Lelia Mae Smith, of Brownwood, Texas, was born to Ida Lucille Morris and Preston Theon Morris on July 28, 1936 in Loraine, Texas. She passed from this life on December 25, 2015. She married Harvey Lee Smith, in Sweetwater, Texas on November 22, 1951. They lived in Sweetwater until 1964, and then moved to Gonzales, Texas. They relocated to Brownwood, Texas in 1995, where she has lived since.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a Sister, Eudera Patterson, a Brother, Lowell Morris, her husband Harvey Smith, and a son, David Smith.
She is survived by a son, Roger K. Smith of Marble Falls, Texas, two brothers, Douglas Morris of San Angelo, Texas, and Ray Morris of Springfield, Missouri, a sister, Joyce Rogers of Texarkana, Texas, three granddaughters, Bonnie Smith of Austin, Texas, Kimberly Smith of Brooklyn, New York, and Taryn Cline of Plano, Texas. She also had one great grandson, Greyson Cline of Plano, Texas.
Graveside services for Virgil Lee Glaze, Jr., age 39, of Venus will be held Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 2 PM at Jenkins Springs Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Wednesday at Davis-Morris Funeral Home. Mr. Glaze died December 25, 2015.
Virgil was born on June 3, 1976 in Brownwood, Texas. He was a truck driver, something he always wanted to be, along with being a cowboy. He was quick to make a joke, loved cowboying and was known to “Virgilize” any and everything. He loved going to the rodeo. Virgil was “one hell of a man and a good friend.”
Those left behind to cherish her memories are his wife, Carol Foster; mother Annie Edgar, stepfather, Darrel King; two sisters, Lavada McDaniel and husband, Todd, and Sherry Kinard and husband, Chuck; grandmother Mary Lou Edgar; special cousin Jimmy Squyres and wife Tina and many other aunts, uncles and cousins. He is also survived by his “kids”, English Bulldogs Spice and Bandit and granddogger, Bug.
Bill Hays passed away at home December 24, 2015 after a short illness at the age of 84. Funeral Services for Mr. Hays will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2:00 PM at Davis-Morris Funeral Home. Visitation will be held 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM prior to the service. Interment will be at Windham Cemetery at Byrd's store, Lake Brownwood. Bro. Bill Slaymaker will officiate.
Bill was born August 4, 1931 to Charlie Bond Hays and Birdie Lee Dale Hays in Tahoka, Texas. He was a non-denominational church member. He married Thelma Marie Purcell in 1954 in Midland, Tx.
Bill is survived by his wife, Marie, of 61 years. They had 3 children; daughter, Janet Ballard and husband Larry; sons, Billy Hays and wife Sadie, and son Scott Hays and adopted daughter by love, Stephanie Ire; grandchildren, Danny, Melissa, Stephanie, Rex, Tiffany; 15 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Velma Gaylor of Austin, Tx.
Rebecca McKee, a mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away Saturday morning, December 26, 2015 in Brownwood with her family by her side at the age of 83. A service celebrating her life will held 11:00 AM Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at the New Beginnings Church in Brownwood. Interment will follow in Greenleaf Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 PM Monday at the Heartland Funeral Home.
Rebecca Ann was born on January 14, 1932 in Brownwood, Texas to Levell and Emma Maurine Slaughter. She was married to Abe McKee in Llano, Texas in 1950 and he preceded her in death in 1974. She was retired licensed vocational nurse. Rebecca has been in the ministry for over 35 years. She started the first Women’s Aglow that really took off in Brownwood, Texas. She served as President for two terms and Vice President for one term for Aglow. Rebecca operated a 24 hour Life line from her home for 4 years. She also taught adult Sunday School Class at New Beginning’s Church, taught a disciple class once a week at the T.R. Havins Unit and headed up a monthly chapel meeting there. Rebecca was on the Chapel of Hope’s board, an after care ministry for prisoners, hosted a home Bible study, did monthly nursing home ministry and also served on the Salvation Army Board. Rebecca was also presented the Good Neighbor Award by the Brownwood Chamber of Commerce.
Cecil Darwin Bostick, died peacefully at his Rising Star, Texas home on December 24, 2015. A veteran of the Korean War, he was 81.
Darwin was born on January 18, 1934 in Romney, Texas to Ira Cecil Bostick and Edith Mary Gregg Bostick. In November of 1951, he joined the army and was commissioned as a Corporal. While serving in Korea, he was awarded a Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars, a United Nations Service Medal, Presidential Service Medal, South Korea Service Medal, Combat Service Medal and a Good Conduct Medal. After being wounded in the war he was discharged with full honors in 1953.
