retired as a Sr. Chemical Engineer. He and Mary Ann were longtime members of First United Methodist Church in Victoria. The Moores moved to Brownwood in 2007 where they joined First United Methodist Church in Brownwood.
Funeral services for Luther Vawter, age 96, of San Antonio, will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, May 26, 2016 in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park.
Mr. Vawter died Saturday, May 21, 2016 in a San Antonio care facility.
Luther Frederick Vawter was born on February 5, 1920 in Lincoln, Arkansas to Travis Long and Hattie B. (Rich) Vawter. He married Merle Marie Brown on January 25, 1946. She preceded him in death in 1978.
Luther was injured in a train car accident in 1949 and spent years in the hospital with bone grafts to save his leg. He worked as a carpenter along with farming and raising cattle on a small farm. Luther lived with his daughter Karen for many years after becoming a widower. Many people knew him as “Arkie” a nickname he picked up in the Army since he came from Arkansas.
Felicia Anne Evetts was born October 6, 1966, in Alvarado, Texas, to Shirley and Randall Ward. Throughout her childhood, she was active in both school and community activities. Felicia graduated as Valedictorian of her class and accumulated many educational and athletic awards during her tenure at Lometa High School. She graduated magna cum laude from Howard Payne University with a Bachelors of Business Administration/Accounting. She later attended Tarleton State University graduating summa cum laude with a Masters of Science Information Systems, and she was also a member of the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society. Her greatest joy came from her years working in public education. Teaching courses ranging from general computer use to advanced robotics programming or coaching UIL activities including One Act Play, she was dedicated to helping engage students to their fullest potential. Her teaching philosophy states "My ultimate goal as a teacher is to teach kids how to think not what to think."
When she was not at work with her students, Felicia was focused on her family. Felicia
met her soulmate shortly after high school, and married Donald Evetts, Jr. on April 18, 1986.
The couple recently celebrated their 30th anniversary. Her children will always fondly remember the special time they shared with her. From sit down dinners to taking the grandkids for the weekend, it was not rare to be surprised in the early morning hours by a phone call for a spur of the moment trip to a Rangers game or with tickets to Six Flags later that same day. She was her children's biggest fan and could always be found in the bleachers, stadium, auditorium or venue cheering their successes. She loved the ocean. She was a devout believer in our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ and a staunch defender of the Bible.
Kenneth "Ken" Michael Bryant, originally from Midland but a resident of Brownwood for the past 15 years, lost his battle with throat and thyroid cancer and fell asleep at home on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, and awoke in Heaven in the arms of his Lord and Savior. He was welcomed by his mother, Hazel Lewis of Midland, and father, W.T. Bryant of Midland, who had gone before him. Ken was 66 when he departed this earth and went to be with the Lord. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Pamela Louise Bryant, his daughters and their husbands, Suzanne and Matt George and Michele Bryant and Mike Babuchna, his sister and her husband Sue and Charles Ballard, his half-brothers Dwight Bryant and Kelly Lewis, and most importantly his grandchildren, Jonathan and Hanna George and Joshua and Joseph Babuchna.
Ken was a quiet man who loved to be surrounded by family and friends. Ken was a 10-year cancer survivor and was deeply saddened when he was diagnosed with cancer 10 years later. Ken had briefly gone into remission a second time only to have the cancer return with a vengeance. When medical science had done all that was possible, he was entered in Hospice care nine months after his second diagnosis. We would like to thank all the doctors and the nurses who helped in his treatment and took such good care of Ken and his family this past year. Their dedication and devotion to their patients made this time bearable.
Robert E. Hagins, age 81, of Blanket, formerly of Snyder, passed away on Monday, May 23rd, 2016 in Dallas.
Funeral services will be on Friday, May 27th, 2016 at 2:00 pm at Heartland Funeral Home Chapel in Early. Burial will follow in the Salt Creek Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home.
Mr. Hagins was born in Jayton on September 19, 1934 to Joe and Hazel Hagins. Robert attended Snyder schools and graduated from Snyder High School in 1954. He was employed by the Texas Railroad Commission for 26 years up until the time of his death. He married Bonnie Hagins in Weatherford in 1980.
Robert is survived by two sons, Kerry Hagins and wife Rita and Terry Hagins and wife Mary, all of Snyder; a daughter, Teresa Lindsey of Snyder, a brother Bernie Hagins and wife Lois of Glen Rose, a sister Sammie Kingston and husband Bill of Lubbock; eleven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and two special puppies - Sugar and JJ.