Clois Marie Cox, 73, of Early, Texas passed away on Saturday March 8, 2014 surrounded by her family in Fort Worth, Texas.
Born June 16, 1940 in Coleman County to Alfred and Thelma Cullins, Clois is survived by her husband of 34 years Edwin D. Cox, her three children, Jerrilyn and Raymond Powell, Rick and Michelle Sparks and David Sparks of Fort Worth, by six grandchildren, Megan and Adam Richardson, Mandi Powell, Caleb and Anessa Sparks, Becky and Irene Sparks and four great grandchildren Reese Richardson, JJ Hernandez, Drew and Alan Barrera. She is also survived by five siblings, Edmond Cullins of San Antonio, Texas, Joyce Ralston of Brownwood, Texas, Glenda Gassiot of Valera, Texas, Freddie and Ellen Cullins of Houston, Texas and Velda and Sam Johnson of Cleburne, Texas, as well as dozens of nieces and nephews.
Clois graduated from Santa Anna High School and worked at Safeway. She owned Ma’s Closet in Brownwood, Texas for several years making friends with everyone she met along the way. Never knowing a stranger, her big heart and generosity were known by everyone’s life she touched. Her joy in life was being surrounded by her family and friends and being able to spread sunshine to everyone she met.
Margarito Hernandez, age 79, of Rockwood, passed away Friday, March 7, 2014, at his residence. Funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 9, 2014 in Stevens Funeral Home Chapel with Alonzo Hernandez officiating. Burial will follow in the Rockwood Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home, 400 W. Pecan Street, Coleman.
Margarito was born June 9, 1934 in Obayos, Coahuila, Mexico, a son of Monico Hernandez and Leonides Gonzales Hernandez. He grew up in Mexico where he attended school. In 1966 he married Angelica Aguirre in Stephenville. He was a ranch hand for the Carter Ranch near Rising Star and the Wise Ranch near Rockwood. He became a naturalized citizen in 1988.
Survivors include his wife, Angelica (Angie) Hernandez of Rockwood; two sons, Alonzo Hilton Hernandez and wife Alisa of Santa Anna and Phillip Sidney Hernandez and wife Kristi of Santa Anna; two sisters, Victoria Leija of San Antonio and Catalina DeLeon of Obayos, Coahuila, Mexico; eight grandchildren, Korynne Hernandez, Remington Hernandez, Kourtnie Daun Hall, Krysta Hernandez, Katy Loeffler, Kylee Hernandez, Alex Hernandez, Kayli Hernandez; two great-grandchildren, Brailee Daun Hall and Jase Hall; mother-in-law, Petra Aguirre of Brownwood.
William Woodward Bell, 75, of Brownwood passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Born May 15, 1938, to Charles Smith and Jane Woodward Bell, he was a descendent of one of Brownwood's pioneer families. He married Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Beniteau Bell May 31, 1969 in San Antonio. Mrs. Bell is a former CPA and county auditor.
Mr. Bell graduated in 1960 with a B.B.A. from Baylor University where he was a member of Taurus social club, and in 1968 he earned a J.D. from Baylor Law School. He served in the United States Marine Corps as a Tank Platoon Commander and Naval Aerial Observer Captain from 1960 -1963 at Camp Pendleton and in the Marine Corps Reserve Forces from 1969 -1972.
In 1968 Mr. Bell returned to Brownwood to practice law. He served as Municipal City Judge from 1969 – 1980 and City Attorney from 1980 – 1999 and was General Counsel of Brownwood ISD from 1975 – 1980. He was a Director of the Brown County Water Improvement District from 1974 – 1978 and its General Counsel from 1978 – 2013. He was a member of the Texas and Supreme Court of the United States Bars. Two of his most prominent cases included the successful defense of a local movie theater owner against obscenity charges for screening "Midnight Cowboy" and the murder trial of performer Rae Bourbon. He retired after 45 years of practicing law in May 2013.
Sharron McDaniel Duncan was born July 19, 1940 in Brownwood Texas to Sherman and Bill (Willie Mae) McDaniel. She graduated from Brownwood High School in 1958. She attended Business School in Abilene, Texas. She married her high school sweetheart Johnny Ray Duncan in Brownwood in 1959.
Sharron's lifetime career was as an Administrative Assistant in both the Medical and Insurance Fields. She loved working with people and helping them solve their problems. Cooking and spending time with her family were her favorite past times. Her grandchildren did no wrong. She always had their back and was in their corner.
She was a member of Central United Methodist Church.
She is survived by children: John Sherman Duncan and wife, Joy of Goldthwaite; Jana Copeland and husband, Greg of Brownwood; Jennifer Piper and husband, Allen of Blanket; Her beloved grandchildren Heather Proffitt and husband, Greg; Tyler Livingston and wife, Brooke; Clinton Copeland; Zach Duncan and wife, Trisha; and Britt Piper. Great grandchildren: Tyler Allan Livingston, Brynlee Proffitt, and Garrison Proffitt and the much anticipated arrival of John Taos Duncan in July 2014. Sister, Jeannette Chesser of Lake Brownwood.
