Helen Tuckness Swint

SwintHelenBorn October 25, 1945 in Menard, Texas to parents Frank and Velma (Henry) Tuckness, Helen passed away July 16, 2014 in Seattle, Washington at the age of 68.

Helen graduated from El Dorado High School in 1964 and Texas Woman’s University. Helen’s professional life revolved around service to others, both as a volunteer for several organizations including (Atlanta) Volunteer Staff, High Museum of Art, Parent Volunteer at Atlanta Public Schools; (Dallas) President of FA Brown Farmstead; President of the Historic Preservation League; Appointed Representative to the Dallas Zoning Review Board; President of Lakewood Chamber of Commerce; (Seattle) active member of Washington State Democratic Party, and as a homemaker.

In 2003, she moved from Cambrai, France to Seattle. She married William Swint and together they enjoyed 45 amazing years of marriage. In her leisure time, Helen enjoyed a wide variety of interests including neighborhood and architectural preservation; political activism; music; entertaining; history and art focused travel; reading mysteries and spending time with friends and family.

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Michael H. (Mike) Booth

BoothMichaelMichael H. (Mike) Booth passed away in the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 30, 2014. He was born July 28, 1948 to Hubert and Leta Booth, both deceased. He was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Keely. He is survived by his loving wife, Diane, daughters, Jody Bryant and Kelley Knight of Tennessee, Christine Moore of Galveston, Texas; sons Tim Broun of Brownwood, Texas and Cameron Knight of Tennessee. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Kaitey, Jakeob, Matthew, "Lolli", Jackie, Chandler, and Maddy.

He was born in Nashville, TN, but was raised on the San Xavier Indian Reservation in Arizona until he was 15. His family moved to the Nashville area at that time, and it was there he lived most of the time, and where he met and married Diane in August of 1988. He and Diane moved to Brownwood in 1989, and they have lived here ever since.

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Doil S. Hammons


Doil S. Hammons, age 95, of Brownwood passed away Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Senior Care of Brownwood.

Funeral Services for Doil will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 3, 2014 at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Skaggs and James Ervin officiating, interment will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Park.  Visitation for the family and friends will be held Saturday evening from 6-8 at Blaylock Funeral Home.

Doil was born on February 15, 1919 to George and Lula Belle (Chadick) Hammons in Weinert, Texas.  He graduated from Knox City High School in 1937 as Valedictorian; and from Texas A&M in 1942 with a degree in Architecture.  He went on active duty with the U. S. Army in 1943 serving in the Infantry in the European Theatre as a Second Lieutenant.  After leaving the Army at the end of WWII, he taught at the school of Architecture at Texas A&M for approximately 5 years.  After teaching he joined the private construction industry in Bryan, Texas and a short time with a construction company in San Antonio, Texas before ultimately starting a Civil Service career with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.  He retired with 36 years of service which included his time of service with the U. S. Army Reserves.  He retired from the U. S. Army Reserves as a Lt. Colonel.  After retirement he worked for Campers on Mission.  He was also very involved with the Heart of Texas Baptist Camp.  Doil was a member of Coggin Avenue Baptist Church since 1997 and served as a Deacon.

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Sammie Lou Thomas Ferrigan


Sammie Lou Thomas Ferrigan, 67, of Isle of Palms, SC, wife of Robert Thomas Ferrigan died Saturday, July 26, 2014. Her Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, July 29, 2014 in the Sunrise Presbyterian Church, 3222 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island, at 2:00 pm. The family will receive friends Monday, July 28, 2014 in the J. HENRY STUHR, INC., MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Burial will be held 2:00 PM Friday, August 1, 2014 in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, May, Texas.

Sammie Lou was born August 6, 1946 in Brady, Texas, daughter of the late Samuel Wilson Thomas and Edna T. McMurry Thomas. She attended Belmont University, where she was named Homecoming Queen, and was a graduate of Murray State University in Kentucky. She worked as a passionate educator in Charleston and Greenwood County Schools prior to becoming a Realtor for more than 25 years. Known as "Selling Sammie" she was a consistent Top Producing Agent. Sammie Lou was an active member and Elder of Sunrise Presbyterian Church, where she also taught Sunday School. She was a member of the Island Turtle Team, and was instrumental in having the Loggerhead Sea Turtle named as State Reptile in June of 1988. Sammie Lou treasured her family more than anything else. Her generosity was boundless. Her smile was contagious. In the face of adversity, she was always full of grace and kindness. Her faith in God was the foundation of her strength and ever-lasting hope. She was the quintessential example of a "lady."

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Katherine Jackson

Funeral Services for Katherine Jackson, age 54, of Brownwood, Texas are pending with the Heartland Funeral Home.  Mrs. Jackson passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at her residence.

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Mary Elizabeth Taylor


Funeral services for Mary Elizabeth Taylor, age 75, of Early, will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church of Brownwood.  Private interment will take place prior to the service.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6:00 until 7:00.

