Frances Blevins

BlevinsFrancisFuneral services for Frances Blevins, age 90, of Brownwood, will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, March 7, 2015 in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park.  Visitation will be held on Friday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 at the funeral home.

Mrs. Blevins died Sunday, March 1, 2015 in Brownwood.

Frances Evelyn Brizendine Blevins was born on January 27, 1925 in Black Oak, Arkansas to James Lathe and Josephine (Martin) Brizendine.  She graduated from Benton Harbor High School in Benton Harbor, Michigan.  Frances lived in Arkansas and Fort Worth for a number of years before retiring to Brownwood several years ago.  She enjoyed bowling and playing bridge.  Frances attended Rocky Creek Baptist Church.

Frances is survived by her four children, Jo Lynn Cain and husband Denman of Brownwood, Tommy Blevins and wife Judy of Brownwood, Pat Bolls and husband Ron of Boerne, and Terry Blevins and wife Lahonda of Brownwood; six grandchildren, Tammie Seymore, David Cain, Kimberly Fisher, Jessica McMillian, Angela Torres, and Olivia Blevins; fifteen great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Eller Hardin of Hidgen, Arkansas.

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Gerald Grinstead


Funeral services for Gerald T. Grinstead, age 76, of Brownwood, Texas will be held 11:00 AM, Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel in Early with Father Roger Matthews officiating.  Interment will follow in the Winchell Cemetery.  Mr. Grinstead passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in Brownwood.

Gerald was born June 9, 1938 in Brownwood, Texas to Thomas Ercil and Mamie Elizabeth Kelly Grinstead.  On, March 6, 1959 he married Monette Maedgen in Brownwood.  Gerald was a graduate of Brownwood High School and a 1968 graduate of Texas A & M University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Agriculture and Biology. He retired from the Texas Youth Commission in 2013.  Gerald was an avid Aggie and enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, drawing and riding horses.

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Mildred Naomi Crossland

CrosslandNaomiFuneral services for Mildred Naomi Crossland, 73, of Brownwood, will be held at 10 am on Friday, March 6, in the Netherton Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Brian Hall officiating.  Interment will follow in Bangs Cemetery under the direction of Netherton Funeral Home and Cremations. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 pm today, March 5, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Crossland died on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at her home in Brownwood.

Mildred Naomi Chambers was born on January 2, 1942 in McCamey, Texas to Claud Riley Chambers and Maurine Schooler Chambers. Naomi was raised and attended school in McCamey where she met and later married the love of her life, Archie Crossland on November 23, 1959.  Together they made their home in New Mexico, Oklahoma and later Atchison, Kansas before moving to Brownwood in 1987.

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Freddie Maurine Dyer Bourland

A graveside service for Freddie Maurine Dyer Bourland, 92, of Lake Brownwood, will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, March 7, at the Girard Cemetery in Girard Texas. Interment will follow under the direction of Netherton Funeral Home.

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Velma Ruth Seaton

SeatonVelma Ruth Seaton, 93, of Brownwood, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Brownwood.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in the Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel, at 2:00pm.  A private burial will follow in Salt Creek Cemetery.  Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, 2015, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm, at Davis-Morris Funeral Home.

Velma Ruth McHorse Seaton was born March 4, 1921, in San Saba, Texas, to A.O. and Elsie (Briscoe) McHorse.  Ruth attended school in San Angelo until the age of 13, when she moved to Early.  She graduated from Early High School in 1937.  She married Paul M. Seaton on September 30, 1937 in Brownwood, Texas.  Ruth was a devoted housewife and helped Paul take care of their dairy farm, all while raising 4 children.  Ruth and Paul were members of Salt Creek Baptist Church, where they were very active.   Ruth helped with Vacation Bible School and taught Sunday school as well.  She was also involved in other various organizations; including the Home Demonstration Club, where Ruth served as President for a number of years.  Ruth enjoyed doing different crafts and hobbies and was a talented seamstress; she also had great skill with quilting, crocheting, and needle point work.  Ruth had a love of flowers and gardening and was an avid book reader.  Over her life, she was able to read many different titles thanks, in part, to her ability to speed read.  Ruth was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend.  She will be dearly missed by all that knew her and loved her.  The family would like to extend a special thanks to Oakridge Manor, Gentiva Hospice, and Davis-Morris Funeral Home for their care and compassion while taking care of Mrs. Seaton.

