George Roy Pollard

PollardGeorgeGeorge Roy Pollard, age 70, of Brownwood passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015 at his residence.

A Celebration of Life for George will be held from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Sunday, June 14, 2015 at his son’s (Hardy Pollard) house in Houston, Texas.  Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home.

George was born to Jack and Juanita (Wales) Pollard on July 17, 1944 in Sherman, Texas.  George married Maude “Joan” Ann Williams, March 7, 1964 in Corpus Christi, Texas.  He loved outdoor activities.

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Stewart E. Cunningham

CunninghamStewartServices for Stewart E. Cunningham, of Brownwood, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 5, 2015 at Blaylock Funeral Home Chapel with David Barnum officiating, burial with Military Honors will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be held Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Blaylock Funeral Home.

Stewart went to be with the Lord, Monday, June 1, 2015, at a local nursing home, after 90 incredible years. He we be greatly missed by loved ones.

Stewart was born to John T. and Stella Mae (Stewart) Cunningham in Zephyr, Texas on January 15, 1925. He attended Zephyr High School; after his junior year, he drafted into the United States Navy. He served from 1943 to 1946, during the World War II era on the USS Riddle as a Destroyer Escort. When he got out of the Navy, Stewart came back to Brown County and worked for as a Brakeman Conductor for the Santa Fe Rail Road for 20 years, then for various parts houses until he permanently retired. Stewart had a very outgoing personality; he never met a stranger and made many friends along the way. He loved music, old cars, being around people, and his sweets.

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LaVerne “Vernie” Gribble

GribbleFuneral services for LaVerne “Vernie” Gribble will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, in the Austin Avenue Church of Christ with J. Tom Washburn officiating.  Interment will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends at the church on Tuesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00.

LaVerne passed from this life on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.

LaVerne was born on September 29, 1932 on Owl Creek at The Grove, Texas.  She graduated from Temple High School and married Bill Gribble on June 11, 1955.  LaVerne and Bill moved to Brownwood in 1963 at which time they purchased an interest in Pecan Valley Electric Co.  As time went on, they bought full ownership in the company and LaVerne served as president.  She was also active in the community with memberships in The Woman’s Club, Beta Sigma Phi sorority, and as a board member of the Brown County Youth Fair Association.  She was also a longtime member of the Austin Avenue Church of Christ.

LaVerne is survived by her husband of fifty-nine years, Bill Gribble of Lake Brownwood, a daughter, Julie Gribble of Brownwood, a brother, Raymond Zuehlke of Brenham and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Glenn "Tanny" Harris

Harris1Glenn "Tanny" Harris, 70, passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2015.  He was born in Taft, Texas on January 24, 1945.

Visitation and memorial services will be held at Grand Starz Event Hall, located at 2323 Belle Plain Street in Brownwood, Texas, on Thursday, June 4, 2015, at

Family visitation will follow after the services.

After graduating from 3 Way High School in 1964, he was drafted into the U. S. Army, serving honorably in Vietnam.  Glenn moved his family to Fort Stockton, where he worked for Firestone Test Center until moving his family to Brownwood, Texas in 1977.  He started his business Brownwood Lake Service, specializing in custom dock construction and repair.

Glenn was known for his honesty, kindness and always willing to help those in need.  He always kept his word.  He was a founding member of the Dam Volunteer Fire Department, located at Lake Brownwood.

Glenn is survived by sons David Harris and wife Beth Harris, and Ronald Harris and Monica, Judy Stuckey, grandchildren: Ashley, Destiny, Connor, Alex, Javen and Lane, and great granddaughter Alayna.  Brothers, Wayne and wife Becky Harris of Odessa, Texas, and Johnny and wife Shirley Harris of Fort Worth, Texas.  Numerous nieces and nephews.

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Paul Ray Carter

CarterPaulPaul Ray Carter, 71, of Brownwood, passed away Sunday May 31, 2015. Graveside services, under the direction of Netherton Funeral Home, will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at Eastlawn Memorial Park with Bro. David Barnum officiating. In keeping with Paul’s wishes, no family visitation will be held. Condolences to the family can be left online at

Paul was born January 12, 1944, in Brownwood, Texas, to Thomas Montgomery and Charlcie (Garner) Carter. Paul was a lifetime resident of Brownwood except for the years he served in the United States Army. He was self-employed and owner of Carter’s Auto & Diesel Repair. Paul was helpful to those less fortunate than himself, willing to barter his services to those needing help. His hobbies included restoring antique cars and he loved Harley Davidson motorcycles.

