John Luther Shellabarger

ShellabargerJohn Luther Shellabarger, was born December 10, 1942 and went to be with the Lord August 23, 2014. He resided all of his life in Brownwood, Texas.

Visitation for John will be held Monday August, 25, 2014, at Davis-Morris Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at Greenleaf Cemetery, August 26, 2014, 2:30 pm.

John graduated from Brownwood High School in 1960. He retired from Dr. Pepper Bottling Company.

John leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife of 45 years, Maxine, and a brother, Davis Shellabarger of Flower Mound, Texas. He was "Uncle Johnny" to many nieces and nephews.

John is preceded in death by his parents, M.M. and Jewell Shellabarger and one sister, Peggy DeViney.

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Ronnie Wayne Vaughn

vaughnRonnie Wayne Vaughn, 67, of San Saba went to his heavenly home on Friday, August 22, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. He was born to Sterling and Annie Vaughn on March 9, 1947 in San Saba, Texas, where he lived his entire life. He married his childhood sweetheart, Rachel Vaughn, on July 3, 1964 and they spent 50 happy years together. These years were filled with unforgettable memories and will be treasured by each member of his family. Together they had two sons, Woodie Lyn Vaughn and Darrel Gene Vaughn.

Ronnie worked 31 years with the Texas Department of Transportation, starting out on the maintenance crew and working his way up to supervisor for the last 12 years of his career. After he retired from Tx DOT he opened Texas 16 BBQ, which had always been a dream of his. During his lifetime Ronnie enjoyed building and creating items such as BBQ pits, riding his gator, going to the lake, hunting and fishing, and spending time with his family. Ronnie was a member of the San Saba First Baptist Church and the San Saba Masonic Lodge # 612.

He is survived by his wife, Rachel Vaughn; son, Darrel; four grandkids, Brooke (his angel), Justin, Ryan, and Emilee (his princess); sisters, Peggy Turner and Betty Myers; brothers, Jack Vaughn, Billy Vaughn and wife Angie; and many other friends and relatives.

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Doris Jean Smith

smith_dorisDoris Jean Smith, 85, of Bangs passed away on August 22, 2014.

Visitation for Mrs. Smith will be Sunday, August 24, 2014, from 7pm to 9pm at Davis-Morris Funeral Home.

Funeral service for Mrs. Smith will be held on Monday, August 25, 2014, 10:00 AM at Bangs Church of Christ.

Doris Jean Ayers Smith passed peacefully from this life Friday, August 22, 2014.

Doris Jean Ayers was born Feb. 20, 1929 to Lee and Evelyn Ayers in Moran TX. She graduated from Moran High School in 1946.

On her 19th birthday she married Willard Parks Smith, also from Moran, and became Doris Jean Smith. Together, they raised 6 children: Willard Glen, Deborah Francis, James Lee, Charles Alan, Travis B. and Lisa Ann.

For the first 18 years the family lived in a variety of locations in Texas until finally settling in Bangs in 1966. She opened a Child Care Center in 1974 and ran the business for many years. After closing the business, she continued to care for children in her home until she was almost 80.

Her true passion in life was serving the Lord and working in His Kingdom. She taught Sunday School, VBS, cleaned the church building on a weekly basis for nearly 40 years and could be found cooking for every church function.

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Anita Joan Watson

watsonJoan was born in Meadow, Texas to Bernice and Virgie Blevins on October 29, 1931, and died peacefully on August 19, 2014, at the age of 82 at Oakridge Manor in Brownwood, Texas.

Joan married Edgar E (Gene) Watson on November 29, 1952, in Brownfield, Texas, celebrating 60 years together before Gene's passing in 2013. They lived in Lubbock, Texas for many years with their two sons, Rodney and Joel, before moving full time to Brownwood, Texas.

Joan was an avid sportswoman, active in bowling, waterskiing, hunting and fishing. She could be found walking the fields side by side with her family as she loved quail and dove hunting.

She also was an excellent artist working with oil painting and especially enjoyed painting nature scenes and birds. She was active in her church and community as well as a good listener to her many friends and family. She especially enjoyed her friends at Chatfield Assisted Living the last years of her life.

Survived by son Joel and Roxanne of Breckenridge, Colorado, brother Leon and Shannah Blevins of El Paso, Texas and many nieces and nephews.

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Edwin Doyle Cox

coxEdwin Doyle Cox, 76, of Early, Texas passed away on Thursday August 21, 2014. Born March 31,1938 in Brookesmith, Texas to Dewey and Opal Hicks Cox, Edwin was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 36 years Clois Cox. He is survived by her three children Jerrilyn and Raymond Powell, Rick and Michelle Sparks and David Sparks of Fort Worth; their six grandchildren, Megan and Adam Richardson, Mandi Powell, Caleb and Anessa Sparks, Rebecca Hernandez and Irene Sparks; their four great-grandchildren Reese Richardson, JJ Hernandez, Drew and Alan Barrera. He is also survived by two siblings, Helen Harris of Azle, Texas and Harold Cox of Lake Jackson, Texas.