Darwin then enjoyed a 32 year career as a Petroleum Engineer in the oilfields of Texas and most of the World for Halliburton Services. His position as a Critical Event Specialist placed him on every Continent, including a permanent 4 years in Tripoli, Libya in 1969 after the Government was overthrown in a military coup. With the oilfields of the Sahara Desert opening for drilling, Darwin trained the first Libyan national to be certified as an operating engineer for Halliburton in 1971. After retiring from Halliburton (at the time based in Bogota, Columbia) in 1986, he moved to Rising Star, where he married Peggy Elaine White in April of 1996. He was an active member at Pioneer Baptist Church in Pioneer Texas, loved fishing and hunting, and enjoyed watching many sports - mainly High School Football. He was a loyal Cisco Lobo fan, attending most of the football games no matter the distance or weather.
Jearl “Jake” Harris, 83, of Early and former Coleman resident, died Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at Brownwood Regional Medical Center. Graveside service with Masonic Rites will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 26, 2015 at the Coleman Cemetery Pavilion with Rev. Jeanetta Josey. Burial will be in the Coleman City Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.
Jearl “Jake” Harris was born September 1, 1932 in near Trickham in Coleman County to Leon Harris and Argie May Medley Harris. Jake grew up and attended school in Coleman County. On August 23, 1951 Jake married Jimmie Carol Flanagan in Coleman. She preceded him in death in 1995. He later married Lorraine Lottman on February 14, 1993 in Boyd. She preceded him in death in February, 2004.
Jake moved to Orange County, California, moving back to Texas in 1980. He rode bulls and was a rodeo clown. He later became an auctioneer and started Harris Auction. He was a greeter at Walmart in Brownwood, member of the Masonic Lodge in Boyd and was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Coleman. Jake was a very good person and was ready to see his Jesus.
Bobbie Elaine Morgan Williams, age 71, of Brownwood passed away Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at a local nursing home. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, December 26, 2015, at Heflin Cemetery with Tony King officiating. No visitation will be held. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home of Brownwood.
Bobbie was born May 14, 1944, to Joe Bob and Wanda Morgan in Brownwood, Texas. She was married to Robert L. Williams on August 28, 1985, in Brownwood.
Bobbie is survived by her parents, Joe Bob and Wanda Morgan of Brownwood; son, Chris Ezra and wife Michelle of May; daughter, Rhonda Ezra of Brownwood; grandson, Tyler Edwards of Brownwood; great-grandson, Easton Toby Edwards of Brownwood; brother, Steve Morgan and wife Debra of Sweetwater; sisters-in-law, Dottie Farris and Joyce Ewing of Waco, Ann Bayles and her husband Norman of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; niece, Samantha Morgan; nephews, Robert Morgan and Jeff Farris. She is also survived by other family members and friends.
Delmer Parks, age 70, of Lake Brownwood passed away December 19, 2015 at his residence.
Graveside services will be held at 3:00 P.M. Monday, December 21, 2015, at Bangs Cemetery with Tim Martin officiating. No visitation will be held. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home of Brownwood.
Delmer was born on September 18, 1945 to Elmer and Lillie Mae (Williams) Parks in Ada, Oklahoma. He worked for Brown County Precinct 4 for ten years and drove trucks for 25 years. Delmer loved his family and NASCAR.
Delmer is survived by his wife, Catherine Parks of Brownwood; daughter, Melissa Creek of Brownwood; son, Rick Parks of Flower Mound; 8 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers; and 2 sisters.
Robert Chandler, age 64, of Bangs passed away Sunday, December 20, 2015, at home.
Graveside services for Robert will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 24, 2015, at Bangs Cemetery with Todd King officiating. Visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Blaylock Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home.
Robert was born to Vernon and Irene (Yarbrough) Chandler on May 5, 1951, in Memphis, TN. Robert enjoyed serving the Lord through his ministry and songs.
Robert is survived by his three children, Bryan Chandler of Georgia, Kimberly Hunt of Georgia, and Miranda Chandler and fiancé Tony Cummings of Brownwood; 5 grandchildren including, Grayson Cummings of Brownwood; father, Vernon Chandler of Bangs; brothers, Arnold Chandler and wife Laurie of Georgia and Ron Baldwin and Vickie of Bangs; sisters, Betty Steward of Bangs and Margaret Carter and husband Oscar of Bangs. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members.