Charles E. “Chuck” Gressett

GressettGraveside services for Charles E. “Chuck” Gressett, of Early will be held Monday, April 27, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Eastlawn Memorial Park.  His grandsons and great grandsons will proudly serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 6:30 – 7:30 PM Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Davis-Morris Funeral Home. Mr. Gressett passed away April 23, 2015 at his home.

Chuck was born November 19, 1925 in Westbrook, Texas to David C. and Lucy (Widner) Gressett.  On January 14, 1949, he married Alphene Page, and they shared 66 years together.  Chuck served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and he was employed with the International of Operating Union Engineers (AFLCIO) for many years as a union representative.  He was an endowed Master Mason with the Staked Plains #598 in Big Spring, Texas, an endowed member of Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in Lubbock, Texas, and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Brownwood Chapter #116 in Brownwood, Texas.  Chuck was known to his family as PawPaw.  Our PawPaw loved to watch six-man football, golf on TV, go fishing and loved to see his great grandchildren playing on the farm.

Chuck is survived by his devoted wife Alphene and children Mike Gressett and wife, Margaret, Cindy Rogers, and Debbie Hiddemen and husband Bill; grandchildren Jami Ryan, Mary Gressett, Christi Hestand, Michael Anderson, Tonya Gressett, Ty Trim, Charles Don Gressett, John Gressett, Andrea Gressett; great grandchildren Kaitlyn Dorsett, Logan Gressett, Drake Gressett, Haden Hestand, Brock Hestand, Dylan Trim and numerous nieces and nephews.

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William “Butch” Mann

William “Butch” Mann, age 71, of Owens passed away suddenly on April 19, 2015 with his family at his side, while at the Austin Heart Hospital.

He was born to the late Tommy and Mildred Mann in Trinity, Texas, on December 4, 1943.

Butch enjoyed being with family, taking long vacations, woodworking, four-wheeling and traveling the back country and back roads. Butch did not know retirement, as he enjoyed staying active and busy. He was truly a master of many trades.

Survivors include: his wife, soul mate and best friend of 53 years, Charlotte “Sue” Wells Mann. They married Sept 14, 1961 in Brownwood. Survivors also include two daughters: Vicki Mann Musick of Owens and her husband Danny and  Lisa Mann Wade of Palestine, and her husband Tony; four grandchildren, Cody Wade and Eibhlin, Chase Musick and wife Cheyenne, Chance Musick and wife Lauran and Corey Wade; five great-grandchildren, Carbyn, Brayden, Braxton, Ethan and Madeleine.

Other survivors include three brothers, Tony, Horace Ray, Tommy and a sister Barbara, along with several nieces and a nephew.

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Mary Beth Pittman

pittmanA graveside funeral service for Mary Beth Pittman will be held at 11:30 AM on Monday, April 27, 2015 in the Blake Cemetery near the Williams community in northern Brown County.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 9:30 until 11:00 before departing in procession to the cemetery.

Heartland Funeral Home of Early is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Beth Allgood Pittman 84 year’s young passed away peacefully while surrounded by family in her home in Houston, Texas on April 23, 2015.

She was born on February 16, 1931 in Brown County to Joe and Vernette Allgood.  She attended Williams School where she met John Doyle Pittman and on May 12, 1950 they were married and spent the next 56 years together raising their family.  After Doyle passed away on June 15, 2006, Mary spent time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and taking care of family and friends who came to Houston to be treated at the Houston Medical Center. At one point her grandchildren posted a plaque at her front door proclaiming the home “The Pittman Inn”.

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Earl Edwin Hunt

HuntEarlEarl Edwin Hunt was born January 2, 1922 in Haskell County, Texas, to Robert Hunt and Amanda Florence Hunt. Earl served in the U.S. Army Air Forces from 1942 to 1945 as a radio operator and military policeman. He attended Decatur Baptist College and Howard Payne University, receiving a degree in Elementary Education. On August 17, 1952, Earl married Mary Lue King and brought her to Buckner Baptist Orphan’s Home where he worked for 34 years as Houseparent, Caseworker, Teacher, and Principal. From 1970 – 1976, Earl was the director of the Buckner Academy, a special needs educational institution that was the first of its kind in Texas. At Buckner, he was respected for his dedication to mission, unswerving integrity and devotion to principle.

Very much a family man, when not at work Earl could be found with his wife and children taking them on picnics, out for ice cream, to dinner or the mall, the movies and church. Earl was also known to play tennis with his children from time to time.

