Joe James

JamesJoeJoe Neil James, age 81, of Brownwood died Friday, October 9, 2015 after a short illness.

A memorial service will be held Monday, October 12, at 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church of Brownwood with Doug Holtzclaw and Dr. Rodney McGlothlin officiating.  A private burial will be held at Hurst Ranch Cemetery in Hamilton County.  Visitation will be Sunday, October 11 at Heartland Funeral Home from 5:00 until 7:00 pm.

Joe was born in Spur, Dickens County, Texas on April 12, 1934 to Ivy Nona York and Jeff Henry James. His ancestors were part of the Old Three Hundred with Stephen F. Austin.  He learned early the values of hard work, strength of character, and integrity.  The son of a share cropper he worked at many jobs as a young man growing up.  He drove a semi-truck across the U.S. at the age of fourteen, worked as a crop duster, and in the oil fields.  After graduating from Spur High School in 1951, he received a football scholarship to West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas.  He transferred to Howard Payne College and graduated in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science Degree and completed his Masters in 1963.

He received many honors while at Howard Payne.  He was selected as an All-American, he was a unanimous All-Conference selection his junior and senior year as well as being voted team captain his junior and senior years.  He was a member of the All Texas College team in 1954 and drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1955.  He is a member of the Howard Payne Hall of Fame and is a past president of the Letterman’s Association.  He served in the National Guard 142 Infantry 36th Division from 1952-1960 and achieved the rank of Master Sergeant.

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Weldon Orvil Horton

HortonWeldonOrvilWeldon Orvil Horton, 89, of Early, passed away October 8, 2015 in Abilene, Texas.  Visitation for Mr. Horton will be held on Sunday, October 11, 2015, 6 pm-8 pm at the Davis-Morris Funeral Home.  Funeral Services will be held on Monday, October 12, 2015, 2 pm at Davis-Morris Funeral Home.  Interment with military honors will follow at Rising Star Cemetery.

Weldon Orvil Horton was born February 22, 1926, in Seymour, Texas to Samuel Horton and Ludie Auldridge Horton.   Weldon met Bettie Jo Stewart Terry in September of 1947.  They married a week later, on September 27, 1947. They were married for 54 years until Bettie’s death October 29, 2001.

Mr. Horton is a World War II Veteran of the U.S. Navy; he was stationed in Guam during his service and was issued a commendation for service during a typhoon on Guam.  After receiving his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy he used his GI Bill to attend Auto School to become an auto mechanic. He worked on vehicles until two months prior to his death. He loved working on cars and visiting with friends at Branding Iron Restaurant; as well as other coffee shops.  He was very active in the Local VFW Post and the DAV here in Brownwood.  He dearly loved his kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, and never met a stranger.  Weldon also had a special place in his heart for all his daughters-in-law.

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Glenda “Aunt Mack” Cochran Payne

PayneGlendaGraveside Services for Glenda “Aunt Mack” Cochran Payne, age 73, of Brownwood will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 10, 2015, at Greenleaf Cemetery with Tim Boykin officiating. Visitation will be held Friday evening from 5-7 at the funeral home. Blaylock Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Glenda passed away Thursday, October 8, 2015 at home. Glenda was born to Felix Sr. and Elva (Rice) Cochran on July 28, 1942 in Brownwood. Glenda worked for Brownwood ISD for many years. She was a member of the VFW for a longtime. Glenda attended New Hope Baptist Church.

Glenda is survived by her daughters, Shelley Payne of Brownwood and Susan Payne of Lubbock; grandchildren, Brian and Kelby Rodriguez; great-grandchildren, Khloey, Alley, and Zoey; sister, Wilda Payne and husband Jimmy of La Coste. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

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Virgil D. “Bud” Ellis

Funeral services for Virgil D. “Bud” Ellis will be Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 1:00 PM at the Heartland Funeral Chapel Early, Texas.  Interment will follow at the May Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday October 9, 2015 from 6-7:00 PM.

Mr. Ellis passed away at his home Tuesday, October 6, 2015.

Bud was born April 14, 1926 in Wichita Falls, Texas to Guy Cyril and Otto Mae Lambert Ellis.  He worked for Paymaster Feeds for over thirty years.  He was currently involved in ranching.  He served his country in the Navy during World War II.  He married Tommie McGregor January 26, 1952 in Merkel, Texas.

Bud is survived by his wife of sixty-three years Tommie Ellis of May, Texas, two sons Dubbs Ellis of Palestine, Texas and Butch Ellis of May, Texas, one daughter Debra and husband John Gordon of Lepato, Arkansas.  He is also survived by his grandchildren; Jeffery Brooks, Leigh Ann Young, Rebecca Ellis, Chris Ellis, Chad Ellis, and Kenneth Ellis.  He is survived by nine great-grandchildren, one sister Juanita Shirley, and two sisters-in-law Edith and Frances Ellis and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Frank Portnajmer, Sr.

