Margaret Kirby Haffley

HaffleyMargaretKirbyMargaret Kirby Haffley, 75, of Coleman died Monday, March 7, 2016 at Coleman County Medical Center.  Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 10, 2016 at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel, 400 West Pecan Street, Coleman.  Burial will follow in the Coleman City Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

She was born Margaret Ellen Kirby on September 1, 1940 in Coleman to Zack and Ila Jones Kirby.  She grew up in Coleman and graduated from Coleman High School in 1958.  She was a Girl Scout Leader, loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Survivors include one daughter, Carla Robinson of Abilene; four grandchildren, Lori Parks and husband, Aaron, of Coleman, Amanda Smiley and husband, John, of Coleman, Ryan Robinson and wife, Monique, of Valera, Trey Robinson of Abilene; seven great grandchildren, Katlin Parks, Alisha Parks, Courtney Parks, Mazzy Smiley, Jude Smiley, Lauren Robinson, Randal Robinson; one sister, Loretta Epperson and husband, Lewis, of Big Lake; one brother, Ted Kirby and wife, Cathye, of Early; sister-in-law, Bobbie Kirby of Coleman and several nieces and nephews.

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James Lloyd Williams, Sr.

WilliamsJamesLloydSrJames Lloyd Williams, Sr., age 88, of Brownwood formerly of Comanche passed away Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.

James wishes were to be cremated. The family will have a private memorial service at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home of Brownwood.

James was born to Sam and Hildard (Haggard) Williams on December 5, 1927, in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. He was a longtime resident of Comanche County. James worked for Comanche County Precinct 2 doing road construction as well as many other jobs. After retirement from Comanche County, he loved fishing, horses, and his other livestock.

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Phyllis Benavidez

Phyllis Benavidez, age 69, of Brownwood passed away Monday, March 7, 2016, at a local nursing home.

Graveside Services for Phyllis will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 11, 2016, at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Norfolk, Virginia.  Arrangements are under the direction of Woodlawn Funeral Home and Crematory of Norfolk, Virginia.

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Arther Clifton (A.C.) Crawford

CrawfordArtherGraveside services for Arther Clifton (A.C.) Crawford, age 89, of Brookesmith, Texas will be held 2:00 PM Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at the Greenleaf Cemetery under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home in Early.  The family will receive friends 5:00 – 7:00 PM Monday at the funeral home.

Mr. Crawford passed away Thursday, March 3, 2016 at Abilene Regional Medical Center.

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A.J. Newton

NewtonAJFuneral Services for A.J. Newton, age 82, of Thrifty, Texas will be held 2:00 PM Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at the First Christian Church in Brownwood under the direction of the Heartland Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in the Bangs Cemetery.  The family will receive friends 6:00 – 7:30 PM Monday at the funeral home.  A.J. passed away Thursday, March 3, 2016 in a local nursing home.

Anderson J. Newton Jr. was born June 10, 1933 in Brown County, Texas to Anderson J. and Etta Davis Newton.   He served in the United States Air Force.    A. J. joined the First Christian Church in Brownwood at a young age and later had attended the First Baptist Church in Bangs.  For many years he owned and operated Newton Well Service and had also farmed and ranched.  After retirement, A.J. enjoyed being a greeter at Walmart where he met many people and made a lot of friends.  He was a lifetime resident of Brown County and a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include his children Terry Newton and wife Diane of Bangs, Texas, Brent Newton and wife Pennie of Bangs, Texas,  Mark Newton and wife Sheila of Electra, Texas and Cindy Shaw and husband Joe of Brownwood, Texas; grandchildren Cody Newton, Chad and Haley Newton, Cristen and Jim Blackwell, Shan and Rhea Newton, Carly and Aaron Bill, Britney and Kyle Hardin, Jason and Brittany Newton and Jeremy Newton; great grandchildren Joey and Kylee Newton, Taylor and Kam Hardin, Reid Newton, Avery and Conner Newton and Karter Blackwell.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Coleta Newton and sisters Felisha Salter, Nada Austin and Helen Wilson.

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TinMan Percival

PercivalTinManTinMan Percival, age 59, of Brownwood passed away Thursday, March 3, 2016, at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.

Private Memorial Services will be held at a later date. Visitation will be held Saturday (March 5th) afternoon from 2-4 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home of Brownwood.

