Arthur Herbert Lamkin, Jr.

LamkinArthurArthur Herbert Lamkin, Jr., 98, passed away Wednesday, October 29, 2014 in Brownwood, Texas. His funeral service will be 2:00 PM Sunday, November 2, 2014 at Davis-Morris Funeral Home, Brownwood, Texas, with Rev. Ferris Akins officiating. Interment will follow at Greenleaf Cemetery in Brownwood. Visitation will be held Saturday evening, November 1, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, at Davis-Morris.

Herbert was born in Cleburne, Texas on June 8, 1916 to Arthur Herbert Sr. and Maude Quillin Lamkin. He grew up in Cleburne, Godley, Granbury and Houston. He graduated from Milby High School in Houston. He married Margaret Phelan of Houston on June 20, 1939. Herbert and Margaret moved to Brownwood where they resided for the next 40 years. In Brownwood, Herbert worked as a Sales Manager for Lamkin Brothers with his three older brothers. Later, Herbert, with partner Herbert Martin, owned L &M Mineral, and sold livestock minerals in the southwestern United States. Herbert was ordained as a Deacon at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church. He also served as a Deacon at Early First Baptist Church, First Baptist Church Brownwood, and Circle Drive Baptist Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Richard “Rick” Hathcock, Sr.

Graveside services for Richard Leon “Rick” Hathcock, Sr., age 61, of Brownwood will be held at 2 PM Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Rocky Creek Cemetery with Reverend Ruben Packer officiating.  The family will receive friends from 4-6 PM Friday at Davis-Morris Funeral Home.  Rick passed away Tuesday, October 27, 2014 in Abilene.

Rick was born on July 24, 1953 in Andrews, Texas, son of Riley Fletcher and Wanda Jean (Rentz) Hathcock.  He was a lifetime resident of Brownwood.  Rick was a 1971 graduate of Bangs High School.  He was an Eagle Scout, and later served his country, along with two of his brothers, in the U. S. Army.  Rick will always be remembered for his quick wit, easy-going manner and sense of humor.

Those left behind to cherish his memory include his wife, Jonna Hathcock of Brownwood; sons, Richard L. “Ricky” Hathcock, Jr. and Jina McClain of Early and David Hathcock of Lubbock; granddaughter, Jennifer Hathcock; brothers, Riley, Mike and Gary all of Brownwood and several nieces and nephews, as well as a host of friends.

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Barent Gibson

GibsonBarentBarent Gibson, 83, passed away Tuesday, October 28, 2014 in Brownwood.  A visitation service will be held on Thursday, October 30, 2014, at Davis-Morris Funeral Home, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Barent Lee Gibson was born March 12, 1931, in York, Nebraska, to Addis Willford and Ora Maggie (Rogers) Gibson.  Barent enlisted in the Navy where he faithfully served his country during World War II.  He met Hazel Thornton and the two were married on December 24, 1958.  After being discharged from the Navy, Barent lived in Mississippi and began his career in sheet metal and iron working.  He and his family left Mississippi in 1965 and moved back to Texas, settling in Cotton Center. While there, Barent owned his own sheet metal and iron working business.  He was also a member of the Sheet Metal and Iron Workers Union.  In 1971, he moved his family to Brownwood and worked at 3M for a number of years.  Sometime after his wife, Hazel, passed away, Barent met Norma Oliver, who became his friend and companion.  He and Norma had many adventures together during their over 20 years together. 

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Petra (Patsy) Aguirre

aguirrePetra (Patsy) Aguirre was born July 24, 1924, in Melvin, Texas. Her husband Hilario and son Alonzo Wayne opened the gates of heaven and welcomed our mother home on October 26, 2014. She was the faithful wife of Hilario for 70 years and devoted mother to their children, Angelica Hernandez, Anna Jones, Asterida Aguirre, Alesia Jones, the late Alonzo Wayne Aguirre, Alexandra Laing, Aline Hollingsworth, Alva Aguirre-Farmer, Amanda Eaton, Arnulfo Ray Aguirre, Agoberto Donnell Aguirre, and Amadello Joe Aguirre.

She and Hilario were married September 22, 1940, in Melvin, Texas. Petra retired from Brownwood ISD. The couple has lived in Brownwood since 1953. She made many friends throughout the years and was a stranger to no one.

Her 31 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren were the light of her life. Petra was a good and faithful servant of the Lord. Her presence in our lives will be deeply missed.