Richard A. Garner, 88, of Brownwood passed away on March 5, 2014. Born in Brownwood, Texas, September 21, 1925, he was the son of Carl and Eunice Garner. Richard spent many years as a resident of Brownwood. Richard married the love his life, Joyce, in Brownwood, Texas, on February 9th, 1944, separated by death May 5, 1991, and reunited together March 5, 2014. Richard owned and operated Coleman Auto Parts before retiring.
Richard is preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Eunice Garner: his wife, Joyce; son, Daniel J. Garner; and brothers, Hubert C. Garner and Henry A. Garner. Richard is survived by his son, Freddie Garner and his wife Brandy; one sister Judy Teague of Midland; and grandson Chris M.
Richard was a hospice volunteer for over twenty years at Brownwood Regional Medical Center where he received an award for over 20,000 hours of volunteer work for the hospital.
Judy Slay Hughes was born November 4, 1916, to William and Agnes Slay, in Young City, TX. She married E.L. Hughes on April 21, 1939, in San Angelo, TX. Judy has lived in the Brownwood community since 1954. She graduated from John Seely Nursing School as a registered nurse and worked at Medical Arts Hospital for 10 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Brownwood.
Mrs. Hughes was preceded in death by her Husband, E.L. Hughes; her parents, William and Agnes Slay; her daughter Genell; her brother, Robert D. Slay and her sister Pauline Mullally.
She is survived by her two nieces, Elizabeth Brown and Judy Floyd, and her friend, Lynell Grace.
Funeral services for Gary Chamberlain, 68, will be held at 10 AM Friday, March 7, at Heartland Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 6-8 PM Thursday at the funeral home.
Gary was taken from this world on Monday, March 3, 2014, after a short illness. A devoted Christian, family man and teacher Gary enjoyed being outdoors. Gardening, hunting, and watching football were among his favorite hobbies, but he would take any opportunity to be on a river bank fishing. He also enjoyed singing and teaching especially in a church service, where he was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ. He never knew how much joy his heart could hold until the first of seven grandchildren was born. Gary never missed an occasion to attend an event for one of the grandchildren and being “Pops” was his most treasured title.
Gary was born in Brownwood Jan. 15, 1946, to O.C. and Annie Chamberlain. He graduated from Brownwood High School 1964 and then was married to Brenda Gowin on Aug. 5, 1967. In 1968 he graduated from Howard Payne University and then received his Master’s Degree from Tarleton State University in 1974. Gary taught sixth grade and coached at Coggin Elementary for seven years before becoming principal in 1979. He was a principal at Coggin, South, Woodland Heights, Central Sixth and East Elementary before retiring in 1999. He then worked for Morrison Supply Company and Weakley-Watson where he enjoyed visiting with all the customers.
Gary is survived by his wife Brenda; one son, Kirk Chamberlain and wife Melanie of Montgomery; two daughters, Amy Carney and husband Shawn of Sugarland, and Amber Moore and husband Brian of Sapulpa, Okla.; seven grandchildren, Breanna, Georgia and Mac Chamberlain, Lily and Douglas Carney, and Hayden and Weston Moore; two sisters, Glenda and Joy Chamberlain; sister-in-law, Helen Chamberlain all of Brownwood; several nieces and nephews, Erica Chaney Lewis of Brookesmith; and life-long friend, Gene Bilbrey of Arlington.
A memorial service for Teresa Mobley, age 50, of Bangs, Texas will be held 2:00 PM Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Bangs, Texas with Dr. Pepper Dill officiating. Cremation was under the direction of the Heartland Funeral Home in Early. Mrs. Mobley passed away suddenly Friday, February 28, 2014 at her residence.
Teresa Claudette Mobley was born on November 18, 1963 in Mesquite, Texas to Benjamin and Linda Funderburg Money. She was married to Danny Mobley in Bangs and was a homemaker.
Patricia "Pat" Jean Smith, age 81, of Santa Anna, Texas, passed away Saturday afternoon, March 1, 2014 at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 2:30 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Anna with Rev. Kathy Monroe officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 6 - 8 PM at Walker Funeral Home of Coleman. Interment will be at Santa Anna Cemetery.
Patricia Jean Henderson was born February 19, 1933 in Oakland, California to John Thomas Henderson and Vera McGrue. She graduated from Amador High School in Pleasanton, California and on June 21, 1953, she married Mr. R.C. (Rommie) Smith in Livermoore, California and they celebrated 60 blessed years of marriage prior to her passing.
Mrs. Smith had resided in Coleman County since 1959 and was a member and an Elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Anna. She had many hobbies and enjoyed crafting greeting cards by embroidering them and she made scarves and toboggans. Mrs. Smith loved to cook and cook for others.