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Frank C. Vana

Funeral Services for Frank C. Vana, age 76, of May, Texas will be held 2:00 PM Monday, July 18, 2016 at Grace Lutheran Church in Brownwood.  Interment will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends 5:00 – 7:00 PM Sunday at the Heartland Funeral Home.

Mr. Vana passed away Sunday July Sunday, July 10, 2016 in the Comanche County Medical Center.

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Ora Madeline Newman Banks

BanksOraMFuneral Service for Ora Madeline Newman Banks, age 95, of Brownwood, will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at Blaylock Funeral Home Chapel with Bill Slaymaker officiating; burial will follow at Rochelle Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9-10 a.m. prior to services. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home of Brownwood.

Ora Madeline passed away Monday, July 11, 2016, at a local nursing home.

Ora Madeline was born to James Lenzy and Serena (Britt) Newman on October 23, 1920, in Hood County. She attended schools in Ft. Worth, Melvin, Placid, and Rochelle.

She married the love of her life, Leland Ward Banks, on January 29, 1939 in Mercury. Ora retired from Rochelle Independent School, where she and Leland both worked. She was a member of Mercury Baptist Church, then Rochelle Baptist Church before moving to Brownwood in 1998. Ora Madeline and Leland joined Victory Baptist Church after moving to Brownwood.

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Tommie L. Weathers

WeathersTommieTommie L. Weathers, age 89, of Brownwood passed away Saturday, July 9, 2016 in Brownwood.  Service will be held Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 10 AM at Davis-Morris Funeral Home.  Burial will be private.

Tommie was born December 31, 1926 to Alvie Arrowood and Josie Wilkey in Mills County, TX.  She married Bert Weathers on November 27, 1948 in Gatesville, TX.  They enjoyed 61 years together.  Tommie had an infectious laugh and never missed a Brownwood Lions football game.

Mrs. Weathers was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband.

Survivors include numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

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James Brasher

BrasherJamesA memorial service for James Brasher, age 77, of Brownwood, will be held at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, July 12, 2016 in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel.

James passed away on June 9, 2016 in Brownwood Regional Medical Center.

James Truman Brasher was born December 31, 1938 in Eastland, Texas.  He attended Brownwood schools and graduated in 1956.  After graduation, he served 4 years in the U.S. Navy.  James then owned and operated a service station until he enrolled in Howard Payne University.  In 3 ½ short years, he earned his Bachelor’s degree and his Master’s degree in Education, completing the Master’s at Tarleton State University.  James had a long career working for Brownwood ISD, many of those years spent as an elementary and junior high principal.  After retiring in 1995, he went to work at the Brownwood State School teaching math for 2 years, just to stay busy.  James had an undeniable love for the lake and water skiing, trucks and hot rods, studying God’s word, and especially his family. He loved to add horsepower to any vehicle he could, and was a proud member of the Heartland Cruisers.  James was a devoted member of Coggin Avenue Baptist Church, where he served in many different capacities throughout his life, and was a deacon.

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Roy Clifton Alford

Roy Clifton Alford, age 91, of Brownwood passed away Monday, July 4, 2016, at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.

Private Services with family and friends for Roy will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 19, 2016 at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene with Military Honors.

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Raeanna Boykin

A graveside funeral service for Raeanna Gail Grissom Boykin, age 53 of Brownwood, will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, July 9 in the Rocky Creek Cemetery under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home.

Raeanna passed away on July 6, 2016 at her home.

She was born to Raymond and Lois (Hopson) Grissom on March 2, 1963 in Rising Star, Texas.  She married Billy Boykin.

She was preceded in death by her father Raymond Carrol Grissom, a sister, Diana Elaine Miller, 3 brothers William Carol Grissom Roy, David Grissom, Daniel Lynn Grissom, a niece Brandi Miller and a nephew Greg Garner.

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Bob Ellis

EllisBobA visitation for Bob Ellis, age 71, of Bangs, will be held on Sunday afternoon from 2:00 until 4:00 at Heartland Funeral Home.