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Marie Stewart Smith

SmithMarieFuneral services for Marie Stewart Smith, age 72 of Early, Texas will be held 2:00 PM Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at the Heartland Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in Greenleaf Cemetery.  The family will receive friends 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.  Mrs. Smith passed away Friday, May 29, 2015 with her family by her side.

Marie was born March 27, 1943 in Brady, Texas to Joseph Damon and Sallie Cox Stewart.  She graduated from Brady High School in 1961 as the valedictorian of her class.  On October 26, 1963, she married Jonnie Smith in Brady.  They lived in various towns before moving to Brownwood in 1991.  Marie was a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church, was a bookkeeper and a homemaker.

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Emet “Darrell” Gosnell

GossnelEmitDarrellEmet “Darrell” Gosnell, 67, of Early, Texas left this earthly world to be with his Heavenly Father on Friday, May 29, 2015.  Darrell was born to Andrew Gosnell and Georgia Adams.  He attended Cisco High School and was baptized at Calvary Church in Eastland County.  Darrell joined the U.S. Navy 1965 – 1969 serving two tours in Vietnam on the U.S.S. Noxubee earning numerous medals and honors.  He married the love of his life Sandra Little Gosnell on June 8, 1969 and resided in Cisco, Texas and then moved to Early in 1975.  He worked as a truck driver, police officer, and retired from Rowan Companies where he worked on an overseas offshore drilling rig.  Darrell was an avid Early Longhorn fan attending every football fan game since 1976.  He also attended numerous basketball, baseball, and softball games at Early High School as the Longhorn’s #1 fan.  He always shook each players hand after every game and was a mentor to all.  Darrell earned the Early Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the year award in 2010 - 2011.  He also earned the “Heart” of the Longhorn award in 2010 after which the Early Athletic Booster Club had an award named for him, the “Darrell Gosnell” award presented in honor and recognition of Longhorn loyalty, pride, spirit, and support.  Darrell was an avid fisherman sharing his love of fishing with his children, grandchildren, and many family and friends.

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Velma Handy

Velma R. (Booger) Handy, age 88, of Coleman, passed away Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Holiday Hill Nursing Home.  Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, in Stevens Funeral Home Chapel with Bob Martin, minister of Elm Street Church of Christ, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Coleman Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

She was born Velma Rovena Gibson on March 12, 1927 in Milano, Milam County, Texas, a daughter of Byron George Gibson and Leola Isabelle Williams Gibson.  She grew up in Brownwood where she attended school.  She moved to Coleman in the 1940s and has lived here since that time.  On April 26, 1971 she married Elgin Handy in Lawton, Oklahoma and he preceded her in death on July 28, 1994.  Mrs. Handy was the secretary for the City Manager of Coleman and retired from that position after 46 years.  She was a member of the Elm Street Church of Christ.

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Samuel Raymond Broughton Jr.

Broughton0001Funeral Services for Samuel (Sam) Raymond  Broughton Jr., age 70, of Zephyr, Texas will be held 10:00 AM Monday, June 1, 2015 at the Zephyr Cemetery under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Sunday at the funeral home.  Mr. Broughton passed away Thursday, May 28, 2015 at his residence.

Sam was born on September 28, 1944 in Brownwood, Texas to Samuel Raymond and Ruth Hightower Broughton.  He served in the United States Air Force 1965 – 1970. On August 2, 1967 he married Dorothy Gerdts in Papillion, Nebraska.  A lifetime resident of Brown County, Sam worked at 3M for 36 years before retirng 2002. He was an avid hunter and sportsman.

Survivors include his wife Dorothy Broughton of Zephyr; daughter Denise Porter of Zephyr; three grandchildren Sabree, Hailey and Stormie Porter all of Zephyr; sister Glenda Peikert and husband Tommy of Brownwood; sisters-in-law Caroline Morgan of Elk, Washington and Lois Nash of Pollock Pines, California; brothers-in-law Carl Messner and wife Terrie of Salem, Nebraska and Charles Messner and wife Kathy of Salem.  Also, by numerous nieces and nephews.

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Ruby Christian

Funeral services for Ruby Christian, age 90, of Brownwood will be held Monday, June 1, 2015 at 1 PM at the Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 PM Sunday at the funeral home.  Mrs. Christian died at Thursday, May 28 at a local nursing home.

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