John Edwin Gist

GistJohnGraveside services for John Edwin Gist, 78, of Cleburne, Texas will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2014 in Zephyr Cemetery, Zephyr, Texas.  Bro. Larry Buck will officiate.

Visitation will be held from 2- 4 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Rosser Funeral Home.

Mr. Gist passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.  He was born in Zephyr on September 5, 1935, the son of Harold and Jewel (Baker) Gist.

John married Shirley Dupree on July 3, 1954 in Zephyr.  He served his country in the Army National Guard for approximately 25 years.

After retiring from 50 years of commercial construction, John drove a CISD school bus for eight years.  He was a member of Westhill Church of Christ.

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Emma F. Barboza

Funeral services for Emma F. Barboza, 70, of Brownwood, will be at 11 AM Friday, July 25, 2014 in the Heartland Funeral Chapel Early, Texas with her husband Margarito Barboza officiating. Interment will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Park Early, Texas. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.  Emma went home to be with her Lord and Savior Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Mrs. Barboza was born January 21, 1944 in Madero Del Rio, Mexico to Atanacio and Fabiana Frausto. She married Margarito Barboza on October 1, 1966. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who loved God. She was an avid prayer, and was told by many that she had a direct line with God. She loved tending to her plants and in her spare time she crocheted beautiful items for her household.

Mrs. Barboza is survived by her husband, Margarito M. Barboza; her daughters, Debora Castaneda and fiancé Daniel Gonzales, Orfa Sanchez and husband Robert, Eunice Basulto and husband Sergio; sons, Jonas Barboza and wife D’Lise; and triplets, Joshua Barboza, Jonathan Barboza, Jacob Barboza and fiancé Hennessy Jaramillo. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Mark Castaneda, Jonan Sanchez, Jayden Sanchez, Mya Basulto, and Nicolas Jaramillo. She is survived by two brothers, Francisco Frausto and wife Mercedes of Del Rio, and Conrado Frausto and wife Dolores of West Liberty, Iowa.

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Timothy Allen Shepard

Funeral services for Timothy Allen Shepard, age 28, of Bangs, are pending with Heartland Funeral Home.

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Mitchell A Jones

Mitchell A Jones, age 72, of Brownwood passed away Monday, July 14, 2014 in San Saba.

Mitchell was born on July 12, 1942 to Eluid and Bernice (Reed) Jones in Big Springs, Texas. He graduated from Big Springs High School. After high school, he attended and graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelors degree. Mitchell served in the United States Air Force for four years. He married Carol Bussell on December 21, 1985. He retired from Texas Department of Human Services.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Carol Jones of Brownwood; and several cousins in Big Spring. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Gilbert Sellers II

SellerGilbertIIA graveside service for Gilbert Sellers II, 48, of Brownwood, will be held at 10 am on Friday, July 25, at Zephyr Cemetery with Pastor Brian Hall officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of Netherton Funeral Home.

Claudie Gilbert Sellers II was born on August 25, 1965, to Claudie Gilbert Sellers Sr. and Cleta Ann (Carter) Sellers in Bell County Texas. He served in the National Guard for many years and had worked as a carpenter in the Brown County area. Gilbert was always known to have a big smile and very big heart, and had volunteered almost daily at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen. He had lived in Brownwood and Zephyr for most of his life and was loved by those around him.

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Jimmy Waylon Willett

WillettJimmyJimmy Waylon Willett, 56 of Snyder, TX died on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in Snyder after a lengthy illness.

Service for Mr. Willett will be held on Friday, July 25, 2014, at 2:00 PM at Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home with Mr. Steve Highfield officiating. Interment will follow at Hillside Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Willett was born on August 03, 1957 in Snyder, Tx to Bobby and Shirley (Franks) Willett.  He married Sally Sanchez on February 14, 1989 in Brownwood, TX. He worked in the oilfield, loved yard work, gardening, fishing and hunting. He was also a race horse jockey and a member of Sundowner's Riding Club.