The family will receive friends and family at Davis Morris Funeral Home from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 28, 2014. Rosary will be on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 7 p.m. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at Saint Mary's Queen of Peace Catholic church, 1103 Main Avenue. Interment will follow at Greenleaf Cemetery, Brownwood, TX.

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William "Bill" Rick Thomas Sr.


William Rick Thomas, Sr. (Bill), of Lake Brownwood, formerly of Pampa, Texas, passed away October 23, 2014 at his home surrounded by his wife and children.

Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday October 30, 2014 at Grace Lutheran Church in Brownwood with Pastor Curt Schneider officiating.  Arrangements are under the direction of Netherton Funeral Home.  Visitation with the family will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, October 29, at the church.

Bill was born on June 29, 1951 in Pampa, Texas to Joy and Vesta Thomas.  He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Pampa.  He graduated from Pampa High School in ­­­­1969 and attended Texas Tech University.  Bill married Suzan Denise Mitchell on Dec. 29, 1973.  Bill and his wife Suzan owned and operated Thomas Automotive in Pampa for over 20 years.  After moving to Lake Brownwood, Bill was employed as Director of Fleet Services for the City of Brownwood and retired in June 2014.  He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and served on the local United Way Board for several years.  Bill enjoyed playing golf, cooking brisket for family and friends and spending time on the lake.

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James William Johnson

James William Johnson, age 86, of Lake Brownwood, Texas passed away Monday, October 20, 2014 at his residence.

A memorial service will be held at a later date and cremation was under the direction of the Heartland Funeral Home in Early.

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Eugenia Diann Brandstetter

Memorial services for Eugenia Diann Brandstetter, 59, of Brownwood, will be held at a later date.

In keeping with her wishes, Mrs. Brandstetter was cremated under the direction of Netherton Funeral Home and Cremations.

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Irene Armendarez Heard

HeardIrene Armendarez Heard, age 45, of Early went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Care Nursing and Rehabilitation. “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. - 2 Timothy 4:7”

Irene was born October 10, 1969 to Joe and Doris (Diaz) Armendarez in Brownwood. She graduated from Zephyr in 1988. Irene married George Heard in Blanket on October 31, 1995. She was correctional officer at Ron Jackson Correctional Facility for many years. She was a former member of the Brown County Jr. Sheriff’s Posse. Irene was a member at High Mesa Cowboy Church. She loved her horses and the rodeos.

Irene is survived by her husband, George Heard of Early; daughter, Juakania Clark of Blanket; step-children, Tommy Heard of Agleton, Terri Heard of Brownwood, Faye Heard of Brownwood, and GiGi Lewis and husband Jerry of El Campo; grandson, Quayde Heard of Early; mother, Doris Calder and husband Eddie of Blanket; uncles, Simon Armendarez of Early and Lupe Armendarez of Gainsville; aunt, Maria Martinez of San Saba. She is also survived by numerous other family member and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Joe Armendarez; and grandparents.

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Thurman Warren

WarrenGraveside services for Thurman Warren, age 76, of Brownwood, Texas will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Duren Cemetery in Mills County under the direction of the Heartland Funeral Home of Early.   The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 PM Friday at the funeral home.  Mr. Thurman passed away Tuesday, October 21, 2014 in Brownwood.

Thurman Calvin Warren was born on March 15, 1938 in Mullin, Texas to Charlie Robert and Ida Jewel Ethridge Warren. He attended Mullin High School and moved to Brownwood shorty after graduation.   Mr. Warren  was a Master Plumber and owned Service Plumbing since 1976.  He was married to Jerri Roberts in Brownwood on November 5, 1993 and was a veteran of the United States Army.

Survivors include his wife Jerri Warren of Brownwood; four children Melinda Melton and husband Curtis of Early, Paul Warren and wife Becky of Salt Creek, Leann Hicks and husband Mark of Sweetwater and Lisa Warren of Comanche; two sisters Johnnie Wilcox of Brownwood and Charlene Golihare of Poteau, Oklahoma; ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. 

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Tammy Harris


Tammy Jolene Harris, age 54, of Brownwood passed away into the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday, October 24, 2014 at the Bangs Cemetery with Rev. Brian Hall officiating.  Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home.      Tammy was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 23, 1960 to James Evan and Barbara (Robertson) Harris. She was the second of two daughters, and later raised six children of her own.

Tammy attended Commercial College in Fort Worth, Texas and received a degree in Accounting. She worked some years filing income tax forms for many families. Tammy enjoyed art and crafts, decorating, her pets, and doing things for her family. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

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