Ray Rose

RoseRayFuneral services for Ray Rose, age 77, of Brownwood, Texas will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Heartland Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in the Zephyr Cemetery.  The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 PM Friday at the funeral home.  Mr. Rose passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2015 in the Heart Hospital in Austin, Texas.

Kendell Ray Rose was born on July 10, 1937 in Iraan, Texas to Austin Andrew Lee Rose and Jessie Ann Craig Rose.  He was a 1955 graduate of Fort Stockton High School and was married to Patsy Redd in Carlsbad, New Mexico on July 4, 1959.  Ray was a rancher and had been a resident of Brown County for the majority of his life.

Survivors include his wife of 56 year Patsy Rose of Brownwood; one son Doug Rose and wife Jackie of Brownwood; one daughter Brenda Rose of Cuero; two grandchildren Danielle Rose of Brownwood and John Rose of Stephenville; one great granddaughter Salem; one sister Jean Landers of Escondido, California and his granddog Brady.

Read more...

Celia Martinez Salinas

SalinasCeliaMartinezCelebration of life for Celia Martinez Salinas will be held on Thursday, April 9, 2015, 10:00 am at Davis-Morris Funeral Home. Family visitation will be Wednesday April 8, 2015, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm also at Davis-Morris Funeral Home.

She went to the loving arms of her heavenly father on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015.

Celia was born to Ray and Cessaria Martinez on February 21, 1940 in Coleman, TX. She was raised in Burkett, TX. She moved to Plainview, TX with family where she completed her education and graduated from high school. While in Plainview she studied to become an LVN and practiced nursing in Plainview, Muleshoe, and Tahoka, TX where she met and married her husband Saragosa Salinas. After their marriage they chose to live in Brownwood where she continued her nursing practice at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.

She is preceded in death by her husband Saragosa, on June 21, 2015. She was also preceded in death by her sisters, GB Martinez, Frances Lopez, Julia Ramirez and Pertra Jamie.

Read more...

Floyd White

WhiteFuneral services for Floyd White, age 95, of Brownwood, will be at 11:00 AM, Wednesday in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00.

Floyd passed from this life on Sunday, April 5, 2015 at his home.

Edward Floyd White was born on April 28, 1919 in Mills County to Elijah Franklin and Ollie Mae (Perry) White. He served his country in the US Navy during World War II as a mechanic on amphibious ships in Okinawa.  Following the war, he returned to Brownwood and went to work for what is now Brownwood Glass and Alignment.  In 1968, Floyd purchased the business and moved it to its present location.  He retired from the business in 1994.

Floyd married Edna Walker in September 1938.  Following Edna’s death in 1997, he married Lila Reeder Gowin on January 15, 1998. Floyd was a former member and elder of the Early Church of Christ and was currently a member of the Austin Avenue Church of Christ.  He enjoyed working with his hands, gardening, tinkering with machinery, looking for garage sale bargains, and fishing.

Read more...

Irene Torrez Salazar

SalazarFuneral Mass for Irene Torrez Salazar, age 87, of Brownwood will be held Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 1PM at St. Mary’s Queen of Peace Church with Father Francis Njoku officiating.  Burial will follow at Greenleaf Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at the funeral home.  Mrs. Salazar passed away on her birthday, Sunday, April 5, 2015 in her home at Redstone Retirement Village.

Irene was born April 5, 1928 in Brown County, Texas to Isabel and Jesusa Torrez.  She was a lifetime member of St. Mary’s Queen of Peace Church.  She was married to E. R. Salazar in Waco in 1942.  Mrs. Salazar was a woman of many talents.  She worked at Brownwood Floral, where the owner shared with her his knowledge of business and finance, JRB Grocery, and later owned Irene’s Drapery in Brownwood, where she put that knowledge to good use.

All family holidays were spent at Irene’s home, where making tamales was a family affair. On Christmas her famous 3-layer carrot cake (made from scratch) became legend.  Irene and her home were literally the cornerstones of the family; her front door was always open to everyone, and she took good care of her family, giving her children everything they needed.  There were not many men in the family, so Irene took it upon herself to teach her boys to be men.  She was loved and will be missed by all who knew her.

Read more...

Linda Slaymaker

SlaymakerLindaLinda Slaymaker, age 43, of Brownwood passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at her home.

Memorial Services for Linda will be held at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Freedom Fellowship Church in Early with Dr. Dan Chapman officiating.  Private interment will follow at a later date.  Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home.

Linda was born to Douglas and Janet (Powell) Welcher on March 26, 1972 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  She moved to Brownwood in 1996.  Linda married, Mitch Slaymaker, August 15, 1997 in Brown County.  Linda was a Registered Nurse; she worked for Brownwood Regional Medical Center as a Charge Nurse in the ER for 15 years before changing careers to better care for their two precious daughters.  She was working at Integra Care as a Case Manager, before her passing.  Linda loved being outdoors and camping, but most of all being with her family.

Read more...

Jimmy Merriman Jr.

MerrimanJim "Jimmy" Merriman Jr, 39, of Brownwood, passed from this life to be with our Lord and Savior on Thursday, April 2, 2015.