Miss Taylor passed away on Monday, July 28, 2014 in Brownwood.

Mary Elizabeth Taylor was born on May 17, 1939 in Brownwood to Lois (Koger) and Frank M. Taylor.  Mary began playing the piano at age 2, had her first piano lessons at age 3, and by age 4 gave her first piano recital. Thus began her life-long love of music.

Mary attended Brownwood schools and graduated in the class of 1957.  While at Brownwood High she was a member of Dorothy McIntosh’s a cappella choir.  In her senior year, Mary was selected as a member of the Texas All-State Choir.  She went on to attend Lindenwood College in Missouri and later transferred to Baylor University where she earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree.

Mary began her music education career in the Arlington Independent School District in various junior high schools before becoming choral director at Bowie High School.  During her time in Arlington, she also was a singing member and accompanist for the Arlington Civic Chorus and performed with the Fort Worth Symphony and Dallas Symphony.  She was a member of the Sanctuary Choir and director of the Youth Choir at First Baptist Church Arlington where she also taught Sunday School.

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Daniel Costilla

CostillaDaniel Costilla of Parker, Texas passed away July 25, 2014 at the age of 66.  He was born October 30, 1947 to Frank Costilla and Dominga (Gonzales) Costilla in Brownwood, Texas.   Daniel married Cynthia Walker on April 29, 1972 in Dallas, Texas. He had an abiding faith in God and was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Wylie, Texas.  Daniel was a loving husband, outstanding father, extremely hard worker, and was a blessing to us all.  His ultimate love was being a grandfather.

Daniel is survived by his wife, Cynthia Costilla of Parker, Texas; sons, Daniel Costilla, Jr. and wife Becca of Dallas, Texas and Ramón Costilla of The Colony, Texas; daughter, Maya María Katzman and husband Jeff in Wylie, Texas; grandchildren, Jeffrey Katzman, Alexandra Katzman, and Parker Katzman, all of Wylie, Texas, Daniel Cristiano Costilla and Bianca Winter Costilla of Dallas, Texas; brothers, Frank Costilla and wife Rebecca, and David Costilla and fiancée Amelia of Brownwood, Texas; and sisters, Virginia Martínez and husband Lorenzo of San Antonio, Texas and Gloria Ballejo and husband Daniel of Brownwood, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Dominga Costilla and several aunts and uncles.

A funeral service was held July 29, 2014 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Wylie, Texas. Interment followed at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen, Texas. The family received friends during a rosary and visitation Monday evening at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen, Texas.

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Bobby Ray Boggess

Bobby Ray Boggess, age 81, of Santa Anna, passed away Thursday evening at the Abilene Regional Medical Center.

Graveside services will be held at 2:30 pm Saturday, August 2, in the Pavilion of Santa Anna Cemetery with Rev. Benny M. Allcorn officiating.  Burial will follow under the direction of Allcorn Funeral & Cremation Care of Coleman.  Visitation will be held prior to the service from 12 – 2 PM at the funeral home.

He was born May 21, 1933 in Albany, Texas the son of the late Raymond and Vina Boggess.  He worked in the oil fields most of his life and had lived in Santa Anna for the past several years.  His greatest love was his family and spending time with them.

He is survived by 4 daughters – Teresa Ivie and husband Ron of Abilene, Melissa Boggess  of Abilene, Venessa Winkles and husband Scott of Odessa, and Contessa Geirish and husband Randy of Cotulla; 2 brothers – Jacky Boggess and wife Peggy of Abilene, Eddie Boggess and wife Liz of Breckenridge; several grandchildren and several great grandchildren also survive.

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Michael Wayne Chandler

ChandlerMichaelMichael Wayne Chandler, age 53, of Coleman died Saturday morning at the Abilene Regional Medical Center.

Services will be held at 2:30 PM Tuesday in the Allcorn Funeral Chapel with an additional service to be held at 2 PM Thursday in the Acres West Funeral Chapel in Odessa.  Visitation will be held in Coleman from 6 – 7 PM on Monday at the funeral home and from 6 – 7 PM on Wednesday in Odessa.  His body will be cremated following the services under the direction of Allcorn Funeral & Cremation Care.

He was born December 1, 1960 in Hollandale, Mississippi, the son of the late Albert and Pearlie Hollis Chandler.  He worked as a derrick hand in the oil field industry for many years and had lived in Coleman for the past 15 years.

He is survived by 5 daughters including Amanda McKinley and husband Jayton of Coleman; 1 Step-son, Allen Fitzwater of West Virginia; his companion, Dorothy Chandler of Coleman; several grandchildren including Lexi McKinley and Leah McKinley; 3 sisters – Shirley Scantling and husband Jim Bo of Odessa, Rosie Stairs and husband Mark of Midland, and JoAnn McLennon; 3 brothers – Bud Chandler of Odessa, Waynie Chandler of Odessa, and Eddie Ray Hamlin of Odessa; and his very special friends, Mike and Vicky Hall of Coleman.

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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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