James F. Taylor

taylorA graveside funeral service for James Taylor, age 79, of Los Alamos, New Mexico, will be held at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, August 13, 2014 in the Greenleaf Cemetery.

Mr. Taylor died Saturday, August 9, 2014 in Abilene Regional Medical Center of congestive heart failure.

Heartland Funeral Home of Early is in charge of arrangements.

James Franklin Taylor was born on September 4, 1934 in Brownwood, Texas to Frank and Lois Koger Taylor.  James graduated from Brownwood High School in 1952 and attended Texas Tech University and Dallas College of Southern Methodist University.  James worked in electronics all of his life and retired from Los Alamos National Laboratories.

James loved being a licensed amateur radio operator (call sign KG5LB) and was on the air for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Elizabeth Taylor.

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Hugh Burleson

burlesonHugh Burleson, age 76, of Bangs formerly of Corpus Christi passed away Monday, August 11, 2014 at Bangs Nursing Home.

Funeral services for Hugh will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, August 14, 2014 at Blaylock Funeral Home Chapel with Bill Slaymaker officiating, interment will follow at Gouldbusk Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-3 p.m. prior to service.

Hugh was born on August 23, 1937 to Carlos and Alice (Wileman) Burleson in Hobbs, New Mexico. Hugh lived in Corpus Christi and was a member of First Baptist Church of Portland, Texas before recently moving to Bangs. He loved golfing and was a fabulous artist.

He is survived by his daughters, Belinda Slater of Brookeshire, TX, Billie Kaye DeLeon of Seabrook, TX, and Bonnie McManus of Denver, CO; seven grandchildren; sisters, Lila Roberts and husband Art of Abilene, TX, and Bonnie Farren of Brownwood; brother, Joe Fred Burleson of San Antonio, TX. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Beverly Brown; brother, Carlos Burleson; sister, Patsy Kerr; and step-mother, Dena Brown.

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Charles Dee Pickett

pickettCharles Dee (Charlie) Pickett, age 59, of Comanche, Texas passed away Friday, August 8, 2014 in Kerr County from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.  A meal will be served at noon on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Comanche City Park Pavilion with a Celebration of his life to follow.  Cremation is under the direction of the Heartland Funeral Home of Early.

Charles Dee was born on December 9, 1954 in Fort Worth to Guin Dee and Loretta Wilson Pickett.  He was employed as a manager for a wildlife ranch.  Charles loved Rodeos, Stock Shows and softball with his kids.

He is survived by his son Travis Pickett of Austin; daughters LinDee Rinehart and husband Curt of Snyder and Kaylee Pickett of Comanche;  his mother Loretta Pickett of Lometa; two sisters Jaime Glosson of Kingsland and Patty Pickett of Lometa; four grandchildren Rylee, Rikki, Klete and Summer; three nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father Guin Dee Pickett.

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Neva L. Welch

WelchNevaFuneral Services for Neva L. Welch, age 53, of Brownwood, Texas will be held 2:00 PM Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at the Heartland Funeral Home in Early.  Interment will follow in the Locker Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 PM Monday at the funeral home.  Mrs. Welch passed away Friday, August 08, 2014 at her residence.

Neva was born on February 26, 1961 in Brownwood, Texas to Thomas Mayes and Edith Velma Chamberlain Miller.  She grew up in Brookesmith and was married to James Don Savage on March 30, 1991 in Brookesmith and he preceded her in death on November 20, 2004.  She married Alfred (A.C.) Welch on May 6, 2006 in Brownwood.  She was a lifetime resident of this area and was a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church.  Neva kept busy working with her hands.  She could always be found in her large craft room where she crocheted, sewed, did leatherwork, Native American bead work and other crafts.

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Rose Shannon

Funeral Services for Rose Shannon, age 80, of Brownwood, Texas will be held 3:00 PM Monday, August 11, 2014 at the Elkins Cemetery under the direction of the Heartland Funeral Home in Early.  Mrs. Shannon passed away Thursday, August 7, 2014 in the San Angelo Community Medical Center.