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Sue Howard McCurry

McCurrySueSue McCurry, 77, of Driftwood, Texas, formerly of Brownwood, passed away on February 27, 2015, following a fall at her home.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Heartland Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park. Visitation is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 2, 2015, at Heartland Funeral Home. Please visit to sign the register and send the family condolences.

Sue Jane was born October 27, 1937, in Brownwood to H.D. “Curly” & Ruth Howard. She graduated from Brownwood High School in 1955 and continued her education at then Howard Payne College. She married shortly thereafter and had three children, Mark, Marci and Susan.  They moved to Dallas, then Clear Lake City, and Sue finally returned to Brownwood in 1978, where she remained until 2007. She moved to Dripping Springs with her daughter Marci, where she was able to enjoy her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Bill Beaty

BeatyFuneral services Billy Ray Beaty, age 82, of Santa Anna, will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, March 2, 2015 in the Grosvenor Baptist Church with David Barnum officiating.  Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon from 2:00 until 4:00.

Mr. Beaty died Thursday, February 26, 2015 in Abilene.

Bill was born on May 23, 1932 in Lorenzo to L. C. and Vera Vern (Park) Beaty.  He graduated from Lorenzo High School.  He served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-1955 during the Korean Conflict where he flew fifty missions as a tail gunner.  He received the Distinguished Flying Cross in September 1952.  He was a Life Member of the American Legion.  He was also a member of Grosvenor Baptist Church.

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Albert Thomas Slaughter

A memorial service for Albert Thomas Slaughter, 70, of Brownwood, will be held at 11 am today, February 28, in the Haven of Hope Church, 1617 Main Blvd in Brownwood, with Pastor Brian Hall officiating.

Mr. Slaughter died on February 19, 2015 at his home in Brownwood.

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Manuel Torrez Jr.

Manuel Torrez Jr., 56, of Brownwood, passed away in Comanche Thursday February 26, 2015. Funeral Mass at St Mary’s Catholic Church of Lampasas, under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home of Early, will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday March 2, 2015 with Father Francis Njuko officiating. Interment will follow at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Lampasas. A Rosary will be held 7:00 p.m. Sunday March 1, 2015 at the Heartland Chapel in Early. Condolences to the family can be left online at or come by the funeral home to sign the registry.

Manuel was born June 4, 1958, in Lampasas Texas to Manuel R & Delores Curiel Torrez. He graduated from Lampasas High School in 1976. He attended Houston Tillotson University on a baseball scholarship as a pitcher. Soon after attending college, Manuel began work in law enforcement, working as a correctional officer in Brown County Texas and Maricopa County Arizona. On September 6, 1986, Manuel married his best friend and soul mate Kathy Charlene Welch in Lampasas Texas. Manuel was a pitcher for both the Triple A club Chaparrels and Lampasas Badgers. After leaving the mound, he continued to stay in the dugout coaching his brother, sisters, and numerous cousins. His love for the game stretched further than just baseball. He coached basketball and helped in track. In his later years, Manuel never missed a game or meet for any of his kids, from teaching them the basics of football to stretching them before a meet, he made his presence known. After two generations of coaching, he decided to continue coaching his granddaughters, four continuous years of being a third base coach for four of his granddaughters. Even though he loved coaching, his favorite pass time was playing TaTa. He enjoyed nothing more than “letting the grandkids baby sit him.” Manuel leaves behind a legacy of strength, knowledge, intelligence and love. He will be missed but never forgotten.

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Ed Devery, Jr.

DeveryEdEd Devery, 67, of Brownwood passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015, in his home.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 28, 2015 at St. John’s Church with Father Michael Mobley officiating.  Burial will follow in Greenleaf Cemetery with Military and Masonic Honors.  Visitation is scheduled for Friday, February 27, 2015, at Davis-Morris Funeral Home, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm.

Edward Michael Devery, Jr. was born April 5, 1947, in Ft. Worth, Texas, and adopted by Edward and Lillian (Schroeder) Devery.  Ed graduated from Brownwood High School in 1965 and afterwards he enlisted in the military, where he served for 20 faithful years in the Texas Army National Guard, where he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant.  He also worked for Verizon/GTE for 29 years before retiring.

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