TinMan was born to Dean and Mary (McGrew) Percival on October 19, 1956, in Wichita, Kansas. He loved his family and Brothers. He also loved taking care of his girls. TinMan was an avid motorcyclist and a member of the Rebel Riders M.C. He was a happy retired biker.

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John Osborn Geer

GeerJohnOsburnJohn Osborn Geer, 80, of Bangs Texas passed away February 28, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 6 PM to 8 PM at Davis-Morris Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 3, 2016, 2:00 PM in the chapel at Davis-Morris Funeral Home with Brother Paul Blake officiating. Interment will follow at Bangs Cemetery.

John was born to John and Myrtle (Norris) Geer on February 26, 1936 in the community of Concord, Texas. While teaching school at Mercedes he met Joy Bradeen Geer and they were married July 6, 1967. John graduated from Bangs High School in 1955 and spent the following two years stationed in Alaska serving in the U.S. Army before returning home to work on the family farm and attended Howard Payne University. He received a degree in education and taught for 29 years in the Texas public school system in various cities across the state. John maintained lifelong friendships with many ex-students and was very proud of the achievements of his students. He spent the final 20 years of his career in Brownwood and retired in 1995. Afterward, he enjoyed his passion of farming and ranching and he loved time spent at the farm with family and friends. John's cattle were his "babies" and if you were anywhere near during feeding time you could hear his "c'mon babies" echoing down the Mukewater Creek. John was a lifelong member of the Concord Baptist Church. He enjoyed many vacations with family and friends.

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Edwyna Wood

WoodEdwynaEdwyna Dame Wood was born on October 13, 1937 in Purcell, Oklahoma to her parents, Clinton and Pauline Dame. She graduated from Vanoss High School in Vanoss, OK.  She married George Harold Wood of Stamford in 1958. Mr. Wood’s job with Halliburton took Ms. Wood and her family all over the world.  They settled in Brownwood in 1979.  There they owned several businesses and had ties to the community.

Ms. Wood is survived by her granddaughter and son-in-law, Courtney and Wesley Jennings, of Frisco and their two sons, Jackson and Grayson; her granddaughter, Jennifer Linder of Houston and her sons Braden and Lyndam Linder; and her grandchildren Hillary and W.L. Wood of Slaton; and six great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, George; her daughter, Shari Linder; and her son, Wesley Wood.

Ms. Wood died Monday, February 29, 2016 in Little Elm.

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Kenneth L. Elliott

ElliottKennethFuneral services for Kenneth L. Elliott, age 83, of Brownwood, Texas will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the Heartland Funeral Home in Early with David Barnum officiating.  Interment with military honors will follow in the Oakview Cemetery in Mullin, Texas.  The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 PM Friday at the funeral home.  Mr. Elliott passed away Monday, February 29, 2016 at his residence.

Kenneth Larkin Elliott was born March 13, 1932 in Brown County, Texas to Andrew Larkin and Mae Corine Perkins Elliott.  Kenneth served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War.  After being honorably discharged at the rank of a Corporal on June 14, 1952 at the Marine Barracks, Naval Air Station, Barbers Point, Oaho, Territory of Hawaii, he began a career as a pipefitter.  He was very proud of being a Union Pipefitter and at retirement had worked his way up to the position of being a foreman having been in charge and overseeing many large projects.  Kenneth Resided in Midland for many years and returned to Brown County where he was member of the Grosvenor Baptist Church.  He was a lifetime member of the VFW and enjoyed working on cars.

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Bessie Faye (Hamlett) Johnson

Bessie Faye (Hamlett) Johnson, age 87, of Brownwood, Texas went to be with her Lord on Monday, February 29, 2016 in Brownwood. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Friday, March 4, 2016 at the Heartland Funeral Home in Early with David Barnum and Dr. Pepper Dill officiating.  Interment will follow in the Fairview Cemetery.  The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 PM Thursday at the funeral home.

Bessie was born on June 4, 1928 in Grosvenor, Texas to Bobbie Lipscomb and Elsie Mae Burnett Hamlett.  A lifetime resident of Brownwood, Bessie was a retired bookkeeper for Inlow Shoe Store and a member of the Bangs First Baptist Church.

Survivors include her daughters Sandra K. Johnson and Sylvia A. Emerson and by numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

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