Edwin graduated from Brookesmith High School and Howard Payne University. He coached basketball in Priddy, Texas and worked at 3M prior to finding his calling owning and running his own dozer company, Edwin Cox Dozer Work. His favorite day would be spent riding his dozer, walking the land while collecting arrowheads and enjoying nature. When he wasn't outdoors he always enjoyed sharing a good joke, a puzzle, a game of checkers and a card or hand trick.

Edwin will be remembered by family and friends at a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Sunday August 24, 2014, at Heartland Funeral Home in Early, Texas. Interment will follow at the Bangs Cemetery. Visitation will be held at 1 p.m. the day of the service.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Cody Warren Fund in care of Valera Baptist Church Box 75 Valera,TX 76884.

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Jimmy Allison, Sr.

Graveside Services for Jimmy Allison, Sr. age 58 of will be held 10:00 AM Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at the Greenleaf Cemetery under the direction of the Heartland Funeral Home in Early.  Mr. Allison passed away Friday, August 22, 2014 in Brownwood.

Jimmy Doyle Allison Sr. was born on February 12, 1956 in Abilene, Texas to Herbert Joe and Goldia Roberts Allison.  He was a mechanic.

Survivors include his wife Debra Serola-Allison; children Jimmy Allison Jr, Eddie Allison, Tracy Rochell, Tabitha Lyon, Sheila Ebarb, Jimmy L. Allison, Kassi Harris and Lacy Leach; Aunt Oma Allison; cousins Gary and Richard Allison and by 23 grandchildren.

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Sharlene Wilkins

WilkinsSharleneSharlene Wilkins, 58, of Brownwood, passed away Saturday, August 16, 2014 in Brownwood.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00am, Friday, August 22, 2014, in the Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel, with David Barnum officiating.  Burial will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park.  Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, August 21, 2014, from 7:00pm until 9:00pm, at Davis-Morris Funeral Home.

Sara Sharlene (Norris) Wilkins was born August 12, 1956, in Brownwood, TX, to Charles Douglas and Sara Bess (Dewberry) Norris.  She married Robert Eugene Wilkins on April 2, 1973, at her grandparents’ home in Brownwood.  Sharlene enjoyed playing bingo and was good at sewing, but her greatest love was caring for her family, and she took her role as their caregiver very seriously.  She also had two pets she adored as well, Marley and Mia.  Sharlene was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and friend.  She will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved her.

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Jodi Sedam

SedamJodiFuneral Services for Jodi Sedam, age 73, of Lake Proctor will be held 4:00 PM Saturday at the Heartland Funeral Home in Early.  Interment will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 PM Friday at the funeral home.  Jodi went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, August 18, 2014 in Brownwood.

Theda (Jodi) Owen Sedam was born on September 3, 1940 in Coleman, Texas to O.B. and Thelma Doris Smith Owen.   She was married to Tommy Alan Sedam, Sr. in Bay City, Texas on March 8, 1981.  Jodi was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary where she had served as the Chapter President in Brownwood and was in charge of the cancer aide and research for the VFW.   During her working career she had been a circulation manager for their family owned newspaper, was a volunteer firefighter for Promontory Park at Lake Proctor.  She had worked as an administrator for several funeral homes in the area, was a paramedic, was an ambassador for the Bar X Ranch in Angleton, Texas and also was a social worker/physical therapist for the State of Texas in Bay City.

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Walter Sutton Gable

gableWalter Sutton Gable, 90, of Early passed away August 16, 2014, at Songbird Lodge. Graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at Jordan Springs Cemetery in Brownwood with Bill Slaymaker officiating.

Sutton was born January 6, 1924,to Walter and Cleo (Sutton) Gable. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1940 -1945. He married the love of his life, Corine Parker, on June 23, 1945. They traveled the world with his work in off-shore drilling.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one grandson and his wife, Corine. He is survived by one sister, Ann De Vere of Comfort, Texas; his son, Philip Gable of Early, Texas; his daughter, Gail Love of Early, Texas; five grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

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Jo Spradlin Thomason

Funeral services for Jo Spradlin Thomason, age 81, of Brownwood will be at 11:30 AM, Monday, August 18, 2014 in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel with Michael Light officiating.  Burial will follow in the Brown Ranch Cemetery in Coleman County.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to the service from 10:00 until 11:00.

Mrs. Thomason died Friday, August 15, 2014 at her home in Brownwood.

Wanda JoDean “Jo” Sparadlin Thomason was born in Coleman to Jessie and Jennie (Field) Owen on September 30, 1932. She attended Coleman schools where she was involved in the homemaking program and was a member of the honor society.

She married Billy Gene Spradlin on January 5, 1950 and later moved to Lubbock where they lived for 30 years. They had two daughters, Deborah Gayle and Laurie Lynn and a son Stephen Dale.

Jo was employed by the City of Lubbock at Meadowbrook Golf Course and later owned the snack bar and practice range at the golf course. The Spradlins were in business in Lubbock until moving to Lake Brownwood in 1983. Shortly after moving to Brownwood she was employed at CARE Nursing Center as an Administrative Assistant until retiring in 1991 due to health reasons.  She later became active in the volunteer program for the State of Texas known as the Ombudsman program, visiting nursing homes and helping the residents in any way needed.

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