Rose Marie was born on April 13, 1934 in San Angelo, Texas to James Henry and Corine Marie Masters Nason.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Wayne Shannon, grandson Jason Carter.

Survivors include her daughter Cathy Carter, sister Barbara Worley of Brownwood, one grandson, five granddaughters and numerous other family members.

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Judy Day


Funeral services for Judy Day will be Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM in the Victory Life Church. Interment will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6-8 PM at Heartland Funeral Home Early, Texas.

Judy’s fight of faith to continue her life here on earth came to an end Friday, August 8, 2014 at Sharp Memorial Hospital of San Diego, California. She fought valiantly to live her life with the purpose of serving as a living testimony to the reality of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and what He brings to anyone who believes in Him.

Judy Annette Shell was born in Sheridan, Wyoming on January 13, 1953 to James and Margaret Shell. During her upbringing, she and her family lived in Wyoming, Montana, and South Dakota. She moved to Texas to attend Howard Payne College, completing her degree at Texas Women’s University and later completing her Master of Psychology degree at Tarleton State University. While at Howard Payne, she met her husband of 40 years, Gary Wayne Day, whom she married May 9, 1974 in Fleming Chapel on Howard Payne campus. Judy and Gary moved to several communities in pursuit of fulfilling God’s call to ministry on their lives.

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Virginia Ann Wright

WrightFuneral services for Ann Wright, 75, of Mabank, formerly of Brownwood, will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, August 9, in the Netherton Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Brian Hall officiating. Interment will follow at Ebony Cemetery in Mills County under the direction of Netherton Funeral Home.  Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 pm on Friday, August 8, at the funeral home.

Ann passed away on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at her home in Mabank.

Virginia Ann Wright was born on June 9, 1939, in Cuba, New Mexico, to Luther William and Mary Lennie (Egger) Russell. She was raised in Brownwood and had worked at the VFW for over 20 years before moving to the Dallas area. Ann had also worked at Kroger for 15 years before retiring and had been a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

Those who knew Ann, knew that she had a great love for her grandchildren and that they were a huge part of her life. She also loved Country and Western music and John Wayne, not necessarily in that order.  If there was a tribute to John on TV, it didn’t matter that she had seen it numerous times before; she wasn’t budging until it was over.

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Robert Dale Hawkins

Funeral services for Robert Dale Hawkins will be held at 2 Thursday, August 7 at the Heartland Funeral Chapel Early.

Burial will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park Early.

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Lou "Fannie" Anderson

Lou "Fannie" Anderson, 92, of Georgetown, formerly of Brownwood, passed away Friday, August 1 in Georgetown.  Funeral services have been set for 2:00 P.M. Monday, August 4 at Davis-Morris Funeral Home.  Officiating will be Eudean Howard.  Burial will follow at the Cleveland Cemetery.

Lou was born May 25, 1922 in Santa Anna, TX to the late Manley & Nora Blanton.  She was a homemaker and will be dearly missed.

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Evelyn Franklin Slagle Keeton

KeetonEvelynEvelyn Franklin Slagle Keeton, age 96, of Brownwood, Texas passed away on Aug 1, 2014.

Evelyn was born in Taylor, Texas on March 23, 1918 to William and Annie Slagle. She was a graduate of Taylor High School.

She was born with a happy heart, sparkling blue eyes and a beautiful smile. She accepted Christ as her savior as young adult.

She married Albert Carl Keeton, Sr. in Taylor. They celebrated fifty-five (55) years of marriage prior to his death in 1992. In the early 1940s she and Albert “Johnny” moved to Brownwood where they built their own home. With her failing memory, she never forgot “her little house on the corner.” Evelyn was a Job 31: 28-31 woman of strong faith who loved the old gospel hymns. She was the longest surviving member at the New Beginnings Pentecostal Church at the time of her death. She was honored to be a life time member of New Beginnings W.M.S.

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