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Cheryl Hobbs

HobbsCherylCheryl Hobbs was an amazing woman who built family wherever she went.  Her presence in your life would touch you for your lifetime.  She will be missed, remembered and honored forever.

Cheryl fought breast cancer with the heart and soul of any elite athlete that you could name.  This was a 2 year battle for our family.  She showed us how to endure with grace, strength, and courage.

Her battle began on December 30, 2012 and ended on April 20, 2015.  She is not suffering, fighting, or enduring anymore.

We will celebrate the life of our mother on Thursday, April 23 at 2:00 at our family home.  (150 Cheyenne Lane, Bangs, Texas)

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Gordon James Birrell

Gordon James Birrell, age 55, of Early, Texas went home to be with his heavenly Father on April 21, 2015. Cremation is under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Gordon was born on October 30, 1959 in Big Spring, Texas to Bill and Zay Harmon Birrell. Gordon grew up in Big Spring where he graduated from Big Spring High School in 1979. He married Lisa Glenn on September 7, 1996. They moved to Early, Texas where they made their home and raised their daughters. He worked independently as an Inventory Auditor.

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Margaret Smith

SmithMargaretMargaret Smith, age 73, of Brownwood formerly of Arkansas, passed away Monday, April 20, 2015 in Ft. Worth.

Visitation for Margaret will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday evening, April 23, 2015 at Blaylock Funeral Home. Private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home.

Margaret was born on September 18, 1941 to Raymond Lee and Rosie Marie (Jones) Clary in Coal Hill, Arkansas. She married the love of her life, Dean Smith, on November 26, 1965 in Artesia, New Mexico; they would have celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary this November. Margaret was a Baptist.

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Michael "MT" Ray Tidwell

TidwellMichael "MT" Ray Tidwell, age 64 of Brownwood, went to be with the Lord April 14, 2015 at Lifecare Hospital in Fort Worth.

He was born July 8, 1950 in Dallas to Nolan Odell Tidwell and Lawanda Long Tidwell. He grew up in Odessa and graduated from Odessa High School in 1967.

After graduating, he worked as a pipeline welder until 1979 when he moved to Brownwood to work with his family under Tidwell Paving. From 1987 to 1996 he worked for Circle K convenience stores, and later drove a truck with his brother until 2002.

Anyone that met Mike knew how he always made people laugh with his amazing stories; he liked to fish and was a wonderful cook. He absolutely loved the Dallas Cowboys and John Wayne. And had an unwavering love of the Lord and his family, especially his sons and grandchildren.

Mike is preceded in death by his mother, father, three brothers - Donnie Tidwell, Steve Tidwell and Mark Tidwell and most recently his uncle, Leon Tidwell. He is survived by his sons Guy Tidwell of Brownwood, and Dillon Tidwell and wife Kimberly of Brownwood. His two grandchildren Emma Lenee and Kylon Lee Tidwell. His brothers Larry Wayne Tidwell and wife Nancy of Houston, Tommy Tidwell and wife Sandy of Texarkana, Paul Tidwell of Houston, James Tidwell of Brownwood, and sister Debra Sue Bush and husband Joe of Brookesmith. He also left behind 16 nieces and nephews, and many cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends to carry on his memory.

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Wade Louis Ellis

Wade Louis Ellis age 61, of San Saba passed away surrounded by his family on April 20, 2015 in San Saba, Texas.  Graveside Services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday April 23, 2015 at Sloan Cemetery, with Brother Sam Crosby officiating.

The family visitation will be held at Blaylock Funeral Home of San Saba from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Wednesday April 22, 2015.

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Buford Savage

SavageBufordBuford Savage, 86, of Georgetown Texas, passed away Thursday April 16, 2015 at his residence in Georgetown. A private burial, under the directions of Netherton Funeral Home, will be held 3:00 p.m. Friday, April 17th at the Greenleaf Cemetery in Brownwood, TX. A family visitation will be held 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. prior to the graveside ceremonies

Buford was born August 1, 1927, in Talco County Texas, near Mt. Pleasant, to Rub and Lula Mae (Hudson) Savage. He attended school in Talco County beginning work in the oil fields. He later worked on farms working in the fields taking care of cotton. Buford’s last work years were as a sanitation laborer for the City of Brownwood. He was a hard worker and greatly enjoyed his home life.

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