Harold W. “Josh” Strasner II

Graveside services for Harold W. “Josh” Strasner II, 49, will be held at 11 AM Friday, July 11, at Eastlawn Memorial Park in Early.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 PM Thursday at Davis-Morris Funeral Home.

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William Alfred Pate

PateWilliamWilliam Alfred Pate, age 73, died Friday, July 4, 2014 in Fort Worth,  Tx.   William was born December 6, 1940, in Killeen, Texas.  He was the first son of William George Pate and Lucille Larue Bingham Pate.  William graduated from Bangs High School in 1959 and attended Howard Payne College in Brownwood.  Before retiring he was the night plant manager for Thorsen Tool in Dallas, Texas.

He was preceded in death by a younger brother, Luther Ray Pate and his parents William (Bill) and Lucille Pate.

Survivors include a son, Vincent Pate and wife Kathy of Richardson, Texas; daughter, Elise Moore, of Richardson, Tx;   three sisters of Bangs, Jessie Austin and husband Jim; Lenora Alexander; Teressa Dill;  grandchildren are Jaqueline Moore of Searcy, Arkansas; Brianna Pate and Meagan Pate of Fort Worth; Windy Maddox and Sarah Jones of Searcy, Arkansas, Vincent Pate and Nicholas Pate of Richardson, Tx and great grandchildren Caleb Ivy, Christian Jones, Hayleigh Pate, Christopher Pate.  He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

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Charles Lee Bilbrey

BilbreyFuneral services for Charles Bilbrey, 75, of Brownwood, will be held at 2 pm on Thursday, July 10, in the Netherton Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Brian Hall officiating. Interment will follow in Jones Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Netherton Funeral Home. Visitation will be held this evening from 6 to 8 pm at the funeral home.

Charles Lee Bilbrey was born on April 24, 1939, in Brownwood to Virgil Lee Bilbrey and Loney Marie McAlister Bilbrey. He was raised by his loving Aunt and Uncle, Sally and Monroe Bilbrey, and on May 31, 1957, he married the love of his life, Frieda Joyce Willborn. Together, they made their home in Brownwood where he had worked as a brick mason until retiring.

Charles was a staunch advocate for the Buckner Boys Ranch in Burnett Texas and was the backbone of his family. He loved fishing and camping in his spare time, but what he loved most, was being with family and friends. Charles, unlike most men, also loved Christmas and looked forward to it each and every year with great anticipation.   He was truly one of a kind, and will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

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Frances Stalcup

StalcupA graveside funeral service for Frances Stalcup, age 79, of Lake Brownwood, will be at 11:00 AM, Monday, July 7, 2014 in the Fairview Cemetery.  There will be a funeral procession leaving from First Baptist Lake Brownwood at 10:30 for those needing direction to the cemetery.

Mrs. Stalcup passed from this life on Thursday, July 3, 2014 in a local care facility.

Frances was born on November 21, 1934 in Lafayette, Georgia to Henry and Mary (Barron) Sisemore. Her family moved to Cotton Center and she graduated from Hale Center High School.  She married Leonard Stalcup on December 18, 1954 in Hale Center. Frances and Leonard left the plains of West Texas in 1978 and moved to Lake Brownwood. Frances was a member of Lake Brownwood First Baptist Church.

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Bert Cragg

CraggMemorial services for Jesse Bertran Cragg III, 58, will be held at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, July 8 at Brownwood Nursing & Rehab Center. He passed away Friday July 4, 2014 after an unexpected incident. Cremation is under the direction of Netherton Funeral Home.

Bert was born at Fort Sam Houston, Texas on June 24, 1956 to Jesse Bertran Cragg Jr and Delta Jane White Cragg. He was raised by his mother and step father, Johnny Richardson. He was a 1976 graduate of Brownwood High School. He worked for years as a brick mason with his step father whom he always called daddy. He also worked at Aldersgate Enrichment Center.

Bert was loved by many and will be greatly missed. He is survived by two sons Clifton Netherton, and wife Debbie and Christopher Cragg; three daughters Brandi Cragg; Mary Huff and husband Casey; and Jessica Netherton; four sisters Joni Wallace and husband Jerry; Mary Bridwell and husband Mike; Angela Wills and husband Stacey; Claudia Appelt and husband Mark of Brenham, eleven grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Elias Stanke

stankeElias Stanke, of Brownwood, went to his Heavenly home at the young age of 14 on Tuesday, July 2, 2014 after injuries sustained in an A.T.V. accident.