Jimmy was born March 28, 1976, in Brownwood, TX and was a lifelong area resident. He was a loving and devoted father to his daughter, Cerys, and stepson, Tildon. He was the President/ General Manager for Lydick-Hooks Roofing Co., was active in Coggin Ave. Baptist Church, coached little league soccer for his daughter's team and was active in the Celebrate Recovery Ministry.

He is survived by his daughter, Cerys Merriman; step-son, Tildon Saucillo; mother, Mona K. Merriman; his father Jim Merriman Sr. and step-mother, Karlene; grandmother, Oma Mae Merriman; sister, Elizabeth Merriman Gowens; nieces, Hailey and Shelby Gowens; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as many loving friends.

He is preceded in death by grandparents, Jack M. Wilson and Monette Wilson; Bill J. Merriman.
Services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, April 6, 2015 at Coggin Ave. Baptist Church, Officiating the service will be Bill Allen and Tim Scaggs. Burial will be in the Greenleaf Cemetery and serving as pallbearers will be Shawn Leeth, Brett Leeth, Matt Winnette, Jerome Nowowiejski, Colin Cronenberg and Jerrold Wilkens.

The family will receive friends at the Davis-Morris Funeral Home, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 5, 2015.

Contributions in memory of Jimmy may be made to the Go Fund Me account set up for Cerys Merriman at

Read more...

John William Davis Jr.

DavisJohnWJrGraveside services will be held for John William Davis Jr., 84, of Brownwood, at Eastlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Early, Texas on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with Bro. Terry Bolton officiating under the direction of Netherton Funeral Home of Brownwood.

Mr. Davis was born on December 13, 1930 in Brownwood, Texas to John William Davis and Meta Howell Davis. He died at the Baylor Carrollton Hospice unit in Carrollton, Texas on Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

Mr. Davis retired in December 1992 from General Dynamics Corporation in Fort Worth, Texas, where he worked for many years. After retirement, he returned to his childhood home in his beloved Brownwood, where he continued to be a collector and admirer of classic Desoto and Hudson automobiles. He was also an avid fisherman and especially enjoyed fly fishing in the Colorado River.

Read more...

Anita Faye Turvaville

TurvavilleAnitaAnita Faye Turvaville, age 79, of Lake Brownwood, went home to be with her heavenly Father on Monday, March 30th, 2015.

Anita was born on February 4th, 1936 in Mangum, Oklahoma to Evert and Lela Owings Alexander and was raised in Littlefield, Texas where she met Leroy Turvaville.  They were married in 1952, and resided in Littlefield until moving to Lake Brownwood in 1975.  She was employed at Rotocast Plastics for about 12 years.

Anita is survived by her husband, Leroy Turvaville; a daughter, Teresa Wilson and her husband Mike Wilson, (formerly of Early, Texas), now residing in Killeen, Texas; a grandson, Christopher Sonberg, (formerly of Early, Texas), and his significant other, Kendra DeHaven and her son Bryden, all residing in Austin, Texas; a special neighbor and friend, Bill Walker, of Lake Brownwood; and many other friends, family and church family.  She has been a long-standing member of Grace Baptist Church in Early.

Read more...

Florence Janell Rector

RectorGraveside Services for Florence Janell Rector, age 85, of Brownwood, will be at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Pioneer Cemetery in Eastland County (5.1 mi. E of Cross Plains on Hwy 36) with Bro. Bill Slaymaker officiating. Visitation will be held Wednesday morning from 10-12 prior to graveside service at Blaylock Funeral Home.

Janell went to be with her Lord and Savior, Sunday, March 29, 2015 at a local nursing home. She was born to Rube Franklin and Oma (Duncan) Griffith, November 20, 1929 in Olney, Texas. She attended Austin Ave Church of Christ. Janell enjoyed singing at different churches in the community. She loved sewing, gardening, and eating fried catfish.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories her children, Janice Ann Broussard and husband Don of Pearland, Connie Irene Allen of Saginaw, Larry Buel Bowman and wife Shirley Ann of Bangs, Dennis Earl Bowman and wife Julie of San Angelo, Judy Kay Clark and husband Bobby of Beeville, John Robert Rector, III of Austin, Angela Diane Curbow and husband Gene of Zephyr, Jackie Wayne Rector and wife Barbara of Ft. Worth, Patricia Elaine Doyle and husband Chuck of Winchester, N.H.; 23 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Read more...

Mike Perez

PerezMike Perez, age 52, of Bangs went to be with the Lord Sunday, March 29, 2015 at a local nursing home.

Mike was born September 1, 1962 to Rogelio and Minerva (Castanuela) Perez in Brady, Texas. Mike was a graduate from Bangs High School. He was a man of faith and attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

He is survived by his children, Tyler Perez and Zoe Perez both of Austin; parents, Rogelio and Minerva Perez of Bangs; siblings, Grace Perez of Bangs, Roger Perez and wife Dana of Arlington, Joe Paul Perez of Springtown, Mark Perez of Arlington, Adam Perez and wife Mary of Brownwood, Angie Powell and husband Wes of Bangs. He was also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents; and sister, Sally Mathews.

Read more...

More Articles...