He is survived by his wife Sally Willett, Snyder, TX; three daughters  Amy Mood, San Angelo, TX, Jasmine Willett Perez-Jimenez, Snyder, TX, and Christi Sanchez , Brady, TX; son Jimmy Willett Jr., Colorado City, TX; mother Shirley Giddens, Snyder, TX; sister Belinda Culp, Temple, TX; twelve grandchildren; and his grand dog Stanley.

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Billie Ruth Alford

AlfordBillieBillie Ruth Whitaker Fletcher Alford (born July 1, 1930 in San Antonio, Texas) went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on July 17, 2014. She was predeceased in death by Oaklawn Park Thoroughbred trainer James P. ("Big Jim") Alford. A long-time member of Trinity Church and resident of Hot Springs, Arkansas, she was known as "Miss Billie" at local and West Texas venues for her musical talents at the piano, her engaging personality, and a voice akin to Patsy Cline.

Early career highlights include cutting records in the 1950s and 1060s and being inducted into the West Texas Country Music Hall of Fame for her extensive work and touring with “Jimmie Fletcher and the Drifting Ranch Hands” as well as many other Nashville recording artists. In recent years, she took great delight in playing the piano and singing at various retirement and nursing facilities, including The Atrium and Quapaw Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Alford leaves behind two daughters, Penny Alford and Debra Hurt; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 11:00 AM, Wednesday at Trinity Church 670 Panama Street with Brother Bob Thornton officiating.

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Jonathan Fitzgerald

FitzgeraldJonathanJonathan David Fitzgerald left this Earth on Monday, July 21 at Brownwood Regional Medical Center. Jonathan was born on October 11th, 1989 in Pensacola, Florida and was 24 years of age.  Funeral services for Jonathan Fitzgerald, age 24, of Brownwood, will be at 2:00 PM, Saturday, July 26, 2014 in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel with Steve Polaski officiating. Cremation will follow the service.  Visitation and viewing will be held at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

Jonathan spent most of his life in Brownwood, Texas and graduated from Brownwood High School where he made a countless number of friends and was a dedicated member of the Brownwood Lions Football Brotherhood. Jonathan attended college at Texas State Technical College for a short time before moving on to his passion, cooking with his brother at The Hideout Golf Club and Resort at Lake Brownwood. There he spent his last days doing what he loved with the people he loved most.

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Carlton Lee Teague

teagueFuneral services for Carlton Teague, 68, of Bangs, will be held at 2 pm on Thursday, July 24, in Lamesa Memorial Park Cemetery in Lamesa Texas. Interment will follow, under the direction of Netherton Funeral Home.  No visitation has been set.

Mr. Teague passed away on Monday, July 21, 2014 at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.

Carlton Lee Teague was born on February 13, 1946, in Lamesa Texas to Judd Thomas Teague and Venita Jewell (Wilson) Teague. He served his country in the United States Army and had worked as a Consultant in the Oil and Gas Industry. Carlton was a simple man and spent a lot of time working on cars or building projects and helping family and friends with their projects as well.  Above all else, the thing that meant the most to him were his grandchildren, they were truly the light of his life. Carlton was also a member of the VFW and the American Legion and had lived in Brown County since 1982, moving here from Fort Stockton.

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Nancy Anne Croft Thibert

ThibertNancyAnnCroftNancy Anne Thibert of Austin, Texas passed away on July 14, 2014 at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center.  Nancy just celebrated her 70th birthday in June.  Nancy was born in Brownwood, Texas to John Bruce Croft and Doris Lapharne Croft (Krauskopf).

Nancy graduated Brownwood High School and attended Southwest Texas State University before she began her career with a technology company, Wireless Systems.  She continued to work in Austin at Digatex and Brock Consulting.  For the past 12 years Nancy expressed her talent and creativity as a florist for Randall’s Grocery Store in South Austin where she will be dearly missed.

Nancy enjoyed sewing as a hobby, which led to an arts and craft business with her sister under the name Dotchi Designs for 25 years.  Nancy also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren around the pool and fishing along the Llano River.

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