PortnajmerFuneral services for Frank Portnajmer, Sr., age 75, of Brownwood, will be held at 10:00 AM, Monday, October 12, 2015 in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon from 2:00 until 4:00.

Frank passed away suddenly on Monday, October 5, 2015. He was born in Poland on May 29, 1940, to Michael Portnajmer and Jean Czaja Portnajmer. The family migrated to America in 1949. Frank was a very loving and caring man. He loved his family, and made a lasting impression on everyone he met. Frank is formerly of Seguin, and lived in Goldthwaite for many years.  He moved to Brownwood to enjoy his retirement. Frank started work at a young age as a Laborer and worked up to a Superintendent for Telecommunications construction. He later became a Field Operations Manager, and retired as a consultant for telecommunications construction.  Frank attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brownwood.

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Barbara “Brooks” Pittard

PittardBarbaraBarbara “Brooks” Pittard, 82, passed away on October 5, 2015. Barbara was born in Brady, TX on April 13, 1933. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm at FUMC Brownwood, 2500 11th Street.

Barbara graduated from Brady High School in 1950 and after high school she worked at the Abilene Reporter News. She would spend time in other jobs starting with her return to Brady, working as a secretary at the Brady aircraft factory.  She would return to Brownwood to work for Howard Harlow and assist in publishing the Texas Service Association Magazine.  After moving to College Station, she worked as a secretary for the President of Texas A&M University.

While working in Abilene, Barbara would travel to College Station with a friend where she would meet and go on a blind date with Lynn Pittard. Barbara and Lynn would marry at her Grandmother’s house in Brady on November 23, 1952. After Lynn’s return from the service in Korea, they would spend time in College Station and Floydada before moving to Hereford.

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Floyd Don Owings

A memorial service for Floyd Don Owings, age 67, of Brownwood, Texas will be held 1:00 PM Thursday, October 8, 2015 at the Heartland Funeral Home in Early, Texas.  He passed away Monday, October 5, 2015 at Hendricks Medical Center in Abilene.

Mr. Owings was born on May 16, 1948 in Lubbock, Texas to Floyd Clifford and Alice Pearl Massey Owings.  He served in the United States Army during Vietnam and had worked as a repairman on helicopters.

Survivors include two sisters Glynda Wigginton and husband Ken of Brownwood, Marsha Odom of Brownwood; two brothers Ronald Owings and wife Jennie of Terrell, Timothy Ownings of Brownwood; 11 nieces and nephews and 17 great nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Frankie Owings and one sister Debra “Debbie” Campbell.

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Barbara Brooks Pittard

A memorial service for Barbara Brooks Pittard, age 82, of Brownwood, Texas will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, October 10, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church in Brownwood, Texas.  Mrs. Pittard passed away Monday, October 5, 2015 in Brownwood and cremation is under the direction of the Heartland Funeral Home in Early.

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Bill Meisner

MeisnerA memorial service for Bill Meisner will be held at 3:30 PM, Tuesday, October 6, 2015 n the Heartland Funeral Chapel.

Anyone that knew Bill could not forget   his sense of humor or his willingness to give advice.

After 23 years with a heart transplant, Bill died of complications of kidney failure Tuesday, September 29, 2015.

Bill grew up in Arlington, Texas graduating from Arlington High School in 1956 and attending Arlington State College.  He served seven years in the National Guard stationed in Brownwood. Growing up Bill spent his summers in Brownwood with his grandfather, B.U. Ross working on the Ross Ranch.  Bill retired from Western Electric after 20 years of service.  He returned to Brownwood and pursued his passion for raising cattle.

Bill is survived by sons, Keith and David Meisner, his grandchildren; Payden Meisner, Jenna Meisner Coker, Amber Meisner, Jace Meisner, and Haylee Meisner.  He is also survived by a great-granddaughter Bailey Coker, and uncle A.J. Meisner, 6 nephews, and several cousins and many friends.

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Henry Elizabeth "Beth" Bolding

BoldingHenryElizabethHenry Elizabeth Bolding joined her Lord, at the age of 88 years on September 28, 2015 at Denison, Texas. She was born in Rising Star, Texas on October 2, 1926. She was a long time resident of Brownwood, Texas with her late husband Grady Harold Bolding. Before moving to Denison, Henry Beth resided at the Vicksburg Retirement Center in Brownwood.

She is survived by two daughters, Lucy Beth Schwartz of Lake Tapps, Washington and Carrie Sue Durham and husband Daniel of Denison, Texas. Henry Elizabeth had 5 grandchildren, Katherine Schwartz, Justin Schwartz, James Durham and wife Stephanie, and Christie Durham. She had six great-grandchildren, Jonathan, Morgan, Zachary, Zaleigh, Sierra and Alexis. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Houston Odom Dean, and Grady Harold Bolding, and her parents, Carrie Estella Bolding and James Elbert Bolding. She was also preceded in death by her brother Johnnie D. Bolding, her sister, Lucille Allmon and a grandson, Johnathan Bottles.

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