Robert Lynn "Bob" Ellis was born August 26, 1944, in Tucumcari, N.M. to Elmo and Jimmie Holt Ellis.  The family moved to South Houston where Bob attended school and graduated from South Houston High School in 1962.  He graduated from San Jacinto Jr. College in 1965 and Angelo State University in 1967.

He married Elizabeth Loeffler October 7, 1967, in Mason, Texas.

Bob retired from Texas Parks and Wildlife as a Park Superintendent and Peace Officer in 1995.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Ida Stephenson.

Survivors include his wife of Bangs, son Jon Ellis and wife Christy, Daughter Kristi Owen and husband Scott, and grandsons, Seth and Kory Owen and Garrett and Zachary Ellis, all of Brownwood.  Brother James Ellis and wife, Dianne of Santo, brother-in-law, Don Stephenson of Carrollton, and mother-in-law, Sarah Loeffler of Mason, Texas, one niece and two nephews.

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DaLin Wheeless Cummings

CummingsDaLinAlora DaLin Cummings, 48, of Brownwood, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, June 7, after a four-year battle with cancer.  She passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family and other loved ones. She fought valiantly, never complaining, always striving to meet the challenges that faced her daily both at work and at home.  Her faith was strong and her smile was contagious.  A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, at Calvary Baptist Church, Brownwood, Texas, with Dr. Don Fawcett, Dr. Art Allen, Rev. Dan Connally and Fr. Ted Tsitsilianos officiating.  Burial will follow in Jordan Springs Cemetery.  Visitation will be held Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Heartland Funeral Home.

DaLin was born in Brownwood on February 18, 1968, the daughter of Edmond and Linda Coppic Wheeless.  She attended school in Brownwood. DaLin loved music and enjoyed singing in the Choir. She especially loved performing in the musicals and had fond memories of playing Aunt Eller in the musical, Oklahoma. DaLin was an athlete participating in volleyball and track at school and pitching for her softball team in the summer.  She graduated from Brownwood High School in 1986 and began her studies at Howard Payne University where she graduated with honors in 1990, receiving a degree in Education.

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Joan Stocks Nobles

NoblesJoanCelebration of Life for Joan Stocks Nobles, age 89, of Brownwood, will be held at First Methodist Church of San Angelo, time and date are still pending; private interment at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home of Brownwood.

Joan passed away Friday, June 17, 2016, at Redstone Assisted Living Center in Brownwood. Joan lived an extraordinary life and left an impressive legacy.

Joan was born to Aubrey Banks Sr. and Lois (Drake) Stocks on February 13, 1927, in San Angelo, Texas. She spent her early years growing up in San Angelo and on the family’s ranch at Kent, TX, 45 miles west of Pecos, TX. Joan was raised in a masculine ranching environment where she learned to break horses at 9 years old. On the weekends she was driven to Pecos for voice and music lessons. She was the first rodeo queen of the Pecos Rodeo in 1939, at the age of 12. Joan had big shoes to fill during World War II when all the men were away; she helped deliver thoroughbred mounts purchased by the cavalry to El Paso, which was a 165 mile trip one way by horse.

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John P. Thornton, Jr.

ThorntonJohnFuneral services for John P. Thornton, Jr., 97, of Brownwood will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, July 8, 2016 in the Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Eastlawn Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends from 1-2 PM prior to the service.  Mr. Thornton passed away Friday, July 1, 2016.

John P. Thornton, Jr. was born February 11, 1919 in Blackwater, Missouri to John and Mary (Roles) Thornton.  He was a graduate of Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, and he married Fern Vaughan on December 29, 1941 in Granite, Oklahoma.  There were married for 74 ½ years.  John was a Church of Christ preacher for over 50 years, having ministered in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and Kansas.  He enjoyed amateur photography, camping, hiking and gardening.

John leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Fern, of Brownwood; son, Stephen V. Thornton of Riverton, Wyoming; two grandchildren, Lara T. Dudek of Dripping Springs and Brian Thornton of Santa Clara, California; two great grandchildren, Isabelle Dudek and Nicholas T. Dudek of Dripping Springs; one sister, Raylene Larsen of Brandon, Florida; and many nieces, nephews and loved ones.

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