Memorial Services for Elias will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, July 7, 2014 at Coggin Ave. Baptist Church with Tim Skaggs and Rick Cavitt officiating, private interment. No visitation. Elias wishes were to be cremated and spread at his favorite fishing holes.    Elias was born on October 4, 1999 to Jack and Tammy (Riley) Stanke in Abilene. He was raised in Brownwood, attending Brownwood ISD. He finished his 8th grade year and was looking forward to being a freshman. Elias was a fun filled young man, who like most teenage boys loved the outdoors, especially fishing; he also enjoyed playing tennis and soccer. He had a very unique integrity about himself. He cared deeply for all his friends and classmates.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his parents, Jack and Tammy Stanke. He was a loving brother to Shaily and Isaiah Stanke. Survivors also include special cousins, Michaela, Arriana, Josiah, Kristen, Heather, Jonathon, Luke, and several other cousins; paternal grandmother, Julia Stanke Yancy; maternal grandfather, Gerald Hutchens; maternal grandmother, Tisa Raffel; great-grandfather, Bentel Luker; numerous aunts, unlcles, and other relatives.

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Melinda Mozzell Hunt

huntMelinda Mozzell Busby Hunt, 38, of Sidney, passed away Tuesday July 1, 2014, in Temple, TX. Funeral services, under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home of Comanche, will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday July 5th at the Heartland Chapel. The family will receive friends 10 a.m. until service time on Saturday. Interment will follow at the Pendergrass Cemetery.

Melinda was born September 20, 1975, in Altus, OK, to George and Peggy (Maheu) Busby. She attended and graduated from Comanche High School. Melinda worked for a time at Partners as manager in Comanche before quitting to become a home maker. She married Joseph Hunt in 1992 at Sidney Baptist Church, where she was a member. Joseph enjoyed driving dirt track race cars and spent many nights watching him at the 281 Race Track in Stephenville; Melinda got to drive in ladies Powder Puff races as well. Her primary enjoyment came from being a Mom, watching her kids play sports, grow, and even get into racing. In addition to being a loving wife to her husband Joseph, she was a loving mother to her children and the many others that looked up to her as a Mother. Melinda enjoyed cooking and was really great at it.

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Mary Evelyn Doud Honeycutt

Graveside services for Mary Evelyn Doud Honeycutt were held Thursday, July 3, 2014 at Greenleaf Cemetery. She passed away Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in Brownwood.

She was born on November 15, 1930, in May, to D.B. and Susie Hastings Hibbs.

Survivors include her daughter, Debbie Dawson and husband Buddy; her son, Garry Doud and wife Diana; five grandchildren, Brandon Jeffcoats, Jay Weir, Tara Cambell, Jennifer Doud and Justin Danstone; great-grandchildren, Peyton Jeffcoats, Hailee  and Shelby Kennedy; two sisters Estella Morgan, Shirley Lambert and husband Archie.

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Ira Kavin Griffin

Ira Kavin Griffin passed away Monday, June 30, 2014 at Songbird Lodge in Brownwood after a lengthy illness. He was born September 27, 1960 in Brownwood to Herman and Frances Hall Griffin. Kavin was a lifelong resident of Brownwood.

He is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Shelton and husband Timothy; and his son Justin Griffin and wife Taylor. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Aydin and Konnar Griffin, and Waggoner and Stryker Shelton; his brothers, Roy Griffin and wife Glenda, Larry Griffin and wife Mary, and Dewayne Griffin; his sisters, Dona Delso, Nancy Griffin, Rosie Morris and husband Rick, and Tina Bradley and husband Joel; sisters-in-law, Betsy Griffin and Thea Griffin; 18 nieces and nephews; and 27 great nieces and nephews.

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Edward F. Collins, Jr.

Edward F. Collins, Jr., 74, of Brownwood, passed away at his home Thursday, June 26, 2014.  A funeral service, under the direction of Netherton Funeral Home in Brownwood, will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 1, 2104 at the Heartland Church on Hwy 279, Brownwood, with Pastors Ken and Dawn Smith officiating.  Interment, with military honors, will follow at the Rocky Creek Cemetery.  The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday, June 30th at the Netherton Funeral Home.  Condolences to the family can be left online at

Edward “Eddie” was born July 12, 1939, in Winthrop, Mass., to Edward F. and Charlotte (Grover) Collins. He graduated from Winthrop High School in Mass. and later attended TCU College in Ft. Worth. Eddie served in the military with three different branches, the United States Marine Corps, the Air Force, and Navy.  During his tour of duty at Lackland AFB, in San Antonio, he met and married Nancy Covey at Bandera in 1971.  After his military service, Eddie work as guard with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.  During retirement, he liked to play board games and fish.  He was a sport fisherman as well as working the trotline.

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